A Yemenite Jew blows a shofar
Tonight begins the Feast of Trumpets according to the calculated Jewish calendar. It is called “Rosh Hashanah” by Jews, but that merely means “New Year” (literally “head of the year”). Still, there is some recognition of its importance, as it kicks off the “Days of Awe” observed by many Jews.
The term “Feast of Trumpets” or sometimes “Day of Trumpets” refers to the biblical command related to this day.
24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
However, far from this being only an OT celebration, it has a deep spiritual meaning as well. We are told Christ will return at “the last trump” and that the saints will be raised from the dead at His return.
However, one thing that is perhaps sometimes overlooked is that when you look at the year of Jubilee in Leviticus 23, “liberty” is proclaimed on the Day of Atonement, not on the Feast of Trumpets!
10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
11 A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.
12 For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.
13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.
Notice that the slaves are set free, including indentured servants, and the land is to rest. Not only that, but the land is to return to its rightful owners on the Jubilee. Spiritually speaking, who are the slaves and what land are we talking about? This is symbolic of the world here.
The Feast of Trumpets, however, centers upon Christ returning to first reward the saints. While all holy days concentrate upon what Christ is doing for humanity in the Father’s plan of salvation, the entities He interacts with are different depending upon the phase of the plan. The first phase of the plan is what He did for the individual Christian, and all people will go through this process in their due time. However, the second phase of the plan will involve the entire world, but first He returns and gathers the saints.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
~ Rev 20:4
The saints will be assisting Christ in the Millennial Kingdom!
Notice the gap in time between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. It may be short, but it exists nonetheless. What will take place during that time? Apparently, that will be when the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place! A glorious event, indeed!
I could go on, but you’ll probably hear so much more at services tomorrow. I will write more about the Day of Atonement and the signficance of the Jubilee soon enough.
May you all have a spiritually filled holy day!