FEAST OF TRUMPETS
distinguishes God's fourth festival, the Feast of Trumpets?
"Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month,
on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial
of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation" (Leviticus 23:24).
The Feast of Trumpets is observed on the first day of the seventh
month of the Hebrew calendar-falling in the autumn in the northern
hemisphere, in September or October. This festival, today known as
Rosh Hashanah by Jews, also begins the Jewish civil year. In ancient
times Israel celebrated it with an emphasis on the blowing of trumpets,
the primary method of announcing a gathering of the people or warning
them of impending danger or war.
Significantly, the bulk of the prophecies of the book of Revelation
are represented by the blowing of seven trumpets that symbolize the
main progression of events in the catastrophic time known as the Day
of the Lord in many prophecies relating to the last days. The sounding
of trumpets in Revelation warns of impending disasters just as did
the blowing of trumpets in ancient Israel.
Which events in God's plan are directly connected to the sounding
of a trumpet?
"Then the seventh angel sounded [the last prophetic trumpet]:
and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of this
world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and
He shall reign forever and ever!'" (Revelation 11:15).
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the
dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall
be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in
the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians
"And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet,
and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from
one end of heaven to the other" (Matthew 24:31).
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed-in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must
put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when
this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put
on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
'Death is swallowed up in victory'" (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).
This pivotal event in prophecy, the triumphant return of Jesus Christ
to rule the earth with the help of His resurrected saints, is specifically
associated with the blowing of trumpets. The thunderous blast of the
last trumpet will announce His second coming to establish the Kingdom
of God on earth.
The return of Christ is the next aspect of God's plan prophesied in
the Scriptures. It is the fourth step-the midway event-in God's seven-step
master plan of salvation.
What must happen before these end-time events begin?
...We are in that prophesied time when the Church continues its commission
of proclaiming the gospel and making and teaching disciples (Matthew
28:18-20), as pictured by the Feast of Pentecost.
The Feast of Trumpets points us to the Day of the Lord, to the terrifying
events that will occur just before and at the return of Jesus as King
of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:11-16). But it also points
us to the joyous time when Christians, living or dead, will receive
God's gift of eternal life in the first resurrection. The Feast of
Trumpets represents that pivotal time in God's plan when He will bring
this present evil age to an end and establish His rule and government
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