Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Reason two for Christians to observe the Feast of Trumpets
As we approach the prophetically significant Biblical Feasts of the Fall month of Tishrei, I wanted to share with you a series of essays that Brenda wrote a couple of years ago. These are compiled and published in our book titled “Reasons for Christians to Celebrate the Biblical Feasts”. It is available from Amazon.com, our web site at moedministries.com and from www.elshaddaiministries.us.
This year the Feast of Trumpets, more commonly known by it's modern name of Rosh Hashana, begins at local sunset on Sunday September 16th.
The Feast of Trumpets is one of the seven Feasts of the LORD spoken of in Leviticus chapter 23.
Leviticus 23:1-2 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim, holy convocations, even these are My appointed feasts. (MKJV)
The Feast days belong to God. He says in this passage that they are “My appointed feasts.” They are not just for the Jewish people to observe, but for all who call on the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
This coming Sunday, Sept. 16th at local sunset is the first day of the month of Tishrei and the Feast of Trumpets. The Bible tells us that this day is to be a memorial of blowing trumpets or the shofar. (Lev. 23:24) The shofar is a trumpet made of a ram’s horn.
Like all the Feasts of the LORD, it is a Mo’ed, an appointed time, which is to be observed with a holy convocation.
The watchman blows a shofar to call the nation to repentance. God appointed Ezekiel as a watchman over the house of Israel. He was to warn them of their error and call them to repentance. If the watchman did not warn, he would be held accountable for those who were lost in their sins.
Ezekiel 33:6 MKJV 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming, and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned; if the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity. But I will require his blood at the watchman's hand.
This time of year starting one month before the Feast of Trumpets on the first of Elul is observed as a time of repentance and return to God. It coincides with Moses’ second forty days on Mt. Sinai during which he achieved the atonement for Israel’s sin of worshiping the golden calf.
On the Feast of Trumpets, the shofar is blown 100 times in a series of blasts consisting of three different sounds. The first is the tekia, a long blast of alarm, the second is the shavirim, three medium blasts of wailing. The last type is the teruah, nine short blasts like a broken sob. The alarm is sounded for the repentance, return, and mourning for sins committed.
Like John the Baptist called for the people to repent and return making the way for Jesus, we need to call for repentance and return to make the way for the return of Jesus.
Matthew 3:1-3 MKJV 1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make His path straight."
Paul warns us Gentiles not be puffed up in our pride that we were grafted into Israel while many of the natural branches were cut off.
Romans 11:21-22 MKJV 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, fear lest He also may not spare you either! 22 Behold then the kindness, and the severity of God; on those having fallen, severity; but on you, kindness, if you continue in the kindness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
He then goes on to call us to live holy lives as of a sacrifice dedicated entirely to God.
Romans 12:1 MKJV 1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
The Feast of Trumpets is a call to remember God and to live lives that bring honor and glory to Him.
Matthew 5:14-16 MKJV 14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under the grain-measure, but on a lampstand. And it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
As we gather together on the Feast of Trumpets and hear the shofar sound out our cry of mourning for all the ways we have fallen short, we have confidence that He hears our cries and forgives.
Shalom and Be Blessed,
Dan and Brenda Cathcart
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