The Feast of Trumpets and the Rapture!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the LORD:
It is my heart most desire to exhort the church of God to celebrate all the Feasts of Israel which are the "Feasts of the LORD!"
The Church will miss out on the details of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, our Jewish Messiah if we fail to rehearse and celebrate these feasts. The prophetic shadow pictures embedded are too important to overlook. And now, the FEAST OF TRUMPET is upon us, let us keep and celebrate this Feast as we’re commanded to celebrate all of them in 1Cor 5:8!
“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
With All my LOVE,
The Feast of Trumpets and the Rapture!
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 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. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made (burnt) by fire unto the LORD.” Leviticus 23:23-25
The prophetic shadow pictures embedded in the Fall-feasts of the LORD have their final fulfillment in the Last days. God always works in accordance to His set divine will and purpose!
“Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1Cor15:51-52.
“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” Eph 1:9-11
These seven festivals instituted by God first to Israel in Leviticus 23 give us signposts to sequence of events for the Church of God in these last days. The feast of Trumpets and the feasts of Atonement and The Feast of Tabernacle correspond to the Rapture, the Judgment and the Millennium reign of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). If the church is not to be deceived, we need to study and observe these feasts. We must return back to the original faith once delivered to the Church and pay particular attention to the last three feasts of Israel soon to be fulfilled! He, who hath ears to hear, let him hear!
“…Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Take heed that ye be not deceived…” Mat. 24:3-4
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be…immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet (Shofar), and they shall gather together his elect…,” Mat 24:21-31. Glory, HalleluYAH!
The Angels and the Trumpets at His Coming!
Yom Teruah is the “Day of Acclamation,” the day of Yeshua’s birth as acclaimed by the angels in the field, Luke 2:13-14. The last trump is also blown on Yom Kippur, announcing the end of the old Jubilee cycle and proclaiming the beginning of the new one. Lev 25:9.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13-14
“And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet (Shofar), and they shall gather together his elect…”Mat 24:31
This is not a figure of speech; the second coming of the King of the Jews and of all peoples will be heralded by the blowing of trumpets on the only feast set aside for this sole purpose. This will happen precisely at the feast of trumpets as ordained by the Father. This is the only feast that no man knows the day or hour!
The second coming of the Jewish Messiah; our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus, the Christ!), shall be announced with the blowing of the trumpets. It appears that the arch angel accompanied by host of angels shall awaken the saints even as his first coming was first announced to a few by the angels.
“And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon.” 1Kings 1:34
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1Thes 4:16
The parallels in the Feast of Trumpets and the Rapture are truly stunning. Let us examine closely how this feast has been observed by Jews for centuries.
“Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.” Psalm 81:3
How These Fall Feasts Are Observed Today!
A closer scrutiny of how the feasts are observed will give us a deeper understanding of the parables of the end time in Matthew 13 and 25. If you notice the parables are punctuated with words of admonition such as ; «be
ready and watch ; the faithful and good servant contrasted with the unprofitable and slothful one ». In another parable we are commanded to watch and pray!
In the few days preceeding the feast, every one is busy watching for the sighting of the new moon.This feast is held the first day of the month of Tishrei, around September or October upon the very first sighting of the new moon. It lasts one day in Israel, and two outside of Israel. The interval of about four months between the previous Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) and the Feast of Trumpets is a dry period in Israel, but also a time when the harvest ripens. Spiritually, for true believers it should be a time to live soberly and righteously waiting and watching for the return while working hard to bring in the plentiful harvest.
Finally, when the new moon is sighted and confirmed by at least two witnesses, the high priest commands for the Shofar to be blown. The first day of the month of Tishrei is then officially declared. This marks the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets, the shofar blasts 100 times throughout Israel, to assemble the faithful and call them to the Temple. Everyone that is faithful must leave the work of the harvest and come to the feast. Hence two shall be in the field, one shall be taken and the other (non-observant Jew or Gentile) is left behind!
Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
This day of trumpets also marks the first day of the civil Jewish year, or Rosh Hashanah in Judaism.
In 1Corinthians 15:51-53, Paul speaks of the trumpet of God which will waken the dead and mark the day of the rapture of the Church. The Christians will stop the harvest to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus this day symbolizes the resurrection of all who are "dead in Christ," and the "changing in a wink of an eye" of all who are living.
The Two Harvests!
“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Mat 13:11
In the Parable of the tares in Mat.13, the scripture seems to imply two harvests in the end-time: the harvest of the Wheat and the harvest of the Tares. And so it is with the feast of Trumpets. In any harvest, there are
always the good seed and the bad husks, or chaff or tares that be must be discarded and burned. The procedure is always the same; you gather the bad seeds and burn them, the good seeds are gathered in the barn. However, our focus in this teaching is the in-gathering of the saints of the most high and not of the tares!
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. Mat 13:38-39
This is clearly a picture of the Rapture of the church in the end time immediately after the tribulation of those days alluded to by the Lord in Mat. 24:29! Understanding this feast has great significance for the church today, especially for those involved in the Lord’s works in these last days. Jesus Christ informed us that, “…the harvest is the end of the age”, Mat 13:39. The good news for the faithful ministers and evangelists is that we can expect more to respond to the Gospel of the kingdom in the time of the feast of Trumpets more than any other time since the history of the world including the time of the book of Acts. I truly believe we are about to enter this season in God’s prophetic timetable. Remember the Feast of Trumpets is only the first of the three last feasts called the fall or autumn feasts. The fall feasts are the feast of Trumpets known in Hebrew as Yom Teruah, the feast of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the feast of Tabernacle (Sukkot). The order of these feasts parallel the order of events as highlighted by Yeshua HaMashiach in His Olivet discourse in Matthew chapter twenty four.
Since the Messiah came the first time and fulfilled all the four spring feasts to the minutest detail, we can be certain that He will also fulfill the last three fall feasts in His second coming.
The rapture of the Church, which is also the day of the resurrection of the dead in Christ, should then happen during one of the next Feast of Trumpets. Could it be this coming Feast of Trumpet? No one knows for sure, but we are commanded to be watching and waiting for the next sliver of the new moon!
“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look
up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:27-28
One thing is certain, on a future Feast of Trumpet, upon the sighting of the new moon of Tishrei, the shofars will begin to sound from up above, on a day and hour like no other. The faithful observant saints shall look up and lift up their heads and behold; rather than a new moon; the Lord himself shall descend with the holy angels in great power and glory. And all shall see the ultimate epic fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets! Suddenly, The Day of the LORD will burst onto the world stage and into holy history. This will be an awesome day of mixed celebration and solemn awe of our God!
“For the grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” Titus 2:11-15
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.
Shalom Aleichem (Peace be unto you),
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