25 Sep The Feast of Trumpets
In 2017, the Feast of Trumpets occur on September 21-22, which is Tishri 1-2 on the Hebrew/Jewish calendar. The Feast of Trumpets is absolutely paramount for all believers to understand and celebrate, because, on God’s appointed year, it will commence Messiah’s second coming events. Before we explore these incredible revelations, let us discover the importance of the Lord’s feasts. We find these prophetic feasts or “divine appointments” in Leviticus 23.
Leviticus 23:1-2, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are MY feasts.”
In Hebrew, the word for feasts is “Mo’ed,” which means a divine appointment (Strong’s #4150), and the Hebrew word for holy convocations is “Miqra,” which means a dress rehearsal (Strong’s #4744). Now, let us substitute the original context and meaning of these words into the text.
Leviticus 23:1-2, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The divine appointments of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be dress rehearsals, these are My divine appointments.”
In Leviticus 23, the Lord commanded Moses to prophesy about His feasts, or divine appointments. Please note, these are not Israel’s feasts nor the Jewish people’s feasts, but God’s feasts. Therefore, if you are saved by Yeshua (Jesus), you are grafted into God’s commonwealth of Israel (Rom. 11, Eph. 2:11-13). Additionally, if you are a “seed” of Yeshua, then you are Abraham’s seed, as well, and an heir to the everlasting promises (covenants), including the Lord’s feasts (Galatians 3:26-29).
The Lord declares that His feasts are His divine appointments, and He commands them to be “dress rehearsals,” which means they are to be celebrated each and every year. In doing so, His children (you and me) can understand when His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, will intercede with mankind and human history. Amazingly, the Lord’s seven feasts validates that He pre-ordained His Son’s first and second coming events in perfect correlation with them!
Messiah’s First Coming Events that Correlate to Leviticus 23 (The Lord’s Seven Feasts)
- The Feast of Passover (Crucified) (Matt. 26-27, Mark 15:1-41, Luke 22-23:1-49, John 13-19:1-37)
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Buried) (Matt. 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38:42)
- The Feast of FirstFruits (Resurrected) (Matt. 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20)
- The Feast of Shavuot (Poured His Spirit out) (Acts 1-2)
At Messiah’s first coming, He perfectly fulfilled the first four feasts of the Lord in Leviticus 23 to the exact day, hour, and detail of the ceremony! Please note, this is confirmed in all four Gospel accounts and in the book of Acts.
In the book of Revelation, the apostle John writes that Yeshua (Jesus) is the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). What does this mean? God Almighty is proclaiming through John that He is the King and Ruler of the Universe who preordains and controls everything according to His divine purposes and will, including His Son’s death, burial, resurrection, and the pouring out of His holy spirit. It would be foolish to believe that God was not in control of Messiah’s death at His First Coming and had to go to “plan B.” This mindset would minimize God’s righteous sovereignty, His divine being, and His omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent ways. Most certainly, God preordained Messiah’s first coming events in correlation to the first four feasts in Leviticus 23. Not only that, but He inspired King David to write the songs of His son’s death a thousand years in advance. (Hallel – Psalms 113-118, please see Psalms 118).
Now, before we proceed with exploring the Lord’s fifth feast, which is the Feast of Trumpets, let me ask you a very profound question. Do you believe God does not change and Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever? Do you believe there is no shadow of turning with Him? Do you truly believe this?
Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I do not change.”
Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
Therefore, it is absolutely essential and vital to understand that just as Messiah fulfilled the first four feasts of the Lord at His first coming, Passover (died), Unleavened Bread (buried), FirstFruits (resurrected), and Shavuot (Holy Spirit poured out), He will also fulfill the three fall feasts at His Second Coming; Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles! Additionally, just as the first four feasts of the Lord were fulfilled in the exact order in Leviticus 23, the three fall feasts will also be fulfilled in the exact order. In other words, just as Messiah’s resurrection (FirstFruits) could not have occurred before His crucifixion (Passover), or the pouring out of His holy spirit (Shavuot) before FirstFruits (resurrection), the same will be true for the three fall feasts; Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles.
Messiah’s Second Coming Events that Correlate to Leviticus 23 (Lord’s Seven Feasts)
5. The Feast of Trumpets
6. The Feast of Yom Kippur
7.The Feast of Tabernacles.
The Feast of Trumpets is the fifth feast, and it is Messiah’s next divine appointment to be fulfilled. Let us remember, Yeshua came to fulfill the Torah and the Prophets, which includes the Lord’s seven feasts.
Matthew 5:17-18, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Torah till ALL is fulfilled.”
As Messiah continues in Matthew 5, He gives all believers a stern warning about the Torah, which includes God’s seven feasts.
Matthew 5:19, “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
The Feast of Trumpets/ Yom Teruah/ Rosh Hashanah (Tishri 1-2) – 5th Feast – Unfulfilled
In 2017, the Feast of Trumpets occur on September 21-22 (Tishri 1-2). This feast is also called Yom Teruah, the “day of blowing,” and Rosh Hashanah, which means the “Head of the Year,” or the beginning of the Jewish New Year. It is the first day on the civil calendar, and it is when Adam first opened his eyes. Please note, the religious calendar begins on Nisan 1 (March/April), which substantiates Tishri as the seventh month on the religious calendar.
Leviticus 23:23-24, “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month (Tishri 1), you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation (dress rehearsal).”
Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah – Trumpets), begins the holiest month of the year (Tishri). God commanded the Feast of Trumpets to be celebrated as a “dress rehearsal” for the events that will occur on this commanded feast. When most believers think of trumpets, the book of Revelation comes to mind, and as we will discover, some of these events directly correlate to the Feast of Trumpets. Keep in mind, the Holy Bible explains that God will reward those who recognize the sound of the trumpet.
Psalm 89:15-16, “Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.”
As we briefly discussed, the Feast of Trumpets has different idioms or events that will occur on this day on God’s appointed year at the end of the age. It is imperative to understand that I am not setting dates in any way, but Messiah commanded us to understand and rehearse His feasts (Lev. 23, Matt. 5:17-20) and to also watch and understand the “times and the seasons” (Luke 21:36, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4, Rev. 3). Keep in mind, these events could be fulfilled on the same year during the seven-year tribulation period, or they could be spread throughout the seven years, with one event being fulfilled on each blast of the trumpet on Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets).
On God’s appointed year, these are the events that will occur on the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1-2).
- The Time of Jacob’s Trouble/ Seven-Year Tribulation Period
- The Day of the Awakening Blast/Rapture/Ienu/Natsaw
- The Day of Judgment (the opening of the books, the opening of the gates)
- The Hidden Day
- The Wedding of Messiah
- The Coronation of Messiah.
Please note, in the remaining of this article (part 1 of 4), we will explore the time of Jacob’s trouble, and how it will commence on the Feast of Trumpets. The remaining events of the Feast of Trumpets will be emailed separately before September 21st (Feast of Trumpets).
The Feast of Trumpets – The Time of Jacob’s Trouble – Seven Year Tribulation Period
Ezekiel 33:2-6, “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land (tribulation period), and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’”
The time of Jacob’s trouble will begin on God’s appointed year on the Feast of Trumpets, which will be the first day of the seven-year tribulation period. It will be a marker of warning to those who “do not know the joyful sound of the trumpet” (Psalm 89:15-16). Keep in mind, the seven-year tribulation period is the last seven years of the age before Messiah’s second coming and millennial reign. The prophet Zephaniah prophesied about this horrific period of time in the future.
Zephaniah 1:14-16, “The great day of the Lord is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm (Teruah/Trumpets) against the fortified cities and against the high towers.”
Zephaniah proclaims the seven-year tribulation period will be a time of wrath, trouble, distress, desolation, and darkness (Rev. 6-19). He also prophesies the tribulation period will be “a day of trumpet and alarm (Teruah),” which validates it will commence on the Feast of Trumpets. The prophet Joel also substantiates the seven-year tribulation period will begin on the Feast of Trumpets, and he provides us with great wisdom of how devastating and destructive this period of time will be on earth. Messiah Himself also proclaims it will be the most the horrific and terrible time in the history of the world.
Joel 2:1-11, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm (Teruah) in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand: A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been (Antichrist and his armies); Nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations. A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; The land is like the Garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them. Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like swift steeds, so they run. With a noise like chariots over mountaintops they leap, like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble, like a strong people set in battle array. Before them the people writhe in pain; All faces are drained of color. They run like mighty men, they climb the wall like men of war; Every one marches in formation, and they do not break ranks. They do not push one another; Every one marches in his own column. Though they lunge between the weapons, they are not cut down. They run to and fro in the city, they run on the wall; They climb into the houses, they enter at the windows like a thief. The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble; The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars diminish their brightness (Joel 2:30-32, Matt. 24). The Lord gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; For strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; Who can endure it?”
Matthew 24:21-22, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”
In summary, on God’s appointed year on the Feast of Trumpets, the seven-year tribulation period will begin. Blessed are those who know the sound of the trumpet to be delivered from that time, which we will discuss in part two of this series.
The Rapture/Ienu/Natsaw/The Day of the Awakening Blast
In part two of this Feast of Trumpets series, we will discover an incredible event that will occur on this feast on God’s appointed year, called “the day of the awakening blast,” the Ienu, the Natsaw, or better known today as, the Rapture.
Psalms 47:5, “God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.”
Yom Teruah, which is another name for the Feast of Trumpets, means “shout, blow, alarm, or blast” (Strong’s # 8643). This provides wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that the Rapture will occur on God’s appointed year on the Feast of Trumpets.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “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.”
The apostle Paul is referring to the Rapture, “the day of the awakening blast,” as he prophesies about the believers who will be “caught up in the air.” This event will occur on the Feast of Trumpets when “the Lord descends with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.” Please note, it is important to understand the believers will “meet the Lord in the air,” confirming this event is the Rapture (catching away) and not Messiah’s second coming, which will occur on the sixth feast, the Feast of Yom Kippur. At Messiah’s second coming (Yom Kippur), He places His feet on the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4). In other words, the Rapture and the Second Coming are two separate events, because the Rapture is the “catching away of the saints when believers meet the Lord in the air,” and the Second Coming is when “Messiah places His feet on the Mount of Olives.” As previously discussed in part one, just as Adam rose from the dust on this day and opened his eyes (Tishri 1 -Trumpets), the dead in Messiah will also rise on this very day from the dust of the earth. On God’s appointed year, when the “trumpet of God” sounds the day of the awakening blast (Teruah), those who are saved in Messiah, dead and alive, will be “caught up in the air to meet Him!”
Isaiah 26:19, “Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing (Trumpets/Teruah/awakening blast), you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” (Also see Ephesians 5:14)
To further correlate the Rapture (Ienu/Natsaw) to the Feast of Trumpets, let us discover how the Feast of Trumpets became a two-day feast (Tishri 1-2). It is a two-day feast because of the Diaspora, or the scattering of the children of Israel among the nations after the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian Empire (Jer. 25). It is important to note the Feast of Trumpets is the only feast that is celebrated on the new moon. Accordingly, once the leaders confirmed what day the new moon fell on, they could mark the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets and the other feasts. However, because the children of Israel were scattered among the nations after the destruction of Jerusalem, the only way they could communicate with one another and observe the Feast of Trumpets was by lighting fires on the mountaintops. Nevertheless, by the time they were able to spread the word about the marking of the new moon and observe the Feast of Trumpets, the day was over. Therefore, the Feast of Trumpets was observed for two days to ensure that all of the children of Israel could observe the feast, as commanded by God (Lev. 23). In Jewish tradition, it is known as the feast that “no one would know the day or the hour it came,” because of the Diaspora and the time it took to light the fires on the mountaintops over the land.
Matthew 24:36,40,44, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Messiah is prophesying about the Rapture (one will be taken (believer) and one left (unbeliever)), as He explains no one knows the day or hour (from the tradition above), which confirms it will occur on the Feast of Trumpets! In Messiah’s day, the children of Israel were very familiar with the Diaspora, because it resulted in the Feast of Trumpets to be known as “the feast that nobody knew the day or the hour it came.” When Yeshua (Jesus) proclaims, “no one knows the day or hour,” the disciples would have understood He was speaking about the Feast of Trumpets. In other words, Messiah is telling us the Rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets by using a Jewish tradition as its reference point (Jesus is Jewish). Furthermore, as Messiah concludes His prophecy, He gives us a parable about the master and the thief. One would think that if He did not want us to understand the Feast of Trumpets and its events (Rapture), He would not have given us this parable for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
As we proceed in correlating the Rapture to the Feast of Trumpets, it is paramount to understand that on Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), the trumpet (shofar) is blown 100 times. There are three different sounds by the trumpet on Rosh Hashanah; Tekiah, which is one long blast, Shevarim, which is three short blasts, and Teruah, which is nine quick blasts in succession. Remember, Teruah means “sounding the alarm.”
In Numbers 10:9, God declares, “when the enemy comes to oppress you, if you blow an alarm with the shofar, He will remember you and save you from your enemy!”
The series is blown 11 times, totaling 99 blasts, and the last blast, the 100 blast, is known as Tekiah Gedolah, or the “Last Trump.” Below is an example of the shofar being blown 100 times in this sequence, Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, and Tekiah Gedolah. Tekiah Gedolah, the “Last Trump” is at the 2:10 mark.
Now, let us understand the three different trumpets. The Lord’s fourth feast, the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) (Lev. 23), is known as the “First Trump.” The Feast of Trumpets, the fifth feast, is known as the “Last Trump,” and the Feast of Yom Kippur, the sixth feast, is known as the “Great Trump” (Second Coming). Again, the trumpets align in sequence of the feasts, as the last trump (Trumpets – fifth feast – Tishri 1-2) will be blown before the great trumpet (Yom Kippur – sixth feast- Tishri 10). Let us further validate that the “day of the awakening blast (Rapture/Ienu/Natsaw) will occur on the Feast of Trumpets.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53, “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.”
The apostle Paul confirms the Rapture will occur on the last trump, which is the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah). All believers, dead and alive, will be changed in the “twinkling of an eye,” when we hear the sound of Tekiah Gedolah (last trump). We can have confidence the “last trump” will sound very similar to the example in the video, however, it will be the greatness of the voice of the Lord! (See Exodus 19, Psalm 29, Revelation 1:10-11).
The Rapture is one of the most debated topics among Bible scholars and prophecy teachers. There are several theories when the Rapture will occur; pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, post-tribulation, pre-wrath, post-wrath, etc. I am “trumpet tribulation,” which means, I will be ready on the Feast of Trumpets whenever God’s appointed year comes for this event to be fulfilled. Keep in mind, if we are “rehearsing” the Feast of Trumpets as the Lord commands (Lev. 23), we will be ready for the Rapture on whatever year it will take place.
With that being said, let us discover some of the Scriptures that points towards a pre-tribulation Rapture, which is when I believe it will occur. As we discussed in part one, the seven-year tribulation will also occur on the Feast of Trumpets. Therefore, the fulfillment of these two events on the Feast of Trumpets, along with other prophecies, will mark the commencement of the final seven years before Messiah’s second coming and millennial reign. This would mean that the faithful in Messiah would be delivered from this horrific time, as the unfaithful are left behind and tested through the seven-year tribulation period. During this cataclysmic time, the unbelievers will have seven years to accept Jesus as their Messiah. Let us review some of the passages that point to a pre-tribulation Rapture.
Revelation 3:10-11, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth (tribulation period).”
The hour of trial is the tribulation period, and Yeshua declares that He will keep the faithful believers from it. In the book of Revelation, the saints are mentioned eighteen times in chapters 1,2,3. Beginning in chapter 4, the saints are not mentioned until chapter 19. What happens in chapters 4-19? The seven-year tribulation period (21 Judgments – 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls). During chapters 4-19, John speaks of the two witnesses, the Antichrist, the 144,000 remnant, the angels, the false prophet, etc., but he never mentions the saints until Chapters 19-20 (Heaven and the Kingdom). Why? It seems the saints will have been raptured simultaneously with the beginning of the tribulation period on the Feast of Trumpets.
Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
At Messiah’s Olivet Discourse, He warns believers about the horrific events that will occur during the tribulation period. He proclaims that if the faithful believers pray and watch, then we will be counted worthy to escape from this period of time.
1 Thessalonians 5:1,4,9, “But concerning the times and the seasons (feasts), brethren, you have no need that I should write to you because you are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. For God did not appoint us to wrath (tribulation period), but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul tells the Thessalonians (faithful church) there is no need to discuss the feasts of the Lord with them, because they were faithful, praying, and watching, and that Day would not come upon them as a thief in the night. He continues to proclaim that “God did not appoint the faithful and watchful believers to wrath (tribulation period), but to obtain salvation through Messiah.”
Psalm 27:5, “For in the time of trouble (tribulation) He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
Come as a Thief in the Night
In the Holy Bible, Messiah and Paul use the phrase “thief in the night.” In Jewish tradition, the high priest was known as a “thief in the night.” Why? At night, the high priest would check on the temple guards to see if they were asleep while on duty. If they were, as punishment, the high priest would get coals from the alter and light the temple guard’s clothes on fire. When the guards realized their clothes were on fire, they would shed their clothes and run through the temple courts naked to get more clothes. As a result, the high priest was known as a “thief in the night to those who were sleeping.” When Messiah and Paul taught in this terminology and tradition, the children of Israel would have understood its reference point, which is the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah). Who will Messiah come to as a thief in the night?
The Lukewarm Church
Revelation 3:16-18, “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’–and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”
Messiah proclaims that the wealthy lukewarm church, which is neither hot nor cold, is truly “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (from tradition above). He continues to prophesy that if the lukewarm church becomes faithful (buy His gold refined in the fire), they will become rich (saved) and receive white garments, and the shame of their nakedness will not be revealed (tradition above). When Messiah speaks of “white garments,” He is referencing Revelation 19:11-16, as the faithful believers will be cleansed and clothed with white garments at the time of His Second Coming (Yom Kippur). Certainly, Messiah will come as a thief in the night to the lukewarm church, which is a prosperity-loving church that is really wretched, miserable, blind, poor, and naked.
Revelation 16:15, “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
The Dead Church
Revelations 3:1-3, “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”
Messiah is speaking to the “dead church,” not the faithful church. He is warning the dead church to repent and watch, or He will come upon them as a thief in the night, which again, refers to Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets.
Matthew 25:8-13, “And the foolish virgins said to the wise virgins, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom (Messiah) came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding (idiom for Trumpets); and the door was shut. Afterward the foolish virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
Messiah is clearly speaking to the foolish virgins, because they were not watching, prepared, and did not understand the time of His arrival (Luke 19:41-44). When the Lord declares, “for you neither know the day nor the hour,” He is referring to the Feast of Trumpets, the feast “no one knew the day or hour it came,” because of the Diaspora (from tradition above). The wise virgins were watching and prepared, thus, understanding the time of His arrival.
Accordingly, based on the Scriptures above, Messiah only comes as a thief in the night to the dead church and the lukewarm church. This is why it is wise for us to celebrate and rehearse the Feast of Trumpets, so that we will know the joyful sound! According to the Word of God, on God’s appointed year, the “day of the awakening blast, the Ienu, the Natsaw, or better known today as the Rapture, will occur on the Feast of Trumpets!
Psalm 89:15, “Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound (trumpet)!
Feast of Trumpets – Yom HaDin/ Day of Judgment/Opening of the Books/Gates, Yom Hakeseh – The Hidden Day
In part three of this Feast of Trumpets series, we will discover two incredible events that will occur on this feast on God’s appointed year. One of the events is called Yom Hadin, which is the opening of the books or gates, or better known today as “the day of judgment.” The other event is called Yom Hakeseh, or the “hidden day.”
Acts 17:29-31, “Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man (Messiah) whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Yom Hadin, which is the opening of the books and gates and the day of judgment, will take place on the Feast of Trumpets on God’s appointed year. Every year on Rosh Hashanah (Tishri 1 – Trumpets), the rabbinical thought is that the doors of the heavenly court are opened and court is in session for ten days. During the “ten days of awe” unto the Feast of Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement (Tishri 10), God determines the judgments, whether good or bad, for all human beings on earth for the coming year. Please note, the number ten is one of God’s perfect numbers (1,3,7,10,12), and it signifies the perfection of Divine order. Ten is the completeness of order, and substantiates the whole cycle is complete. (E.W. Bullinger, Number in Scripture). On Yom Kippur, the doors of the court are closed and the judgment, whether good or bad, is meted out (We will discover the Feast of Yom Kippur after the Feast of Trumpets). This is the reason the Feast of Trumpets symbolizes repentance, and the Feast of Yom Kippur, redemption (Please do not confuse with the Feast of Passover). We have to repent to be redeemed, thus the reason the Feast of Trumpets comes before Yom Kippur. After Yom Kippur is the Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 15-21), which symbolizes rejoicing!
Symbolization of the Lord’s three fall feasts:
Feast of Trumpets – Repent
Feast of Yom Kippur – Redeem
Feast of Tabernacles – Rejoice
The apostle Paul (Sha’ul) explains that everyone must appear before the judgment seat of Messiah.
2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
1 Corinthians 3:12-13, “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it”
Again, the books are opened on the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1), and they are closed on Yom Kippur (Tishri 10). “The Day,” is Yom Kippur (Tishri 10), when the books are closed and the Lord’s judgment is meted out.
The prophet Daniel provides great wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of Yom Hadin. In Daniel 7, he received an end of the age vision of God Almighty sitting on His eternal throne, as He will render a righteous verdict for the saints and a judgment on the Antichrist/Satan. Please note, this will occur on the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1), but will be meted out ten days later at Messiah’s second coming (Yom Kippur).
Daniel 7:9-11,21-22, “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened (Trumpets – Tishri 1). I was watching; and the same horn (Satan/Antichrist) was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days (God) came, and a judgment (Yom Kippur) was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom (Second Coming and Millennial Reign).”
Daniel is prophesying about the Day of Judgment (Yom Hadin) at the end of the age, because, “ten thousands times ten thousands stood before Him, the court was seated, and the books were opened,” which will occur on Rosh Hashanah (Trumpets). He proceeds to explain how the Lord God will execute a righteous rendered verdict for the saints and a judgment upon Satan and the Antichrist, which will be meted out at Messiah’s second coming. This is the same vision the apostle John saw in the book of Revelation.
Revelation 4:1-2, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open (gate) in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.”
Revelation 5:11-13, “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
John explains that all of mankind, including every creature that is in heaven, on the earth, under the earth, and such as are in the sea, will attend this event when the books are opened on Judgment Day. As prophesied, this is when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, “blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11)
The prophets Daniel and John had visions of the same event that will occur on Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, which is the opening of the gates and the books for Judgment Day.
Psalm 24:7-10, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.”
Psalm 118:19-20, “Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord, through which the righteous shall enter.”
The Lord has invited you to walk through His doors and gates, which will occur on Rosh Hashanah. Will you enter? If so, it would be wise to celebrate this “dress rehearsal” as we prepare for the fulfillment of this incredible event! On God’s appointed year, Yom Hadin, which is the opening of the books and gates and the Day of Judgment, will occur on the Feast of Trumpets!
Feast of Trumpets – Yom Hakeseh-The Hidden Day-Unfulfilled
Yom Hakeseh, or the “hidden day,” will also occur on the Feast of Trumpets on God’s appointed year. The prophet Isaiah gives us great wisdom, knowledge, and understanding about the “hidden day.”
Isaiah 26:20-21, “Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past (tribulation). For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity (Second Coming); The earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.”
Isaiah declares there will be a specific time that God’s people will enter into their chambers, shut the doors, and hide themselves until the indignation (tribulation) is over, because the Lord will come to punish the world at His Second Coming (Yom Kippur).
Psalm 27:5, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
King David also gives us great insight about the “hidden day,” and he explains that “in the time of trouble (tribulation period), He will hide the faithful in His tabernacle and set us high upon a rock.”
The prophet Zephaniah gives us insight on how horrific the Day of the Lord will be, and also the mystery behind the “hidden day.”
Zephaniah 1:14-16, “The great day of the Lord is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm (Trumpets) against the fortified cities and against the high towers.”
Zephaniah 2:1-4, “Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, before the decree (judgment/verdict) is issued (Yom Kippur), or the day passes like chaff, before the Lord’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you (Yom Kippur)! Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger (Yom Kippur).”
On God’s appointed year, Yom Hakeseh, the “hidden day,” will occur on the Feast of Trumpets!
As we conclude this Feast of Trumpets series, we will discover the final two events that will occur on this feast on God’s appointed year. One of the events is called Ha Kiddushin, which is the Wedding of the Messiah, and the other event is called Ha Melech, or the Coronation of the Messiah.
Feast of Trumpets – Ha Kiddushin/Nisu’in/ Wedding of the Messiah
Before we proceed, let me ask you a very profound question. Do you want to be at the Wedding of the Messiah? I am sure the answer is a resounding yes! Then, it would be wise to observe and celebrate the “dress rehearsal” (Lev. 23:1-2) of the wedding every year on the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1-2) until that glorious day arrives. In other words, if you were about to be married, would not your betrothed be upset with you for not attending the dress rehearsal before the wedding? Or if you were the Best Man or Maid of Honor at a wedding, and you skipped the dress rehearsal, would not the bride and groom be upset with you for not attending? How would you understand what to do at the wedding? Assuredly, Messiah feels the same way if we do not pray, meditate, celebrate, and proclaim the “dress rehearsals” of His feasts (Lev. 23), which includes His wedding ceremony that will occur on the Feast of Trumpets.
It is important to note that according to the Holy Bible, the commonwealth of Israel is the bride of the Bridegroom (Messiah) (Jer. 3), and ultimately, the New Jerusalem (Eternity). All believers, Jews and Gentiles, are grafted into, and included in the commonwealth of the Israel of God (Eph. 2:11-13, Rom. 11, Gal. 3:26-29).
Revelation 21:2, “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (Messiah).”
Hosea 2:16,19-20, “And it shall be, in that day,” says the Lord, “That you (Israel) will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master.’ I will betroth you (Israel) to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you (Israel) to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord.”
Isaiah 62:5, “For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom (Messiah) rejoices over the bride (Israel), so shall your God rejoice over you (believers).” (Isaiah is prophesying about Jerusalem/Israel in Isaiah 62, not individual believers).
John the Baptist and Messiah provides great wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the bride, the bridegroom, and the friends of the bridegroom.
John 3:29, “He who has the bride (Israel) is the bridegroom (Messiah); but the friend (believers) of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice (Feast of Trumpets).”
John 15:14-16, “You are My friends (believers) if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
The prophet Joel gives us great insight into the Wedding of Messiah (Ha Kiddushin), as the Bridegroom (Messiah) will come out of His chamber and the bride (Israel) from her dressing room!
Joel 2:15-16, “Blow the trumpet in Zion (Israel), consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom (Messiah) go out from his chamber, and the bride (Israel) from her dressing room.”
The Hebrew word for dressing room is chuppah, which is a traditional wedding canopy under which Jewish couples are married. Joel explains the Wedding of Messiah and His bride will occur at the sound of the trumpet, which refers to the Feast of Trumpets. At the wedding of Messiah, both man and woman will become righteous through the Lord God of Israel, Yeshua (Jesus)!
Jeremiah 23:5-6, “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness (Yeshua/Jesus); A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which HE will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Jeremiah 33:15-16, “In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which SHE will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’”
Who will be able to attend the Wedding of Messiah?
Only the Jews and Gentiles that believe God has raised Yeshua from the dead, and who have confessed with their mouth that He is the King and Messiah of the world! When a person becomes saved by the Lord, that person is loved tremendously by Him, just as a bridegroom loves His bride!
Romans 10:8-10, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
John 14:1-4,6, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Amen.
In Matthew 22, Messiah gives mankind a stern warning as He tells the parable of a wedding feast. He proclaims the kingdom of heaven is like a king (God) who held a marriage for his son (Jesus), and he sent his servants to call those (believers) to the wedding who had been sent personal invitations (v.v. 2-3). However, they would not come! Can you believe it? Therefore, the king (God) sent out more servants, telling those (believers) who were invited that it was time (Feast of Trumpets) for the wedding (v.4). Nevertheless, the people (lukewarm and dead church) made light of it, went their own way, being more concerned about worldly pleasures (v.5). Finally, the king (God) declares those (lukewarm and dead church) who were initially invited to the wedding were no longer worthy to come, as they declined the invitation (v.8). Accordingly, the king (God) commissioned the servants to invite all of the people they could find, so the wedding would be furnished with guests (v.v. 9-10). However, when the King (God) came to the wedding, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment, so He said to His servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (v.v.11-13).
Most certainly, Messiah is declaring a stern, yet clear warning to all believers about understanding His divine appointments that are mentioned in Leviticus 23, which includes His incredible wedding event that will occur on the Feast of Trumpets. Make no mistake, God Almighty, who is the Great I Am, the Ancient of Days, has sent His personal invitation for you to come to His Son’s wedding. Will you accept it?
As Messiah closed His wise parable in Matthew 22, He concludes with a profound decree.
Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
On God’s appointed year, Ha Kiddushin (Nesuin), the Wedding of the Messiah, will occur on the Feast of Trumpets!
Revelation 19:7-9, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife (Israel) has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous ACTS of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”
Feast of Trumpets – Ha Melech/Coronation of the Messiah
The final event that will occur on Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, is the Coronation of Messiah as King!
Psalm 98:6-9, “With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King (Feast of Trumpets). Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity” (Yom Kippur/Second Coming).
Before Messiah comes to judge the earth on the Feast of Yom Kippur (Tishri 10), the Day of Atonement (Second Coming), He is coronated as King ten days before on the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1). Remember, the feasts of the Lord will occur in the exact order as prophesied in Leviticus 23:
- Trumpets Events (See parts 1-3): (Tishri 1)
- Tribulation Period
- The opening of the books/gates
- The Hidden Day
- The Wedding of the Messiah
- The Coronation of Messiah
- Yom Kippur (Second Coming – Tishri 10)
- Tabernacles (Millennial Reign – Tishri 15-22)
Therefore, the Feast of Yom Kippur will come after all of the events (idioms) of the Feast of Trumpets, including the coronation of Messiah as King. The Apostle John validates this order in the book of Revelation.
Revelation 19:11-15, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns (Trumpets). He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses (Yom Kippur). Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron (Tabernacles).
Revelation 19:11-16 is a vivid description of Messiah’s second coming, and it gives us great knowledge about the sequence of the Lord’s three unfulfilled fall feasts in Leviticus 23. As Messiah returns to Earth for His second coming, John prophesies He will be crowned, which validates that His coronation event on the Feast of Trumpets will have been fulfilled before He returns to Earth on Yom Kippur (Second Coming). Please note, since the coronation event will have already taken place, all of the other events on the Feast of Trumpets will have been fulfilled, as well, because the coronation of Messiah is the final event of the feast. John continues to proclaim Messiah’s second coming by describing the saints wearing white. This confirms His second coming will occur on the Feast of Yom Kippur, because it was the only day the high priest would wear white and atone for the nation of Israel’s sins (Lev. 16), which is exactly what Yeshua (Jesus) will do when He returns. We will discuss this in great detail in next week’s article. Subsequently, John prophesies Messiah will rule the nations with a rod of iron, which will occur after His second coming and during His millennial reign (1,000-year reign from Jerusalem) (See Psalm 2). Amazingly, Rev. 19:11-16 perfectly correlates to the sequence of events in the final three fall feasts: Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles.
Now, let us explore the coronation of Messiah as King with “the giving of the decree.”
Giving the Decree
Psalm 2:6-9, “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.” “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Also see Numbers 24:17)
Genesis 49:10, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh (Hell) comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.”
Hebrews 1:8, “But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”
Ceremony of the Taking of the Throne
Revelation 4:1-11, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne (Messiah). And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
The Acclamation and People Come and Pledge Allegiance
Psalm 47 is known as the coronation song, and it most likely will be sung at Messiah’s coronation.
Psalm 47: “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph (Trumpets)! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. He will choose our inheritance for us, the excellence of Jacob (Israel) whom He loves. Selah. God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet (Trumpets). Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.”
On God’s appointed year, Ha Melech, the Coronation of the Messiah, will occur on the Feast of Trumpets!
In conclusion of the Feast of Trumpet series, let us recall the original meaning of Leviticus 23 (I have substituted the original Hebrew meaning of the words – See part one)
Leviticus 23:1-2, “Leviticus 23:1-2, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The divine appointments of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be dress rehearsals, these are MY divine appointments.”
The Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah is symbolized with trumpets (shofars), alarms, and shouting throughout the Holy Bible. Messiah’s second coming events (idioms) for the Feast of Trumpets are:
- The Seven-Year Tribulation Period
- The Rapture/Ienu/Natsaw/The Day of the Awakening Blast
- The Day of Judgment (opening of the books and of the gates),
- The Hidden Day
- The Wedding of Messiah
- The Coronation of Messiah
On God’s appointed year or years, these extraordinary events will be fulfilled in exact order on the Feasts of Trumpets. God Almighty has sent you an invitation to His feasts, which includes the Feast of Trumpets. I pray that you will be a wise virgin, and not a foolish one (Matt. 25), and accept this incredible invitation to participate in the Lord’s dress rehearsals, awaiting for the ultimate fulfillment of these awesome divine appointments! Enjoy the Feasts of the Lord! May God bless and protect you and your family. In the name of Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus the Messiah, the eternal and everlasting God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David. Amen, Amen, and Amen!