Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)
I usually use this newsletter to keep you informed of our ministry activities and give a short teaching. This month I feel like I should leave the normal template and share a teaching on “The Three Trumpets of the Festivals of the Lord” from a message which I have been preaching as of late. I hope that you will enjoy, be edified and learn something from this teaching!
“Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm 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:” Joel 2:1 (NKJV)
The blowing of the trumpet is seen several times in Scripture. Whenever a trumpet is blown it is usually for one of three reasons.
1. To call God’s people together for worship and service.
2. To call God’s people together in holy convocation with the Lord.
3. To call God’s people to battle.
In Leviticus 23, the Lord list seven festivals which are to be celebrated by His people. These are known as the Feasts of the Lord. Three of these always include the blowing of the trumpet!
The first is connected with the Day of Pentecost and is called “The First Trump.”
The second is connected to the Feast of Trumpets is called “The Last Trump.”
The third is connected to the Day of Atonement and is called “The Great Trump.”
Each of these trumpets indicates something about God’s plan and what He desires for our lives as the day of the Lord approaches.
I. The first trumpet sounded is called the First Trump! It is blown to call God’s people to worship and service before Him. It is connected with and sounded at Shavuot or Pentecost.
The Children of Israel had left Egyptian bondage and had come to Mt. Sinai where God gave them the Law (Torah). Exodus 19:18-20
This giving of the Law was an awesome experience:
1. The mountain was covered with smoke.
2. The whole mountain shook violently.
3. God’s trumpet (some say it was His voice) sounded so loudly that the people all trembled.
On this first Shavuot/Pentecost, God instructed His people through the Law as to how they were to live by giving them the Torah (literally “instruction” or “teaching”). The Torah was not a list of “do’s and don’ts” but a set of instructions on how to live to please Him and live a blessed life! It was given for their benefit, not as restriction or punishment! These were the instructions of the Father for His children which were designed to lead them to a blessed life, and to the Messiah!
Galatians 3:24 (CJB) “Accordingly, the Torah functioned as a custodian until the Messiah came, so that we might be declared righteous on the ground of trusting and being faithful.”
On the day of Pentecost described in Acts chapter 2, God gave the fullness of His Spirit to his people so that they might be able to live according to the Torah or the Law.
Before this day of Pentecost, God had lived WITH his people. But the things which happened on this day of Pentecost indicated that God was now living IN His people.
1. The sound of the rushing mighty wind which filled the house where the 120 were gathered, indicating that God was present.
2. The cloven tongues of fire that sat upon each of them, indicated that God was dwelling within each individual, just as He had inhabited the fiery burning bush from which He spoke to Moses and just as fire was manifested in both the Tabernacle and the Temple when He inhabited each of them!
God had now taken up residence in His people and had given them power so that they can both obey and fulfill the purpose of the law or teaching which you given them!
Together, these two days of Pentecost show the plan and purpose of God for each believer The first Pentecost showed how man was to serve God completely in every area of life. The Pentecost of Acts two gave man of power to serve God completely in every area of his life, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 4: 23, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
So, the first trumpet tells us how God desires for us to worship and serve him. It tells us that we are to serve him according to his word and live by the power of his Spirit!.
II. The second trumpet sounded is called the Last Trump! It is connected with and sounded at Rosh HaShana or the Feast of Trumpets and calls/will call the Lord’s people to Holy Convocation with Him!
Some things to note about Rosh HaShana:
1. It was the beginning of the Civil New Year. Rosh HaShana literally means “Head of the Year.”
2. Jewish tradition states that the world was created on this day.
3. Jewish tradition also implies that this will be the day of the Messiah’s coronation and the day on which He will take His bride.
There are other interesting implications:
1. It is called Teshuva or “repentance.”
2. It is called Yom Ha Din or “a day of judgment.”
3. It is known as the time of Jacob’s trouble when Israel begins to experience tribulation.
In short, the day has both joyous and foreboding implications.
Here is what Rosh HaShana/Feast of Trumpets should mean to believers.
1. It is known as Yom Teruah or the Day of the Awakening Blast of the trumpet! On this day it is believed that a great blast from the trumpet will cause the righteous dead to arise!
2. This feast is also known as the Opening of the Gates which speaks of the gates of heaven being open to receive the resurrected righteous ones!
3. This feast is also known as the Catching Away of the Righteous, both the quick and the dead, or the Rapture! (The Rapture is not a new doctrine, did not originate in the 1800s and is not a misinterpretation or misunderstanding of Scripture. It clearly has its roots in the feast of the Lord which are given in Leviticus chapter 23!)
4. The trumpet that is blown at the Feast of Trumpets is known as the Last Trump!
1 Corinthians 15:51–54 “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 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.””
(The Last Trump is not the seventh trumpet of Revelation 11, but it is the trumpet which is sounded at the Rapture!)
The Bible tells us of the following things will happen at the Rapture, according to 1 Thessalonians 4: 16–17.
1. The Lord Himself will with descend with a shout!
2. His shout will be like the voice of the archangel!
3. His shout will sound like a trumpet! What will he say? Perhaps John gives us a clue in Revelation 4:1. “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.””
4. His call for us to come to Him will be forever! “And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
The day when the feast of trumpets will be fulfilled is fast approaching! It is the next thing on God’s prophetic calendar! Only those who are watching for it will be ready for it!
III. The Great Trump! The Great Trump is the third trumpet of the feasts, is associated with Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement and is blown to call God’s people to battle!
Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement was the day when the high priest made sacrifice for the sins of the people of Israel.
1. The high priest could offer the blood of the sacrifice and the Holy of Holies to atone for the sins of the people.
2. The high priest would confess to sins of the people upon the head of the scapegoat which was then led out of the camp and abandoned in the Wilderness, symbolizing the removal of sin.
3. Through the ceremonies of this day the sins of the people were rolled forward so that they would not have to bear them. The nation was forgiven for another year.
(When Jesus came as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, forgiveness was provided for the sins of all men, not just Israel. But the symbolism of Yom Kippur was the salvation of Israel and the forgiveness of their sin.)
Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement had several names by which it was known:
1. It was known as “Face to Face” for on this day the high priest went into the Presence of the Lord to represent the people and to offer sacrifice.
2. It was known as “The Fast” for the fast was to be observed by all the people until they were sure that the sense of the nation had been forgiven.
3. It was known as “The Neilah” or the closing of the gates for it was believed that those who had not repented and have their name written in the book of life would have the gates of heaven closed before them and would not be permitted to enter in.
Yom Kippur is also known by two other names which help us to understand the Great Trump.
1. It is called “The Day,” “The Great Day” or “The Day of the Lord.” All of these titles indicate that this is a great and notable day. It is the day when the Lord returns to take vengeance upon His enemies. It is a date on which a great battle is fought and Israel is saved from her enemies! John describes this day in Revelation 19:11-16 “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. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 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. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
2. This day is also called “Shofar HaGadol” or “The Great Shofar” because of the trumpet that is sounded which calls God’s people to battle!
a. In Revelation 19:14, the Lord is followed by “the armies in heaven which are clothed in fine linen, white and clean”…”which is the righteousness of the saints.” Revelation 19:8
b. Zechariah 14:1a, 5b tells us, “Behold, the day of the Lord is coming… Thus the Lord my God will come. And all the saints with You.”
c. . Jude also confirms this by adding, “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude 14, 15
It is clear that at the Great Trump Jesus will come with the armies of heaven, the ten thousands of His saints, ALL of the saints. The purpose of the battle will be to execute judgment, to convict the ungodly of their deeds and all of the harsh things which they have spoken against him!
I trust that this short lesson has helped you to understand the three trumpets of the Festivals of the Lord. But more than that, I trust that this study will help you to be listening for the Trumpet of the Lord as the Day of the Lord approaches!
A Couple of Reminders!
We can always use your prayers as we endeavor to spread the Good News!
“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord’s message may spread rapidly and receive honor, just as it did with you;” 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (Complete Jewish Bible)
Pray for Israel and the situation in the Middle East!
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalm 122:6 (KJV)
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