The Feast of Trumpets.
The 3 spring Feasts were fulfilled at Jesus 1st coming.
The 3 fall Feasts will be fulfilled at His 2nd coming.
The Feast of Trumpets is the 1st of the fall feasts (Rosh Hashanah) The 1st day of the Jewish New Year
Many believe this day points to the Rapture of the Church when the Messiah Jesus will appear in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church.
The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.
The Feasts of Israel.
Three Annual Feasts
Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year:
You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty);
and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labours which you have sown in the field;
and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field.
The Feast of unleavened bread:
The Feast of First Fruits:
The Feast of unleavened bread and the Feast of First Fruits:
Delivered from the penalty of sin.
Delivered from the power of sin.
The Feast of First Fruits:
Delivered from the presence of sin.
The Feast of First Fruits.
The Feast of Passover: had to do with “Peace with God”
The Feast of Unleavened bread and Feast of First Fruits: had to do with the “Peace of God”
The Feast of The Feast of Pentecost: has to do with the “Power of God”
The Feast of Pentecost is the 4th step that the believer must take towards the “Rest of God” which is typified by the Feast of Tabernacles.
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
The personal aspect of the Feast of First Fruits.
The fourth feast, that is Pentecost, pointed towards the time that the Holy Spirit would be poured out to empower God’s New Covenant people to be witnesses for the Lord. However they had to be prepared by the first 3 feasts as Jesus said….
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost.
New wine calls for new wineskins.
2 Corinthians 5:17.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
The Spring Feasts.
The Feast of Passover & Unleavened Bread & the Feast of First Fruits were all fulfilled at Jesus Christ’s first coming.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8.
Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch as you really are.
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 15:20,23.
But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order, Christ the first fruits, afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
The Feast of Pentecost.
The Feast of Pentecost runs parallel with the order of the bridegroom making a covenant with his bride called a ketubah.
This happened at Mount Sinai when God made a covenant with Israel in the month of Sivan which is the month of Pentecost.
God said, Behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, declares the LORD.
This covenant was a marriage contract written upon tablets and sealed with the sprinkling of blood (Ex 24:1-8). A contract that could not be fulfilled by Israel therefore God sought for a new covenant. On Pentecost, God sent His Holy Spirit to write this new covenant on our hearts by the Spirit as Paul says,
2 Cor 3:5-6.
Our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
After a bridegroom gave his bride a contract and made a covenant with her he would give her gifts called a mattan and the father would give her gifts as well called the shiluhhim. These gifts sustained his bride for the duration of their separation till their wedding day. The gift given by Jesus Christ and the Father was the gift of the Holy Spirit to sustain us till Jesus returns for His bride.
This was fulfilled at Pentecost fifty days after the resurrection of the Messiah.
We ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons.
The Three Annual Festivals.
The Autumn Feasts relate to Kingdom/ political issues rather than the High Priestly/ religious matters that we saw Jesus address in the spring feasts during His first coming 2,000 years ago.
Back then we saw Him ride into Jerusalem on a donkey as the Suffering Servant, but when Messiah returns this next time, He will come as the Conquering King.
Hosea 6:1-2. Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
2 Peter 3:8. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Daniel’s 70 weeks.
Seventy sevens are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven sevens, and sixty-two sevens. It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens, the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one seven. In the middle of the seven he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Daniel’s 70 weeks.
The 70 Weeks Prophecy are ten 49 year Jubilee cycles of 490 Biblical years. These 70 weeks of years take us right through to the climax at the very last day of the age. The ten Jubilees, 490 Biblical years, or seventy sevens are the time God has "determined" for His Holy City and His holy people Daniel 9:24. From Daniel 9:27 we see that there are seven years remaining out of those 490 years.
There are 4 of these 70 Weeks of years in Jewish history.
From the birth of Abraham to the Exodus
Abram 75 years old at Covenant 75
Law given 430 years later 430
but Ishmael usurped for 15 years -15 is 490
From the Exodus to the dedication of the Temple
Wilderness wanderings 40
Canaan conquest 20
Saul, David & Solomon 94
-114 (years of oppression)
If you subtract the years of oppression Mesopotamia 8, Moab 18, Canaanites 20, Midianites 7, Amon and Philistia 18, Abimalech 3 and the Philistines 40 and you are left with 490 years.
3) From the dedication of the Temple to the Edict of Artaxerxes.
Temple dedication to Edict 560
Captivity in Babylon -70
4) Edict of Artaxerxes to the 2nd coming
Edict to Crucifixion 483
Time of the Gentiles ???
The end of Daniel’s 69th week was marked with the Anointed One (Jesus Christ) been cut off. This was fore-shadowed in the Feast of Passover which was the 1st of the spring Feasts.
The Feast of Trumpets marks the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week or the 7 year tribulation period starting with a 7 year treaty that the Anti-Christ enters into with Israel.
The Feast of Atonement marks end of this 7 year period, the final day of this age, a day of Judgement.
During the first 3.5 years of the Tribulation period the new world order that is portrayed by the 10 horn beast is cloaked with the compromised Church ie: The Harlot, but in the middle of this 7 year the Beast or Anti-Christ shows his true colours.
In the first 1260 day period, the Harlot Church rules or presumes to rule, merely paving the way for the Anti-Christ.
Modern false dominion theology proponents will make the acceptance of the deception of the Anti-Christ very easy as many will feel this is the proof that these false prophets are men of God. A religeous leader who claims to be the Messiah, will rule the world.
Great Tribulation starts midway through 7 year covenant.
Daniel 9:27. He will confirm a covenant with many for one seven. In the middle of the seven he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Daniel 7:25. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.
Revelation 12:6. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Revelation 13:5. The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.
Daniel 12:11-12. From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days..
The Feasts of Trumpets.
The Festival of Trumpets
The Lord said to Moses, Say to the Israelites: On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of Sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.
Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year is called the Feast of Trumpets in the Bible because it begins the Jewish High Holy Days and Ten Days of Repentance with the blowing of the ram's horn, the shofar, calling God's people together to repent from their sins.
This feast was also referred to as the “Last Trumpet”.
It got this name because tradition has it that the trump or rams horn was blown for thirty days up till the feast and then the last trump was blown signalling the celebration of the feast.
These two idioms for the Feast of Trumpets give us insight into the Jewish mind. This is reflected in Paul’s letter,
1 Cor. 15:51-52.
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 imperishable, and we shall be changed.
The last trumpet is referring to the Feast of Trumpets and reveals the day of the resurrection of the Saints and catching away or rapture. (unveilingthebride.com)
A special season known as ‘Teshuvah’ which in Hebrew means “to return or repent”, begins on the first day of the month of Elul and continues 40 days, ending with Yom Kippur.
Thirty days into Teshuvah, on Tishrei 1, comes Rosh HaShanah.
This begins a final ten-day period beginning on Rosh HaShanah and ending on Yom Kippur. These are known as the High Holy Days and as the Awesome Days.
The Sabbath that falls within this ten-day period is called ‘Shabbat Shuvah’, the Sabbath of Return.
Five days after Yom Kippur is ‘Sukkot’, the Feast of Tabernacles. Teshuvah begins on Elul 1 and concludes on Tishrei 10, Yom Kippur.
Each morning during the 30 days of the month of Elul, the trumpet (shofar) or ram’s horn is blown to warn the people to repent and return to God.
The Feast of Trumpets is the best fit for the rapture of the bride and is consistent with Jewish marriage customs.
We need to look at the Feast with Jewish eyes. The Jews had several idioms for the Feast of Trumpets that are significant in identifying the nature of this feast.
The feast was referred as “No one knows the day or hour”.
It was referred to this because it was celebrated by the first appearing of the moon. This could be difficult if there was any overcast, therefore, the feast could be delayed.
No one literally knew the day or hour it would be celebrated. If after two days the new moon could not be detected then it was celebrated. The two days were considered one. (unveilingthebride.com)
Are you ready for the Rapture?
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.
According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Luke 21: 25-28. And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
“Will you accept God’s invitation according to His schedule, or must He accept your invitation on your schedule?” asked Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons”, which describes the astronomical series of lunar eclipses, or tetrads, that occur this year and next on Jewish holy days.
NASA says tetrads have occurred previously, but these events are happening on the biblical holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, in 2014 and 2015.
When tetrads have occurred in the past on these holidays they have coincided with momentous events in the history of the Jewish people. The 1967 Six-Day War and the 1948 resurrection of the nation of Israel are two examples.
Mark Biltz also through research of Nasa’s data on eclipses, realised that there had not been 4 blood moons in a row in the 1600’s the 1700’s or the 1800’s, yet in the 1900’s there were these 2.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/ 2014/ 07/ blood-moons-expert-get-on-gods-calendar/ #sVWk0d13IWqiCRFM.99
Wikipedia: The Blood Moon Prophecy is an idea popularized by Christian pastors John Hagee and Mark Biltz, which states that an ongoing tetrad (a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which began with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of the end times.
Lunar eclipse. The idea of a "blood moon" serving as an omen of the coming of the end times comes from the Book of Joel, where it is written "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes." This phrase is again mentioned by Saint Peter during Pentecost, as recorded in Acts. On April 15, 2014, there was a total lunar eclipse. It was the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad (the remaining three eclipses will take place on October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015). It is one of eight tetrads during the 21st century AD. As with most eclipses, the moon appeared red during the April 15 eclipse. The red color is caused by Rayleigh scattering of sunlight through the Earth's atmosphere, the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red.
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