Sound the Trumpet!! Make a loud noise!! Gather yourselves to the Father! Don’t miss your appointment!
If you don’t have a clue what I am talking about, you are in for a real treat my friend!! Did you know that the Father set up His own appointed times during Spring and Fall seasons of the year? I didn’t either, or at least I didn’t pay attention when I had read it before.
These appointed times are mentioned throughout the whole Bible, and you can find a list of them all in Leviticus 23. There are 7 yearly Feasts and 1 weekly Feast described in this chapter. The weekly Feast is the weekly Sabbath (Shabbat). There are 4 yearly Spring Feasts, Passover (Pesach), The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzah), The Feast of First Fruits (Ha Bikkurim), and The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot). The last 3 of the 7 Feasts occur in the Fall, The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).
Each one is a set apart time that the Father filled into our calendar so that we can meet with Him, to fellowship and to worship, strengthening our relationship with Him, as well as our relationships with fellow believers.
But wait! I know what you are thinking right now, “Aren’t those just Jewish holidays?” Well, I’m so glad you asked! Go grab your Bible and turn to Leviticus 23, I want to show you something super fantastic!
Leviticus 23:1-2, “1 The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:”
Did you see it? Whose appointed times are they? The Father says right there, they are His set apart times. Isn’t that fantastic?!
These Feasts are beautiful celebrations placed strategically throughout the year by the Creator of the universe and He has invited us to join Him! Wow!! That just makes my heart so full!
If this isn’t enough to make you excited about His set apart times, I hope you take a moment to research how these appointed times point directly to Jesus Christ, His Son. It all just makes me want to cry, they are so beautiful! The Spring Feasts were fulfilled by Christ and the Fall Feasts point us to the wonderful promises to come, to be fulfilled in the future. (Please take the time to search all of this out for yourselves. I added a picture to this post to give a visual of what Feasts have been fulfilled and what ones are yet to be.) (Also, a little side note, in Greek, the word fulfill is plēroō, meaning to make full, to fill up.)
This Friday at sunset begins The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), the first of the Fall Feasts. (Leviticus 23:23-25) The word blowing in verse 24 is teruah in Hebrew. The Strong’s definition for teruah is clamor, acclamation of joy or a battle-cry; especially clangor of trumpets, as an alarm. Numbers 10:9 says that when the trumpet is blown, you will be remembered before Yahweh your God, and be saved from your enemies. Isn’t this promise just wonderful? At the sound of the trumpet, the Father saves! Now doesn’t that remind you of something you read before about the end of days? Me too!!
Matthew 24:31 “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”
1 Corinthians 15:51-52, “51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will 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 imperishable, and we will be changed.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, ”16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”
HalleluYah!! This all makes me want to shout?! Now, I don’t want to do all the research for you on this set apart time. That would take all the fun out of it!!
Here is a list of Scriptures to get you started. Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 10:1-10; Numbers 29:1-6; Psalm 81; Isaiah 27:13; Zechariah 9:14; Nehemiah 8:1-3; (Scripture references taken from The Biblical Feasts by Anne Elliot) Another good study tool is the Blue Letter Bible App. Choose the NASB Bible within the app and put the word trumpet in the search bar. The word occurs 59 times throughout Scripture. These references will give you a clearer idea of what the purpose of sounding the trumpet is and what it means to you as a child of the Most High!
If you are interested in learning more about the Biblical Feasts, here are links to 2 fantastic study books.
The Biblical Feasts, A study of the Times of Worship of our Creator, by Anne Elliott
The Feasts of Adonai, Why Christians Should Look at the Biblical Feasts, by Valerie Moody
Oh, I pray that you all are stirred to study these wonderful times out! You will truly be blessed by doing so! Sound the Shofar! Blow the trumpet! You have a wonderful appointment with the Father! I hope you don’t miss it!