Feast of Trumpets commences at sundown Friday, September 18, 2020.
Following is an excerpt from chapter 6 of my forthcoming book, “Escaping the Sunday Church.”
Feasts of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Booths
I trust you can agree with my thinking on the pattern God is prophetically following in the events the feasts have predicted. The revelation of His plan for the ultimate enjoyment of His creation lies within the mystery of the last three feasts. The Messianic (and I’m talking to me too) must press into the understanding and observance of these ordained, holy times.
As with the first four feasts, each of the last three of the seven annual feasts has been given meaningful prophetic interpretation. Here again, to gain understanding of their purpose and celebration, submerge yourself in the Word. Engage your personal, reborn spirit in seeking understanding. Let your mind take a break until your spirit is inspired.
The following is not intended to instruct you, but is a brief insight into my spirit’s time spent in the Word.
Judaism celebrates the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah in Hebrew) as Rosh HaShanah or New Year. We celebrate it in our family as Feast of Trumpets—a day for observing the shout-worthy blessing of our relationship with Messiah, the Father and the Spirit.
As with the other feasts, Trumpets is determined by God’s lunar calendar—the first day of the seventh lunar month following the month in which Passover falls.
This first month is referred to as Abib or Aviv in the book of Exodus. It’s name was changed to Nisan apparently during the Babylonian captivity of the Southern Kingdom. I’m not sure why.
Historically the first day of a lunar month is determined to be the day the moon’s crescent is at all visible. Some Messianics use only this method to determine the first day of a new month. I personally believe God has no problem with our having figured out how to forecast the moon phase.
It may seem like I have taken the proverbial rabbit trail in all my moon talk. The reason I spent your time reading the moon information is so I could make a prophetic point. Since Trumpets falls on the first day of the lunar month if you were watching for the first hint of moon crescent it could sort of sneak up on you. By the time you spotted it, the day may be pretty well in progress. That’s why
1 Thes 5:2, and especially 2 Peter 3:10, speaks of a “thief in the night. ” It is said to refer to the Feast of Trumpets as the day of the Messiah’s return—He will come at a unpredictable, predictable time!
That makes it easier to be jubilant with blowing of trumpets in announcement of Messiah’s return. And the possibility of that soon return gives emphasis to the celebration of the Feast of Trumpets.