The most portentous dates on God’s calendar–coming up in just a month!
What do the Feast of Trumpets and the “Days of Awe” mean to us?
The Feast of Trumpets will arrive in less than a month. And ten days later, Jews will observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the pinnacle of the seven Biblical Feasts of the Lord. The two feasts together make an amazing picture of Yeshua the Messiah returning to claim His kingdom.
This is such a significant time period on the Biblical calendar. In fact, the Jewish people refer to the days from the Feast of Trumpets through Yom Kippur as the ten “Days of Awe.” And it makes such a vivid picture of the close of our age that followers of Christ might do the same! Let me explain…
Let’s put this in context with the other Feasts.
Looking back at Yeshua’s first coming. I’ve detailed this more in other posts, but during His first coming, Yeshua fulfilled the four Spring Feasts (Passover 1 Cor 5:7; Unleavened Bread 1 Cor 5:7; First Fruits 1 Cor 15:20; and Shavuot / Pentecost Acts 2:38) precisely and in order on their Biblically-proscribed dates.
Looking forward to His second coming. The Fall Feasts provide a beautiful picture that correlates to end-time events as many Christians understand them. It’s my belief that, during his Second Coming, Yeshua will also fulfill the three Fall Feasts precisely and in order on their Biblically-proscribed dates, just as His first coming fulfilled the Spring Feasts. (I’ll lay this out in more detail in a minute.)
The Feast of Trumpets breaks a four-month hiatus after the Spring Feasts. The first thing to understand about the Feast of Trumpets is that… there just isn’t much in the Hebrew Scriptures to understand.
Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.’ ” (Lev 23:23-24)
That’s it! It’s a holiday for resting and making a joyful noise! And yes, they do blow trumpets… One hundred blasts are blown. The last long blast at the Feast is called “the last trumpet.”
While it seems simple on the surface, there are several intriguing and somewhat mysterious aspects to this Feast.
First, an interesting thing about the language. The traditional Hebrew name for the feast is Yom Teruah, which I’ve always seen translated as Feast of Trumpets. But the word “trumpets” isn’t actually in the text. The word תְּרוּעָה (terû‘āh) means a sudden clamor.
תְּרוּעָה terû‘āh: A feminine noun indicating a shout of joy; a shout of alarm, a battle cry. It… often indicates a shout of joy or victory (1 Sam. 4:5, 6); a great shout anticipating a coming event (Josh. 6:5, 20). It can refer to the noise or signal put out by an instrument (Lev. 23:24; 25:9). Amos used the word to refer to war cries (Amos 1:14; 2:2; cf. Job 39:25; Zeph. 1:16). The Lord puts shouts of joy into His people (Job 8:21; 33:26).
And here’s another bit of mystery…. The word translated “reminder” is זִכָּרוֹן zikkārôn: A masculine noun meaning memorial, remembrance, record, reminder. Everywhere else this word is used in scripture (that I see), the Lord tells His people what it’s a memorial / reminder of.
Only at the Feast of Trumpets are the people told to celebrate… something. As a reminder of…. something. It’s a feast to remind us of something mysterious that will occur with a clamor!
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will 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 will be changed. (1 Cor 15:51-52)
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. 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. (1 Thes 4:16-17)
Do you see why many believe the language in these two passages may be a reference to the Feast of Trumpets?
Where there’s a void, the rabbis will fill it with traditions! So in practice, the Feast of Trumpets has also become Rosh Hashanah, the “head of the year.” Jewish Rosh Hashanah celebrations feature apples, pomegranates, and honey on the table, with wishes for L’shanah tovah u’metuka” (שנה טובה ומתוקה), “a good year, and sweet.”
It’s true that all three of the synoptic gospels stress the element of mystery surrounding the timing of end-time events:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” (Matt 24:36)
But what was the Lord’s purpose in this? So we could go about our business, ignoring the possibility of impending judgment (sleeping)? Or dismiss it altogether (scoffing)?
Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. (Matt 24:42)
For this reason you also must be ready… (Matt 24:44)
Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. (Matt 25:13)
Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 24:34-36)
The Lord’s goal was for us not to be caught unaware—for the day not to come on us “suddenly like a trap.” We’re to keep on the alert, watching for these things and warning about these things.
Matthew’s gospel moves on to explore the theme of someone taken unaware from several angles. And in every case, there’s peril and loss involved in getting surprised—particularly for those not doing what the Lord intended.
We may not know the day or the hour, but let’s not kid ourselves. That day will come and there will be a big downside if we take our eyes off the ball.
But! When I laid out an expectation of divine judgment in a previous post, here is how two readers responded:
“The fear in this article is palpable… But I’m not afraid. God is love and love, perfect love drives out fear.”
So… no fear of judgment—for himself or for others. Is this guy “on guard,” “ready,” “on the alert”? No, he’s a “sleeper.” (Plus, doesn’t the Bible also say that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” [Prov 9:10]? No wonder foolishness is so pervasive in our day–even so-called Christians have been taught they needn’t fear the Lord!)
“Weather catastrophes have been happening since the beginning of time (just ask Noah). These aren’t the first and won’t be the last. Unfortunately weather s*^% happens.”
Are you kidding me? So… the Genesis flood was just s*^% that happened? In other words, we’re scoffing at the idea that God ever judged?
Sadly, the people who wrote these comments are “churched.” Both of them referenced scripture in their replies. But… a sleeper and a scoffer! Ouch!
This is by no means true for everyone, but I think for many “No one knows the day or the hour” has become a reason to doze… and then to snore… and then to forget that when Jesus saved us, He not only saved us to something (eternal life, adoption into God’s family–John 3:16, John 1:12) but also from something (Divine wrath, which will come on the world–John 3:16-18, Romans 1:18).
This kind of reaction (sleeping, scoffing) is not what the Lord was after when He told us we couldn’t know the day or the hour.
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. (1 Thes 5:2-3)
By the way… “come like a thief in the night” is also a Jewish idiom that relates to the Feast of Trumpets. It refers to a bridegroom coming to “steal away” his bride! See this post for more on that connection.
First, I am confident that the Lord will rapture His church on a Jewish feast.
Second, I am cautiously confident that it will be the Feast of Trumpets. (Some people who study these matters and are much smarter than me make a case for Passover or for Shavuot / Pentecost.)
But this year? Next year? In a decade? That, I don’t pretend to know.
Five reasons I believe the Lord will rapture his church on the Feast of Trumpets, some year soon.
When Yeshua used the phrase “no one knows the day or hour,” could He actually have been telling his listeners which Feast the Rapture would take place on?
There’s another fascinating picture, which has to do with the relationship between Jewish wedding traditions and the Feasts. You might check out this post for more context. It’s really cool stuff.
So the bottom line on today’s topic? Perhaps we can’t know the exact day and hour of the Rapture, but scripture says we can and must recognize when He’s “right at the door.”
Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door. (Matt 24:29)
So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. (Luke 21:31)
But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?” (Matt 16:2-3)
I confess I’ve been saying this for about three years now, but each year it seems even more true!
We’ve been put on alert in so many ways. Pestilence. Famine. Locusts–now on four continents. Seismic activity. Nations raging against Israel, which is once again under existential threat. Massive unrest. If you aren’t feeling the Matt 24:8 birth pangs, I would suggest you need to pay closer attention.
We may not know the dates, but 2020 would seem to be making a pretty good case for itself. And the Feast of Trumpets is a mere month away.
But the point isn’t to try to guess the Father’s dates. The point is to stay alert. To maintain our confidence that He is coming soon, and to be ready when He does.
The rabbis have taught for centuries that the ten “Days of Awe” from the Feast of Trumpets through Yom Kippur represent the opportune time for good Jews to “Seek Hashem [the Lord] when He may be found.” (RAMBAM in “Hilchot Teshuvah,” the “Law of Repentance” 2:6 referencing Is 55:6) Of course, as followers of Yeshua we know that the fulfillment of Isaiah 55:6 can be found in Him year-round.
At the acceptable time I listened to you,
And on the day of salvation I helped you.
Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”… (2 Cor 6:2)
Here’s something really cool! The passage Paul quotes here is Isaiah 49:8. Guess what the word for salvation in this passage is in the Hebrew? יְשׁוּעָה yešû‘āh: It’s a form of our Lord’s name! “…salvation, deliverance, help, victory, prosperity.” Isaiah told Israel to look for the “day of Yeshua”!
Speaking of “at the door”:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (Rev 3:20)
Many Bible scholars believe that the seven churches in Rev 2-3 symbolically represent the phases of church history.
The Church of Laodicea, to whom this plea is addressed, is a general picture of the church in our era. Notice that Yeshua isn’t even inside the church! He’s outside the door, knocking.
Be watchful. Be alert. And if He’s knocking at the door of your heart, let Him in!
If you’ve never opened God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus (Rom 3:23, 6:23), please please please be persuaded to do it now! It’s simple. Just tell God from your heart that you admit you’re a sinner that needs a Savior (“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom 3:23) that you’re done running your own life, and that you’re ready to make Jesus Lord of your life.
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Rom 10:9-11)
The decision that saves you is that simple!
Simple… But no one said living it out will be easy. Especially now.
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He made aviation history in WWII’s daring Doolittle Raid. Now he’s downed and on the run.
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1942. Pilot Dave Delham revels at the success of his historic Japanese bombing mission. Until he’s caught and endures years of torture at the hands of cruel captors. Despairing that he’ll survive, Dave vows if he escapes, he’ll answer God’s call on his life.
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Thanks Linda for taking time out to come back to this and I in-hope that others take heed !! The “Peace and Safety” has been signed. The POPE will come forth in September to announce “One World Religion” !! This should be enough for people to see this is the “Season” the time is now!! For we are ‘The Last Generation, 80yrs will be 2028… Eyes Wide Open… Jesus said, “Know what’s in front of your face, and what’s hidden from you will be revealed to you, because there’s nothing hidden that won’t be revealed.”
Hey brother in Christ. I is very very likely that Jesus comes back this September. What must I do know as a Christian.? What does it mean to be alert? I pray a lot, really a lot since 3 or 4 days. What must I do to not be ashamed before the judgement seat of Christ?
These Words were ‘Banned’ Punishable by Death… Why?? It took the power away from the church! Everyone is ‘Vessel [Body] of light, we are all part of the same.. You are as much with ‘God as the Pope…
Jesus said, “He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him.”
Jesus said, “It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend.
‘We came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest through their image.’
‘We are its children, we are the elect of the living father.’
Jesus said, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”
Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders.
Jesus said, “The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”
Jesus said, “He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in.”
All I did ‘Brother Daniel’ was ask.. God are these words true ?? The next day after 57yrs of searching, I was touched by God.. I got a sign looking at the clock for the 1st time that day “1212” ?? I went to the computer ?? I sat down instant tingles, Wow, I thought. 5min later the rush of ‘Euphoria, 3min later was all the Love I ever felt x3.. I cried in JOY for 1.5… Jesus said, “When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid”
Hello, Daniel! I am SOOO sorry. I just saw your comment on my blog post about “Sleeping, Scoffing or Watching: God’s Warning? Don’t Sleep Through It!” I check for comments quite a bit during the first day or two after I post something, but don’t get back to check them all that often when I don’t have a fresh post up. I am very sorry I missed yours!!
>> Hey brother in Christ. I is very very likely that Jesus comes back this September. What must I do know as a Christian.? What does it mean to be alert? I pray a lot, really a lot since 3 or 4 days. What must I do to not be ashamed before the judgement seat of Christ?
First, do this. 2 Cor 13:5: “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?” Have you made a sincere profession of faith, that is, acknowledged that you are a sinner (we ALL are) and asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? If you’ve done that, can you sense His presence in you? (Not everyone *senses* the indwelling Holy Spirit but many do.) Can you see fruit in your life—changed desires, attitudes, overcoming sinful patterns? Based on what you’ve said, I’m hopeful the answer to these questions is yes!
Assuming that answer is a yes, then the good news is you didn’t need me to instruct you because the Holy Spirit is in you, and will guide and direct you and “teach you all things.” (John 14:26, 1 John 2:27) Just by “loving His appearing,” i.e. watching eagerly rather than sleeping or scoffing, you are earning a crown! “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Tim 4:8)
If the Holy Spirit convicts you that you’ve fallen into sin in any area, make sure you seek forgiveness through Jesus’ blood and repent. Which means to change your way of thinking to agree with God about your sin and to turn from it.
The Lord has prepared good works beforehand for all of us to walk in (Eph 2:10). Just pray that He’ll show you the good works He has for you right now. Clearly it’s upon us to share the warning where there’s a door open for us to share. Follow Noah’s example. After being warned of the judgment to come, He served as “a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly.” Warn the people around you of coming judgment where you have opportunity.
It has now been three weeks since I put up the blog post you responded to. I live near Phoenix AZ, and the smoke from California burning has turned the sun an amber shade, even here, 350 miles from the nearest major fire. The foretaste of the coming judgment is getting stronger each day! “The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.” Acts 2:20. This world hasn’t seen anything yet!
Fortunately, if I understand Bible prophecy correctly we won’t be here to see it. If only the unbelieving world would jump on this last boat and join us! 🙁 🙁
I so very hope it’s this year. We’re right at the end of the “Fig Tree Generation” (if the interpretation of an 80 year limit is correct) – either this year or next – and I’m not wanting to stick around for another whole year. Just a couple more weeks! I can’t imagine how wonderous the future will be once God ‘gets this party started’! But I pray that those left behind will turn to Jesus and not be deceived by the lies this world will offer them.
Thank you for the encouraging post!
This article had credibility until I read the curse word. S#&* was that necessary?
Really Joe you can’t handle the word S#&*? You’ll even cast out all the Truths of this post because you are so easily offended by that word? Remember that it is not as offensive to God as it is to you…God calls it like it is.
In Job 20:7 we read that “he will perish forever, like his own dung” …it is also used in other instances In scripture. Also there is a gate in Jerusalem called the Dung Gate (I’ve been there and have seen it with my own eyes) so…does it matter if we say S#&* or dung…No, it’s just a word to describe a bunch of donkey dung something that is detestable. I say this in the nicest way i can…don’t be so easily offended in life…you might miss out on the good stuff. And this article has many many good truths. Peace, Kristine-Rebecca
Once saved always saved?
What if a person becomes saved after the rapture and during the tribulation…but then later they take the mark of the beast.
Once saved always saved can’t apply in this situation.
◄ John 15:4 ►
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me.
I believe that to abide in Him we must follow Him…if someone takes the mark of the beast they are not following Him are they? He said we will suffer for His sake not that we will always have it easy. Once saved always saved? I guess if you continue to abide in Him you are saved. Remember what the Lord said in Matthew 7:22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness! 24Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock”.…Here we see that believing in Him implies following Him and doing what he asks of us….even the demons believe He is Gods son… however, they do not follow His teachings nor could they. Peace, kristne-rebecca
After careful reflection on the passage you referenced in Matthew 22, I have come to believe the Lord, Lord crowd is putting their faith in the works of their own hands, and not on the finished work of the cross. We see this in several denominations, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah”s Witnesses etc. When carefully reading the text, I’ve noted what Jesus does not say, “i have forgotten you,” or “I once knew you, but you fell away.” He says “I NEVER knew you.” Jesus will leave the 99 to bring home the one who has strayed. May He do so before the final classroom of tribulation. Just a thought I wanted to share for your consideration. Blessings 🙏🏼✝️❤️🥰
And the abiding is so very important. I wholeheartedly agree. We bear no fruit apart from the vine, and we are certainly more open to deception. We may be very surprised to see who does and does not join in the celebration of the wedding supper of the lamb. For only God knows the hearts of man. But we must also be wary of falling into “works.” His yoke is easy and the burden is light because our hearts have been transformed to act from a heart of love and devotion to Jesus.
Sorry, I didn’t know how to edit my previous post.
Wow, I haven’t done a good job of keeping up on comments on this post! 🙁 Sadly, when you run a blog like this, you get OVERRUN by fake comments and the real ones sometimes get buried in the crush. Giea, I think you make a wonderful point about this passage, very well worth remembering. hank you.
I agree. This year or next the bride flies.
well we have 3 days to keep our fingers crossed Sept 18-20 . If it doesn’t happen then we’ve got more time to send supplies up !!
Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” John 3:16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish, but may have everlasting life..’Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner,’. The Jesus Prayer. http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/Jprayer.html
Glory Hallelujah! I just responded to your most recent email prior to reading the links you had posted there, (which led me here). I will be sharing this post with my family tomorrow (when they are awake 😴😴😴 as well as the last one. Oh, Miss Linda, I do believe the time is short. This wretched body is ready to be glorified and eternally purified of sin. I have work to do, there is one woman (with 3 children, one happens to be my precious grandchild), who desperately needs Jesus. Tomorrow is the day I pray she will make the time to listen with an open heart and mind. I cannot begin to imagine the horrors the tribulation will bring, especially for those who believe in name only,(even the demons believe, and tremble), but have never repented or truly placed their faith in our Redeemer. Thank you so much for freely sharing what the Lord has shown you.
Thanks so much for your kind words, Giea! I know what you mean. I have work to do, too–so many I know who stand in desperate need of God’s wakeup call. I’ll keep you and your friend in prayer.