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Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah)

Birth of the World, Birth of Messiah, Our New-Birth at the Resurrection, and the Crowning of the King

The Fall Appointed Times are upon us again. The first Fall Appointed Time is one of the most exciting because it speaks in so many ways of the most thrilling element of the Gospel of Messiah: our quite literal “new birth” at the return and coronation of the King. What a glorious day this will be. The Scriptures tell us in 1 Thessalonians 4:16,

“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.”   

The Resurrection of the dead and transformation of those in Messiah at His return, is something all believers look forward to. That “day and hour [which] no man knows” is tied directly to the Day of Trumpets on God’s calendar. How do we know this? Well, there are several biblical clues we are given in Scripture, and historically every major event in human history is either directly or indirectly tied to the seven Appointed Times. 

The following picture of the seven Appointed Times is from the Christian Roots Home Church Network, which shows that these appointed times are related chiastically as well as thematically.  

Menorah-Appointed-Times-Photo Click on the picture above to see a bigger image from: Christian Roots Home Church Network

 What is it all about?

This Appointed Time has absolutely no historic referent to the Jewish people. It is NOT a “Feast of the Jews” but a significant day for all mankind. The Rabbis call it Rosh Hashanah (the Head of the Year) rather than its biblical name, Yom Teruah (Day Blast [literally translated] or the Day of Trumpets). Traditionally and historically it was known as the “birthday” of the world or creation, and used to be the traditional “new year” of the world as well as the birth of Israel, until God told His people through Moses that Nisan 1 in the spring (our March/April) was to be their new “first month.” (Passover is the 14th day of the First biblical month.)

For Believers, the 1st Day of the 7th Month (or the Day of Trumpets) is not only a memorial celebration of the “birth” of the world, but it is also the authentic Birthday of our Messiah according to the best biblical evidence available.

Furthermore, Messiah has only fulfilled the Spring Appointed Times of Passover/Unleavened Bread, First Fruits of the Barley, and Shavout (or Penetcost) during His first coming. Therefore, the Fall Feasts have yet to be fulfilled and are to be our annual “dress rehearsals” for the Second Coming of our King and our “new birth” literally at the Resurrection.

Thus, this Day of Trumpets (a sound likened to the voice of the Lord in Scripture) has both a new birth and a resurrection. It is also chiastically connected to the Spring Feast of First Fruits (or the Day Messiah was Resurrected, with the chiastic center at Shavuot (Penteost)…And, it is a time when we see a strange unexplained verse in which some believers, who had died, came out of the graves following Messiah’s resurrection and “showed themselves to many,” which conveys imagery of a First Fruits wave offering that was conducted by our Lord in His role as High Priest of the order of Melchizedek..

In any case, the Day of Trumpets is a “day and hour no man knows” because it is “always” a new moon. And, prior to the days of NASA (where we can now, through modern technology, cheat a little bit and know when and where various heavenly bodies will most likely be seen in the heavens based on computer modeling, even though we still have to wait and watch), a shepherd or individual in a field had to stay watchful each night for up to three nights in order to sight the new moon. Witnesses were then sent to Jerusalem to report the sighting of the new moons each month in order to set Israel’s calendar and declare the months, times and seasons, or moedim in Hebrew, which means Appointed Times of the Lord.

Why is this important for Christians?

The answer is simple: the Lord asked us to worship Him at these special times in these particular ways.  He also asked us not to worship him in the manner of the nations, which sadly many have been taught to do today. I know that if I kept ignoring my husband’s real birthday and kept telling my husband that I’d rather celebrate his birthday on my ex-boyfriend’s birthdate instead, he’d probably feel offended and certainly would not feel loved and appreciated. If that is the case with our husbands in the natural, how much more is it true for the lover of our souls? How it must grieve the Lord that His people continue to ignore His Appointed Times just as Israel did when they too mixed and mingled their worship with the worship practices of the nations: an act which forced God to expel them from the land. And, in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, when a remnant finally returned to the land, the people repented of the sins of their forefathers and returned to keeping the Lord’s Sabbath and Appointed Times (especially the Sabbaths).

But I’m Not Jewish?

Contrary to what most people think, the Appointed Times are for everyone because everyone is living on God’s earth or God’s kingdom, and the Scriptures clearly note that these times are for all mankind. See Isa 66:23f, Zech 14:16ff, etc.

Most non-Jewish Christians have no problem claiming the blessings of the New Covenant for themselves based on a New Covenant that Jeremiah said was specifically made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah (note: it doesn’t say and the pagan nations…but that’s okay since we’re grafted into the only righteous and living vine, which is Messiah). How can we claim the blessings, but shrink back from the responsibilities of Covenant membership? How can we say that the blessings apply but the obligations of Covenant membership do not? A person of faith knows that God’s commandments are given out of love for us for our good, and not for our harm, and he or she should approach them with an open heart full of gratitude for all that God has done to save us. (Note: we are not talking about obeying out of some twisted sense of seeking a works salvation. If keeping the Appointed Times is equated to trying to earn one’s salvation, then so would keeping the commandment in Leviticus to “love our neighbor as ourselves” be an attempt to earn our salvation. That is clearly not the case, nor do we stop trying just because we will be imperfect in our efforts to do both!)

The reality is that the attitude of a child says he wants all the blessings without any of the responsibilities that come with it, but a mature believer recognizes that with great blessing comes great responsibilities to walk according to the grace and righteousness we have been given in Messiah.

Are the Commandments Related to the Appointed Times “Jewish Commandments”?

There is nothing particularly “Jewish” in the three commandments of the Day of Trumpets (nor any of the other Appointed Times for that matter). Here are the commandments for this day.

1. Gather for a Holy Convocation (special Holy Day Sabbath)

2. Blow the shofar or hear it blown.

3. Look to the heavens to witness the new moon.

So, basically you get an extra Sabbath day off from the curse acquired by Adam and Eve in the garden by which we now have to labor to eat our bread, and you get to gather with friends and family, and blow some horns.  Sounds like a party to me! Nothing particularly uniquely Jewish there, but we gratefully and happily join with our brother Judah in these times of celebration.

“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.”

Now let’s review. The Resurrection, which will occur at some future Day of Trumpets, is a day and hour no man knows. The Day of Resurrection must be witnessed by watchful people who won’t be taken unaware if they “know and are not ignorant of the times and seasons (moedim)” of the Lord and are walking in obedience to His Instructions.

There will be a loud trumpet blast. And we will meet Him in the clouds.

Let’s see. If faithful, God-fearing Christians are keeping the Appointed Times, and teaching their children to keep the Appointed Times,, who then what do you think the assembly or “church” of God is going to be doing when Messiah arrives?  I’ll tell you…they will be, (1) gathered for a Holy Convocation, (2) looking to the Heavens, (3) announcing the Return of the King with great Shofar Blasts!!!!  What a day that will be!!!!

But if He tarries, I will train my children and grandchildren to be ready and to train their children and grandchildren to be ready, because one day there will be a generation that welcomes His Return. And I don’t want them to be foolish virgins without oil, who are too busy going their own way and seeking their own pleasure to stop and welcome the King.

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