The Feast of Trumpets
By Caron Cline
In the book of Leviticus, God established 7 yearly feasts for Israel to celebrate. These 7 are grouped by 4 and 3. The first four feasts are Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost. We know that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, has already fulfilled those feasts. Jesus came into the world as the Passover Lamb who would be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. All who place their faith in Him as Lord and Savior are covered by His blood forever. Jesus was without sin, or leaven, therefore, He was an acceptable sacrifice to God for the sins of the world. Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day which was the Feast of First Fruits. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 promises that ‘Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep’. The Feast of Pentecost is the last of the first four feasts and was the day that the Holy Spirit filled those who were waiting for the power to come upon them, as Jesus had commanded. The coming of the Holy Spirit was a direct fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to His followers shortly before His arrest and crucifixion. He promised that when He departed and returned to heaven, His Father would send the Holy Spirit to be in them and with them. These four feasts have been fulfilled through the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The last three feasts, Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles, have yet to be fulfilled prophetically. This brings us to the Feast of Trumpets, the next feast on the prophetic calendar which is a celebration of the end of the agricultural year. The feast will be observed this year from sundown on September 6 until sundown on September 8 and is always announced by the sounding of trumpets, or shofars.
Many scholars associate the Feast of Trumpets with the Rapture of the Church based on Paul’s description in 1 Thessalonians 4. A day is coming when ‘Jesus will step out from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise. Immediately, those who are alive and remain will also be caught up (raptured) with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air’. Remember, this feast is a celebration of the end of the agricultural year. For over 2000 years, Jesus’ commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel has continued. The seed of God’s word has been sown in the fields of many hearts. Sadly, some seed has fallen on hard paths, some on rocky paths, and some among thorns. The seed is always perfect and our only responsibility is to sow that seed in the lives of as many people as possible. In Matthew 24:14 Jesus stated emphatically: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come”. The Lord desires that none perish but that all come to the knowledge of the Savior. However, only those who receive the Seed of the Word and bear fruit will be saved. Prophecy is being fulfilled daily and the signs of the seasons point to the soon return of Christ. The time of sowing will be over; the agricultural season will end. Could it be in 2021? Who knows? But, at the appointed time, the trumpet will sound …’ and so we will be with the Lord forever! Encourage one another with these words!’
Caron is a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morganton, NC. She loves to teach the word of God.
Her desire is to see every believer grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
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