Feast of Trumpets: Introduction

The Feast of Trumpet is one of the feasts of Yahuah. As the time draws near for this celebration it is time to have a fresh look into this feast. In this post we will focus on Scriptures which either provide instruction regarding this feast or where people have celebrated the feast or something occurred during or on it. Doing deeper studies in each of these may give us further insight into this feast whether it be how to celebrate it or what prophetic significance it has for us today.

The first two Scriptures is from the Torah where instructions were given to celebrate this feast.

And Yahuah spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a rest, a remembrance of blowing of trumpets, a set-apart gathering. ‘You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to Yahuah.’ ”
(Lev 23:23-25)

‘And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work, it is a day of blowing the trumpets for you. ‘And you shall prepare a burnt offering as a sweet fragrance to Yahuah: one young bull, one ram, seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and their grain offering: fine flour mixed with oil, three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the ram, and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs, and one male goat as a sin offering, to make atonement for you, besides the burnt offering with its grain offering for the New Moon, the continual burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their right-ruling, as a sweet fragrance, an offering made by fire to Yahuah.
(Num 29:1-6)

During our journey of studying this feast, may the Ruach (Holy Spirit) guide us and teach us how we need to celebrate this today and where and how did Yeshua fulfill certain parts of the celebration. We know that Yeshua was our sin offering and therefore we no longer need to do any sin offerings anymore as He was our sin offering once and for all.

Next we will see that in Ezra and Nehemiah they make mention of celebrating this feast. In this post we will only look at the Scriptures provided but in the next post we will do a deeper study regarding the context surrounding what happened here so that we can see the fuller picture.

From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to Yahuah. But the foundation of the Hekal (temple) of Yahuah had not been laid.
(Ezr 3:6)

What we can immediately notice in this verse is that they celebrated the Feast of Trumpets and made offerings but we also see that the foundation of the temple has not yet been laid. The first question which pops in the mind may be “where did they do the offerings if the temple was not built yet?” and may the Ruach (Holy Spirit) find mercy with us and show us the deeper meaning to this.

Next we look at what happened in Nehemiah.

And when the seventh month came, the children of Yisra’el were in their cities. And all the people gathered together as one man in the open space that was in front of the Water Gate. And they spoke to Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Torah of Mosheh, which Yahuah had commanded Yisra’el. And Ezra the priest brought the Torah before the assembly of both men and women and all who could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it in the open space in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people listened to the Book of the Torah. And Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose. And beside him on his right stood Mattithyah, and Shema, and Anayah, and Uriyah, and Hilqiyah, and Ma’asyah. And on his left stood Pedayah, and Misha’el, and Malkiyah, and Hashum, and Hashbaddanah, Zekaryah, Meshullam. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people. And when he opened it, all the people stood up. And Ezra blessed Yahuah, the great Elohim. Then all the people answered, “Amein, Amein!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped Yahuah with faces to the ground. And Yeshua, and Bani, and Sherebyah, Yamin, Aqqub, Shabbethai, Hodiyah, Ma’asyah, Qelita, Azaryah, Yozabad, Hanan, Pelayah, and the Lewites, caused the people to understand the Torah while the people were in their place. And they read in the Book of the Torah of Elohim, translating to give the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemyah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest, the scribe, and the Lewites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is set-apart to Yahuah your Elohim. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the Torah. Then he said to them, “Go, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom none is prepared. For this day is set-apart to our Yahuah. Do not be sad, for the joy of Yahuah is your strength.” And the Lewites were silencing all the people, saying, “Hush, for the day is set-apart, do not be sad.” And all the people went to eat and to drink, and to send portions and make a great rejoicing, because they understood the words that were made known to them.
(Neh 8:1-12)

The most important part we notice in this Scripture is that they read and listened to the Torah and in the end they understood the words that were made known to them. One cannot help but wonder if this is the same incident as we read in Ezra or whether this is another. This is where connecting the dots can become very interesting and informative.

We will continue in the next post.

Shalom!

Mieke

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