Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Feast of Trumpets - Part 1 - Rosh HaShanah

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As I mentioned in my previous post, we're going to take a break from our look at Matthew 24 in order to learn about the three fall Feasts of the LORD as well as the tetrad of lunar eclipses we are currently living in the middle of, and how those events (the Feasts and the eclipses) coincide. (Tweet that!)

To review, there are seven annual feasts of the LORD:
  • Three in the spring, 
  • then a break to Pentecost in June,
  • then three more Feasts in the Fall. (Tweet that!)

If theses seven Feasts of the LORD truly are a picture of God's work on the earth throughout history (as I believe they are), and if we can look at them as God's calendar or schedule of events (and I believe we can), and if Jesus fulfilled the first four Feasts in his first coming (which I believe he did), then…the three Fall Feasts have yet to be fulfilled. (Tweet that!)

That means Jesus must still fulfill these next three Feasts. That means he must come again to fulfill them. (Tweet that!)

Therefore, these three Fall Feasts represent what Jesus will accomplish in his second coming! (Tweet that!)

The next Feast on the calendar -- or if we may say "God's prophetic calendar" -- is the Feast of Trumpets.

On the Jewish (Hebrew) calendar, the Feast of Trumpets begins on the first of Tishrei.

Remember when we studied how the Jewish calendar works, we learned that the first of the month on the Hebrew calendar is always on a new moon (when no moon is visible). Therefore the full moon always falls on the 15th.

Here's another interesting note you need to know: When we're talking about the Jewish calendar, there are actually two.

  • the civil calendar and 
  • the religious calendar

On the civil calendar, Tishrei is the first month. So the Feast of Trumpets, which occurs on Tishrei 1, is also known as the Jewish New Year, which is called Rosh HaShanah. You may have seen some of these designations on your calendar but didn't know what they mean.

However on the religious calendar Tishrei is the seventh month. In the Bible, the number seven is known as "God's number," or the number designating perfection or completion.

On the Jewish religious calendar, Tishrei corresponds with September/October on the Gregorian calendar that we use here in the United States and which most western states use.

In my next post we'll learn more about the Feast of Trumpets.

Please note:

The New International Version of the Bible (NIV), which I'm used to using (but much prefer the version before the 2011 update) translates these seven holidays as "feasts of the LORD." However the newer New Living Translation (NLT) calls them "festivals of the LORD" or "the LORD's appointed festivals." The version of the Bible you own may use a different phrase. What's important is to:

  1. understand what they are and, 
  2. recognize them when we read them in Scripture. (Tweet that!)
For consistency, I'm continuing to use the phrase the "Feasts of the LORD" (capitalized because of their importance and uniqueness, for they are "THE" feasts of the LORD).

Related Article:

If you (or someone you know) would like to learn more about the seven Feasts of the LORD and the lunar eclipses occurring on the first and the seventh Feasts in both 2014 and 2015, this article gives a good overview of that information:


  1. Good teaching Dianne, I enjoyed reading it.\

    1. Thank you so much, LaRose. I'm really glad you're enjoying it. That encourages me greatly and urges me on!

      Many blessings to you.