Happy Yom Teruah!

The Feast of Trumpets
 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the Israelites, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you must have a rest period, a remembrance of the trumpet blast, a holy assembly. You must not do any regular work, and you shall present an offering made by fire to Yahweh.’ ”

Leviticus 23:23–25 (LEB)

Tomorrow is Yom Teruah which is the Feast of Trumpets. The command for this fall feast day is to simply blow trumpets or more appropriately, the ram’s horn shofar, don’t do any regular work and make a joyful noise. It is the only feast day that has very little assigned to it, and many believe it has prophetic implications.

Numbers 29:1 (LEB)

29:1 “ ‘On the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you will have a holy convocation; you will not do any regular work. It will be a day for you of blowing trumpets.

The word in Numbers 29:1 translated as “blowing trumpets” is Teruah.

We can see that it is also a day of shouts of joy, being joyful and sounding the alarm.

Joel 2:1–2 (LEB)

2 Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of Yahweh is coming —it is indeed near. A day of darkness and gloom, a day of cloud and thick darkness,like the dawn spreads on the mountains, a great and strong army! There has been nothing like it from old, and after it nothing will be again for generations to come.

Scripture is consistent with the “Day of the LORD” involving trumpet blowing. The serpent will be dealt a final death blow.

Isaiah 27:1 (LEB)

27 On that day, Yahweh will punish with his cruel, great and strong sword Leviathan, the fleeing serpent, and Leviathan, the twisting serpent, and he will kill the sea monster that is in the sea.

Isaiah 27:12–13 (LEB)

12 And this shall happen: on that day, Yahweh will thresh from the floodwaters of the Euphrates to the wadi of Egypt, and as for you, you will be gathered one by one, sons of Israel. 13 And this shall happen: on that day, a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria will come, and those who were scattered in the land of Egypt, and they will bow down to Yahweh on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Zephaniah 1:14–18 (LEB)

14 The great day of Yahweh draws near; it is near and coming very swiftly. The sound of the day of Yahweh is bitterness; there, a warrior cries out! 15 That day will be a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of disaster and ruination, a day of darkness and deep gloom, a day of clouds and thick clouds, 16 a day of trumpet and trumpet blast against the fortified cities and against the high corner towers.17 And I will bring distress to all humankind, and they shall walk about like the blind, for they sinned against Yahweh; their blood shall be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung. 18 Moreover, their silver and their gold will not be able to save them on the day of the wrath of Yahweh. And in the fire of his zeal, the whole land shall be consumed, for a terrifying end he shall make for all the inhabitants of the land.

Even Yeshua echoes the prophets speaking about the day with a loud trumpet call and gathering his people. It will be a good day for those who fear the Creator, but for the rest of humanity it will not be a good day. There will be no atheists on that day.

Matthew 24:30–31 (LEB)

30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect together from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other end of it.

Yeshua, transliterated to Jesus, was thought to be born during the fall feasts. His English name is Joshua. “Jesus” comes from the the Greek form of Iesous. There was no letter “J” in Hebrew or Greek, and the first letter of his name in Hebrew corresponds with the letter “Y” in the English alphabet, not “J”.

Iēsous, n.p., Joshua. 280× +NT +AF

Hebrew Alignment

The Lexham Analytical Lexicon of the Septuagint (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012).

Paul continues with the concept of serious things happening at the blowing of the trumpet. In his first letter to the Corinthians he speaks of the resurrection happening at the last trumpet.

1 Corinthians 15:52–53 (LEB)

52 in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For it is necessary for this perishable body to put on incorruptibility, and this mortal body to put on immortality.

Paul tells the Thessalonians the same thing.

1 Thessalonians 4:16–17 (LEB)

16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout of command, 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, who remain, will be snatched away at the same time together with them in the clouds for a meeting with the Lord in the air, and thus we will be together with the Lord always.

We are told about the last trumpet in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 11:15–19 (LEB)

15 And the seventh angel blew the trumpet, and there was a loud voice in heaven saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God fell down on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God All-Powerful, the one who is and the one who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. 18 And the nations were angry, and your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and to give their reward to your slaves the prophets and to the saints and to the ones who fear your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” 19 And the temple of God in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant appeared in his temple, and there were lightnings and sounds and thunders and an earthquake and large hail.

It is interesting that we see the ark of the covenant appearing in the heavenly temple on this day. The significance of the ark of the covenant being shown at this time is that is where the tablets with the Ten Commandments were held in the earthly copy of the ark. I am sure God’s copy of the covenant is right there in the heavenly ark of the covenant and it is what He will use to judge the world. Have a restful Sabbath tomorrow and make some joyful noises. Repent and believe the gospel!

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