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The Feast of Trumpets
Yahweh’s Appointed Time for An Acclamation of Joy
(or a Battle Cry, depending upon which side of the fence you stand)

NASB version used except where noted


The Jewish people call the first day of the seventh month, “Rosh Hashanah,” which means the “head of the year.” However, this phrase is NOT mentioned in Scripture in connection with the Feast of Trumpets but with the “beginning of months.”
This is THE month [hachadesh (not “haqodesh,” which means “holy”)] that shall be the beginning of months [rosh chadoshim] for you; it is to be the first month of the year [hashanaah] to you, Exodus 12:2.
   So, the Scriptural head of the year, rosh hashanah, is the new moon in the 1st month of the year, called “Abib,” not the Feast of Trumpets.
Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy con-ocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh,'" Leviticus 23:23 – 25.
   In Numbers 29:1-6, Scripture reiterates the Feast of Trumpets, adding the specific offerings made on that day. The Hebrew words and meanings are the same as those used in the book of Exodus.

And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets. You shall offer a burnt offering as a sweet aroma to Yahweh: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year, without blemish. Their grain offering shall be 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; also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, to make atonement for you; besides the burnt offering with its grain offering for the New Moon, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their ordinance, as a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to Yahweh, Numbers 29:1 – 6.

Words Have Meanings

Leviticus 23:23 – 25
Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel [Benai Yisrael, from the Hebrew root ‘ben’ or son, literally, ‘builders’ of Israel; and Yisrael, spelled ‘yod-seen-resh-aleph-lamed,’ meaning ‘he will rule with the power of El,’ from sarah, power, and el, mighty one], saying: 'In the seventh [sheba, “sacred, full”] month [chadesh – new moon], on the first day [echad, “one, first or united”] of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest [shebat, a sabbatism or special holiday], a memorial of blowing of trumpets [truah, which means an alarm or an acclamation of joy, a loud noise, a “splitting of the ears” – Interestingly, no mention is made of a shofar or a trumpet; however, if you’ve ever sounded a ram’s horn, you know that the bell of the horn is pointed right into your left ear!], a holy [qodesh, holy, sacred or set-apart] convocation [miqra, gathering of ones called out, also a rehearsal]. You shall do no customary work [abadah, obligatory service] on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire [isheh, a burnt offering or any sacrifice] to Yahweh.'"
   So, here are those verses, according to the meanings in Hebrew: Leviticus 23:23 “Yahweh is speaking through Moses: ‘To THE BUILDERS WHO WILL RULE with the POWER of THE ALMIGHTY: on the FULLY SACRED 7th NEW MOON, memorialize JOY and ALARM in a SET-APART, HOLY REHEARSAL.’” Let me repeat this:
   A sacred rehearsal. A sacred acting-out of something that is to come. A rehearsal for what? Today, this day is the rehearsal for that day when rehearsing will no longer be permitted. And, that day is ........... ? We don’t know when our rehearsing will culminate in the “Performance of our Life.” However, we do know, from Scripture, that this Day will be both Joyous and Alarming; and it will involve, or revolve around, people who have been practicing for that Day when they will be responsible to Rule, under the precepts, laws and ordinances of Yahweh.
   Who are those builders?

1 Kings 5:18
So Solomon's builders [and others] prepared timber and stones to build the temple.
   The Temple of Yahweh was built, destroyed and rebuilt by Israel. Building the physical Temple of Yahweh was the rehearsal for those in the latter days building the Kingdom of Yahweh. In THAT Day to come, those who believe and obey are the very building blocks, living stones, of the Temple of Yahweh.

1 Peter 2:4 – 8
And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of Elohim, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Elohim through Yahshua the Messiah. For this is contained in Scripture: "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But, for those who disbelieve, "THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone," and, "A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE"; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
   Those who believe and obey the Word, the Law of Yahweh, are in the process of becoming, of being built up to be, the House of Yahweh, through Yahshua the Messiah, Who is the Cornerstone, the Rock upon which we stand.

Psalm 118:24 – 26
This is the day which Yahweh has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Yahweh, do save, we beseech You; O Yahweh, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh [Baruch habah bashem Yahweh]; we have blessed You from the House [the Temple] of Yahweh.

Luke 13:35
See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yahweh!” (Yahshua is speaking to the Pharisees).

Matthew 21:42 – 43
Yahshua is telling the people of Judah what will happen to them:
Yahshua said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was Yahweh’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of Elohim will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.”

Revelation 2:25 – 28 NKJV
But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations – [then, He describes the power to be given] “He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels – as I also have received from My Father.

1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Messiah Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Elohim: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first.

Isaiah 13:9 KJV
   Behold, the day of Yahweh cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
Who are the sinners being referred to here? First of all, what is sin? Sin is lawlessness. Sinners, therefore, are those outside of the Law of Yahweh.

Yahweh Has Spoken
   The Word has been spoken. Yahweh gave the Law to the Israelites. He spoke to them of the coming Messiah. He had them rehearse each step of the Plan of Salvation:

   1. The blood of the Lamb covering us and protecting us from eternal death [Passover]. (Note that Passover is not a High Sabbath, it is a memorial day. The first and last days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are High Sabbaths).
   2. The partaking of unleavened bread, leaving the comforts and abomination of the world to take on a holy way of living [Feast of Unleavened Bread – or, Azumos, the Feast of UNCORRUPTEDNESS]. The offering of the FIRST of the first fruits from the ground to heaven during the Feast of Unleavened Bread – the resurrection of the Messiah, Yahshua [the sheaf wave offering].
   3. The offering of the two leavened loaves at the Feast of Weeks – the day upon which the Apostles of Yahshua received the Holy Spirit – Pentecost [Feast of Weeks]. These first steps have been fulfilled.
   4. By blowing the trumpets on the first day of the Scriptural seventh month, we are rehearsing for the Day of Yahweh, when the final trump shall sound, bringing joy to those in obedience ... and horror to those outside of the Law of Yahweh [Feast of Trumpets].
   5. Soon we shall rehearse the tribulation, when our souls will be afflicted [Day of Atonement].
   6. After that, we will rehearse the Resurrection of the Righteous, lifted up to work in the One Thousand Year Reign of Yahshua [Feast of Tabernacles]. At the end of this time, the Second Resurrection will occur, and Satan will be loosed for a while. Those who did not have the opportunity to hear the word before they died will hear the truth. Those who reject it will be reserved for Last Great Day.
   7. We will rehearse the day when all evil shall be put away in the Lake of Fire, and Eternity will finally begin for us [the Last Great Day]. “Finally begin,” an interesting expression, don’t you think? The new heaven and the new earth.

   This is Yahweh’s Plan of Salvation. Are YOU one of those Builders of the Kingdom of Yahweh? Are YOU one of those who will Rule with the Power of Elohim? Are YOU one of the Children of Israel, carrying the name of Yahweh, having the Law written on your heart and in your mind? Well, then, blessings to you! If not, then may Yahweh, in His longsuffering and mercy reach out to you and do whatever it takes to bring you to Him, for His name’s sake.
   In Yahshua’s mighty and loving name. HalleluYah!

- Elder John Fisher

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