Updated - 9/28/2011 - Bible Study
The Feast of Trumpets...
We are living in troublous times! The world had gone through a Great Depression and two world wars within the last 100 years. Biblical prophecies warn of frightening times to occur in what are called the "time of the end," the "great tribulation" and "Armageddon," but their meanings have been a mystery to religious and political leaders. This ignorance of the Bible was also prophesied and the reasons for it revealed (Dan 12:4-10; Hos 4:1-10; Isa 28:7-15; Mat 24:21-22; Rev 16:12-16).
Growing up during Great Depression, World War II and serving in the military, and conditions today have been a constant motivation to search for answers for the problems of the world and life. To my great encouragement and relief the real answers can be found in God's written Word, the Bible. We will ask questions and search the Scriptures for the answers.
The purpose of this Bible study is to find the Biblical answers to these questions and unravel the true meaning of the biblical Feast of Trumpets and its prophetic revelations for us in our times.
God has given us the weekly Sabbaths and 7 annual Holy Days called "Feasts of the Lord," which are also Sabbaths (Lev 13:1-4).
Q - What is the biblical meaning and purpose of Sabbaths and Feasts?
A - Gen 2:1-3 - The biblical word for Sabbaths means to rest.
Ex 20:8-11 & Deut 5:12-15 - The Sabbath commandment instructs us to take a break from our labor and regular work or business every 7th day and to meet for God's holy convocations to receive His teaching (Lev 23:2-4). This also applies to the 7 annual holy day feasts (Lev 23 & Neh 8). The purpose is to teach us how to receive the blessings of an abundant life and learn God's plan of salvation from sin and death (Lev 26; Deut 28) and to learn to fear (fear to do evil and to respect & revere) the Lord our God and observe to do all the words of the law for our benefit and blessings (Deut 31:12; 4:1-8; 6:24).
Q - What are the 7 annual "Feasts of the Lord"?
A - Lev 23 -
Q - What does Feast mean?
A - Lev 23:1-4 Feasts in the OT is translated from the Hebrew word "moed," which means "appointment(s)," as God's appointments or appointed times for us to meet with Him.
Q - When is the Feast of Trumpets to be observed this Year? And Every year?
A - Lev 23:24-25 - Trumpets is always on the 1st day of 7th month - time of the new moon ")" - near the fall equinox on the biblical Calendar. All other feasts (except Pentecost) are determined according their appointed time of the Lunar months.
The New Year on God's calendar begins in the Spring - Gen 1:14; Ex 12:2 at the new moon ")" near the spring equinox.
The Feasts of Unleavened Bread and Tabernacles begin on the 15th of the 1st and 7th months on the Biblical calendar, which is the time of the full moons "O".
Q - What is commanded on the Feast of Trumpets?
A - Lev 23:23-25 - A Sabbath rest, a memorial (meaning a reminder) of blowing of trumpets (Num 29:1; Psa 81:3), a holy convocation (a meeting to appear before God to receive His instruction (teachings from God's Word and ministry - see Neh 8), and to bring an ofering by fire to the Lord.
Q - What were trumpets used for in the Bible?
A - Num 10:1-10 - Trumpets (bugles or horns including rams horns and the shophar) were used to call meetings, assemblies of the people or congregation (Joel 2:15), and to direct camp movements, to sound alarms (Joel 2:1) and to go to war, and at the appointed feasts (Psa 81:3).
Q - What do men use trumpets for?
A - Military uses, reveille, direct troop movements, special occasions, funerals, as a musical instrument, etc.
Q - God's Feasts are also Prophetic Commands. What is the Feast of Trumpets specifically a prophecy of?
A - Joel 2:1 - The coming of the Day of the Lord at the 7th trumpet and the return of Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God over the whole earth, which Jesus and His disciples preached (Mat 24:3,14,27-31; Mk 1:14-15; Rev 11:15).
Q - Why is the Feast of Trumpets called "a memorial of blowing of trumpets?
A - Blowing of trumpets represents preaching the coming of the Day of the Lord and gospel (good news) of the Kingdom of God. The Feast of Trumpets is an annual reminder to God's church and ministry to be so doing the work of God (Isa 58:1; Mat 24:45-51; 28:19-20; Mk 16:15).
Q - What is the promise for faithful members of God's true church (Rom 8:9-19) to occur at the 7th trumpet blast?
A - The first resurrection (1 Thes 4:16; Rev 20:4,6) when all true Christians will be changed (1 Cor 15:23,50-54) and rise and meet Christ in the air, and be in the wedding of Christ and the Church (Rev 19:5-9), and afterward begin to rule the world with Christ as kings and priests and teach the world God's way of life and blessings and plan of salvation (Rev 11:15-18; 20:4-6).
Q - What is the purpose of the other 6 trumpets in Revelation (Rev 8:1-6)?
A - Remember the Feast of Trumpets is a memorial - a reminder to the Church to blow the trumpets. There are 7 eras of the NT Church (Rev 2 & 3), each was to blow the trumpet of God's message during their era, lift up their voice like a trumpet preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God, calling people to God and telling the people their sins and warning of the consequences and God's judgment to come at Christ returns (Isa 58:1; Mat 4:23; 28:19-20; Rev 10:4-11).
Q - What are the times of last 3 trumpets warnings called?
A - (Rev 8:13) The three WOES!
Q - What will happen during the time of the 6th trumpet (the 2nd WOE)?
A - Rev 9:13-21 - The Great Tribulation for 3 1/2 yrs with a Beast empire ruling under Satan's authority (42 months or 1260 days - Rev 13:1-7).
Also the holy city (Jerusalem) will be trodden underfoot by the Gentiles 42 months (Rev 11:1-2),
And God's two witnesses will prophesy for 1260 days and be killed at the end, then resurrected after 3 1/2 days (Rev 11:3-14).
Q - What will happen to the faithful church members during the Great Tribulation?
A - Rev 12:13-17 - God's faithful people of the Church will be taken to her place into the wilderness for 3 1/2 years (a time, times & half a time), & nourished & protected from Satan's wrath of the great tribulation, but some will not go (ver 17).
Q - What happens next at the end of the 1260 days (3 1/2 years) of the great tribulation?
A - Rev 11:15-18 - The 7th trumpet sounds and Jesus ("Jehoshua," meaning the Eternal who saves) will return, and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.
Q - What happens after the saints rise to meet Christ and take part in the marriage supper of the Lamb?
A - Rev 15:1,6-8; 16:1-21 - God will send 7 angels with 7 last plagues (the third WOE - Rev 11:14) to those who won't repent, and Christ will return with the armies of heaven including the saints changed to spirit and conquer and destroy all the evil who fight against Him (Rev 14:17-20; 16:14-16; 19:11-21),
And the saints will receive their reward (Mat 19:27-29; 25:14-40; Rev 21:7; 22:12).
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Updated - 9/28/2011