Doctrine of Feast of Trumpets

January 28, 2011

Feast of Trumpets
The 23rd chapter of the book of Leviticus gives us an account of the 7 Great Feasts of the Lord. They were a prophecy and foreshadowing of future events, part of which have been fulfilled, and part are yet to be. They are the “shadow of things to come,” of which Christ is the “body” or substance (Col. 2:16-17). They were “holy convocations” of the people. The Lord instituted them. The people had no say in the matter. God promised that if the males went up at the appointed time to Jerusalem to keep these Feasts, He would look after their families. When the people became legalistic and arrogant, the Lord said, “I hate your new moons and your appointed feasts; they have become a burden to Me. I am weary of bearing them” (Isa. 1:14). Therefore Jesus called them the “feasts of the Jews,” rather than the “feasts of the Lord.” The “feasts of the Lord” are 7 in number. If we include the Sabbath there are 8. But the Sabbath stands by itself. It was to be observed “weekly,” the other feasts “annually.” The Sabbath was to be observed at “home,” the other feasts at “Jerusalem.”
The 7 Feasts may be divided into 2 sections of 4 and 3. The 1st section includes the following feasts: (1) Passover (2) Unleavened Bread (3) First-Fruits (4) Pentecost. Then there was an interval of 4 months followed by the 2nd section includes the following feasts: (1) Trumpets (2) Atonement (3) Tabernacles.
The 3 Great Festivals were the following: (1) Passover (2) Pentecost (3) Tabernacles. They extended from the 14th day of the 1st month (Nisan) to the 22nd day of the 7th month Tishri or Ethanim. These 7 Feasts were given to only given to Israel to be observed and not the Church. They do however dispensational implications since they mark God’s timetable with reference to human history. Each of these 7 Feasts were designed in eternity past to be literally fulfilled by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They speak of Lord Jesus Christ’s intervention into human history.
The following Feasts were literally fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ during the dispensation of the hypostatic union: (1) Passover: His voluntary substitutionary spiritual death on the cross in April of 30 A.D. (2) Unleavened Bread: His impeccability as a Person. (3) Pentecost was literally fulfilled when the Baptism of the Spirit took place in June of 30 A.D., which marked the beginning of the Church Age.
The following Feasts are eschatological in nature and thus have yet to be literally fulfilled: (1) Trumpets: Rapture or exit-resurrection of the Church terminating the Church Age. (2) Atonement: 2nd Advent of Christ ending the Tribulation dispensation. (3) Tabernacles: Millennial Reign of Christ on planet earth.
The Feast of Trumpets was observed on the 1st day of the 7th month and ushered in the 2nd series of the set feasts. It fell on a Sabbath day, at the time of the New Moon, and ushered in the Jewish New Year. It was followed by the Day of Atonement on the 10th day of the month, a Sabbath day, and ended on the 22nd day of the month, which was also a Sabbath day. It was ushered in with the blowing of trumpets. During the wilderness wandering of Israel 2 silver trumpets made of the atonement money of the people were blown for the calling of the Assembly, and for the journeyings of the camps (Num. 1:10). The fact that the Feast of Trumpets comes immediately at the close of the interval between the 2 series of set feasts is significant in that it represents 2 things that are to happen. (1) The end of the Church Age at the Rapture. (2) Beginning of the Tribulation period. A trumpet will be blown at the Rapture of exit-resurrection of the Church (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:16).
2003 William E. Wenstrom, Jr. Bible Ministries
2003 William E. Wenstrom, Jr. Bible Ministries
This last trumpet is not the last of the 7 trumpets that sound in the book of Revelation since the 7 trumpets in Revelation do not sound until the middle of Daniel’s 70th week. The Tribulation last for 7 years and is divided into 2 3 1/2 year sections. The 1st 3 1/2 year period will be marked by a false pseudo peace and prosperity in the world under the rulership of the anti-christ. The last 3 1/3 year period will be a time of war and misery. The Tribulation period is Daniel’s, 70 week, which will be a time of wrath. The Church is removed from the earth before this period begins (1 Thess. 1:10). Trumpets speak of judgment and war in the Scriptures. The Tribulation period will be a 7-year period of God’s judgment upon a Christ rejecting world as well as a time of war. Trumpets in the ancient world were used to call armies to battle. The trumpet that will be blown by the arch-angel and will not only take the Church out of the world but will mark the beginning of the worst time in human history which will eventuate in the Armageddon Campaign. The Tribulation period is the worst period in all of human history and will last for 7 years culminating in the 2nd Advent of Christ.