Feast of The Trumpets 2018

Feast of The Trumpets 2018

A trumpet has several different uses. It can sound an alarm; it can be a call to war; or it can draw attention to a special announcement or event. Feast of Trumpets is the first of the annual sabbaths which come in the autumn. It calls attention to the fact that the most solemn of all the feasts, Day of Atonement, is just ten days away.

Feast of Trumpets is the only yearly feast that falls on a New Moon day.

Then . . . [Yahuwah] 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, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.'” (Leviticus 23:23, NKJV)

Day of Atonement holds out the promise of a tremendous blessing, but only those whose hearts are prepared will receive that blessing. This work of heart preparation, while begun at Passover, really begins in earnest on Feast of Trumpets. It is a time of deep heart searching and repentance.

A good way to prepare for Day of Atonement is to spend each day from Feast of Trumpets to Day of Atonement in contemplation of the ten commandments. On Feast of Trumpets, one should prayerfully examine the heart to see where the principles contained within the ten commandments may be being broken in the life.

The Comforter, received by faith at Pentecost, is given for the express purpose of convicting the individual of sin and then inspiring faith in the Saviour to forgive, cleanse and restore from that sin.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. . . . When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew [show] you things to come. (John 16:7, 8, 13, 14)

Feast of Trumpets is the call to war against sin and self in the heart-work necessary to prepare for the great Day of Atonement

“And . . . [Yahuwah] spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein . . . .” Leviticus 23:23-25

The blowing of trumpets represented the preaching of the gospel, by which men are called to repent of sin, and to accept the salvation of Christ, which was signified by the day of atonement. Also it invited to rejoice in God, and become strangers and pilgrims on earth, which was denoted by the feast of Tabernacles, observed in the same month. At the beginning of the year, they were called by this sound of trumpet to shake off spiritual drowsiness, to search and try their ways, and to amend them. The day of atonement was the ninth day after this; thus they were awakened to prepare for that day, by sincere and serious repentance, that it might indeed be to them a day of atonement. The humbling of our souls for sin, and the making our peace with God, is work that requires the whole man, and the closest application of mind. On that day God spake peace to his people, and to his saints; therefore they must lay aside all their wordly business, that they might the more clearly hear that voice of joy and gladness.

Feast of Trumpets is unique of all the feasts. It is the only yearly sabbath that occurs on a New Moon. While New Moon’s are always in a class of worship day by themselves, Feast of Trumpets is explicitly called a “sabbath,” or, a rest. No common work is to be performed on Feast of Trumpets, but it is a day of soul searching, seeking if there is any area of the heart, mind and life that is not in agreement with the standard of the holy law. Day of Atonement comes ten days after Feast of Trumpets. The days from Feast of Trumpets to Day of Atonement are days of continued soul-searching, preparing for the huge blessing awaiting those who by faith experience cleansing from sin on the Day of Atonement. All the Israelite nation was to unite; all believers today are to unite in repentance, confession and the restoration of every wrong. Thus, these feasts should not be thought of as simply “Jewish Holidays” – They are YAHUWAH’S FEASTS – ordained for every believer who, by faith, will embrace the perpetual covenant of His Grace which was solidified and made sure by the blood of Yahushua.    

An Effective way to prepare for Day of Atonement

 
One effective way to prepare for Day of Atonement is to begin going through the 10 Commandments – one a day – and meditating on each one.

  1. On Feast of Trumpets, ask Yahuwah to reveal to you any area of your life that, in principle, breaks the tenth commandment, “Thou shalt not covet.” Throughout the past year were there any times when by thoughts, words, or deeds any covetousness was experienced or demonstrated? If this sin influenced anyone, confession needs to be made and forgiveness sought.  
  2. On the second day of the month, prayerfully focus on the ninth commandment: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” bearing false witness Ask for conviction of sin and remembrance of any time and anything that during the last year was false and dishonest. Make any confession or restitution necessary. Besides asking Yahuwah for forgiveness, a private list can be made to present before Yahuwah on Day of Atonement.  
     
  3. On the third day contemplate “Thou shalt not steal.” This commandment encompasses much more than unlawful gain or actually taking something belonging to another. Has an honest tithe been paid? Or have you stolen from Yahuwah? Have there been any omissions of helpfulness and charity to others that could have been done but were neglected? Isaiah says:Is not this the [Day of Atonement] fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh [family]. (Isaiah 58:6, 7)

    If you have “stolen” from others or from Yahuwah the good you could have done, but did not, then repentance and confession should be made. How exceedingly broad and deep are the meanings and applications of these commandments! Ask Yahuwah to open your mind to understand what He wants you to know about yourself.
     

  4. The fourth day’s topic of meditation needs as much honesty as any other. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” applies to the mind as much as any overt sexual act. Throughout the year have you watched any movies or read any books or looked at any web pages glorifying lust and promiscuity? As the priest of the home, have your eyes and mind wandered? As followers of Yahushua, have any women of the family dressed in immodest attire?Also, in the broader context of this commandment is the mandate to keep your worship practices free from paganism. There must be no spiritual “adultery,” no mixing of truth with falsehood, no Christmas and Easter mixed into worship of the Creator, Yahuwah.
     
  5. “Thou shalt not kill” is the focus of the fifth day. If murder was actually committed, you are probably in jail! But how about rash or hasty words spoken that killed the spirit of another? Any action done or any words said that injured or diminished the life of another must be repented of in order to be forgiven.
     
  6. The requirement to honor your parents is often easily dismissed. However, by contemplation on this commandment, the fuller application reveals responsibility to not only the earthly family, but also the religious family of fellow believers and the extended family in heaven. Is your life being lived in such a manner that all of your family in earth and heaven is praised and honored because of you?
     
  7. The seventh day from New Moon and the Feast of Trumpets begins the “remembering” of the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Work of preparation must be done in order to fully enjoy a day of rest. Ask the Heavenly Father to bring to remembrance any times in the past year that you have deliberately violated the command to keep holy the Seventh Day Sabbath. You can also ask Him to show you any habits of thought or action that have led you to not honor the holy day in a proper, respectful way. He is ready to forgive and say, “Go and sin no more.” But that forgiveness must be requested.
     
  8. On day eight will come the seventh-day Sabbath and meditation on the commandment that says, “Thou shalt not take the NAME of …[Yahuwah] in vain.” During the past year have there been times of neglect to call upon the NAME for deliverance from temptation? Has dishonor been given His holy NAME by choice of lifestyle or any behavior? Each day repentance and confession must go deeper and deeper into the mind.
     
  9. The ninth day brings the second commandment which is against idolatry. Idolatry takes many forms. It does not need to be a graven image, but can be an idea or philosophy, another human being – even a spouse – or yourself in order to rationalize some sinful indulgence. Meditate and pray that your eyes be opened to understand the principles of the second commandment: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image . . . Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them . . . .” Ask to be shown what idolatry has crept into your life during the last year.  
  10. The Day of Atonement itself coincides with meditation of the first commandment. When the Saviour was asked, “What is the greatest commandment in the law?” He promptly replied, “You shall love Yahuwah your Elohim (deity) with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (See Matthew 22:35-38.) The first commandment is foundational because no other commandment can be broken without first breaking this commandment. It strikes at the very heart of sin when it commands: “You shall have no other deities before Me.” How broad and deep are the applications of this commandment! Only by earnest prayer and spiritual eyesight can the depths of rebellion be recognized, repented of and forgiven.
     

 
Salvation is by Yahushua’s blood, not by works. Do not be afraid to have your sins revealed to you. The Saviour has the solution: Day of Atonement! Full blotting out of the record of your sins is available. Restoration is possible! The yearly service was to look forward to the final blotting out of sin at the close of probation. How important then is participation in this yearly service as we draw close to the end of time!
 

Suggestions:

Family worships should encourage each member of the family unit to meditate on the various commandments throughout the days from Feast of Trumpets to Day of Atonement. Discussing the various principles that are included in the Ten Commandments is helpful to everyone in the family.

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