Understanding the Feast of Trumpets
We celebrate the Feast of Trumpets, which, of course, God gave to us for our good. In order to understand the meaning of the Feast, we need to go back to the roots of the Feast of Trumpets
Lev. 23:24 Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
It is important to note the use of the word reminder. We call it the Feast of Trumpets from Rosh Hashanah, which in the Hebrew refers to the blowing of trumpets. The reminder refers to a series of future events. When God says something once, it is true; when he says something twice, it is emphatic; when he says something three or more times, it is as if written in stone.
Num. 29:1 ¶ Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.
Note the use of the word seven, which is a number of completion.
When we look at trumpets in the Old Testament, we see that trumpets are used as a reminder for holy days, for any meeting or gathering, for a warning about impending trouble and for war. Joshua used the trumpets in a warlike situation, where they blew the trumpet seven times walking around the city of Jericho, which caused the walls around that city to collapsed. It is significant that would happen with the blowing of trumpets, which tells us something about the power of the trumpets used according to Gods direction.
The previous three holy days of the year referred to significant events. Passover refers to the angel of death passing over the Israelites who put the blood of a lamb on the lintels of their door. If the Israelites did not obey God command on the day he commanded it, they would have died. And, on a later Passover, where Jesus was executed, he removed the death penalty for sin by his blood on that day. On the day of Pentecost, the apostles were gathered together to keep the holy day whereupon God poured out his spirit on to them. The Feast of Trumpets refers, in part, to an event that will take place in the future; the two previous holy days had extraordinary things happen.
The New Testament makes a big deal out of trumpets, particularly the last trumpet. Based on the previous events took place on holy days, we can be pretty sure that something important will happen on the Feast of Trumpets, i.e., the return of Jesus. We know that the dead in Christ will rise first, and those alive will be taken up into the heavens afterwards. Those who are not loyal to God demonstrated by their keeping holy days will not be changed. So, we must understand then that the holy days are more than just keeping the biblical day, but are rife with meaning of great events past and future.
Matt. 24:31 And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
1Cor. 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
The significance of trumpets, according to the Old Testament reverberates in the New Testament by warning people of war, last war evil will ever fight against good. At a result of that war, believers will be given a new body, not become a new person, but the original person in a brand-new everlasting, spiritual body. Of course, when God created Adam, made in his image, he knew that Adam would choose to sin and God made provisions for this eventuality. Therefore, all the things that happened in the past and in our lives, with the understanding that God gives us, better prepares us to choose Gods way. Adam chose to go the wrong way, the way of sin and error, which became part of human beings language, which deceived and doomed them.
We need Jesus to take away the death penalty of sin and to change our minds from being sinners to being children of God, who are beholden to God, and no one else. Furthermore, God will change the body. Sin causes sickness and death, and so the body has to pay the penalty of sickness and death and then comes the resurrection of the new body, which cannot be tainted by sin. The new body will be pure and imperishable.
1Th. 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
1Th. 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
1Th. 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
How will we be changed?
1Cor. 15:3 ¶ For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
1Cor. 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
That Jesus has been raised from the dead is pivotal to Christianity. Resurrection is the key point in Christianity, because as a result of the resurrection, Jesus was made, the Son of God, not in name only (physically), but in character, that is, he lived up to being made in the image of God. Therefore, Jesus was a true son in every respect.
1Cor. 15:12 ¶ Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
1Cor. 15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;
1Cor. 15:14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
The Feast of Trumpets represents the key to eternal life, the resurrection of the dead.
1Cor. 15:15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.
1Cor. 15:16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;
Paul is talking about God raising us from the dead. If Jesus were raised from the dead, and he was, therefore, we also will be raised from the dead.
1Cor. 15:17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
1Cor. 15:18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If Christ were not resurrected, we have no faith, are mired in sin and have no future.
1Co 15:19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
1Co 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
1Co 15:21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
Notice that Paul says that by a man, Jesus, not some incarnated being (a creature, not a regular human being, who previously was some god or pre-existing being), we have received freedom from the penalty of sin, because Jesus, the begotten Son of God, paid that penalty, and like him, because of him, God will resurrect us.
It is important to reiterate that the Feast of Trumpets, insists that Jesus be a man like all other human beings since Adam, because only a man can died for the sins of other men. An incarnated creature cannot pay the death penalty for human beings. Jesus said to the apostles that he was going to his Father and their Father, and to his God and to their God. As God says so many times about himself being the Supreme Being that there is no other god or anyone else beside him. Therefore, no incarnated creature, in Christianity, can possibly exist, because there is nothing to be incarnated from since only God exists. Of course, God planned, and had in mind, having a son when the time was right, for God created everything for his future begotten son.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming,
The Feast of Trumpets represents the future coming of Christ in the biblical last days. Afterward, Jesus, who will rule on earth for some thousand years, will turn over the kingdom to his Father.
1Co 15:24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
1Co 15:25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
Paul points out that Jesus returns the kingdom to the God and father. This verse reiterates Gods being the Supreme Being, there is no other.
1Co 15:26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
Death is the ultimate enemy. Jesus is the only one who has overcome death because God resurrected him. Furthermore, this chapter talks about the believers being resurrected, for the Feast of Trumpets is about resurrection as well. Few Christians consider the resurrection as their salvation because they believe in going to heaven instead. How many Protestants and Catholics are keeping the Feast of Trumpets? There might be a few perhaps, the rest may just laugh at the Jews blowing the shofar and making it the Jewish New Years Day.
1 Cor 15:27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.
1Co 15:28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Him-self also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
This last verse also proclaims that there is only one God, no one else, it is the ultimate one (God may be all in all.)
1Co 15:29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?
1Co 15:30 Why are we also in danger every hour?
As we understand, baptism represents being buried, like Christ, and being resurrected like Christ when we come out of the water. How-ever, this holy day, represents our actual resurrection from the dead whereby we will have a new body because Jesus blood cleansed us from all impurity, thus making us ready for our resurrection.
1Co 15:31 I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
1Co 15:32 If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE.
People who are not observing or keeping this day or understanding that God is the single individual who created the world by his own hand and voice. Those people who believe that Jesus is an incarnated creature are not Christians.
1Co 15:35 But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?"
1Co 15:36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies;
God uses the creation as an analogy for us to understand the resurrection, which is similar to how plants sprout from the seed.
1Co 15:37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
1Co 15:38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.
So, if it is wheat or grass or orange seeds or apple seeds, whatever seed it is, it is different from all the others.
1Co 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.
1Co 15:40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another.
1Co 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
God differentiates the various heavenly bodies: the Sun, Moon, and the various kinds and natures of stars. The Bible suggests that stars may be angels.
1Co 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body;
God uses the analogy of the seed to represent our bodies; which is sown, buried (perhaps), a perishable body, out of which, out of the inner person of the heart if you will, an imperishable body comes forth. This spirit within enables us to grow into the image of God, like Jesus. We have become converted, received the Spirit of God, the mind of Christ, the mind of God as well the ruach, which means the mind of God as well as his breath and spirit. Out of all this God gives us speech and language in order for us to understand Him and other human beings around us. That is the seed in us. When we die, that special seed within will bring life to our perishable bodies. That seed will burst forth out of the power of love into a marvelous, perfect, and immortal human being. The body must die and then burst forth in order for the seed of life to sprout forth.
1Co 15:43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
1Co 15:44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
The reason that Paul says that the body is sown in dishonor is because the sins of the carnal mind corrupt the body. Even as the unconverted sin willfully, the converted still make mistakes and need forgiveness, which they obtained by forgiving others and repenting.
The seed of life is inside our perishable bodies, the seed of life in our minds, the spirit, our conversion, the new creation, in the person of the heart. We are different, a new creation, not that our bodies are new, but our mind and all that entails.
That there is a natural body, that must give way to the spiritual body, is the crux of this holy day. On the last trumpet, we are changed. First, the dead will rise with a new body, and then those who are living will be changed.
1Co 15:45 So also it is written, "The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
Of course, the life-giving Spirit is Jesus Christ, who God resurrected.
1Co 15:46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
This verse also attests to the fact that they cannot be any incarnation, because it would put the spirit first and not the natural. Jesus had to begin as a natural human being, and then become a resurrected spirit being. The Bible again proves that God is the only Creator and there is no other. He is the One. He is a Yahweh Elohim the self-existing Supreme Being.
1Co 15:47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.
The second man, Jesus Christ, is begotten of our father in heaven; therefore, he is from heaven. This is more fully explained in the previous article entitled the Word Became flesh.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.
The image of the heavenly of course is the inner person of the heart, the Holy Spirit within, and the mind of God, encompassing our minds.
1Co 15:50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
As far as the life and the body is concerned, regardless of how old the person may live in the body, this body will never inherit the kingdom of God. It must first died, or be changed at the coming of Jesus. There is no way a human body can enter the kingdom of God. Not to be morbid, but the hope of a person of God is the imperishable body. The feast of trumpets represents the Day of Resurrection, the day of change. The feast of trumpets, represents our great hope of the last trumpet.
1Co 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
The body, this mortal body, must be changed to an immortal body.
1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
This Feast Day assures us that the last trumpet will sound, and we will be changed. We are in the transition period with his seed is being formed and completed within us so that we will continue on into the kingdom with an imperishable, immortal body, which God will give us.
1Co 15:53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
This day represents victory over sin, sickness and death. The feast of trumpets represents life, eternal life in an immortal body; it represents the hope, the faith, which is not seen because it is in the future
1Co 15:55 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
1Co 15:57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, we are victorious in spite of ourselves, because of Jesus victory over death, which he passes on to us. This is the Feast of Trumpets
We thank God for giving us the seed of immortality growing within us. And giving us the victory of eternal life. Amen.