Yom Teruah – Feast of Trumpets – Day of the Blast, and it’s significance to the last days church and the end-times believer.
First, let’s take a moment and look at this rather obscure-appearing celebration in the Biblical text and see if it has any relevance to non-Jewish folks today.
What is the purpose of ‘trumpets’ or rather ‘the blasts’ according the Scripture ? Leviticus 23:24 reads “ in the seventh ( Biblical) month on the first of the month, you shall have a Sabbath, a reminder or memorial by blowing (Teruah – Blasts) of trumpets, a holy set-part assembling. Numbers chapter 10 indicates trumpet sounds are used to summon the camp and direct it’s movement; to summon the leaders to gather; to sound the advance; Numbers 10:9 “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, you shall sound an alarm (Teruah) with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before YHVH your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.” 10 “Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets . . .” And accordingly, these ‘blasts’ are individual and distinct and each with a purpose. Paul makes mention of this in his first letter to the Corinthians by saying “For if the trumpet produces an indistinct sound, who will know to prepare for battle?” 14:8
In Revelation there are seven trumpets and Psalm 81 mandates we ‘blow (Teqia) the trumpet on each new moon, and at the Full Moon Feast Days ( Passover and Tabernacles). Again Paul speaks to the congregation at Corinth with these words –
“ in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised and those that remain shall be changed.” In Exodus 19 the trumpet heralded the very Presence of God and preceded His speaking. 1 Thess. 4:16 tells us “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,(Teruah) with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.” And the Prophet Joel urges to ‘Blow the trumpet in Zion. Sound the alarm . . . for the Day of the Lord is at hand . . .”
We see God using the ‘trumpet’ for a multitude of reasons. He summons His people, assembles them and directs the movements of the camp. The trumpet is used in the time of war as well as in our celebrations and our seasons of joy. The trumpet alerts the people, sounds the alarm and awakens the camp. Could the trumpet be used to announce the coming, the speaking and the very Presence of the King? And is yes, how does that apply to born-again believers today?
We have established from Scripture how ‘Trumpets’ are used by the God of the Bible in a multitude of ways. He awakens the camp and calls them to attention. He sounds the alarm and the call to battle. The Trumpet announces the time of celebration as well as the time of judgment. Trumpets are seen and heard all through the Scriptures, sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly.
Judaism has a tradition concerning ram’s horns. When God provided the Ram whose horns were caught in the thicket ( Gen. 22:13) and Abraham offered it on the altar, tradition says God took one Ram’s Horn and gave Abraham the other. In Exodus 19 and 20 the Scriptures speak of a ‘trumpet waxing louder and louder’. Joshua overcame the great city of Jericho with Trumpets and obedience to God’s instructions. In 2 Samuel, Trumpets marked a great celebration as well as a proposed coronation. In Nehemia, Trumpets sound the call to fight for another. Trumpets are instruments of praise and mark the ascending of GOD, according to the Psalmist. Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel and Amos all make mention of sounding Trumpets to awaken and warn the people.
The Apostle Paul speaks of the return of Messiah at ‘the last Trumpet’ (1 Cor. 15:52). Revelation speaks of seven trumpets. Psalms 81 speaks of blowing the trumpet on the ‘new moon’, or the first of each biblical month. If a trumpet is blown at the first of each month, starting with the month of Passover in the spring, and continuing each month until the month of Tabernacles, there will have been seven trumpets sounded. The Feast of Tabernacles is in the seventh biblical month, following Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and, according to Zechariah, marks the season of the return of Messiah. That places the return of Messiah at the time of the last of the seven trumpets – the last trumpet. Isn’t it neat how the Old and the New fit together like a hand and a glove . . . almost like it was made that way.
Isaiah 27:13 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown . . .”
Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes, it is nigh at hand;“
Zechariah 9:14 “Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south . . .”
In Numbers chapter 10 we are told the trumpets are used to gather the elders, gather the entire assembly, sound an alarm and call to war.
Hopefully we also understand this holiday marks the beginning of the season of the Return of Messiah Yeshua. It should make us mindful of the price that has been paid to reconcile us back to our heavenly Father. With His return will come both great joy as well as great judgement – the ‘two-edged’ sword.
It is a time to rejoice in the Joy of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus the Christ Who Is our Salvation, and to remember the great cost of that Salvation . . . a price that could only be covered by The Son of The Living God.
May this Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets be the beginning of a time of self examination as we march humbly towards Yom Kippur, remembering that ‘judgement begins at the house of GOD’ and that if we ‘judge ourselves we will not have to be judged’, and remembering that Messiah Yeshua has taken my punishment and delivered me from the curse and eternal separation from our Father God.
The ‘last days’ have been swirling around us for 2,000 years, according to the Apostle Peter in Acts 2. Scripture says ‘a day is as 1,000 years and 1,000 years as a day’. It has been 2 days since Messiah Yeshua walked this earth. We are on the threshold of that third day. “For in two days I will revive you and on the third day I will raise you up and you will live in My sight.” (Hosea 6:2)
Yom Teruah – The Day of the Blast, Feast of Trumpets – is the rehearsal for the promised return of the Promised Messiah. Much is going on around the world and more pointedly in the Middle East. The time will come soon when this appointed time will no longer be a rehearsal but the ‘opening night’ of the final performance . . . and it announces the beginning of the eternal ‘Season of Our Joy’.
Have you accepted Yeshua/Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Do you belong to The Father through the work of His Son on the cross?
“For if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Rom 10:9-11)
Remember the words of Yeshua/Jesus when He said ‘no one comes to the Father except through Me.’
Feast of Trumpets . . . announcing the coming of The King. Are you ready?