The Feast of Trumpets 1/07/28/120 (Part B)
This is the seventh year and all us will have studied so that no one can cause us confusion. We have left the annual crops on our lands fallow, forgiven debts amongst the Churches of God and we will Read the Law of God at Tabernacles. This Reading is being done for a second time and once again the representatives of the Churches from around the planet will attend and vote on the policies that will govern them in the following septennial (seven year) cycle.
Many of us have had to work this year to pay the debts and obligations incurred from our unconverted state. This is required even if we did not have a proper understanding (Joshua, all of chapter 9). Some have worked only a portion of the time by ‘eating’ what fell on its own and others worked full time. At the end of this year we all will forgive any debts incurred by the elect that could not be repaid (Deut. 15:1; 31:10; Mat. 6:12). Although we are all forgiven, we can still repay if we wish and are able to. During the Millennium maintaining a solid credit rating will be required in order to continue to receive loans. Confidence operators will not be continually accommodated. Therefore, plan for the upcoming seven-year cycle, work and put the required funds aside and live within your means. Take care of your responsibilities so that others don’t have to for you.
This covenant is the only national contract that legislates credit, which is granted to support what is needed (Deut. 15:8). Repayment must be made without any added usury/interest (Ex. 22:25; Lev. 25:36-37; Deut. 23:19-20; Neh. 5:7, 10; Ps 15:5; Prov 28:8; Isa 24:2; Jer. 15:10; Ezek. 18: 8, 13, 17; 22:12; Mat. 25:27; Lk. 19:23).
Many issues will be reviewed this Tabernacles and some may seem irrelevant or even silly in this ‘modern’ era. We blow the Shofar, the ram’s horn, every Sabbath, Holy Day and New Moon. Why should we do this?
On this Day of Trumpets we are commanded to blow, but none of the other Churches that keep the Day Holy do this.
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.
The word Trumpets is added to the text from the historical understanding that Israel blew trumpets on annual Holy Days and New Moon Days.
Blowing, teruah, is from <08643> h['WrT. (teruah) Meaning:
a shout or blast of war, alarm, or joy
Usage: alarm(5), battle cry(2), blowing(1), blowing trumpets(1), joy(1), joyful sound(1), resounding(1), shout(10), shout of alarm(1), shout of joy(1), shouted(1), shouting(4), shouts of joy(1), signal(1), trumpet blast(1), war cries(2), war cry(1).
Ps. 81: 3 Blow up the trumpet (Shofar) in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. (KJV)
The First Day of the Seventh Month is a New Moon as are all the rest of the first days of months and it is identified as a solemn feast day on which there is no business being conducted, exactly the same as the weekly Sabbaths.(Amos 8:5; Eze. 46:1-3).
The blowing of the Trumpets is as a summons for Israel to appear in the war room in order to receive, understand and fulfil their part of the battle plans in this end time spiritual war. It is an event of spiritual significance although we have been laughed at and scorned for this blowing (2Chron 30:5-13; Jer. 48:27).
However, we are commanded to blow the Shofar in the Churches of God.
Joel 2:1 Blow a trumpet (Shofar 7782) in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, 2 A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains,
15 Blow a trumpet (Shofar 7782) in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
We can see it was blown as an alarm and a warning in Zion, the Churches of God. (Jer. 4:18-22; Zeph. 1:5; Matt. 6:1; 1Cor 14:6-9; Heb. 12:22-23; Rev. 14:1). We can see that all are to assemble, the elders and the infants.
This is done as a prophetic warning to warn us all of our iniquity and false worship (Hosea 5:7, 8:1).
Hosea 5:7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, For they have borne illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their land. 8 Blow the horn (Shofar 7782) in Gibeah, The ‘silver’ trumpet (Chatsotsrah 2689) in Ramah. Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: "Behind you, Benjamin!" 9 Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke; Among the tribes of Israel I declare what is sure.
Hosea 8:1 Put the trumpet (Shofar 7782) to your lips! Like an eagle the enemy comes against the house of the LORD, Because they have transgressed My covenant, And rebelled against My law. 2 They cry out to Me, "My God, we of Israel know Thee!" 3 Israel has rejected the good; The enemy will pursue him.
It is our responsibility to blow this warning as a witness to the Churches and to all of the sinful nations (Eze. 33:1-7 & Jer. 51:25-28).
Ezekiel 33:1 And the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 "Son of man, speak to the sons of your people, and say to them, 'If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman; 3 and he sees the sword coming upon the land, and he blows on the trumpet (Shofar 7782) and warns the people, 4 then he who hears the sound of the trumpet (Shofar 7782) and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head. 5 'He heard the sound of the trumpet, (Shofar 7782) but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life. 6 'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, (Shofar 7782) and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman's hand.' 7 "Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.
Jeremiah 51:25 "But I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil that they have done in Zion before your eyes," declares the LORD. "Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, Who destroys the whole earth," declares the LORD, "And I will stretch out My hand against you, And roll you down from the crags And I will make you a burnt out mountain. 26 "And they will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, But you will be desolate forever," declares the LORD. 27 Lift up a signal in the land, Blow a trumpet (Shofar 7782) among the nations! Consecrate the nations against her, Summon against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz; Appoint a marshal against her, Bring up the horses like bristly locusts. 28 Consecrate the nations against her, The kings of the Medes, Their governors and all their prefects, And every land of their dominion.
This activity is a notification of our duty and a reminder of whom we worship. It is a witness and it is a perpetual statute in spiritual Israel, although most refuse to listen.
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.' 17 "And I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.' 18 "Therefore hear, O nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them.
Meaning: a horn (for blowing)
Origin: from 8231b
Usage: horn(4), horns(1), ram's horn(1), trumpet(m)(46), trumpeter*(m)(1), trumpets(19).
Meaning: (an ancient) trumpet
Origin: from an unused word
Usage: trumpet(1), trumpeters(3), trumpets(22).
They were blown as a:
We will not be with those who make a show of worship and aren’t prepared for the battle but who actually are looking for a physical place of safety.
Eze 7:12 'The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller mourn; for wrath is against all their multitude. 13 'Indeed, the seller will not regain what he sold as long as they both live; for the vision regarding all their multitude will not be averted, nor will any of them maintain his life by his iniquity. 14 'They have blown the trumpet (Shofar 7782) and made everything ready, but no one is going to the battle; for My wrath is against all their multitude. 15 'The sword is outside, and the plague and the famine are within. He who is in the field will die by the sword; famine and the plague will also consume those in the city.
We will work to assist in the reconciliation and our safety in God’s hands (Jer 6:1; 42:11; Isa. 27:1-13; Mat. 26:30).
In ancient Israel solid silver trumpets were used by the Priests to summon an assembly. This was for the purpose of issuing news and instructions as well as for convening every weekly Sabbath and annual High Day and monthly New Moon congregations (verse 10 below). It was blown singly for the leaders to assemble and jointly for the congregation to assemble.
Numbers 10:1-10 1 The LORD spoke further to Moses, saying, 2 "Make yourself two trumpets (Chatsotsrah 2689) of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out. 3 "And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 4 "Yet if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you. 5 "But when you blow an alarm, the camps that are pitched on the east side shall set out. 6 "And when you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are pitched on the south side shall set out; an alarm is to be blown for them to set out. 7 "When convening the assembly, however, you shall blow without sounding an alarm. 8 "The priestly sons of Aaron, moreover, shall blow the trumpets; and this shall be for you a perpetual statute throughout your generations. 9 "And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets (Chatsotsrah 2689) , that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies. 10 "Also in the day of your gladness (weekly seventh day) in your appointed feasts (annual holy days), and on the first days of your months, (all 12 of them) you shall blow the trumpets (Chatsotsrah 2689) over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God. I am the LORD your God."
It is understood that a series of short blasts were for the alarm and a long drawn out note was for general assembly. We were not able to have a pair of Silver Trumpets made and therefore we use the Shofar. As we saw above in Hos. 5:7-9, the Shofar was blown for similar purposes that the Silver Trumpets were used for (Jos. 6:1-16; 1 Kings 1:33-41).
They were also blown or sounded by unidentified beings in or for announcing God’s presence for communication and assembly for His praise and worship (Ps.98:1-6; Isa.27:13; Ex. 19:13-22, 20:18; Ps. 47:1-9, 150:1-6).
2 Chron. 5:12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets 13 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying,"He indeed is good for His loving kindness is everlasting," then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud,
The Lord God, Yahovah our Elohim will blow the shofar as well. (Zech 9:14 ).
The blowing of a Trumpet in the New Testament indicates spiritual forces gathering for the prophetic end time battles (Revelation 4:1, 8:13, 9:14). We blow clearly presented doctrinal messages in tandum with the accompanying horn. We have done so for eight years.
1Cor 14: 6 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching? 7 Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp? 8 For if the bugle/Trumpet produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 9 So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. (cf 1Cor 15:51-53; 1Thes. 4:16)
The Churches of God await the returning Messiah (below v. 9) and our resurrection (v. 11). While we wait we will fight the philosophy governed Trinitarian religions (sons of Greece) that have also affected Judah and Islam. Jesus Christ will blow the shofar (v. 14) and the Almighty God will defend us (v. 15).
Zech 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you also, because of the blood of My covenant with you, I have set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12 Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you. 13 For I will bend Judah as My bow, I will fill the bow with Ephraim. And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece; And I will make you like a warrior's sword. 14 Then the LORD will appear over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning; And the Lord God will blow the trumpet (Shofar 7782) , And will march in the storm winds of the south. 15 The LORD of hosts will defend them. And they will devour, and trample on the sling stones; And they will drink, and be boisterous as with wine; And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin, Drenched like the corners of the altar. 16 And the LORD their God will save them in that day As the flock of His people; For they are as the stones of a crown, Sparkling in His land. 17 For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.
(cf Sura 6:3; 36:51; 39:68; 50:20; 78:8)
We do not blow the shofar in order to make a show and to get attention (Mat. 6:1). It is for a summons to Church services, so that we can produce a distinctive battle plan, which our publishing and individually keeping the Covenant on the correct days and in the correct ways is.
The Covenant must have a practical, if not well appreciated, application to its observance. This is as a witness to the fallen Spirit world but especially to our physical as we are God’s present concern (Heb. 2:6). This blowing is both a spiritual sign and a physical activity (Mat 26:30).
This Day of ‘Trumpets’ signify’s Christ’s return, the resurrection of the Saints, the removal of Satan, with a destroyed and soon to be re cleansed planet going into a new world order in the Millennium. The world is being warned.
The final preparation for the Reading of the Law is now underway. During 1997 the Vatican commented that ‘Anti-Christ’ was in the world and was intent on re-introducing the Law of Moses. They declared that there were less than 100 individuals at that time.
Brethren, whether we are many or few, work and prepare and fulfil your part in this most important spiritual battle. Do this without fear or hate in order to properly serve your God and Father, Eloah.
Deputy Coordinator General
© Copyright 2005 Christian Churches of God, All Rights Reserved