The Day of Trumpets is the fourth of seven
annual Holy Days and is a pivotal point in joining the spring and fall feast
periods together. It is celebrated on
the first day of the seventh month in God’s Calendar. This is in the fall (autumn) and usually
occurs in the month of September.
Leviticus 23:24-25 "Say to
the people of Israel, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you
shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of
trumpets, a holy convocation. 25You
shall do no laborious work; and you shall present an offering by fire to the
The whole chapter
of Leviticus 23 gives an overview of God’s Holy Days. These days, including the
weekly Sabbath, are all referred to as feast days.
Leviticus 23:2 "Say to the
people of Israel, The appointed feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim as
holy convocations, my appointed feasts, are these. (RSV)
The word for feasts that is used here is mow’ed (SHD 4150). It means appointed time or sacred season. It encompasses all of God’s Holy Days, Sabbaths and
days of solemn assembly.
Even though all of
the holy days, including Trumpets, are described as feast days (SHD 4150), not
all of them are considered pilgrimage feasts (SHD 2282 – Chag or SHD 2287 –
Chagag). The three feasts that are designated as pilgrimage feasts are
Passover/Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles.
These are the three times a year that we leave our homes and travel to a place
outside of our city gates where God has placed His name. These are also the
three times a year when we are commanded to bring an offering.
Deuteronomy 16:16 “Three times
a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place which
he will choose: at the feast of unleavened bread, at the feast of weeks, and at
the feast of booths. They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed; 17every
man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God
which he has given you. (RSV)
When we go to these
three feasts we have the privilege of giving an offering to Eloah. We see
Trumpets is not mentioned and we are not to give an offering on the day of
Trumpets. It is also permissible to
celebrate the feast day of Trumpets in our own homes. However, just like the
weekly Sabbath, if we have the opportunity to fellowship with others of like
mind, we should strive to meet together and celebrate this special day of
The Day of Trumpets
Just like all of
God’s annual Holy Days, the Day of Trumpets points us toward an important aspect
in God’s plan of salvation. The Day of Trumpets looks forward to the return of
Jesus Christ at the sounding of the 7th trumpet.
Revelation 11:15 Then the
seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his
Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever." (RSV)
This will be the
second coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus
Christ said in a parable that he had to go away and then return (Lk. 19:12).
The first time he came over 2000 years ago it was to fulfil his priestly role
and qualify to be our High Priest. When
he returns again, it will be as King Messiah. He will come in power, as King,
accompanied by the Host of Heaven.
Matthew 25:31 "When the
Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on
his glorious throne. (RSV)
His coming will be clearly visible as lightning in the heavens and
we will see Christ coming in the clouds of heaven with power and glory (Mat.
24:27,30). Jesus Christ will reign in power with the resurrected saints (Rev.
The Messiah will come to the
Mount of Olives. With his elect he will establish the government of God. He
will rebuild the Temple (Acts 15:16). He will reintroduce the biblical system
including the annual Holy Day periods. All nations will be required to send
their representatives to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles or they will
receive no rain in due season (Zech. 14:16-19). Messiah will connect or tie the
Law of Eloah to what the Church and the Witnesses have been preaching and
expand on areas that have not been restored to date. See also the paper Trumpets (No. 136).
Which Trumpets were blown on the Day of Trumpets?
The Bible describes several types of
trumpets. There is the shofar, or ram’s
horn (SHD 7782), the chatsotserah (sometimes referred to as hazozarah), or
silver trumpets (SHD 2689), and yowbel (SHD 3104), which is translated as ram’s
horn, trumpet, or primarily jubilee. They can be used for music, sounding an
alarm, calling an assembly, a signal for war, and announcing the presence of
God (this is not an exclusive list). As with most things in the Bible, the
various types of trumpets have spiritual significance. The shofar often
represents God the Father and the two silver trumpets point us toward the
physical and spiritual creations of God the Father.
In the paper The Shofar and the Silver
Trumpets (No. 047), we read:
“Leviticus 23:24 reads:
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
It should be translated as:
Speak unto the
children of Israel saying,
In the seventh month - Tishri
In the first day of the month - new moon,
Ye shall have
A memorial day of blowing (SHD 8643) – teruwah i.e. make
acclamation through clanging the trumpets as in Psalm 47:5.
The text does not mention trumpets, neither
hazozarah (the two silver trumpets). From
this text and Psalm 81:3, we are commanded to blow both sets of trumpets on
this day, signifying the reunion of (Yehovah, the Father) the shofar, and the
elohim (the creation, angelic and earthly), the two hazozarah.”
So it is very interesting that on the Day of
Trumpets, we are commanded to blow both the shofar (since it is a new moon, Ps
81:3) and the two silver trumpets (since it is a Holy Day, Num 10:10). The two
silver trumpets and the shofar together signify calling both man and spirit
beings to be in the presence of God the Father. The Day of Trumpets looks
forward to the return of Jesus Christ.
The breath needed to sound the trumpets
represents the Holy Spirit. It is the power that comes from God and the power
that allows us to become all in all with God the Father.
Eloah alone is the creator. There are two
parts to His creation: man and Host (or spirit beings). They complement each
other currently. Both aspects of creation are necessary for Eloah to become all
in all (1Cor. 15:28; 1Thes. 5:9; Eph. 4:6).The simultaneous blowing of both
trumpets together with the shofar looks forward to a time where all aspects of
the creation, both angelic and physical, are gathered together as one under and
with God the Father. (For much more detailed information on the 2 silver
trumpets and times when the Shofar and or Trumpets are to be blown see The Shofar
and the Silver Trumpets (No. 047)).
More Information on the Shofar and Two Silver
Shofar (SHD 7782):
The shofar is made
from a ram’s horn. The shofar is typically used to announce God’s presence and
is also used in battles that God ordained to be fought. It announces the jubilee year (Lev. 25:9-10).
In Exodus 19, we
see an early example of the shofar in the Bible.
Exodus 19:14-19 And Moses went
down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed
their clothes. 15And he said unto the people, Be ready against the
third day: come not at your wives. 16And it came to pass on the
third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick
cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet
exceeding loud; so that all the people that were in the camp trembled. 17And
Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood
at the nether part of the mount. 18And mount Sinai was altogether on
a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof
ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19And
when the voice of the trumpet
sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by
The trumpet here
was being blown by angels, and was announcing God’s presence through the Angel
of the Lord that spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai.
In Genesis 22, when
Abraham was instructed to bring his son Isaac to the land of Moriah and offer
him as a burnt offering, he was given a substitute offering, a perfect ram
without blemish. This ram represented
Jesus Christ and looked forward to the redemption of mankind through his shed
blood. The ram provided a shofar which represented Eloah in the process of
providing salvation for mankind.
Two silver trumpets (SHD 2689):
The two silver
trumpets were made from one block of silver.
Numbers 10:2 Make thee two
trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use
them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
The two silver
trumpets are blown to call an assembly, and also to sound an alarm. They are blown on all of the Holy Days and
over all of the burnt offerings.
Numbers 10:10 On the day of
your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts, and at the beginnings of your
months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the
sacrifices of your peace offerings; they shall serve you for remembrance before
your God: I am the LORD your God." (RSV)
We are instructed
to remember God when the trumpets are blown.
The two silver
trumpets represent the two aspects of creation, the physical and the spiritual.
They show us that the angels and man were both created by God the Father and
are of the same family. The significance of the one lump of silver points to
both man and angels being co-heirs with Jesus Christ.
There are various
reasons why the shofar and 2 silver trumpets are blown; some examples are
They were blown as
1. Signal to assemble (Judges 3:27 & 34; Neh.
4:18; Jer. 4:4)
2. Signal for action (Judges 7:16) or restraint
(2Sam. 2:27; 2 Sam. 18:15)
3. Signal to receive news and to make announcements
(1Sam. 13:1; 2Sam. 6:14; 2Sam.15:10; 2 Sam. 20:1; 2Sam. 20:22; 1Kings 1:34-41).
4. Signal (including prophetic) of war (Jer. 4:18;
Jer. 42:11; Isa. 18:1-5; Amos 2:1, 3:6; Zeph 1:14-18)
Concepts regarding the two silver trumpets
What is silver and
why was it used to make the two trumpets? Most of us know silver is a shiny
metal. Yet what other qualities does it contain? Silver is a soft, white,
lustrous transition metal; it has the highest
electrical conductivity of any element and
the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver
The significance of
the trumpets being made from silver, rather than gold, bronze or some other
kind of metal, is tied to the symbolism of the silver in the
trumpets. In scripture, silver (SHD 3701) is used to make items, used as money
and used figuratively. It is primarily translated as either silver or money. So
when reading through scripture it is easy to read over a word such as money and
fail to realize the actual word is silver.
In Exodus we learn
of the atonement tax of ½ a shekel of silver:
Exodus 30:12-16 "When you
take the census of the people of Israel, then each shall give a ransom for
himself to the LORD when you number them, that there be no plague among them
when you number them. 13Each
who is numbered in the census shall give this: half a shekel according to the
shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as an
offering to the LORD. 14Every
one who is numbered in the census, from twenty years old and upward, shall give
the LORD's offering. 15The
rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half
shekel, when you give the LORD's offering to make atonement for
yourselves. 16And you shall
take the atonement money (SHD3701) from the people of Israel, and shall appoint
it for the service of the tent of meeting; that it may bring the people of
Israel to remembrance before the LORD, so as to make atonement for
can also be tied to redemption and Atonement. The atonement temple tax, because
it was the same price for all, shows us that we were bought with a price, and
are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to God the Father and therefore follow His Laws (1Cor. 7:23;
Rom 6:22). Through the perfect acceptable sacrifice of Messiah we are reconciled,
or reunited, back to the Father. We know Messiah freely gave his life for us
all. He was a slave to Eloah and clearly lived by all the Laws of his Father.
We know the words
of the Lord are like silver that has been purified seven times.
Psalm 12:6 The promises of
the LORD are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
It is through the
blowing of the 2 silver trumpets that Man and Host are called together for the
worship of Eloah. (See The Shofar
and the Silver Trumpets (No. 047).)
We have already
seen that the Messiah has two advents – the first as High Priest and the second
as King. We have seen the positive application to redemption and atonement.
We read above in
Numbers 10:2 that the two silver trumpets were used to summon the community and
set the divisions or tribes into motion. God alone calls us to His way of
life. Once we are called, we each have a
responsibility to go to His commanded assemblies, live by His Law and take the
Gospel to the world making disciples of all nations (Mat. 28:19). The Lord,
Jesus Christ, is our Shepherd. We should always hear his voice and follow where
We know from
Revelation 11:15ff. that the seventh trump sounds and Messiah returns. The
seventh trump signals Messiah’s return and subjection of the planet and leads
us to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 14:1ff.). In Numbers 10:2, the
trumpets summoned or called the community. At the return of Jesus Christ, the
elect will be set in motion for the Marriage Supper and will be given
responsibility to assist Messiah as Spirit beings with the subjection of the
planet and to usher in the period of Just Rule.
Man and Host will
not be fully united until the Last Great Day and the resurrection to correction
is completed and God is all in all (1Cor. 15:28; 1Thes. 5:9; Eph. 4:6).
Consequences of Messiah’s Return to the Earth
The Day of Trumpets
pictures the 7th trumpet being sounded and Messiah returning to the planet to
replace Satan as the Day Star, or ruler of the planet. This time Christ will
return to the earth in the function of a King, and he will enforce God’s system
of Law and order. The Day of Trumpets clearly focuses on the subjection of the
planet and the Day of Atonement focuses on the reconciliation back to the
Father. There is a period of time from when Jesus Christ returns to the earth
until Satan is put in the bottomless pit (Rev. 20:1-3). For more information on
Trumpets see Trumpets
(No. 136), The Seven
Seals (No. 140), The Seven
Trumpets (No. 141) and The Advent
of the Messiah: Part 1 (No.210A). For
more information on the day of Atonement see Atonement
(No. 138) and Azazel and
Atonement (No. 214).
When Christ returns
to the planet there will be a reunion with the elect. This is called the
Marriage Supper (Rev. 19:7-10). The gospels tell us about the people referred
to as the elect. Some of the elect are those termed as being “asleep” (1Cor.
15:6,18; 1Thes. 4:13-16; 2Pet. 3:4). These people died after knowing and
worshipping the One True God and having obeyed God’s Laws during their lives.
With them will be those of the Church who are still alive when Messiah returns.
These people will be changed from physical humans to spirit beings (1Cor.
15:51-52). It is still like a death but it will happen in a moment. All of
these people will go to be with Messiah at Jerusalem at his return to help him
rule the planet (see also Rev. 20:4-6). This event is referred to as the First
Resurrection. The Bible says it is a better resurrection (Heb. 11.35). When
Messiah returns no one else is admitted to the First Resurrection.
The first New Moon
of the 7th month is also the Day of Trumpets. It is kept as a
Sabbath and we gather together with those who believe like us (Lev. 23:24,25;
reminds us of when we were slaves/servants in the land of Egypt. We are to
impress on our minds and reflect on the fact of being slaves each Sabbath. We
also know the New Moons and Feasts and Holy Days of God are all Sabbaths.
Therefore, each Sabbath we should be reflecting and remembering how Eloah
redeemed us from sin/ Egypt.
On the Day of
Trumpets we are not only remembering our exodus from Egypt in a physical sense
many years ago, but also we are calling to mind, declaring or proclaiming or thinking of when the 7th Trumpet
sounds and Messiah returns to the planet (Mat. 24:31; Rev.11:15ff.).
The Day of Trumpets
signals the subjugation of the planet, a time when God’s
Laws will become known to everyone. We know from
Revelation there are 7 vials of the wrath of God that follow from Messiah’s
return. Messiah returning is a clear signal to the planet; the elect are changed
in a moment, a twinkling of an eye, to spirit beings and assist with the loyal
Host as Messiah begins to subjugate the planet. For more information on the day
of Trumpets see Trumpets (No. 136) and God’s Holy
Days (No. CB22).
It is our
responsibility to blow this warning as a witness to the Churches and to all
nations (Ezek. 33:1-7; Jer. 51:25-28). 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 (Jer. 6:16).
It is the
responsibility of the Church to blow the trumpets and to give clear messages.
It is our responsibility to show people when and where to gather for worship
and activity. It is our responsibility to listen and hear the sound and to
follow its instruction.
Let us all listen
and work to assist in the proclamation of the gospel and reconciliation of the
planet. The safety of the elect is in God’s hands if we obey His words (Jer.
6:1; 42:11; Isa. 27:1-13; Mat. 26:30).