Christian Churches of God
The Day of Trumpets
In this lesson we will review the significance of the Day of Trumpets and why we are commanded to observe it and what it represents in terms of future events.
The Day of Trumpets
Goal: The children will understand the significance to the Day of Trumpets.
1. Children will identify when the day of Trumpets occurs.
2. Children will identify the meaning associated with the Day of Trumpets.
3. Children will understand when the marriage supper of the Lamb takes place.
Introduction to the Holy Days of God (No. CB22)
Open with prayer.
Lesson on The Day of Trumpets (No. CB139).
Activity associated with the lesson.
Close with prayer.
1. Read through the paper The Day of Trumpets (No. CB139) unless it is read as a sermonette with the children present.
2. Children’s questions are in bold. This is a general review of the material covered in the paper.
A. We are to observe seven annual Holy Days, which picture the plan of God. They include the First Day of Unleavened Bread, the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, First Day of the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Last Great Day.
Q2. Where does the Day of Trumpets fall when you look at the overall picture of God’s Holy Days? (Lev. 23:24-25)
Q3. Does the Day of Trumpets fall in the spring, summer, fall or winter?
A. The Day of Trumpets happens in the fall and usually occurs in the month of September.
Q4. God has described His Holy Days as feast days. What does the word feast mean? (SHD 4150)
A. The word feast means appointed time or sacred season.
Q5. Can you name the three feasts where God tells us we must leave our homes and travel to a place, outside of our gates, where He has placed His name? These are the same three feasts that we are to bring an offering to God. (Deut. 16:16-17)
A. The three feasts where we leave our homes are Passover/Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Feast of Tabernacles.
Q6. The Day of Trumpets has significant meaning in God’s plan. What is the meaning of the Day of Trumpets? (Rev. 11:15)
A. The Day of Trumpets looks forward to the return of Jesus Christ, as King, at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. He will come to establish the government of God and people will learn the blessings of keeping God’s laws.
Q7. What was the reason Christ came to this earth the first time?
A. He came to teach about God’s law and spread the gospel to all men through his disciples. He fulfilled his priestly role and qualified to be our High Priest. Christ voluntarily died for the sins of mankind so that we could have access to God.
Q8. Will we be able to see Christ at his second coming? (Matt. 24:30)
A. His coming will be clearly visible as lightning in the heavens. We will see Christ coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Q9. And when Christ comes, the second time, where exactly will he stand? (Zech.14:4)
A. Christ will come to the Mount of Olives.
Q10. Can you name two types of trumpets that are mentioned in the Bible and what they were used for?
A. There is the shofar, or ram’s horn, which is used to announce God’s presence and is also used in battles that God ordained to be fought. The shofar also announces the
Jubilee year. (Ex. 19:14-19)
There are the two silver trumpets which are blown to call an assembly and also sound an alarm. They are blown on all of the Holy Days and over all of the burnt offerings.
Q11. What does the shofar represent?
A. The shofar represents God the Father.
Q12. What do the two silver trumpets represent?
A. 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.
Q13. What is the significance of the two silver trumpets being made from one block of silver?
A. The significance of the one block of silver points to both man and angels being co-heirs with Jesus Christ.
Q14. Which trumpets were blown on the Day of Trumpets? (Lev. 23:24; Psalm 81:3)
A. We are commanded to blow both the shofar and the two silver trumpets.
A. The blowing of both trumpets together with the shofar looks forward to a time where the creation, both angelic and physical, are gathered together as one under and with God the Father.
Q16. What is silver and why was it used to make the two trumpets?
A. Silver was used because God instructed the Israelites to make the two trumpets from one piece of silver in Num 10:2. Silver is a shiny, soft, white, lustrous transition metal. It has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal.
Q17. What else does the silver in the trumpets symbolize? (Ex. 30:12-16)
A. In the Bible silver is translated as either silver or money. Therefore, through the half shekel of silver for the Atonement tax, silver can be tied to reconciliation, redemption and atonement. The atonement temple tax shows us that we were bought with a price, and are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to God the Father and His laws. (1Cor. 7:23, Rom 6:22)
Q18. When God calls us to His way of life, what are some of the responsibilities we need to be practicing?
A. 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. (Matt. 28:19)
Q19. Who is our shepherd? (John 10:11)
A. Jesus Christ is our shepherd. We should always hear his voice and follow where he leads.
Q20. What happens when the seventh trumpet sounds? (1Thes. 4:16-17)
Q21. Who will be in the first resurrection? (Rev. 12:17)
A. The saints of God are going to be in the first resurrection. They are the people who have kept the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Some of the saints have already died and will be resurrected first and the saints who are alive when Christ returns will meet him in the air and be changed from physical to spiritual. (1Cor. 15:51-52)
Q22. When does the marriage of the Lamb take place? (Rev. 19:7-10)
A. When Messiah returns to the earth the elect will be reunited with him and that is when the Marriage Supper takes place.
Q23. On the Day of Trumpets what event are we to be thinking about?
A. We are to be thinking of when the seventh trumpet sounds and Messiah returns to the planet. (Mat. 24:31; Rev. 11:15) Messiah will return and replace Satan as the Day Star or ruler of the earth.
Q24. Even though it is not mentioned in this paper, can anyone recite all of God’s Holy Days in the order they occur in the calendar? (Lev. 23:1-44)
A. First and last day of Unleavened Bread; Pentecost; Trumpets; Atonement; first day of the Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day.
Activity: this activity occurs after the sun goes down or in a darkened room that has been prepared to have dangerous items removed.
Supplies: one functional flashlight for each participant.
How to play: One person volunteers to be “it”; other players are able to move around in the safe dark area. When the person who is “it” believes he or she knows where someone is, they turn their flashlight on and attempt to tag the person with light. If they succeed, the person who was touched by the light also helps “tag” other players.
Analogy and discussion: Christ comes as lightning to a dark physical and spiritual world.
2. Hear the Shepherd:
Activity: In this activity the children must listen to various sounds and base their movement on the sound they hear to navigate through the maze blindfolded. Each participant will attempt to pick up a card with one of the feast days on the card. Once everyone has been through the maze the children are asked to line up in the correct sequence of the feast days to review the “Days of the Feast” in sequential order.
Supplies: area to play, plastic safe objects to create a maze or masking tape to create maze on the floor. Seven 3 x 5 cards with the day of the feast on the card: First and Last Day of Passover/Unleavened Bread; Pentecost; Trumpets; Atonement; First day Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day. (We have found colour coding adds to the young child’s memory. Typically we do ROYGBIV; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet, which is the sequence of the colours of the rainbow).
How to play: Ask someone to be “it". The child is blindfolded and taken into the room or area with the maze. Five people (just like five churches as a whole are in the first resurrection) each have different noise-makers. (This activity can be graded to make it more complex for the older children or simplified with added verbal directions for the younger children). Each noise-maker is an indication of one of the following: right, left, forward, backwards, stop. From the starting point one of the five people begins to direct the child going through the maze with only the noise of the noise-maker, one sound per step; the next person with a noise-maker assists when the child needs to make a change in direction. For the young child it would be modified take 5 steps in this direction to aid in the auditory processing. Continue in this fashion till the child gets to the desired location and picks up the 3 x 5 card with a feast day on it. Ask for the next player to go through the maze, blindfold the child and rearrange the maze.
Once all children have a card with the day of the Feast on it, ask the children to get in the correct order without talking. Assist where necessary. Allow the child that found the first feast day to go to the prize box first and select their prize then follow in order of the Feast days.
Analogy: Jesus Christ is the good Shepherd; we always need to listen to his voice.
3. Fulcrum Activity:
Activity: Build a fulcrum using God’s Holy Days as the weights and discover which Holy Day is the central balancing factor in God’s Plan of Salvation.
Supplies: two wedges placed back to back for a fulcrum for each child, a wooden stick at least 12 inches long for each child, 7 Post-It notes per child in colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV) - or you can use construction paper or crayons to color a piece of white paper; a ruler, a pencil.
How to Play/Analogy: Have each child pick seven “weights” or small Post-It notes or colored paper. They should each have the seven colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV). For older children have them write the corresponding days of the feast on the Post-It note. For example, red would be the First Day of UB, orange would be the Last Day of UB, etc. For younger children the names could already be written on the Post-It notes, or pictures could also be used if they are not yet able to read.
Have each child put their fulcrum together and try to balance the fulcrum without any weights. Talk about who is the center and creator of everything and label the foundation blocks/wedges as God the Father. Label the stick as Jesus Christ. Have the children attempt to find the center or balancing point of the stick. Place a pencil mark at the center.
Talk about God’s Holy Days and place the Post-It notes in correct order. Talk about which Holy Day falls in the middle of the sequence. (Trumpets/green). Put the Post-Its on the wooden stick starting with Red or First Day of Unleavened Bread. The Green or Day of Trumpets is placed on the balance point until all of the Post-Its are placed on the stick. Move the papers as needed to get the stick to balance. Things to notice and discuss: three Holy Days occur before Trumpets and three Holy Days occur after Trumpets. The three Holy Days which occur before have already taken place in the Plan of Salvation. After the return of Christ, we still have three more to go. The return of Christ is the center of our fulcrum. When we look at the colors of the paper the children might notice that the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread is red and reminds us of the blood on the doorposts and the protection given to ancient Israel and the Day of trumpets being green reminds us of the green rainbow over God’s throne (Rev 4:3).
o Small length of garden hose
o Medium sized funnel or cut off the top of a soda bottle
o Trumpet mouthpiece (found at any music store) OR if you don't have one or don't want to get one, skip half of step 2.
o Duck tape
Make the hose into a circle (Picture 1). Cut both its metal heads off, and you're ready! Now, tape it as shown in picture 4. If you don't have a mouthpiece, only cut one part off.