Messianic Overtones
in Judaism



A Study of Rites and Rituals in Types and Shadows

The Feast of Trumpets

The fifth feast is the Feast of Trumpets, which falls in the seventh month, Tishri, of the sacred Jewish year.  In the Jewish civil calendar, this month is recognized as the beginning of the New Year.  The last month of the year, Elul, ends approximately in the middle of the month of the Gregorian calendar, and Tishri begins the next day.  The first 2 days of Tishri begin with blowing of the shofar, (a ram's horn), to commemorate the creation of Adam and Eve, (according to tradition).

In Bible Numerics, the number 5 is asscociated to God's grace and mercy, while 7 speaks of completeness and perfection.  So we see these numbers associated with the 5th month, Tishri, during which God extends his mercy and grace, (5), to repenting people at the completion of another year (7).

Leviticus 23:23-24:  "And the LORD spake unto Moses saying, 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 the trumpets, an holy convocation."

Trumpets were blown on many occasions, and for multiple reasons.  Moses was instructed to make silver horns, which, by the way, were fashioned from melted silver coins that came from the Temple's ransom fund.  This was the fund from which the Rabbis purchased the animals that were used for sacrifice.  (This was the same fund they used when they paid Judas to conspire with them to arrest Jesus.  Little did they know, then, they were actually using silver coins from the ransom fund to purchase world's Ultimate Sacrificial Ransom for mankind...Jesus, on Calvary!)

These trumpets, both animal horns (called shofars), and the silver ones were blown to announce the beginning of the months; alarms for war; to call the people to pray; to gather harvest or a call to meetings.  There were different signals and sounds to differentiate the various reasons for the call...  the shofars sounded somber and bellowing, very difficult to blow, and used mostly in worship in the Temple.  On the first of Tishri, the silver horns were blown to announce the New Year, and Rosh Hashanah. Another priest blew the shofar as a call to prepare for repentence, which would follow 9 days later.  The 10th of Tishri would be the most solemn and important day on the entire Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  When the trumpets were blown, the people stopped their work, left their fields and came home to tend to the weightier matters of the soul.  This was a time when restitutions were made between families and friends; apologies spoken, ties restored in the preparation for Holiest of Holy days and the shedding of the sacrificial animal's blood atonement.  The end of the 4 months of labor and harvest had come..it was now time to do the work of soul searching.  This 5th Feast of Trumpets brought with it a time to meditate and repent; to make things right.  Five, the number of mercy and grace, woven into the fabric of the Feast... all that man needs to make things right with man and God.

Prophetically, as in the other Feasts, this one also speaks in types and shadows, but of a time yet to come.  A time the Church is eagerly looking forward to seeing...and hearing, for it will begin with the sound of a trumpet, as was promised:

I Thessalonians 4:13-18:  "But I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep; that you sorrow not; even as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them, which are asleep.  For the Lord, himself, shall descend from heaven with a shout; with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we, which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore, comfort one another with these words."

He's talking about the catching away of the church!  some refer to it as the rapture, when the believers are caught up to meet Jesus in the air.  When THAT trumpet blasts, there won't be any time to start making amends...no time to start making phone calls of apology...no time to repent or meditate! 

Where will we go? With Him!  Wherever He takes me is fine, as long as it's above all the warfare and hell that will unfold on earth.  We see the signs of a nuclear holocaust all around us: nuclear weapons can melt humanity in seconds; diseases that are rampant and pandemic in a medically sophisticated world that can't cure them; starvation and famine in 3rd world countries; a world that's heading to a disastrous end.  I don't know if we're going to be caught out of this world before all this tribulation unloads its fiery rage on us, or in the middle of it...or afterwards.  Who knows when?  I'm going to live for Him and in Him NOW, just because I love Him and want to please Him!

There's no set time, but in the time slot of God's calendar, this 5th Feast will be next on the agenda. We are now in the working period when  we need to do all we can to reach people, teach people, and love people into the Kingdom while we can still work the harvest.  When that shofar trumpet blows, the harvest is over, and our opportunities are over.

In Leviticus 23: 24, there's an interesting word that is so relevant for today: ".....a memorial of blowing the trumpets; an holy convocation."  In Strong's Concordance, the word convocation can be rendered as "a rehearsal"!  So the Jews, all these hundreds of years, could possibly  have been blowing the shofar in rehearsal ...for what? The catching away of the church and the soon coming of the Lord!