Did you know that God has a calendar? Did you know that He is still following it? It really saddens me, though, that most of Christianity has thrown out His calendar, and in doing so, they miss out on some of the beauty and richness and grace of God and His word.
What is this calendar? Well, it isn’t a secret. It is written about quite a bit in both the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ testaments. The calendar is marked by special occasions throughout the year. They are often called the “Jewish Feasts” but that isn’t what God calls them. He calls them His “appointed times” (this is the clear meaning of the Hebrew word used in the “old testament” when the ‘feasts’ are referred to.)
I know that many in Christianity will say that the feasts no longer apply as Jesus fulfilled them, but even the “new testament” proves that statement false. Yeshua (Jesus) himself said,
“For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass away until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18 (ESV)
“Do this in in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 (ESV) – in context of celebrating the Passover.
There are many more verses showing Yeshua (Jesus) and the apostles (even Paul) celebrating the feasts. However, this article isn’t about that. It’s about the next feast in the yearly cycle, the ‘Feast of Trumpets’!
God’s year begins with Passover in early spring. Then there are a couple more, then a couple months pause. The feasts start up again near fall time, with the first in a short series being the ‘feast of trumpets’! For this feast we are told, among a couple other things, to blow trumpets (or shout)!
Now, considering the fact that Yeshua (Jesus) did something appropriate on each of the earlier feasts (died on Passover; gave the holy spirit on Pentecost; – are two examples), it easily follows that this is the next feast where something should happen. I wonder, if Paul wasn’t thinking of this when he wrote,
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (ESV)
The feasts are the markers of God’s calendar, and give God’s timeline for things He has done and is yet to do!
And I must say that I am really looking forward to this coming Sunday night to Monday night (Sept. 9 to 10, 2018), which is the feast of Trumpets! I get to take the day off work and celebrate! In Judaism, the day is celebrated as the “Jewish New Year” and, being Jewish, I’ll celebrate that also, but that is just tradition.
I look forward to meeting God at his next ‘appointed time’, the ‘feast of trumpets,’ and hearing the shofar (ram’s horn). And I look forward to hearing that heavenly shofar calling, announcing the end of all things!
Shalom! – Yosef