Feast of Trumpets
up to the first fall feast is a traditional 30-day time of intense soul-searching
and repentance. This period of repentance then continues for ten more
days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, called the
Days of Awe." This tradition in itself indicates a time of
intense, even awe-inspiring events, and a deadline after which repentance
will be too late. This idea is accentuated by themes found throughout
the fall feasts.
This festival teaches us about humanitys physical redemption. In Leviticus 23, God commands a trumpet blast on this day. The command seems odd and without much description, but its significance becomes great as we examine the occurance of the trumpet blast throughout Biblical history. The trumpet was heard at many Biblical events with inter-related themes: Entering the promised land (the fall of Jericho), the start of the Jubilee year of rest, the physical resurrection, the ingathering of the Israelite exiles, the coronation of the king, and the coming of the Messiah. Ultimately, every one of these things point to Jesus dramatic second coming, and so does this day.
The idea that this day teaches about physical redemption is further supported by fascinating tradition. Rosh HaShanah is traditionally the anniversary of Creation, and is the beginning of the Biblical physical new year. One reason for this is that the first word in the Bible, Be'resheit, is formed from the root word, rosh meaning head. It makes sense that the head of all time is also the head of the year. The fact that this day represents physical beginnings strongly suggests that it is on this day that Jesus will physically redeem His people and will usher in His physical kingdom (see Zech. 14), just as he provided His spiritual redemption and spiritual kingdom during the spring feasts.
What makes this theme even more fascinating is that no one knows exactly which day is the new moon, on which the Feast of Trumpets must be observed, so it is traditionally celebrated on two days. If the Feast of Trumpets does in fact happen to be the day that Jesus will return, as all these themes and traditions suggest, Jesus words still hold true. Truly no one knows the day, not to mention the year. We would be wise to remember those words, but we would be equally wise to heed the words of Paul: Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night [ ] But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.