By Christine Darg
I believe the next MAJOR PROPHETIC event will be the Rapture of the Church because in God’s economy things happen in order as outlined on God’s time-grid in the annual 7 Levitical Feasts. The Feast of Trumpets is known as the Day of the Sounding of the Shofar.
Beautifully and prophetically among the Jews, the Feast of Trumpets is also known as The Wedding Day of the Messiah. In John 14 Jesus speaks Jewish wedding imagery. Jesus said he is going to his father’s house to prepare a place for us. In Jewish culture, the son went to the Father’s house and could not collect his bride until his Father gave him the go-ahead. That’s why Jesus said only the Father knows the day or the hour of his return for his bride.(Mark 13: 32) If we hope that Jesus could be coming in the clouds for us during the Feast of Trumpets, technically we still don’t know the day or the hour because it’s a two-day feast! The Feast of Trumpets is known as “The Day which No One Knows” because it’s a two-day spread due to having to cover the time to sight the new moon, whenever it occurs. However, if the Father does not release the Son to come for us this year, we will FAITHFULLY continue to wait, to watch and to occupy until He comes, whenever that glorious time will be! It’s important to believe in the biblical doctrine of imminency–that the Lord could come at any time.
“Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand.” Joel 2: 1
The Feast of Trumpets is also known as the civil New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Truly God will make all things new. However, according to the Bible, the Feast of Trumpets is not the Jewish New Year– that is a man-made tradition. In fact, there is no biblical command to call this first day of the 7th Hebraic month “Rosh HaShana,” (Head of the Year /New Year) because God stated in Exodus 12:2, “THIS is the first month of your year” when the Israelites were preparing to depart Egypt in the Spring. Instead, God very clearly says in Lev. 23 and Numbers 29 that the 1st day of the 7th month is to be observed as a holy day called “Yom Teruah,” which means “Day of Shouting/trumpet blowing.” Adding to the mystery is that the Torah does not state the purpose of this holy day! The verb form of Teruah often refers to the noise made by a gathering of the faithful calling out to The LORD. Lev. 23 also refers to this 1st day of the 7th month as Zichron Teruah, a memorial, a remembering. Therefore the Feast of Trumpets is also known as The Day of Remembrance. Interest that whenever the Rapture happens, God will remember who belongs to him and separate believers, the true church, from those who will be left behind at the end of the Church Age followed by Israel’s last 7 years of Daniel’s 70th Week.
According to the rabbis this is the time that God created the whole universe.
Jewish people have a big dinner this evening and eat honey cake and also dip apples in honey to signify the hope for a sweet new civil year ahead. They greet one another with, “May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life.” Meanwhile, a person whose sins have been washed away by the Blood of the Passover Lamb, Yeshua, knows that his or her name IS written into the Book of Life, not because of any merit of our own, but due to the merits of the Saviour. In fact, we are assured by John that the Gospel was written that we may KNOW that we have eternal life. (John 20: 31)