The last three feasts were in the fall, in the month of Tishri. Again, they represent events yet to come and point the way to Jesus, our Redeemer.
“Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month, you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.”” ~ Leviticus 23:23-24
The Feast of Trumpets was the beginning of the civil new year, Rosh Hashanah, a time to celebrate and give thanks to the LORD. Burnt offerings were a part of this, and so was the blowing of the ram’s horn, or shofar.
We as believers are to be listening for the sounding of a trumpet. He is coming for us!
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
We will be “caught up” “to meet the Lord in the air”. Jesus is coming for us, but He will not set foot on the earth at this time. He will call us up to Him with His voice, “with the trumpet of God”! 🙂
The sixth feast is the Day of Atonement, which was explained also in Leviticus 16.
“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD.'” ~ Leviticus 23:26-27
The notes I have written in my Bible say this feast represents the seven years of the Tribulation, and the salvation of the nation of Israel- Daniel’s seventieth week.
The phrase “humble your souls” in the King James is “afflict your souls”. It was a time to search yourself and repent and get right with God. The seven years of Tribulation will be the last opportunity for people to get right with God and choose Jesus, before the second coming of Jesus when He will set foot upon earth and wage war against Satan and the antichrist and all who did not choose Him.
“If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people.” ~ Leviticus 23:29
The Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths, is the seventh and final feast.
“‘On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day. Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days… You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths, so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.'” ~ Leviticus 23:39-40, 41-43
This was to remind the people of God’s provision and leading through the wilderness. It took place after harvest. It also points the way to when we will dwell with God forever, and the thousand years of peace during the Millennium. We are told in Zechariah 14:16 that this feast will actually be celebrated during the Millennium. (Don’t ask me about the Millennium, I don’t fully understand it. But I do trust God and know that I will live with Him, forever, so I am not worried about what my feeble human mind can understand about this thousand year period.)
Are you listening for that trumpet sound? 🙂 I am!