The Old Testament is full of imagery, that points to things that would happen at a later time. One example we love to talk about is how the Passover was a preview of the Cross In the time of Israel’s captivity in Egypt, on the eve of the tenth plague, the people were instructed to put the blood of a lamb on the doorposts of their homes. Then fifteen hundred years later Jesus would become our ‘Passover Lamb’, who shed His blood for us.
The Passover is the first of the seven feasts of Israel. In Easter, we see three of these feasts realized for us as Christians. Jesus is our Passover. The second Feast is ‘Unleavened Bread’, some understand this as referring to the time Jesus spent in the tomb. Others see it fulfilled in the Lord’s Supper. Both have merit. The third feast is ‘First Fruits’. This ties directly to the Resurrection. The Feast of Weeks which is the fourth feast is fulfilled at Pentecost, with the birth of the Church.
This leaves the three later feasts yet to be fulfilled. Those feasts are the Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. These three feasts happen at the end of the harvest season when all the crops have been bought in. Therefore as Christians, we see these relating to the End Times, when Christ shall return.
The Last of the Seven Feasts is called Tabernacles or Booths. It represents God dwelling with His People. This fits with the Day when Christ and His Saints meet the New Jerusalem and are together forevermore. Clearly, we are not there yet.
The Day of Atonement most likely fits with the Day of Judgment, when God brings all people into account and sorts the faithful from those who rejected Him.
Which brings us to the fifth feast, which we would expect is the next to be fulfilled. It is the Feast of Trumpets. The Church has been waiting almost two thousand years for the trumpet call of God. Therefore this most likely points to that day, when Jesus will take His people. Many people disagree with this view, after all, they will remind us that no one knows the Day or the Hour of Christ’s return.
Yet there is more to this than we would think. “No one knows the Hour or the Day” is an old Hebrew expression, that is tied to the commencement of each new month. Until the Third Century, it was the practice of Israel to declare each new month, only after the New Moon had been sighted by two reliable witnesses. This might seem straightforward, but it is not. Depending on the time of years, a lunar month is anywhere from 29 Days and 5 hours to 29 days and 22 hours. Therefore the New Moon would appear each month on a different day and a different hour. Hence no one knew the day or the hour when the new month is declared. (Especially if there is cloud cover.)
What makes the Feast of Trumpets significant is that it falls on the First Day of the Month. So though they knew the Day of the Lord’s Trumpet was near, no one knew it was that Day until the Trumpet sounded. What an incredible image for the return of Christ! When will the Day of Heaven’s Trumpets come? Nobody knows for certain. We do know He is coming, but until we hear the Trumpet of the Lord, we will never know if today is the day.
The real question is this. If Jesus were to return today, would He welcome you, with the words, “Well done good and faithful servant.”? Or would Jesus say, “I never knew you.”? Are you ready for Jesus?