The LORD's Feasts and Holy Days

Trumpets 2016: God’s Awakening Call

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"All you inhabitants of the world, you who dwell on the earth, when a signal is raised on the mountains - look! When a trumpet is blown - hear!" Isaiah 18:3.

Prelude Music

Opening prayer

Opening hymns

Hymn 1:  p. 2.39 –Come and See The Shining Hope

Hymn 2: p. 2.13 – Faith is The Victory

Introduction:                                          

“The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts”, so says the LORD in Leviticus 23:2. Sounds very powerful and important, doesn’t it? A trumpeting sound coming from God Almighty saying emphatically, “These are My Feasts”!

From the Old Testament to the New, Genesis to Revelation, God provided symbol after symbol of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Leviticus 23.

1. First, we have the Sabbath: a Weekly cycle, symbol of feast-rest.
2. The annual Passover, followed by

3.Seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread
4. Pentecost or Feast of Weeks 
5. Feast of Trumpets
6. Day of Atonement
7. Feast of Tabernacles

8. The Eighth Day

These seven feasts reveal to us a special story. The annual feasts were spread over seven months of the Jewish calendar, at specific “set times” appointed by God.

Yet despite its meaningful symbolism, these feasts or Holy days are seldom kept today, let alone known by most people even among Bible believing Christians. Others substituted different religious holidays that supposedly center on Jesus Christ. 

Why? How did all this come to be? Should our receiving (or “acceptance”) of the Lord Jesus Christ, made all these celebration obsolete today?

What is the true meaning of the “feasts of the LORD”? Do they have anything to do with the continuing works of redemption of Jesus Christ? Or is their meaning/application limited only to long-ago “Jewish” events?

For today’s Feast of Trumpets, we will be directly reading from God’s word, biblical validations for the continuity of these feasts as we look at the prophetic significance of the Trumpets in the life/work of Jesus Christ and all true believers who follow Him.

Our first batch of bible readers will be reading some introductory remarks concerning the importance of our attentiveness (alertness) while rejoicing for the feast of Trumpets.

Bible Reader 1 – A Memorial Trumpets

Leviticus 23:23-25
Numbers 10:1-10

Bible Reader 2 – Warning the People

Isaiah 58:1-4

Jeremiah 4:5-8

Thank you bible readers. Brethren, let’s all stand and sing the following hymn…

Hymn 3. p.199 – Ambassadors for Christ

B. The Feast of “Making Noise”.  The trumpet is a symbol of considerable importance in both the Old and New Testaments. In general, it can signify an alarm of war, a call to assemble, or a command to march (see Numbers 10:1-10). The feast of Trumpets was so named to remind everyone of its import and how God values our attentiveness and responsiveness whenever we are reminded of the instrument and its sound. Leviticus 23:24 tells us that Rosh Hashanah is a memorial proclamation with a great blast of sound (trumpets). A ram’s horn or shofar is the traditional instrument used which produces a unique piercing sound and an intense alarm that can elicit fear, even panic. The use of silver trumpets on the other hand produces musical and joyful sound for celebration. Their uses should provide some of its historic application as well as spiritual lessons for continual learning. 

Our next set of Bible readers will be providing us some of these events and applications:

Bible Reader 3 – The Sound of God

Exodus 19:16-20

Exodus 20:18-21

Joshua 6:6-20

Bible Reader 4 –Trumpets Victory

1 Chronicles 15:16-28

Psalm 81:1-4           

Thank you reader. Please all rise as we sing

Hymn 4 p.111 A Song in The Night

Hymn 5p.106 We Are The Hands of God

C. Prophets as God’s Trumpets. God communicates with us through His chosen men called prophets in the Bible. God called and even trained prophets to receive and transmit visions and messages to the people. They were reminders of God’s continuing voice and guidance, moral conscience, as well as serve as “watchmen” to His people. Historically, prophets were not a likeable fellow to be around. It is not a coveted job or work to do. They can be a threat, and their word has the penetrating effect that can make kings and people uncomfortable. That is why prophets lived alone, ostracized by most people, even to the point of despondency and despair. Prophets such as Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, Joel, Amos, Haggai, etc., apart from receiving terrifying visions, were mandated to sound the alarm like a “trumpet” in order for people to be forewarned, repent and change their life’s course/direction.

Our next Bible reader will give us some of these terrifying messages and visions as trumpet’s warning :          

Bible Reader 5 – Prophets as God’s Trumpets

Amos 3:7

Hosea 8:1

Isaiah 58:1-2

Ezekiel 33:7-9

Jeremiah 4:19-21

Ezekiel 33:1-10

Hosea 5:8-13

Joel 2:1-12

Thank you reader. Please all rise as we sing responsively…

Hymn 6p.180 Now Let Us Go

Hymn 7p. 131 He Comes! He Comes

D. Who are the “Trumpeters” of God? In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus Christ expanded the scope and application of trumpets for His disciples and followers to take part in it. The preaching of the gospel of the coming Kingdom was primary impetus that will awaken everyone to its hopeful future.  But this sound to be received must first pierced (cut) thru the “division of soul and of spirit, of joint and marrow” of those who will listen and receive the message (Heb.4:12)    

Moreover, Jesus Christ also used the analogy and sign of trumpet for cataclysmic events to come and for His return.  So our commission to preach the “good news” of the kingdom of God and about Jesus Christ as “trumpeters of God”, and await for that great trumpet sound calling us into Him.

Our next bible reader will read verses pertaining to this.

Bible Reader 6 God’s Trumpeters

Luke 12:49-56

John 1:6-8

Matthew 28:19-20

2 Peter 1:16-21

Matthew 24: 29-31

 

Thank you Bible Reader. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 8: p.124 In Days of Old

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Watch And Pray: Thank you, brethren. Let us pause now as we hear the news that we need to watch and pray for.

Thank you for the special music offering and for our watchman.

E. “Witness and Warning.” From His earliest youth and throughout His life, Jesus Christ clearly understood His mission and purpose. His primary concern is preach the gospel and to warn the people. This concern is borne out of His love and compassion primarily to the lost, as well as deliver a  warning message to those in authority. Similarly, as Christ’s followers, this must continue whenever one is called and in whatever circumstances, as Jesus Himself said, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matt.11:12)

And, in the not-too-distant future, Christ will again raise His “two witnesses” for this purpose: to preach and warn the whole world and that He is coming to bring His Kingdom to this earth (see Rev. 11:3-13).

Our next bible reader will provide us more on these prophetic verses...

Bible Reader 7– Witness and Warning

Matthew 5:16

Mark 16:15-20

Acts 1:8; Acts 2:40

Acts 28:30-31

Reader 8 – Witness and Warning

Romans 1:18 – 20

Colossians 4:2-6

1 Peter 3:15

Revelation 11:3-13

Thank you Bible Reader. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 9:  p.151 Isaiah The Prophet

Hymn 10: p.129 Blow The Horn, Let Zion Hear!

Conclusion-

F. At the “Sound of the Trumpets”. Far from being an ancient “Jewish” celebration, prophetically, the Feast of Trumpets points to many significant events in the very near future that will “shock and awe” even the most hardened skeptic. It foreshadows the most cataclysmic “Day of the Lord”, the terrifying events that will occur just before and at the return of Jesus as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Rev. 19:11-16). But it also points us to the joyous time when Christians, living or dead, will receive God’s gift of eternal life in the first resurrection. The Feast of Trumpets represents that crucial time in God’s plan when He will bring this present evil age to an end and establish His rule over humanity.

This pivotal event in prophecy, the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to rule the earth with the help of His resurrected saints, is specifically associated with the blowing of trumpets. The thunderous blast that will usher in His second coming and establish the Kingdom of God here on earth.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

More on these verses from our final Reader…

 Reader 9 – At the “Sound of the Trumpets”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Revelation 4:1-5

Revelation 8:2, 6-10

Revelation 8:11 - 9:4

Revelation 10:7-10

Revelation 14:6-7

Revelation 19:11-16

Thank you readers. That concludes our Song Service.

Hymn 11: p.2.41 Sound on The Trumpet

Hymn 12: p.107 Go Ye Therefore Into All the World

 Closing prayer.

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Written with Mrs. Ofelia Magat

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