Tonight we are observing the Biblical feast – Yom Terurah (the Day of Trumpets). This feast is discussed in Leviticus 23:24-25 and Numbers 29:1-6. Our family believes when the Messiah returns, it will be on this feast. You may wonder why?
We find the importance of the Biblical feasts throughout the Messiah’s life. Historically speaking, there is reason to believe that He was conceived during the feast of Hanukkah … and it would make sense that the Light of the World may have entered the womb of Mary during this Festival of Light. There is also reason to believe that He was born during the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles/Booths) and again, this would seem to add some extra meaning to John 1:14 which says “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,” … especially when that word “dwelt” means “tabernacle”. But as neither of these theories can be proven from Scripture, let’s move on to the ones that can!
Yeshua was crucified on the day of Passover, at the time when the Israelites were to slaughter the Passover lambs … He was the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world. All four of the Gospel accounts share this in great detail and I don’t have room to include all the references in this post!
He rose from the dead three days and three nights later, on the feast of Firstfruits. As we read in 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, “But now is Messiah risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits; afterward they that are Messiah’s at his coming.”
And the Holy Spirit was given to the apostles on the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) … “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:1-4.
So we see that Yeshua fulfilled these feasts, but there are three more that have yet to be fulfilled: Yom Terurah, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and Chag HaSukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). While we certainly don’t claim to be experts on eschatology, we believe it very likely that the Messiah will return on Yom Terurah where, as it says in 1 Corinthians 15:52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
But another reason we believe it will be Yom Terurah is this: there are many different opinions on how to reckon the Biblical calendar but our family believes that the sighting of the new moon declares the beginning of each month. Therefore when the Bible says that Passover is on the 14th day of the 1st month, we count 14 days from the sighting of the new moon. Yom Kippur is on the 10th day of the 7th month … Sukkot is on the 14th day of the 7th month … but Yom Terurah is on the 1st day of the 7th month. It is the only feast that begins on the first day of the month. There is no preparation! You see the new moon, the feast has begun!
Yeshua said that no man knows the day or the hour that He will return (Matthew 25:13). No one knows on which day Yom Terurah will fall, or in what hour the new moon will be sighted. There was a chance that the moon could have been seen last night (Thursday night), in which case today (Friday) would have been the feast/Sabbath. We prepared for that possibility. We planned meals, did our shopping on Thursday and set home businesses in order so that they wouldn’t need our attention on Friday. But when sundown came and no moon was in sight, we adapted our schedule and look forward to seeing the new moon tonight and celebrating Yom Terurah tomorrow!
This got me thinking about Yeshua’s return and how we look forward to it and prepare for it. We know that He will come … we just don’t know when! So the question is, are you ready? Just like we don’t know when Yom Terurah will begin until we see the sign in the heaven, we don’t know when the Messiah will return until we see Him coming in the clouds of glory. But in both cases, we must be prepared, watching and waiting because “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;” (2 Peter 3:10) … “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 24:44.
Chag Yom Terurah Sameach Y’all 🙂 And Shabbat Shalom!!