Like A Thief In The Night

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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!

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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.”

2906244406_b5f44aa0aa_zBut 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!!

6 thoughts on “Like A Thief In The Night

  1. Although I am familiar with the proven feasts that were fulfilled in Christ I was unaware of this connection to the feast of trumpets. To be honest I am not sure I agree with you but it was something new to think about/study about this morning and I appreciate that.

    1. Thanks for the comment … I’m glad this post provided some new food for thought. I’m sure there will always be differences of opinions and beliefs throughout the body of Messiah but it’s good to be able to discuss these things and let iron sharpen iron 🙂

  2. This is really interesting! This is the first time that I have heard of the correlation between Biblical events and the Jewish feasts. I also learned a bit about astronomy. I always thought the new moon was predictable and just googled it and found out it was not. I really enjoy your website.

    1. So glad to hear that you enjoy the site! The feasts are amazing events! I hope to be able share more in the future … there are so many lessons to be learned through them. And it’s my understanding that the new moon is predictable to a certain extent – I think there are two, possibly three, days that it can appear and astronomical calculations can usually predict when it will be but it doesn’t always happen as planned 🙂 Someone recently sent me a book on astronomy to review – it’s written from a Biblical viewpoint – so I’m looking forward to studying that and learning more!

  3. Dear Hannah, thank you for taking the time to share these thoughts. This year our family started to observe the feasts as put forth in God’s word. We started to notice that the feasts were linked to the moon as we always have a beautiful full moon overlooking the sea where we live. We then saw that the moon was linked to the months and the feasts over time. Then we saw there was a special significance again through the word.

    And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even. 1 Sam 20:5

    There is too much to write but God himself has changed our calendar and timings for our family to His own. Thank you for this encouragement. and may your family be blessed in Jesus’ name.

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