By Bob Barney
Today is a special "New Month" Day. The Bible translates the beginning of each month as a Festival of a New Moon because at one time, before the flood, new moons in fact marked the start of a new month so it would actually make sense to call them 'New Month Festivals'. This is not true for today but this particular month, the 7th Month of the year, is so very significant because it is the most sacred month of all of God's 12 months! It is the month of feasts, fasts, and festivals. The 7th month most importantly symbolizes the return of Christ, End Time troubles and the coming millennium! It harkens the truths as well as to when there will be a new Heaven and new earth that God the Father Himself will actually dwell in with all of us!
God’s appointed times (also known as feasts) which are written about in Leviticus 23, consist of seven separate events which are “remembrances of God’s grace in time past” as well as “prophetic shadows of things to come”. Even though these feasts have been branded “Jewish feasts”, it is very clear that these were called “My feasts” and “LORD‘s feasts” by our Heavenly Father (Lev 23:2,4,37).
Contrary to popular belief, Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus, simply Joshua in English and Jesus in Greek), and His Disciples and even the highly misunderstood Apostle Paul, did not teach or abolish God’s Law. Just as God’s Commandments will stand till Heaven and Earth exists, the “Feasts” or “Appointed Times” of God (which are part of God’s Law), is, and will be in effect in the time to come. Out of the seven events asked to be remembered, God has fulfilled three of these prophetic events in the time of the first coming of the Messiah.
As Christians, we all look forward to the Second coming of Christ. In today's featured topic, we will study the Prophetic significance of the “Feast of Trumpets” and the coming of our Messiah.
The Feast of Trumpets IS THE FIRST DAY of the 7th Month--- a special "New month", Holy Day, or Sabbath Day!
I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today. It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God. There is a great study on the topic of God's Calendar, here. There is a mistake made by those that follow a Jewish calendar and that has to do with the mistranslation of, "new moon" as it should be properly rendered as, "NEW MONTH" instead. The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible correctly translates this fact.
The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, simply means, "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh however, does not mean, "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.
Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360-day rotation around the sun and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons were at the start of the new months and therefore the calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation presently is one of 29.5 days.
The ancients noticed that the months were a total of thirty days, and the years were not 360 days but a bit over 365 days and they saw a need to create a new calendar to reflect this more accurately. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, and it was one Moses was very familiar with. This calendar had twelve, 30-day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar which you can see in the illustration to the left. God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that the new year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. (Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well). The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon, yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.
Let us now look at each mention of 'Trumpets', and/or the mention of the 7th month in your Bible:
1 Kings 8:2
All the men of Israel assembled themselves to King Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
2 Chronicles 5:3
All the men of Israel assembled themselves to the king at the feast, that is in the seventh month.
In the seventh month Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal family and one of the chief officers of the king, along with ten men, came to Mizpah to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. While they were eating bread together there in Mizpah,
2 Kings 25:25
But it came about in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal family, came with ten men and struck Gedaliah down so that he died along with the Jews and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah.
“Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months these seventy years, was it actually for Me that you fasted?
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘The fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth months will become joy, gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.’
2 Chronicles 31:7
In the third month they began to make the heaps, and finished them by the seventh month.
Now when the seventh month came, and the sons of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem.
And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel.
So Hananiah the prophet died in the same year in the seventh month.
“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.
‘Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
At the full moon, on our feast day.
From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, but the foundation of the temple of the Lord had not been laid.
Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.
Then on the second day the heads of fathers’ households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law.
You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall humble your souls; on the ninth of the month at evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your sabbath.”
“This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among you;
“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.
‘Then on the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall humble yourselves; you shall not do any work.