Feast of Trumpets in Scripture

[Num 29:1] And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

[Lev 23:24] Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
[Lev 23:25] Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

[Pss 81:3] Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.  KJV

[Col 2:16] Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday [festival], or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
[Col 2:17] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

[1Cor 15:46] Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

[Num 10:10] On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts, and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; they shall serve you for remembrance/memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God."

[Num 10:2] Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
[Num 10:3] And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

[Neh 8:1] And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
[Neh 8:2] And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
[Neh 8:3] And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.

[Ezra 3:5] And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the LORD.
[Ezra 3:6] From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid.
[Ezra 3:7] They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.

Pss 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons [seasons--Mo'edim--appointed times]: the sun knoweth his going down.


Door Opened in Heaven on Trumpets & at the Rapture;
is the rapture into that
Heavenly Mansion / Pavillion / Bridal Chamber / New Jersualem

Ezek 46:1 "Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on the six working days; but on the sabbath day it shall be opened and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

[Mat 25:10] And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

[John 10:7] Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
[John 10:9] I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

[Isa 26:2] Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

[Pss 118:19] Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
[Pss 118:20] This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.

[Isa 26:19] Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
[Isa 26:20] Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
[Isa 26:21] For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

[Luke 13:24] Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

[Pss 27:4] One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
[Pss 27:5] For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

[John 14:2.3] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
[John 14:3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

[Rev 21:2] And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband.
[Rev 21:3] And I heard a great voice out of heaven [great trumpet?] saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

[Rev 21:9] And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
[Rev 21:10] And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem,
descending out of heaven from God,


Wedding at a Feast of Trumpets

[Pss 81:3] Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
[Pss 81:4] For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
[Pss 81:5] He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:

[Gen 41:45] And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
[Gen 41:46] Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went through all the land of Egypt.
[Gen 41:47] During the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth abundantly,


Concealment at the Feast of Trumpets

[Pss 81:3] Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.  KJV
[Pss 81:3] Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.  RSV
[Pss 81:3] "Sound the shofar on the New Moon, in concealment of the day of our festival"
 

03677 kece' {keh'-seh} or keceh {keh'-seh}
                 apparently from 03680; TWOT - 1006; n m
                 AV - appointed 2; 2
                 1) full moon
03680 kacah {kaw-saw'}

                 a primitive root; TWOT - 1008; v
                 AV - cover 135, hide 6, conceal 4, covering 2, overwhelmed 2, clad 1,
                 closed 1, clothed 1; 152
                 1) to cover, conceal, hide
                 1a) (Qal) conceal, covered (participle)
                 1b) (Niphal) to be covered
                 1c) (Piel)
                 1c1) to cover, clothe
                 1c2) to cover, conceal
                 1c3) to cover (for protection)
                 1c4) to cover over, spread over
                 1c5) to cover, overwhelm
                 1d) (Pual)
                 1d1) to be covered
                 1d2) to be clothed
                 1e) (Hithpael) to cover oneself, clothe oneself

From the above verse and Concordance meaning of the word, one meaning of Trumpets is concealment.

  1. The day is called "the hidden day" as an expression or Jewish Idiom.
  2. The day is referred to as "that day or hour no man knows", because it happens at the first sight of the sliver of a new moon, which can happen on either the 29th or 30th day, and thus, uncertain. Also, this phrases is associated with a wedding in Matt 25:13
  3. The "mystery" of the rapture happens on this day. 1 Cor 15:52
  4. And those caught up in the rapture will be hidden away in that Heavenly Bridal Chamber, the many mansions of John 14:2,3.
  5. [Zeph 2:3] Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.
  6. [Pss 27:5] For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
  7. [Isa 26:20] Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
In addition, from the above, those in the rapture will be covered by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and also clothed in white robes, the righteousness of the saints.
Two Main Rapture Verses

[1 Corinthians 15:51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[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.

[1 Thessalonians 4:16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
[1 Thessalonians 4:17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
[1 Thessalonians 4:18] Therefore comfort one another with these words.


Born Again / Made incorruptable / Baptism
at the rapture on the Feast of Trumpets

The New Moon is "born again" at the Feast of Trumpets.

Believers are "born again" at baptism.

John 3
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

I understand this question "art thou a master of Israel and knowest not these things?" to mean that, Jesus believed a master of Israel should have known about being baptised by water and holy spirit and being born again into incorruption at the rapture to enter heaven.

[1 Corinthians 15:51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[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.
[1 Corinthians 15:53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Certainly, at the rapture, the change to incorruptible is like being born again, made new.

[1Pet 1:23] Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

As the moon represents believers; both are "born again" at the Feast of Trumpets.

The moon reflects the light of the sun, as believers reflect the light of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Even the diameter of the moon ALSO reflects the diamater of the sun, when multiplied by 4. The diamater of the sun is 864,000 miles. The diameter of the moon is 2160 miles. Multiplied by 4, the diameter of the moon is 8640 miles. Containing the same 864 number. The 24 hours in a day, multiplied by 60 minutes and 60 seconds give us 8640 seconds in a day.


The number 4, in Hebrew, is dalet, and is the forth letter of the alphabet, and also means door.  Jesus came 2000 years ago, about at year 4000 since creation. The Lord Jesus Christ said he was the door.

[John 10:9] I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

We go through the open door (4, Jesus Christ) at the rapture, on the feast of trumpets, on the new moon.


The Lord Jesus Christ, like the sun, is the light of the world, and we reflect his light, like the moon.
 

[Mal 4:2] But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

[John 8:12] Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

[Mat 5:16] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


The rapture in Rev. 12 is a rapture of a new born child, the Church.

[Rev 12:4] And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

[Rev 12:5] And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Jesus was not caught up to God as a child, and it seems rather pointless to rehash the resurrection with figurative language that does not accurately picture Jesus only.  Remember, the Church is also called the "body of Christ".  That this is not only describing Jesus is evident in the fact that his bride, the Church also rules with a rod of iron:  Christ rules, and we rule as his bride (also with a rod of iron), but the Lord Jesus Christ is the head.

[Rev 2:26] He who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, I will give him power over the nations,
[Rev 2:27] and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received power from my Father;

[Rev 5:10] And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

The "man child" is spoken of in Isaiah as a "nation being born" before the labor pains of tribulation. This represents the rapture before the tribulation; being born, made new, incorruptable, at the rapture.

Isaiah 66:
7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once?
for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

The resurrection is also described as being reborn.

[Col 1:18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.


To summarize so far:
The Feast of Trumpets speaks of the moon being reborn.
Revelation 12 speaks of a newly born man-child being raptured.

Rev 12 has actually been playing out in the stars over Jerusalem exactly during the Feast of Trumpets for four years, from 1996, '97, '98, & '99.

The moon was "birthed" between the legs of the constellation virgo, showing that the man-child of revelation 12 is the new moon.

Thus, when the moon is reborn, at the new moon, it is a highly appropriate time for the rapture and resurrection. The Feast of Trumpets is the only Feast on a new moon.

More "birth" scriptures, having to do with the rapture &/or the tribulation "time of trouble":

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

The tribulation is also known as the "time of Jacobís trouble"

Jeremiah 30:
6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.



From John 3, recall, we see that Baptism is being born again, with water and Holy Spirit.

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Baptism (& being born again) is also a symbol of death and resurrection, which occurs at the rapture.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:


Finally, one of the most unusual raptures (harpazo) in the Bible is in Acts, at a baptism.

Acts 8
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away (harpazo) Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.


Rev. 12 in the Stars on the Feast of Trumpets

For the last four years, 1996-1999, at the Feast of Trumpets, Rev. 12 has been playing out in the stars, with the birth of the new moon right between the legs of the virgin, the constellation of Virgo. Once again, this shows that the moon, which is representing the man-child, in Rev. 12, represents believers, who will be caught up to heaven in the pre tribulation rapture on the Feast of Trumpets.

In Revelation 12, "a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery... And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to His throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for 1260 days."

Consider the following signs in the heavens that portray the above verses. In the years 1996 to 1999, precisely on the Feast of Trumpets, the new moon is "born" in the constellation of Bethulah (the Virgin) on this date during each of these four years. It will then move directly to the feet of the Virgin within 24 hours. The Sun is just below the horizon, so that Bethulah is "clothed" with the Sun. Positioned over the Virgin's head is the constellation known as "Bernice's Hair". This is the crown of twelve stars! And higher, above her legs, is Draco, the Dragon, poised to devour her child when it is born. The entire scenario portrays the nation of Israel as the woman, giving birth to Messiah, and being persecuted by Satan, who attempts to kill the man child. The child ascends to heaven, as Jesus did. The woman is crowned with the 12 Apostles - or the apostolic ministry. This particular positioning of the constellation Bethulah (the Virgin) - about to give 'birth' to the moon, has never occurred before, and will never occur again, due to the procession of the equinoxes.

I have found the above information in various places on the internet, but traced most of them back to Greg Killian:

Main page:
http://www.tckillian.com/greg/index.html
Info on Rev 12 as a sign in the stars:
http://www.tckillian.com/greg/rev121.html


The "appointed feasts" moedim

[Lev 23:2] "Say to the people of Israel, The appointed feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, my appointed feasts, are these.

[Lev 23:4] "These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them.

feasts:
04150 mow`ed {mo-ade'} or mo`ed {mo-ade'} or (fem.) mow`adah
                 (2 Chr 8:13) {mo-aw-daw'}
                 from 03259; TWOT - 878b; n m
                 AV - congregation 150, feast 23, season 13, appointed 12, time 12,
                 assembly 4, solemnity 4, solemn 2, days 1, sign 1, synagogues 1; 223
                 1) appointed place, appointed time, meeting
                 1a) appointed time
                 1a1) appointed time (general)
                 1a2) sacred season, set feast, appointed season
                 1b) appointed meeting
                 1c) appointed place
                 1d) appointed sign or signal
                 1e) tent of meeting

Paul was most likely referring to the Feast of the Lord when he wrote "times and seasons" in 1 Thess 5:1, since he was writing to the educated Jews he converted at the Jewish synagog in Thessalonia. (Acts 17).  The Jews would be intimately familiar with all of the Feasts since they celebrated them annually.  In particular, Paul was probably referring to that one particular Feast of the Lord related to the subject of the passage which is the rapture.  The rapture, of course, is also an assembly, a calling together, a gathering together.

1 Thess 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

convocation:
04744 miqra' {mik-raw'}
                 from 07121; TWOT - 2063d; n m
                 AV - convocation 19, assemblies 2, calling 1, reading 1; 23
                 1) convocation, convoking, reading, a calling together
                 1a) convocation, sacred assembly
                 1b) convoking
                 1c) reading

[Lev 23:21] And you shall make proclamation on the same day; you shall hold a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work: it is a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

[Lev 23:31] You shall do no work: it is a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

[Lev 23:41] You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD seven days in the year; it is a statute for ever throughout your generations; you shall keep it in the seventh month.

statute:
02708 chuqqah {khook-kaw'}
                 from 02706; TWOT - 728b; n f
                 AV - statute 77, ordinance 22, custom 2, appointed 1, manners 1,
                 rites 1; 104
                 1) statute, ordinance, limit, enactment, something prescribed
                 1a) statute

for ever:
05769 `owlam {o-lawm'} or `olam {o-lawm'}
                 from 05956; TWOT - 1631a; n m
                 AV - ever 272, everlasting 63, old 22, perpetual 22, evermore 15,
                 never 13, time 6, ancient 5, world 4, always 3, alway 2, long 2,
                 more 2, never + 0408 2, misc 6; 439
                 1) long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting,
                 evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world
                 1a) ancient time, long time (of past)
                 1b) (of future)
                 1b1) for ever, always
                 1b2) continuous existence, perpetual
                 1b3) everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity

For those who would say that the Feasts are no longer important, I would ask, what does forever mean?
For those who would say that the Feasts are no longer important because these are Jewish Feasts and not Christian Feasts, I would reply, God said these were HIS feasts, not Jewish feasts!

[Lev 23:2] "Say to the people of Israel, The appointed feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, my appointed feasts, are these.

And why did Paul, minister to the Gentiles, insist on keeping them himself?

Acts 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

Furthermore, the Feasts will be kept even in the millennium.

Zech 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Before someone accuses me of legalism, or preaching works of righteousness, let me say this.  The New Testament says not to judge others concerning how we view the holydays.

[Col 2:16] Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
[Col 2:17] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Romans 14:5  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

And that observing or celebrating the holydays is not how one achieves salvation.  Salvation is through belief and testimony of Jesus crucified and resurrected.  The Feasts, and all of the law, teaches us about Jesus.  Just as the spring feasts were prophetic of the first advent of Jesus, so too, I believe the Fall feasts are prophetic of the second advent of Jesus, from the rapture to the second coming and the millennium.


Awakening is an expression for resurrection.

[Dan 12:1] "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book.
[Dan 12:2] And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

[Eph 5:14] Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.


Judgment seat of Christ/Feast of Trumpets

Note the similarities in Neh 8 to the following:

[2Cor 5:10] For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Judgement seat means, literally, a RAISED PLATFORM

[Rom 14:10] But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Nehemiah 8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.
13 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.

The description of the Judgement seat of Christ is completed in Daniel 7, and Revelation 4 & 5, both of which allude to the rapture, revelations 4 starting out with it.

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

It could be that "to stand before Christ" is a picture referring to the Feast of Trumpets, because of the picture of the people standing before the open books that are read, and the quote by Paul listed above, "we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ".  If this is so, then perhaps the sixth seal also refers to the Feast of Trumpets.  I strongly believe the rapture will take place before or at the start of the Day of the Lord, which is the day of wrath.

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

This judgement seat comparison alone has been described as "proof positive" that the rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets, because the imagry of the rehearsals and observance of the Feast of Trumpets in Neh 8, and quotes from this raised platform/judement seat, and quotes from the New Testament match up so well.


The Feast of Trumpets is a Day of Joy

I find it very interesting that the Levites say this is a day of Joy in Nehemiah, because neither Numbers nor Leviticus alone say that this is a day of joy.  There must be other verses besides in the instructions in Numbers 10 or Leviticus 23 that say this is a Day of Joy.

Nehemiah 8:
9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

Pss 47:5 God is gone up [ascended] with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

Psalm 81:1  Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

Pss 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Pss 89:17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.

Pss 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.


Apocraphal book feast of trumpet verses:

[1Esdr 9:37] And the priests and Levites, and they that were of Israel, dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the country, in the first day of the seventh month: so the children of Israel were in their habitations.

[1Esdr 9:40] So Esdras the chief priest brought the law unto the whole multitude from man to woman, and to all the priests, to hear law in the first day of the seventh month.



Various other "trumpet" verses

[Exod 19:16] And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

[Zech 9:14] And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

[Zech 9:16] And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

[Joel 2:1] Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

[Joel 2:12] Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

[Joel 2:15] Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
[Joel 2:16] Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts:let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

[Joel 2:32] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.



 

Day of Atonement: (Comes on the 10th day of the month; there are 7 days between the Feast of Trumpets and this day; 10 days if you include the two day Trumpets Feast, and the one day of Atonement.)

[Isa 27:13] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Seventh Trumpet:

[Rev 10:7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

[Rev 11:14] The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
[Rev 11:15] 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.
[Rev 11:16] And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
[Rev 11:17] Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
[Rev 11:18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
[Rev 11:19] And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.



Read daily for 30 days prior to the Feast of Trumpets:

[Pss 27:1] The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
[Pss 27:2] When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
[Pss 27:3] Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
[Pss 27:4] One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
[Pss 27:5] For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
[Pss 27:6] And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
[Pss 27:7] Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
[Pss 27:8] When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
[Pss 27:9] Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
[Pss 27:10] When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
[Pss 27:11] Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
[Pss 27:12] Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
[Pss 27:13] I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
[Pss 27:14] Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.


Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) Events

From Greg Killian:
http://www.tckillian.com/greg/teruah.html

Tishri (Ethanim) Always has 30 days. Mazal is Maznaim (Scales). Tribe is Dan.
1rst Moon is in Bethulah.
New Moon. Numbers 10:8-10
Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah). Leviticus 23:24
The month of the strong - 1 Kings 8:2
The new year for Kings begins. Mishna: Seder Moed: Tractate Rosh HaShanah: 1:1
The Awesome Days / Yamim Noraim, day 1.
Period of teshuvah / repentance day 30.
Adam and Eve are created, it is the sixth day. Sanhedrin 38b
Cain and Abel are born. Bereshit Rabbah 22
Noah's birthday. 1st day of the 1st month, 1056 AM (ATB, pg.307[33]). Genesis 8:13 (Seder Olam;Radak)
Noah has dry land. Noah removes the cover of the ark and dispatches the dove. Genesis 8:5, 8:13 Rashi
HaSatan stands before HaShem to accuse Job. Job 1:6, Targum Jerus
Rebecca and Leah are remembered. (Tanhuma, Vayera)
Sarah conceives Isaac. Yevamot 64b
Rachel conceives Joseph. Genesis 30:22ff is read (Rosh HaShannah 10b) Yevamot 64
Pharaoh's cup bearer and baker have dreams related to their judgement. Oznaim L'Torah, Rosh Hashanah 10a
Joseph was released from prison. Rosh Hashanah 10b-11a
Pharaoh freed the Israelites from Slavery. Rosh HaShannah 11a
Plague of wild beasts begins (Plague number 4). Exodus 8:24 Zihron Yemot Olam
Moses is up on Mount Sinai, the third time, to get the second set of stone tablets. - day 30. Exodus 34:1
Hannah conceives Samuel. Yevamot 64 1 Samuel 1:2-10
Nabal refuses to feed David's men. Abigail did feed them. 1 Samuel 25:1-35
David is forgiven after sinning with Bathsheba. Shabbat 56a
Elisha prophesied the birth of a son to the Shunamite. 2 Kings 4:16, Zohar, Be-Shallah
Daniel 7:9-14 took place on this day. (seated for judgement) Joseph Good
Daniel sees a vision of judgement. Daniel 7:9-10
Zerubbabel brought the first offering on the new altar in Jerusalem in 538 BCE, Nehemiah 8:2
Daily sacrifice restored by Zerrubbabel. Talmud Zevachim 62a
Ezra begins to reads the law to the people in 444 BCE. Nehemiah 8:2
Revelation 4:1-4 took place on this day (seated for judgement) Joseph Good
Burnt offerings begin before Ezra's foundation. Ezra 3:6
Herod slays the children trying to kill Yeshua. Matthew 2:13-23 (see the haftorah for the second day.)
John the Baptist wants to know if Yeshua is the "expected" One, after raising widow's son. Luke 7:11-35
Judgement of the righteous Revelation 20:4-6
The resurrection of the righteous. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, I Corinthians 15:51-57
Remembrance of the fathers Revelation 21:12-14
Coronation of the King Revelation 11:15-18
"The day of the Lord" begins on this day. Zephaniah 1:14,16
The revelation of Yeshua took place on this day. Revelation 1:9-11
Torah section for the first day is Genesis 21:1-34, Numbers 29:1-6. Haftorah is 1 Samuel 1:1 - 2:10.
Torah section for the second day is Genesis 22:1-24, Numbers 29:1-6. Haftorah is Jeremiah 31:1-19.
Torah section, in the triennial cycle, is year 1: Genesis 30:21 - 31:2. Haftorah is 1 Samuel 1:11, Psalm 25
Torah section, in the triennial cycle, is year 2: Leviticus 6:1-11. Haftorah is Jeremiah 7:12-34
Torah section, in the triennial cycle, is year 3: Deuteronomy 4:1-49. Haftorah is Joshua 20:8, Psalm 123



I donít know if this is a rapture, but it certainly is a resurrection:

[Ezek 37:1] The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
[Ezek 37:2] And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
[Ezek 37:3] And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
[Ezek 37:4] Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
[Ezek 37:5] Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
[Ezek 37:6] And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
[Ezek 37:7] So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
[Ezek 37:8] And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
[Ezek 37:9] Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
[Ezek 37:10] So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
[Ezek 37:11] Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
[Ezek 37:12] Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
[Ezek 37:13] And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
[Ezek 37:14] And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.



I'm not sure if the saints of the Church age will be judged at the same time as the Old Testament Saints.

[1Cor 15:23] But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

Remember, there was no punctuation in the Bible. So, it could read like a list, "Christ, the first fruits, afterward they that are Christ's at his coming"

The term firstfruits applies not just to Christ, but to the Bride as well:

[Rom 16:5] Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

Also, there is a distinction between Old Testament saints and our age:

[Mat 11:11] Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.


The 5 verses in Psalm 100 point to the pre trib rapture.  The tribulation is described is Psalms 101-107.

[Pss 100:1] Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
[Pss 100:2] Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presencewith singing.
[Pss 100:3] Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
[Pss 100:4] Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
[Pss 100:5] For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

1. The joyful noise is the trumpet blast of the rapture, heard around the world.

The Feast of Trumpets, on the first day of the seventh month, is a joyful day.

2. "Come before his presence" and "with singing" is similar to other rapture expressions and descriptions of being in heaven:

[Pss 100:2] Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

[Revelation 4:1] After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

[Isa 26:20] Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

[Rev 5:9] And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

[Rev 14:3] And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

[Rev 15:3] And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

And this "song of Moses" being sung, is a reference to psalms 90-100.

3.  At the rapture, people are reborn, or made new.

[Pss 100:3] Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

[1 Corinthians 15:51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

4. The gates entered are a symbol of the Feast of Trumpets, like the "open door" symbol of the rapture.

[Pss 100:4] Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.



There is much, much more scriptural imagery that would be fulfilled by a Rapture on the Feast of Trumpets. Not all of the imagery in the New Testament that refers to this Jewish feast is not described in full detail in the Old Testament of the Bible, it is difficult to know and understand the imagery and symbols surrounding the Feast without resorting to descriptions of Jewish Tradiations. There is much more in the oral traditions, and in the Talmud.  I have tried to keep the focus on what scriptures in the Old Testament actually say.  There is plenty of more study one can do on this topic.

From scripture we know that the Rapture is the wedding of the Church, the Bride, to Christ, the bridegroom.  Further, it is the feast of trumpets that is described when the rapture is said to happen at the "last trump".  You can find scriptures about the last trump being at the rapture, but there are no scriptures that say the "last trump" occurs during the "Feast of Trumpets".

God Bless the Jews of Israel!

For further study, there are Feast of Trumpets stories in Leviticus 23, Numbers 10, Neh 8, 1 Sam 20, Psalm 47, Psalm 27, Psalm 81, Psalm 118



Not sure yet how, or if, this verse has anything to do with the Feast of Trumpets.

[Isa 57:1] The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
[Isa 57:2] He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

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