Did you know that one of the central messages of the Day of Trumpets is Repentance? Join us now as we look at the deeper meaning of this important day in God’s plan of salvation.
The Day of Trumpets pictures the coming of the Messiah
The Day of Trumpets is a day we understand that pictures the return of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ or properly known as Yahshua the Messiah. You have heard messages about how the Messiah will finally step into the affairs of men to establish the Kingdom of His Father here on earth.
We read first about the Day of Trumpets or as some would call it, Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah by the Jews:
23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.’ ”Leviticus 23:23-25
A little-known meaning of the Feast of Trumpets
Today, I want to focus on one aspect of the Feast of Trumpets that we rarely hear about. As I review what this day pictures, it suddenly struck me how this feast has a hidden meaning that, at least for me, I didn’t know before.
And that’s exactly what I want to talk about in this year’s Feast of Trumpets. Today, I want to talk about one of the most important messages of the Feast of Trumpets and that is repentance.
You might ask, “How does the Feast of Trumpet teach us about repentance?” “How are Trumpets related to asking for forgiveness?” How does the Feast of Trumpets convince us to change our ways?”
As we go through this message, it would be clear to you why the Feast of Trumpets’ message for us today is also about repentance and how it shows God’s mercy to all of mankind.
The Seven Trumpets of Revelation
In the book of Revelation, particularly starting in Revelation 6, we read about the seven seals that bring great destruction to the earth. Now, when the seventh seal was opened, we read this in chapter 8:
1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
When we think of the Day of Trumpets and what it pictures, some of us might have forgotten that there were seven trumpets mentioned in Revelation. We just think about the resurrection of the saints. However, that is just the seventh trumpet and there were six trumpets before that.
If we go through Revelation, we can see the effects of each trumpet when blown by the angels.
- The first trumpet struck the vegetation.
- The second trumpet struck the sea.
- The third trumpet struck the fresh waters.
- The fourth trumpet struck heavenly bodies.
- The fifth trumpet opened the bottomless pit where the locusts came out.
- The sixth trumpet struck a third of mankind.
- The seventh trumpet signals the resurrection of the dead saints.
However, have you ever wondered WHY there were six trumpets before the final trumpet was blown?
Do you know the reason why it has to be seven trumpets not just simply one?
Now, you might have your own answer, but for me, I strongly believe it has to do with my main point today. The Day of Trumpets is a call for people to repentance, that every time a trumpet was blown, God wants to get people’s attention and have them repent of their wicked ways.
Unrepentant and disobedient mankind
However, brethren, instead of repenting, what happened? We read in Revelation 9:20-21:
20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues…
Now, remember, humanity just saw and experienced the catastrophic effects of the six seals and the six trumpets. All these plagues serve as a wake-up call, a warning to humanity that they should change.
Yet, what do we read?
20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues… did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
What a great tragedy of human existence!
With all the different warning signs God has sent to this world, yet, “the rest of mankind” didn’t repent.
Instead, what did they do? They worship demons. This tells us that in the end times, worship of demons and false gods would be rampant.
Instead of repenting and trusting the Living and True God, mankind would worship idols that can’t see, hear, or walk. What else did they do? They didn’t repent of their murders, sorceries or drug addiction or abuse, sexual immorality, and theft.
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God is waiting for people to repent
Brethren, how many Days of Trumpets have you already kept? How many years have you been in the church? Why is it that Yahshua seems to be delaying His coming, at least from our perspective, that’s the case?
Could it be that God is giving us enough time to prepare for His Son’s second coming? Could it be that we haven’t really repented of our sins yet? Could it be that we still have sins that we are harboring in our lives?
Scoffers in the last days
The problem is that a lot of people would get tired of waiting. To make things worse, people would even doubt the promise of Christ’s coming. We read about this in 2 Peter 3:3-5:
3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget…
People will be tired of waiting for the coming of Yahshua. Since things seem to be the same as what it was before, they would conclude that nothing will ever change.
As a result, they will not accidentally forget. They will not subconsciously forget. Rather, they will WILLFULLY forget God!
Yet, we must remember what the Apostle Peter wrote:
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Brethren, that is the message of the Day of Trumpets for all, not just to the people outside of the church, but also within the church.
We might have been Laodiceans for too long. It’s time for us to become Philadelphians.
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Failed predictions of the end
When I was still a young boy, I heard that the world will end in the year 2000 due to what they call the Y2K bug. Some programmers believe that computers can’t interpret the year 2000 and thus, many industries will fail, which will lead to civil unrest.
Yet, the year 2000 didn’t cause the world to stop and the world just went on. Business as usual.
I also read that in 1910, the world went crazy when a French astronomer predicted that Halley’s comet would collide with the earth and destroy life as we know it today.
In 2012, perhaps, most of you also remember, how so many people thought that December 31, 2012, would be the last day of life here on earth due to the ancient Mayan calendar ending on that date.
Aside from these predictions, we also have religious leaders setting dates. All these things could lead us to think that we all still have time. We might believe that the Messiah’s second coming would still be far in the future, that it will not happen in our lifetime.
The end is closer than what we believe
Yet, brethren, the Day of Trumpets reminds us that we don’t have to wait for the end times for us to repent. We should and we must do it now.
We must repent now and change our ways before it’s too late.
We read in Romans 13:11-14:
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand…
You might think we still have time, but we don’t have much time. All of us don’t have a guarantee that we will still be here tomorrow, next week, or next year.
We might think, oh, Christ will return perhaps in 2027, 2035, or 2050. That would still be many years from now. Yet, have you ever thought about your life and whether you will have many years to live?
That’s why we must follow what Paul said. Let’s continue reading Romans 13:
Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Since we know that the coming of Yahshua is near and that we don’t have the guarantee that we will still be here tomorrow, Paul is telling us that we should put on Jesus Christ or Yahshua. We must get rid of the works of darkness, which was what we also read in Revelation 9:20-21. These include the worship of demons, murder, sorceries, and adultery.
Day of Trumpets as a reminder to repent and change
Brethren, the Bible is clear. The Day of Trumpets pictures the return of Christ, but before that, it serves as a warning to us and the people on the earth. It’s a call to repent. It’s a call to change our ways. It’s a call to get our attention and seek Yahweh with all our hearts.
I hope this message gave a new meaning to the Day of Trumpets. Let’s not waste this day. Let us use it as a reminder to continually live a life of repentance and doing the will of God. Let’s not wait until it is over but decide right now to put on the armor of light and most importantly, put on Yahshua the Messiah.