The Feast of Trumpets begins at sundown tonight. It’s already started in other parts of the world. It is part one of the three-part Feast of Tabernacles – all of them are the Lord’s feasts – times to gather His family together. (Leviticus 23:2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations (rehearsals), these are My feasts.)
100 trumpet (shofar) staccato blasts are blown and the last blast is very long and distinct from all the others previously. It is called the LAST TRUMPET. And, it’s been called the Last Trumpet for centuries, long before Paul wrote this scripture:
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMPET.
This Last Trumpet is sounded every year at the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets.
This is not the 7th trumpet mentioned in Revelation 11. There are 7 trumpets blown by seven different angels, each one signifying different things. Look in Revelation 8-11.
Nor is the Last Trumpet the one mentioned in 1 Thessalonians:
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the TRUMPET OF GOD. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
This trumpet is referred to as the GREAT LAST TRUMP by the Jewish people.
So, the Last Trumpet that blows tonight at sundown is the only one that is blown every year on this specific feast day. But it is significant. It marks the beginning of 10 days of repentance for the Jews in particular, leading up to the Day of Atonement that begins at sundown on October 8. It is also a time for Christians to thank God for His atoning sacrifice and pray for the Jews and many others for their salvation.
It is also an Awakening Blast announcing to the sleeping virgins in Matthew 25: 1-13, that their Bridegroom is on the way.
The Feast of Trumpets was not celebrated as Rosh HaShanah (the New Year) until 1842. The New Year on God’s calendar is in March or April depending on how the lunar months fall. In Exodus 12:1-13, God set this in place when He spoke to Moses about Passover.
Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household…
All this said, most Jews celebrate the first day of the Feast of Trumpets as Rosh HaShanah. They wish each other a good new year, Shavua Tov, and dip pieces of apples in honey declaring it will be sweet.
While our world continues with wild ups and downs, God’s cycle of life holds steady and His word is firmly rooted in His calendar. Are you watching?