The Feast of Trumpets and the Rapture

Written by Rev. Moshe Elijah

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Preface

There is a lot of wealth of information to be gained from studying carefully with much prayer (and sometimes with fasting) the 7 major Feasts of Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, the only true God, Creator of heaven and earth, the supreme, sovereign governor of the Universe.
In these Feasts the Lord God of Israel has put his blueprint with chronological events, for the salvation of mankind.
Psalm 89:15-16 - Indicates the spiritual blessings to be gained from understanding these Feasts.

Psalm 89:15-16 — Amplified Bible
Blessed — happy, fortunate (to be envied) — are the people who know the joyful sound (my comment — shofar blowing?) (who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the Feasts); they walk, o Lord in the light and favour of your countenance. In your name they rejoice all the day, and in Your righteousness they are exalted."

The first 4 feasts point to the First Coming of Christ in a prophetic way.
Similarly, the last 3 Feasts point to the Second Coming of Christ in this Last Generation.
My previous seminar, titled "Signs of the Last Generation", explains with scriptures from the Word of God that we are now in the final stages of the Last Generation.
The Feasts of Yahweh, the God of Israel, give many clues about major events and their chronological progression of God's plan of salvation for mankind.


A. First 4 Feasts: First coming of Christ. This shows the 4 stages involved in exact chronological sequence.

1. Feast of Passover (Hag Pesach): This points to the divine appointment for the death of the sacrificial Passover Lamb of God, the Jewish Messiah, the Saviour of mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yeshua Ha Mashiah), to atone for the sins of mankind.
John 1:29
"The next day John (the Baptist) seeth Jesus (Yeshua) coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world."

2. Feast of Unleavened Bread (Hag Ha Matzah): This points to the burial of the Messiah, the Bread of Life with no leaven (a symbol for sin).

3. Feast of First Fruits (Hag Yom Ha Bikurim): This points to the resurrection of Christ — the First Fruits of those who will rise from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:20
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and the First Fruits of them that slept.

4. Feast of Pentecost (Hag Shavuot): This points to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, with the birth of the church.


B. Last 3 Feasts: Second Coming of Christ. This shows the 3 stages involved, and maybe we can assume they will happen in a similar chronological sequence as for the first 4 Feasts. If so, this is a fantastic clue. It means that the Rapture will occur at the END of the Great Tribulation; More on this later.

1. Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah): This prophetically points to the Rapture, with the Resurrection of the dead.

2. Feast of Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur): This points to the Messiah's Second Coming, to land on the Mount of Olives, at the end of the 7 year Tribulation (the last 3.5 years being "The Great Tribulation"). The Nation of Israel will see the Messiah they pierced, and will mourn for Him in repentance. It will be the National Day of Repentance (Teshuvah in Hebrew).
Zechariah 12:10
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Zechariah 13:1
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
Zechariah 13:6
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
Zechariah 14:4
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

3. Feast of Tabernacles or Booths (Sukkot): This points to the Millenial Reign of Christ.
(a) Leviticus 23:33-36
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, [34] Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord. [35] On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. [36] Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
(b) Season of rejoicing before the Lord
( i) Leviticus 23:39-40
Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. [40] And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.
(ii) Deuteronomy 16:13-15
Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: [14] And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. [15] Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord shall choose: because the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.

The last 3 Feasts give clues about the End Times, such as:-
(a) The time of the Rapture
(b) The duration of the wrath of God mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the "7 bowls of Wrath".
(c) The forth-coming millenial reign of Christ from Jerusalem.
This seminar will concentrate mainly on the Feast of Trumpets, which point to the forthcoming Rapture of the saints of God (i.e. "hot", not Luke warm, Christians).
The Rapture is the catching up into the air of the saints, to be with Christ, when He comes in this Last Generation.
A previous seminar that I gave, titled, "Check that you are in the Faith," explains the need to know and believe the true Gospel of Christ with total repentance.
This is necessary to be truly saved, and to not be under a delusion of believing you are saved, when you believe and follow a false Gospel. Christ and the Apostles fore-warned that in the last days there would be false teachers, false prophets and false Apostles, teaching false gospels which would be wide spread. Christ said that at His Second Coming, genuine faith in Him would be scarce.
Luke 18:2 - (Christ speaking)
.... Nevertheless when the son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?
There are many Protestant Christian Pastors / Leaders preaching different gospels today. For example, the chief Arch Bishop of a mainline Protestant denomination publicly declared that he does not believe in the Resurrection of Christ. What does the Word of God state about this?

1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? [13] But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: [14] And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. [15] Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. [16] For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: [17] And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. [18] Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. [19] If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

This chief Arch Bishop also declared publicly that Christ is not the only way to Heaven. He said people can go to Heaven through other religions as well (seems similar to Catholic doctrine?).
Another example of a false gospel, is the ordination of practising homosexuals as Christian Ministers/ Pastors in mainline Protestant denominations.
Coming back to this present seminar, "The Feast of Trumpets and the Rapture", there is much controversy about the timing of the Rapture, whether Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, or Post-Tribulation. Although Christ stated that no one will know the exact day or hour of His Second Coming, He did give us a number of signs to look for, to know about the beginning of the Last Generation (the sign of Jerusalem going back to Israeli sovereignty), and about certain world events to happen before His return. This is explained in my previous seminar, titled "Signs of the Last Generation".
The Feasts of Yahweh, the God of Israel, gives important clues about the Second Coming of Christ.
The Feast of Trumpets is about blowing the shofar, a ram's horn (trumpet).
At the time of the Rapture, the shofar (trumpet) will be blown. This is the Last Trump, or Last Trumpet — a long, loud, continuous blast. In Hebrew, it is called "Tekiah Gedolah" — the great blast.
It is interesting that the "Tekiah Gedolah" was blown by the 7 priests marching around the walls of Jericho, in the time of Joshua, to bring down these walls, especially:-
Joshua 6:2-5
And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. [3] And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. [4] And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. [5] And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

The Book of Revelation gives an account of 7 Trumpet judgements of God. The 7th Trumpet judgement is the "Last Trump" or "Last Trumpet" event. This could point to the Rapture occurring at this time, as indicated by the following scripture:

1 Corinthians 15:51-53
Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Isn't it amazing about the clues and wealth of information in the 7 major Feasts of Yahweh, the God of Israel?

May you be blessed and be rejoiced in the study of this seminar on "the Feast of Trumpets and the Rapture".
Shalom.
Rev. Moshe Elijah


Table of Contents
A. INTRODUCTION
B. BASIC CONCEPTS OF THE 7 FEASTS OF YAHWEH
C. THE 7 FEASTS WERE SET BY GOD HIMSELF
D. THE 7 TIER (BRANCH) MENORAH (CANDLE-HOLDER)
E. THE FIRST 4 FEASTS — THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST AND THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH
F. CHRONOLOGICAL PROGRESSION OF THE FEASTS
G. TWO NEW YEAR DAYS
H. SHOFAR
I. BLESSINGS FOR KEEPING THE FEASTS OF YAHWEH
J. THE RAPTURE TO OCCUR BEFORE THE DAY OF THE WRATH OF GOD
K. THE 21 JUDGEMENTS OF GOD DURING THE GREAT TRIBULATION
L. DURATION OF THE WRATH OF GOD
M. TRIBULATION IS THE FURNACE OF PURIFICATION FOR CHRISTIANS
N. REVELATION 12: NATION OF ISRAEL
0. "LAND OF GOSHEN" PROTECTION DURING THE GREAT TRIBULATION
P. SIMILARITY BETWEEN PLAGUES OF EGYPT AND BOOK OF REVELATION JUDGEMENTS OF GOD
Q. CONCLUSION
R. SHOFAR BLOWING

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