I am very, very far from being a Jewish scholar, but I am very excited by some of the things I’ve been learning about the study regarding the festivals outlined in Leviticus 23. I’m particularly excited to refer back to this when we study Revelation.
For example, this week we’ve been studying a lot about the holiday Yom Kippur. But from what I’ve been studying it is appropriate to really start with the Feast of Trumpets. The feast of trumpets is the 1st day of the 7th month of the Jewish Calendar, Tishri. This fall day marked the end of the harvest season and a beginning of the fall feast days. The high priest would sound a trumpet to call all in from the time of harvest. It would begin a preparation time called “Ten Days of Repentance” or the “Days of Awe.” This is what led up to the day of Yom Kippur on the 10th day of the 7th month.
Now, here are some really interesting facts from a Christian perceptive. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year is on the Feast of Trumpets. Why is the new year celebrated on the 7th month? It wasn’t always. Originally, it was on the 1st day of the 1st month but after the temple was destroyed (after Jesus’ death and resurrection), the Jews changed New Years. And what day do they pick? The day the trumpet sounds to market the end of the harvest period and the beginning of the “days of awe” leading up to atonement day.
With what you’ve been learning read ahead to Revelation 7 and 8. Look at the ones wearing white robes. Look at the censer filled with coals from the altar in heaven and incense. Look at the trumpets being sounded. In Rev 11 we see the temple of the Lord opened and the Ark of the Covenant present.
A day will come when the time of harvest will end and the days of repentance and the days of awe will follow leading to a day of atonement. How amazing is it that God’s chosen people, the Israelites, have adjusted their calendar to mark that day as the new beginning.
once a year on Yom Kippur (10th day of the 7th month)
Sacred – a day to deny yourselves and to present offerings, a day of sabbath rest
He is able to save completely (not repeating over and over again). He is holy, blameless, pure, set apart, exalted. He did not enter by means of blood of goats and calves but by his own blood – Eternal redemption
By sharing the gospel with others. By honoring his sacrifice through sacrificial love and giving.
Lord, thank you for freeing us for all eternity from the penalty of our sin. Thank you for being the sacrifice we could never be. Thank you for loving the world so much that you gave your life so that we who believe in you might be saved. Thank you for coming again.