Appointments are never taken lightly. Often, it is carefully thought over and planned before an attempt to set the day and time for the appointment is done. Once set, it is all systems go – no more hesitations, time to showcase what you have, no backing out. The sacredness of appointments is not just for the corporate world. Even the Most High has set divine “appointments” with us; in fact, He was the first to have done so in our lives. Sadly, not everyone is aware of that. Thus, many miss their appointments with Him.
Divine appointments are the Creator’s-set days and mow’ed (Appointments) that He Himself has set for us. In Leviticus 23:2, the Hebrew word used for feast was mô‛êd, which means appointment. The timing, reasons, and the manner in which they are celebrated also vary. The way the celebration happens varies a lot, but in all the feasts there is a lot of praying and singing.
The Biblical fall feasts happen around September, right when Israel is harvesting fruits. Grapes are harvested for four months starting June until September. Just as the harvest for grapes tapers off, in comes the harvest for figs, pomegranates, and olives. It is in the month of September that the Fall feast start to happen one by one. The first fall feast is Yom Teruah.
The Feast Days of YHVH
Yom Teruah is a two-day feast, marked by the blowing of trumpets throughout the duration of the feast. The constant blowing of trumpets on Yom Teruah has made the feast known as the Feast of Trumpets. It is a serious day because the blowing of trumpets is actually a reminder for people that Yom Kippur is just around the corner, and they must do their soul-searching immediately! There is a sense of urgency in the air, as the clarion call is sounded.
The shofar is no ordinary instrument for the Hebrew people. It has specific uses, and people take note when the shofar is blown. In the ancient times, it signaled the call to Moses to come up the mountain so he can be receive the Creator’s commandments; it was also used as a signal in times of war or as a warning in times of danger. Although the aforementioned uses of the shofar are all for grave times, the shofar is also used for the elegant and royal ceremonies such as the coronation of a king. Clearly, the shofar is not an accompaniment for the boring stuff. It was used to signify events of great importance.
In Yom Teruah, the blowing of shofar reminds people of the ancient Jewish belief that the books of the Almighty are open, about to be written with judgment of every person’s actions in the past year. It is said the books of Elohim is closed at the end of Yom Kippur. Although no one can change what has already been done, thank Elohim one can atone for it! If one does atone for it, forgiveness is extended by the merciful Elohim, and good judgment is entered in the books for the person. Of course no one wants to suffer for one whole year all because of sins that have not been repented of and forgiven for.
For modern day Christians, Yom Teruah still holds meaning. One does not have to be a Jew to observe this feast, because Christians have been grafted into the family of the Almighty. The term used is an agricultural terminology. In layman’s words, Christians are adopted into the Jewish family of YHVH!
Romans 8:14-15 (ISR98)
14For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim, these are sons of Elohim.
15For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Yom Teruah is not merely a merry making feast or a memorial. It is prophetic as it is supposed to remind the Jews and Christians alike that there will be one final judgment day when Yahshua comes back for all of us. Daniel 7:10-11 says as much, and this is backed up by 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Zephaniah 1:14-18 sounds off a far more urgent cry for YHVH’s people to repent because the day of Yahshua’s return is drawing near. Over and over, the cry for repentance is repeated. Repetition in the Word of the Creator shows urgency, and this case is no exception. Hurry, hurry, hurry……are you aware of the spiritual times and seasons? Have you been doing your part to the Body of Yahshua?
Do we recognize the signs of the times? One does not have to be a Bible scholar just to be aware of the seasons and times. There are people who have been called to do such things, and perhaps that is not your part. If your part is to tell others what has been revealed to you by the Holy spirit, then you will be held accountable only for that part. No need to sweat the other parts. We were all made to do specific tasks in the Body of Yahshua, and teamwork will accomplish the task.
On a personal level, are you prepared for the return of Yahshua? But before that, are you aware you have a part in the work prior to Yahshua’s return?
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