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Fall Feasts in Israel (Part 2)

October 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel, Monthly Articles

It is now officially the month of Cheshvan in Israel, but I want to hit on some important aspects of the Fall Feasts to complete the study.

Messianic Symbolism:
The first of Tishri is the beginning of the calendar year. Since Tishri is the seventh month, and the number seven is the number of completion, it is believed that this is the date of the birth of the world and is celebrated annually as the completion of God’s Creation. Symbolically, it is celebrated as the coronation of the King of the Universe and announced with the blast of a shofar.

Shofars and trumpets were used for 3 different occasions:
1. as an announcement, such as the coronation of a king, the assembling of the tribes of Israel, or of something of import like the approaching festivals, the Rosh Kodesh- new moon, or the Year of Jubilee
2. to sound the alarm or warn of danger
3. as a call to go to war.

It is thought that the blast of the shofar, commanded by Moses in Leviticus 23 to be a memorial, was a reference to the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham. Isaac was a type of Christ, who was also offered as our sacrifice. Jews read this passage on Rosh HaShana, and as yet, their eyes are blinded to the Messianic significance. We know from Scripture that there will be a blast from a trumpet when the dead in Christ shall rise: I Thes.4:16,17

Taking the symbolism a bit further:
1.The first blast of the shofar on the first of Tishri was to call those gathering in the fields to stop their work and assemble at the temple.
To many this is likened to the call at the end of the age when God will call His laborers home. (Rapture of the Bride-coronation of the King!)
2.Right after this is a seven-day period, which many believe corresponds to the seven years of tribulation. To the Jews it is a period of introspection and making sure one is right with God, before the Day of Judgment or Yom Kippur. (During tribulation, there will still be those who turn their hearts to God–martyrs).
3.At the end of this period, which is believed to be when the Marriage Supper of the Bride takes place, would be the return of Christ, who comes as a warrior.

The last aspect is the Feasts of Booths or Sukkot. This symbolized the wandering of the Israelites, and could be a reference to the thousand-year reign of Christ. Though it is a long age where Jesus will rule in righteousness, it will still be a temporary home until God deals once and for all with Satan and sin, and creates a new heaven and earth wherein we will dwell forever.
There are many, many more symbolic illustrations I could elaborate on, but you would do yourself an immeasurable favor by searching out these things on your own and letting the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) illuminate them to your hearts.
Here are some interesting things to look up:
Two silver trumpets
Gold shofar
40 days of Elul
The Ten Remembrances
The custom of Taslich
The words, keren and shofar as they pertain to the animal’s horns.

Above all else, study to show yourself approved and pray that the Ruach HaKodesh will bless you as He shows you new things about Yeshua-Jesus!

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