Leviticus 23:23. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24. “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT ROSH HASHANAH, OR THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS, WILL BE THE DATE IN SOME FUTURE YEAR WHEN JESUS WILL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH. OTHERS WILL COUNTER THAT HE SAID NO MAN WILL KNOW THE HOUR OR THE DAY.
YET, ACCORDING TO SOME JEWISH SCHOLARS THE PHRASE “NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR” IS AN IDIOM ABOUT THE FACT THAT ROSH HASHANAH ONLY BEGINS AT THE SIGHTING OF THE NEW MOON. SO IT IS EXPLAINED THAT THE EXACT TIME OF THE FEAST CAN’T BE DETERMINED BECAUSE NO ONE KNOWS EXACTLY WHEN THE MOON WILL BE SEEN.
26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”
SEVERAL DAYS AFTER ROSH HASHANAH IS YOM KIPPUR OR THE DAY OF ATONEMENT. IT IS A DAY OF REPENTANCE AND REFLECTION FOR JEWS WHO FAST DURING THIS TIME. IT IS THE MOST SOLEMN DAY OF THE YEAR.ON THIS SAME DATE IN BIBLE TIMES THE HIGH PRIEST WOULD MAKE ATONEMENT FOR HIS OWN SIN AND THEN ENTERED THE HOLY OF HOLIES TO OFFER ANIMAL SACRIFICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
33. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34. “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. 36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. 37 These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day– 38 besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord. 39 ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest. 40 And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’ ” 44 So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS A TIME OF CELEBRATION. IT IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE FEAST OF INGATHERING OR THE FEAST OF BOOTHS .IT IS BELIEVED THIS DATE WILL MARK THE COMING OF MESSIAH TO TABERNACLE WITH HIS COVENANT PEOPLE. AND ALSO USHER IN THE MILLENNIUM.
“blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of god and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” Revelations 20:6.
WHATEVER THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FUTURE PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT OF THESE THREE FALL FEASTS, GOD HAS A PURPOSE AND A PLAN THAT WILL COME TO PASS IN HIS PERFECT TIMING. AND HE WANTS US TO BE PREPARING(ACCORDING TO THE WORD) WATCHING(DILIGENTLY) AND WAITING(IN FAITH) FOR HIS CALL.
GOD HAD A DIVINE PURPOSE FOR THESE FEASTS. I BELIEVE FOUR IMPORTANT REASONS FOR THEM ARE:
1.TO UNIFY THE NATION OF ISRAEL 2.FOR WORSHIPING GOD 3. FOR TEACHING SPIRITUAL TRUTHS 4. TO FORETELL THE MESSIAH; HIS FIRST AND SECOND COMING. According to God's prophetic voices this Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets will go down in history. Why? Because it's the beginning of the great harvest season for souls. Will you be a part of it? (Matthew 9:36-38)
Jesus Christ fulfilled the first 4 feasts. And he will fulfill the last 3 feasts.