This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll see how the Biblical Holy Days signify a developing relationship with Yehovah that goes hand in hand with our look at being sanctified. The Appointed Times that we see in the Torah shepherd us through a series of observances that provide us an overview of coming into a covenant relationship with God as His sanctified people. First, we’ll look at an overview of how these holy times illustrate this developing relationship with God within a Messianic context. Then we’ll consider the meaning of the Yom Teruah – the Day of Trumpets. And finally, we’ll consider how to observe the Day of Trumpets, which begins at sunset Sept. 25 to sunset on the 26.
As was introduced, the Biblical Holy Days signify a developing relationship with Yehovah. When God restored Israel the first time He instituted the Passover. Anciently, the door threshold represented a sacred boundary of dominion between the father of the home and Yehovah. It was here that fathers entered into covenant with the deity that he recognized as his god. The sacrificed lamb represented Israel’s savior god and it was at the door threshold that each father of Israel initiated a relationship with God. Today, we can post the name of God over our doors. We also see God institute the Feast of Unleavened Bread to impress upon the mind life without the Law and the Messiah’s redemption. Moreover, First Fruits was a time to give to God the first of the harvest paying tribute to Israel’s savior god.
Forty-nine days after the spring feasts comes the Feasts of Weeks. This was a joyous time when Israel had their own land, the harvest was fully in and Israel celebrated receiving the Torah and entering into a full covenant relationship with Yehovah. This covenant represented a marriage with Israel as bride and Yehovah as bridegroom. Under the Messiah, who perfected the Law, we see an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
During the fall holy days we see a realization of that relationship with God as the Day of Trumpets announce the return of Yeshua as Savior and King. Israel prepares itself spiritually on the Day of Atonement and receives Yeshua the resurrected Messiah for a thousand years – the Millennium – during the Feast of Tabernacles.
Finally, we have the eighth day of Tabernacles, which represents eternity. So our summary looks like this.
Day of Trumpets
As we saw earlier, the Day of Trumpets announces the return of the Messiah to rule over Humanity for a thousand years with blasts from trumpets. So this day will be joyous for the righteous, a day of repentance for those who desire to reconcile and a day of dread for the wicked. The Messianic fulfillment will be the sounding of the Trumpets of Revelation 8-11, the resurrection of the dead and the return of Yeshua.
We can begin our observance by reading Lev. 23:23-25.
23 ¶ And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. 25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
On the Day of Trumpets or Yom Teruah we also can, sound the shofar, and read and discuss Revelations chapters 8 thru 11.
Book of Mormon and the Day of Trumpets
One of the interesting things about the Book of Mormon is that it is reported to have been received on the Day of Trumpets in 1827.