(Mat. 25:13 ESV)
According to the Hebrew calendar Monday September 10, 2018 was Tishri 1, or the first day of the seventh month. Scripture tells us that it is this day that marks the Feast of Trumpets. But is this really the LORD'S appointed time?
When Jesus taught the disciples about the time of His coming, He told them the parable of the Ten Virgins. He ended it with a common idium used by the Jews saying "you know neither the day or the hour." By this the disciples understood that Jesus was pointing to the LORD'S appointed time of Trumpets.
What makes this day a mystery so that no one could know the day or the hour?
All of the other annual appointed times came on a specific day of the month. For example the fourteenth day of the first month was the LORD'S Passover. Trumpets was different.
According to Leviticus 23:23-25 the day of blowing the shofars is the first day of the seventh month. Hebrew months follow a lunar/solar calendar, which means each month begins with the sighting of the new moon. From creation God established the times and seasons with the sun to govern the day and the moon to govern the night (see Gen. 1:14-19). Thus every 29-30 days a new month would begin with the sighting of the first silver cresent of the new moon. So like the beginning of a new month, the Day of Trumpets could be anticipated. However, no one could know for certain the day or the hour until two reliable witnesses gave their testimony in the Temple and the trumpet blast would sound.
As followers of Jesus we are to anticipate His coming. Paul urged us to encourage one another certain that Jesus would return "with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God" (1 Thes. 4:16). But he did not stop there. Paul reminded the Thessalonians that they did not be reminded about the "times and seasons" (5:1). While others would be caught off gauard by His return, followers of Jesus "are not in darkness . . . for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day" (5:4-5). We can recognize the Day of Trumpets and the fall appointed times of Atoement and Tabernacles as the times and seasons established by the LORD.
Yes, I believe we can look for Jesus' return at the Day of Trumpets. In the same way He perfectly fulfilled the spring feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Pentecost at His first coming, so too He will perfectly fulfill the fall feasts at His second coming.
So was Monday September 10th the Day of Trumpets. Jews around the world celebrated it as Rosh Hashana. However, it is not a calendar that ushers in the first day of a new month. From creation it has been the sun and the moon that God's clock was set, and it continues to this day to run right on time.
So was the new moon sighted on the evening of the 9th to signal the beginning of the first day of the seventh month? No it was not. Conflicting reports say the moon may have been seen the following evening, but only one reliable witness claimed to have seen the new moon.
So could tonight be the day and the hour when it is sighted? Let's lift our eyes to the western sky this evening and look for the first silver cresent of the new moon and the coming day Trumpets. But more importantly let us look up for our "redemption is drawing near" (Lk. 21:28).
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