ANNUAL HOLY DAYS

Today is February 23, 2006 as I start to put this paper together.  Let us take a close look at God’s Annual Holy Days and the End time virgins within God’s Church who will find themselves in many different sinning situations as they wake up from their spiritual slumber.

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Mat 25:2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Mat 25:3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

Mat 25:4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Mat 25:5  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Mat 25:6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Mat 25:7  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

Do not fool yourself.  If you are not spiritually asleep when this cry at midnight goes out you are not counted among the virgins.  In verse 5 it says ALL slumbered and slept.

“Slumbered” is Strong’s #3573. nustazo noos-tad’-zo from a presumed derivative of 3506; to nod, i.e. (by implication) to fall asleep; figuratively, to delay:–slumber.  “Slept” is Strong’s #2518. katheudo kath-yoo’-do from 2596 and heudo (to sleep); to lie down to rest, i.e. (by implication) to fall asleep (literally or figuratively):–(be a-)sleep.  I am not the exception. You are not either, but there will be numerous new converts called in the end time who are totally unconverted at this point and have no Holy Spirit.  The Cry at Midnight would not apply if you are new to the faith and just being called.

Rev 7:1  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

Rev 7:2  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Rev 7:3  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Rev 7:4  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Rev 7:5  Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

Rev 7:6  Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Naphtali were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

Rev 7:7  Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

Rev 7:8  Of the tribe of Zebulun were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

The verses above describe one group of 144,000.  There will be a huge number of potential virgins called.  These virgins are starting with little or no true knowledge of God.  At least to me it does not seem to indicate they have been previously called and then drifted off into spiritual sleep.

There has been a massive watering down of God’s Word especially among ex-Worldwide Church of God members the last 20 years.  The fear of God has almost seemed to disappear yet God makes it plain in the Bible that He expects us to have a healthy fear of His word.  Many verses attest to this. Study the two below.

Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Isa 66:2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

The word “fear” in verse 7 is Strong’s #3774.  The primary meaning is fear.  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says, “This feminine noun means “fear…, terror, reverence, awe; piety…”

In verse 2, the word “contrite” is Strong’s #5223 meaning, “smitten, i.e. maimed, (fig.) dejected; contrite.”

“Trembleth” is Strong’s #2730 meaning “fearful; also reverential: afraid, trembling.”  Truly converted, conquered by God Christians will have this attitude toward their Creator.  It will be ingrained into them, a part of them.  It becomes their converted nature to hold God in reverence.  These conquered by God Christians’ attitude will be “Yes, Dad, if you like it, I love it.  If you say it, I believe it.”

Judge yourself.  What is your position about what God’s word says?  If you do not like what a particular set of scriptures say, do you try to squirm out of it?  If you do, here is a message to you from the God of the Bible.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

When you stand before Jesus Christ on judgment day, your works will be judged by what the Bible says, by what is written in the Books.  At that point it will be too late to make changes.  The word “judged” is Strong’s #2919 meaning “to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially); by impl. To try, condemn, punish, avenge…”

With the above information in mind, let us look at what the BOOKS say about God’s annual Holy Days.

The seven annual Holy Days are categorized into three seasons according to the Books of the Bible.  Unleavened Bread is in the spring.  The Feast of Weeks or Pentecost is early summer and the Feast of Tabernacles is autumn or fall.

Deu 16:16  Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

Deu 16:17  Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

This is also stated in Exodus 23.  When God states something twice, we should read carefully and really pay attention

Exo 23:14  Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

Exo 23:15  Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

Exo 23:16  And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labors, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labors out of the field.

Exo 23:17  Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Look at the spring season first with Passover and Unleavened Bread.  What do the Books of the Bible say about that?  Go first to Exodus 12.

Exo 12:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

Exo 12:2  This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Exo 12:3  Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house:

Exo 12:4  And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

Exo 12:6  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Exo 12:7  And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

Exo 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Exo 12:9  Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

Exo 12:10  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

Exo 12:11  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.

Exo 12:12  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

Exo 12:13  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Exo 12:14  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.

Exo 12:15  Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

Exo 12:16  And in the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

Exo 12:17  And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever.

Exo 12:18  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

Exo 12:19  Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.

Exo 12:20  Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

This set of scriptures gives a lot of background information.  God is speaking with authority here.  It is not a suggestion to keep this service, but a command.  Verses 14 and 17 say you SHALL keep it a feast.  That is not a suggestion. Notice the time frame.  It is to ALL GENERATIONS FOREVER.  The word “forever” is Strong’s #5769.  The primary meaning is “concealed, i.e. the vanishing point…”  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says, “It is what is hidden, concealed (i.e. to the vanishing point):  Time immemorial, time past, antiquity, from the most ancient times.  The word “ordinance” in both verses is Strong’s # 2708 meaning “appointment, custom, manner, ordinance, site, statute.”  This does not seem like a suggestion to me.

Deu 16:1  Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

Deu 16:2  Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.

Deu 16:3  Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.

Deu 16:4  And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.

The word “observe” is Strong’s #8104 meaning “to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard, to protect, attend to, etc…”   Here again, that is not a suggestion.

In the New Testament there are at least 25 or more verses that mention or relate to keeping the Passover.  One passage is Luke 22:7-13.

Luk 22:7  Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.

Luk 22:8  And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.

Luk 22:9  And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?

Luk 22:10  And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.

Luk 22:11  And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

Luk 22:12  And he shall show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.

Luk 22:13  And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

In the New Testament like the Old Testament, the days of unleavened Bread are generally joined together with the Passover in scriptures.  The word “must” in verse 7 is Strong’s #1163 meaning “It is (was, etc) necessary (as binding):…”  This is certainly not a suggestion, but it is a command.  It is binding or necessary to keep the Passover as well as Unleavened Bread.  Luke 22:14-20 show Christ participating in the Passover service when He changed it from the Old Testament way to the New Testament form that most Christians observe today.

Luk 22:14  And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

Luk 22:15  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

Luk 22:16  For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Luk 22:17  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:

Luk 22:18  For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

Luk 22:19  And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

Luk 22:20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

The word “do” in verse 19 is Strong’s #4160.  The primary meaning is “to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct)…”  The three scriptures below add to the fact that the days of Unleavened Bread were acknowledged and kept.

Act 12:3  And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

Act 20:6  And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

1Co 5:5  To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1Co 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Pentecost is the second Holy Day season in God’s calendar mentioned in Deuteronomy 16:16. Review on page 3.  It is called the Feast of Weeks in this verse.  These next verses add more to that.

Deu 16:9  Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.

Deu 16:10  And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:

Deu 16:11  And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

Deu 16:12  And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.

This Holy Day has to be counted or numbered.

Lev 23:10  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:

Lev 23:11  And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

Lev 23:12  And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf a he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

Lev 23:13  And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savor: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin.

Lev 23:14  And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

Lev 23:15  And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:

Lev 23:16  Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.

Lev 23:17  Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Lev 23:18  And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savor unto the LORD.

Lev 23:19  Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings.

Lev 23:20  And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the LORD for the priest.

Lev 23:21  And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be a holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

These verses show how to count to Pentecost day.  Also in verses 14 and 21 show that this feast is ordained forever.  The word “statute” is Strong’s #2708 chuqqah khook-kaw’ feminine of 2706, and meaning substantially the same:–appointed, custom, manner, ordinance, site, statute.

“Forever” is Strong’s # 5769 `owlam o-lawm’ or lolam {o-lawm’}; from 5956; properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always:–alway(-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, (n-))ever(-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end)..  These are the same Hebrew words used in the verses on Passover and unleavened Bread season.  Study the three verses below about Pentecost in the New Testament.

Act 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Act 20:16  For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

1Co 16:8  But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

The word “Pentecost” is Strong’s #4005 meaning “fiftieth.”  Here in the New Testament this Holy Day season was acknowledged and kept.

Now look at the third or Fall season Holy Days.  The Feast of Trumpets is the first in the Fall season and commanded by God forever. This is NOT A SUGGESTION.

Lev 23:24  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, a holy convocation.

Lev 23:25  Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

Numbers 29:1 is another verse concerning the Holy Day of Trumpets.  Look closely at this verse.  It is not a suggestion.  Notice it says you shall have a holy convocation.

Num 29:1  And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

Observing Trumpets is a command, not a suggestion, Numbers 29:1.  Notice that it says YOU SHALL HAVE A HOLY CONVOCATION (public meeting).

Num 29:1  And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

Let us look a little deeper into Trumpets.  The trumpet sounds were used for signals and communications.  Read these next verses closely and you will see what some certain trumpet sounds meant.

Num 10:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying,

Num 10:2  Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.

Num 10:3  And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Num 10:4  And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.

Num 10:5  When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.

Num 10:6  When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.

Num 10:7  But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.

Num 10:8  And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance forever throughout your generations.

The trumpet was blown at the new moon and on the solemn feast day, most likely the Day of Trumpets.

Psa 81:3  Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

These next verses show that trumpets were used in time of war.

Jos 6:1  Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

Jos 6:2  And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor.

Jos 6:3  And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.

Jos 6:4  And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

Jos 6:5  And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

Jos 6:6  And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.

Jos 6:7  And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

Jos 6:8  And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.

Jos 6:9  And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rearward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

Jos 6:10  And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

Jos 6:11  So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.

Jos 6:12  And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.

Jos 6:13  And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rearward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

Jos 6:14  And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.

Jos 6:15  And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.

Jos 6:16  And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

Jos 6:17  And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

Jos 6:18  And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

Jos 6:19  But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

Jos 6:20  So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Another example of the trumpet being used in was is found in 2 Samuel.

2Sa 2:28  So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after

Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

One more example of the trumpet and war is found in judges 7.

Jdg 7:16  And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

Jdg 7:17  And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

Jdg 7:18  When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

Jdg 7:19  So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and broke the pitchers that were in their hands.

Jdg 7:20  And the three companies blew the trumpets, and broke the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

Jdg 7:21  And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

Jdg 7:22  And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man’s sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Beth-shittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath.

More important to us is how the trumpet is used in the End Time.  The seven end-time trumpets concern the Great Tribulation and this will involve an extended period of time, most likely several years.  The first six trumpets are found in Revelation 8.

Rev 8:6  And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Rev 8:7  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Rev 8:8  And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

Rev 8:9  And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Rev 8:10  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

Rev 8:11  And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Rev 8:12  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Rev 8:13  And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Rev 9:1  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

Rev 9:2  And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Rev 9:3  And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Rev 9:4  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

Rev 9:5  And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

Rev 9:6  And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Rev 9:7  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Rev 9:8  And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Rev 9:9  And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

Rev 9:10  And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Rev 9:11  And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Rev 9:12  One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Rev 9:13  And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Rev 9:14  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Rev 9:15  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

Rev 9:16  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Rev 9:17  And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Rev 9:18  By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

Rev 9:19  For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Rev 9:20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 9:21  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

You can read the next chapters 10-13 to get a better understanding of the Seventh Trumpet.  It is very involved and not totally clear for us to completely understand now.  When all the works of the Seventh Trump are complete, it leads to Christ’s return.  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 is very exciting to me about Trumpets.

1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

1Co 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

One thing is certain, if we are alive or dead, we will be changed into a spirit being when that Last Trumpet sounds.

Now let us go on to the second Holy Day of the Fall season, the Day of Atonement.  This is the day a lot of us dread the most.  The word “atonement” means, “to cover, to placate or cancel, appease, forgive, pardon…”  Atonement has to do with making things right with God for sin.

Exo 32:30  And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.

Exo 32:31  And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Exo 32:32  Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

Exo 30:16  And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

 

Lev 1:4  And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Lev 1:5  And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

When humans sin, a price has to be paid.  Atonement has to be made.  In the Old Testament, there were several ways of paying that price, mostly with animal sacrifices.  Since Christ lived and then died on the stake for our sins, atonement has been made for us.  Christ made our atonement by shedding His blood and dying for us.  Christ atoned for our sins once and for all.  No more animal sacrifices are required.  Christ was our sacrifice.  His sacrifice made us AT-ONE with God when we repent of sin.

Satan is the bottom line cause of all sin.  He created sin.

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

One day Satan will pay for his sins.  Christ’s sacrifice will not cover Satan’s sins, because he will not repent.  We have to repent of our sins in order to have Christ’s sacrifice cover them.  Repenting means change and quit sinning. Real repentance requires action, not just saying the words. Prove you mean what you say.  Ezekiel 28 describes Satan’s execution because HE REFUSES TO REPENT.

Eze 28:14  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:15  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Eze 28:16  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:17  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Eze 28:18  Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Rev 20:1  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:3  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Rev 20:6  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.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Consider verses 1-3.  Satan is put into the Bottomless Pit for 1000 years during this time of the Millennium (1000 years).  Verses 4 and 6 describe a little of what we will be doing during that 1000 years.  It really makes me anxious for that period of time to get here, but first we have to preach the Gospel to all the world as a witness.  After that is done, Christ will return and set up HIS 1000-year rule on earth and we will help him.  Friends, this is what we have to look forward to.  It is portrayed by the Feast of Tabernacles.  Each year as we live the Feast of Tabernacles, we act out what is to come, the 1000-year rule of Christ on this earth with no Satan to interfere in human activity.

Instructions about this Day of Atonement are found in Leviticus 16, 23 and Acts 27.

Lev 16:29  And this shall be a statute forever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:

Lev 16:30  For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.

Lev 16:31  It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute forever.

Lev 16:32  And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:

Lev 16:33  And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.

Lev 16:34  And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.

Lev 23:27  Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

Lev 23:28  And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.

Lev 23:29  For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

Lev 23:30  And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.

Lev 23:31  Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

Lev 23:32  It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

Act 27:9  Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

This day of affliction or fast day is commanded forever using the same two Hebrew words, #2708 “statute,” chuqqah khook-kaw’ feminine of 2706, and meaning substantially the same:–appointed, custom, manner, ordinance, site, statute.  “Forever” #5769 `owlam o-lawm’ or lolam {o-lawm’}; from 5956; properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always:–alway(-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, (n-))ever(-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end)..  These words are used in Leviticus 16, verses 29, 31 and 34.  In verse 34, the word is “everlasting” instead of “forever.” In Leviticus 23:27-32 the instructions are more precise.  In verse 31 we find the same two words, statute and forever.

The word “fast” in Acts 27:9 is Strong’s #3521 meaning “abstinence (from lack of food, or voluntary and religious); specifically the Fast of the Day of Atonement…”

The Feast of Tabernacles held in the fall with a Holy Day on the first day of the eight day observance and a Holy Day on the last of the eight days is the last of God’s commanded Holy Days and the most joyous to me.  The majority of the time a weekly Sabbath also occurs in between.

Lev 23:34  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

Lev 23:35  On the first day shall be a holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Lev 23:36  Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile worktherein.

Lev 23:37  These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:

Lev 23:38  Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.

Lev 23:39  Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

Lev 23:40  And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

Lev 23:41  And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

Lev 23:42  Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:

Deu 16:13  Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

Deu 16:14  And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.

Deu 16:15  Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.

Deu 16:16  Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

Joh 7:2  Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.

Joh 7:8  Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet fully come.

John 7:10  But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

Joh 7:11  Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

Joh 7:14  Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

In Leviticus 23:41, we find the same two words, statute and forever.  In Deuteronomy 16 the instructions seem to carry a little more force.  Notice the wording, “thou shalt observe” and “thou shalt rejoice” and “thou shalt keep.”If Christ observed the Feast of Tabernacles, we certainly should.  The verses in John make it clear that Christ observed this occasion.

The eighth day or last day of the Feast is a separate High Day, a separate observance that we call the Last Great Day.  The feast of Tabernacles is a seven-day period itself and the Last Great Day is one day following the seven-day period for a total of eight days.

This is far from a complete comprehensive explanation of God’s annual Holy Days.  My attempt here is to show you that we as end time Christians should observe these days.  God will not force us to obey Him, but in the end, He will make us wish we had done so.  The instructions are clear in the Old and New Testaments that these Holy Days are commanded forever and that the New Testament Church observed them.

People who say the Old Testament is done away should repent and believe their God.  Isaiah 8:20 says that the Old Testament is in full force today.

Isa 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

“To the law” refers to the Old Testament and “to the testimony” is referring to the New Testament.

Certain things do not apply today, for instance, animal sacrifice.  Christ sacrificed his body for us.  Does thou shalt not kill apply to us today?  You bet it does.  God is not looking for arguments out of humans against His instructions. He is looking for soft, pliable minds that He can work with and teach with the attitude of Yes, Dad if you like it, I love it.  What will it be for you? Will you study God’s Word and repent when necessary? Or, will you argue your way right into the Lake of Fire and a lose the opportunity of living forever?  The decision is yours and no one else’s.  There is a time limit on repentance and I would suggest that you read the paper by that name at the website address below if you tend to want to ignore God’s Word.

We are judged by what is written in the Books, Revelation 20:12.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Published December, 2006

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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