In Leviticus 23 a list of Holy Days is given that all who believe in G-d are to celebrate, Jew and Gentile alike because in the Law of G-d He said that we are to have then "Same Law for you and the Foreigner Among You" and we are "Grafted into Israel" via the Lion of Judah, in Romans 10 and 11, so when G-d says "Israel" He is talking to Christians as well. He also forbid the adoption of pagan religious practices in Deuteronomy, Exodus, and Paul repeated the same when he said "What fellowship can Christ have with baal?." Israelites (a tribe of which is Judah) and G-d Fearing Gentiles such as the foreigners who crossed the Red Sea with the Israelites and were also called Israelites after their baptism by the Red Sea crossing kept the Holy Days, just like Ruth, Rahab, and Cornelius the Centurion. A Blessing is promised on Gentiles that keep the Sabbaths (7th Day and Holy Days) in Isaiah 58 and Matthew 5:17, with the Holy Days considered one of the "least of these Commands" by many. One of these Holy Days/Moadim is the Feast of Trumpets. (Moadim in Hebrew, same word translated as "Seasons" in the Creation Story, where the stars and moon were given so that we would know when the Seasons/Holy Days begin). These Holy Days have been replaced in the Church by pagan festivals/the satanic holy days, that celebrated baal/moloch and easter/ahstoreth worship on December 25th, October 31st, February 14th, and 'Easter" Sunday and Sunday as a 'Sabbath' to baal/moloch/mithras. Just as Sunday is considered a holiday along with easter and december 25th, February 14th, etc., The 7th Day Sabbath was considered along with the Moadim/Holy Days. So when you see the word "Sabbaths" plural, it refers to the Holy Days and the weekly Sabbath, like Isaiah 58, a blessing is promised Forever on all Gentiles that keep the Sabbaths plural that G-d gave.
When you learn about the meaning of the Feast of Trumpets, you see how it would usher in the arrival of the King, the Messiah, the one who forgives debts and sets captives free.
The Feast of Trumpets occurs on September 19th this year, but in the year Jesus was born it occurred on the 11th of September, the same day as an unusual astronomical event. The "Trumpet" is actually a Shofar, or Ram's Horn. When the Shofar was blown it signaled a new month was beginning, or a Holy Day (no work, buying or selling, a time of celebration and Holy Time) was beginning, the presence of G-d was stronger amongst the people and He had made special time in the calendar just to be with them, and them with He, without the distractions of commerce and daily cares. It also signalled a call to battle. On the Sabbath and Jubilee years, it meant that when you heard the sound the 'Captives were set free, the chains broken, and the debtors forgiven", which was part of the mission of the Messiah. The Shofar also signaled the coming of a King, either the King of Israel or Judah, and the coming of the Spiritual King on the Holy Days. When Holy Time, the arrival of the King began, a Shofar was blown on one mountain top and then was heard on the next and blown by the people there, and it went all around the nation at the speed of sound, much like the scene in "Lord of the Rings" when the signal fire is lit and spreads from mountain top to mountain top, the main warriors also carry Shofars. When the Shofar was blown, the King declared debts were forgiven, family lands (inheritance and mansions) went back to thier original owners, slaves were freed, and no work was to be done on the fields for a full year so the land could be fertile and be productive/just like our Spirits, bodies, and mind need the weekly rest to be fertile ground for the Word and arrival of the King. This is what the Feast of Trumpets meant.
In the Holy Days yet to be fulfilled, Trumpets not only teaches us about the Spiritual "Return of the King" at the Holy Days, but also the 1st Physical coming, and the 2nd Coming as well. Paul speaks of the 4th Trump (a Shofar has 4 distinct notes), when you hear the 4th the Messiah will Return and raise the dead from their graves. Passover is a fulfilled Holy Day (Fulfilled in Hebrew, is to give something its full meaning), and Yeshua was the Passover Lamb so we can fully understand Passover. It was followed by the Feast of UnLeavened Bread, which Paul told the formerly pagan Corinthians to keep by not just removing the Leaven from their physical house, but also by removing any sin (anything breaking the Law of G-d, 1st John 2:3) from their hearts. And Yeshua came to remove the sin from our hearts, so He gave the "Feast of UnLeavened Bread" its proper fulfillment/meaning as well.
Maria Merola is the Original Author of This Post
On Sunday August 23rd at sundown, (on the Aviv Barley Calendar) began the forty days of fasting and repentance leading up to the “Day of Atonement” called Yom Kippur.
We are now in the month called “Elul” the 6th month on the Hebrew Calendar, as of last night Sunday August 23rd. On the Rabbinical Calendar the first of Elul began on Friday Night August 21st 2009.
In Jewish Culture, there is what is called “The Thirty Days of Elul” leading up to the “Feast of Trumpets” called Yom Teruah (Leviticus 23:24). For each of these 30 days there is a trumpet warning leading up to Yom Teruah.
We must fast and pray for our nation! There are some serious judgments getting ready to happen to our nation and we must be willing to “humble ourselves and pray” for the sins of America and for Israel that perhaps we may be forgiven on Yom Kippur and declare “the Acceptable Year of Yahuwah/Yehovah.”
Over the next 40 days leading up to Yom Kippur on the Biblical Aviv Calendar (September 30th) Rabbinic Calendar (September 28th), Yah is calling us to fast and pray for our nation!
At the beginning of each month, at the sighting of the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh/Head of the Month), a trumpet/shofar is sounded to usher in the New Month. But then on the 7th month (called Tishri), the 7th Trumpet is sounded, and this is how we know when the Day of our Redemption/Resurrection will be taking place!
In Revelation 11:8, the “Two Witnesses” are “caught up” and taken up to God as “the seventh angel” in heaven sounds the trumpet/shofar!
This can only mean one thing! The “Catching Away” of the Bride or what is commonly called “Rapture” is going to happen on the Yom Teruah or Day of Blowing. And this happens “after the 1,260 days” of the ministry of the Two Witnesses (immediately after the tribulation, Matthew 24:29-31) and you will note that this all occurs with a “great sound of a trumpet.”
Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation (1,260 days) of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
In 1st Corinthians 15:50-53 we are told that we are going to be “changed” by putting on incorruption “at the last trumpet” and this is none other than the “seventh trumpet” sounded in Revelation 11:8 as well as the “great sound of a trumpet” in Matthew 24:31 “immediately after the tribulation (1,260 days)!
Yeshua's Baptism Likely Happened on the 1st of Elul
Even though the scriptures are not specific about the time frame when Yeshua was baptized, I believe we can see patterns in scripture that point to the fact that he was baptized 40 days before Yom Kippur.
The month of Elul on the Hebrew Calendar has 30 days and there are 30 trumpet warnings for each day leading up to the Feast of Trumpets, called Yom Teruah. Then there are 10 more days leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
We can accurately see that Yeshua himself fulfilled these 40 days of repentance when he was led by the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit) into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil:
1 Then was Yeshua led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Yesterday, Sunday August 23rd sundown we commemorate the day when Yeshua was baptized (mikvah) in the Jordan River by John /Yochanan) the Baptist/Immerser.
Why would the Holy Spirit lead Yeshua to fast and pray immediately following his baptism for 40 days and nights? Yeshua was celebrating the 40 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur!
How do we know Yeshua was baptized 40 days before the Day of Atonement? On the Day of Atonement, (Yom Kippur) the priests in the temple were supposed to choose two goats. They were to cast lots over the goats to see which one would be killed and which one would be sent into the wilderness. (The full instructions are found in Leviticus 16.) When Yeshua came to John for baptism, all of his actions were meant to fulfill the requirements of the Day of Atonement. While the priests were carrying out these rituals in the temple in Jerusalem, Yeshua came to John for baptism. John was the true High Priest in the eyes of God. Caiaphas was the High Priest in the Temple, chosen by men. Yeshua was, in effect, presenting Himself as the first goat, which was to be “killed” for the cleansing of the sanctuary. His baptism was the moment of His legal death. Baptism represents death (Romans 6:4). After His baptism, Matthew 4:1 says, “Then was Yeshua led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”
He Immediately fulfilled the pattern of the second goat, which at that time was being led “by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:21). The Hebrew word translated “fit” here means seasonal, timely, or ready. In this case, we see that the “fit man” was the Holy Spirit, who always comes at the appointed time and season to do the work. And so we see that Yeshua’s baptism and the Spirit’s leading Him into the wilderness ran directly parallel to the temple activities on the Day of Atonement. This can only indicate that He was baptized 40 days before the Day of Atonement, which would have been about 30 days before his 30th birthday on the Feast of Trumpets.
Yeshua was born on September 11th in 3 B.C. on a Holy Feast called “Yom Teruah” or “Day of Trumpets.” A book entitled “The Star That Astonished the World” by Dr. Ernest L. Martin shows that the planetary alignment which occurred that year when Yeshua was born was from Revelation 12:
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered…
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
On no other day except on September 11th in 3 B.C. do we see this planetary alignment taking place. On this day and never before this date nor ever again after, has this constellation been seen. It was “Virgo” the virgin” or “Bethulah” (in Hebrew), and she had 12 stars around her head (for the twelve tribes of Israel), and the moon was under her feet. The sun was “mid- body” and so she was “clothed with the sun” and she was giving birth to “Ariel” the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This happened at no other time in history except on this date which was a holy day in which God already commanded Israel to “keep forever” and this day is called Yom Teruah, a “memorial of blowing trumpets” because God was “announcing” the arrival of his son into the world with trumpets and shouting! Eight days later, his parents circumcised Yeshua in the temple and then 2 days later was Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement. Then 5 days later was the Feast of Tabernacles called “Sukkot” where Mary/Miriam & Joseph would have done what every other Jewish family would have done which is to “dwell in a succah.” The Hebrew word for tabernacle is “succah” which means a stable or a manger. In most other years, Yeshua would’ve been born on the Feast of Tabernacles (6 months after John the Baptist’s birth) but since that year in 3 B.C. was a “leap year” and the month of Adar II was not in the calendar that year (making the year shorter), then counting 180 days from Passover in that year landed precisely on Yom Teruah or Feast of Trumpets when Yeshua was born!
We also know that scripture records that when he was baptized, he was “beginning to be about 30 years old.” He was not quite 30 years old yet, but he would be on the Feast of Trumpets within 30 days of his baptism!
In order to fulfill the Torah/Law, neither John the Baptist nor Yeshua were eligible for initiation into the ministry until they were fully 30 years old (Num. 4:3, 23, 30, 35, 39). Scripture tells us that John the Baptist was 6 months older than Yeshua since the angel Gabriel came to Mary/Miriyam in the “sixth month” of Elizabeth’s pregnancy to announce that she would conceive Yeshua. (Luke 1:24-36). John the Baptist probably began his ministry around his 30th birthday which had fallen on Passover. Six months later, Yeshua began his ministry at the age of 30 since the scriptures tell us that “he began to be about thirty years of age” (Luke 3:23). His baptism therefore likely fell sometime before his 30th birthday on Yom Teruah. And then on the Feast of Tabernacles called Sukkot, he dwelled in a “sukkah” (stable or a manger), and so we know that Yeshua was born during the Feast that commemorates the temporary dwelling place of a “sukkah” and this means that our temporary bodies (dwelling place) will perish when we receive our new bodies at the resurrection on Yom Teruah, the Day of Trumpets!
In Leviticus 23, God established three very significant Holy Days in the autumn of the year. They all occur in the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which is called the month of Tishri. This correlates roughly with September or October of our solar pagan calendar. These Holy Days are as follows:
(1) Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1), 1st Day of the 7th Month – His Birth
(2) Day of Atonement (Tishri 10), 10th Day of the 7th Month – His Announcement of the “acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:19-21)
(3) Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 15-22), 15th Day of the 7th Month – He Dwelled in the Sukkah with his parents for eight days.
We can show through scripture that Yeshua fulfilled an intermediary fulfillment of the Day of Atonement “Yom Kippur” by being baptized 40 days before and then he was led by the Holy Spirit to be tested on our behalf. In other words, during the 40 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Yeshua was being tempted for our sakes so that he could act as our intercessor to help us overcome sin. Not that he needed to overcome sin, but he stood in the gap for us!
Even in the Jewish Talmud, (the Oral Traditions of the Rabbis) are some historical facts written that positively prove that Yeshua did indeed die on the cross in 30 A.D. There are two verses out of the Talmud that can be used as a great witnessing tool to Jews. And since most uphold the Talmud to be as great as the Torah (since they teach it is the Oral Torah) this witnessing tool should be that much more effective. In Israel, before the time of Messiah, the priests were required to draw lots on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) to see whether or not Yehovah Elohim would forgive them of their sins as a nation or not. The priests would draw either a white stone (for YHVH) or a black stone (for the scapegoat) to determine what the goat would be used for. For the 200 years before 30A.D, the white and black stones came up about even with each other (50/50 chance). But for the 40 years after 30A.D, the black stone came up EVERY time! The chance of that happening is about 5.5 billion to 1.
The priests would also take a red ribbon (symbolizing sin/blood) and tie half around the horn of the scapegoat and tie half to the temple door. The scapegoat bore the sins of the nation of Israel. If Yehovah forgave them of their sins, the red ribbon on the temple door would miraculously turn white. This was done in front of a large crowd to show them they had Elohim's favor:
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says YHVH. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
Since 30A.D, the ribbon stopped turning white as snow; this is even recorded in the Talmud:
Yoma 39b “Our rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple the lot ['For the Lord'] did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-colored strap become white; nor did the western most light shine; and the doors of the Hekel [Temple] would open by themselves.”
There is only one possible explanation for this: Because Yeshua ha’Mashiach was the perfect sin sacrifice and died in 30AD!
Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
Only His blood can truly atone for our sins and once He paid that price, animal sacrifice was worthless.
Hebrews 10:4-6 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.”
This was all done as a rehearsal for things to come, so Israel would recognize the true Messiah when He came.
Isaiah 1:11 “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith YHVH: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.”
Another thing that is recorded in the Talmud, is this historical mystery of the temple doors. The doors to the temple would swing open by themselves starting in 30A.D. Recorded in the Talmud:
Sota 6:3 “Said Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai to the Temple, ‘O Temple, why do you frighten us? We know that you will end up destroyed. For it has been said, 'Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedar.”
Lastly, the most important menorah lamp that was to remain lit at all times kept going out on its own accord. The priests went to all measures to insure it would stay lit but much to their futile efforts, the menorah kept going out. Yeshua died for our sins and just like the book of Hebrews tells us, the priesthood changed. Messiah is now our High Priest and has given us access to the Father. It is also significant that the temple was destroyed in 70A.D, exactly 40 years after Yeshua's death. Yehovah gave Israel 40 years to repent of their sins to accept Yeshua as their Messiah. And when they did not, (in spite of all the signs he gave them), their probationary period ended in 70 A.D. and their temple and city was destroyed just as Yeshua prophesied.
Yeshua fasted and prayed “a day for each year” for Israel’s rebellion! Just like Ezekiel!
Yeshua fasted for 40 days to fulfill the 40 years that Judah rejected him from 30 A.D. until 70 A.D. when he destroyed the Temple. Just like Ezekiel, he bore the iniquity for the house of Judah (Jews) a day for each year:
6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.
7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.
8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.
Yeshua fasted one day for each year just like Ezekiel, and then Yeshua prophesied against Jerusalem that their generation would be destroyed 40 years later in the Roman Seige!
Matthew 23: 36 -38 “O Yershalyim...behold your house is left to you desolate.”
What did Yeshua do when he returned out of the wilderness? He displayed the role of the scapegoat going to the wilderness, never to return. In other words, the sins of Israel he bore himself “never to be remembered”!
But he also displayed the role of the sacrificial lamb at his baptism because John/Yochanan called him “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world…”
So Yeshua fulfilled both the sacrificial lamb and the scapegoat during the 40 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur!
Let’s remember Yeshua’s fasting and praying for 40 days to bear the sins of Judah and Israel beginning as of last night, the month of Elul leading up to the 10th day of Tishri on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement which will begin on September 30th 2009 according to the Aviv Biblical Calendar.
Love & Shalom to you all in Yeshua ha’Mashiach!