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Christ and the Feasts: The Fall Feasts

Old Testament passages regarding this feast are found in: Psalm 81:3,4; Leviticus 23:23-25; and Numbers 29:1-6. A study of these reveals the following:

1) The feast was held on tire first day of the seventh month (Tishri). Trumpets marked the beginning of the fall festival season, and the beginning of the end of the harvest and liturgical religious year. This day, however, also began the civil year in Israel; it was later called Rosh Hashanah (New Years). It prefigured the fiftieth year of Jubilee with the blowing of trumpets.

2) Trumpets was a day of rest,sacrifice, and worship, when Israel was gathered before Jehovah, looking to Him for covenant blessings. The people came together repentantly, in preparation for the corning Day of Atonement (10th of month) and Feast of Tabernacles (15th-22nd of month). This can he seen in Joel's prophecy, where the trumpet alarm of 2:1 preceded the mourning of 2:11-15. Thus, the Jews were reminded of God's judgments as well as His blessings.