Today is a high Holy Day, the Feast of Trumpets - it is a Christian festival that points to the hope of the resurrection.
[Darris McNeely] Today is the Feast of Trumpets (Monday, September 17, 2012), one of the annual festivals that God gave to mankind to be observed. We find it recorded in Leviticus chapter 23 that on the first day of the seventh month - the first day of the seventh month on God's calendar was to be a memorial of the blowing of trumpets and a holy gathering, a festival occasion for the people of God, and a day - a holy day, that is still in effect as far as God's calendar, God's plan is today.
[Steve Myers] And it's not a Jewish thing. The Jews today keep Rash Hashanah on this day, but the Feast of Trumpets is actually a Christian celebration. It's a day that Christians are supposed to celebrate and oftentimes overlooked. So why should Christians keep the Feast of Trumpets? Why is that important for those who claim to be God's people?
[Darris McNeely] Well, I think the first reason is that God commands it and it is given to His people. We find ample reference to it in the New Testament, especially in connection with the most significant Christian experience and hope that is the resurrection of the dead, which is described in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 as well as in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 where it says the dead in Christ will rise at the sound of a trumpet. And also in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 is described the resurrection of the dead, when the trumpet shall sound is the time of the change from mortal to immorality, from flesh to spirit. So it's a Christian celebration brought through the Bible especially into this most important hope of every Christian and that is the resurrection of the dead (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
 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:
 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.
 Why comfort one another with these words.
American King James Version×and 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 1 Corinthians 15:1-58  Moreover, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;  By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain.  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brothers at once; of whom the greater part remain to this present, but some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.  For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed on me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so you believed.  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.  Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  For he has put all things under his feet. But when he said all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.  And when all things shall be subdued to him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.  Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?  And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our LORD, I die daily.  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantages it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.  Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?  You fool, that which you sow is not quickened, except it die:  And that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but bore grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:  But God gives it a body as it has pleased him, and to every seed his own body.  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differs from another star in glory.  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:  It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  However, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.  The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.  Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  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.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  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.  O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
American King James Version×).
[Steve Myers] And there's no doubt because if you look back at Leviticus 23 where it describes these festivals of God and today especially the Feast of Trumpets, it says these are Feasts of the Lord. They're not Jewish feasts, so they're for us as Christians to keep as well. And if you think about a trumpet in the Old Testament, it announced special things. Something significant was going to happen when the trumpet sounded in ancient Israel. Well, that's symbolic for today as well. Those trumpets are going to sound and significant things are going to happen, signifying the return of Christ (Leviticus 23:1-2 Leviticus 23:1-2  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
American King James Version×and Leviticus 23:23-25 Leviticus 23:23-25  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  Speak to the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.  You shall do no servile work therein: but you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.
American King James Version×)
[Darris McNeely] Right, there was also a connection to war by the sounding of trumpets in the Old Testament and what we see in the Bible. A sound of a trumpet or trumpets was a call of alarm and a call to war. We see in many prophecies that this is connected with the timing of the Day of the Lord, the time of events that lead up to the second coming of Jesus Christ. In fact, when you look in Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
American King James Version×it says that, "The sounding of the seventh angel, there were loud voices in heaven, saying 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.'" And so there is a very significant connection in this verse in Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
American King James Version×to the actual time when Jesus Christ appears at the sounding of the seventh trump, and all of these events begin to culminate an actual change over in world events. The climax of this age occurs in connection with this Holy Day and the sounding of trumpets.
[Steve Myers] So, it's an amazing scenario when you see what's happening on the world scene even today and the challenges that this world is faced with right at this time of the year. And there seems to be this connection between what's happening, what God's doing, what is His plan, and how that's going to be fulfilled. And ultimately this day symbolizes that time when man's rule is going to be over and Christ returns.
[Darris McNeely] I think there's a connection with this conflict that seems to take place and events seem to heat up at this time of year, in this fall period, and I think it's a reflection of what is understood to happen when the timing of the Feast of Trumpets and this whole sequence of events begin to unfold upon the world and a changeover in world government will take place.
[Steve Myers] So it is important for Christians. Check into it. Find out about it. Read about the Feast of Trumpets and hopefully you'll begin to see the significance for all of us as Christians to be able to celebrate this day.
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