The kids and I have been reading a commentary on Leviticus written for children in our morning bible study.  A couple of days ago we read about the Feast of Trumpets.  In this section the book is explaining the Old Testament celebrations and how they point to Christ.  Since the New Year is almost upon us I thought I would share this section with you.  I had not contemplated the Feast of Trumpets before and wouldn’t have come to this wonderful conclusion on my own.  What a wonderful blessing to live in this modern age where commentaries for children are being written.  And even more wonderful of a blessing to be able to teach my children and learn along with them in a straight forward, simple manner! 

The Feast of Trumpets was on the first day of the seventh month–New Year’s Day.  The blowing of the trumpets on that day was, however, just a shadow of another day, a greater day, the Day of the Lord, on which the trumpet blasts of angels would usher in, not a new year, but a new age.  “Blow the trumpet…sound the alarm…Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming.  It is close at hand” (Joel 2:1) “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts” (Revelation 8:13), the trumpet blasts sounded by the angels.   “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.  And He will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect…No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven…Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:30-42)  On that last day, the Day of the Lord, those who believe in Him “will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised…and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).  On that day “the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).  The Feast of Trumpets was just a shadow of the reality of the great and terrible Day of the Lord and the return of Christ, when the angels will blast trumpets which will shake the heavens and the earth (see Revelation 8&9).

 

I’m sure I’m very slow and dull at grasping these pictures of Christ in the Old Testament.  And so, I am very glad when I come across one of these shadows of Christ and am able to see it.  I hope you will be blessed by it too!

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