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The Trumpet Will Sound

9-18-2014 5;49;55 AM

Memory Verse: Psalm 139:23

Life Application: I must allow God to search my heart.

Bible Text:

Leviticus 23:23-24

Colossians 2:15

Micah 7:19

Genesis 22:1-14

Hebrews 11:17-19

John 3:16

Romans 5:11

Matthew 5:8

Psalm 51:10

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Corinthians 15:52

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Leviticus 23:23-24 NKJV

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

In Leviticus God instituted the Feast of the Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. It is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is sometimes referred to as the Jewish New Year. The Feast of Trumpets, points to the rapture, when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.

 

Sound The Trumpet

During this feast the shofar, trumpet, was to be sounded. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. In Biblical times trumpets were sounded for several reasons. These same reasons can also apply to the bride of Christ -she must wake up and prepare to ascend into heaven to meet with God.

 

1.The trumpet was sounded when the people were about to meet with God.

Exodus 19:10-25 NKJV

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.” So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.” Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish.
Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.”
But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’” Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”
So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.”

2. The trumpet was sounded to wake the bride up.

Matthew 25:5-10 NKJV

“But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming ; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.”

3. The trumpet was sounded when the people were ready to ascend up into the city.

Joshua 6:1-5 NKJV

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

 

Services And Observances

During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten:

“Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

 

A Memorial of God’s Grace

Genesis 22:1-14 NKJV

“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 

The blowing of the trumpets is also a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

Hebrews 11:17-19

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

 

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Self-Examination

Romans 5:11 NKJV

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit.

Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

A person must know Jesus in an intimate way, have a personal relationship with Him, to be the Bride of Christ.

 

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others.

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

It is a time that people should awake and correct their ways.

 

Christ’s Return

The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture).

 

1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Review

1. What does Rosh Hashana mean?

2. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of _________________.

3. Who is the Messiah’s bride?

4. Jesus is our armor because He ________________ Satan.

5..Why is the end of the shofar curved and bent?

6. A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. What does this symbolize?

 

 

7. God substituted a ________ to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

8. You must have a __________________ ________________________ with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

9. Are there any people in your life that you need to offer forgiveness to?

 

10. What does reconciliation mean?

11. What sound will announce the return of Jesus?

12. Are you spiritual ready for Jesus’ return?

 

 

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Changed In The Twinkling Of An Eye

Changed In The Twinkling Of An Eye

This event has a fall theme and a new year’s theme.

The memory verse is : 1 Corinthians 15:52

The Bible truth is “In the twinkling of an eye we will be changed.”

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the fall feasts. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is the Jewish New Year. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the rapture , when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. The feast of trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

Ephesians 6:11-13     “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

     Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture), the church to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to the earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

1 Thessalonians  4:16  NKJV         “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “…For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

     Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, looking forward the coming of the Messiah.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ________________________________________

2. _______________________________________

4. Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “… For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

5. A Sign Of God’s Grace

The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

Genesis 22:1-14  NKJV         “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

     Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

Hebrews 11:17-19 NKJV     “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

6. Game – “Jig-Saw” Relay Race

Need: 2 red poster boards and 2 small baskets

Draw a large apple on each poster board, then write the memory verse on each apple, Cut the poster board apple into an equal number of pieces. Keep each one separate.

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in lines. Place the puzzles in two small baskets a short distance from the teams. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together. Once the puzzle is together they must read it out loud, then put the puzzle back in the basket and run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Self- Examination

Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32  NKJV     “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

     Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. They are to judge their own life, not someone else’s.

Matthew 7:1-5  NKJV     “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

     To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.  Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness.

Matthew 6:12-15  NKJV     “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Debt – something owed to somebody, obligation, sin: a sin or trespass

Trespass – to intrude on somebody’s privacy or time, to commit a sin, a wrongdoing, to go onto somebody else’s land or enter somebody else’s property without permission,  to cause injury to a person, property, or the rights of another.

     The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. It is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21  NKJV     “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

8. Special Services, Observances, and Customs

During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19  NKJV          “He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

9. Game –  Pass The Apple

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

Need : 2 apples

Divide the class into two teams. Line the children up in separate rows. Give the first person on each team an apple. At the signal they will pass the apple to the person behind them and they will pass it to the person behind them. When the apple reaches the end the person on the end will run to the front of the line and say, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.” Then they will pass the apple to the person behind them. This process continues until the original person is back at the front of the  line. The team that finishes first is the winner.

10. The Shofar

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. During Biblical times trumpets were used in giving signals of war, to alert the people, and to call the people together

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah-calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim- it represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah-calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah- represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken everyone to make them remember the One and Only Creator

3. remind the people to forsake evil ways

4. draw men back to God

11. Game –  With The Sound Of A Trumpet

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Need: Toy horns (such as a party favor), one for each child playing and a sign with the memory verse written on it.

Divide the class into two teams and line them up in two rows. A short distance from the children set up a table. Place the sign on or above the table so that the children can see it, and place the horns on the table. At the signal, the first person on each team will run to the table and say the memory verse, then pick up a horn and blow it. They will then run back to their team (with their horn) and the next person in line will repeat the process. The team that finished first is the winner.

11. Repentance

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means “turning back” to God. During this feast, the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year? Prayers are offered up to God asking Him to write their name in the Book of Life.

Exodus 32:33  NKJV         “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

     Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. It was there that God gave him the ten commandments. While Moses was on the mountain, the people grew tired of waiting. They made themselves a golden calf to worship. The wrath of God grew against them. Moses asks that his name be “blotted out of the book” if God will not forgive the sins of the people.

Exodus 32:31-32  NKJV        “Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

Deut. 9:13-14  NKJV         “Furthermore the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”

     Several places in the Bible make reference to sins being “blotted out”,  to names being “blotted out”, and to names being “written” in the Book of Life.

Psalm 69:28  NKJV         “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

 2 Kings 14:27  NKJV        “And the Lord did not say the He would blot out the name of Israel from under the heaven; but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Psalm 9:5  NKJV         “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

 Philippians 4:3  NKJV        “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

 Revelation 3:5  NKJV        “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

 Revelation 20:12  NKJV        “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Revelation 20:15  NKJV         “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 Revelation 21:27  NKJV         “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV         “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

12. Game – Review Tic-Tac – Toe

Need: poster board, 16 index cards  and tape

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”. Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards. Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

Review Questions For Game

1.  The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish  ________  __________.

New Year

2. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the _____________, when Jesus will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.

Rapture

3. The feast of trumpets also points to ________________ warfare.

Spiritual

4. As Christians we should put on the whole ___________   ______  _________  so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy.

armor of God

5. Rosh Hashanah is about ____________________, redemption, looking forward the coming of Jesus.

Repentance

6. The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the _______________ of Christ and a ________________  of God’s grace to Abraham.

Return     memorial

7. During Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) each person is to take time to look back in _____________________________  over the events and emotions of the previous year.

self-examination

8. To be part of the rapture of the church you must have a __________________ relationship with Jesus Christ.

Personal

9.  What do the prayers recited during Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) emphasize?

God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness

10. What does debt mean?

something owed to somebody, obligation, sin: a sin or trespass

11. What does trespass mean?

to intrude on somebody’s privacy or time, to commit a sin, a wrongdoing, to go onto somebody else’s land or enter somebody else’s property without permission,  to cause injury to a person, property, or the rights of another

12. The prayers during Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) encourage people to reflect on their ____________.

deeds

13. Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking ___________________________ with others.

reconciliation

14. During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of _______________________ are sung.

redemption

15. A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in _____________, a symbol for a sweet new year.

honey

16. During the ceremony of Tashlikh, you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your ___________ being cast away from you.

sins

17. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in ____________ of God.

respect

18. During Biblical times trumpets were used in giving signals of war, to ____________ the people, and to __________ the people together

alert           call

19. The sound of the shofar is meant to:

* be a rousing call to ______________________ on the part of the individual.

repentance 

* awaken everyone to make them __________________ the One and Only Creator

remember

* remind the people to ________________ evil ways

forsake

* draw men __________ to God

back

20. Repentance is ________________   __________   ________ to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself.

turning from sin

21. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means  “______________   ______________“ to God.

turning back

13. Redemption

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before. To buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

Psalms 107:2  NKJV         “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

 John 8:36  NKJV        “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” 

Galatians 3:13  NKJV         “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,  “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24  NKJV        “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

13. Worship Song  – __________________________________

14. Challenge –  Jesus Is Returning

Jesus is returning for His bride, for all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. This future event is sometimes referred to as the rapture. In order to participate in the rapture, you must repent, turn away from sin and toward God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then you will be redeemed.

God loves every person and sent His Son so that everyone could be spared punishment. However, He cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished. There is everlasting punishment for all who have not accepted God’s way of salvation. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior will have everlasting life in a new heaven and new earth. They will live forever in the presence of God.

Revelation 20:15  NKJV         “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV        “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Has your name been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

David’s Prayer

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV         “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Craft

17. Dismissal

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The Feast Of The Trumpets – One Christian’s Perspective

The Feast Of The Trumpets – One Christian’s Perspective

     The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the fall feasts. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is the Jewish New Year. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the rapture , when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. The feast of trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

Ephesians 6:11-13     “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

     Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture), the church to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to the earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

1 Thessalonians  4:16  NKJV     “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV     “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

     Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, looking forward the coming of the Messiah.

A SIGN OF GOD’S GRACE

The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

Genesis 22:1-14  NKJV     “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

     Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s alter.

Hebrews 11:17-19     “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

SELF-EXAMINATION

Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. It is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways.

SPECIAL SERVICES, OBSERVANCES, AND CUSTOMS

During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19  NKJV      “He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

THE SHOFAR

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. Trumpets were used in giving signals of war. Jesus is the commander of the army of God. Jesus came, the first time, to defeat the work of Satan and the sin in men’s hearts. Jesus was triumphant over the enemy.

Colossians 2:15  NKJV     “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah-calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim- it represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah-calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah- represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken everyone to make them remember the One and Only Creator

3. remind the people to forsake evil ways

4. draw men back to God

REPENTANCE

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means “turning back” to God. During this feast, the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year? Prayers are offered up to God asking Him to write their name in the Book of Life.

Exodus 32 : 33  NKJV     “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

     Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. It was there that God gave him the ten commandments. While Moses was on the mountain, the people grew tired of waiting. They made themselves a golden calf to worship. The wrath of God grew against them. Moses asks that his name be “blotted out of the book” if God will not forgive the sins of the people.

Exodus 32:31-32  NKJV     “Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

Deut. 9:13-14  NKJV     “Furthermore the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”

     Several places in the Bible make reference to sins being “blotted out”,  to names being “blotted out”, and to names being “written” in the Book of Life.

Psalm 69:28  NKJV     “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

2 Kings 14:27  NKJV     “And the Lord did not say the He would blot out the name of Israel from under the heaven; but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Psalm 9:5  NKJV     “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

Philippians 4:3  NKJV     “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

Revelation 3:5  NKJV     “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

Revelation 20:12  NKJV     “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Revelation 20:15  NKJV     “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV     “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV     “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

REDEMPTION

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before. To buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

Psalms 107:2  NKJV     “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

John 8:36  NKJV     “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Galatians 3:13  NKJV     “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,  “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24  NKJV    “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

JESUS IS RETURNING

Jesus is returning for His bride, for all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. This future event is sometimes referred to as the rapture. In order to participate in the rapture, you must repent, turn away from sin and toward God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then you will be redeemed.

God loves every person and sent His Son so that everyone could be spared punishment. However, He cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished. There is everlasting punishment for all who have not accepted God’s way of salvation. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior will have everlasting life in a new heaven and new earth. They will live forever in the presence of God.

Revelation 20:15  NKJV     “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV     “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Has your name been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

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