Feast of Trumpets – sermon by Pastor Don Moore

Monday, October 12, 2009

Feast of Trumpets by Pastor Don Moore

Here is a fantastic sermon by Pastor Don Moore that I closed captioned.  I made it a bit more easy to read by forming paragraphs. Remember what is in [brackets] is what the congregation says.  I seem to be having problems downloading the video onto Xanga from the dropbox videos I get.

Say Amen
Show 131
Feast of Trumpets
9/13/09

Ah, it is the Fall, and those of you that are watching by television, by the time they release this it may be Spring, but [laughter] it’s a Fall message.  Amen.  We have a great, great  season here.  This is the Fall season. This is the time of the Fall harvest.  And the Fall harvest is a very jubilant, but it’s a very serious time.  The reason is because God, in the first of Genesis, in the beginning, He said that I give you these days, as for seasons of time.  But the words that He uses, and the way that He uses it, He is not saying that the sun and the moon and the stars are here just to do a 24 cycle.  What God is talking about is He gives us Sabbaths.  He gives us time periods.  There are seven Sabbaths of the Lord.  And they are all significant.  Those of us that read the Bible need to read it with a Jewish eye and get a Jewish understanding of Scripture.  He’s given us seven feasts that describe all time.  It is the literal fulfillment of these seven feasts that will result in the return of the Lord, and the presence of the Lord.

Those that do not believe in the return of the Lord, or the rapture of the Church, and the coming of the Bride, and don’t understand God coming to Tabernacle with us, if you miss any of those parts, then you are in great darkness and confusion.  For the whole purpose of times and seasons is that we have a physical event that will be paralleled by a spiritual event.  And all history is marked by these spiritual events that have a physical representation as well as a spiritual representation.  In other words, what God does in the natural, by giving us seven feast days, and seven holidays, is He is saying to us, I am giving you these as a representation of prophetic truth.  That what I’m prophesying to you, it must come to pass and be fulfilled.  All of the holidays will be fulfilled, all of the Feast Days will be fulfilled by Christ Himself.  By the Messiah, the coming of the Messiah determines each and every one of those events.

So, what we’re looking at today is the first of the Fall feasts.  The Lord Jesus Christ completed Passover, the spiritual representation of Passover was that Jesus Christ came as the Passover Lamb, and sacrificed Himself for the sins of the World, as the representation of a way for man to get back to God.  To have his sins covered.  And then the blood of the Lamb was put over the doorpost in the sign of the cross, and wherever the Angel of Death at Passover, please don’t use the word “Easter,”  in my presence.  It is the Resurrection of Christ that we are celebrating.  [amen]  Not the goddess oestara.  And Easter is a pagan celebration, so, throw out the Easter eggs, get the bunny.  Catch him, make him a pet, but let’s eat him because he tastes like chicken.  [laughter]  Moving right along, forget the colored eggs and all of that nonsense, it comes to us from pagan things, and you know, the fertility goddess and the eggs and the bunnies and the baby chicks.

So, let’s remember, we’re celebrating the Passover Lamb.  [amen]  The Passover Lamb.  Jesus Christ is the Passover Lamb.  So, we had the physical holiday, and for centuries the Jews celebrated the Passover Lamb.  They celebrated it with a feast of eating and making unleavened bread, and they did all that and they completed it.  But, Jesus comes to fulfill it spiritually.  In that He comes breaking through history and time, breaking through the confusion of theology, and He comes to earth and He offers Himself as the Passover Lamb for the sins of the people and therefore the Angel of Death passes over wherever the Blood of the Lamb is in manifestation.  [thank you, Lord.  applause]  Lord have mercy.  Now, He fulfilled that.

The next holiday coming up is that of Unleavened Bread.  The Feast of Unleavened Bread includes a number of things.   It is when the bringing in of first the barley harvest, representing that general people could come, and then representing the wheat harvest which was after that, representing that the Ecclesiastical body, the clergy could come, representing that the kings and the priests are acceptable to God.  Well what are the acceptable to God?  Because of the unleavened bread.  The Bread of Life, without sin in it.  And then He comes as a picture.  Christ comes as a picture, He comes as a picture of the perfect, pierced, but unleavened bread.  In other words, leaven represented sin, He was without sin.  And though He was pierced, and beaten, striped, just like that Matzo the Jews ate, even though all of that occurred, He represented the next Feast Holiday, that of the Unleavened Bread.

And that Unleavened Bread Holiday is followed by Pentecost.  Pentecost.  The Jews believed that Moses ascended to the Mount, where God was.  And he received, at Pentecost, he received the tablets that gave man the Law.  That gave man a clear description of what is acceptable to God, and what is not acceptable to God. Abraham was the Father of Faith, and during the time period of Abraham, man could be saved only by believing God and therefore having a heart for God, being obedient to God in the way that the rest of the people on the earth during Noah’s time failed.  And during the time of Abraham, many failed also.  So God said, I have to obviously be more specific with man.  I will write down the Law.  I will give him the Law on tablets so that he can remember it, so that he can teach it to his children’s, children’s, children.  And so the giving of the Law on Pentecost is a physical event that did occur, representing a spiritual event that God was going to send the Messiah to come and fulfill the Law.  He was going to live by the Law and fulfill it in that He would not transgress it, showing that God’s Mercy and justice was necessary for those who did not keep the Law, but also proving that the Law was good and that it could be kept.  [yes, yes, yes] … It could be kept.

But man is stubborn and thick headed and we are slow learners, and disobedient children.  And so, God said, they need help.  Can you say, “help?”  [help]  Come on, they need what?  [help]  They need help.  And so, He said, even though the Law, that Jesus came and fulfilled the Law, He said, they need help.  They need a Helper in order to keep the Law.  And therefore, we have physical Pentecost representing the Law being given, and then we have spiritual Pentecost that Jesus Christ comes and gives, what?  Help.  He sends the Helper, the Comforter, He sends the Teacher.  He sends the One that they need in order to live this life in victory in the earth.  [amen, thank you, amen]  Anybody get that?  So Pentecost then was completed and fulfilled by Jesus coming as the unleavened bread, as the Passover Lamb, and then coming at Pentecost, sending the Holy Spirit into the earth, completing what?  Those three holidays.  Completing them.

Now, just to back up a little bit.  You’d say, well, what was the first Sabbath?  The first Sabbath was the keeping of a Day of Rest, keeping a Holy Day.  And that is called, “Keeping the Sabbath.”  We come to church on Sunday, but Sunday is not the Jewish Sabbath.  [that’s true]  The Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday evening, as the sun sets, that is the Sabbath day.  And so, He says, you will keep that day holy, so on sundown on Friday into sundown the next day, which would be Saturday, it is a day of Sabbath Rest.  You very well would have gotten in a lot of trouble doing the lawn and watering the plants and cleaning the house on a day that was designed for the Jews as a holy Sabbath.  A day of rest. A day in which you were to do no work… It was a day of [rest].  Rest.  So we have the physical Sabbath which is fulfilled in the culmination of all the holidays in that they were given these regular weekly Sabbaths.

We celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord on the Lord’s Day, which in this case is Sunday.  And since we’re Gentiles, most of us in this room, we are permitted to do so.  When Jesus Christ rises from the grave, He conquers sin and death, and He also completed the day of Sabbath, for it points us back to resting in Him, and then Hebrews tells us then that every day becomes a Sabbath Day.  [amen]  Christ’s purpose in coming was to tell us to rest and rely on Him everyday.  So, what day is a good day to sin?  [none]  No day.  What day is a good day to praise God?  [everyday]  Everyday.  And so, whether you are a Seventh Day Adventist, or a muslim or whatever you want to be, if you are a Born Again Believer, every day is a Sabbath Day of rest for the Christian.  For the believer in Yeshua, as your Jewish Lord, then you are to recognize the Day and you are to set aside a day as a Sabbath rest.

You are to have a day where you say, “Baby, this is the Lord’s Day.  Let’s do something righteous and holy today.”  And she says, “Well, we’re going to clean the garage every day this week.”  [laughter]  And you have to say, “No, we’re going to have a Sabbath Day of rest.”  I want to point out to you that the violation of the Sabbath Day rest cost the Jews more than any violation of any other holidays.  [that’s right]  It cost them more.  And so, I just want to encourage you, don’t violate that because you still need a Sabbath rest.  [amen]  Ok, now.  If we are wise, we would then realize that Jesus, the Messiah, has completed that phase of Sabbath rest during the physical seven day week.  Everybody got that?  During the physical seven day week, but there is a spiritual Sabbath that is to be completed, [that’s right].

So when we look to the Fall Harvest Days, He has completed Pentecost – let me go straight, keep in order.  Passover.  He’s completed Unleavened Bread.  And He has completed Pentecost.  They’ve been completed.  Why would you think that God would go through all the effort to complete the Sabbath, to complete Pentecost, and those days, and that He’s not gonna fulfill and complete the Fall harvest? …  Is He a God of incompletion or does He finish things?   Doesn’t He put a period at the end of a sentence?  Doesn’t He say, every jot and tittle has to be fulfilled?  [yes]  Alright.

Then, let’s talk about the Summer.  So, we have a physical summer which his hot, dry and is usually a fairly dead period of time.  The crops don’t need that much tending, they just need some periodic weeding.  Come on, somebody.  This represents the 2000 year period of the Gentiles where God has fulfilled certain things, and now we are in this long dry summer that is two months or 2000 years.  Everybody with me so far?   [yes]  So we have this period that represents two seasons, in this case two months of the Summer, out of the 12 months of the year.  And those represent the 2000 years of the time period of the Church.  And the Church is in that period.  We are in that period now of dryness, we’re in that period where life is difficult.  Where the forces that are lined against us are taking hostage to those who do not stand strong in the Blood of the Lord, or don’t stand strong in the Word of the Lord.  And during that time period, He is bringing us into a Fall season.

Now, let’s talk about that Fall season.  The Fall season, the people call it the time of the Harvest… People get upset with Pastor Don because I keep telling them, and I’m going to tell them until Jesus comes, we’re not in the time of revival.  [right]  We’re in the time of awakening that will lead to harvest.  The prophetic time that we’re in.  The next event to occur on the calendar of God is that He must fulfill the Fall harvest.  The harvest, the bringing in of what?  All that has been sown in the 2000 years that the Church has been on the earth.  All of that is to be gathered.  Some from far away lands and some from this great land, and some close by.

A lot of people go to church, been in church all their lives, but they are dry.  They are without sustenance, they are without the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  They’re without the water of the Word, because they’re just parched and dry. For the Jews it is a picture that is dry bones, Ezekiel talks about dry bones.  But the Jewish experience is what, a picture of what is the Gentile experience for Jew and Gentile cannot be separated as two different people, but they do have two different historical, written down, prophesied outcomes.  They’re different.  The timing of them is different.

But, in the Fall, comes the harvest time.  And how do we announce it.  What do we do?  Well what happens is, right before … the harvest is complete, it begins with the blowing of the trumpet.   We call it the Shofar.  Originally they blew two silver trumpets.  They had to all be made from the same source or the same lump of silver.  And they made two silver trumpets.  And they blew that.  But over time, they switched and they began to use the Shofar which is made of a ram’s horn, so to speak.  Okay?

Now, the blowing of the trumpet was significant, because God decreed it.  Man didn’t invent this holiday.  God decreed it.  Let me just read to you what God said.  “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 memorial of blowing of trumpets….You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.””  So, we have in the Fall, the harvest is being gathered in from the fields and there comes this thing that we’re going to have a blowing of trumpets and the trumpets are supposed to declare something.

The trumpets are to declare the beginning of a new year.  The Jewish New Year does not start in January. The Jewish New Year starts in the period called Elul and that is our late September, middle September, October, it swings around in there.  The reason it swings is because as Gentiles we’ve accepted a Gentile calendar that has 365 days, and one 365 1/4 days.  But the Jewish calendar is 360 days, cause it’s based on the lunar cycle.  So, periodically, the Jewish and Gentile days will be close, other times they’ll be 10, 20 days apart because of the difference in the cycle of 360 days verses 365… So, and that’s why, if you look at a calendar and remember Easter will fall on Passover but most of the time it falls close to it, but not usually lining up right on it.  We should have taken that as a sign right there, that should have been enough to say something’s wrong.  Okay.

So, now what are we supposed to do then on this holiday?  There is a blowing of trumpets, declaring a New Year, a new celebration, declaring the gathering in of this harvest.  A completion of the fall harvest, gathering it in. They’re gathering in the harvest.  The trumpet (trumpet blowing sounds)  A New Year.   (brrrrp, trumpet sounds)  can you do that?  [brrrrp, trumpet sounds, laughter] …. People need help.  [laughter]  I know.  You know, sometimes when I’m in a warfare situation, and I don’t have my Shofar, I’ll be just in the car going (trumpet sounds)….. I’ll be blowing the trumpet, man.  I’m just, you know, I don’t take no mess.  [whew!]  Alright, so, let’s look at a few things.

The main purpose then of the Feast of Trumpets is to announce that time period.  It’s to bring it in.  And what is it to prepare the people for?  The blowing of the trumpets is to prepare people for the next holiday, which is the Day of Atonement, which is followed then by Feast of Tabernacles.  So, God says, the fall harvest, blow the trumpet.  But what did this holiday look like?  It just says, blow the trumpet.  So the Jews would just start blowing the trumpet.  They’d blow it all day.  But they blow it different now.  They would blow a long blast, and blow with all the energy and force they could put behind it.  And they would blow all day.  So they say in ancient times, back in Jerusalem, you would hear the blowing of trumpets all over the city, blowing all day.

Just all day signifying what?  It’s a new year.  [amen]  Signifying what?  The coming of the time of atonement when we will be forgiven for our sins, a time when the heavens are going to be opened.  That’s what the blowing of the trumpets are blowing and saying, God we know you hear us now, and the heavens would open so that man could atone for his sins, because the High Priest was going to go into the Temple, he’s going to atone for his sins, he’s going to pay for his sins, then he’s going to pay for the sins of the people, then he’s going to come back and he’s going to announce he’s been in the Holy of Holies with the presence of God and he’s going to tell them how the Shekinah glory fell.  The whole city would know it.  And the whole nation, all the Jews would know that their sins had been forgiven.

And why would their sins be forgiven?  Because, the heavens are open, their sins are forgiven, now God is going to come and Tabernacle with man.  [glory!]  He’s going to live with man, He’s going to be with man.  So the blowing of the trumpets announce this is a new year, the King is coming.  Well, what’s He coming for?  It’s the same way of blowing the trumpets to signify He’s coming for His Bride.  [amen]  He’s coming for His Bride.  Blow the horn.  (horn blowing sounds)  Blow it all day.  Why?  So that heathen, unbelieving unbeliever, and every Jew would know that the time of atonement, it’s now time to get serious about all of your sins, for the whole year.  It’s time for you to think through your lifestyle.  It’s time for you to think about your servanthood.  It’s time to think about what you have failed to do, and what you’re believing God for because why?  When those heavens open in atonement, every prayer will be heard and God will hear the cry of His people.

And when He hears the cry of His people, guess what.  Then miracles begin to happen.  Finances begin to change.  Healing begins to be distributed among the people.  Debts be forgiven.   People begin to realize, my God isn’t far away.  He is here.  And what happens then, the heavens open and He comes to dwell with His people.  [yes]  Glory, have mercy.  [hallelujah, amen]  It’s exciting time.

If our spirits would just get a hold of this, then realize that God is completed these, He sent Jesus into the earth to physically complete those things, then why would you not believe that at some point in history, at some time in history, in the Fall Harvest, He will hear the blowing of the trumpets and He will fulfill His holiday and He will come for His Bride, and He will complete this series, our sins will be forgiven, and He will come and dwell with us.  [amen]  Glory to God!

My heart breaks for people that have no hope of the rapture.  Have no hope of the coming of the Lord and the completion of things.  I don’t want to live a day without believing that what God said, He’s going to do… [hallelujah]  Especially when Jesus has given us so many ways of figuring it out.  He’s given us so many different ways.  The Fall Feast of Rosh Hashanah or Rosh Hashanah, it begins with the new moon.  But there’s a problem.  You can’t see the new moon.  It’s dark.  It’s all dark.  You can’t see the new moon cause it’s dark.  So, what the priests did, Jewish priests were wise.  And they would calculate the 30 days and they would watch the coming of the days and then one of the rabbis at some point said, you know, what if we miss it?  What if it’s so dark that we can’t see, we can’t tell that it’s the new moon?  What are we going to do?  So they came away, Jews love a party.  So they say, we’ll celebrate two days.  Then that way, either way we got it going on.  [laughter]  Now, how would they know what day to celebrate? … [count]  They would count.  But how would they know?

They wouldn’t know, only until the High Priest would go in the tower, and says to the best of my ability I believe we’re going to start Friday. [laughter]  And what do we do on Saturday?  We’ll do it again Saturday.  [laughter]  That way, for sure, we’ve got it covered.  And they ask the rabbi, why?  And the rabbi said, because no man knows the day or the hour.  [hallelujah] … People get so confused.  Oh, you are a date setter.  You’re a this setter.  No man knows the day or the hour.  They’re saying that from a Gentile perspective, and they need a slap.  The reality of the situation is Jesus gave that in the telling of His return, the coming and the gathering of the Bride to Christ, in a Jewish context.  He was saying, I’ll be coming back in the fall, during the time of Rosh Hashanah, the blowing of the trumpets, will herald in my coming.  And because no man knows the day or the hour, because the High Priest would set the day, as the Father over the nation, he would set the time of His coming.

The Jewish wedding is a picture of the rapture, in that the groom gets betrothed to the woman, leaves her to become a better bride, he goes off and prepares, He says, “I go to prepare a place for you and I will come again to take you unto myself.  For in my Father’s house there are many mansions, were it not so, I would not have told you.”  [applause]  He’s gone to prepare a place for His Bride.  And He’s coming again to claim her at the blowing of the trumpets which will announce His coming, because He plans to Tabernacle with His Bride and then Tabernacle with all other people.

And so, Rosh Hashanah, was the hint He was giving us, He says, at the holiday that no man knows the day or the hour, until the Father sets it.  And so the groom is waiting for Father to look at the house He’s built, and say, “Nice house.”  [yeah]  “I like the two sinks in the bathroom concept.   I like the balcony overlooking, I like that.”  And the Father looks it over and He says, “You done good.  You done good.  Jesus, go down there and get your Bride.”  [amen]  And Jesus says, “Ah ha, thank you Daddy.”

See, God told us in His Word.  He said, you’ll know the season.  Why would Jesus say, “Watch?”  What are you watching for if nobody’s going to know the day or the hour?  He says that the only people that will be fooled will be the unrighteous.  He says, He says for the righteous, He says He does nothing in the earth unless He tells His prophets.  What you talking about?  He wants us to know when He’s coming.  He’s coming at the blowing of the trumpets, the heavens are opened, till people atone for their sins, phfew, He’s going to come and Tabernacle.  [amen]  Pshew, this is powerful stuff.  Therefore, Rosh Hashanah, is the time period wherein the believer can, at the sound of the trumpet enter into spiritual warfare to destroy the successful acts of the enemy at a time when the enemy is weakest and God is strongest.  Because when the sounding of the trumpet blows, His voice trembles and demons shake. [thank you Lord]  Glory to God.

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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