Pastor Chad launches us into the High Holidays with a new series called, Look to the Sky.
Scripture References: Luke 21 and Matthew 24
God’s year, the Biblical year, starts in the Spring with Pesach, two weeks into the new year we have Passover and Unleavened Bread. Three days later we have Feast of Firstfruits. A few weeks later we have Feast of Weeks after 50 days of counting the Omer.
After the summer, we arrive at the Feast of Trumpets and after 10 days to Day of Atonement and five days after, Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles. Then we celebrate the rolling back of the Scroll at Simchat Torah.
But tonight, we look to the sky to look for the hope of Yeshua’s return and the gift of salvation. When we speak of Rosh HaShanah or Yom Teruah, it is generally thought of as a joyous time, a time of celebration. We think of the different ways the Bible teaches us to use the trumpets. We gather and blow the trumpet to gather the people to assemble the people, for worship, for war. We also use the shofar in the Scripture to announce that the king has come back into town. That could be the deepest prophetic significance that we find in Yom Teruah, that we are announcing the return of the King. We also use the trumpets to announce that the Bridegroom has returned and He is ready to have His wedding with His bride. All of those imageries can be found in the Scriptures. These are positive, happy, victorious thoughts.
But in 1 Corinthians 15 and Revelation 1:7, Scripture says that every eye will see Yeshua and will mourn; that when the trumpet sounds, the earth will mourn. Why are we sad and in tears during this holiday?