Bill Koenig commentary on the Last Trumpet for the Rapture. Keep looking up!
Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2012
I’m launching an annual countdown to Rosh Hashanah (the biblical/Jewish New Year). This year will be Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2012. Next year, it will be Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2013 — and so on.
With so many biblically significant events occurring at a breathtaking pace, I have developed a list of events (below) that we will be following closely until Rosh Hashanah 2012.
This year’s Rosh Hashanah will begin at sundown on Sept. 16 and end at sundown on Sept. 18.
Rosh Hashanah is the festival that marks the “head of the year” and is observed for two days each year. 1 Tishrei is the first day of the Jewish New Year.
The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, which also represents the trumpet blast of a people’s coronation of their king. The cry of the shofar is also a call to repentance.
The Feast of Trumpets – Chuck Missler
Observed on the First and Second of Tishri, the celebration actually begins 29 days earlier: a series of over 90 trumpet blasts accrue for a final blowing of blasts on the climax of the celebration, the Teki’ah Gedolah, the Great Blowing.
In the rabbinical literature, there are many details that are quite provocative. Among the most significant is the use of the shofar, the ram’s horn, instead of the usual silver Temple trumpets. (If you visit the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, you can see the silver trumpets that have been fashioned for use in the coming Temple.)
The shofar is associated with the Akedah, Abraham’s offering of Isaac on Mount Moriah, as detailed in Genesis 22. Rabbinical tradition associates the left horn of the ram as the “first trump” and the right horn as the “last trump.”
A distinguishing feature of the celebration is the last, climactic blast, the Teki’at Shofar. This is not the usual series of short bursts, signaling alarm or bad news. Rather, it is a long blast, signaling victory or good news. It is this last blast that is referred to as the last trump.
In Paul’s Resurrection Chapter, I Corinthians 15, he describes that strange event which has now become known as “The Rapture” of the Church:
Behold, I shew 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.
What did he mean, “the last trump”?
Some have tried to link this phrase to the Seventh Trumpet Judgment in Revelation, but there is no basis for it. The Seventh Trumpet Judgment is not the final trumpet: for a thousand years (at least) there will be subsequent trumpets in services performed in the Millennial Temple.
So, just what is this “last trump”?Since Paul was of Pharisaical background, it has been suggested that he was alluding to the climactic trumpet of the Feast of Trumpets and that, perhaps, this feast is prophetic of the call of God’s people (which he also refers to in Romans 11:2-5). Possibly. But there are other possibilities as well.