Pastor: Christians should mark Feast of Trumpets

Pastor: Christians should mark Feast of Trumpets

‘These are not Jewish holidays, they are the Lord’s holidays’


Posted: September 10, 2009
8:33 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

While some evangelical leaders and politicians are urging Christians to commemorate the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, one pastor is calling on believers to join with Jews around the world next Friday in observing Rosh Hoshana – or the Feast of Trumpets.

Mark Biltz, who specializes in teaching the Hebrew roots of Christianity, says the biblical feasts in the fall and spring calendar are not just, as commonly believed, “Jewish holidays.”

“These are not Jewish holidays, they are the Lord’s holidays,” explains Biltz, who has recorded teaching videos, “The Feasts of the Lord,” for WND.

“As gentiles we are also joining in the wakeup call for all Jews to return to the Torah and to Hashem,” says Biltz. “This is in response to Zechariah 8:23: ‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall

Biltz adds: “We are asking gentiles from around the world to join our global wave of shofar blasts around the world in every time zone honoring Hashem as King.”

“The Feasts of the Lord” have special meaning and significance for all believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, says Biltz. They were commemorated by Jesus and His apostles – and continued to be observed by Jesus’ followers in the first century even after His death and Resurrection. They also have special meaning with respect to the life, death, resurrection and return of Jesus, he points out.

There’s still time to learn these important lessons before the fall feasts are past.

Rosh Hashana begins Friday night, Sept. 18 this year. It is followed by Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, Sept. 27.

“I believe these DVDs can profoundly increase the faith of followers of Jesus, giving them a new appreciation of who He is, why He came and what He expects of us,” says Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND and the producer of the video series. “I think most people who view these teachings by Pastor Mark Biltz will be stunned by what they learn about the meaning of these feasts in our lives.”

For instance, is it true the Bible says we cannot know the day or the hour of Jesus’ return?

On the contrary, says “The Feasts of the Lord,” the Bible is quite specific about the day of His return – it’s just the year that remains a mystery. This misunderstanding of what the Lord said about His return is due to a simple misreading of the Scriptures – partly a result of not understanding the cultural context of the message.

Would you like to know the specific day of the Lord’s return?

The spring feasts – or appointed times – were fulfilled by the first coming of Yeshua, the Hebrew name of Jesus, which means “Salvation,” explains Biltz. The fall feasts will be fulfilled by His Second Coming – in the very near future, he relates in an engaging, informative and entertaining series of teachings you will want to watch again and again and share with your friends, relatives and fellow believers.

Biltz emphasizes that these feasts, described in Leviticus, were not intended for the Jewish people alone. He says they are meant to be observed as well as to serve as signs of the times in which we live – reminders of the greatest events of the past and foreshadowings of the future.

Biltz says much of the church is asleep – unaware of the significance of the feasts in God’s holy time clock. The feasts were not intended to be abandoned by believers after the coming of Jesus. His followers observed them in the First Century. It’s time to rediscover them again as the hour of His return approaches.

The fall feasts began Sept. 30 with the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashana. Christian believers will be stunned by the importance of this feast and all the others to follow when they view this unique teaching video by Biltz, an expert in the Hebrew roots of Christianity.

“Just as the spring feasts were the dress rehearsals for Messiah’s first coming, the fall feasts are the dress rehearsals for His Second Coming,” says Biltz.

Biltz says far from telling us not to be concerned about the time of the Lord’s return, the Bible over and over again commands believers to be “watching” – and provides some shocking and amazing hints for the discerning student.

The video series pinpoints the specific day on the Hebrew calendar for the return of Jesus. The only unknown, according to Biltz, is which year that return will occur – though he makes the case it is very near.

Biltz says most of the church is unaware of this very specific prophetic time clock offered by God to the human race in the Bible. Because of this, he believes many Christians will be surprised rather than watching with anticipation and hope, as the Bible commands.

“Your faith will be renewed or heightened to new limits by these teachings, I predict,” says Farah. “These are powerful videos – unlike anything ever produced before.”

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17 Responses to Pastor: Christians should mark Feast of Trumpets

  1. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been wanting to learn more about this but never really knew where to start.

  2. Of interesting note, the gold plates were retrieved on the Feast of Trumpets in 1827 by JS. I’m not sure if we’ve mentioned that in the previous post about the signs in the heavens or not.

  3. Fascinating observation. thank you!

    If the retrieving of the plates represents the beginning of the foundation movement preparatory to the Marvelous Work when the rest of the plates come forth, would it be consistent for the 3rd Watch Marvelous Work to begin at the time of the feast of trumpets?

  4. Oh my goodness. It starts at sunset on the 18th. That coincides with our united prayer based on the new moon. And it falls on the traditional Jewish Sabbath.

    I’ve gotta buy me some grape juice and bake some challah!

    Now, the man in the video believes that 2014/15 will be the next Sabbatical year, however there are others who use a 49 year cycle (7 cycles of 7) and they place this 2009/10 year as a Sabbatical year.
    You can go to this website for info on that manner of calculation: http://jewsandjoes.com/blog/how-do-we-know-the-shmittah-year-cycle/
    This way of calculating would have the next Sabbatical year on the 2016/17 calendar…

  5. You are getting me all worked up into a tizzy.. I am not going to be able to concentrate on anything else from now until the “days of Awe”.

    TruthSeekertoo You have probably read the article by Lenet Hadley Read but for those who haven’t I highly recomend you read it.

    You can view it here.

    http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=2a2f6a4430c0c010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD

  6. Actually it looks like that was the watered down version of her paper, the other one is here

    http://mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/?vol=2&num=2&id=35

  7. LOL! I’m all excited and looking forward with anticipation.

    Thanks for the link to the paper!

  8. Okay, upon a little more investigation it appears that the original Jewish/Biblical year started in spring. Rosh HaShana is the feast of the final harvest of the year. This makes more sense than a year starting in the fall when we are talking about whether or not the fields are to lie fallow.

    On a Sabbatical year the fields are left to their natural growth-no seeds are planted.

    Now, we have been told that we are in the 11th hour and that the “fields are white already to harvest.” This comment has a very rich symbolism in connection with Rosh HaShana.

    In John 4:35 Jesus talks about fields that are ready to be harvested…Fields that we did not plant. The one who plants differs from the ones who harvest. Yet they both will rejoice together in the fruits (eternal life).

    In a Sabbatical year there would be no fields to harvest. The only harvest would be of a spiritual nature.

  9. Interesting points, but I thought I had read somewhere that there are actually two new years during the course of each year.

  10. Hmmm. I was mostly looking at how the Sabbatical year was determined. I am no expert on any of this! But, it looks like the Passover is the start of the religious new year and Rosh Hashana begins the secular new year.

    My entire family think I am crazy for wanting to celebrate Rosh Hashana, btw! 😦

  11. I saw this on a site and thought it was interesting.

    The name Rosh Hashanah means the (Jewish) New Year,which commemorates God’s creation of the world. It also is the following:

    Tishri 1
    The day no man can know the day or the hour
    The day of the new moon
    The day of the blowing of the Trumpets
    The day of the last trump
    The day of the awakening blast
    The day of the Resurrection
    The beginning of the 10 days of awe
    One long day
    The Day of the King (coronation)
    The day the King takes a bride (wedding)
    The day that all men will pass under the rod
    The day that God divides mankind into 3 categories; the Wholly Righteous, Wholly Wicked, and the Intermediates.

    Rosh Hashanah is also known as Yom Teurah.

    Teruah means “an awakening blast”. A theme associated with Rosh Hashanah is the theme “to awake”. Teruah is also translated as “shout”.

  12. alfred says:

    i have been studying the feasts of the Lord, especially now the feast of trumpets. The one thing i am puzzled about is how do we know that the new moon is seen a year before to set the date for the feast since from my understanding the feast is announced at the sighting of the new moon. please comment.

  13. Alfred

    I think that is why, at least in part, why nobody knows the exact day or hour.

    I personally think it is possible to know the “season” and the “year” based on the information given in the scriptures, but one must wait and watch the signs in the heavens to know more specifically the day and hour.

    Of course, some are watching for the second coming in glory or the rapture, while others of us are watching for the beginning of Jacobs Trouble, the Marvelous Work, and the return of the Servants.

    Thank you for sharing that observation.

    Anything else you have learned in your study would be appreciated.

    Thanks Alfred.

    Watcher

  14. alfred says:

    thanks for your reply. what i am really interested in is to know when the new moon was sighted this year for the feast of trumpets. i have searched on the internet to find out when the new moon was sighted but could find no web page that shows this. according to the calander and to some of those who observe this feast, the date was already set to be observed on september 19th. some observe this feast for two days, sept 19th and sept 20th. and i believe some observed it on sept 20th and sept 21st. why this discrepancy? if we look at the muslim world, their feasts are celebrated on the sighting of the new moon. how can we then as believers in the Holy Bible, God’s words not follow God’s teachings and wait on the sighting on the new moon to announce to us and to the world that the feasts of trumpets has begun. would appreciated your comment. thanks.

  15. You bring up a fascinating point.

    One observation I would share is that anciently, they really did not know exactly when the new moon would appear until they saw it.

    Now days, since we have technology and since we put our trust in the arm of flesh and science, we have the luxury of “new moon calendars” on the internet that tell us years in advance when the new moon will appear. Hence people probably feel not need to sight the new moon since they already know when that phase of the moon will take place.

    the link below is a case in point.

    http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/MoonPhase.php

    Something to consider however is that the technical time of a given phase of the moon is one thing, the actual “sighting” of it by mortal man is quite another.

    It is possible that the sighting of the new moon was a required priesthood function that had as much significance as the phase of the moon itself.

    Another possibility is that clouds and other weather conditions become an important factor in the event, which can alter when the series of events takes place, etc.

    “how can we then as believers in the Holy Bible, God’s words not follow God’s teachings and wait on the sighting on the new moon to announce to us and to the world that the feasts of trumpets has begun.”

    I agree with you.

    We should wait on the sighting of the new moon to announce the feasts of trumpets has begun.

  16. alfred says:

    shabat shalom

    there is something that i do not quite understand and hope that you can shed some light on it.

    first of all, as a christian i hold the Bible as truth with no errors. i know that there were errors made when the Bible was translated.

    the feasts of the Lord i believe are foreshadows of things to come. some of them has already been fulfilled and some are yet to be fulfilled.

    all the feasts are observed on their appointed time and season. all the feasts point to Jesus Christ and are all fulfilled in Him. The four first feasts have already been fulfilled. the first of the feasts, the feast of passover has been fulfilled when Jesus was crucified on calvary,s cross. for Jesus to fufill this feast, it had to be done exactly at the time and hour that the passover lamb was slain, that is on the fourteenth of first month.

    matthew 26;2 shows that Jesus said that the passover is yet two days away. when we continue on to read in matthew the next day seems to be the day when the last supper took place, still one day remaining for the passover. matthew. mark and luke further says that Jesus instructed His disciples to go and make ready the passover and at evening Jesus ate with them, presumably the passover meal with them.

    John 13;1-2 implies something different. that it was before the feast of the passover that Jesus ate supper with His disciples.

    Jesus to be the Messiah had to fulfill and fulfilled to every detail what was written in the old testament concerning His birth, life. death and resurrection. He came to fulfill all the law and the all the prophets. He would not have celebrated the passover on the night before the passover lamb was slain, because the passover lamb was and is an important item on the passover menu, and the passover lamb could not be killed on the thirteenth day of the month but on the fourteenth day of the month which are very specific instructions God gave to moses for the children of israel to observe.

    how then does matthew, mark and luke write that Jesus celebrated the passover with His disciples. He could not because if He did He could not have fulfilled the laws and the prophets. what explanation is there for this discrepancy? is there an error in the translations of these events in the gospels of matthew, mark and luke?

  17. Alfred,

    That is an interesting question you bring up. I have never really thought about it and frankly, it is not real high in my list of things to research.

    I invite anyone that views this blog to respond, that feels like they can shed some light in question.

    There is one thing I noticed in reading the King James Version of Matthew 26:1-2, the words “feast of” are in italic, which means that translators added them to support what they assumed was the more accurate translation.

    I went to the Joseph Smith Inspired Version of the Bible and sure enough, Joseph Smith deleted those two words indicating that it was not the feast of passover that was being referenced but rather the actual passover.

    Here is how it reads in the Inspired Version,

    “Ye know that after two days is the passover, and then the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified.”

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