Richard Agee

Hearing God’s trumpeted messages via Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets)

Richard AgeeThe lesson of the Feast of Trumpets is a clarion call to Messiah Yeshua. We, as believers in Yeshua, are waiting to hear and respond to a certain trumpet sound, the last trumpet sound. That is what we wait for. The Messiah says the last trumpet will be great, powerful sound. There is hope for us that we can rejoice that He is showing us and teaching us that He is the resurrection and the life. We live in the hope that He will restore Israel to her former glory and, according to the book of Acts, He will restore the Gentiles who have joined the House of Ya’akob (Jacob) too.

The חֲצוֹצְרֹת כֶּסֶף khatzotzerot kesef (Strong’s lexicon Nos. H2689 and H3701, trumpets of silver) were blown on not only Yom Teruah (Day of Blowing [Trumpets]) but also other occasions. It is a מצוה mitzvah (commandment) to blow the trumpet and to hear it being blown as well. “Make a joyful noise to the LORD” (Psa. 66:1; 81:1; 95:1–2; 98:4, 6; 100:1).

What is the Feast of Trumpets about for you? 

  • Wakeup call?
  • A dress rehearsal of Christ’s second coming?
  • An alarm, a call to action?

This holy day is in the seventh month, it’s the month of ingathering, and not just the last crops of the agricultural year in Israel. There are three parts to the ingathering: Yom Teruah, Yom Kippurim and Sukkot. God has a pattern and method by which He operates and does His work. The “plus one” is the Eighth Day.

This is the first ingathering at the end of the year. God is doing what He will do and we are to respond to that. There will be hard times before the ingathering occurs. 

“Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me. You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. And none shall appear before Me empty-handed. Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest (Shavuot) of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering (Sukkot) at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.” (Ex. 23:14–17)

He repeats this instruction in Exodus 34:

“You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in the month of Abib you came out of Egypt. The first offspring from every womb belongs to Me, and all your male livestock, the first offspring from cattle and sheep. You shall redeem with a lamb the first offspring from a donkey; and if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. You shall redeem all the firstborn of your sons. None shall appear before Me empty-handed. You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest. You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year. Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.” (Ex. 34:18–23)

The trumpet mentioned in connection with Yom Teruah is the silver trumpet, not the shofar or ram’s horn. The sound is different from the silver trumpet and the shofar but there are also different sounds for different kinds of calls. 

“The LORD spoke further to Moses, saying, “Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out. “When both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting. “Yet if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you. “But when you blow an alarm, the camps that are pitched on the east side shall set out. “When you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are pitched on the south side shall set out; an alarm is to be blown for them to set out. “When convening the assembly, however, you shall blow without sounding an alarm. “The priestly sons of Aaron, moreover, shall blow the trumpets; and this shall be for you a perpetual statute throughout your generations. “When you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies. “Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God. I am the LORD your God.”” (Num. 10:1–10)

Four reasons to blow silver trumpets

  1. To bring the leadership to meet with Moses. 
  2. To blow an alarm so the camp will prepare to pack up for a journey. There was a certain order to how the camp packed up to move from one place to another. 
  3. A call to war of self-defense, not offense. It’s a prayer to God for delivery from the enemy.
  4. At times of gladness, such as the New Moons and the Feast of Trumpets. 

When we go through life, we are focused on the tasks of each day. We are concerned about the good events and the bad events. Sometimes we feel blessed, sometimes we feel cursed. Yeshua said, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matt. 5:11–12) 

God is with us regardless of how we feel. God was with Joseph when he was falsely imprisoned. God is with us, whether we are in joy or in pain. 

“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” (Matt. 5:39)

How do we do this? Our natural reaction is to retaliate but when we are at one with God, we can see the bigger picture and act, rather than react. 

We, as believers in Yeshua, are waiting for a certain trumpet sound, the last trumpet sound. That is what we wait for. The Messiah says it will be great, powerful sound. I don’t know if everyone will hear that sound or not. The silver trumpets that Moses was to make were not for the enemy but for the house of Israel. It was for Israel to hear, know the sounds and respond, not for the outsiders. Will you hear the sound that God wants you to hear? You can’t see the angels and we probably won’t see the trumpets either. 

Let’s go back to Matthew 24 and briefly discuss the great tribulation. We aren’t going to read the entire chapter. 

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Matt. 24:29)

We read about the battles the angels have in heaven and how they clean up heaven. In the process of this war, the people of the earth will suffer. It will be the deadliest day on the Earth, yet we do wait for Him to come. God has the answer. 

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1Cor. 15:51–52)

The trumpets will blow from 4 different directions and meet the Messiah. They will go on a journey. In Moses’ day, the ones on the East went first, then the South, then the West and then the North. I believe this will be sequence of how the trumpets will be blown when Messiah returns. The dead will rise first and I think the dead in Christ in the East will raise first, then the South, then the West and then the North. It will be organized by God, not by man. They will go to Christ just as the Israelites would gather towards Moses. 

Jeremiah 30 describes the Great Tribulation in great detail. It’s a long but very beneficial chapter. A few things will have to happen first before we witness the events recorded in Matthew 24. The events of  Matthew 24 will be centered in Jerusalem. 

When iniquity abounds, the love will grow cold and people will turn people in. This is not about the entire world but about the people of Israel. The children of Israel are not perfect but they are still the elect of God because of Abraham, Yitskhak (Isaac) and Ya’akob (Jacob) (Jer. 30:1–7). 

When God talks about the people of Ya’akob, He is speaking about both Judah and Israel. Even if you haven’t kept a record of your bloodline, God has. He knows who Ya’akob’s sons are (Jer. 30:10–11). 

Ya’akob will be measured and judged and this is the time of Ya’akob’s trouble. God will perform a purging in Ya’akob. God will get rid of all the idolatry. When God breaks down a person’s power, only humility is left. No one likes to be beaten down and humiliated but God has to get rid of all of our pride and arrogance. 

“Therefore through this Ya’akob’s iniquity will be forgiven; And this will be the full price of the pardoning of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalk stones; When Asherim and incense altars will not stand…In that day the LORD will start His threshing from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt, and you will be gathered up one by one, O sons of Israel. ” (Isa. 27:9-12)

All of those who have been brought in to know the God of Abraham, Yitskhak and Ya’akob are in this group. 

“It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.” (Is 27:13)

I look at this day and see it’s a beautiful time for those who are destined for the resurrection. Those who are resurrected will gather before Yeshua at His dwelling place. The leadership will go first and then the rest will move. There’s a parallel between Numbers 10 and Matthew 24. 

There will be many false prophets who will arise in the last days. Yeshua warns about this in Matthew 24. 

“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt. 24:9–14)

Believers are not going to be turned over to religious powers but to secular powers. There are many people in political, military and financial power who are very persuasive and are easy to follow. There are those who will turn us over to these powers to be persecuted and think they are doing God a favor.

The trumpet sounds after the tribulation, after He has purged and cleaned the house of Israel. This is not for the house of India, Russia, China, etc. We will clearly see this purging in the house of Judah but the House of Israel will not escape the purging. 

In this seventh month, events will occur, there will be an ingathering, but it will not happen until the trumpets are sounded and the dead in Christ rise first from the 4 winds. They will be gathered at the dwelling place of the Son of God. That’s a big deal. 

There is hope for us that we can rejoice that He is showing us and teaching us that He is the resurrection and the life. He will restore Israel to her former glory and, according to the book of Acts, He will restore the Gentiles who have joined the House of Ya’akob. This is the beginning. Ten days after Trumpets is Yom Kippur. That isn’t a long time. 

The 10th day of the first month was when one sets aside the lamb. The 10th day of the seventh month is when our sins are set aside. It’s all about the Messiah. 

We barely understand the seven trumpets of Revelation. We don’t have a good picture because God hasn’t seen fit to show us until He is ready. I don’t talk much about prophesies because I haven’t been given any insight about the future. 

The house of Israel will wait because God will purge them. They will not do it for themselves. No one can clean themselves up and make themselves holy. It’s all God’s work. 

There will be hard times. We can’t be wearing of doing right. We have our own pride, lust and pride to deal with. We need to do the best to bless our enemies even though our instinct is to curse them. It hurts when you get hit the first time. 

May God give us mercy, may God help us accept correction and to respond with kindness and no retaliation. No “getting even.” Just let it go. 

Speaker: Richard Agee. Summary: Tammy.


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