HaMelech – Coronation Day of the Messiah (another aspect of the Feast of Trumpets)
Many of the themes of the Feast of Trumpets will of course intertwine but for the most part we will look at the Feast of Trumpets as the Coronation Day of the Messiah. The King is enthroned on the Feast of Trumpets and at the time of the Shemita year the people are gathered to hear the King read the Torah. The shofar is of course sounded on this day and the sound of the shofar wakes up the soul; basically it shakes the soul to wake us up.
Neh. 8:1 Happened on the Feast of Trumpets.
8 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites,[a] helped the people to understand the Law, while the people remained in their places. 8 They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly,[b] and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
There is something to consider here: The first is all the people gathered. At Passover, when the fire fell from heaven, all are gathered as one. On the day of Pentecost, when the HS fell like fire, the people were gathered as one. At the dedication of the Temple when the Shekinah of God filled the place, the people were gathered as one. Amazing outpourings of the Holy Spirit happen when the people are gathered as people of the Lord – God sends His presence.
This happening in Nehemiah takes place 1000 years after the time of Moses. Not everyone had access to the Torah scroll so they could not just read it whenever they felt like it. The people had been scattered and exiled; for many this was likely the first time they had ever head the Torah read! It was a great day when the joy of the Lord became their strength. They were not a forsaken people nor are we because where God’s people are gathered is where God’s presence is. At the Feast of Trumpets, the people of God gather. They gather for the Day of Release (the end of the Shemita year) and they gather for Yom Teruah (the beginning of the Jubilee).
Lets read where the Feasts of the Lord were instituted in Leviticus 23:1 it says, “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts.” The feasts are like God’s time manager and these appointed times are established by the Lord as times He is going to intersect with human history. These feasts are “appointed feasts of the Lord”; in fact, God says, “they are my appointed feasts.” They are not Jewish feasts or feasts of Israel. They ARE the feasts of the LORD; therefore, if you belong to the Lord they are your feasts as well.
Leviticus 23:23-24 is where we find God instituting the Feast of Trumpets, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.'” The Hebrew word YOM means DAY; TERUAH means BLOW; and SHOFAR means TRUMPETS; therefore, Yom Teruah is The Day of Blowing the Shofars.
God told the people, when you blow the shofar, I will remember you.
29 “On the first day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work. It is a day for you to blow the trumpets,
MIKRAH means CONVOCATION: this is not just an assembly but also a proclamation, a calling. Convocation is also a dress rehearsal for the prophetic fulfillment of the feast. So the Feast of Trumpets is the dress rehearsal of the coming King and on these feast days the rehearsal isn’t just happening on earth but also in heaven. Everything in God’s Kingdom is ordained and the words of the Lord’s Prayer “on earth as it is in heaven” take on even more meaning. So in heaven on the Feast of Trumpets they are also doing a dress rehearsal for the Coronation of the King as God’s people are rehearsing on earth. Those who are a part of God’s Kingdom on earth are the harmonic resonance of what’s going on in heaven. We are the echo of heaven! Can you imagine on that day when it happens? We will be celebrating and rehearsing and be translated into the real thing. It will be an easy transition for those on God’s time.
Yom Teruah also means an acclamation of JOY and a battle cry and an alarm and shouting. So if you don’t have a shofar, you can just shout. Isaiah tells us to lift up our voice as a shofar. You can become a living shofar; shouting your praise to the King. The King is given dominion over all the earth – every person, nation, and tongue. All will be to the King and His Kingdom!
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” This is what we celebrate on the Feast of Trumpets. John saw the same thing in Rev. 7:9-12,”After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Now look at Daniel 9:24-26,“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.”
Seven weeks then 62 weeks and these are weeks of years. So the first 7 weeks is 7 cycles of 7 years or 7 X 7= 49 years and then we have 62 cycles of 7 years or 7 X 62= 434 years. The Jews knew when the Messiah would come. They knew when to expect Him. This is the reason Simeon and Anna were looking for the Messiah and the redemption of Israel. The Magi knew this as well and began to look for a star. They were well versed in the Holy Writings of Israel.
Then the Messiah is cut off and that leaves 1 week left of the 70 weeks. 69 weeks have come and gone.
Do you notice something? The weeks are Shemita cycles. When we talked about Jeremiah, we realized the exile was a result of not keeping the Shemitas. The Shemita is one week or 7 years. Even American bankruptcy law follows this cycle because one can file every 7 years. Remember the economic resets of the last two Shemita cycles in 2001 and 2008. Last September (2014), we began a Shemita year which means the land rests and debts are forgiven. Shemita can also mean “let it fall” and we can see an economic reset. Shemita also means “to shake” and in the past we have seen nations shake according to the Shemita. September (2015) ends another Shemita cycle. The Shemita year is when nations fall, economies fall, governments fall; as well as, a time of shaking. This is not to say that is what will happen on Elul 29 (the day of release) – September 13; however, this is not to say that it will not.
Back to the one week of Daniel’s 70 weeks; known as the Tribulation. It seems that everything Daniel talks about is in a 7 year Shemita cycle. Given what we have seen so far concerning God’s calendar, it stands to reason that most likely the 7 year Tribulation is a Shemita cycle. It stands to reason that the first year of the Tribulation would be the 1st year of a new Shemita cycle. There is also a tradition among the Jewish sages that the Messiah will come during the year of Jubilee at the beginning of a new Shemita cycle. (Who knows – God can do anything – just FYI).
Daniel 9:27 seems to be a Shemita cycle, “And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” Matthew 24:15-22 also seems to be a Shemita cycle, “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
Often, those who do not believe in an End Time event use Daniel’s prophecy about the Desolator. Daniel writes in 400 BC and in 168 BC Hanukkah happens. In a nutshell, Hanukkah is the dedication of lights and an excellent blueprint for living in the end times. The story of Hanukkah is a whole other post but suffice it to say that 100 years after Hanukkah Josephus (a Jewish Historian) says that Hanukkah was the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. But Hebrew though is circular not liner. So if one thing happens, it can happen again. We all know that history repeats itself and the one thing we learn from history is that we never learn from history. So in 70 AD when the Temple was being destroyed, the Jews of the time thought, “we are doomed and this is the prophecy in Daniel being fulfilled” and they ran for the hills. Just like the Jews did 200 years before at Hanukkah. Matthew 24 is obviously after Hanukkah and Jesus spoke about the “abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel” and it is a prophecy for the future. While we see this desolate time for the Jews happen again and again throughout history, it seems to gather intensity each time. So Hanukkah, the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, and other horrible times seem to be like dress rehearsals for the Antichrist.
The Antichrist will not be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Feast of Trumpets is the coronation of the Messiah as King. Jewish tradition holds that Tishri 1 is the day to enthrone the King. It is Coronation day; as well as, the Feast of Trumpets.
There are 4 parts to the enthronement ceremony:
1. The giving of the decree. Psalm 2:6-7 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” A reference to Gen. 49:10, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
2. The Acclamation. I Kings 1:34, “And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet there anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’”
2 Kings 11:12, “Then he brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony. And they proclaimed him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!”
3. The Taking of the Throne (Ceremony of Enthronement). I Kings 1:39, 45-46, “There Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!”
45 “And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon, and they have gone up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the noise that you have heard. Solomon sits on the royal throne.”
Revelation 4:1-11, “After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
4. Pledge of Allegiance From the Subjects. Ps. 50:4-5, “He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
Again we see the gathering of the people and that’s what the Feast of Trumpets is about. It’s gathering the people. That’s what happens in the Shemita, in the Jubilee, and in the times we see God coming down to pour out His Glory. It is the time when we will gather to hear Jesus the Messiah read the Torah.
Psalm 47 is the coronation Psalm and this will happen on the Feast of Trumpets:
The Decree v. 1-4:
Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
The Acclamation v. 5-7:
God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!
Taking the Throne v. 8:
God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
The Pledge of Allegiance v. 9:
The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted!
1 Thessalonians 4:16 quotes this Psalm, “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.”
How beautiful are these patterns we see in the Feast of Trumpets?!