What Is the Feast of Trumpets, Anyway?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

The Feast of Trumpets has very little directly written about it in Scripture. Here are the basic facts about this pivotal and holy day.


Holy Days: Trumpets

Bible Study by Staff

The Feast of Trumpets sounds a dire warning of war on the one hand and triumph for God and His saints on the other. Our goal is to be prepared for Christ's return.


Lift Up Your Voice Like a Trumpet

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Hardly anything is more dramatic than the blast of a trumpet. Alarm or warning is a primary function, and its other uses likewise culminate in the Feast of Trumpets.


The Seventh Trumpet

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets is a memorial of blowing of trumpets, symbolizing the Day of the Lord, the real war to end all wars, when Christ will subdue the earth.


'I Will Come Again'

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets is a day to remember that God is King. But God's holy days are also forward-looking or anticipatory, and the Day of Trumpets is no exception.


Trumpets Means War!

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When Jesus Christ returns, He will marshal an army of resurrected saints who will wage a just war against the Satan-inspired end-time rebellion.


Trumpets and the Fall of Jericho

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

One major incident involving the blowing of trumpets occurred at the outset of Israel's incursion into Canaan, when God brought down the walls of Jericho.


Trumpets and Hope

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Our hope is founded on Jesus rising from the dead. If there is no resurrection, our faith is worthless; if Christ did not rise, we are still under condemnation.


Trumpets: Soon To Be Fulfilled?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The attitudes of II Timothy 3:1-5 are rampant now and should give us the urgent incentive to repent and overcome, preparing for Jesus Christ's return.


Fall Feast Lessons

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The world will learn that God judges—that He has the ultimate decision over everything. After Satan is bound, God will bring about seven reconcilements.


Trumpets: Glorious Appearings

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God spoke audibly to Moses and the people, intentionally testing their faithfulness, to instill the fear of the Lord in them, and to keep them from sin.


When the Trumpet Blows

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Throughout Israel's history, the trumpet blast has always meant the onset of war, death, and destruction, ushering in harsh correction for physical Israel.


Trumpets, Christ's Coming, and Works

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because the exact time of Christ's return is not known, we must always be ready, as though His return is imminent. Those not prepared will be blindsided.


Trumpets Is a Day of Hope

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We are on the threshold of the greatest period of testing ever to come upon mankind. We need a sense of hope and faith to stay focused on our calling.


Amos 5 and the Feast of Tabernacles

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we go to the Feast with the goal of physically enjoying, we may lose out on both the spiritual and physical benefits. 'Going through the motions' defiles it.


Amos 5 and the Feast

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Just because we keep God's feasts does not necessarily mean we are in sync with God's Law or intent. The Israelites kept the feasts in a carnal manner.


Peter's Trumpets Message—on Pentecost

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Peter's first sermon took place on the Day of Pentecost, yet his subject seems to 'fit' the Day of Trumpets. Here is how Pentecost and Trumpets relate.


Coming to Know Him

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets occurs, we will see God directly when Jesus Christ returns, an event which will get everyone's attention.


How Long, O Lord?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Seventh Trumpet is a call to assemble, a call to battle, and announces the arrival of a new ruler, Jesus Christ, separating the wheat from the tares.


The Love of Christ

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Only with the help of God's Holy Spirit are we able to fathom the dimensions of width, breadth, length, and depth of Jesus Christ's and the Father's love.


How Long, O Lord? (1994)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The references to trumpets suggest an announcement of a specific event or an alarm of what is to follow. Typically, the events themselves are figurative trumpet blasts.


The Patterns of God

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

The Day of Trumpets pictures God's corrective actions that He will take because of His people's and the world's disobedience. History has demonstrated recurring, disturbing Zeitgeists (spirit of the times) in which armed conflict has inspired hideous abominable viciousness in mankind that can't even be imagined. War has proven …


Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In Exodus 19, there are 12 parallels with Christ's dramatic return illustrated in Matthew 24. All of these events will culminate in a blast of a trumpet.


Reconciliation (Part Two): Christ's Work

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

After reconciliation, there can finally be a meeting of minds as we are fashioned into a new creation, invited to sit in heavenly places, created for good works.


The Second Exodus (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The timing of the regathering of Israel is uncertain, but here are the Scriptural markers that narrow the time frame to a significant prophetic event.


Christ's Second Coming

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets memorializes God's deliverance of Israel beginning with Joseph, and looks forward to Christ's return when God will deliver His people.


'Behold, He is Coming with Clouds'

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The passages that describe Christ's return in power and glory contain the same detail: that He will come in, on, or with clouds. Here is the significance.


Psalms: Book Four: He Is Coming!

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets is like the opening salvo of the fall feasts, beginning with a blast of the trumpet or shofar, reminiscent of the event on Mount Sinai.


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Thirteen): Jacob's Trouble

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, observing that God cautions His people about rejoicing over disaster, especially when an enemy falls, suggests that what goes around comes around (or Schadenfreude leads to Karma). God, at Genesis 49:23, prophesies that, before the time of Jacob's Trouble (Israel's Day of the Lord), a confederacy of gentile …


The Wrath of God

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Love motivates the two intrinsic parts of God's holy character—goodness and severity, as He seeks to rescue humanity from the consequences of sin.


A Memorial of Our Joyful Future

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick points out that the Hebrew noun teruw'ah is a loud, resonating sound serving as 1.) an acclimation of joy and 2.) a cry of alarm (Psalm 81:1-5; 89:15; 47:4-7; Psalm 29). The trumpet sound is joyous to God's faithful but a terror to His enemies. Trumpet blasts preceded the fall of Jericho (likely on the anniversary …


Jesus on His Second Coming

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Only the Father knows the precise time of Christ's return, but the message to all Christians is to be vigilant and busy overcoming that we may see Him in glory.


Who Is on the Lord's Side?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh explores the dynamics of choosing sides. The Feast of Trumpets is a Day of Decision, a time to determine whether we are on the Lord's side. This feast is a memorial of shouting or blowing the shofar, and trumpets were used in several ways in ancient Israel. The trumpet announced the arrival of a ruler, such as …


God and Reality

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

What God puts us through is designed to reveal reality to us. Accepting His doctrine without looking for loopholes will keep us true.


Considering the Day of the Lord

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe warns us that the Day of the Lord will be a fearful time of judgement, darkness, and horror. The Scriptures provide no grounds for anyone to assume that God is on his side during this time; misguided self-assurance is the sole basis for the presumption that God will provide His people protection from every evil of …


Psalms: Book Three (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

If we would keep God's Feasts properly, we would be in sync with God's noble purpose for us, defending us from falling into apostasy and idolatry.


The Book of Daniel (Part Eight)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, referring to the complex prophecies of Daniel 11 and 12, suggests that much of the interpretation of many parts of this prophetic passage, except for the fulfilled prophecy in Daniel 11:2-39, has not emerged clearly, and has been subject to speculative distortion. The exploits of Alexander the Great, his four …


The End Is Not Yet

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God's people do a disservice to the cause of truth when they allow the media-hype to trigger a false hope about Jesus Christ's return being imminent.


When Our Change Comes

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Repentance and conversion leading to transforming into Christ's image depend on change. Christianity is a force for personal change, leading to universal change.


The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on the critical need for the Millennium and the means by which God will bring it about. The Millennium will come about because Christ is faithful to rescue mankind from its own stupidity, putting an end to sin and rebellion (Revelation 19:11). This great battle will be the entry into the Millennium, …


The Sixth Seal and Israel

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Each depiction of the Sixth Seal also shows God's involvement with physical Israelites. John's vision precedes a glimpse of 144,000 of the tribes of Israel.


Don't Be Indifferent (2010)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh notes that labor-saving technology seems to have had the effect of separating us from each other and making us indifferent to things that should be important to us, such as family intimacy and preparing for God's Kingdom. Trumpets, a pivotal holy day and an event that looks backwards and forwards, is a holy …


Preparations For Christ's Return

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the economic impact of presidential trips, indicates that the local economies in the wake of the visit virtually implode. The preparatory work of preparing the way for Christ's first coming was comparatively low budget, in comparison to the extravagance of Israel's leaders. It was more …


Don't Be Indifferent (1995)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this sobering message, John Ritenbaugh warns us about our attitude or our perception of the greatest axial period (turning point) that will ever take place on this earth. We need to be sober and alert, realizing that we don't have an infinitude of time to prepare for Christ's second coming. We cannot allow ourselves to become …


Don't Be Indifferent

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The frightful Trumpet Plagues are coming on the world because of the breaking of covenants on the part of people who should have known better.


Purpose-Driven Churches (Part 8)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh quotes several notable figures who spoke about a New World Order which would be ushered in to allegedly 'stabilize' a defunct order out of control. The New World Order will face oblivion as events of the Feast of Trumpets unfold. The blowing of trumpets symbolizes alarm, the morning and evening prayers of the …


God's Promises Are Sure!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The story of Joseph offers lessons and encouragement regarding God's dealings with men during the time of the Feast of Trumpets.


Don't Be a Prudent Agnostic

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Some of us, facing the stress of the times, may simply be going through the motions but losing every vestige of faith. We must strengthen our convictions.