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The Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Christ the King…

Both feasts—the one celebrated in Jewish circles, and the other celebrated in Gentile circles–call our attention to the return of the King

trumpets stained glass 3Two months apart on this year’s calendar, the Feast of Trumpets comes at evening September 13, while the Feast of Christ the King for many in the Gentile churches comes on November 22. Both feasts—the one celebrated in Jewish circles, and the other celebrated in Gentile circles–call our attention to the return of the King. In Roman Catholic circles the Feast of Christ the King remembers the “parousia” which is that third great moment in His-story when all that has always and ever belonged to Messiah Jesus is at last seen clearly to be put under His subjection–the fulfillment of all that is promised in the Messiah’s return…

“…In the seventh month, on the first day…you shall have a…memorial of blowing of trumpets…”  –Leviticus 23.24

To be sure, the Feast of Trumpets is the beginning of another season of worship in Jewish circles, whether those believing in Messiah Yeshua, or still boxed in by tradition alone. It is the beginning of 10 days of awe and remembrance, the Yomim Noraim. In many orthodox Jewish circles, spiritual preparation for the Feast of Trumpets begins four weeks earlier during the sixth Hebrew calendar month of Elul. The 10 days observed with the trumpet blast, the sound of the shofar, lead up to the Feast of the Atonement. For Hebrew Christians, these are 10 intensely awesome days of reflection on the majesty and faithfulness of a holy G-d and the desperate need among rebellious, sin-sick mankind for the coming of the Holy One of Israel, the King of kings, of whom the prophets and Moses and the psalms speak…

“Open my mouth, O L-rd, and my lips will proclaim Your praise. Praised are You, L-rd our G-d and G-d of our ancestors, G-d of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob,great, mighty, awesome, exalted G-d who bestows lovingkindness, Creator of all.You remember the pious deeds of our ancestors and will send a redeemer to their children’s children because of Your loving nature. You are the King who helps and saves and shields. Praised are You L-rd, Shield of Abraham. Your might, O L-rd, is boundless. You give life to the dead; great is Your saving power…”

Prayer for a Festival Eve, Jewish Prayerbook

In Gentile Christian church circles, the Feast of Christ the King is the climax of the 23 weeks of the summer season of Pentecost/Trinity, during which the daily and weekly Scriptural passages declare the authenticating work and reputation of the One to whom the Spirit of G-d testifies, the  L-rd Jesus. While the Feast of Trumpets begins 10 days of awe and remembrance leading to the Feast of the Atonement, the Feast of Christ the King begins the season of Advent in some circles of the Gentile Christian churches—four weeks, 28 days, of reflection on the majesty of a holy G-d and the desperate need among rebellious, sin-sick mankind for the coming of the Holy One of Israel, the King of kings of whom the prophets and Moses and the psalms speak…

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in Your well-beloved Son the King of kings and Lord of lords: mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under His most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”

–Of the Reign of Christ, Book of Common Prayer

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“The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because…[Yeshua] is nearer now than when we first believed.”

–Romans 13.11

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood…For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth…All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the…church…that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

–Colossians 1.13-20

Being a Messianic-Jewish-hearted Anglican Christian, I enjoy the double blessing of celebrating and remembering my King Jesus twice. How awesome is that?

And so I celebrate this season, knowing that Messiah Jesus, the King of Glory, will return… and that He is nearer now than when I first believed…

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