Shemini Atzeret

A Likely Day

My focus has now turned to Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Assembly”), October 13th – the very last day of the very last festival (Lev. 23:36, Num. 29:35-38), which would make this quite literally the last trump of the moedim. According to Numbers 10:7-10, trumpets would be blown at least twice on this day. The first to gather God’s people to a special assembly unlike any other (moed assumblies are called miqra, but this assembly is also called atzeret). And the second as an accompaniment to an offering made by fire. I’ve been pouring through commentaries and there seems to be a pretty good consensus that Psalm 81:3b refers to the Feast of Tabernacles, which is significant because it specifies that a shophar would also be blown around this time. Consider the significance of this festival:

1. It’s the very last day of the very last festival. This makes it undeniably “the last trump”, at least in relation to the moedim. Some argue that it is really its own moed.

2. It is to the Fall festivals what Pentecost is to the Spring festivals – the closing assembly.

3. The major significance of this day is that the people of God are gathered together in a special sacred assembly unlike any other. This gathering is made when the trumpet is blown (Num. 10:7) and thus it is the very last gathering by trumpet made in the biblical year. This comports with the Church being resurrected and raptured at the sound of a trumpet (1 Thess. 4:16-17, 1 Cor. 15:52) and then being gathered together before God’s throne (Rev. 4:1-2, 12:5).

4. Every biblical number study I’ve seen is in agreement that eight represents both resurrection and a new beginning. Jesus rose on the eighth day. There were eight in the ark. A male child is circumcised on the eighth day. This “eighth-day assembly” is thus the perfect timing for a resurrection and gathering and for the putting off of the flesh (spiritual circumcision) in accordance with 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. From the final blood moon on September 28, 2015 (a supermoon visible over Jerusalem) to October 13, 2017 is 746 days. Strong’s 746 is “beginning”.

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