In this post we will continue to look at feast days in Scripture, and next in line with the calendar was The Feast of Noise and the solemn remembrance of The Day of Atonement. The Feast of Noise was an ingathering of the Nation of Hebrews, a sacred assembly and a day of rest. Back in the day it was so amply decorated with sounds from the shofar and animal sacrifices, blood and bones SoNiNi preferred back then, today He wants your sins. It was then as it is now a presenting before SoNiNi for the receiving of his everlasting favours. Now its no wonder why theologians and people have been speculating this day as the Second coming of Christ? Lets go !
The Feast of Noise, was known as the ingathering of the ancient nation of Israel, and on this day well it was time to make some noise. A day of blasting or sounding of instruments (Trumpets), as specified by Leviticus 23,23-25:
23 "SoNiNi said to Moses, 24 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. 25 Do no regular work, but present a food offering to SoNiNi.’”
Unlike the The Day of Atonement, a day of fasting, reflection and mourning, The day of Noise on the other hand is just the opposite. A two day festive, which begins on the first of Tishrei or Ethanim as marked in the Bantu Calendar. Eth is month number Seven, which normally falls in December and January). Now its hard to say from Scripture when a years begins, well because there are more than one beginning. The Hebrew Calendar was not like today when January is the first month then follows twelve. So Nisan was the first month (but Elul was the first Month of the World) and The Feast of Trumpets marks the beginning of the Civil year for some. You see, here is much room for confusion. Especially when you do the Moon sightings from not in the Holy Land (South Africa), then you are bound to make serious mistakes. Regardless of where you calculate from, there are some that will argue that the celebration of the Feast of Trumpets is the traditional anniversary of Adam And Eve, the first man and woman.
Now this day of blasting was determined on observations of the new moon, and would fall on any day of the week. So then according to the Gregorian Calendar, this day will move around (JUST LIKE THE SABBATH) because this day is solely dependent on Nature to tell when it is. This is not measured by using a man made calendar. Now if you read so-called Semite history you will quickly find that the beginning of the year would be set on what is Spring in the western world.
Exodus 12,2 says:
"This month shall be to you the beginning of months"
and furthermore explained in Exodus 23,14-16 (below):
14 “Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me. 15 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt. “No one is to appear before me empty-handed.
16 “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. “Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field. 17 “Three times a year all the men are to appear before Sovereign SoNiNi.
Remember that Nisan used to be called Aviv. Which we have marked as September in the Bantu calendar, the beginning of the Year. Keep that in mind.
Now after the Day of Noise is supposed to be started already in Elul, the month before Ethanim, where the horn or shofar is to be blown each morning during the month of Elul. To awaken the slumbers and preach on the coming judgement, which is the Day of Atonement. The shofar was not to be blown on the Sabbath. So the Day before The Blasting of Trumpets (Day of Noise), which is on eve of 29th of Elul (which is March 4th in the Bantu Calendar) when the build up of these trumpet sounds are at its climax.
Scriptures on Feast of Noise/Trumpets
Lets consult some Scriptures on the matter, namely Leviticus 23,23-25 and Numbers 29,1-6 (below):
“On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets. 2 As an aroma pleasing to SoNiNi, offer a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect. 3 With the bull offer a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil; with the ram, two-tenths ; 4 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth. 5 Include one male goat as a sin offering to make atonement for you. 6 These are in addition to the monthly and daily burnt offerings with their grain offerings and drink offerings as specified. They are food offerings presented to SoNiNi, a pleasing aroma."
and in 2. Samuel 6,15:
14 "Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before SoNiNi with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of SoNiNi with shouts and the sound of trumpets."
And New Testament Scriptures 1. Letter to the Corinthians 15,51-52:
51 "Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."
And 1. Letter to the Thessalonians 4,16:
16 "For the SoNiNi himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of SoNiNi, and the dead in Christ will rise first."
Next one up is The Day of Atonement, another day of rest, fasting and sacrifices done by Levitical Priests and people atoning for their sins on the altar. A day of cleansing and mourning, purification done in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Could this day be the great Judgement of SoNiNi?
Now this day, was considered by many as the Sabbath of Sabbaths and the most holy of all the days in the year. A day of repenting and prayer, confession and the whole day spent mostly in solemn prayer and asking for forgiveness.
A day of cleansing as we read in Leviticus 23,27:
"...but on the 10th day of the seventh month it is the day of cleansing unto you..."
So then, attending the Sabbath of Sabbaths, would be of importance today just as it was back in the day. We should be keeping the Day of Awe also today. These dates should also correspond the last Ten days of the 40 days Moses was on Mount Sinai, receiving the second set of stone tablets. Remember he broke the first sets in anger when he came back to the Hebrews, worshipping a golden calf dancing around it.
As the tradition has it, SoNiNi inscribes each persons fate for the coming year in The Book of Life, He awaits to The Day of Atonement to seal his verdict on the person. So during these days of shouting and awe, one should try to amend ones behaviour and seek forgiveness done against SoNiNi and ones neighbours.
Scriptures on The Day of Atonement
The Day of Atonement is mentioned in the following Scriptures Leviticus 16 (The Whole Chapter) here SoNiNi told Moses to tell Aaron that he can only enter the sanctuary in front of the cover that is on the ark when SoNiNi is present on the cover in a cloud. If Aaron is to enter otherwise, he will die. On the tenth day of the seventh month, SoNiNi said that the people must not work in order to cleanse and atone for their sins. The Priest (The Levite) will lead in the atonement of all the people.
Furthermore in Leviticus 23,26-32, where SoNiNi says to Moses that the tenth day of the month is the day of atonement and will be holy. The people must give a fire-offering to SoNiNi and must not work. SoNiNi told Moses that whoever does work, SoNiNi will rid of the soul from its people. This is a day of complete rest from the evening of the ninth day of the month to the following evening.
And lastly in Numbers 29,7-11, which sums up that in the tenth day of the seventh month which is a holy day and one must not work. For an elevation offering, one must sacrifice a young bull, a ram and seven lambs who are a year old. As well, for a sin offering, one must sacrifice a male goat.
Now people (THIS IS IMPORTANT) we must not get caught up in animal sacrifices, for it says in Hebrews a book specifically written for the descendants of Abraham (Hebrews 10,5-10):
5 "Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Christ once for all."
Which also can be found in Psalm 51,16
"You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings."
And this letter, written by a Hebrew of Hebrews (Paul) goes on and details why these Sacrifices are not to take place because of Christ being the ultimate sacrifice, in Hebrews 13,11-13 (below):
"For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach."
Hebrews is a very deep book, written by a Hebrew and its writer Paul was a Bantu and a Hebrew of Hebrews, in his own words. He wrote this book for the Hebrews If you look at Hebrew 9,1-21 this deals with the complexities of Sin-offering versus animal offering, as it certainly has its place and therefore must be explained.
Furthermore in Hebrews 10,1-4 (below):
10 "The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins.4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins."
Now, There are also other Scriptures in the New Testament that makes mentions of the importance in trusting in SoNiNi but coming to Him through the Son of Man, we read this in things such as Romans 3,21-26 (below):
21 "But now apart from the law the righteousness of SoNiNi has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Hebrew and Gentile,
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Immanuel."
Also in Pauls travels and efforts to spread the Gospel he was still keeping SoNiNis holy days, as mentioned in Acts 27,9-11 (below):
9 "Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them,
10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.”11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship."
There are also mentions of perilous times with people not really believing and the Day of Judgement, in 2. Peter 3,3-10 (below):
3 "Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by SoNiNis word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With SoNiNi a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 SoNiNi is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of SoNiNi will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare."
As end quotes we have Revelations of Johannes in Revelations 20,12, where there will be a great accounting for by who is written in the Book of Life and who is not (below):
11 "Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.
14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire."
Bantu Calendar (Sept)
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