Amy VanGerpen (28 Nov 2011)
"The fulfillment of Trumpets and Atonement"

To be clear, I do not subscribe to anything less than a 7 year Tribulation, nor do I believe that we have entered the 70th Week.  That being said, I do stand with those that believe that all three Fall Feasts will be fulfilled in the year of the 2nd Coming.  Most agree that Jesus will return on Atonement.  But what about Trumpets?  Here is what I propose in my "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" study:

The Bible tells us that the Feast of Trumpets is simply "a Sabbath rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation" (Leviticus 23:24). We aren't given much information on this feast to determine what its future fulfillment will be. Some believe that the rapture will fulfill this feast. I do not hold to this. Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts all at once in the same year, so I don't see there being a seven-year gap between the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Atonement. Another possibility for the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets is:

Revelation 11:15-19 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: " We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth." Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

This is the 7th Trumpet Judgment after the two witnesses are resurrected and taken to Heaven. The sounding of the last Trumpet Judgment is an announcement of what appears to be sounding the alarm that Jesus is about to return to reclaim the earth as His Kingdom. It's the coronation of the King! If the 7th Trumpet is the "last trumpet" traditionally sounded on the Feast of Trumpets, then the Bowl Judgments of Revelation 15-16 would be poured out during the next 10 days before Jesus physically returns on the Feast of Atonement.

Interestingly, the Jews call the days between Trumpets and Atonement the "days of awe". Remember we discussed that the Bowl Judgments will be so devastating that mankind would have a matter of days to weeks to survive some of them. This seems to fit that the Bowl Judgments would be poured out during the 10 "days of awe" before Jesus would return on the Feast of Atonement, rather than over the course of several months to years. This would also support the two witnesses' ministry covering most of the 2nd half of the Tribulation. The chart below shows this suggested timeline:

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