If you follow Buckaroo Bling with any regularity, you know that in October, our studio was closed for a few brief periods throughout the month. Looking at a regular calendar, those days might have seemed odd: October 9th, October 14th and 15th, and October 20th and 21st. What's up with that?
Glad you asked, because it was all about life-work balance and spending time concentrating on G-d and family during these special times. But what were the special times in the middle of October?
These were G-d's appointed times. If you read your Bible, you'll know He's set times during the year as a memorial for us, forgetful human folk, so we can remember Him and what He means in and for our lives. G-d's appointed times? Chapter and verse, please! Glad you asked again. Starting in Leviticus 23:2, He outlines His appointed feasts and fasts for the whole year. Most Christians are familiar with at least some of the spring feasts: Passover, First Fruits, Pentecost as their meaning has already been fulfilled on earth by Messiah Jesus. On the other hand, very few are familiar with the fall appointed times, which point to the things yet to come: Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Booths (or Tabernacles). Those of us who still observe these times eagerly await the events of Messiah's second coming reflected in them.
For those who are not familiar with them, here's a short rundown:
- Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24-25) - In the New Testament, Jesus the Messiah reveals that before His return to the earth, there will be the blowing of seven trumpets, announcing progressive stages of the downfall and overthrow of this world’s kingdoms, ending with the return of Messiah to take possession of the earth. His return is announced by the seventh and final trumpet (Revelation 8:2; Revelation 11:15). This day is also the time when faithful Christians will be resurrected to eternal life at the time of the seventh trumpet (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16) to reign with Messiah Jesus for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4-6).
- Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32) - Follows shortly after the Feast of Trumpets, and is observed by fasting, which means not eating or drinking (Esther 4:16). This day portrays the human race finally becoming at one with G-d. At the return of Messiah Jesus, Satan the devil, who now leads all of mankind astray (Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 12:9), will be bound (Revelation 20:1-3) so all humans of all nations can be reconciled to G-d. When the meaning of the Day of Atonement is fulfilled in the future, it will set the stage for the sixth festival of G-d, the Feast of Tabernacles.
- Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-39) - This festival lasts for 7 days, followed immediately by a 1-day festival called The Eight Day. These two festivals combined show the final steps in G-d’s master plan to bring all of humanity into His eternal family. Feast of Tabernacles is the picture of the 1,000-year rule of Jesus the Messiah on this earth, known as the Millennium (Revelation 20:4-6). The Eight Day suggests the image of "remaining" or "abiding" with the Lord beyond the millennial reign of Messiah Jesus. It's an eternal state of perfection, the day of the new heavens and the new earth (Isaiah 65:17, Revelation 21:1).
Now that you have a bit better idea about why we observe these appointed times, you'll understand that it was important to close Buckaroo Bling studio and shift our attention from earthly things to heavenly things. G-d is the one who created us and given us all the talents we have. Isn't it only proper to stop our rat race on the days He set aside for us to rest, and show Him that we remember Him and are grateful for everything He's done, is still doing, and will do for us? We at Buckaroo Bling certainly think so.
You may or may not agree with us on this, but we certainly hope you'll excuse us while we step away to observe and celebrate year after year, for as many as He grants us on this earth.