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Qumran, Cumorah and the Feast of Trumpets.

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The Hebrew root QRM is common to both the name Qumran and Cumorah. In fact, in Hebrew their pronunciation is very similar.

The root QRM means something that is tied or which connects one thing to another, such as a knot does. What makes this knowledge so interesting is that no one knew anything at all about Qumran at the time Joseph Smith lived. Therefore, it is very strange that these two hills not only have the same name and but the same meaning. Therefore, if Joseph Smith had invented the story found in the Book of Mormon it would have been impossible for him to have come up with named of the hill where the gold plates were buried that so closely matched the name of an unknown Jewish city. What makes this connection even more fascinating is that both places were a hill and both contained buried records which connected the past to the present. The book of Mormon was written for a future audience and the scrolls were hidden to preserve them for future generations.

Another interesting thing is that Joseph Smith received possession of the book of Mormon on Saturday, the 22 September 1827, or the first of Tishri 5588, which is the day on which Israel celebrates their Feast of Trumpets. To understand the significance of this, we have to understand why the Israelites celebrated this feast.

The commandment to observe this feast in found in Leviticus 23:23-25 which reads, "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD."

In Psalm 81:1-4 we also read, "Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob."

Unfortunately, there isn't anything more about this feast in the scriptures. Most of what we know comes from oral tradition.

It is said that this feast is considered to be held on the anniversary of the birth of the world and mankind. Also, for the Jews, it is the beginning of their new year according to their civil calendar, which is the calendar all Jewish legal documents use. It is also this calendar they use to begin their counting to determine the sabbatical years, and for determining which years they are to celebrate the Jubilee. The creation of the world it is also celebrated on this day. In addition to that, the first day of this calendar is considered to be "the Day of the Lord" which is when they believe the enemies of the Lord will be destroyed and the faithful will be saved (see Isaiah 4 and 5).

Today the Feast of Trumpets is often celebrated on two days because of the difficulty of telling exactly when a new moon is coming. However, in the past this feast was celebrated on just one day. It wasn't until the twelfth century, when French immigrants pushed the issue, that it began to be celebrated on two days. Only recently, due to the Jewish reform, is it again being celebrated on just one day.

Beginning in 300A.D. the Jewish rabbis had forbidden this celebration to occur if it fell on the first day of the week, which was the day Christians worshipped God. They also forbid it to be celebrated on Wednesday or Friday so as to make sure the holy day of the Yom Kippur fell the day before or after the Sabbath.

The purpose of the Feast of Trumpets was to awaken mankind for the need to repent. Interestingly, this is the same purpose of the Book of Mormon. Another purpose of the Book of Mormon is to gather mankind in the land of life. The symbolism of the Feast of Trumpets was the signal for mankind to awake and gather!

This sound was made from blowing into the horn of a ram, which was chosen and fashioned according to the way the Lord had explained. One reason for this was because it was to serve as a reminder of the ram who was trapped in the bush which Abraham then used as a substitute for the sacrifice of Isaac on mount Moriah. The horn, which is naturally curved, was to serve as a reminder that our will was to be bent towards God. This horn was also to have a perfect sound. As such, it couldn't be split, nor could it have any holes in it.

This horn was not a musical instrument because it was very difficult to play. Even so, it was to be blown continuously in a certain prescribed way after every morning service and after the reading of Psalms 47. Before the destruction of the temple in 70A.D. the horn was played regularly, but when the Sanhedrin was abolished at the time when the temple was destroyed, along with the seat of judgment, the blowing of the horn was abandoned. According to the great rabbi Sa'adiah Gaon (892 -942 a.d.) the sound of the trumpet during the Feast of Trumpets was for the proclamation of the kingdom of God and the trumpets declared the coming of the King. When the horn was blown, it signified the beginning of a period of ten days of penance because the horn was a call for the people to repent.

It is said that when the law was given on mount Sinai the trumpet was blown. The sound of the horn is also to remind Israel that the sentinel on the tower is warning that the Glory of Israel, or the Lord of the vineyard was coming to take the harvest. As stated earlier, the horn was also a reminder of the sacrifice which Abraham made of Isaac, as a sign of his obedience to God's commandment.

The reason why it is important for us to understand all of this is because it was not by chance that Joseph Smith received the gold plates, upon which was written the Book of Mormon, on that particular day

In Mormon 3:20 we read, "And these things doth the Spirit manifest unto me; therefore I write unto you all. And for this cause I write unto you, that ye may know that ye must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, yea, every soul who belongs to the whole human family of Adam; and ye must stand to be judged of your works, whether they be good or evil."

The reason why the Book of Mormon was given to us is to awaken the spiritual man, to make him stand up after the great apostasy and to gather him into the House of the Lord. It is a reminder for men to repent and prepare for the final judgment. It came forth as part of the fulfillment of the prophecies that must precede the second coming of the Lord. As such, like the blowing of the horn on the day of the Feast of Trumpets, the Book of Mormon is an instrument to call both Jews and Gentiles to repent and prepare for their King.

Mormon 3:21 tells us "And also that ye may believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, which ye shall have among you; and also that the Jews, the covenant people of the Lord, shall have other witness besides him whom they saw and heard, that Jesus, whom they slew, was the very Christ and the very God."

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 10:47  

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