We go on to Haggai 2:1. We are only going to read verse 1 as there is quite a bit of other Scripture to read around this verse.
v1 The 7th month is called Tishrei (before the Babylonian exile it was called Ethanim – 1 Kings 8:2) It is the month where three major judgement festivals are celebrated – the feast of
trumpets (Lev 23:23-25), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement – Lev 23:26-32) and Sukkot/feast of tabernacles (Lev 23:33-44)
· The 21st day of the month is a very special day – it is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles and is also known as the last of the days of judgement. John 7:37 calls it “The great day” (we know John is referring to the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles because it is set in the context of John 7:2-10). In Hebrew this day is called: Hoshana Rabbah which means “Great Salvation.”
Why is it so important to know all this information about the feasts? Paul tells the Colossians (if you are not reading from the NIV) that the festivals are a shadow or a picture of what is to come (Colossians 2:16-17). We know that on Yeshua’s first coming He fulfilled the spring festivals – Passover, First fruits and feast of weeks (Shavuot or Pentecost – Lev 23:1-22)
The fall festivals (trumpets, atonement and tabernacles) have yet to be fulfilled by Yeshua – ?at His second coming He will fulfill these last three. If we want to understand the numbers given to us in Daniel and Revelation (we will come to these at the end of Haggai) then it is important that we have all of the above information straightened out in our minds