THE SPRING FEASTS –[Part ONE recap]:
As we have seen, the four Spring Festivals presented in Part One, have been FULFILLED by JESUS, who was our Passover Lamb; died on the day of Passover.
He was, without a doubt, buried of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus was in the grave during the day of Unleavened Bread; He was the kernel of wheat buried in the earth.
JESUS arose from the grave as “First Fruits” of the barley harvest, He Himself being the first to rise from the dead.
Finally, the promised New Covenant arrived during the Feast of Pentecost, or Weeks, to gather all the believers in Christ Jesus to be God’s Spring Harvest on earth.
THE FALL FEASTS–A Prophetic Foreshadow of Things to Come!
FEAST OF TRUMPETS (Leviticus 23:24):
“Say to the Israelites, On the first day of the seventh month [almost October], you shall observe the day of solemn [sabbatical] rest, a memorial day announced by the blowing of trumpets, a holy [called] assembly.”
A 2014 Announcement…
This year, between September 25-26, Rosh Hashanah occurs. Coincidentally, the FEAST OF TRUMPETS falls on my 50th Wedding Anniversary. We will be listening for the blast of the TRUMPETS.
GOD Seems to ENJOY Trumpets sounding…
Ever since Issac was spared by the ram caught in the thicket by its horn, God seems to have enjoyed the TRUMPET.
He used it when Joshua conquered Jericho, and in Leviticus 25:8-10…He specified its use in having trumpets sounding, “proclaim liberty throughout all the land…” (The quotation appears on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia demonstrating that America was founded by Bible readers).
The FEAST OF TRUMPETS occurring in our month of September (Tishri on the Jewish Calendar), and the jump in time from the FEAST OF PENTECOST in May or June, represents the Church Age in God’s planning.
The “TRUMPET” Was A Signal…
The field workers of old, when they heard the shofar (the Ram’s Horn) blasts, they were to come into the Temple to worship God almighty. The HIGH PRIEST actually blew the trumpet and the faithful would stop the Fall Harvest.
Since the TRUMPET unquestionably represents the RAPTURE, or the “catching up” of the Church; when we hear the sounding trumpets, those who are in Christ, the living believers will cease their HARVEST and will rise from the earth (1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17):
“Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed).
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] LAST TRUMPET CALL. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).
For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] must put on immortality (freedom from death).
And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory [Isa. 25:8]” (1 Corinthians 15:51-54 AMP).
THE FEAST OF ATONEMENT (Yom Kippur):
“The LORD said to Moses, The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the Lord by fire. Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God” (Leviticus 23:26-28 NIV).
This FEAST on the Jewish Calendar provided a day of confession, the highest of holy days. On our calendar, the FEAST OF ATONEMENT begins on October 3rd 2014 at sunset and ends on October 4th 2014 at night fall.
Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the HIGH PRIEST (nobody else) may enter the Holy of Holies and meet there the glory of the LORD (the Shekinah) – (Hebrews 9:7).
The High Priest…
The High Priest makes ATONEMENT for himself and for the people of Israel by the blood sacrifice of goats and bulls (Leviticus 16).
“How much more surely shall the BLOOD OF CHRIST, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God?”
So Through JESUS’…
Through Jesus’ DEATH at the cross, our way to the Father is FREE…for everyone, at anytime (Mark:37, 38).
“And He [that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world” (1 John 2:2 AMP).
“God presented Him [JESUS] as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–” (Romans 3:25 NIV).
At Jesus’ Second Coming…
When JESUS arrives on planet Earth for the second time, He will come out of the HOLY OF HOLIES (heaven). And when He returns, besides other functions, He will come as the HIGH PRIEST to His chosen people (Zechariah 12:10).
This is the one FEAST not already fulfilled by the church…
The church owes no ATONEMENT. The Church is not innocent, but it is exonerated. The Greek word katallage [See footnote [i] ] is a noun derived from katallasso (RECONCILE), found in four places in the New Testament with the meaning “reconciliation.” However, in each instance it is clear from the context that such “reconciliation” of sinners with God has come about only as a result of Christ’s work of atonement through His death on the cross (cf. Rom. 5:11; 11:15; 2 Cor. 5:18, 19).
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES (Sukkot – “Booths”):
“And the LORD said…Say to the Israelites, The fifteenth day of this seventh month, and for seven days, is the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths to the Lord” (Leviticus 23:34).
From the age of 12 to the age of 18, my parents used to mark on the calendar on the back porch wall, specific days that the family was going camping in the mountains of Southern California [Idyllwild State Park]. We would pitch a tent after mom would rake, even sweep the ground where the tent would be placed with a camp broom (mom was more than ‘just neat’). Our family CELEBRATED our days of family camping.
God Wanted to CELEBRATE the FEAST…
God wanted to celebrate the fact that He provided a shelter for the ISRAELITES in the wilderness.
Each year, devout Jews build little shelters or “booths” outside of their houses and WORSHIPPED in them. And so TABERNACLES represents the Lord’s shelter in the world to come for those who believe in JESUS as their Lord and Savior. His great TABERNACLE to exist in Jerusalem during the Kingdom Age (Revelation 20).
The LORD will establish HIS TABERNACLE in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 37:26) and the world will come every year to appear before the King of kings to worship Him (Zechariah 14:16, 17).
You’ll probably agree, after reading this TWO PART SERIES, Christianity’s Jewish Roots offer an eye to the future as well as the past. The next time someone mentions “The Seven Feasts of Israel,” you’ll realize they’re talking about the Seven Feasts of all time!
*For Footnotes, See PART ONE