The Jewish Feasts – Fulfilled by Jesus Christ

Our Lord God ordained seven Holy Convocations (feasts) in the Book of Leviticus.  They were given to His people (the Hebrews).

Leviticus 23:4  –  These are the set times of the LORD, the sacred occasions, which you shall celebrate each at its appointed time. 

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Passover –    Celebrates the freeing of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt; and the first-born of the Hebrews being protected from death by the blood of the “Passover Lamb”

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Hebrews placing blood of Passover Lamb over their doorposts (so the Angel of Death would “pass over”).

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Feast of Unleavened Bread – A time of repentance and putting away of sin

Feast of First Fruits – Celebrates the first fruits of the harvest

Feast of Weeks   (Pentecost in Greek) –  Celebrating the giving of the Law (Moses at Sinai)

Feast of Trumpets – A time to repent and prepare themselves to stand before God

Feast of Atonement – The time of God’s judgment

Feast of Tabernacles A time to live outside in booths (or tabernacles) and remember their complete dependence on God 

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Read the whole 23rd chapter of Leviticus to gain a fuller understanding!

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See below each feast and the fulfillment  (literally the same day and hour!):

Passover  –  The Death of Jesus Christ  (the Lamb of God whose blood keeps us from spiritual death)

Feast of Unleavened Bread  –  The Burial of Jesus Christ

I Corinthians 5:6-7  –   6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

 Feast of First Fruits  –  The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (first fruit of the sons of God)

Pentecost  –  The Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Birth of the Church

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These four feasts occur in the Spring.  Jesus Christ has already fulfilled each one of them.  The next three feasts don’t occur until the autumn months.  They will be fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the near future.  This time we now live in (while waiting for the next feasts to be fulfilled) is the Time of the Church OR the Time of Grace.

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Feast of Trumpets  –  Prophesies the Rapture of the Church

I Thessalonians 4:16-17 –  16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 

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Feast of Atonement – Prophesies the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Feast of Tabernacles – Prophesies the Millennium Reign of Jesus Christ

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Paul explains in the book of Colossians that the feasts are a “shadow” of things to come.  The early Christians had already witnessed the first four feasts being fulfilled by Jesus Christ.  Paul understood very well the meaning of the feasts.  He knew that the autumn feasts were foretelling future events about our Lord Jesus Christ!

 Colossians 2:16-17  –  16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

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This is my prayer…………

Lord Jesus…….help your people to see and understand the prophetic nature of the Jewish feasts.  Open their eyes quickly to see and their hears to hear what the spirit of prophecy is saying! 

Amen

 

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Psalm 23

This is one of David’s Psalms. 

David was a shepherd and clearly understood

the sacrifice and love of the

Good Shepherd toward us!

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 

  He makes me lie down in green pastures. 

He leads me beside still waters.   

 

He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

The Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles is a time of joy and celebration!
The Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths) is connected to the final harvest of the year, One of its primary themes is thanksgiving and rejoicing in God’s goodness.
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The children of Israel (the Jewish people) live in “sukkahs” during this feast to remind them of the fact that they lived in tents in the wilderness for 40 years. During their sojourn in the wilderness Israel had NOTHING; they were totally and completely dependent on God and He was enough! It is the same for us. No matter what, God will be enough for
us too. He will provide and meet all our needs.
The Feast of Tabernacles was ordered by God in Leviticus 23:39
33 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the Lord. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. 36 For seven days you shall present food offerings to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work.
37 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the Lord food offerings, burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day, 38 besides the Lord’s Sabbaths and besides your gifts and besides all your vow offerings and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to the Lord.39 “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord seven days. On the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest.
40 And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. 41 You shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”44 Thus Moses declared to the people of Israel the appointed feasts of the Lord.
The Feast of Tabernacles teaches us to walk in an attitude of humility and dependency/reliance on God (not your job, family or friends, the government, or any other created thing).
This time teaches us to rely on the unseen God, rather than that what is able to be seen. What we can see in the natural world is not secure (the world is passing away).
We are learning to rely on God’s supernatural provision, just as the children of Israel received water from the rock and manna six days a week.
All of God’s people will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles!
Revelation 21:
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 is a psalm of refuge

 
 
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord,    “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom trust.”
 
Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
 
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
 
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  
 
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
 
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
 
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
 
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”