APPOINTMENTS FOR FEAST DAYS
Did you know that God has pre-arranged appointments, Feast Days, with Israel in the Torah? Specific days that are set aside to meet with God, to rehearse specific events to come. Â To prepare, and to be ready when prophecy happens.
The Hebrew word for seasons is â€œmoedimâ€. This does not refer to seasons like summer, winter, etc. Instead, it is God’s appointments with his people. See here http://biblehub.com/text/genesis/1-14.htm.
Genesis 1:14 Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to seperate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FEAST DAYS
The Feast Days of Israel was to reveal the 1st- and the 2nd coming of Messiah, Jesus Christ.
It was on top of Mount Sinai that God gave Moses the dates and observances of the seven feasts of the Lord. Â Lev 23:2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, these are the appointed feasts of the Lord that youÂ shallÂ proclaim as holly convocations; they are my appointed feasts.”
SPRING TIME FEASTS, FULFILLED
Every one of the Feast Days in the Spring Time was rehearsed over thousands of years by Israel. Â Jesus Christ came to make the first three happen, and the Holy Spirit came to make the fourth one happen.Â Israel did not recognise their Messiah, and they are still rehearsing today.
- “Pesach” is Passover âˆš
- “Chag Matzah” is the Feast of Unleavened Bread âˆš
- “Yom HaBikkurim” is the Day of the First Fruits âˆš
- “Shavuot is the Feast of Weeks/Pentecost âˆš
AUTUMN TIME FEASTS, OUTSTANDING
The Jews celebrate these Feast Days every year, according to God’s instructions, rehearsing what is still to come. Â The church today pays little attention to Bible prophecy, and therefore pays no attention to the Spring Time Feast Days.
- “Yom Teruah/ Rosh HaShanah” is the Day of Trumpets
- “Yom Kippur” is the Day of Atonement
- “Sukkoth” is the Feast of Tabernacles
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1. Â “Pessach” – PASSOVERÂ âˆš
Exodus 12:3, 5-6 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, in the tenth day of this month theyÂ shallÂ take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house. Your lambÂ shallÂ be without blemish, a male of the first year. And yeÂ shallÂ keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month.
The passover pointed towards the crucifixion. On this appointed day, the Lamb of God came to die for the sins of the world.
2. Â “Chag HaMotzi” – FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD Â âˆš
Leaven typifies sin in the Bible, and on this day the Jewish people remove all leaven from their homes. Â It points to the day after the crucifixion when Jesus, who had no sin, was in the tomb. Â John 6:33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.
3. Â “Reshit Katzir” – FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS Â âˆš
It is the day that the Jewish people wave the first of the barley harvest before God. On thisÂ resurrection day, Jesus rose from the grave as the â€œfirst fruitâ€ of the harvest. He is the pledge for God’s blessing on the rest of the harvest, that is us. Â Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people, and to the gentiles.
4. Â “Shavuot” – FEAST OF WEEKS, PENTECOSTÂ âˆš
Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a yearÂ shallÂ all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which heÂ shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.Â
Fifty days after the passover every Jewish male attended “Shavuot”, to remember the day God made covenant with them. Like all other feast days, it starts on the evening of the previous day. In the evening they red “And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire.” (Exodus 19:18)
In the morning they red further. Â Acts 2:2-3 AndÂ suddenlyÂ there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire.
To this day, this is the only feast that the Jews are allowed to eat leavened bread. The Gentiles was seen as sinful and thus with “leaven”, but from now on they are integrated in the body of Christ too.
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5. “Yom Teruah” -Â FEAST OF TRUMPETS
Numbers 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, yeÂ shallÂ have a holy convocation; yeÂ shallÂ do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.
When the trumpet sounds every Jew drops his work, and come in, for worship. On this day the trumpet is blowing 99 times, and then one more time. This last blow, the 100th time, is the last trump.
I Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himselfÂ shallÂ descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in ChristÂ shallÂ rise first.Â Most bible scholars believe this points to the time of the Rapture for various reasons. See moreÂ The Rapture
6. Â ‘Yom Kippur” – DAY OF ATONEMENTÂ
Leviticus 23:27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month thereÂ shallÂ be a day of atonement: itÂ shallÂ be a holy convocation unto you; and yeÂ shallÂ afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
To this day it is a somber time for the Jewish people. It’s a time of fasting and asking for forgiveness. The High Priest enters the Holy of Holies to atone for the sins of Israel.
Israel still has to accept Jesus Christ as their high priest. The Bible tells us, one day, this will happen.Â Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and theyÂ shallÂ look upon me whom they have pierced, and theyÂ shallÂ mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, andÂ shallÂ be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
7. Â “Sukkot” – FEAST OF TABERNACLES
This is a time of rejoicing! To this day the Jewish people move out of their homes into tents, in the back garden, called â€œSukkahâ€. There is plenty to eat and drink, and they celebrate.Â Deuteronomy 16:13-15 “YouÂ shallÂ celebrate the Feast of Booths seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat. And thous halt rejoice in thy feastâ€¦ Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the Lord thy God.”
It points to the time when the Messiah will tabernacle among men, and wipe away every tear. This is the kingdom age, promised in Bible prophecy, the Millennium.
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