Every event on God’s calendar is important. Despite the fact that most of the church in America today has consigned the Biblical feasts to a long-forgotten history of the Jewish people and the earliest church, they are as vital today to the believer as they ever were. What many have labeled “Jewish Feasts” are actually “God’s Feasts”. He tells us very plainly in verses like Lev. 23:2, …even these are My feasts.
Yes, He did give the feasts to the Jewish people as a part of the Sinai covenant but He clearly intended them for ALL His children, including those who would believe on Him through Messiah, Jesus Christ. It is also clear that God never had or will ever have one religion for the Jews and another for the other nations of the world. It is a fact there is One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:5-6).
Because of centuries of neglect and anti-Semitism, the roots of our faith have been overlooked. I believe the vast majority of believers in America could have their faith strengthened and their walk with the Lord made deeper through a gaining of knowledge about the feasts of God. Even though they were instituted by God thousands of years ago, a study of God’s feasts (and fasts) will connect the honestly seeking believer, to a beautiful revelation of Christ in each of them. They all “foreshadow” better things to come!
The same Hebrew calendar that foretold of Messiah’s first coming, is the guide to understanding His second coming, as well. Acts 3:20-21, And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
When Messiah returns, all the fall festivals will be fulfilled. First will be a day of awakening, the time for blowing of trumpets in Zion!!! God will bring about the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) when He calls the world to repentance and restoration. All Israel will be saved (Rom.11:26) when they will finally recognize Jesus as Messiah (Zech.12:10). Once reconciled to Him, that can only be seen as the ultimate fulfillment of the Day of Atonement when He shall wipe away all sin. Then all the righteous of the earth will gather to Jerusalem for the greatest of all celebrations, the Feast of the Tabernacles (Sukkoth), for the establishing of the universal kingdom of the Messiah.
That is just a general overview. A deeper study of the particulars is exciting! As I said yesterday, we don’t necessarily HAVE to observe the holidays but why deprive yourself? Instead of watching the television, why not break out your Bible and celebrate something about Jesus! You may as well start now because you’ll be doing it for eternity anyway!
What does God have for you…just around the corner?