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Study Guide for the Feasts of The Lord

| September 27, 2012

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The Creator's Calendar

The feast days were to be times of great joy and sacrifice, a time of fellowship and love (Deut. 16:14). Although the rituals and ceremonial sacrifices are no longer to be practiced since they were nailed to the cross with Christ (Col. 2:14, Matt. 5:17), the days are still to be observed in spirit and in truth just as they were by Christ himself, the apostles, and the early church. For the things observed on these feasts teach us some very important principles as well as showing us, in miniature, the plan of God.

You see it is important to understand that God scheduled the feast days around the growing seasons and various crop harvests not only so His people would have an abundance of food for the sacrifices and celebrations, but He did this for profound spiritual reasons as well.

Spiritually, we know from Matthew 13 “The Parable of the Sower”, as well as from the Book of Revelation that there is a harvest of souls coming (Matt. 13:10, Luke 10:2, Rev. 14:15). Putting that together with the feast days opens up a great deal of prophetic knowledge related to each of these holy days.

In fact, if one truly wants to understand the times and seasons in prophecy, such as the Seventy Sevens of Daniel 9 and others (See The 1335 Day), they must first understand the appointed times and seasons in the yearly calendar. This is the foundation of determining time. It’s God’s Calendar. For all long range prophecies are based off of the common denominators of the weekly Sabbaths, appointed feast days, as well as the seventh year Sabbaths and Jubilee cycles.

In this guide there are suggestions on how to observe each of these feast days with meaning. Please do not take these suggestions as a “legalistic” approach to worshipping God. They should only be used as a guide to help others celebrate these days as they see fit.

For:

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. –Colossians 2:16-17

Watch Part 1- Feast Days in Principle and Prophecy

Watch Part 2 – Feast Days in Principle and Prophecy

1. Passover– The Crucifixion (Past)

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. –Isaiah 53:5-7

On this day the ancient Israelites were to remember that God delivered them from slavery in Egypt with His mighty hand (Ex. 12:27, Lev. 23:5). But now we are to remember how Christ delivered us from sin and death by the price he paid on the cross (Col. 1:13-14). We no longer have to sacrifice a lamb and put the blood upon the doorpost of our houses like our ancestors did because Christ became the ultimate Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7). It is Christ’s blood that protects us from the destroyer (Rev. 12:10-11, Rev 7:14).

(Watch The Blood of the Lamb)

Ways to observe this day:

  • Remember the Crucifixion
  • Study Psalms 22, Isaiah 53, and other scriptures related to the time of crucifixion
  • Take Holy Communion
  • Fellowship with other Christians in prayer and study
  • Study the coming deliverance of God’s people (Watch The Nephilim and the Future Passover)

2. Unleavened Bread – Burial in Tomb (Past)

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. -1 Corinthians 5:8

During this feast the Israelites were commanded to eat “unleavened” bread for seven days (Ex. 12:15, Lev. 23:6-8). God chose this repetitious method to illustrate and emphasize to the Israelites that they are not to “add to” or “dilute” the Word of God. They were to consume only the pure, unadulterated, unleavened Word of God. In one place Christ referred to this when He told his disciples to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” (Matt. 6:6). He was not referring to yeast or other leavening agents, He was referring to false doctrine.

Ways to observe this feast:

  • Be vigilant and on guard against false doctrine
  • Discipline yourself to study God’s Word, every day
  • Set aside these seven days to make an intense study of God’s Word
  • Fellowship with other Christians on at least the first and last day of this feast

3. Firstfruits – Resurrection of Christ (Past)

For now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. -1 Corinthians 15:20

This was the day that the Israelites were commanded to give the firstfruits of their crop unto the Lord (Barley Harvest). No crops from this harvest were to be consumed before this offering was complete (Lev. 23:14). God commanded them to do this in order to teach them the very important principle of putting God first in their lives, before anything else (Deut. 6:5). It was also a time to remember that God offered up His firstfruits by sending His only begotten son as a sacrifice for us (1 Cor. 15:20).

Important note: Christ was crucified on the Passover and resurrected on this Feast of Firstfruits.

Ways to observe this feast:

  • Remember to put God first
  • Support a ministry that teaches God’s Word with your firstfruits
  • Celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

4. Pentecost – Outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Past and Present)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. –Acts 2:1-3

This was the time of wheat harvest. The Day of Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks begins on the 50th day after the 7 Sabbaths following the Feast of Firstfruits (Lev. 23:15-16). This day commemorates the birth of the nation of Israel at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 19-20), as well as birthday of the church (Acts 2).

Two loaves of “leavened” bread were part of the sacrifices offered on this day (Lev. 23:17). This is interesting because most often leaven is used to portray “false doctrine” or something evil, but here it represents something good. It represents the Holy Spirit permeating like leaven throughout these two bodies of bread – the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Joel 2, Acts 2). For it was on this day that Israel and Judah experienced a new birth under the headship of our Lord Jesus Christ and began to spread throughout the world together building Christian nations and kingdoms.

Ways to observe this feast:

  • Use your God given gifts to further the work of His Kingdom
  • Fellowship with other Christians in prayer and study
  • Take Holy Communion

5. Trumpets – 7 Trumpets of Revelation (Future)

“If the watchman see the sword come and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” –Ezekiel 33:6

During this feast the Israelites were commanded to blow trumpets to announce the coming of the end, the end of the agricultural and religious year (Lev. 23:23-25). This was done in anticipation of the joyous festivities that were soon to take place during the Feast of Tabernacles as well as warning the people to prepare themselves to stand before the Lord in judgment as the Day of Atonement drew near. If there was any time to get real serious about things, this was the time.

Prophetically this day looks forward to the time that the 7 Trumpets of Revelation begin blowing at the ultimate Feast of Trumpets (Rev. 8), to announce the Day of the Lord, to call people to repentance, and to announce the eminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Watch Joel 2 -Sound the Alarm!)

Ways to observe this feast:

  • Be alert and ready at all times
  • Plant seeds and warn others of what’s coming
  • Fellowship with other Christians in prayer and study
  • Study the Trumpets of Revelation

6. Atonement –The Day of The Lord (Future)

“…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” –Luke 13:5

This was a day for everyone to search their hearts, clean up their act, and repent to Almighty God (Lev. 23:26-32). For once a year on this day the High Priest of Israel would go through an elaborate ritual of washing and cleansing the tabernacle and then on to approach God to ask forgiveness for his own sins as well as for the sins of the nation (Lev. 16:1-34, Num. 29:11). Those who refused to humble themselves before God on this day were cut off from the people.

This was a day of reckoning, accounting, pardoning, and sentencing. It was a day of legal protocol, a day when reconciliation of all accounts took place.

In miniature, this day represents the judgments foretold of in the Book of Revelation directed towards all who have not repented and accepted our lord Jesus Christ. If you are in Christ, then His blood atones for your sins upon repentance, but if you have not accepted Christ at this time, you will pay the price.

But there was something exciting that would take place on this day after every 49th year. The trumpet of Jubilee would sound and all debts would be erased (Lev. 25:8-13). Everyone would be debt free and happy! They would return to their lands and homes and have a fresh start in life. And at the end of the 490 Years of Daniel 9 (Seventy Sevens) there will be a SUPER JUBILEE. The final Jubilee trumpet will sound announcing the eminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ who will restore again the kingdom to Israel! (See Rev. 11:15-18)

Ways to observe this solemn day:

  • Repent for your sins and pray for the nation.
  • A national day of prayer
  • Hold a 24-hour fast (See Acts 27:9).
  • Fellowship in study and prayer with other Christians

7. Tabernacles –The Return of Jesus Christ (Future)

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and, and palms in their hands;

And cried with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God Which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”

…Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His Temple: and He That sitteth on the throne shall tabernacle among them. –Revelation 7:9-10, 15

This was the time of the general harvest, including grapes (Rev. 14:14-20). A seven day feast marked the end of the agricultural year in which the Israelites were to camp out in booths (Lev. 23:33-44). This celebration looks forward to the final harvest at the end of this age (Matt. 13:39) when our Lord Jesus Christ returns to tabernacle with us here on earth.

It goes without saying that this was the highlight of the year. This was a time to give thanksgiving for the abundance of blessings in harvest and to remember the good things that God has done for us. More sacrifices and offerings took place during this feast than any other.

Many Christians mistake December 25th as being the birthday of our Lord. He may have been conceived sometime around then, but it was during this feast that He was actually born. The Feast of Tabernacles is Jesus Christ’s real birthday. For this was the time of year that the Word became flesh and began to tabernacle among us (John 1:14).

Every 7th year the law was taught to the people during this feast (Deut 31:9-13).

Ways to observe this feast day:

  • Give thanks to God for all your blessings
  • Take Holy Communion
  • Study and meditate on the prophecies related to the return of Christ
  • Be joyful!
  • Participate in a camp out with a group of Christians

In His Service,
Pastor Ben Heath

 

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  1. Kristen says:

    Thank you for posting this! Very helpful to have them all in one place!