The Feasts of the Lord
Why are the Feasts of the Lord important? For two major reasons. First, it is the calendar of God and secondly, they are included in the Word of God- the Bible. Every word that God has given to us is important. God’s calendar is important. It’s a prophetic calendar that speaks into your life and the life of the church. The events that are going to take place are important for us and the history of all mankind. God gave the Jewish people a blue print. It’s a blueprint of God’s invasion into this world, of the millennium, and of the saving power of Christ. The experience in the wilderness, building the tabernacle, bringing the Jewish people into the land, giving them Jerusalem and building the Temple are all the blueprint of the reality that is going to take place. God is in total control of history and that will continue until Jesus reigns on earth forever.
One of the blueprints He gave was the seven Feasts in Leviticus 23. He also told them that when they will come in to the land, every male is to come before the Lord and bring gifts three times a year at these Feasts. Today we do not go to Jerusalem to bring gifts to God in these specific times. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit yet the Feasts of the Lord are still part of God’s calendar.
There are seven Feasts of the Lord and every male was to come to Jerusalem to celebrate and bring gifts in their season. First the Passover, second Pentecost, and third the Fall Feasts: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the Feast of Tabernacles. But why bring gifts? To proclaim the importance of the Feasts of the Lord and give thanksgiving to God for their fulfillment. Jesus paid the price for everything even in advance yet certain events didn’t take place yet but they will.
The Word of God is very powerful! Jesus sets us free from sin and from ourselves. There is the Blood and there is the Cross. The Blood sets us free from sin and the Cross sets us free from ourselves. “Pick up My cross and follow Me.” The Word of God is like a hammer that breaks the rock into pieces. It’s the cross and the Word of God.
A true follower of Christ—our Messiah, will have the greatest experience in their new life when the Word of God is learned and applied. There’s nothing else and nobody else that can change and impact our life as the Word of God, who is Jesus. This is where the riches are. The establishment of the Word of God in us brings the inner peace, the joy and victory!
Let’s look in to the Book of Exodus Chapter 19. The Israelites came to the Mount of Sinai in the third month as they left Egypt. Verse 3: And Moses went up to God and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying this is what you shall say to the House of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel, you have seen what I have done with the Egyptians and now I bore you on eagle’s wings and brought you unto Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice indeed and keep My covenant then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people for all the earth is Mine. And Moses went up to God and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain saying, thus thou shall say to the Housed of Jacob and tell the children of Israel… that was the first time when Moses went up the mount.
In Verse 7 it says, and Moses came and called for the elders. So, he came down from the mountain and called for the elders and laid before their faces all the words which the Lord commanded. And all the people said, and answered together all the Lord hast said and spoken we will do. And Moses, it says, returned the word of the people unto the Lord. And the Lord said this, I come unto you in the thick cloud that the people may hear when I speak with you and believe you forever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord. That was the second time he went up to bring the words of the people to God.
And the Lord said unto Moses, again, go unto the people of God and sanctify them totally today and tomorrow and let them wash their clothes and be ready again on the third day, for the third day the Lord will come (on the third day), come down in the sight of all the people upon the Mount of Sinai. So, God has instructed Moses again by saying, tell the people to sanctify themselves, because something is going to happen on the third day. They have to come and stand around the Mount of Sinai. When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come up to the mountain.
And Moses went down again from the mountain unto the people and sanctified the people… and it came to pass on the third day in the morning that there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon the mount and the voice of the trumpet was exceedingly loud. So, Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God and they stood at the nether part of the mountain. And the Mount of Sinai was all together in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire, and the smoke therefore ascends as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him by a voice.
Verse 20: And the Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai, and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mountain and Moses went up again. And the Lord said to Moses, go down. God said go down to charge the people lest they break through into the Lord’ gaze to gaze and many of them perish. And let the priests also which came near to the Lord sanctify themselves, lest the Lord will break forth upon them. So, Moses reminded the Lord and said the people cannot come up to the Mount Sinai because You told us to set bounds about the Mount to sanctify it. So, the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down again, go down and you shall come up with Aaron. Go down and get Aaron with you but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord lest He break forth unto them. So, Moses went down unto the people and spoke to them these things.
What was the purpose for Moses, in his advanced age, to go so many times up and down Mount Sinai? And the sound of trumpet? In Leviticus 23, the Lord spoke through Moses and He said, On the seventh month on the first day the Feast of Trumpets. First of all, we know that Jesus came down from heaven and then after His death and resurrection went up again.
What happened with the resurrection? There was a road that was built by Christ our Messiah; to open heaven for every believer. But let me say this, that heaven is not a permanent place for us. Heaven is the place of rest until Jesus is comes back to earth again and we, the believers in Him will come back with Him. We are going to be there for a while, for a purpose. Heaven is where the marriage of the Lamb takes place. So heaven is only the place where you and I, and every believer, is going to meet Jesus and have that Last Supper. And when we officially marry, Jesus is returns with us.
You may ask, and how about Israel? Israel doesn’t need to be married twice to God. Israel is already married but is need of reconciliation. This is why the wedding in heaven is only for born-again-believers in Christ as His Bride. The Nation of Israel is already a wife. Hosea, chapter two. She will be reconciled. But by studying the Feasts of the Lord, every feast has certain significant implications.
Passover speaks of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Unleavened bread refers to Jesus offering us sinless lives. Pentecost, Shavuot, was an event which took place in the Book of Acts. God’s calendar is a calendar of events. Likewise, the Feast of Trumpets. Chapter 19 of the Book of Exodus is prophetically foreshadowing an event. According to the Book of Thessalonians, when the trumpet of the Lord shall sound we are going to be raptured. We are going to be taken to the Mount of Lord for our wedding with Jesus!
By observing God’s calendar, we can understand the His plan and seasons. According to His calendar, the last three events of the history will happen within the period of seven years from the rapture to the millennium. So, we are going to get raptured; those who are in Christ—Jews and Gentiles and wait for the moment until Yeshua, Jesus is going to come back with us.
The Bible says that one day the heavens will roll away like a scroll and what remains is one heaven and one earth. But the earth that God has created is going to remain. The galaxies will go, the sun will go and the moon will be no more. One day everything will be gone and there will be a new heaven and new earth. The earth is God’s creation from the beginning and therefore It will continue but as a new earth. This is going to happen after the millennium. Rev. 22.
You see, Paul had a problem with the church of Thessalonica because somebody misinformed them by saying that these things already had taken place. Paul said how can this be if the trumpet did not sound yet? How can these things happen according to the calendar of God? If the rapture of the church had already taken place, Israel would have been saved and the millennium were to begin. When you know the Feasts of Lord, you will understand timing. You will understand the future and what is going to take place. God is not a God of confusion. He is the God of peace and He explains everything in detail. All we need to do is to understand it, get ready and give God the praise and the glory for the things that He is going to do.
Was it vivid to the world when Christ died on the cross? It was openly displayed. Pentecost, Shavuot happened in the open in the Book of Acts. The rapture, is also going to be announced to the world! They will know that the church, the believers, are gone. It’s going to be fulfilled. And so is the return of Christ. We are going to be back in a different form and shape but we are going to come back to this earth with Christ. Christ ascended after His death and resurrection. He went to heaven but He’s coming back to the place that God has created. This earth is for His glory and not the devil’s rule. Jesus is going to reign over this earth making sure that everything runs according to God’s perfect will. The Lord has given us this earth. What did He say to Adam: subdue and rule over it from the beginning? Therefore, God is not going to give to the devil this place. God loses nothing!
Even today enjoying the nature, we are experience God’s creation. It’s like a picture that was painted so beautifully. Imagine when God is going to create new heaven and new earth. Imagine the glorious creations displayed through the creativity of God.
I want you to think ahead today a little. Our lives will never end and we are going to enjoy eternity with Jesus! This is why we pray that God will save our children, grandchildren, friends and that’s why we pray that more people will enter eternal life through Christ. Eternity with God is going to be right here. On a brand-new earth without pollution, sin, evil, sickness, disease and poverty. We can’t even imagine what kind of a glory and glorious place this is going to be! And Jesus is going to reign.
It’s worth it to give your life to Jesus now and say, Lord God, thank You for saving my soul. Thank You for giving me this chance. I receive You in to my life. Come in to my heart and be the Master! Amen!