Our Creator, YHWH commanded Believers to keep and celebrate seven yearly Festivals/Appointed Times. These include (Leviticus 23):
- Unleavened Bread
- Day of Atonement
- and last but not least, Tabernacles
Man has added some “traditional” celebrations such as Hanukkah which is preserved in the books of 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees; and Purim from the book of Esther, and more. Some of the more modern Jewish historical holidays include Israeli Independence Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day.
As believers in YHWH and His Son, Yeshua, everyone is commanded to observe the seven Biblical feasts/festivals. Contrary to popular belief, they weren’t just meant for “the Jews” (see Numbers 15:13-16) because there were no “Jews” until after Jacob begat the Tribe of Judah from which the term “Jew” is derived; yet, up until then, every believer was Torah observant, keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath and the Biblical Feasts, etc. Yeshua has so far only fulfilled the first 4 of the 7; and the next one He returns!!!
Leviticus 23 outlines these seven festivals and shows how YHWH wants us to celebrate them. The first four occur in the Springtime and the last three in the Fall, with a harvest time noted in between. As you will see, YHWH commanded a specific and fixed day for the commemoration of each festival. (These days will be found at varying times on our Gregorian calendar because man’s timetable/calendar is different from God’s.) Each of YHWH’s Feasts foreshadows not only Yeshua, but also the sequence of events in His “grand Plan”:
Passover – This is the first Feast on YHWH’s calendar. What happened on this day during Yeshua’s time? Yeshua was crucified (Matt. 26:19-31).
Feast of Unleavened Bread – This begins the night of Passover and extends seven days with the commandment to abstain from eating anything with leaven in it and, instead, eat unleavened bread every day as a symbolic way of consuming Yeshua’s righteousness within us in reverence for His innocent death.
Feast of First Fruits – This takes place on the Sunday after Passover. What happened on this day during Yeshua’s time? Yeshua rose from the dead (Matt. 27:62 – 28:6).
Pentecost/Shavuot This takes place 50 days after Passover. What happened on this day during Yeshua’s time? The pouring out of YHWH’s very spirit into the disciples and all those they spoke to, marking the beginning of “The Last Days” foretold by the prophet Joel (Acts 2).
These four make up the Spring Feasts. Each one was dramatically and literally brought to its prophetic meaning at Yeshua’s first coming.
If I were alive in Yeshua’s time, I surely would’ve wanted to have these dates set aside and understand the meaning of these Feasts, so that I could fully comprehend and participate in what was taking place – as the disciples finally did in Acts 2.
After the Spring Feasts there are 108 days without a holiday. Then there are three Fall Feasts within 23 days. They are:
Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah– What do the scriptures say will accompany Yeshua’s second coming? A trumpet (Matt. 24:29-31).
Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur– This Day falls ten days after the Feast of Trumpets. What will Yeshua do when he comes the second time? He will judge all mankind and assign to eternal life those who have taken His blood as their atonement, and to eternal punishment those who have not (Matt. 25:31-46).
Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot – This day falls five days after the Day of Atonement and lasts seven days. What will happen after Yeshua judges the nations during His second coming? The Wedding Feast of the Lamb where Yeshua dwells/tabernacles with His people (Rev. 19:6-9).
Accordingly this Feast is celebrated during the Millennium by all nations, not just Jews (Zech. 14:16-19). After seven days of this Feast, the eighth day is also designated as a holy Sabbath. In scripture, what comes after the Wedding Feast of the Lamb? The New Heaven and New Earth (Rev. 21:1-5). The use of the number eight in the Bible typically symbolizes new life. The eighth day Sabbath represents the advent of the New Heaven and New Earth.
The Spring Feasts perfectly set the stage and timing for the events of Yeshua’s first coming. The Fall Feasts perfectly set the stage and timing for the events of Yeshua’s second coming. The stretch of time between the Spring and Fall Feasts symbolizes “The Last Days,” which we are currently in.
What if YHWH uses the exact Fall Feast dates to fulfill His promises for Yeshua’s second coming, just as He did with the Spring Feasts? Wouldn’t you like to make sure these dates are on your calendar and that you know what they are about?
These are not Jewish holidays, they belong to YHWH! Lev 23:2 says, “These are My appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of YHWH which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.”
Why would we want to do away with these Feasts?