The Feasts of the LORD
Passover is the longest continuously celebrated feast in human history, predating God giving the Ten Commandments to Moses. Along with Pentecost and Tabernacles, Passover is one of the three obligatory feasts to which all of Israel’s males were to appear before the Lord. Often thought of, inaccurately, as “the feasts of Israel”, they are actually “The Feasts of the LORD”. The Old Testament Scriptures that deal with this feast are Exodus 12:1-14; 21-29; Leviticus 23:4-5; Numbers 33:3; Deuteronomy 16:1-8. This feast is fulfilled in the following New Testament scriptures – Matthew 26:1-2; 17:75; 27:1-66; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 18-19; & Hebrews 11:28.
Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery into an evolving statehood. It is celebrated on the evening of the 14th in the first month of the Jewish calendar, often called Abib or Nisan, or Hodesh Ha’aviv. The feast begins on the full moon, which is why the feast moves around in our modern calendar.
Passover reminds the Jewish people of the last meal their ancestors ate while still in bondage in pagan Egypt. It also reminds them of the exodus out of Egypt and into the land promised by God that is to remain their perpetual heritage. It is the story of God’s redemption of His people.
Jesus came to earth to be a Passover Lamb! When John introduced Jesus He said, “Behold the LAMB!”Paul wrote: “Christ, OUR Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore LET US celebrate the feast…” (1 Cor. 5:7-8) In Rev. 4-5, all heaven worships Jesus as the LAMB that was slain!
Passover is all about JESUS!
When the blood of Jesus is “on the doorpost” of your life, God delivers YOU from the destroyer!
God gave us Passover as a way to celebrate and experience all that Jesus did for us!
The form of the Seder has been consistent for over two thousand years. The Lord Jesus sanctified this form of Passover and expressed His great desire to eat Passover with His disciples before His suffering (Luke 22:15). It was at the Passover that Jesus established what Christians know as Communion or the Lord’s Supper. This is built around the matzah (the unleavened bread) and the third cup, the Cup of Redemption. Students of Scripture will recall that Jesus declined to partake of the fourth cup – the Cup of Praise – until He returns in His glory and establishes His everlasting Kingdom.
Note: We have no desire to go back into legalism, or Zionism, hence this is a Messianic Seder, not an “orthodox” one.
ALSO: It was the Council of Whitby in 664 that abolished the right of Christians to celebrate Passover instead of the pagan Roman fertility rites of the original Easter.
Today’s Christians are taking it back!
The Feast of Pentecost
The Biblical feasts are “God’s Appointed Times”. They are commanded APPOINTMENTS with God! They are times when the Spirit of God wants to meet with us to accomplish very specific things in our lives.
PASSOVER is an “appointed time” for God to deliver His people! Jesus was crucified at Passover to deliver us! (Our “Passover Lamb”)
TABERNACLES is the “appointed time” for God to come and “tabernacle” among His people. Jesus was probably born at Tabernacles! (The Word became flesh & tabernacled…)
God keeps His own calendar!
Pentecost is the “appointed time” of God’s PROVISION!
It was a time to thank God for His provision in the last season and a time to secure God’s provision for a new season ahead.
It’s important to understand that Pentecost didn’t start in Acts 2! The disciples had all grown up celebrating Pentecost!
It is described in Lev. 23:15-16, Num. 28:26-31, & Deut. 16:9-12
Pentecost was given as a time to cease from labour and thank God for His provision. When the time of harvest drew near, it meant an old season ended, and a new season began! The provision from the previous harvest had sustained them through the year! It was time to be thankful!
But the old harvest could sustain them no longer! So it was time to come before God in faith to secure His provision for the new season to come! Pentecost celebrates the Release of God’s Provision! It is celebrated by PRAISE & by GIVING! It’s especially a time for firstfruits offerings, a thanksgiving offering for provision! A Praise Offering by FAITH, offered before the full harvest was gathered! It was an act of faith that secured the whole harvest.
Pentecost also celebrates the release of God’s revelation! On the traditional celebration of Pentecost… folks stay up all night studying the Bible! “When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all together in one place!”
They would have brought thank offerings to the temple the night before, then stayed up all night studying the Bible!
In Acts 2 the Church was born! It was the beginning of the new season! It was time to go to all the world with the gospel!
But a new level of provision was needed. The provision of the last season was not enough. So at Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit, and released His miraculous gifts! The Apostles understood Pentecost. They celebrated God’s provision! They brought thank offerings and praised! They filled their minds with His Word! They spent time studying and pondering God’s Word! They were getting their minds to think the thoughts of God. They gained faith to receive promise!
For us, Pentecost also celebrates God’s provision of His Holy Spirit. Pentecost should be a time of testimony! It’s a time to PRAISE HIM for His goodness!
Let’s do what the disciples would have done!
- Spend time in praise! Feast together! Prepare a first-fruits offering! Be FILLED with Thankfulness for God’s goodness!
- Spend time in the Word! Study passages about God’s Spirit and His Power!
- Pray for His Spirit to release a revival that will sweep your city & nation! Anoint each other! Receive Revival from Him!
PRAISE OPENS THE HEAVENS!
May the peoples praise You, O God, May all the peoples praise You… Then the land will yield its harvest, and God will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him. (Psalm 67:5-7)
In addition to the above, following our teaching about blessing your children and grandchildren, a number of parents have asked for an opportunity to have a Blessing ceremony. This is consistent with Pentecost, with thanksgiving for the past, and the need for God’s revelation/wisdom for provision for the future of our children. A time should be set aside for this Blessing.
The Feast Of Tabernacles
Passover is about the grace of God;
Pentecost or Shavuot shows us God’s power, and
Tabernacles is about God’s rest. It is the great and final harvest, as well as being restored to Him.
Often thought of, inaccurately, as “the feasts of Israel”, they are actually “The Feasts of the LORD”.
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. (Lev. 23:1-2)
The Feasts of the Lord have two main purposes.
Firstly they are intended to glorify God the Father.
Secondly, they are to provide a prophetic message of God’s plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ – Yeshua Ben Yahweh. The Feasts not only pointed to His first coming and the salvation He would provide, but they also point clearly to His return, according to 1 Thessalonians 4:14.
Passover relates to the Gospels, and Pentecost relates to the Book of Acts. It is fair to say that Jesus has largely fulfilled Passover and Pentecost. However, Tabernacles is the Feast of Prophecy, and points towards a future fulfilment. These are the Feasts of the Seventh month, Tishri (usually celebrated in September or October.).
On the 1st day (25th Sept.) is the Feast of Trumpets, Scripturally the trumpet represents the prophetic voice, the Word of the Lord coming to His people. God gave one commandment about this day: All His people should listen to the blast of trumpets. It is the trumpet of Jubilee (Lev. 25:10-54).We sometimes need a WAKE UP call! We need to be called to alertness! We need a call to enter the new season! This is the beginning of the Hebrew year, on God’s calendar.
On the 10th day (3rd Oct.) the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, is held. These are the “Days of Awe”. These are also called days of ”Teshuvah.”. Teshuvah means “turn” & “return”. It’s another Word for REPENT! When God gives you a wake-up call, it’s time to turn from anything that hinders, and return to your relationship with God through Jesus the Messiah.
On the 15th day (8th Oct.) is the Feast of Tabernacles. For seven days the people live in shelters made of the branches of trees, to demonstrate their vulnerability to external elements, yet they could be confident of the Lord’s protection and harvest blessings. With fellowship with God restored, this is a week of joyful celebration. It’s time to REJOICE! It pictures God dwelling in the midst of His people. It reveals the overflowing JOY of being in the PRESENCE of God. That is REVIVAL!
Jesus never wasted words, so in Matthew 24:36-42 when He was speaking of the end of the age, the phrase “Nobody knows the hour or the day,” actually means “Rosh HaShanah.” At Rosh HaShanah, they have two loaves which are round and raised to signify a crown, because they have always believed that the Messiah, the conquering King, will come at Rosh HaShanah. The common Hebrew greeting at Rosh HaShanah is “Chatimah Tovah” meaning “May your name be inscribed in the book of life of righteousness.”
Jesus, Yeshua, has been with the Father for almost 2000 years, preparing a place for the harvest, preparing a place for the Bride. One Rosh HaShanah, the trumpet will sound long and loud, and the Final Ingathering will occur.
The true Feast of Tabernacles is on the horizon. So is the Coming of the King!
The Blessing – May God Remember you like Noah; Favour you like Moses; Honour you like Mary; Fight for you like the Israelites; Prosper you like Isaac; Promote you like Joseph; Intervene for you like Esther; Protect you like Daniel; Use you like Paul; Heal you like Naaman; Answer you like Elijah; Anoint you like David; & Keep you safe like Shadrach, Meschach & Abednego!
Churches that have hosted Jubilee on 5 continents include: Anglican, Assembly of God, Baptist, Open Brethren, Salvation Army, Lutheran, Churches of Christ (Australian & NZ), Uniting, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Amish, Episcopalian, Methodist, United, Christian Outreach, Christian Revival, New Life, Apostolic, Elim, Christian International, Vineyard, Pentecostal Assemblies Of Canada, Bethesda, Showers of Blessings, Christian & Missionary Alliance, Christian City, & Four Square, plus many independent churches, schools, Bible Colleges & ministries.