The Feasts 2013

March 26, 2013

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We have been talking on the weekends about the Church calendar. There is also a Jewish liturgical calendar, upon which we base the moveable Christian Holy days, like Easter. Easter is an annual holiday that does not fall on a fixed date but varies according to astronomical occurrences.

The celebration of Passover took place just before the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, and the two holidays have been entwined from the beginning—the word Pasch, or Pesach, originally meaning Passover, came to mean Easter as well.

There is a connection to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to the feasts of Israel that all of us as believers should be aware of because of what it means to us prophetically. So, this week we will have a short discussion on the seven feasts of Israel: Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles.

Passover

Leviticus 23:5 (NIV)
5 The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.

Exodus 12:5-7 (NIV)
5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.

Matthew 26:27-28 (NIV)
27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

John 1:29 (NIV)
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Unleavened Bread

Leviticus 23:6 (NIV)
6 On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’s Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NIV)
7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.

First Fruits

Leviticus 23:10-11 (NIV)
10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.

1 Corinthians 15:22-24 (NIV)
22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.

Matthew 27:51-53 (NIV)
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Pentecost

Leviticus 23:15-16 (NIV)
15 “‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.

Acts 2:41 (NIV)
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

The first four have been fulfilled in the crucifixion, resurrection, and outpouring. The final three remain to be prophetically fulfilled.

Trumpets

The feast of Trumpets occurs at the end of the large harvest season.

Atonement

Tabernacles

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