7 JEWISH FEASTS (Part II)
January 23, 2011

 

   PENTECOST (SHAVOUT)

   Leviticus 23:15-21 The feast of Pentecost, (50), was a feast to celebrate the giving of the Law to Moses by God on Mt. Sinai. The feast was to start fifty days after First fruits and was to be on the day after the seventh Sabbath from First fruits which means it always was to fall on a Sunday. The significance of this feast for all of us is that the priests were to offer two loaves of bread made from newly harvested grain and specifically had to be made with leaven.

   Acts 1:4-5 Before Jesus returned to heaven after His a resurrection, He commanded the disciples not to leave the city until the Holy Spirit came in power on them.

   Acts 2:1-4 It was on the same exact day, (Shavout), that God sent down the Holy Spirit with a new covenant in establishing His church of the New Testament. Remember, (Exodus 19-20) God came down to the top of Mt. Sinai and gave Moses The Law which was the covenant (Old Testament) for the people. This is the last of the prophetic Jewish feasts that Jesus Christ has already fulfilled.

Ephesians 2:11-18 It is believed that the significance of the two loves of bread is prophetically pointing to the time when Jesus would make it possible for both Jew and Gentile to be saved.

TRUMPETS (ROSH HASHANAH)

   Leviticus 23:23-25 God commanded the blowing of the trumpets on the first day of the seventh month to call Israel together for ten days of judgment before their Creator. The ten day period was a time allowed for the unrepentant to get things right with God and not face the ultimate judgment. There are two prophetic theories pertaining to this particular feast as it does not specify an event in history.

   1. I Samuel 25 There is a story of David that 'pictures' or 'shadows' the theory of a period of time  

given for repentance. There was a  man named Nabal that would not help David. Although Nabal's wife interceded for him he would not repent and hardened his heart and in ten days he died. David took Abigail for his wife. This could be showing us the time period that is called “the Church Age” is a time of last opportunity for anyone who has not trusted Jesus as Savior.

   2. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:52 Of course the rapture of the church is always associated with the initial blast or blowing of a loud trumpet, so the Feast of trumpets could be the pointing towards that glorious day. However, in keeping with the obvious symbolic chronological order of the 7 Feasts, it would seem more likely that this particular feast does not represent the rapture at all.

                                              DAY OF ATONEMENT (YOM KIPPUR)

   Leviticus 23:26-32 The solemn occasion was highlighted by the fact that God said that anyone who did not repent of their sin on that day would be cut off. God's grace was the underlying theme of the scapegoat and the Atonement itself. Many Christians see this high feast day of the Jews as prophetically looking at the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. However, this interpretation doesn't make any sense because of the chronological order and progression of the feasts leaves little doubt that Christ's sacrifice is shown and prophetically pictured in the Passover and First Fruits.

   Revelation 1:7; Zachariah 12:9-10 The most likely truth in this prophetic feast is that Israel will look on “whom they have pierced” at the Second coming of our Lord.

   Romans 11:25-27  The most proof in the prophetic picture of this feast is what Paul shares with us.

TABERNACLES (SUKKOT)

   Leviticus 23:33-34 The Feast of Tabernacles was a time of feasting and rejoicing for eight days and looked forward to the Kingdom of the Messiah.

   John 7:37-38 It was on the last day of this particular feast when Jesus said in no uncertain terms that He alone was the source of life and blessing and could meet our every need.

   Romans 15:13-17; Revelation 21:1-4 The Feast of Tabernacles looks forward to the time when everyone who has received Christ will be with Him and all our needs will be be met beyond our dreams and expectations.