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A Prophetic Look at the Fall Feasts in Israel

September 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel, Monthly Articles

Earlier in the year we studied the Spring Feasts and their fulfillment in the life, death and resurrection of the Lord, Yeshua HaMashiach.

* Passover (Pesach) The Sacrificial Death of The Lamb, Yeshua
* The Feast of Unleavened Bread – His death and Burial
* Day of First Fruits – His Resurrection
* Fifty (50) Days or Seven Weeks later is the Feast of Weeks, Pentecost (Shavu’ot) when He sent His Holy Spirit to the gathered Believers.

The Fall Festivals, Leviticus 23:24-44, are just as amazing in their implications. The period between Shavu’ot or the Feasts of Weeks, and Rosh HaShanah or the Feasts of Trumpets is symbolic of the period between the beginning of the “Church” age at Pentecost until the regathering of the nation of Israel at the last days when they will acknowledge Him as their Messiah.

Some things to consider prophetically:

* Rosh HaShanah–the Feast of Trumpets–This is observed on the first day of the seventh month, Tishri, or September 8th at sundown this year…Israel’s New Year. (Is this prophetic of the Rapture of the Body of Christ?)

*Yom Kippur–the Day of Atonement–(Could this be when Jesus returns?)

*Sukkot–the Feast of Tabernacles–(Symbolic of when Jesus dwells among His people as their Priest/King for a 1,000 year reign?

It’s interesting to note that all the feasts are linked to a cycle of harvest–sowing and reaping. And while the commandments are given to the Jews, the spiritual applications with respect to the first and second comings of the Messiah are for everyone. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

These feasts show the history of God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt, and point to the past, present and future work of the Messiah for all the nations of the earth. While the Jews were a called out people unto God, He always had a provision for the “stranger” dwelling in Israel’s midst.

Let’s take the fall feasts of Rosh HaShanah individually:

*The first day of Tishri, Yom Teruah, (Day of Blowing), is a national call to repentance by the blowing of shofars (ram’s horns). It marked the end of the harvest and reminded Jews that they may have labored in the fields, but it was by God’s sustaining grace they were able to reap the bounty. Many see this as a spiritual call to repentance for the nation of Israel in the last days as they acknowledge their Messiah, Yeshua–Jesus. It is also a call to repentance for the whole world in preparation for the coming Kingdom of the Lord. From the first of the month until the tenth is called the Days of Awe. It is a time of personal introspection and repentance, preparing hearts for the final Day of Atonement.

*The tenth day, Yom Kippur, (Day of Covering) brings to close the days of repentance and soul searching. It is the national Day of Atonement. In the past, the priest went in before the altar of the Lord for the whole nation of Israel and sprinkled the blood of a bull on the mercy seat. We believe Jesus fulfilled that sacrifice once and for all and that He lives as an intercessor for those times when we sin and ask for forgiveness.

Yom Kippur is also a spiritual type of the last Day of Judgment. Our belief in Jesus assures we have a “covering” on the day when all must give an account of their lives.

This brings us to the fifteenth day, Sukkot (Booths) or the Feast of Tabernacles. It is a week long celebration. In Numbers 29, you find details of the offerings that were to be made on a daily basis for that week, beginning with thirteen and ending with seven. A total of 70 bulls. Bulls were sacrificed for national sins. Rabbis assert that this number represents the 70 nations that sprang from Noah. This was God’s way of showing the Israelites once again that He was God of the whole earth. The fulfillment came through Jesus, and Gentiles now have a part in God’s kingdom!

There isn’t enough space to permit a complete look at this special holiday event in Israel. Since the month of Tishri overlaps into our October, I will go into more detail about the celebrations next month…until then, Shana Tovah Umetukah – A good and sweet New Year!

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