THE FEAST AND THEIR MEANINGS

 

PASSOVER – REDEMPTION

UNLEAVEN BREAD – HOLY WALK

FIRST FRUITS – RESURRECTION

PENTECOST – HOLY SPIRIT

TRUMPETS – THE GATHERING FOR A NEW YEAR

ATONEMENT – NO MORE SIN

TABERNACLES – REST

 

Paul tells us in 1 Cor 5:6-8  that Christ was our PASSOVER. Thru Him we have Redemption.

 

6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

 

He speaks of unleavened, ??  Unleavened bread symbolized being freed from Egypt by the Passover. The Church is to be unleavened since it has been separated from the dominion of sin and death by the perfect Passover Lamb,  the Lord Jesus Christ. As Jesus came from the tomb in a Glorified body, we too are to walk in newness of life.

SIN is always an OPTION, not mandatory.

 

1 Cor 10:1-5   Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. (Rom 6:3-11)  Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

SIN is always an OPTION, not mandatory.

 

The annual feast of Isreal were part of the ceremonial services of the Temple. The necessity for the feast came to an end with the sacrifice of Christ at the cross. Yet there is still a future and ultimate fulfillment of Passover at the End, when Christ will deliver His people from the great tribulation and invite them to participate in "the marriage supper of the Lamb". Rev 19:7-9

7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'"

 

Luke 22: 15-16 And he said to them, "l have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."

 

As soon as Passover ends, the next day, the feast of  Unleavened Bread begins and then there is a Sabbath, and the next day is Feast of  First Fruits Lev 23:10-ll "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 'He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.  (WOW! Jesus was the firstfruits)

Firstfruits symbolized the consecration of the whole harvest to God and was a pledge of the whole harvest to come.

Rom 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

 1 Cor 15:20  But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

 James 1:18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Pentecost(fiftieth), The Feast of (Shavuot)Weeks: count 7 weeks from Firstfruits and then on the day after, (7X7=49+l=50) celebrate this feast with 2 loaves baked with fine flour and Leaven and marked the beginning of summer wheat harvest. “The 2 loaves are Jew and Gentile now one in Him. Leaven, because believers (bodies) have not yet been glorified.”

Eph 2:14-17 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

Yet, like Passover, Pentecost will be ultimately fulfilled at the end, when the Lord will pour out the Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit for the final harvest of the earth.

Rev 14:15-16  And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

 

The Fall Festivals of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles point to the ultimate restoration to be in the   Millenium 

Since the FALL Festivals typify such End-time events as the preparation for the final judgment announced 

by the Feast of Trumpets, the final cleansing and disposition of sins accomplished figuratively on the Day of Atonement, and the final celebration of God's salvation, by the redeemed, at the Feast of Tabernacles.

At the Feast of Trumpets, they acknowledged God as their judge who would decide their destiny ten days later on the Day of Atonement     (Num 29:7; Lev 23:29).

Num 29:7 'On the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall afflict your souls; you shall not do any work.

Lev 23:29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people.

For us it is the reminder that we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ .

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

The "blast of trumpets“ (Lev 23:23) on the first day of the seventh month ushered in a period of repentance which lasted ten days, that is, until the Day of Atonement. During this period, the people were asked to afflict themselves (Num 29:7), that is, to repent and confess their sins. The outcome was the moral cleansing and elimination of sin through the ritual of the Day of Atonement, which restored the people to a new covenant relationship with God. And we will have a new covenant relationship with ]esus after we appear before the Bema seat.

On the Day of Atonement, they would celebrate the fact that God was their vindicator and restorer who had removed and cleansed them from their sins. Lev 16:14-15, 21 Lev 16:14-15   He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. 15 "Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 21 Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man.

For us it is the reminder of the final redemptive act of Christ who will cleanse His people and dispose of their ins at the Bema seat.  Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

At the Feast of Tabernacles, they rejoiced that God had been their protector throughout the pilgrimage to the promised land. Lev 23:43  that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.'"

For us it is the reminder of God’s providential leading, and the end of wandering in a land that is not ours.

John the Revelator saw in his vision the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, when the Church stood before God’s throne with palm branches in their hands

Rev 7:9-11 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 

In the Millennium, only two feast will be observed. Passover and Tabernacles, and Passover will be with a bull, not a Lamb.

Ezek 45:21-22  "In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall observe the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. 22 And on that day the prince shall prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bull for a sin offering.

Ezek 45:25  "In the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month (Tabernacles), he shall do likewise for seven days, according to the sin offering, the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the oil."

 

There is also only one Altar, and no high priest. The prince is David.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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