|Helen T. Jones, Wife|
The 7 Feast of Israel is a picture of Jesus Christ’ first and second coming.
Leviticus 23:4-5) The feast of Passover….The Lord’s Passover: Passover was meant to commemorate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, and with the sacrifice of the lamb for each family, show how the blood of the lamb averted the judgment of God for each Israelite family. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God that takes away sins of the world.
Leviticus 23:6-8) The feast of Unleavened Bread. This feast showed the purity Israel was to walk in (illustrated by eating only bread without leaven, a type of sin) after the blood-deliverance of Passover.This feast relates the time of Jesus’ burial, after His perfect, sinless sacrifice on the cross, during which He was received by God the Father as holy and complete.
Leviticus 23:9-14) The feast of firstfruits. The day following Passover’s Sabbath was a time to give the firstfruits of the harvest to God. The idea was to dedicate the first ripened stalks of grain to God, in anticipation of a greater harvest to come. The feast of Firstfruits relates to the resurrection of Jesus, who was the first human to receive resurrection; He is the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18.
Leviticus 23:15-21) The Feast of Pentecost (also called the Feast of Weeks).. Fifty days after the feast of firstfruits, at the completion of the wheat harvest, Israel was to celebrate the feast of Pentecost by bringing a new grain offering to the LORD. The feast of Pentecost obviously is connected with the birth of the Church and the “harvest” resulting (Acts 2:1-47); significantly, in the ceremony at the feast of Pentecost, two unleavened loaves of bread are waved as a holy offering to God, speaking of the bringing of “unleavened” Gentiles into the church…Fifty days after Israel left Egypt they were given the Law, So Pentecost also sees Jesus as the Word made flesh. John 1:1
Between the first set of four feasts and the second set of three feasts, there is a significant time gap - almost four months, which, significantly, was a time of harvest in Israel; even as our current age is a time of harvest for the church, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (Romans 11:25). The second group of the last three feasts relate to events connected with the second coming of Jesus.
. Leviticus 23:23-25) The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah. The feast of Trumpets speaks of the ultimate assembly of God’s people at the sound of a trumpet - the rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), and of the gathering of Israel for the special purpose God has for them in the last day.
Leviticus 23:26-32) The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement not only speaks of the ultimate, perfect atonement Jesus offered on our behalf, but also of the affliction - and salvation - Israel will see during the Great Tribulation… It will truly be a time when the soul of Israel is afflicted, but for their ultimate salvation; Jeremiah 30:7. This takes seven years after the Rapture of the Church.
Leviticus 23:33-44) The Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth. The feast of Tabernacles speaks of the millennial rest of comfort of God for Israel and all of God’s people; it is all about peace and rest, from beginning to end. Tabernacles is specifically said to be celebrated during the millennium (Zechariah 14:16-19).
Significantly, there is good evidence that each of the four feasts relevant to the first coming of Jesus saw their prophetic fulfillment on the exact day of the feast. Jesus was actually crucified on the Passover (John 19:14). His body would have been buried, and His holy and pure sacrifice acknowledged by God the Father during the Feast of Unleavened Bread following, and He would have risen from the dead on Firstfruits, the day after Passover’s Sabbath. Additionally, the church was founded on the actual day of Pentecost..For this reason, many speculate it would be consistent for God to gather His people to Himself at the rapture on the day of the feast of trumpets - on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Look up saints, your redemption draws nigh.