We are in the midst of the High Holy Days as described in the scri ptures
Many are not aware of these festivals or know very little about them. But did you know that believers and unbelievers are going to be involved in their fulfillment whether they like it or not?
So, in light of the High Holy Day season I wanted to write a brief summary of these festivals and what their implications are. This may be the only place you will ever hear of this because most Bible teachers don’t know it, believe it or teach it. I want this to be informative but it is also a warning.
The Lord has said if you see judgment coming and you don’t warn the people then he will require it from you.
So I am "shouting this from the rooftops" if you will. In summary, these festivals teach the coming of Yeshua and have not been fulfilled as yet. There are seven biblical festivals god has commanded us to observe in Leviticus 23: 1-44 and there are several Hebrew words to understand. In Lev. 23: 2 the Hebrew word for "appointed times" is "moed" because these festivals are the "appointed times" of the Lord.
These are not Jewish festivals but God’s and He has an appointment (moed) with his people on these days.
Of course many so – called believers have "done away with the Law" including these festivals and have told the Lord that "even though we have an appointment, I’m not coming!" Queen Vashti in the book of Esther is a picture of these professed believers and we know what happened to her!
The other word used in v2 is the word "convocation" which is Hebrew word "mikrah" and it means "rehearsal."
So, when you keep these festivals you are rehearsing what they stand for. But a rehearsal is not the real thing.
People in a Broadway play rehearse for many weeks but there comes a day when it is for real and that is exactly what these festivals are for.
There will come a day when all the rehearsing will be over and the Lord will actually fulfill what they mean. The spring festivals begin with Passover and end with Shavuot (Pentecost). They teach the first coming of Yeshua and were fulfilled to the letter.
He was crucified as our lamb on Passover, buried on unleavened bread, rose from the dead on First Fruits and sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
After the long growing and harvest season we come to the fall festivals.
Rosh ha Shana (head of the civil year) is biblically called Yom Teruah or "day of the awakening blast" (Num. 29: 1). The shofar (rams horn) is blown on this day (Num. 10: 1-10) to "wake" us up, to warn us of danger physically and spiritually. In the Temple the shofar was blown over the burnt and peace offerings of the day as reminder of the people before God. That is why this day is also called the Day of Remembrance (Num. 10: 10). The term "teruah" can also mean "shout" and it is a particular not blown on the shofar.
One of the main themes of this festival is the resurrection of the dead believers and the catching – away of the ones who are "alive and remain" in what is called the Natzal (deliverance) and commonly known as the "rapture". This concept is not new and has been known and taught for centuries and the Apostle Paul taught it (1 Cor. 15; Thes. 4: 2 and Thes. 2). The prophets allude to it in Isa. 26: 1-20; Zeph. 2: 1-3; Joel 2: 23 and many more places. The Jewish people associate the resurrection of the righteous with Rosh ha Shana (day of the awakening blast, remember?) and shofar’s have been found on headstones in ancient Israel.
There are several other themes for this day including the wedding and coronation of the Messiah and judgment.
This festival is known by several names and these are used in the scri ptures. One is the "Last Trump" and "the day no man knows" because it is the only festival that occurs on a new moon. You can’t start the month without the new moon and so Rosh ha Shana is the first day of Tishri which begins the civil year, but you need to sight the new moon first.
The current Jewish calendar is a concoction of the rabbis 1,500 years ago and it does not go by the new moon but is calculated and adjusted. For instance Rosh ha Shana this year was celebrated on the accepted Jewish calendar on Sept. 30 but there was no new moon. How can you have a month start (Tishri 1) without a new moon? The traditions of men still invalidates the word of God in Judaism as well as in Christianity.
This festival will begin the last 1,000 year period known as the Lord’s day, or day of the false messiah. The feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) teaches the coming Messianic Kingdom and the reign of Yeshua on earth.
There is no way to go into all the details surrounding these festivals but many are virtually unaware of them, including many believers, but didn’t the Lord and the Apostle Paul say that these things would come upon many like a "thief in the night?"
If you are not aware of the prophetic implications of these festivals I would advise you to find some information about them and search things out for yourself. That which has happened before is going to happen again, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1: 8-9 and Rom. 15: 4). If Yeshua fulfilled the spring festivals exactly as they have been rehearsing them for 1,500 years, I have no reason to doubt that he will fulfill the fall festivals exactly as they are rehearsed, on the day they are celebrated.
So if these concepts are new to you then you are not being taught the things the Lord wants you to know.
All the information one could possibly need about these festivals is available to anyone who wants to know.