OBSERVING THE FEASTS
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God's feasts are refreshing, a blessing, and instructive. Some of us have gone our whole lives without keeping God's appointed feasts (Leviticus 23:4) – the feasts that are actually in the Bible and not made up feasts. It is somewhat horrifying to me to think that I've missed the truth about God's feasts because I was talked out of them or because I minimized their importance.
Yeshua (Jesus) died and rose from the dead at the time of the Passover (He was literally our Passover Lamb!); the Mount Sinai law was given on Shavuot (Pentecost) and so was the Holy Spirit. Yeshua healed a blind man (John 9) just before the feast of lights (Chanukkah, John 10)! Some of us have missed so much by not celebrating His feasts. I hope you enjoy these great articles on God's feasts.
UNDERSTANDING GOD'S FEASTS
There are many reasons believers in the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) are to celebrate the feasts of God. Rabbi Shaul (Paul) commands believers to guard the feast of Passover and that also implies an adherence to the other biblical feasts. Early believers in the messiah kept all of God's feasts. Many believers in Yeshua have kept the feasts over the years and that includes the feast of Shabbat which is given in the 10 Commandments. We get our doctrine from the early believers in Yeshua who celebrated the feasts of God, so there is no reason to believe that we are not to keep the feasts of God. What could be wrong with getting closer to God by keeping God’s feasts? Believers in the true God have celebrated the feasts of God for thousands of years.
The rabbis intended for the Passover (Pesach) to be instructive, interactive, and for the whole family. The Bible instructs us that Passover is observed during twilight toward the end of the day on the 14th of Nisan and we are to tell the Exodus story during the Passover celebration. We should also tell the story of Yeshua giving Himself for us on the Passover and include correlations in our observance of Passover.
Shavuot was celebrated since the time of creation. Noah and those after him celebrated it for God's deliverance, Israel was delivered from the Egyptians and was given the law on Shavuot.
We are delivered from sin through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and the Holy Spirit was first given on Shavuot to help us. God wants us to receive His Messiah Yeshua and the Holy Spirit. "Kefa answered them, "Turn from sin, return to God, and each of you be immersed on the authority of Yeshua the Messiah into forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh! For the promise is for you, for your children, and for those far away - as many as ADONAI our God may call!" Acts 2:38-39 CJB.
Shavuot is God's feast and a day of rest (Deuteronomy 16:9-12). It is one of the three feasts we are required to observe together.
Rosh Hashanah and the Birth of Yeshua
Yeshua (Jesus) had to be born in the Fall. Yeshua was born 6 months after Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) was born and Yochanan was born at the time of the Passover. There are some who celebrate Yeshua's conception in December which points to a September birth. Rosh Hashanah is also called Yom Teruah which means "day of shouting." The Bible tells us the angels were shouting for joy when Yeshua was born. “Suddenly, along with the angel was a vast army from heaven praising God: ‘In the highest heaven, glory to God! And on earth, peace among people of good will!’” Luke 2:13-14 CJB. This all clearly points to Yeshua being born on Rosh Hashanah.
A Messianic Yom Kippur
Click on the link for a Messianic Yom Kippur guide. Yom Kippur is a required observance in the Bible. It is the God appointed time for repentance and forgiveness. Yochanan (John) said, “If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing;” 1 John 1:9 CJB. Most people that say the Old Testament has been done away with miss the obvious connection with this verse and Yom Kippur. It is an important time to get ourselves right with God.
Yom Kippur - Teaching
Yom Kippur means the, “Day of Atonement.” Yom Kippur is the last day of 10 days of repentance and reflection. On Yom Kippur we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. While we can do this at any time and God will forgive us, Yom Kippur is a special time of renewal and forgiveness. Yom Kippur is a picture of the future time when we will stand in judgment before God.
Sukkot is a feast to give thanks to God for His provision, a time of joy, and a time of spiritual renewal. There are many appropriate and relevant messianic correlations for Sukkot. For example, we are to be led by the Holy Spirit much like Israel was led by God in the wilderness and just like Israel had the presence of God with them every day in the wilderness, we are now temples of the Holy Spirit and God is with believers in the Messiah in a special way.
Chanukkah and Yeshua (Jesus)
Yeshua (Jesus) was that prophet like Moshe to come and He was standing at the place where the first Temple stood and the stones from the defiled altar were there. So they ask Yeshua in John 10 to tell them if He is the Messiah and He says, ‘He already told them.’ John 10:24-25. His works should have testified to them that He is the Messiah. He had just healed a man that was born blind and said He was the light of the world in the previous chapter, John 9!