In Colossians 2:16-17
we are reminded that the feasts and sabbaths, are a shadow of things to come. And Jesus in Matthew 16:3
rebukes the Pharisees as hypocrites for not discerning “signs of the times”, as prophesied in Scripture regarding
these “Feasts of the Lord” only meant to be sacrificial offerings of bulls & goats, or were they a foreshadow
/ typology of God’s redemptive plan?
aka Solemn Appointed Times with the Lord Lev. 23:1-4.
Hebrew word translated "Feasts" means
Appointed Times. According to De.16:16, God commands us to keep His Feasts, in light of the New Testament,
and appear before the Lord with thanksgiving “forever” Ex. 12:14.
“And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the Feasts
of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these
are My Feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, a holy convocation;
ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. These are the Feasts of the Lord,
even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.” Lev. 23:1-4
As noted, Feasts and Sabbaths are called "Holy
Convocations" in Scripture. That is to say, they are intended to be times of meeting between God and man for "Holy Purposes".
These “Feasts / Holy
Convocations", are also a combination of celebratory commemorations of God’s providence fulfilled in
the past, and the continued fulfillment of His remaining covenant promises for the future.
The 7 Feasts of the Lord forming the foundations of all Prophecy and Eschatology
Hermeneutics include: Typology and prophecy fulfilled of the 4 Feasts of:
Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits aka Easter, and Feast of Weeks aka Pentecost, setting the stage for the last End of the Age Prophecy related to the Last 3 Feasts of: Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles.
To fully understand the Feasts, one must first understand the full meaning and implications
of the Sabbath as a time of oneness with God; a foreshadowing of that which is to come.
celebrating the Sabbath (1day in 7; 24 hours – sundown to sundown). The Sabbath is a foreshadowing of the
fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan exemplified in His 7 Feasts. It is a time completely devoted to being with God.
See Sabbaths link.
"IF you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on My holy day, if
you call the Sabbath a delight and the
Lord's holy day honorable, and if
you honor it by
not going your own way and not
doing as you please or speaking
idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 58:13-14
God commands that we keep every sabbath & feast day holy (in light of the New Testament). These are "Holy Convocations"; that is, they are intended
to be times of meeting between God and man for "Holy Purposes" in preparation for an eternity dwelling
with Him! Rev. 21:1-3
Feast days, Sabbaths, Sabbatical years and the Year of Jubilee are compounding foreshadows
of a potential closer communion with God. In other words, each event provides for
us direction, guidance and an opportunity toward a progressively closer, more intimate, relationship with God.
Feasts and Sabbaths are profound foreshadowings of the fulfillment of God’s total redemptive plan exemplified in His
7 Feasts listed in Leviticus 23, especially the Feast of Tabernacles.
Feasts of the Lord are a continuation of God’s redemptive plan, through His “appointed times”
yet to be completed. These last 3 Feasts of the Lord; Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles complete the outline of
God’s redemptive plan.