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BIBLICAL EDUCATION SYLLABUS  INTRODUCTION

“FEASTS”  Of  The  “LORD”

Leviticus Chapter 23

A Syllabus of Old and New Testament Scriptures listed for each of the 7 Feasts of the Lord per Lev. 23, to provide a study of the Scriptures as related to each of the 7 Feasts Practices, Promises & Prophecies, including spiritual conotations of the Sacrificial Offerings, and both  “Feasts” and “Lord” Etymologies, with each of the Feasts representing “Solemn Appointed Times with the Lord” as “Holy Convocations”, culminating with eternity with God represented by the Feast of Tabernacles.

 Lev. 23:2, 4, 37, 44   Ge. 22:8    Ex. 12 & 23    Nu. 28 & 29    De. 16

“FEASTS”  Etymology

De 16:16   “Three times a year (spring / summer / fall) shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which He shall choose (Jerusalem), and they shall not appear before the Lord empty”.  All 3 festivals are Harvest Festivals, which include First Fruits Offerings (tithes).  Each festival period is 7 days long and known as:

Unleavened Bread   -   Feast of Weeks   -   Tabernacles.   Aka:  Passover - Shavuot  - Sukkot.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread

(includes Passover; aka Jesus’ crucifixion & First Fruits; aka Easter.   (Spring)

Feast of Weeks; aka Pentecost  (Summer)

Feast of Tabernacles (includes Feasts of Trumpets & Atonement)   (Fall)

THE FEASTS ARE TO BE CELEBRATED & REMEMBERED PROPHETICALLY

IN LIGHT & KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

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7 Feasts Of The Lord  -  God’s Calendar of Redeeming Grace:

Passover; aka Good Friday – Jesus Crucifixion and forgiveness of our sins.

Unleavened Bread; aka Pursuit of Holiness / sinless nature as we trust and follow Him.

First Fruits; aka Easter – As we confess Jesus as Lord and believe in His resurrection, we are saved.

Feast of Weeks; aka Pentecost – Providing a greater degree of fellowship with God thru the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The next 3 feasts are prophetic, yet direct us to prepare our hearts for His coming return: 

Feast of Trumpets / Starts 10 Days of Repentance until

Feast of Atonement / Judgment determines worthiness to enter the Millennial Kingdom with Jesus. 

Feast of Tabernacles is a celebratory expectation of eternity with God; a permanent sabbath / dwelling / tabernacle with God forever.

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Meanings of the original Sacrificial Offerings at Feasts:

Primary purpose: Encouragement to draw us closer to God, but can not atone for deliberate sin.  New Testament:  Mth. 5:23-24   (Go to brother for forgiveness first, then offer sacrifice)

Burnt Offerings:  Represented complete submission to God's will.   Ezek.  46:1-2, 12  See also Lev. 1:3-5 (ie. Jesus).  New Testament:  John 1:29 (Behold the Lamb Of God Who takes away sins of the world)

Peace Offering:  Expressed gratitude to God & has nothing to do with sin. Lev. 7:11-12, 15

Sin Offering:  Expressed sorrow for unintentional sin. Lev. 4:13

Trespass or Guilt Offering: Expressed atonement for a breach of trust. Lev.: 5 & 6

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“LORD” Etymology

Yahweh / Jehovah               

                               Self-Existent One / "I AM THAT I AM"   Ex.3:14    Isa.44:6

Ye Shua / Yeshuah / Jesus / Joshua   (In Hebrew & English) 

                              God (Yahweh / Jehovah) is Salvation     John 8:58      

Christ                    Anointed One / Promised One / Messiah

Adonai                  Lord - Sovereign One       

Jehovah Jireh        The Lord will provide

El                          God

Elohim                 Strong One / God Most High     (In scripture over 2,500 x)

                                    See “Elohim” link.

El Shaddai            God Almighty  

El Olam                God Of Eternity, God The Everlasting / Forever  Ge. 21:33

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“FEASTS  OF  THE  LORD”

The feasts are “Appointed times with the Lord”  Lev. 23:1   

The Feasts are God’s Calendar of Redeeming Grace. 

God's Calendar Of Redeeming Grace - "Who has ears to hear, let him hear…" Mth.13:9-17

The Study spans:  

Milk to Meat of the Word:   I Cor. 3:2,    I Peter 2:2,    Heb. 5:13-14

Broad Foundation   -   Cursory Overview   -   In Depth Perspective

Historical / Biblical Overview of Altar Sacrifice, The Tabernacle, Temple Mount and the City of Jerusalem from Abraham to Present:  Practices associated with the feasts, both at the time of the Lord and currently.

From the prophecy of Ge. 22:8:   Abrahamic Covenant that God will provide Himself a lamb, to the Law given to Moses in the Pentateuch, Through the Major and Minor Prophets, to Christ's return and the New Jerusalem in Revelation as related to the 7 Feasts of the Lord.  

This study includes a major Bible doctrine known as Eschatology, or literally, the study of the last things.  This area of biblical doctrine delves into future prophetic events in Scripture such as:  Prophecy contained in Feasts 1 - 4 were satisfied during Christ’s 1st coming:  Feasts:  Passover (Crucifixion), Unleavened Bread (sinless sacrifice), First Fruits (Easter) & Feast of Weeks (Pentecost).  

Prophecy continued in Feast 5, 6 & 7 will be completed upon the LORD's return:

Feasts: Trumpets (Start Tribulation), Atonement (Judgment Marriage Supper Guests) & Tabernacles (New Jerusalem).  

Restoration of Israel / Tribulation Period / Day of the Lord / Return of the Messiah / Millennial Kingdom / Final Judgment.

Mark 13:28-32  (Parable fig tree…  Day of The Lord (DTL) is near… this generation shall not pass away… no man knows day, hour).

Rom. 11: 16-27  Christians represented by a wild olive tree branch grafted onto the natural olive tree / natural braches (Israel) in the latter days.

Eze 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, blows not trumpet, the people be not warned; if the sword come & take any person …, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

Note Syllabus format: Scriptural references are in biblical order for Old & New Testaments for each feast. This should greatly ease locating verses as listed.

Shorter teaching time periods would require preprinting each verse. Copies of each verse can be obtained from On-line bible web sites such as:  www.blueletterbible.com .  This syllabus is the main teaching tool, accompanied by multiple handouts & videos; as referenced in the left margin of the syllabus.  Part of the objective of this study is to encourage participants to actually study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation by leading participants to look up EVERY verse and color highlight each verse for future reviews. 

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Feasts:  aka:  Solemn Appointed Times with the Lord. Lev. 23:1-4

The Hebrew word translated "Feasts" means “Appointed Times”

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".  According to De.16:16 God commands that we keep His Feasts and appear before the Lord with thanksgiving.

These "Holy Convocations" are a combination of celebratory commemorations of God’s providence fulfilled in the past, and the continued fulfillment of His covenant promises for the future.

“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, an 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

To fully understand the Feasts, one must first understand the full meaning and implications of the Sabbath as a time of oneness with God. 

Celebrating the Sabbath (1-day; 24 hours – Friday sundown to Saturday at sundown).  The Sabbath is only a foreshadowing toward the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan exemplified in His 7 Feasts. 

God commands that we keep each and every sabbath & feast day holy (in light of the New Testament); aka "Holy Convocations"; that is, they are intended to be times of meeting between God and man for "Holy Purposes" in preparation of an eternity of dwelling with Him!  "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it HOLY.  Exodus 20:8-11  (4th Commandment)

The Feast of Tabernacles becomes the ultimate completeness of meeting with God; to “tabernacle” / dwell with God for eternity.

"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 

The question is:  If you are not willing to spend a Sabbath with God, even when God COMMANDS it (4th commandment), how do you expect to spend eternity dwelling with God???

De. 6:4-6   Hear O Israel:  You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, with ALL your soul, with ALL your strength.  Mth. 22: 37-38  Adds: Love your neighbor.

Caveat: Be a good Berean: Acts 17:11

As A WATCHMAN who sees the storm coming …  Eze 33: 3-9     

Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,  Mark 1:3

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