“FEASTS” Of The “LORD - Overvew "
Leviticus Chapter 23
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
“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
Passover; aka Jesus’ crucifixion & First Fruits; aka Easter.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
Trespass or Guilt Offering: Expressed atonement for a breach of trust. Lev.: 5 & 6
“LORD” EtymologyYahweh / Jehovah
Self-Existent One / "I AM THAT I AM" Ex.3:14
Ye Shua / Yeshuah / Jesus
/ Joshua (In Hebrew & English)
God (Yahweh / Jehovah) is Salvation John 8:58
Anointed One / Promised One / Messiah
- Sovereign One
Jehovah Jireh The Lord will provide
One / God Most High (In scripture over 2,500 x)
God Of Eternity, God The Everlasting / Forever Ge. 21:33
“FEASTS OF THE LORD”
The feasts are “Appointed times with the Lord”
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
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.
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.
Solemn Appointed Times with the Lord. Lev. 23:1-4
The Hebrew word translated "Feasts" means
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 – Saturday
sundown to Sunday 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
Feast of Tabernacles becomes the ultimate completeness of meeting with God; to “tabernacle” / dwell with God for
"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