Jesus in the Feasts of the Lord
A Scriptural overview of
the 7 Israel Jewish Biblical Festivals and Typology, aka 7 Feasts of the Lord per Lev. 23, including a Syllabus and Historical
overview as applied to: Dan. 9:24-27, Mat. 24, Rev.6, and Rev. 8-16, End of the Age, Last Days Prophecy, and Jesus Parousia,
including Pre Trib and Pre Wrath Rapture Hermeneutical Eschatological Analysis, in relation to the Feast of Trumpets, thru
to Feast of Atonement, unto Jubilee aka Millennial Kingdom, plus special photos at the end.
OF THE LORD
Lev. 23:2, 4,
Leviticus Chapter 23
Ex. 12 & 23 Nu. 28 & 29 De. 16
Jesus as LORD:
One - "I AM that I AM"
Isa.44:6 John 10:30
Ye Shua -
Yeshuah - Jesus - Joshua:
is Salvation John 8:58
One - Promised One - Messiah
The Lord will provide
(Abraham’s response to Isaac Gen. 22:11)
A compound word meaning a singular God with a plurality of expressed majesty i.e. Jesus, the Holy Spirit and
God the Father; aka a Triune, but singular God. Elohim is used over 2500 times in Scripture starting at Gen. 1:1. God manifests
Himself in three personifications; or persons; or “Divine Essences”. Therefore, when we refer to “Jesus
in the Feasts” we are referring to God; as One Being with a plurality of form: Jesus the Person,
the Holy Spirit and God the Father; For further details see the “Elohim Etymology” file.
Solemn Appointed Times with the Lord. Lev. 23:4
The Hebrew word translated "Feasts" means Appointed Times. The sequencing
and timing of these feasts are orchestrated by God himself as part of a comprehensive whole picture of His promises and providence.
Collectively, they tell a story.
These feasts are also in Scripture called "Holy Convocations"; that is, they are
intended to be times of meeting between God and man for "Holy Purposes" (includes the
See "Sabbath" link.
According to De.16:16 God commands that we keep His Feasts and appear before the Lord
with thanksgiving. Celebration of the feasts today, 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.
The feasts are literally God’s calendar
of redeeming grace.
God has provided the feasts as tangible physical representations with spiritual connotations, in order
for us to celebrate and give thanksgiving for 3 reasons:
- Remembrance of deliverance from bondage.
- Thanksgiving for Fulfillment
of Redemptive promises / prophecies.
- Anticipation of His future deliverance and communion with God.
First 4 Feasts:
Prophecy contained in Feasts 1 - 4 were satisfied during
Christ’s 1st coming and now celebrated in the fulfillment of those promises:
Good Friday / Jesus Crucifixion
Pursuit of Holiness / To be without sin
/ Jesus Resurrection
Feast of Weeks
/ Gift of the Holy Spirit
Jesus had Promised
Fall Feasts: The last 3
feast to be fulfilled in Jesus 2nd coming:
Eschatology or "Study of the Last Things
/ End of the Age"
is applied to the last 3 Feasts of:
Feasts of Trumpets
aka Tribulation / Day of the
of Atonement aka Day
Feast of Tabernacles aka The
New Heavens / New Earth
/ New Jerusalem
Sacrificial Offerings at Feasts Atonement of Sin:
(Atonement; a covering over of sin)
Primary purpose: 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: Represents complete submission to God's
Ezek. 46:1-2, 12 See also Lev. 1:3-5 (i.e. Jesus)
Peace Offering: Expresses gratitude
to God & has nothing to do with sin.
Lev. 7:11-12, 15
Sin Offering: Sin thru ignorance of the law; an offense to God. Lev.
Trespass or Guilt Offering:
Leviticus chapters 5 & 6.
in the Old Testament:
The beginning of God’s covenant for redemption is first demonstrated in the Feast of Passover,
i.e. Abraham and Isaac at Mount Moriah where the temple mount stood prior to 70 A.D., and where the Dome of the Rock Mosque
Scripture states: “And
it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him ….. Take now thy
son, thy only son Isaac, whom thou love, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering
upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. ….. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up
his eyes, and saw the place afar off…. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid
it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together…..
And Isaac spoke unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the
fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide
himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had
told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar
upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called
unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad,
neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son
from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns:
and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham
called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall
Gen. 22: 1-14 Note the shofar is a ram's horn!
Daniel 9:24-27 prophesied that
Jesus would present Himself as the Messiah, the sacrificial Lamb at His triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Jesus triumphant entry occurred 4 days prior to Passover
(aka His Crucifixion). This was the day required to select a lamb without blemish to be sacrificed as a burnt offering at
As prophesied in Daniel 9:24-27:
From the time the order was issued to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah
the Prince, it would be a period of 69 7-week periods.
This is interpreted to be (69 x 7) 483 years, or exactly 173,880 prophetic calendar days (360 days per year per Rev.
11:2-3, 12:6, and 13:5). Even though Jesus' coming was clearly prophesied, the Hebrew calendar
was 354 days per year, based upon the lunar months (including 6 leap months
per 19 years to adjust to the solar year), and therefore they found difficulty in knowing the exact day or hour!
However, they did know the season!. Yet the prophecy was very accurate when converting the 173,880 days
to the current Gregorian calendar
Therefore they found difficulty
in knowing the exact day or hour! However, they did know the season!
Zechariah 9: 9-11 also
foresaw Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem:
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold,
thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an
ass…... and He shall speak peace unto the heathen: and His dominion shall be from sea even to sea,
and from the river even to the ends of the earth. As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners
out of the pit wherein is no water.”
Isaiah: 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53 prophesy
of Jesus’ sacrificial suffering:
“Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be
exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, And
His form more than the sons of men; so shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for what
had not been told them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall consider. Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root
out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should
desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men; a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and we hid, as it were, our
faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was
bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like
sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He
was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep
before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare
His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they
made His grave with the wicked. But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, nor was
any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering
for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He
shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall
bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin
of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
also prophesied Jesus suffering on the cross:
Verse 1 “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words
of My groaning? ….. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. 7 All those
who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 “He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver
Him, since He delights in Him!” ..… 11 Be not far from Me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help. …… 14 I am poured out like water,
and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You
have brought Me to the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They
pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. 18 They divide My garments among them, and for
My clothing they cast lots. ….. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, 31 They will come and declare His righteousness
to a people who will be born, that He has done this.”
Feast of Passover in the New Testament:
“Behold the Lamb Of God Who takes away sins of the world.”
“On the next day much people had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in
the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Zion:
behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.”
Jesus at the Last Supper aka Seder:
The night before Jesus’ Crucifixion
on the Feast of Passover:
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave
it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And He took the cup, (the 3rd
cup of wine representing the cup of redemption in the Seder) and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all
of it; For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I
will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
And when they had sung an hymn (Psalm 118), they went out into the Mount of Olives.” Mth.
26:26-30. See "Passover - Seder" and “Crucifixion Photos” file.
Significant part of Psalm 118: 21-29; sung by
Jesus and the apostles at the end of the Last Supper, aka the Seder: “I will praise You:
for You have heard me, and have become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head
stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O
LORD, I beseech you, send now prosperity. Blessed be He that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the
house of the LORD. God is the LORD, which has showed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will praise you: You are my God and I will exalt You. O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for
his mercy endures forever.”
Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Old Testament:
Hebrew word for leaven is “Hametz”;
meaning sour by fermentation – rottenness i.e. sin.
Unleavened therefore means “sweet, without sourness” i.e. life without sin.
of Unleavened Bread in the New Testament:
Leaven represents Sin. Jesus was without
sin. We are encouraged to seek purity.
Feast of Unleavened Bread spans 7 days including Passover (Jesus Crucifixion) and First Fruits (Jesus Resurrection).
was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall He appear the second time
without sin unto salvation.” Heb. 9:28
is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven (sin) leavens (spoils) the whole lump? Purge
out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened (without sin). For even Christ
our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice
and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” I Cor. 5:6-8 See “Unleavened Bread”
of First Fruits in the Old Testament:
“You shalt not delay to offer the first of
thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.” Ex.
Plus a multiple other scriptures of similar nature.
First Fruits in the New Testament:
“But now is Christ risen from the dead,
and become the first fruits of them that slept.” I
“But every man in his own order: Christ the First Fruits (at Easter); afterward
they that are Christ's at His coming.” I Cor. 15:23 Note
the second half of the verse refers to Jesus second coming as part of the last 3 feasts during the Feast of Trumpets
Feast of Weeks aka Pentecost in the Old Testament:
The “Law”; or the first five
books of the Bible; aka the Pentateuch was also given to Moses in the third biblical month.
Refer. Ex. 19:1, 17-20 and 20:1-17.
Law received by Moses, and as
a result of sin 3,000 died.
Refer. Ex. 32:15-16, 26-28 and verse 33.
of Weeks aka Pentecost in the New Testament:
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were
sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled
with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts
Then Peter said unto
them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive
the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many
as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward
generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day, there were added unto them
about 3,000 souls. Acts 2:
And such trust have
we through Christ to God-ward: …. Who also has made us able ministers of the
New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.
II Cor. 3:3 and 6
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit,
and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:
and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no
law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let
us also walk in the Spirit. Gal. 5:22-25
See “Gifts of the Spirit” link
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The Last 3 Feasts are: Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles.
The last 3 feasts are prophetic, and direct us to prepare our hearts for Jesus return during
the end of times; at the “Day Of The Lord”, followed by eternity with the Lord God as prophesied in both
the Old and New Testament.
The Feasts of Trumpets starts a 10 Days (prophetic 10 years; Ezk. 4:6 1d=1yr)
of repentance, during which the 7 years of Tribulation occur, until the Feast of Atonement; aka The Day of
Judgment. At this time the year of Jubilee begins (1d=1,000 years II Peter 3:8 & 13), when Jesus
takes true believers to rule and reign with Him 1,000 years during the Millennial Kingdom, until Satan is again released for
a period until the Great White Throne Judgment ushers in the New Heavens / New Earth / New Jerusalem associated with the Feast
Note: 1 DAY = 1 Year OR 1,000 Years:
“I have appointed you each day for a year”. Ezk.
4:6 (Applies to the first 6
“… one day with
the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand
years as one day. II
Peter 3:8 (Applies only to the 7th feasts).
as 6 days of the week were meant for man and the 7th day (Sabbath) was meant for honoring God, so to are the 6
Feasts related to man’s redemption and the 7th Feast of Tabernacles related to an eternity with
to does the following logic of when 1 day is prophetically speaking of 1 year i.e. Ezk. 4:6 when
referring to man’s redemption; or when 1 day is prophetically speaking of 1,000 years i.e.
1 day with the Lord as 1,000 years II Peter 3:8 & 13 when referring to God
as with Jubilee / Millennial Kingdom.
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Feast of Trumpets in the Old Testament:
in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount
of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward
the north, and half of it toward the south”. Zec. 14:4
the LORD will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD will blow the trumpet,
and go with whirlwinds from the south.” Zec. 9:14
“With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
shout joyfully before the LORD, the King. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell in it; Let
the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth.
With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity. “ Psm. 98:6-8
I send My messenger, and He will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come
to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of
hosts. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For
He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He
will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD, an offering in righteousness.
“ Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, as
in former years. And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers,
against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien.
Because they do not fear Me,” Says the LORD of hosts. “ For I am the LORD, I do
not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have
gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the LORD
of hosts.” Mal. 3:1-7
See "Trumpets to Atonement to Jubilee"
See "End Of The Age and Signs of Jesus Coming"
Feast of Trumpets in the New Testament:
“Now when He had spoken these things, while
they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly
toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do
you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in
like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11
the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of
God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. I Thes. 4:16-17
LORD will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, and go
with whirlwinds from the south.” Zec.
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet
will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption,
and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality
….” I Cor. 15: 51-54
the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His
glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides
his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left, then the King will
say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger
and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Now learn this parable from
the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this
generation will by no means pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass
away, but My words will by no means pass away. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the
angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is
like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded
the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming in the evening,
at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say
to you, I say to all: Watch!” Mark 13:28-37
"Trumpets to Atonement to Jubilee"
See " End Of The Age and Signs of Jesus Coming"
of Atonement in the Old Testament:
My Servant (Jesus) shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished
at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; So shall He sprinkle many nations.
Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for what had not been told them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall
consider. Isa. 52:13-15
“And I will pour on the house of David
and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced.
Who has believed our report? and to whom has
the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He
has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised
and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was
despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all….. Yet
it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin,
"And there shall be a time of trouble ( 5th seal ) such as never
was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered; every one who
is found written in the book (Book of Life), and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to
everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt (see I Thes. 4:15-17). Those who are wise shall shine like
the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." Dan.
God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all
around Him ( 6th seal ). He shall call to the heavens from above,
and to the earth, that He may judge His people: “Gather My saints together to Me,
those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God
Himself is Judge. Selah Psalm 50:3-6
send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple,
even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,”
Says the LORD of hosts. “ But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears?
For He is like a refiner’s fire.”
of Atonement in the New Testament:
So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of
many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Heb. 9:28
charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His
appearing and His kingdom:…” II Tim. 4:1
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does
the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons
in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom
of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat
and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does
it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him,
‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather
up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the
time of harvest I will say to the reapers: “First gather together the tares
and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” Math.
Then Jesus sent
the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the
tares of the field.” He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of
Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The
enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.
Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those
who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. then the
righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear,
let him hear! Math. 13:36-43
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by
parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. …. “For
many are called, but few are chosen.” Math. 22:1-3,14
At the Feast of Tabernacles,
at the dedication of Solomon’s temple:
"When Solomon had finished praying,
fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled
the temple (Shekinah Glory). And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of
the LORD had filled the LORD’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down,
and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised
the LORD, saying: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever." II Chron. 7:1-3
who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a
Light has shined." Isa. 9:2
“ …..I will also give You as a
light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” Thus says the LORD, the
Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man despises …… Isa.
“ For as the
new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD,
“ So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon
to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.
Isa. 66: 22-23
Israel had 2 rainy seasons; the autumn rains and the spring rains.
Both were important. Water was a matter of life and death, particularly during the wilderness wanderings.
The water drawing ceremony was important to the Feast of Tabernacles to memorialize God’s provision of
water in the wilderness, and also to petition His ongoing provisions. The ceremony demonstrates the people’s awareness
of their dependence upon God and their gratitude for His gracious blessing of rain for the harvest; God’s gracious provision
for His people.
On the last day,
that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living
water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for
the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37
“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst
again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become
in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Jesus is calling
the people to come and to drink the truth He offers, so that the Spirit will flow out from their lives,
from their innermost beings to those in need. His call was also to the sectarian dead “pew
warmers” who pretend to be spiritual, but their works deny their claim.
“And he showed me
a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding
its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the
throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it ..…” Rev. 22:1
As prophesied in Ezekiel 47 verse 1-2: “Then he brought
me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for
the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He
brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there
was water, running out on the right side.” Also reference Zec. 14:4 in Trumpets
/ Old Testament.
Just as in the water
pouring ceremony when Jesus chose to make some of the most profound and Messianic statements concerning Himself, He added
further claim of His deity at the Illumination Ceremony. Perhaps only 8 hours had passed.
It was evening. The great candelabras still stood, on a full moon night, in the Court of the Women, illuminating the
night sky ALL around Jerusalem. Jesus used this dramatic backdrop to make His next messianic claim: “I
am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
On that same Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus proves His deity using both water and
light with a miracle:
As long as I am in
the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made
clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the
pool of Siloam”. John 9: 5-7 (The very pool used for drawing water during
the water ceremony commemorating God’s faithfulness)
Throughout Scripture and in rabbinical commentary, the promise of light
is connected with the Messianic hope. Jesus used this prophetic language to describe Himself where
light had been central to celebrating God’s provision. The Mishnah, a Jewish commentary, tells us
“there was no courtyard in Jerusalem that was not brightened by the Illumination Ceremony during the feast”.
Remember, the Illumination Ceremony was a symbol of an ever-present God Who, during the wilderness wanderings
graced the Israelites with His provision and presence through the cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. The light
stood for the Shekinah glory of God. Remember, the Shekinah glory of God filling Solomon’s temple in II
Chronicles chapter 7:1-3.
And this is the condemnation, that the
light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.