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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.

FEASTS  OF  THE  LORD

Lev. 23:2, 4, 37, 44

Leviticus Chapter 23

Ge. 22:8    Ex. 12 & 23   Nu. 28 & 29    De. 16

 

 As  A  Watchman  Eze 33: 3-9        Prepare  Ye  The  Way  Of  The  Lord   Mark 1:3

 

 

Jesus as LORD:

Yahweh  /  Jehovah:  

                            Self-Existent One  -  "I AM that I AM"

                            Ex.3:14   Isa.44:6  John 10:30                             

  

Ye Shua  -  Yeshuah  -  Jesus  -  Joshua: 

                            God is Salvation     John 8:58      

 

Christ:                  Anointed One  -  Promised One  -  Messiah

 

Jehovah Jireh:       The Lord  will provide 

                           (Abraham’s response to Isaac Gen. 22:11)

 

Elohim:                 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.

 

 

Feasts:  aka:  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 Sabbath).

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:

 

Spring Feasts:

Passover                         aka            Good Friday  /  Jesus Crucifixion

Unleavened Bread         aka            Pursuit of Holiness  /  To be without sin

First Fruits                     aka            Easter  /  Jesus Resurrection

 

Summer Feast:

Feast of Weeks             aka             Pentecost  /  Gift of the Holy Spirit 

                                                           as 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 Lord

Feast of Atonement      aka       Day of Judgment

Feast of Tabernacles    aka      The New Heavens / New Earth                                         / New Jerusalem 

 

 

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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 will.  

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. 4:2, 13

 

Trespass or Guilt OfferingLeviticus chapters 5 & 6.

 

 

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Passover 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 now sits.

 

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 be seen.”  

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 the temple.

 

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

See “Daniel”

 

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.”

 

Psalm 22 also prophesied Jesus suffering on the cross:

Verse 1My 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.”  John 1:29 

 

John 12:12-15:  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.

 

 

 

Feast of Unleavened Bread in the New Testament:

 

Leaven represents Sin.  Jesus was without sin. We are encouraged to seek purity.

 

The Feast of Unleavened Bread spans 7 days including Passover (Jesus Crucifixion) and First Fruits (Jesus Resurrection).

 

So Christ 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

 

“Your glorying 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”

 

 

 

 

Feast 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. 22:29  

Plus a multiple other scriptures of similar nature.

 

 

 

 

Feast of First Fruits in the New Testament:

 

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.”  I Cor. 15:20  

 

“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 and Atonement.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Feast 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 2: 1-4

 

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: 38-41

 

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.

Gal. 5:16-17

 

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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Fall Feasts:

 

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 of Tabernacles.

 

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 feasts).

 

Versus

 

“… 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).

 

 

Explanation:

Just 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 God. 

 

So 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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The Feast of Trumpets in the Old Testament:

 

“And 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

 

Then 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

 

“Behold, 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"

 

 

 

The 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

 

“For 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  Fullfillment of:

“Then 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  

 

“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

 

When 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.’  Math. 25:31-36

 

“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

 

See "Trumpets to Atonement to Jubilee"

See  " End Of The Age and Signs of Jesus Coming"

 

 

 

The Feast of Atonement in the Old Testament:

 

Behold, 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. Zec. 12:10

 

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,    Isa. 53:1-6, 10

 

"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. 1:1-3

 

Our 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

 

“Behold, 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.”  Mal. 3:1-2

 

 

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The Feast 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

 

“I 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!’  Math. 7:21-23

 

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. 13:24-30

 

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

 

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The Feast of Tabernacles in the Old Testament:

 

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

 

"The people 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. 49:6-7

 

“ 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

 

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples; but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.” Is. 60:1-2

 

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The Feast of Tabernacles in the New Testament:

 

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.

John 4:13-14

 

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.”  John 8:12 

 

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.

 

When Jesus stood in the temple claiming to be the Light of the world, He was making a radical statement.  To stand in the middle of the temple in conjunction with the Feast of Tabernacles and say, "I am the Light" was like saying "I am the Shekinah; I am the pillar of fire".  It's hard to imagine a more graphic claim to deity.  Jesus may very well have been standing at the top of the Levitical steps, with the Holy of Holies directly behind Him -- what a vision to accompany such a statement of deity!

 

In contrast, Paul writes: "In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God should shine unto them.  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.  For God who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 

2 Cor. 4:4-6

 

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.  John 3:19

 

"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." I Cor. 3:16

 

"He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.   I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God; and I will write on him My new name."  Rev. 3:12

 

"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.  Also there was no more sea.  then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.  God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.'  Then He Who sat on the throne said, 'Behold I make all things new.'  And He said to me 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'  And He said to me, 'It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.' " 

Rev. 21:1-6

 

"And He carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God." Rev. 21:10-11

 

"But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.  The Lamb is its light.  And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it, .... but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life."  Rev. 21:22-27

 

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