Today it appears that the church is totally ignorant of the special days that God ordained for His people to be reverent of; namely, the Holy Feast days that He set up for Israel to observe, (Leviticus 23). These holy feast days are Passover, Pentecost and the autumn Feast of Tabernacles (which consists of three holy celebrations of Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles). These days are very special as each is a prophetic representation of what is to be fulfilled in Jesus.
Leviticus 23:2 …..These are MY feasts, God said; note that they are not Israel’s feasts, but God’s.
These special observances are called in scripture “holy convocations” or special Sabbath days, these events are holy Sabbath days in addition to the weekly seventh day Sabbath; these are days that no one is to work, thus these are referred to as holidays, (a derivative of holy days).
Unfortunately, the church has adopted man’s secular holidays and ignores God’s ordained holidays. In so doing the church also ignores the prophetic significance of each of these special observances. What is most distressing is that the last of these holidays is especially significant to the church, yet we are ignorant of what they represent. The church, even more than the Jews, should be celebrating this last annual set of three autumn holidays which are back to back ending with the Feast of Tabernacles.
Let’s do a simple review of the prophetic meaning that God established in each of the holy feast days: Passover is representative of Jesus becoming the sin sacrifice, the Lamb of God slain for the sins of all mankind; whose blood was shed to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. This celebration occurs in the spring.
The church erroneously observes Easter as the resurrection of Christ but that day was established by the Roman Catholic Church and is not the day of Christ’s resurrection. Likewise, Good Friday was not the day of His crucifixion as you don’t get three days and three nights from Friday sunset to Sunday sunrise; and scripture emphatically states that “as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so must Jesus be three days and three nights in the belly of the earth”, (Matthew 12:38-40).
So if you want to observe the proper day of Christ’s crucifixion and the resurrection just look at what day the Jews celebrate Passover. It was the 24 hour period prior to Passover that Jesus was crucified, called the “Day of Preparation”, the day when they killed the Passover Lamb, (John 19:13-16, 31 &42). Jesus became God’s Passover Lamb, ( 1 Corinthians 5:7), and He had to be off the cross before Passover began at sunset since Passover is the high holy Sabbath of the Jews; (it was not the weekly Sabbath as has been assumed). Then you count three days and three nights from that day and you have the actual day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. Since Passover is the prophetic celebration of Jesus becoming the sin and blood sacrifice for mankind this prophetic event has been completely fulfilled.
Fifty days later is the Celebration Pentecost, when God gave something special to his people as a deposit of Himself. The Jews celebrate this day as when God gave His Ten Commandments – The Law. To the church it is when God sent His Holy Spirit to empower His people and marked the birth of the church of Jesus Christ. This prophetic event has also been completely fulfilled.
The next annual holidays of God are the three combined feasts of Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles. This celebration occurs in autumn, usually in late September or early October. This is the celebration whose prophetic significance is so great to the church because it represents what we are all waiting for. The first part of this celebration is called by the Jews, Rosh Hashanah and marks the beginning of this time of these three celebrations with the Feast of Trumpets.
Trumpets are used for three purposes: 1) to sound a call to alert of danger or an approaching enemy; 2) to call people to assemble; 3) to herald the coming of royalty, or a king. The church is anticipating a trumpet call, (1 Thessalonians 4:16); this trumpet call, which is the last in a series of trumpets, is the one that summons the saints into the clouds to meet Jesus upon His return. This is quite an important celebration that this feast symbolizes.
To the Jews, this is the celebration of new beginnings; they call it the New Year. It can be concluded from scripture and historical documents that this is also the time that Jesus was actually born. The trumpet heralded the coming of the king. You must understand that Jesus was not born on December 25th, this is another date established by the Roman Catholic Church and is based solely on ancient pagan celebrations that even pre-dated the Roman Catholic Church; (this is a separate topic that I and others have written about and can provide that information if you want it).
Jesus was born during the series of autumn holy days which represent both his first and second comings. What is most significant is that in addition to the heralding of Jesus birth, the sound of the last trumpet blast during this event prophetically announces the coming of King Jesus for His saints at the end of this age – referred to as the rapture. This is the timing of the return of Christ; and though we don’t know the day or the hour, we do know the season according to the apostle Paul, (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5) – during the fall feasts celebration.
The second phase of the Feast of Tabernacles is known as Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The Jews use this time to do serious soul searching, repenting, asking forgiveness and making things right with others. It obviously has to do with removing the consequences of sin and is the only one time each year when the high priest enters the Holy of Holies with the sacrificial blood to sprinkle on the mercy seat. The prophetic representation of this day is the time of the Judgment Seat of Christ, the day the Book of Life is opened and those whose names are written in it are declared acquitted of their sins before God by the atoning blood of Jesus.
This celebration occurs eight days after the last trumpet sounds. So prophetically, we are gathered to Christ at that last trumpet, then once all are assembled we find ourselves standing before Christ, the true, righteous and just judge, to have Him declare before the Father that He shed His blood for each and every one that is found written in the Book of Life, (Revelation 13:8). It is important to note that this book is opened again at the Great White Throne Judgment of God (Revelation 20:12, 15) to show the unsaved that their names are not in this book. (Their deeds are also recorded in another book, the Book of Remembrance.) So the Day of Atonement is prophetically yet to be fulfilled and is represented by the observation of this special holyday, which the church does not observe as yet.
The last phase of this special time of year is the great celebration of joy, praise, rejoicing and happiness, the Feast of Tabernacles. Originally, the Jews would celebrate by leaving their normal place of abode and take up a temporary dwelling outside their houses in booths that were built on their flat rooftops. This occurs fifteen days after the Trumpets and lasts for another eight days. This feast is the prophetic representation of both the birth of Jesus and His second coming. The first when He was born King of the Jews, Matthew 2:1-2; the second is when He returns as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Early church history, (before the Roman Catholic perverted history), verifies that Jesus was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles; it is when God tabernacled in the flesh among His people. Jesus was NOT born on December 25th as has been observed since the fourth century by the Roman Catholic Church. Then on the Great Feast day, the eight and final day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus was formally named and dedicated in the temple.
The future prophetic significance of this celebration is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the time when all has been accomplished and all the saints are gathered and present for the greatest celebration in all creation as we are joined with Jesus Christ as heirs to His throne and enter into His kingdom and the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. Now could there be any more of a reason for great Joy and rejoicing that is symbolized by this last of God’s holidays?
The observance of Tabernacles is so significant that it will be required by all people to celebrate it throughout the millennial reign of Christ; failure to do so will have a consequence as recorded in Zachariah 14:16-19. Tabernacles is a memoriam to bring to remembrance Jesus Christ, God incarnate in the flesh on behalf of mankind, who then became our sacrificial offering for sin, and who rules and reign over all as King of kings and Lord of lords.
On the eighth day is the Great Feast. This is also called the Feast of Ingathering which celebrates the final harvest. The prophetic significance of this celebration is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the time when all has been accomplished and all the saints are gathered and present for the greatest celebration in all creation as we are joined with Jesus Christ as heirs to His throne and enter into His kingdom and the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. Now could there be any more of a reason for great Joy and rejoicing that is symbolized by this last of God’s holidays?
The observance of Tabernacles is so significant that it will be required by all people to celebrate it throughout the millennial reign of Christ; failure to do so will have a consequence as recorded in Zachariah 14:16-19.
Church, wake up and begin to observe God’s holidays more than we heed man’s phony (and corrupt) holidays! And stop celebrating man’s false holidays which offend God and Christ because they are not representative of Him.