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Saturday, September 12, 2015

For All, Here is God's Redemptive Plan in the Feasts of Israel

Prophecy Sign:  The life of Jesus in the appointed festivals of God

There are seven appointed festivals that God has ordained for his people to remember and celebrate. These are as follows:  Passover, Festival of Unleavened Bread, Offering of First Fruits, The Festival of Weeks, (Pentecost), Feast of Trumpets, (Rosh HaShanah), Day of Atonement, (Yom Kippur), Feast of Tabernacles.  The first three festivals are celebrated in the spring and point to Jesus first coming in his death and resurrection.  The feast of Pentecost occurs 50 days after the spring feasts and points to the establishment of the body of Christ, (the Church).  The final 3 festivals are fall celebrations and point to Christs second coming in calling home his Bride (the Church), and calling Israel and the rest of the world to repentance.

There are many prophecy watchers that believe Jesus will come for his Church at the time of these fall feasts, with particular emphasis placed on the Feast of Trumpets, (Rosh HaShanah).  The reason for this is due to Paul's words to the Corinthians, (1 Corinthians 15:52), about the 'last trumpet' sounding to call home the Body of Christ, and the fact that 'no man knows the hour', (Matthew 24:36), of the start date of this festival due to the requirement to first see the sliver of the new moon.

The following article gives much more information on all these feasts and festivals and how they apply to the life of Christ and his first and second comings.

The Lord said to Moses,  “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. Leviticus 23:1-2 NIV

For All, Here is God's Redemptive Plan in the Feasts of Israel
In preparation for the fall feasts of Israel, let's take a step back and look at the feasts as a whole. Are they merely fascinating historical occurrences, or do they hold deeper relevance for believers in Yeshua (Jesus) today, whether you're Jewish or Gentile? 
Throughout the ages, God has sought after the people of Israel, in order to bless them and to make them a blessing to many peoples (Gen. 12:2-3). He also gave Israel a sacred trust—to bear His Name and to be the nation from which His redemptive plan for the world would go forth (John 4:22). This plan is illustrated in the feasts He ordained. 
These annual feasts are called "moedim" in Hebrew, meaning, "appointments." In a sense, these "appointed times of the Lord" (Lev. 23:4) constitute God's agenda with His redeemed people. Ultimately, they provide a Biblical and historical foundation for faith in Yeshua. Messiah Yeshua was to be the fulfillment of the feasts; indeed, He is the purpose for their existence. "These (Feasts, Sabbath day ...) are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Messiah" (Col. 2:17). Even as all Scripture is inspired and profitable, these "shadows" are relevant for followers of Messiah today because they never stop pointing to Him! (2 Tim. 3:16).

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