The Bible reveals God’s history and future plans for His relationship with mankind. There are three transitional generations recorded in His story. The first transitional generation was the Israelites as they came out of Egypt and were headed toward the Promised Land. The disciples were the second transitional generation as they established the church age after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. The third is our very own end-times generation that is called to begin to establish Jesus’ Kingdom on earth and prepare for His arrival.
As you might guess, the characteristics of these generations are pictured in the Feasts of the Lord. The first set was the three Spring feasts at the beginning of the Hebrew year: Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits. The Father established these feasts so the Israelites would remember their deliverance from Egypt. Once they were in the Promised Land, this feast also included a celebration of the first harvest of barley. Their offering was a sheaf of barley. It was the first crop to come up and it would sustain them until the coveted wheat harvest came in.
The Spring Feasts represent a season of deliverance from slavery. What does this mean to us and why should we care? We are not slaves, or are we? Slaves are subject to whatever has mastery over them. Being delivered involves leaving old mindsets, sin and death (not necessarily physical death, but things that have died in us) and crossing over to move toward the promise. Because we are often quite unaware of how enslaved we are, we need the apostles and prophets to help us to see what we might not see on our own. God wants us to know His heart and He tells us what signs to look for, so we will not miss our turns. We can look at the example of the Israelites coming out of Egypt and see how they could not recognize the goodness of God through His miracles; they missed their signs. Nonetheless, they were called to transition from a group of Hebrew slaves into the nation of Israel, God’s beloved people. Later, when the promised Messiah arrived, another generation had been given signs to look for, but they, too, misread the signs and the prophecies. They were unwilling to change their mind (repent), because they thought they knew better than God. Yet, when you look at all the symbolism of the Spring Feasts, it is so full of details and symbols that it’s hard to believe anyone could miss seeing Jesus. From the time the Israelites left Egypt until the time Jesus walked on the earth, the Spring Feasts were a dress rehearsal of Jesus delivering His people from sin, forgiving them and beginning the process of restoring humanity’s relationship with the Father. Every generation as a whole, and each individual must experience their own deliverance from something that has kept them separated from God. Each year, as we move through this season, we have the opportunity to be delivered and become freer. It is an ongoing process.
The second set was the Feast of Weeks, because it was held seven weeks after Passover. The seven-week period leading up to the feast, also known as the time of Counting the Omer, was just as significant as the final, fiftieth day when the feast was celebrated. This feast commemorates the gifts and provision that God gave the Hebrews at Mount Sinai. He gave them an identity as a nation and established a unique relationship with them that would be called the Mosaic Covenant. This feast took on the agricultural significance of offering the firstfruits of the wheat harvest once they were in the Promised Land. This time their offering was not the wheat itself, but two huge loaves of bread made from the wheat flour.
The Feast of Weeks, also known as Pentecost, is a celebration of God’s provision. In the natural, as they wandered through the wilderness, God provided manna which was called “Bread of Heaven.” When they entered the Promised Land, they celebrated the wheat harvest from which they were enabled to make bread. It remembered God’s giving of the Torah (Law) to His people at Sinai. While Jews were gathered in Jerusalem after Jesus’ death to celebrate this feast, God chose this day to “pour out His Spirit on all flesh.” Just as the Hebrew nation would not have been able to function as a nation without God’s Law, the new Church lead by the disciples of Christ would not be able to function in their higher calling without the operation of the Holy Spirit in them. It is God’s generous giving that enables us to complete the calling we’ve been given by Him. Once we are delivered, we begin anticipating the promised inheritance. This is a season to understand our identity as God’s people, disciples, students of the Lord. It is vital to know who we are and what we’ve been given in order to accomplish our destiny and possess our inheritance. We go through a process of sanctification, ridding ourselves of sinful behaviors and walking in greater levels of righteousness, so that we may possess all that the Lord wants to give to us. The early Church transitioned from the Mosaic & Davidic Covenants to living under the New Covenant written in Jesus’ Blood.
The third set was the Fall feasts which occur in the seventh month: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles.) At this time, the Israelites were commanded to remember how they had sojourned through the desert and lived in temporary dwellings until they reached their promise. This feast season celebrated the final and most abundant harvest of the year. Harvesting grapes, olives, pomegranates, and figs brought great joy to the community.
Prophetically speaking, this season is for us, the end-time generation! In a broad sense, Generation Z is an appropriate name for this generation. It represents coming to an end of something. It requires awakening to deeper levels of understanding, making ourselves ready to meet our Bridegroom, reaping the harvest of souls and building the Kingdom of God on earth. The Church and the Kingdom are two different things. The end-time generation exists to build the Kingdom in preparation for Jesus’ return. In this season there is much anticipation and rejoicing. One day, we will meet our Bridegroom, but until then we have much preparing to do. We prepare our hearts by becoming more like Jesus, and we contend against the enemy’s schemes as he fights against Jesus and His saints. Just like the Jews in the days after Jesus was born had to know what they were looking for and correctly interpret the signs, so we have to do the same. God gave the Holy Spirit long ago to empower His people, but He knew that our relationship with the Holy Spirit would have to go to a deeper level in the generations leading up to Jesus’ return. We need the power and revelation of His Spirit, so that we can overcome the spirit of the age. In these days, He is pouring out the Holy Spirit stronger than anything we have experienced in all of human history. God is awakening His Bride, and we will reap the last great harvest of the ages. Jesus will come to judge the wicked, and then, the Bridegroom will marry His Bride. He will carry us over the threshold into the Promised Land of Heaven where we will not only see the Father face to face, but we will rule and reign with Him in His Kingdom forever. What a glorious future we have! We are the generation to transition Heaven to Earth.
Each generation and each feast contains keys and patterns that we can learn from so that we don’t miss our signs and we stay in sync with God’s times and seasons. Some things we’ve been taught and believed might not be true. Are you willing to unlearn some things so that He can fill you with Truth? This is so critical. As we enter into the Passover season this year, 2019/5779, let’s commit to knowing Him in new fresh ways. Let’s be quick to surrender to Him, to seek the deliverance He so freely offers and to find out what’s it’s like to truly be free in Christ. Let’s get reacquainted with the Word of God and expect that revelation will flow to us in ways we have never experienced before. As He pours out His Spirit, we can expect signs and wonders to follow us as we believe. We have assignments and a holy call to partner with the Living God and build His Kingdom and our forever home!