The Fall Feasts are a dress rehearsal for Jesus’ second coming, just as the spring Feasts were for His first coming. God appointed these festivals for us to stop our routines and come aside to consider what He is saying every year so that we will be ready when the day comes. The unfortunate part is that Israel, even though they had rehearsed Passover from the time they left Egypt until the day of Jesus’ birth, still missed their moment. There were only a few that had enough faith to believe that the baby born in a stable, in such an insignificant way, could actually be the fulfillment of the coming Messiah. It’s quite shocking actually. So with that as our backdrop, we should be very diligent to consider how important the feasts are.
Through the years, the enemy has done so much to push Christians further and further from their Jewish roots. When it comes to the feasts, many Jews don’t take it very seriously anymore and Christians think this has nothing to do with our faith. The truth is, the Feasts are central to our faith and explain a great deal of what is on the Father’s heart for His family when they are reunited with the Son, the Head, the King of His Kingdom.
How much of your thinking is consumed with thoughts of Jesus’ return? How much do you factor God’s thoughts into your daily life or activities being played out on the world stage? Have you stopped to consider what God might really have wanted for His people during this time? Do you know what Jesus was thinking when He said, “When I return, will I find faith on the earth?”
The good news is that even if your response to these questions is, “not much,” it’s not too late for you to change the way you think and get on board with God in a fresh new way. God is calling out to us, His arms are open and He earnestly desires that we return to Him. We are all born in His image. We were created to look like our Heavenly Father. He is not a far-off distant God, He sent Jesus to die for us so that our sins would be removed and we could be in close fellowship with Him. He sends Holy Spirit to live inside each one that will receive the gift of salvation for the very purpose that from that point on, nothing can ever separate us from His love again.
The Fall Feasts represent a pattern, an on ramp so to speak, for returning to God. Allow me to give you a quick overview of this pattern. There are three feasts that make up this season: Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Feast of Trumpets, aka Rosh Hashanah, is about the sound of awakening at the blast of the trumpet. It is a call to remembrance, a memorial. That’s how it’s described in Leviticus 23:24:
“Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.”
The context of the verse indicates that they are to be reminded about the “rest.” The seventh month represents a time of completion, a rest, a sabbath. And the Lord says, it’s “a holy convocation,” again pointing to Sabbath rest, like when God rested on the seventh day. Though He spoke this to Israel as they were coming out of Egypt, He was thinking about the Sabbath rest He was ultimately going to reveal through the death of His Son Jesus on the Cross. He was pointing to the coming of the Messiah and the gift of salvation, something no one could earn, but that was freely given to all.
While this is a very brief statement about the meaning of the Feast of Trumpets, we can safely say that God’s intention for us today is to WAKE UP and remember what His original intent was for us. Why did He create us, why did Jesus die for us, and how are we to live the remainder of our days until we meet Jesus. These questions lead to a lengthy discussion of knowing God and getting to know ourselves…topics that we need to ponder and that need to become central to our lives in this next decade.
This feast begins on Sunday, September 29 at sundown and concludes on Tuesday, October 1 at sundown. The other theme that is celebrated is tied to the name Rosh Hashanah. This aspect was added by rabbis after the Temple was destroyed and the Israelites were exiled. The name means “Head of the Year” and is celebrated as the beginning of the Hebrew New Year. This year we enter 5780, a new decade! Hebrew numbers and letters are represented by pictures that have meaning. They are called living letters because they speak and provide insights to what God is doing in that year. The decade of the 80’s represents not only a new decade, but a New Beginning to a New Era. We are stepping into an era where the Kingdom of God will become visible. The people of God will rise to new levels of understanding who they were created to be and they will partner with God to establish His rule and reign in the earth. No longer will Christians huddle together in the four walls of the church isolating themselves from culture and society, but we will be a living expression of the nature of our God and we will bring the blessing and goodness of God to a hurt, broken and fearful world.
The Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles will be covered in the next posts. Until then….
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