Thursday, February 23, 2017

Law - The Feasts Of The Lord (SD14)

Exo 23:14  “Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year:"
    There are only three main feasts of the Lord, where all the Israelites (males only) must appear before the Lord (either in front of the Tabernacle or Temple of God)

The Feast of Unleavened Bread 
    On its eve, the Passover Lamb was slaughtered, and the following day all Israel must appear before the Lord to keep the Feast.

Exo 23:15a  You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib,...)
    This Feast was fulfilled when our Lord Jesus Christ the Bread of Life was crucified as the sacrificial Lamb of God for the redemption of man's sins by His precious blood.

Feast of Harvest of Firstfruits

Exo 23:16a  and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field;
    After the Passover, the first harvest of the ripen wheat, barley, etc. out of the earth, will be a burnt wave offering to the Lord. This was fulfilled by the resurrection of our Lord on the third day after His crucifixion. Fifty days after this, all Israel must gather before the Lord for the Feast of Harvest of Firstfruits. This was fulfilled by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

        Feast and convocations not fulfilled yet

The Feast of Ingathering
Lev 3:16  and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field.
    The Feast of Ingathering is the event in the future. However, if this feast falls on the seventh month, then this will become the Feasts in the Seventh Month, possibly signifying the beginning of the seventh millennium of human creation.

1. Blowing of Trumpets
Lev 23:24  “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation."
    This will be fulfilled by the coming of our Lord Jesus for His elects at Rapture to end the period of grace for the Gentiles and also the end of the sixth millennium. The blowing of trumpets will herald in the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Mat 24:30-31  Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Brethren And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

2. Day of Atonement
Lev 23:27  “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord."
    This will be fulfilled when the remnant of Israel will mourn, repent, believe and accept our Lord Jesus as their Messiah (the One they pierced) and then all Israel will be saved.
Zach 2:10  “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. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.      

3. Feast of Tabernacle
Lev 23:34  “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord.
    This Feast of Tabernacles will be fulfilled when our Lord Jesus comes down to establish His Millennium Rule on earth (with Satan cast into the bottomless pit).
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but *they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

4. Eighth day Sabbath-rest
Lev 23:39  ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.
    The eighth day sabbath-rest, possibly signifying the beginning of the eighth Millennium will be fulfilled by the New Heaven and New Earth and then eternity.
Rev 21:1  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.

    Do we keep these unfulfilled holy convocations and Feast?

John 6:29  Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

Brethren, without the temple of God we must not try to keep these unfulfilled feasts and convocations but to believe that our Lord Jesus at the cross had fulfilled His part as the sacrificial Lamb, High Priest, etc. when these events will come to pass at the appointed time. We must believe and teach that Jesus will come for His elects at Rapture (blowing of trumpets), all Israel will be saved by accepting Jesus as their Messiah (Day of Atonement), the Millennium Rule of Jesus (Feast of Tabernacle) and finally the new heaven and new earth giving us the eternal rest with God (Eighth day Sabbath-rest).