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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Feasts of The Lord

Photo by Michael Melford, National Geographic.

There are eight appointed time of The Lord, they are to be proclaimed publicly so I'm doing that here.

The first appointed time is the weekly Sabbath. The seven other appointed times are the Feasts of The Lord and they include holy convocations. Three of them are especially unique, they are the pilgrimage Feasts.

All appointed times are set apart and known as the Sabbaths of The Lord. They are the "appointed" days in which our Creator instructs us to take a vacation from work to honor Him. They include special times set apart by God as holy days declaring God's appointments for His master plan of redemption and restoration outlined in Leviticus 23 and declared in Exodus 12, Numbers 8, Numbers 29,  Exodus 34 and Deuteronomy 16 and many other Scriptural references as God's lovingkindness and grace extends from one end of the Bible to the other.

They are so important creation and the heavens above are used by Almighty God to announce them:

"God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals..." Genesis 1:14

God is laser focused on precision. He set the timing of His calendar in the stars and the precise orbit of the moon around  the rotation of the earth and the Sun. All of His important engagements with mankind were written in advance in time and space. God has a calendar for the Bible and for you.

God always repeats important things, that's how He teaches and how we learn so I'll do the same here repeating awesome things from Scripture about these profoundly significant Sabbaths that were never done away with. The reason, there's mush more on the horizon in God's plan for mankind as long as the Sun and Moon still shine.

The Book of Hebrews tells us the purpose of a Sabbath is an opportunity to be like our Creator:
"There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:9-10
That Sabbath rest is in the future but we get to rehearse it every week.

Each appointment described by God in the front of the Bible is seen in the back as well. In fact, the word Passover appears in the NIV Bible 77 times: 49 are in the Torah, the Prophets and Writings and 28 times in the gospels and other writings of the Newer Testament.

The Feasts of The Lord are God's holidays with set times described throughout the Bible on God's appointment calendar. It may surprise you, but this means that the Feasts of The Lord are really not quite “Jewish Feasts” although many have heard them defined in that way and even ignored them thinking they are not for everyone on the planet, but they are.

This is not a slight in any way, after all the amazing witness of the Jewish people have held fast to honoring these festivals because they are God's days and that is an amazing story in itself.

Look at the words Moses recorded in Leviticus 23 and you will see Almighty God takes 100% claim to His divine Sabbath appointments. These days are owned by The Lord. He calls them "my feasts:"
"Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of THE LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts." Leviticus 23:2

The olde English word 'feast' can be a bit confusing because the Hebrew word is "Moed" and that word means "appointed time" just as any important appointment you put on your calendar. When you have an appointment you can't miss, you plan for it and you write it down in advance. God does the same He plans.

Not only that, you need to know that these days are holy convocations are the outline of the redemption plan for mankind!

As a matter of fact, Abba Father YHVH appointed these seven times and seasons and planned them since the seven days of creation. They are the specific days God set forth on His calendar to meet with mankind to engage His seven step salvation plan for the planet

The Feasts are God's prophetic outline for the redemptive work of Yeshua Jesus, the Messiah. For that reason, God tells the world through Moses that His appointments are to be observed and kept at specific times and seasons and He sets their order in the design of heaven and earth by the orbit of the moon.

There is an amazing prophetic significance of each Sabbath rest in the appointed times on God's calendar because His mercy, grace and lovingkindness is revealed through them and that is the story found in this narrative about them.

If we would just honor these days as we are told to do, it is incredible how clear our understanding of God’s redemption plan will make a big difference in our walk and relationship with Him.

The Bible shows us God always uses the number seven to point us back to Him. It is the focus of His weekly Sabbath on the seventh day of the week and it is woven in Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks many call Pentecost that occurs seven weeks after Passover. The fall Feasts begin with the number. The seven is the seventh month of Tishrei, it begins with Trumpets Day.

The seventh Biblical month stands out big time. It is the seventh month of the annual Feasts timeframe. Not only that, God teaches that every seventh year is a Sabbatical year, a Shemittah and after seven Sabbatical years, the amazing Year of Jubilee arrives.

When you think about it, Believers must praise God the Feasts of The Lord were never optional for Jesus. So, it time to do what Jesus did and get in sync with our Creator's plan on God s day timer.

Oh sure, you are probably like me and may have missed the Feasts in the past, perhaps thinking they were only reserved for the Jewish people, not knowing that they belonged to The Lord, but if you seek truth ask yourself, do you want to miss any of God's coming appointments?

Heaven forbid, instead join in with your Jewish brothers and sisters.

Almighty God, the Creator has made these set-apart appointments as the seasons that He extends His grace and mercy, His joy and celebration to a troubled world and to top it off, God has set aside three pilgrimage Feasts as very special times. The big three are all about celebrating Messiah Yeshua, God in the form of a man, the messenger of Heaven:
“Behold, I send an angel [messenger] before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him. But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries." Exodus 23:20-22

If you are Christian, imagine for a moment 
what would have happened if Jesus missed the
Spring Feast appointments in Jerusalem?

You could not call yourself a Christian because Jesus would have never given His life blood as the sinless Passover lamb offering nailed to the wood of the tree and lifted up over Jerusalem. He would never have laid three days in the grave during the week of Hag HaMatzot (Unleavened Bread) and most certainly He would not have been resurrected in glory on the appointed Day of Yom Bikkurim (First Fruits) to annul the penalty for sin given in Eden to obtain victory over death by Almighty God's power of resurrection to eternal life.

Without the fulfillment of the Spring Feasts, there would be no story of Cornelius, no Paul, no salvation, no redemption for mankind, no resurrection and no need for the Messiah to come as King.

Think about that and chew on this...

What if the disciples had elected to do their own thing and not keep the appointed Feast Day described in Acts 1?

Had the disciples of Jesus not obeyed His instruction to stay in Jerusalem, they would have left the city and they would have missed the appointed day when The Lord sent His Holy, Set Apart Spirit to indwell those in Jerusalem that believed and professed these things.

How would the gospel of The Kingdom spread across the planet by men never empowered by the Holy Spirit?

Had faithful Jewish men and women not obeyed Yeshua's instruction some 2,000 years ago, they would missed their Pentecost (Shavuot) appointment with the fire of the Holy Spirit after Yeshua had ascended to begin His role as the High Priest. The Kingdom of Heaven began to spread that day from the Holy of Holies out to the world.

The word of the gospel of The Kingdom of God would have never spread without the language and tongue of every nation. The disciples followed the Torah instruction on Shavuot to go to the place that God had placed His name, the Temple Mount and they listened to what Yeshua said:

"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about."

Do you understand what you just read?

If the disciples had not honored the Feast instruction they would not have been at the right place at the right time, they would have missed the gift from God, the former rain of His Spirit fire falling on them and the sound. Without them the gospel writings would have never been recorded and the resurrection never remembered.

If you call yourself a Believer, what will you do about this information?

You need to be in the right place, at the right time honoring God's teaching and instruction on His Feast Days! Think about this too, our Creator God does not run the universe by our calendar or Pope Gregory's either, so its time to calibrate your appointments to align with The Lord's so that you can keep your coming appointment with your Maker.

That day is THE day of The LORD, believe it or not, it is Yom Kippur. It is the appointed high holy day all mankind is to appear before The Lord and the book of life. Revelation focuses in on the coming events of this amazing day as well as the other Fall Feasts, but if you missed that and did not see the Fall Feasts in Revelation that's OK, but its time to rewind.

So, let's start in the beginning of God's Feast calendar.

The Spring season appointments of God include Yeshua's first mission, the salvation days of:
1) Passover (Pesach). It is the offering of the lamb, the Son of God, the day of the lifting up n a tree, but believe it or not, it's shocking for some it is not Easter time, not even close! The next appointment on God's calendar is the seven day festival that starts the very next day after the Passover offering, it is called...

2) Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot). It includes the three days and nights of the grave as Jesus, the personification of matzah, the unleavened bread from Heaven that took the sins of repentant mankind to the grave with Him. This critical day is followed on the third day, a day called Chag HaBikurim. It is the day revealing Yeshua's resurrection. Leviticus 23:11 has this the say about it: "He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it." 
Then, counting 50 days after the Sabbath is another anointment with God as His Spirit arrives to teach and comfort at the end of the seven weeks. It the day of the Ten Words at Mount Sinai...

3) After the counting of seven consecutive weekly Sabbaths, an appointed Holy Day arrived on the 50th day, it was the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), the "Pentecost" day of the arrival of the Holy Spirit and the giving of the covenant at Sinai from the mountain's fire.
Because of the prophetic season in which we are now living, many are finally realizing that it is proper, it is good and it is pleasing to The Lord that we honor His appointments and celebrate the days that are fulfilled in Yeshua-Jesus and that includes the Fall Feast season to come that will be fulfilled in the Father's timing.

Are you a believer that desires to know more of God and His plan for your life? Then, start with Pesach (Passover) and do what the Jewish Rabbi Paul says, keep the feast:

"Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Messiah, our Pesach, has been sacrificed in our place. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the matzah of sincerity and truth." 1Corinthians 5:7-8 HNV

If you do this, the Holy Spirit will show you more about The Lord and His plan of restoration in the celebration of each of His appointed times.

There is no legalism as you may think of it in honoring God's appointed, set apart days. There is no salvation by keeping the days God has set aside for His salvation and redemptive work either. The work is all His on these days but we are to believe and do.

Think about it: we "get to" honor these days to show God we want to be near to Him and love Him and we get to show Him we have the highest appreciation for what He has done and will do for mankind and you can be included in the plan.

Simply put, you can realize God's amazing blessings in your own life, family and congregation today by celebrating His appointed Feast Days.

"Pesach" is the Hebrew name of the Passover offering and it literally points the world to "the lamb" of God - Jesus the Jew and Messiah. He walked in obedience to God's instruction, so He kept the Feasts.

Praise God, Pesach has been faithfully celebrated by Jewish people around the world for thousands of years commemorating the salvation of Israel from Egyptian slavery that prophetically points us to the salvation of mankind from sin's slavery across the globe.

Exodus gives us a big clue about the big picture of the Passover offering:
"In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's Passover." Exodus 12:11
This shows us that we are to be ready to follow God's instruction if we are to follow God in faith.

So, if you count yourself in the family of God, it is time to believe and join in the celebration of salvation offered to you by 'the' anointed Lamb of God. It's time to open your heart and celebrate your release from the death penalty of sin through the Passover lamb, the Jewish Messiah Yeshua born in Bethlehem and it is time to walk as He walked...
"For Messiah, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed" 1Corinthians 5:7.
Yes, Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and His Hebrew name is Yeshua. He is the King of the Jews, and He can be your King too so, repent and spread the good word and profess Him to others. As you follow Him, you too can walk as He did following the Father's instruction. When you do, you will be grafted by faith as a sojourner into His family, the body of the Messiah the Father calls Israel, no longer a stranger and sojourner to truth.

Today, is God's appointed time to reconcile both Jew and Gentile, binding us together by His Spirit and truth in Messiah Yeshua. This restoration in repentance is important because some 2,000 years ago the Gentile "church" began to pull away from its roots distancing themselves from the family of Israel. But now, many are turning back into the ways of Messiah. Tens of thousands around the planet are now re-learning they get to celebrate "The Feasts of The Lord" because it has always been God's intention to unite both Jew and Gentile as 'one new man' in Messiah through Yeshua HaMashiach.

He is the Messiah who brought salvation first to the Jew and He is the Savior of the Gentiles too, all nations that repent and call on Him (see Isaiah 11:10, 42:6, Acts 2:39, Ephesians 2:11-18).

In the Older Testament (actually the Hebrew Scriptures known as the TaNaK) God provides an inspired record of all of the prophecies of the work of Messiah to enable both Jew and Gentile to recognize Him, if we only look for Him.

By the way, in case you did not know the truth, every disciple or talmidim of Yeshua during His ministry was a Jew.... every one and if you accept Jesus as your Messiah you too can be grafted into the family of Israel as a child of God within the body of Messiah. Whether Jew and Gentile you too can be "one" in the Messiah of Israel.

Paul taught this in Romans 2:10, look at it.

Yeshua of Nazareth is the anointed one, The Messiah of Israel and He fulfilled His first mission through the Spring Feasts.

All the Scriptures of Torah speak of Him:
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke 24:27
Many Jews believed that Jesus was the Messiah, yet some put religion and tradition before the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings and rejected Him 2,000 years ago. But ironically, starting with Cornelius (Acts 10) Gentiles soon embraced Jesus the Jew as Savior with the right to become children of God. This is described by the apostle John. He wrote:
"He came to His own and His own did not receive Him. But as many received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." John 1:11-12
The Gentile followers of Jesus 2,000 years ago were all introduced to Him by the Jewish men. That's why we Paul wrote: "to the Jew first and then the Gentile, (see Romans 1:16).

The Gentiles, the Greeks, the Romans all all people in-between that followed "The Way" experienced a spiritual new birth and became part of the family of people God calls "Israel." This is the ingrafting that was taught by Paul in Romans 11 (seriously... check it out).

So, if you are a Believer, you need to follow Jesus and do what He did: celebrate the Feasts!

Think of it as "grafting" your faith into the fulfillment of the Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits with hope for Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and Tabernacles.

The Spring Feasts are a picture of the humble death, burial and resurrection of the Savior Jesus as well as the gifting of the Holy Spirit. Yeshua offered His life "as the lamb" of the Passover offering. He was buried "sinless" pointing to the Feast of Unleavened Bread and He was resurrected "in glory" on the third day of First Fruits just like the promise of the sign of Jonah.

And there is much more for our Savior to do on when He returns in glory as King.

As you will see below, the latter rain Fall Feasts of the "appointments" (moedim) of God remain to be fulfilled. They are the unfulfilled coming Feast Days of Priest King Messiah on the horizon of time. These three amazing celebrations will engage the world during Messiah's return to Earth as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of the Universe and redeemer of 'all' Israel. Just as Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) fulfilled the appointed Spring feasts by filling them up with the salvation grace of God, the Fall Feasts will fulfill God's will and His moedim calendar appointments, so it is time to rehearse.

Our Father set His appointments in Heaven at the appointed time He will send Messiah Yeshua from the throne room bringing Heaven to Earth at the appointed time because...
"Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets." Acts 3:20–21
A lot of people get excited and enjoy the "Final Four" in college basketball, but its time to really get excited about God's finals, His Appointed Fall Festivals! They are God's set apart convocation days to be fulfilled by Yeshua Jesus and they include:
4) The Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) the day of shouting and the awakening trumpet to announce Messiah.

5) The Day of Atonements (Yom Kippurim) the day of Atonement and the great trumpet announcing good and evil are separated. The death judgment for sin will one day be wiped off the planet once and for all.

6) Tabernacles the week-long seven day joyful celebration called Sukkot. It is a week-long celebration and it is an appointment of the Father represented by the wedding of The King "tabernacling" with His people. Sukkot represents the seven day wedding celebration of The Lamb and the Bride of Messiah and it points us to the 8th day of eternity, and...

7) Shemini Atzeret the great 8th day, the day following Sukkot is Shemini Atzeret and literally it means "the assembly of the eighth (day). It is the final day of rest and the last day of the Feasts. The reason, there is no work on God's Feast Day plan of Salvation. This is the conclusion of the Feasts of The Lord that follows the 7th day of Sukkot, but it is more, it's a new beginning. 
Eight is the biblical number of new beginnings and the 8th day transitions the world from the 1,000 years of The Millennium after our 7,000 year ride on planet Earth as time moves into the eternity of God's Kingdom. The eighth day is 'the' day of the second creation, the restoration, the New Heaven and the New Earth when Heaven comes to Earth as it was in the beginning. This is outlined in Revelation 21 and 22.

Tabernacles aka Sukkot is shown to us in the prophecy of the scroll of Zechariah too. It is the celebration Feast week that will continue to be celebrated as a time of worship during the Millennium Sabbath rest to come:
"Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain." 'Zechariah 14:16-17
So much for the Feasts "being done away with."

All seven appointed Feasts of "The Lord" are His "holy days" set apart and bookmarked on God's appointment calendar and recorded in His unchanging Word for all to see. The "Final Four" of YHVH begin with Yom Teruah, a "day of trumpeting" as Joel 2:1 prophetically declares:
“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand”
The importance of the Day of Trumpets is mind-bending and awesome because the Scriptures tell us The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet:
"And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south." Zechariah 9:14
Its time to reconsider what you may have learned about 'this' trumpet. Please don't be offended but consider that the answer is found in a Sabbath day as it's not Sun-day. The foundation story pointing toward the sounding of this shofar is found in Genesis 22:14. This chapter speaks of the need of a sacrifice yet that God will provide the ram to be offered up in place of Isaac.

Remember the ram's head was caught in the thicket of thorns by his horn. It is this same ram’s horn that is used after the sacrifice for making the shofar. When we hear the sound of the ram’s horn, we are pointed back to the beginning and the faithfulness of God's covenant in providing what Abraham needed as a substitute for his son and for what all descendants in the faith of Abraham need to atone for the judgment of death. God tested Abraham's faith in His word to bless all nations yet he was to take his son to Mount Moriah to offer him there. Abraham had to rely on God's promise, not his own understanding. So, the sound of the shofar must remind us to remember the blessing Almighty God has provided for all people, so that we can pass in faith through the Day of Judgment. This is the Messiah, our substitute, in the same way the ram was Isaac’s.

Yom Teruah announces the coming of Yom Kippur the great solemn trumpets day it's the moed Sabbath that the "great trumpet" is blown, it's the one Jesus mentions in Matthew 24:31 and its about the promise of the coming Jubilee.

There are three traditional trumpets blown in most any synagogue around the world that day. This has been a great rehearsal for thousands of years by faithful Jewish people... the shofar called the first trump, is blown on Shavuot (Pentecost). Check out Exodus 19:19 and it was likely blown in Jerusalem as the wind of the Spirit of God arrived as described in Acts 2:2. Take note, Zechariah says "God shall blow."

The "last trump" is the shofar blown on the Fall Feast of Yom Teruah and take note it is the 7th Rosh Kodesh (new moon) day of shofar blowing in the seven-month countdown of the Feasts of The Lord from Nisan 1 to Tishri 1 (see Leviticus 25:1 and Revelation 11:15). This last trumpet will herald the mystery of the holiest day miracle of the resurrection of the dead and alive, called from the four winds to the Jerusalem court of Messiah Yeshua ten days later.

There is another shofar blown at the end of the Feast of Atonement (aka Yom Kippur) to announce that the Jubilee Year has commenced (see Matthew 24:31, 1Corinthians 15:52, 1Thessalonians 4:16 and Revelation 10:7).

This is the great trump and it is the mega shofar Yeshua spoke of to His disciples. It is blown on the Day of The Lord called Yom Kippur.This day will herald the mystery of the holiest day, the miracle of mercy, the atonement of the dead and the living called from the four winds beginning on Trumpets Day as God calls His own, native born and sojourner grafted in will attend Jerusalem's court of the King - Messiah Yeshua.

That final "great" shofar will be the one that is blown to announce "THE" Jubilee Year of the King. The shofar will signal that all slaves to sin both dead and alive are free once and for all. That day the Promised Land will return to those that belong there with The King fulfilling God's promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (see Leviticus 25:9, Revelation 7:9 and Revelation 20).

Its amazing, the so-called done away with Feasts are alive and well as they show us "the things to come" and they are critically important to honor yet many do not get to because some struggle with the words of Paul because they have been taught by many with grimy Greek glasses instead of a clear Hebrew lens.

When Paul wrote to the Colossians, he was encouraging them to not accept criticism from those that did not celebrate the Feasts of The Lord, but many unwittingly reverse his message today. Paul knew the Fall Feasts represent the substance of the amazing things to come and they belong to Messiah:
"These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ...." Colossians 2:17
Bottomline, Paul's advice to every one is that the Feasts of The Lord need to be front and center on your calendar, not just The Lord's because these are Messiah's days given to Him to fulfill by the Almighty.

Like I used to, some Christians still ask: “Didn’t Jesus render sabbaths, holy days and their sacrifices obsolete? Doesn’t Colossians 2:17 saying that these things were 'mere' shadows?”

No. Look for yourself, the Greek manuscripts does NOT say 'mere' shadows; the word mere is not found in any Greek manuscript of Paul's letter. The insertion of the word reflects the translators opinion, that is why it appears in italics in the NASB and other translations, to show that the word was added in despite Moses warning to no add to or take away from God's word.

"things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ."

Colossians 2:17 does not teach that the Sabbaths and holy Feast Days “were” a mere shadow. It says they “are” a shadow of what is to come -- the substance of Messiah.

Why is this so important? Because the truth shows us that Paul properly regarded the Sabbath and Feasts as the shadow picture of Messiah, and they are real casting a shadow of the past and the future.

The shadow of the Messiah is still cast, alive and well in His resurrection. So, when we honor the Sabbath of the Lord of the Sabbath and when we honor the Feasts of The Lord, we are standing in the shadow of Messiah Yeshua to come.

At first, this can be hard to understand and frustrating if you have been taught another way by old sermons of dispensational replacement theology (man-made false doctrine). It can take some serious unwinding of inherited lies from tradition to find truth.

The thing is that our Creator does not really care much for man's traditional appointed "holidays" that we add to our calendars. They are no on His. It can be hard, but among these 'sacred stone' traditions of men are so-called holidays with Santa's Christmas tree and an Easter bunny's basket of eggs, but these are found nowhere in the Bible. They are not a celebration The Lord calls His own and because of that, they are not His holy days. Not even close, they are counterfeit, and to be avoided like the curse of the tree of good and evil.

It's mind-bending to come to the reality of The LORD's Feasts.

Christmas or Easter are not listed in the Bible that Jesus read and taught. In fact, non-Biblical traditions and feasts "appointed by men" trouble God deeply and they should trouble us as well. How do we know? God says so:

"... your appointed feasts my soul hateth: 
they are a trouble unto me
I am weary to hear them." Isaiah 1:14

Only God's Feast Days are important to our Heavenly Father, because they are His appointments. As far as man's traditions, they interfere and distort them, so we need to be like King Hezekiah. If we will just read 2 Kings 18:4 we can see that King Hezekiah knew what to do with improper worship: he “removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.”

The book of life, the Bible is the good book God uses from Genesis to Revelation to reveal His plan for His appointments with mankind and every Feast is critically important in God's plan of redemption!

The King James translators called God's set apart days 'Feasts' but the Biblical Hebrew word is actually 'moed'. It means 'appointed time' - 'moed' adds clarity because the Feasts of The Lord are God's appointments!

The King James translators also used the word 'solemn' to describe the Feasts and that can be confusing as well to our modern "western" mindset. The truth is, the olde English word 'solemn' actually means "regularly appointed" and that means they do not change.

Mind blowing? Yes.

But don't let truth discourage you. It should encourage you because the good news is that each of God's holy appointed, set-apart 'moed" days on God's appointment calendar are celebrations and they have tremendous significance in His plan of salvation, redemption and restoration for you, me and the planet if we just believe The LORD when he says He will turn judgment into joy.

Think of the Feasts as God's seven-part plan, a perfect plan that you can be a part of.

Every "believer" I have met says they want to know God's plan for their life. The right place to begin that journey of discovery is to start with the Creator's appointment calendar. In the first coming of our humble Savior Jesus as Messiah ben Joseph, Believers can see the first phase and fulfillment of God's salvation plan in The Lord's Spring Feasts.

Those Spring Feast appointments are the days Yeshua kept perfectly and right on time to engage the plan of 'salvation' for the whole world, both Jew and Gentile (the nations). Yet, those Spring appointment days that God set in His calendar are not the end of God's salvation plan., they are the beginning.

The Fall Feasts remain in Yeshua's resurrection yet to be fulfilled and they start with a shofar trumpet to be blown to alert the world to repentance because the appointed Fall Feasts are the days that King Messiah will arrive to restore mankind near His almighty physical presence just as it once was in Eden when God walked with Adam and Eve before their fall.

The Fall Feast season arrives each year during the seventh Biblical month called Tishrei. Like the celebration of a wedding rehearsal, each passing year gets us closer and this 7th holy month provides the rehearsal time to prepare an assembly waiting Messiah as the High Priest King.

The Fall Feast days always arrive on God's calendar four months after Shavuot (Pentecost Day) and they portray the future new moon Trumpet's Day 7th month announcement of the arrival of the King leading to judgment and atonement of mankind on Earth.

Revelation describes all of this harkening back to the words of Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah and other prophets. The final Feast of "ingathering" reveals our Savior living on Earth as He did before. The revelation declares the restoration of the Heaven and Earth.

Leading up to this glory time, it will be like the story of the Exodus, a fearful and difficult time on Earth. Jesus said there will be an earth shaking awe and fear as Messiah ben David, the King literally prepares the planet in humility for His arrival. His arrival will be just like the glory fire descending at Mount Sinai. There will be lightning, thunder, fire, smoke and an earthquake like no other before it.

In God's mysterious way, there is darkness in tribulation just as there was in Egypt and in Jerusalem at Yeshua's Passover some 2,000 years ago.

Every detail of the Feasts is critically important.

Even the four hot months of summer's heat between the cool Spring and Fall season play a role in God's plan when we consider them. Think about the words that Jesus (aka Yeshua) gave to His disciples. His message has deep significance. Like me, you may have missed it in past readings if the purpose of the appointed "Fall" Feast Days were not clearly understood:
"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest." John 4:35
The giving of the gifts of the Spirit of God at Pentecost (Shavuot) to the disciples that were there at the appointed time in Jerusalem empowered them to receive God's gifts to engage the great commission and change the world... to teach all nations the gospel of the Kingdom and prepare the way for a future harvest resurrection.

The coming day of resurrection will be like the day Lazarus was called from the grave.

It was followed by the Feast of Shavuot when the gifts of The Spirit were poured out for all that believed on Messiah. The assignment they were given 10 days earlier was to wait before going out to the world to declare the Gospel of the Kingdom.

They waited in obedience and on Shavuot they received the fire of the gifts of His Spiri as it descended on them.

Another gift is time, after all it's been almost 2,000 years, and many "weeks" since 'the' Shavuot arrival of the Spirit of God.

The Lord describes Pentecost or Shavuot as the "Feast of Weeks" for good reason and The Spirit of God and His gifts have remained engaged over the weeks of 2,000 years!

Many people inadvertently cut the great commission short saying" we are to teach others to "just believe" as the Gospel message, but Yeshua commands we are "to do" God's Word, all of it, just like He did and proclaim His resurrection and the promise of The Kingdom to come.

Shavuot is the holiday separating the beginning from the end and it shows us we are to teach everyone to observe "all things" and that includes the Feast Days. Like Yeshua we are to "disciple" others in the appointments of our Holy God. If you doubt your assignment, you are not alone, others have doubted before, including me:
"And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus (Yeshua) came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father (YHVH) and of the Son (Yeshua) and of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."" Matthew 28:17-20
You may be like me, you may have 'innocently' missed the significance and importance of God's appointments, thinking they were done away with. But if we continue to do that, we must realize that when we cut away the appointments of God and ignore His invitation to celebrate them, we are like the Roman Centurion that cut Messiah (the living word) hanging on the crucifixion tree with his spear.

If we continue to stubbornly go our own way and miss God's appointed times, we will miss a great blessing of the Bible and diminish its amazing truth.

Think of the Feasts (appointments) as an integrated blueprint of the fulfillment of God's plan. As the Bible shows us, His great plan has seven key engagements, seven divine appointments in time established from the beginning to the Kingdom. They lead to the unchanging appointment for mankind to meet with The King of the Universe on His calendar, and you do not want to miss the rehearsal or you will be like the five virgins with no oil.

When we understand His Feasts are His appointments, you will ever want to miss them again if you truly seek Him!

If they are done away with as so many have mistakenly declared, the future will be pretty bleak, but it's not, the Gospel of the Kingdom is the good news for a reason.

One big key that helped me get a 'heart' handle on The Feasts of The Lord was to begin to understand that God gives us His teaching and instruction (Torah) for living because He loves us and He wants us to know His plan and His heart. He wants us to understand His unchanging salvation plan.

That is the baseline.

When we "get" this concept, we can finally realize that the only 'change' is the change you and I need to make because we need to return to "the faith which was once delivered." The Almighty is the King of the uni"verse" and He uses each letter and verse of His Torah as a part of a unified message to teach us when to meet up with Him and how to rest in Him.

That's why they are called Sabbaths.

Yeshua said: "my yoke is easy". His light yoke, the instruction shown to us is how we get live if we love Him and desire to be near to Him. And get this... it includes with a vacation plan with God. Yup, the Feast Days are days God gives us to be off from the labors of life, a time to rest, celebrate and rejuvenate in God's set apart times.

It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer!

I know this study may seem a bit long, but it only scratches the surface on the deep significance and meaning of God's prophetic, rehearsal days for His appointments with mankind and there is much more to discover. The purpose of this study is to help you get started in your own journey out of Egypt into the restoration life walk of Messiah.

It takes rehearsal, it takes practice to prepare properly.

That's why its up to you to participate in the rehearsals. Honor the festivals if you love The Lord because God will keep His appointments whether you are ready or not. So keep digging and learn to honor their counsel and purpose for your life in Messiah.

If you have an inner desire to learn more about your God, to know His heart, that is probably why you are here today. So consider this prophecy that was foretold by God to Zephaniah:
"I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts-- They came from you, {O Zion;} {The} reproach {of exile} is a burden on them." Zephaniah 3:18
It is important to remember that on God's Biblical calendar, His "days" always begin in the evening after sunset.

After all, in Genesis, in the beginning, there was darkness before light.
"And the evening and the morning were the first day."
I know this may seem odd at first, but it just goes to show that some of us have been out of sync with our Creator and we didn't even realize it.

The Feast seasons are all synchronized on God's calendar by God's timepiece. Its big hand uses the moon. The 'new moon' marks the first day of each Biblical month's counting. The Psalms teach us all about this truth:
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. Psalm 81:3-4

The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. Psalm 89:11

It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah. Psalm 89:37

He made the moon to mark the 'seasons'... Psalm 104:19
The Hebrew word in Psalm 104:19 is once again that word 'moed', look for yourself at any Bible concordance, there in Psalms the 'seasons' mean 'appointed times'.

All of the prophetic days in the time prophecies of Scripture, including those in the book of Daniel and Revelation will occur in the last days set according to God's creation calendar. Not a single timeframe or date mentioned in any Scripture is set by our own calendar! To know what God is up to, get in sync with God's word.

Yet, the "deceiver" has another plan as he has virtually erased all memory of God's Feasts and His appointment calendar from the minds and hearts of most Believers that have heard another testimony. In fact, many of us have shunned away from even looking up because the "deceiver" has polluted God's plan with the deceptive lies of astrology.

God hates astrology, but He created astronomy and He uses it to mark time for His Feasts.

Interestingly, the Falls Feasts begin with Yom Teruah (Tĕruw`ah in Hebrew), the day of shouting we call Trumpets Day in the 7th month. I always starts on a 'new moon'... always has, always will. The Bible calls the monthly new moon a 'Rosh Kodesh.' Since creation, the arrival of the "Day of Trumpets" has been set in Heaven above as a Rosh Kodesh, a new moon day and because of that it is referenced as the day that: "no man knows the day or hour".

These words are from Matthew 24:36. They were made famous by none other than Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus) when he spoke of a future Day of Trumpets, the day that will announce His return as King. As you can see, there is a lot more going on than you might expect in the Fall Feasts.

Why did He say it would be a day no man would know?

Hold on to your hat, because for starters, Trumpets or Yom Teruah is the only holy appointed Feast Day of YHVH that arrives without a specific day marker. It only arrives in the darkness of a new moon on the first day of the 7th month.

Before NASA, this new moon "day" was never precisely known until you actually saw it with your own eyes. Think about that for a minute, take off your Greek glasses and put in your Hebrew lens before you read on.


OK, here's what's up, the 'Hebraic' thought behind Yeshua's statement is really amazing, but it does not fit in well with our western world of Greek thinking that says "we just can't know". The fact is we can.

The period of a dark or invisible moon as it transitions in its monthly cycle is the key. To understand, we have to look up. Imagine that!

Today in 2011, thanks to NASA, we know that the lunar calendar during this month has two days in which the moon will be in darkness as it transitions from darkness to the new light of the third day.

By the way, does the lunar pattern sound like a prophetic message to any Bible students out there?

It is. It's a remembrance of the 3rd day resurrection of Messiah and His return to life from the darkness of death after 2 days!! And regarding the two days, they are also a reference to the prophecy of Hosea 6:3 as well as Psalms 90:4. Check it out! The disciple Peter validated this in 2Peter 3:8 2,000 years ago form the book of Psalms:
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
This two day lunar transition from night's darkness to light is due to the moon's orbital shape and alignment that was set by God during creation. Like God Almighty, it has never changed.

So if you consider it, the Trumpet's Day appointed arrival time is really only "known" with the actual sighting of the sliver of the new moon.

Simply put, within God's "purpose" in His creation design and by His own declaration, this Feast Day is not really "known" until it is seen - when the day and hour is "confirmed" (and known). But we can learn how to watch for it, we can learn how to prepare, and to do that we get to honor the annual Feast of Trumpets in the mont of Tishre. After all, until Yeshua does return, it's a rehearsal.

When you consider the moon's location or proximity to the sun during the day, we can know it also affects our ability to see its crescent light. The ancient message that the day and hour is "unknown" becomes clearer and it points right at Trumpets Day, the day of shouting. One thing is sure, God knows which future Trumpet's day will be "the coming day" of The King's shofar blast, the announcement of Yeshua's return.

So don't miss out on your chance to be a shofar blower and a prayer warriors to shout out, rehearse and celebrate the coming day that will announce His return!

This day is also known as the day of the awakening blast... by this we can see it is the day of resurrection promised in Isaiah:
"But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise - let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy — your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead." Isaiah 16:19 NIV
We all need to know, and remember 'the former things' which are the pattern of God's appointments.

We need to know them to understand God's plan for "the" fulfillment of His appointed Fall Feast days that start with the Day of Trumpets and declare the end (Fall) harvest of things "not yet done" to accomplish His purpose from the beginning to the end.
"Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose..." Isaiah 46:8-11
God's Biblical calendar has what seems to be oddly named months. One of them is called Elul, it’s mentioned once in Nehemiah. It translates as “nothingness” as in 'the void' of Genesis before creation. It’s the 6th month of the Biblical calendar.

Check out Nehemiah 6. There you will read about the restoration of the wall surrounding Jerusalem. It was prophetically restored on Elul 25.
"So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth [day] of [the month] Elul, in fifty and two days. And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard [thereof], and all the heathen that [were] about us saw [these things], they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God."
That work was finished five days before the celebration of the Day Trumpets on Elul 25 because Nehemiah tells us that the wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt in 52 days.

Many believe that Elul 25 was also the day that God began His creation week and if we believe that report, it means the wall was finished the day after Trumpets just as Adam was created on the 6th day, another Day of Trumpets arrival day.

Not only that, but through the centuries, Trumpets (Yom Teruah) has been traditionally called a “day of blowing” and for good reason, it's the day the Almighty blew the quickening breath of His Spirit of life into Adam. It's amazing to consider that nickname, a “day of blowing” because Adam was given life by God’s blowing into the dust of Adam on Trumpets Day, the 'memorial day of blowing'. It was a day of shouting... perhaps the same day... "God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

The great promise of Jesus given by Daniel is that He will give renewed life, resurrection to those in the dust at His return.
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.
So, is it any wonder Paul wrote the Corinthians these words?
1Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.
As you rest in God’s love, consider the traditional events of 'the day' of Trumpets.

Yes, the Fall Feast days are awesome!

From my Scripture studies, I have learned that God's calendar is based on both the moon and the sun is it is quite different from the singular solar calendar that we have grown up with. God's calendar began with His creation. In God's timekeeping, each month is marked by the moon, each day is marked by the sun and each week by the Sabbath. Every day begins at sunset instead of midnight as each day by our Creator's own definition, continues on through the night thorough the next day's evening sunset.

How do we know this about the day? One more time...
"And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:5
Think again about the basics given here.

Let it sink in, "creation" began before there was light and before light there is darkness. God does not change, so it is the same with His definition of a day. It has never changed, not does He.

To understand Scripture, and the Feast Days, we just need to start thinking like God does since "the beginning." The light of the 'final' day will be preceded by darkness and tribulation like the waters and void before the first day, but the good news is, the Light of The World is coming on the seventh day!

In the same way, each week is always counted with the seven days given to us by God on His Biblical calendar and each week ends on His 7th Sabbath day of rest. The week ends with the Sabbath it does not begin there! God never changed.

It's mind blowing for some of us, but Sunday is a religious invention of men, a day that replaces God's own Sabbath. If you want to consider more on this, see my Scripture study: "The Sabbath.... When Did For Ever Change?".

Each month is recorded by the Creator's perfectly amazing and exact movement of His own creation timepiece, the orbit of the moon around the earth and the orbit of the earth around the sun. 

This precise movement marks each Feast month as he planet rotates in God's keeping. Simply put, the beginning of all Biblical months begins with the new moon and that is why the new moon is a special day in Scripture. It shows us God's timekeeping, His way.

In the Bible, all of God's set apart days, all of His "Holy" appointed days are in accordance with His creation calendar which combines the earth's rotation and orbit around the sun with the moon's rotation and orbit around the earth. The moon's axis rotation exactly matches that of its orbital revolution around the Earth. It is no coincidence.

God's timekeeping is quite different from today's solar Gregorian calendar that ignores the creation of Biblical months and the lunar component of God's calendar. Out manmade calendar was introduced by none other than a fellow named Gregory... Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

As we have seen, before we can understand the great significance of God's appointed fall rehearsals, His Feast Days, we must first look at the events of the fulfillment of His Spring Feast Days.

We've already glanced at them, but we must understand truth from Scripture: the "fulfillment" of the Spring Feast Days were fulfilled by Jesus (or in Hebrew - Yeshua).

Like God's calendar, the Feast Days are cyclical, they repeat because their orbital mechanics are based on God's rotational and orbital timepiece, they are not linear. So too, Messiah's mission to Earth is cyclical and two-fold. That is on reason the prophetic Feast Days are divided into two separate seasons, spring and fall.

In Hebraic thought, the spring days tie to His humble role as "Messiah ben Joseph", the suffering Messiah, the lamb. Like Joseph of long ago, today many of His own Jewish brothers reject him, but the "goys" of Egypt, the Gentiles of today accept Him.

The prophecy of Daniel 9:26-27 teaches us more truth of the one Messiah's two comings as seen in the Spring and Fall Feasts. In fact, Gabriel showed Daniel the exact timing of the future that Moses wrote of when describing the Feast Days. Daniel was told that "Messiah the Prince" will come on God's Feast Day schedule and He will be cut off. Yeshua fulfilled this prophecy right on time.


Jesus was tried falsely and cursed by man and killed on a stake outside the city of Jerusalem as a Passover offering. He lay in the grave on the day of Unleavened Bread and He arose in resurrection on the third day. All of these days are described in the Bible.

Forty years later, the sanctuary of God, The Temple was destroyed in Jerusalem and it remains in that same defiled state today as “wars and desolations are determined until the end”. This tells us Jesus our Messiah will return again in a time of great trouble,, a time of wars and desolation:
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [and] against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." Zechariah 12:2-3
"In that day", Yeshua will reveal His role as "Messiah ben David", the King who comes in judgment of those that arise against Jerusalem. Even now, the stones of the Western Wall of His sanctuary have become a burden for all the world to see. There is one aspect of the burdensome stone before us now. Jerusalem is a long-divided city. It has at its ancient center, Islam's so-called third holiest site. It is the al-Aqsa mosque on top of the Temple Mount. Just a few feet away stands the Dome of the Rock and below the Western Wall remains, the stones of which right comprise the foundation of holiest site on the planet.

Israelis and Palestinians want access. Jerusalem is the cup of trembling where Yeshua was pierced and where He alone gave His blood for mankind and before the very site that once held the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments in the Holy of Holies below the Mercy Seat.
And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced... Zechariah 12:9-10
Yeshua was pierced as "The Lamb of God" as the Passover lamb foretold by Abraham and declared by John the Levite Baptizer. Think of John as the 'mikvah' man. After all, mikvah is the Hebrew word for baptize.

Messiah entered Jerusalem during the Spring Feast preparation days, the four days before the  Passover riding a lowly donkey as foretold by Zechariah 9:9. According to Biblical teaching and instruction (the meaning of the word Torah), the Passover lamb was to be selected on the 10th day of 1st month, and Messiah Yeshua was hailed by the crowds on His triumphant entry into the gate of Jerusalem on that exact day, it was the 10th of Nisan.

The seven days that begin after the Passover are also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread:
Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people. John 18:28
As prophesied by John at the river Jordan (in Hebrew, Yardén or garden) Yeshua was crucified as the "Lamb of God" at the time set at the first Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:2). According to the prophetic Biblical record, Yeshua shows us each part of His Passover story has great meaning in His plan of redemption and the coming resurrection.

I encourage you to celebrate and participate each Passover with a Seder with your friends and family just as Jesus did with His disciples. Here is a link to explain: How To Prepare Passover Seder Plate.

The book of Exodus gives us the timing of the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread that begins and ends giving us two rest days from labor and work. The Hebrew word is of course "Sabbath". Here's the appointment calendar give by YHVH God to Moses way back in Egypt in three verses:
"Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 
And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even." Exodus 12:15-18
As we have seen, evening is important in the Bible, it has been since creation. Ever since Genesis, a day begins when the sun sets at evening. This is because when the sun has set, you can look up and see the moon, one part of God's lunar solar timepiece that connects the monthly orbit of the moon around the Earth and the daily rotation of the Earth on it axis connecting Heaven and Earth!

If we want to 'get it', this requires a Hebrew mindset with a focus on the beginning with the week of creation if we are to begin to understand the Bible and God's plan.

Consider the beginning of the Exodus journey.

There in the desert, God gave what seemed to be some pretty odd and unusual instructions for the priestly sacrifices. Like a parable, each of these foreshadows the life work and anointing ministry of Yeshua the Messiah.

All the sacrifice offerings point to Yeshua in some way! Its up to us to seek Him in them because each Feast Day gives us a unique revelation of His redemptive plan - past, present, and future all pointing to Messiah so let's go ahead and jump in the deep end of the water.

Matthew understood the sacrifice offerings point to Yeshua,  after all he was a Jew. His real name was Matityahu, it means which means "Gift of Yahovah."

The shadow picture he gives ties four sets of generations of men from Abraham to Yeshua in Matthew 1:1-17. If you carefully read the text you will notice that the Matthew does not specifically state that there are 42 generations. He states there are three groups of 14 generations to Yeshua but in reality he lists 14 from Abraham to David. He then lists 14 from Solomon to Jeconiah but then only thirteen generations are listed from Shealtiel to Yeshua and Mary is noted as His mother.

There is a reason. Yeshua Jesus was the 13th and 14th generation. He was born the son of Mary and and listed as the 13th generation. He was reborn as the 14th generation after offering His life as a sacrifice for mankind's sin in His 'new grain' First Fruits' resurrection.

Not only that, the hidden layer if you dig in is that the Feast Days all had required sacrifices and they point to Matthew's genealogy of thirteen.

Numbers 28:19-23 describes a sacrifice teaching and instruction during the Feast of Unleavened Bread to include the offering of thirteen animals and two more by grain and oil as the drink offering is not noted.

"You shall present an offering by fire, a burnt offering to the LORD: two bulls and one ram and seven male lambs one year old, having them without defect. For their grain offering, you shall offer fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for a bull and two-tenths for the ram. A tenth of an ephah you shall offer for each of the seven lambs; and one male goat for a sin offering to make atonement for you. You shall present these besides the burnt offering of the morning, which is for a continual burnt offering."

Numbers 28:26-31 shows the sacrifices on First Fruits day during the week of Unleavened Bread must include the offering of thirteen as well consisting eleven animals and two more in the bread (grain) and wine (drink) seen at the Last Supper and the sinless (without defect) life of Yeshua (to make atonement):

"Also on the day of the First Fruits, when you present a new grain offering to the LORD in your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. You shall offer a burnt offering for a soothing aroma to the LORD: two young bulls, one ram, seven male lambs one year old; and their grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each bull, two-tenths for the one ram, a tenth for each of the seven lambs; also one male goat to make atonement for you. Besides the continual burnt offering and its grain offering, you shall present them with their drink offerings. They shall be without defect." 

Leviticus 23:17-20 includes the numbering of thirteen burnt offerings for High Holy day of Shavuot (Pentecost), the day the gift  of the Ten Commandments and the days of the gift of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. On this day there were offerings of seven male lambs, one bull, and two rams, followed by a sin offering of one goat and a fellowship offering of two lambs. It was a day of sacred assembly. The primary focus of this and every Festival points to Yeshua.

Numbers 29:1-6 also shows us thirteen offerings on the Fall Feast of Trumpets, eleven animals and the grain and drink offerings:

"Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets. You shall offer a burnt offering as a soothing aroma to the LORD: one bull, one ram, and seven male lambs one year old without defect; also their grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the ram, and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs. Offer one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you, besides the burnt offering of the new moon and its grain offering, and the continual burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their ordinance, for a soothing aroma, an offering by fire to the LORD."
Next, Numbers 29:7-11 shows us thirteen offerings on the High Holy Feast on The Day of Atonement, again eleven animals and the grain and drink offerings:

"Then on the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall humble yourselves; you shall not do any work. You shall present a burnt offering to the LORD as a soothing aroma: one bull, one ram, seven male lambs one year old, having them without defect; and their grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the one ram, a tenth for each of the seven lambs; one male goat for a sin offering, besides the sin offering of atonement and the continual burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offerings."
On the Day of Atonement, there is another hidden offering, it is in the fast, the offering of the whole congregation.

The Torah that points to Messiah shows us next that the third and final High Holy Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is different. During the celebration, a total of seventy animals are offered, this points to the engagement seventy nations of the world in the celebration and it reflects back to Genesis 10-11, where the seventy grandsons of Noah are named and each became the ancestor of a nation.

The eight day following the seven days of Sukkot is called Shemini Atzeret in Hebrew and it brings us back to the thirteen and it points to something critical in Numbers 29:35-39 as there are appointed times for all of the offerings.

"On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly; you shall do no laborious work. But you shall present a burnt offering, an offering by fire, as a soothing aroma to the LORD: one bull, one ram, seven male lambs one year old without defect; their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bull, for the ram and for the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance; and one male goat for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering. ‘You shall present these to the LORD at your appointed times...'"

Matthew's genealogy is instructive in other ways. It mentions five women and five points us to the five books of Torah: The women named are Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. This is very unusual in Biblical genealogy, but then so is Yeshua!!

All of the women had a tarnished reputation in the view of men but found grace in the eyes of God. Tamar had her children from prostitution. Rahab was a Gentile prostitute too. Ruth was from Moab, she was a Gentile of the nations, a foreigner that joined herself to Israel. Bathsheba had an adulterous affair with the king (David). The young Mary, a virgin was engaged to Joseph, but she with the child Yeshua by God's miracle, out of wedlock.

The number five represents the mercy grace and lovingkindness of Almighty God and this is displayed in these five women.

Several generations of kings are omitted in the genealogy of Matthew. Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah are missing between Jehoram and  Uzziah. Jehoiakim is not seen between Josiah and Jehoiachin. Yet, this is not unusual in Jewish genealogy because a grandson is considered a son, yet we do not know why these kings are not listed by Matthew.

The thing we need to understand is that this genealogy is a good record and it is written to be instructive. So, the facts are presented by Matthew in a way as to teach what God desires to teach about Messiah.

Every Feast and their thirteen sacrifices points to Yeshua and His final generation heritage as the bread of life both past and future, offering His life blood filled with the Spirit represented by the oil.  Take note too, the seven Feasts occur during the two season of rain each year across the planet. The Spring Feasts (former rain) and the Fall Feasts (latter rain).  Hosea 6:3 tells us why this is significant, His going forth is certain and He (Yeshua) will come to us:

“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.”

God expects His people to recognize Him as Savior. That is why everything in the Torah; the Feasts and even the number of their sacrifices point to Yeshua and God's appointments in some way. Each Feast is critical, which is why Leviticus 23:37 says: "each day’s matter on its own day." So let us press on to know the Feasts of The Lord and Messiah.

Looking to the Bible, let's take a look at the mystery ashes of the red heifer and its purpose to point us toward Messiah's work.

First, the red heifer was burned 'outside the camp' just as Yeshua was killed outside Jerusalem. The heifer's death served a purpose to produce ashes to be mixed with living water as the "water of separation". A purification water to separate people from the unclean state of death. This is a graphic figure of the death of Messiah for eternal "purification of sin" because the wages of sin is death. The ashes have reference to God’s judgment of death being eternally overcome by Yeshua because once fully burned, something amazing and mysterious can be gained from the ash of the red heifer and the water... purification from death.

The red heifer ashes required that hyssop be used to sprinkle the water of separation mixed with the ashes. Once the priest did this, the priest became unclean so that the other person was no longer defiled by death. Amazingly, this is the scene at the death stake of Yeshua yet He overcame it in resurrection. The story includes a hyssop branch that was used by the Roman Centurion who soaked a sponge and put it on a hyssop branch (see John 19:29).

Paul describes the role of the red heifer and the water of separation. Think about his letter, Jesus had to become unclean for the person who had touched death (sin):
"For he (God) hath made him (Messiah) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Corinthians 5:21).
The week of Unleavened Bread lasts for seven days because of the teaching of Numbers 19:11-16 which shows us that the spiritual realm of suffering on the Passover of Messiah also represents the red heifer whose ashes provide purification from the defilement of "death". This Biblical truth may not have been heard in many sermons, but the Bible shows us the beginning of this parable in God's instruction tied to Messiah's taking on the sins of the world onto Himself at the stake:
"He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days."  
"Whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields… shall be unclean seven days".
This has to do with all of us... we are "all" sinful and therefore we have caused the horrific violent beating and ultimate offering of Messiah, yet He arose in resurrection. Only God can save us!

The Bible describes that people who touched a dead body would be unclean for seven days. Because of that, they would not be allowed in the camp of Israel nor participate in any service of the Tabernacle until cleansed.

Now consider the Passover. It marks the "Salvation" Feast of Jesus. As you have seen, it is followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Passover marks the only time an entire nation was saved and they did not have to do a thing but follow God's instruction to use a hyssop branch to apply the blood of the lamb on the wood of a door.

In Genesis, God tells us that He set the moon to mark seasons, the thing is, He is not talking about winter, fall, spring or summer, He is talking about the seasons of The Lord YHVH, the moedim appointments as the Word of Elohim God shows us in Genesis 1:14. You now know what it means, it means appointed times, set times, holy times of God.

The Feasts of The Lord begin with the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread. These days are a 'sign' as declared from the beggining, this is shown in Exodus 13:9...
"And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt."
The Biblical message here is 'the hand' denotes 'doing" them and the 'memorial between your eyes' means remembering them.

Not doing so is another sign, a sign of disobedience to a faithful Heavenly Father and that brothers and sisters is a problem, a big problem. How do we know?

Read Revelation.

There in Revelation we are told of another sign, a mark of man that spells wrath:
"And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb." Revelation 14:9-10
The big problem is that haSatan is the counterfeit of truth, he originated deception with the intent to defraud God's instruction. His fraud against mankind began in Eden and it continues today.

Many have been innocently deceived by a counterfeit. It's called Easter. Its origin is from Ishtar, the false-goddess of Babylon where pagan ways grafted themselves to the pagan Anglo-Saxons who held feasts in Eostre's honor and polluted YHVH's festivals replacing them as counterfeit days. Its time to return to the truth.

Easter is not a moed day. Moed is the word God uses in Exodus 13:10 about His instruction given at Mount Sinai to remember the appointed ordinances of Passover and the week of Unleavened Bread each and every year:
"You shall therefore keep this statute at its appointed time from year to year."
We have seen that Passover and indeed all "appointed days" are eternal and governed by God's calendar and that not only includes the solar cycle but the lunar cycle, the daily phases of the moon embedded in God's heavenly timepiece creation.

There is a simple reason for the moon is so critical in the Bible. You can look at the sun alone on any day you like and you will NEVER be able to tell what day it is!

In God's timekeeping, midnight does not determine the beginning of a day either, never did - never will. Mankind came up with that in our own reckoning of time but God does not think like we do.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8–9
The day, by our Creator's definition given in the beginning of the Bible starts after the sun's set, the evening.

Do you want to know why?

Its simple: once again, first there was darkness, then light.

Understanding God's calendar seems a bit mysterious at first, but the reason is not too technical. It's easy, because when you look at the moon, anyone, anywhere, man woman or child, can determine the exact day of the month by its lunar phase if we just look up. After all, God wants us to know what day it is on His calendar.

All you have to do is commit the appearance of the moon each day to memory because the lunar phases, like God, never vary. The moon's phases work just like a dial on a clock, and wow what a big clock!

And the good news is, you can look see it.

During the Passover month of Nisan, the full moon is always seen 14 days after the sunset on the evening of the Passover from the sighting of the new moon and it will always be that way! That's why Leviticus 23:5 tells us:
"In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S Passover."
Did you know, the moon spins but you never see it turn on its axis because the moon's rotational spin is in perfect, total sync with the Earth each and every day? That is why we never see the dark side of the moon.

Each moon period (lunar month) starts with a new moon and each month ends with the final waxing gibbous phase. God's time clock has never ever varied, ever and the unchanging face of the moon is our witness. So, if you are timing things according to Pope Gregory's timeline you are out of sync with God's calendar, and I pray you are beginning to see its time to change that.

Science has proved it. The lunar timepiece that shows us the appointed times of God has no variation, no change and that must be recognized. Surprised? Don't be. God put it there in creation for the reasons He stated in Genesis One: for His times and seasons, His moed (appointments).

It's just like God to do that but we miss it because we are focused only on the sun and a stand alone solar calendar. Because of that, we lose track of time... God's time. So here it is one more time:

Passover always begins with a full moon on the 14th day in the first Spring month. Just like God says and astronomy shows us the dynamics, that full moon is always seen in the evening of the 14th day. The cool thing about that is how the 'exodus' people called 'Israel' could actually see in the night as they left Egypt. After all, a bright moon in the desert lights up everything!

All the subsequent Feast days rely on the unchanging day of salvation which is the Passover full moon evening. The 50 day countdown to Pentecost or Shavuot tracks right with it as well. The other Feast months follow Passover. It is really pretty simple.

What is hard to comprehend is not the timing, after all the moon shows us that. What is difficult is the fact that Passover is not Easter, they are not the same. Constantine and the Council of Nicaea invented Easter in 325AD and today many believers are now repenting and walking away from Constantine’s creed’s.

Constantine’s law of Easter attempted to change the times and seasons away from the Biblical month of Nisan (Abib). Constantine and the Council of Nicaea took a departure from the Torah in an attempt to establish a new religion, an authoritative substitution and supplant the teaching of the Word of God as Passover was outlawed throughout the Roman Empire.

Easter is timed by man on the first Sunday after the vernal equinox each Spring and to add to the Easter confusion, Orthodox Eastern churches use the Julian calendar to calculate Easter while Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, yet there is no mention of the vernal equinox and no confusion in the light of Scripture.

The first Passover and every one since have begun on the 14th of Nisan. The first was marked by the blood of a lamb on the wood posts of every home that followed the instruction of The Lord. The ultimate Passover was marked in the same way by the blood of the lamb of God on the wood beam of for all the world to see and believe.

On Passover, we get to see the baked unleavened bread and wine. The unleavened bread has stripes and holes throughout. When broken to eat, it almost sounds like the snap of a whip, reminding us of the beating the Romans gave Jesus through the lashes. Crucifixion was an agonizing, torturous death, but Jesus endured the pain silently before He was ruthlessly nailed to the tree. We are reminded of His Passover scourging by the breaking of unleavened bread and the wine.

The Romans used a flagellum. It was a whip with several strands weighted with lead balls or pieces of bone designed to lacerate and cause bleeding. The weighed thongs struck the skin so violently that it tore and ripped it open. The bloody scene must have looked like the appearance of sacrifice as animals were slaughtered as their blood was thrown against the Altar.

The historian Eusebius of Caesarea recounts with vivid, horrible detail the facts about a scourging. He writes:
“For they say that the bystanders were struck with amazement when they saw them lacerated with scourges even to the innermost veins and arteries, so that the hidden inward parts of the body, both their bowels and their members, were exposed to view” (Ecclesiastical History, Book 4, chapter 15).
Roman law required capital sentences to be accompanied by scourging, but the final decision to scourge Yeshua was made before it was ultimately determined that he would be crucified. After the brutal beating, Pilate attempted to release him (John 19:1) at first. Perhaps by the urging of his wife, Pilate hoped that if he humiliated and beat Jesus to a bloody pulp, the sentence of blasphemy could be satisfied. But it was not.

Pilate stood before the scourged Yeshua who was wearing a crown of thorns and a robe. Pilate told the crowd, “Behold, the man!” (John 19:5). But the angry men in crowd had their way in His tribulation, had they not, unbelievably we would all be in big trouble.

They demanded his death just as we have by our sin.

Like everything else about his death, Jesus knew by Isaiah's words that he would be scourged. Yeshua predicted His suffering for the third time in Matthew 20:19. Jesus knew of His suffering before He offered His life as the Pascal lamb of God long before He died at the stake providing cleansing from death like the red heifer. He accepted those bloody blows, and his body was ripped and torn open bleeding for our sinful ways that oppose God.

Sin is defined in the Bible as transgression of the law [Torah] of God (1John 3:4) and sin is rebellion against God (see Deuteronomy 9:7 and Joshua 1:18). Paul wrote to those in Rome that the first man Adam brought sin into the world (Romans 5:12), and so death and expulsion from Eden was passed on to all men because “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That is what we all must come to terms with.

The good news is the Savior of the world took the beating for our sins so that we might not have to suffer the eternal consequence of our transgressions which is death and eternal separation from God. Most people call this hell. It's not torture for the living, its death eternal with no hope for eternal resurrection into life with the King and the restoration of Eden.

Truly, by His stripes we can be healed and today, we 'get to' participate in the joy of knowing that through the celebration of the seven days of Unleavened Bread.

On the day 'after' the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, according to Biblical instruction, an offering is to be made before God as a wave offering, a barley sheaf of the spring harvest before The Lord for you to be accepted (Leviticus 23:11).

According to the promised sign of Jonah that He declared, Yeshua was then raised from the dead on the, third day 'like' Jonah. Yeshua was resurrected three days and three nights after being crucified.

Sorry, but do the math for yourself to see if the story you have heard about a Friday afternoon crucifixion and a Sunday morning resurrection adds up to three days and three nights. If it does not add up, then the traditional rumor does not make sense. That's why learning that there is much more to know about the Feast days of The Lord is so important today in our lives as Believers.

You can't discard or ignore any of the Feasts of The Lord as you may have been innocently taught in the past.

Today, in our so-called modern culture, we have many traditional man-made holidays that have existed over the millennia, yet they move around on our man-made calendars. In the last few centuries, these have morphed into celebration by the "church" as Christian holidays but they are not found in Scripture.

At the same time, the original seven Feast Days declared by God that He said were to be set apart 'for ever' as appointed Holy Days throughout 'all generations' have been relegated in our minds as only 'Jewish' holidays. Yet, God's calendar and His holidays are set Holy Days for everyone, Jew and Gentile.

It is time all of God's people, Jew and Gentile to emerge from a wilderness of tradition and dogma as one new man (Ephesians 2:15).

It is time for the restoration of God's appointed Feast Days under His ownership and leadership. It is time for renewed worship and celebration in purpose freed from the issues that divide Jew and Gentile and delay the return of Messiah.

It is time to say good bye to Emperor Constantine's Easter rule from the First Council of Nicaea. It is time to say good bye to Nimrod, Ishtar and Ēostre. There are no bunny egg hunts in the salvation story, no Easter ham in the plan of God but there is a lamb, and He is the Lamb of God.

The eastern and western "Christian Church" is still divided between the schism of the Gregorian and Julian calendar to set the dates. So it is time to wake up and be restored to God's Biblical calendar and thank the Jewish people for honoring it since the beginning!

Like Ripley would say, 'believe it or not' Christians should look Jewish to the world.

It is time for “Christians” to begin to look and act like their Jewish Messiah. It is time to quit messing around, ignoring the instruction of the Father and the obedience of The Son. It is time to put away man's traditions, it is time to stand and walk uprightly and follow the Son of God in obedience to the instruction of The Father:
"Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." John 5:19

"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life." John 5:24
The Lord says, "Come out of her my people". Its time to do that and go back to the heavenly days of unleavened bread and turn from our earthly traditions. It's no wonder God says:
"I hate your new moons and prescribed festivals. They have become a burden to Me; I am tired of putting up with them". Isaiah 1:14
Our Father is tired of our own festivals when they DO NOT follow His instruction. The Easter bunny did not morph into the Passover lamb, God's appointment calendar did not change and there is certainly no Easter ham. Easter festival traditions with our baskets and colored bunny egg hunts are  not a part of God's ordained worship despite good intention. The Easter bunny distorts the truth with a counterfeit, cuddly deception. It takes our hearts and souls off Passover. It's no wonder the dates we choose rarely coincide. So much so, we don't even know what time it is on God's calendar.

Passover is a holy, set apart Feast week of The Lord, it arrives every Biblical year in the month we know as Nisan on the 14th day because:
"The Passover to the LORD comes in the first month, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month." Leviticus 23:5
Jesus’ death provides the Passover offering required to cover the death penalty of sin for this world.

Yeshua entered Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan, He was inspected as the Lamb of God for four days. His crucified blood was on the wood on the 15th of Nisan and He was wrapped in linen and put to rest in the grave before the end of the day. He lay there behind the stone and after the third day and night, at the end of the weekly Sabbath, His death ended as He was quickened to resurrection life. He arose from the grave to stand before the Father on the day of First Fruits.
"God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it." Acts 2:24
Jesus is alive today, resurrected from death, exalted to the right hand of God.
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!” Acts 2:36
Now that you know that, Peter (Kepha) a disciple of Yeshua gives you and I our next step and a promise:
“Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39
The arisen Yeshua was first seen by Mary Magdalene before He ascended to the Father. Luke 24:13–31 tells us He returned to walk with the two witnesses on the road to Emmaus to explain how He is found woven throughout the words of the Torah and the prophets, giving eternal life to the Scriptures. (Luke 24:13-35)

He then appeared to ten unbelieving disciples like the ten lost tribes of Israel. Why just ten? Judas, who betrayed Him took his own life and doubting Thomas (called “Twin") was not there with the disciples when Jesus came because he did not believe, just yet. Thomas doubted Messiah and went his own way, so he missed out on the blessing when He arrived but he was given a second chance like the provision of the Second Passover provided the men that might be missing in the wilderness.

The good news is, even if you have missed The Lord on His appointed days you can do just as Thomas did and look on the lamb of God. Perhaps that is a message for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

The Feast Days are Yeshua's. Many think the Spirit of God did not come upon the disciples until Pentecost (Shavuot) but John 20:22 tells us that the 'Resurrected One' breathed on these ten men and said:
“Receive the Holy Spirit”.
Eight days later, like doubting Judah today, Thomas was found with the ten. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came in and stood among them and said:
“Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas:
“Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”
Thomas the Jewish disciple, answered him:
“My Lord and my God!”
Yeshua said to him:
“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
These words are written Judah so that you may believe Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name and be given the opportunity of faith (see John 20:31). That record, prophetically and graphically describes the Jewish people today and the future promiset of Zechariah 12:10.

I hope you can now begin to see the Lord's work. It was Yeshua's Pesach. It was Passover and God did His part precisely on His appointed day.

Messiah Yeshua showed the world how to live and die on Passover, now its your time to do your part.

Yeshua proved He is the unleavened bread, the wine and the perfect lamb, spotless and without sin. For three days and three nights, He took the sin of the world into the heart of the earth typifying the fate of the lamb and every person not covered by His blood. At the end of the glorious 3rd day, He was resurrected from death into new life in glory as it was in Eden. This is the Gospel you must know, the gate of Eden, the door to eternal life can be accessed through the Messiah of Israel.

Yeshua said the proof is seen in the three days and nights in the death of Jonah. The three days that Yeshua fulfilled in the prophetic sign of Jonah are: 1) Passover, 2) Unleavened Bread and 3) First Fruits. Perhaps, these were the same days Jonah lay in the belly of that whale.

We have to adjust our thinking of Messiah, Jonah and the Passover.

For many, its time to get in sync with God's calendar and get busy with the true gospel of the Kingdom. Yeshua was raised in glory on the third day according to the truth declared (read the witness of Luke 18:33; Luke 24:7; Luke 24:21; Luke 24:46; John 2:1; Acts 10:40; Acts 27:19 and 1Corinthians 15:4).

We can all have a clearer picture of the Biblical record of resurrection if we dig in, so by that we can establish that Jesus entered Jerusalem riding lowly on a donkey as promised to the world in Zechariah 9:9. That day was Nisan 10. It is the day that the "Lamb" was to be inspected according to Exodus 12:
Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb... Exodus 12:3
Jewish writings give us a reference to a Galilean tradition tied to the "Last Supper." It is called "seudah maphsehket", the "Passover Seder rehearsal" of bread and wine eaten in honor of those firstborn of Egypt that died as the moon lit up the evening sky.

I cannot provide an authoritative statement on this because we are not given details in the Biblical record. But bottomline, we need to test everything, but it is amazing to know that the deeper we dig to seek information about the Jewishness of Jesus, more truth is uncovered. The "seudah maphsehket" was a "last supper" if you will of the first born on the 14th of Nisan, the evening before the traditional Passover evening honoring the firstborn that died in the final plague of Egypt.

That meal to honor them is still a Jewish tradition and for good reason.

Reference to the "seudah maphsehket" can be found in the writings of the Talmud, in Tractate Pesachim chapter 4. During this tradition from Galilee, the meal's 'Kiddush', the blessing over the bread and wine is given. explains more as does Brian T. Huie about the "last supper" before the fast day that followed it.... hence the name “last supper” before the fast to 'the' day of the Passover.

It is note worthy that Jesus (aka Yeshua) and His Jewish disciples were all raised up in the northern area of Galilee, not near Jerusalem and perhaps there were some differences in celebration. But we can all find the 'Fast of the Firstborn' recorded in the Talmud. In Jewish tradition today, and in the past according to the Talmud, the fast is broken in Jerusalem with a celebration at the end of the morning services.

The week of Unleavened Bread is set apart with bookend days of rest. Jesus did not start a new religion with a last supper tradition of communion or a eucharist with the bread of affliction. That's a church invention with a root in replacement anti-semitic theology. God forgive us, we must heartbroken!

We have much to be grateful to the Jewish people for and that of course includes Jesus. Faithful Jews have kept the holy Scriptures alive just as Jesus brought life to the thousands year old instruction kept by the Jewish people that came from the command of The Almighty:
"And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even." Exodus 12:17-18
Remembering Yeshua's last supper of bread and wine is the most "Christian" thing you can do to celebrate Him and this honor ties to Abraham. When Jesus said (John 8:56-57) “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” He was referencing the bread and wine that Melchizedek king of Salem brought out to share with Abraham as described in Genesis 14:18 after Abraham rescued lot by the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him including the king of Sodom north of Damascus when many perished. That battle foreshadowed the events in Egypt and again in Jerusalem. During the meal with Melchizedek, Abraham participated in a shadow picture of Messiah and the Last Supper with the sons of Abraham.

God begins and ends the cycle of His appointed Passover with days of rest allowing us to focus on His provision. If we love Him, let's show Him we honor Him as out Father in Heaven let's keep these Sabbath days together and rest in them just as Jesus did as a faithful Jew. He honored what the Father instructs, thank God so we must do the same.

Elohim God wants to all hang out with us on His appointed days, He wants to provide on these days, so take a vacation day from work so that you can do Torah and show God how much you respect and love Him.

The Passover month begins on the first day of Nisan, the first month. God declares the end from the beginning. This month is a new beginning.
I declare the end from the beginning,
and from long ago what is not yet done,
saying: My plan will take place,
and I will do all My will. Isaiah 46:10
On the first day of the first month of Nisan, the first judgment of mankind ended, Noah removed the ark's cover. So God set the beginning of His calendar with an ark in Heaven. On this same day Ezra came out of Babylon.

The first day of Nisan is the day we can get ready for our part.
In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the water that had covered the earth was dried up. Then Noah removed the ark's cover and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. Genesis 8:13

“This month is to be the beginning of months for you; it is the first month of your year." Exodus 12:2

“You are to set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month." Exodus 40:2

"They began the consecration on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they came to the portico of the LORD's temple. They consecrated the LORD's temple for eight days, and on the sixteenth day of the first month they finished." Exodus 40:2

"He began the journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month and arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month since the gracious hand of his God was on him." Ezra 7:9

"In the twenty-seventh year in the first month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:" Ezekiel 29:17

“This is what the Lord GOD says: In the first month, on the first day of the month, you are to take a young, unblemished bull and purify the sanctuary." Ezekiel 45:18
When we read on, Ezekiel is showing us the future Passover of Messiah will include the fullness of time celebration offering of the red heifer seen in Numbers 19. The red heifer is the spotless offering whose ashes are sprinkled with clean water and a hyssop branch. This demonstrates the work of Messiah the Priest King that purifies and redeems us from death in resurrection when 'the elect' will no longer be subject to sin's death penalty.

Interestingly, Ezekiel declares that a bull will be  provided as a sin offering during Passover week:
“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you are to celebrate the Passover, a festival of seven days during which unleavened bread will be eaten. On that day The Prince will provide a bull as a sin offering on behalf of Himself and all the people of the land. 
During the seven days of the festival, he will provide seven bulls and seven rams without blemish as a burnt offering to the LORD on each of the seven days, along with a male goat each day for a sin offering. He will also provide a grain offering of half a bushel per bull and half a bushel per ram, along with a gallon of oil for every half bushel. At the festival that begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, he will provide the same things for seven days — the same sin offerings, burnt offerings, grain offerings, and oil. Ezekiel 45:21-25
Today, we need to rehearse for the coming cup of Praise. Perhaps, we will hear our Creator say: "I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. You will know that I am Y-H-V-H your God, who delivered you..." Exodus 6:7

There are seven Feasts and they are the perpetually, forever appointed days by our unchanging Creator. He tells us we are to do no labor's work on seven of the days (among other verses read Leviticus 23:7; Leviticus 23:8; Leviticus 23:21; Leviticus 23:25; Leviticus 23:28; Leviticus 23:35 ; Leviticus 23:36 and Leviticus 23:39 for yourself).

We need to see the light of Biblical truth and it is shining brightly if we just open The Book and look.

Just as the appointed Spring Feast Days pinpoint the exact days of fulfillment of the Heavenly Father's incredible eternal plan of redemption, so too we must see that the Fall Feast Days are the rehearsals which point toward the next steps of His plan as declared in His word. Just like the fulfilled Spring appointment days, the coming Fall Days will be fulfilled sequentially on the exact appointed days of the Fall Feasts. That is why we must all participate in them.

The final four appointments, conclude the seven Feasts of The Lord:
1) Trumpets (Yom Teruah) it begins in the first day of the seventh Biblical month. It is the day of shouting and blowing the shofar. The next appointment on God's calendar is ten days later, theses are the 'Ten Days of Awe' because the next Feast is called...

2) Atonement Day (Yom Kippur). It is the day of judgment when God atones, literally covers sin. On that day the last shofar will sound as a proclamation: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever” as shown in Revelation 11:15. The Day of Atonement covering, Kippur is the big big day before Sukkot and Shemini Azereth. Yom Kippur is when God removes sin from among His people before he comes to tabernacle and live with His people. This great day will be followed by an incredible celebration week...

3) Tabernacles (Sukkot), has two holy Sabbaths, like bookends marking the time of joy and celebration. The first Sabbath day begins a seven day week of celebration of ingathering, the second Sabbath is the day eighth day following the seven days of Sukkot. This coming prophetic time follows the season that begins two weeks earlier and in the end, Messiah will “send his angels with a shofar blast on Trumpets Day and they will call His elect from the four winds to prepare for Yom Kippur, from one end of the Earth to the other as He foretold in Matthew 24:31 so that God's people will be ready for Messiah in the tabernacle of a glorified, resurrected one to live among His people as King. 
The shadow picture of the Torah shows us that the Tabernacles theme is God living among His people. 
Long ago, God tabernacled among the tents of Israel and Messiah Yeshua did the same in the humble flesh and bone tabernacle of a man, not unlike the tanned rams and goat skins that covered the acacia wood frame of the sanctuary design shown to Moses at Mount Sinai:

"And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst." Exodus 25:8

The Tabernacle in the wilderness was made by man, but designed by God Almighty. He will return in bright blinding glory as Messiah High Priest and King of the universe. The wilderness Tabernacle gives us a shadow picture of the dwelling place of God among his people, the fullness of which is in Messiah Yeshua who was Immanuel God with us some 2,000 years ago. The wilderness Tabernacle, the "Mishkan" was filled by the Shekinah glory showing us the coming day to be fulfilled with God's Spirit of glory in the Kingdom to come on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Even the frame work of the wilderness Tabernacle was covered in gold representing the perfection of God and the frame stood in silver sockets on the Earth. The silver represents redemption brought to the dirt of mankind and in fact the silver that was used to make the Tabernacles socket bases to support the gold framework came from atonement money. This gives a wonderful picture of God's purity (gold) coming into touch with the world (earth-dirt) through a redeemer Messiah (silver). The silver sockets show us that we, made of the earth can only draw near to God on Earth by the covering atonement of Messiah, who is God come to earth as a man, a living tent like us, a living Sukkah if you will.

The outer covering of the Mishkan (tent) was plain and just like the ordinary material from which other tents were made, likewise Messiah was a man of flesh on the outside, He came in the appearance of a man as God humbled Himself even to destroy the reign of death on a tree, but inside this tent, this living Sukkah man, He was different from all other tents (men), Yeshua was no ordinary man, He was God's Tabernacle in the form of a man... "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him." Colossians 1:19

The goats hair covering of the wilderness Tabernacle was dyed red underneath pointing to the atonement covering of Messiah's blood. The Tabernacle covering was staked to the ground outside with copper staves representing the judgment of the nails that pierced Yeshua and held Him to the wood and we are reminded of the bronze snake in the wilderness lifted up for sin as a shadow type of Messiah's fulfillment. On the inside it was different in a very big way. All the Shittim words was overlaid with the gold, but not only that the veil was there as a barrier between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place that shielded men from God's Shekinah presence, and it allowed no direct approach to God. Just as the cherubim guarded the way to the tree of life as seen in Genesis 3:24, the cherubim above the Mercy Seat guarded it as well.

It is no surprise to learn that the Israelites knew the veil by the name "Life." There were three entrances at the wilderness Tabernacle, they were:

a. the gate to the outer court (Exodus 27:16-19)
b. the door to the Holy Place (Exodus 26:36/37 and 36:37/38) and
c. the veil to the Holy of Holies (Exodus 26:31-33)

The veil formed a barrier to the glory above the mercy seat and it concealed the glory of God within just as the flesh of Yeshua concealed who He was within. When Jesus was asked "how can we know the way" he answered, "I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. No one comes to the father except through me." John 14:5-6. That shows us the outer gate of the courtyard of the Tabernacle and its white linen curtain walls as the WAY, the entrance to the Tabernacle within as the "TRUTH" and the inner veil as the "LIFE."

These show us how he Torah, even the minute details of the Tabernacle all point to Messiah.

4) The eight day (Shemini Atzeret), the day after the seventh day of Sukkot. Sukkot is a holiday intended for all of that believes, all that are re-born, grafted into the assembly, the body of Messiah. When Sukkot is over, the Creator invites His children to stay with Him for eternity. It is the arrival of the eighth day, Shemini Atzeret the day of the inauguration of the Kingdom of Messiah in God’s eternal city, New Jerusalem from Heaven, the City of Gold.
These Fall Feast days bring focus to the prophets that declared the "Day of The Lord," the "Day of YHVH" and they reflect Yeshua's return as Messiah ben David, the returning King, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. For 3,500 years, Jewish people everywhere have prayed for the coming of the Messiah. For 2,000 years, Christians have prayed the return of the Messiah.

In the fullness of time represented by the Fall Feasts, the prayers and hope of both Jew and Gentile will finally come to Earth.

Hosea prophesied of two appearances of Messiah. Both the Spring and Fall Feasts are tied to the spring and fall harvest times as well as the former and latter rain... which are the seasons that God has taught about in Scripture. They are the seasons, the 'moed' appointments of God!

In ancient times before modern irrigation, crop harvests of Israel were totally dependent upon the patterns of the spring and fall rains that only God provides. The "key" spring harvest crop has always been barley, its success depended on the "former" spring rains. The "key" fall harvest has always been the grape, its crop yield was dependent on the "latter" rains. If we just look, we can see these agricultural themes throughout Scripture. The grape includes the fruit of the vine and the olive tree.fff

There's also the summer harvest at Pentecost/Shavuot. Remember the "end time" parable of the wheat and the tares? It is all about 'wheat' for a reason, the reason is the season, the summer harvest time!!

Leviticus 23 reveals God’s plan to meet with His People that he calls Israel and those who have been grafted in through faith in Israel’s Messiah. It tells of a time when Moses heard the voice of the Lord saying:
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘the Feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My Feasts”. Leviticus 23:2
Exodus 19 reveals the "hidden" plan of Messiah Yeshua, God incarnate in the flesh to return to Earth after two days (2,000) years after His first coming:
"And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people... Exodus 19:11
Hosea and Jeremiah wrote of Messiah's two missions described by the seven appointed Feasts of YHVH, both the former and latter rain.

The 7 holy feasts occur in the 2 rainy seasons – the Spring Feasts (former rain) and the Fall Feasts (latter rain). Rain is graphically symbolic of the outpouring of God's Spirit on Earth. That is key in the Feasts, so it is really important to know we are to follow... and to participate:
"Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3

Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. Jeremiah 5:24
Yom Teruah - The Day of Trumpets

The Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) is the only Biblical Feast day on God's calendar that occurs on the first day of any lunar month, the day of the "new moon" (in Hebrew - Rosh Kodesh). Trumpets Day arrives on the first day of the seventh month. Today, we call the 7th month Tishrei.

Scripture calls it he seventh month and the Word of God tells us that in God's creation the heavens govern the timing of His Feast days. Without an eye toward the heavens we cannot know the season nor the signs or the wonders of God's plan as foretold by these appointed Fall rehearsal days. In Biblical time, the new moon declares each new month. Fortunately, God's word, His Torah is wonderfully precise in His instruction of how we are to participate and observe this day, this day of blowing trumpets announcing the coming King. We know this because 2 Samuel 15 and 2 Kings 9 tell us that the shofar is blown when a king of Israel was coronated.

It might be easy to lose sight of the instructions of our Father, after all, many may think that the "Feast Days" were somehow only for those living in the so-called "Old Testament" times. I used to think like that or perhaps in ignorance... I did not think at all about them, but I now know we must not ignore the observance of any of God's teaching. After all, Jesus (Yeshua) himself spoke of this. Matthew 5:17: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law [Torah], or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill."

With this instruction from Messiah himself, we must understand He has not changed His mind. The goal here is to show why this is true and to address the meaning and imagery of His holy days and the prophetic significance of this appointed rehearsal, this "set apart" (holy) day.

Our focus today should be on how to honor and celebrate this day and to rehearse it with the instruction words of Scripture. We need to know first of all that God's "mikra" or convocation days are to be "rest" days which occur during each of the seven feasts of The LORD. Of course, they do not necessarily fall on the weekly (seventh day) Sabbath days. In Scripture, God always identifies these appointed convocation days with the simple instruction, “do no work".

To better understand this, begin by reading the instruction given in the Word of God in order to comprehend the foreshadowed "principles" of any Feast Day and their relation to what you know about the Messiah. This is important so that we can honor each day according to God's Word and celebrate "Trumpets" as set apart and holy. Let's search some key words in Scripture relating to this day to find the passages that reveal to us how we can celebrate Trumpets.

The first time we learn about "Yom Teruah", The Day of Trumpets is in the Scriptures of Torah in Leviticus 23:24-25. Leviticus is misunderstood, but it graphically portrays the redemptive planning manual of God so pay close attention to every detail, they all symbolically portray imagery of The Messiah! Let's take a look at what this allegorical passage says about this prophetic day of gladness that Messiah Himself refers to as "the day no man knows", the Day of Trumpets - Yom Teruah.
Leviticus 23:24-25: "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD."
There are five books, five scrolls of the Torah as recorded by Moses, and by no coincidence whatsoever we can see that there are five principles of this holy, "set apart" day:
1. It is to be in the first day of the seventh month.
2. It is a Sabbath day.
3. It is a memorial day of blowing the shofar.
4. It is a day of holy convocation or assembly.
5. It is a day to make offerings to our Father, God.
The shofar blast gives us God's call to freedom and liberty. We can also see this as the shofar is to be blown in the Year of Jubilee to announce freedom to all (see Leviticus 25:9-10) on Yom Kippur. Isaiah also speaks of the shofar being blown when God gathers the House of Israel to Himself in the Land He promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:
"It will come about also in that day that a great shofar will be blown and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered out to the land of Egypt, will come and worship YHVH on the Holy Mountain in Jerusalem." Isaiah 27:13
Trumpets is a one day "Feast" and it is critically important to remember that our Heavenly Father tells us to not add or take away from any of His words of instruction as He expressed in Deuteronomy 12:32.

So let's celebrate it because we love God!

He is God after all and He determined the way that we should walk if we truly want to love and follow Him. With the Spirit of truth from Messiah Yeshua, we can honor His appointments and walk in His ways of worship that He gave to us. As we celebrate His Feasts we are proclaiming our love for God for what He has done and will do for us, and we are witnessing to the world that we are His children.

We are also learning and experiencing His ways as we look forward to His return. The Day of Trumpets points us to several prophetic promises of the last days. The Mount of Olives points us to the Day of Trumpets. It is the very spot Messiah Yeshua ascended from and it will be where He returns in His full Glory and fullness at a great shofar blast, His glory was shown at the Mount of Transfiguration (see Matthew 17:1–9).

The trumpet return is shown to us in Zechariah 14:4 as the earth shakes:
"On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south."
Micah provides a witness to this dramatic change in Jerusalem's landscape at the blast of Heaven's shofar:
"In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." Micah 4:2-3
This is repeated in Isaiah 2:2
"In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it."
Let's look to see what the Israelites experienced when they first heard this commandment of keeping a "memorial of blowing trumpets" for the first time after their Exodus from Egypt. Scripture reveals that the commandments in Leviticus 23:24-25 were given one year after leaving Egypt and the instructions found in the Book of Leviticus are given to Israel in the month known as Aviv. For more details please read Exodus 40:1-17.

If you search for the words "trumpet" which is "shofar" in Hebrew or "trumpets" online at you will find that four verses contain these words prior to Leviticus 23:24-25. The verses that contain the word "trumpet" or "trumpets" directly relate to the events where God "descended" upon Mt. Sinai. Other verses are contained in Exodus Chapter 19 which tells the story of God's descent upon Mt. Sinai to give the Ten Commandments. The four specific verses are Exodus 19:13,16,19 and 20:18.

Next, let's review the verses of Exodus 19. These trumpet blasts don't just contain history but they represent the future as well:
Exodus 19: 1-25 In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt--on the very day--they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. 3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites." 7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, "We will do everything the LORD has said." So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD. 9 The LORD said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you." Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said. 10 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, 'Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 13 He shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.' Only when the ram's horn sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain." 14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations." 16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. 20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them." 23 Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, 'Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.'" 24 The LORD replied, "Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the LORD, or he will break out against them." 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
The people of Israel and those that traveled with them assembled at the base of the mountain. They came out of Egypt and were gathered together headed for the Promised Land. Perhaps, the most memorable event for the Israelites when given the commandment to keep a memorial of blowing trumpets is that God physically descended in fire upon Mount Sinai while the trumpets sounded louder and louder. That is why the main theme of Yom Teruah (Trumpets) is a "celebration", the celebration of His return on the third day. As seen in the three biblical witnesses of 1) the Creation week described in Genesis 1:11 when harvest life was created on Earth on the 3rd day, and 2) as promised by Hosea 6:2 "After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence" and as 3) seen in the message of Luke 18:33, we have been given two days (2,000 years) from His Spring Feast coming as the lamb of God to prepare, to consecrate ourselves for His return at The Fall Feast as the King, the Lion of Judah. Here is a key to understand Biblical days in God's redemption calendar:
Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight [are but] as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the night.

2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Ecclesiastes 6:6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice [told], yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
Are your ready for the Trumpet and the smoke and thunder of the third day, The Day of The Lord?

If not. You can start by reading The Ten Commandments which are first recorded in Exodus 20. The Biblical narrative reveals that Mount Sinai continued to smoke, thunder and display lightning as the trumpet of God sounded. See Exodus 20:18.

It is critically important to know that in the seventh month, exactly ten days beyond Yom Teruah or Trumpets Day, the holiest of all days arrives. It is Yom Kippurim, the Day of Atonements is to be honored. This "Day" is significant because Yom Kippurim or coverings is synonymous with "atonements" the great gift of God that cannot be earned, only received as a gift of His mercy and grace.

Some Jewish scholars believe the Yom Kippurim, the Day of Atonements, also marks the day Moses brought down the second set of Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai following the golden calf incident. The first set of stones are thought to have been given on Shavuot. The Rabbi's believe this shows how God judged 3,000 and then forgave the purposeful sin against God.

With the true message of Yom Kippurim, we can truly begin to understand that mercy and grace began within the Torah. God's throne is called the Mercy Seat for good reason. It did not start in the New Testament, this is shown by God's own words in Exodus 33:19.

Before the smoke clears about the message of Yom Kippur, check out the front of the book. There the Acharei Mot portion describes Aaron's Yom Kippur 'mystery' assignment in Leviticus 16:12-13. It's about Aaron's job to fill the room with smoke for Yom Kippur aka the day of Atonement.

The thing is Aaron's incense fire and smoke assignment was a rehearsal.

In the Acharei Mot portion of the scroll, Aaron was given instruction from God through Moses so that he could come into the Most Holy Place and not die before God's consuming glory.

He was told he had to take a pan of glowing coals from the altar of incense and two handfuls of sweet incense and put it on the fire while standing in front of the Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle. That way the smoke from the incense would cover the Mercy Seat above the Ark of the Covenant and keep God from his view.

After all, no one can look at God and live. The incense was the original smoke screen and it protected Aaron.

If we check out the back of the book, we can see breaking the 7th Seal reveals the ultimate Yom Kippur assignment described in Acharei Mot:

"When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
Another angel [messenger], who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God's people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.
The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. Revelation 8:1-5 

Revelation reveals and shows us that Acharei Mot is one big reason why we are told... "You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the LORD your God." Leviticus 18:4

If Aaron ever forgot the incense, bottomline he was toast. Remember...

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and "the faith" of Jesus. Revelation 14:12
"The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me." John 14:31 (Easy to Read Version)

Have you ever thought that Yeshua never had to make a decision for repentance. That means the faith of Yeshua includes walking in God's instruction as He did because He loves The Father!

Remember, Yom Kippur is coming and Acharei Mot will come to pass too.

"And the whole multitude were praying outside at the hour of incense." Luke 1:10 
As we have seen, the Fall Feasts begin on Trumpets Day.

You should search the Scriptures for verses that contain the word "trumpet" or "trumpets". I like to use Blue Letter Bible as an easy to use online resource. It offers several translations and based on my own research, a key verse in the Torah that explicitly relates to Yom Teruah is in Numbers 29:1.

I also found the word "trumpets" in Numbers 10:10 but it does not seem obvious to be a verse about Yom Teruah. So let's see what Numbers 29:1 says:
Numbers 29:1: "And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you."
Now, take a look at Numbers 10:10 and see how this verse relates to Yom Teruah.
Numbers 10:10: "Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God."
Now if you search for the word "solemn," we learn that it relates to "solemn" assemblies in the Feast "Days". If you search for the word "gladness," we learn that in one way it relates to "gladness" in celebrating the Feast "Days", they are THE Biblical set apart, holy days ( see 2Chronicles 30:21-23). The phrase "day of your gladness" also refers to the appointed Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles), which is also known as "The Feast of Booths" and "The Season of our Joy" as well as "The Feast of In-gathering". These names hints are pretty obvious as to their future fulfillment, so don't ignore these days any longer!

The instruction in Numbers gives the commandment to sound the trumpet at the beginning of the month. In other words, this is God's declaration of His new year. That is why the day is also known as Rosh haShanah, the "new year". It will be the first day of the millennium Kingdom. Yom Teruah is the beginning of the month (new moon) as well as a memorial blowing of the trumpet that is relating to our Creator's meeting with His people at Mount Sinai, the giving His covenant and His return. There is no new principle identified by Moses in Numbers about Yom Teruah. Yet from this passage, we do learn that we are to sound the trumpet at the beginning of months when the light of the sun sets and the dark new moon is not seen. Why? We need to be in tune, in practice so that we will be ready for the day no man knows - it His coronation Day!

This is boldly proclaimed in Zechariah:
"On that day there will be no light; the sunlight and moonlight will diminish. It will be a day known only to YHVH, without day or night, but there will be light at evening." Zechariah 14:6-7
There is light at evening because:
"On that day YHVH will become King over all the earth — YHVH alone, and His name alone." Zechariah 14:9
If you have not read Zechariah 14, you should do it now. You have time, it's very short, yet it clearly shows the world how important this appointment with God is. It even carries a drought punishment if it is ignored... "Should any of the families of the earth not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts, rain will not fall on them."

In review of these passages, Yom Teruah is reserved for the first day of the seventh Biblical month. Seven is a big number in the Bible, whenever you see it - pay attention to the context, the theme in the clues that God gives. Yom Teruah is a day the assembly of people are to come together, a day marked by blowing the trumpet as a memorial for the giving of the covenant by our Heavenly Father.

So, what are you to do? What else, buy a shofar and blow it! This day will mark His return and believe me you will want to know what is going on and what you are supposed to do!

It is also important to understand the meaning and purpose of blowing a shofar in order to appreciate this special day. Yom Teruah is one of the appointed days where we are to gather in fellowship for praise, prayer and intercession with other believers in the Body of Messiah because Scripture reveals it is a day of "holy convocation" or "assembly." This is a prophetic instruction as the trumpet will signal the arrival of the King. Don't you want to be celebrating on that day with your own trumpet, your shofar in hand when He returns?

Scripture reveals it is a day where we are to make an "offering made by fire" to God. Because the Temple and the altar are now gone, the principles of the Scriptures show us that our "offerings" to our Father - God are our praises, prayers and worship. Because it is the Day of Trumpets, we are to also offer our celebration anticipating His return!

Wow! Yom Teruah is both a prophetic and a past celebration marking the arrival of The King in the Spring and the Fall seasons of God's plan.

Trumpets also stands for the beginning of the Sabbath, the 7th day, the future 7th "millennium day" of rest. This day (1,000 years) symbolizes the beginning of the last events leading to this "end time", the end time in which God's children no longer live outside the physical, earthly presence of Messiah and Father. The reason for the season is simple, Yom Teruah is the announcement of the beginning of the 7th month of the year and the fall Feasts of God are truly a foreshadow of the end of the time that the Gentiles no longer trample Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. It marks Messiah's return which begins His 1,000 year millennial reign as King on Earth undoing the deceiver's temporary six day (6,000 year) authority ruled by death which began in Eden. Just as the 7th day of the week, the Sabbath, is symbolic of the 7th millennium, it represented by the 7th month of the Biblical year and it begins with a shofar call on the Day of Trumpets, the day after that no man knows.

The time-frame of God's Feast Days show us the redemption plan for mankind and earth is 7,000 years revealed in Exodus 34:21 (NIV). Notice its speaks of the Messianic Kingdom of rest that begins on the 7th day:
"Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest."
The millennium (1,000 years) represents the Sabbath day of rest which will last until God's re-creation on the 8th day of Shemini Atzeret. The promised day of the eternal New Jerusalem.

By the way, if we look we can find six verses in Scripture that contain the words "new" and "heaven", they are: 1) Genesis 27:28; 2) Daniel 4:15; 3) Daniel 4:23; 4) Matthew 13:52; 5) Revelation 3:12 and...
6) "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. " Revelation 21:1
There is a good reason that the Day of Trumpets is "the day no man knows", just ask a Jewish Rabbi or any astronomer, or just look at the sky for yourself because the heavens declare God's glory. (Psalm 19:1)

The new Moon cycle varies slightly from month to month because it is not exact to our own calendar on the wall, but it is consistent in God's timeline... for us the new moon might appear after two days of darkness, even three depending on the alignment of the lunar orbit that has been precisely set by God. So, without the help of NASA's mathematics described first by Sir Isaac Newton, no man can know when the sliver of the moon will be seen until you see it because it can vary. But, God knows.

Some 2,500 years ago, the prophet Daniel was told that in the latter days knowledge would increase, if you ask me that means the knowledge of God's Word and explanation of His creation would point us right back to the beginning of His word and the Genesis account. In the 1990's physicists began to describe the discovery of dark matter, but Genesis 1:2 did that thousands of years ago. And more recently, a group of theoretical physicists have explained that sound pervades the universe, yet Psalm 19:1-4 did that already, again thousands of years ago.

So what can we learn from this?

I believe that Yeshua (Jesus) was actually giving us a clue about the day no man knows from The Messiah's Bible.

Look at Genesis 1:14 "And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years". Jesus (Yeshua) was referring to the appointed Feasts and a future Feast of Trumpets with the arrival of the new moon (in Hebrew, Rosh Chodesh). His message points us to be watchful of the signs and the Feast Days He gives us. The ancient words, the Scriptures of the Torah, the Writings and the Prophets are His witnesses, indeed He is found among them. They give us all the clues about Him. Thinking on this gives more meaning to His words:
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20
Today, thanks to NASA's scientific research, we have access to everyday computer programs that can mathematically and graphically model exactly when the new moon will occur at any location on earth at any time. But prior to these fantastic new technologies, ancient man had to watch the sky and wait for the new moon, not really ever knowing the exact hour or know the precise number of days the new moon would last in the sky. As you can see, in ancient Hebrew thought and time, the new moon begins the "Day of Trumpets". Its fulfillment is truly the day no man knows, only The Father because His return could be any one of the days of the new moon. But at the same time is a command for us to seek out the meaning of His words that would become clear in the latter days.

As we have seen, contrary to modern pulpit teaching, Paul taught that we as the body of Messiah are not to let others obstruct our observance of God's diet instruction nor our watch and celebration of these coming Fall Feast days marked by the new moon's Trumpet Day appearance:
Colossians 2:16-17 "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ."
Messiah Yeshua warns us if we do ignore them: Revelation 3:3 "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."

Let's review because we need to know that each month it seems that there are always one to three nights that there seems to be no moon at all as it is hidden in darkness because our eyes cannot discern its faint luminosity without some aid like binoculars. The reality is, due to this variable length of time for the new moon, before the precision of Global Satellite Positioning system calculations, no man knew exactly when one could see the Trumpets Day new moon. According to Scripture, once the new moon arrives it signals a new month. Yom Teruah being on a new moon, a Rosh Chodesh day has extreme significance in this way, so much so we are to also celebrate each new moon. We are to watch and wait with anticipation for this day to be revealed, just like we wait for Messiah's return so we may celebrate the day of the bride's celebration which is to be announced on the day of Trumpets! If we just look, King David gave us a subtle hint of this coming great day when he told his friend Jonathan:
"And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, tomorrow [is] the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third [day] at even." 1Samuel 20:5
Here we see a hint at the length of the new moon's darkness. They knew it would be at least three days. After all, the darkness of a new moon period lasts up to three days.

Don't forget the pattern God give to us. When He created the earth first, He did not create the moon until the after the third day. The Day of Trumpets is about resurrection and His return that is why Hosea declares:
After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6:2
God uses numbers throughout His word to teach us more about Him. For example, there are three recorded resurrections in the Older Testament and three resurrections found in the Newer Testament prior to that of messiah Yeshua (Jesus). His resurrection was the seventh. Seven is the Biblical number of completion and perfection. I believe that it is possible that our generation may be a witness to the resurrection of mankind when the Trumpet sounds as we approach the beginning of the third day (3,000 years) since His first coming.

As I pray you can now see, understanding the sayings embedded for us in Scripture is critical to obtain an understanding of the "gathering of the saints" on the coming days of Tabernacles. Perhaps, one of the most important concepts is seen in the Jewish tradition where the three trumpets blasts of God each have a name. For thousands of years, these three trumpet blasts have been called the 1) "first trump", 2) the "last trump" and 3) the "great trump." But don't let the names confuse you as to the sequence that they are blown on the Fall Feast Days! Understanding these trumpet blasts by their name and timing opens up the prophecy of the Scriptures.

Are you beginning to see that understanding the fall Feast Days are today so critical?

The "last trump" in Hebrew is the Tekiah HaGadol and it is blown on the Day of Trumpets I believe this trumpet is to be blown by God himself.

With an understanding of the actual name of this "trumpet blast", we can understand what the famous Jewish Rabbi, the Apostle Paul said in 1Corinthians 15:51-53: "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."

He was saying the resurrection of dead will occur. With this understanding, I like to think of the Day of Trumpets as our assembling together of those living called out ones to King Messiah for His magnificent return to the Mount of Olives and to participate under His instruction in the herald of the events around the earthquake of resurrection and the in-gathering of His people into His Kingdom reign.

Moses first described this great in-gathering in the Torah.
Deuteronomy 30:3-6 "then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. And the Lord your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live."
The Prophet Ezekiel and Jeremiah provide a second and third witness to confirm the words Moses.
Ezekiel 36:24-27: I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Jeremiah 31:7-10: For thus says the Lord : "Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, 'O Lord , save your people, the remnant of Israel.' Behold, I will bring them from the north country and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the pregnant woman and she who is in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord , O nations, and declare it in the coast-lands far away; say, 'He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.'
So, the fulfillment of Messiah's revelation is in the Fall Feasts.

They point us to the day of resurrection. The resurrection of the righteous. There is a rapture all right, but it is no secret unknown day. The Lord does not come like a thief to His followers. Resurrection will occur on the fall harvest day of His people. We just do not know which coming day that will be or at what hour He will choose to blow the "Last Trumpet".

Yom Kippur is Yom Kippurim - The Day of Atonements

The teaching on Yom Kippur begins in Leviticus 16:29-34. This great day is a "convocation" and the conclusion of the "Ten days of Awe" that follow the Day of Trumpets. Can you possibly imagine "the awe" of those coming ten days when the redeemed of earth will be transfigured to the glory of Eden in the image like God through resurrection by the arrival of The Lord's glory at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel?

Yom Kippur is the day that that Messiah will reap the grapes. It is the separation just as one goat received redemption and the other was cast out to the wilderness.

This Feast Day is described by Ezekiel as the "Fat Sheep and Lean Sheep" judgment of Ezekiel 34, the same "Sheep and Goats" separation described by Matthew in chapter 25. To learn more about this day, we all need to read every bit of Leviticus 16. This chapter reading is about the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is a solemn day of fasting and prayer. Yom Kippurim is even called the "Sabbath of Sabbaths". It is also called the holiest day of the year as it is "the Day" of Atonements. It speaks of eternal atonement.

Let's look at Leviticus 16 and see what it says to identify what principles there are to celebrate on this coming Day of Atonement.
Leviticus 16:29-34: "This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work--whether native born or an alien living among you-- because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins. It is a Sabbath of rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the people of the community. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites." And it was done, as the LORD commanded Moses."
Daniel 9:24 ties the mystery instruction and promise of Yom Kippur’s everlasting atonement for iniquity, sin and transgression as shown in Leviticus 16:21 directly to Yeshua. Look for yourself:
“Then Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness. Leviticus 16:21

“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. Daniel 9:24
Exodus Chapters 25-30 address the setting up of the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle) shortly after Moses returns from the top of Mount Sinai for the first time before the "Golden Calf" incident described in Exodus Chapter 32. Exodus 30:1-10 covers the set-up for the "Altar of Incense". Key words in the phrase in Exodus 30:10 states: "Once a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns. This annual atonement..." this gives us understanding that this verse is about The Day of Atonement. After searching the Scriptures for verses containing key words such as "atonement," "tenth," "seventh," "deny yourselves," Other verses that address the "Day of Atonement" appear again in Leviticus 23 where the fall Feast Day is described.
Leviticus 23:26-32: The LORD said to Moses, "The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day. You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. It is a Sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your Sabbath."
Just as with the Day of Trumpets, again we see that like the five books of Torah, there are five principles that applies to celebrating the Day of Atonement:
1. It is to always be on the tenth day of the seventh Biblical month.
2. It is a High Sabbath Day.
3. It is a day to deny oneself (this is considered by most to be a day of fasting).
4. It is a day of sacred assembly.
5. It is a day to make offerings to our Everlasting Father and make intercessory prayer.
When digging in to the Scriptures on Yom Kippur, they show us a life given. In that way, every aspect of the Yom Kippur day points us to the solemn work of Yeshua as He gave His life to redeem ours.

Interestingly too, if we look at the whole of Torah - we can see a life offering is only given where God has appeared or where His messenger has instructed it be done. Yeshua accomplished both. Its is a mystery, but the atonement offering by fire is about food (life giving) that's one reason why our Savior teaches us:
'I AM' the bread and the wine.
In an amazing way, we can see Leviticus teaches us this coming holy day is the day that only our High Priest can make atonement for our sins as a people called Israel. We are told to do no work of any kind, and afflict our souls.

Yom Kippur is the day Yeshua, our High Priest King who will one day come to judge and cleanse, so the word shows we have to be still, quiet in humble prayer and in thanksgiving as the High Priest does His work this day and we need to teach our children that important lesson on this day. No matter how young, they need to know He is coming back soon.

Literally, our chance to repent and ask for forgiveness is before this day. Now is time to be humble, repent pray, seek God, seek others and ask God and man to forgive us on these days of awe leading up to the Lord's Day. Because once it ultimately arrives, it is the day we must appear as we are before the Lord... and it's too late to do anything else.

Yom Kippur foreshadows the 7th day, the last day millennium trial at the end of the 1,000 years of peace on earth. The scene includes the accuser against the Children of God and it is shown to us in Revelation. Check out Revelation 11 and notice the narrative as the evidence like a video replay is presented all the way to Revelation 20.

That coming Fall Feast appointment on the final Yom Kippur judgment day trial will begin with the last trump of the Yom Kippur shofar as the King of the Universe enters His court and sits on His throne ready to conclude His judgment.

The lightning will start flying and the earth will shake just like it did at Mount Sinai...
"And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." Revelation 11:19

"And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled." Exodus 19:16
It will be the final judgment of the Azazel goat, the deceiver at THE Yom Kippur described in Revelation.

What a blessing the trial was shown to John in a vision to tell us about.

He was so privileged to watch the preview of the witness of the twenty and four elders in the throne room of God as Yeshua was coronated as the worthy King. We can't know just who these 24 elders are but 1Chronicles 24:7-17 gives us a possible clue as to their identity. Here, the Scriptures tell us that Shemaiah, the son of Nethaneel was the scribe appointed to record the names of those chosen by lot before King David and the High Priest Zadok. The lot was cast for 24 Levites that were to were appointed from the households of Aaron's sons Eleazar and Ithamar. Only these families of the sons of Aaron were chosen as the governors of the sanctuary, and governors of the house of God because Nadab and Abihu died before their father.

They died because they like Cain did not follow the Lord's instruction for a proper offering, an offering of life. God's instructions are critical for life, yet Nadab and Abihu brought a 'strange' fire to the altar. The word 'strange' is translated from the Hebrew word 'zuwr' זוּר. It was not from the eternal fire from God that burned at His altar. It was from an another fire, a foreigner. Their offering of fire was like the cheat offering of Ananias and Sapphira described in Acts 5:1-11.

Ananias and Sapphira like Nadab and Abihu died and great fear came upon the whole assembly and on all who heard of these things. Each knowingly tried to short change The Lord.

The scenes and visions of the final Yom Kippur as described in Revelation are amazing. They unfold much like a video and show us the accuser, the Azazel goat will be taken from Temple and cast down the ultimate sentence of his transgressions.

In the end, the deceiver, the accuser of the saints loses the trial of his life.

Those he accuses on the fulfillment day of Yom Kippur "as breakers of the covenant and law of God" which were recorded on the tablets and scrolls at Sinai will be defended. They will be covered (atoned) by the blood of the living word of God by His great offering as our sinless Messiah Yeshua, the lamb of God.

Yeshua (Jesus) alone will authorized to break the seals of His testimony and present the evidence of truth and salvation through the fulfillment of the Feast Days of YHVH.

From a perspective of Biblical interpretation of God's Word, we must take a literal approach to His teaching and instruction and not be like Abel assuming that an offering with no fire or life given will suffice.

Most especially, on the rehearsal of His appointed Feast Days and Yom Kippur His highest day, we honor it to show our Father how much we love Him.

Yom Kippur is HUGE, the instruction in Leviticus shows us that the Jubilee Year begins on Yom Kippur. The Jubilee is about restoration. It is in the same pattern as Shavuot. The Jubilee is a picture of returning things to the way it once was. The 'last trump' of the shofar is blown on Yom Kippur consecrating the 50th year, the 'yovel'. Shavuot and the Jubilee year are related to the creative cycle and reminds us of the three-fold lesson of the Sabbath Day: 1) God is our Creator, 2) God created the world in six days and ceased that work before the seventh day, and 3) God proclaimed the Sabbath as a time that people should continually observe just as He does.

Yom Kippur is a High Sabbath, a day of rest, so much so we fast. If we look closely we can see that Paul wrote about Yom Kippur in 1Corinthians 15.

The Jubilee Year is directly tied to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is a picture of life in the Garden before Adam and Eve gave away their kingship of the planet to Satan. As the believing body of Messiah, we can't ignore this. The big revival, the restoration and restitution 'of all things' is coming and both the Jubilee and Yom Kippur are a part of the restoration on the Day of The Lord.

Acts 3:21 tells us:
"Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets."
As Believers, we must repent and say: let the rehearsal begin, and may it begin with a careful watch on the Word of God. Nadab and Abihu teach us the lesson three times in the Torah, so its really important and the message includes the fire of YHVH.

When we dig in on Yom Kippur, the words of our Father given in the Bible shows us fire to the Lord for any tribute offering without blood (minchah) or sacrifice with blood (korban) can only be made from the continual fire of YHVH. Leviticus 6 talks about this. And the Torah scroll of Leviticus, the constitution of the Kingdom on Earth teaches that we are not to make an offering except at the place that He chooses.

Notice too, God's word also shows us that an altar may only be in a place that God has been seen.

The Torah, the teaching of God YHVH also requires that a clean offering only can be accepted as He alone has ordained by any offering at His place of an altar.

Remember... every aspect of the day of Yom Kippur points us to the solemn and exclusive work of Yeshua, our Savior as He gave His life to redeem mankind. His work alone is the ultimate work of the High Priest at Yom Kippur.

If we look at the whole of Torah, we can see the fire of YHVH and an offering is only given where God has first appeared or where His "messenger" has instructed it can be done. Any fire, from our own altar at our place of choosing is a strange thing and not acceptable to YHVH.

An offering place shown by a "messenger" (mal'ak מַלְאָךְ) is rarely seen in the Bible. As far as I know, this only happened with King David when the angel (messenger of God) told him to offer at the threshing floor, the location of today's Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Our blessing today, is to know that Yeshua accomplished all of these including the 'minchah' and the 'korban' offerings. Mincha means "present" or "gift" and is the meal offering which come from wheat or barley that is cut into a measure for the Mincha offering as well as the grape which provides wine for offering and the olive which provides the oil, representing the Spirit of God.

Korban is the life 'blood' offering of a lamb, goat, bull or dove, a clean animal. They were not presented for reasons of salvation as many suppose but for they were presented for consecration. The five Korban offerings are the burnt offering, the peace offering, the sin offering and the guilt offering. An olah animal blood offering could only cover (atone) the sin, not remove the guilt. That is the role of Messiah.

We are far from the time of the Tabernacle, so it's much like a lost key, but the atonement offerings by fire are uniquely all about life. Food represents life, because it gives life nourishment for living. That's the reason why our Savior teaches us, 'I AM' the bread and the wine before He gave His life as the ultimate offering to restore life.

In an amazing way, we can see Leviticus and the book of Hebrews teaches us this coming high holy day of Yom Kippur is THE DAY that our High Priest Yeshua will ultimately return to judge and make atonement for our sins as a people grafted into Israel. That grafting by the way is what Romans 11 is all about.

On this set apart day, we are told to do no work of any kind, and afflict our souls. There's is no legalism intended here, just caution because as we approach and get nearer to THE ultimate Day of The Lord. The awesome thing is that we can rehearse this by fasting on each Yom Kippur day. So, we do need to be seriously careful unless we REALLY know what we’re doing. Remember, no strange fire offering is acceptable. The Temple altar has been destroyed, but it will be restored by Messiah one day.

Here's another important thing to know... Yom Kippurim is 'the day' of Yeshua. He is our King and our High Priest who will one day come to judge and cleanse. The word of God shows us that on Yom Kippur we should be still, quiet in humble prayer and in thanksgiving as the High Priest will do His work on this day. We need to teach our children this message. They need to know He is coming back and what will happen. They need to be prepared.

Yom Kippur teaches us what any "fire and brimstone" revival preacher has taught. That literally, our chance to repent and ask for forgiveness is now, before the Great Day of Judgment. Now is the time, before the Day of The Lord, it is the time to be humble, time to repent, to fast and pray and to worship God. It is time to seek others and ask both God and man to forgive us. This message is the shadow picture shown in the 'Days of Awe' leading up to The Lord's Judgment Day.

Because once it finally arrives, so will the fire and brimstone for those that purposefully oppose YHVH. It is the day we must all appear "just as we are" before the Lord's white throne... and once that Yom Kippur arrives, it's judgment day.

So, the opportunity to turn from our sins is now so that when we arrive at the High Holy Day of Yom Kippur at His return we can be clean as white linen standing in honor at the right hand before our Lord to receive His reward.

Revelation graphically shows us the picture:
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Aleph and Tav, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:12-14
The prophetic word for this promise is shown first to us first in Leviticus after we are given the words: "the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the LORD".

The word 'anoint' is then given by Moses, it's where we get the title Messiah, it's 'mashach' the annointed. On Yom Kippur, the grapes, whether the olive that is pressed for oil or the grape that is crushed for wine are gathered to the barn. Yom Kippur points to Jesus who comes in His Father's stead, making atonement at the harvest time. The gospels even show us He put on the white linen garments at the Mount of Transfiguration (see Matthew 17:1–9, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36).
"And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments." Leviticus 16:32
It's pretty awesome that King David wrote to us all that the Messiah would be this 'One' spoken of by Moses and Revelation:
"I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, 'You are My Son; Today I have begotten thee. Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.' " Psalm 2:7-8
And Zechariah showed us that He is the Priest clothed in majesty on God's throne:
"And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." Zechariah 6:12-13
Yom Kippur's going to be a bad day for those that rejected the Priest in the order of Melchizedek standing at the right hand of God before the day of The Lord:
"The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries." Psalms 110:4-6
Our prayer should be that God will bless us as we humbly honor His day, His way.

And may we all pray, both Jew and Gentile on Yom Kippur:

"Reveal to us the Messiah who is the righteous one. There is none other who justifies us. He carries our sins and crimes and was wounded for our transgressions."

Amen and Hallelujah, may Tabernacles soon begin. COME LORD JESUS, REVEAL YOUR GLORY TO US!!

We must take the opportunity before us to go into the day of Yom Kippur clean as white linen by the blood of Messiah so that we might be standing in honor before Him to receive our reward when He comes.

The sequence of many end time events and our salvation is clear in the Fall Feasts. It's time to rehearse them now because Yom Kippur shows us it is the day of judgment and the day of atonements since there is no salvation apart from the wood and the blood of Messiah on it for all. It also points us toward the coming week of Tabernacles (Sukkot), the wedding Feast of the Lamb.

The Bible describes a number of burnt-sacrifices for the week of Sukkot and whether taking each offering by itself or all of them together, each is always divisible by the number seven, God's number of completion. Scripture for the Sukkot week describes 70 bullocks, 14 rams and 98 lambs or altogether 182 sacrifices (that's 26 × 7), to which must be added 336 (48 × 7) tenths of ephahs of flour for the meat offerings. The Feast of Tabernacles lasts seven days and takes place during the seventh month and it has the number 7 impressed throughout.

Amazingly, the views offered in the Jewish Talmud is that these sacrifices are offered, not for Israel, but for the nations (the Gentiles) of the world: “There were seventy bullocks, to correspond to the number of the seventy nations in the world.” It is difficult to imagine that the Rabbis would embed the prophetic character of this feast. Clearly, there is something inspired from Heaven here.

Peter tells of the grace that will be brought to the redeemed at His return. This will occur at the Fall Feasts. His return is not an imminent any day of the year even as taught in many pulpits, we just don't know which season of Fall Feasts will be the revelation day of The Lord:
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1Peter 1:13
The vision of Revelation was given as a gift to John and all those that would read it as the summary of the plan of God for Yeshua to fulfill the Fall Feasts of YHVH. The Fall Feasts must be studied for the book of Revelation to make sense.

Many today may think that it is a cryptic book because they do not study the Feasts of The Lord. The Fall Feasts Days are the "key" to unlock the meaning of the Revelation story of Messiah Yeshua - Jesus Christ the King.

Revelation describes these events in their sequence of the Fall Feast Days which are the Day of Trumpets when we see the return of Messiah in His Glory through to the wedding feast week of Tabernacles which includes the restoration of God's people to the Promised Land for the "Marriage of the Lamb".

It will be the 'Greater Exodus' and just as it was with the battles when Joshua entered Canaan with the twelve tribes of Israel, there will be a great battle for the land as the nations come against Israel.

Revelation gives us the sequence of major events relevant to the 1,000 year reign of Messiah from Jerusalem. In the beginning of that earthly reign, Satan's power, the "power of death" will be taken away as he is imprisoned until the end of the day (1000 years).

Just as the Day of Trumpets will announce Messiah's return, the "first resurrection" will occur for the elect through time that have chosen to follow God and to follow Messiah. It will include those from "Tribulation" which "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Messiah Yeshua" (Revelation 12:17). They will rule the planet under His direction for the 1,000 years. These overcomer's who are raised in the "first resurrection" just before the 1,000 years will be transfigured the image given to mankind at Eden, covered by the light of God immortal and incorruptible. These people will include all who have overcome "in Christ" throughout time as well those still alive through the tribulation.

These faithful people will be given the gift of eternal life and restored by God to the perfect physical condition of Adam and Eve at creation as Yeshua was at the transfiguration and His resurrection. They will rule as priests with Messiah for the 1000 years. This is the advantage, the reward of the first resurrection.

All other survivors through the battles described in Psalms 83 will continue to be mortal through the 1,000 years, which means they can of course still die like Adam and Eve if they willfully sin against God's instruction and His Kingdom. In the end many will rebel with the deceiver is released as he was in Eden to lie.

This is proven by the fact that when the rebels from among them attack the Holy City at the end of the 1000 years these wayward people are "devoured" by fire from heaven when Satan is released and inspires a final rebellion against God at the end of the 1000 years, which will be promptly put down and the rebels of God and Magog will be destroyed. Then...

"Death will be no more" after Messiah's fulfillment of the second resurrection at the Feast of Trumpets at the end of the millennium age and the Day of The Lord, the final Yom Kippur is concluded, which is called the Great White Throne Judgment when Satan, his demons and mankind, those goats and tares that openly reject God are judged in the Lake of Fire.

After this judgment, all God's people whose names are written in The Book of Life may enter into the eternal state of the New Heaven and New Earth on Shemini Atzeret during "the assembly of the great eighth (day), (Revelation 21 and Revelation 22 prove this). They are the ones that are "blessed" as they do his commandments" and sin no more. They alone have the "right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" which is the "New Jerusalem", Eden restored on the 8th day of Tabernacles.

Tabernacles aka Sukkot is the big celebration

Sukkot marks 'the' harvest time, and we need to be ready according to Zechariah when the Bride of the millennial kingdom are called to celebrate the wedding of the bride at the fesitval of our joy, the ingathering in Jerusalem:
"And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles." Zechariah 14:16
Sukkot is the seven day wedding reception after the atoning of Yom Kippur.

The first day of Tabernacles (Tishre 15) is a Sabbath and the festival week is closed with Hoshanah Rabbah (Tishre 21) followed by a picture of eternal forgiveness and New Jerusalem on Shemini Atzeret, the 8th day, another holy set apart Sabbath day. The prophet Haggai notes Tishre 21:
"On the twenty-first day of the seventh month (Hoshanah Rabbah), the word of The Lord came through the prophet Haggai." Haggai 2:1
Next, Almighty God declares this on the 7th day of Sukkot.
"This is what The Lord Almighty says: "In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory," says The Lord Almighty. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the LORD of hosts. The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the LORD of hosts.’” Haggai 2:6-9
Sukkot is a BIG deal.

All families have things to celebrate, so it is the time we get to rehearse this coming celebration because it is the goal of what the once sinful woman, the atoned 'Bride' has embraced in God’s Covenant, His Kingdom Gospel of forgiveness through lovingkindness and the restoration of God's Tabernacle in Israel as the husband's response to His love for His wayward bride.

Like Jesus did on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, Hosea lays it all out, 'the Feast' is not done away with:
“I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the LORD.

‘It shall come to pass in that day that I will answer,’ says the LORD; ‘I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth. The earth shall answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they shall answer Jezreel.

Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’” Hosea 2:19-23
Back in the days of the Temple, everyone traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot as well as Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost). One of the daily highlights of the Sukkot festival then was the 'Simkhat Bet Ha-Shoeva' (Rejoicing of the Water-Drawing House).

Back then, on each day of "the feast" once the daily offering made by fire was made at the altar, the priest would pour out water drawn from the pool of Siloam (remember the blind man), and then the priest would pour wine over the side of the altar.

The ultimate life offering was made at the altar (crucifixion) when our High Priest (Yeshua) poured out water and wine from His body...
"But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out." John 19:34."
We are honored to know the fulfillment of this last or 7th day of Tabernacles when the great I Am cried out to the crowd assembled for the water pouring, so lets celebrate just as He did then. John 7 is the witness Yeshua's words on the 7th day called Hoshanah Rabbah (the great Hoshanah):
"Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38
It's amazing what the officers of the Temple Court said after they heard Him:

“Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.”

The next morning (on Shemini Atzeret) he forgave the adulterous woman, at the court of The Temple as He told her:

“I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

Tabernacles, or Sukkot also known as the Feast of Booths is the feast of "In-gathering". Get it? The ingathering, no wonder it concludes with Shemini Atzeret.

Sukkot's instruction tells us about how we get to celebrate the seven day celebration of forgiveness  in the seventh month at the end of the Biblical Year, this is found in Leviticus 23:34-43. The first day is a holy convocation, a 'mikra' and the celebration lasts seven days and it is followed by the eighth day Sabbath.

The second time this is seen in the Torah is in Numbers 29:12-40. The third time we learn more about the Sukkot is in Deuteronomy 16:9-17. The verses in Leviticus focus on a general outline for observing the celebration Feast of The Lord. The verses in Numbers focus on the type of offerings to be made at the Feast, like a gigantic family reunion BBQ feast. The verses in Deuteronomy reveal who gets to celebrate in this mega picnic.

Sukkot has another amazing name, it is called the "Feast of In-gathering" and is one of three appointed days or festivals (the other two are Passover and Pentecost or Shavuot) where "thy males appear before God thy God in the place which he shall choose..." (Exodus 23:14-17, Exodus 24:22-23, Deuteronomy 16:16).

This "pilgrimage" instruction to be in Jerusalem is ultimately why God chooses this city for His name. This is due to the fact that He appointed these "chag" celebrations as the days Yeshua (Jesus) would actually be there in person to fulfill His complete plan of salvation, redemption and restoration for all believing mankind. He was there in Jerusalem at Passover almost 2,000 years ago as were all the witnesses around the world that journeyed there to Jerusalem at that time. His Spirit was there at Shavuot and He will return there when Tabernacles is fulfilled. That why the big three festivals are called chagim because chag mean "festival".

So, it is a time to spend outdoors in the beautiful fall night sky so that we may behold God's creation in the night sky that declares His gospel to the planet. If we are not outside looking up we certainly will not see the sign of Messiah first hand that He promised us in Matthew 24 because this is the appointed season of His second coming. If we are not looking up, soon we will not see the sights described in Revelation 12 sign.

There's a great message of the glory of Tabernacles in Matthew. Did Moses enter the Promised Land? No wait, he did... an awesome picture is given to us by our Lord. Our Savior met with him and gave him a great reward, acknowledging him before The Father as well as Elijah and three witnesses!

Moses entered through the invitation of mercy and atoning grace of our Messiah Yeshua alone.

Matthew points us to this happening "after" six days, it was most likely the day Hoshana Rabah, the 7th day of Tabernacles, the 21st of Tishri. And now we can know the day after, the 8th day is Shemini Atzeret שמיני עצרת "the Eighth [day] of Assembly" the last holy day and the last Sabbath.

Hoshana Rabah is the 7th day of Tabernacles and it means "the great salvation." Another saying in Hebrew, “Hoshiah Na! Save now! This is what the crowds were shouting about when Jesus entered Jerusalem on the donkey colt 2,000 years ago.

Matthew's account points us to Hoshana Rabah as the day that Moses met with Messiah on the mountaintop. It was after the 6th day that Moses received victory from his grave 'outside' the land to be seen with Elijah by Peter, James and John as witnesses with Messiah Yeshua on the mountain 'in' the Promised Land.

This 'after the 6th day' points to Hoshana Rabah as "the Great Salvation" day and the day of promise. It will be the same for all inscribed in the book of life acknowledged by the Lamb of God shown in Revelation:
"The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels (messengers)." Revelation 3:5
Check out the story in Matthew, look at the themes. It's cool to read the account with Hebrew names. Jesus showed Moses he too would enter in and be acknowledged before His Father and his messengers (disciples) because his judgment was only until the Glory of Jesus was witnessed.
After six days, Yeshua took with him Keefa, Ya`akov, and Yochanan his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves. He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as the light. Behold, Moshe and Eliyah appeared to them talking with him.

Keefa answered, and said to Yeshua, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let's make three sukkah here: one for you, one for Moshe, and one for Eliyah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him." When the talmidim heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid. Yeshua came and touched them and said, "Get up, and don't be afraid." Matthew 17:1-7
It can be your promise too. The great salvation day is coming. Hoshiah Na!

When the disciple Peter (Keefa) asks to build three tents (sukkah), we need to know what is happening and when. Sukkah in Hebrew means “booths”. The word tabernacle simply means to “dwell in a tent.” Sukkah refers to the temporary dwellings that many Jewish people have built annually from branches and leaves to remind themselves of the 40 year journey in the wilderness with Moses when they were entirely dependent on God’s provision.

Yeshua gives us a parable about Tabernacles shown earlier in the book of Matthew:
He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:37-43
Yeshua (Jesus) had to be there in Jerusalem of course on Passover for His crucifixion and His resurrection. Fifty days later, God sent His Spirit there on Pentecost to indwell the believers and disciples so that they could literally preach the gospel to all the nations in their own tongue (languages). That is what we hear the term "speaking in tongues". It was the gift of a supernatural Spirit given ability to immediately speak in another language so that the Gospel could instantly be spread around the nations of peoples from all around the world that were there in Jerusalem at the Feast of Shavuot.

The world still speaks all of the languages (or forms of them) that God gave to mankind at the Tower of Babel. As Scripture says, He will return there in Jerusalem to begin His reign as King of the Universe on Tabernacles, and at that time I believe that He will fully restore His pure language (we call it Hebrew today) so that we can all worship Him in one unified voice as He told the prophet Zephaniah.
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. Zephaniah 3:9:
To better understand the celebration of Sukkot (Tabernacles), let's look again back at the Book of Exodus. By reflecting on the Exodus account, we know that the children of Israel observed their first Passover in Egypt. It was the month of Aviv (Abib), the first month of the year (see Exodus 12:2). Exodus 12:37 reveals that the children of Israel encamped first at Succoth after their departure from Egypt in the month of Aviv. The next few chapters tell the story of the crossing of the Red Sea (baptism/mikveh) between the first (Aviv) and second (Iyar) months. Exodus 16:1 reveals that on the 15th day of the second month after the "exodus" from Egypt the children of Israel came into the wilderness of "Sin". Do you see the hidden message in the story?

While in Sin, they were given manna by God (representing the bread of life). The manna saved them from death by starvation and they could do nothing feed themselves. They had to rely 100% on God. After camping in Sin, they journeyed on and camped in Rephidim (this Hebrew word means "resting places". Here where they received water from the Rock (Exodus 17:1) (this water represents the Spirit of God). Finally, in the third month (Siwan) they arrived in the wilderness at the mountain, Mount Sinai where they heard God's voice (Exodus 19:1).

By reflecting on the journey of the children of Israel it helps us better understand our journey and the future fulfillment of the Feast of Sukkot. Our Everlasting Father God, expressly tells us why we observe Sukkot in Leviticus 23:42-43:

It is a "memorial celebration" to remember that God provided for the children of Israel and instructed them to dwell in "booths" (tents or tabernacles) when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. The dwelling of God's people in booths is fundamental to celebrating the 7 day Feast of Tabernacles.

From the 15th to the 22nd of the seventh month it was and is to be a time of the greatest rejoicing of the people of Israel and those that sojourned with them out of Egypt. This is because it will be the future "appointed time" of the beginning of His reign as King, a time of great celebration!

In the Scripture reading, we also learn that both the first day and the eight day following the seven are His holy convocations. Much like a weekly Sabbath, they are days that we are to do no work.

It was a crowning festival of the fall Feast Days and it will be again. Israel was commanded to build tabernacles and live in them during the feast days. This commemorated how God brought them out of Egypt through the wilderness and into the Promised Land. Secondly, they were to cut off branches of palm trees and wave them, rejoicing before the Lord. This eight day Festival holds a wonderful future promise. In the Messianic Kingdom to come, when the other festivals have indeed been shown to have served their purpose in Messiah, Tabernacles will continue to be celebrated since praise and thanksgiving to God as our King will never end. That is the meaning of the eight day. It represents eternity.

Zechariah tells us of this time when all the nations will go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts, and to participate in the Feast of Tabernacles. Jews today recognize that the Feast of Tabernacles points to and looks forward to the Kingdom of Messiah. Zechariah 14:16-21 states clearly that after Messiah sets up His Kingdom His people, the children of God will celebrate the joy and blessings of the Feast of Tabernacles as a yearly memorial in Jerusalem.

Yeshua (Jesus) was there in Jerusalem at the appointed days of the Feast of Tabernacles. He was in the Temple during the Feast's water libation ceremony on the 7th day just as He was front and center on all the pilgrimage days. These focus His plan of redemption. Read the words of John 7:37-38 that describe Hoshana Rabah, the seveneth day:
"In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water"
He was there the next day too while the torches of the ceremony still burned at The Temple above the city on Shemini Atzeret -- the "Eighth Day" of Simcha Torah.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
Trust God's word, you don't want to miss Him at this Harvest celebration of in-gathering when He returns giving the water of eternal life as the light of the world!!

The Torah is God's Word, Yeshua is the Living Word, the Torah resurrected in the flesh. In Him, all The Feast days will be fulfilled (see Matthew 5:17).

And consider Revelation 7:9-17 as it describes the saints who have come through the "great tribulation." This scene will take place at Tabernacles and it describes the day following the seven days of Sukkot aka Shemini Atzeret. This day is the day to "rejoice in Torah" to rejoice in Messiah at His inauguration as King Messiah.

The storyline of Revelation that tracks with the Falls Feasts is preceded by "the" grand celebration with the saints waving "palm branches" during Tabernacles. Why are the "saints" of Revelation waving palm branches?

They are celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles which represents the great marriage supper feast that will soon take place. It is a Feast which will last for seven days until the big day which represents "eternity on" when death is swallowed up in victory. For more, see Isaiah 25:6-9. This is the greatest day of all celebrations following the marriage feast of the Lamb when the elect, redeemed people, "the bride" will say "I do".

This same great celebration was foreshadowed by the supper with God on the mountain in the wilderness when Moses, his brother Aaron and Aaron's "two sons" were invited with the "seventy" elders of Israel to the top of Mount Sinai to celebrate The Giving of Covenant in the presence of Almighty God. This future appointment is prophetically described in Exodus 24.

There below the King's throne at Mount Sinai these 74 men celebrated after everyone said "I do" and accepted God's covenant when they said they would "do" all of His words:
"All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do." Exodus 24:3
God's use of "Seventy" here represent all the nations and peoples of mankind that also accept Yeshua's covenant of grace and mercy. Amazingly, these men ate and drank there in full sight of God. The Scripture says they saw Him. This "seventy" and the "two" sons symbolize what is seen when Luke describes that Yeshua (Jesus) appointed "seventy two" disciples of the "harvest LORD" to spread His gospel of the Kingdom in every city of and place.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go." Luke 10:1
This assignment likely occurred while they were gathered in Jerusalem with Messiah during the great celebration of Tabernacles. I only imagine that this divine mission given by the Master at the end of Sukkot to the seventy-two took place immediately after the seven day celebration on the one of a kind day called Shemini Atzeret. After all, the assignment give to Israel was to be a royal priesthood to minister to the planet:
And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation... Exodus 19:6
Let's look back again carefully at Exodus 24:1-18:
"Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, but Moses alone is to approach the Lord; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.” When Moses went and told the people all the Lord's words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank. The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction.” Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.” When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights."
The Feast of Tabernacles shows us the future great celebration following the "in-gathering", that many call the rapture, but it is the resurrection event that will bring people to celebrate Messiah's return, some will come that are living and many will come, arisen from death. The resurrection will occur before The Lord's celebration at the Feast of Tabernacles. I will not be surprised if this celebration will occur at the very spot where Yeshua (Jesus) took Peter, John and James to witness His "transfiguration" and the appearance of Moses (representing the Torah) and Elijah (representing the Prophets).

Messiah Yeshua as well as Peter, John and James were prophetically and thematically represented in the meal at the top of Mount Sinai some 1,500 years before Luke recorded his story. These three are prophetically seen in the persons of Moses, Aaron and his two sons. In each occasion, we the Bible gives us a glimpse into the future of the Tabernacles celebration. This is why Messiah says in Luke 9:27:
"But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God."
Think about it, after the future trumpet day of the resurrection of the saints before Tabernacles, many people will be standing there in that very spot.

Unless we study and consider the instruction we receive in the Bible, we cannot possibly understand the great meaning and implication of the future days of celebration during Tabernacles or the other fall Feast Days of The Lord. Simply put, one of the greatest prophecies of the Messiah cannot be known because so many of us have not been taught to anchor our understanding of His words in the Torah. Unless we study His word, all of it, Bible students will skim over and read past this magnificent promise.

To understand these Words of Yeshua (Jesus) is to recognize that He was prophetically talking about the climatic celebration and rejoicing of the future saints that are to be gathered and standing with Messiah. Perhaps there at the place Peter, John and James stood during the seventh month and the conclusion of the seven day Feast of Tabernacles! All the details are important! And "...Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah..." Luke 9:33

We have the same instruction Peter understood from Leviticus 23:40; 41 and 42: " shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days." "...It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month." "..."You shall dwell in booths..."

We must consider it a great privilege to know that Luke's fantastic narrative of this story many know as the "Transfiguration" actually occurred at Tabernacles.

This story also hints of the resurrection (awakening from death) with the foreshadowing language that they were heavy with "sleep". Here are the words of Luke 9:32: "But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him."

Following the events described by Luke which were witnessed by Peter, John and James, the Master also made a grand appointment just like the seventy at Sinai that were there with Moses and Aaron to dine with them and Aaron's two sons... The Lord, Yeshua (Jesus) likewise appointed seventy-two.

This is well worth repeating and critically important to understand in this context from Luke 10:1-3: "After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves."

After the future "in-gathering" (harvest) of the saints in Jerusalem for THE fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles which is the marriage supper of the Lamb, the celebration will conclude at the end of the seventh day - the rest (Sabbath) of Messiah's 1,000 year Kingly reign over all the earth. We will then have the eighth day. That eighth day represents completion and marks the beginning of the New Jerusalem!

We are instructed us to do no work on this eighth day of Tabernacles, instead much like a wedding rehearsal, we are to rehearse for this great celebration following the wedding day, The Feast of Tabernacles!

We have to understand the eight day reference recorded in Luke 9:28 leads us straight to a greater understanding of Shemini Atzeret...
"And it came to pass about eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray."
Luke clearly show us that this happened on that awesome eighth day following the week of Tabernacles, almost 2,000 years ago!

It is critical that we realize that just before this eight day of Shemini Atzeret nearly 2,000 years ago, Messiah fed the multitude of followers. They had supper with The Lord, another witness and foreshadowing of the great wedding feast of His people to come and a reflection of the great feast that occurred at the top of Mount Sinai. The feeding of the multitude of the 5,000 described in Luke 9 has significant metaphoric ties to the Torah.

Like the 5,000, the five books of Torah in this miracle story teaches us five truths:
1. There were five loaves of bread - they represent the five books of Torah that feed the way of life!
2. There were two fish - we also have the Writings and the Prophets and the restoration of Judah and Israel!
3. Yeshua blessed them and gave them to the disciples - He gave His words to the disciples to be fishers of men!
4. The multitude were filled - We are to read and study ALL of His word!
5. Twelve baskets of leftover fragments were taken up - the scattered twelve tribes of Israel will be regathered and reunited so that All Israel may be saved.
For more on the scattered twelve tribes and he restoration of Judah and Ephraim see the post Lost Sheep Scriptures.
Luke 9:13-20: "But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist; but some [say], Elijah; and others [say], that one of the old prophets is risen again. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Messiah of God."
The great thing about this miraculous story from Luke is that out Messiah taught the crowd in the town of Bethsaida. Surprise: Bethsaida is a fishing village on the west shore of The Sea of Galilee, the home of Andrew, Peter, Philip and John. Bethsaida means "house of fish". When we understand the Feast of Tabernacles we can also understand that His teaching there was prophetic. Jesus (Yeshua) spoke to them "of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing".

A second miracle is told about the feeding of 4,000 hungry people. We see this miracle in Matthew 15:32-38:
"Then Jesus called the disciples and said, "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days and they have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away hungry since they may faint on the way." The disciples said to him, "Where can we get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy so great a crowd?" Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They replied, "Seven - and a few small fish." After instructing the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples, who then gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Not counting children and women, there were four thousand men who ate."
The numbers are different here, there are: 3 days, 4,000 people, 7 loaves of bread and 7 baskets of broken pieces.

This story also reflects on the Feast of Tabernacles and the promise of resurrection.

The crowds had been with Yeshua three days and the place was desolate. Hosea speaks of the third day.
"Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. "He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him." Hosea 6:1-2
This promise is first given in Exodus 19:16 where we see the great trump:
"So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled."
It's been 2 days (2,000 years) since Jesus taught in the desolate place and fed the multitude, reviving their strength with bread. Remember Hosea, after the second day...

The 7 loaves of bread in this story point us to the noted time period of 7,000 years for the restoration of mankind's relationship with our Creator. In the creation story of Genesis, creation lasted 6 days and on the 7th day, the Sabbath day, God rested. This represents the day of Messiah, the millennium of Messiah's rest "tabernacling" with mankind when He returns again to Israel.

The 7 Feasts of the Lord of Passover, First Fruits, Shavuot, Trumpets, Yom Kippur, Tabernacles and Shemini Atzeret speak to the appointed work of Messiah. The first coming shows us what He redemption in the first 3 appointed Spring Feasts. Yeshua came to accomplish these things on the 4th day (4,000 years since Adam).

The 4 Fall Feasts speak to the work of Messiah the King to be accomplished after 2 days (2,000 years). As we know by creation and our calendar the prophetic week of mankind has 7 days. Yeshua was re-order the world, he will restore the Tabernacle of David in the appointed Fall Feasts.

As we have already shown, Zechariah tells us that Tabernacles and Messiah's teachings are inseparable. But this one is well worth repeating:
"Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths." Zechariah 14:16
Isaiah too is talking of Messiah's teaching as He will certainly tabernacle here on earth with us: "It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord , to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go the law, [Torah] and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Isaiah 2:2-3

The fall Feast Days are intertwined and tied to the Jubilees and God's calendar. This fall we will again celebrate Tabernacles with some great backyard camping.

God told Noah before the judgment of the flood in Genesis 6:3:
"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be "an hundred and twenty years."
You see the unique thing is that the word translated in every Bible I have as "year" is actually the Hebrew word "shaneh". Translating Hebrew, the word literally means "divisions of time". It is the same Hebrew word that is used in God's announcement of the Jubilee "year" in Leviticus 25:10.

Considering the flood judgment, like most I think that the 120 years is mentioned in connection with God’s patience wearing thin before His impending judgment by water. But as to man's timetable, I think that there is a solid tie to 120 Jubilees, not to individual human life spans... after all no one I know of lives to be a 120 years of age.

The great flood was possibly at the onset of a Jubilee, probably the 30th. That would make it 1,500 years after creation. Scholars vary a bit on some of the dates but most agree that a straightforward reading of the Bible indicates the "flood" must have taken place around 2500 BC.

The Exodus from Egypt (following the 10 judgments on Egypt) occurred around 1,500 BC, this would have been around the 50th Jubilee which means that the Sodom and Gomorrah judgment story would have occurred somewhere around the 40th Jubilee or 2,000 BC. Not surprisingly we see 40 as a time of judgment throughout Scripture.

Here's how Moses recorded God's instruction about the 50 year cycle of the Jubilee at what have very well been the 50th Jubilee:
Leviticus 25:8-10 "You shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall give you forty-nine years. "Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. "And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan."
Continuing on, the birth of Jesus would have been born about the 80th Jubilee. Luke records what he declared in His ministry from the synagogue in Galilee thirty years later:
Luke 4:18-19: "The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
He taught about the future of His Kingdom and the fulfillment of the meaning of Jubilee.

The Greek word “kai” καί is translated as: “and” in Revelation 14:12...
But did they (the translators) perhaps just miss something in the meaning of this word? It also means “indeed”...
“Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, [indeed] the faith of Yeshua.”
Indeed we are to walk like Yeshua walked.

If you'd like to learn more about the Feasts of God I can recommend a few great resources: 1. The Feasts Of The Lord God's Prophetic Calendar From Calvary To The Kingdom, 2. God's Appointed Times, and 3. A Family Guide to The Biblical Feasts and a real favorite is Israel's Feasts and Their Fullness.

If you would like to hear an excellent teaching regarding the importance of returning to the times and seasons of The Lord, you may want to listen to this Fall Feast Message recorded on August 28, 2009 from Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries in Tacoma, Washington.
"For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying,"There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober." 1Thessalonians 5:2-6
The Fall Feast begins with the Day of Trumpets so consider this... what day is John calling The Lord’s Day?
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind {the Greek word is it mean behind as in time.. the same one that spoke in the beginning is the same One that is coming} me a great voice {the Greek word here is actually phōnē… yup it where we get the same word, in Greek it also means tone}, as of a trumpet. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega {in Hebrew Aleph & Tav which literally means “strength of the covenant}, the first and the last {nothing changes with God} Revelation 1:10

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, [Concerning] the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim [to be] holy convocations, [even] these [are] my feasts. These {Feast Days} [are] the feasts of the LORD, {wait, you mean they are not only Jewish feasts but for all Israel?} [even] holy convocations {a reading, calling together}, which you shall proclaim in their seasons. Leviticus 23:2;4

And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh {seven is God’s symbol number for completion… the end days} month, in the first [day] of the month {new moon}, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy {set apart} convocation. Ye shall do no servile work [therein]: but you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD {Offering by fire? Yes, at the return, His judgment will be a consuming fire - see Leviticus 23:23.
Paul tell us in Romans that Gentiles are grafted into the olive tree of His people, whose root is Messiah and God calls them Israel. Today, like yesterday, there is an identity crisis (Who is Israel?), but there is no difference between the Gentile and Jew that are grafted into the family of God, that is why He is called the God of Israel.

To be a fruitful part of the tree, the wild branch has to be grafted into the tree. When that happens the wild branch becomes a part of the tree, it is no longer separate and it gives fruit. The same was true in the exodus wilderness journey, the sojourners and those with them were grafted into the people, Israel. They all received the same covenant promise given Abraham. Israel is the identity that God YHVH gives those who are the chosen, the elect, the saints and the name that God chose to call His people. The new covenant we receive is that Torah (God’s word and teaching) will be in the minds and written on our hearts, a gift of His indwelling Spirit.

Romans is clear – those that are scattered and lost, can be adopted, grafted back in and be a part of the symbolic olive tree, the tree of life - God’s “People House”. To be grafted in gives the branch life in the tree, it receives life and gives fruit, and that tree of life is all Israel in Messiah. The Psalmist tells us:
But I [am] like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done [it]: and I will wait on thy name; for [it is] good before thy saints. Psalms 52:8-9
As a part of the tree, a part of the remnant by grace, we also need to be ready for the coming shaking, the fire, ready with lifted voice to glorify our God for the coming harvest in the day in which some will not be ready… our job is to tell them of the promise of grace.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Romans 11:5
A strong tree survives the harvest shaking, but it is needed for the harvest of the fruit. By no coincidence of God’s intent and creation, olive trees are harvested in the Autumn at the end of September matching with God’s fall feasts. By no coincidence, the only way to grow good olives is to graft in branches of other wild olive trees and the only way to harvest the fruit is by shaking the boughs of the whole tree. But remember, the expert harvester never bruises the fruit of the tree.
When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, [there shall be] as the shaking of an olive tree, [and] as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done. They shall lift up their voice {in Hebrew, qowl sound (of instrument)}, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea. Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, [even] the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea. Isaiah 24:13-15

The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, [and] of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. Jeremiah 11:16
Today, "all Israel" both native and stranger must know their identity because understanding Israel as a people is a part of our mission, our goal is Israel’s full restoration, and it’s ALL about ONE House... one people united in Messiah, it is about the identity of the people God calls out to Himself. After all, “Israel” literally means God Prevails!

As we know, Paul told the Ephesian “Gentiles”… you once were separate, excluded "strangers" from Messiah and the identity of none other than… Israel!
“Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles… remember that you were at that time separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” Ephesians 2:11-12
God recruits, He calls people into His commonwealth Kingdom under the very name He chose to give Jacob for His chosen, the whole family. We need to know He calls all believers, all that follow Him -- by the name “Israel” -- they are His chosen, both native and stranger! And Israel has a servant duty to be priests to all nations. To draw close to God and to spread the good news of His plan of salvation and redemption to all mankind.
Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin.

Ephesians 3:14-15 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named
Is it hard to celebrate God's appointed days of celebration with Him? No it is not.

If you love Jesus, you can celebrate His appointed days because you get to, because you love Him. They are a sign of that love.
“Hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.”
Ezekiel 20:20
The source Scriptures for the seven Feasts of The LORD begin in Leviticus 23:2 "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts." Once again they are:
1. Passover - Pesach (Leviticus 23:4-5) the 14th of the 1st biblical month. "On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work."

2. Unleavened Bread - Chag HaMatzot (Leviticus 23:6-8) lasts 7 days beginning on the 15th of the 1st biblical month. "And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work" which includes Firstfruits - Bikkurim (Leviticus 23:9-14) the barley harvest which falls on the first day after the weekly Sabbath following Passover. This time includes First Fruits.

3. Pentecost - Shavuot (Leviticus 23:15-22 ) the Feast of Weeks of the wheat harvest, which falls 7 weeks from the day after the weekly Sabbath following Passover. "Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.... On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live."

4. Trumpets - Yom Teruah (Leviticus 23:24-25), falls on the 1st day of the 7th month. "On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the LORD."

5. Atonement - Yom Kippur (Leviticus 23:27-32), falls on the 10th day of the 7th month. "Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present a food offering to the LORD. Do not do any work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath."

6. Tabernacles - Sukkot (Leviticus 23:34-44), for 7 days beginning on the 15th day of the 7th month. The 8th day is shown in verse 39. "The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the LORD for seven days; the first day is a day of sabbath rest. And the eighth day also is a day of sabbath rest."

7. Shemini Atzeret - At last comes the most joyous day of all, the day point us to Simchat Torah, rejoicing in the Torah. Simchat Torah is celebrated on the twenty-third of Tishrei, or the day following Shemini Atzeret. Once again, it should be noted that the Hebrew word Torah means "teaching or instruction" for it teaches us our way of life, the kind of life God wants us all to have with Him in the end.
The Lord God always gives a second chance to people and more. He proves this with Passover. Look at Numbers 9, here our Holy Father provides a "Second Passover" (Pesach Sheni). "When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the LORD’s Passover, but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight."

In conclusion, we must go back to the beginning. Amazingly, the seven Feasts of YHVH are like His seven days of creation. Isaiah gives us a hint of the former things of creation and the new things of His plan for mankind through His appointed Feast Days:
Thus says Elohim, YHWH,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:

“I am YHWH; I have called you[a] in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am YHWH; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:5-9 ESV
In the beginning before Passover during the ministry of Jesus our Creator in the flesh, Scripture shows us that Yeshua walked in the void of the wilderness for 40 days, then He walked in the darkness of the seas of people teaching the light of Torah and the Kingdom to every face before Him.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was hovering over the face of the waters.
Passover: Yeshua, full of the Ruach Spirit of God died on the stake taking on the sins of mankind separating darkness from light.
3 And Elohim said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And Elohim saw that the light was good. And Elohim separated the light from the darkness. 5 Elohim called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Unleavened Bread: Yeshua was buried and separated Himself from Heaven in the grave.
6 And Elohim said, “Let there be an expanse [canopy] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And Elohim made [fashioned] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And Elohim called the expanse Heaven [sky]. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
First Fruits: Yeshua, the first fruit of resurrection to new life in the form of glory.
9 And Elohim said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 Elohim called the dry land Earth, [land] and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And Elohim saw that it was good. 11 And Elohim said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
Pentecost: The light of the fire tongues from heaven on men to give light on earth.
14 And Elohim said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons,[appointed times] and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And Elohim made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And Elohim set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
Trumpets: God Elohim spoke. God's voice is likened to a trumpet in Scripture. His first words of instruction to the life brought forth out of His creation. His words are like the great commission, go forth, be fruitful (proclaim the gospel to the whole creation), baptizing with water, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, By this commission the disciples will multiply and fill the waters in the seas of mankind.
20 And Elohim said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds [flying things] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So Elohim created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good. 22 And Elohim blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
Yom Kippur Atonement Covering: Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, literally the covering of the living. When covered by the mercy and grace of Yeshua, we can be filled with the Spirit of God and renewed, a new person in His image, His likeness, covered, and in dominion over sin, and behold, The Way is very good.

The Seventh Day, Tabernacle Rest is blessed and made holy:
2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day Elohim finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So Elohim blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it Elohim rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that YHWH Elohim made the earth and the heavens.
The Feasts will transform your mind about worship. Paul wrote this:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1‑2
There are some Scripture readings to help in your journey with the Big Three Feasts declared in Deuteronomy 16:16-17:

I. Unleavened Bread reading: Song of Solomon. For the Second Passover (Iyar 14, 15‑21) Reading: Numbers 9:6‑14; 2 Chronicles 30. The Lord's Passover offering (Nisan/Aviv 14) and the Seven-Day Feast of Unleavened Bread (Nisan/Aviv 15‑21) Reading: (Genesis 19:3) Exodus 10:24–15:21; 23:14‑19; 34:18‑20,23‑26; Leviticus 23:4‑8; Numbers 9:1‑5; 28:16‑25; 33:1‑5; Deuteronomy 15:19–16:8,16‑17; Joshua 5:10–6:27; 1 Samuel 1:3; 1 Chronicles 23:27‑32; 2 Chronicles 8:12‑15; ch. 29; 31:2‑3; 34:13–35:19; 2 Kings 22:1‑2; 23:21‑23; Ezra 6:19‑22; Ezekiel 45:21‑24; Luke 2:41‑52; John 2:13‑25; 6:1‑7:1; Matthew 26‑28; Mark 14‑16; Luke 22‑24; John 11:55‑20:31; Acts 12:1‑19; 20:6; 1 Corinthians 5 (v.7‑8); 11:17‑34; Hebrews 11:28‑31. First Fruits Day of Wave Sheaf Offering.

II. Shavuot Pentecost Reading: Every word of the book of Ruth. The Feast of Weeks (50th day after the Passover Sabbath Reading: Exodus 19–20; 23:14‑17,19; 34:22‑24,26; Leviticus 2:12‑16; 23:9‑21; Numbers 28:26‑31; Deuteronomy 16:9‑12,16‑17; Joshua 5:10‑12; 2 Chronicles 8:12‑15; 15:10‑15; 31:2‑3; Nehemiah 10:32‑33; Ezekiel 45:16‑17; Acts 2; 20:16; 1 Corinthians 16:8; Hebrews 12:18‑29.

Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1) Reading: Leviticus 23:23‑25; Numbers 10:1‑10; 29:1‑6; Joel 2; Zephaniah 1:14; Psalm 81 (Genesis 41:46); Psalms 98; 150; Ezra 3:1‑3,6; Nehemiah 7:73–8:12; 1Chronicles 23:27‑32; 2 Chronicles 2:3‑4; Matthew 24:31; 1 Corinthians 15:51‑58; Hebrews 1:10; 4:1; ch.8–9; 10:7; 11:15.

III. Tabernacles Reading: Ecclesiastes, yup all of it. Seven-Day Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 15‑21); The Eighth Day (Tishri 22) Reading: Exodus 23:14‑17; 34:22‑24; Leviticus 23:33‑44; Numbers 29:12‑40; Deuteronomy 16:13‑17; 1 Chronicles 23:27‑32; 2 Chronicles 2:3‑4; ch.5‑7 (7:8‑9); 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 8:12‑15; 31:2‑3; Ezra 3:4‑5; Nehemiah 8:13‑18; 10:32‑33; Ezekiel 45:25; Haggai 2:1. The eight day of Shemini Atzeret (Tishrei 22). It is Simchat Torah and marks the new beginning of Heaven and Earth and it is commemorated by starting the reading of the Torah anew each year. Shemini Atzeret Reading: Deuteronomy Chapter 14.

"You shall tithe all the seed crop that the field gives forth, year by year. And you shall eat before the Lord, your God, in the place He chooses to establish His Name therein."

Honor these Feasts of The Lord, they are His!!

Update October 13, 2014: I hope you enjoy this Sukkah video that shares our joy and celebration during God's vacation Feast of Tabernacles!

So, What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to return to "The Way" it's a part of God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment and appointment with Almighty God.

If you are a Newer Testament Believer, its time to wake up to the Sabbaths of The Lord. If you are Jewish, keep it up. The Feats of The Lord are not done away with.

Whether you believe the words of Isaiah or the disciple Peter and the promise given John regarding the restoration of the planet as it was in the beginning, take heed of the words:
"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind." Isaiah 65:17
“For just as the new heavens and the new earth,
which I will make, will endure before Me”
this is the LORD’s declaration —
“so your offspring and your name will endure.

All mankind will come to worship Me
from one New Moon to another
and from one Sabbath to another,”
says the LORD." Isaiah 66:22-23

"But based on His promise,
we wait for the new heavens and a new earth,
where righteousness will dwell." 2Peter 3:13

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth
had passed away, and the sea no longer existed."
Revelation 21:1
God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way and a plan outlined in lovingkindness to offer you His mercy and salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of any sin, ask His forgiveness and ask those that you have offended, then accept His ultimate gift of love and resurrection through Messiah Yeshua.

Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now and walk in "The Way."
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:16-17
Shalom and God bless your journey.