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The Last Chronicles of Planet Earth August 17, 2012 Edition written by Frank
Michael D. Doubler, PhD. has played a big role in helping me spread the Good News concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of you have read my write up entitled: "A THIEF IN THE NIGHT". If you liked what I wrote you are going to enjoy reading GOD’S FEAST DAYS:The Divine Plan for the Redemption of Mankind" by Dr. Doubler. The chart below will show you the Feasts Michael is addressing. If you would like to make a comment to Dr. Doubler you can email him at: email@example.com.
GOD’S FEAST DAYS:
The Divine Plan for the Redemption of Mankind
by Michael D. Doubler, PhD.
A study of the seven Feast Days, which God gave to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai (Leviticus 23), reveals that these holy days contain the essence of God’s plan of redemption for all mankind. These days comprise not only the Jewish holy days, but are rehearsals and divine, ordained appointments in space and time for the events of both Christ’s First and Second Comings. Before examining the details, a study of the Feast Days leads believers to some truly staggering conclusions:
1. The Holy Bible is a love story from God to mankind about the plan of redemption.
2. The plan of redemption and the Cross of Christ were in the mind of God even before the day of creation. In other words, God was our Redeemer, before He was our Creator!
The Cross is the most fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith.
3. The Feast Days, given to the Jews around 1450 B.C., are the world’s oldest, continuous holy days. They are a foreshadowing of God’s plan of redemption, for in these days we find the fulfillment of mankind’s salvation.
4. The Feast Days are divine appointments and holy convocations between God and man. They are specific days planned from the beginning of time. The Sabbath is a weekly Feast Day; the seven, high holy days occur once each year.
5. The first four feasts, always observed in the spring of the year, were completely fulfilled buy the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord during His First Coming and by the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
6. The final three feasts, which come in the fall of the year, will be completely fulfilled by events yet to come: the Resurrection/Rapture; the Second Coming of Christ; and Jesus’ establishment of His 1,000-year earthly reign.
7. God’s seven Feast Days and their fulfillment in Christ are as follows:
Jewish Application Feast Day Fulfillment by Jesus
Flight from Egypt Passover Crucifixion
Removal of Sin Unleavened Bread Burial
Spring Harvest First Fruits Resurrection
Giving of the Law Pentecost Giving of Grace
Raising of Tumult Trumpets Resurrection Day/Rapture
Yom Kippur Day of Atonement Second Coming
Wandering in Desert Tabernacles Millennial Reign
1. Passover (Exodus 12:1-14, 21-28; and Leviticus 23:1-5)
a. Jewish application: The essence of the Passover feast for the Jewish people was the eternal remembrance of their delivery from bondage in Egypt. Yahweh told the Jews that the supernatural powers unleashed during the plagues, the flight from Egypt, and the destruction of Pharaoh and his army would serve as a testimony to the Jewish people and the Gentile nations for all times of God’s power, might and favor toward His chosen people. The centerpiece of the religious observation of Passover was the slaughter of the sacrificial lamb, and the sprinkling of its blood on the doorposts of every Jewish dwelling, followed by the consumption of a special meal eaten by the Jews as if they were about to depart on a sudden journey. Passover reached its actual fulfillment when an angel of death “passed over” the Jewish believers and struck dead the firstborn of both humans and animals in each Egyptian household.
b. Christian application: The Passover lamb foreshadowed in Exodus reached its ultimate fulfillment in the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Jewish Passover lamb was sacrificed to atone for the sins of individuals and families; God’s Passover lamb was sacrificed to pay the price of sin for mankind for all time. When Jesus began His public ministry on the banks of the Jordan River, John the Baptist cried: “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) John’s listeners, devout Jews, must have been completely astounded. How could a man atone for sin? Why did Yahweh need a lamb? Was not the slaughter of lambs, goats and bulls for the atonement of sin only limited to God’s chosen people, the Jews, and not to the entire Gentile world?
Christ’s death on the cross, and the spilling of His blood, gained eternal salvation and everlasting life for anyone who believes in Him. The blood sacrifices that were the basis of Jewish religious rites merely covered over sin; the blood of Christ completely removed the stain of sin. In addition, Christians have the promise that God not only forgives our sins, but He completely forgets them! As final proof that Jesus was the Lamb of God and fulfilled the promises of Passover, Jesus is portrayed as a victorious, slain Lamb in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 5:5-14).
c. Spiritual teaching point: As Christians, we have a more complete understanding of God and His Holy Will which is superior to the spiritual knowledge of Judaism, Islam and the world’s other major religions. The promises of Passover, and Christ’s complete fulfillment of this Feast Day, clearly illustrate this truth:
Jewish Passover Lamb Jesus (The Paschal Sacrifice)
Release from Slavery Salvation from Sin
Delivery from Death Everlasting Life
Earthly Promised Land Heavenly, Eternal Home
2. Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6-8)
a. Jewish application: Throughout the Old Testament, God and the Jewish people used the example of leaven to represent sin. Just as one pinch of leaven would cause an entire loaf of bread to rise in an oven—just like today’s yeast—a small bit of sin could destroy the righteousness of a person, family or tribe, perhaps even an entire nation. God often used the leaven analogy to warn the Jewish people against the threat and spread of sin. The Israelites were warned not to intermarry with Gentiles or partake in idolatry by worshipping the many gods of other heathen nations. By mingling with the Gentiles, the Jews ran the risk of losing their sole focus of worship toward the One, True God.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread represented a sin-free life and environment. For seven days, the Jews were to eat unleavened bread, which in its final form, resembles a baked cracker or a piece of toast. To prepare their homes for the baking of the ceremonial bread, the women and children undertook a significant effort to remove the leaven from their houses. Thus began the practice in western culture of spring cleaning! When the home was thoroughly cleaned, the head of the house inspected for any signs of remaining leaven. The physical exertion of cleaning came to symbolize the Jewish spiritual exercise of removing sin from their lives through confession, repentance, prayer, and alms giving.
b. Christian application: The Feast of Unleavened Bread has its Christian fulfillment in the death and burial of Christ. Jesus died on the cross on Passover, and on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which followed the next day, His body lay prostrate in the tomb. By ordering the Jews to eat unleavened bread for seven days, God was drawing an analogy to the seven day creation cycle of Genesis and to the fulfillment of human history. In other words, Christ was created sinless and would remain sinless forever. Unleavened bread did not rise during the baking process, just as the body of Christ lay dormant and horizontal in a borrowed tomb throughout the feast day.
There is another interesting connection between the days of Passover and Unleavened Bread. In Egypt, the Lord had caused the stubbornness of Pharaoh to result in the death of the firstborn of every human and animal in the country. The day after Passover, Egyptian fathers were burying their firstborn sons. In the same way, Almighty God’s only begotten Son was in His grave the day following Passover.
c. Spiritual teaching point: The week of the Lord’s Passion and Death is central to the New Testament, comprising nearly one-third of the entire gospel narratives. That week began on a Sunday with Jesus entering the Temple Mount in Jerusalem through the East Gate and being greeted by huge throngs of disciples crying “Hosanna!” (“Save Us, Lord!”). Clearly, many of the Jewish people did recognize Jesus as their Messiah!
Passion Week was a time of preparation for both Passover and Unleavened Bread. When Jesus began teaching in the Temple, He immediately encountered the money changers, because a great amount of the purchasing of sacrificial animals and paying of tithes and offerings went on during that week. Jewish pilgrims from all over the Roman Empire had to exchange their local monies for Temple coinage. Jesus became outraged that money transactions had become the primary focus in the Temple, rather than worship. He fashioned a whip of cords and physically drove out the money changers, declaring that the Temple was a house of prayer and not a den of thieves. To those watching, the significance of Jesus’ actions was certainly self-evident. Just as Jewish families worldwide were cleaning their houses of leaven on that very day, Jesus was cleansing His Father’s house of sin. (Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-17)
An even deeper spiritual significance is connected to Christ’s cleansing of the Temple. On the day of the Second Coming, after the King of Kings touches down on the Mount of Olives, He will proceed directly across the Kidron Valley to the Temple Mount, entering by the East Gate, just as He did on Palm Sunday. There the Messiah will once again cleanse the Third Temple of the sin and pollution left by the Anti-Christ who has previously declared himself God incarnate at that site. In other words, the Lord’s first business on earth at the Second Coming is to clean the sin out of the Father’s house. Jesus’ act of throwing out the money changers during Holy Week was a physical rehearsal for His cleansing of the Temple at the Second Coming. Muslim clerics knew of this prophecy, and around the year 1,000 A.D., the Mufti of Jerusalem ordered the East Gate closed and sealed with rocks and bricks to deter this future event. It still remains closed to this very day, awaiting Jesus to smash through the barrier and to make His dramatic entry onto the Temple Mount as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
3. First Fruits (Leviticus 23:9-14)
a. Jewish significance: The Feast of First Fruits was a celebration of the barley harvest, the first major harvest of the year. God ordered the Jews to gather the first sheath of the barley harvest and wield it before God’s presence in the Holy of Holies as a “wave offering”. This first offering of the harvest was to be a tithe unto God. It also gave the assurance that all good things came from God and that He was “Jehovah-jireh”, the Great Provider (Genesis 22:14). By offering the first sheath of barley as an offering, the Jews were given the physical assurance that God would make the remainder of the harvest come in and that it would be abundant.
b. Christian significance: The cycle of planting and harvesting seed is a fundamental truth throughout the entire Bible. Sowing and reaping is not only a key natural law, but one of God’s supernatural truths. If the first sheath of the barley harvest was the fulfillment of First Fruits for the Jews, the resurrection of Christ was the ultimate fulfillment of this same day for Christians. The Apostle Paul clearly explained this phenomenal parallel:
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the Firstfruits
of them who slept. For since by man came death, by Man came also the Resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall
all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the Firstfruits; afterward they who are Christ’s at His coming. (I Corinthians 15:20-23)
c. Spiritual Teaching Point: The Feast Days are divine appointments set by God, a type of rendezvous with destiny between Himself and man. God told the Jews that the first three festivals were to occur in order on the dates of 14-16 Nisan, the first month on the Jewish church calendar. (Nisan roughly equates to the month of April.) Therefore, the first three feasts and the Passion of Christ happened on the very same days:
Feast Day Nisan Fulfillment by Jesus
Passover 14 Crucifixion
Unleavened Bread 15 Burial
First Fruits 16 Resurrection
4. Pentecost (Leviticus 23:15-22; Acts 2:1-4)
a. Jewish significance: The Feast of Pentecost observes the anniversary of the giving of the Mosaic Law at Mount Sinai. Fifty days transpired from the departure from Egypt to the delivery of the law. The word “Pentecost” is derived from the Greek root word “pente” which designates “fifty”. Most Christians do not know that “Pentecost” was a Feast Day which the Jews observed for more than 1,500 years before it became part of Christian observances.
b. Christian significance: The power of the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the other founders of the early Christian church on Pentecost. In other words, the Mosaic Law came down upon Sinai and the Holy Spirit came down upon the earliest Christians on the very same day. Just as Yahweh descended upon Mt. Sinai in a cloud with smoke and fire, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples with tongues of fire. Pentecost marks the beginning of both Christ’s Church on earth and the Age of Grace.
c. Spiritual Teaching Point: The parallels between the giving of the Mosaic Law and the appearance of the Holy Spirit are truly staggering. When Moses came down from the mountain and observed the Jews in a wild orgy of worship to a golden calf, he directed immediate, corrective action. Moses ordered the ringleaders apprehended and called for volunteers to help stamp out the rebellion. The tribe of Levi responded, strapping on their swords. Upon the orders of Moses, the Levites executed 3,000 fellow Israelites who had participated in the rebellion. For its loyalty and service, the tribe of Levi was given the office of the priesthood (Exodus 32:19-28).
After the Holy Spirit descended on the Feast of Pentecost, the Apostles, and those gathered with them, immediately began preaching to the vast throng of Jews gathered in Jerusalem for the holy day. The Book of Acts records that by the end of the day, about 3,000 people had come to believe in Christ. Afterward, these same people returned to their homes throughout Israel and the Roman Empire to begin the process of spreading the Gospel. Therefore, when the Law came down at Sinai, 3,000 died because of unbelief and disobedience. When God’s grace descended on the same day of Pentecost in Jerusalem nearly 1,500 years later, 3,000 Jews were saved by the power of the Holy Spirit. The disobedient died at the edge of the sword; the saved were touched by God’s life-saving grace (Acts 2:37-41).
5. Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:23-25)
a. Jewish significance: In His instructions for the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), God ordered the Jews to conduct “a memorial of blowing of trumpets”. In practice, the Israelites blew the ram’s horn (shofar) in a medley of notes, culminating in one long, sustained blast that was known as the “Trump of God” or “The Last Trump”. What was the purpose of this blowing? The Israelites wanted to raise a tumult to attract God’s attention. The hope was that God would turn His eyes and incline His ear toward His people. The mere recognition of God brought incalculable blessings and graces to individuals, not only for the living, but for those who had died in faith. The Jews desired that God would “remember” the faithful dead and “know” those who were still living.
In addition, the trumpets were an alarm that the Day of Atonement was only ten days away, inviting a spirit of repentance and prayer to manifest itself among the people. The Feast of Trumpets is the only feast day to occur at the head of a month. God directed that the feast would occur on 1 Tishri. (The month of Tishri corresponds roughly to the period Sep 15-Oct 15 on our calendar.) 1 Tishri stands at the head of the Jewish religious calendar, and it is known secularly as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. (Just as Christmas, Yuletide, and Noel designate the same day for us in December, Rosh Hashanah, Trumpets, and Yom Teruah are like names for this single feast day.) Because it happened on the first of the month, and this day could not be designated as such until two chosen witnesses observed the New Moon in the sky, this feast was also known as the feast in which “no man knows the day or hour”.
b. Christian significance: The most obvious linkage between the Feast of Trumpets and Christian teaching is found in the writings of the Apostle Paul. He wrote: For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them
which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (I Thessalonians 4:15-18)
Paul is referring to two groups here: the dead in Christ who are resurrected, and the living believers who are raptured into heaven. The dead are resurrected because God “remembers” them; the living are raptured because God “knows” them.
Christ warned His listeners –and us—that “no man knows the day or the hour.” This is certainly a reference to the feast of Yom Teruah, and as such, would have been evident to the Jewish listeners. This is another indicator that the events of the Second Coming will happen in the fall of the year. Is Christ coming to get the saints on the Feast of Trumpets? It seems that way, yet, we do not know the day because the year of this great unleashing of God’s power, when the glory of the Resurrection is transferred to each individual believer in Christ, remains hidden in mystery. The command to each of us from Christ is to remain on watch!
Christian teaching varies on the timing and occasions of these End Times events, but a few things are certain. The Resurrection/Rapture Day is different from the day of the Second Coming. On the first, Christ comes in the clouds with power and glory to gather the saints, and on the later, He returns to Jerusalem to deal with an unrepentant, unbelieving world, to present Himself to the surviving Jews as their Messiah, and to establish His Millennial reign. There is also a second day of resurrection when God raises the damned near the end of time for final judgment at the Great White Throne.
6. Day of Atonement (Exodus 16; Leviticus 23:26-32)
a. Jewish significance: The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is the most solemn feast day on the Jewish religious calendar. On this day, the nation of Israel reconciles itself to God for the sins of the past year. Passover addresses personal sin; Atonement addresses national sin. Yom Kippur is the only day in the Bible where God directed the Jews to fast. It also marks the ingathering of the fall harvest, specifically grapes. The day itself was marked by an intricate ceremony filled with sacrifices, prayers and washings. No lambs were sacrificed; instead goats, bulls, and rams were sacrificed and burnt for the sin offerings. The climax of the service came when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies, to stand before the Mercy Seat atop the Ark of the Covenant, and to sprinkle that location with the blood of the sacrificial goat. It was the only time of the year anyone entered the Holy of Holies through the veil that separated that most inner room from the Temple’s Outer Court, and the high priest went in alone. The meaning here is that Israel was coming face-to-face with God. At the ceremony’s conclusion, the High Priest emerged to place his hands on a selected goat—known as the “scapegoat” and from which we get the modern term—and to rest upon the animal all the sins of Israel for the past year. Then men led the goat into the desert and killed it by throwing it from a cliff.
b. Christian significance: The links between the ceremony and symbolism of Yom Kippur and the truths of Christianity are almost too many to list. However, the main points are that the feast day corresponds to both the First and Second Comings of Christ. In terms of salvation, the Apostle Paul best explained the connections to the First Coming in the book of Hebrews. Jesus is our High Priest, eternal and perfect, derived from the priesthood of Melchizedek, rather than the line of Aaron. While the Jewish High Priest offered an imperfect sacrifice for sin year after year, the power, perfection and glory of Jesus permitted a single sacrifice, once and for all, pure and holy, to atone for the sins of man. Like the High Priest standing before the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, Jesus today stands before the throne of God interceding on our behalf.
In terms of the Second Coming, Yom Kippur alludes to the fact that this is the day of judgment when the world comes face-to-face with God. On Yom Kippur, the High Priest entered through the veil into the Holy of Holies, but the veil remained in place. Christ’s death on the cross rent in two the veil in the Temple, representing the spiritual veil that separates God from man (Luke 23:45). At the Second Coming, Christ will rent the physical veil that separates God’s world from man’s world completely in two. (The kinetic result of this renting will be the greatest earthquake in the history of the world. Revelation 16:18.) Two things occur during this face-to-face encounter: Jews realize that Christ is their Messiah, and unrepentant mankind realizes its foolishness in rejecting God. The Jews will be restored, and the unbelievers sent to damnation. The punishment of the damned is usually expressed as the crushing of the grapes in the winepress of God’s wrath, e.g. “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.” If the pattern of fulfillment of the four spring feasts carries through to the fall, we should expect the Second Coming to follow the Resurrection/Rapture and to occur in the fall of the year on Yom Kippur.
7. Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23: 33-44; Numbers 13 and 14)
a. Jewish significance: For their disobedience in not believing God’s promise that the land of Canaan was to become their Promised Land, the Jews were cursed with wandering in the desert for forty years. The purpose of this sojourn was to allow the death of that generation of unbelievers. The promise passed to their children, who finally entered Canaan under Joshua. The Feast of Tabernacles commemorates the protections which God extended to the Israelites in the wilderness, including their daily feeding with manna and quail meat and the protection of their clothing and shoes. It also hearkens back to the Garden of Eden when God and man lived together in intimate contact among the beauty of the Creation. Even today, Judaism teaches a return to the Garden and communion with God through the development of a world filled with justice and compassion, a world brought forth by the Messiah or at least by a messianic spirit.
To commemorate the Feast of Tabernacles, God commanded the Jews to live in temporary tents or booths for seven days. The dwellings were to be constructed of natural materials, such as tree limbs and high grass, to remind the inhabitants of their lodgings’ transient nature. It is no coincidence that the first, temporary home for the Ark of the Covenant, the place of God’s first dwelling on earth, was called the “Desert Tabernacle”. Judaism stressed that the temple of this Earth and the temple of the body were both temporary dwelling places and that the ultimate fate for believers was to live in God’s presence in eternity.
b. Christian Significance: The Feast of Tabernacles reaches its partial fulfillment in the establishment of Christ’s Millennial Reign on Earth. Following the calamities of the Tribulation, Christ rejuvenates the planet, and in short order, establishes Himself as King of Kings and Lord of Lords over all the Earth, while Satan is bound in the “bottomless pit”. At long last, the lion will rest alongside the lamb. Worship will continue worldwide as permanent memorials are conducted (including the Feast Days) to the Father and the lifesaving, redemptive work of Christ. The glory of the 1,000-year reign mimics the act of God resting on the seventh day of creation (Revelation 20:1-8).
The Feast of Tabernacles finds its ultimate fulfillment when God presents the saints with their final home, the New Jerusalem. At the close of the Millennial Reign, man once again rebels against God under the influence of Satan. In short order, the Father smashes the rebellion and eternally banishes Satan to the Lake of Fire. The Father then unveils the New Jerusalem, a place of unparalleled majesty and beauty, all bathed in pure light. God Himself describes our final home: Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with man, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God (Revelation 21:3). Thus, Christians finally arrive at their ultimate destination, completing a journey that God described and mapped out completely through the revelation of His Feast Days.
1. The Holy Bible contains the full blueprint of God’s plan of salvation for mankind through the designation of the Feast Days, first revealed to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai. The first stages of God’s plan were fully completed by the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit, as reflected in the spring feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost. The ultimate realization of God’s plan, including the complete unification of the body of Christ and our absolute union with God, comes with the final fulfillment of the fall feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. As Christians, we benefit greatly from a more perfect knowledge of His plan of salvation by knowing that our futures are secure in Christ, and that when all is complete, we will live with God forever in the New Jerusalem!
2. There is an old saying: “The Old Testament is the New Testament hidden, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” There is no better example of this adage than the Feast Days. First revealed in the Old Testament, they find their complete fulfillment in the New Testament. In the same manner, Christ’s lifesaving work in the New Testament is best understood within the context of the “hidden” background of the Feast Days revealed in the Old Testament.
3. Our God is a God of purpose and order, and the Feast Days reflect the intricate, detailed plans that He has for all believers, in this life and the next. May this study help you to draw closer to God, to depend more upon His love and mercy, to trust more faithfully and sincerely in Him, to love Him more deeply, and to eagerly look forward to the day when He reveals Himself to us in His full glory!
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