Jewish Feasts and End Times Prophecy

There is alot of controversy regarding end times and the implication of certain O.T. prophecy. There are alot of incredible men on every side of issues like The Rapture, The Tribulation, The Second Coming, and The Millenial Kingdom. Here are some interesting parallels between the seven feasts celebrated by the nation of Israel and prophetic end times events:

Feast of Passover (Lev 23:5)
-14th day of Nisan
-Celebration of Israel’s redemption from Egypt through covering blood of spotless Lamb (10th plague: Ex 12)
-The day of Christ’s crucifixion as the spotless Lamb of God(John 1:29)

Unleavened Bread (Lev 23:6)
-“15th day of the same month”
-Christ is the “Bread of Life” (6:48)
-From Bethlehem (House of Bread)
-Christ was w/o sin: Heb 4:15 (unleavened)
-Jews used three pieces of bread in celebration…one eaten, two buried
-Is the day of Christ’s burial

First Fruits (Lev 23:11)
-“on the day after the Sabbath”
-Celebrating fertility of spring/crops
-Our Easter (Ishtar- goddess of fertility) Note: Ishtar known for assault on gates of underworld, just as Christ did after His death and prior to His resurrection
-2nd piece of bread “resurrected”, other left buried, just as our sin
-The day of Christ’s resurrection, and our new life through His defeat of death

Feast of Pentecost (Lev 23:16)
-“count fifty days…after the seventh Sabbath”
-Celebration of summer harvest
-Day Moses brought Old Covenant down from Sinai
-Two loaves, baked with leaven
-Harvest of Christ’s Resurrection: Two people groups, sealed with the same Spirit, fifty days after Sabbath. (Acts 2; 1Cor 12:13)
-The beginning of the Church (New Covenant)

Feast of Trumpets (Lev 23:24; 25:8-10)
-“In the seventh month, on the first day of the month”
-Rosh Hashanah-”head of year” (day of judgment) The church will be judged not according to their salvation, but according their stewarship of their life and the gospel
-Celebrating God’s creation of the world
-Trumpet was signal for field workers to come to the Temple
-Three groups in Rabbinic thought…the righteous will be redeemed, the wicked will be cast
-The day of the Rapture of the Church (1Thess 4:16-17)

Day of Atonement (Lev 23:27)
…on the tenth day of this seventh month…
Yom Kippur: Sheep and Goats (Mt 25)
86 moons in metatonic cycle=seven years from Feast of Trumpets (Dan 9:27)
This is the Second Coming of Christ (Rev 19:11-16)

Feast of Tabernacles (Lev 23:34)
“the fifteenth day of this seventh month”
Celebrating the Lord’s provision in the wilderness”…Made “booths’ and worshipped
One day God will “tabernacle” in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 37:26) and the world will come to worship Him (Zech 14:161-7)
The day of Christ’s Millennial reign

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