Have you ever considered the spirit filled overview of the feasts of the Lord, and said to yourself why is it that as a Christian these spiritual holidays are not celebrated in the church? We celebrate Easter with bunnies and eggs, which is incorrect for the Christian believer. As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ there are seven feasts to observe.
Leviticus 23 is the single chapter of the entire Torah (Hebrew Bible) that sums up everything. God’s eternal plan from chaos to eternity is ingeniously revealed through the nature and time of the seven annual feasts of the Lord. Spiritual sacrifices are major as it builds one’s belief. The knowledge of them will enhance your faith and build a stronger relationship with the Lord as you keep each of them without fail. Celebrating Pesach (Passover) is the last earthly night for celebration. It was on Mount Sinai that God gave Moses the dates and observances of the seven feasts.
Here are their names:
Passover (Pesach) — Sunset, 6 pm, March 30–April 7. ‘Passover of the feast of Salvation’ (Leviticus 23:5). Ancient Jews would place the blood of the lamb over the doorpost as the angel of death would pass over their home. Christians today anoint their foreheads symbolizing the blood of the lamb (Jesus Christ) for our salvation.
Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMotzi) — March 31–April 6. ‘The feast of Seven Days’: you must eat unleavened bread only (Leviticus 23:6). You are not to eat leaven or yeast bread, because in the Bible it would symbolize sin and evil. Eating unleavened bread during these seven days symbolizes a Holy Walk of purity with the Lord.
First Fruits (Reshit Katzir) — April 1-7. ‘Beginning of the Harvest’ (Leviticus 23:11). In ancient times, on this day, a sheaf (bundle) of barley (grain) was waved before the Lord to ensure the replanting of the earth in the spring for a great harvest to come.
Pentecost (Shavuot) — May 20-21. ‘The worship and celebration of all people together praising God as one’ (Leviticus 23:16). In late May, Shavuot marks the summer harvest. Leviticus 23:17 requires an offering of two loaves of bread, baked with leaven. These loaves symbolize the church being comprised of all people together as one.
Trumpets (Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah) –September 10–11. God loves and enjoys the trumpet. It was used when Joshua conquered Jericho (Leviticus 23:16). In Leviticus 25:8-10, He specified its use in having trumpets proclaiming liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants there of. The high priest would blow the trumpet so that the faithful would stop harvesting (working) to worship the Lord their God.
Atonement (Yom Kippur) — September 19. This day provides a day of confession. This is the highest of the holy days. This day was known as a holy convocation unto the Lord where believers would confess their sins and be cleansed waiting for the second coming of the Lord (Leviticus 23:27).
Tabernacles (Sukkot) — September 24-30. “The feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord,” Leviticus 23:34. God wanted to celebrate the fact that He provided shelter for the Israelites in the wilderness. Each year on Tabernacles, devout Jews built little shelters outside their homes and worshiped in them. Tabernacles represent the Lords shelter in the world to come. His greatest tabernacle to exist is Jerusalem during the Kingdom age. “The Lord will establish His tabernacle in Jerusalem,” Ezekiel 37:26. “The world will come every year to appear before the king and worship him,” Zechariah 14:16-17. This is where revival takes place where believers would come to God’s house (the church) for seven days and receive a word from the Lord and worship Him for providing shelter.
Are you prepared as believers to observe these seven holidays as Christians? This is where we go next.