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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, about the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons. Leviticus 23: 1-4 (KJV)
The great Feasts of Israel occurred during seven months from the first feast on Passover to the last feast on Tabernacles. Through the Feast System, God symbolically provided a prophetic picture of His plan of salvation in history. The feasts also specify the work of His indestructible High Priest as the only intercessor for mankind. The Messiah, the Anointed One is the anointed High Priest. All the feasts specify the appointed time that God will personally come to be with us.

When we look on the ancient festival system, and understand it and the symbolism behind it as a prophecy, we can gain additional insight and appreciation for the magnificence of God's plan for mankind, and for the significance of His Holy Word to us today.
For whatsoever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15: 4)

Three Great Harvests
The three great feasts centered around the three great harvests of Israel. They also correspond to three great actions of the members of the Trinity for the church.
» Passover. The Barley Harvest.
Jesus Christ, the Messiah is sacrificed.
» Pentecost. The Wheat Harvest.
The Holy Spirit comes to be with the church while they are on earth and He writes the law in our hearts.
» Tabernacles. The Fruit Harvest.
We dwell with the Father in heaven. He gives us new bodies and a new home.

This is also the fruit harvest. It is the work of the Holy Spirit who comes at Pentecost to produce the fruits of the Spirit in every believer. This fruit is harvested at this time.
Three Great Pilgrimage Feasts Of Israel
Three times each year the people were required to go to Jerusalem. It represented the three times that the members of the Godhead go to earth with Jesus to fulfill a portion of the Plan of Salvation and gather the harvest.
Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me. Three times a year all your males should appear before the Lord. (Exodus 23: 14, 17)

Fulfillment Of The Spring Festivals
The spring feasts show how God acted to remove sin from the land and fulfill His covenant to us. He removes the penalty of sin by providing a permanent offering. He removes the consequence by defeating death and proving the resurrection. He removes the desire to sin by writing His laws into our hearts with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Our Intercessor
Passover Crucifixion
Lamb Pentecost
Lamb Jesus Christ
Jesus dies for our sins

Meal Passover (Crucifixion and Exodus)
In the Passover ceremony God removes sin and the penalty of sin from the land.
Passover. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover.
Unleavened Bread. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work."
(Leviticus 23: 5-8)
The death of Jesus Christ during Passover, fulfilled the events that this festival symbolized for hundreds of years.

Passover was the beginning of the exodus for the Jews to the Promised Land and it was also the exodus of Jesus from earth.
The Transfiguration. 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. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his clothes was white and glistening. And, look, there two men talked with him, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spoke of His departure [exodus] which He should accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9: 28-31)
There are two points to note in this story.

Meal Wave Sheaf - Feast Of First Fruits (Resurrection)
Month S M T W Th FSabbath
Nisan - - - - - - Sanctuary erected
2 3 4 5 6 78
Anointed with perfumed oil Lamb chosen 11 12 13 Crucifixion Dead
LORD Appears: Alive17 18 19 20 Convocation22
Jesus is inaugurated as High Priest
1. LORD Appears: Saw disciples (John 20: 19) 24 25 26 27 2829
Iyar 30 2. LORD Appears (John 20: 26): Doubting Thomas 2 3 456
78 9 10 11 12 13
1415 16 17 Lord Appears Sea of Tiberias (John 21). Oasis: Lag B'Omer 19 Sanctuary moved
2122 23 24 Raptured last time (Acts 1: 1-10)26 27
Sivan 2829 1 2 3 4 5
Disciples inaugurated as priests
Pentecost78 9 10 1112
13 14 15 161718 19
20 21 22 23242526
27 28 29 3012 3
Tamuz4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14151617
18 19 20 21222324
Harvest26 27 282912
Ab 3 4 5 6 7 89
10 11 12 13 14 1516
17 18 19 20 21 2223
2425 26 27 282930
Elul1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8910 11 12 13 14
Harvest 1617 18 19 20 21
2223 24 25 26 27 28
Tishri29 1234 5 6
7 8 9 Goat 11 1213
14151617 18 19 20
21 222324 25 2627
282930 - - - -

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD. Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the LORD for a soothing aroma, with its drink offering, a fourth of a hin of wine. Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. (Leviticus 23: 9-14)
The wavesheaf is the harvest that was gathered in bundles and presented as an offering of the firstfruits from the new harvest. In the wavesheaf God proved that He could defeat death and give eternal life. The First Fruits of the barley harvest from the ground were to be dedicated to God. The barley harvest that was gathered at Passover represents the first fruits from the dead earth. At His resurrection, other people were resurrected with Him. They all became the first fruits.
Jesus was not the first person to be resurrected. But it was the best and the first significant resurrection.
That the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles. (Acts 26: 23)

Three Days And Nights.
Christ had to fulfill many laws in three days to become an acceptable offering. The laws were prophecies that were designed to reflect what would happen to Him. They may even be instructions from the past to guide His decisions.

Counting The Omer
You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete Sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD. (Leviticus 23: 15-16)
You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Feast of Weeks [Shavu'ot] for the LORD, your God. (Deuteronomy 16: 9-10)
This is the forty nine days between Passover and Shavu'ot. The Jews called it "counting the omer". An omer is a measure of barley and the word means "sheaves of harvested crop". The counting begins on the day after the Sabbath after the Passover or on the second day of Passover according to some traditions. When Jesus was crucified, the first weekly Sabbath, the Passover Sabbath and the second day of Passover all occurred on the same day.
They brought barley the size of an omer to the Temple in Jerusalem as an offering. Then fifty days later they brought the first offering of the new wheat harvest. The counting reminds them of the link between Passover and Shavout. When they were freed from slavery to when they were given the law on Sinai. In the Christian era, this marks the period from the crucifixion of the lamb of God and our freedom from slavery to sin, to when we would be given the Holy Spirit who would write the law of God in our hearts. Since Christ played both the role of the Lamb and the Priest, He would be inaugurated as the new High Priest with His own blood as the sacrifice under the new covenant during this period.
Nissan 14
Nissan 15
Nissan 16
49 daysSunday
Sivan 6 (Day 50)
Day 1 78Day 33 40 49
Passover (Pesach) Sabbath Wave sheafCounting the Omer (49 days)Shavuot
Meal CrucifixionCrucifiedRest in the grave Resurrected High Priest Inauguration High Priest Bonfire Lag B'Omer High Priest - Former Rain Dove Holy Spirit
(7 Days) (33 Days)(10 days)

Lag B'Omer ("Day 33 of Counting the Omer"). Lag B'Omer is celebrated on day 33 as a minor holiday during this period. It probably celebrates the giving of manna when they gathered about an omer per person beginning around Iyar 16 (Exodus 16). Normally the 49 days are a time of partial mourning, but they are required to take this day as a day of joy and cease mourning.
It is celebrated as an outdoor festival with a picnic and a bonfire and other traditions added after Christ. The Jews have lost the reason why they do this, and they have added other traditions to commemorate an important event during the Bar Kochba revolution in 132 AD when a plague that killed 24,000 students ended on this day.

The Cosmic Lag B'Omer
This follows a time pattern for the appearance of the Messiah in a 6000 year cycle. The history of the world is the time of mourning between sin and salvation when the law of God is written in the heart by the Holy Spirit. Lag B'Omer is day 33, the time two thirds of the way through the period of mourning and fasting when we rejoice because the Messiah is here. Jesus came around the year 4000, two thirds of the way through 6000 years. He died at age 33 on the cosmic day 33 after 3 days of suffering.

Day 01 7 12142128 3335 40 42 49Day 50
Year 1840 1440 1680 2520 336040004200 48005040 5880 Year 6000
Lamb Fasting JoyFastingDoveShavuos
Lamb Slain -Flood SlaveryDivided Messiah-Holy Spirit

Meal Pentecost - (The Feast Of Weeks Or Shavu'ot) (Holy Spirit)
Pentecost occurred fifty days after the day after the Sabbath following the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb.
Jesus Our Intercessor
Pentecost Baptism
Lamb Pentecost
Holy Spirit Holy Spirit
Jesus washes away our sins through the Holy Spirit

In the Old Testament Exodus, the Day of Pentecost corresponds to the Children of Israel coming to Mt. Sinai. (Exodus 19: 1-6). There, God came down in fire and smoke and gave them the Ten Commandments. Jews celebrate the giving of the Torah and the harvest of the first fruits.
This also corresponded to the time of the Wheat Harvest. On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out as tongues of fire and the first fruits of the Gospel were reaped when three thousand were converted in one day.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls. (Acts 2: 1-4, 41)
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I indeed baptize you with water to repentance: but He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. (Matthew 3: 11).
At Pentecost, the New Testament church was formed when many ethnic people were won to Christ. It was a form of reversal of the Tower of Babel, because all men there heard the message in their own tongues. The Holy Spirit overcame the language and cultural barriers. The end time church will also be made up of every nation, tribe, tongue and people.

The first Pentecost occurred on Shavout. The crucifixion occurred on Passover which happened to occur on a Friday that year.
Unfortunately, when the church adopted pagan holidays, it substituted the crucifixion for Easter along with many pagan customs to create a pot luck mix of customs of human origin. Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter which is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox (spring). None of this is biblical timing.
Lent. 40 week days and Saturdays before holy week.
Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday"). Day before lent begins.
Ash Wednesday. Lent season begins.
Holy Week.
  » Palm Sunday. Sixth Sunday after Ash Wednesday.
  » Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday). Last supper.
  » Good Friday. Crucifixion.
  » Easter Sunday. Resurrection Sunday.
Pentecost Sunday. 50 days after Easter Sunday.

Two Loaves : (Jesus, Holy Spirit). You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the LORD. Along with the bread you shall present seven one year old male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd and two rams; they are to be a burnt offering to the LORD, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD. You shall also offer one male goat for a sin offering and two male lambs one year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings. The priest shall then wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering with two lambs before the LORD; they are to be holy to the LORD for the priest. (Leviticus 23: 17-20)
Every harvest had an offering of first fruits. At Shavout it was the whear harvest and this was given as baked bread. Notice who is being offered in each of the three main harvests and in what form it is offered.

The Proclamation Of The Gospel On The Day Of Pentecost
On this same day you shall make a proclamation as well; you are to have a holy convocation You shall do no laborious work. It is to be a perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations. (Leviticus 23: 21)
On the day of Pentecost they are to make a proclamation at a gathering. When it was fulfilled, the Jews had gathered in Jerusalem from many different places because of the required pilgrimage at Pentecost. Peter preached to them and the other disciples spoke in at least fifteen other languages and 3000 were converted that day.
Holy Spirit. And there appeared to them tongues of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
The Proclamation. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit was giving them utterance.
Jews from all four corners. Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.
The Wheat Harvest. So then those who had received his words were baptized, and that day there were added about 3000 souls.
(Acts 2: 3-5, 41)
At the resurrection of Jesus in the barley harvest, Jesus also made a proclamation of the gospel. (Acts 26: 23)
On the last Jubilee at Yom Kippur, a proclamation will also be made to announce our freedom. (Leviticus 25: 10)

Reaping the Harvest. There are two main laws that govern the gathering of a harvest for God.

Jesus Reaps the Harvest According to the Law. Jesus fulfilled these laws with these instructions.
These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' (Matthew 10: 5-7)

Claims And Lies About Jesus. Many traditions and books make up claims about what Jesus did before His public ministry and after His resurrection.

The Resurrection Of The First Fruits
Jesus and a group of other people were resurrected as the first fruits. On that Sunday, He went into the Most Holy Place and presented Himself to God as the offering and proof of the atonement and resurrection.
The Resurrection. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, look, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many. (Matthew 27: 50-53)
The First Fruits From the Dead. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that 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 first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming. (1 Corinthians 15: 20-23)

Agricultural Seasons (Rain, Harvests And First Fruits)
Here is a calendar of the annual seasons and harvests.
MonthWeather Crop Harvest First Fruits Feasts
(Grain harvest)
1Nisan March-AprilLatter Rain Spring rain Barley Barley harvest begins Barley Passover
2Zif April-May- Lentils, peas Barley harvest ends - -
3Sivan May-JuneDry seasonWheat Wheat harvest begins Wheat Pentecost
(Grape harvest)
4Tamuz June-July-Grapes, figs Wheat harvest ends New wine -
5Ab July-AugustSummer heatGrapes, figs Grape harvest - -
6Elul August-September-Summer Fruit: Grapes, figs, date, pomegranate, etrog New olive oil -
(Olive harvest)
7Tishri September-OctoberEarly, Autumn Rain Early rain Olives
(September - November)
Ploughing - Tabernacles
8Cheshvan October-November - Ploughing. Plant grain.
Fat sheep killed
Jesus was the Seed planted on the earth at His birth during Tabernacles
9Kislev November-December - Plant Grain
(November - January)
Plant wheat, barley
Winter 10Tebeth December-JanuaryMain rain - - No Harvest
11Sebat January-February --Almond blooms (January)Late Planting
12Adar February-March -Flax Almond fruit (March)

The Great Summer Drought
Between the spring and autumn months was the hot summer which lasted about three and a half months. During this time, there were no harvests, and no rain. This symbolizes the spiritual drought of the 1260 Years of Papal supremacy.
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. (Revelation 11: 3, 6)
Tishrei 1Tishrei 10 4 daysTishrei 156 days Tishrei 21Tishrei 22
Rosh Hashanah Yom KippurLatter Rain TabernaclesSuccos (7 days)Shemini Atzeret
Trumpet Feast of
Judgment Judgment Latter Rain Rapture Rapture Scapegoat in the wilderness World is Judged New Heavens
and Earth
Time Of The End Sealing Harvest Second ComingMillenniumThird Coming

The Spring And Autumn Rain
The physical rainy season began in autumn and ended in spring. The autumn rains or planting rains were called the early rain and the spring rain or harvest rain was called the latter rain.
The Rains of God. He will give the rain for the land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. (Deuteronomy 11: 14)
The promise of God to send rain spanned the beginning and end of the rainy season. This rainy season for agriculture began in autumn and ended in spring. The early rain softened the earth and allowed the ground to be plowed and seed to be planted. This rain allowed the seed to grow. In addition, the early rain came at the fruit harvest and it watered the trees and gave the fruit water just before they were harvested.
However the season for salvation is slightly different. The spiritual rainy season began in spring at Passover and ends in autumn at the feast of Tabernacles. But the promise of God still applies. We get an early and late rain. This difference confuses the meaning of the words "early rain (former)" and "late rain (latter)". But the crops came in the same order.

Spring Summer Autumn
Late Rain Dry SeasonEarly Rain Ploughing
Harvest Rain Barley GrainHoly Spirit GrainWheat 2000+ years Rain Holy Spirit FruitFruit OliveOlive GrainPlanting
Seed Planted Jesus Pentecost - Yom Kippur Tabernacles 1000 Years
Ploughing Early Rain ApostasyLate Rain Saints Resurrection
Diet Protein (Grain Harvest) Carbohydrates (Fruit Harvest) Fat (Olive Harvest)
So rejoice, O sons of Zion, and be glad in the Lord your God; for he had given you the early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, the early and latter rain in the first month. (Joel 2: 23)
This verse is ambiguous because the various translations make it so.
» Early Rain Vindication. The early rain is sent for our vindication. We technically have two early rains and two first months. One is civil and the other is religious (physical and spiritual). The first month of the civil calendar is Tishri. The first month of the religious calendar is Nisan.

The First Fruits Harvests
The Harvests of God. You shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God at the place where He chooses to establish His name. The tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear [love] the Lord your God always. (Deuteronomy 14: 23)
There was an important harvest every seven weeks. Each 49 days represents the perfect passage of time from one harvest to the next. The first fruits were the special part of the harvest that came in just before the rest of the harvest. These are dedicated to God. The rest of the harvest is for the people.
So, spiritually, we will have a harvest of the first fruits and then a general harvest. Practically, it is the first fruits that are the example that lead the rest of the harvest to God.

Seed Planted Grain Harvest Fruit Harvest
No Harvest Grain
Holy Spirit
New Wine
Holy Spirit
New Olive Oil
Olive Living Saints
Grain Jews
Christ Disciples3,000 JewsMartyrs144,000 Grape Martyrs
30 Years 3½ years ˜ 2000 YearsLast DaysBarley Dead
The Seven Fruits of the Promised Land. A land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey (dates). (Deuteronomy 8: 8)
This honey was not from bees but was boiled from the date fruit. Although there were other fruits and trees, God promised a land with certain fruits that would become key symbols in the Plan of Salvation.

Grain. The grain harvest represents the seed that is planted. It is Christ, the disciples and the Jews who are the source of the information about God. After the plant grows, fruit is expected. Therefore, in the end a fruit harvest should appear from this plant that is watered by the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Seed that was planted, He can bear multiple types of fruit from one tree. And with each type of harvest a crop of first fruit appears.

One Great Harvest
There is a link between the harvests of Passover and Tabernacles. Until the future Passover when the Jews recognize the Messiah, we are still in Passover time. At Passover they pray for the "fruit of the vine" and Jesus does not drink this fourth cup until after the Second Coming. The Fruit from all harvests will be brought before God at this time. This is the time when death has truly passed over all the children of Adam and Eve. Then we can truly celebrate Tabernacles as one family.
Your shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, after you have gathered in your corn and your wine. (Deuteronomy 16: 13)
The feast of Tabernacles is celebrated at the time of the autumn harvest of olives. But it also celebrates produce from both the spring and summer harvest (corn and wine). This "corn" is wheat and barley not maize. So the Jews, the rest of the wheat and barley harvest, will be part of the harvest in the end.

Fulfillment Of The Autumn Festivals
Since Jesus was in human form and subject to physical laws, the spring feasts were fulfilled in real time. The final generation will experience the fall feasts in real time when it is time for their exodus.

Meal Rosh Hashannah: The Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23: 23-25)
Time No More
Rosh Hashanah, is both the end of the Jewish festival calendar, AND the beginning of the Jewish civil calendar year. It is the New Year under the civil calendar. So, this marks both the end of the old and the beginning of the new.

Similarly, we see in Revelation 10: 6-7, the reference to the end "time shall be no more" occurring "in the days of the seventh Angel's Sounding". This is a correlation to the seventh trumpet and the beginning of the new year of Christ's eternal kingdom.

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) is on the first day of the seventh month. It began the "Ten Days of Awe" and ended on Yom Kippur.
The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) was a prelude to judgment. On the seventh New Moon of the festival year, the trumpet sounded to call the people to prepare for the approaching day of judgment, on the great Day of Atonement when the books were still opened.
Symbolically, this represents the fall of the Papacy, the unsealing of the Book of Daniel at the time of the end, and the beginning of the Advent movement around 1798. (Daniel 12: 9, Revelation 10: 1-2, 7)
And he said, Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (Daniel 12: 9 )
And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth," "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10: 1-2, 7 )

Rosh Hashanah. The New Year (The first Of Tishri) In the Torah, Rosh Hashanah (which means "the head of the year"). It is the start of the Ten Days of Penitence, and it is celebrated on the first and second days of the seventh Hebrew month, Tishri. According to Jewish belief, God judges all human beings throughout the year, and He decides whether they deserve to be inscribed in "The Book of Life" or not by the time of Rosh Hashanah. It marks the beginning of the judgment in which God seals them and writes their name in the Book of Life. After this, people have ten days to change the result. It is also known as:

Yamim Nora'im ("The Ten Days of Awe"). For the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the world can change the decision made in the judgment. Rosh Hashanah is the day the names are inscribed in the Book of Life. The decision is sealed on Yom Kippur. Those who are being judged have ten days to change God's mind by repentance.

The Month Elul and Forty Days of Repentance. However, starting on the first day of the month "Elul", Jews get up every night and go to the synagogue during the morning watch. There they pray for forgiveness until morning comes, and then go to work. The custom becomes more and more intense, and reaches a peak on the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. During these days they ask God and each other for forgiveness, and greet each other with the blessing "May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life".

U'netaneh Tokef. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur they say a special prayer about the awesomeness of that day and the consequences it brings. It is a recitation of the wrath of God. It is the same warning as the third angel's message.

The Land Sabbath (Shemitah) - 7 years
The laws about the land Sabbath are a pattern of what should happen on the earth.
Millennium. The LORD then spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you come into the land which I shall give you, then the land shall have a Sabbath to the LORD. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, but during the seventh year the land shall have a Sabbath rest, a Sabbath to the LORD; you shall not sow your field nor prune your vineyard. (Leviticus 25: 1-4)
No Reaping. Your harvest's aftergrowth you shall not reap, and your grapes of untrimmed vines you shall not gather; the land shall have a sabbatical year. All of you shall have the Sabbath products of the land for food; yourself, and your male and female slaves, and your hired man and your foreign resident, those who live as aliens with you. Even your cattle and the animals that are in your land shall have all its crops to eat. (Leviticus 25: 5-7)
Great Harvest. But if you say, "What are we going to eat on the seventh year if we do not sow or gather in our crops?" then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years. When you are sowing the eighth year, you can still eat old things from the crop, eating the old until the ninth year when its crop comes in. (Leviticus 25: 20-22) See also Exodus 23: 10-11.

Annual Planting - HarvestingGreat Harvest Tabernacles Sabbath (No Planting or Harvesting)Ploughing
PlantingYear 46 Year 47 Fruit Year 48 FruitFruitFruitFruit Year 49 (Shemitah) Year 50 (Jubilee)Year 51
FruitFruit Fruit 4 Years Yield Land Sabbath No Debt No Slaves Land Returned
EvangelismRain Holy Spirit Latter Rain 7 Last PlaguesSecond Coming And MillenniumNew Earth
Babylon FallsCounted, Counted Weighed (Judged)Divided (Sheep and Goats Separated)

The Jubilee (Yovel) - 49+1 Years
To understand the end of time, you need to merge the events of a land Sabbath with the events of the Jubilee.
While the land sabbath is patterned after the weekly Sabbath, the Jubilee is patterned after the counting of the omer and Shavu'ot. Jubilee is like the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
You are also to count off seven Sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years, so that you have the time of the seven Sabbaths of years, namely, forty-nine years.
Shofar. You shall then sound a ram's horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall sound a horn all through your land.
A Proclamation. You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.
No More Time. You shall have the fiftieth year as a jubilee; you shall not sow, nor reap its aftergrowth, nor gather in from its untrimmed vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat its crops out of the field.
(Leviticus 25: 8-12)
The Jews start the Jubilee and the sabbatical years at Tisheri 1, although the text seems to say Tisheri 10 (Yom Kippur). The Jubilee represents the last year on earth when we will be freed and it begins on Yom Kippur. This is what happens in the jubilee year.

Meal The Day of Atonement - The Judgment (Leviticus 23: 26-32; Leviticus 16)
Jesus Our Intercessor
Yom Kippur Satan
Defends Satan
Lord's Goat Scapegoat
Jesus defends us in the judgement and places the blame on Satan

This occurs on the tenth day of the seventh month, Yom Kippur. It is the holiest day of the year and God seals the fate of the people for the next year. According to Jewish tradition, on Yom Kippur, the judgments entered into the books of God are sealed on this day. Therefore, this is the last day that we have to change the decision of the judgment.

The Last Day Of The Judgment
And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth. 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: 18-19)
And he said to me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. (Daniel 8: 14)
This corresponds to the beginning of the Judgment of the dead in Heaven in 1844. Then, Christ, as our Great High Priest, moved into the Holy of Holies to begin the final phase of His High Priestly ministry, the cleansing of the Sanctuary. The Most Holy Place was opened at this time. (Revelation 11: 18-19, Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14, Daniel 8: 14).

Those who refuse to submit to judgment will be cut off.
Disobedient. If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
Sabbath Violation. As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people
(Leviticus 23: 29-30)

Here are some rituals associated with the service.

The Sealing and Judgment
The sealing occurred during the ten days of awe from Tishri 1 to 10. During this time of judgment, the righteous are sealed and their names are kept in the Book of Life. The names of the wicked are blotted out or deleted.
The tenth day, or Yom Kippur is simply the last day when this opportunity is available.
The Sealing.
The Jews also understand this time as the period in which they are sealed and their names are kept in the Book of Life. This understanding is the exact same meaning that is taught by Adventists. Note that according to Jewish belief, there is a judgment of the righteous that occurs before the feast of tabernacles when we live with God. The judgment is occurring now. At the same time, the sealing of the people of God is occurring. This is the symbol of the sealing and numbering of the 144,000 end time people of God. (Revelation 7: 4-10, Revelation 14: 1-4).

Azazel: The Scape Goat (Leviticus 16)
This was the day that the Temple was cleansed and the scape goat was banished at the end of the ceremony. He was taken to the wilderness by a strong man and thrown over the edge of a cliff.
Satan will be banished to the earth for one thousand years at the Second Coming. He was thrown off the mountain of God as profane (Ezekiel 28: 16) and a strong man will bind him to the earth for 1000 years (Revelation 20: 1-2).

Meal The Feast Of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23: 33-43 and Deuteronomy 16: 13-15)
Jesus Our Intercessor
Tabernacles Palm Branches
Booth Palm
Booth The Lulav
Jesus provides a home for us

This was a seven day feast, which began on the fifteenth day of the seventh month four days after Yom Kippur. It was also called the festival of booths and sukkot or succos. It corresponds to the final fruit harvest (Leviticus 23: 39). This feast celebrates and commemorates:

Camping at Succos. The first feast of tabernacles actually occurred at Passover during the exodus. After they ate the Passover meal the Jews left Egypt and the first place they camped was a place called Succoth. Christ also experienced all the three great feasts during His exodus week.
After Jacob wrestled with God and met Esau he went to a place called Succoth to build booths (Genesis 33: 17).

Christ fulfilled the eight days of the feast of Booths during Passover as He ended His wanderings on earth so that He can enter the eternal Promised Land in heaven.
On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work. On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day.
Day 1: Palm Branches. Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths.
(Leviticus 23: 35-36, 39-42)

Jewish Tradition And The Judgment
It is interesting to note what Jewish tradition teaches about the judgment and its timing in the feast days. Judgment is given on four occasions. All these are Sabbaths.

  1. Passover ("Grain"). The world is judged with respect to grain. Jesus resurrected the barley harvest.
  2. Shavuot ("Fruit"). The world is judged with respect to the fruit of trees. The 3000 conversions at Pentecost.
  3. Rosh Hashannah ("Man"). The judgment of man occurs during the fall feasts and there are three appointed times for judgment. Man is judged on Rosh Hashannah but the sentence is confirmed on Yom Kippur and delivered on Hoshana Rabbah.
    1. All Living Things. Feast of Trumpets, Day 1 (Rosh Hashanah). Angels, principalities and powers.
    2. The People of God. Yom Kippur, Day 10. Judgment is in favor of the saints. In this process the people and the sanctuary are cleansed.
    3. World. Feast of Tabernacles, Day 7 (Hoshana Rabbah). Judgment is delivered. The righteous and the wicked receive their reward.
  4. Succoth ("Rain"). The world is judged with respect to rain. They do not pray for rain during the seven days of Succos, only on the eighth day. On Shemini Atzeret they begin to pray for rain because rain during Succos is a sign of the Lord's anger. There is a dual symbolism of good and evil for this rain. They pray for rain between Shemini Atzeret and Passover saying, "He causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall". Notice that the answer was given on Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came in a rushing, mighty wind.
    The Former Rain. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
    The Holy Spirit Poured Out. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
    (Acts 2: 1-3, 16-17)

The Schedule Of Tabernacles
The Seven Days Of The Feast
DayDate Bull Ram Lamb Goat Hakkafot Water Light Readings and Songs Contents
115 First Day 13214 1 1 NoLight Hallel. Psalm 113-118 Psalm 105 Exodus plagues
216 Chol Ha'Moed 12214 1 1 Water Light Psalm 29 Creation by sound. Peace
Ezekiel 38: 14 to
Ezekiel 39: 16
The battle on the Day Of The Lord. Land cleansed.
Armageddon and millennium
Zechariah 14
317 11214 1 1 WaterLight Psalm 50: 16-23 Judgment of the wicked
418 10214 1 1 WaterLight Psalm 94: 16-23 The innocent condemned to death. God helps them
519 9214 1 1 WaterLight Psalm 94: 8-23 God helps them until a pit will be dug for the wicked
620 8214 1 1 WaterLight Psalm 81: 6-16 Rescued from burdens
721 Hoshana Rabbah 7214 1 7 Beat WillowsLight Psalm 82: 5-8
Numbers 29: 26-34
Darkness and Earthquake. The wicked angels and men in the 2nd Coming - millennium
Total 701498 7 -
Total (Ezekiel) 49+149- 7 -
822 Shemini Atzeret 117 1 1 Pray for rain -Deuteronomy 33-34 Moses goes to heaven
The rabbis circled the altar 7 times, struck the willow and asked for rain
-22 Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah) - Genesis 1-2 The new creation
Every sabbatical year the Law was read in public on the first day of the feast (Deuteronomy 31:10-13).
This list of traditional reading is from Dr. Alfred Edersheim. Today, Messianic Jews and others read different texts.
Jesus began His exodus during that final week. From the readings on each day we can see that Jesus fulfilled the Feast of Tabernacles but we have not. The irony of this feast is that God came to live among us as one of us and we treated Him badly and ran Him out of town.

  1. Plagues (Wrath of God). During the crucifixion Jesus suffered the seven last plagues for us.
    Do not touch My anointed ones and do my prophets no harm.
    He sent a man before them, Joseph who was sold as a slave. And He called for a famine upon the land. He broke the whole staff of bread. They afflicted his feet with fetters, he himself was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass. The word of the Lord tested him.
    (Psalm 105: 15-19)
  2. New Creation ("It is Finished"). At His death, He uttered the same words at the end of creation.
    The Lord will give strength to His people. The Lord will bless His people with peace. (Psalm 29: 11)
    » Peace. Jesus made peace between heaven and earth by reconciling us with God.
    » War. He had just begun a battle with Satan.
    » Cleansing. The land, people and temple were cleansed.
  3. The Wicked Judged. This Psalm is a condemnation of the priests. They conspired with a thief, Judas and an adulterer, Herod to slander Jesus.
    But to the wicked God says, "What right have you to tell of My statutes and to take My covenant in your mouth? you hate discipline, and you cast My words behind you. When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers. You let your mouth loose in evil and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son. These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes." (Psalm 50: 16-21)
  4. Unjust Trial. A conspiracy by the Sanhedrin condemned Jesus to death in a trial with false witnesses.
    They band themselves together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. (Psalm 94: 21)
  5. A Pit For The Wicked. Satan is confined to the earth. Jesus is now our representative.
    Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD, and whom You teach out of Your law; That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity, until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the LORD will not abandon His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance. (Psalm 94: 12-14)
    Not Fulfilled Future: Satan In The Abyss. Satan will be bound by a strong man and thrown into the bottomless pit.
  6. Rescued (Burden Lifted). Simon of Cyrene took the cross from the shoulders of Jesus after He fell exhausted.
    I relieved his shoulder of the burden, his hands were freed from the basket. (Psalm 81: 6)
    Not Fulfilled Future: Perfection. The burden of slavery to sin and quarantine by the universe are finally removed. It is time to reunite with the rest of the universe.
  7. The Wicked Men Punished. Jesus prayed for their forgiveness for they did not know what they were doing.
    An Ignorant Mob. But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. (Luke 23: 34)
    Three hours of darkness preceded His death. A great earthquake occurred at His death and resurrection.
    Darkness and Earthquake. They do not know nor do they understand, they walk about in darkness, all the foundations of the earth are shaken. (Psalm 82: 5)
    Judas committed suicide that night. Pilate killed himself years later. The house of Herod, the Sanhedrin, Caiaphas and the grand children of Annanias were executed at the fall of the temple in 70 AD.
    Not Fulfilled Future: The Wicked Angels Punished. Satan and his angels and the living wicked are punished. They are now confined to earth as Jesus takes possession of the righteous and the wicked are killed.
  8. Moses Taken To Heaven (Rapture). Jesus walked around the earth before He returned to heaven that evening.
    Not Fulfilled Future: The Second Coming. The church will be resurrected, recreated, raptured and taken to heaven.

EventPassoverShavuot Yom Kippur Tabernacles Covenant
FulfilledPreparation Lamb SelectedPerfectSelected by LotBuild Sukkah (Church) Jesus Came
Fulfilled Sacrifice Lamb Lamb Bleeding Rain Dove Holy
Goat Lord's Goat
Bull Lamb Ram Goat Circumcision
FulfilledCup 1 Cup 1 Freedom Rain Rain
Washing Away Sin

By Writing The Law On Our Heart
Atonement God makes peace High Priest Makes Atonement

Priests being
FulfilledCup 2 Cup 2 Deliverance People cleansedLand cleansed
FulfilledMatzah Bread Broken Middle BreadRighteous judged Judgment
FulfilledMotzi Matzo Death: Blood and WaterSaved from death Unjustly Condemned
FulfilledCup 3 Cup 3 RedemptionSin Removed Burdens taken away
Not Fulfilled Search for the Afikoman Latter Rain Search for Me with all your heart
Strong ManAll Israel Saved Children
Not Fulfilled Elijah's Cup
Wrath of God
Crucifixion7 last
Scapegoat taken away by a strong man Pit dug for the wicked
Satan put in the abyss
(Hoshana Rabbah)
Wicked Die
Not FulfilledRescued Children Find AfikomanWildernessHome Prepared Jesus
Not FulfilledRaised From The DeadFruit Second Coming God Saves Us
Not FulfilledCup 4 Cup 4 Release

Law written on the heart
Fruit Harvest
Goat Scapegoat
Rapture (To Heaven)
Reap The Harvest

Not FulfilledNext Year
AdoptionHigh PriestSons Sanctuary and People Cleansed and Restored The Righteous Live With God
Not FulfilledNew HomeHeaven
Not FulfilledNew EarthEarthRainRain of FireShemini Atzeret
Not FulfilledInheritanceEarthSealedCleansedSimchat Torah
Fulfilled Fulfilled by Jesus and being fulfilled in us Not Fulfilled Fulfilled by Jesus but not yet fulfilled by us or for us
One is tempted to think that the Feast of Tabernacles simply prophesies about a glorious time when we go to live with God forever. However, this comparison of feasts allows us to understand that the Feast of Tabernacles more accurately describes the conditions under the ten plagues and the exodus from Egypt. Under these battle conditions, Tabernacles reminds us that God is with us when it seems that the world is falling apart and that these living conditions are temporary.
These "Jewish feasts" have fallen out of favor with the Christian church for about 1700 years. Yet they still prophesy about Christ and about our future. So let us examine how we should view the feasts.

Should We Keep The Feasts?
If you look at the concept of how the feasts are being fulfilled you will see that we are living during the fulfillment of the feasts. For almost 2000 years we have been living during the Passover and the Day of Atonement when our High Priest is ministering on our behalf and putting away sin. We are also living during Tabernacles because Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have come to dwell with us. So technically every day is now Tabernacles, Yom Kippur and Passover! So every day we should be living according to the teachings of those feasts.
At a minimum we should understand them better and acknowledge them and it would not hurt to go through the motions on the appointed days because we will be celebrating the feasts on appointed days in heaven after God has made earth His permanent dwelling place. However, the point is probably moot. Whether we are keeping these feasts annually or not, we are living on the day of the feasts and are keeping them by default.
So if you are doing these things daily then you are keeping the feasts. Recognizing how these things relate to the faith helps us to better understand the things we are doing.

The Sukkah. The Jews lived in a temporary building called a booth or sukkah for seven days. It represented the time they lived in booths during the forty years of the exodus. It was constructed in a certain way.

The Ushpizin (Seven Exalted Guests).
When a person is seated in his succah, Abraham and six distinguished visitors partake of his company. (Zohar 5: 103b) Just as they invite Elijah in for the Passover, the Jews invite seven of their forefathers to stay in the sukkah during the feast. An ornate chair is set for these honored guests and each night a different one leads the others into the sukkah in this order: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David on the last night.
This tradition is written in the Zohar, the kabbalistic text on Jewish mysticism. The custom originated among them and was adopted by the Hassidim and other orthodox groups. If it has no foundation in what God ordered or passed down to Moses, the tradition is still worthy of notice because this is another way in which the false Second Coming can appear to justify the appearance of all of these great men of God. Several plausible explanations might be given for their appearance.

The Four Species (Lulav and Etrog).
The Personalities of the Four Species
Species NameTorah (Taste)Deeds (Smell)BodyOfferings
1Etrog CitrusTorah DeedsHeartIncense Incense and Grain
I am perfect
2Hadas 3 MyrtlesTorah NoEyesLambLamb. Rabbi, child in the temple
I am devoted to the persuit of wisdom, to know and follow God
3Lulav 1 PalmNoDeedsSpineBullBull. Miracles, cleanses temple
I must do good deeds. What is knowledge without action?
4Aravah2 WillowsNoNoMouthGoatLord's Goat. Serpent
I have nothing, I am nothing
They take four plants and lift them up and rejoice before the Lord. The lulav represents all those who were lifted up during the crucifixion.

Six branches with their leaves are bound together in a bouquet and held in the right hand while the etrog is held upside down in the left hand and turned up during the ceremony. They were waved in all six directions: east, south, west, north, up, and down. The four species are brought together during the waving and the blessing.
The Jews have developed an understanding about the meaning of each of the four species. Each item has either a taste or a smell. The taste represents knowledge of the Torah and the smell represents good deeds. The four species represent the four personalities which make a complete person. In our experience we drift between the knowledge of God and action based on knowing God.
Modern science also recognizes four dominant personalities. We tend to prefer to respond to life in one way. The imperfection of man is caused by the fact that our personalities are broken and we cannot balance our responses to the challenges of life.

Jesus displayed all these personalities in His life and He was treated as all of them. Each plant also represents people in different phases.

The Water Libation Ceremony.
At all special services such as Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles there were preparations in the night.

  1. First Watch ("6 PM to 9 PM"). Altar of burnt offerings was cleansed.
    Jesus was washing the feet of His disciples and having the Passover meal.
  2. Second Watch ("9 PM to Midnight"). Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane.
  3. Third Watch ("Midnight to 3 AM") Cockcrow. Temple gates opened at midnight to let the procession of people in. All sacrifices and offerings to be used that day were examined until the time for the morning sacrifice.
    Jesus was being led away by the mob of priests, people and Roman soldiers for His trial by the priest.
  4. Fourth Watch ("3 AM to 6 AM"). The priests led the processions to get the water and the willows.

Every day during the year, the wine offering was made, but during this feast a special water offering was given from the second to the seventh days. During the fourth watch, while the morning sacrifice was being prepared the priests led two processions.

The Beating Of The Willows.
The willow was a plant with long oval leaves that grew near the water. It was used in several ceremonies. From the time of Moses, on each day of the feast a willow was taken into the temple. Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi instituted the custom of beating the willows outside the temple. The ceremonies that were done on the inside of the temple by Moses were now brought on the outside as they honored the feasts during the absence of a temple. This probably occurred because these were the leaders while the Jews were rebuilding their temple after the Babylonian Captivity.

Jesus said that He was the source of living waters. He gives the Holy Spirit to cleanse us and He gives eternal life.
He who believes in Me, as the scriptures said, "from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water." (John 7: 38)

Illumination Of The Temple
After the water ceremony, the priests went to the court of women and lit four tall menorahs 50 cubits high that light up the whole area. They had four golden bowl on top and four ladders rested against the candle sticks. Four youths would carry pitchers with 120 logs of olive oil and pour them into the bowls. The priests used their old clothes as wicks. The priests would dance and sing and play music all night.
At cockcrow two priests with trumpets walked from the upper gate (Nicanor) in the west through the court of Israel down 15 steps to the court of women to the Beautiful Gate in the east. As they proceeded down the steps they blew three blasts on the trumpet at cockcrowing, at the tenth step, and when they reached the court of women. When they reached the eastern gate they turned around to face the sanctuary and said:

Our fathers who were in this place, they turned their back upon the Sanctuary of Jehovah, and their faces toward the east, and they worshipped towards the rising sun; but as for us, our eyes are towards the Lord.

Jesus said that He was the Light of the world.
Then Jesus spoke to them saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life". (John 8: 12)

Day 7: Hoshana Rabbah, The Day Of The Great Hosanna (Tishri 21)
This is the day when justice is delivered. This was how the last day of the feast was celebrated.

The Latter Rain, The Persecution And The Second Coming
The fulfillment will be the end of the wanderings of God's end time peoples in the wilderness of sin, and of their entry into the inheritance of the new heavens and the new earth, to "tabernacle there with God" at the Second Coming of Christ.
Harvest of the Righteous. And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for you to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
Harvest of the Wicked. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
(Revelation 14: 14-18)
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, See, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21: 3-4)
He came to Jerusalem for the feast as required by law beginning with His triumphant ride in Jerusalem through the palm branches on the first day and it ended on the eighth day when He left earth to go to heaven after He met His disciples on the evening of His resurrection.

These ceremonies are full of the symbolism of the time before the Second Coming.
Living With God
Third Coming. This scenario is repeated at the end of the 1000 year tabernacle with God. The city of glass will travel through the stars to land on earth. At the end of the final judgment everyone will praise God as king of kings. And, as Satan surrounds the city and the fires of hell fall around us, God will save us. The walls of this city will not fall.

Persecution. Living outdoors in these temporary shelters might also be a prophecy of how the vast majority of the people of God will be living at the end of time.
As they are forced to run from the persecution, they will be wandering in the woods and caves and among the homeless. They will be relying totally on the protection of God as they flee by faith to the Most Holy Place in His sanctuary.
It teaches that the feast of tabernacles starts a short time before the king comes to save us. This is what happens when the church flees from the persecuting beast to the throne of God where He hides them from the wrath of the dragon and from His wrath.

Live with God. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and He that sits on the throne shall dwell [tabernacle] among them. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7: 15, 17)
PeriodBeginning Day 1-6 Day 7 Day 8
1Persecution Latter Rain Mark of the Beast Seven Last Plagues We go to heaven
2Millennium Rapture, hail Satan in prison Armageddon New Heavens and Earth

Tisheri 21: The Messiah Comes.
This was the day of the Messianic hope. On the last great day of the feast the people pray for salvation through the Messiah. They assembled with palm branches and recited Psalm 118. On the last day of the feast the people assembled with palm branches and walked around the altar seven times, saying "Halleluyah" after every line of Psalm 118. On verses 25-29, they added the words "Hossana, make thy salvation now manifest, O Lord, O Lord send now prosperity". Verse 26 applied to the Messiah.

Jewish New Years.
Although the months begin with Nisan, Jews have several new years to begin various counts.

The Last Year On Earth.
The Jubilee year begins on Rosh Hashanah and represents the last year on earth when we will be freed. The last year also represents the year of the seven last plagues when there is no more mercy. Yom Kippur represents the last day when we can change the mind of God. The law represents a possible sequence of events.

Delivered On The Feast Of Tabernacles
The Bible says that in the future we will remember Him because of the exodus from the land of the north, not because of the exodus from the land of the south (Egypt). At the end of time we will leave Babylon in a great exodus.
Look, days are coming, declares the Lord, when it will no longer be said "As the Lord lives Who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt", but, "as the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from the countries where He has banished them". For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers. (Jeremiah 16: 14-15)
Many of these great deliverances happened during Tabernacles.

Cheating Death (The New Passover)
Just as Passover is the day death passed over Israel before the first exodus, Yom Kippur is the day the second death passes over the new Israel before the second exodus. Christ Judges in favor of us on this final Day of Atonement. So we will no longer talk about our deliverance from Egypt, we will celebrate our deliverance from Babylon. We will once again experience a Passover, an exodus and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
PassoverExodus Pentecost PassoverExodus Pentecost PassoverExodus Pentecost
PassoverEgypt God Pillar of Fire CrucifixionSin and Death Holy Spirit Pentecost Yom KippurBabylon Holy Spirit Tabernacles
Out of EgyptOut of Sin and Death Former RainOut of Babylon Latter Rain

The Connection Between The Feasts
Most Holy Place Closed -Sanctuary Open
(Most Holy Place)
(6 Days)
-Sanctuary Closed
Spring Events Autumn Events
PassoverPassover cup 1Three CupsLambUnleavened BreadPassover cup 4Cup 4
ResurrectionPassover cup 4Changing MindsPassover cup 4 Resurrection
Pentecost Former RainDoveFruit GrowsDove Latter Rain
Yom Kippur Lord's GoatLord's GoatDay of Atonement ScapegoatScapegoat
TabernaclesPalmDay 1Bull Temporary Home PalmDay 8
Redemption Sin Removed Wrath (Plagues)
Priests Consecrated and Called Ordained Lord Appears
Jesus Slain From The Foundation 6000 Years Millennium
Every feast that includes a sacrifice was offered at Passover, because Jesus was actually sacrificed one time during that feast for all feasts.
who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. (Hebrews 7: 27)
and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9: 12)
Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (Hebrews 9: 26)
However, the other details of those feasts were not a part of the Passover sacrifice because they would end at another time period. We also see from the fourth cup that even Passover extends into the feast of Tabernacles. Therefore, all the feasts must prophecy about the Plan of Salvation from the beginning at the crucifixion to the end when we go to heaven. The dates when they were celebrated are significant because that date would be an important day in that phase of the Plan of Salvation. These phases are signified by the four cups.
In Between Days. The six days between both events represents the time when sin is removed from the people as they bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit and wait in temporary homes and bodies until God prepares a home for them.
Most Holy Place Closed -Sanctuary Open (Most Holy Place)-Sanctuary Closed
Global Passover Global Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Global Tabernacles
Passover Sacrifice (3 Days) OmerPentecost Trumpets Yom Kippur -Tabernacles
Passover cup 1Passover cup 2
Passover cup 3
Bread, seed Incense Lord's Goat Bull Lamb 49
Dove 113
Shofar10 days of aweScapegoat5
Passover cup 4
3 Cups Bread - Lord's Goat Bull Lamb Holy Spirit JudgmentScapegoatCup 4Wrath
Passover Meal Pray AtonementTabernaclesTorn Veil Scapegoat in the wilderness
Drink Grain Aroma Grain Burnt PeaceDove ReapHarvestDoveReap cornerConvocation
The Exodus of Jesus High Priest in the SanctuaryExodus of the Church
First Coming Church In Babylon (2000+ Years)Second Coming
Jesus Tabernacles With Us From Birth The Holy Spirit Tabernacles With UsFather Tabernacles
God Tabernacles With Us Forever

At the first exodus from Egypt Passover and Tabernacles occurred at the same time. When they left Egypt on Passover they immediately began living in booths.
And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. (Exodus 12: 37) For some reason God separated them into two feasts seven months apart.
That reason was the global fulfillment. Part of the feast was fulfilled during the spring feast at the Passover crucifixion and the other part will be fulfilled during the autumn feast at Tabernacles at the end of time as the glorious church fulfills their roles in the feasts.
This global fulfillment between the Crucifixion and the Third Coming is itself a sign of an eternal global fulfillment.

Repeat The Plan Of Salvation In The Feasts Of Israel (Leviticus 23)
Feast Hebrew Date Description Fulfillment
Spring Feasts - Events related to Christ's first coming
Passover Pesach
1. Freedom
Month 1 Day 14 Commemorates Israel's exodus from slavery in Egypt. Christ delivers us from sin with his sacrifice. 1 Corinthians 5: 7 Crucifixion
altar of sacrifice
Unleavened Bread .: Month 1 Day 15 Day 15 and 21 are Sabbaths The Sabbath was the day Christ was resting in the grave Table of show bread
Month 1 Day 15-21 Eat unleavened bread and remove all leaven from the house The Jews had 3.5 years to remove sin after the Passover
Wave Sheaf Offering .: Day after Sabbath The barley harvest, the first fruits from the dead earth are presented to God. The Resurrection, Christ is the first fruits of the dead, and he presents himself to the Father as the perfect sacrifice. 1 Corinthians 15: 20-23 Resurrection
Feast of Weeks
2. Deliverance
First 50 days after First fruits This is a Sabbath. God's revelation of the Torah to the Jewish people. The giving of the law and the descent of God in fire A recreation, a new creature, a new beginning by the giving of the Holy Spirit who will help us to keep the law. God dwells with men through the Spirit Holy Spirit

The long summer months of drought. The church wanders in the wilderness
Fall Feasts - Events related to Christ's Second Coming
Feast of Trumpets Rosh Hashanah Month 7 Day 1 Head of the Year - New Year. A Sabbath. The anniversary of the creation of the world. The day all living things are judged Judgment Begins. New start, Christ begins to reign. God is crowned KingJudgment

Altar of Incense
Day of the Atonements 3. Redemption Yom Hakippurim Month 7 Day 10 Day of Judgment for God's people. The holiest day in the year. Judgment Sealed. Judgment set for God's people. He redeems us
Feast of Booths
Day 15-21
4. Release
Month 7 Day 15-21 Commemorates the Israelites living in booths in the wilderness God dwells with men. We have rest. Day 15 is a Sabbath Plagues
Hoshana Rabbah Month 7 Day 21 On the seventh day, Jewish tradition says the world is judged on this day Judgment Delivered.
Righteous and wicked separated
Second Coming
Month 7
Day 22,23
Shemini AtzeretDay 22 Finish reading the Torah. Pray for rain The final judgment and rain of fire. This is a Sabbath 3rd Coming
Simchat TorahDay 22-23 New cycle begins. It is a Jewish tradition from the Middle Ages A new beginning. No more sin. New earth
Since these feasts are still being fulfilled, we should still keep them. In another lesson we discuss the meaning of the feasts after Christ. At a minimum we should thoroughly understand them because they give us instructions about what to do and what to expect when they are fulfilled. They are signposts in the Gospel timeline.
» Passover or Easter? Christ told us to keep Passover to remember Him, not Easter. Easter cannot teach the lessons, time tables and symbols that Passover does.
» Under Judgment or "Once Saved Always Saved"? We must recognize that we are living during the great day of atonement and make sure that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Keeping this feast would remind us of the solemn times in which we live and that we have the power to keep or remove our names from the Book of Life by our choices.
» Secret Rapture or Living During the Plagues? We will be living on earth during the time of trouble and the plagues, we will not be secretly raptured to escape it.
The feast of tabernacles are instructions for the last generation under persecution. It gives us hope. We can celebrate while under persecution because we know that we are protected in the temple of God. God responds to our prayer of distress by pouring out His wrath on the nations. But, we must recognize that we are the generation who is caught between the third and the fourth cup and ask for this wrath to be poured out as the third cup predicts. This wrath fulfills the delayed request of the martyrs under the fifth seal and ends our distress. It tells us that this is the time to run in the wilderness and wait as refugees exposed to the elements as we search the skies for the Second Coming.

The Covenant Fulfilled In The Feasts Of Israel
The order of the feasts shows how the blessings of the covenant are applied to the righteous nation and the curses are applied to the wicked.
Feast Category Blessings for the Righteous Curses for the Wicked
1Passover Personal Safety Life No fear of death. Death passed over us FearNo peace
2Pentecost Land Rain Holy Spirit is the water from heaven DroughtFamine, hunger
3Trumpets Country Gathered Nation gathered for judgment ScatteredWild beasts, occupied
4Yom Kippur Covenant Peace Approval of the righteous VengeanceWar, siege, disease
5Tabernacles Sanctuary Sabbath Living at rest with God in the city of God DesolationSanctuary destroyed

Repeat Time Fulfilled In The Pattern Of The Feasts
Feast Date Event Exodus Jesus World
Sabbath Saturday Rest from Sin and Work Rest from Slavery Buried In The Grave Millennium Rest
5 Months Of Winter Plan Of Salvation Satan Rebels Reproach Abyss
New Year Nisan 1 Sanctuary inaugurated In the land of sin Jesus and John the Baptist Foundation of the world
  Nisan 10 Passover Lamb selected Lamb Selected Comes to Jerusalem on a donkey. Praised as King Jesus selected
Passover Nisan 14 Lamb Killed Lamb Killed Crucified 31 AD Slain from the foundation
Unleavened Bread Nisan 15-21 No leaven in the house Exodus begins Jesus is sinless and innocent Sinless Adam and Eve communing with God
Nisan 15 Eating The Seder Fleeing Pharoah Buried
Nisan 16 Barley First Fruits (Wavesheaf) Resurrected
Nisan 17-21 Jesus is in heaven being inaugurated as the High Priest
Nisan 21 No leaven in the house Red Sea?
Feast Of Weeks
(7 Weeks)
Nisan 16-Sivan 6 Counting the Omer. 49 days of solemn reflection From Egypt to Sinai Jesus tells the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit Waiting 4000 years for the Promised Seed
Attacked By Enemies 7 nations 7 Churches 7 Headed Dragon
Lag B'Omer Pause for joy on day 33 Manna Jesus at the picnic in Galilee? Jesus comes for 33 years
Shavu'ot Wheat First Fruits (Day 50) Sinai 10
Holy Spirit at Pentecost The Holy Spirit comes to give us water
3 Months Of Summer In the wilderness 40 years 2000+ years waiting
Rosh HaShana Tishri 1 Judgment begins for all creatures Joshua makes plans to take Canaan Jesus ministering as High Priest Sealing the righteous
Final evangelism
Yom Kippur Tishri 10 Judgment Sealed Jesus begins cleansing the temple (1844) Satan is the scapegoat
  Tishri 11-14 Building the sukka Homes in Canaan Evangelism. Build the church Persecution
Succos Tishri 15 Living with God in booths Exodus Seven Last Plagues
The righteous are protected
Millennium In Heaven
Earth is an Abyss
Tishri 15-21 Jericho
Hoshana Rabbah Tishri 21 Judgment delivered. Lord Save Us! Walls of Jericho Second Coming Final Judgment
Hell Fire
5 Months Of Winter Clearing The Land - MillenniumJudgment
Shemini Atzeret Tishri 22 Pray for rain
New Beginning
Possess the land Hail! Lord save us! New Earth
Simchat Torah Tishri 23 Pray for rain
New Beginning
Possess the land Hail! New Earth
Sabbath (Shabbaton) (No Servile Work) Sabbath (Shabbat) (No Work Of Any Kind)
The parallel events are matched based on the type of event, not necessarily the date. The events of the spring and fall can merge with each other as they did at the crucifixion and exodus.

The spring feasts represent us leaving the land of slavery and sin.
The fall feasts represent our entry into the Promised Land and removing the sinners in the land. The time in between represents the period of long waiting which is symbolized by the dreariness and solemn atmosphere of counting the omer during the feast of weeks.

Feast Sabbaths Versus The Weekly Sabbaths
There is a difference in the type of work allowed on these Sabbaths.

Feast Days Not Anulled
But what was Nailed To The Cross.
Text Text Audience
Romans 14: 1-8 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. The dispute has never been about the feast days or eating unclean foods. It was about eating clean foods sacrificed to idols.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. The second was about meeting on other days to study the Bible. eg. Meeting on Wednesday to honor God makes no difference. Not meeting on Sabbath would
Galatians 4: 8-11 8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. The "weak and beggarly" "and the "Days, months and time and years" are the Gentile customs
Ephesians 2: 14-18 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; "Law of Commandments contained in Ordinances" are the sacrifices. He reconciled us to the Father with His blood sacrifice
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father
Colossians 2: 14-17, 20-21 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Ordinances of Sacrifices and Oblations Nailed
16 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: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;) The holy things are no longer restricted to the priests.
Touch, taste, handle
1 Corinthians 11: 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. Some washings remain
Hebrews 9: 7-11 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Some sacrifices, oblations and washings are done away with

Long Time Prophecies
Bible prophecy interpreters focus on finding a specific event in history that marks the beginning and end of a prophecy. This is hard to do since humans have free will and any set of events within one to three years can be presented as being the most significant event in determining these starts and ends. God said that when He plants something He does not expect any fruit until the third to fourth year. So with this type of flexibility notice that the long time prophecies end near feast days and they probably began on one and may be God's official demarcation of these times.

Repeat Other Fast Days
These feasts were instituted at Sinai during the Exodus. During the history of the nation of Israel, other feasts and fasts were instituted to commemorate other great victories and tragedies. These fasts were approved by God and they seem to follow a mysterious time law. Some days seemed to be designed for tragedies.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.” (Zechariah 8: 19)

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