David’s Comment: The Relevance of the Feasts of the LORD
David & Josie Silver, Out of Zion Ministeries, Mt Carmel, Israel
Leviticus 23:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. (NKJ)
The Biblical Feasts are often called the “Jewish Feasts “, but they are not Jewish Feasts, they are God’s Feasts. They were given to the Jews to celebrate and I believe our calling to be a “light and blessing” to the nations means that we are to teach the nations about the feasts, as they are the perfect tool to teach about the nature and character of YHVH and His Anointed One, Yeshua. One of the primary purposes of the annual Feast cycles was to teach the children about God in a family and fun environment. For we who are living at the end of this age, the Feast cycle also gives a prophetic view of the redemption plans and purposes of God for Israel, ( the Church included) and the world.
There are 7 Feasts of the Lord. Just in case anyone is thinking that these Feasts are only relevant to the previous Covenant with the Jewish people, so far 4 of the 7 Feasts have been perfectly fulfilled in the New Covenant, on exactly the same date. This gives us a strong indication that the final 3 will also be fulfilled in the same manner. Therefore the Feasts should be of great interest to those who love the LORD and are anxiously awaiting the re-establishment of God’s Kingdom here upon the Earth in the City of the King, Jerusalem. The true Church is grafted in to be a fully legitimate part of Israel, therefore it is totally rational for the Church to follow the Feasts of the God of Israel.
The first 3 Feasts of the year are in March / April – Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits (crucifiction and resurrection.) Fifty days later follows Shawuot (Pentecost) and at this time of the year is Trumpets (the Rapture) , Yom Kippur (Atonement) and Tabernacles (the Millenium reign.) We just celebrate the Feast of Trumpets. A growing number of commentators believe that the Rapture will occur on a future Feast of Trumpets. (1 Thess 4:16)
Next weeks Saturday we celebrate Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) then the final feast of the year, Succot or Feast of Tabernacles which is a prophetic picture of the Millenium when Yeshua will reign and rule over the entire Earth from Jerusalem.
We are seeing an ever increasing number of Christians being moved by the Holy Spirit to celebrate the true Sabbath on Saturday and the Biblical Feasts. I am sure that if you ask any of them if it is burdensome to do so, they will all tell you the exact opposite. It is liberating and joyful to be set free from the world’s calendar to follow the Feasts of the LORD.
As I have just written above, it is wonderful to celebrate the LORD’s Feasts and to be excitedly expectant of the imminent re-establishment of the Kingdom of YHVH in Jerusalem, but the nation where this is about to take place is under serious attack by the Muslim world, the secular news media, and much of the professing but demonically deceived church. The UN, EU and the George Bush government are also working overtime to abort God’s plans for Israel. As early as November another peace summit will be held in an attempt to cut Israel into pieces ands give it to the mythical Palestinian people.
Such an outcome can only result in the destruction of the nation of Israel and will prevent the return of the LORD and His Kingdom. By all means enjoy this season of the Fall Feasts, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, pray and intercede as never before for the LORD to move His hand and destroy those who conspire against Him & His Anointed One. We urge you to pray the following from Psalm 83
13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust, like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest, and frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O LORD.
17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel . Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray for our son Jordan, and all of his fellow soldiers in the IDF.