Celebrating The Fall Feasts
In 2018, I was fortunate to spend three months in Israel. During these months I was blessed to celebrate the Fall Feasts Of The Lord. Here I will share a small teaching on the three fall feasts. Jesus has fulfilled the Spring Feasts and He will fulfill the Fall Feasts as well. Lev. 23:1 Tells us that these are God's feasts.
Feast Of Trumpets:
Rosh Hashonah, (The Feast of Trumpets) Is number 5 of the seven feasts of Israel or Feasts of Yahoveh-God. Leviticus 23:23-24 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.'"
Thus the Feast of Trumpets began. Moses instituted this feast as the fifth of seven feasts.
God introduced the Seven Feasts of Israel as the children of Israel were encamped at Mount Sinai.
The shofar is blown at the western wall on the new moon of Tishrei to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets. Throughout Israel you could hear trumpets sound. I was blessed to attained a congregation where there were over fifty people from six nations in unison sound the rams horns as a call to unite the people from the north, south, east and west back to God.
The Feast of Trumpets, (Rosh Hashonah) pictures the rapture of the Church!
The Day Of Atonement:
Yom Kippur, (The Day Of Atonement) is the highest holy day of the Jewish year! Yom Kippur, took place on the evening of Tuesday 18 September, 2018. It follows after Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year which observes Ten Days of Repentance, an opportunity to reflect on their sins and transgressions over the past 12 months.
On Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement the streets are closed down. It is a solemn 25-hours of prayer and fasting. I was told that cars in Israel would be stoned if they where driven on this holy day. Not even people of other faiths would drive on this precious day of faith set to remember what God has done for the people. Jews “afflict their souls” by abstaining from food and drink, bathing, sex and wearing leather shoes or perfume and engaging in prayers of repentance observing most of the day at the synagogue.
As a Christian, I am so thankful for Jesus Christ choosing to be are sacrificial lamb. Leviticus 16:29 mandates establishment of this holy day on the 10th day of the 7th month as the day of atonement for sins. It calls it the Sabbath of Sabbaths and a day upon which one must afflict one's soul. Leviticus 23:27 decrees that Yom Kippur is a strict day of rest. I chose to participate and abstained from food and water. I was amazed that it wasn't that difficult as I turned my attention to scripture and prayer.
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) pictures the second coming of Jesus!
Feast Of Tabernacles:
In Hebrew, the holiday is called - Sukkot which means place. This feast was so much fun as I went to Jerusalem to celebrate it. There were more people at the Western Wall than I had ever seen before. It is considered an Ingathering of the Exiles to be celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month, Tishrei and many jewish people make the annual pilgrimage to the Temple.
It is an awesome time of celebration and you can see Sukkot's set up all over Israel, especially in Jerusalem. I ate a few meals in Sukkot's during seven day Harvest Festival which is also referred to as the "Festival of Ingathering" at the year's end" as seen in Exodus 34:22 marking the end of the harvest time and agricultural year in Israel.
The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot also commemorates the Exodus and the dependence of the people of Israel on the will of God as read in Leviticus 23:42-43: You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Feast of Tabernacles, (Sukkot) pictures the millennial reign of Jesus:(Yeshua ( ישוע) )! He is our Messiah. Bread of Life. Redeemer. Alpha and Omega. Immanuel. Prince of Peace. Cornerstone.
I believe there is no greater way to learn about Jewish customs than to celebrate the feast in Israel with the people. But, if you cannot get to Israel the are many messianic congregations within the United States and all over the world. Check out https://www.messianicdirectory