Continuing from last week…
We left off with the Day of Pentecost (or Feast of Weeks). Pentecost, the Greek name because 50 days are counted, was fulfilled in Acts when the Holy Spirit was given. So what Holy Days remain and are they to be fulfilled or not.
The next is…
The Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah – literally memorial of blowing of horns. (The shout of the shofar.)
For Jews it is the first day of the civil year, and falls ten days before the Day of Atonement. What does it mean to Sabbath keeping Christians? It signifies the second coming of Jesus Christ in power to rule the earth. It will be a day of noise (the shofar, the angelic announcement… and all will see Him as He returns.)
The Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur – the most obvious thought of this day… fasting. A 24 hour period without food or drink. For the Jewish people it was the last of the ‘ten days of awe’, days of repentance, days in which people seek forgiveness of those they have offended in the previous year. (When one has offended one’s fellow man, he has offended God. (This is confirmed in the Lord’s prayer – forgive our sins AS WE FORGIVE others.) Yom Kippur, at the end of these ten days of awe, focuses on obtaining forgiveness from God. It is often described as At one ment… at one with God.
Feast of Tabernacles/Feast of Booths – Starts with a Holy Day, but the seven-day festival is a time to enjoy the fruits of the autumn harvest. It remembers the deliverance of Israel from Egypt and their journey through the wilderness. The future aspect is to look forward to the coming Kingdom of God. The time setting is the Millennium when Christ rules the earth and Satan has been bound for those one thousand years.
Eighth day/Last Great Day/Holy Day without a name – receives a small mention at the end of verse 39 of Leviticus chapter 23 “… and on the eighth day a Sabbath-rest”. That is all that is mentioned. After the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles, a final day, a Holy Day, is to be kept. For Christians who keep it, this pictures the Great White Throne Judgement and it completes the plan of redemption.
More reading on any of these festivals can be found by ‘Googling’ them. For the view of Christians who keep them, most of the churches of God have information on them.
My apologies to my readers if the last two weeks have not been as comprehensive as previous posts. I have been recovering from life-saving surgery – and it has been the most difficult two weeks I remember in a long time. I still only manage a few hours out of bed per day and still have a lot of pain. I am improving though.
Thank you for your understanding,
Remember – tread softly… you may be treading on someone’s dreams.
Till next time