The Feast Days are found in the section of your Bible that’s labeled the Old Testament, but they are also mentioned throughout the New Testament. If you are a Christian, more than likely, you have noticed them but haven’t been taught much about them. If you are Messianic or a Feast keeper already, I hope to inspire you with more knowledge on these shadows of things to come.
Once we search out these dates, times, observances, and moons, they will begin to connect and make your biblical studies easier to understand and hopefully more exciting. After careful study of the next few chapters in this book, Paul’s words will begin to make more sense, as will many other verses in the section labeled New Testament. Revelations, a book many find difficult to follow will begin to come alive with hidden meaning.
Everything our Creator commanded was for a reason and a season. Every date and instruction given to us were for a greater good. The Old Testament is not a book for Jews and the New Testament a book written for Christians. As a matter of fact, When Matthew, Mark, Paul, Luke, Peter, and others were writing the New Testament all they had was the Old Testament otherwise known as the Tanakh.
Before we get started I need you to erase any preconceived notion from your mind concerning terms like “Old Testament,” “Torah or Law,” “Feasts, Sabbaths, blood sacrifices, and Paul’s words (that have been used ignorantly) from your thinking. To ensure you that I speak truths concerning Paul’s words let’s read the next verse carefully. “…just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.” 2nd Peter 3:15-16 NASB.
Yes, I’m holding out new spectacles and hoping that you will try them on and allow yourself to go on a journey with me through some portions of your bible that you may never have deemed important or that was implied by your spiritual leader as “done away with.”
The word “feast” in Hebrew is “Moed” and that word means a fixed time, an appointed season, a set time, exact time, and an assembly. You see, the first Feast came about at the exact set time. The first four have already come forth just as Hashem (G-d) promised and now we wait for the latter Feast’s to be fulfilled. Another word for Feast is Festival or “Chag” in the Hebrew. This is a celebration, a joyous occasion.
The first Feast we find in the Bible is Passover or Pesach. Chances are this one you are more familiar with than the others. Stay with me as we examine scriptures to see a clear picture of Yeshua-Jesus.
“Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.” Exodus 12:1-3, 5, 6 NASB.
A lamb was selected and brought into the house, and for four days the family would look it over to make sure it was perfect. The lamb would be named and cared for. A lamb for a house. Peter explains how Jesus-Yeshua was our perfect lamb. “knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with the precious blood of the Messiah, like that of a lamb without blemish or defect. ” 1 Peter 1:18-19 ASV.
Now the dates and the timing of the sacrifice of the Passover lambs and Jesus all coincide. Let’s look at scripture closely. “The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 KJB.
Yeshua is introduced to the people as the Passover Lamb of G-d. The people knew exactly what John the Baptist meant when he said “The Lamb of G-d,” because they had been sacrificing lambs for over 1,500 years on the Feast of Pesach-Passover. They knew about inspecting lambs for spots or blemishes.
The Pharisees and Sadducees tried to find fault with Jesus-Yeshua and looked for any blemish or way to trick him. They tried to catch him breaking the Torah (Law) and they looked for ways to twist his words. One example of the inspection to ensure he was spotless is noted in Luke chapter twenty. Let’s look at that. “So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor.” Luke 20:20 NASB.
He was led by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted and he had to pass every temptation. He had to be spotless. He used the “Word of the Torah” to fight the adversary in the wilderness. Each verse He quoted was from the Torah. After Yeshua raises Lazarus from the dead many of the people believed on him and we see that they do select him as their Lamb on the 10th of Nissan just like the Israelites selected a lamb over 1,500 years before in Egypt. The chapter starts out letting the reader know it was six days before Passover, (Pesach) and then continues to the next day. Let’s look at that.
“On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus (Yeshua) was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of The Lord, even the King of Israel.” Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:12-15 NASB. The expression Hosanna means “Save us please.” Yeshua was taking the same route on that donkey that the spotless lambs would make. What do I mean by that? Historians, such as Josephus, claim that this was Lamb selection day and that the lambs, spotless and ready for sacrifice, would travel the same path Jesus-Yeshua traveled on his colt, past the northeastern gate by the pool of Bethsaida also known as the sheep gate.
Matthew 21:9 says, “And the multitudes that went before him, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” ERV. He was coming to them as Joseph, not David, but of course, they assumed he was coming as reigning Messiah ben David. Confused? Let me explain. In Jewish tradition, two Messiah’s will come and both will help bring in the Messianic era. Messiah ben David of the tribe of Judah will be the final redeemer who will rule the Messianic age. Messiah ben Joseph of the tribe of Ephraim will come first as a precursor to prepare the world for the final redeemer. Yeshua came first as a type of Joseph; a humble servant, saving his people. Now, let’s do more comparisons on the lambs of Egypt and Yeshua.
The lambs sacrificed in Egypt were spotless, no bones were broken, and the blood was placed on the doorpost and this saved them from the death angel. As we read earlier in Exodus, they were to keep their lambs until the fourteenth day of the same month, then they were to kill it at twilight.
There is so much information concerning Yeshua in this one Feast that I cannot contain myself. Did you know the children of Israel kept the Passover in Egypt and then they kept it the 1st year after they were freed, but never celebrated it again until 39/40 years later when they reached the promise land? “Adonai spoke to Moshe in the Sinai Desert in the first month of the second year after they had left the land of Egypt; he said, “Let the people of Isra’el observe Pesach at its designated time.” Numbers 9:1-2 CJB. However, when we get to verse six we learn this,” But there were certain people who had become unclean because of someone’s corpse, so that they could not observe Pesach on that day.” Numbers 9:6 CJB. So how strict and legalistic is our Father? He tells them they can celebrate it in the 2nd month. Sadly, He gives them the commandment to celebrate it forever, but they only did it when He commanded and told them to. They did not do it on their own. Let’s look at the 40th year for proof. “The sons of Israel ate the manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.” Exodus 16:35 NASB. Now we notice something interesting happens under Joshua’s reign. “On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.” Joshua 5:10-12 NIV.
Among other astounding facts is that when the Jews were sacrificing their Lambs, Yeshua-Jesus was on the cross at the exact moment. Even more startling is this verse from Revelations, “Everyone living on earth will worship it (The Beast) except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded.” 13:8 CJB. How could Jesus-Yeshua be slaughtered before the world was even created? He tried to warn his disciples, but even that was over 4,000 years after creation.
Mysteries and wisdom are coming forth at this time, but many are sleeping without oil because they have forsaken His Word. Jesus-Yeshua knew that he was the Lamb.
“(Jesus) He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.” Matthew 26:1-2 NASB. In our next portion, we will look deeper into this Feast and I think you will be surprised at the intricate detail of our Father and His Holy days.
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