It’s Time Again for the October Feasts

Sep 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured

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It’s time again for the Old Testament October feast that speak of New Testament salvation. If you’ve never appreciated what each of these holdays mean to you, you can know this year and experience their joyous call to Divine fellowship in them. They are the Feast of Trumpets (October 1), the Day of Atonement (October 10), and the Feast of Booths (October 15).

As with Passover that was fulfilled by Jesus’ sacrifice during Passover (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 19), all three October God-ordained holy times speak of mankind’s salvation and restoration into His presence. Trumpets and Atonement were fulfilled in part under the Old Covenant, then in total once Jesus bore the cross. The final one in the month, the Feast of Booths, is prophesied by Zechariah to continue into the Millennium, so it has eschatological implications. In that day, says the prophet, every human that survives the Eschaton’s plagues will be required to come into God’s presence in feast observance, and those who don’t will suffer drought.

Zechariah 14:16-19
16     Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
17     And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.
18     And if the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
19     This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

Intimate relationship with the Father is the theme of all three feasts, as He invites through James, “…draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). While there His purging presence always cleanses and makes us new.  So take advantage of these ancient times to draw near this special month.

First of all, October 1 is the Day God determined for the Feast of Trumpets.

Trumpets: “the first day of the seventh month”

shofarBecause there is so little said about this brief one day of solemn  assembly, some have read their own interpretations into it. Modern day Jewish thought places Rosh Hashanah in its timeframe rotated in modern culture (as is Easter) with the lunar calendar. It stands as the Jewish new year, and is promoted as a time of  repentance, reflection, and prayer. This certainly fits within the intent of Moses’ declaration. Contemporary rabbinical leaders in Israel today also teach that Rosh Hashanah was the day that God created Adam, and the day that God gave the gift of motherhood to Sarah and Hanna. But since most Jewish culture today has yet to receive Jesus as their Messiah, the celebration is man-made, and incomplete, at best. Others have manipulated the invented holiday to predict the Second Coming, to the embarrassment of all who both taught and believed it.

Leviticus 23:24,25
24   “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month of the first of the month, you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
25      ‘You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.'”

From the literal intent of Scripture, the holy convocation determined on the first day of the seventh month was to serve as an alert to repentance in honor of God’s fellowship commandment. The shofar spoken of in Scripture was commanded Israel’s use for congregational gatherings and as a call to battle. Its general use was that of alarm, to grab the peoples’ attention. Succeeding feasts in the holy period would require everyone to act in drawing near to God. But first, repentance was necessary. This is as much as can be interpreted from this quick Leviticus verse.

The Day of Atonement: the tenth Day of this seventh month”

Leviticus 23:27
27     “On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD.

Following Trumpets is the Day of Atonement, a powerful day on God’s Old Testament calendar that spoke of everything Jesus did for mankind to bring us back to God. Biblical expositors call Moses’ tabernacle, “The Gospel of the Eye,” because of the rich preordained significance each of the offerings, ordinances, and furnishings held in reference to Christ.  Everything in the tabernacle, from the eight-foot tent that made entrance through the front gate the only way to salvation, to the bronze altar, the laver, the lampstand, table of shewbread, cherubim embroidered holy of holies veil, the golden altar of incense, and God’s cherubim protected Arc behind it, spoke of Jesus’ ministry of salvation. 

Hebrews 9:24
24     Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.    

Every atoning tabernacle blood sacrifice directed by God through Moses was a type and shadow of His Son’s ultimate fulfillment of them all on the cross.

The Day of Atonement was the one day of the year the High Priest could enter behind the Holy oftabernace Holies veil. Two goats were brought before him. One was freed, the other killed, and its blood sprinkled before the Arc of the Covenant. The one granted its freedom was called the goat of removal (scapegoat) typified by the Passover release of Barabbas. The one sacrificed spoke of Jesus’ vicarious substitution that paid the penalty for mankind’s sin (Mark 15:15).

The brazen altar sin offering presented at the gate of God’s Old Testament House typified Jesus’ Passover sacrifice that gave mankind entrance into God’s New Testament House (Leviticus 29:10-14; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 9:24).

The Old Testament burnt offering that required the total consumption by fire of a sacrificial ram typified Jesus’ innocent sentence to the fires of hell. Everyone of the fire consuming sacrifices, especially this totally “burnt” one typified Christ’s destiny to suffer the fires of hell as mankind’s vicarious substitution (Genesis 2:17; Leviticus 29:15-18; Matthew 5:22, 23:29-33; 1 Peter 3:18-22).

The unleavened bread wave offering disclosed in Leviticus 28:23-25 was also totally consumed by fire, typifying Jesus’ sinless nature and his subsitutionary offering in the nether world of hell, the regions of the damned.

The same foreshadowing of Jesus can be seen in the red heifer sacrifice that was to be offered outside of Jerusalem’s city gates (Hebrews 13:11,12). And in every meal and oil sacrifice that spoke of mankind’s need to consume Him as our Passover lamb, feeding on His truth (John 6:52-58). 

Because Jesus fulfilled every one of the Old Testament sacrifices to make a, “new and living way,” everyone who has received God’s grace in salvation can enter boldly into His presence shadowed as Moses’ tabernacle that typified the body of Christ.

Hebrews 10:19-23
19     Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,
20     by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,
21     and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
22     let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Read Hebrews 10 to celebrate the Day of Atonement on October 10 and beyond this year. Without Paul’s revelation in this choicest of all New Testament books, none of the Old Testament’s blood rites and ceremonies would make any New Testament sense. Once you’ve read chapter 10, go back to 8 and read up to 10 again. Then celebrate the day by taking communion, because Jesus fulfilled this feast with the shedding of His blood. 

Leviticus 16:24,25
24   “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month of the first of the month, you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
25      ‘You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.'”

The Feast of Booths: “the fifteenth day of the seventh month”

_ScrollLeviticus 23:29-24:1
29  ‘On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate a feast of the Lord for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day.
42 “You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths,
43  so that your generations may know what I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord Your God
44  So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the Lord.

Finally, October 15 brings with it the most exciting fall Feast of them all during which God’s familyis called to presence with Him. Also called, Tabernacles, the people were commanded to make and dwell in tents to commemorate their Exodus out of Egypt. It was at this Feast that Jesus gave his astounding teaching on the new birth.

John 7:37-39
37     Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
38     “
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'”
39     But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

It was also during this feast, I believe, because of the nature of Jesus’ earthly ministry, His teaching in John 7:38, and the revelation of John 1:14, that Jesus was actually born. What do you think?

John 1:14
14     And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Leviticus 23:34-44
34     “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD.

35     ‘On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind.
36     ‘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.
39     ‘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.
40     ‘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.
41     ‘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.
42     ‘You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths,
43     so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.'”
44     So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the LORD.

eldersmarvenkoThe act of faith connected with this time of holy remembrance was a commemoration of the family fellowship the twelve tribes experienced with Jehovah when He led them out of Egypt into their promised land. As the people dwelt in their booths (tents) God dwelt among them. 

When Jesus revealed Himself as God among men, He adopted twelve men to intimately fellowship with. So the ultimate Old Testament dwelling God convened among men finally took place during His earthly, fleshbound ministry.

Through Jesus’ disciples, the world learned what He taught them, and God’s family grew from Jerusalem, to Samaria, to the uttermost ends of the earth. Eschatologically, The Feast of Booths won’t be completely fulfilled until the Millennial reign of Christ, when its observance will be required of all people (saved and unsaved) living in that era. In that day, prophesies Zechariah, every human that survives the Eschaton’s plagues will be required to come into God’s presence, and those who don’t will suffer drought in their regions. 

Zechariah 14:16-18
16     Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and celebrate the Feast of Booths.
17     And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.
18     And if the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

Once heaven and earth are recreated beyond the Millennium, and man is once again like Adam, God Himself, without the agency of His mediator Jesus, will tabernacle among men.

Revelation 21:35
35     And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them”…

This is the blessing of eschatology: the prophetic life-line of God that has pulled man back into fellowship from the outward ordinances of the Old Testament – to our current New Testament age. Today those who receive Christ become His New Testament temple. Tomorrow we will be transformed as resurrected persons as Jesus is today. In “that” day we will be recreated back into Adam’s original image – when God will again dwell with us as He did with Adam in the garden.

 

Revelation 21:4,5
4     …and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
5     And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Today the Feast of Booths is hosted by the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem as the Feast of Tabernacles. Christians from around the world come to participate. Tomorrow, all men will be required to participate.

I hope to see you there.

Mark Norris, Publisher, Eschatology Today MA

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