The Feasts of the Lord – Part Two

The Spring Feasts were prophetically fulfilled by the Lord Jesus. For example, He was the Passover Lamb that was sacrificed. The final three feasts are all Fall Feasts, and have not yet been prophetically fulfilled.

Feast of Trumpets – The next appointed time is, in the King James Version and those versions following, the Feast of Trumpets. It is interesting that the word “trumpets” does not appear in the Hebrew text. The word used is teruwah (Strong’s H8643), which is defined as a tumult, a loud noise, a joyful noise, an alarm, a battle cry. Trumpets are inferred, but not specifically mentioned. (Leviticus 23:23-25, Numbers 29:1)

The Feast of “Trumpets” is a mysterious time. Of all the feasts, or appointed times, little is said of it and no scriptural reason for the feast is given. It is to be a holy day, and one bullock, one ram and seven lambs are to be sacrificed to the Lord. Perhaps this feast day is to be a marker for the beginning of the Fall Feasts and the Last Days.

Day of Atonement – From the summary given by Moses, and many other Scriptures, it appears that the Day of Atonement will be the Day when the Lord Jesus sets foot on the Mount of Olives and fights against all nations. (Zechariah 14:1-4)

The Day of Atonement indicates that at the end of the Tribulation, the Lord Jesus will return to redeem and make atonement for Israel. The Song of Moses, Deuteronomy 32:1-43, is a summary of the Lord’s dealings with Israel. The latter part of this passage is prophetic of the Last Days. The very last verse of the Song of Moses says:

“Rejoice, O ye nations, [with] his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, [and] to his people.” (emphasis added)
The Hebrew word translated as “merciful” is kaphar (Strong’s H3722), and is rendered “make atonement” in the vast majority of its appearances in the Old Testament. Therefore, this verse could say “He will make atonement for His land and His people.”

Feast of Tabernacles – The next, and last, appointed time is the Feast of Tabernacles which was an eight-day event. It occurred at the time of the fall harvest, and was to be a time of joy and celebration. (Deuteronomy 16:13-14)

The word tabernacle can be a noun or a verb. The Tabernacle in the wilderness was a noun, but it was also a verb describing where the Lord dwelled, or tabernacled, with Israel. In the Kingdom Age the Lord Jesus will dwell, or tabernacle, with mankind.

In the Deuteronomy instructions, the Children of Israel are told to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days. In the instructions given in Leviticus 23:33-43, they are told to hold a sacred assembly on the eighth day. In the Bible, seven is the number of completion. Therefore, eight is the number of new beginnings. Think of Noah and his family, eight people who began the human race anew. This eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles indicates new beginnings for Israel in the Kingdom Age.

The Children of Israel were also instructed to live in booths or tents during this feast. This was to be a memorial of the time when the Lord delivered Israel from Egypt. The Feast of Tabernacles is about remembering Deliverance and memorializes the Lord decisively delivering Israel from her enemies at that last great End Time battle. Then there will be a New Beginning for the Kingdom of God, and the wedding of the Lord God and the people Israel will be completed.

The Lord Jesus will fulfill the Fall Feasts. I look forward to the day. Praise His wonderful name!

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