Several years ago I was led to notice the parallels between the seven feasts prescribed by the Lord and the steps of the traditional Jewish wedding. It all seemed to make sense to me until I got to the Fall Feasts. The Feast of Trumpets is a favorite among Christians who hope to hear the trumpet call of the Lord on that day. But the other feasts of the Fall, in my opinion, simply do not apply to the Church.
The Spring Feasts, Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits, have obviously been fulfilled by the Lord Jesus. These feasts initiate the New Covenant that the Lord so graciously made with us.
The next feast is Pentecost which occurs fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits. Fifty is clearly associated with redemption. Pentecost is about redemption, our redemption. Please see The Pentecost Celebration HERE.
The recent insight regarding the two brides of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, has been an eye opener. Rachel and Leah foreshadow the two brides of the Bible, Israel and the Church, as has been seen in the last two lessons. Studying this caused me to realize that the connection between the seven feasts and the traditional Jewish wedding was different for the two brides.
When I was studying the steps of the traditional Jewish wedding, I came to the place where the bride purified herself by immersing herself in a pool of water known as a mikvah. This step just leapt out at me! On the Day of Pentecost thousands were purified or immersed. (We are only given the number of men immersed.) What a parallel to the traditional Jewish wedding!
Pentecost is also separate from the Spring Feasts and the Fall Feasts. The wedding of the Bride of Christ, the Church, I believe will be conducted in a separate manner from that of the Bride Israel, just as the Feast of Pentecost is separate. In fact, I have come to believe that the Feast of Pentecost is still being fulfilled by and for the Church during the current Church Age.
To me, it appears that the Fall Feasts deal with Israel, including the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles are, in my opinion, all related to the End Times or the Last Days spoken of by the prophets. The purpose of the events of the Last Days is to get the attention of Israel. The Lord Jesus said that Israel would not see Him again until the people of Israel say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39)
Of course, this will all be culminated when the Lord Jesus returns as King of kings and Lord of lords, and every knee will bow to Him. All the promises given to Abraham and the Children of Israel will be fulfilled. The last feast, Tabernacles, foreshadows and celebrates this time. The Prophet Zechariah tells us that the Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated every year in the coming kingdom. (Zechariah 14:16) May the Lord always be praised!
To read the revised Wedding Pattern please click HERE.