God’s Appointed Times
The seven feasts of the Lord are his “Appointed Times” during which he will meet with men for holy purposes
Four of the 7 feasts occur in the spring of the year. They are “Passover”, “Unleavened Bread”, “First Fruits”, and “Shavuot” (also known as “Pentecost”). These 4 Spring Feasts are summed up in only 19 verses of Scripture (Leviticus 23:4–22). In Messianic Judaism, these feasts represents the Messiah’s first coming, which has happened.
The 3 final feasts, in the fall of the year, are in the Hebrew month of Tishri (September/October). They represent the events associated with the Messiah’s second coming, which has yet to occur. These 3 final feasts forms the basis for what the Bible calls “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13).
The Spring Feasts
Pesach (The Passover)
This is the foundational feast. The 6 feasts that follow are built upon it. It is covered in Leviticus 23:5. More…
This feast was to last for 7 days. On the first and seventh day, there was to be a time of meeting between God and man. In the preparation for this meeting, all leaven products were to be removed from the household. This feast is recorded in Leviticus chapter 23:6–8. More…
This feast starts on the 2nd day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. “First Fruits,” according to Jewish understanding, occurs on the 16th day of the Hebrew month, “Nissan”. It is the first crop planted in winter, the barley harvest. The first fruits of the harvest is cut and, in a prescribed ceremony, presented to the Lord (Leviticus 23:9 – 14). First FruitsMore…
Shavuot (Pentecost or Feast of Weeks)
This feast is also known as “Pentecost” (Acts 2:1) – meaning “fiftieth”. This feast was the first fruits of the wheat harvest. The one word that connects this feast is the word “Orientation”. This feast is recorded in Leviticus chapter 23:15–21. More…
The Fall Feasts
Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets)
This feast also is known as “Zikhron Teruah” (memorial of blowing trumpets), “Yom T’ruah” (day of blowing trumpets), and Rosh Hashanah – literally meaning “Head of the Year”. This feast is recorded in Leviticus 23:23–25. The one word that will connect to this feast is “Ingathering”. Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah points to the future day when the Messiah returns to rescue the righteous and judge the wicked. More…
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
This feast is known as “The Day of Atonement”. Yom Kippur is the Atonement (covering) for the previous year’s sins. That atonement or sacrifice was the blood sacrifice of an innocent animal as recorded in Leviticus 17:11. More…
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
This feast is also known as the “Feast of Tabernacles.” This is the most and most enjoyable and festive of all the Israel’s feasts. It is mentioned in Scripture more than any of the other feasts. This feast is recorded in Leviticus 23:33–44. It has a twofold purpose. It was to bring in the latter harvest (the Jewish “Thanksgiving”), and the command to dwell in booths. It is also known as “Zman Simkhatenu” (“the time of our rejoicing”). More…
Additional Festivals (Chagim)
This festival, found in the book of Esther, commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from extermination by the evil Haman. We celebrate the deeds of Esther who fasted and petitioned the king to spare her people, and of Mordechai who stood up to Haman and gave Esther the courage to face the king. The Story of Purim
Chanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, marks the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Greek occupation.