The Feasts of YaHuWaH continued….
Passover and Unleavened Bread
(From the evening of the 14th day of the 1st month, until the evening of the 21st day)
The Passover is the only time each year when the Ger may literally become ‘as one born in the land,’ an Ezrach. The Creator is so merciful that He even gives us a second chance to repent and keep it in the second month and still become an Ezrach before the ‘first fruits of the wheat harvest’ (Shavuot).
First Fruits of the barley harvest
(The Sunday that comes during the seven-day Feast of Unleavened bread)
This is the day Yisra’El brings the first fruits of the barley harvest and the day begins the 50 day count down towards Shavuot.
Shavuot or Pentecost or Feast of Weeks (First fruits of the wheat harvest)
(Is exactly 50 days (a jubilee period) after, and counting the first fruits of the barley harvest above, or 7 Sabbaths and one day after that same feast.)
In my humble opinion – only the Ezrach are represented in the wheat harvest, but only a select group of them will be waved before YaHuWaH and filled with a double portion of His spirit at the beginning of the coming last days. The Pentecost in Acts 2 was only a shadow picture of the “main event” which will take place in the latter days. You can be sure that all those faithful believers in Acts 2 kept a True Passover and were later empowered to proclaim the “good news” of YaHuWaH’s kingdom throughout the earth.
Joel speaks of the coming last days when the servants will be sealed and raised up to take the earth for YaHuWaH. This will happen on Shavuot before the earth gets turned into a wilderness:
“Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of YaHuWaH is coming, for it is at hand: A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations.” (Joe 2:1-2)
“Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living Elohim. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our Elohim on their foreheads.’ And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of Yisra’El’s seed were sealed.” (Rev 7:2-4)
Twelve thousand from each tribe are sealed,
“being the “first fruits” to Elohim.” (Rev.14:4)
Only True Yisra’El, the Ezrach, will be sealed on this day; no one else!
Shavuot also appears to be the same day that YaHuWaH spoke to Yisra’El’s seed at Sinai, the same day that there was an immense cloud of smoke and trumpets and lightning and thundering and shaking and great fear among the people.
“Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because YaHuWaH descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.” (Exo 19:18)
“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not Elohim speak with us, lest we die.’ And Moses said to the people; ‘Do not fear; for Elohim has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.’ “ (Exo 20:18-20)
The mountain shook in that day that YaHuWaH spoke and began to give us His commandments and statutes and ordinances and judgments. Does it make sense that the 144,000 men of True Yisra’El, those who are the “first fruits” should be sealed by YaHuWaH on this day? It was Peter in Acts 2 that called our attention to Joel, and especially chapter 2, which speaks of the 144,000 chosen of YaHuWaH.
The people trembled with fear that day at Sinai and that also is just a shadow picture also of the main event. Revelation 14 speaks of the 144,000 who “are without fault before the throne of Elohim.” The very next verse tells us about the angel (messenger) that has the “everlasting gospel” to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people saying with a loud voice, “FEAR Elohim and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come…” (Rev 14:6-7)
Yom Teruah – the Day of Shouting an alarm
(The 1st day of the 7th month)
Each month True Yisra’El is commanded to sound their shofars, and the priests their silver trumpets.
“Blow the trumpet (shofar) at the time of the new moon, at the full moon on our solemn feast day. For this is a statute for Yisra’El, A law of the Elohim of Jacob.” (Psa 81:3-4)
“Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the slaughters of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your Elohim: I am YaHuWaH your Elohim.” (Num 10:10)
Yom Teruah is a day of shouting and alarm. “There are only 10 days left” for the wicked to repent of their wickedness and join themselves to True Yisra’El. Each month throughout the year the reminder, the warning cry, has been blown; the seventh month is coming and soon it will be too late to repent. Now is the time, seize the moment and repent!
Yom Kippurim or The Day of Atonement/Coverings
(The 10th day of the 7th month)
The day of Coverings is the day that the High Priest covers himself, his family, the altar, the holy place and ALL Yisra’El; Ger and Ezrach alike. If ya ain’t True Yisra’El, ya ain’t covered. And there is a “main event” coming for this day also in which those who have not joined themselves to True Yisra’El will never again have the opportunity. It will be on that day that the High Priest will throw down His censer to the earth and as He steps out of the temple will proclaim:
“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” “And behold, I (YaHuWaH) am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” (Rev 22:11-12)
Some future Yom Kippurim will be the last chance for the wicked to turn from their ways and embrace the ways of the Creator.
Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles
(The 15th day through the 21st day of the 7th month)
“You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native [Ezrach] to Yisra’El shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made Yisra’El’s seed dwells in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am YaHuWaH your Elohim.’ So Moses declared to Yisra’El’s seed the feasts of YaHuWaH.” (Lev 23:42-44)
Notice: The native-born (Ezrach) are Yisra’El’s seed and the heirs of Abraham as well! All YaHuWaH’s feast instructions are for Yisra’El’s seed; look at the last verse of Leviticus 23.
“So Moses declared to Yisra’El’s seed the feasts of YaHuWaH.” (Lev 23:44)
The feast, which begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, is actually an eight-day feast but YaHuWaH commands the Ezrach, Yisra’El’s seed, to dwell in booths for only seven days as seen above.
“Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of YaHuWaH for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.” (Lev 23:39)
I find it interesting that in an eight-day feast Yisra’El’s seed dwell in booths for only seven days. Could this be a shadow picture of how YaHuWaH’s righteous men (with their families and perhaps their servants) are to dwell on the earth for 1000 years?
The Last Great Day or Shemini Atzeret
(The 22nd day of the 7th month)
The Feast of Tabernacles is a seven-day feast; this day is the eighth day and set-apart from the seven. To me, this Last Great Day is a day of new beginnings which is also understood by the Hebrew numeral eight, representing new beginnings. Could this day represent a new heaven and a new earth? Could it represent eternity, the time after the millennial kingdom?
Well these are my thoughts concerning these feasts of YaHuWaH and how, I believe, they all relate to the coming last days. If you can help clarify or correct my thoughts, with scripture, I would be delighted to look at alternative ideas and understandings. This is simply where I am currently at, but I am always refining my ideas. I welcome sincere questions and comments.