The Three Feast Days of the House of Israel
There are three major feast days in the Hebrew religion. These were defined in the Torah (one of the first five books in the Old Testament) by Moses and have been celebrated in the Hebrew and Jewish communities ever since.
"Three times a year you are to celebrate a feast in my honor. You must celebrate the feast of Unleavened Bread: you must eat unleavened bread...and no one must come before me empty-handed. the feast of Harvest, too, you must celebrate, the feast of the first-fruits of the produce of your sown fields; the feast of Ingathring also, at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors form the fields. Three times a year all your menfold must present themselves before the Lord God Almighty." (Ex. 23:14-17)
The first of these, the feast of the Unleavened Bread, is Passover. Coming in early spring, this celebration honors the escape of the House of Israel from captivity in Egypt.
The second is called the Feast of Weeks. It commemorates the 'first fruits' of the harvest, and comes 49 days (seven sevens, i.e., seven weeks) after Passover.
The last of the three great feasts ordered by Moses is called the Feast of the Tabernacles and occurs in September or October of each year. The Tabernacle feast lasts seven days and includes both the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the highest holy day in the Torah calendar.
When Christians inaugurated their own calendar celebrations, they were forced by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus at Passover and the action of the Holy Spirit to superimpose their own major celebrations on the template of the Torah.
Jesus was crucified on the evening preceding Passover and , by a quirk of the calendar, could very well have celebrated the Last Supper on the actual day of Passover. He was resurrected from the dead the day after Passover. His correlation with the Unleavened Bread, is that He was the Unleavened Bread of God. In His words there is no contamination with the opinions of men. These contaminations abound elsewhere, of course, but that is why Jesus instructed that we are to have before us no teacher but Him alone.
The Holy Spirit appeared on earth on the day of the Hebrew Feast of Weeks celebration, a day Christians re-named Pentecost in honor of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit appeared 49 days (seven sevens, i.e., seven weeks) after the resurrection of Jesus.
Since heaven itself, seemed to have interceded in maintaining the close relationship between the first two of the three Hebrew feast days and momentous occurances in Christian history, the seeming absence of a corresponding September or October Feast of Tabernacle celebration in this trilogy is curious.
Yom Kippur (as the Day of God) is also called the 'Day of Atonement'. The appearance of Christ on earth brought the Sonlight of that 'Day' down from heaven. Especially after the Holy Spirit came down from the throne of God to instruct us all in the Gospel He spoke.
We celebrate Christ's Day of Atonement with a feast continuously. It is called the last Supper and it is perpetually offered every hour of every day, year in and year out, in every city and village across the entire world.
For this reason we must conclude that the Feast of the Tabernacles and the feast of communion are one in the same. They both refer to the Bread of Heaven which God sent to earth in the form of Jesus Christ. This is the same feast that God spoke to Moses about when He instructed Moses to go tell Pharaoh that the Lord wanted the people of Israel to go out into the wilderness and celebrate a feast in His honor.
"After this, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, 'This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, has said, "Let my people go, so that they may keep a feast in the wilderness in honor of me." (Ex.5:1-2)
Commemorating the end of the harvest (the ingathering of the harvest) the 'Feast of the Tabernacles' includes the last day of the Israelite year, the first day (new year) of the next year and Yom Kippur -- the highest holy day in the House of Israel's calendar -- the Day of God.
We can assume that this celebration correlates with the end of the world. The Feast of Weeks on which Pentencost is structured commemorates the beginning of the harvest; Tabernacles, the end of it.
Moreover, the fact that the Feast of the Tabernacles incorporates Yom Kippur completes the trilogy of days commemorating the three parts of the Godhead:
Easter for the Son;
Pentecost for the Holy Spirit;
and the Day of God for the Father.
While the Day of Atonement lives with us perpetually in a millenium of years, we must conclude that the specific 'Day of the Father' has not yet come.
That Day is the one Daniel foresaw:
"Thrones were set in place and one of great age took his seat...a court was held and the books were opened. I gazed into the visions of the night, and I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples...became his servants. his sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed..." (Dan.7:9-14).
The actual Day of God, of course, is that awesome moment in the future when God, Himself, will come and take His seat on a throne in the sky above the city of Jerusalem to sit in Judgment on all the people of the earth. In other words, it is the Day of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Since God has superimposed Christ's day, Easter, on Passover and the Holy Spirit's day of Pentecost on the Feast of Weeks, we must assume that the Day of God (the Day of Judgment) will fall at some point within the 7-day celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, close to Yom Kippur. At least that would have been the schedule before God cut the last days short.
We can see all of the symbolism behind these feast days repeated in the yearly calendar with its spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. In spring, the time of new birth, the Easter of Christianity occurred. Christ freed mankind from sin. The first fruits of His harvest came 49 days later, on the day of the Feast of First Fruits (The Feast of Weeks), a day Christians call Pentecost. And in summer, at the heart of the yield, God's harvest of souls in great abundance produced a millenium of Christian rule in the world. Fall is a time of gathering and plowing. It is the time on earth when the harvest ends and the tares are taken to be burned. So it corresponds to the troubles associated with the millenium's end. Winter brings the tribulation and Judgment.
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