Part 1 – Hidden Messages
Could the Jewish feast days given to the Israelites by God be actual prophecies of coming events? Is there a mystery message to the future hidden behind the commandments to celebrate the feast as outlined in Leviticus? In this four-part series, we are going to explore the Biblical meaning behind each of the coming fall feasts. We will also explore the prophecies that have been fulfilled by Jesus’ coming and the ones that are left to be fulfilled.
Every Biblical holy day given to the Jewish people points to a remembrance of God’s faithfulness to watch over His people, providing and protecting them in all circumstances. Seven annual feasts were given to the Israelites. The first four of the seven feasts occur during the Spring (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks), and Christ has already fulfilled them all in the New Testament.
- Passover – He became the sacrificial lamb, a perfect male without a blemish (Ex. 12:50)
- Unleavened Bread – Leaven is often a symbol of sin for the Jewish. (Luke 12:1; 1 Cor. 5:7-8) Jesus was “unleavened” and went to the grave without any sin. He is “The Bread of Life.”
- First Fruits – In His resurrection He became the “first fruits of the dead” an offering to the Father for our sins.
- Feast of Weeks or Pentecost – Jesus released the Holy Spirit to activate His church to begin the “great harvest.” This began a new covenant between God and all mankind.
All the festivals established by God are “shadows of things to come” (Col.2:17). The final three feasts (Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles), which occur during the Fall, have yet to be fulfilled by Jesus. These are the feast days we must keep our eye on. We may not know the day or hour, but we were told we would discern the times. Could the celebration of these coming Biblical feasts, combined with scripture, be clues about what we can expect next? Follow this series over the next 4 weeks to explore the Biblical meaning behind these Jewish “High Holidays”, how they are celebrated in Israel, and what prophetic message we can find in their celebration.
Preparations for Rosh Hashanah Begin
The atmosphere is jubilant as Israel begins its preparations for the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets, is the beginning of the civil New Year. The Jewish calendar moves forward from the year 5783 to 5784. It is a time to start over, to wipe the slate clean and begin fresh. A time to look forward to all the new year promises. However, the unfortunate truth is, that many will not be able to celebrate the customs of this festive day this year. They simply cannot afford to purchase the foods that commemorate this festive day.
More than 20% of the nation of Israel lives below the poverty line. Nowhere is it more clearly visible than in the community of the new immigrants, mostly comprised of Ukrainian and Russian refugees.
Most times, these precious people arrive with only a few suitcases in hand, having left everything behind them to start from scratch in the land of Israel. Starting over is the new life they struggle with every day. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to help them start the New Year with new hope?
We believe every person should have the opportunity to celebrate this feast with joy and laughter, without the worry of if they can afford the food. Our Rosh Hashanah Food Project will be providing 300 families of Olim (immigrants) who are living below the poverty level, the ability to celebrate their new beginnings with traditional foods that symbolize hope for a new year.
Your gift of $50 will provide a family with a food basket filled with 20 non-perishable and nutritious food items along with extra “symbolic” foods to celebrate this Biblical holiday in true Jewish fashion. You can make it the start of a good year for these people. Join us to bring hope and love to this community. Through your partnership, we are able to tell them, “I see you, and I care.”
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