Did you know God gave us a blueprint of His prophetic calendar of redemption for mankind––from the ending to the beginning? It is all mysteriously hidden in the seven feasts of the Lord laid out for the Jewish people at their beginning. We can know our future in detail when we search for these hidden treasures by looking at our biblical past. The first four feasts have been fulfilled, so we will look more closely at the fall feasts of the Lord yet to be fulfilled.
This sixth article about the Spirit of Understanding is in the series, 7 Spirits of the Lord. The Lamb of God on the throne is pouring out His Spirit on mankind around the world today (Rev. 5: 6).
“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him (Jesus) The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2).
“Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who UNDERSTAND and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance! “In Your name they rejoice all the day, and in Your righteousness they are exalted” (Psalm 89:15-16 Amplified).
The Spirit of Understanding spoke to Zechariah about these last days when he said, “In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23 NKJV).
Research for this article comes from five wise Jewish rabbis who agree on their knowledge and understanding of the feasts.
I was astounded at what I learned, and I believe you will be, too.
What are the Feasts of the Lord?
Leviticus 23 lays out in detail the seven feasts of the Lord. He says, “You shall proclaim these to be holy convocations, these are MY FEASTS!” Furthermore, He says they are to be a statute FOREVER throughout your generations.
These seven feasts are divinely ordained appointments WITH God, “appointed times” (móed) when God meets with His people, a holiday when God shows up! Why would He not show up for His own appointed feast holidays? And why should we not care about them AND JOIN HIM?
For simplification, I’ve put all seven feasts on a one-page pdf file for you with dates on the Jewish Calendar >> 7 Feasts of the Lord, God’s Prophetic Calendar of Redemption
The Psalm 89 Scripture above tells us we are blessed, favored and filled with God’s light in His presence when we understand and appreciate the feasts of the Lord. So, grab a cup of hot tea of coffee and give this very important information fifteen minutes of your time. Stay to the end for an recent ancient discovery that will astound you!
How are the Seven Feasts Divided?
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn explains the big picture well: “The sacred Hebrew year has two cycles or clusters of holy days, the spring cycle and the autumn cycle. And in each cycle, the holidays are joined together not only in their timing but in their themes.
“The theme of the spring cycle is the beginning, salvation, freedom, rebirth, new life, Passover and the Lamb.
“The autumn theme is about the ending and closing up of that which began in the spring.
“If the spring cycle speaks of the beginning and Messiah’s first coming, then the autumn cycle would speak of His second coming…and the end. The END OF HARVEST, the RETURN, the sounding of the TRUMPETS, the REGATHERING, the REPENTANCE, man and God FACE-TO-FACE, the JUDGMENT, the REDEMPTION the KINGDOM OF GOD, and all things returning to Him…THE CLOSING.”[i]
What are the Three Spring Feasts of Israel?
The major Festivals (or feasts) in the Jewish New Year are when, in ancient times, the people were required to make pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. Following is a summary of the spring feasts, plus Pentecost 50 days later – all fulfilled at Jesus’ first coming. All the feasts reveal JESUS!
SPRING FEASTS – FIRST COMING OF THE LAMB OF GOD (JESUS/YESHUA)
PASSOVER (three feasts in one) 14, 15, 16 of Nisan (Mar – Apr)
- DEATH – Passover Day recalls when the death angel passed over because of the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of Israelites in Egypt at Exodus. 14 Nisan
- BURIAL – Feast of Unleavened Bread – to commemorate the bread the Israelites took with them at the Exodus. 15 Nisan
- RESURRECTION – Feast of Firstfruits – Jesus conquered death and arose from the grave on this third day of Passover. He is the first from death and hell; believers in Him are next who will also be resurrected. 16 Nisan
PLUS the Feast of PENTECOST – 50 days after FirstFruits of Passover – Jesus sent Holy Spirit to take His place on planet Earth after His Resurrection for all who will receive. 6-7 Sivan (May-June)
Notice how the dates are EXACT dates in the month of Nisan (Mar – Apr), three days in a row, that coincided with Jesus DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION!
What are the Fall Feasts of the Lord?
FALL FEASTS – SECOND COMING OF LION KING JESUS OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH – (Sept-Oct)
Here is a summary of the three fall feasts of the Lord that will be fulfilled at Jesus’ second coming: at the rapture and after the tribulation extending into the messianic millennial period. Next we will look at each more closely:
- RAPTURE – Feast of TRUMPETS (Rosh HaShanah) The Jewish New Year, 1 Tishrei
The growing season is over and the HARVEST is in the barn. The previous month is the most important month in their year. It is spent in fasting, prayer and repentance to be prepared for Rosh HaShanah.
- WEDDING DAY – Feast of YOM KIPPUR (Day of Atonement – At-one-ment) 10 Tishrei Considered the most solemn and important day in the biblical calendar. Sin was merely covered by blood of bulls and goats. The blood of Jesus Christ makes us at one with Him today. for He washed away sin forever, sending it as far as the east is from the west.
- MARRIAGE CELEBRATION & REST – Feast of TABERNACLES (Sukkot) 15-21 Tishrei
This seven days typifies the Messianic Kingdom when God’s people will have His rest and shalom/peace, a unique period that transcends nature for 1,000 years after the tribulation. Eternity will follow when heavens’ New Jerusalem comes to the new Earth––the Lamb’s wife (Revelation 21: 2, 9).
What is the Mysterious Feast of Trumpets at Rosh HaShanah? Leviticus 23: 24, 25
“Rosh HasHanah is scripturally known as Yom Teruah, which means ‘Day of Blowing,’ says Mark Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries. “This is the only feast day when the shofar is blown one-hundred times during the service. The one hundredth blast is set apart and is known as the ‘Last Trump.’
“Idioms for Rosh HasHanah include The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Day of the Awakening Blast, the Day of Judgment, the Opening of the Books/Gates, The Hidden Day, the Wedding of the Messiah, and the Coronation of the Messiah.
“It is customary to eat apples dipped in honey to symbolize a wish for a good and sweet new year. It is also common to eat round challah (bread) to symbolize a crown that coronates God as King of the world.”[ii]
The late Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein agrees and adds more, “The quintessential symbol of Rosh Hashanah is the shofar, a curved ram’s horn that was used during biblical times to, among other purposes, signal when to break camp, call to arms, and usher in feast days and the Sabbath. During Rosh Hashanah, the shofar is sounded one hundred times on each of the two days . . . . The most important mitzvah (deed) to be obeyed during Rosh Hashanah is to:
HEAR THE SOUNDING of the shofar.” [iii]
Eckstein gives the best thorough explanations of how and why the shofar/trumpet is used in the fall feasts of the Lord. [iv]
- Symbol of Revelation. The shofar relates to Mount Sinai. “On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled .. . and as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him” (Exodus 19:16,19). The shofar is a reminder to live according to the Word of God.”
- Symbol of a Coronation. The sounding of the shofar is a reaffirmation of God’s sovereignty and kingship over us. In the words of Psalms, “with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn – shout for the joy before the LORD, the King” (Psalm 98:6).
- Sid Roth with It’s Supernatural Ministries says, “The blowing of the trumpet signaled the calling of a sabbath or solemn assembly; a warning of danger, and action to be taken (such as a gathering of the troops to war); or an ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ARRIVAL OF A KING.[v]
- Symbol of Akedah (binding of Isaac). The story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, and Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son, is read on Rosh Hahanah. The ram, whose horn was caught in the bushes, was sacrificed in place of Isaac. The ram’s horn became an eternal symbol of Abraham’s and Isaac’s trust in God, even in the face of death.
- Symbol of Humankind’s Need for Repentance. Just as the shofar was used during biblical times as a call for the people to assemble or as a warning of impending danger, the shofar is sounded on Rosh Hashanah as a wake-up call. It is a clarion call for moral introspection. “Awake, O you sleepers, awake from your sleep! Search your deeds and turn in repentance.”
- Symbol of the Messianic Era. Finally, the shofar is sounded as a reminder of God’s promise to bring the Messiah who will usher into the world an era of physical and spiritual peace. Isaiah wrote, “And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 27:13).
Biltz says on his 2021-2022 Jewish Calendar, regarding the fall feasts of the Lord, “Yom Kippur means ‘Day of Atonement.’ It is the last chance to change the judgment that will come when the books are closed, demonstrate repentance, and make amends with God.
“Yom Kippur was the only day the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies. Yom Kippur is a fast day beginning at sunset on the evening before and ending after sunset on the day of Yom Kippur. It is customary to wear white on Yom Kippur to symbolize purity and cleanness from sin.”[vi]
In Old Testament times, the Day of Atonement was a time of offering a burnt animal sacrifice for sins that covered them for the next year. Since the temple was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70, Jewish people merely go the synagogue, fast, and pray, and make reconciliation with friends.
Unless they know who their Jewish Messiah/Jesus truly is, they don’t know their sins are eternally paid for – not merely covered – because Jesus “entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12 NRSV).
SUKKOT – THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES – Leviticus 23: 29-42
Sukkot, also known as Feast of Tabernacles, is known as “the time of our happiness.”
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘say to the Israelites, “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’S Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days’” (Leviticus 23:33-34).
Specifically, during this week, Rabbi Jonathan Bernis, of Jewish Voice Ministries, tells us, “They are to recall how God supplied them with food, water, shelter and guidance [in the wilderness]. Jewish families re to live in small, temporary dwellings made of branches. At night they are to look up at the stars and remember God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens.
“This feast also commemorates the LAST HARVEST of the year and looks forward to the day when the elect from all over the world will be gathered into the kingdom of God” ( see Matthew 24:31).[vii]
Temporary dwellings (here on earth)
Cahn states, “By building a sukkah made of branches, wood, palm leaves, fruit, etc.; they camp out in their homeland, living in the Promised Land as if they were still living in the wilderness.
“In the Feast of Tabernacles, the two realms, the Promised Land and the wilderness come together. And that bears witness of a mystery; the realm of heaven and the realm of earth are joined. . . . . We are to learn to live in the heavenly realm while living on earth (Ephesians 2:6).[viii]
Leviticus 23:42-43 says, “Live in temporary shelters for seven days: all native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
It reminds us that our homes are temporary dwellings and our permanent home with God awaits us.
A Time for Hospitality
A beautiful tradition associated with Sukkot is ushpizin, inviting guests into the sukkah to partake in the celebration. Jews are commanded to do this, especially to those in need.
Eckstein explains, “Sukkot is a time of universal blessings. It’s considered the ONE festival that ALL people will be expected to observe in the messianic era [the millennial reign here on earth after the tribulation).
“We read ‘Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles’ (Zechariah 14:16). For this reason, Jews pray on Sukkot, not only for their own welfare, but for the entire world.”[ix]
WE MUST CATCH THIS. The Feast of Tabernacles is a time for ALL people, not just the Jewish people. We will celebrate the festival year after year as we do for any marriage anniversary.
Any family that does not come to the anniversary celebration, on them there will be no rain. “The family of Egypt” is mentioned by name; if they don’t come, they will have no rain.
My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Israel in October of 2019. We were there at the Feast of Tabernacles. For the first time, Egypt was there! Since 2008, people from all over the world have been going to Jerusalem for the celebration and Parade of Nations through the streets. Who was in the parade? All 8,000 of us there who support Israel, with banners and flags as Israelis shouted for joy on the sidelines. It was all broadcast on national television.
LOVE FEASTS of the Lord
The feasts of the Lord are LOVE FEASTS. They are times chosen by the Lord to visit His bride. They are times He has chosen to make a banquet feast for her to express his love to her.
Do you remember when you dated your fiancé and planned a special meal for her/him? You had come to the time you wanted to present that engagement ring and ask her to marry you. You put out the best plates, silver, and gold candles. This is exactly how we are to enter the feasts of the Lord.
- We examine our hearts to check our love for Him, repent of any wrong motives or thoughts.
- We put on our best clothes only after making sure our inside attitudes are right.
- We KNOW there is nothing that comes between us––no other loves or idols more important. He alone is our first love. He’s all they think about.
- You know you are READY to see Him face to face. There is no thought of “only after such and such happens, then I will be ready.” Because . . . you are ready NOW!
UNDERSTAND How the Spring and Fall Feasts of the Lord are Joined Together
The book of Proverbs tells us that in all our getting to get an understanding. Consider these comparisons:
DEATH – Spring Feast of Passover Day – At Jesus’ death the veil of the temple as torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51.
WEDDING DAY – Fall Feast of YOM KIPPUR – Believers are made ‘one’ by Jesus’ blood in the atonement with direct access to Him. The veil is pulled back.
RESURRECTION – Spring Feast of Firstfruits – Jesus is the first resurrected from the dead
RAPTURE – Fall Feast of TRUMPETS is the Rapture for the Church of Jesus Christ
The Bible does say no one knows the day or hour Jesus will come, only the Father, but we can know the season. And with there being so many different calendars used around the world based on lunar and solar years, or both – none of them agree to the day, hour and minute.
UNDERSTAND that the Fall Feasts of the Lord Point to an Ancient Galilean Wedding
HANG WITH ME ONE MORE MINUTE – for the most amazing mystery that ties all the feasts together:
In case you missed it, the film, “Before the Wrath,” * reveals a profound discovery from the time of Christ how the Galilean wedding transpired. It explains that Jesus’ disciples were all from Galilee where he also lived.
Before leaving earth, Jesus’ said to them, “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3 Amplified).
In Jesus’ own words, we see Him coming for His bride.
The disciples understood Jesus to mean a wedding would take place.
THE GALILEAN WEDDING
The first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding at Cana of Galilee.
Sequences of the Wedding:
- The betrothal – takes place at the main gate so everyone in the village can witness it (Ruth 4:1). A written proposal covenant is offered that the bride will sign––between both families. Dowry is paid as an insurance policy in case something happens to the groom, for they are considered married at this point.
- Groom pours wine in a cup and gives it to the virgin bride. He passes it to her. She has the choice to accept it or reject it. She could push it back. SHE is the final authority. Matt. 26:27.
- If the bride accepts, groom says publicly, “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until I drink it with you in my father’s house.” (I’ve given my body for you.) Matt. 26:29.
- Groom leaves His bride to prepare a room he will build onto his father’s house for them. John 14:2.
- Bride leaves to prepare herself with a white dress and will keep herself pure for the next year and will be ready with oil in her lamp. Matt. 25.
- When the room is ready, the groom says to his father, “I am ready for my bride.”
- Only the father can say when the right time is, because he has to be prepared to feed the wedding party for a whole seven days at the wedding celebration. Matt. 24.36.
- The father will say at midnight of one night to his son, “It’s time.”
- The son grabs his shofar and he and his groomsmen walk down the street to the bride’s house. Among lit lamps, trumpets are blaring to wake up the townspeople and the bride and her bridesmaids and family who are also ready and watching for the wedding.
- All the people meet in the street facing each other. After the bride looks into her grooms’ eyes after a long separation, she lowers herself onto a litter and is lifted into the air. She is carried to the father’s house with her groom walking beside her. 1 Cor. 13:12, 1 Thess. 4:14-18.
- THE DOOR IS SHUT! No one leaves for 7 days and 7 nights. [Compares to 7 years of the tribulation. For examples of 7 Years for 1 day, see: 14:33-34; Eze. 4:4-6; Eze. 20:8-11; 23:10-11.] Matt. 25:10.
- Those left behind would be subjected to the wrath and indignation to come. Matt. 3:7, Rom 1:18, Rev. 6:16; 12:12; 14:8; 15:1; 16:19.
Have you accepted your written proposal from Jesus Christ?
- Before the day of wrath?
- Before the feast begins?
- Before the Rapture?
- Before the thief comes to those unaware?
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[i] Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries, “The Holy Day Finale,” Day 280.
[ii] Mark Biltz, 2021-2022 / 5783-5783 16-Month Calendar, El Shaddai Ministries, Fall Feasts Information page.
[iii] Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Holy Days of Israel, Your Inspirational Guide, (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Inc. Chicago, 2011) p 58
[v] Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural 2012 Biblical/Jewish Calendar, The Major Biblical/Jewish Holidays and Their Significance for New Covenant Believers Today.
[vi] Mark Biltz, 2021-2022 / 5783-5783 16-Month Calendar, El Shaddai Ministries, Fall Feasts Information page
[vii] Jonathan Bernis, “The Fall Feasts,” The Fall Feasts and the Coming of Messiah, Volume 46, Number 5, September/October 2012, p 24,
[viii]Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries, “Camping in Heaven,” Day 277.
[ix] Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Holy Days of Israel, Your Inspirational Guide, (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Inc. Chicago, 2011) p 111.
* Before the Wrath DVD, 2020, www.beforethewrath.com, www.ingenuityfulms.com, narrated by Kevin Sorbo.