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Who Can Celebrate the Feasts of the Lord?

“And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:  “The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.”’” (Leviticus 23:1,2)

The feasts of the Lord are not Jewish feasts, but rather they are God’s feasts. A holy convocation is defined as a gathering of people for the purpose of a rehearsal. Therefore, God’s feasts are actually prophetic rituals that are rehearsed year after year. God commanded the feasts to be celebrated forever because each feast has a prophetic fulfillment in God’s plan for the redemption and restoration of all mankind. The Hebrew sages taught that every command of God has both a natural and a spiritual meaning.

God required every Jew to be present at the Temple in Jerusalem for the three major Feasts of Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). These holy convocations (rehearsals) were designed to make the Israelites (Jews) alert to the fulfillment in the Messiah so that at future time when God would lift the veil of blindness from their eyes, they would see Yeshua in the Feasts of the Lord. God has closed their eyes, blinded them, until the fullness of the Gentiles is grafted into the cultivated olive tree, the religious and spiritual privileges of Israel granted by God at Mt. Sinai.

  • Passover - the Season of Individual Redemption
  • Pentecost – the Season of Empowerment of the Law/Holy Spirit
  • Tabernacles  the Manifest Presence of God (the Shekinah Glory of God is born)

In addition to the three major festivals where God commanded Jews to be present at the Temple in Jerusalem, there are other festivals that point to the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).

  • Feast of Firstfruits – the Resurrection of Yeshua (the firstfruits of the resurrection of the dead)
  • Rosh HaShanah –The Feast of Trumpets (the pronouncement of impending judgment)
  • Yom Kippur – the Day of (National) Atonement (the Lord’s physical return to rule and reign)
  • Hanukkah – Festival of Lights (the Incarnation) & the Feast of Dedication of our ‘temples’
  • Purim – Foreshadowing of the unveiling of the (Esther) Church of the One New Man

Since Gentiles are grafted in to the cultivated olive tree, they should now identify with everything the Lord commanded the Israelites. Celebrating the Feasts of the Lord is, therefore, a privilege that God has granted to all the Gentiles who are called by His name.