Do I believer we are living in the last days of the Bible? Absolutely, yes. The prophets of the Bible told us the signs to watch for so that we would know when the times are close. It tells us what to expect and when to expect it. I am going to attempt to explain why I believe this to be true, but first I have to establish an understanding of God’s appointed times and patterns.
God has a prophetic calendar that He established to reveal things to His people. The feast days of the Lord are key to understanding that calendar. The 7 feasts of the Lord are for the Lord, not for Israel. They are not just for Hebrews; they are for all of God’s people to follow. They belong to God. (Leviticus 23:2) Feast days are times when God does something and/or reveals something to His people and as prophetic rehearsals of the first and second coming of Jesus Christ. The modern (American/Christian) church does not celebrate these feast days, so many people that are firm followers and believers in Jesus, do not know or understand the Bible, God’s appointed times or prophecy, other that what is told to them by a pastor or teacher. It is ALWAYS the responsibility of the believer to study and read God’s Word for themselves. As in life, always get a second opinion before accepting anything as fact.
Before you ask, no, I have no true explanation that I have found to explain why the modern church ignores these days as Holy Days. I suspect is has everything to do with the formation of modern Christianity, which I will explain later.
The feasts were given by the Lord to the 12 tribes of Israel and those that left Egypt with the 12 tribes to ALWAYS be observed. The Bible even states that the Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated in the new millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14:16-17). All days begin and end with evening. (Genesis 1:5) A feast day begins at sundown and continues until sundown the following day. Additionally, God’s Holy days are in accordance with the Hebrew Calendar (which is Lunar) and begins in March of our calendar year.
The feasts are divided into 2 seasons: Spring and Fall. They are set for specific appointed times (Leviticus 23:4) There are 4 feasts in the Spring and 3 feasts in the fall. Keep in mind when trying to understand the feast days, that not all feast days are actually a day/act of feasting (meal); but all are Holy Days (sacred assemblies). Only 3 days are days when we are actually told to celebrate with a feast (Passover, Unleavened Bread and Trumpets)
Passover Unleavened bread First Fruits Pentecost
Trumpets Day of Atonement Tabernacles
PASSOVER: Begins at twilight (around 3 pm) on the 14th day of the first month of the Hebraic Calendar, a lamb is to be prepared (slain) for the Passover meal (a few hour later) and this feast commemorates the 10th plague that befell Egypt in the time of Moses and lead to God’s people being set free from Egypt- the death of all firstborn in Egypt. except those marked by lamb’s blood. (Genesis 11: 4-10).
UNLEAVENED BREAD Begins at twilight on the 15th day of the first month; immediately following Passover. This feast occurs over the course of one week and is to signify the placing of the lamb’s blood on the door frame while the Angel of Death passed over Egypt. The feast of Unleavened Bread begins and ends on a Sabbath (Holy) day. The Passover lamb is eaten on the first day of this feast, along with bitter herbs, and unleavened bread. During all 7 days of the feast, all meals are to include unleavened food and actually all leaven products are to be removed from the house during this time.
FIRST FRUITS Takes place on the first day AFTER the Sabbath during the Feast (week) of Unleavened Bread. It commemorates the day that the Hebrew people crossed the Red Sea on dry ground. It is the day when the first of all harvests are to be weighed and offered to the Lord.
PENTECOST This commemorates the day that Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the tablets of the 10 Commandments from God. It is also the exact same day that the Holy Spirit come down to those is the upper chamber in the New Testament. We are instructed to count off 7 Sabbaths from First Fruits, which totals 49 days. The 50th day is Pentecost.
TRUMPETS This is a one day feast on the first day of the 7th month of the Hebrew calendar. It is the only feast that falls on the new moon, first day, as the Hebrew Calendar begins each month with a new month. It is to be signified with a trumpet blast. This is a Sabbath day.
DAY OF ATONEMENT Takes place on the 10th day of the 7th month. Also a Sabbath day. It is a day when atonement is made for all the people before the Lord.
TABERNACLES Begins on the 15th day of the 7th month. It lasts 7 days, with the 1st and 8th days considered a Sabbath. During the 7 days, people are to celebrate and live in tents/booths to remember that the Hebrews lived in booths/tents when they were freed from Egypt. The 8th day represents new beginnings/eternity after the Millennium.
Study Leviticus to fully understand the Feast days and to get a basic understanding of God’s calendar and cycles.
God’s fulfillment of the Spring Feast days:
- Jesus WAS the Passover lamb and He died on a Passover. (about 3pm, when the Passover lamb was to be slain; Christ died on the cross)
- Jesus was laid in the ground on the exact night that the feast of Unleavened Bread began.
- Jesus rose from the grave on the exact day of First Fruits, fulfilling First Fruits ON First Fruits.
- Jesus fulfilled Pentecost on the exact day of Pentecost in the upper chamber when the Holy Spirit filled the chamber
- He put the Law in our hearts on the anniversary of the day when Moses brought down the tablets of God’s laws from Sinai
It only makes sense the God will continue to follow the same patterns and schedule that He set as Holy Days to continue to do His final works. Christ 2nd coming will occur/fulfill the Fall Feasts just like His first coming fulfilled the Spring Feasts.
Following this schedule, it is logical to conclude that Jesus will return the 2nd time on a Feast of Trumpets. It is even referred to in the Bible. Remember that the Feast of Trumpets is to be signified with a trumpet blast.
1Thesslonians 4:16 states, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first”.
1Corinthians 15:52 states, “ in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed.”
As I stated in a previous writing, it is completely possible to know the general timing (season) of Christ’s return, especially given God’s calendar and patterns. Actually, God commands us to watch and be ready for His return. Christ will only come as a thief in the night to those in darkness not following His Word and not watching.
I continue watching….