• For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream ...

    • Jeremiah 17:8

    • The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

    • Psalm 18:2

The Spring Feasts of Israel

 
 
What is the major difference between the feasts mentioned in Column 1 and Column 2?

If you answered that Column 1’s feasts take place in the Spring, while Column 2’s feasts take place in the Fall you would be correct. But there is something else!

If you have figured out that Column 1’s feasts have already been fulfilled, while Column 2’s feasts are still waiting for their prophetic fulfillment, then you are an eschatology buff.

This year, the first Feast of Israel, Passover, will be observed April 10-17. Here is something remarkable concerning the correlation between the passage in the Hebrew Scripture and its fulfillment in the Messiah.

Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 12:3-6

Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb.Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.  

This four day testing period for the lamb was fulfilled by Yeshua when He entered Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan (the Triumphal Entry). From that point and up until the 14th of the month He was tested with questions from the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, and the Herodians, just like the lamb had to be tested for any blemishes. Yeshua answered all their questions and objections and showed that He was without spot or blemish and qualified to be the Passover sacrifice on behalf of man. Yeshua fulfills the first Feast of Israel, Passover.

The following is a list of each Spring Feast together with its prophetic fulfillment in Yeshua (Jesus).

Passover fulfilled by the sacrifice of the Messiah Yeshua. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is the final sacrifice for sin. Messiah our Passover provides, for the believer, spiritual deliverance from divine judgment, just as the blood on the door posts in Egypt provided for Israel’s physical deliverance from divine judgment.

 

Unleavened Bread

Leaven is a symbol of sin in Scripture. God would not allow the symbol of sin to be eaten during this Feast or Passover. Unleavened Bread has been fulfilled by Yeshua through the sinlessness of His blood-offering (Hebrews 9:11-10:18).

 

Firstfruits fulfilled by the resurrection of Jesus (1Cor. 15:20) “But now has Messiah been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them that are asleep). One reason for the incarnation is that by dying, Jesus was then resurrected in order to provide life for all. According to Leviticus 23, Firstfruits should be celebrated on the day following the first Sabbath of Unleavened Bread. Put simply, it means that Firstfruits should be celebrated on a Sunday, the same day that Jesus resurrected.

 

Pentecost fulfilled by the birth of the Church. This is the only time when God required an offering containing leaven. Leaven symbolizes sin. On this occasion, the Feast of Weeks, two loaves were offered, prophetically representing the two members of the newly born Church–Jews and Gentiles. That saved sinners were brought into the Church, could be the possible explanation to the leavened offering. On the day of Pentecost, you can wish your brothers and sisters in Messiah a “Happy Birthday”, commemorating the day the Church was born. According to the Hebrew calendar, the party this year will be on May 30th.

 

These 4 Spring Feasts have already been fulfilled. There is a 4-month interval which is the period of the Church; a dispensation of time in which we are presently in, the time for harvesting and bringing Jews and Gentiles into the Body of Messiah (the Church). The next prophetic event related to the feasts of Israel is the Rapture, the first of the Fall Feasts which is yet to be fulfilled.

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