May28SunMay 28, 2017
“Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose.” Dt 16:16
Three times a year the Lord required His people to come before Him; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty or empty-handed (Dt 16:16). The purpose was to celebrate God’s Holy Feasts in honor of special events which took place in the lives of His people by His Mighty Hand and Outstretched Arm, as well as being prophetic indicators of what the Lord was going to do in the earth.
Although only three required the attendance of God’s people, there were actually seven major feasts that were celebrated. The number seven represents divine completion and perfection. The seven feasts and their significance are as follows: 1) Passover, celebrating deliverance from Egyptian bondage. The Passover lamb was slain and the blood was sprinkled over the doorposts and lintel to protect the families from the death angel. Christ being our Passover Lamb giving us eternal life through His death (see I Cor 5:7); 2) Unleavened Bread, the removal of leaven for seven days representing sin being removed from our lives. Through Christ sacrificial death the power of sin is broken and removed from our lives (see I Cor 5:6-7); 3) Firstfruits, celebrating the first harvest of the year and bringing it to the priest as an offering. Christ being our firstfruits from the dead bringing many with Him to glory (see I Cor 15:20, 23); 4) Pentecost, commemorating the giving of the law at Sinai. It was and is the day which the Holy Ghost came upon the people of God as promised by Jesus. Four have come to pass and three are yet to be fulfilled: Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles (I will elaborate later on these).
The importance of acknowledging these Feasts is that they are prophetic indicators of what God is doing in the earth. They are God’s calendar of events that have been and will be fulfilled. They speak on His behalf. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches. These are exciting times. In the world we have chaos, confusion, and disorder. In the Kingdom we have a plan, a purpose, a calendar, a future and a hope all wrapped up in Jesus.
“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.” (Dt 16:17)