Apr21SunApril 21, 2019
"Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; 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." (Deut. 16:16)
There was a Holy Command by God to His servant Moses and the Children of Israel (The Church in the Wilderness, Act 7:38) to instruct the people to appear before Him in the place He chose three times in a year to celebrate His Holy Feasts. These were and still are the Feasts of the Lord. It’s a command yes, but also an invitation to participate in the things that are important to God. Imagine inviting friends, family and strangers to a party and no one shows up. You know the feeling it brings, disappointment – not a good one! Now imagine inviting them and they all show up! And, bring others with them! The feeling of excitement fills the atmosphere and great expectations of a grand celebration prevails. “The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.” – Pastor Rod Parsley!
In addition to the weekly Sabbath celebration (a day of rest from labors and a time of fellowship with God) there were a total of Seven (God’s number of perfection and completion) Prophetic Holy Feasts of the Lord: Passover; Unleavened Bread; Firstfruits; Pentecost; Trumpets; Day of Atonement; and Tabernacles. These were God’s celebrated Feasts that He held annually for the people of God to actively participate in.
What we celebrate today and this past weekend thru next Friday is a combination of the first three Feasts, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits. They take place during the time of the first of the three Feasts mentioned in Deuteronomy chapter sixteen, verse sixteen, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. You can read about these in Exodus chapter twelve, Leviticus chapter twenty-three, and Deuteronomy chapter sixteen.
To summarize the Prophetic meaning or significance, Passover speaks to the sacrificial lamb every household was to offer up and place the blood of the animal on the lintel and doorposts of their home for protection from the tenth plague, the plague of death to the firstborn. God said, “And when I see the blood, I will pass over you (Ex. 12:13, 23).” Jesus is our Passover (I Cor. 5:7). We overcome the enemy, by the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus), and the Word of our Testimony (Rev. 12:11).
The Unleavened Bread speaks to the bread in which the people of God were to eat for the next seven days following the Passover lamb meal, but had to prepare in a rush as they had to leave Egypt in a hurry. Leaven represents sin in Scripture (I Cor. 5:6-8). Unleavened Bread speaks to the sinless life of Jesus who is the Bread of Life, as well as to the life we are now to live as we abide in Him (Jn. 6:48, 51, 58).
Firstfruits speaks of the harvest that was to be reaped in the Promised Land the people were to enter into. Prophetically it speaks of Jesus, being the Firstfruits and firstborn of those being raised from the dead (I Cor. 15:20, 23; Col. 1:18). He is the Firstfruits and prototype of the harvest of souls that are to be reaped by the Church of the Living God and Resurrected Christ. So today, we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ our Lord and Savior. Christ is Risen and we are Risen with Him (Col. 3:1) and seated in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). Yeah, WE CELEBRATE JESUS!!
Step Into It!!