This is a continuation of the Biblical Feast Day series that began here. So far in the series, we’ve explored answers to several questions relating to the feast days. You can find those questions as well as links to the conclusions I’ve drawn from scripture by going back to the introduction post linked above.
In the last post we saw that the day the Passover lamb was sacrificed for the Israelites in Egypt was the same day that our Savior was killed hundreds of years later. We saw that the day God spoke his law for the Israelites on Mt. Sinai was the same day that He poured out His Holy Spirit hundreds of years later. The parallels went on and on.
I grew up keeping the feasts, so I knew the parallels of the spring feast days to our Savior’s first coming. But for some reason, it was only last year that a new realization revolutionized my view of the necessity of the feast days. Before I reveal that realization, it might help to give a short back-story.
Some Personal Back-Story
Like I said, I grew up keeping the feasts. I loved the rich meaning and Biblical origins of our celebrations. Nonetheless, there was a self-righteouness and a lack of fruit that caused me to turn from the church in which I had grown up. I met my future husband who was a “regular” believer. We (well, mostly I) wrestled through our differences in practice for a long time. We visited lots of different churches – some Sabbath ones, lots of “regular” ones. Neither of us felt at home until we ended up landing in a “regular” Christian church where we spent the next decade of our lives.
During this decade, I reasoned away the necessity of feast-keeping. I spiritualized their meaning and trivialized their practices. Things were going okay for a while. My secret inner struggle was held reasonably in check. That is, until I reconnected with an old friend who opened up those questions I had suppressed for so long. Suddenly my inner struggle became my inner nuclear war. The battle raged until I came to a spot where I finally felt free to listen to my “inner count” instead of trying desperately to suppress it.
It was during this new listening phase that I encountered the revolutionary realization I mentioned earlier. It was this:
If the Savior precisely and perfectly fulfilled each of the spring feast days during His first coming, would He not also precisely and perfectly fulfill each of the fall feast days during His second coming?
Relevance of the Feast Days Today
Suddenly, the feast days became something that couldn’t be spiritualized away. As long as we are still waiting on the second coming our King, the days still hold great significance.
The spring feast days were prophetic rehearsals of His first coming. They launched the priestly calendar. At His first coming His purpose was to set up superior priesthood as our perfect high Priest. He came as the humble servant, Messiah ben Joseph (son of Joseph).
In the same way, the fall feast days are prophetic rehearsals of His second coming. They will launch the civil/governmental calendar. At His second coming, His purpose will be to set up the supreme government in a perfect kingdom. He will come as the conquering King, Messiah ben David (son of David).
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
It goes something like this:
I can’t say that I know for a fact that the future events listed in the chart above will happen exactly as it says. But I believe with all my heart that He will come again, that He will reign as King over the earth one day. And I believe with all of my heart that He will finish the work of redeeming and restoring the earth in perfect sync with His feast days.
But what about all the talk of that day coming like a thief in the night?
One of the first responses you might have to this post is to say, “Okay, Erika. I see what you’re saying about how Jesus perfectly fulfilled the spring feast days. But we can’t possibly know that He will return on one of the fall feast days because the scripture says the day of His return will come like a thief in the night.”
Interestingly, the day only comes like a thief for those who are not aware of the feast days.
Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5:
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
This may seem a bit tedious, but a quick word study here will bring to light a massively important point Paul is trying to make. The word for seasons here is the Greek “kairon,” (Strongs #2540) which is directly related to the Hebrew word “moed” (Strongs #4150). The word “moedim” is used to refer to the Lord’s feast days. They are His appointed times.
Did you process that? It’s HUGE!
Paul is saying that he doesn’t need to teach them again about the Lord’s feast days. They already know about them. And this knowledge will keep them from being in the dark. The day of the Savior’s return will not overtake them like a thief in the night, because they know about the appointed times already. They are in the light and they will not be surprised.
This is just like the warning given to the church in Sardis in Revelation 3:1-3.
I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
He will come as a thief only to those who are not remembering and keeping His ways.
Oh, friends! I am positive that I have only just begun to unpack the parallels that God has built into history. He has given so many events to serve as types so that we would recognize bigger things and see so many details in his perfection that we would otherwise miss if we didn’t study the foreshadowing types.
Every major event in Biblical history occurred on a feast day. The precise dates of Noah’s Ark landing on Mt. Ararat, the exodus of Israel from Egypt, the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai, the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, the birth of the Word made flesh, His death, burial and resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit, are all prime examples of God’s faithfulness to His appointed times and seasons. Proper recognition of these special days of memorial is being restored to the body as a vital part of worship and celebration.
When we see how perfectly He fulfilled the meanings of the spring feast days, which prophesied of his first coming, we anticipate how perfectly he will fulfill the fall feast days, which prophesy of His second coming. Since half of the feast days have yet to be fulfilled prophetically, we should still keep them with great anticipation of what is still to come.
Here are two videos you can explore for further study.
This 20 minute video provides a wonderful, quick recap of what we’ve covered so far and introduces the prophetic elements of the fall feast days. The first 3 minutes and 30 seconds are introduction.
And here is a more in-depth video on the feast days. I love how systematic and orderly Jim Staley’s teachings are.
As I said in the last post, if you don’t think you can make it through an hour and 42 minute teaching, please consider at least watching some. Here’s the breakdown of what he covers and when.
- In the first 26 minutes he answers some honest questions head-on that most Christians have when approaching this topic, like: If I’m saved and already know the Savior, why should I study the feasts? Aren’t they just for the Jews? Didn’t the shadows end at the coming of the Messiah?
- Then he touches on Holidays/Holy Days and the value of cyclical traditions.
- Somewhere around the 40th minute he talks about the meaning of the word “prepare.”
- Around the 45th minute he does a 10 minute teaching about the words “appointed times” and “seasons.” These are very important words to understand!
- In the 52nd minute he begins talking about the spring feast days.
- At the 1:10 mark he begins talking about the fall feast days.
Happy studying! 🙂