The Worldwide Application of Israel’s Seven Feasts

Johan Malan, Mossel Bay, South Africa (September 2013)

In Leviticus 23, a series of seven prophetic feasts were given to Israel to be celebrated in anticipation of the coming Messiah and the establishment of His Israel-based world empire. Apart from the seven feasts which are to be celebrated annually in their correct chronological order, this chapter also includes directives on another preparatory Messianic feast, i.e. the weekly Sabbath.

Israel is the people through whom God has revealed Himself to the world, the major revelation being the incarnation of His Son as Saviour and Messiah. Israel was prepared for the coming Messianic era by way of all the Old Testament festivals, Sabbaths, as well as the temple service with its multiple sacrifices. At a determined time in future the shadows of all the prophetic feasts and religious rituals would become a wonderful reality with the birth of the Messiah and the revelation of His gospel of salvation. These important revelations will be continued at the second coming of Jesus Christ until all seven feasts are fulfilled and the global kingdom of the Messiah will have been established.

The seven feasts may be divided into three groups, i.e.:

·      The Passover: the Passover sacrifice and the Feast of Unleavened Bread during the spring month.

·      The Feast of Firstfruits: a sheaf of the firstfruits of the harvest is waved before the Lord, followed after 50 days by a new grain offering in the form of two loaves of bread. These two sacrifices occur at the beginning of the harvest season and form part of the Feast of Weeks.

·      The Harvest Festival: the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles, celebrated during the autumn after the harvest has been gathered.

Jesus Christ is the Paschal Lamb who was slain to introduce the spring of a new life to all who believe in Him. He is the unleavened (sinless) bread of life by which we are spiritually nourished and enabled to grow up to maturity. As the firstfruits who rose from the dead He was the first of the big harvest that would subsequently be gathered for the kingdom of heaven. Fifty days after Christ’s resurrection the Holy Spirit was poured out to regenerate believers, and to sanctify and empower them to be witnesses for the Lord Jesus as workers in His harvest fields. At the end of the worldwide harvest season Christ Himself will come with the sounding of a trumpet to take His bridal congregation to heaven. Subsequently, unsaved people in Israel and the Gentile world will endure a time of extreme trouble, after which a remnant of them will be saved by the Messiah when He returns on the Day of Atonement. The Feast of Tabernacles has a future perspective on the millennial reign of peace, prosperity and the joy of the Lord.

It is important to take notice of the prophetic significance of the feasts, and to act accordingly. The fulfilment of the first four feasts during the atoning death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah, as well as the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, places a big responsibility upon all believers to live in a dedicated way as Christians who are sharing in all these blessings. Those who fail to make the transition from the shadowy practices of the feasts to their New Testament fulfilment are denying the Messiah as the prophetic substance of the feasts. They show little or no understanding for the progressive revelation of God’s plan for humanity, and will consequently also have a poor grasp of prophecies pertaining to the second coming of the Messiah. In the events surrounding His second coming, the last three feasts will be fulfilled when He is revealed as Bridegroom, Judge and King.

A clear distinction should at all times be made between the shadowy Old Testament feasts and their New Testament fulfilment. Nobody should be criticised or judged if he refuses to observe the Old Testament feasts, new moons or Sabbaths, “which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (Col. 2:16-17). All the ceremonial feasts were fulfilled in Christ, and for that reason we only celebrate the Christian Passover, Holy Communion, and the Christian Pentecost, while entertaining a premillennial, Christian future expectation with regard to the end of this dispensation. We are privileged to live in the time in which these feasts are being fulfilled.

Nevertheless, the blueprint for the future chronological fulfilment of the feasts are to be found in their Old Testament form, and should therefore be carefully considered. Israel’s historical disobedience was not permanent – this important fact is confirmed by the last two feasts which predict a great and magnificent future for the Chosen People. Dreadful anxiety is awaiting them in the end-time, but in the depths of their distress they will turn to the Messiah for deliverance.

Interruption – the postponed kingdom

It is obvious that the refusal of the majority of Israelites to recognise the fulfilment of the first four feasts during the first coming of the Messiah, and also their failure to equate the last three feasts with His second coming as King of kings, would have serious negative implications. We should pay attention to the detrimental consequences of Israel’s unbelief, since the mere practising of religious rituals without explicitly relating them to the Messiah, leads to a dead form of godliness which actually alienates people from God. Deprived of their deep spiritual significance, the celebration of the seven festivals will be of no benefit or blessing to anybody.

The Messiah is Israel’s Saviour and King. If they had fully accepted Him during His first coming, Israel’s promised Messianic kingdom would immediately have been instituted. Jesus would then have reigned as King on the restored throne of David in Jerusalem, as promised by the angel to Mary: “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32).

With a view to this promise, John the Baptist as well as Jesus called the nation to repentance in order to inherit the kingdom: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matt. 3:2; 4:17). During that early stage of the ministry of Jesus, the disciples received the same command with regard to Israel, attended by kingdom powers to perform miracles: “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons” (Matt. 10:6-8).

However, Israel as a nation did not heed these repeated calls and to the contrary became victims of extreme agnosticism, to the extent of rejecting Jesus as Messiah-King. Because of their fatal unbelief, great disasters befell the Jewish nation and their city, Jerusalem. Jesus had warned them against these calamities: “Your enemies will ... level you and your children within you to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation” (Luke 19:43-44; cf. Matt. 23:37; 24:1-2).

Because of Israel’s unbelief, the Messianic kingdom that was promised to them was not rescinded or transferred to the church, but postponed to the end of the present dispensation of world evangelisation. After that, the Lord Jesus will again offer Himself to Israel as their Messiah-King, and on this occasion they will fully accept Him. He said to the leaders of the nation: “For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 23:39). He also said: “And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). Jerusalem is without any doubt destined for times of restoration and rebuilding, and we already see it happening before our eyes. A large number of Jews are back in their land and many of them will definitely accept the Messiah when He returns to them in times of great distress (Zech. 12:10).

During Israel’s dispersion and the trampling of Jerusalem, the gospel of God’s love and grace is proclaimed to all people on earth. The Great Commission is not associated with the objective of immediately and overtly establishing God’s kingdom on earth since we are living in an evil world which lies under the sway of demonic powers (1 John 5:19; Eph. 6:12). We do indeed look forward to a kingdom when the King returns, but right now we are not living in the physical kingdom of heaven. Christ does not imbue His disciples with special powers to manifest His kingdom. During this dispensation we are entering into His hidden kingdom through many tribulations, while we eagerly await its revelation at the second coming.

Israel were always destined to occupy a significant position in the Messianic kingdom – that is the reason why the message of the kingdom was entrusted to them during the first coming of Christ (Matt. 10:6-8). Because of their disobedience, the revelation of this kingdom was postponed – not cancelled. During the coming tribulation period, which is also described as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7), saved Jews will again proclaim the message that the kingdom of the Messiah will shortly be manifested: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).

In Revelation 7:1-8, reference is made to 144 000 special Jewish evangelists who will proclaim the gospel of the kingdom during the coming tribulation period. Their ministry will give rise to a major spiritual awakening among the nations, as described in Revelation 7:9-17. Israel’s calling has only temporarily ended in rejection during the church dispensation, but in the end-time when the last three feasts are fulfilled, the Jewish people will be fully restored to resume the fulfilment of their divine calling.

1. The Passover

The seven feasts are God’s feasts (Lev. 23:2) and they shed light on His plan of salvation for the entire human race. Although these feasts were, during their first phase, only observed by Israel until the coming of the Messiah, the fulfilled version of the feasts are meant for all people on earth. The first of the annual festivals is the Passover, which was celebrated during the first month on Israel’s religious calendar (Lev. 23:5; Ex. 12:5-7, 12-13). This was the spring month in the Northern Hemisphere, which usually coincides with March or April on the Gregorian solar calendar. The fulfilment of the feast occurred 1 500 years later during the crucifixion of Jesus (cf. 1 Pet. 1:18-19).

During Old Testament times, God had already said about the Messiah and the global nature of His redemptive work: “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isa. 49:6). Paul used this pronouncement as justification for his calling to proclaim the gospel of salvation to non-Jewish people after Israel had rejected it (Acts 13:46-47). John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). After the Lord Jesus was rejected by Israel, crucified and rose from the dead, He gave His disciples the Great Commission to spread the gospel message among all nations and make disciples everywhere (Matt. 28:19).

The Old Testament Passover was replaced by a New Testament Passover and Holy Communion, by which Christians commemorate the atoning death of the Lamb of God on the cross, while trusting Him for the continued cleansing through His blood (1 John 1:7). Through participation in the Lord’s Supper we “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). We should always maintain a perspective on His second coming, when the remaining feasts will be fulfilled.

2. The Feast of the Unleavened Bread

The second feast, a Passover meal, is a direct consequence of the Passover sacrifice and expresses complete identification with the Lamb that was slain. The meat of the Paschal lambs that were slaughtered in Egypt had to be roasted and eaten together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs (Ex. 12:8). Prophetically, the fire and bitter herbs allude to the suffering and death through which Christ had to pass in order to redeem sinners. The unleavened bread refers to His sinless life, and should prompt a strong determination among His disciples to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (2 Cor. 7:1).

According to the directions of this feast, the Israelites had to eat unleavened bread for a period of seven days while searching and cleansing themselves (Lev. 23:6). Only in this way would they be able to fully appropriate the spiritual deliverance of Passover and also gain strength for the difficult journey ahead.

Since Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who was slain for the sins of the world, all Christians are called upon to fully identify with Him in “the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10). All sin should be removed from their lives. Paul says to the congregation in Corinth: “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:6-8). Christians do not only observe this feast during Passover weekend, but before and during every communion-service when they reflect on the atoning death of God’s Lamb and look forward to His coming again.

This feast is essentially a call towards sanctification. Not only Israel, but also believers everywhere, should conform to God’s image of holiness and righteousness as man was originally created in the likeness of God. However, through the Fall humanity has become spiritually and morally depraved; but by the grace of Christ, God’s image can be restored in our lives: “As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:15-16; cf. Lev. 11:44). Jesus Christ Himself is the image of holiness to which we should aspire until He is formed in us.

3. The Feast of Firstfruits

The Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the grave, it was also the day of the Feast of Firstfruits. God had specifically determined that this feast should be celebrated on the day after the Sabbath, i.e. on a Sunday, and that it would spiritually have the profound significance of making the people acceptable to Him (Lev. 23:10-11). The divine objective of this feast was fulfilled through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead: “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. ... But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:17-20).

Jesus Christ has conquered the grave and death, and since that Sunday the message has increasingly reverberated across the world: “He is risen! He lives!” Christians all over the world do not only celebrate the resurrection feast on Passover Sunday, but also on every Sunday throughout the year. Christ is the central Figure in the fulfilment of all seven feasts, but on this feast the events of Passover have become a manifest, living reality which is offered to all who believe in Him. The Messiah Himself is the Sabbath-rest which is spiritually experienced by all His followers.

That is the reason why the weekly Sabbath in Leviticus is prescribed in close association with the seven Messianic feasts which were to be celebrated annually. It was an important part of the preparations to enter the Messiah’s rest and to put on His holiness. The Sabbath on the seventh day was only prescribed to Israel – not to the church: “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you” (Ex. 31:13).

However, on the Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead, the emphasis has shifted from the legalistic Jewish Sabbath on the seventh day of the week, to the spiritual liberation of the Saviour on the first day of the week. That is the reason why the celebration of this feast was specifically determined for “the day after the Sabbath” (Lev. 23:11). On the Sabbath, Israel looked ahead to the Messiah to deliver them, but on the Sunday of a new week we look back to the coming of the Messiah who fulfilled the law and the Sabbath, and also concluded the dispensation of the law. The Christian church was only initiated after the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, and was therefore never part of Israel’s preparatory phase when the law and the Sabbath still applied (cf. Rom. 6:14).

Sunday worship was practised right from the beginning of the Christian church: “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul ... spoke to them” (Acts 20:7; cf. 1 Cor. 16:2). This is a Christian practise which was established worldwide, and is consistently associated with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We should become conformed to His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:5; Phil. 3:10); consequently, we must not only trust Him for the forgiveness of sin and the mortification of the flesh, but also for conformity to His resurrection life – a life of victory over sin.

4. The Feast of Pentecost

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits (the Resurrection Feast), and specifically also on a Sunday – the day after the Sabbath (Lev. 23:15-16). During Old Testament times, Israel commemorated the giving of the law (Torah) on this feast because they arrived at Sinai on the 50th day after their exodus from Egypt. With the dawning of the Messianic era, Jesus was revealed as the Word that became flesh (John 1:14; Rev. 19:13), to lead all people out of the Egypt of their sinful past. On the 50th day after His resurrection from the dead the Holy Spirit was poured out to remind us of everything that Jesus had said and done (John 14:26). In this way the Holy Spirit did not only reveal the Word to the anointed men who wrote the books of the Bible (2 Pet. 1:21), but He also makes it alive and powerful in our hearts (Heb. 4:12).

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was the formal beginning of the church dispensation with its worldwide mission. On that day the gospel was proclaimed by Spirit-filled disciples in various languages, which was a clear indication that the good news on the saving grace of the Lord Jesus is offered to all people on earth. Israel’s mediatory role was temporarily terminated because of their unbelief, and the temple as a place of divine revelations in Jerusalem also became redundant. The need for sacrifices no longer existed, and every Christian is now a temple of the Holy Spirit, i.e. a called witness of Jesus Christ through whom He speaks to others.

However, that does not mean that Israel’s role in God’s plan for humanity had expired, since the last two feasts anticipate a wonderful reconciliation between the Messiah and the covenant people, Israel, as well as the prominent role which they will play during the Messianic reign on earth. Until that happens, the church dispensation must take its course and the gospel message still be carried out to the ends of the earth.

5. The Feast of Trumpets

In the seventh month on Israel’s religious calendar (usually in September) the end of the harvest season is introduced by a holy day of the sounding of trumpets (Lev. 23:24). That is also the New Year’s Day (Rosh Hashanah) on their civil calendar. The annual gathering of the harvest in Israel prophetically points to the end-time gathering of a harvest among all nations for God’s kingdom. The Feast of Trumpets will be fulfilled when Jesus Christ gathers all believers in heaven: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16-17).

When this trumpet sounds the resurrection of the saints will take place; then those who are still alive will be changed into immortality in the twinkling of an eye when they receive glorified bodies together with the deceased saints who have been resurrected (1 Cor. 15:51-53; Luke 14:14). Suddenly, their places on earth will be empty as they will have vanished without a trace – caught away by the heavenly Bridegroom.

All who remain behind (even in some churches where very few members will be missed) will be perplexed and desperate after this dramatic event. The unsaved, non-Christian world will have no idea on what has happened, and will feverishly search for explanations for this strange phenomenon. Among nominal and backslidden Christians – as depicted by the foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 – the consternation will even be more intense, and questions such as the following will be asked: “Why have so many ‘Christians’ remained behind? ... Why was the promise on the rapture and God’s demand of holiness not proclaimed in our church? ... What will now happen in the world and why are Israel and Jerusalem so prominent in world affairs? ... Should we have interpreted the Bible more literally, and will there truly be a demonic-inspired Antichrist who will conclude a covenant with the nations to gain control over the world? ... What will happen to us if his number is enforced and all people coerced to worship him? ... Will it be possible to survive the great tribulation and the battle of Armageddon? ... Will we still be able to be saved during this time or have we reached a point of no return?”

In Israel the disillusionment will likewise be grave. Most of the members of Messianic congregations in this country will also be gone after the rapture. Some of these believers are currently making big efforts in reaching out to their fellow Jews with the gospel of Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, and they even make use of adverts in big newspapers such as the Jerusalem Post. In the light of traditional Jewish marriage customs, orthodox Jews should be able to realise that the Bridegroom has come secretly to take away His bride (see http://www.bibleguidance.co.za/Engarticles/Marriage.htm).

Many people in Israel will then realise that it is already harvest time in God’s prophetic programme, but that they are still not saved. They will cry out: “The harvest is past, the summer ended, and we are not saved!” (Jer. 8:20). Through the ministry of other Jews who will be saved at that time (cf. Rev. 7:1-8; 11:1-2), the Lord will comfort them and give them the assurance that they can still become part of the heavenly harvest: “Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you, when I return the captives of My people” (Hos. 6:11).

In Israel’s annual programme of feasts, the so-called “seven awesome days” follow after 1 and 2 Tishri when the Feast of Trumpets is celebrated together with Rosh Hashanah. During this time believing Jews humble themselves, fast, confess their sins and do good works to others, thereby trying to secure the benevolence of God. This is done in preparation for the Day of Atonement which is observed on 10th Tishri, in the hope that God will bless them and not reject and judge them because of their sins. The seven days of awe prophetically refer to the seven years of the tribulation period, which will be Daniel’s 70th year-week (Dan. 9:27). During times of great distress, Israel and the nations will either accept the true Messiah or, to their own ruin, conclude a covenant with the false messiah.

6. The Day of Atonement

Die Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur; Lev. 23:27), refers to the public coming of the Messiah at the end of the tribulation period, when every eye shall see Him (Zech. 14:4-5; Rev. 1:7). On that day, the entire unsaved remnant of Israel will be reconciled with the Messiah (Zech. 12:10; Matt. 23:39). At the same time, a remnant of the nations will also be reconciled with the Messiah. According to Matthew 24:29-30, all the tribes of the earth will mourn for their sin when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven.

The Christians who already belong to Christ at that stage will, as the glorified church, return with Him to the earth. Zechariah says: “Thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You” (Zech. 14:5). Paul says: “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:4).

The kingdom of heaven will then be revealed, as the Lord Jesus returns as King of kings (Rev. 19:16; cf. Rev. 11:15). Believers from Israel and the nations will rule with Christ in His reign of peace. Agnostic Jews who rejected Jesus as Messiah, will have no place in this kingdom, even though they might have been circumcised and self-justifying members of the covenant people: “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 8:11-12).

There will clearly be a global fulfilment for this feast when, after the dark days of the tribulation period, Christ returns to earth in sight of all people.

7. The Feast of Tabernacles

The end of the harvest season is marked by a joyous feast in which the Lord is thanked for all His blessings of the past and the present (Lev. 23:34, 42-43). However, during this feast they also look ahead to the promised time of peace and prosperity when the Messiah will rule from the throne of David in Jerusalem (Luke 1:32). It will also be a time of unprecedented economic blessings: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when the ploughman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it” (Amos 9:13).

Israel will be restored in their land as the head of the nations: “Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!” (Rom. 11:12). Israel’s spiritual blindness gave rise to the rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah, as well as the Great Commission to preach the Gospel among the Gentiles. Their rejected inheritance was offered to us, and for that reason we are deeply indebted to them. Paul says that when Israel has been saved and gathered around the Messiah, they will even be a greater blessing to the Gentiles than in the past.

The spiritual standard in the entire Israel will be high and they will serve the Lord with one accord: “No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jer. 31:34).

The fulfilment of the Feast of Tabernacles will be a feast of great joy among the spiritually revived Israel, and they will be the Lord’s special witnesses among the nations: “Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit” (Isa. 27:6). Deputations from all nations will attend the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem every year “to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zech. 14:16).

The Gentiles will not only serve and honour the Lord but also express their deep appreciation towards Israel: “Yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you” (Zech. 8:22-23). They will live in peace, in accordance with the spiritual, social and political principles of the King of kings, and there will be no need for military power and warfare (Isa. 2:2-4).

The final stage of God’s plan of redemption

The Lord has called Israel to maintain a relationship with Him, to live holy and to be His special witnesses on earth. They were separated from the pagan nations with a view to preparing them for the incarnation of the Son of God in the royal lineage of David. He would bring salvation to Israel as well as repentant members of the other nations, and will ultimately establish a government of righteousness for the whole world. With a view to these future developments, the Lord commanded the institution of seven feasts which had to be annually observed by Israel as definite prophetic indicators of the coming Messiah, while also alluding to rich blessings which are in store for believers in Israel and the nations.

Eventually, the big moment dawned when the first feast on the slaying of the Paschal Lamb was fulfilled during the crucifixion of Jesus. The fact that He was not recognised and accepted by Israel’s leaders in His capacity as the Lamb of God, afforded the opportunity for the worldwide application of the feasts. Because of their national unbelief and blindness, Israel as a people found themselves (albeit temporarily) outside of God’s plan for humanity. Consequently, the disciples were sent to the Gentiles so they could receive the blessing of the saving grace of Jesus.

The message of the seven feasts was conveyed to the Gentiles during the past two thousand years, i.e. the spiritual redemption by virtue of the Lamb who was slain for our sins, the blessing of full identification with His sinless life, conformity to His resurrection life, the filling with His Holy Spirit, the glad prospect of the rapture at the end of the church dispensation, our return to the earth together with Christ as King, and the joy of a fulfilled Feast of Tabernacles when the Messiah’s reign has been established on earth in all its glory and splendour. These are the promises which the Lord made to those who love Him.

The fulfilment of the seven feasts in New Testament times has direct implications for all people on earth, depending on how they react to it. Untold blessings are promised to those who are reconciled to the Lord Jesus and are part of His kingdom, but fearful judgements await those who rejected Him as Saviour and King.

For more information on the seven feasts, read the following article: http://www.bibleguidance.co.za/Engarticles/Israelfeasts2.htm  

End-time

The fact that the first four feasts were literally fulfilled on their appointed times, should give us more than enough boldness to also expect an equally literal and chronological fulfilment of the last three feasts: the gathering of the harvest attended by the sounding of a heavenly trumpet, followed by unprecedented distress among Israel and the unsaved nations during the tribulation period. This dark time in world history will be followed by the second coming of Christ and the establishment of His reign of peace on earth. Our most complete book on the end-time can be read here: http://www.bibleguidance.co.za/Librarylists/Bookschaplist/Biblical%20Prophecy.htm.

Acquaint yourself on the fulfilling of specific signs of the times to gain more clarity on the Lord’s prophetic programme. The turmoil in the Arab world (at present notably in Syria) is involving various great powers in the Middle Eastern conflict, and this development has direct implications for the future survival of Israel. For more information on this scenario, listen to Scottie Clarke’s message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jw16k2qO0c

Various and often diverging messages about the end-time are offered on the Internet. This necessitates a firm biblical frame of reference to help you discern the increased number of false presentations from those that are true to Scripture.