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THE MESSIANIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL
 

FEAST
LEV. 23:4-44

PURPOSE

SEASON

MESSIANIC SIGNIFICANCE

SCRIPTURE

FOCUS

PASSOVER
(Pesach)
14 Nisan

To remember Israel's redemption from
slavery in Egypt.

Spring

Messiah's substitutionary, sacrificial death

*1 Cor. 5:6-7

Messiah Y'shua

UNLEAVENED BREAD
(Hag Hamatzot)
15-21 Nisan

To remember the haste with which the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt.

Spring

Messiah's sinless life. Just as matzah is striped and pierced, so was the Messiah. His body
would not see coruption.
(Jn. 6:35; Ps. 22:16;
Is. 53:5; Acts 13:35

*1 Cor. 5:8,
Luke 22:19,
1 Peter 1:18-19,
2 Cor. 5:21,
Hebrews 4:15,
1 Peter 2:22,
1 John 3:5

Messiah Y'shua

FIRST FRUITS (Yom Habikkurim)
First day of the week during
Unleavened Bread

To thank the LORD for the first produce of the barley harvest to come.

Spring

Messiah's resurrection

*1 Cor. 15:20-23

Messiah Y'shua

WEEKS
(Pentecost)
(Shavout)
50 days/7 weeks after
Firstfruits

To thank the LORD for the
first produce of the wheat harvest to come.

Spring

Birth of the Messiah's body
(Beginning of the age)

Acts 2:1-4,
Eph. 3:6, 5:23,
Col. 1:18, 24

Messiah's
Assembly

 

Fifty Day/Seven Week Interval

Four month interval

A time of working in the fields.

Summer

Current age

John 4:35-38
Matt. 28:18-20

Messiah's Assembly

 

TRUMPETS
(Rosh Hashanah)
1 Tishrei

A sacred assembly during which the shofar is sounded.

Fall

Rapture of the Messiah's body
(End of the age)

*1 Cor.15:50-52,
1 Thess. 4:16-17

Messiah's
Assembly

YOM KIPPUR
(Day of Atonement)
10 Tishrei

National cleansing of Israel's sins.

Fall

The Day of the LORD (Great Tribulation)
and Israel's national
regeneration

Isaiah 13:6-9, Zech. 12:10,
Matt. 23:37-39, Rom. 11:25-27

Israel

SUKKOT (Tabernacles)
(Booths)
15-21 Tishrei

Remember the wilderness wanderings, G-d living among men, thanksgiving for the fall harvest.

Fall

G-d (Messiah Y'shua) living among men
and reigning over the world from Jerusalem.

Zech. 14:16-19

Messianic
Kingdom

 

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