THE FEASTS OF GOD or Moedim or Appointed Times
Today we will speak briefly on The Feast of Tabernacles.
Last week we spoke on The Day of Atonement… The Great Day Of Atonement for the Christian having that Day being filled with meaning…. but yet also understanding there is a future Great Day of Atonement for the Jew.
Understood possibly better when one contemplates Hagar’s condition as she having given up hope for living for herself and baby Ishmael, poured out her heart and wept and cried out before The Lord…. it was then God heard their voice and her eyes were opened unto the Well, that was most likely there all the time, from which sprang life.
In the likeness of Hagar we see Israel’s eyes being opened, and that very soon in that Great Day of Atonement when they shall see a fountain of Life, which has been there all the time, opened for sin and uncleanness unto restoration. Zech 13:1
For those of you who are following the Torah Yearly teachings…take Deuteronomy 32:26-29 which is the conclusion of the Blessings of Moses upon Israel…and Reading Zechariah 14 where we find finally the manifestation of the fullness of that Blessing… for the Nation of Israel… after The Day of The Lord, in the Millennial Tabernacling with God.
The History of Christ’s Complete Atonement is represented in the FEASTS of Israel.
The Feasts represents the course of Time…from the renewal of Genesis chapter one to the End of the last Millennium.
Passover begins it, and the eighth day of the joyous Feast of Tabernacles is the close of “time” as it is now experienced by man.
The Sabbath Day being one of those Appointed Times which is representative of God’s peace in Himself and His eternal creatures, both before and after the course of time.
Primarily a Short Summary of David Baron’s… Types, Psalms and Prophecies
All the God given ceremony and ritual in each Feast are prophetic in their meaning, and all declare the fullness and completion of Christ’s Atonement, and every one of them will be fulfilled in the very order in which God has presented them. Each Feast being distinct in God’s Atonement/Redemption Plan for Earth and its Creature being seen in the course of time as God unfolds their full meaning.
Col 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:
Col. 2:17 “…. things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
GOD GAVE ISRAEL THE CHARGE OF TRACKING TIME
God gave the Jews the responsibility of keeping track of months, years, time in
Ex. 12:1 “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
The calendar is based upon the sighting of the newly visible moon. The new moon means a new month. The leaders had the responsibility of proclaiming the sighting and declaring a new month. It was the responsibility of the Sages to add months when necessary to assure that Pesach (Passover) always falls in the springtime.
The Jewish calendar is based on the moon, and it is regulated by the sun.
The time span between one new moon and the next is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 3 and 1/3 seconds.
A 12 month year contains 354 days.
Torah requires that Nissan be the month of springtime (Deut 16:1).
Seven times in 19 years a leap month is added. An Adar B, (Second Adar)
(Stone Chumash Calendar).
Seven Days in a week. There are seven Feasts and they are all included in the first seven months of the Jewish Year.
The civil new year begins in Tishrei, the month of Rosh Hashanah, but the months are counted from Nissan (Ex 12:2) as a constant reminder of the Exodus.
God’s Appointed Times
Genesis 1:14 Leviticus 23
Observing the Sabbath is a reminder that God created for six days and rested on the seventh.
Ex. 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Ex. 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
The weekly Sabbath was appointed by God as a prophecy and a pledge… The Sabbath became to the spiritually enlightened in Israel chiefly a symbol and pledge of God’s promised rest to His people, to the earth in the future…in their hymns sung in every pious Jewish home on Friday evenings, at the ushering in of the Sabbath, there are touching references to the glorious future time when….