October 18, 2009
I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
As we stated last time, God operates and brings forth His plans and purposes according to something we are referring to as prophetic time. This time is not linear or chronological in nature. Rather, it is cyclical in nature. In other words, it is seen in seasons and cycles that repeat over time. The Bible says, 9 That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. [Eccl. 1:9 NKJV] The Bible expresses a similar though in Ecclesiastes 3:15. In other words, the future is hidden in the past. This is prophetic time.
If you want an idea of what it will be like in the future, look at what has happened in the past, because history does indeed repeat itself. We saw that illustrated last time in the Lincoln/Kennedy connection. What we see playing out there in the events of history is a one hundred-year cycle. I do not believe this is mere coincidence. If you want to get a real solid understanding of what is going to happen in the future you are not going to get that by starting with the book of Revelation. Why? Because our God has declared the end from the beginning. The Word says, 9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure. [Isa. 46:9, 10 NKJV] God has revealed future occurrences in past events.
We saw this last time when we looked at how the future catching away of the Church, the rapture, was revealed in Exodus 19. We see many examples of this in scripture. I want to share with you this week how God declared the entire plan of redemption up to the consummation of the ages in the Feasts of the Lord. The Bible says in Leviticus 23:1, 2; 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. [Lev. 23:1, 2 NKJV] The word translated feasts is the Hebrew moedim, an appointment or appointed time. These were specific days on which God called His people together for the expressed purpose of meeting with Him.
These days carried with them specific instructions on how they were to be carried out, but the point is they were appointments, if you will, on God’s calendar every year. Most Christians, sadly, have little or no knowledge of the Old Testament and therefore have never even thought about these days or their prophetic significance. These feasts of the Lord are: Passover, Unleavened bread, First fruits, Weeks, Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and tabernacles (Sukkoth). All seven of these feasts are considered patterns for future events.
- Passover – Jesus’ crucifixion perfectly fulfilled Passover. Consider: According to Exodus 12 the lamb was taken into the house on the 10th of Aviv, Jesus entered the Temple on the 10th of Aviv; A lamb without blemish was to be brought, Pilate found no fault in Jesus; The lamb was to be examined four days, Jesus was tested by leaders for four days; the lamb was slaughtered on the 14th of Aviv, Jesus was crucified on the 14th of Aviv; the lamb was killed at 3 PM (the 9th hour), Jesus died at 3 PM.
- Unleavened bread – During this feast a Jewish family will take a loaf of bread, wrap it in a special napkin and bury it in the ground for three days. Jesus was buried on the eve of Unleavened Bread, the same night the Jewish father would bury the bread in the earth.
- First Fruits – Jesus rose from the dead and brought with Him all the saints who had died in faith, He then moved them and Paradise to the third Heaven (Eph. 4:8). It just so happens that the day Jesus arose was the beginning of First Fruits. [See 1 Cor. 15:20]
- Pentecost – 50 days after Passover is the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is “the birthday of the Nation of Israel” according to Rabbis. On the first Pentecost we see: 1) God descended on Mt. Sinai with thunder, lightning, and the voice of a trumpet, 2) God spoke to the people in an audible voice out of the midst of the fire, 3) Jewish tradition says that God’s voice issued forth as a flame and divided into tongues of fire. This was fulfilled in 33 A.D. as 120 were gathered in the Upper Room in Jerusalem awaiting the Promise of the Father. [See Acts 2]
- Trumpets – In the fall of the year on the first day of the Tishri moon the trumpets are blown to announce Rosh Hashanah. This “memorial of blowing trumpets” was instituted by Moses at Sinai 3,500 years ago. It would come to be called the “Feast of Trumpets”. It marks the Hebrew (civil) New Year. Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year.” The Feast of Trumpets begins the “ten days of awe” which lead on to The Day of Atonement which is the most solemn day on the Hebrew calendar and the day when all accounts between YHVH/God and His Covenant people are settled. Trumpets are also blown to call God’s people to worship and to assembly in special times of national crisis and also in warfare. It is a picture of the rapture or catching away of the Church. There are a couple of things to consider here. 1) This will be the next event of prophecy hidden in the historical events of the Feast of Trumpets. 2) The next major event of human history will be the catching away of the Church (the Rapture). [See 1 Thess. 4:14 – 18]
- Atonement – In the future fall season on the first day of the Tishri moon an epic Feast of Trumpets [See http://endtimepilgrim.org/trumpets.htm] will initiate Daniel’s 70th Week. Thus begins the final seven years of this age. The end-time dramas of the Apocalypse will then begin. They will directly involve Israel and the Jewish people. The Church will be in Heaven during this time.
1) Seven years later, on the 10th day of Tishri, at the very last day of 2,555 the day time span comes the awesome Day of Atonement. It is the last day of this present evil age. This final day of reckoning is when all accounts between God and the men and women of this age are settled. This ends the final seven years of this era. The Day of Atonement is the last chance to repent. It is the last day for wayward mankind to come to God. The very next day the day of the Lord will open up and the Age of the Messiah will begin. Christ will return to judge the wicked and then He will gather His elect. [See Matt. 24:41]
2) The Day of Atonement wraps up the final seven years of this age. It ends the period of God’s determined dealings with His Covenant people, Israel. The God of Israel intervenes in the history of the Nations as their armies gather at Armageddon to threaten Jerusalem.
- Tabernacles – This Feast of the Lord represents the coming Kingdom Age when Christ sets up His 1,000 year reign from Jerusalem. He is coming to tabernacle with man!
Can you see how the future was hidden in the past in these Feasts of the Lord? The design of God’s Word is utterly amazing! I want to examine some more examples of patterns and cycles of prophecy next time. Join us then.
The Weekly Word is found in Malachi 4:5, 6. Here the Bible says,
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” [Mal. 4:5, 6 NKJV]
Until next time, this is THE WEEKLY WORD.
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson