David Holland

As Christians we tend to conveniently forget that we as non-Jews are: “as wild olive shoots grafted into the root and sap of the olive tree,” (Rom. 11: 17 Amp.) The root of our faith is in the Jewish Messiah,Yeshua. The New Testament is a Jewish book written by Jewish authors. And God, as God of the nation of Israel, uses a Jewish clock.

As I write, His clock on the Jewish calendar tells us imminently that on September 21st 2017 we are coming to the end of the Jewish year 5777. The dispensation of grace (5) is perfectly perfected (777).

The Jewish feast Rosh Hashanah is the feast of Trumpets on the first 2 days of Tishri. As I wrote in my recent newsletter, we should be “looking up as our salvation draws near,” (Luke 21: 28).

God’s clock is lunar, as is the Jewish calendar. The yearly Jewish feasts are extremely significant. On our Gregorian calendar (January to December) it is less obvious as to when these feasts occur. There are 7 main Godly ordained “appointed times” in each year. Let’s briefly examine them so we become more tuned in to His Timetable.

As Israel is in the Northern hemisphere, I am referring to Spring being from March 21 to June 21.

Listed below is a review: I am stating the Jewish month and day and mentioning the date in 2017.

    There are 3 spring feasts:

  • Passover: Nisan 14. To remember the Jewish nation putting lamb’s blood on their doors to avoid being killed by the plague of the death of the firstborn, (Exod. 12:1 to 14). God set this day as a memorial with a special feast. In 2017, April 11.

  • Unleavened bread: Nisan 15 to 22. No yeast was to be used in their bread, and for 7 days no work should be done, (Lev. 23:15 &16). In 2017, April 12 to 18.

  • First fruits: Although Leviticus is not clear about the day and month, the people were to bring a sheaf of their cereal crops to the priest, who will wave it before the Lord, (Lev. 23: 10 to 14). This feast marked the thankfulness of the people at the beginning of harvest. In 2017, first fruits was April 15, i.e. Nisan 19, just after Passover.

  • Pentecost (Shavuot): Silvan 6. Now we are familiar with this appointed time as it was 7 weeks or 50 days after Passover. Jesus was crucified at Passover and the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples waiting in Jerusalem for the Promise of the Father, (Acts 2: 1 to 4). Pentecost was referred to in Leviticus 23: 15 & 16. It is also called the Feast of Weeks. In 2017, May 31.

    Autumn feasts:
  • Trumpets: Tishri day 1 and 2; the Jewish New Year, (Lev. 23: 24). Rosh Hashana is generally considered to be the appointed time of the Gathering (Rapture) of the Church, (1 Thess. 4: 16 & 17).

    In 2017 September 21 & 22.
  • Atonement: Tishri 10, known also as Yom Kippur, (Lev. 23:27). This feast calls for fasting and penitence with no work at all to be done. In 2017, 30 September.

  • Tabernacles: Tishri 15 to 22, (Lev. 23: 34). Jews traditionally remember their journey out of Egypt when they were obliged to dwell in booths or tents. In 2017, October 5 to 12.

    By His first coming to earth Jesus fulfilled the Messianic significance of the first 3 feasts. He could not just be crucified, buried and resurrected at haphazard times.

    Let’s think back to His Crucifixion. He told His disciples to go and prepare the Passover meal. Go into the city and say: “The Master says My time is at hand, I will keep the Passover at your house,” (Mat.26:18).

    Jesus was aware of the time. It was Nissan 14.

    The next day was the Feast of Unleavened Bread. At the Passover meal: “He took bread and blessed it and broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take, eat, this is My Body,” (Mat. 26: 26). He had clearly declared: “I am the Bread of life,” (John 6:35).

    His Body, unleavened (not corrupted by sin) was buried on time, Nissan 15.

    The feast of First Fruits came 3 days after the crucifixion, Nissan 17. Jesus rose from the dead.

    The Apostle Paul had this revelation made known to him, which he shared with the Church at Corinth: “But now Christ is risen from the dead and is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep in death,” (1 Cor. 15: 20).

    And “Christ is the first fruits then those who are Christ’s will be resurrected at His coming,” (1Cor.15: 23).

    So the first 3 spring feasts are fulfilled by Christ.

    Of course now you can understand why the disciples had to wait till the next Feast of Pentecost, for the coming of the Holy Spirit. “When the day of Pentecost was fully come...” (Acts 2:1) .

    God could not act outside of His appointed feast days.

    The autumn feasts of Trumpets (Tishri 1, 2), Atonement (Tishri 10), and Tabernacles (Tishri 15- 22), which are soon to happen (2017) as I write, have not been yet fulfilled by Christ.

At Jerusalem Jesus wept as He approached the city (Luke 19:41). He knew that the town and the Temple would be completely destroyed. This happened in AD 70 by the Roman army. But was this why He cried?

The Amplified Bible explains that the Jewish nation failed: “To recognize and understand the time of their visitation (that is, when God was visiting them, the time in which God showed Himself gracious towards them and offered them salvation through Christ),” (Luke 19: 44).

That is what brought Him to tears. If they had read and understood the prophetic writings they would have known He was the Christ, fulfilling His mission on earth. Jesus will gather the Church in the Rapture. He will keep His Word. Then He will return with His Church on Yom Kippur, and the Millennium reign of 1000 years will begin after the defeat of Satan. This will start on Tishri 15.

Which Year will this take place? Well please read my early newsletter. It is our responsibility to recognize the fulfillment of prophecy so we don’t sadden the Lord again.