Feasts of the Lord (Part 3)

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THE FEAST OF PENTECOST 

The biblical Feast of Weeks became known by its Greek name ‘Pentecost’ which simply means fiftieth. Pentecost happens 50 days after the waving of the sheaf.

It was in the 50th day after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, the Lord wrote with His finger, the Ten Commandments.

After Christ’s resurrection, after His 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb, He was seen with His disciples for forty days. He ascended to the Father. The disciples stayed in Jerusalem for ten more days. And then after 50 days we read this happened……

Acts 2:1-4 “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

The remaining three feasts foretell the second coming of Jesus. The Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles started about 4 months after the end of the spring festivals. All three of these feasts took place in what is called THE SACRED MONTH.

The first is the Feast of Trumpets: This feast is known in Judaism as Rosh Hashanah, but it is never known by that name in the Bible.
This feast was observed on the first day of the seventh month. The first day of every month was begun with the blowing of trumpets. So why make special mention of the blowing of trumpets on the first day of the seventh month?
This Sacred Month ushered in the Day of Atonement, the most solemn day for Jewish people. The trumpets reminded them to begin the process of consecration for that solemn day.
When the seventh trumpet blew, it was to announce the Day of Atonement was at hand. The Jewish understanding of the Feast of Trumpets is an annual trumpet call to stand trial before God and seek His grace.
The ten days between the feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement were seen by the Jews as a time to prepare for judgment.
This is a period of deep soul searching and repentance to prepare for the final cleansing and judgment to come on the Day of Atonement.
The Trumpet was used to usher in the Day of the Lord:
Joel 2:1 (NKJV) Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand

The Shekinah glory of the Lord descended with a fiery tempest and with the sound of the shofar (Exodus 19:18-20).
The second occasion on which the Lord Himself blew the SHOFAR (Ram’s horn) was at the Messiah’s return.
The prophet Zechariah declares:
Zechariah 9:14 “Then the LORD will be seen over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, And go with whirlwinds from the south.”

The ancient rabbis repeatedly quote this verse in connection with the coming of the Messiah.
The Feast of Trumpets opens the Feast of Tabernacles.

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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