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Springtime Feasts of Israel

Foreword

There is a purpose for this page devoted to the exposition of the Springtime Feasts of Israel.  The purpose is to draw a Biblical perspective on this season’s Older Covenant feasts as outlined in Leviticus 23.4-22 NKJV. This Biblical focus often lies buried under piles of tradition which eclipse the glory of God and distract–even with tradition’s colorful array of observances–from the very preeminence of the Anointed One, the Messiah, to Whom these feasts point. Not only does the ritual law embodied in the Springtime feasts point to Messiah Jesus, but in fact, Messiah Jesus has fulfilled all the law’s ritual and meaning in Himself through His life, ministry and atoning sacrifice. Knowing this, the one element of the feasts of Israel which remains for all the world to see manifest is the day when He finally judges all that is evil in this world and makes all things new…

Therefore, this page is here to put a rake to the pile of traditions to bring into vivid focus the incomparable glory of the “double peace” of which the prophets Isaiah and Zechariah spoke:  i.e. because of the blood of the New Covenant in Jesus, the warfare with a holy God has ended and the iniquity which separates from God is pardoned. In Messiah Jesus, God has restored us to fellowship with Him with double blessing–a double peace:

Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”

Isaiah 40.2 NKJV

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.”

Zechariah 9.11-12 ESV

This page is not intended to draw Christians, whether Jewish or Gentile, into an endless frenzy of debate, re-visiting and rehashing the sad shortcomings of the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. The Council settled some serious heresies with regard to the Deity of Christ and the Trinity of the Godhead. In that regard, the greater crisis was addressed and resolved. In the matter of the observances of the Biblical feasts of Leviticus 23, it is difficult to know how much pressure from Judaizing factions was flying at the council. By the same token, I cannot comment on what I have found written concerning the actions and intents of the Church leaders who ruled on matters concerning observing times and seasons. My intent is to focus on what the Scriptures say of Christ in the Springtime feasts presented in Leviticus 23.4-22.

Furthermore, this page is not intended to draw Christians back into a compulsory observance of the Springtime Holydays within any cultural circle of Judeo-Christian worship. Doing so would draw Christians back into worshiping in the shadows the One Who has already been declared in the fullness of His glory–the Lord Jesus, the Messiah. I confess that, as a Christian who currently worships in a church culture which has established a liturgical worship calendar different from the Biblical worship calendar, I prefer the simplicity of the Biblical calendar and would be thrilled if the reformed Christian churches would adhere corporate worship in Christ to the seasons as God has simply laid down in the pages of His Word–without attaching a Judaizing culture to that worship, but also without excluding the contribution of any solidly Biblical pieces of Messianic Jewish praise to the corporate worship environment. However, as a Christian alive in Messiah Jesus, no earthly season of worship hinders my soul from observing the principles and disciplines of LIFE in Him; nor do those seasons dictate my joy and worship of God in Spirit and in Truth every day of my life this side of Heaven…

Having said all this, I have some final thoughts about the reason I have endeavored to write what God has given me on the subject of the Springtime Feasts of Israel…

  1. If what is written here helps a Jewish unbeliever by answering questions in his soul as he seeks to know who the Messiah is, then I will be glad that God gave me the time and the equipment and the skill and the words to publish what is here. If what is written here drives a Jewish unbeliever into the Word of God to understand the holiness, the majesty and the grace of God, then I will give glory to God with him when he believes that Yeshua is Lord and when I meet him in glory…
  2. If what is written here helps a Gentile Christian by informing his understanding so that he worships the Lord Jesus more heartily by increasing his devotion, then I will be glad that I surrendered my mind and my strength to publish it…
  3. If what is written here helps a Christian, whether Jewish or Gentile, to speak more clearly of Messiah Jesus to unbelieving Jewish people, then I will be glad that I gave my apprehensions about my skill over to the Lord and put this work where the public can find it…

If any reader has questions or wishes a significant dialog with me on the content of this page, write a comment and I will respond…

For Jesus is “the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

–Colossians 1.18-20

Introduction to the Hebrew Calendar

As with all the days of the Biblical/Hebrew year, the days begin at sunset and end at sunset. For example, the first day of the first Hebrew month of Nisan/March-April  begins at sunset on the 29th day of the last Hebrew month of Adar 1/Adar 2/February-March). The link below will take you to a website where you can see how the Hebrew calendar months and dates fall within our modern calendar. Scroll down through the months to the month of March and you will find the names of the Springtime Feasts highlighted in the date boxes…

Hebrew Calendar Online (Corresponding Modern Calendar)

Distinguishing the Biblical Calendar from the Hebrew Calendar

In the Scriptures, the year begins in the springtime; the first month of the Biblical calendar was given a name “Abib” (Exodus 12.1-3, NKJVExodus 13.3-5, NIV).  In the Bible the months were predominantly counted by number and each month begins at the new moon. The subsequent names assigned by the Jewish leaders to the Hebrew calendar came from names in Babylonian culture at the return of the exiles: History of the Hebrew Calendar

Pesach/Passover & Feast of Unleavened Bread – Page 2

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