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G-d’s Appointed Times


When the Israelites came out of Egypt, G-d sought to establish them as a nation separate from other surrounding nations and holy unto Himself. He needed a way to teach them spiritual concepts and establish these concepts, such as His nature, man’s condition and how He was going to change man’s condition, throughout the generations.

G-d did this through holidays. More than holidays, they are appointed times, or moadim in Hebrew, when God does great things. Rooted in historical events, filled with symbols and commemorated each year in physical acts, they were or are pictures of events to come. Three have reached their prophetic fulfillment. Three are yet to be fulfilled.

Three are pilgrimage holidays, when the Israelites were commanded to appear before the Lord with offerings in his Temple. These are Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.  

 

Pesach (Passover)

G-d delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. To save themselves from G-d’s final act of judgment against the Egyptians—the death of the firstborn—the Israelites had to sacrifice an innocent lamb with no blemishes and spread its blood on their doorposts. The Angel of Death would pass over the household only if there was blood on the door.

In the same way, our sin and iniquity brings judgment from God. We can escape that judgment only if we apply the blood sacrifice to our lives.

 

First Fruits

In Israel, the barley is the first crop that becomes ripe. We are to bring the first barley “fruits” of the harvest to G-d as an offering. As G-d gives all good things to us, such as food from the ground, we are to give him the first and the best of our lives.

Three days after Yeshua was crucified, he rose from the dead, serving as a spiritual first fruit. Read more about who else will rise from the dead.

 

Shavuot (Pentecost)

Photo by Ehab Samy, www.ehabweb.net Traditional Jewish thought believes this is the day when the Torah, G-d’s Word, was given to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai. It was during Shavuot centuries later that God’s Spirit was given to His people. Read about it here.

 

  

Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year)

This Jewish New Year begins a ten-day period of introspection leading up to Yom Kippur. The shofar, a ram’s horn, is sounded as an alarm. How have we behaved the past year? Will we be deemed worthy to be written into G-d’s Book of Life? Also called the Feast of Trumpets, the shofar will announce the coming of a King! Read more.

 

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

The final day of the Ten Days of Awe, Yom Kippur is the time to make atonement for our sin and iniquity. It is a day of fasting and prayer.

 

 

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

Native-born Israelis are commanded to live in booths, three-sided structures topped with tree branches, for seven days during Sukkot. It is a reminder of the Israelites’ dependence of G-d during their 40 years in the desert. As G-d dwelled among them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, G-d will again physically dwell among us.

 

There are other holidays that appear on the Jewish calendar. Though not established by G-d, some appear in the Bible as being celebrated and have spiritual meaning. Others have more historical or cultural meaning. These holidays include:

 

Tu b'Shvat

  Purim  Yom HaShoah 

 

 

 

 

Israel Independance Day  Simchat Torah  Chanukah