In Messianic Judaism, we believe that each Festival of The LORD found in Leviticus 23 of which The LORD GOD says, even these are My Feasts, each one has a prophetic fulfillment in Messiah Yeshua. So, this morning I would like to review the 7 Festivals of The LORD GOD and their prophetic fulfillments. Some have their fulfillment in end-times prophecy.
THE 1ST FESTIVAL of The LORD is the 7th Day Sabbath which of course is Saturday.
GENESIS 2.1-3, LEVITICUS 23.1-3
The Sabbath is prophetically fulfilled in the 1,000 year Millennium in Jerusalem and all Israel in eternal peace, joy, rest and holy time spent with The LORD GOD of Israel.
Jewish tradition says, the world shall last 6,000 years and then the end will come. The first 2,000 years were void and spiritually empty without Torah, The Law of Moses. The second 2,000 years with Torah, The Law of Moses. And the third 2,000 years with Messiah. Perhaps a Messianic Jew wrote this tradition. And then they say, the end will come. Perhaps they are correct.
We take it a step further. We say the 7th 1,000 year period will have its prophetic fulfillment in the 7th day Sabbath which will be the 1,000 year Millennium where there will be no more sin or death, no curse, no more fears or sorrow, no pain or crying, no sickness, but only peace and joy forever with The LORD GOD Messiah Yeshua. And without any interruption of troubles because there will be no troubles in The Millennium; only peace and joy. That is the prophetic fulfillment of Shabbat, the 7th Day Sabbath, 1,000 years of peace, joy and holiness with The LORD our GOD.
THE SECOND FESTIVAL of The LORD is Passover, and Passover had its prophetic fulfillment in the death, burial and resurrection of The LORD, Messiah Yeshua.
THE THIRD FESTIVAL of The LORD is Shavuot or Pentecost. And its prophetic fulfillment took place on The Pentecost 10 days after Messiah ascended into Heaven when GOD gave His Holy Spirit to a large number of religious Jewish people who were in Jerusalem to observe Pentecost, and they came from every nation in the world. And some 3,000 Jewish people were saved and they followed the doctrine of the Apostles. The doctrine of the Apostles is this: Yeshua is The Messiah. His atoning death was for the forgiveness of our sins, and follow and obey Torah, The Law of Moses. And of course, be baptized. So, Pentecost is fulfilled in the giving of The Holy Spirit to some 3,000 Jewish people.
THE FOURTH FESTIVAL of The LORD is Rosh Ha Shannah, The New Year, or as The LORD calls it ZEEKHRONE TEHROOAH, The Memorial of the Blowing of Shofars; and the prophetic fulfillment of Rosh Ha Shannah is what we all look forward to, the return of The Messiah, Yeshua Ha Mashiakh. Here’s what will happen:
– Messiah will return when all the Synagogues in the world are blowing shofars on that future Rosh Ha Shannah.
– The resurrection will take place. The resurrection includes those who are alive in Messiah at His coming. Our old body will die and GOD will transform it into a spiritual body like His.
– Also, GOD will destroy the world on that future Rosh Ha Shannah when Messiah returns. Why will The LORD destroy the world? GOD tells us in Isaiah 24.5-6. Because the people of the earth have transgressed GOD’s Law of Moses, changed His Law, and broken His everlasting Covenant which is His Word and Law of Moses.
Therefore, The LORD says, the curse has devoured the earth and they that dwell in it are desolate: therefore, He says, the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few men left.
Also on that future Rosh Ha Shannah, GOD will end the Great Tribuation.
He will bind and lock up satan in his prison for 1,000 years.
And GOD will then bring many unsaved Jewish people back to the land of Israel and they will enter into The Millennium. And He will save them a little later. Isaiah 35.10 says, “and the ransomed of The LORD shall return and come to Zion with songs of everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away”.
GOD will then establish The Messianic Kingdom on earth in Israel for 1,000 years. The LORD will remove all sin and the curse in that day forever. And the land of Israel will be changed. It will be magnificent and glorious, more beautiful than the mind can imagine. The Prophet Isaiah writes in Isaiah 64.4, “for since the beginning of the world, men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen, O GOD, beside You, what He has prepared for him that waits for Him.”
The prophetic fulfillment for Rosh Ha Shannah is The LORD’s Return, and so much more.
THE FIFTH FESTIVAL OF THE LORD is Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, 10 days after Rosh Ha Shannah. And the prophetic fulfillment in The Day of Atonement, which will take place 10 days after The LORD’s Return is this. Messiah will give Atonement and Salvation to those unsaved Jewish people whom The LORD GOD brings back to the land of Israel when they enter into The Millennium. Zechariah 12.10 reads, “They will look upon Me Whom they have pierced and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and GOD will pour upon them the spirit of grace and supplication which is The Holy Spirit. Thus, the prophetic fulfillment for The Day of Atonement is Atonement and Salvation for the many unsaved Jewish people whom GOD will bring into The Millennium, and He will save them.
THE SIXTH FESTIVAL of the LORD is Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles. And the prophetic fulfillment in Tabernacles has many wonderful and spectacular events, and sets the tone of The Millennium in Israel. Peace will be forever without interruption. We will rejoice forever in that which GOD has created. Jerusalem will be a rejoicing and her people a joy, and The LORD will rejoice in Jerusalem and joy in His people. And the voice of weeping will not be heard in her nor the voice of crying. The LORD GOD will marry us at the Marriage Supper of The Lamb. GOD will be our GOD, and we His people. Israel will flourish and we will never see evil anymore. The LORD will be in the midst of us. He is mighty, He will rejoice over us with joy. He will rest in His love over us and He will joy over us in singing. And He will sing to us. He will make us a name and a praise among all people of the earth when He brings us into The Kingdom, The 1,000 year Millennium, even before our eyes. Thus the prophetic fulfillment for Tabernacles is peace and joy forever in The Millennium and The Marriage Supper of The Lamb will take place on that Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles 15 days after Messiah’s return.
AND THE SEVENTH FESTIVAL of The LORD is today, the 8th Day of Tabernacles. And the prophetic fulfillment in the 8th Day of Tabernacles is what we all look forward to, Heaven. The family of GOD will move their residence from The Millennium on earth in Israel to Heaven. The Holy City New Jerusalem will come down from GOD out of Heaven. And there we will live with our GOD and Messiah forever and ever.
Here are some of the things that will happen after The Millennium ends:
– GOD will cause this earth to vanish from sight.
– He will judge the ungodly, those not found in The Book of Life.
– GOD will release satan for a short time from his prison where he was bound.
– And then we will spend eternity in Heaven with GOD our Messiah forever and forever.
Revelation 20.7-15, John 5.22, 45-57
-Forgiveness of our sins. Believe in Yeshua The New Covenant Who forgives our sins.
-Then like the 3,000 Jews who received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost,
-Follow the Apostles doctrine which is to believe in The Messiah, obey The Law of Moses and be baptized.
-Then you will remain in The Book of Life.
Messiah teaches us this. The one who overcomes will eat of The Tree of Life and live forever in Heaven
To overcome, one cannot be like Adam and Eve who obeyed satan and disobeyed GOD.
To overcome means obeying GOD, His Word, His Law of Moses and His Commandments.
Church – Ekklayseeah – called out from sin and sin is breaking GOD’s Law of Moses, 1st John 3.4
To those who overcome, Messiah teaches, to those who have received Messiah, and lead their lives according to GOD’s Commandments and His Law of Moses, GOD will give to eat of the hidden manna and will give us a white stone with our new name written in it when we are in Heaven. The hidden manna, I believe, is the food we will eat in heaven, unlike the food here on earth.
To those who overcome, Messiah teaches, GOD will make him or her a pillar in the Temple of GOD and you will be a permanent resident of Heaven forever.
OVERCOMES sin, which is breaking the Law of Moses, 1st John 3.4, by faith in Messiah and
obedience to Torah.
HIDDEN MANNA – perhaps the food of angels we will eat in Heaven.
A WHITE STONE – with our new name
Messiah also teaches, he or she that overcomes will sit with Him in His throne in Heaven.
OVERCOME – is the obedience to GOD which satan took away in the Garden of Eden.
PILLAR – one who supports GOD and His Word and is responsible to GOD.
GOD’S TEMPLE – in Heaven is The LORD GOD Almighty and The Messiah Yeshua are the Temple in Heaven.
And the overcomer will remain forever in Heaven.
And in Heaven we will be living with an innumerable company of GOD’s angels.
And, finally, a glimpse into Heaven, the prophetic fulfillment of the 8th Day of Tabernacles where our home will be forever.
REVELATION 21.1-27; 22.1-5
FORMER – The things of the past, the evil on this earth.
PASSED AWAY – departed, gone
GOD will do away with all the evil and iniquity, all the bad stuff, all of it. And make all things NEW!
That is the prophetic fulfillment of the 8th Day of Tabernacles. Our life in Heaven, where there are no tears or death, neither sorrow nor crying, or pain or sickness, no stress or grief or anxiety; for the former things are passed away, and GOD will make all things new. Only peace and joy will be our home.
So he who has an ear to hear, let him hear. To him that overcomes will enter into Heaven. The one who overcomes believes in Messiah Yeshua, has had their sins forgiven by Messiah’s atoning, sacrificial death, and overcomes sin by obeying GOD; doing His Commandments and Law of Moses. That is how we overcome.