Prophetic Significance of YHVH's Holy Feast Days
This is the order of YHVH's Feasts and other remembrances in the progression of the Hebrew calendar. It is important to understand the order in which the festivals were given by YHVH to man - for we are to build after the pattern of scripture. The Feasts of God were given for all time and are relevant today for all who endeavor to keep Torah. The first Feast of the YHVH is Shabbat (or Sabbath). When you keep Shabbat, then you are deciding to enter into the Covenant relationship with YHVH. The Sabbath becomes the sign of your relationship with the Father, as you have made the conscious choice to enter into His Rest, with His Divine Presence; six days you shall labor and 7th Day is a Solemn Rest with YHVH.
The next festival given was Pesach (Passover) along with Hag HaMatzot (Feast of Un-Leavened Bread). Our Heavenly Father determines in Exodus 12:2, that this is the beginning of a new year. Every time that the LORD marks time in His teachings, he counts Pesach as the first month of the year. When man marks time, he characteristically remains true to when man wants the beginning of the year... mankind still does not get it. Can you see the enormous spiritual significance of this first divine appointment of the year? Egypt was the cultural, technological and spiritual center of the known world at the time of the Exodus. God’s people rejected the ways of the known world and came out of Egypt to find a place that God would make for them—the Promised Land. In a very similar way, we embark on a journey out the world as we know it when we first came to believe.
On the journey to the Promised Land, at the Mountain of God, He reiterates the commands of Pesach and Yom Hag HaMatzot and then He gives us Yom Ha Bikkurim (Feast of First Fruits), Shavuot (Feast of Weeks), Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Ingathering), and Shemini Atzeret (The Eighth Day). All the instructions of YHVH are worth remembering, keeping and guarding at all times and forever. However, it would appear that the Passover was not kept during the journeyand was permanently instituted along with Yom Ha Bikkurim upon entering the Promised Land after the circumcision of the generations born in the wilderness. (Exodus 12:48, “…for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.”)
These appointed times are gifts. They demonstrate a spiritual journey that we can use to measure ourselves. We can also be blessed by spiritual growth to study, enjoy, and treasure!
*Shabbat or a Holy convocation where no servile work is performed. It is a day of rest sanctioned by the King. The Feasts of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot are known as "Shalosh Regalim" or "The Three Pilgrimages" to Jerusalem. All males of Israel were commanded by God to present themselves at the Temple.
(1) Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the L-rd blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
(2) Exodus 12:16-17 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be
an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that
only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I
brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an
ordinance for ever.
(3) Leviticus 23:5-11 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's Passover. And on the fifteenth
day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened
bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an
offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile
work therein. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them,
When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a
sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be
accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
[NOTE: It is also referred to as the beginning of the days of counting the Omer or "Sheaf" to Shavuot.
Yom Ha Bikkurim (First Fruits) is the day after the 7th day Shabbat (Sunday) of this feast of unleavened bread, even though
the first day of this feast is a no work rest day... a Shabbat. The failure to recognize Passover and the 1st day of
the feast of unleavened bread as a Shabbat has led to another serious misconception regarding the day of
execution (crucifixion), the ensuing days and the resurrection of the Anointed Messiah Yeshua. NOTE: When
counted correctly, it is easy to see the prophetic fulfillment of 3 full days in the grave. During the year of
crucifixion, Passover began on what we consider Wednesday evening but in the Hebrew tradition, after sundown
would be the beginning of Thursday (1st day). Friday (2nd full day) would begin on our Thursday evening and
Saturday (3rd full day) would begin sundown Friday until the resurrection just before sundown the next day. But
what about Passover's that begin on another day? Which day is Yom Ha Bikkurim (First Fruits)? The Word does not concern
itself with those details, suffice it to say "on the morrow after the Sabbath" would normally be the 1st day after the
7th day Shabbat (Sunday), then "the counting of the omer" would always result in Shavuot occurring on the first
day of the week.]
(4) Leviticus 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month,
shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work
therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
Numbers 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye
shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.
(5) Leviticus 23:27-32 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be
an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the
Lord your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from
among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy
from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations
in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the
ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.
(6) Leviticus 23:33 - 37 And the L-rd spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The
fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord. On the first day
shall be an Holy Convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by
fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an Holy Convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made
by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. These are the feasts of the
L-rd, which ye shall proclaim to be Holy Convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt
offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
Leviticus 23:38 - 44 Beside the Sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside
all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the Lord. Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye
have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a
Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly
trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before
the Lord your God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a
statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven
days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of
Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. And Moses
declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.
Numbers 29:12 - And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an Holy Convocation; ye shall do no
servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the L-rd seven days:
Numbers 29:35 - On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:
(7) Traditional remembrances leading up to Feasts ordained by God, a time to prepare and ensure that your
heart and life are pure before God.