The feasts of the LORD are appointed times that Adonai meets with His people. These times are called moedim in Hebrew. The first mention of moedim, is Genesis 1:14,
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons (moedim), and for days and years;”
There are 70 moedim on the Jewish calendar. These include the seven days of Passover (including the related feast days of Firstfruits and Unleavened Bread), the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the seven day Feast of Tabernacles. “But that’s only 18!” you say. Then there are the 52 Shabbats a year!
Many times, people will refer to these times as the Jewish Feasts, however, they are not really Jewish feasts. In Leviticus 23:2, Adonai tells Moses,
Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.
Prophetic and Messianic Implications
Paul, whose Hebrew name is Shaul, wrote in Romans 15:4, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Another Hebrew term that we need to understand is miqra. A miqra is a sacred assembly or holy convocation. We see this used above in Leviticus 23. But miqra also means a rehearsal, which implies preparation for a future event. In all of the feasts, and even the Sabbath, we can see prophetic and Messianic implications. As you read about the feasts, you’ll see how Yeshua has already fulfilled the spring feasts in His first advent. We’ll also discover some exciting hints, or in Hebrew parlance, remezes, where the fall feasts will also be fulfilled by Yeshua in His second advent as Melek Mashiach – King Messiah!
Now if you believe that all of the feasts of Adonai will be done away with in the Millennial Kingdom, perhaps we should read (or re-refresh our memories) what Ezekiel and Zechariah wrote. Adonai told Ezekiel, “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened…. Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before the LORD on the Sabbaths and the New Moons” (Ezekiel 46:1,3 NKJV). And Zechariah wrote, “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain.” (Zechariah 14:16-17).
One final note. Pastor Greg likes to ask concerning the moedim, “Would you miss an appointment with the Doctor?” Then why would you want to miss an appointment with Adonai? Come and join Bet Shalom Messianic Assembly as we celebrate the Feasts of the LORD!