One year ago I saw with my own eyes that God still moves by His prophetic calendar. I will relate that experience to you in just a moment.
First I would like to briefly explain that tonight at sundown begins the Feast of Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets. This feast continues until sundown on Friday.
The Feast of Trumpets is believed in Jewish tradition to be the time when God created the heavens and the earth. It is for this reason that the Jewish Civil year begins on this day.
As Christians I believe it is important to know the Jewish roots of our faith, because they bring life, depth and meaning to our faith. It is also important to know that God has not finished with national Israel. Bible prophecy apart from national Israel is meaningless. The fulfillment of His Feasts affect Israel as well as the Church and God certainly has not done away with His prophetic calendar.
A brief outline of the feasts show that the ministry of Jesus Christ (Yeshua) has fulfilled some of these at His first coming and will fulfill the remainder at His second coming.
1. The Feast of Passover – fulfilled
By the death of the Messiah
2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread – fulfilled
By the perfect, sinless life of Yeshua and His blood-offering at His death.
3. The Feast of the First- fruits – fulfilled
By the Resurrection of the Messiah
4. The Feast of Weeks (or Pentecost) – fulfilled
By the birth of the Church at Pentecost
Following the spring cycle of feasts above, there was a four month period separating the spring from the Autumn feasts. This interval is the Church Age, which is right now. This temporarily interrupts God’s program for Israel, as revealed in the Feasts.
5. The Feast of Trumpets
Yet to be fulfilled by the rapture of the Church. (1 Corinthians 15:52)
6. The Day of Atonement
Yet to be fulfilled by the Great Tribulation with Israel’s national salvation at the culmination of that period. (Romans 11:26)
7. The Feast of Tabernacles
Yet to be fulfilled by the setting up of the millennial Messianic Kingdom. (Revelation 21:3)
Now I would like to share a brief testimony of how God still moves by His prophetic calendar. One year ago exactly, on the first day of the Feast of Trumpets, the first day of the Jewish civil New Year, we had Sunday lunch at our house. A young man to whom we had been ministering for some years came in that morning. To my amazement and joy as he approached the table the very first thing he said to us was “I am ready to accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.” After we had spent some time talking, he ended up on his knees, repented of his sins and gave His life to Christ.
God is good and His mercy endures forever. It’s the beginning of a New Year. Take this opportunity to turn to Christ, the Passover lamb slain from the foundation of the world and have your sins washed away by His spotless blood. He will give you new life in Him.
If you know Christ already, take this opportunity to re-consecrate your life to Him in total obedience and trust. He will never let you down.
God bless you this Feast of Trumpets season.