If you have never celebrated and studied the Biblical holidays, this fall may be the time to do so. Please do not catch yourself calling these days simply Jewish Holidays. The Bible refers to them as God's appointed times.
"‘These are the set feasts of Yahweh, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their appointed season." - Leviticus 23:4
In verse one and four of Leviticus 23, Father Yah states that they are His feasts in His appointed times and that it is the job of His people to proclaim them. So we get to celebrate three of them soon.
Check back for dates and times for gatherings with One In Messiah Congregation as well as helpful tips on how to enjoy them.
The Feast Of Trumpets represents that great trumpet that we will hear some day. Our loves ones who are in Messiah will rise first. Then we will meet Him. The interesting thing is that this is the one feast for which we do not know the hour or the day because it is on the new moon of the first day of the month (Tishrei 1) which is estimated to begin on the evening of September 21. This is also called Rosh Hashana in the Jewish community because it is believed to be the head of the year. Many Jewish calendars begin here.
Next, we will enjoy a more solemn time as we observe the Day of Atonement. This is a time of repentance and fasting for many. It's largely a time to think of the sins of a people or a land. Look at the sins of this nation. Do you believe there is a need to turn from where we are? This is typically a time of fasting rather than actual feasting. It represents the great day of judgement on the whole world.
Tabernacles is a joyous time representing the wedding feast of the Lamb. This is a seven day festival. Many people build huts called sukkot. A sukka is a temporary dwelling. The children of Israel lived in tents for 40 years. We all are temporary dwellers in our bodies. After Tabernacles, there is an eight day celebration called The Eighth Great Day (Shemni Atzeret). After the wedding feast, the Messiah will be crowned King over all the earth.
There is much to be learned about these days that our ancestors and our Savior celebrated. If you have any questions, feel free to ask or comment below. If you would like to come and experience the Feasts of Yahweh, you are welcome to join us at One In Messiah.
Below is a link to a Biblical calendar. You can download and print for your reference this fall.