The Fall Feasts from a Messianic Jewish Perspective

Fall Feasts of the Lord

Often this blog references the feasts of Israel as God’s calendar of end time events.  (Here is an example.)  Given that, we know the next calendar event is the Feast of Trumpets, the perfect picture of the rapture.

However, understanding the feasts from a Jewish perspective gives us an even greater depth of understanding, and we have a very unique opportunity to hear that perspective from Messianic Jewish friends, Stan and Jacqui Meyer, from Jews for Jesus.

The Meyer’s will be with us at CalvaryPHX Central campus on Sunday September 2 and 9 in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00am.  They will unveil wonders of the fall feasts that, as Christians, we may not be aware.  This special 2-week event will be fun and interactive, so come join us as we celebrate the Messiah in the fall feasts!

Directions and more information are available here.

See you on September 2!

Elul: A Time to Turn

Dear friends, the fall feasts of Israel are right around the corner and, in case you don’t know, those feasts are:

  • Feast of Trumpets, known in Hebrew as Rosh HaShanah (Israel’s civil New Year)
  • Day of Atonement, known in Hebrew as Yom Kippur
  • Feast of Tabernacles, known in Hebrew as Sukkot

We studied these feasts (as well as the 4 spring feasts) before, but I will remind you that each feast points to Jesus the Messiah!  Here’s a rundown:

  • Passover: Jesus is the Passover Lamb who died for our sins
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    Unleavened Bread

    Feast of Unleavened Bread: Jesus was broken and bruised for us, and was pierced for our transgressions.  (We see those signs in unleavened bread.)

  • Feast of First Fruits: Jesus rose from the dead, becoming the “first fruits,” as we will follow Him in resurrection life
  • Pentecost: When Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent us the Holy Spirit
  • Feast of Trumpets: as believers, we must sound the trumpet, warning others of what is coming.  Also, the trumpet will sound at the rapture (1 Corinthians 15:52).
  • Yom Kippur: Time to turn!  On the Day of Atonement, Jewish eyes will be open to see the Messiah and they will mourn (Zechariah 12:10) and repent…and all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26)!
  • Feast of Tabernacles: Jesus will gather all believers (Jew and Gentile) to Jerusalem to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

So, you see that the spring feasts are already fulfilled and the fall feasts point toward Jesus’ second coming!  These are really exciting times!

But the Jews spend a month (Elul) preparing for the fall feasts, and Elul started last Sunday!  Even today, Jews are fasting, praying and repenting ahead of the Feast of Trumpets (or Rosh HaShanah – the Jewish civil New Year).

Read about Elul and the preparation for Rosh HaShanah here. Enjoy!

BTW – Why not join us for a special 2-week experience of The Fall Feasts in a Jewish Home: Unveiling the Wonder.  Just in time for the feasts, special friends, Stan and Jacqui Meyer (Jews for Jesus) will share with us on September 2 and 9 at the Central Campus of CalvaryPHX, 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall.  It will be interactive and very enjoyable as we celebrate Jesus the Messiah in the feasts!  (Directions and more info here.)

Mark Your Calendar!

Fall Feasts of the Lord

I am excited to announce…

Just in time for the fall feasts of Israel!  Special guests, Stan and Jacqui Meyer (Jews for Jesus), will guide us in a two-week experience, The Fall Feasts in a Jewish Home: Unveiling the Wonder.  Through their unique Messianic Jewish perspective, we will unveil the wonder of the Messiah, revealed in the fall feasts!  Mark your calendar for this lively celebration of Jesus the Messiah!  September 2 & 9 at 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall of CalvaryPHX (Central campus).

Directions and more info here.  See you there!

The New Covenant’s Reward

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Oh my!  I’ve just about jumped out of my skin this week, studying the three great covenants and being reminded of how God wove them all together to bring about salvation for us.  It is truly amazing.

Those three great covenants are a 3-legged stool, each dependent upon the other two, and all backed by the character of God.  Here they are:

  • Abrahamic Covenant – covenant of DECISION.  God decided to bless the world with salvation through the Abrahamic Covenant.
  • Mosaic Covenant – covenant of INSTRUCTION. Because the world does not recognize a need for salvation, God gave the law to Moses to show us that we cannot earn salvation.
  • New Covenant – covenant of ABILITY. Because we cannot enter into the blessing of the Abrahamic Covenant (salvation) via the law, we must have the ability to enter a different way…the New Covenant.

Romans 15:8-9 ties it up neatly for us Gentiles:

For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy.

Jesus became a servant to the Jewish people in order to confirm the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant, which makes salvation available to us!  Amazing!

As sinners who put our hope in the New Covenant, our sin and guilt is removed.  The Mosaic Covenant shows us our need and the New Covenant gives us the ability to enter into the Abrahamic Covenant.

But you must stick with us, as the New Covenant has a reward…an even more magnificent covenant!  It is the Davidic Covenant, and it will be the topic of next week’s study!

It is not too late to jump into the live class at CalvaryPHX in Phoenix.  We meet in Room 209 of Central Campus at 11:00 (directions here), and the study is so greatly enhanced by the discussion and interaction of the live group.  Come join us if you can.  If not, continue to follow along here.