Understanding Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits in Light of Crucifixion and Resurrection

As Christians, we will celebrate the most important day of the year this weekend: Resurrection Sunday.  Christ is risen, and if that were not true, Christianity would crumble.  We base our celebration on the Biblical accounts of Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection, which is succinctly wrapped up in this passage: For I delivered to you as of …

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Did Jesus Celebrate Hanukkah?

Yes, He did! Though Hanukkah is not one of the 7 major Jewish feasts enacted in ancient Jewish law and tradition (Leviticus 23), Jesus and His family were definitely in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, according to John 10:22-23. In fact, it was there, in that setting, that Jesus confirmed His deity! Hanukkah is …

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A Messianic View of Sukkot

The feasts of the Lord, described in Leviticus 23, are very significant. Not only do they tell us much about the history and foundation of Judaism, but they are also God's calendar for end times! When we understand the prophetic implications of the feasts, we have a rich resevoir of knowledge pertaining to what lies …

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How did the Feast of Trumpets become Rosh Hashanah?

Before we answer the question above, let's lay the groundwork. In Leviticus 23, God revealed details of His "appointed times," also known as the 7 major Jewish feasts. Three were to be commemorated in short order in the spring. (Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits) The fourth was Penecost. Then, three fall feasts …

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