1Corinthians_5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us
We have been looking at prophecy in the Light of Jesus Christ. It is important to see that prophecy is about God’s purposes in Christ (the Messiah). This helps us see where prophecy has been fulfilled and where it has yet to be fulfilled. So many of those slippery visions and numbers become easier to grasp when we see that they are all about the fulfilment of God’s purpose in Jesus Christ.
This is especially true of the SEVEN FEASTS OF THE LORD. New Testament writings make it clear that God’s purposes are encased in these seven feasts. The most obvious is the Passover.
READ LEVITICUS Chapter 23
First note that there are EIGHT feasts – the Sabbath is the first.
The Sabbath is fulfilled when we stop trying to work to get to heaven and accept that Jesus has done it all for us! This is called “entering His rest (Sabbath). Also, Sabbaths and special Sabbaths feature throughout the seven Feasts.
- PASSOVER – The Blood of the Lamb
- We need to see that two other Feasts occurred along with Passover:
- NO YEAST! Unleavened Bread
- FIRSTFRUITS – on the First Day of the Week.
These have all been fulfilled in Christ.
Next we have PENTECOST – 50 days after PASSOVER or SEVEN “WEEKS” plus ONE DAY.
This Feast has a number of interesting features:
- Offering of the first flour made from the Harvest
- Two loaves made with yeast!
- Various sacrifices
- A command to leave the corners of the field not reaped.
We know that the meaning of Pentecost began to be fulfilled on The Day when the Holy Spirit was poured out.
So far – so good! But now we have three more feasts to look at. Again they were linked together:
The last of these is mentioned at the Transfiguration of Jesus and is implied at the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem. Nowhere, though, do we read that it has been fulfilled!
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
2 Corinthians 5:4
There are several important things about this Feast (also called Feast of Booths – roughly made tents of leafy branches)
- It reminded people that they were travelling towards permanence in God’s City
- It occurred at the end of harvest time when rejoicing could take place about God’s faithfulness
- It involved the carrying of fresh water from Siloam to the Temple – when everyone would wave their palm branches (let the reader understand)
Jesus took opportunity to speak at this Feast:
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37-38
Generally, prophecy refers to Tabernacles as the Time of God’s Harvest. Jesus told several parables that relate to God’s actions in the Day of the Lord. Peter (on the mountain where Christ was transfigured) seemed to connect Tabernacles with the incoming reign of the King of kings.
We can see that the fulfilment of the Promise within these feasts is yet to be.