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"Timeless" Truth #95 - by Ben Brown

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Seasons - Genesis 1:14 is a key verse because of the word “Ha Moyadim” which has been often translated as “seasons”. The word also has an alternate meaning which is “appointed times”. If you recalled, God dictated a number of appointed times to His people the Hebrews. In turning to Leviticus, Chapter 23, God outlines a number of special holy days which they were required to observe. Specifications of the time, dates, and duration were given. The total number of holy days is 70 and are as follows:

 

            52 Sabbaths

7 days of “Pesach”, this includes Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, and   the Feast of First Fruits.

1 day “Hag Ha Shavuot”   (Pentecost)

1 day “Yom Teruah” (Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hoshana)

7 days “Sukkoth” (Feast of Booths)

1 day “Shmini Atzeret” (8th day of Assembly)

70 days

The seven feasts are interesting. They are historic and continue to be commemorated on an ongoing basis. Of the seven, four occur in the Spring and three in the Fall. As you study, be aware that Tishri is the beginning of the Jewish civil year, whereas Nisan is the beginning of the Jewish religious year. The feasts have a prophetic purpose as well that is revealed in the New Testament. It is amazing that the Jewish people missed the connection and Jesus held them accountable as we read in Luke 19:42 .

As we study the details of Jesus’ life here on Earth, we come to the realization that his life filled over 300 Old Testament prophecies in specific ways. The odds of this happening to one man by chance are astronomical, more than the number of atoms in the universe. When He was here, he fulfilled the first four Spring feasts to the very day. He presented Himself as the Passover Lamb and was killed at the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He then rose on the Feast of First Fruits and later sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The implication is obvious, because there are even more prophecies concerning His second coming when He comes for His believers.

There are three feasts remaining. How will they be tied to God’s plan and timing? We are specifically instructed not to examine prophecy for the purpose of setting dates, rather only relying on prophecy as proof when an event happens. However, as we see other prophetic events unfolding that portend the end times, it can raise our curiosity. The caution that Jesus gives is instead to raise our eyes heavenward in anticipation and to realize that the time which others can repent is rapidly drawing to a close.

More to follow next time,

                                                Ben

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