We have been looking at the seven feasts of the Lord. They are not called the feasts of the Jews nor the feasts of Israel otherwise they would only pertain to the Jews. They are called the feasts of the Lord and therefore they apply to the Lord and to you. These seven feasts from Leviticus are called the Torah feasts because they are in the Torah book of Leviticus. The reason I am specifying this is because there are other feasts in the Bible such as the Feast of Purim for example found in the book of Esther. We also discovered these seven feasts are not really feasts in the sense of how we understand the word feast with the suggestion of excessive indulgence on rich food. A better word for feasts here would be festivals and these seven feasts or festivals were pointers to God's eternal redemption plans. One thing you must understand through these festivals that were designed by God long ago before they were even fulfilled, is that God is a Master Planner. He preplans, and nothing takes him by surprise. It will behoove you to be more like your Creator and be a planner so that life does not drift by.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts...These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
Leviticus 23:1-2, 4
Through these feasts, God forecasted
- The entire plan of God in regards to man's lease upon the earth
- The redemptive work of the Suffering Messiah in his first coming,
- The beginning and the closing of the church age
- The rapture of the church
- His dealings with Israel and the other nations
- His second coming as the all conquering Military Messiah and judgment of the nations
- The millennial reign
Let us now look briefly at the feasts and how they apply to our lives
- The Feast of Passover . - Jesus dying as the sacrificial Passover lamb - Death
- The Feast of unleavened bread - Jesus is buried and the bread portrays the perfect sinless body - Burial
- The Feast of Firstfruit - Jesus is raised and is the firstborn or firstfruit from the dead - Resurrection
- The Feast of Pentecost - Jesus empowers the church with the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the church age - Spiritual Empowerment
The first four feasts mentioned above are also known as the Spring feasts because they occur in the Spring. They have already been fulfilled. Jesus fulfilled them and we are now living within the Feast of Pentecost on the way to the fulfillment of the next three feasts which are known as the Fall feasts. Here are the Fall feasts that are yet to be fulfilled and they will be fulfilled,
5. The Feast of Trumpet - The catching away of the church and the closing of the church age prior to the Tribulation - Rapture
6. The Feast of Atonement - The physical and visible return of Jesus to the earth on the Mount of Olives to deliver Israel and deal with the nations - Second Coming
7. The Feast of Tabernacle - The physical reign of Jesus on the earth from his headquarters in Jerusalem for a thousand years after throwing Satan into the bottomless pit - Millennial Reign
Right now we are living between the Feast of Pentecost and the Feast of Trumpet. If Pentecost falls in the Spring and the Feast of Trumpet is in the Fall that would mean that we are now currently living in Summer. What are we to do in the Summertime?
He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
The Summer is a time for the gathering or reaping of the Harvest. The Summer is the time of the church age which began on the day of Pentecost and will come to a close at the Feast of Trumpet. We are now living in harvest time and we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit not just to sit cozily in church clapping our hands and singing Kumbaya. Jesus said, 'But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.' (Acts 1:8) The coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was to empower us and enable us to be witnesses with power. We ought to heed to the warning in Proverbs, 'He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.' and also look to the wisdom of the ant,
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
We ought to be busy like the ant and gather the harvest while we are in Summer. The harvest is a harvest of souls for Jesus. Every born again believer is mandated to be a soul winner. We do not have a harvest problem, we have a worker's or laborer's problem. This is what Jesus himself said,
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
We have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and his empowerment to be effective soul winners in the last days. I want to remind you that the last days began on the day of Pentecost as Peter said it was the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy and 2000 years have transpired since then. Therefore we are living in the last of the last days. The harvest is plentiful! Will you be an end time harvest soul winner for Jesus?