In the book of Isaiah, God reveals to us that he shows us the end from the beginning in order that we are not surprised. God is pretty much like an open book and this is why if you want to know God's plans for the ages, all you have to do is 'Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read...' (Isaiah 34:16) The reason we are in the dark when it comes to God's plans for the ages and even for our lives is because we do not give enough attention to the book - The B.I.B.L.E. Let's look at what God said in Isaiah,
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;
1 Chronicles 12:32
...therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.
Understanding enhances confidence and ability. It erases fear and establishes peace- the blessed state of tranquility where nothing disturbs you. If you are perturbed and disturbed today it is because of a lack of understanding. If you find yourself in a place of fretfulness and don't know what to do, it is because there is a lack of understanding. A lack of understanding of the plans of God keeps people in fear.
God's plans for the ages can be perceived simply by looking at what was written in the past. This brings me to a very important point about the Old Testament that is pertinent to us today. First, you need to get out of your mind the idea that we don't need anything from the Old Testament. God's Holy Word is made up of the Old Testament and the New Testament. When Jesus, Paul or the apostles would refer to the Scriptures they would have been referring to the Old Testament because the New Testament was not written at the time. Therefore they would preach from what we call the Old Testament but in reality is called the Tanakh by the Jews. As Christians we call the 39 books from Genesis to Malachi the Old Testament, which may give the impression to some people that everything that is in the old has been done away with, but nothing could be further from the truth. Let us remember that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. What we call the Old Testament is called the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish Scriptures or the Tanakh .
The Tanakh is simply an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the Masoretic Text's three traditional subdivisions:
- Torah = Teachings and also known as the Five Books of Moses
- Nevi'im = Prophets
- Ketuvim = Writings
God's Holy Word is made up of the Old Testament and the New Testament
Here is a basic understanding of the Tanakh. The Torah (Genesis -Deuteronomy) records the creation, the fall, the flood, the history of humanity and the creation of Israel with its captivity and deliverance from Pharaoh. It also contained the ceremonial laws, the civil laws and the moral laws. Then we have the Nevi'im which are the prophetic books and these are divided into the major and minor prophets books. The difference between the major and minor is not in terms of importance but in terms of the size of the books. The Ketuvim are the Writings such as the books of Job, Psalms and Proverbs. This is a basic, not a comprehensive understanding of the Hebrew Bible which we call the Old Testament. The point I am endeavoring to make to you is that the Old Testament is as relevant to you today as the New Testament. That is why God gave you both.
While the sacrificial rituals and ceremonials laws have already been fulfilled in Christ, yet there are many things in the Old Testament that are yet to come to pass such as prophecies in regards to Israel, the nations, the end times and the second coming of the Lord. The Old Testament does not just contain prophecies of the incarnation and the first coming of Jesus but also of his second coming. There are so many believers who are surprised to read such a statement nevertheless it is a fact. There are also landmarks that God has lodged in the Old Testament that show us God's eternal plans for the human race. One of these landmarks is the feasts of the Lord,
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
A very important detail that you need to be aware of is that these feasts are called the feasts of the Lord. It is not called the feasts of Israel for if it were they would only apply to Israel. These are the feasts of the Lord and God says, 'these are my feasts'. Therefore we need to give attention to them. The second detail you need to be aware of is the word feasts. Now whenever we hear the word feast, what automatically comes to mind is food. However these feasts were not conveying the idea of a feast because the Hebrew word for feasts is Moed and it means divine appointments. Therefore these feasts were divine appointments with God to reveal specific things. Notice also that God said of these feasts, '...Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations..'. These feasts were also holy convocations. In today's vernacular a convocation would be a gathering of a large assembly, and that is certainly true. However the word convocation is the Hebrew word miqra and it does not just speak of a gathering but it also means a rehearsal. We can understand it better with the idea of a dress rehearsal such as for a wedding, a play or a concert. A dress rehearsal refers to a rehearsal of a live show, in which everything is done as it would be in a real performance. Therefore when the people commemorated these feasts, in effect they were seeing the dress rehearsals of the divine plans, divine appointments, divine seasons, divine timing and God's dealing with mankind. There are seven feasts unveiled in Leviticus 23 and they are the unfolding of God's agenda. These seven feasts are
- Feast of Passover - Leviticus 23:5
- Feast of Unleavened Bread - Leviticus 23:6
- Feast of Firstfruit - Leviticus 23:10,11
- Feast of Pentecost - Leviticus 23:17
- Feast of Trumpet - Leviticus 23:24
- Feast of Atonement - Leviticus 23:27
- Feast of Tabernacle - Leviticus 23:34
These seven feasts were biblical, literal, historical and prophetical. These seven Torah feasts have been commemorated and celebrated for the last 3500 years. They were observed for 1500 years before Jesus came on the earth. Every time Israel observed these feasts it was God unfolding his plans to them and to the world. Here is what I want you to grasp- These seven feasts reveal-
- God's plan for humanity and the earth
- Jesus' redemptive work
- The person of Jesus
- The calendar of God
- God's dealing with Israel, the church and the nations
- Where we are right now
- The past, present and future
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?
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