THE FEAST OF THE LORD
1.- What are the feasts of the Lord?
This are celebrations established for the people of God.
In Hebrew, these celebrations are called mo’adim which means divine appointments of encounter and celebration with God.
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.” Leviticus 23:2
2.- Which are the Feasts of the Lord?
The Feasts of the Lord of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are the following: ntes:
a.The day of Rest
“ Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.” Éxodus 20:9-10
b.- Passover and Feast of the Unleavened Breads
“ On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.” Leviticus 23:5-6
c.-Counting of the Omer and Pentecost
16“Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. 21 “And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” Levíticos 23:16,21
d.-Feast of the Trumpets
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.” Leviticus 23:23-25
e.-The Day of Forgiveness
“Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God.” Leviticus 23:27-28
f.-Feast of the Tabernacles and the 8th day
“ You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths.” Leviticus 23:42
“For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.” Leviticus 23:36
3.- Does the new testament talks about the Feasts of the Lord?
Yes, we have various prophetic instructions for the celebration of such Feasts in the name of Jesus:
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28
“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.[a] 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
“ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4
“And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:31
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
g.-The day of Rest
“For the Son of Man is Lord even[a] of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:8
4.- Should we celebrate the Feasts of the Lord in these times?
Yes, we should celebrate them in the power of the Holy Spirit and for the Glory of Jesus Christ. They are perpetual statutes established by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.” Leviticus 23:14
5.- How should we celebrate these feasts?
Worshipping our Messiah Jesus Christ; who came and is to come for the second time.
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:7-8