Holidays are a major aspect of the study of man. The holidays which God gave His people are shadow pictures of His Son (Colossians 2:16-17). Not only are the holy days in the Bible shadow pictures of Messiah, so too are the holidays instituted by man.
The Biblical feasts/holidays were designed to be shadow pictures of the Messiah (Colossians 2:17) who is the manifestation of God’s love (John 3:16). They were designed like yearly ancient wedding rehearsals for the bride to keep them in His cycles of righteousness. The feasts were designed to be outwards signs of His Word to the world.
The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us, He is the fulfillment of these sabbaths/holidays. The Word is the character/name of God (Revelation 19:13; Matthew 12:18-21 – Isaiah 42:1-4; Revelation 14:1; 22:4; Deuteronomy 6:6-8), which is love (1 John 4:8). Built into the feasts/sabbaths is the will of God, the plan of salvation for mankind (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4).
Lev 23:2 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.
The Feasts are designed to reveal the Messiah. God’s plan for the salvation of humanity is shown by the seven feasts He gave to ancient Israel in Leviticus 23. He told the people to celebrate these feasts as “lasting ordinances.” The seven feasts are patterns that describe the two comings of Jesus the Christ. The Spring Feasts picture the 1st coming of the Messiah. The Fall Feasts picture His 2nd coming.
Hos 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter (spring) and former (autumn) rain unto the earth.
Sabbath…7th day of rest….picture of the thousand year reign of Messiah and our rest in Christ.
Unleavened bread…burial (old sinful life)….Unleavened Bread of Life (John 6:51)…burnt offering/dying to old life
First Fruits…Resurrection….First Fruits (1 Corinthians 15:20)
Pentecost…Jesus sent the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), 1o commandments given in Exodus (Act 2:1-4)…brazen laver, washing with water by the Word (Ephesians 5:26)
Feast of Trumpets….Resurrection of dead…Last trump (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16)…assembling at the Tabernacle/Temple (Numbers 10:2)
Tabernacles…Messianic era…(Revelation 21:3)…dwelling in the Temple
Last Great Day…New heavens & earth…(Revelation 22)
His Sabbaths and Feasts are a sign that God is the Creator
Exo 31:16 And the sons of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to do the Sabbath for their generations; it is a never ending covenant.
Exo 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
Man Made Holidays
Winter Holidays (Hanukkah & Christmas)
Winter Holidays – Expanded (Hanukkah & Christmas)
Winter Holidays (Christmas & Hanukkah)
Winter Holidays – Expanded (Christmas & Hanukkah)