Celebrate the Feasts of Israel
Why are the Jewish Feasts important?
- The Jewish Feasts were ordained by God at the giving of the Law (Leviticus 23).
- The Feasts serve as a picture of the ministry of Jesus in both advents - the Spring Feasts for the first advent and the the Fall Feasts for the second.
- Yeshua Ha' Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) is not only recorded in the New Testament as having observed many of these Feasts, but He often infused them with additional meaning (cf. John 7:2, John 10:22).
- The Feasts of Israel hold tremendous prophetic import that can bolster your faith and enlarge your understanding of God's work amongst man and His divine plan.
- When believers enrich their understanding of the Jewish feasts with a genuine and humble spirit they show "respect to the root" (Romans 11:16 ff) and may also provoke their unbelieving Jewish friends and neighbors to pursue a relationship with the God of their fathers (Romans 11:11, 11:19).
Spring Feasts - LEARN MORE
The Spring Feasts are most well-known for the Feast of Passover. Hananeel Ministries conducts many Messiah in the Passover Seders (dinners) and Passover demonstrations in various settings. Believers are often greatly encouraged and challenged when they understand more fully the relationship of Passover with the Lord's Supper. The first Feast of Spring, the Feast of First Fruits is perhaps the least understood of all the Jewish Feasts, in part because it is the only Levitical Feast that is no longer observed in modern Judaism. This is unfortunate as the resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus) is a clear fulfillment of this Feast (I Corinthians 15:20). The Feast of Pentecost closes the Spring Feast calendar, and it is this Feast which God chose as the time to send the promised "Comforter," the Holy Spirit.
Fall Feasts - LEARN MORE
Rosh Hashanah (referred to in Scripture as the Feast of Trumpets) marks the traditional start of the Jewish New Year and the period known as the "High Holy Days". Yom Kippur, or the "Day of Atonement" occurs ten days later and traditionally is observed with a twenty-four hour fast. The crowning glory of the Fall Feasts is the lesser known (amongst Gentiles) Feast of Sukkot, or Tabernacles. Sukkot, a "harvest festival", might be described as "Jewish Thanksgiving" although it would perhaps be more accurate to call our Thanksgiving holiday, "America's Sukkot". These three Feasts of Israel are rich with prophetic promise and meaning.
In addition to these ordained Feasts of Israel there are several other special feasts, observances, and fasts. The Feast of Hannukah, which usually occurs in December, is an observance of an event that occurred during the "silent period" when all Jewish scholars agree that the major and minor prophetic books had been completed. But it is interesting to note that Yeshua is noted in the Gospel of John (John 10:22 ff) as having observed this feast. The feast of Hanukkah also is important as it celebrates the Maccabees overthrow of Antiochus Epiphanes -- his act of desecrating the Temple foreshadowed the future work of the anti-christ.
The feast of Purim, which usually occurs in March, just prior to Passover, is categorized by a spirit of joyful celebration that focuses on the re-telling of the wonderful story of Esther and Mordechai and the divine intervention that spared the Jewish people from the schemes of the evil Haman.