19 Sep God’s Calendar
In 2017, as believers all over the world prepare to celebrate and proclaim the Lord’s three unfulfilled fall feasts this October, Trumpets (Tishri 1-2, Sept. 21-22), Yom Kippur (Tishri 10, Sept 30th), and Tabernacles (Tishri 15-21, Oct. 5-12), it is important to understand the profound significance of these feasts on God’s calendar. In the beginning, God commanded that His calendar would be based off of the sun and the moon for signs and seasons, and for days and years.
Genesis 1:14, “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.”
Most of the world operates on the Gregorian calendar (Roman), which is a modification of Julius Caesar’s calendar that is based solely on the sun. Although it is an accurate scientific calendar, it is not the calendar God uses. In Genesis 1:14, God clearly commands that His calendar is to be based off of the sun and the moon. Obviously, we have to adhere to the Gregorian calendar with our occupations and everyday life, however, it is imperative to have a basic understanding of God’s calendar. Before we proceed in exploring the significance of God’s calendar, and how it correlates with the end of the age prophecies, let me ask you the following. What would be one of the best ways for Satan to deceive God’s people? Certainly, if Satan could manipulate God’s people off of His calendar, then he could successfully “blind” them from understanding when Messiah is going to divinely intersect with mankind. The prophet Daniel gives us great insight into Satan’s intentions.
Daniel 7:24:25, “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.”
Daniel is prophesying about the future Antichrist (Satan incarnate), as he will intend to change the times and law. If Satan influences the Antichrist to change the times and the law at the end of the age, then we can have total confidence that he has always attempted to change God’s calendar, as well. Why?
It is very imperative to realize that Satan knows biblical prophecy better than all of mankind, but he also understands that his time is coming to an end (Rev. 12:12). Hallelujah! Satan also understands God’s calendar, as he knows that it represents when Messiah is going to divinely intersect with mankind, thus the reason he deceives people from understanding it. Now, let us explore God’s prophetic calendar and how it correlates to Messiah and His Second Coming events.
Genesis 1:14, “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.”
As we have discussed, God commanded that His calendar is to be based off of the sun and the moon, which is the Hebrew (Jewish) calendar. When reading the text, it would be easy to understand that “seasons” refer to fall, winter, spring, and summer. However, in the Hebrew language, which is the original language that the Torah was written in, what does “seasons” actually refer to?
The Hebrew word for seasons is mo’ed, which means a feast and/or a divine appointment (Strong’s #4150). Also, “days” refer to the holy feast days of the Lord, and “years” refer to the Shemitah and Jubilee years, which is every seventh (sabbatical) and 50th year, respectively (Leviticus 25). Amazingly, the word mo’ed is also found in Leviticus 23, which are the Lord’s seven feasts. In other words, Genesis 1:14, which is God’s calendar (Hebrew/Jewish calendar), correlates with Leviticus 23, which are the Lord’s seven feasts, because both use the same term, mo’ed. What is God trying to tell us? The Almighty is prophesying that He has preordained Messiah’s divine interaction with mankind, which are His First and Second Coming events, on His calendar and on His holy feast days!
Leviticus 23:1-2, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts (mo’ed) of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.”
The Lord told Moses to prophesy to the children of Israel about His seven feasts. It is very important to understand that these are not Israel’s feasts, and are not the Jew’s feasts, but God’s feasts. So, if you are saved in the commonwealth of Israel by Messiah (Ephesians 2:11-13, Galatians 3:26-29), Jew or Gentile, then God’s seven feasts are for you to proclaim and celebrate every year, as well!
As we have discovered, the word mo’ed means feasts and/or divine appointments (Strong’s #4150). The Hebrew word for “holy convocations” is Miqra, which means a “dress rehearsal” (Strong’s #4744). When we substitute the words of the original Hebrew into Leviticus 23:1-2, it reads like this (I am paraphrasing to common English):
Leviticus 23:1-2, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: “The divine appointments of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be dress rehearsals, these are My divine appointments.”
God is clearly prophesying to mankind (you and me) that His divine appointments, which are Messiah’s First and Second Coming events, will occur on His seven feast days! In fact, Messiah also confirmed that He would fulfill God’s feasts, as well.
Matthew 5:17-18, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Torah till all is fulfilled.”
Messiah specifically declares that He is going to fulfill all of the Torah (law) and the Biblical prophets, which includes the prophecies in Leviticus 23. At Messiah’s First Coming, He fulfilled the first four feasts in Leviticus 23. Let us review two examples of the “dress rehearsals” that was fulfilled at His First Coming. In Exodus 12 (Leviticus 23), God commanded the children of Israel to kill the Passover lamb, without blemish, every year on Nisan 14. Why? Because that is the very day that Yeshua (Jesus), who was without blemish (sin), would die for all of mankind’s sins! Certainly, Exodus 12 was a dress rehearsal (prophetic foreshadow) before the main event (Matthew 27)!
Also, in approximately 1500BC, God commanded the children of Israel to gather in Jerusalem every year for the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) (Deuteronomy 16:16). Why? Because 1,500 years later on that very day (Shavuot-Sivan 6), Jesus would pour out His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) on the Jews gathered there (Acts 2)! Do you see the “dress rehearsals” of two of the seven feasts that occurred on God’s calendar, and how they were fulfilled on the exact feast day by Messiah?
Remember, Leviticus 23:1-2 proclaims that the first four feasts were “dress rehearsals” for the children of Israel. God commanded the children of Israel to “rehearse” the ceremony on His specific dates, so that they would understand Messiah’s First Coming events. Below is the first four feasts, the “dress rehearsal” (prophetic foreshadow) of each, the specific date commanded by the Lord to “rehearse” the feast,” and the fulfillment by Messiah at His First Coming.
The Feast of Passover- Died– Nisan 14 (Exodus 12, Matthew 27)
The Feast of Unleavened Bread- Buried– Nisan 15 (Exodus 12, Matthew 27)
The Feast of First Fruits- Resurrected– Nisan 16 (Leviticus 23, Matthew 28)
The Feast of Shavuot- Holy Spirit poured out (Leviticus 23, Acts 2)
Why did God give the children of Israel specific dates to “rehearse” these feasts? Nisan 14-Passover, Nisan 15-Unleavened Bread, Nisan 16-FirstFruits? Sivan 6-Shavuot (fifty days from FirstFruits)?
Because these are the specific dates on God’s calendar, the Hebrew calendar, when Yeshua (Jesus) was going to divinely intersect with human history to fulfill the first four feasts of the Lord! Remember, this is specifically the Lord’s Passover, and during the Last Supper (Passover Supper), which occurred right before Messiah was crucified for mankind on Passover, He commanded that we should celebrate it every year on the commanded date, which is Nisan 14.
Luke 22:19, “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
The apostle Paul confirmed this, as well.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26, “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
This is why it is very imperative to have a basic understanding of God’s calendar, the Hebrew/Jewish calendar, and also knowledge of the Lord’s seven feasts. Unfortunately, most of the Church has no concept of the importance of the Lord’s seven feasts, as some believers celebrate the Lord’s First Coming events (first four feasts) on the wrong date. The Church, as a whole, celebrates Messiah’s death and resurrection on Easter weekend. However, God Almighty specifically commanded the children of Israel to “rehearse” the Lord’s death, buriel, and resurrection on Nisan 14-16 (Leviticus 23). Once Messiah fulfilled those feasts on the exact dates preordained and commanded by God Almighty (Nisan 14-16-Leviticus 23), all believers are to celebrate and proclaim this fulfilled divine appointment (feast) on Nisan 14-16.
1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
Matthew 5:17-19, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Galatians 3:26-29, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Assuredly, if you are saved by Yeshua (Jesus), then you are “grafted into” Israel’s tree (Romans 11), and are included into the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13). Therefore, just like the Ten Commandments, which are also located in the Torah (Exodus 20), the Lord’s seven feasts should be obeyed, as well. Clearly, believers should not “cherry pick” which commandments to follow and which ones to break.
Are we to follow God or follow mankind? Do we follow God’s Word or mankind’s pagan traditions? Are we to be politically correct or biblically correct? Who gave the authority to the Church to change God’s commandments?
As we have discussed, Satan has and will try to change the times and the law, which includes Gods calendar. Sadly, he has already accomplished this goal as most of the Church has neglected the Hebrew/Jewish Calendar since the council of Nicea in AD325. Constantine, who has been credited with establishing Christianity in the Roman provinces, out of ignorance of the Scriptures or anti-Semitism, changed God’s commanded date of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and FirstFruits (Nisan 14-16) to the pagan enriched Easter weekend on the Gregorian calendar (Roman).
Who gave Constantine the authority to change the dates of God’s holy feast days from His calendar? Certainly, Satan influenced Constantine and others to change the “times and the law,” just as he will influence the Antichrist at the end of the age (Daniel 7:24-25).
Here is a another example of the importance of God’s Calendar.
In 2016, Easter fell on Sunday, March 27, which is the Hebrew date Adar 17. However, Passover was a month later on Friday, April 22nd (Nisan 14). How can the Church celebrate Messiah’s resurrection a month before we remember His crucifixion? God Almighty is a God of order, and His seven feasts are in the exact order that He commands us to proclaim and celebrate them in.
In other words, would we celebrate New Years eve on the 4th of July? How about Valentines Day on Labor Day? What if our families celebrated our birthdays a month later? Certainly, as believers and followers of the Most High Father, we should always obey His commandments on when to worship His Son’s holy divine appointments (feasts). Make no mistake, the “created” should never tell the Creator of the Universe when to worship His Son’s preordained scheduled events, which are the seven feasts (Leviticus 23).
Now, let me ask you another important question. Do you believe that God never changes and that Messiah is the same, yesterday, today, and forever? Do you truly believe it with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength? Is there any doubt whatsoever?
If God does not change (Malachi 3:6), and Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), then as He fulfilled the first four feasts to the exact hour, day, and detail of the ceremony at his First Coming events, He will fulfill the three fall feasts to the exact day at His Second Coming events!
Just as God commanded the children of Israel to “rehearse” the four spring feasts so that they would understand Messiah’s First Coming events, He commands all believers to “rehearse” the three fall feasts so that we will understand Messiah’s Second Coming events, as well. Please note, this is not to set dates in any way, but instead, understand the season (feast) of the events that will occur on God’s appointed year(s). Again, if you are saved in Jesus (Yeshua), then you are “grafted into” the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:12-12), and therefore, commanded to obey the commandments of the Lord, which includes the seven feasts. This is why it is so crucial to understand God’s calendar and the seven prophetic feasts, so that we can have total confidence that we are in obedience to God’s commandments.
Furthermore, without the knowledge of the feasts, a person cannot completely understand the book of Revelation and the end of the age prophecies. Before we discover an example of the three fall feasts in the book of Revelation, let us review in summary the three unfulfilled fall feasts.
The Three Unfulfilled Fall Feasts (Leviticus 23)
The Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1-2)
Leviticus 23:24, “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month (Tishri 1-2), you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation (dress rehearsal).”
Events (idioms) that will occur on the Feast of Trumpets
- The seven-year tribulation period
- The day of the awakening blast
- The opening of the gates/doors (Judgment Day)
- The hidden day
- The wedding of the Messiah
- The coronation of the Messiah
Psalm 89:15, “Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound (Trumpet)! They walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.”
During the last seven years of the age, these events (idioms) will occur on the Feast of Trumpets on God’s appointed year. They will also occur in the exact order listed, and will be fulfilled either on the same year or in consecutive years. (The article on the Feast of Trumpets will be posted on October 2, which will thoroughly explore these events in get detail). Now, let us explore the importance and relevance of God’s calendar and the three fall feasts in the book of Revelation.
Revelation 19:11-16, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
One of the most incredible and anticipated events for all believers is Revelation 19:11-16, which is the Second Coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus the Messiah! What is also so amazing about this prophecy, is that all three fall feasts are symbolized in it. However, without understanding God’s calendar, and also the seven feasts of the Lord, a person cannot completely understand God’s prophetic timeline of this event.
The prophecy declares that “on Messiah’s head were many crowns,” which confirms that He has been crowned King before His Second Coming. The coronation of Messiah as King will occur on God’s appointed year during the seven year tribulation period on the Feast of Trumpets, just as we discovered in the above “idioms.” This also tells us that the events before the coronation of Messiah, which are mentioned above, will have already occurred as well, because the events of the Feast of Trumpets will occur in the exact order listed.
The Feast of Yom Kippur (Tishri 10)- Messiah’s Second Coming
Leviticus 23:27-28,31, “Also the tenth day of this seventh month (Tishri 10) shall be the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). It shall be a holy convocation (dress rehearsal) for you; You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.”
Revelation 19:11-16 also prophesies about the second fall feast of the Lord, as “the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” Just as Aaron and the high priests only wore white on Yom Kippur as a prophetic foreshadow of this event (Leviticus 16), so will the armies of heaven (you and me) when we come with Messiah at His Second Coming, which will occur on God’s appointed year on the Feast of Yom Kippur.
The Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 15-21) – Messiah’s Millennial Reign (1,000 year reign on Earth in Jerusalem.)
Leviticus 23:34-35,37,41, “The fifteenth day of this seventh month (Tishri 15) shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation (dress rehearsal). You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations.”
Revelation 19:11-16 also prophesies about the Feast of Tabernacles, as Messiah will “rule the nations with a rod of iron.” So, after Messiah is coronated as King on the Feast of Trumpets, He and the armies of heaven will come for His Second Coming on the Feast of Yom Kippur, and then He will rule the world from Jerusalem on David’s everlasting throne (2 Samuel 7) with a rod of iron (Psalm 2, Isaiah 9, Revelation 2) for 1,000 years (Revelation 20). Please note, the events (feasts) in Revelation 19:11-16 are in sequential order, just as God prophesied in Leviticus 23.
Revelation 19:11-16 is a great example of how imperative it is to understand God’s calendar, the Hebrew/Jewish calendar, and also the Lord’s seven feasts. Just as we have discovered, a person cannot completely understand the depths of the book of Revelation without this profound knowledge.
Isaiah 46:9-10, “I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”
Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus, the author (beginning) and finisher (end) of our faith.”
In conclusion, God preordained His seven feasts, which are Messiah’s divine appointments for His First and Second Coming events, from the foundation of the world, to give us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of when He was going to intersect with human history! To understand God’s calendar and the seven feasts of the Lord is paramount, and cannot be overstated. As we have discovered, to deepen our wisdom and knowledge about the end of the age and Messiah’s Second Coming events, the Lord’ seven feasts are an absolute requirement. I pray that if you have not made the paradigm shift in understanding God’s calendar and His feasts, and how they correlate with Messiah’ First and Second Coming events, that you will do it today and celebrate the three fall feasts coming in October (Tishri)! Amen, Amen, and Amen!