We discussed the spring feasts in May (God’s Holy Convocations – part one), so let’s finish with the final 3 feasts which occur in the fall. We have determined that the feasts are commemorative as well as prophetical, with the spring feasts having already been fulfilled by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. After a four month gap while the people waited for the harvest; the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) which commenced the first day of the seventh month, (Tishri) was celebrated by a Sabbath rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets and a holy convocation involving an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the LORD (Numbers 29:1-6) As this was a gathering of the people with the use of trumpets, many scholars of prophecy believe that Jesus will come for His church during a future Feast of Trumpets. Are we watching and praying always so that Day does not come on us unexpectedly? Not growing weary as we participate in the great harvest of souls? These are truly “Days of Awe” when we should be preparing ourselves and our kids “to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
The “day above all days” took place nine days later, the high holy Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The people were to fast and afflict their souls from evening to evening, and the high priest was to offer the blood of a bull to make atonement for his sins, and the blood of a goat for the people’s sins . The blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat located on top of the ark in the Most Holy Place, but first the high priest had to make sure this holy space was covered with a cloud of incense, lest he die. (Leviticus 16 has the specific instructions as much more is detailed) Zechariah 12:10 speaks of the fulfillment of this feast when, at the Second Coming of the Lord…”I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; and they will look on me whom they pierced, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be mourning at Hadad Rimmom in the plain of Megiddo ( the same intensity as when King Josiah died). In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and uncleanness…”
The last verses in Zechariah speak of the aftermath of that great battle in which Jesus comes against all of the people and nations that have gathered together to come against the remnant of “the apple of His eye”…“their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets ( and other yucky stuff) and like the battles of old , “a great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor and the hand of the one shall be raised against the hand of the other.” Any who are left alive shall go up year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This last feast (also called the Feast of Ingathering or Sukkoth) was the joyful, week-long celebration of thanksgiving for their bountiful harvest. The men were all to come to the temple in Jerusalem to make booths out of tree branches and “camp-out” to commemorate the LORD bringing them out of the land of Egypt, through the wilderness and finally to the promised land. Besides the regular offerings specified for each day of the feast, vows and freewill offerings were presented. In the 1,000 year millennial kingdom, the people of Judah and Jerusalem will fulfill their destiny as a holy, priestly nation and the rejoicing and thanksgiving will continue in an annual Feast of Tabernacles.