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The Holy Days Picture God's Plan of Salvation

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ĎThe Lordís appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations - My appointed times are these:" Leviticus 23:2

The annual Holy Day Festivals picture Godís plan of salvation. The Feasts of the Lord are commanded to be observed in three distinct seasons -the spring, the summer, and the fall. They take place during three harvests - the barley in the spring, the wheat in the early summer and the vine and produce in the fall. Each of these harvests represent a harvest of souls to be saved.

In order, the observances are, Passover and the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread in the spring during the Barley harvest - Feast of Weeks (Pentecost in N.T.) in the early summer during the Wheat harvest - and Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day in the fall during the Vine and Produce harvest.

The Barley represents those who are called by God to be the first-fruits. They are the bride of Christ, holy and unblemished. During the Feast of Unleavened Bread the Levite Priests would gather a sheaf of barley to wave it before of the Lord. If the sheaf was accepted then the rest of the harvest could be gathered.

 The sheaf represents Jesus who actually appeared before the Father after His resurrection at the very moment the priests were offering the wave sheaf. When Jesus appeared to Mary early Sunday morning He told her to stop clinging to Him because He had not yet ascended to the Father to be accepted.

 The rest of the barley represents Christís Body, the Church. Christ is the true Passover Lamb who makes the saints unleavened (sinless) therefore we celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread with this understanding.

The Wheat Harvest which occurs about seven weeks after Unleavened Bread points to the future salvation of Israel. The Holy Spirit was poured out upon Israelites on the Day of Pentecost at the preaching of Peter. Three thousand Jews believed that day but the vast majority have been veiled to the gospel until the fulfillment of this Feast which will take place after the return of Jesus. The Lord will gather all the tribes of Israel from where they have been scattered and place them in their land. He will write His Laws in their minds and in their hearts.

 

The Feast of Trumpets occurs at the seventh trumpet blast of the year and points to the return of Christ in glory. Ten days later is Atonement when Satan will be imprisoned and people will become At-One-Ment with God.

 Five days later begins the Feast of Tabernacles picturing Godís righteous Kingdom being established upon the earth. And the Last Great Day of the Feast represents the second resurrection when those who never had a chance to know God will be raised and given that opportunity. (Rev.20) Those who choose to obey God and receive salvation through Christ will be saved. This is the last harvest of souls. Praise the Lord, for all of His ways are righteous.

 

 

 

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