Feast Days

...these are My feasts.

Leviticus 23:2

Set Apart Times

Each one of the Lord's holy feasts point us to Messiah. It is a delight to observe them.

" And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. ‘These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.” (Leviticus 23:1-4)

Biblical Feasts

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Purim

Purim is not a God-commanded festival, however, we read in Esther 9:28 that "these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants."
Learn more: The Story of Esther

Pesach / Passover

"In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD's Passover." (Leviticus 23:5) The Passover meal includes bitter herbs and unleavened bread and is eaten to commemorate the Israelites leaving Egypt in haste. It points to Yeshua, "For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us."  (1 Corinthians 5:7)
Learn More: Passover 101

Feast of Unleavened Bread

Day #1 & Day #7*

"Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread." (Leviticus 23:5) The Israelites left Egypt in such haste their bread did not have time to rise. We are instructed to remove all leaven (sin) from our homes during this week and mediate on Yeshua's sacrifice for our sins.
Learn More: Passover 2016 (3 parts)

First Fruits

"...then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest." (Leviticus 23:10) This is the day when the first fruits of the barley harvest were brought into the temple. It commemorates the day Christ rose from the dead as the First Fruits of the resurrection giving us hope of eternal life.
Learn More: 2018 First Fruits and the Counting of the Omer

Counting the Omer

"You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD." (Leviticus 23:16) These are the fifty days between Passover and Shavuot.  They remind us of the link between Passover (which commemorates the exodus and the resurrection) to Shavuot (which commemorates the formal giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai and the giving of the Holy Spirit).
Learn More: 2018 First Fruits and the Counting of the Omer

Shavuot / Pentecost *

"You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the LORD." (Leviticus 23:17) Shavuot commemorates three things: the day the first fruits of the wheat harvest were brought into the temple; the day the Law was written on stone by the Finger of God (Holy Spirit); and the day the Law began to be written on hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Learn more: The Giving of the Torah and the Holy Spirit

Yom Teruah / Feast of Trumpets *

"...In the seventh month on the first of the month, you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation." (Leviticus 23:24) This day is known by many names: Yom Teruah, Day of Noise, Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah. It is celebrated by blowing the shofar, a ram's horn. It points to the second coming of Messiah, as we read in 1 Corinthians 15:52, "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 
Learn more: Jesus is Coming Soon!

Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement *

"On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD." (Leviticus 23:27) Yom Kippur is a day of prayer, fasting, and repentance pointing us toward judgement day. We traditionally wear white to symbolize purity and forgiveness.  "... though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
Learn more: The Day of Atonement; Yeshua and the Two Goats

Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles

Day #1 and Day #8*

This is an eight-day celebration. Many people spend this week camping and living in temporary dwellings. Others build a sukkah in their yard "so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 23:43). Sukkot points toward the millennial reign of Yeshua and the eternal rest with Him in the New Jerusalem (8th day).
Learn more: Sukkot Message 2013

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is not a God-commanded festival. However, scripture shows Yeshua in Jerusalem at the time of the Feast of the Dedication.  (John 10:22-23) It is an eight-day celebration to commemorate the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt of the second century BC.
Learn more: Prophecy and History of Hanukkah

* Please remember to take off work for the festival sabbaths.