• Eddie Rogers, Minister

True News 4 U — The Fall Feasts of YHWH — 09/14/2020

The Fall Mo'edim - Appointed Times of Almighty YHWH

We are fast approaching the seventh Hebrew month of Tishri which happens in the Gregorian months of September-October.

The seventh Hebrew month is important because it "marks" the beginning of the Fall Feasts of Almighty YHWH. The Fall Feasts are (1) Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets) (2) Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and (3) Sukkot (Day of Tabernacles/Ingathering/Rejoicing).

These Appointed Times are not the Feasts of the Jews. They are the Feasts of YHWH. He and He alone is The "author" of these Feasts.

Based on the last New Moon sighting which took place at sunset on August 20, 2020, 29 days later we arrive at sunset on September 18, 2020. A Hebrew month is no less than 29 days long and no more than 30 days long. So, if the New Moon is sighted at sunset on September 18, 2020, this will usher in Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets).

Why Study the Feasts?

YHWH gave His seven Festivals to teach us about the death, burial, and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua. The seven Festivals of YHWH are:

  1. Pesach/Passover

  2. Bikkurim/First Fruits

  3. Hag HaMatzah/Unleavened Bread

  4. Shavuot/Pentecost

  5. Yom Teruah/Trumpets

  6. Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement

  7. Sukkot/Ingathering/Booths/Rejoicing

The Seven Festivals are divided into two major portions, Spring Festivals and Fall Festivals. The spring Festivals consist of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost. The fall Feasts consist of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles.

The spring Festivals teach us about the first coming of Messiah and the fall Festivals teach us about the second coming of Messiah.

YHWH's Feasts also teaches us about empowering those that belong to Him (those that are redeemed by the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus) by His Set-Apart [Holy] Spirit; about the resurrection of the dead; about the Coronation of the Messiah; Messiah’s Wedding; the Tribulation; the second coming of Messiah; the Millennium; and much more.

Scripture provides several powerful reasons for studying and understanding the seven Feasts of YHWH:

  1. The Feasts [Hebrew: Mo'edim/Appointed Times] are in the Bible, and all the Bible is inspired by YHWH (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

  2. The Feasts are a shadow of things to come that teach us about Messiah Yeshua/ Jesus (Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 10:1).

  3. The Feasts are prophetic types and examples foreshadowing significant events in YHWH’s plan of redemption (1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 11).

  4. YHWH gave the Feasts so that we could learn and understand His Plan of Redemption for the world and our personal relationship to Him (Romans 15:4).

  5. The Feasts, as part of the Torah (which means “Instructions” and not “Law”), are as a schoolmaster or tutor that leads us to Messiah Yeshua (Galatians 3:24).

  6. The Feasts will point to Messiah Yeshua and YHWH’s plan for the world through Messiah Yeshua (Psalm 40:6-8; Hebrews 10:7).

  7. Yeshua came to fulfill all that was written in the Old Covenant (known as the Tanach/Hebrew Scriptures), which consists of three parts: the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings concerning Him (Luke 24:26-27, 44-45; John 5:46-47).

  8. The Feasts set forth the pattern of heavenly things on earth (Hebrews 8:1-2, 5, 9:8-9, 23; Exodus 25:8-9, 40, 26:30; Numbers 8:4; Ezekiel 43:1-6, 10-12).

  9. YHWH gives the natural to explain the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46-47).

  10. By studying the natural, we can understand the spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:9-13; 2 Corinthians 4:18).

The reasons listed above are compelling and this is why we should study His Appointed Times/Festivals. It must be noted here that YHWH never gave the Festivals so that we would obtain salvation from Him by observing His Festivals. Salvation only comes by faith in Messiah Yeshua. YHWH’s purpose is to teach and instruct His people concerning His Plan of Redemption and our relationship to Him through His Festivals.

Overview of the Spring Festivals

Yeshua has fulfilled the first four Festivals (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost). When He returns to earth, He will fulfill the last three Festivals (Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles).

Passover (Pesach): This Feast occurs in the first Hebrew month of Abib/Nissan which happens in the Gregorian months of March-April on the fourteenth day (Leviticus 23:5). Yeshua fulfilled Passover in that He was our Passover Lamb, our Sacrificial Lamb who paid our sin debt. The law of sin and death was nailed to the stake; not the Torah [YHWH’s Teachings and Instructions] (Romans 8:2).

Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah): This Feast immediately follows Passover (Pesach). It is observed in the first Hebrew month of Abib/Nissan) from the fifteenth day to the twenty-first day (Leviticus 23:6-8). Yeshua fulfilled Unleavened Bread in that He was the Sinless Sacrifice, who became sin on our behalf.

First Fruits (Bikkurim): This Feast is observed during the week of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah). It will always be the day following the weekly Sabbath, the first day of the week, which we call Sunday (Leviticus 23:9-11). Before the Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E., sheaves of barley were waved before YHWH in the prescribed ceremony. This Festival is not observed today because there is no Temple to perform this ceremony. Yeshua fulfilled First Fruits in that He was resurrected on the third day and He was the “Wave Sheaf/Omer offering.”

Pentecost (Shavuot): Beginning on the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim), we begin to count 50 days. This is called the Counting of the Omer. On the fiftieth day following the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) is the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) also known as Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:15-21). (Note: Pentecost is a Greek word which literally means “fiftieth.”). Yeshua fulfilled Pentecost in that He sent the Set-Apart [Holy] Spirit on the day of Pentecost to live inside those that belong to Him.

These four spring Festivals are joined together as an inter-related unit. The Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) is considered the conclusion to Passover (Pesach). The season of Passover (Pesach) is not considered totally over until Shavuot (Pentecost) is completed.

Overview of the Fall Festivals

Yeshua will fulfill these three Festivals (Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles) when He returns to earth.

Trumpets (Yom Teruah): The Biblical name for Trumpets is Yom Teruah, which means the day of the awakening blast.”

The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) is observed on the seventh Hebrew month Tishri which is the Gregorian months of September-October and the Feast of Trumpets happens on the first day of the month (Leviticus 23:23-24). This is the only Feast of YHWH that takes place on the first day of the month. It is the Feast that "no man knows the day or the hour" in which it will take place. Does this sound familiar?

YHWH gave us this day to teach us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah, the wedding of the Messiah, and much more.

Trumpets (Yom Teruah) is the beginning of a period of soul-searching known as the High Holy Days, culminating on Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

The first and second days of the 10 High Holy Days (Tishri 1-10) are collectively known as one day (Nehemiah 7:73; 8:1-2, 13). The seven-day period from Tishri 3 through Tishri 9 is called the Days of Awe or the Awesome Days.

YHWH gave these special days on His calendar to teach us about the future tribulation period on earth. These seven days will correspond to the seven years of tribulation known in Hebrew as the “birth pangs of the Messiah.Yeshua’s coming will be announced by the blowing of the shofar on the Feast of Trumpets.

Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur): This Feast is observed on the tenth day of the Hebrew seventh month of Tishri which is the Gregorian months of September-October (Leviticus 23:26-32). Since Trumpets (Yom Teruah) teaches us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah, the wedding of the Messiah, and the Days of Awe teach us about the tribulation, Yom Kippur teaches us about the literal second coming of Messiah Yeshua when He will set His foot on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4). Yeshua will gather us to Himself with the sound of the Trumpet [Yovel].

Tabernacles (Sukkot): This Feast [Hebrew: Mo'ed/ Appointed Time] is observed on the fifteenth day of the seventh Hebrew month of Tishri which is the Gregorian months of September-October to the twenty-first day. This Festival teaches us the joy of the coming Messianic Kingdom, known as the Millennium. This can be found in Leviticus 23:33-44. The day following the twenty-first day of Tishri which is the last day of Tabernacles (Sukkot), is a special day called Shemini Atzeret. It is known as the eighth day (Leviticus 23:36) and it is the twenty-second day of Tishri. The Hebrew word atzeret is generally translated as assembly, but it shares a linguistic root with the word atzor, meaning stop or tarry. Shemini Atzeret is characterized as a day when we tarry to spend an additional day with YHWH at the end of Sukkot.

There is another Festival called Simchat Torah. It is observed in conjunction with Shemini Atzeret. Simchat means “rejoicing” in Hebrew, so Simchat Torah means “rejoicing in the Torah.” In ancient times, this Festival was observed on the twenty-second of Tishri, the same day as Shemini Atzeret. Today it is celebrated on the twenty-third of Tishri. The celebration of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah spans a 48-hour period, but it is referred to as “one long day.” This is only one of two instances in the Biblical year when there is a 48-hour period known as “one long day.” The other is Trumpets (Yom Teruah), which spans the first and second day of Tishri. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah were given by YHWH to teach us how things will be following the Messianic age or the Millennium when the world will enter into eternity.

Yeshua will fulfill Tabernacles when He comes the second time to Rule and Reign on earth. He will gather all nations to Himself during the Millennium. He will teach us His Set-Apart [Holy] Ways.

We all look forward to Messiah Yeshua’s soon return. These are exciting times and fearsome times we live in.

Let’s make sure our heart is right with YHWH.

Let’s also make sure we put forth the effort to learn more about His Feast Days which are His Mo’adim [Appointed Times].

The Seven Appointed

Feasts of Almighty YAHWEH

Church Tradition

Traditionally, the Church understands the Festivals to be exclusively Jewish feasts. However, when we look at Leviticus 23:1-2, 4 it tells us very clearly that these are Festivals of YHWH. In reality, YHWH in His Divine Wisdom instructed us that these Festivals are for His people which includes both Israelites and non-Israelites/Gentiles (Deuteronomy 16:10-11, 14-16). The word “stranger” translated in the above Scriptures is the Hebrew word “ger,” which means non-Israelite who has joined himself/herself to the Hebrew people. Therefore, YHWH is the Host of His Festivals and all believers are His invited guests.

All believers in Messiah Yeshua are of the Commonwealth of Israel. Ephesians 2:11-22:

11 Wherefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision [non-Israelite] by that which is called the Circumcision [Israelite] in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the Covenants of Promise, having no hope, and without the Mighty One [God] in the world: 13 But now in Messiah Yeshua you who sometimes were, far off are made close by the Blood of Messiah. 14 For He is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the Torah [YHWH’s Teachings and Instructions] of Commandments contained in Ordinances; for to make in Himself of two, one new man, so making peace; 16 And that He might reconcile both to the Mighty One in one body by the stake [cross], having slain the enmity thereby:, 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off [non-Israelite], and to them that were close [Israelites]. 18 For through Him [Yeshua] we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of the Mighty One; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yeshua Messiah Himself being the Chief Corner Stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a set-apart [holy] temple in the Master [Lord]: 22 In whom you also are builded together for a habitation of the Mighty One through the Spirit.

When we become a child of YHWH, we are of the commonwealth of Israel. We become Hebrews like Abraham Galatians 3:29.

And if you be Messiah’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The meaning of ‘Hebrew’ is “crossed over.” Abraham “crossed over” from death to life.

Let us keep our eyes always focused on YHWH. His Written Word is Absolute. The depths of His Written Word cannot be reached as He has shown me many years in a vision.

May all who love YHWH and His Son Yeshua/Jesus take time to join Him in the upcoming Fall Feasts. You do not want to miss this opportunity to be with Him at His Appointed Times.

Aaron's Blessing

22 And YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl [Remember, is you are redeemed by the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus, you are of the Commonwealth of Israel. You are a part of Israel.]. Say to them: 24 YHWH bless you and guard you; 25 YHWH make His face shine upon you, and show favour to you; 26 YHWH lift up His face upon you, and give you peace. [Verses 24 to 26 is known as the Priestly Blessing.] 27 Thus they shall put My Name [YHWH] on the children of Yisra’ĕl, and I Myself shall bless them.” ” (Numbers 6:22-27)

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