God has appointed seven annual feasts for His people. We have experienced a Christian fulfillment for four of these appointed times, but so far there does not appear to have been a fulfillment of the other three. This gives believers great reason for tremendous anticipation. Why not this year?
In the Scriptures, the Lord appointed 8 specific times that we should appear before Him, and in these appointed times, His desire and plan is to meet with us.
There is the weekly Sabbath, and seven annual appointed times—Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread, Sheaf of First Fruits Waved, Pentecost (Shavout), Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), Atonement (Yom Kippur), Tabernacles (Sukkot).
When we look at these seven feasts, we see that four of these appointed times of the Lord had a Christian fulfillment in New Testament experience—Passover, Unleavened bread, Sheaf of the First Fruits, and Pentecost.
(Passover—Christ is our Lamb. Unleavened Bread—our release from sin. The sheaf of the first fruit being waved—the resurrection of Christ. Pentecost—the Holy Spirit poured out at the nexus of the Church.)
But for the three feasts which transpire during the upcoming fall season—Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot—we do not see that this same kind of Christian fulfillment has yet taken place. So, this is a time of great anticipation.
“Personally, I believe each of these seven annual feasts
will have a Christian expression or a Christian time of fulfillment.
That is why for me this is a time of great anticipation.”
We should anticipate three basic things:
- We take the initiative to appear before the Lord in these fall feasts, seeking Him with our cry of faith, our prayer, our repentance, and we do not appear before Him empty-handed.
- We should anticipate three distinct experiences and expressions in the fulfillment of the three specific appointed times of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles.
- Since we have not experienced a Christian fulfillment of these appointed times, our faith should reach into Messiah and cry out to Him to let this season be the time of the great fulfillment. We believe the Word: In the day that you seek Me with all of your heart I will be found by you.
“I encourage us all in the days just ahead of us, that we really begin to seek the Lord and have this faith within us, this faith that was once before delivered to saints,
that in these appointed times God will meet with us.”
- Leviticus 23:1-44. The appointed times of the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. Christ is our Passover. Celebrate with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
- Acts 2:1-4. The nexus of the church on the Day of Pentecost.
- Deuteronomy 16:16. We are not to appear before the Lord empty-handed.
- “Personally, for me, this is the most exciting time of the year, and I think we should all approach it with anticipation.”
- “He has already appointed the times; it is our initiative to appear before him.”
- “We do not appear before Him empty-handed—we come with faith, we come with praise and worship, we come with great anticipation of what is going to happen before us!”
- “It is our faith and our approach of Him that is going to trigger the release of these great days.”
- “Because why not this year? Why not at this time? We should believe—to reach into the Lord—and see these feasts fulfilled for us in Christ!”
“Let Your fulfillment of these times of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles happen for us now, in this year, in this season, and we come before You in faith, crying out to You for that, and we believe for that with all of our hearts. Amen.”
- Four of the seven annual feasts have seen a Christian fulfillment, three have not, which gives us a reason for tremendous anticipation.
- It is our initiative to come before the Lord in these fall feasts,
- We should come before Him but not appear empty-handed.
- We should anticipate three distinct fulfillments for each of the fall feasts—Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles.
- We should cry out to the Messiah for this season to be the time of fulfillment.