An Overview of Calendar Seasons
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Passover (evening of Nisan 14 on the Hebrew Calendar): Passover foreshadowed Jesus’ death on Calvary for the sins of the world. FULFILLED.
Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15-22): This seven day festival foreshadowed the fact that Jesus’ body would not decay in the grave because He was sinless and perfect. FULFILLED.
Firstfruits (evening of Nisan 16): Foreshadowed the resurrection of Jesus. As the firstfruits from the dead, He is the guarantee of our future resurrection (1 Cor.15:20)! FULFILLED.
Pentecost (or Weeks): 50 days after Firstfruits, this celebration foreshadowed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church. FULFILLED.
Because the Biblical Festivals listed above were fulfilled through Jesus Christ on the very day they occurred, it is reasonable to expect that the next three Festivals will also be fulfilled literally at a future time.
Day of Trumpets (or Rosh Hashanah - Tishri 1): The trumpet blast (blowing of the shofar) has called Israel to solemn assembly and repentance for thousands of years. The New Testament connects the sounding of trumpets to the return of Jesus, leading up to the day of judgement (1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 11:15).
Day of Atonement (or Yom Kippur - Tishri 10): This is a day of fasting and repentance. The ultimate sacrifice for atonement has been made through the death of Jesus Christ, but the Scriptures point us to a future day of judgement for Israel and all the nations.
Festival of Sukkot: (or Shelters/Tabernacles - Tishri 15-22): The Festival of Sukkot or Shelters speaks of temporary shelters that were to be erected for seven days to remind Israel of her wilderness wanderings en route to the Promised Land. Sukkot connects us to our story as pilgrims who are looking forward to the return of Jesus and the ultimate dwelling of God with people (Rev 21). At New Life we also celebrate the first coming of Jesus in this season, as the historical evidence points to a Sukkot season date of birth.
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