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The Feasts of Adonai Chapters
Introduction to the Feasts
In the first century, second century, and third century, Christians celebrated feasts and Sabbath days. In the fourth century, the Roman government passed laws forbidding these holy days. The Roman Emperor Constantine believed that by outlawing the feasts and creating his own church, he could unify and strengthen the Roman Empire. Christians are now rediscovering the biblical holidays so familiar to the congregation of first-century New Testament believers.
Gain valuable insight into God's reasons for celebrating festivals today. Grasp the messianic significance of the feasts, and learn how each of the 22 festivals portray Messiah Yeshua, Jesus the Christ. The lunar calendar, sacred books outside the Bible, and Old and New Covenant scriptures for the festivals are all explained here. Bonus section includes a six-year feast calendar.
New Moon Celebration
Each biblical month begins on a New Moon or Rosh Chodesh (Exodus 12:2). New Moons set the dates for the biblical feasts. Celebrating the New Moon honors God as the Creator of time. New Moon feasts are unfamiliar to most Christians. Yet, Isaiah 66:23 says that we will worship on this day!
Many references to New Moon celebrations are found in the Bible when you know where to look. For instance, when David avoided a feast with King Saul because he feared Saul would kill him, he missed a New Moon feast (I Samuel 20:1-27). Learn about the fascinating celebration of the New Moon.
God stopped working at the end of six days of creation. On the seventh day, He rested. Adam was no more than a day old when God sat down from His work of creating, and He showed Adam how to do it. The Sabbath day is the first thing God calls holy (Genesis 2:3). It is the only day He formally blessed.
Read the historical proof that the early church honored Sabbath or Shabbat. Learn how Sabbath observance was lost to Christians. Your questions about biblical versus rabbinical Sabbath prohibitions are answered here. Learn the Hebrew names for the days of the week and realize that, yes, you can enjoy a day of rest! This chapter makes it easy with step-by-step instructions, special blessings, scripture readings, menus, and recipes.
Passover (a full Passover Seder is included)
Passover or Pesach is God's first biblical feast. It is the most popular biblical holiday. On this day, between mid-March and mid-April, God freed His people from slavery in the Exodus. Passover is also the day Jesus or Yeshua was crucified. At this time of year, God redeemed Israel from slavery in Egypt and Christians from slavery to sin. Every day, Jewish people honor God as the God who brought them out of Egypt in their Shema prayer.
This chapter delights the senses with a colorful description of Passover in the ancient Temple. It relives Jesus' Last Supper as a Passover Seder or service, and identifies every lesson He taught during this meal. It grows your understanding of the prophetic fulfillment of Passover and its full spiritual meaning. It entices you to celebrate this God-glorifying meal in your own home with easy, step-by-step instructions, prayers, menus, and recipes. A full Passover Seder or service is included!
Feast of Unleavened Bread
The Feast of Unleavened Bread or Hag HaMatzah begins the day after Passover and lasts for seven days, God's number of completion. This feast is a yearly reminder that Israel left Egypt in haste (Exodus 12:39). It is also the day Jesus or Yeshua was buried. Great gladness accompanied this holiday in the days of the Temple.
You will find yourself craving the taste of unleavened bread when you understand its sacred role in scripture. It was part of priestly consecration, Nazirite vows, sacred offerings, and the food of angels. It was a symbol of the Jesus' body, and of His followers. This chapter makes removing leaven from your home for seven days fun, and shows you how to do it.
Feast of Firstfruits and Counting the Omer
The Feast of Firstfruits or HaBikkurim is God's third biblical feast, a day when Jews brought their firstfruits barley offering to God. It is also Resurrection Day when Jesus or Yeshua resurrected as the firstfruits from the dead! This chapter transports you to the first-century where you see the cutting of barley for the Temple offering, and its holy processing in the Temple precincts. It will inspire you to celebrate Resurrection Day with fresh understanding.
Counting the Omer marks the days between the Feast of Firstfruits and the Feast of Weeks, fifty days later. Six minor Feasts of the People fall during this season and many tragedies happened at this time of year. But, glory outweighs tragedy! In this season, Yeshua resurrected, walked through walls, appeared to disciples, and rose in the clouds. Join the barley season with scripture readings, menus and barley recipes.
Feast of Weeks - Shavuot
The Feast of Weeks or Shavuot is God's fourth festival, fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits. It was a firstfruits wheat offering in the Temple, when pilgrims from all over Israel crowded into Jerusalem. It was also the day when the Holy Spirit touched the followers of Jesus or Yeshua in the Upper Room. Here, they spoke supernaturally in other languages, the languages of the pilgrims in town for the feast. Many other events happened on this day.
This chapter gives sensational descriptions of Shavuot in first-century Israel. Experience the joy of those ancient worshipers as they decorated their baskets of firstfruits to offer to God. Share the joy of modern Shavuot celebrants as they "wed" the Bible and stay up all night to study scripture. It will lead you to recommit your heart to God's word, too. All night Bible study is easy with the hour-by-hour schedule found here. Tasty Shavuot recipes will keep you well-fed and happy.
Feast of Trumpets - Rosh HaShanah
The Feast of Trumpets or Rosh HaShanah is God's fifth festival. In many ways, the Feast of Trumpets is bigger than life. It is a holiday of firsts: the first prophetically unfulfilled feast, the first and only feast to occur on a New Moon, the first day of the High Holy Days, the Jewish New Year, the anniversary of creation, the birthday of Adam, and the anniversary of the day that Abraham bound Isaac on the altar.
The Feast of Trumpets started as a simple day of rest and trumpet-blowing at the Temple. It became the resurrection of the dead, Judgment Day, Messiah's coronation, and His wedding! This chapter will surprise you with the role of the trumpet or shofar in scripture and astonish you with details of future, prophetic events. It will lead you to heartfelt repentance. It will show you how to walk humbly with God and help satisfy your hunger for the Messiah Yeshua with a full set of blessings, scripture readings, menus, and recipes.
Day of Atonement - Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is God's sixth festival. It is the last day of the High Holy Days. Because the Year of Jubilee began on Yom Kippur in Bible times, its future, prophetic fulfillment will be significant. Yom Kippur is the day when God blows the Great Shofar (Zechariah 9:14 and Isaiah 27:13).
In ancient times, it was a day of judgment, followed by a moonlit dance in the vineyards. You will almost hear the 2,000-year-old voices of the young ladies who donned white dresses to dance in the vineyards after Yom Kippur, and the boisterous laughter of the young men who grabbed them for wives.
This chapter will illustrate the awesome garments of the High Priest, how terrifying it was to enter the Holy of Holies, and every responsibility that lay on his shoulders on this day. It will magnify the work of God's Great High Priest, Jesus or Yeshua. You will be touched by the soulful description of the five Yom Kippur services. You will long to join this fast day, as this chapter shows how to do it safely. It includes a biblical guide for repenting, and menus and recipes for before and after the fast.
Feast of Tabernacles - Sukkot
The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot is God's seventh festival. People celebrate God as Provider during Sukkot when they live in booths for an entire week. The festival reminds Israel that God supernaturally provided for 40 years in the wilderness. It reminds us that He provides today. Messiah Yeshua will fulfill this prophetically unfulfilled feast on that future day when He tabernacles with His people!
This chapter takes you to the Second Temple for this joyous week-long holiday. You will visit the evening lighting ceremony and the morning water ceremony, just as Yeshua did. He was there to say these activities pointed to Him! During Sukkot, Moses and Elijah talked with Yeshua on the Mount of Transfiguration. During Sukkot, Yeshua was born.
Learn to build a backyard booth, wave branches and fruits (Leviticus 23:40), and pray the traditional prayers. It is good practice for the millennial reign of Messiah on earth, when all nations will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16)!
Feast of Dedication - Hanukkah
The Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah is an eight-day festival recalling great religious persecution and a great military victory. Hanukkah means dedication, a holiday that encourages us to rededicate ourselves to God. It is not one of God's festivals in Leviticus 23. It is a Feast of the People, one that Yeshua celebrated in John 10:22-23.
This chapter shares the tragic history that led to the Hanukkah events, how God brings victory when we praise Him, and the profound spiritual meaning of this day. Eight nights of scripture, activities, menus, and recipes will help you celebrate.
Feast of Esther - Purim
The Feast of Esther or Purim is one of the Feasts of the People, a holiday that celebrates God's rescue of the Jews in the Book of Esther. Esther is a gripping story of dirty politics, wild parties, assassination plots, a beautiful queen, a true hero, and a scoundrel. Since the time of Queen Esther, Jews have celebrated Purim with feasting, joy, and gifts of food for the poor.
Purim's spiritual significance is both profound and prophetic. In this chapter, you will learn how a Bible Code hidden in Esther chapter 9 was fulfilled in the 20th century! You will become familiar with the Gematria, relive the ancient drama of Esther, and party along with the riotous Purim celebrations across the world today.
Fast of the Fifth Month - Tisha B'Av
The Fast of the Fifth Month or Tisha B'Av is a Feast of the People that mourns the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem and all the tragedies of the Jews. Tisha B' Av literally means the "ninth of Av," the ninth day of the fifth month. This chapter will horrify you with the devastation that befell Israel and the Jewish people across the centuries, all on this day of the year. It will lead you through the observance of Tisha B'Av today, and share its profound spiritual meaning, including how God turns sorrow into joy! This chapter also gives the website for placing a prayer in the Western Wall.
New Year of Trees - Tu B'Shevat
The New Year of Trees or Tu B'Shevat is a Feast of the People in mid-winter (January/February). It celebrates the importance of trees in ancient Israel and today. The almond tree, known as the resurrection tree, is the first tree to blossom in Israel every year. It always blooms by Tu B'Shevat. Learn what trees represent in scripture, and how you can celebrate the Tu B'Shevat Seder or service.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaSho'ah is a new feast day that recalls the burning of Jewish bodies and all the other atrocities of World War II. When the Knesset established the holiday in 1951, they knew that the world must never forget the horrendous crimes committed against the Jews. All public places of entertainment in Israel are closed on this day and at 10 a.m. a siren sounds. This chapter offers practical ways to celebrate Holocaust Remembrance Day in your home and community.
Israeli Independence Day
Israeli Independence Day or Yom HaAtzma'ut is a new feast day that celebrates the modern birth of Israel. Like the American Independence Day on the Fourth of July, the holiday begins with speeches and parades. It continues into the night with parties, singing, fireworks, spraying cans of silly string, live concerts in town squares, and dancing in the streets. Over half of Israelis pour into parks and beaches to find the perfect picnic spot. Israelis are masters of gourmet outdoor cooking, with dishes from Iraq, Russia, Ethiopia, Greece, and other nations from which Jews have immigrated.
This chapter describes the major aliyahs or waves of immigration to Israel. It gives the words to Israel's national anthem, and boldly proclaims how Jews returning to Israel fulfill Bible prophecy. You will not want to miss this joyous event and the tantalizing Israeli recipes found here.
Bibliography - Books and websites
The resources and websites for personal study are given here. Learn the websites for the live camera at the Western Wall, the 613 mitzvot, and identifying kosher foods.