God is a God of promises. In His steadfast love and unending mercy He has allowed us to become beneficiaries of all the good He has to offer us if we follow Him. The great thing about God’s promises is that they are not dependent upon circumstances in the world, but rather upon the conditions met by His people. James 2:20 reminds us that “Faith without works is dead”. It is not sufficient to sit back and say “I believe by faith” and wait for those promises to manifest themselves. Our faith must motivate our behavior. Faith is evidenced and activated by the performance of appropriate deeds and actions. Real faith will always result in real action. These basic principles apply to the timing and seasons of God as well. God designed 7 feasts outlined in Leviticus 23 as His own Holy Days with specific instructions given for their observance. If it is important to God, then it must be important to us.
God’s biblical calendar outlines the 7 major feasts and can be broken up into two major categories. The spring feasts consist of Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits with Pentecost nearing summer. You then have the fall feasts which are the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. Each one holds individual significance, meaning and relevance to us as spirit-filled, born-again believers. The fullness of the benefits of these appointed times are available to us through Jesus Christ. His death, burial, and resurrection fulfilled each of the feasts and the feasts reflect types and shadows of His accomplished work on earth.
We are currently in the middle of the fall feasts. Atonement this year started on September 26th at sundown to the 27th at sundown and Sukkot will be on October 1st – 6th. The entire span of the fall feast season is 21 days
Day 1 Rosh HaShanah – Feast of Trumpets, “Wake up! Get ready!”
Day 1-9 Ten days of Awe, “Repent to one another. Make things right.”
Day 10 Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement, “Repent before God. Return to holiness.”
Day 11-14 Preparation for Sukkot
Day 15-21 Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles, “Celebrate with joy all the things the LORD has done.”
As you can see from the above, the fall feasts reflect internal workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Gods children. Atonement is a time of deep repentance before a time of serious celebration! One of the most interesting aspects of this timing is that repentance is not purely about the past, but more so about the year ahead. By participating in the feast you are not only reminded of your present grace, but also the grace that has already been provided on your behalf for your entire future! Also, in participation, you are reminding God of your commitment to Him along with recognition and aporopriation of His blood covenanant. Through this grace you are reminded each other of a covenant formed and by doing so allowing God to intervene on your behalf in areas where you fall short of His perfect will. Through His grace and His mercy, God will make your paths straight and strengthen you during your times of weakness so that you may have victory over the enemy.
This season is a time of clean slates and new beginnings. Now is the time to release every besetting sin and burden over to God. Now is the time to lay bitterness, unforgiveness, lingering pains and malice down. It is time to put the past where it belongs…behind you. It is time for you to move away from the chains of your past and move towards the freedoms that God has for you. Jesus said in Matthew 5:23-24, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” It is important in this season to be able to offer gifts to God with no resentment in your heart.
The fall feasts are also a time of cutting ties with negative influences in your life. Often it is a specific person of negative influence. It may not necessarily be that a particular person is “bad”, but sometimes people are designated only for a season of your life. Many times it is necessary to go separate ways before God can do a new work in your life, or bring to you new blessings. The way Abraham had to part ways with Lot in Genesis 13, it may be time for you to part ways with someone as well . Genesis 13:19-20 says, “And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.”
This is a season in which we reach towards new levels of intimacy with God.
From the time of the Feast of Trumpets to the last day of Tabernacles, it is known to the ancient scholars as “The Great Period of Deliverance”. The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is also described in the Bible a number of different ways:
– Feast of Unity (2 Chronicles 5:3)
– Feast of Joy (Psalms 126, Isaiah 65:18-19)
– Feast of Ingathering (Hosea 6:1-3)
– Feast of Rest (Hebrews 4:1-9)
– Feast of Glory (1 Samuel 4:21, Isaiah 60, John 17)
– Feast of Restoration (Acts 3:19-21; Ezra , Nehemiah, Esther, Joel)
During the 7 days of Sukkot, God prescribed more offerings at the temple than any other biblical feast. 70 bulls, 14 rams, 98 lambs and 7 goats according to Numbers 28 and 29. Thats 189 sacrificial offerings altogether! Three times more than all the other feasts put together! What does that mean to us as believers today? Offerings still have to do with our hearts as believers. It is our faith associated with action that appeases God. It has always been the case. Do we really think that the blood of a bull could satisfy the very God who created those bulls in any manner whatsoever? Absolutely not! God has been and always will be satisfied with us by our faith in Him and, as previously discussed, our faith will prove itself by our works. “I will show you my faith by my works.”- James 2:18. The fall feast reflect an inner working of the Holy Spirit within each believer. Jesus is our high priest carrying out the works within us according to Hebrews 6:20. And you are the temple of God according to 1 Corinthians 3:16.
If you have been following along with us during these fall feasts and you have positioned yourself by honoring God, then you are experiencing an inner work of spiritual elevation. It is not by coincidence but instead it is by God’s design. This is the season of breakthrough! Expect and receive your blessing according to His word.
Joel 2:23 NKJV says “For He has given you the former rain faithfully. And He will cause the rain to come down for you – The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month” The fall feasts occur in the first month. This is a time of increase and double portion.
Joel 2:24 NKJV says “The Threshing floors shall be full of wheat”. Wheat represents revelation. It is the main ingredient of the Bread of Life. Revelation is a special or extraordinary manifestation which removes the veil from your eyes. It is seeing things from God’s perspective. Now is a time when you will receive living revelation from the Word of God.
Joel 2:24 NKJV says “And the fats shall overflow with new wine & oil” Wine has to do with your anointing and your anointing has to do with your purpose on the earth. An anointing is always to “DO” something. Some of you will discover your anointings while others will find their assigned oils overflowing. God has assigned you to work in His Kingdom
The “oil” in Joel 2:24 represents the power of God pertaining to miracles. A miracle is an event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and is regarded as an act of God; an event or action that is totally amazing, extraordinary or unexpected.
Joel 2:25 says “So I will RESTORE to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten”. The word for restore there is “shalam” which is closely related to the word “shalom” in Hebrew. Shalom is to be safe and sound in all areas of life; physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually. In other words, God will restore you to perfect wholeness.
Joel 2:26 says “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you”. These things are just a “loan” to us by the Father who delights in the PROSPERITY of His Children. It is God who grants us the ability to achieve, both spiritually and financially, therefore we must do it God’s way. The release of God’s Blessings in your Life is directly connected to your obedience.
No Shame, but Deliverance
Joel 2:27, 32 says “Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel; I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.” Verse 32, “And it shall come to pass whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” God will bring an end to our confusion and reproach. Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord”. As believers we are co-heirs of God’s rule & authority in His deliverance army. We have been endued with His power for a purpose (Eph 2:4-7) Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents & scorpions, and over all the powers of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. The battle is won! Victory is yours! Take your authority.
Joel 2:28 says “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy”
The fundamental truth of this feast season is that at the cross an exchange took place which was divinely ordained by God. All the evil due to come to us, instead, came on Jesus so that all the good due to Jesus might be made available to us. Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven. Jesus was wounded that we might be healed. Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be made righteous with His righteousness. Jesus died our death so that we might share His life. Jesus was made a curse that we might receive blessing. Jesus endured our poverty that we might share His abundance. Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory. Jesus endured our rejection that we might enjoy His acceptance. Our old man died in Jesus that the new man might live in us. What an AWESOME God we serve that He has such measureless love for us!
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