The Spring Feasts Fulfilled!
Scott Clarke | Page 1 of 5
And YHWH spoke to Mosheh (Moses), saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The Appointed Times of YHWH, which you shall proclaim to be qodesh (holy) gatherings, My Appointed Times are these: ...'"
Leviticus 23:1-2 (HalleluYah Scriptures)
Some English translations call YHWH's Appointed Times, "feasts", "seasons" or "festivals." We will refer to them primarily as Appointments or Appointed Times, for accuracy.
Feast: Moed in Hebrew
Strong's #4150: "an appointment, i.e a fixed time or season; also a signal, an appointed sign or time."
Merriam Webster Dictionary; Appointment: "an arrangement to meet with someone at a particular time and place."
The Spring Appointments in order are: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost. The rituals performed on these Spring Appointments prophetically teach about the First Coming of Messiah. The Fall Appointments, in order, are: Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles. The rituals performed on these Fall Appointments prophetically teach about the Second Coming of Messiah.
Through these Appointments, YHWH is giving us a depiction of what He has already done, as well as a prophetic picture of what is coming in the years ahead.
In this study, we will focus on the past fulfilments of the Spring Appointments, because they are so well documented. The fulfilments of the Fall feasts are still yet to occur in the future and I will touch on Trumpets on page four.
Passover occurs on the fourteenth day of Nisan in the Spring. It is at the first full moon after the Spring equinox.
"'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evenings (twilights), is the Pesah (Passover) to YHWH.'"
Leviticus 23:5 (HS)
In 2014, this is April 14th at sundown when the Passover will commence. The very next day is a full moon. It will also be a full lunar eclipse.
Note: NASA refers to a full lunar eclipse as a "blood moon" because the sun's direct light is blocked and only light refracted around the earth and through earth's atmosphere is reflected by the moon's surface. The color of this light is dark red. Click here to learn more about the blood moon of the Spring of 2014.
"And blood shall be a sign for you on houses where you are. And when I see blood, I shall pass over you, and let the plaque not come on you to destroy you when I smite the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt).
And this day shall become a remembrance. And you shall observe it as a Festival of YHWH throughout your generations - observe it as a Festival, an everlasting law." Exodus 12:13-14 (HS)
It is crucial to understand that all seven Appointed Times were given to the Jews to be rehearsed until their individual fulfilments by Messiah and beyond. Each Appointment, like a dress rehearsal, offers a significant glimpse into YHWH's prophetic plan.
As a musician, I have spent my entire life rehearsing the week's worship set-list with the church worship band on Wednesday night, and then again early Sunday morning with a sound check and a warm-up before the congregation arrives. The reason for these rehearsals is always the same - to fulfil the rehearsals at the appointed time on Sunday morning during the worship services. Week after week, the rehearsals and their fulfilments continue.
Remember the definition of "appointment" is an arrangement to meet with someone at a particular time and place.
The first thing John the Baptizer said when he laid his eyes on the Messiah is:
"... See, the Lamb of YHWH who takes away the sin of the world!"
John 1:29 (HS)
The Appointed Time of Passover - rehearsed for thousands of years by the Jews - by sacrificing a lamb without blemish to the Father for the atonement of their annual sins, was perfectly fulfilled when Yahshua ha'Mashiah (Jesus Christ) kept His Appointment and was sacrificed on the cross just outside of Jerusalem to atone for the sins of the world as the unblemished (sinless) Passover Lamb ... on that very day.
In the time of Yahshua, the high priest from the Temple, on the 10th of Nisan, would go to Bethany to get an unblemished lamb and bring it to the Temple to be inspected for four days to confirm its worthiness of purity. At 9AM on the 14th of Nisan, the day of Preparation (John 19:31), the lamb was tied to the alter and at 3PM the high priest would slay the lamb while saying the words, "It is finished."
Yahshua, rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on the 10th of Nisan (John 12:14-15, foretold in Zechariah 9:9) from Bethany, where He was, just six days prior (John 12:1). The very day the Passover lamb was brought from Bethany to the Temple, Yahshua came to Jerusalem from Bethany, and His first stop ... the Temple! He was "inspected" for four days by the Temple priests and scribes as they tried to find a single fault in Him (Matthew 26:59-60), but they failed.
Without knowledge of what they were doing, the Temple priests chose Yahshua for the slaughter by instigating an illegal arrest in the middle of the night and a kangaroo court in the early hours of Nisan 14. He was tied and nailed to a cross at 9AM and after suffering horrifically for six hours (six, being the number of man), His last words at 3PM - immediately before He gave up His spirit were, "It is finished."
Hebrews 4:14-15 says that Yahshua is the High Priest of high priests. His final words, authoritatively fulfilling prophecy.
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John (different from John the Baptizer) records of his heavenly vision of the future:
"And I looked and saw in the midst of the throne ... a Lamb standing, as having been slain ... "
John sees the elders of the Church in heaven singing, "You are worthy ... because You were slain and have redeemed us to YHWH by Your blood ..."!
Revelation 5:6-9 (HS)
This Appointment, which was set up by YHWH, was truly fulfilled by His Son when He was sent to shed His precious blood on the cross for the remission of sin (John 3:16) on the Pesah of Nisan 14, as the Passover Lamb. This is also the very day, thousands of years earlier, the Jews applied the blood of a slaughtered spotless lamb to their door-posts in preparation for the passing-over of YHWH when he would smite the land of Egypt and slay every first-born of every home (Exodus 12:22-23). Little did they know, this was a foreshadow of the future.
The slaughter of both the chosen Temple lamb on the alter and the chosen Lamb of YHWH on the cross, happened at the exact same moment as both were "finished!"
Continued: The Feast of Unleavened Bread ...