The Kingdom



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The Kingdom

Rav Sha'ul


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The Meaning of the
Fall and Spring Festivals

by Rav Sha'ul


YHVH gave His sons prophetic “shadow pictures” of the role the Messiah would play in YHVH’s Plan of Salvation.  YHVH laid out for us the weekly Sabbath and two sets of Festivals; spring and fall.  They are literally rehearsals that we are to keep each year that teach us through physical examples the greater Spiritual Truth that would be fulfilled in Yahusha the Messiah. 

The two sets of Spring and Fall festivals are portraits of the first and second coming of The Messiah.


THE SPRING FESTIVALS – Fulfilled in the 1rst Coming

It is outside the scope of this book to go into the great detail by which Yahusha fulfilled the Spring Festivals.  I highly recommend anyone reading this book watch the following video series by Michael Rood: Prophecies in The Spring Festivals of YHVH.  The extreme detail by which these were fulfilled in Yahusha is living proof that Yahusha is truly The Messiah foretold by the prophets.



Historical Meaning prior to Yahusha’s fulfillment

Prior to the Messiah’s coming to fulfill the Spring Festivals, Israel celebrated the Spring Festivals to commemorate the saving power of the ‘blood of the lamb’ that saved YHVH’s people from the Angel of Death as Moses delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and into the Promised Land.

The celebration of the Spring Festivals included the slaughter of the Passover lamb, which typified the Lamb of God, who would cover the sins of the world.  Those who demonstrated their faith in Passover by keeping these festivals had the equivalent of the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their heart.


Messianic Fulfillment

Yahusha fulfilled the Spring Festivals in great detail as The Passover Lamb of YHVH.  Yahusha kept Passover on Tuesday the 14th of Abib as YHVH commanded.  This is what Christianity calls “The Last Supper” to avoid admitting the obvious truth that Yahusha kept The Law of YHVH.  As Yahusha kept the meal that begins the Spring Festivals the evening (YHVH’s days begin at sunset) that began Passover, he commanded us to keep Passover as well. Yahusha instructed us to keep Passover now in “remembrance” of his sacrifice for us.  It is in the keeping Passover that we express our faith in the true Messiah:

James 2:18

But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works."


1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Paul teaches the transposition of Passover

23 For I received from Yahusha that which I also delivered to you (that Yahusha fulfilled The Passover), that Yahusha the Messiah in the night in which He was betrayed (on Passover) took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body (The Passover Lamb), which is (sacrificed) for you; do this (keep Passover) in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup (is the blood shed to consummate the marriage covenant of Yahusha) is the new covenant in My blood; (Passover is the proper sacrifice in The New Covenant… not Easter) do this (put your faith in Yahusha’s sacrifice by keeping Passover), as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me (expressing your faith in Yahusha is in keeping Passover in light of his sacrifice).” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup (each year on the 14th of Abib, The Passover), you proclaim (express your faith in) Yahusha’s death (as The Passover Lamb) until He comes.

Yahusha’s sacrifice as The Passover Lamb is only offered to those who in obedience to YHVH’s Law and Yahusha’s instruction… keep Passover and in that keeping of Passover the blood of the Lamb is Spiritually poured on The Altar of YHVH (our hearts).

Luke 22:19

And when Yahusha had taken some bread and given thanks to YHVH, He broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "This (bread) is My body which is given for you (as The Passover Lamb of God); do this (keep Passover) in remembrance of Me (my sacrifice for you)."


FIRSTFRUITS (Leviticus 23:9-14)

Historical Meaning

This day was like the American Thanksgiving holiday. It was not observed on a particular date but always on a particular day. Just as Thanksgiving is always observed on the fourth Thursday in the month of November, the presentation of the Firstfruits was always celebrated on the first day of the week, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Messianic Fulfillment

Yahusha came as the Anointed King of Israel, the Messiah, nearly 2,000 years ago; and with that are associated the festivals the Israelites observed around the spring harvest. When he was crucified, Yahusha died as the Passover Lamb; Yahusha was raised 3 days and 3 nights after Passover on the weekly Sabbath.  Yahusha then “ascended” to his Father the next day and presented to YHVH the first fruits from the grave.


FEAST OF WEEKS (Leviticus 23:15-22)

"From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off 50 days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD."

Historical Meaning

The Feast of Weeks was to be observed on the day after the seventh Sabbath--the seven full weeks (seven Sabbaths) from the presentation of the firstfruits. Thus, the Feast of Weeks was always on the first day of the week. Further, it was to be observed 50 days from the presentation of firstfruits, which indicates that the firstfruits were always presented on the same day of the week as well--the first.

Messianic Fulfillment

On the 50th day from Yahusha' resurrection, the Holy Spirit came on the apostles on the Day of Pentecost (The Feast of Shavuot). On that day, 3,000 believed the words of the apostles and received salvation (Acts 2). The Feast of Weeks is also a portrait of the divine timeline. Celebrating the 7th Sabbath representing the 7th Millennium.


THE FALL FESTIVALS – Fulfilled in the Second Coming

It is outside the scope of this book to go into the great detail by which Yahusha will fulfill the prophetic picture of the Fall Festivals.  I highly recommend anyone reading this book watch the following video series by Michael Rood: Prophecies in The Fall Festivals of YHVH


FEAST OF TRUMPETS (Leviticus 23:23-25)

Historical Meaning

Observed on the first day of the seventh Jewish Holy month (September on our calendar). The purpose of the Feast of Trumpets is not clearly stated in the Bible, but according to Jewish tradition, it was to warn the people of the impending Day of Atonement, which came nine days later.  The 10 days between the Feast of Trumpets (shofars) and The Day of Atonement is call The 10 Days of Awe when solemnly reflect inwardly on our lives and identify all sin in preparation for atonement.

Messianic Fulfillment

The first of the autumn festivals described in Leviticus 23 is the Feast of Trumpets. Again, though Leviticus doesn't tell us much about the purpose of this day, Jews understand it to be the warning of the approaching Day of Atonement, by which all sin must be dealt with. I believe the Feast of Trumpets is fulfilled by the seven trumpets of Revelation 8-9, 11. Study indicates that the sounding of the trumpets coincides with the messages of the three angels--Worship the Creator God, Babylon is fallen, and Do not worship Babylon. The Second Coming occurs at the last trumpet of the Feast of Trumpets.  The 10 Days of Awe between The Feast of Trumpets and The Day of Atonement is the timeframe between the return of Yahusha and the army of YHVH (His sons) and when we liberate creation and Yahusha makes atonement.  This timeframe is specifically mentions as the duration of the greatest tribulation on earth:

Revelation 2:10

'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.



DAY OF ATONEMENT (Leviticus 23:26-32)

Historical Meaning

Observed on the 10th day of the seventh month. This was the day when the people were to be cleansed of sin. All sin was to have been confessed and transferred into the sanctuary by this time, and the high priest ministered on the Day of Atonement to remove the sins from the sanctuary and have them born into the wildreness by the scapegoat (Leviticus 16).

Messianic Fulfillment

The second of the autumn festivals is the Day of Atonement. This day was the only day on which the ministry of the high priest directly included the ark of the covenant. At no other time was the ark to be seen by human eyes. Revelation 11:19 is the first and--if memory serves--only time the ark is specifically mentioned; and I believe that it refers to the time by which all sin must be confessed and repented of. Notice, in the last few verses of Revelation 11, that the ark is revealed very shortly after the seventh trumpet is sounded.



Historical Meaning

The Feast of Tabernacles celebrated the autumn harvest, just as the Feast of Weeks celebrated the spring harvest.

Messianic Fulfillment

The third of the autumn festivals is the Feast of Tabernacles. This was the celebration of the harvest at the end of the year, just as the Feast of Weeks was the celebration of the spring harvest. The difference is that the Feast of Tabernacles was a much bigger celebration (see Leviticus 23). Revelation 14:14-16 describes the harvest; and Revelation 7:9-15 is another reference to those who are harvested from the earth.

Next: Festivals kept in the Kingdom of Yahuah


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