“These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.” Lev. 23:4.
Leviticus seems a most unlikely place to find God’s plan for the future, but hidden within this book, the light of the feasts casts a shadow on God’s redemptive plan for all nations for all eternity.
“In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S Passover… Lev. 23:5;Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year…kill it in the evening…take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it…when I see the blood I will passover you… Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”(from Ex. 12; I Cor. 7.)
For more on the Passover see my post, “Why A Lamb?”
“And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread…Lev. 23:6; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high… Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (Heb. 1:3; 1Cor. 5:8).
During the week of Unleavened Bread one more feast occurs completing the festival of Passover.
“And the Lord spake unto Moses…ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest…Lev. 23:10; a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD they God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: And thou shalt rejoice… Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles… But now Christ is risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”( Deut. 16:10,11; Acts 26:22,23;;1Cor. 15:20).
Christ’s sacrificial death on our behalf purges us from sin bringing substance to the shadow of these feasts. Their picture is completed in Christ’s resurrection, Him being the First Fruits of the dead and, the beginning of the Feast of Weeks, also known as Pentecost.
“And ye shall count…Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD…Lev. 23:16; BEHOLD THE DAYS COME, SAITH THE LORD, WHEN I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH…And when the day of Pentecost was fully come … they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance…Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls…For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles.” (Heb.8:8; From Acts 2; 1Cor. 12:13).
The Feast of Weeks shadowed the coming of the Holy Spirit and the mystery of the church made one in Jew and Gentile. Herein begins the last days spoken of by our Lord. This is where we are now. How long are the last days? They are as long as it takes for the fullness of time to be complete, for the final feasts to come out of their shadows into their substance. We will look at those tomorrow.
Today we still live in a time of planting, watering and increase, but it will not always be so. One day the Feast of Trumpets will begin with a mighty sound from heaven, maybe it’s already sounded, then comes the end.
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be make alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end…” 1Cor. 15:20-24.
Are you living the shadow of the feasts or in the substance that has been fulfilled in Christ?