The Seven Feasts of Israel
By Zola Levitt, Ph.D., Th.D.
Zola Levitt Ministries, Inc., Dallas, Texas
The seven feasts of Israel, as found in Leviticus 23, provide a prophetic preview of the vital future events relating to Christ, the Church and the Jews. The seven feasts are important
to comprehend so the believer can have a basic understanding of God's calendar.
- Passover, the Feast of Redemption, Leviticus 23.5. A lamb without spot or blemish was to be sacrificed and his blood shed for deliverance and salvation. It was by divine design from
the beginning of time our Lord Jesus was to be sacrificed on Passover Day. Passover represents our salvation in that The Lamb of God, John 1.36, takes away the sin of the world.
- Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the night after Passover, Leviticus 23.6. God commanded the Jews to eat unleavened bread during the week following Passover, symbolizing a holy walk
with the Lord. The unleavened bread of the New Testament is the body of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is called the Bread of Life, John 6.35 and His body was buried during this feast.
- Feast of Firstfruits, Leviticus 23.10-11, is held on the Sunday following Unleavened Bread. In it, Israel would acknowledge Him as the One Who gave them the fertility of the land.
They were to bring the firstfruits of the early crops to the priest in the Temple to be waved before the Lord on their behalf. We not only celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on this feast
day, but also the resurrection of the Church, see 1 Corinthians 15.23.
- Pentecost, connoting fifty days, was to occur fifty days after Firstfruits, see Leviticus 23.15-17 and involved taking two wave loaves baked with leaven and of equal weight. Since they are
baked with leaven, which symbolizes sin, they represent sinful men. God was predicting the Church would be comprised of two equal parts, Jews and Gentiles. When the Holy Spirit came on
Pentecost, there was a harvest of 3,000 souls, Acts 2.41, only a small token of the great harvest to come in the rapture of the Church.
- Feast of Trumpets, Leviticus 23.23: Trumpets were to be blown at the commencement of the feast, which finds its exact parallel and fulfillment in the rapture of the Church, see 1 Corinthians
15.51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4.16-17, when that great trumpet sounds, the graves will give up those who died in faith and believers who are alive will rise from the earth. All the believers
will be mysteriously changed and outfitted for immortality.
- Day of Atonement was a solemn holy day when the high priest of Israel entered into the Holy of Holies and made a sacrifice on his behalf as well as for all the sins of Israel, see
Leviticus 23.27. Jesus is the final atonement for all sins once and forever, see Hebrews 9 and 10. The Day of Atonement will be fulfilled in a wonderful way when the Lord returns at His
Second Coming, at which time Israel will finally accept Jesus' atonement.
- Feast of Tabernacles celebrates that God wanted to provide shelter for the Israelites in the wilderness, see Leviticus 23.39-43. Each year, devout Jews build little shelters outside their
houses in which to worship God. The Lord's great tabernacle will exist in Jerusalem during the Millennial Kingdom. The entire world will come every year to appear before the King and
From Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible - King James Version
Published by AMG Publishers, 2000. Used with permission.