Holy (Set Apart) Times of the Year
Every Week have a Sabbath day of rest, one day in seven. This is time to rest, not work, and to assemble for community worship and celebration.
- Passover – Celebrates God’s deliverance (by lambs blood, Exodus 12:13) from slavery in Egypt. Passover and Unleavened Bread commemorate the birth of Israel as a nation. Note: Jesus died on Passover as the perfect lamb of God (John 1:29; Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 9:22). Spring.
- Unleavened Bread – Immediately followed Passover [a required 7 day festival], recalling the hasty departure from Egypt – bread had no time to rise. Leaven/yeast, also, is a symbol of sin (1 Corinthians 5:8). Note: Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:32-48). Spring.
- Firstfruits – Offering the first ripe sheaves of Barley, and dedicating the harvest to God. Note: Jesus Christ was raised on this day, the 3rd day of Passover, (1 Corinthians 15:20-24). Spring.
- Weeks, Harvest, Pentecost – 50 days after Passover, the next day after 7 Sabbaths [a required festival], the first grain of the wheat harvest was dedicated to God. Recognizes the Lord’s provision of all crops. Care for the less fortunate was commanded (Leviticus 23:22). Jews also celebrate the giving of the 10 Commandments. Note: The Holy Spirit was poured out on believers on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). Spring.
- Trumpets/New Year – On the first day of the 7th month a trumpet/horn reminded people to prepare for the Day of Atonement in 10 days. These are 10 days of repentance. This marked the end of one agricultural year and the beginning of another. Fall (Sept.).
- Day of Atonement – Atonement is the reconciling of people to God. This is the most holy day, a time for fasting, prayer and rest so the focus is completely on God. The scapegoat was released on this day symbolizing the removal of sins! Note: When Jesus died the veil in the Temple separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was torn in two (Luke 23:44-46; Hebrews 9:11-28). Fall.
- Tabernacles, Booths – [A required festival]. Celebrates God’s provision during the 40 year wilderness wandering of the Israelites, as they lived in temporary shelters. This festival was 5 days after the Day of Atonement. Fall.
Question: Will Christ return at a Festival time? No one knows, not even the angels or Jesus (Matthew 24:36). However, if if if He did, scholarly speculation would pick one of the Fall festivals, or sometime in the 7th month.