Jesus Fulfilled the Jewish Feasts

The way in which Jesus fulfilled the Jewish feasts is a fascinating study. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish prophet Amos records that God declared He would do nothing without first revealing it to His servants, the Prophets (Amos 3:7). From the Old Covenant to the New, Genesis to Revelation, God provides picture after picture of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Jewish Feasts of Leviticus 23.

The Hebrew word for feasts (moadim) literally means "appointed times." God has carefully planned and orchestrated the timing and sequence of each of these seven feasts to reveal to us a special story. The seven annual feasts of Israel were spread over seven months of the Jewish calendar, at set times appointed by God. They are still celebrated by observant Jews today. But for both Jews and non-Jews who have placed their faith in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, these special days demonstrate the work of redemption through God’s Son.

The first four of the seven feasts occur during the springtime (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks) and they all have already been fulfilled by Christ in the New Testament. The final three holidays (Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) occur during the fall, all within a short fifteen-day period.

Many Bible scholars and commentators believe that these fall feasts have not yet been fulfilled by Jesus. However, the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) for all believers in Jesus Christ is that they most assuredly will. As the four spring feasts were fulfilled literally and right on the actual feast day in connection with Christ's first coming, these three fall feasts, it is believed by many, will likewise be fulfilled literally in connection to the Lord's second coming.

In a nutshell, here is the prophetic significance of each of the seven Levitical feasts of Israel:

1) Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

2) Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah's sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus' body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

3) First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah's resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in I Corinthians 15:20 as the "first fruits from the dead."

4) Weeks or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16) – Occurred fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter's great sermon and his first proclamation of the Gospel.

5) Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) – The first of the fall feasts. Many believe this day points to the Rapture of the Church when the Messiah Jesus will appear in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:52).

6) Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27) – Many believe this prophetically points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they "look upon Him whom they have pierced," repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).

7) Tabernacles or Booths (Leviticus 23:34) – Many scholars believe that this feast day points to the Lord's promise that He will once again “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world (Micah 4:1-7).

Should Christians celebrate these Levitical feast days of Israel today? Whether or not a Christian celebrates the Jewish feast days would be a matter of conscience for the individual Christian. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Christians are not bound to observe the Jewish feasts the way an Old Testament Jew was, but we should not criticize another believer who does or does not observe these special days and feasts (Romans 14:5).

While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Jewish feast days, it is beneficial to study them. Certainly it could be beneficial to celebrate these days if it leads one to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ’s death and resurrection and the future promise of His coming. As Christians, if we choose to celebrate these special days, we should put Christ in the center of the celebration, as the One who came to fulfill the prophetic significance of each of them.

Blessings ♫ ............. Praise Yeshua Ha'Mashiach!

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  • oldguy 2009/12/28 05:23:42
    As usual,Truth,you have some "great" studies,and this is one I need to spend much more time on.Many of the parallels to the Church are very beautiful and have so much meaning.I especially love the picture of Christ in the Passover with the perfect,innocent lamb,and the shed blood applied that we as sons and daughters might live.And The Feast of Trumpets where I hear the sound of the Trumpet and we'll be leaving.
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  • JIM 2011/01/17 09:16:02
    Blessed be the Lord Yahshua Ha'Moshiach the promised Messiah of Israel, who gathered us in one heart, one love, one people, one feeling...for our Heavenly Father Yahwe. Yahshua we love you.. for making us your Israel (saved in Yahwe) and for saving other nations by sending the survivors (your disciples).

    Isiah 66: 19 “I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 And they will bring all your people, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD—on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the LORD...
  • V-ron 2010/03/30 01:46:23
    A good measure of truth and a great comfort for those who don't follow those feasts fastidiously. THANK YOU LORD JESUS !
  • e.s. kohen 2010/03/20 02:35:46
    e.s. kohen
    I never understood the Christ in the Passover" presentation. It seems like they are deliberately trying to convince people that Jesus somehow followed after the Rabbinic Traditions (which were an offshoot of the Pharasaic traditions). How is that reasonable?

    If Christian Scripture is explicit that Jesus died during the Day of Preparation, before the Passover, then how could the last supper have been a Passover feast where they ate the lamb?


    I cannot see how Christians can pretend that Jesus was imitating Pharisaic Judaism, or its offshoot, Rabbinic Judaism. Its a bizarre marketting campaign.
  • thetruth e.s. kohen 2010/03/29 02:35:49
    Its not a marketting campaign my friend it happened as its written, not made up for people's amusement, and some flase marketing scam. Why insult what you dont understand? Jesus is the Lamb that was slaughtered for the sins of everyone, in that death passes over all who believe in His sacrifice of the shedding of His blood on the cross, as depicted with the actual situation of Moses, and the Israelites in Egypt. The Passover was a sign of Christ, not a man made tradition.

    I understand if you dont want to believe, just please dont come here causing trouble with the intent to mock, and insult people who do believe. If you are honest in your intentions I will help you inderstand, but if you intend to insult you will be blocked, and ignored.

    Blessings ♪ ...
  • JDreamer 2010/01/04 01:17:37 (edited)
    Beautiful, thank you. When my kids were growing up I bought a Mennorrah and on Hannakkah I would read them the story & light all of the candles, we would play with a driedle and I would give them chocolate covered coins. We celebrated Passover each time I could find a church that offered the ceremony. I attended a Messiahnic celebration of the Feast of Trumpets once and did not understand any of it.

    I think I'd have to answer maybe. If I could understand it and see how it points to Christ it can be a big faith booster and a wonderful celebration. But, if I don't understand it, I don't think there's a real reason to participate.
  • thetruth JDreamer 2010/01/04 15:13:13
    That sounds like a wonderful childhood you gave them! Rich in faith! There's one thing that I took for granted for a long time, prayer. A direct line, by faith, to God Almighty! There's nothing like it! I love how God says, if [anyone] he should ask God, who gives generously to [all] without finding fault, and it [will] be given to him (James 1:5). So even if we dont know something, He says just ask!

    Jeremiah 29:13
    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

    Matthew 7:8
    For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

    God bless you richly my friend! :)

    Blessings ♫ ...
  • JDreamer thetruth 2010/01/05 03:36:29
    Thanks. Yes, I agree with you prayer is the key to living a fulfilling life. We need to discover this for ourselves. I've tried to tell people how wonderful prayer is and even Christians will say that it's great for me, but they really don't have time.

    My son has a hard time asking for his own needs. He can pray for the nation or the world, but he's uncomfortable asking for his desires. I pray that his relationship will grow and he will soon be pouring out his heart. Great post. Thanks,
  • thetruth JDreamer 2010/01/05 03:53:37


    It is a personal walk for sure! It took me a long time to relize, I'm not a Christian merely in title, but I should be in every facet of my life. It did take some major initiative on my part in growing up, but everyone's different, and I know your son will see God's Truth :) I just prayed for him, and his walk with the Lord. God bless you greatly my friend!

    John 16:13
    But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

    Many Blessings ♫ ... and thank you for the kinds words!
  • JDreamer thetruth 2010/01/05 04:12:13
    Thank you so much. Many blessings to you!
  • thetruth JDreamer 2010/01/05 04:19:23
    Always ♫

    God is good! and Jesus is faithful!
    Please know I'm always a click away if you ever need me :)

    Blessings ♫ ...
  • Gail-Saved "In God I Trust" 2010/01/03 03:21:03
    Gail-Saved "In God I Trust"
    Excellent thetruth!
  • thetruth Gail-Sa... 2010/01/03 03:39:11

    Good to hear from you Gail! I've missed you!
    I pray that all is well with the family!

    Blessings ♫ ...
  • Gail-Sa... thetruth 2010/01/03 12:55:13
    Gail-Saved "In God I Trust"
    Thanks thetruth! I am back on SH. Did miss my friends. Family is well. Wish we had more embroidery business but God will provide!
  • thetruth Gail-Sa... 2010/01/04 15:06:12
    Yes He will! I will keep you and Don in my prayers as you always have been :)

    Blessings ♥ ...
  • Gail-Sa... thetruth 2010/01/04 22:41:26
    Gail-Saved "In God I Trust"
    Thank you! Don has been so busy finishing up projects at home he hasn't been able to get on SH.
  • James Gail-Sa... 2010/01/04 23:04:09
    Hi! Gail. Miss You Too.
  • Gail-Sa... James 2010/01/05 04:33:36
    Gail-Saved "In God I Trust"
    HI James, I am back on SH. :) Missed all my friends here!
  • James Gail-Sa... 2010/01/05 04:40:04
    How are you girl? How's Don and the critters? lol
  • Gail-Sa... James 2010/01/05 04:54:50
    Gail-Saved "In God I Trust"
    Not too bad. Our embroidery business is slow like a lot of businesses. We will be doing embroidery at a dog show this coming weekend. Don is back working 5 days a week instead of 4 which is good! Our 4 dogs are doing good. It is a lot taking care of 4 dogs. Garth and Apollo take meds twice a day. Don't think we will get another dog until we are down to one.

    How have you been? Have a good Christmas?
  • James Gail-Sa... 2010/01/05 05:03:38
    Yes I did. It's really been crazy on here lately though. I can't believe it so called friends are turning on each other. A sign of the end times.

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