The culmination of the ages

Having recently celebrated the fall feasts, beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Sukkoth, we reflect on the deep meaning and significance of these Holidays in the light of the New Covenant Age in which we now live.

Yeshua initiated the New Covenant in His blood at the Last Passover when He offered to His disciples the third cup of wine, the cup of Redemption. We also see that the culmination of the New Covenant Age will be signified by the final trumpet blast, which is symbolized in Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets. So we can understand that Passover and Yom Teruah appear to be giving us a symbolic image of the beginning and culmination of this age, however there are verses which indicate something much larger and more significant than just this age.

Hebrews 9:24 – 28 states, ‘For the Messiah did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise the Messiah would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Yeshua was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.’

So we see that Yeshua’s appearance once for all, his death and resurrection and conclusive victory over sin and death, and finally the coming atonement through judgment is the culmination of the ages. This culmination which has already taken place in the incarnation of Yeshua will be brought to a final conclusion when he returns, not to deal with sin a second time, but to bring a full manifestation of the salvation which belongs to those who wait for Him. This term the culmination of the ages’  also indicates the consummation of every other age which has gone before. We live now in an unprecedented age, having been made Sons and Daughters of the Living God with His Law written on our brand new hearts of flesh. We are new creations, whose source is the abundance and overflow of God’s Holy Spirit which has been poured out on all flesh. Heaven and Earth have been reconciled back to the Father through Yeshua, even though we have not seen the fulness of this transformation with our eyes. Old things have passed away, behold ALL things have been made new. This is the New Age in which we now live, thanks to Yeshua. So may we look forward to the joyous day when He returns and our salvation is made complete and in keeping with the prophetic progression of God’s appointed times, we will one day enter the Sabbath Age in the New Heaven and New Earth when Yeshua tabernacles with us, as symbolized by Sukkoth, the Feast of Tabernacles.