The fall feasts of the LORD – Yom Kippur

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts. (Moedim – Appointed times) – Leviticus 23:2

We are now in the season of the Biblical fall feasts. They are often referred to as Jewish feasts, but the Bible calls them the feasts of the YHVH. This fall feast season began last week with the feast of Yom HaTeruah or the Feast of Trumpets (Shofars). The feasts of the LORD are memorials or reminders of what GOD has done in the past and a prophetic picture of what He is planning to do in the future. Most of these moedim or appointed times are actually times that YHVH has set to come down and meet with His people. He announces His soon arrival with the sound of a shofar blast. We can see this very clearly in Exodus 19:16 when GOD comes to deliver the Torah to Moses “and it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there was thunder and lightning, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the shofar grew exceeding loud; so that all the people in the camp trembled.” Shofars can only make a sound when breath (Hebrew = ruach) passes through it. I believe that it was the Spirit or Ruach of YHVH that created that sound to announce His arrival. As I wrote last week, the Feast of Trumpets or (Memorial of Shofars in Hebrew) is to remind us the GOD always announces His coming, to keep us awake and listening for His next shofar blast on the day that Yeshua returns.

The next appointed time is Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, from sunset this Friday to sunset on Shabbat. It is the most solemn day of the year for most Jewish people, but sadly there is no atonement available to the Jews or anyone else, apart from the blood of Yeshua. Please be praying with us over the 24 hours of Yom Kippur, as we fast and pray with millions of Jewish people, and as they read the Scriptures and pray in synogogues all around the world, that GOD will lift the veil that He has placed on their eyes and heart. Only He can remove it, allowing them to see that Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel. (Pray Zechariah 12:9 – 10, Romans 11:26)

Yom Kippur is followed by the final Biblical feast – Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles, which begins on Wednesday evening and lasts for 7 days. Sukkot is the memorial of when the GOD of Israel dwelt with His people in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle. For those who are in the New Covenant, Sukkot is a prophetic anticipation of the fact that Yeshua will soon return to Jerusalem for the 1000 year millenium reign. A rapidly growing number of Christians who believe the Bible and stand with Israel, have been coming to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles since 1980, and several thousand have, or are about to arrive in Jerusalem for this year’s celebration. This is a clear sign that we are living in the End Times, as the prophet Isaiah saw the nations flowing up to the mountain of the LORD in the latter days (Isaiah 2:2).

The alignment of the stars and planets that occured last Shabbat came and went with no significant event occuring, so once again many Christians and Messianic Jews were wrong. The Levitical feast cycle is the only accurate and guaranteed roadmap of the LORD’s plans and purposes for Israel, the Church, and the Nations. That is why we recommend you do take the time to study the Feasts of the LORD, and being to acknowledge and celebrate YHVH’s moedim – appointed times. There are many good resources for learning about the Feasts – you can find them in good Christian bookstores or on the Internet.

There is one more special day that begins at the end of Sukkot, but more about that next week.

This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, September 29, 2017, and reposted with permission.