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Biblical Feasts & Holidays

The biblical feasts are “appointed times” in which God’s people can engage with Him in special ways. All believers, Gentile and Jewish, are invited to celebrate the feasts with a heart focus on Yeshua.

Hanukkah and Christmas Convergence Celebration

In a few days Hanukkah and Christmas will both fall on December 25.  Jews around the world will usher in the Festival of Lights as Christians celebrate the Light of the World. Often the two holidays coincide because Hanukkah is an eight day commemoration. But this year’s convergence of Christmas…...

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How Hanukkah Empowers Us to Overcome the New anti-Israel Alignment this New Year

A day before Hanukkah, US President Obama brokered UN Security Council Resolution 2334, declaring that Judea and Samaria (including the Western Wall) belong to Palestine. The resolution puts in place putative legal groundwork, lacking until now, for dividing Israel into a Palestinian state. The exquisitely evil timing of the American…...

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Deeper Meanings of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)

Traditionally called the season of our joy, Sukkot begins in Israel tonight, on Tishrei 15. Despite the ongoing trials of life, the nation takes a full week to rejoice in God’s goodness, as Deuteronomy16:13 commands. Then it emerges strengthened by His joy. What a message to the world – and…...

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Blessings of Elul (September 4 – October 3, 2016)

Special Grace for Intimacy with God On September 4 we entered into the month of Elul. Elul is the 6th month of the year on the holy calendar God assigned to Israel in Exodus 12:2. It is also the 11th month of the year on Israel’s civil calendar that some…...

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Tu b’Av: the Jewish Holiday of Love (August 19, 2016)

  Tu b’Av (translated, 15th [day of the month] of Av) is known as the holiday of love. It is not a Levitical feast, nor is it directly referenced in the Scriptures. There are, however, interesting biblical associations with this historical celebration. Tu b’Av falls this year on August 19,…...

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Tisha b’Av: Mourning Destruction of the Temple in Light of a “New and Living Way”

  The Jewish observance of Tisha b’Av (translated “9th day of [the month of] Av”) falls this year on August 13-14.  Marked by fasting, prayer and Scripture readings, Tisha b’Av is considered the saddest day of the year. This is because on precisely Av 9, devastating calamities have befallen the…...

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Biblical Feasts: The Sabbath

The Sabbath existed well before God’s law was written and given to Israel; indeed, before Israel ever came into being. When Deity designed from dust the climax of His creation—-mankind made in His image—-the universe experienced a holy hush, its first divine pause: “By the seventh day God had finished…...

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Biblical Feasts: Passover

Passover is one of seven Levitical Feasts or “appointed times,” according to the Hebrew meaning of “feast.” The feasts are dates God has calendared to meet with His people according to seasons He has set. Passover was never meant to be mere ritual, but an encounter with the Eternal One.…...

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Biblical Feasts: Shavuot

In Leviticus 23:15-22 God commands that after seven full weeks transpire following the Feast of Firstfruits, we are to celebrate the Feast of Shavuot. Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and the feast is also known as the Feast of Weeks. In Greek it is referred to as Pentecost…...

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Biblical Feasts: Tisha b’ Av

The Jewish observance of Tisha b’Av is so infamous it is known only by its date. The 9th day of Av, the fifth month of the biblical calendar, or Tisha b’Av, marks many of the worst calamities in Israel’s history. Tisha b’Av is preceded by a three week period of…...

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