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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.

PASSOVER THEN AND NOW: Strange Parallels

  The back story to Passover is a mysterious one. Yet it seems strangely, even portentously relevant today. Exodus 1 recounts that after Jacob and his sons died in Egypt, the Israelites “became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.” (v.7) The rabbis teach the ancient Hebrews…...

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Purim and Resurrection Week: Prophetic Parallels in This Year’s Rare Calendar Convergence

    This year, as Christians mark Holy Week to prepare for Resurrection Day, Jews celebrate Purim on March 24. Purim is based on the book of Esther. The merry festival recounts God’s victory over His enemies’ attempt to annihilate the Jews. Calendar convergence of the two holidays is quite…...

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Keys to a Purim Turnaround Victory from the Hebrew Scriptures

The joyful feast of Purim*, based on the book of Esther, falls this year on March 12-13. (In certain places the holiday will extend to March 14.)  Some Bible scholars believe Yeshua was in Jerusalem for the purpose of celebrating Purim when He ministered in John 5. I will not…...

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Purim: “Observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving … gifts to the poor.” (Esther 9:22)

This Purim, we invite you to join us in giving to some of the neediest of needy Israelis. Together, we really can save at least one Jewish life! Your gift can help spare an unborn baby from abortion because the parents have decided they can’t afford it. ON THE HOLIDAY…...

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A Messianic Jewish Response to Christians Who Naysay Christmas

  This time of year we are often asked if we believe Christians should celebrate Christmas. Surprisingly, those questions usually come from Gentile, not Jewish, believers. They point out the holiday often replaces the Jewish roots of Messiah’s incarnation with folk rites originating or associated with pagan dieties. They are…...

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Hanukkah Foreshadows Victory in the End Times

  Every winter when I was a child, as Christmas trees and manger scenes filled the world around me, I confess I dreaded Hanukkah. Growing up in a non-Jewish part of town when ethnic diversity definitely was not celebrated, Hanukkah left me the odd girl out. But through the year-in,…...

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The Feast of Tabernacles and Prophetic Fulfillments

  NOW THAT BLOOD MOONS HAVE COME AND GONE ….. The Feast of Tabernacles commemorates God’s faithful provision in the past, while anticipating His glorious kingdom of the future. Meanwhile, what does it mean for us today? At its core, the magnificent seven day feast honors and celebrates YHVH’s gracious…...

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Yom Kippur 5776/2015: Prayers and Possibilities for Jubilee

  DOES YOM KIPPUR 2015 HERALD A JUBILEE OR OTHERWISE SPECIAL YEAR? “Consecrate the 50th year and proclaim liberty throughout the land.” (Leviticus 25:10) The date September 23, 2015 (Yom Kippur 2015) has become ubiquitous among the writings of some prophecy watchers. They don’t know what, if anything, will happen…...

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Traditional Jewish Prayer for the Ten Days of Awe

  A powerful prayer offered to God since at least 135 AD on Rosh Hashana, the Ten Days of Awe and Yom Kippur is called “Avenu Malkeinu,” meaning “Our Father, Our King.” The prayer consists of up to 42 heartfelt petitions, each beginning with the address, “Our Father, our King.”…...

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Do Numbers and Letters Associated with Rosh Hashana 5776 Hold Special Meaning?

  The traditional Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShana, comes in two days and inaugurates the year 5776. Could the holiday hold any special meaning for Christians, based on this year’s combination of numbers and letters? Rosh HaShana is described in the Bible as a day for Israel to blow trumpets.…...

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