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.

Tisha B’Av Repentance 2012

This weekend Jews around the world, and an increasing number of Christians, are reflecting with fasting and prayer on the historical tragedies that befall Israel on Tisha b’Av (the 9th day of the 5th month).  Looking at current events, it’s unsettling to see the potential for tragedy on our watch. However, God…...

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Levitical Feast of Shavuot–May 26-28, 2012

This weekend we celebrate the biblical feast of Shavuot (Weeks), gloriously fulfilled on Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. According to rabbinic tradition, God gave Israel the law from Sinai on Shavuot, thus birthing her as a nation. On Pentecost, He birthed One New Humanity, the international Church…...

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Passover: A Key to Peace Amid Birth Pains

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”(John 14:27) At this same season, Yeshua (Jesus) strengthened His disciples facing a fast changing world: “Peace I leave…...

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This Rosh HaShanah: A State of Palestine, A State of Prayer

Shalom from Jerusalem as we approach the Jewish New Year/Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana). As you know, this is an extremely critical month for Israel, the nations and the Church. Rather than address all the major current issues, our focus in this update is threefold: (1) to share a word…...

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Happy Feast of Tabernacles from Jerusalem

Today we celebrate Sukkot (Tabernacles), the most joyful of the seven biblical feasts (Leviticus 23:33-44). The mood here is festive as families gather throughout the city in small huts, eating, drinking and filling the streets of Jerusalem with songs of praise. A tangible reminder of God’s provision for us in…...

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The Overlooked Messianic Jewish Root of Christmas

A Messianic Jewish root to Christmas? I can almost hear some of you think aloud, “Impossible… an oxymoron … mishighas!” But I hope you’ll hear me out. If you do, I daresay you’ll be blessed with fresh insight and inspiration. The Messianic Jewish root to Christmas has nothing to do…...

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The Purim Iranian Threat

And happy Purim to each of you! Purim, falling this year on February 28, is the most joyous festival of the Jewish year. The holiday is based on the breathtaking events of the book of Esther. It celebrates God’s miraculous deliverance of the Jews from a genocidal holocaust planned by…...

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The Unleavend Bread of Sincerity and Truth

The manifest fullness of Messiah’s rule and reign on earth is not without opposition. But as at the Passover exodus, God will use the enemy’s schemes to bring us to the place of His promise. He is taking us from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18) that we might live…...

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The Feast of Lights: Hanukkah and Messiah’s Incarnation

Though most believers now agree that Jesus (Yeshua) was not born on December 25, those choosing to celebrate the Incarnation at this traditional time may not be far off. The best Scripture-based estimate of the timing of Messiah’s conception—and in that sense, incarnation—would be during the Hanukkah season. The implications…...

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Israel Celebrates Hanukkah

Nine-branch menorahs brighten the streets of Jerusalem. Freshly baked jelly donuts tantalizingly infuse the air. For the next few days, Jerusalem remembers Hanukkah. She recalls that time, so very long ago, when her sons and daughters overcame the spirit of the world by the Spirit of her God. As 2010…...

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