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.

Restoring Yom Teruah: What You May Not Know about Rosh HaShanah

Last week, Israelis began excitedly preparing for Rosh HaShanah, the secular Jewish New Year. As you may know, Israel observes two main new years. According to Exodus 12:2, the new year which God gave us starts in the spring. The secular or civil new year is celebrated the first day…...

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Deeper Meanings of Elul (August 23 – September 20, 2017)

On August 23 we entered into Elul, the 6th month of the year on the calendar God assigned to Israel in Exodus 12:2. Elul is also the 12th month of the year on Israel’s civil calendar that some rabbis teach was observed in ancient times by the rest of the…...

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Redeeming Tisha b’Av in Your Life

The saddest of all biblical holidays, Tisha b’Av falls this year on July 31-August 1. It literally translates “9th of Av,” referring to the 9th day of the fifth month of the biblical year. Tisha b’Av supposedly traces to the sin of the ten spies who scouted the Promised Land…...

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Today Starts “Between the Straits” on the Hebrew calendar: Here’s how to navigate the season in the Holy Spirit

July 11, 2017 is an important day in the Hebrew Scriptures and calendar, called “the fast of the fourth month” in Zech. 8:19. On this day, Tammuz 17, in both 586 BC and 70 AD, foreign armies breached the walls of Jerusalem. This led quickly to the city’s tragic fall…...

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Why Should You Celebrate the Feast of Shavuot (Weeks) Today?

The levitical Feast of Weeks (“Shavuot”) celebrates and honors God’s covenants of love. (Lev. 23:15-44) An early harvest feast, Shavuot falls 50 days after Passover, on the 7th day of third biblical month. This year the date corresponds to May 30-31, 2017. According to tradition, It was on Shavuot that…...

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Praying for Jerusalem in Her Jubilee Year

Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” The rest of the psalm tells us how. (Translation used is the NIV.) v.1. I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” God wants us to pray for Jerusalem with joy. The…...

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Blessings of Siferat HaOmer to You!

“Then [after Passover] you are to count from the morrow after the Shabbat, from the day that you brought the omer of the wave offering, seven complete Shabbat[s]. Until the morrow after the seventh Shabbat you are to count fifty days, and then present a grain offering to Adonai.” (Leviticus…...

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Celebrating Passover as a Prophetic Intercessory Act

The biblical feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread are just days away, falling this year on April 10-17. Here in Jerusalem, holiday excitement is in the air.  Meticulous pre-Passover housecleaning is dwindling to its final sweep of leaven from homes and businesses. Shoppers scurry through streets in last minute preparation…...

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At Purim: Four Keys to Overturning Kingdoms of this World from the Book of Esther

The biblical feast of Purim (“Lots”) takes place this year on the evening of March 11-13. The merriest of all Jewish holidays, Purim is based on the book of Esther. As you likely know, the book is an historical account of events that occurred in Persia (modern Iran) approximately 2,500…...

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Today is Tu b’Shvat: What This Biblical Holiday Can Mean for Christians

Today, February 10-11, Israel celebrates the biblical holiday of Tu b’Shvat. Meaning simply the “15th day of the 7th month,” Tu b’Shvat is also known as the New Year for Trees. The holiday originates from Leviticus 19:23-25: “When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard…...

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