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.

Happy Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) 5774 from Israel

Sukkot is the most joyful of all the biblical feasts and, relieved for now of the Syria threat, Israelis are in a happy mood. Everything about Sukkot reflects God’s faithful, near Presence. The Torah reading (Parasha) for the week of Sukkot includes these encouraging verses from Exodus 33: “My Presence…...

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  The Alarm is Sounding The Feast of Trumpets foreshadows the heavenly trumpet heralding Messiah’s return (see 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17). It ushers in the Ten Days of Awe, a period of sober prayer and repentance, culminating on the Day of Atonement (September 14). It is a time…...

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Celebrating New Months and Moons

  Rosh Chodesh is one of the biblical feasts of the Lord: “At the beginning of your months you shall present a burnt offering to the Lord…a grain offering…of a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord [and] drink offering.” (Numbers 28:11-14) Rosh Chodesh is Hebrew for…...

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Purim, the Prince of Persia and Iran

“…Celebrate yearly the 14th and 15th days of the month of Adar, as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy.” (Esther 9:21) The holiday of Purim, based on the book of Esther, falls this year on March…...

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Aligning with God’s Calendar: After the Resurrection

“Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32) Yesterday the Body of Messiah around the world celebrated the incomparable and triumphant majesty of His Resurrection. I love re-engaging each year with the glorious fulfillment of the…...

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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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