The Old Testament or Covenant is a divinely inspired historical account of man’s sojourn on Earth. If we want to know what is going to happen in the future, we need to go the Word and see what has happened in the past to Israel. We have been told to “watch the fig tree” (Israel) to know G-d’s plans and purposes. It stands to reason that the lives of the Patriarchs and Prophets must mirror our own spiritual journey in many respects.
The Fall Pilgrimage Feasts hold much in learning and richness for us. Let’s explore just a little about these Holidays. They are called “Moadim” in Hebrew, giving the connotation of a rehearsal for some event. Indeed, they are rehearsals for End-Time events. The prophetic meanings of some of the Feasts have already been fulfilled, while others are still to come.
The Festivals begin with Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “the head or beginning of the year.” It marks the beginning of the “Civil Cycle” as opposed to the “Spiritual Cycle”. Because the Jewish calendar is based on a Lunar cycle, the exact date shifts from year to year, but it falls in Tishri, the seventh month on the Jewish calendar, and is always September or October. There are two portions read in the synagogues during Rosh Hashanah (Genesis 21-22). The first deals with the birth of Isaac while the second deals with the “binding” of Isaac, and the journey of Abraham and his son to a place of sacrifice as HaShem had instructed. Just as Abraham raised the knife to sacrifice his son, G-d intervened and said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy….Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (Genesis 22:12, NIV) This is a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Yeshua, G-d’s only son, that we might have the gift of Eternal Life.
God provided a ram, that was caught by its horns in a thicket, as the sacrifice. Keren means “horn” in Hebrew, but it also means “foundation” or “rays of light”. The shofar, or ram’s horn, has been used since that time, and will be heard when Yeshua comes to “catch away” the Body of Messiah . “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump [shofar] of God: and the dead in Christ [Messiah] shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” I Thessalonians 4:16, 17, KJV
It is from the Jews that we receive the knowledge that G-d keeps a “Book of Life.” Daniel 12:1 says, “…But at that time…everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.” (NIV) Everyone whose name is not written will, according to Jewish tradition, have 10 days to repent before the Fast of Yom Kippur. These 10 days are called “The Days of Awe.” We who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life do not fear judgment, but rather look forward to His soon coming.
– Betty Cochran