Biblical Festivals 


The Biblical Festivals Calendar NEW

A list of the dates for the biblical festivals of Leviticus 23: 2017 to 2023.


 Jesus

Jesus in the Festivals of Leviticus Twenty-Three  

For Christians the biblical festivals of Leviticus 23 are rich in meaning and understanding. The apostle Paul describes the festivals as a shadow, with Jesus being the body or substance casting the shadow. In this article we will examine Jesus’ crucial role as the body, behind the shadow of the festivals.


 Passover

A New Covenant Passover Service (PDF Version) NEW

Over the years, those I have taken the Passover with have used the following outline for our Passover service. This service was designed for a small group of no more than fifteen people. If you have a larger group, or a smaller group you may want to adjust the service to better fit your needs. 


Bible Study Notes: The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (PDF Version) 

Under the Old Covenant, the Passover meal consisted of eating a sacrificial lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs. During Jesus’ last Passover, He changed these symbols to the New Covenant emblems of unleavened bread and wine. When partaking of the unleavened bread and wine, do we understand the meaning of these symbols; the bread representing Jesus’ body, and the wine representing His blood? These bible study notes will examine in detail the meaning of these emblems, and more importantly, what part they play in our salvation. 


The New Covenant Passover 

The disciple of Jesus Christ, assemble with each year to observe the New Covenant Passover, on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. In doing so, we are following the example and command of Jesus to gather and remember His death by eat unleavened bread and drink wine, symbolizing His body, and blood. 


By This All People Will Know . . . 

How do people know we are a disciple of Jesus?   On the night of His final Passover, before his arrest and crucifixion, Jesus commanded His disciples to love one another, as He loved them; and told them that this love would be a sign to the world that they were His disciples.  Each year as we spiritually prepare for Passover. We need to  ask ourselves whether we have this same kind of love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. A love that allows all people to know we are one of Jesus’ disciples.


Passover and the New Covenant

The first mention of the new covenant in the Bible is in Jeremiah 31:31-34. A prophecy of God making a new covenant with His people. A covenant very different from the one He made with Israel when they came out of Egyptian captivity. The first New Testament reference to this new covenant is in Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24 and Luke 22:20, where Jesus institutes the new covenant or Christian Passover. In this article we will see a strong connection between the new covenant and the Christian Passover. 

The Meaning of Passover and the Night to be Observed

In the spring of each year, Christians gather to keep the Passover, and then the following night, celebrate the Night to be Observed. Why are they doing this? What is the meaning of Passover and the Night to be Observed?  In this study we will examine the Old Covenant and New Covenant meanings of these celebrations.


Who Should Partake of the New Covenant Passover?

Who should partake of the Passover? Is it appropriate for unbaptized adults and children to participate? In this study we will see that only baptized individuals should take the Passover.


The Suffering and Death of Jesus Christ

The New Covenant Passover is a proclamation Jesus Christ’s death (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). But if Christians are going to proclaim Jesus’ death, it’s important that they know something about that death. This study will examine Jesus’ final hours of suffering and death.


A Narrative Harmony of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ PDF version

This is a harmony of the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. What is unique about this harmony is the weaving together of the four gospel accounts into a single narrative.


Feast of Unleavened Bread

Unleavened Bread Lessons

One reason God wants us to eat unleavened during the weeklong Feast of Unleavened Bread, are the lessons we learn from doing so.   This article we will examine some of these lessons.  Lessons we mustn’t forget once the Feast of Unleavened Bread is over.


Brought Out of Egypt, Why?

Throughout the Old Testament, there are numerous references to God bringing Israel out of Egypt. Why did He do this? God wanted to deliver Israel from Egypt for several reasons, and we will examine some of these.  However, knowing why God brought Israel out of Egypt isn’t enough. As we study this subject, we will learn why God brought us out of spiritual Egypt.


Pentecost

Bible Study Notes: Pentecost in the Old and New Testaments (PDF Version) 

In Leviticus 23, we find a list of God’s festivals. These bible study notes deal with the third festival, known in the Old Testament as: The Feast of the Harvest, The Feast of Weeks and The Day of the Firstfruits. Its New Testament name is Pentecost.


Leviticus 23:15-22 and the Christian Pentecost 

In Leviticus 23 we find the old covenant Levitical ceremony prescribed for the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. There a great deal to learn about the Christian life by examining this ceremony through the lens of the new covenant. 

Pentecost and the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a major theme of Pentecost, because on this day it was poured out on Jesus disciples. In both the Old and New Testaments we find predictions of this outpouring. The Spirit makes it possible for us to: 1) Obey God, 2) Produce spiritual fruit, 3) Have spiritual gifts.


Laborers for the Harvest

One of the names for Pentecost in the Old Testament is the “Feast of Harvest,” because harvesting is an important theme of this festival. Without laborers, there is not harvesting. In this article we will focus on the Feast of Harvest and its laborers.


Feast of Trumpets


How to Observe the Feast of Trumpets (PDF Version) NEW

How do Christians observe the Feast of Trumpets, when the New Testament offers us little information on how to keep this festival?  By examining the Old Testament instructions about this festival, primarily found in Leviticus 23, through the lens of the New Covenant. We will gain a deeper understanding on how to observe the Feast of Trumpets as a New Covenant festival. 


The Motivation of Jesus' Return (PDF Version) 

One of the major topics of the Feast of Trumpets is Jesus' return or second coming.   This occurs at the sound of the seventh trumpet, also known as “the trumpet of God,” the "great sound of a trumpet,” and “the last trumpet.” The knowledge of Jesus’ return should motivate us to change our sinful behavior, and live godly lives.


The Feast of Trumpets a Memorial and Day of Remembrance 

The Feast of Trumpets was a memorial day in which old covenant Israel was to remember their sojourning in the wilderness of Sinai. As Christians we observe the Feast of Trumpets in the light of the new covenant. This festival helps us to remember each year that with the sound of a trumpet - Jesus will return, the kingdom of God will be established and the dead will be raised.  


Repentance and the Feast of Trumpets

By examining the various events and themes associated with trumpets in the Bible, we gain a deeper understanding into the meaning of the Feast of Trumpets.


Day of Atonement

How to Observe the Day of Atonement (PDF Version) NEW

How do Christians observe the Day of Atonement, when the New Testament offers us little information on how to keep this festival?  By examining the Old Testament instructions about this festival, primarily found in Leviticus 23, through the lens of the New Covenant. We will gain a deeper understanding on how to observe the Day of Atonement as a New Covenant festival.


The Day of Atonement and the Meaning of the Jubilee Year (PDF Version) 

Every fifty years on the Day of Atonement, God commanded Old Testament Israel to observe the Jubilee year (Leviticus 25:8-10). The primary themes of the Jubilee: liberty, redemption and restoration, were important for ancient Israel and are of even greater importance for modern Christians. 


The Cleansing of the Heavenly Sanctuary

Hebrews 9:23, apparently say heaven is in need of cleansing from some type of defilement: “Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” Is this possible?  Could heaven be defiled? If so, what or who defiles heaven, and how does this happen?  Is this cleansing something that has already occurred or is it a future event? This study will seek to answer these questions.


Feast of Tabernacles


How to Observe the Feast of Booths (PDF Version) NEW

How do Christians observe the Feast of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles, when the New Testament offers us little information on how to keep this festival?  By examining the Old Testament instructions about this festival, primarily found in Leviticus 23, through the lens of the New Covenant. We will gain a deeper understanding on how to observe the Feast of Booths as a New Covenant festival.


Bible Study Notes: Tabernacling with God (PDF Version) 

The Feast of Tabernacles teaches us about mankind and our tabernacling, as sojourns and pilgrims in this world; as we wait for  Jesus’ return. The Feast of Tabernacles also teaches us about God the Father and Jesus tabernacling or dwelling with mankind in the past, in the present and in the future.


Why Live in Temporary Shelters During the Feast of Tabernacles

There are many lessons we learn from observing God's commands to dwell in booths (temporary shelters) for seven days during the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:42). In this article, we will explore some of these lessons.


The Feast of Rejoicing

The joy we experience while observing the Feast of Tabernacles, gives us a foretaste of the coming kingdom of God. When mankind, nature and even God will celebrate and rejoice.


Living as a Sojourner

Christians are “sojourners and pilgrims” in the wilderness of this world. This isn't our society. We are only heirs of God, not yet inheritors of our permanent dwelling place the promised kingdom of God. Staying in a temporary dwelling during the Feast of Tabernacles teaches us that this physical life is only temporary; that we are now sojourners waiting to inherit the kingdom of God.  


The Eighth Day Assembly

How to Observe the Eighth Day Assembly (PDF Version) NEW

How do Christians observe the Eighth Day Assembly, which follows the Feast of Booths, when the New Testament offers us little information on how to keep this festival?  By examining the Old Testament instructions about this festival, primarily found in Leviticus 23, through the lens of the New Covenant. We will gain a deeper understanding on how to observe the Eighth Day Assembly as a New Covenant festival.


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