The Spring Feasts
The Prophetic fulfilling of the first coming of Our Savior was
at His Birth
in Yosef's Sukkah on Tishri 15, as we follow the
Feasts of YHVH through the Good News of Yohanan
The second coming of Messiah Yahoshua, will also be on the
Feast of Sukkot - חג הסוכות Tishri
15 at a time in the future.
The Feasts of יהוה are Prophetic rehearsals that are shadow
pictures of our Messiah, His Ministry in detail
both first and
second coming. The Spring Feasts are completed with His
First Coming, as the Fall Feasts will at
His Second Coming.
Three of the four Spring Feasts are celebrated within eight
Pesach - פסח - Passover which begins with the killing of
the lamb between
the evenings on Aviv 14, the first Hebrew
month, and putting the lambs blood on the doorpost and lentil.
Hag HaMatzot - חג המצות - Feast of Unleavened Bread
that evening - the next day, Aviv 15. Eating of the
Passover begins the evening of the 14th then at sunset
the next day, Feast of Unleavened bread.
Yom HaBikkurim - יום הבכורים - Day of First Fruits begins the day following the Shabbat after Pesach-Passover and is considered
Early First Fruits, these all fall within eight days from Aviv 14-21.
The Fourth Spring Feast is Hag HaShavuot - חג השבועות (Hag Ha sha-voo-ote) and is identified in the Pre-Messianic Scriptures as
Festival of Shavua - שבוע. Feast of Sevens, and Feast
of Harvest EX. 23:16
It is imperative to read from the Torah how these Feasts were
instituted by YHVH clearly for the benefit that we understand
the Ministry of our Messiah, and not follow after
religions on men.
Concerning the beginning of Months for Yisra'el.
Shemot 12:2 (Exodus) This is the beginning of months for you, it is the first month of the year for you. V:14 And this
day is to become a remembrance. And you shall observe it as a festival to יהוה throughout your generations -- observe it as a festival, an everlasting law.
The Spring Feasts were rehearsals of Messiah's First
Coming, and are in celebration
Feast of Unleavened Bread חג המצות,
was declared a memorial to be kept forever.
you shall guard חג המצות, for on this same day I brought your divisions out of the land of Mitsrayim. And you shall guard
this day throughout your generations, an everlasting law.
Wayyiqra 23:5, (Leviticus-He Called)
In the first month, on the 14th day of the month, between the evenings,
is פסח to יהוה. And
on the 15th day of the month is חג המצות to יהוה seven days you are to eat unleavened bread.
פסח - Pesach - Passover and, Hag HaMatsot-חג המצות
Feast Unleavened Bread of flow together; The Lamb was slain on the day of preparation the 14th, it was eaten that evening and
into the first day of the Feast of unleavened Bread - א' חג המצותthe 15th of the Aviv-first month.
Shemot 12:17, Exodus
And you shall guard the Festival of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I brought your divisions
out of the land of Mitsrayim. And you shall guard this day throughout your generations, an everlasting law.
Pesach (Passover) is a time of beginnings
for Yisra'el, Exodus 12:2, This month is the beginning of months
for you, it is the first month of the year for you.
The Yisralites were instructed to take a lamb according to the house of his father, a
lamb for a household, on the Tenth day of the month. It had to be a perfect one, a year old male, from the sheep or the goats.
They were to keep it until the fourteenth of the same month and kill it between the evenings. The Blood of it was to be put upon the doorpost and on the lentil of the house
in which they ate it. It was to be roasted and eaten with bitter herbs
and Unleavened Bread, not raw, nor boiled at all with water, and any leftovers the next day were to be burned with fire. Although
the Passover lamb was killed between the evenings before the Feast of Unleavened Bread, it was eaten at the close of the day
and the beginning of 15th, the first day of unleavened bread
א' חג המצות.
made their dough before Exodus 12:34, And the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in
their garments on their shoulders. V:39 And they baked מצה - matza (unleavened cakes of the dough) which they had brought out of Mitsrayim, for
it was not leavened, since they were driven out of Mitsrayim, and they had not been able to delay, nor had they prepared food
this is how you are to eat it: your loins girded,
your sandals on your feet, and your staff in
your hand. And you
shall eat it in haste.
It is the פסח - Pesach of יהוה.
Our Passover Lamb is our Messiah, the WORD of יהוה. We are to eat His Words with our loins girded, our shoes on our feet,
and our staff in our hands. We are to take the Word of יהוה,
as we are on our feet in haste, and live by every Word that comes out of His mouth forever. We are to have no leaven - nothing added to His Word. We are to accept
what He says unselfishly with all that we are and all that He will make us, that we honor Him and worship Him in the manner
prescribed at origin, TORAH - תורה
and change not one precept. His
Word is to be forever as frontlets to our eyes, written on our hearts and hands and minds. We are
to touch not the unclean thing, and follow not after gods made by man. We are to Esteem Him in all that we do.
Plan of Redemption
This is YHVH's eternal redemption plan and cannot be over
emphasized. Although all other cycles are important to life it is
the Sacrifice of the Lamb
that gives life its meaning. Had it not
been for the sacrifice of the lamb and the blood on the doorpost,
to Avraham, Yitshaq, and Yisra'el would have been
void, no Torah given and no Celebrations to follow, no basis for
our Passover sacrificed on its anniversary, and we would
have been dead in our rebellion, without hope. Our Spiritual
began on that day, and our celebrations thereafter commemorate
both the promise and the sacrifice that gave life
to a sinful people. We can look back to this Feast as the very beginning of life for us, life in the Spirit 'by which we can
only come and worship our Creator.' But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship
the Father in
spirit and in truth, for the Father does seek such to Worship Him. יהוה is a Spirit, those who come
to Him must come in Spirit and in Truth. John 4:23-24.
Within days Moshe (Moses) and the Yisraelites were at the Gulf
of Aqoba before them
and the chariots of Pharaoh behind,
said to the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand still,
and see the deliverance of יהוה which He does for you today.
For the Mitsrites whom you see today, you are never, never
see again. יהוה does fight for you and you keep still.'
The Red Sea Crossing was the Baptism of
millions of His people.
Death faced them on every side. Soldiers behind,
water on both sides, with only one escape, directly
the other side. Life awaited them according to the plan of יהוה,
all it took was Faith to get there. Compare this to immersion in
Baptism, because to turn
back they faced the enemy with swords, to stay meant certain death, coming out of the water was life, freedom, peace, and
a long period of testing. On the 10th of the month we took the lamb, on the 14th we killed it and placing the
our doorpost saved us, we ate it in haste at sunset and into the 15th which gave us the strength for the journey, we were
immersed in the sea, and found life on the other side.
Compare Messiah's Ministry
Compare this Festival to the ministry of our Messiah. Mashiach Yahoshua -
משיח יהושע had just raised El'azar from
the dead in Beyth Anyah (Bethany), which is north of Jerusalem
the Damascus gate to the East about three kilometers,
15 furlongs, and on the way to Jerusalem gave instructions
a colt to be brought to Him.
The Cohen Gadol (High Priest) had just exited the Damascus Gate
to the left to Beit
Lechem (House of Bread) into the sheepfolds
of Beit Lechem (Bethlehem), to chose a spotless yearling male,
on his way back to the Temple Mount from which this
trip began every year on the Tenth just before Passover.
He would bring the lamb back to the Temple and tie it to one of
the pillars to be
left for three days for all to examine, that no
spot or imperfection be found, that it be worthy for sacrifice in
Temple Service of Passover. The City and surrounding
would have been filled past capacity for this event, filling the
streets and shops and every space available.
They were waiting
for the High Priest to walk through the Damascus Gate back into
the City, down the Tyropoeon Valley,
up the steps to the
Temple Mount, to tie the Lamb, for examination.
Yahshua יהושע riding on the colt, the symbol of
a Conquering King, with
His Taught Ones coming
from the opposite direction entered through the
gate first and the shouting began by His Disciples,
Baruch HaBa B'Shem YHVH < ברוך הבא בשם
(Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of YHVH). Psalm 118.
הבא בשם יהוה < Baruch HaBa B'Shem YHVH
is what His taught ones would have been
shouting, and the entire City
half a million followed in shouting.
Remember, The Name יהוה was forbidden to
be spoken by the
religious leaders, they honored the pagan Ineffable Name doctrine.
The religious leaders then began
to say to יהושע, something like,
'Can't you hear
what they are saying, tell them to stop,' but
replied, I say unto you, if these should be silent,
rocks would cry out. Luke 19:40. And the rocks are today crying
out with every archaeological dig. Carved
in stone are His Name
and His Words by the prophets of old. Most who think they are
believers continue in that same
pagan doctrine; They have lost
The Key Of Wisdom. So the rocks continue to cry out as one of
the few witnesses today,
preserved for us that we be reminded.
The True Wonderful Light from Above, השמ יהוה, The Beginning
Of Wisdom, Must come from the Rocks Crying
there are not enough believers that Love The Truth, and
Reverence His Name, in the lawlessness
of this generation.
The City would have sounded like a Hurricane, with everyone crying out Peace in Heaven and esteem in the highest. Waving
their palms and shouting all pandemonium would be breaking out as this was the beginning moment
they had come for, to celebrate the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread
as commanded in the TORAH - תורה.
Yahoshua would have road down that valley
and gone up to the
Temple, which is recorded in the Good News Gospels, He would
be examined by all, as He taught for
the next three days.
This happened on the Tenth of Aviv (Nissan) and in the evening of
after three days of being examined, the Last
Supper would be taking place, and that was the beginning of the
preparation. That was also the day He passed the
Cup of Betrothal to His taught ones in the upper room, and renewed the Covenant. This was not a Passover Seder,
because it was the beginning
of the day of preparation;
the Passover Meal was to be the following night
after the killing of the Lamb.
19:14, And it was the Preparation
the Passover, and about the sixth hour.
23:54 And it was the preparation day,
the Sabbath was approaching.
Make a note at this time, that on the 10th He walked down
the Tyropean valley directly to the Temple
Mount to be examined
for three days just like all the Passover lambs were for many
Centuries. On Days 11, 12, 13,
He was examined that no spot or
wrinkle be found, and on the 14th day of AVIV, He was murdered without remorse the same
day the Passover Lamb was slain at the First Passover and celebrated every Passover since. He went into
the Grave At the
close of the 14th day, the grave held Him for days 15, 16, and 17, and at the close of day 17 He arose again unto New Life
to secure the Promise of our Resurrection, and His Promised Return. Count those seven days. They will make sense soon in this
He Walked As We Walk
In the garden, commonly called the passion, great drops of blood in the form of sweat, trickled
down His face. The pressure must have been great, for He knew what was to come, but the pressure for Him was that His very
Throne was at stake. He had put all on the line for us, and the moment was fast approaching. Scripture tells us that He was tested in all ways like us, but for one major
difference. He had to have enough Faith that when He entered the grave, He would be able to resurrect Himself, for He said,
No man takes My life, I have the power to give it and the power
to take it back, and
the test of His Faith. He asked the Father if this cup could pass from Him but in obedience to His Father, continued in the Fathers will. We all know what
happened between then and Pilot washing his hands of the matter.
Our High Priest
Yahoshua was taken before Qayapha (Caiaphas)
who put Him to
the oath. יהושע was standing before the high priest who said to
'I put you to the oath, by the Living Elohim that You say
us if you are the Messiah, the Son of Elohim.'
Matt26:63, Luke 22:70, Mark 14:63.
This oath was by the High Priest, and to not answer would mean
the throne, so Yahoshua confirmed by the words, You have said it.
When the high priest
tore his garments an amazing thing happened. Imagine you were to tear your clothing in haste and anger, where would be the easiest place to tear it? The collar of the priest
was reinforced that his collar not be torn by accident, for tearing of his collar would do the same as יהושע not answering the oath. The high priest would lose
his office and there would be no high priest for the Passover service. That is what happened and the only qualified High Priest
left for the True Temple Service was יהושע.
Could that have happened at a more appropriate time? Scripture
is full of Works of
יהוה that happen at split second timing.
Pilate examined Yahoshua
just after Qayapha, and said I find no
fault in Him.
This is exactly what the high priest would have said
after the lamb in the Temple was found without fault, and
was said by Pilate exactly at the right moment.
I FIND NO FAULT IN HIM.
You see the Temple service continued without interruption
right through His
Last Words, "IT IS FINISHED." And
there were none anywhere that could stop it. The last
Temple service was performed by our Messiah
perfectly, and By His strips we were healed.
Although we have not covered all of the aspects of the
- פסח (Passover)
service instituted in the
TORAH - תורה, We continue in
our study and take each Feast
in the order that they appear in the Good News of
According to John, who was The Taught One that
the first Feast that He attended just after the beginning of His
was the Passover in John 2:13. This is when He drove
out the merchants and the money changers. There is no mention
of Sukkot - Tabernacles, so it is determined that His
ministry would have started after, since
the Feast of Sukkot
was a Feast required by Torah for
attendance, and to have
missed this would have been a violation of the Torah, but we
know that Yahoshua
followed Torah, so His Ministry had to
begin at just after Sukkot.
Yosef, Miriam, and Yahoshua, as reported in Luke 2:41-52
went up to Jerusalem for the Passover as they had every
year, but this was not during the Ministry of Messiah, יהושע
was then just twelve years of age, doing His
Fathers business, but not as Messiah.
We know that Yahoshua kept the Feast of
after the Passover of John 2:13, for in V:23 we read that
at the Festival and many believed in His Name when they saw the signs which He was doing, and we know that the Two Feasts
There is no way that a comprehensive study
can be done here, but there are books written
for that purpose. What we are here doing is an
and perhaps to bring up a few things
that are not well known among the Brethren.