I am a Christian, why should I care about the Old Testament fall feasts? What are the fall feasts and how are they celebrated today? Join me today as we take a brief introduction to the feasts that occur in the fall.
Before delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt, God gave them a new calendar.
Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Exodus 12:1-2 NKJV
Included in this new calendar were the feasts. In Leviticus 23, we see eight holidays set up, and these feasts took place throughout the year.
According to Strong’s Concordance (#4150) the word feast means: an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose)
These feasts were set aside by God to meet with His people. When do these feasts occur on our calendar. The biblical calendar is a lunar/solar calendar, and the holidays will be on different dates each year from our modern (solar) calendar.
The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the fall feasts and is a time in which trumpets are blown during the celebration gatherings. This is a two-day celebration and begins the ten-day count down to second fall feast, the Day of Atonement.
Today, many people use these ten days to repair broken relationships and repent of their sins before the Lord.
You can read more about the Feast of Trumpets in Leviticus 23:23-25.
The Feast of Trumpets is celebrated this year on September 25 and 26, 2022.
The Day of Atonement was the one day of the year the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the Temple to make atonement for himself and the people.
Today, many fast and repent on this day and remembering the mighty work Jesus did as our High Priest. He forgives our sins and allows us to pray directly to the Father.
You can read more about the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 23:26-32 and Hebrews 9:11-12.
The Day of Atonement this year is October 5, 2022.
The last of the fall feasts is the Feast of Tabernacles.
Today the Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated by seven-day celebration where families eat their meals in temporary tents (or tabernacles) to remember how the children of Israel lived in tents after leaving Egypt. Part of this celebration involved gathering branches and fruit to celebrate the end of the harvest.
You can read the Feast of Tabernacles in Leviticus 23:33-36.
The Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated October 10-17, 2022.
Be encouraged because one day the last trumpet will sound and the dead will rise. I Corinthians 15:52
Be thankful that Jesus is our High Priest and gave His blood as an atonement for our sins. Hebrews 9:11-12
Look forward to the day when God will once again tabernacle among His people. Revelation 21:3
If you want to learn more about the feasts, I recommend our Biblical Feasts and Holy Days study that will introduce you to each feast.
The fall feasts can be a fun time to review what God has done for His people in the past. This time of year is also a time to be encouraged and thankful as we look forward to Jesus’ return!