Most Beautiful Shabbat Video Ever!!!!Having grown up in a city of a significant Jewish population, and having gone to school with many Jewish classmates, the experience was gratifying, and has stayed with me all of my life. I can remember two special Jewish classmates that started first grade with me, and also graduated with me; they were twin sisters, and grew up in a wonderful Jewish family. During each school week, my Jewish friends went to Hebrew School, which took place at the end of each regular school day, four days a week, for two hours each day. My question was, “why can’t I go too?” lol
In my adult years, after I began to understand the Godly significance of the Jewish people (Deuteronomy 7:6), I was blessed by the closeness of Jewish families, which I observed frequently. One particular Jewish neighborhood was located near two synagogues. The Sabbath begins at sunset on each Friday, and ends at sunset on the next day, Saturday. I can remember seeing male Jews walking together to Friday evening Sabbath services. On Saturday mornings, I saw women and Children as they walked to sabbath services. The women pushed strollers, having small children in them; older children walked too, and talked to their Jewish children friends. The women would be dressed very modestly, in conservative clothing, and shared in their own conversations. It was a beautiful site to see, especially on sunny Saturday mornings
The festivals that the Jews observed began to take on a special significance within me. During Hanukkah and Passover, I would drive through one particular Jewish neighborhood. I saw groups of Jewish friends and families walking to their specific houses of meeting for their Shabbat (Sabbath), Passover and Hanukkah meals and observances. A warmness would come over me as I saw, through large bay windows, the families and friends seated around a long table. The senior male would sit at the far end of the table. His wife (female!) would be seated at the other end of the table, closest to the window. Candles were lit, giving a beautiful glow to a soul-stirring Jewish setting. The opening video of this post shows a scene of Jewish family and friends as they honor Sabbath. Such a scene is symbolic of the warm memories that are stored deeply in my mind, that I am sharing now.
As a part of this article, I will begin a discussion of the seven, “Feasts of the Lord.” As each of the feasts comes near on the Jewish calendar, I will publish an article on those feasts to help non-Jews to gain a better understanding of a special part of Jewish life that is often not understood by non-Jews
The following video introduces the aforementioned study of the feasts. Each of the three men that are taking place in the discussion were born to Jewish families, but have come to know Christ as their Messiah. The names of the men are (left to right), “Michael Rydelnik, Avner Boskey and Michael Brown.
Jesus in the Feasts of Israel — Introduction – As we continue our study of, “To Armageddon,” which is enclosed in the overall teaching of “The Jewish Prophets,” we approach another time of “God’s Pan For the Ages,” known as “The Lord’s Appointed Times” and “the Appointed times of the Lord.” You will notice in the following verses that God told Moses, to the tell the children of Israel, to proclaim “The Lord’s Appointed Times,” at their “appointed times.
Leviticus 23:1, 2 44 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:
4 ‘These are the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them.
44 So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the Lord.
There was never such a proclamation given to non-Jews to keep the feasts. However, it is a great learning experience for non-Jews, to gain a clearer understanding of “the feasts of the Lord.” The feasts will be fulfilled in Christ, and in end time events.
It is amazing to know that Passover (Matthew 26:26-29) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:19) will be observed during the millennium. The feasts are also known as Festivals.
An explanation of each of the feasts is provided next. More information will be provided for each festival as the time becomes closer. Each festival begins at sunset on the first day of each festival, and continues until sunset of the last day of the festival.
Pesach/Passover — (April 19 – April 20, 2019) Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover, at the same time that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.
Chag Hamotzi/Unleavened Bread — (April 20 – April 27, 2019) Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.
Yom Habikkurim/First Fruits — (April 21 – April 22, 2019) Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in I Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”
Shavuot/Harvest/Weeks/Pentecost — (June 8 – June 10, 2019) Pointed to the great harvest of souls, both Jew and Gentile. The Church was actually established on this day when the Messiah poured out the Holy Spirit, and 3,000 souls responded to Peter’s first proclamation of the Gospel.
Rosh Hashanah/Trumpets – (September 9, 2018 – September 11, 2018) Points to the Rapture when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a Bridegroom coming for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:52)
Yom Kippur/Atonement — (September 18 – 19, 2018) Points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the day of atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).
Sukkot/Tabernacles — (September 23 – 30, 2018) Points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again tabernacle with His people when He returns to reign over all the world from Jerusalem (Micah 4:1-7).
We have been studying. Now, let’s worship.
In The Presence Of Jehovah – Terry MacAlmon
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