The Meaning of the Feast Days
The Holy Days reveal the plan of salvation both on a personal and universal level. They teach God’s plan of redemption – to redeem man from death and the ways of death, i.e., to redeem man from sin in Adam to righteousness in Jesus, the last Adam.
The Sabbath is the holy day that gives the overview. It encompasses the whole plan of God. It includes the beginning and the end as well as to the Alpha and Omega Himself – Jesus. It was made for mankind at the time of Adam and represents rest in Jesus – eternal salvation for all mankind. The Sabbath was and is the day of redemption. It points to the cross – to Jesus’ death and resurrection. It shows the death of the old ways and new life in Jesus. It also points to and is a shadow of (Col. 2) things to come – the Millennium and eternity.
We show God our love by obeying Him (John 14:15). That obedience must be complete (II Cor. 10:6; James 2:10; Ps. 119:151; Deut. 11:8; 28:1; Num. 32:1112). That includes His appointed times or feasts (Lev. 23). When God sees that we love Him with all our hearts and minds by keeping holy that which He has made holy, He pours out His love on us. Special large doses of that encouraging love pours forth from heaven when God’s obedient people gather together when and how He says to assemble. Those who don’t keep these days that reveal God’s plan for man have no inkling of the extent of His love and compassion for all people who have ever lived. They cannot know or receive the fullness of the love of God when they don’t keep His feasts of love.
Our Father of love, in unity with our Brother of Love, Jesus, and our Comforter of Love, the Holy Spirit conceived a plan of love to embrace all mankind into His Family. Being the God of eternity, He saw the end along with the beginning. He had to give His creation free will so that no one would feel forced to receive the Father’s love. Because He is an allknowing God, He knew all the options that man’s free will would produce. Because He is supreme and would always remain supreme, He foreknew the plans of the eventual enemy and had a perfect plan to redeem all that Satan would destroy.
Adam’s sin was provided for before the world was even created (Rev. 13:8). Our loving God chose us before the foundation of the world, before any part of the physical universe was even created (Eph. 1:4). The eternal rest pictured by the Sabbath day and the Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day was planned and provided for before creation. Speaking of that rest, Hebrews 4:4 says, “…His works were finished from the foundation of the world.” God prepared His kingdom for us “from [before] the foundation of the world (Mat. 25:34). We were redeemed with the blood of Jesus, who was “foreknown before the foundation of the world (I Pet. 1:20). Since Jesus is called “our Passover,” that means God had not only a plan to redeem mankind, but also had prepared His holy day celebrations to foreshadow what Jesus would do for us. These days would prepare His people called out now to teach the harvest to come in the Millennium and in the Last Great Day when the book of life will be opened to all who have ever lived.
The cross of Jesus is the crux of the entire plan of God. The Sabbath that pictures that cross is also a centerpiece around which turns the plan of God. It is the center of the covenant and the sign of the covenant. It is also itself the very first covenant itself that God made with man. The Sabbath and the Passover are thus inextricably linked. God convenes His people at three seasons for seven feasts that contain a total of seven holy days where work is not to be done. The three seasons are the Passover season, the Pentecost season or harvest and the greater fall harvest beginning with Trumpets.