THE FEASTS OF THE LORD
Hosea 6:3 - ...he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
Lesson 1: Introduction
In this study, the fundamentals of Israel's religious calendar as seen in the holy days, new moons, and sabbaths are reviewed using Paul's comments in Colossians 2:16-17. Additionally, Leviticus 23 is summarized and all the feasts listed in their chronological and seasonal schedules. We learn that the physical observances of the feasts shadow, in type, the LORD's prophetic and redemptive calendar with the nation of Israel. The importance of the name of the LORD to the outworking of His program with the nation is highlighted, and the educational components of the feasts are noted.
Lesson 2: Passover & Unleavened Bread
In this study, we begin looking at the feast days in earnest in Leviticus 23. The core issues of the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread are considered with an emphasis on their historical institution as well as their anti-typical fulfillment in Christ Jesus. The corresponding Jehovah compound names are covered using relevant passages, and the significant connections of the "I am" statements of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John are brought to the forefront.
Lesson 3: Firstfruits & Weeks/Pentecost
In this study, we continue to look at the spring feasts of Israel's religious calendar in Leviticus 23. The pattern of doctrinal presentation established in the previous lesson is followed in this study as well. The emphasis in this lesson is on the feasts of the firstfruits of barley and wheat harvest, and the intervening "Season of Weeks" that spans the two. Passages containing the corresponding Jehovah compound names are consulted as well as the relevant declarations of Christ in John's Gospel.
Lesson 4: Trumpets, Atonement & Tabernacles
In this study, we conclude our look at Israel's religious calendar by considering the fall feasts of Leviticus 23. The pattern of doctrinal presentation established in the previous lesson is followed in this study. The emphasis in this lesson is on the feasts that mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the civil new year. Passages containing the corresponding Jehovah compound names are consulted as well as the relevant declarations of Christ in John's Gospel.