God reveals His plan to us by using “Holy Time” – the Feasts of the LORD (Lev. 23). Since most Christian denominations ignore the clear Biblical command to keep Gods Feasts holy, they do not understand the plan of God for us. While the spring festivals reveal God’s plan for His “Firstfruits”, the fall festivals gives hope of salvation for ALL humanity. Everything though has to happen in its own proper order (1. Corinthians 15:23-24).
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God’s Autumn Holy Days
4. The Day of Trumpets: While the fulfillment of the Spring Holy Days has been completed nearly 2000 years ago, the fulfillment of the remaining four Holy Days is still awaiting. God is working out a 6000-year-plan on earth and sometimes allows for long gaps between the fulfillment of His promises and prophecies. However, we know from Matthew 24:30-31 that Christ will return with the blasting of trumpets. In accordance with the already mentioned account in 1. Thessalonians 4:16-17, Christ’s return will coincide with the resurrection of the dead. 1. Corinthians 15:52 also mentions the blowing of a trumpet together with a resurrection. A combination of these scriptures explains that the gathering of Christ’s Saints will occur just when Christ returns.
The Day of Trumpets now symbolizes the day in which Christ will return with the sound of trumpets and where every living soul on earth will see His sign in heaven (Matthew 24:30). The prophecy in Zechariah 14:1-5 speaks about the very same event and adds the information that there will be a battle between Christ and the armies of the world. The accounts in Revelation 19:11-21 and 17:12-14 refer to the same incident.
The Feast itself is mentioned in Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1 and remains a mystery to those not using the accounts of Christ and the Apostles to identify the meaning of the day.
5. The Day of Atonement: The following Holy Day is always to be kept on the 10th of the seventh month (Leviticus 23:27), which is usually September or October in our calendars. Considering that the fight against the armies of the world wouldn’t take Christ and His Saints too long, a nine-day period between Christ’s return (the beginning of the battle) and the binding of Satan (the end of the world’s systems as we know them) appears realistic.
The Old Testament ritual actions of the Day of Atonement are described in Leviticus 16 which shows the presence of two goats. One is to be sacrificed and stands for Jesus Christ’s perfect sacrifice for the remission of our sins. The other goat is what we call a “scapegoat” since it bears all the sins of humanity when it is led out of the camp (verses 21-22). Satan is the main reason for the earth’s worsening conditions and sinfulness. He shall bear the sins of the world and then be put away. Revelation 20:2-3 adds that Satan will be bound for 1000 years – exactly the time of Christ’s rule during the Millennium. Therefore Satan’s binding and exile will have to happen very shortly before Christ establishes His Kingdom on earth – otherwise Satan would perform his negative influence during the Millennium, which is promised to be a time of peace. Let us not be confused about the timing of things. First Christ returns, then He overcomes the armies of the world, after that Satan needs to be rendered harmless through banishment, and finally Christ can start to erect His government.
6. The Feast of Tabernacles: This government of Christ will last for 1000 years as shown in Revelation 20:4. Even though it says in Rev. 11:15 that Christ’s rule will be forever, the time-period after His return will be limited to 1000 years since God is still fulfilling His plan for all mankind. After that He continues His rule, but in a different way.
The first small harvest at this point in time will be complete (the Saints will be resurrected at Christ’s return) and time will be ripe for a much bigger fall harvest – just as the harvest seasons in Israel foreshadow. This sixth Feast is also called the “Feast of Ingathering” which illustrates its harvest-Feast character. During those 1000 years, Christ and His Saints (Rev. 5:10) will rule the earth and teach the survivors God’s ways. For a defined period of time, all humans will reap the benefits of obeying God’s laws. Therefore the Millennium is a time of peace and prosperity, such as the world has never seen before. The prophets paint a vivid picture of God’s wonderful rule: ““Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it“” (Amos 9:13). “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).
This is why the Feast of Tabernacles in itself is a joyous and rich experience with the best of spiritual and physical foods: “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you shall rejoice in your feast … the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.” (Deuteronomy 16:13-15).
In 1000 years God will rectify the mistakes and deceptions of 6000 years of human rule under Satan’s sway (compare 2. Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). We know that this period hasn’t started yet since Christ hasn’t returned and the world has not had a time of universal peace and well-being.
7. The Eighth Day: The sixth “Feast of Ingathering” has a double meaning: the ingathering of the fruits of the field and the ingathering of God’s spiritual children. However, the Bible clearly states that there is an “eighth day” to the seven-day Feast. This so-called “Last Day of the Feast” is one of the seven annual Sabbaths and exists for a special purpose. On the one hand it is part of the fall Holy Days and especially to the Feast of Tabernacles – therefore it is part of the big harvest feasts. On the other hand it stands on its own, is the last of the seven annual Feasts (Leviticus 23:36) and is the least understood since it is often misunderstood as an unnecessary addition to the already seven-day Feast of Tabernacles.
Some argue that “8” is the number of new beginnings and therefore believe the Last Great Day stands for the renewal of all things as found in Revelation 21 and 22.
However, Revelation 20:5 makes unmistakably clear that after the 1000 years of Christ’s reign, the “rest of the dead” would come back to life. Paul, in 1. Corinthians 15:23-24, describes the planned order of things: First Christ would be “made alive” (v. 22), then the Firstfruits at His coming (those who have His spirit, compare with Romans 8:10-11), then finally (v. 24) “the end”. What is this “end”? The end is what Revelation 20:5 describes with “the rest of the dead”, what Christ means when He says “the harvest is the end of the world” (Matthew 13:39) and what Ezekiel 37 outlines in greater detail. Verse 28 of Ezekiel’s vision mentions “the nations”. Here we see that not only Israel, but ALL humans that have ever died without knowing and living the truth of God, will be made alive again (after the 1000 years as Revelation 20 shows). This is a massive resurrection to physical life and is the beginning of a new life for most people that have ever lived. 2. Peter 3:9 reveals that God wants all to “come to repentance”. God is almighty and does what He has planned. When He wants that all come to repentance, this is how He does it: He resurrects the dead in what we call “The Great White Throne Judgment” (Rev. 20:11-13). For an unknown period of time He will judge them by allowing them to live a span of their lives again. Christ mentions the judgment as a time when people from different nations and different times throughout history will all of a sudden be contemporaries and even condemn one another. Compare Matthew 11:20-24 and Matthew 12:41-42: “The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it…”
The judgment is no New Testament phenomenon only. Isaiah helps us understand that it will be sort of a second physical life after this first life. Even “lambs shall feed in their pasture” (Isaiah 5:16-17).
God is great. He has a plan for all mankind. The first three spring-harvest-Feasts are concerned with God’s Firstfruits: Christ and the Saints. The last four Feasts are concerned with what happens in the end of times and contain hope for all people who have ever lived (the great harvest). The Last Great Day (the eighth day of the Feast) completes this beautiful picture since God is merciful and proves this by allowing each and everyone who has not really known Him to be given this opportunity in the Judgment. God is righteous and will give to everyone according to His deeds (2. Corinthians 5:10).
True Christians, who follow God’s commandments and do His will, keep His seven annual Feasts holy. For further explanation of God’s magnificent plan and especially about His Last Great Day, send us a message and we email you a free copy of our study-paper “The Last Judgment”.