Lisa Taylor (6 Oct 2011)
"To Susanna re: Sequential Fulfillment of the Fall Feasts"


Hi Susanna,


    Thank you for your kind comments.  In response to your question concerning the fulfillment of the Feasts of Leviticus in sequential order, let me give you some clarification on my view of the subject.


    I believe that the Pilgrimage Festivals form a separate (or additional) pattern from the pattern of the 7 Feasts of Leviticus.  I actually do believe that the Fall Feasts will be fulfilled in order, but I do not believe that the Rapture is the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets.


Consistency in Fulfillment


    Remember that the Spring Feasts were fulfilled in order and in the SAME calendar year.  So, the Fall Feasts should also be fulfilled in the exact way.  For example:


(1) The Feast of Trumpets may be fulfilled by the gathering of the elect when Jesus returns to earth.


    “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”  Matthew 24:30-31.


(2) Yom Kippur may be fulfilled when the Jews come together as a nation and acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Messiah.


    “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”  Zechariah 12:10.


    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.  Look, your house is left to you desolate.  For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”  Matthew 23:37-39.


    In the quote from Matthew 23:37-39, Jesus refers to Psalm 118:26.  It is thought that this part of the Psalm refers to either Passover or Tabernacles:


    “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  From the house of the Lord we bless you.  The Lord is God and he has made his light shine upon us.  With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.”  Psalm 118:24-27.


    Since Tabernacles is supposed to be a joyous festival which requires its celebrants to hold branches, I think that Jesus’ reference to Psalm 118:26 shows us that the Jews must formally recognize Jesus as their Messiah prior to Tabernacles.


(3) The Feast of Tabernacles may be fulfilled by Jesus coming back to dwell or tabernacle with mankind during His Kingdom. 


    In John 7:37, and on the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus said the following:


    “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”


    In Zechariah 14:8-9, after the feet of Jesus touch the Mount of Olives, we find the following:


    “On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.  The Lord will be king over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.”


    Furthermore, the same chapter expressly talks about the Feast of Tabernacles:


    “Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.”  Zechariah 14:16.


    Finally, since the duration of the festival can accommodate a literal wedding feast of 7 days, our own Wedding Feast may be held at this time. 


    "Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like peals of thunder, shouting: 'Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready."  Revelation 19:6-7.


    Please note that all of these things can happen in the sequential order of the Fall Feasts and in the same calendar year.


Separate Pattern


    In addition to their mention in Leviticus 23, the 3 Pilgrimage Festivals are expressly mentioned in Exodus 23:14-17; Exodus 34:18-24; and Deuteronomy 16:16.  So, God Himself separates these three feasts from the original group of seven in Scripture.  It is as if He is highlighting them for a reason. 


    This makes me feel confident that they form an additional pattern.  The fact that the Book of Jonah seems to illustrate these three feasts only confirms my belief.   


    Of course, there may be human error on my part with regard to the interpretation of the pattern they form; but I am convinced that the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles are significant apart from the 7 Feasts of Leviticus.


    If I am right, then the next feast in the sequence of three is Tabernacles.  I agree that the Feast of  Tabernacles would be out of sequence in the pattern of the 7 Feasts of Leviticus, but it would not be out of sequence in a pattern based upon the 3 Pilgrimage Festivals.


    I hope this answers your question.  God bless you in your studies.


                                                                                                           – Lisa