The Eight Feasts of the Lord
One golden key that unlocks the Bible is the number 8. I believe there are 8 feasts of the Lord, 8 I AMs and 8 holy temple furnishings. Furthermore, the Bible can be divided into 8 portions, the last being the last eight books from James to Revelation. One can find the eight feasts hidden in the last eight books in the same order! (Passover in James, Unleavened Bread in 1 Peter etc etc).
I will show the 4 spring feasts form a set and the 4 fall feasts form another set. Each set has an overall theme and yet they relate horizontally e.g. Pentecost relates to the 8th feast.
The elusive 8th feast is the 8th day of Tabernacles on the 22nd of Tishri, the seventh month. It can be proven fairly convincingly this feast is hidden in the Book of Revelation -- the 8th book of the 8th division of Scripture. Jesus, whose gematria is 888 in Greek, made an 8-part declaration in the 8th verse of the 8th book of the 8th division of Scripture: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
The first thing that stands out with the 8th feast, known as Shemini Atzeret literally means "the assembly of the eighth (day)", is the number 22. It is the only feast that falls on the 22nd day of a month. That the Book of Revelation should conceal this feast is not a coincidence. Revelation is the 22nd epistle in the New Testament. There are 22 chapters in this book. It is the only book of the Bible with clear description of the 8th Millennium in its last two chapters. The 8th Millennium begins in Revelation 21 after the thousand years, which is commonly known as the Millennium, have elapsed.
Shemini Atzeret is an intriguing feast. Nothing seems to be happening on this day. It is almost the negative of the Feast of Tabernacles. The distinctives of Tabernacles -- living in booths, the great illumination, the water-pouring ceremony, have completely ceased on the 8th day. Revelation 21 and 22 provide the answers to this most intriguing yet simple one-day feast.
In that glorious 8th millennial day, we will no longer be living in booths because 'the tabernacle of God is with men' (Rev 21:3). Booth is tabernacle and tabernacle is the temple of God. There will be no more booths because there will be no temple! 'And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.' (Rev 21:22)
On the 8th day, there will be no need for lights and candles since God and Jesus shall be our Light! 'And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.' (Rev 21:23). A similar verse is found in Rev 22:5.
We will no longer need the inadequate symbol of water pouring on the 8th day because the Holy Spirit will flow like 'a pure river of water of life, crystal as clear, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb' (Rev 22:1).
While the symbols of the Feast of Tabernacles are merely types and shadows, the reality is seen and experienced on the 8th day where all symbols are dispensed with! After 1000 years of observing the Feast of Tabernacles in the 7th Millennium, the people of God have finally entered into eternity, basking under the True Light, imbibing directly from the River of the Water of Life, worshipping the Almighty in His Tabernacle not made with hands.
Hence, on the 8th day, there are no booths, no illumination, and no water pouring because the Lord God and the Lamb shall be the Booth, the Light and the Holy Spirit the Living Water.
It is no accident that the Lord rose on the first day of the week, i.e. the eighth day since He is the Alpha and Omega. The number eight symbolizes newness of life, the beginning of the end, the start of a set of seven musical notes, seven rainbow colors. Bonnie Gaunt shared with me a very interesting insight. Take the number 8 and turn it horizontally it becomes the symbol for infinity. Truncate the infinity symbol by removing vertically a quarter on the right and you obtain the alpha symbol. Remove horizontally the upper half from the infinity symbol you end up with the omega symbol. This tells us Jesus (888) is infinite and eternal and that is the idea conveyed by the phrase 'I AM the Alpha and Omega'.
Tishrei 22, Shemini Atzeret, and Tishrei 23, Simchat Torah, in ancient times were considered one long day and celebrated on Tishrei 22. Simchat Torah, Hebrew for "rejoicing in the Law", celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. During the Torah service, the concluding section of Deuteronomy (Omega) is read, and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis (Alpha) is read. This indicates that the Living Torah, Yeshua, is a circle, infinite and eternal, without beginning and ending.
The 8th Day is a perfect picture of Jesus, who proclaimed Himself Alpha and Omega four times in the Book of Revelation -- another 8-part declaration. Jesus also proclaimed Himself the eternal I AM eight times in the Book of Revelation.
Spring and Fall Feasts
There are discernible themes to these 8 feasts which are grouped into 4 spring feasts and 4 fall feasts. In the beginning, the Passover Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world. At the end, we see the Lamb as the temple and light on the 8th day, thus looping the eighth feast back to the first feast forming an infinity symbol! (Divide the 8 feasts into two piles of 4 feasts side by side and by tracing sequentially from the first to the eighth and back to the first, the infinity symbol is formed.)
The four spring feasts are Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Pentecost. The first three feasts were undoubtedly fulfilled by Jesus. Pentecost was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit was sent to the Church. The overall theme of these 4 feasts is the Ministers of God! Jesus is the High Priest and the Christians are the priests. Only the High Priest and priests, i.e. Jesus and His brethren, are allowed to draw near God to minister before Him.
Jesus was offered as a wave-sheaf on Firstfruits and the Church will be offered as wave-loaves on Pentecost, which is also known as the Feast of the the Firstfruits of wheat harvest. The wave offering is going directly to God unlike the heave offering and it's most holy. It's God's portion and hence it goes to the priest. When Aaron and his sons were consecrated for the priestly service, wave offering was central to the consecration. This suggests that Jesus was consecrated as the High Priest on Firstfruits with the holy anointing oil, the Holy Spirit. The Church was anointed with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and shall be fully consecrated as priests of God on yet a future Pentecost when the two loaves are waved before the Lord.
The main theme of the 4 fall feasts is the Ministry of God! While the spring feasts suggest preparation, the fall feasts performance and service.
I have still much to say about everything, however, I will leave it for another time. One key thing to bear in mind is: The feasts find their ultimate fulfilment the second time. The first time is only rehearsal. The next great rehearsal is the up and coming fall feasts at the glorious Second Coming of Christ and thereafter their ultimate fulfilment in the 8th millennium.