THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FEASTS
While studying the book of Revelation, a major theme unfolds among the Seven Churches of Asia.
Judges 3:7 (GW) The people of Israel did what the Lord considered evil. They forgot the Lord their God and served other gods and goddesses—the Baals and the Asherahs.
Satan was attempting to draw the Church away from the “Feats of the Lord” and replace them with Baal’s celebrations.
1. The Feasts foreshadow Messianic events.
Colossians 2:16-17 (NKJV) So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NKJV) Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
2. The Feasts are special meeting times with the Lord.
Numbers 9:13 (NLT) Those who neglect to celebrate . . . will suffer the consequences of their guilt.
3. The Feasts give the Church a distinct identity.
We don’t worship like the world—our celebrations are different.
Exodus 34:23-24 (NLT) Three times each year every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign, the Lord, the God of Israel. I will drive out the other nations ahead of you and expand your territory, so no one will covet and conquer your land while you appear before the Lord your God three times each year.
If the Church would humble itself and meet with the Lord—allowing Him to cleanse, renew, and prepare us every year—our nation would not be conquered.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.