"So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a Feast of the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance." Exodus 12:14
As believers today we are grafted into Israel ref. Romans 11 and adopted into the family of God ref. Rom 8. Those that observe His feasts are given a name better than sons & daughters.
ref. Isaiah 56:5-7
The Feasts of the Lord
God introduced His Feasts to Israel who were at Mount Sinai; at this time Israel consisted of Hebrews (the native born) and the foreigners who came out of Egypt (non-Jews i.e. the gentile believers). As has been pointed out before on this site, we see evidence of His feasts prior to Mount Sinai - a Passover lamb with Cain and Abel. These feasts are found in the Bible in Leviticus 23 and they are called "the feasts of the Lord" not Feasts of the Jews. They were “holy convocations” that took place at His "appointed times".
In God’s feasts we see the 1st and 2nd coming of the Messiah, the overview of the Wedding process, how believers grow in maturity and so much more. The use of agricultural examples is familiar to everyone and why its so easy to explain. The feasts of the Lord fall into two groups. The first three feasts Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits occur in rapid succession in the spring of the year over a period of eight days. They came to be referred to collectively as "Passover." The fourth feast, Harvest, occurs fifty days later, at the beginning of the summer. By New Testament times this feast had come to be known by its Greek name, Pentecost, a word meaning fifty.
To find out more on the Feasts of the Lord check out these videos...
Feasts of the Lord - Part 1
Observing the Feasts of the Lord!
Too many times believers think that the Feasts of the Lord are "Jewish" feasts. That they only apply to Jews. Yet when we look at the scriptures we see that is NOT the truth...
"These are theFeasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. Leviticus 23:4
There are also examples of these feasts being observed in the New Testament...
Feast of Passover / Pesach - Matthew 26:2, 17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 2:41-42, 22:1, 7-20, John 2:13, 23, 6:4, 13:1-30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.
Feast of Unleavened Bread / Chag Hamotzi - Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 2:41-42, 22:1&7, Acts 20:6, 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.
Feast of Weeks / Pentecost / Shavuot - Acts 2:1-21, 20:16, 1 Corinthians 16:8
Feast of Trumpets / Yom Teruah - Matthew 24:30-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 11:15
Day of Atonement / Yom Kippur - Acts 27:9
Feast of Tabernacles / Sukkot - John 7:1-2, 8, 10, 14; Acts 18:21
Feasts of the Lord - Part 2
Feasts of the Lord - Part 3
Feasts of the Lord - Part 4
The last three feasts Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles extend over a period of twenty-one days in the fall of the year. The spring feasts have already been fulfilled by Yeshua/Jesus during His first coming. We believe that He will fulfill these during His second coming.