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These seven festivals outline in tion acts in accordance with that stated
chronological order a sequence of events in verse seven:
about to transpire in the camp of Israel,
The Seven Jewish Festivals and are all unfulfilled insofar as Israel the whole assembly of the congre-
The Prophetic Calendar of Israel is concerned. The fulfillment of Israels gation of Israel shall kill it [the paschal
national Passover (the first of the seven lamb, foreshadowing the Paschal Lamb
festivals) in the antitype of Exodus chap- which Israel slew 1,500 years later] in the
ter twelve is yet future, as are events in evening [lit., between the evenings, which
the other six festivals. Events surround- is part way between noon and 6 PM].
ing the Passover must occur first, and this And they shall take of the blood
By Arlen L. Chitwood feast of the Lord will not be fulfilled until [that which Israel has yet to do] (Ex.
the end of the Tribulation. 12:6b, 7a).
The progression of events in these
The seven festivals in Leviticus chap- Note in the type that the Passover
seven festivals reveal a progression of
ter twenty-three constitute what could occurred while Israel was still in Egypt.
events which will occur in the camp of
be called, The Prophetic Calendar of In the antitype Israel will have her na-
Israel when Christ returns as the great
Israel. tional Passover while the nation is still
King-Priest after the order of Melchizedek
These seven festivals are Jewish, not scattered throughout the Gentile world
to deliver His covenant people:
Christian. They were given to Israel, (Egypt is always a type of the world in
through Moses, and have to do with the Scripture).. This is the time when they
a) Passover: This festival has to do
Jewish people alone. And they foreshadow [the Jewish people] will look upon their
with the national conversion of Israel, when
that which will occur in the camp of Israel Messiah, and a nation will be born at
the nation looks upon the Pierced One.
at the time of Christs return. once (Zech. 12:10; Isa. 66:8).
The Lamb has already died, the blood has
A secondary application of that seen been shed (Ex. 12:6), but Israel has yet to b) Unleavened Bread: This festival
in these festivals that foreshadowed apply the blood (Ex. 12:7). has to do with the removal of sin from the
by the events, along with the sequence In this respect, the festival was par- house (house of Israel) after the Passover. Of
in which these events occurred can be tially fulfilled almost 2,000 years ago, what sin (or sins) is Israel guilty? Israel
seen in the history of the Church, but that but the complete fulfillment awaits a is guilty of unbelief, resulting in disobe-
is neither here nor there. These festivals future date. Israel today dwells between dience over centuries of time, with an
are Jewish, they have to do first and foremost the statement ending Ex. 12:6 and the apex of this disobedience seen in Israels
with the Jewish people, and this must be statement beginning Ex. 12:7, and this harlotry out among the nations. Then
recognized. festival can be fulfilled only when the na- the Jewish people climaxed their unbelief,
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disobedience, by crucifying their Messiah However, Israel did not repent, the g) Tabernacles: This is the last of
when He appeared to the nation. nation was subsequently set aside for a the festivals and has to do with offerings
And, because of this climactic act, dispensation, and any fulfillment of Joels made unto the Lord and a time of rest at
Israel is presently unclean through con- prophecy has also been set aside with the conclusion of the preceding feasts of the
tact with the dead body of the nations Israel for a dispensation. Joels prophecy Lord. This festival points forward to the
Messiah, and will remain unclean for cannot be fulfilled today, even in part. But it millennial offerings (Ezek. 45:15ff; 46:2ff)
two days (2,000 years). After two days, will be fulfilled immediately after the resurrec- and a time of rest in the coming age after
on the third day (on the third 1,000-year tion of Old Testament saints (Joel 2:27-32). the conclusion of events surrounding the
period [after the Tribulation, which will first six feasts of the Lord.
e) Trumpets: This festival has to do
end the two days]), Israel is going to ac- This festival lasted for seven days
with the regathering of Israel. Christians
knowledge her sin in the presence of the a complete period of time pointing
await a trumpet calling them into the
very One Whom she crucified (cf. Gen. forward to the complete duration of the
heavens before the Tribulation; Israel
44:16). Israel will then put sin out of the Millennium.
awaits a trumpet calling the nation back
house (out of the house of Israel). Following the return of Christ at the
into the land after the Tribulation, fol-
end of the Tribulation, as previously seen,
c) First Fruits: This festival has to lowing Christs return (Matt. 24:29-31; I
there will be a seventy-five-day period
do with resurrection. Christ was raised Thess. 4:16-18).
between the end of the last seven years
from the dead on this day, and Old
f) Atonement: This festival has to of Daniels prophecy and the beginning
Testament saints will be raised from the
do with a cleansing from sin for a people of the Millennium (Dan. 12:11-13). It
dead at this time, fulfilling this festival.
who will have already availed themselves of appears evident that the events set forth
The first fruits of the resurrection of Old
the blood of the Passover Lamb. Activities in the first six feasts of the Lord, leading
Testament saints occurred after Christ
on this day have to do with blood on the up to events in the terminal festival, the
was raised (Matt. 27:52, 53). The main
mercy seat and cleansing from sin (sins feast of Tabernacles, will transpire during
harvest will follow.
previously acknowledged and put out of this time.
d) Pentecost: Note what began to the house [the house of Israel], fulfilling Then the feast of Tabernacles itself
occur on the day of Pentecost, 33 A.D. the festival of unleavened bread. will be fulfilled during the ensuing mil-
(Acts 2:1ff). Joels prophecy began to be Atonement is to be provided for Is- lennial reign.
fulfilled, and this prophecy would have raels sin of crucifying her Messiah (the
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