Lev. 23:2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.”
There are two important words that I need you to look at in this passage. The first is the word “feasts” and the second is “assemblies.” If you are like me, when you hear the word “feasts” you are probably thinking of food and lots of it. But this isn’t what this word means in the passage above. The Hebrew word is “mo’ed” which means “an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; a festival”.
The word “assemblies” on the other hand is “miqra” which means “something called out, that is, a public meeting.” But it also means “a rehearsal”. So God was setting up a fixed time for Israel to “rehearse” future coming events. And whatever it is they are rehearsing, it must be very important because they had to rehearse it for centuries to come and to remind them every year! If we will dig deeper into them, we will know that these feasts are rehearsals of the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah, the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, the resurrection of the believers, the Rapture, the Great Tribulation and finally, the coming Messianic Kingdom!
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