“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7
“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. ” – Colossians 2:16-17
“But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken.’” – John 19:33-36
- A picture of God’s plan for mankind is found within the Jewish feasts.
- The first four Spring feasts have been fulfilled in the first coming of Christ.
- The Jewish feasts foreshadow the fulfillment of the Scriptures in the work of Jesus.
This post is part 2 of a 3-part series of messages I had the pleasure of sharing at our 2010 church summer conference. The 2 additional components of this series overview the prophetic significance of The Tabernacle (click here to read) and Jesus in the Old Testament (click here to read).
When one first reads about the institution of the Jewish feasts in Leviticus 23, it is easy to breeze by their prophetic significance by simply viewing them as ceremonial relics of the Old Testament Jews. However, upon further examination, we can begin to understand the reason God ordained these feasts and how they lay the foundation for their true meaning as they come to fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
Not only is the fulfillment of these events recorded in the New Testament in the work of Jesus but we also begin to see the amazing handiwork of God’s timing in the synchronicity of the last days of Christ and the Jewish feasts. The sovereignty of God and His place outside of space, time, and matter afford Him a tremendous vantage point outside of history. It is this unique position that we see God working from as He so eloquently projects the shadow in preparation for the substance that is to come in Christ. How astounding is it to see God’s plan laid out in history as it sheds light upon the symmetry in the method and sequence through which God works His salvation amongst His elect?
This is just one more of those instances that amaze me as I continue to study God’s Word. I encourage you all to dive into His Word in a fervent manner and you will continue to uncover gem after gem such as this. This continuous journey of discovery serves an effective catalyst for Bible Study by spurring a passion and thirst for a solid understanding of His Word.