The Biblical holidays* are the ancient “Feasts of the Lord.” They are God’s appointed times and can be seen on our full Jewish Calendar. Each memorializes a special event in our Judeo-Christian history. Each offers a window of blessing, opportunity and revelation for both the present and the future. Collectively they create a powerful yearly cycle for us to live by. The Lord embedded unique spiritual themes within each that promotes spiritual development and the abundant life we’ve been promised. You’ll also discover the Bible Holidays correspond to Gods plan of redemption, end time events and Jesus’ first coming and His second coming. Jesus celebrated the Biblical Holidays and as His followers we should too.
Here is what Adonai says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, ‘Which one is the good way?’ Take it, and you will find rest for your souls…. Jeremiah 6:16 CJB
Rosh Hashanah – The Feast of Trumpets
begins at sunset Monday, September 6, 2021 and ends at sunset Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
Rosh Hashanah which means ‘Head of the Year’ is one of the most wonderful celebrations scheduled on God’s divine calendar. It is the Biblical New Year and a time for new possibilities, new goals and new beginnings. One of the customs includes the eating of the apples and honey to represent the coming sweet New Year God has planned for us.
Shabbat of Return – Shabbat Shuva
begins Friday, September 10, 2021 at sunset
This is the special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is also referred to as Shabbat Teshuvah because it falls during these Ten Days of Repentance. This Shabbat is named after the first word of the Haftarah from Hosea 14:2-10 and means “Return!” It’s a time to focus on Torah study, prayer, forgiveness and repentance.
Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement
begins at sunset Wednesday, September 15, 2021 and ends at sunset Thursday, September 16, 2021.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the biblical year and considered the most important of all Bible holidays. This is an appointed time for God to break every curse and releases every blessing as described in Leviticus 16. Verse 30; ‘…on that day … you will be purified in the Lord’s presence from all your sins.’ NLT. Two powerful traditions associated with Yom Kippur are the fasting describes in Isaiah 58 and a re-baptism which symbolizes the purity that comes with forgiveness of sins.
Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles
begins at sunset Monday, September 20, 2021 and ends at sunset Monday, September 27, 2021.
Sukkot is the 7th and final of the “Feasts of the Lord.” It commemorates the miraculous protection the Lord provided for the children of Israel coming out of Egypt. The word “Sukkot” means “booths,” and refers to the temporary dwellings that God commanded His people to live in during this 7-day holiday. Because this is one of three great pilgrimage festivals (Passover, Shavuot) it is also the time to sow a first fruits offering before the Lord. This opens the windows of Heaven and brings the promise of a miracle harvest as described in Malachi 3.
Chanukah – The Festival of Lights
begins at sunset November 28, 2021 and ends at sunset December 6, 2021
Chanukah celebrates the miracle of the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks and the regaining of control of Jerusalem. This special 8-day celebration commemorates the rededication of the Temple and the miracle of the oil that burnt for 8 days in the Temple Menorah. The miracle victory and miracle provision God gave has always signified that Chanukah is a season of miracles. It’s traditional to light a Chanukah menorah each night to release the miracles and blessings of God. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “to dedicate” and is referred to in John 10:22 as the Feast of Dedication.
begins at sunset March 16, 2022 and ends at sunset March 17, 2022
Purim celebrates how God miraculously delivered Queen Esther and the nation of Israel. It’s called the time of the hidden hand of God. Even though the name of God doesn’t openly appear anywhere in the Book of Esther; it is their hidden in Hebrew, reminding us of God’s great power to make ALL things work together for our good. Haman who is the villain in this story, devised a wicked strategy to destroy the Jewish people. What he didn’t plan on was God moving behind the scenes to turn every circumstance upside down. What God did for His people then, He wants to do for you during Purim!
Passover - Easter
begins at sunset April 15, 2022 and ends at sunset Saturday, April 23, 2022
Passover is the oldest continuously observed religious ceremony in the world, going back nearly 3,500 years. It celebrates the miracle of God bringing Israel coming out of the bondage and slavery of Egypt. For Christians this foreshadows the redeeming work of Jesus as The Passover Lamb. Ancient wisdom teaches God set up His divine calendar so that Passover would be the first of 7 holidays. He wanted this incredible act of grace and redemption to be the reference point for all the others. This is the first of three pilgrimage festivals (Shavuot, Sukkot) when we bring a special Passover first fruits offering.
Shavuot - Pentecost - The Feast of Weeks
begins at sunset June 4, 2022 and ends at sunset Monday, June 6, 2022
Shavuot celebrates the revelation of the Ten Commandments and the Torah God gave Israel at Mt Sinai – which contain the divine principles and standards for governing the nation and living a successful life. It comes after a special 7 week period that began at Passover the Bible calls ‘Counting the Omer.’ The time between both holidays commemorates the powerful spiritual journey and transformation that took place. Christians now observe Shavuot as Pentecost (50) and celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is the second of our first fruit offerings.