God’s Appointed Times
Right from the very beginning of the Scripture God identifies time as something special. Within the book of Genesis we find the word ‘holy’ used only one time (the root word for ‘kadosh’).
“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
Interestingly, this one mention of the word holy is used in connection with time. Upon completion of the creation, God blesses the seventh day and declares it holy and thereby sanctifying time forever.
We see this pattern continued in God giving the nation of Israel its first commandment.
"You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you.”
Rabbi Ovadiah Seforno says in reference to sanctification of time in Exodus 12:2:
“This month shall be for you the beginning of months: Henceforth, the months of the year shall be yours, to do with them as you will. During the bondage, however, your days did not belong to you, but were used to serve others and fulfill their wills. Therefore, this month shall be the first month of the year for you. For in this month your existence as a people of free choice began.”
Ecclesiastes tells us that there are certain times which are appointed by God which no human law or technology can alter.
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
(Ecclesiastes 3:1 NASB)
And so it is with God’s Feast which are recorded in Leviticus chapter twenty three.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.”
The prophecies are frequently linked to specific times of the year. In order to truly understand we need to be on the same page with God in time. The Biblical calendar brings understanding and recognition of the fulfillment of prophecies.
From the very beginning, God sets up both the sun and the moon to mark His appointed times.
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”
(Genesis 1:14 KJV)
The Hebrew word for ‘seasons’ is the same Hebrew word found in Leviticus 23:2 used for ‘feasts’. That Hebrew word is mo’ed meaning a fixed or set time, an appointed time.
One of Satan’s methods used in leading God’s people astray is to destroy the beginning. Isaiah tells us that God declares the end from the beginning. Satan knows that if he can get you off the foundation of the beginning you will never arrive at God’s expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
We see this very thing being prophesied of the antichrist by Daniel.
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”
(Daniel 7:25 KJV)
Ironically we as redeemed people, though through no effort of our own, are called to redeem something and that is time.
(14) Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (15) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
(Ephesians 5:14-15 KJV)
Why study the Feasts of the Lord?
There are many reasons why a Christian should study the Feast of the Lord. For time and space sake I will list just a few of the very basic reasons here for you:
1. The Feast should be studied because they are a part of the Scriptures given by inspiration of the Holy Ghost. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” – II Timothy 3:16 KJV
2. The Feasts should be studied because they are “a shadow of things to come”. They point to Christ. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” – Colossians 2:16-17
3. The Feasts should be studied because these things were written for our learning. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
– Romans 15:4
4. The Feasts should be studied because they set forth “patterns” of heavenly things on earth. “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” – Hebrews 8:5 KJV
5. The Feasts should be studied because Jesus came to fulfill all that was written of Him. “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” – Luke 24:44 KJV