What God's Festivals Picture In His Plan Of Salvation

For Man

By Ray Wooten

The Festivals that are listed in Leviticus 23 have both an Old Testament description and a corresponding New Testament reference that shows their significance in God's plan of salvation for mankind of all ages.

PASSOVER: Leviticus 23:5

Description: A memorial of the Lord's people from slavery in Egypt and the redemption of their firstborn.
New Testament Reference: Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7.
Significance: A memorial of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, "our Passover," that made possible the forgiveness of our sins.

UNLEAVENED BREAD: Leviticus 23:6-8

Description: A remembrance of Israel's hasty departure from Egypt, and the Lord's deliverance of His people.
New Testament Reference: Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 5:8.
Significance: Pictures God's people, forgiven Christians, remaining unleavened by ingesting Jesus Christ, the "Unleavened Bread of Sincerity and Truth."

FEAST OF WEEKS (PENTECOST): Leviticus 23:15-22

Description: A celebration of thanksgiving at the end of the spring harvest.
New Testament Reference: Acts 2:1-4, Rom 8:23.
Significance: Depicts Christians as the firstfruits of salvation and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

FEAST OF TRUMPETS: Leviticus 23:23-25

Description: Israel's New Year. Trumpets called the people to a time of repentance and a time of new beginnings.
New Testament Reference: Matthew 24:30-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Revelation 11:15.
Significance: Celebrates the second coming of Jesus Christ to intervene in world affairs, resurrect the firstfruits, and establish God's Kingdom on earth.

DAY OF ATONEMENT: Leviticus 23:26-32

Description: A day to seek atonement and forgiveness of sins for all Israel.
New Testament Reference: Acts 27:9; Revelation 20:1-3.
Significance: Portrays the reconciliation of man to God and the work of Jesus Christ as our High Priest. Also portrays the binding and removal of Satan for 1,000 years.

Leviticus 23:33-43

Description: Israel remembers the Lord's goodness in bringing His people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
New Testament Reference: Revelation 20:4, 6; Matthew 12:41-42; John 7:37; Revelation 20:5, 11-12.
Significance: Represents the 1,000-year rule of Christ and the resurrected saints on the earth when salvation will be offered to all mankind.

LAST GREAT DAY: Leviticus 23:36

Description: A day of joyful and holy convocation.
New Testament Reference: Revelation 21 and 22.
Significance: Revelation 21:3: “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

Taken from The Christian Beacon

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