References: Leviticus 23:24,25; Psalm 51:16-17; Leviticus 23:27-32; Daniel 9:3-20; Revelation 13:8; I Peter 1:19,20; Leviticus 23:34-43; Malachi 3:6; Zechariah 14:16-17
For those who keep the Fall Feast Days by the “old” way of relying on two or three spotters atop the Judean hills in Israel to announce the sighting of the new moon** instead of the rabbinical way that uses an algorithm to calculate the astronomical new moon here is the schedule…
Feast of Trumpets
1. Yom Teruah aka Feast of Trumpets 2013– sunset 7 September to sunset 8 September (the first day of the seventh month on the biblical calendar)
Guidelines: Leviticus 23:24,25 – The first day of the seventh month is a Sabbath meaning that no servile work should be done on that day. It’s a time for gathering together with Yah’s people (if you can find them) and blowing the trumpet. Also, an offering that has passed through the fire is required (most of us have gone through the fire and offer ourselves as a living sacrifice – set apart and acceptable for use by the Master). Also, Psalm 51:16-17 gives an example of an acceptable sacrifice, “a broken spirit and a contrite heart.”
Day of Atonement
2. Yom Kippur aka Day of Atonement 2013– sunset 16 September to sunset 17 September
Guidelines: Leviticus 23:27-32 – The tenth day of the seventh month is a special Sabbath which also means no servile work is done on that day from the evening of the ninth day to the evening of the tenth day of the seventh month. An offering made by fire is also required. Most importantly we are to afflict our souls during this time. This usually means fasting, repentance, meditation on Yah’s law, and intense prayer. Use Daniel as an example as referenced in Daniel 9:3-20.
Those who trust and believe in Yahushua know that our sins are atoned for through His blood shed for us. Since He is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8, I Peter 1:19,20), our ancient brethren,patriarchs, and fellow servants that went before us were covered as well.
Today, those who reject the Messiah in favor of the blood of goats, sheep, and other animals are in quite a predicament since there has been no temple (no legitimate place to conduct blood sacrifices for sins) for many years.
Yah does not change (Malachi 3:6). The sacrifice of animals was a type and shadow of the ultimate blood sacrifice agreed to and given by His Son. The story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac and Isaac’s willingness to go through with the act is also a preamble to Father Yah’s sacrifice of a willing Yahushua later.
The truth is that Yahushua (Yah’s obedient son) has always been the way for which sin is atoned. He also serves as the High Priest that performs the atoning act itself. Denying Him means that no one is making atonement for your sins, and no blood is available to remit your sins.
Feast of Tabernacles
3. Feast of Booths aka Feast of Tabernacles 2013– sunset 21 September to sunset 29 September
Guidelines: Leviticus 23:34-43 The feast of Tabernacle begins on the 15th day of the seventh month, and it marks the first day of a week long feast. The first day of the feast is a set apart day in which no servile work is done. We are to gather tree branches and rejoice before Yah. For seven days we give an offering made by fire to Yah and dwell in booths (outdoor camping) rejoicing. On the eighth day there is a Sabbath like unto the first day of the feast where no servile work is done.
According to Zechariah 14:16-17 everyone who survives the coming judgement will come worshipping the anointed King and keeping the Feast of Tabernacles every year … or they will not have rain.
Shalom in our Father Yah and His Anointed One Yahushua!
** Note- New moon was sighted in Israel at 6:59pm courtesy of Karaite Korner Newsletter.