The Prophetic Fall Holidays

Most Christians don’t know about the Fall Holidays of ancient Israel; Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Tabernacles (Sukkoth).

2018 the Fall Holiday Dates:

  • Rosh Hashanah (New Year) begins the evening of Saturday, September 9.
  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins the evening of Tuesday September 18.
  • Sukkoth (Tabernacles) begins the evening of Sunday September 23.

If the spring festivals so clearly prophesied the first coming of Messiah, it stands to reason that the fall festivals are also prophetic of His second coming. The way these holidays are celebrated reveals specific information of the way they will be prophetically fulfilled.

Preparations for the Fall Holidays begin a full month in advance. On the Jewish calendar is a forty-day season called Teshuvah (return or repentance.) It begins on Elul 1 and ends on the Day of Atonement (Tishri 10). This forty-day season is a time for one to annually examine his life and restore relationships between God and man. The first thirty days of this season are the thirty days of the month of Elul. The last ten days of this forty-day season are the Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement, or the ten High Holy Days (Days of Awe).

The Jews start the celebration of the Fall Holidays thirty days prior to the Feast of Trumpets, which falls on the first day of the seventh month. For thirty days the shofar is blown every morning in the Synagogue to remind the people that the holy days are approaching, and that they should prepare themselves. Their preparation consists of confessing their sins and seeking forgiveness, and going back to fix mistakes made during the year. The ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) are called the Days of Awe.

The long period between The Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Trumpets is symbolic of the long period between the formation of the church at the Feast of Weeks and the regathering of Israel to the trumpet blast calling all born again believers.

Picture drawn by my son when he was 10 (I told him to draw a “booth” for Tabernacles.

Feast of Trumpets/ RoshHashana

The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) is the Jewish New Year, and begins the high Holy Days in the seventh month (corresponding to September or October). It is a celebration of the spiritual birthday of the world or creation, and is celebrated with blowing of the trumpets (Lev. 23:23-25).

The Feast of Trumpets is a powerful prophetic look at the final days and Messiah’s return. Jewish eschatology teaches that on the Day of Atonement after six thousand years are complete, the Day of the Lord will come. On that day the shofar will sound and the righteous will be resurrected (Rev. 3:7-11).

The Day of Atonement /Yom Kipper

The holiest day in the Jewish year (a fast day not a feast day), the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), is spent in fasting, prayer, and confession. This was one gracious day a year given by God that each individual could receive forgiveness. The high priest enters the holy of holies to make atonement for the nation by sacrificing an animal (Lev. 23:26-32). Jesus has provided our atonement, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Rom. 3:23) and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Him.

Feast of Tabernacles / Sukkoth

Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth or Booths) is celebrated Tishri 15 as outlined in Leviticus 23:33-43. This seven-day harvest festival, during which the Jewish people are told to live in “booths,” or temporary shelters, is a reminder to future generations of how the Israelites had also lived in booths when God delivered them out of Egypt. A number of Christians believe this is the date of Christ’s birth when He came to “tabernacle among us.”

We should look forward expectantly to the Feast of Tabernacles, just as we look forward to the coming of the Messiah to bring His government, His Kingdom, and His laws (Mic. 4:1).

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  1. Stacey says:

    Hey very nice blog!! Will add to feed reader 🙂

    • Tatiane says:

      Emotionally-wise, it’s hard for me to start my own traditions. I want to be at my Mum’s place with her doing. Not so I don’t have to, but beucase it doesn’t seem right doing it without her. I know how you’re feeling. Maybe you could start with a celebration that you don’t have memories tied to…?

  2. Lisa Schroeder says:

    Can you tell me what miracles Jesus performed on the Day of Atonement? I have wondered if He was speaking of this fast when His disciples asked Him why they could not cast out the unclean spirit in the boy in Mark 9.
    Thank you

  3. Julia says:

    Yeah, it is also very interesting that Rosh Hashanah is the only Jewish Feast that binges on a new moon meaning that no one knows exactly when the new moon comes in give or take a day.So No Man will know the day or the Hour of Rosh Hashanah and/ or that of the rapture. I am not setting a date either I am just saying . and Of course we wouldn’t know the exact year either this year, next year, the year after or maybe (Romans 11:35??) when the fulness of the gentiles comes in of course, with G_D couldn’t that happen on Rosh Hashanah???? I bet it could.

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