Adonai said to Moshe, The tenth day of this seventh month is Yom-Kippur; you are to have a holy convocation, you are to deny yourselves, and you are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai.”-Leviticus 23:26-27
The next to last feast on the Biblical calendar is YOM KIPPUR, a most solemn and somber day.
The Fall Feasts stand in sharp contrast to the Spring Feasts.
While the Spring Feasts have a festive and joyous tone to them, the Fall Feasts are much more restrained and sober.
When one finally grasps the spiritual significance behind the feasts, it shouldn’t be difficult to understand why HASHEM made each of these Biblical festivals unique with its own purpose and character.
The Spring Feasts signify a release from the curses of the Law.
They represent a doing away of the condemnation for our sin.
The Spring Festivals teach us that we have been redeemed from eternal spiritual death and that our freedom has been purchased.
However, lest I be misunderstood.
Let me make something very clear here.
We have NOT been released from the PRINCIPLES or the COMMANDS of the Law.
We have just been released from the ETERNAL PUNISHMENT due us for trespassing God’s HOLY Law.
The TORAH contains the Godly instructions for living a HOLY life pleasing to God and if we ignore or break those commands, there will be consequences to pay in this lifetime.
The Spring and Summer Festivals of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and SHAVUOT represent a NEW LIFE and a NEW BEGINNING!
On the other hand, the Fall Festivals have a very bittersweet flavor to them.
This makes sense because while the coming of Yeshua will be joyous news to many, it will also signal the final destruction of the faithless, God-denying vast majority of mankind.
I cannot mince my words here.
YHVH Himself is going to unleash and unprecedented, unimaginable portion of death and suffering upon this planet to a degree so intense and severe that we’re told if He didn’t stop it short, there wouldn’t be any life remaining on the planet.
Planet earth would become a just another sterile slab of rock like all the other countless trillions of lifeless rocks floating around in the universe.
If that doesn’t give one pause for soberness and solemn reflection, I don’t know what does.
While the redeemed have much to look forward to, when we think about about the unsaved around us, the thought of the Lord’s coming is indeed bittersweet.
What about our unsaved relatives?
What about whole nations whose governments and culture promote an anti-Godly lifestyle?
What about the dead end future that awaits our close friends who reject our faith?
What’s going to happen to them when the Lord returns?
No wonder Yeshua’s coming is called the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.