We have seen that Advent began as a time of fasting and preparation not for Yeshua's (Jesus's) first coming, but for His second coming. So how do we prepare?
Judeo-Christian devotionals are seasonal devotionals oriented around the Appointed Times. What is the true Biblical basis of Lent and Pentecost as traditionally celebrated in the church? What do the fall feasts of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur have to teach us about Yeshua’s second coming? What is the true purpose of Advent, and what lessons can we glean from a Christian celebration of Hanukkah? These are a few of the questions addressed in these devotionals.
Yeshua (Jesus) rebukes the Pharisees and Sadducees for not recognizing the signs of the time. This is why it is important to know what the Bible says and what Yeshua tells us we should be looking for. Let's take a closer look.
You may say to yourself, "I have never heard of the Christian celebration of Hanukkah." Yeshua (Jesus) celebrated Hanukkah. We see this in John 10:22-24. Why is this significant?
This is the season of Advent. We know that this time is not for us to do our holiday shopping or for decorating our homes or trees. Those have nothing to do with Yeshua’s birthday or His first advent. Let’s start by looking at the traditional song which is sung when the Advent candles are lit each week.
The Bible tells us a lot about Yeshua's (Jesus's) second coming, not only by the prophets but also by Yeshua (Jesus) Himself and His apostles. We want to look at a few of these Scriptures.
Yeshua (Jesus) spoke a lot about the Kingdom of God. Many of His teachings were done in the style of parables. These parables about the kingdom are what we are going to look at today.
We saw last month that Yeshua is coming back and He will rule and reign for 1,000 years. This time will be called the Messianic Age, the time of the kingdom. Let's go through Scripture and see all that Yeshua (Jesus) has to say about His kingdom to get a better understanding of what it is and what we need to do to enter into it.
Fall is the time when we celebrate the birth of the earth on the feast day of Rosh HaShanah, September 14th, also called the Feast of Trumpets.If you look at the creation account you will see that it says that it was evening then it was morning. The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, God's calendar from creation. By this God set up His Appointed Times like the Spring feasts and the Fall feasts and everything that God does He does during these Appointed times.
From two days after the crucifixion (Passover, which is the day of the resurrection) till now (the 50th day, Pentecost), we have been counting the Omer. Because of the counting of the Omer, these two feast days (Passover and Pentecost) are linked together. The Passover season is now ended. We began with the death and resurrection of Yeshua our Passover Lamb and we end with the giving of the Holy Spirit. So what is the connection between the two feast days?
We have been counting down to Pentecost from Resurrection day and now we have reached the 40th day, the day of the Ascension. Very little is said about this day, maybe because Yeshua had accomplished all that He was going to, and all that was left was His leaving. But we find that the disciples had one very important question to ask Him.