There are powerful eternal truths found in the feasts celebrated in Israel and throughout Judaism. Many refer to them as the feasts of Israel but the truth it, these are the feasts of the Lord. They belong to Him.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. NKJV
The evening of Sunday September 16th marks the beginning of Rosh Hoshanah. This is the Hebraic new year. Chuck Pierce from Glory of Zion held a conference just days ago celebrating the "Head of the Year." Chuck said;
"At the “Head” or start of the Hebraic year, we have access to fresh revelation for the coming year. Join us on September 20-23 for Head of the Year 5773: The Camels are Coming – A Year to Bridge the Past and the Future and Move from Recovery to Wholeness!This will be the year of Ayin Gimel (73). Gimel is the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet as well as the number 3, and originally pictured a camel. This is a year that we will be looking for the camels to come! This is a time to keep your feet moving and go beyond where you have been in the past, until you drink and eat of the produce of your promise! The Kingdom of God will become the greatest influence in the earth realm (click for source).
Rosh Hoshanah is not actually found in the Bible or Torah. It is actually refered to as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). This is a call to repentance. The feast is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25. To learn more and to hear the shofar blasts click here.
This feast marks the beginning of the "Ten Days of Awe" and it ends with Yom Kippur. These days are also known as the "days of repentance." One of the things that occurred during these days was that all were encouraged to reflect upon their life and consider how they had lived and who you may have wronged during the year then they were to go and seek to reconcile and right the wrongs committed.
Granted, we are no longer under the law but I have discovered an amazing truth. When I studied grace in the New Testament, every example I saw told me that grace went well beyond the law (ie. Luke 19 - Zacchaeus doubled what the law required).
Personally I'm going to take some time to examine my own life and see if Holy Spirit wants to bring to my attention any person I've wronged or highlight for me an area where I've offended my heavenly Father. I'd like to invite you to join me.
On September 30 - October 7 is Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles. It is a celebration of the fall harvest. It is also called the Feasts of Booths. It is one of the three feasts throughout the year in which the Hebrews are commanded to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The first two are Passover and Pentecost.
Prophetically we've seen God fulfill these two feasts. Passover was fulfilled when Jesus went to the cross and Pentecost was fulfilled in Acts 2 with the out pouring of the Holy Spirit. Of the three major feasts tabernacles is the only one to which we've not seen fulfillment. Actually, I expect Jesus' second coming to correspond with the timing of this feast as it celebrates the "in-gathering" (final harvest).