YaHuWaH's Appointed Times
"And Elohim said, Let there be
lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years".
A key word that we must understand in Genesis 1:14 is the word' seasons.'
This word has been translated and interpreted incorrectly for centuries.
The root meaning of the word season is the Hebrew word "moade or moadim", it means "an appointed time, a festival."
Psalm 104:9 "Elohim appointed the moon for seasons."
The word seasons again is "moadim" which is "appointed times, festivals."
we can say YaHuWaH appointed the moon to determine the appointed times
and festivals. In the ancient times the prophets and the apostles looked
to the moon to determine the time of the month. They understood that
the new moon marks the beginning of a month, and a full moon the middle
of a month. This was the ancient method of counting months.
need to realise that these "moadim-appointed times" were set in the
earth prior to the creation of any living being. Elohim had already
created a timetable for His children to meet with Him. YaHuWaH does not
make mistakes, nor does He change His mind. These appointed times are
signs of YaHuWaH's agreement with us, that He is our Elohim and we are
It says in the book of Hosea, "My people perish for lack of knowledge".
For centuries, there has been an ignorance of YaHuWaH's calendar. The
man made solar calendar (Julian/Gregorian) which is used today with its
pagan inspired feast days have been substituted for YaHuWaH’s divine
calendar. Much of the pagan days came from the Roman Church, and the
reason was to separate the Church and its followers from His people.
For more information on YaHuWaH's calendar click here
Leviticus 23:1-2, 4
Elohim spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Yisrael,
and say to them, the appointed times of YaHuWaH, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings, MY appointed times, are these.... These
are the appointed times of YaHuWaH, set-apart gatherings, which you are to proclaim at their appointed times."
need to take special note that these appointed times are not called Jewish
set-apart days; but Elohim calls them "MY appointed times", "The appointed times of
Yahuwah". The word seasons again, is the Hebrew word "moadim." They are intended for all the
followers of YaHuWaH.
times and festivals were given to Yisrael and were commanded to be
observed throughout their generations forever. (Exodus 12:14,17; Leviticus 23).
When the children of Yisrael left Egypt many Gentile (non-Israelite) people left with
them. They were called foreigners or sojourners, and also observed the
appointed times and festivals / feasts. These appointed times are not just for Israelites (Jews) they are for anyone who chooses to come into covenant with YaHuWaH by observing Torah. When you learn these feasts, you
learn YaHuWaH’s ways, and His covenant.
A covenant is an
agreement between two people; therefore in each appointed time there is a promise
from YaHuWaH establishing His covenant with us. If we don’t understand
or have a knowledge of these times, then we won’t know the promise that
YaHuWaH has given us.
In today's society most
of us lead very busy lives, and we carry appointment books or diary's so that we
do not forget our scheduled appointments. YaHuWaH has His own
appointment book in heaven, in which He schedules special appointed
times with us to meet with Him. On these special appointed times His
presence will be especially revealed to us. Of course, YaHuWaH wants to
meet with us every day, and when we take time to meet with Him He
is always there. But, there is a special blessing that comes when His
children meet Him on the appointed times and feasts that He has
set out in His Word.
Leviticus 23, YaHuWaH lists the appointed times to be celebrated throughout the year. The weekly Sabbath is not an appointed time. Each one points to Yahushua past, present, and future, and is a picture of
the redemptive work in our lives. The seven appointed times are celebrated in two
different seasons, which correspond to the two agricultural seasons in
Yisrael. There is a time of rain in the spring (former rain) and a time
of rain in the fall (latter rain). This division relates to the two
appearances that Messiah is to make on the earth: "…and he shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth." (Hosea 6:3)
The spring appointed times are:
Passover (Pesach) and Unleavened
Bread (Matzot) and First Fruits (Bikkurim) which include 2 set apart days.
/ The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) which is a set apart day.
The work of Messiah Yahushua during
His first coming is seen most clearly in these times, as related to
the former rain.
The fall appointed times are:
The Day of Blowing The
Trumpet or Shofar (Yom Teruah),and The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Each a set apart day.
The Feast of
Tabernacles (Sukkot) and the eighth day known as Shemini Atzeret.These include 2 set apart days.
These fall appointed times take place in YaHuWaH's seventh
month which is the time of the latter rain, and contains revelation of
Messiah’s second coming.
Yahushua said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." In Matthew 24, the disciples asked Yahushua, "What will be the sign of your coming?" He tells them in verse 36 "But of that day and hour knows no man…" In Deuteronomy 29:29 it says, "The secret things belong to YaHuWaH Elohim: but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever…"
The appointed times and The Feasts of YaHuWaH have a great deal to
teach all believers bringing a new depth and fullness in our
relationship with Him. In every appointed time on YaHuWaH’s
calendar we find His Son, Yahushua.
and His disciples observed all of the appointed times before and after His resurrection. If we claim to follow Messiah, shouldn’t we want to observe them
For a brief overview on each of the appointed times click here to start.
For more in depth information on the feasts go to Messenger of the Name You tube videos and watch the Feasts of YaHuWaH series (click here)