Three Feasts

    Three times a year all your men must come into the presence of the LORD your God at the
    place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks, and the
    Festival of Booths. But no one may come into the presence of the LORD without an
    offering.   (Deuteronomy 16:16)

    In a study of the three feasts we must go beyond the literal interpretation of scripture into
    symbolism. For example when Israel was coming into the promised land they spoke against
    Moses and God, God sent fiery serpents among them for correction.  Moses was instructed
    to place a brazen fiery serpent in a pole that when anyone bitten by a fiery serpent looked on
    the serpent on the pole (in Faith) that person lived.
    (Num 21:5-9). The serpent on the pole symbolized Jesus and the cross; the serpent bite
    symbolized sin.

    In likewise manner, the feast of Passover symbolizes being born again or salvation of your
    spirit, the first step in becoming a son of God. Many go this far and no farther.  Others
    continue on to the feast of Pentecost symbolizing the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This involves
    the salvation of the soul. The believer through faith and works of the Holy Spirit is changed
    into the image of God. The fruit of the Spirit (Love) grows; the gifts of the Spirit, initially
    speaking in other tongues, are manifested in the believer.  The third feast, the feast of
    Tabernacles, is in its beginnings. Jesus said destroy this temple and in three days I will raise
    it up. (John 2:19). The church age  was the first two days; we are in the beginnings of the
    third day. Jesus is raising up His temple.

    Eph 4:8  Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he
    gave gifts to men."
    Eph 4:9  (In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into
    the lower parts of the earth?
    Eph 4:10  He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that
    he might fill all things.)
    Eph 4:11  And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
    Eph 4:12  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
    Eph 4:13  until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
    to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
    Eph 4:14  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried
    about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
    Eph 4:15  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is
    the head, into Christ,
    Eph 4:16  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is
    equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up
    in love.

    The Feast of Unleavened Bread  -  Passover  -  Born again (Salvation of your spirit)

    The Feast of Weeks   -  Pentecost  -  Holy Spirit Baptism (salvation of your soul)

    The Feast of Booths  -  Tabernacles  -  Salvation of your body (incorruptibility and immortality)
    New Life Ministries
15 S Catherine LaGrange, Il  60525
    (708) 352-5435
    A Sonship Church
    Ray Janisch, Pierre Ruffin, & Bill Kerr Co-pastors