We believe that God created the sun, moon and stars to signal His appointed times (moed) of remembrance, consecration and observance.
Genesis 1:14-15 (NKJV)
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
These appointed times are set forth in Leviticus 23 and are sacred assemblies established by God for Jews. As believers in Jesus the Messiah we are adopted into the Jewish family and can also partake of these appointed times.
Day of Atonement
We believe that within these appointed times, God has laid out His plan of salvation for all of the world through His Son, Jesus/Yeshua. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8) and He is our Sabbath rest (Hebrews 4). Jesus was crucified on Passover and is our Passover lamb; our perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins (John 1:29). Jesus was sinless as represented by the unleavened bread eaten at the last supper which was a Passover Seder (Luke 22:19). Jesus arose from the dead on the day of First Fruits (Luke 22:19). Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples on the day of Pentecost, which is the Feast of Weeks (Matthew 3:11 & Acts 1:1-4). We eagerly anticipate Jesus' fulfillment of the last three festivals. Jesus will appear in the clouds and, at the sound of the trumpet (Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hoshanna), will gather the elect (Matthew 24:30-31). On a future day of Atonement all of the Jews will recognize Jesus as the Messiah "They will look on whom they have pierced" (Zach12:10, John 19:37). Feast of Tabernacles represents Jesus' 1000 year reign with us on the Earth. (Rev 20)
Celebrating Pesach with a teaching about the Feast and mock Peach Seder. MMMMMM Horseradish, Matzah, & Charoseth!
Celebrating Sukkot in the congregational Sukkah, with teachings on the Feast and the waving of Lulav and Etrog.