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Four of the seven annual Holy Days that God calls “My feasts” (Leviticus 23:2 Leviticus 23:2Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
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) fall closely together in the seventh month in God’s calendar. It is during the month of Tishri that the first of the 4 Holy Days falls on the first day of that month. That Holy Day is called the Feast of Trumpets and Rosh Hashanah on the Jewish calendar. It is followed by the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) 10 days later on Tishri 10.  On the 15th day of Tishri, the Feast of Tabernacles begins. This feast period lasts for 7 days and starts with a Holy Day on Tishri 15. This feast is followed by the last of the annual seven Holy Days known as the Eighth Day Feast, on Tishri 22. Since this day is right after the Feast of Tabernacles, it is celebrated immediately following the Feast of Tabernacles. All of these four Holy Days and the symbolism they reflect look forward to a most blessed time for all of mankind- the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth and return of Christ as King of Kings. 

One amazing fact the Bible teaches us is that the Word which “was with God and was God” (John 1:1 John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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) became flesh and dwelt among men (John 1:14 John 1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
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). John tells us the world was made by Him and through Him, but the world did not know Him. Paul tells us all things on earth and heaven were created through Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:16-17 Colossians 1:16-17 [16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: [17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
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) When we correctly understand those words, we can see what we have noted as feast days, which God calls “My feasts,” are also the feasts of Jesus Christ. We are also informed that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrew 13:8). This knowledge should make us pay a whole lot more attention to the Holy Days today. Jesus Christ, before coming in the flesh gave those Feast days to Israel – with the thought that Israel would teach the whole world as the “law” was intended to be taught by God’s holy nation Israel – and as we know, Israel failed totally.

Trumpets were often used to herald the approach of the Lord and some other great events or when rejoicing. Jesus referred to the sound of a trumpet when He returns with power and great glory (Matthew 24:30-31 Matthew 24:30-31 [30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. [31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
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). This day also signifies the direct intervention of God in the affairs of this world. It is shown to be a day of great terror and darkness as the return of Jesus Christ will not be quiet and peaceful. Satan will make war and humans will be infected with Satan’s hateful attitude. God will act swiftly and decisively to end the influence of Satan. There will be great turmoil (Revelation 19:19-21 Revelation 19:19-21 [19] And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat on the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
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The Holy Day called Atonement is a physically solemn Holy Day of the year. It is a day of fasting and of rejoicing. God pointed out the great meaning of this day as a day of renewal. Anciently, it was the day on which the responsibility for the sins of Israel (Leviticus 16:21 Leviticus 16:21And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
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) were laid upon Satan (the Azazel goat) and the blood of the Sacrificial goat (symbolizing Christ) was taken and offered for the cleansing of the people. This day was symbolic of a new beginning for mankind in their relationship with God. We rejoice knowing that the blood of Christ has now atoned for our sin and we stand before God cleansed through Him (Romans 5:11 Romans 5:11And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
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). The King James Bible uses the word “atonement” in this verse and the New King James uses “reconciliation”.   As a further joyful event, every 50 years, the Jubilee year was celebrated on the Day of Atonement. This was the year where people could start over again by freeing them of all debt and returning their possessions. It was a year in which God provided food and crops were not to be seeded. No wonder it was greatly anticipated and joyful – though it was also solemn and a day of fasting. This day symbolizes the reconciliation and unity of man with His Creator and it pictures the removal of the primary cause of sin - Satan and his demons. (see "Atonement: Removal of Sin’s Cause and Reconciliation to God" in the Bible study aid, God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind). It symbolizes starting over with a clean slate with God.

The Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes God “tabernacling” or dwelling with man. God did appear in the tabernacle of old with Israel, though their sin cancelled the relationship. The meaning is still great for Christians today, as the Father and Son now dwell within the converted person and within the church (I Corinthians 6:19). In the future, God will make His abode with all His children. God’s people today are likened to Israel – but we are to come out of this world and all of its ungodly ways. God is leading His people as pilgrims to the “Promised Land” where His laws will go forth to the world. The seven day Feast of Tabernacles also pictures the 1,000 year Millennial reign of Jesus Christ over the whole earth after His second coming

The seventh annual Holy Day is attached to the end of the Feast of Tabernacles since it is the day after that Feast is over. It too is a solemn day of rest (Leviticus 23:39 Leviticus 23:39Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep a feast to the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
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). The Old Testament contains no specific explanation of a purpose for this last Holy Day, but there are scriptures which allude to it. Ezekiel 37 describes a time when all those in the grave will be resurrected and taught the truth. This will be the first chance for these people to repent and obey God and receive forgiveness. This will be offered to the whole house of Israel and to the rest of mankind. We find more information in Revelation 20:11-15 Revelation 20:11-15 [11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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. The dead stand before God and books (of the Bible) are opened to their understanding and their judgment begins. It will be a time of peace without the evil of Satan lurking nearby - similar to the 1000 years of Christ’s rule. At the end, all humans will have been judged after a fair opportunity and those who succeed go on to eternal life, those who fail go to the second death. The Bible mentions the second death in Revelation 20:14 Revelation 20:14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
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, and Revelation 2:11 Revelation 2:11He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.
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Revelation 21:4 Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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speaks of a time where there will be no more death. This can only happen when there are no human beings alive. It is fitting that this is the conclusion of the Holy Days of God, as they outline His plan.

As we conclude the entire view of the 7 Holy Day Feasts, there is a long pause on our calendar from the seventh month back to the first month of the next year when the cycle begins once again. This pause is not addressed in our bibles, but might simply be the as yet undefined future plans God has in place. All of eternity stretches before us and little is said about it, except that we will be like Him (Psalms 17:15 Psalms 17:15As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness.
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, 1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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Whatever the answers, God is always merciful, just and fair. Keeping the Holy Days, which Jesus declared were His, greatly increases our understanding of the Father and Son – and gives us the training we need to be part of their future. This is why the days are joyous and happy days – celebrating the most awesome future that can be imagined.

For more information about the wonderful events symbolized by God’s Fall Holy Days, read the Bible study aid God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for all Mankind.

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