Friday, April 2, 2010

Stuff Yourself - What's So Good About Good Friday?

First, I had a miracle healing watching the traffic report. Usually at 7:30 am I am stressed out doing the Zipper Ride on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Today, I have off!

For anyone that knows even a little about Christianity, Good Friday is the symbolic celebration of the death of Jesus on the cross. It is the pivotal event in all of mankind, the perfect sacrifice (sinless lamb of God) hung on cross to be crucified in your place.

One of the most fascinating biblical facts is that Israel celebrated feasts each year. Not only did they have significance to the Jews, but they foretell the story of redemption. Jesus of course was a Jew. If we take a quick look at the major events of Jesus life, we'll see the God used the feasts of Israel as another confirmation of who Jesus was.

Birth of Jesus - Feast of Tabernacles

Crucifixion of Jesus - Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread

Resurrection of Jesus - Feast of Firstfruits

Coming of the Holy Spirit - Feast of Pentecost

"In hindsight, we can all easily recognize that Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Pentecost were prophetic in that they foretold specific events that would take place in the early spring harvest. And not only that, but they were fulfilled on the exact days of the year on which they were celebrated by the Jews. Therefore, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the main harvest feasts are themselves prophecies of specific end time events, and that they will be fulfilled on the exact day of the year as celebrated by the Jews according to the Jewish calendar!! "
Source: Roy A. Reinhold

And there is one more feast, the Feast of Trumpets. If the Bible continues on its prophetic path, I would think that next major event in the covenant with Jesus, is His return to earth to establish His Kingdom. In the book of Revelation, there are last 7 trumpets, each one bring a significant change to the earth. But on the last trumpet, the Bible says this.

Revelation 10:7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets."

Revelation 11:15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."

1 comment:

GCT said...

"It is the pivotal event in all of mankind, the perfect sacrifice (sinless lamb of God) hung on cross to be crucified in your place."

The OT instructs that to cleanse one of his sins, a man must burn a specific animal as the scent is pleasing to god. It is the idea that sacrificing an animal can somehow transfer sins from the person to the animal to be burned away and make the person clean again. Do you think that it makes any sense to burn animals in order to atone for sins?

"And there is one more feast, the Feast of Trumpets. If the Bible continues on its prophetic path, I would think that next major event in the covenant with Jesus, is His return to earth to establish His Kingdom."

Do you realize how many people have continually foretold the second coming as imminent only to have it not happen? Even the Bible says that Jesus claimed it would happen very soon, yet here we are 2000 years later and still waiting.

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