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The Last Days in the Light of God’s Feast Days


“The Last Days” is one of the phrases the Bible uses for the last 3 of the 7 days of God’s master plan, the time of Messianic fulfillment. It is a period of 3,000 years, beginning with the first appearance of the Messiah as sacrificial lamb, through the 2,000 year current age when he is not seen, and concluding with his return as conquering lion, to rule as king for the final 1,000 years of the master plan of redemption. The phrase “the last days” can also refer to the time just prior to the return of the Messiah as lion and king, the end times of this current age.

This age will end at a particular moment, a moment when the veil hiding the spiritual realm is dissolved in an instant, a moment when those faithful to Jesus, the Christ, are caught up in a rapture of love, joy and ecstasy as they rise to meet the Lord in the air. It is the moment when the Lion destroys the lawless one, the Antichrist. He will then take his seat on the throne in God’s temple to begin the age of peace.

The prophecies of the Bible contain a number of different descriptions of time sequences. Many of them apply to this special time of The Last Days of this age, the end times. The problem is that unless you have the keys, it is very difficult to find the correct ones and to arrange them in the proper sequence. One of the most important prophetic keys is God’s Holy Feast Days, as recorded in the Bible and revealed through history.

The feast days have specific meanings and rituals but, in addition, they have prophetic overtones. Prophecy often has duel fulfillment, sometimes called major and minor fulfillment or early and latter fulfillment. It is the prophetic meaning of the feast days that gives meaning and depth to God’s master plan and clarifies the prophecies of the Bible.

The following is a tabular presentation of the feast days, including when they occur in the biblical calendar year, with proposed early and latter prophetic fulfillment; for as time goes on God reveals more of their meaning. The final feast day, the Festival of Lights, is the only one not found in the law of Moses, the first five books of the Old Testament. This feast was prophesied in Daniel chapter 8 and also pointed to in chapter 12. The timing of the first 6 feast days corresponds to the annual harvests, the first three to the early (Spring/Summer) harvest and the next three to the Fall or late harvest.

God’s Holy Feast Days

#
Feast Day
When
Early Fulfillment
Latter Fulfillment
1
Passover
Preparation Day
(Pesach)

1st month 14th day
Israelites protected
by blood of lamb.

They begin exodus -
leave sin behind.
First Coming of the Christ,
as sacrificial lamb,
spotless one who lived w/o sin.
Jesus' blood ratifies
God's covenant.
2
Feast of Unleavened
Bread
(Pesach)
1st month
15th - 21st day
7 days
Joshua & 12 tribes
take Jericho.
Israelites begin to drive
sin out of promised land.
Latter rain of Holy Spirit.

Those w/o sin, 144,000,
receive God's seal.

Wave Sheaf of
Firstfruits
Sunday during
Pesach
Israelites baptized in
crossing Red Sea.
Nation is early firstfruits.
Resurrected Christ and
few others presented to God as
Firstfruits of mankind.
Early harvest of souls.
3
Feast of Weeks
Pentecost
(Shavuot)
50 days from
Passover sabbath.
Sunday 7 weeks
after Passover.
Israel receives Law.

God's covenant
written in stone.
Early rain of Holy Spirit.

Harvest of souls continues.
Church is latter firstfruits.
4
Blowing of Trumpets
(Rosh Hashanah)
7th month 1st day
Warning of 7 trumpets.
Tribulation judgments
fall upon the earth.
Battle of Gog & Magog.
Satan judged
 - into the lake of fire.
5
Day of Atonement
(Yom Kippur)
7th month 10th day
God’s goat was slain.
Tribulation elect are finalized.
Satan will be banished.
Great White Throne
judgment of all.
End of probation.
6
Feast of Tabernacles
Feast of Ingathering
(Succoth)
7st month
15th - 21st day
7 days
Israelites in the
wilderness for 40 years.
Sinful generation dies out
- prep for promised land.
Great/Final harvest of souls
starting w/ purification of
tribulation and continuing
through the Millennium.

Great/Last day of
feast
(Sh’mini Atzeret)

7th month 22nd day
Ezra reads Law for feast
to commemorate the
rebuilding of Jerusalem.
(Prophesied in Daniel 9.)
God's covenant fulfilled!
Law written in our hearts.
New Jerusalem - no temple.
Living waters to all!
7
Festival of Lights
(Hanukkah)
9th month 25th day
8 days
Temple cleansed of
abominations.

Temple dedicated -
miracle of light for 8 days.
(Prophesied in Daniel 8.)
Final Coming of the Christ,
as conquering lion.
Resurrection of faithful
- their temples rebuilt.
Light of the Messiah
comes to the temple.


The spring feast days apply primarily to the first coming of Messiah as lamb and sacrifice and to the giving of the covenant. Their early fulfillment points to the birth of the nation of Israel, which would produce the Messiah. Their latter fulfillment points to the Messiah’s sacrifice atoning for our sins, to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and to the birth of the church. The fall feast days apply primarily to the second coming of Messiah as lion and king and to rededication to the covenant. The early fulfillment points to preparation for and the start of the reign of Messiah as king and the latter to the end of his millennial rule and fulfillment of the covenant, a mature and full harvest.

We will focus on the early fulfillment of the fall feast days. Using these as our guiding light, the prophetic time pieces for the end times will fall into place. The fall feast days revolve around the Day of Atonement. These feast days begin with the Blowing of Trumpets, a warning to the congregation of the impending day of judgment. This is the time to put your spiritual house in order and have deep reflections upon your relationship with God. Then comes the Day of Atonement, when all are judged one way or another. This is followed by the Feast of Tabernacles (a.k.a. Feast of Booths and Feast of Ingathering), a time to gather the fall harvest. It is also a remembrance of the time when the nation of Israel was set free and its people lived in booths in the wilderness (Lev 23:42-43). Living in booths in the Bible is symbolic of being heirs of the kingdom but not yet coming into full inheritance, which occurs when one fully matures in ones walk with God. While in the wilderness, the Israelites lived by faith and were protected by God who provided for their needs. This is a solemn time. This period ends with the great day of the feast, a time to celebrate and enjoy all the fruits of the harvest. On this last great day of the feast, Jesus affirmed the living waters to all who believe (Jn 7:37). So remembering the journey of the Exodus, we see that God’s people had been freed from their bondage and sin, lived in the wilderness where they nurtured and harvested their fruit, and finally, when spiritually mature, entered the promised land.

In using the feast days to arrange the end time prophecy, we start with knowing that the High Priest makes atonement for the sins of the congregation on the Day of Atonement. This is the one day on which the High Priest enters the most holy place and sees the ark of the covenant. Daniel’s 70th week ends on a day when all sin is atoned for and the most holy is anointed (Dan 9:24). Both these events can occur only on the Day of Atonement. So the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th week at the end of this age will come to completion on the Day of Atonement of some future year. Turning next to the book of Revelation, John describes the dead being judged at the 7 th trumpet. We also see ark of the covenant here, the only place it is seen in Revelation, so the 7th trumpet also occurs on the Day of Atonement (Rev 11:15-19). These two points, the end of the 70th week and the 7th trumpet, become anchors on the following chart, as they occur on the Day of Atonement.



It is instructive to take a moment to review the whole story of the day of atonement, for its image spans the entire period of Messianic fulfillment, that is the entire Last Days of God’s master plan, not just the end times prior to the return of the Messiah as lion king. The ritual begins with two goats being presented, one chosen by lot to be God’s goat, the other being Azazel, representing Satan. Next the High Priest purifies himself with the sacrifice of a bullock. Then God’s goat is slain and used to bear the sins of the congregation. This represents Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. The now cleansed High Priest takes the goat's blood into the holy of holies to purify the sanctuary and confess the sins of the congregation. This represents the risen Christ entering the heavenly sanctuary and acting as intercessor on our behalf for these past 2,000 years. The sanctuary having been cleansed, the High Priest emerges bearing the sins of the congregation and then, through confession, lays them upon the head of the other goat, who remains alive, and is then lead into the wilderness thereby removing the sins from the congregation. This represents the returning Messiah putting the sins upon Satan and banishing him to the wilderness or bottomless pit during his reign. So this then also points to the time when he will be released again after the 1,000 years have ended.

Thus we see that the whole ritual of the Day of Atonement points to both the early and latter fulfillments of this most important and central feast day. The early fulfillment being a day of judgment when the elect are finalized followed by the return of the Messiah, the resurrection of the faithful and the gathering of the elect. At this point Satan will be banished alive into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years, symbolized by the Azazel goat being led into the wilderness. The latter fulfillment of this day comes at the end of the millennium when all are resurrected and judged before the Great White Throne of the Almighty. This is the end of probation. Notice also that the fall feast days occur in the 7 th month which reminds us of the 7th millennium.

Returning to The Last Days chart, the next most important steps for creating the overall structure of end time events are the placement of Daniel 12:11-12 and Daniel 8:13-14. The key to Daniel 12 is to realize that you don’t line up the end of this piece with the end of the 70 th week, which most people want to do. The beginning of Daniel 12 is lined up with the midpoint of the 70th week, because this is the same event, the removal of the daily sacrifice. This means the end of Daniel 12 extends beyond the end of the 70 th week. This is okay, since there are fall feast days that follow the Day of Atonement, so Daniel 9 is not the end of the sequence. The key to Daniel 8 is to realize that it does not apply to the end time scenario, and again, most people want to fit it in somewhere. Daniel 8 prophesied Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and so we see its early fulfillment. This feast always begins 75 days after the Day of Atonement and is the end point of Daniel 12 (1335-1260=75). The Blessed Day, when the light of the Messiah breaks into this world in a very physical way, will occur during the Feast of Lights, Hanukkah! This will be its latter fulfillment. It is interesting to notice that Hanukkah always includes a new moon, which is a new month. A new month means the trumpet is blown. This might account for the last trumpet, blown when the dead are raised (1 Cor 15:52). Notice also that the last trumpet comes after the 7th trumpet.

Having placed the key pieces from Daniel, we know from his book that the “little horn”, the lawless one, the Antichrist reigns during the second half of the week of years, a period of 7 years. This latter 3½ years lines up with the same period described in Revelation. This period of time is described in 3 different units of time which are the same in Biblical time: 3½ years = 42 months = 1260 days. This is the time of the 7 trumpets, which corresponds to the blowing of trumpets. It precedes and warns of the approaching day of Atonement. The trumpet was used to call the congregation to worship and as a call to prepare for war. This is also the time of the two witnesses who will add to the warning given to all the world.

After the Day of Atonement is the Feast of Tabernacles, the time of the fall or final harvest of the year. In symbolic terms, God uses the harvest of crops to symbolize the harvest of souls once they have matured and developed in their obedience to God. The fulfillment of this feast begins with the souls who come out of the Great Tribulation having remained faithful to God despite the great temptation of the time of lawlessness. At the Messiah's return, those who are raised and transformed to rule with Christ for a thousand years are but the firstfruits of the spiritual harvest, not the whole harvest. The harvest continues each season for the entire millennium as many souls develop to maturity during the reign of our Lord and his saints, the firstfruits of mankind. Thus the holy feast days are meant to keep us in a true understanding of God’s entire great plan for the redemption of all mankind.

This chart presented has no dates. It is a template, based purely upon the Bible. It is to be used as a guide. If you feel an event fulfills the start, middle or end of Daniel’s 70th week, this chart can be used to determine the dates of other points in the sequence so one can verify if all events fit the correct time frame. For complete details of the development of this chart, see the book Don’t Worry... Be Faithful . The overall summary of the sequence of events can be expressed as follows:

  1. Start of Daniel’s 70th Week  - This will occur in the late Fall or Winter.
    The date it begins depends on when the year will begin 7 years later, which only the Father knows.
    This begins with a strong covenant affecting many nations.
    It will determine the status of the Israelites and the holy city of Jerusalem.
    This process should create an environment that allows for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.
    This agreement will be brought about with the help of one of the Prince of Darkness' agents.

    This agreement will involve 10 king(dom)s to come out of the resurrected 4th beast of Daniel,
    from the Eastern Roman Empire that lost control of Jerusalem but later regained it, from the
    mortally wounded 7th head of the beast that was healed and lived again (Rev 13:3), the Ottoman Empire.
    These Arab nations will unite in their desire to destroy the nation of Israel (Ps 83).

    Keep watch for the start of the Latter Rain, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the whole world.
    This is the time of refreshing and the final warning to get out of Babylon, the time of the 7 trumpets.
    The Latter Rain will occur in the Spring and begin during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
    This will likely occur in the first Spring following the start of the 70th Week.

  2. Midpoint of Daniel’s 70th Week  - 3½ years from the start, in the Spring.

    A final king will come to power, subduing 3 of the 10 king(dom)s and gaining the empire’s power.
    This is the reign of the Antichrist, the one who makes war on the saints,
    the 8th king of Rev 17:11, the little horn who becomes king in Daniel 7,
    the final world empire to be ruled by a human with the mind of a beast.
    The system of Babylon and its king is upon us!

    He will impose his religion upon the world via the mark of the beast.
    He will remove the Daily Sacrifice wherever it may be and persecute those who oppose him.
    He will make war on the saints for 3½ years = 42 months = 1260 days.
    Two witnesses will prophesy and protect the temple during this 3½ years.

  3. End of Daniel's 70th Week  - 3½ years later on the Day of Atonement, 7 lunar years from the start.
    7th Trumpet - All are judged but Jesus is not seen yet.

  4. The Abomination of Desolation  - 30 days later, 7 solar years from the start and on a false feast day.
    Before this day, the Antichrist defeats the two witnesses who are taken up to heaven after 3½ days.
    The Antichrist takes the throne in the temple of God and declares himself to be God (2 Thess 2).
    He will declare prophecy fulfilled. However, this begins the time of the 7 bowls, the period of God's wrath.

  5. The Blessed Day, Blessed Hope  - 45 days later during the Feast of Lights.
    Babylon has fallen, the battle of Armageddon is fought and won.
    The last trumpet is blown as the rapture and resurrection occurs. It is the time of the wedding feast of our Lord.
    Jesus takes his throne as Lord and King in the temple of God and begins the thousands years of peace.

Once a being such as the Antichrist comes to power, we could be enslaved for a long time. The promise of prophecy is that the time of this darkness will be cut short and broken by the one who has demonstrated the appropriate use of his power.


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©2002, 2009 Collins Hamblen 
First Posted: 06/15/02
Last Update: 03/08/09