God’s appointment times (seasons in our English translations) are laid out in Leviticus 23 and they are: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Weeks, the Day of Blowing (Trumpets), the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. Each of these appointments literally happen throughout the calendar year, but they also are personal appointments in our personal walk with the LORD.
Passover: We apply the blood of the lamb to the doorposts of our heart. When we do this we are saved through the blood of the Lamb and the angel of death ‘passes over’ us. Jesus died on the cross on this day. We pray to accept Jesus into our hearts.
Unleavened Bread: We take all the leaven out of our lives. We die to it. Leaven is a picture of pride because it puffs up and makes us appear bigger than we are. Jesus is buried at this time. We are baptized and promise to die to our own pride which causes us to sin.
First Fruits: We give God the first and the best of everything we have. This life on earth is our First Fruit offering to the LORD. We give Him this life and promises to give us eternal life. The proof of this is that Jesus was resurrected on this day. He is the First Fruit of all those who believe in Him. He rose again, therefore we know we will rise as well.
Weeks: This is where we are given the instructions to walk throughout life. God’s instructions give us freedom. Not freedom from troubles, but the ability to overcome them by following God’s instruction that lead to life. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one who walks with us and brings to our remembrance everything written in the Bible. When we are immersed in Him we walk out God’s Word.
Day of Blowing (Trumpets): When we walk the path of life that is following the Bible we do not ‘die’ we only ‘fall asleep’. The sound of the Trumpet wakes us up and we receive our resurrection body at that time! Jesus will return with the sound of the trumpet and gather His people to Himself.
Day of Atonement: After we awake we face the judgement. Jesus looks at each of us and rewards us for how well we have walked in His commandments. We face the final exam of life. Did we tell the truth? Did we love others as we should? Did we honor His instructions? Jesus is the judge of the earth and when he returns He will rightly give to every person what is due. This is the final judgement of the earth before He comes to rule over it.
Tabernacles: God with us. At this time Jesus comes to dwell on the earth with us. His Kingdom rules the nations, and we all obey Him. In His Kingdom there is no sorrow, fear, or war. The nations learn peace and worship Him in Jerusalem.
When you know this pattern you not only know how to follow the LORD you know what to expect in the future. This pattern is also a daily guide to life. Which I will talk about in a later post.