Prophetic Types

Earlier we quoted Colossians chapter 2:

Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

When the bible says something is a shadow, it means that it is an image or figure; it is a picture. It is a type and in effect, a prophecy of things to come. This is why we study the feasts, not so we can impress people with our knowledge of Jewish practices.

Here is another way of explaining it.

In 1991 Destiny Image published a book by Lou Berthleson titled Holiness for these Awesome Days. Here is what he says in chapter one about the prophetic nature of the Feasts of the Lord.

Our study of patterns will begin with the feasts of the Lord as set forth in Leviticus 23. The Jews saw these as appointments with the Lord Jehovah. They called the festivals Miqra', or rehearsals.

In First Thessalonians 5:1-5 Paul addresses mature Jews about the "appointed" time of Jesus' return. He referred to the festivals, Sabbaths and new moons that were the focus of the Jews' religious calendar.

The word "times" in First Thessalonians 5:1-5 is Mowed, which is translated, "a specific appointment in time, a particular time or appointed season." The seven feasts of the Lord were given as appointments or rehearsals. They were designed by the Lord to foretell the events that would surround the coming of His Son and ever point to the proper attitudes requited of believers.

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