Jewish Fall Feasts Reflected in Revelation

The seven traditional Jewish feasts have been held every year, since fifteen hundred years before Christ. The feasts' traditions foretell the major redemptive works of the Messiah; some having already been completed in Christ’s first coming.

Some of those works foretold in the Jewish feasts, however, are yet to be fulfilled.

Spring Feasts

Four of the feasts are held each year in the spring. These four foretold, by the foreshadowing of traditions, the events of the Messiah’s first coming, and these were fulfilled literally and right on schedule. The four Spring Feasts and the redemptive works they represent are:

  1. Passover → Christ’s death
  2. Unleavened Bread → Christ’s burial; His body would not decay in the grave
  3. First Fruits Christ’s resurrection
  4. Pentecost (Weeks) → Holy Spirit given by Christ, thus beginning the Church


Yom Kippur; most solemn of the Jewish religious calendar

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Fall Feasts

The three remaining yearly feasts are held in the fall. These three are yet to be fulfilled in the events associated with Christ’s second coming. These form the basis for what Titus 2:13 calls, "the blessed hope."

These three Fall Feasts are this “shadow of things to come” (Col 2:16-17; Heb 10:1).

A look at what these Fall Feasts foretell about the events for Christ’s second coming will now be summarized for each feast;

  • first, in a few factual bullets,
  • then in a chart.

Noted in the Timing column is Tishri, which is the seventh month on the Jewish calendar, and it falls on the Gregorian calendar in September/October.

Here is what are basically involved in each feast are the following Jewish traditions.

The Feast of Trumpets:

  • Start a new year for the counting of the reign of kings and the months on the Jewish calendar. It can be thought of as the beginning of the civil year.
  • An offering is made by fire.
  • An accounting of who is and is not in the Books of Life
  • Blowing of the trumpets, or shofar , is to call Jews to repentance.

“The days of awe" after this feast is a chance for repentance before judgment is exacted.

This chart summarizes the timing each year of this first fall feast and the traditions that are a part of it. The column marked with the bolder outline, column #4, suggests what tribulation events in Revelation the traditions of this feast foreshadows.

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Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement:

  • Presentation of a fire offering
  • Sacrificial blood is put on the mercy seat and the ground in front of it
  • Sacrificial remains are burned outside the city

This next chart summarizes the timing of the feast of Yom Kippur and the traditions that are a part of this, the second fall feast. The traditions of this feast foreshadow some of the events surrounding the reaping in Revelation 14-15, shown in the column marked with the bolder outline, column #4.

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The Feast of Tabernacles:

  • Huts or "booths" are erected
  • Samples of the fall crop are hung
  • On the final day, the high priest leads a processional and invokes God's provision of life-giving water

This final chart summarizes the timing each year of this third fall feast and the traditions that are a part of it. Again, the column marked with the bolder outline, column #4, suggests the traditions of this feast foreshadow events at the end of Revelation when the Lamb and His bride dwell together eternally.

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In Summary

The Jewish Fall Feasts help me see that the Trumpets in Revelation are a final call of repentance to be among those whose names are written in the book of life. Repent and come out as a victor from the coming judgment!

The feast of Yom Kippur relates to Revelation 13-15 where God carries out the dividing between those who have received mercy and those who have not. Those who have not are removed and destroyed.

The Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows Revelation 21 when God's dwelling will be on earth in his eternal kingdom.

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NiaLee 5 years ago from BIG APPLE

Thank you so much for the knowledge. Beautiful hub. I have laways been fascinated by Revelations and have looked at the signs. blessings on all


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NiaLee 5 years ago from BIG APPLE

I use to be so fascinated that I would read all night...the Book of Daniel too.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

loved the follow through the charts really helped in seeing the connection of the feasts and Revelation. I have always found the book so cyptic. Stuff like these revelations help.


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA

I love your studies, sister Dee ~ yet, I DO have a question:

I'm not sure where you get 'three books of Life' or that the Book of Life contains the deeds of the dead?

I see one Book of Life that contains the names of those made righteous in Christ by faith - the righteous are not judged according to their works (deeds). I also see 'the books' being opened, to judge the wicked according to their works (deeds).??? Ref Isa 59:18; 2 Cor 11:15; Rev 20:12-15 and Rom 8:1; Eph 2:9.

Blessings to you! You know I luv ya!!


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Ms Dee 4 years ago from Texas, USA Author

Hi JD, the 3 books of life are in the column titled Traditions, meaning Jewish traditions. In my reading about their traditions it said they had these three as a part of the Jewish Feast of Trumpets. I agree, there are is not more than one book of life referred to in the Bible :).


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA

Whew! I will have to read more on those "three books of Life" related to the Jewish Feast of Trumpets. I know the Bible didn't say there were three books of Life... I should study more about traditional Judaism...still learning. I recently learned about the mikvah ~ in other words 'baptism' was done alone without the person being touched...witnessed by others in some cases. Pretty cool stuff! Luv you!!


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA

P.S. I found a statement about these three books: "The Talmud itself essentially concludes that the fact of the three different trumpet blasts in Numbers 10:1-10, represents three books, one of them being the Book of Life." The article goes on to state:

"The Jewish Talmud teaches,

R. Kruspedai said in the name of R. Johanan: Three books are opened [in heaven] on New Year, one for the thoroughly wicked, one for the thoroughly righteous, and one for the intermediate. The thoroughly righteous are forthwith inscribed definitively in the book of life; the thoroughly wicked are forthwith inscribed definitively in the book of death; the doom of the intermediate is suspended from New Year till the Day of Atonement; if they deserve well, they are inscribed in the book of life; if they do not deserve well, they are inscribed in the book of death.

Said R. Abin, What text tells us this? — Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. ‘Let them be blotted out from the book — this refers to the book of the wicked. ‘Of life — this is the book of the righteous. ‘And not be written with the righteous’ — this is the book of the intermediate."

I learned something today! Blessings, sister Dee!!


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Ms Dee 4 years ago from Texas, USA Author

JD, Your response about "three books of life" caused me to look more closely and I see one thing you were trying to point out to me--Thank you! I've corrected the right text column of the first feast chart. Here is the website where it explains "According to Jewish custom, three books are opened on the Feast of Trumpets: the Book of Life for the righteous, the Book of Life for the unrighteous, and the Book of Life those those in-between." http://www.christcenteredmall.com/teachings/feasts...


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Ms Dee 4 years ago from Texas, USA Author

JD, in your P.S. I see you found another source that says of the three books that are opened, only one is the book of life. That would certainly parallel better with Rev 20:12. Good to have what you found this other source to say posted here.


Lybrah 2 years ago

I just read a book about this--The Coming Days of Awe. It was interesting, as is your hub topic.


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Ms Dee 2 years ago from Texas, USA Author

The Day of the Lord is fast approaching, so glad you are looking into this.

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