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Will Jesus fulfill each of the seven biblical feasts?

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

Yes. The Feasts of the Lord are a collective picture of God’s plan of redemption. The celebration of the Biblical Holidays are all strangely unfamiliar to many Christians nowadays but they were faithfully kept and honored by early Jew and Gentile followers of Messiah in the first century when Christianity was practiced in its purest form.

Please pray about joining the First Century Movement which, among other things, seeks to observe God’s ordained feasts instead of the pagan holidays that much of Christendom wrongly practices today.

- Luis Josephus

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Jesus has already fulfilled 4 out of 7 feasts

Four were fulfilled at His first coming, and the last 3 will be fulfilled when He returns again.

1. Jesus was crucified on Passover as the holy and sinless Lamb of God

2. He was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread

3. He was raised from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits, the firstborn from the dead

4. He sent the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost where 3000 souls were harvested in one day and the New Testament Church began

5. He will rapture believers – both dead and alive – on the Feast of Trumpets

6. He will sit on His throne in Jerusalem and judge the world on the Day of Atonement

7. He will establish His earthly kingdom on the Feast of Tabernacle where He shall rule and tabernacle with men forever.

Biblical Feasts Diagram


Pentecost-Shavuot Blessings

Pentecost_Shavuot“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as official days for holy assembly…From the day after the Sabbath — the day you bring the bundle of grain to be lifted up as a special offering—count off seven full weeks. Keep counting until the day after the seventh Sabbath, fifty days later. Then present an offering of new grain to the Lord.” – Leviticus 23:1-22

“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” – Acts 2:1-4




The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost)

Shavuot (Pentecost), is a Hebrew word meaning “weeks”. “Pentecost” is the Greek word for “50th”. After the Spring Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread/Firstfruits you should count exactly fifty days from the last Passover and you will end up on Shavuot seven weeks later  according to the Hebrew calendar.

“From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord.” – Leviticus 23:15-17

Shavuot, like so many other Jewish holidays began as an ancient agricultural festival, marking the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. All Israelite men were obligated to present themselves at the Temple in Jerusalem. Shavuotwas distinguished in ancient times by bringing firstfruits crop offerings to the Temple, marking the beginning of the summer wheat harvest.

The “Waving Ceremony”.

On the day of Shavuot (usually in May or early June), the priests offered two leavened loaves of wheat bread as firstfruits to the Lord. The waving of these two loaves and sacrifice of two lambs formed a “peace offering.” The priest waved them before the altar and set them aside for the priest’s festive meal eaten in the Temple. Pilgrim worshippers were instructed to offer freewill offerings and to rejoice before the LORD.

Why Two Loaves?

Each loaf contained about four pounds of flour (Lev. 23:17). According to Rabbinic teaching, each loaf was 7 x 4 handbreadths (28″ x 16″) and seven fingers wide (6″). The two loaves offered on Shavuot represents the Church of Jesus Christ which is “built upon the foundation of the apostles (New Testament believers) and the prophets (Old Testament believers). But just as these loaves contain leaven (yeast), so the Christian church isn’t yet perfected (1 John 1:8). Only Jesus Christ was perfect (Hebrews 4:15). The leaven may also illustrate the presence of “Tares” (weeds) (Matt.13:38) – false brethren living among both the Old and New Testament sanctified ones. The number two in the Bible is the number of WITNESS and TESTIMONY. Two witnesses establish a truth (Deut. 19:15; Matt. 18:19-20); The Ten Commandments were written on two stones (Ex. 31:18) and are fulfilled by two commandments of love (Matt. 22:34-40).

Rabbis Divert from the True Focus of Shavuot.

After the Jewish temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the iron fist of the Roman Empire, the Jewish people were defeated and dispersed all round the world and their homeland devastated.

Since the land was desolate worth nothing to harvest, the Jewish leaders (Sanhedrin) convened in A.D. 140 and decided to change the focus of Shavuot away from an agricultural festival.  In order to keep the holiday alive, the rabbis invented the false doctrine (still believed to this day) that Shavuot was the day that the Torah (Mosaic law) was given to Moses on Mount Sinai.  As a result, the focus of Shavuot was diverted from an agricultural feast to the commemoration of the Law and the birthday of Judaism.  The Bible never associates the Feast of Shavuot with Sinai! Unfortunately, this false man-made doctrine quickly caught on and has been practiced for centuries, although it has no biblical basis.

Pentecost-Shavuot Harvest

Pentecost – The celebration of the Summer Wheat Harvest and the birth of the Christian Church. Fifty days were carefully counted out and on the appointed day, two loaves of bread baked with leaven were waved aloft as an offering to the Lord. This is symbolic of the church being comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. On the day of Pentecost – directly following Christ’s ascension, the Holy Spirit was poured out on a large group of Jewish believers so that they would have the power to witness “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The New Testament Fulfillment of Shavuot (Day of Pentecost)

As recorded in the Bible (Acts chapter 1 and 2) that the New Testament Church was born. It was on the 50th day after the Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread/Firstfruits that the apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them. They received the “gift of tongues” – the ability to speak in other languages – and immediately began to preach about Jesus Christ the Messiah to Jewish people from all over the world who flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot. Christian Pentecost became not only a commemoration of the Holy Spirit’s visit but also marks the birth of Christianity – the uniting of both Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus the Messiah.

A Larger Harvest.

The early summer harvest of Shavuot in Israel was a small harvest in comparison to the larger harvest that came in the autumn of each year. This has prophetic significance. Strange as it might seem to mainstream Christianity today, God is not trying to save the whole world right now. He has planned a far larger harvest of souls when Jesus returns. Those of us who are saved today are only part of the smaller harvest. When most people in this present evil age are traveling the broad road to destruction, we have been uniquely called to enter in by the narrow gate that leads to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14) and make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10).

God Pours Out His Holy Spirit.

As recorded in the Book of Acts chapter 2, that first day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of Jeremiah 31:31. God initiated a new covenant with the house of Israel that also included the Gentile people:

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. “ (Jeremiah 31:31-33)

On that morning He poured out His Holy Spirit on all flesh, as He had foretold. And that promise is still available for you today; that if you will turn from your transgression and call upon the name of the Lord, you shall be saved.

-         Luis Josephus

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Question: When is the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) in 2014?

Answer: June 3

Note: The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand.

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Download our new 2013 Calendar

The following Biblical Holiday Calendar is now ready. It will help you keep your appointments with God in 2013 and is yours absolutely free! Simply click on the image below. You can print as many copies as you wish or save it on to your computer.

God bless you for honoring God’s holy days.

- Pastor Luis Yosefus


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Hanukkah Verses Christmas

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

More and more born-again believers in Jesus Christ [Messiah] are now celebrating Hanukkah each year instead of Christmas. They have discarded the pagan practice of observing “Christ-Mass” and begun to observe Hanukkah instead in a New Testament context. For more information on the fallacy of Christmas observance, read our article: “Was Jesus really born on December 25th.”?

Hanukkah’s historical origin.

The Hanukkah holiday we celebrate this week originally commemorated the defilement of the Jewish temple in 167 B.C. by the Roman ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes when he attacked Jerusalem, purposely sacrificed a pig (and other abominable creatures to the Jews) on the temple altar, and forced everyone to worship Zeus, his pagan god.

A small number of faithful and heroic Jews, known as the Maccabees, fought back and regained control of their temple from the Roman invasion. Immediately they cleansed the temple and restored the worship of the one true God, Yahovah.

The miracle associated with Hanukkah occurred when the Jewish priests only had enough oil for the Candelabrum to give them one day of light. But they prayed in faith, and God miraculously made the oil last for eight days until more oil could be produced. Thus, the significance of the eight days of Hanukkah where one new candle is lit everyday. The ninth candle is called the “Shammash” (Hebrew: Servant), used to light all the other candles.

New Testament meaning of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah should remind us that our bodies should be cleansed daily of any spiritual defilement because we are the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Let us live in such a way as to honor and please God with our bodies. When you commit sin, you must confess it quickly and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you once again from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

- Pastor Luis Yosefus


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How Jewish and Gentile Christians celebrate Hanukkah

You are God's Temple

You are God’s Temple

Born-again believers in Jesus Christ [Messiah], whether of Jewish or gentile origin (it matters not since we are now “one in Christ”) celebrate Hanukkah each year with a different meaning. Hanukkah is more than lighting candles, giving gifts, and enjoying a special dinner with family and friends. It’s about re-dedicating your life and body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, to serving Jesus Christ [Messiah] for another year with renewed faith, love and devotion.

”What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price [The sacrifice of Jesus]. Therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which belong to God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.


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comment_smComment from Pastor Luis Yosefus: “YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. One of the historical themes of Hanukkah is the cleansing of the temple. It should remind us that our bodies should be cleansed daily of any spiritual defilement because we are the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, one of the members of the Triune Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). Because the Holy Spirit now lives in you, your body belongs to God. You are responsible to safeguard it from any defilement through immoral words, thoughts, desires, or deeds, lest you commit the sin of defiling the temple of God.

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Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

Warmest thoughts and best wishes
for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year!


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Why do we celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas?

Hanukkah begins at sundown Saturday, December 8, 2012, and ends at sundown, Sunday, December 16, 2012.

The reason we celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas at Real Jesus Ministries is because Hanukkah provides a non-pagan* alternative to celebrating a winter holiday with family and friends. It also helps us identify with the Jewish ancestry of our Lord Jesus who was brought up observing this holiday.

“And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication [Hanukkah] was taking place, and it was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade…”– John 10:22-23

Although Hanukkah was not one of the Seven Biblical Feasts* originally commanded by God in Leviticus 23, it was nevertheless celebrated each year by the Jewish culture (and still is today), commemorating the miracle that God did in the newly dedicated Jewish temple at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in the 2nd century BC.

Christians and Jews alike prayerfully observe Hanukkah for eight days and nights, giving gifts and sharing a special family meal on the eighth day. The Festival of Lights (as it is also known) comes from the practice of lighting a new candle each day on a special nine-branched candelabrum (Hebrew: Menorah). The extra light is called a shamash, and is used to light all other candles. You can order an inexpensive Menorah from various Jewish retailers online and remember to purchase a small box of candles.

We encourage you to study further on the pagan origins of the Christmas holiday and “Come out from among them and be separate,” and “Do not touch what is unclean,” so that you can demonstrate your faithfulness to God and He can welcome you as His child (2 Corinthians 6:17; Isaiah 52:11).

-         Pastor Luis Yosefus


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“Why is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?”, by Pastor Luis Yosefus.

“The Seven Biblical Feasts,” by Pastor Luis Yosefus.

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Notable Quote:The key to greatness, both individual and national, is to identify with God’s purposes and God’s people, and that includes the people that God is restoring and bringing back to their land, to their city, the people of Israel and the church of Jesus Christ. That’s where God’s heart is, and as we identify with that we are blessed of God.” -- Derek Prince

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Happy Thanksgiving Day

“Always rejoice; continually pray; in every thing give thanks…” – 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

Although national Thanksgiving Day is not one of the Seven Biblical Feasts (or holidays) instituted by Yahovah God, I don’t believe that it is necessarily wrong for Christians to observe it. Unlike Christmas, Easter and Halloween which have pagan or occult origins, Thanksgiving Day originated with the Christian pilgrims giving thanks to God for their first successful harvest in America after migrating from England in 1621.

For those reading this message in other countries (other than the USA) – who are not familiar with this American holiday, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November. Traditionally, families and friends come together on this holiday to enjoy a day of rest and partake of a delicious banquet of homemade turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Before eating, prayer is made by the head of the family (usually the host father) and collective thanks are given to God for the meal and for His merciful provision throughout the entire year. A typical prayer might include the following:

“Dear merciful and Gracious Father, we thank you for this delicious bounty we are about to eat, for we recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from You alone, and that You are always faithful to supply all of our needs, according to Your riches in glory.

We are so grateful to You for every blessing You have bestowed upon us throughout this year, especially the greatest blessing of all, that You gave Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, to die in our place for the forgiveness of our sins and the redemption of our lives.

Thank you for this precious time of fellowship and love we are enjoying today with our family and friends. We pray that everything that we do and say on this national holiday will bring You praise, glory and honor. Amen.”

Here at Real Jesus Ministries, it is our desire and prayer, that you and your family have a blessed harvest holiday by spending it in the spirit of thanksgiving and adoration to our God and Savior Jesus Christ [ Messiah].

Grace and peace be unto you. In Jesus’ name,

Pastor Luis Yosefus



Does God Hate Halloween?

“You must not worship the LORD your God the way the other nations worship their gods, for they perform for their gods [Satan] every detestable act that the LORD hates…” - Deuteronomy 12:31

Celebrating Halloween is not harmless fun as many ignorantly claim. Whether they realize it or not, Christians who participate in this evil holiday are guilty of witchcraft by commemorating a Satanic high holy day. If you have ignorantly celebrated Halloween in the past, you must repent before God of your sin, ask Him to forgive you, and never again allow yourself or your children to celebrate a holiday that has such an evil history and defiling influence.

To learn more about what God has to say about the dangers of Halloween, write for our free CD, “Does God Hate Halloween?” by Pastor Luis Yosefus. Email us with your request at:



Comment from Pastor Luis:

Celebrating Halloween will spiritually defile you.

Whether you take Halloween seriously or not, by observing this holiday you are participating in witchcraft and consorting with evil spirits. Burn any leftover Halloween paraphenalia in your home. Don’t open your doors to trick or treaters. Halloween has never been a Christian holiday, and it has no place in the church or the life of a born again believer in Jesus Christ. In fact, take a stand firmly against it by exposing its evil practice.

“Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:31

Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.” – Ephesians 5:11


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