This portion in Leviticus is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets. Moses, upon instructions given by Elohim, instituted this feast as the fifth of seven feasts. God introduced the seven feasts for Israel as the children of Israel were encamped at Mount Sinai. There, through Moses, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob made covenant with a nation of over two million souls. They had just left Egypt behind in a most dramatic and extraordinary exodus attended by many amazing miracles and events. All of these sojourners passed through the waters of the Red Sea in a national mikvah, or baptism of sorts, to emerge safely on the other side.
This was a wonderful moment in mankind's history. There, at the foot of the Mount Sinai, God brought His Law to the Hebrew nation. This was not just a matter of cold legalism either. Why would God deliver Israel out of bondage only to put them in further bondage? Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, was revealing Himself to His covenant people. His Torah instructions were meant to keep them safe from a forboding world, spiritual and natural enemies and themselves. In addition, He was drawing them into a relationship that would show them the wonders of His essential character. God was introducing His covenant people to Himself. The Torah was never meant to be just a legalistic system of "religion". Nor was "the Law" to be approached as just lofty ideals written on stone tablets for government. It was bigger. It was deeper. The Lord's instruction, this Torah of His truth, were also to be unfolding. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that Yahweh, YHVH-God was leading His people on into a New Covenant. The Torah was destined to be written on human hearts (Jer.31:31). Right from the very beginning the Torah, or God's 'instructions', were meant to bring God's people into a very real and very personal relationship with God. The Torah was, and is, preparatory for the coming of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah into your life.
The true foundation of Yahweh's chosen nation was to be grassroots right down at the personal and family level. This is what our Lord was instituting at Mount Sinai. This was His grand Plan for the people He loved, and was to be the blueprint to bring His Word to the whole world. The Lord, through the Torah, never meant to establish religious bondage for His people but real spiritual freedom in this world and the next.
The plan of God's redemption is prophetically, and cryptically spelled out in Torah through the seven feasts of the Lord given to Israel. In the springtime feasts God was showing the people of Israel His character for mercy and for salvation. At Passover He was the showing them a picture of the ultimate promised Sacrifice Lamb, later fulfilled in His Son Yeshua. The blood of atonement would bring them salvation and deliverance. As we know, in the fullness of time and on one extraordinary Passover nearly 2,000 years ago Israel's Messiah came. He arrived through the eastern gate of the Temple and on up into the Holy City of Jerusalem to fulfill His priestly role. On this tenth day of Nisan, four days before Passover, on Palm Sunday, Messiah came as the Suffering Servant. Jesus/Yeshua fulfilled all of those first three feasts perfectly during the springtime of that epic year. He fulfilled the first of them in His sacrificial death on Passover. He was buried and in the grave for 3 days during Unleavened Bread. And His resurrection from the dead came on the fisrt day after the Sabbath on the Feast of Firstfruits. Fifty days later, in the summer of that year saw the fourth feast fulfilled as well. After the counting of the Omer, after Firstfruits on the Feast of Pentecost of that year the Holy Spirit fell on the 120 in the upper room in Jerusalem thus fulfilling God's prophetic message from Leviticus. It was the 6th/7th of Sivan. This coincided with, and was the very day God brought down the law from Mount Sinai in Moses' time. On that day, Shavuot, Israel corporately as a nation agreed to follow YHVH-God and to be established as a nation in the land of Canaan. Therefore, Pentecost was the birthday of Israel; and, on that very same day of the Hebrew calendar, the Feast of Pentecost "had fully come" in outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit. On that epic day, Pentecost, or Shavuot, took on an expanded meaning and significance in the life of Yahweh's followers. Just look on in amazement at what Yahweh had done: In the summer of the crucifixion year, on the birthday of Israel, the Feast of Pentecost, also became the birthday of the congregation of the resurrected Messiah. Dozens, if not hundreds of Biblical prophecies were fulfilled to the letter of the law.
Now let's observe this overview from Torah: We now take a closer look at the scenario of the feasts up front and close as it concerns our immediate future: Four of the seven feasts of Israel have already been fulfilled as told by God's Signs in His Seasons in the Torah. The spring and summer feasts now being fulfilled, we await with excitment the emergence of the fall feasts. 2,000 Biblical years have passed by. Three of the seven feasts are still out there awaiting fulfillment. It says in Acts 1:10-11, "And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Yeshua, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." These next feasts, these three Fall Feasts, will bring us into the days of the Apocalypse. These feasts will be perfectly fulfilled in Messiah just like the spring feasts. We are already in the season of these days now. Come quickly Adonai Yeshua!