What are they? And what is their significance to the Bride?
First, let us recall that the Spring Feasts are pictures of the Redemption, clothing, and equipping of the Bride. It is during this time that the process of separation begins, as the Bride-Candidate is separated from the world as she leaves Egypt.
She then becomes separated from her enemies as she is baptised in the Cloud and in the Sea; then she is further separated from the multitudes of other Bride-Candidates, as she begins to become a “DO-er” of what she received at the Mount Horeb.
During the long summer season, however, the Bride finds that she has soiled her garments, and is now sweaty and dirty. She then begins to realise that soon her marriage will occur — and she senses she is not yet ready.
She then hears the shouting, and the blast of the Trumpets. She awakens in her spirit. It is time to get ready! The time has come for the Bride to bathe her body, and to wash her garments — to prepare herself for her Bridegroom!
It is this rapid succession of Feasts of the Seventh Month that mark the hurried, final preparation of the Bride, for her marriage to the King.
It is the day of Yom Teruah — the Feast of Trumpets, and of Shouting!
There are three separate Feasts, in which 4 separate ‘High’ Shabbats (annual sabbath days) occur in the 7th month (See Leviticus 23:1-44). The Feast of shouting and the blowing of Trumpets is the first Feast, occurring on the first day of the 7th month, and marks the beginning of the Bride’s final preparations. The Bride knows she has ten days at her disposal, to prepare for her marriage. She must be ready on the 10th Day — Yom Kippur, also called the Day of Atonement.
It is on this first day of Trumpets that the Bride begins her ten days of awe, even ten days of ‘tribulation’ to her, when she realises she is filthy, and her garments are soiled, but she has very little time to prepare.
So she begins to gather up, and to recognise, all the little spots she has accumulated — the unforgivenesses, the grudges, the little sins she has held close to her — and prepares to bring them all to the altar of Sacrifice.
The Bride knows these little sins must be enumerated before Father, and sprinkled with the Blood of Yahushua, in order to remove them, as spots removed from her garments. It is the Blood of Yahushua applied, that cleanses her from all sin. She is learning to be a “DO-er” of the words of (1John 1:7,9).
The Tenth Day arrives. The Bride is called to cease her work, and to convocate, to assemble with others, where any remaining issues can be brought to light, and relationships made right, as described in (Matthew 5:23-26). It is in this way that the Bride’s final preparations are made.
The Bride understands that the moedim, the Feasts or Appointed Times of Yahuweh, are not only prophetic of “things to come,” of the Bridegroom coming for the Bride; she also knows she must live out these Feasts by her participation, just as she might participate in the rehearsals in preparation for the Marriage ceremony. So she eagerly scours the Scriptures, to learn of these Feast-Days, and when they occur (See Leviticus 23:1-44; 1Corinthians 5:8).
By the end of the tenth day, she has made herself ready. She now awaits the next 5 days in quietness, and in preparing for the great joy to be expected during the Feast of Tabernacles, from the 15th day to the 21st day of the Biblical month.
She readies her thoughts to become as one ready to leave at a moment’s notice, while she is dwelling in the earthly tabernacle of this body. For seven days, she dwells in a tent, as a reminder, and as preparation, for the moment of her departure. She rejoices with the other Bride-Candidates, in feeding on the delicacies of the Word, and drinking the wine of Joy and rejoicing, and of fellowship during this Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles.
Her enjoyment of the Feast of Tabernacles, also called the Season of Our Rejoicing, and the seventh day of the Feast called ‘Hoshana Rabba’ — is in anticipation, of course, toward the Last Day — the Last Great Day. This day is known as Sh’mini Atzeret, the Eighth Day, and is also called Simchat Torah — Rejoicing over the Torah.
For it is on this day that the Bridegroom, the object of her pledge, and the Goal of her Joy, has appeared!