Ecclesiastes 1:9 – “What has been is what will be, what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”
You have heard it said, history repeats itself, and that is true to some extent. Previous happenings in history tend to happen again and again, but not in exactly the same way. The same holds true for scriptural events. Each event in scripture, prior to its final fulfillment, may repeat more than once, but is only a shadow of the real event prophesied.
Numbers 21:9 – “Moses made a bronze serpent and put it on the pole; if a snake had bitten someone, then, when he looked toward the bronze serpent, he stayed alive.”
The bronze serpent, for instance, was a shadow of Yeshua being hung on the cross. John 3:14 affirms that the serpent is merely a shadow: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” The reign of Antiochus Epiphanes (Daniel 11:31) is merely a shadow of the real event, the reign of the future Antichrist (Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14). There are many more examples of shadows throughout the scriptures.
The Shadows Only Happen Once
Colossians 2:17 – “These are a shadow of the things to come.”
Hebrews 10:1 – “The Torah has in it a shadow of the good things to come.”
There are many events which only happen once, even though they are also a shadow of future events:
- Eleazar only went to Paddan-Aram once to get a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24:4), a shadow of Yeshua coming to get his bride.
- Lot was only taken out of Sodom once (Genesis 19:15), a shadow of the rapture.
- The Hebrew slaves were only taken out of Egypt once (Jude 1:5) and
- Lazarus was only resurrected once (John 11:43).
Each event is a shadow of the future one-time-only event of the Resurrection of the Dead in Yeshua and subsequent Rapture of the Bride.
The Moedim of Yahweh Only Happen Once
1 Peter 3:18 – “Yeshua himself died for sins, once and for all . . . He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit.”
The moedim are also one-time events that do not repeat. True, they are rehearsed many times before the real event, but those dress rehearsals are mere shadows. For instance, the actual Pesach (Passover), Yeshua’s crucifixion, only happened once. The same holds true for Chag Ha’Matzot (Unleavened Bread) and Reishit Katzir (Firstfruits) – Yeshua was only buried once, and was resurrected only once (1 Peter 3:18). These three moedim will never happen again.
But what about Shavuot (Pentecost)? Peter states very clearly that the giving of the Ruach Ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit) fulfilled Joel 2:28-32 (Acts 2:16-21). Luke states very clearly that the day of Shavuot was fully come (Acts 2:1). This moed was completed shortly after Yeshua’s rapture. Again, this only happened once and will never happen again.
Today these four Moedim are celebrated as memorials to what Yahweh has already accomplished.
What, then, can we say about Yom Teruah (Trumpets), Yom Kippurim (Atonements), and Sukkoth (Booths)? Will they, too, be one-time events? Indeed, they will. There will only be one Resurrection of the Dead in Yeshua and Rapture of the Bride, fulfilling the Yom Teruah Moed. Likewise, there will only be one seven-year Tribulation Period, and only one millennial reign of Yeshua, fulfilling the Yom Kippurim and Sukkoth moedim.
Leviticus 23:2 – “The moedim of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts.”
The moedim are one-time events that do not repeat – they are set feasts. Yeshua was crucified, was buried, and was resurrected only once, fulfilling the Pesach, Chag Ha’Matzot, and Reishit Katzir moedim. The giving of the Ruach Ha’Kodesh when the fullness of Shavuot had come, allowing the apostles to speak in other languages, only happened once and fulfilled the Shavuot moed. Each of these moedim only happened once in history, and will not be repeated.
The Resurrection of the Dead in Yeshua and subsequent Rapture of the Bride will fulfill the Yom Teruah moed. The Tribulation Period and Millennial Reign of Yeshua will fulfill Yom Kippurim and Sukkoth. These, too, will only happen once and will not be repeated again (Daniel 12:1; Joel 2:2; Matthew 24:21).