God's Holy Days Calendar

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God's Holy Days Calendar

2017 Date
Passover *++ April 10
Feast of Unleavened Bread * April 11-17
Pentecost* June 4
Feast of Trumpets* September 21
Day of Atonement * September 30
Feast of Tabernacles* October 5-11
The Eighth Day* October 12
* Begins evening before; ++ Observed evening before  


2018 Date
Passover *++ March 30
Feast of Unleavened Bread * March 31 - April 6
Pentecost* May 20
Feast of Trumpets* September 10
Day of Atonement * September 19
Feast of Tabernacles* September 24-30
The Eighth Day* October 1
* Begins evening before; ++ Observed evening before  


2019 Date
Passover *++ April 19
Feast of Unleavened Bread * April 20-26 
Pentecost* June 9
Feast of Trumpets* September 30
Day of Atonement * October 9
Feast of Tabernacles* October 14-20
The Eighth Day* October 21
* Begins evening before; ++ Observed evening before

The plan of salvation as revealed in the Holy Scriptures is pictured in the meaning of these seven annual festivals.


The Passover teaches us that Jesus Christ was sinless and, as the true Lamb of God, gave His life so that the sins of humanity could be forgiven and the death penalty removed (1 Corinthians 5:71 Peter 1:18-20Romans 3:25). Passover, although not observed as a Holy Day, is the first festival of the year.

Feast of Unleavened Bread

The Feast of Unleavened Bread teaches us that we have been called to reject lawlessness and repent of sin. We are to live by every word of God and according to the teachings of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 5:8Matthew 4:4). During this festival, leaven symbolizes sin and, as such, is removed from our homes for the seven days of the festival (1 Corinthians 5:7-8Exodus 12:19). By eating unleavened bread we picture living a life of sincerity and truth, free from sin.


The Feast of Pentecost , or firstfruits, teaches us that Jesus Christ came to build His Church. This festival pictures the coming of the Holy Spirit and the establishment of the Church. The firstfruits are those who will be given salvation at the return of Christ. They have been empowered with the Holy Spirit, which creates in each one a new heart and nature to live by the commandments of God (Exodus 23:16Acts 2:1-4Acts 2:37-39Acts 5:32James 1:18).

Feast of Trumpets

The Feast of Trumpets teaches us that Jesus Christ will visibly return to the earth at the end of this age. At that time He will resurrect the saints who are no longer living and instantly change those saints who are still alive to immortal spirit beings (Matthew 24:311 Corinthians 15:52-531 Thessalonians 4:13-17). This festival commemorates the blowing of the trumpets that will precede His return. Seven angels with seven trumpets are described in Revelation 8-10. Christ will return with the blowing of the seventh trumpet (Revelation 11:15).

Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement teaches us that Jesus Christ gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. It also points to the time when Satan will be bound for 1,000 years (Leviticus 16:29-30Leviticus 16:20-22Revelation 20:1-3). This Holy Day pictures our High Priest, Jesus Christ, making atonement for our sins, which allows us to be reconciled to God and enter into the “holiest of all” (Hebrews 9:8-14Hebrews 10:19-20). By fasting on this day, we draw closer to God and picture the reconciliation of mankind to God. Christ is essential in this process as our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-15Hebrews 5:4-5Hebrews 5:10) and as our eternal sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:26-28).

Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles teaches us that when Jesus Christ returns, a new society will be established with Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Christ, assisted by the resurrected saints, will set up His government on the earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:4; Leviticus 23:39-43Matthew 17:1-4Hebrews 11:8-9). Rule under His laws will spread from Jerusalem throughout the world to usher in an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity (Isaiah 2:2-4Daniel 2:35Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:13-14).

The Eighth Day

The Eighth Day teaches us that Jesus Christ will complete His harvest of humans by raising from the dead and extending salvation to all human beings who have died in the past and have never been given a full opportunity for salvation (Ezekiel 37:1-14Romans 11:25-27Luke 11:31-32Revelation 20:11-13).

The annual cycle of the celebration of the festivals and Holy Days reminds Christ’s disciples that He is working out His plan of extending salvation from sin and death and offering the gift of eternal life in the family of God to all humanity—past, present and future.

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