The Twelve Festivals of Messiah

  1. Pesach (Passover)
  2. The Passover Seder
  3. Counting of the Omer
  4. Counting the Omer and the 49 Parables of Messiah
  5. Peace be upon you! Shalom Aleichem
  6. Festival dates, worship forms, and scholarly studies
  7. By all means speak the Truth in Love
  8. Just before Pesach – Ezekiel’s Twelfth Festival (Nisan 1 & 7)
  9. The future Third Jerusalem Temple will be desecrated during Pesach
  10. After Messiah returns the Fourth Temple will be built in Shiloh
  11. The future District of Jerusalem will extend from Jerusalem to Nablus

Pesach (Passover):

The next festival we will be observing is the festival of Pesach (החג בו יצאו בני ישראל ממצרים-the holiday in which the Israelites left Egypt). This necessarily includes our observing Chag HaMatzot and Yom HaBikkurim (Counting the Omer). Our observance of Pesach this Hebrew Year 5778 will begin on one *Shabbat (Nisan 15) and end at the close of another (the next) Shabbat (Nisan 22).

Passover 2018 will begin in the evening of Friday, March 30th and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 7th.

*The Jewish calendar days begin at sundown of the night beforehand. Therefore, all holiday observances begin at sundown on the dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. The Passover Seder feast is held on the first two nights of Passover (just the first night in Israel), after nightfall (March 30-31). Hebrew calendar dates conclude at nightfall.

The Passover Seder:

The 14 Parts of the Passover Seder below are meant to help you to create your own Haggadah of Pesach (Hebrew: הגדה-“telling;” plural: הגדות-Haggadot) that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder. We also recommend you visit for help to construct a custom Passover Seder of your own.

Part #1.  Kadesh (קדש): Sanctifying the Wine
Part #2.  Ur’chatz (ורחץ): Washing the Hands
Part #3.  Karpas (כרפס): Dipping the Vegetables
Part #4.  Yachatz (יחץ): Breaking the Matzah
Part #5.  Maggid (מגיד): Telling the Story
Part #6.  Rachtzah Netilat Yadayim (רחצה נטילת ידים): Hand Cleansing
Part #7.  Motzi Matzah (מוציא מצה): Eating Matzah
Part #8.  Maror (מרור): Eating the Bitter Herb
Part #9.  Korech (כורך): Eating the Hillel Sandwich
Part #10. Shulchan Orech (שולחן עורך): Eating the Meal
Part #11. Tzafun: (צפון): Eating the Afikomen
Part #12. Barech (ברך): Blessing After the Meal
Part #13. Hallel (הלל): Songs of Praise
Part #14. Nirtzah (נרצה): Conclusion of the Seder

Counting of the Omer:

In chapters twenty to sixty-nine of the “Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim” we will be providing a summary of the forty-nine parables (meshalim) of Messiah; along with His Seven “I Am” Sayings. This year the Counting of the Omer (Day 1) begins the evening of Saturday, March 31, 2018 and ends in the evening of Saturday, May 19; which is when our observance of Shavuot will begin.

The Hebrew calendar year we are now in is 5778.

However the year indicated below in the Table “The 49 Days of Counting the Omer” is related to year 3790 (29/30 CE). This Table is a reference to the Firstfruits to Shavuot observance that occurred in the year and days of our Messiah’s death (Nisan 14/15), resurrection (Nisan 16/17) and ascension into heaven (Iyyar 25/26).

We have posted this historical Firstfruits (Seifirat HaOmer-ספירת העומר) calendar 3790 in honor of the Messiah Yeshua. We are citing the actual day of Messiah’s resurrection (Ha-Bikkurim, Nisan 16/17) on the first day of Firstfruits as being the central reference point of our observing HaBikkurim this year and all the other years going forward until the day of His triumphant return to earth from heaven.

A suitable calendar for this year’s Counting of the Omer is provided in Chapter Nineteen of the “Messiah in HaBikkurim.”

In the Messiah’s last year on earth He resurrected from the dead on the first day of Firstfruits (Nisan 16/17), ascended into heaven on the fortieth day (Iyyar 25/26) and on the fiftieth day (Sivan *7/8), as the prophets (of righteous memory) foretold, He sent to Israel the heavenly Father’s gift of the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness.

*Why two dates? Read about the mystery of the Hidden Day.

Counting the Omer and the 49 Parables of Messiah:

The 49 meshalim (parables) of Ha-Mashiach that we will be reflecting upon this year during the 49 days of Counting the Omer will be presented in their proper chronological order as we believe they were actually taught by the Messiah. The forty-nine meshalim are as follows:


The 49 Days of Counting the Omer

Hebrew Year 3790 Keys/Treasure Mattai Markos Lukas Yochanan
1 Nisan 16/17 New cloth on an old coat 9:16 2:21 5:36
2 Nisan 17/18 New wine in old wineskins 9:17 2:22 5:37
3 Nisan 18/19 Lamp on a stand (cf 6) 5:14
4 Nisan 19/20 Wise and foolish builders 7:24 6:47
5 Nisan 20/21 Lender forgives unequal debts 7:41
6 Nisan 21/22 Lamp on a stand (cf 3) 5:15 4:21 8:16
7 Nisan 22/23 Rich fool builds bigger barns 12:16
W1 *Week 1 “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE” 6:35
8 Nisan 23/24 Servants be watchful (cf 45) 12:35
9 Nisan 24/25 Wise & foolish servants (cf 43) 12:42
10 Nisan 25/26 Unfruitful fig tree 13:6
11 Nisan 26/27 Sower and four types of soil 13:3 4:3 8:5
12 Nisan 27/28 Weeds among good plants 13:24
13 Nisan 28/29 Growing seed 4:26
14 Nisan 29/30 Mustard seed 13:31 4:30 13:18
15 Nisan 30/01 The Good Yeast 13:33 13:20
16 Iyyar 01/02 Hidden Treasure 13:44
17 Iyyar 02/03 Valuable Pearl 13:45
18 Iyyar 03/04 Fishing net 13:47
19 Iyyar 04/05 Owner of a house 13:52
20 Iyyar 05/06 The Bread out of heaven 6:32
21 Iyyar 06/07 Lost sheep (as children cf 30) 18:12
W3 *Week 3 “BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM” 8:58
22 Iyyar 07/08 The Sheep, Gate, & Shepherd 10:1
23 Iyyar 08/09 Master and his servant 17:7
24 Iyyar 09/10 Unmerciful servant 18:23
25 Iyyar 10/11 Good Samaritan 10:30
26 Iyyar 11/12 Friend in need 11:5
27 Iyyar 12/13 Lowliest seat at the feast 14:7
28 Iyyar 13/14 Invitation to a great banquet 14:16
W4 *Week 4 “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD” 10:11
29 Iyyar 14/15 Cost of discipleship 14:28
30 Iyyar 15/16 Lost sheep (as sinners, cf 21) 15:4
31 Iyyar 16/17 Lost coin 15:8
32 Iyyar 17/18 Lost (prodigal) son 15:11
33 Iyyar 18/19 Shrewd manager 16:1
34 Iyyar 19/20 Rich man and Lazarus 16:19
35 Iyyar 20/21 Vineyard workers, early & late 20:1
36 Iyyar 21/22 Persistent widow and the judge 18:2
37 Iyyar 22/23 The Parush & the tax collector 18:10
38 Iyyar 23/24 Ten servants given mina (cf 46) 19:12
39 Iyyar 24/25 Obedient & disobedient sons 21:28
40 Iyyar 25/26 Wicked tenants 21:33 12:1 20:9
41 Iyyar 26/27 Invitation to wedding banquet 22:2
42 Iyyar 27/28 Signs of future from fig tree 24:32 13:28 21:29
W6 *Week 6 “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE” 14:6
43 Iyyar 28/01 Wise and foolish servants (cf 9) 24:45
44 Sivan 01/02 Wise and foolish virgins 25:1
45 Sivan 02/03 Servants be watchful (cf 8) 13:34
46 Sivan 03/04 Servants given talents (cf 37) 25:14
47 Sivan 04/05 Sheep & Goats separated 25:31
48 Sivan 05/06 The Seed that multiplies by dying 12:24
49 Sivan 06/07 Vinedresser, Vine & the Branches 15:1
W7 *Week 7 “I AM THE TRUE VINE” 15:1

Peace be upon you! Shalom Aleichem:

Shalom aleichem (שלום עליכם‎‎) is a spoken greeting in Hebrew, meaning “peace be upon you.”

The appropriate response is aleichem shalom – עליכם שלום – “unto you peace.” G-d is the G-d of Peace (אלוהי השלום). So the one who is asking says “shalom unto you.” Peace is mentioned first, because the first person knows that he wants the peace – the blessedness of the actual Presence of G-d – and is asking the other person to agree. The person who responds says “unto you (plural) peace,” for Elohei Ha-Shalom is the One who actually creates peace and unity in the plural— between Himself and the two persons.

This *web-site is dedicated to the study of the Twelve Festivals of Messiah. There are Twelve Festivals of Messiah that we will be studying this Jewish calendar year 5778 (sunset September 20, 2017 to nightfall Sunday, September 9, 2018). We go off in a lot of directions but we always return to the same task, the study of the festivals; and that is pretty much all we are trying to do for now.

Festival dates, worship forms, and scholarly studies:

We are (messianic) Jews. So we are interested in reading other Jewish views and perspectives related to the practice of our faith in HaShem (the L-rd our G-d). This is why we recommend you visit the and sites (cf. bottom of page; recommended study links). We recommend  you visit these sites so you can get acquainted with some of the worship forms and scholarly studies of the larger Jewish body.

By all means speak the Truth in Love:

You will find that we disagree a considerable amount with much of the teaching of our ultra-orthodox rabbis, however, please do not mistake our disagreements for a lack of love. We believe that with emet (האמת-the truth) there must also be present chesed (חסד-loving-kindness). Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (late Chief Rabbi of England) wisely has said, whenever chesed (loving-kindness) and emet (relational truth, reliability) are used together chesed (covenantal love) always comes first, as if to say:

“Speak the truth by all means; but be quite sure you speak the truth in love.”

This saying of Rabbi Hertz is very similar to what Rabbi Shaul Ben Benyamin says in his writing about the kind of attitude one should maintain when one presents a difficult truth to another:

.אלא נדבר את האמת באהבה ונגדל בכל דבר אלי המשיח, אשר הוא הראש

But speaking the truth (האמת-ha-emet) in love (אהבה-ahavah, deeply affectionate love), we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head (הָרֹאשׁ-Ha-Rosh), even the Messiah (המשיח-Ha-Mashiach).

We will attempt to do the same. We will speak the truth (emet). Yet we will do so in an attitude of love (ahavah and chesed); recognizing all the while the great love Avinu Shebashamayim (our Father in heaven) possesses for all the children of Israel and for all the people of the world.

Just before Pesach – Ezekiel’s Twelfth Festival (Nisan 1 & 7):

Eleven of the twelve festivals we will be studying this year will be familiar to most of you. However, most likely the twelfth festival will be unfamiliar to you. According to the prophet Ezekiel (45:18-20) this twelfth festival will be observed in the future messianic age.

We give this festival the strange title of Rosh HaShanah II & Chanukkah II.

If you look above this page and hit the two words Festival Scrolls then you will find this festival listed eighth among the twelve festivals of the Messiah. In the future messianic age a new cleansing of the Temple festival will occur annually in the spring-time on Nisan 1 (first cleansing of the Temple) and Nisan 7 (second cleansing of the Temple). Therefore, throughout the entire messianic age this new festival will be observed just before the annual observance of Pesach.

The new observance of annually cleansing the Temple is revealed in the writings of the prophet Ezekiel (45:18-20).

The future Third Jerusalem Temple will be desecrated during Pesach:

In the future a Third Temple will be built in Jerusalem. This Third Temple will be built during very troubled times (cf. Jeremiah 30:7, “great trouble” צָרָה גְדוֹלָה). Tragically, this Third Temple in Jerusalem will be severely desecrated. As was the case in Korah’s rebellion all (of the priests and Levites) who are complicit in this desecration will be swallowed up alive in an earthquake. Then the desecrated Third Temple will be completely destroyed by HaShem; never to be rebuilt again on that (then) desecrated historical land-site that we presently call the area of the Temple Mount (1, 2, 3).

After Messiah returns a Fourth Temple will be built in Shiloh:

Just six months after the Messiah returns from heaven to Israel and four years (forty-two months) after the destruction of the desecrated Third Temple, in the first year of the advent of the messianic age, a Fourth Temple will be built in Shiloh, Israel. After the desecration of the Third Temple in Jerusalem the Fourth Temple will have to be moved to a non-desecrated holy site, therefore, it will be moved to the previous holy site of Shiloh. The temple area that will surround the Temple in Shiloh will be very large:

The new temple area that will surround the Temple in Shiloh will encompass a special (approximate) 40 X 50 mile area.

Initially the dedication of this new Fourth Temple will involve a seven day period of sanctification and cleansing that will occur Nisan 1-7. The initial seven day dedication of the new Temple in the first year of the world-wide reign of the Messiah will be followed by a very special event on the following day, Nisan 8. On the 8th of Nisan, six days before Pesach, the Messiah-King will be “anointed” as the permanent High Priest of all the nations, peoples, and families of the earth.

The final temple will be located to the north of a (new, expanded) 10 X 50 mile city of Jerusalem.

The future District of Jerusalem will extend from Jerusalem to Nablus:

The overall 50 X 50 mile sacred District of Jerusalem will extend from the city of Jerusalem in the south all the way to the northern border of the very ancient and sacred city of Shalem (שלם עיר). The strip of land located at the northern entrance (doorway) to the sacred District of Jerusalem was purchased 3, 800 years ago by our father Ya’akov for the (very prophetic) price equivalent of a flock of one hundred sheep (קְשִׂיטָֽה-a kesitah); which in the coinage of that day was equal to one hundred pieces of silver; with each of the coins being configured in the form of the head of a lamb-sheep (הכבש-ha-kaves).

The northern entrance to this future sacred district was purchased in the name of father Avraham 3,800 years ago.

The ancient city of Shalem was purchased by father Ya’acov in the name of father Abraham. This sacred strip of land (where our fathers were laid to rest) was located between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim (cf. ancient Shechem and modern Nablus to learn more about this sacred place.

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