The Feasts of the Lord, by Robert Thompson. Medford, Oregon: Omega Publications, 1989. 330 pages. Available from Omega Ministries, PO Box 1788, Medford, Oregon 97501-0140.
Here is a unique book on the Festivals, a treasure of spiritual understanding. Rather than examining each Holy Day individually, as most writers have done, Thompson describes common spiritual lessons, how each day corroborates that lesson.
Thompson says that the Bible gives major types, or object lesson examples, of divine redemption: (1) the seven days of creation, (2) the journey of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, (3) the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and (4) the seven Holy Days. These all illustrate the Eternal’s plan in the Messiah for mankind to be saved from sin and death and brought into the family of the Almighty.
In the major section of his book, Thompson applies the seven annual holy convocations to four areas of interpretation: (1) the person and work of the Messiah, (2) the redemption of the believer, (3) the perfecting of the Church, and (4) the setting up of the Kingdom of God.
One of the best books on the Holy Days, The Feasts of the Lord could easily launch a thousand sermons and fruitful Bible Studies for those who wish more inspiration from the awesome meaning and purpose of the Eternal’s sacred appointments. This book belongs in the home of every person who observes Biblical Holy Days.
Yet there are some flaws. Thompson apparently is a “charismatic” Protestant who does not understand that “speaking in tongues” is speaking in multiple languages, not gibberish. He believes Wavesheaf Day is always Abib 16, rather than the Sunday after the Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Thompson, along with others, incorrectly refers to Wavesheaf Day as the Feast of Firstfruits. Actually, Pentecost is the Feast of Firstfruits. Nevertheless, this book is one of the best we have seen on the Holy Days. We heartily recommend The Feasts of the Lord.