Building Christian community is hard work. It is not we who build community, Christ builds community. Christ will set up the Kingdom of God following His return to the earth. Isaiah describes this future period as a time of peace when God’s law will go forth to all nations from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-4). The fierce nature of some animals will change (Isaiah 11:6; 65:25), the earth will become highly productive (Isaiah 35:1), and, most important, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). With Satan’s evil influence removed, all of humanity will at last learn God’s ways.
By definition, the feasts of the Lord are the public calling of God for anyone to come to these holy “rehearsals” that God Himself has ordained. At these “rehearsals” there are specific “signs” and “signals” that were appointed before the foundation of the world and represent His desire for all of mankind. These signals point to specific joyful celebrations in the presence of the Lord that all are invited to, yet can only be enjoyed by those pilgrims who come. These feasts point to something more.
“…in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day — things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17