Book Cover: The Feasts of the Lord by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal

The Feasts of the Lord

God's Prophetic Calendar from Calvary to the Kingdom

Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal

My son discovered this beautifully illustrated book at our local Christian bookstore among books classified as prophecy. The subtitle is "God's Prophetic Calendar from Calvary to the Kingdom". Marvin Rosenthal speculates, "Each major event of the Messiah's first coming occurred on the precise date of the appropriate Jewish holiday. Each of the three major events to be associated with His second coming will, likewise, fall on the appropriate Jewish holiday."

He is a Christian who was born and raised in a conservative Jewish home. Kevin Howard, the co-author, is an ordained minister who has made several trips to Israel and has been involved in the synagogue and Jewish community. Both are officials in The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. and on the staff of the magazine. The illustrations and layout are by artist Tom Allen.

The authors explain the Biblical basis and instruction for each festival, discuss the modern Jewish customs, the fulfillment of the spring Holy Days in history, the future fulfillment of the fall festivals, and how the meaning applies to Christians.  Marvin Rosenthal writes, "There is hardly a theme to which a man can give his attention that is loftier or more important than the seven feasts of the Lord….These seven feasts depict the entire redemptive career of the Messiah."

They have included discussions of other Jewish holidays such as Hanukkah and Purim. The illustrations include a floor plan of the temple which is keyed to the text, the Passover table set for the Seder, the Jewish holiday schedule through the year 2020, and many paintings.

It is written primarily as evangelistic literature. Kevin Howard concludes the section on Yom Kippur, "Year after year, the sound of the ram's horn calls Israel to repentance, but there is no atonement in Judaism today. There is no blood sacrifice, no temple, no priesthood, and no adherence to the Levitical regulations….It can come only through accepting the infinite sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God."

The Feasts of the Lord is an easily understood introduction to the beauty and spiritual meaning of the feast days that are described in the book of Leviticus, chapter twenty-three. The colorful illustrations and easy to understand text would make this a useful resource for teaching children and teens. It can also be a bridge of understanding with friends, neighbors and relatives who have trouble seeing the relevance of the Holy Days to Christianity.

Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: The Feasts of the Lord
Author: Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal
Publisher: Published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1997
ISBN-10: 0-7852-7518-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-7852-7518-3