My point is that there are basically two camps concerning feasts and festivals mentioned in the Bible. Since they were established in the "old testament" or the first half of the Bible, lots of people like to say that those things have passed away or God fulfilled them already or we are now under grace, etc etc. There are just lots of "religious" phrases tossed around about them. Then, there is the other camp of people who get very heavy about practicing some of these same feasts. Do you know what I mean by heavy? Like they are under some burden to do them. It's very somber, very "we HAVE to" DO these things! Personally, I don't hold to either of those viewpoints!
God has really taught me a lot about Himself through these celebrations in His Word, which is WHY I like to participate in them! And He's taught me a lot about HOW to celebrate them and basically the main point I feel He wants to get across about them is FREEDOM. "Where The Spirit of The Lord is, there is freedom!" Not freedom to sin, but freedom of expression and freedom of worship and freedom to come to Him where you are at in life. He just wants you to COME to Him, being who you are! I bring this up because I really want to clarify this so that if you so happen to read any of my posts about Rosh HaShanah or any similar celebration, I want it to be perfectly clear that you have freedom of expression to celebrate in a variety of ways! If all you have for the Feast of Trumpets is a cd or itunes song with a trumpet sound and you don't have access to a shofar or a trumpet or a congregation that uses that as part of their worship or for gosh sakes, even TALKS about these things, then plug in your ipod and play the song with the trumpet sound in it and simply ASK GOD what He would like to see change in your life - maybe behavior towards people or an individual or whatever it may be. (I know that's what I need to work on a lot!)
Colossians 2:6-8, and 16-17 says, "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ...Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." Back in verses 9 and 10 it is made clear - "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness."
So we are brought to fullness in our walk with God by Jesus. These celebrations are just a part of the process to get to know Him and Who He is better. They don't make me better by doing them and they don't make someone else stink because they don't do them. I just hope that as you read about them, you are open to the possibility of them, because I would hate for anyone to miss out on what God is doing THROUGH them!
There are a lot of people who are very gifted in their explanations of The Feasts of The Lord. I would encourage you to read about them for yourself. One teacher that is excellent and highly recommended is Dr. Robert Heidler. He has a book called The Messianic Church Arising! You can get it through Amazon and there a host of other great teachers out there that go into great detail.
I am really just skimming the surface. But I hope that the joy of these times can be seen and experienced and that as you are able to incorporate them in your life, that His joy and fullness will be clearly evident to you!