The Seven Feasts of Israel

By Prof. Johan Malan, University of the North, South Africa


  1. The nature and significance of the feasts

  2. The first four feasts

  3. The long interval

  4. The last three feasts

  5. Final victory of the Lamb


Johan Malan has written about the feasts of Israel with his customary thoroughness and clear thinking. He offers a very balanced approach of the subject and clears up a lot of confusion about how, why and if they should be celebrated in this age. At the same time, he uncompromisingly corrects some of the extreme views and errors relating to the subject.

The further I read in this book, the more obvious it became to me that my friend has a Spirit-inspired understanding of their prophetic significance. He connects the feasts of Israel with the first and second advents of her Messiah in a wonderful and very biblical way. In these times of distraction and deception, it is refreshing to come across a book that is not only theologically sound, but also very readable and enlightening. More importantly, the Redeemer who came from Heaven to love us and give Himself for us is pre-eminent throughout its pages.

I have no hesitation in saying that this work will make a valuable contribution to end-time literature. It will help you and I to better understand the times that we are living in and fill us with holy anticipation for the things that are still to come. It is long overdue and I highly recommend it to every Jew and every Gentile who longs to walk in the whole counsel of God.

John Haupt

Margate, South Africa

Christian author and tour leader to Israel




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About the author

Joan Malan 

In August 1978, Johan Malan was appointed professor of Anthropology at the University of the North (presently the University of Limpopo) near Polokwane in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, and in January 2006 he retired. He and his wife, Wilma, now live in Mossel Bay. They have two married sons.

As the son of a missionary, the late Rev. J.S. Malan, Johan was taught by his parents to revere the Bible as the inerrant and literally inspired Word of God. This resulted, among others, in accepting Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah and Saviour of the world, while also literally accepting the hundreds of biblical prophecies related to the physical and spiritual restoration of Israel as the Chosen People.

Johan combined his biblical interest in Israel with his scientific research of various cultures, including that of the Jewish people. In 1993, he and his wife visited various kibbutzim and moshavim in Israel to conduct research on communal lifestyles (Malan, 1994, 1995). The following kibbutzes and other communal villages were visited where relevant information was kindly supplied by members of the various management committees: Ramat Rachel on the  southern outskirts of Jerusalem, Neve Ilan (meshek) and Shoresh (moshav) on the Judean hills west of Jerusalem, Ein Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea, Nof Ginosar on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret), Ein Gev at the foot of the Golan Heights east of the Sea of Galilee, and Lavi on the mountains of Lower Galilee.

Supplementary information was acquired from Yad Tabenkin, the Research and Documentation Centre of the United Kibbutz Movement, while a literature study was conducted in the library of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Information on the religious principles of orthodox kibbutzim was gained from Rabbi A.L. Jacobs of East Talpiot in Jerusalem. Various Messianic Jews were consulted, as well as staff members of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.

Johan’s biblical interest in Israel gave rise to the writing of various articles and books, many of which are made available on his website: