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The Holy Days of God
The Holy Seventh Day: Genesis 2:3 states: Then God blest the seventh day and made it holy, because He had finished all the work that He started out to do. Matthew 12:8 states: For the Son of Man (the Christ ) is Lord even of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27) The Sabbath day (seventh day of the week, which is Saturday) was made holy when God restored the planet earth from chaos. It was not intended for just one nation, but for all nations. If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My (God's) Holy Day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and God's Holy Day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in your God (Isaiah 58:13). The Sabbath (seventh day) is a sign between God and His servants, that we may know that God is the one who sanctifies us. (see: The Holy Seventh Day)
Passover: The complete details of the first Israelite Passover is explained in Exodus 12. The Israelites were instructed to take a sheep or goat (year-old males without defect) on the tenth of the month ( Nisan ) and keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then at twilight sacrifice the animal and take some of the blood and put it on the door posts and lintel. (This action would protect them from the death angel that would past through the land of Egypt around midnight). They were to roast the sacrifice over the fire and eat it with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. Further instructions stated that they should not leave their homes until morning and any remaining meat (bitter herbs and unleavened bread) should be burned. The above instructions clearly indicate that the first Passover service was not a 24 hr period. They were to begin the process of leaving Egypt after disposing the remains of the previous evening. The first Passover is a reminder of the actions that God took to rescue the descendants of Jacob (Israel) from captivity. This process began with the calling of Moses, then the nine plagues and finally the killing of the first born of Egypt.
Christ "the Anointed One" ended the need for an animal to be killed on the Passover. He became the Passover sacrifice for all humans. The Anointed also went through a period of wait. He was without defect (sinless). He was ridiculed and tortured (bitter herbs/unleavened bread). The Christ's blood was shed so all could have the opportunity to be rescued from destruction! The last meal that the Christ ate He introduced the new symbols of the New Covenant; unleavened bread (the Christ's body) and fruit of the vine (the Christ's blood) Again, God intervened to save, the descendants of Jacob and the remainder of humankind. The proper time to commemorate the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior is the beginning of the fourteenth of Nisan (Hebrew calendar) with unleavened bread and fruit of the vine as a reminder of the love that the Christ has for God's creation. Note: There is some evidence that the bread and fruit of the vine could be taken at additional times, but most importantly, we should not take the bread and fruit of the vine in an unworthy manner.
Days of Unleavened Bread: The instructions for observing the days of unleavened bread are given in Exodus 12:18, 15-16 " In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, (this should actually be done before the fourteenth day arrives) for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first (beginning of 14th) through the seventh (end of 20th) must be cut off from Israel. On the first day hold a holy assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, (first and seventh) except to prepare food for everyone to eat, that is all you may do. Unfortunately, Exodus 12:18 does not agree with Leviticus 23:6 and Numbers 28:17. The latter two chapters (Leviticus/Numbers) seems to state that the fifteenth of Nisan is the first day of unleavened bread. The chapters Exodus 12, Leviticus 23 and Numbers 28 all begin with, "God said to Moses", and we know that God would not contradict Himself, so did Moses make a mistake or did translators error? We know that God's word is true, and we also know that we don't have the original writings. What we do have are translations of translations. The Bible should agree with itself, (even with human errors) if this is true then we should be able to find additional verses in the Bible that agree with either, Exodus or Leviticus/Numbers.
Deuteronomy 16:4---Let no yeast be found in your possession in all your land for seven days. Do not let any of the meat you sacrifice ( passover animal ) on the evening of the first day remain until morning. (see Exodus 12:8-10)
Ezekiel 45:20---In the first month on the fourteenth day you are to observe the Passover, a feast lasting seven days, during which you shall eat bread made without yeast.
Matthew 26:17---On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to the Christ and asked, Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover. (first meal of this festival)
Mark 14:12---On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover animal, the Christ's disciples asked him, Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover. (first meal of this festival)
Luke 22:7---Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover animal had to be sacrificed.
These verses seems to make it clear that the first day of unleavened bread is the day the passover animal was to be sacrificed, which is the fourteenth of Nisan (The Hebrew calendar) The instructions in Exodus would seem to be correct. Why then does Leviticus/Numbers disagree? The problem is with the translators. Most translations of the Old Testament come from the Masoretic Text which is the only existing representation of the Old Testament in Hebrew (other than the Dead Sea Scrolls). The oldest fragments date from the 9th century AD, but the oldest complete texts come from the 10th and 11th centuries AD. However, the Hebrew text that it contains is clearly not the original Hebrew, nor even the Hebrew that was in use in the 1st century AD. (credit: V.S. Herrell, The Masoretic Text of the Old Testament).
The passover sacrifice at the time of the Exodus was performed by the head of the family. This would allow for the whole community to kill the animal at the same time, prepare the meat and eat the meal, all in the same evening.
But at the time of the Christ this was not the case. The only ones who could sacrifice the passover animals were the priests. (a case could be made that the head of the household would be able to kill the passover sacrifice, but only if he was properly consecrated and the sacrifice was killed in the temple (under the inspection of the priests). Then some of the sacrifice's blood would be sprinkled onto the alter...This is the reason why the Jews do not kill a passover animal today. There is no temple of the Jews in existence today!) This was a process that took all day ( the 14th ) or at least a good portion of this day. The Israelites would then prepare the sacrifice and eat it the beginning of the fifteenth of Nissan, so that the whole community could eat the passover meal at the same time. It is interesting to note that the Christ did not condemn this practice, even though He had ample opportunity to do so (sacrificing of the animal was of most importance, not eating it). The destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 AD ended the sacrificing of the passover animals (publicly), but did not end the practice of eating a passover meal on the fifteenth of Nisan. The process changed, but not the time. Today, the Israelites/Jews still observe the passover meal on the fifteenth of Nisan. Translators mistakenly thought that because the Israelites/Jews ate the passover meal on the fifteenth of Nisan, that this was the beginning of the days of unleavened bread, it wasn't! The Christ was killed on the 14th of Nisan some time during the afternoon, the same time the priests were killing the passover sacrifices. When the temple is rebuilt and animal sacrifices are restored, the service will be on the 14th of Nisan. (Hebrew calendar)
Unfortunately, these finding create a major problem for many religious organizations. Those who believe that the fifteenth of Nisan is the first day of unleavened bread, seem to improperly observe the spring and summer Holy Days of God! Today, eating unleavened bread from the 14th through the 20th of Nisan (yearly) represents our commitment (with the help of the Anointed) to come out of a life of suffering and despair.
Feast of Weeks (Pentecost): God said to Moses, Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest (Leviticus 23:9-10). You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. (Leviticus 23:14) From the day after the Sabbath, (this was a special sabbath, a Holy Day, not the weekly sabbath or seventh day) the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, (this sabbath was the weekly sabbath or seventh day) and then present an offering of new grain to God. (Leviticus 23:15-16) On the same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
Many believe that God was telling the Israelites to count the fifty days each year, but is this true? The above bible verses state that the counting would not begin until they (Israelites) entered the land God was giving them and an offering was made of a sheaf of the first grain they harvested. So, when did the Israelites enter the land God was to give them? The third chapter of Joshua begins to set the stage for crossing the Jordan river. On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. (Joshua 4:19) On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened bread and roasted grain. (Joshua 5:10-11)
The instructions are clear: " Don't eat any grain until you bring the sheaf of the first grain as an offering to God! This was done the day after the Passover. Since the Passover was on the 14th of Nissan, ( the first day of unleavened also began on this day, which was a Holy Day or Sabbath ) the counting of fifty days would begin on the 15th of Nissan at sunset (the beginning of the day, Hebrew calendar) and end on the 5th of Sivan. This is the date on the Hebrew calendar that a new grain offering was to be presented to God. There would be no need to continue counting the fifty days each year (except to remember that God has blessed everyone with this Holy Day) , because the date of the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost is always on the 5th of Sivan
Editors note: The weekly Sabbath (seventh day of the week) was the only Holy Day of God that was on a certain day of the week, all other Holy Days were on a certain date of the month.
Pentecost in the New Testament:
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The Feast of Trumpets: Then God spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel , saying: In the seventh month on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a Holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire. (Leviticus 23:22) The trumpet was used in many different ways: for music in dances, for warnings to the nation, for movement of the camp, for calling together the people, new moons, and used in war. While camped in the Wilderness of Sinai, God spoke to Moses saying: "Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall use them for calling the assembly and for directing the movement of the camps. When they blow both of them, all the assembly shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. But if they blow only one, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you. (Numbers 10:1-4) When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. (Numbers 10:9) So, it is clear that the trumpet was used in many different ways by the Israelites, but the Feast of Trumpets was special! That which is here made special to this feast is that it was a memorial of blowing of trumpets. They blew the trumpet every new moon (Ps. 81:3), but in the new moon of the seventh month (first month of the civil year) it was to be done with more than ordinary solemnity; for they began to blow at sunrise and continued till sunset. This is thought to be a wake up call, to shake off their spiritual drowsiness, to search and try their ways, and to amend them. The Day of Atonement was the ninth day after this, and thus they were awakened to prepare for that day, by sincere and serious repentance, that it might be indeed to them a day of atonement.
Trumpets in the New Testament:
The eighth chapter of Revelation begins the final steps that will lead to the return of the Kingdom of God to this world. The seventh seal is opened and the wrath of God will be unleashed upon a rebellious planet. The apostle John sees seven angels each with a trumpet:
First trumpet sounds----There came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)
Second trumpet sounds----There was something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Revelation 8:8-9)
Third trumpet sounds----There was a great star, blazing like a torch, that fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water, the name of the star was Wormwood, a third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. (Revelation 8:10-11)
Fourth trumpet sounds----A third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. (Revelation 8:12)
Editors note: The trumpet sounds are warnings to mankind to repent of their evil ways and prepare for the return of the Kingdom of God. Unfortunately few heed the warnings!
The last three trumpet sounds are characterised as "Woes"
First Woe----When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it and the sky and sun were darkened. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth. They were given power to torture (not kill) the inhabitians of the earth for five months. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it!
(see Revelation 9:1-11)
Second Woe----"Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates". A third of mankind was killed by three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur (war). The rest of mankind did not repent! And I (God) will give power to my two witness, and they will prophesy for 1260 days. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain, power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they like.... (see Revelation 9:13 through 11:14)
Third Woe----And there was war in heaven. Michael (He who is like God) and His angels fought against the dragon (Satan) and his angels fought back. But he (Satan) was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down to the earth and his angels with him. But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.
(see Revelation 11:15 through Revelation 14)
The Feast of Trumpets in the New Testament is a wake up call to repentance and a reminder of the fate that awaits those who refuse to obey God...
The Day of Atonement: Then God spoke to Moses and said, Also, the tenth day of the seventh month is to be the Day of Atonement (when you pay for your sins).
It (is also) to be a Holy (day of) assembly for you. You must be very humble (on that day) and present a whole-burnt offering to God. You must not do any work on that day, for it is a day when you pay for your sins before the Lord your God. Any person who doesn't show humility on that day must be cut off from among his people. And any person who works on that day should have his life destroyed from among his people. You must not do any sort of work. This a law through the ages, throughout all your generations, wherever you may live. The ninth day of the month, from evening to evening (this was the end of the ninth day and beginning of the tenth), is (also) to be a Holy Sabbath for you, and you must humble yourselves and keep your Sabbaths. (Leviticus 23:26-32)
The story is extended in Leviticus 16, here the duties of the high priest are outlined (what he should and shouldn't do on this day) The Christ was the sacrifice that allows us to be reconciled with God. There is no other! We must recognize that our sins have separated us from God and only through the Son of God can this be rectified. The Day of Atonement is the only time that we are commanded to fast, to humble ourselves (no food or water for 24hrs) so that we will recognize our need for the God family in our lives, then, through repentance, we can be at one with our Father (in heaven) and His Son.
Day of Atonement in the New Testament
This Feast Day points to the day when the Anointed will return and restore the Kingdom of God on this earth. All rebellion to God's way will be quenched! For a 1000 years there will be peace...The humankind will have an opportunity to see the love God and His Son has for them.
Then all will need to choose: "God's ways or rebellion"
Editors note: God commands us to fast only once a year, but the value of fasting is not always understood! When we fast, we put our trust in God to sustain us. This trust allows us to draw closer to God in a way not experienced until we begin fasting on a regular basis, but we need to be wise in this area, those with health issues should always be aware of the dangers to them if they fast. God understands!
The Feast of Tabernacles: ‘You must also celebrate the Festival of Temporary Dwellings for seven days, after you've stored your grain and made your wine (gathered from the winepress). Then you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites, the strangers, the orphans, and the widows in your cities should rejoice. You must hold a feast to the Lord your God for seven days in the place that the Lord your God will choose for Himself. And you must rejoice over all the harvest that the Lord your God has blest you with and for all the things that you've accomplished. (Deuteronomy 16:13-15)
Then God spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying; The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to God. On the first day there shall be a Holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it.
For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to God. On the eighth day you shall have a Holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to God. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. (Leviticus 23:33-36)
You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I (God) made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am your God the Almighty. (Leviticus 23:42-43)
This festival was introduced by Moses, but was not celebrated until the Israelites enter the land of Canaan and reaped its harvest. The Israelites rebelled against God just before they were to enter the promised land. (see Numbers 13 and 14 ) The anger of God was aroused and if it were not for Moses interceding for them, God would have destroyed them! Then God said, I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of God, because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. (Numbers 14:20-23)
The Israelites were to wander in the desert for 40 years, until all those who rebelled died.
They were to live in temporary dwellings (not being able to enter the promised land).
When God finally permitted the Israelites to enter the land He promised, they were to remember the rebellion of their forefathers and rejoice in the abundance of a land flowing with milk and honey.
The book of Revelation reveals the Feast of Tabernacles in an astonishing way!
The Anointed One has returned, the Opposer (Satan) has been defeated and put in a place of restraint. The world is in ruins and most humans are dead! The Kingdom of God has been restored and the healing of the planet and its inhabitants is about to begin...
The Christ and His servants begin the task of preparing for the resurrection of those who have died (or are still alive at the time) and did not accept The Anointed One as their savior and the system of order outlined in God's word. The millions upon millions of humans who lived and died not knowing the great plan of salvation! There will be peace during the thousand years that the Opposer is confined, and God's ways will be taught through-out the earth. Those who's names are not written in the book of life will have an opportunity to obey God, accept His ways and acknowledge His Son. Then a choice will need to be made...Choose God and His blessings or choose rebellion!
The Feast of Tabernacles reminds us of the blessings God is offering, but we are also to remember the sins of our past and reflect on the fact that God has given us a way out of the nightmare....His Son, the Anointed.
Editor's note: Many seem to mistakenly suggest that the reign of the Christ, after the thousand years, temporarily ends when Satan is released. It is true that Satan will be able to influence the human race again, (for a short period) but the Kingdom of God and the reign of His Son will never end:
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our God and His Anointed One, and He shall reign forever and ever! (Revelation 11:15)
The Last Great Day: Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, (Gog of Magog) to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them...(Revelation 20:7-9)
The Opposer, (Satan) who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet were, and will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10) also see: Revelation 20:11-15
Editor's note: The word tormented is misunderstood by most! Humans will just cease to exist (second death). Spirit beings will have an awareness of their separation from their creator and the inability to do their own will.
Then I saw a new earth and a new sky, because the previous earth and sky had disappeared, as did the sea. I also saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem. Stepping down out of heaven from God, and she had been prepared as a bride who is adorned for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice from the throne say, 'Look! God's Tent of the God is with mankind! He's going to pitch His Tent among them, then they will be His people and He will be their God. He's going to wipe all the tears from their eyes, and there won't be any more death, mourning, wailing, or pain, because what used to be will be gone!" (Revelation 21:1-4)
Editor's note: We should never underestimate the power of Satan's influence over us! For a thousand years there will be peace and happiness, yet millions of humans will still choose to follow the great Deceiver....