Feast Day Observers in Last Days?

Good text for the proper feast to keep: 1 Cor 5:8 "Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
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David Clayton posted in Feast-Days: Are They Binding After the Cross?.
STAND FOR THE TRUTH 
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Satan hates the truth. Suddenly even those who profess to believe the truth about God are becoming enemies of the truth. 

What is the problem? The problem is that they object to the truth that Jesus Himself lives in the believer!! This is so strange that it is almost unbelievable! We are being told that it is “pantheism” to believe that Christ Himself lives in a person. “Jesus,” they say, “is in heaven in the most holy place of the sanctuary, and God the Father is sitting on a throne in heaven. God and Jesus (they say) cannot be in more than one place at the same time.” 

“Instead, (they say) it is a third power, distinct from the person of the Father and the Son who actually is with us.” This is a strange idea. These brethren say, it is not a third being (because they don’t believe in a Trinity), yet somehow it is a third person, insomuch that it is not the actual presence of the Father, but rather His representative! What confusion, this is indeed even worse than the Trinity! 

Why would any Christian be so limited in his thinking, so ignorant of what the Bible teaches as to make such an antichrist statement? Who are we to say what God can, or cannot do? When have we become so expert that we are able to define God’s activities and limit Him, even in DEFIANCE OF WHAT THE BIBLE CLEARLY TEACHES! 

THE BIBLE SAYS: 
God fills heaven and earth (Jer 23:23-24) 
Heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him (1Kgs 8:27) 
Anywhere we go, He is there (Ps 139:7-12) 
Christ is in us, unless we are reprobates (2 Cor 13:5) 
The gospel is, “Christ in you.” (Col. 1:27) 
Our fellowship is truly with the Father and His Son (1 John 1:3) 
Jesus says, “I will come to you.” (John 14:18) 
Jesus says, “I in them and You (the Father) in me. (John 17:23) 

And on and on. There are many more verses which say the same thing. How can people become so learned, so legalistic, so closed-minded and parochial, so limited in their thinking that they deny the very plainest statements of the Bible because of some supposed statements of Ellen White where she warned J.H. Kellogg that he was getting into pantheism? Does Ellen White’s statements mean that suddenly the truth of the Bible has become a lie? 

May God help us, all His true children to be students of the Bible. It is time to stand against the encroaching legalistic spirit which denies the plainest truths of God’s words. This kind of spirit is what results when men study doctrine, but do not know the author of that doctrine. 
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“When the Savior yielded up His life on Calvary, the significance of the Passover ceased, and the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper was instituted as a memorial of the same event of which the Passover had been a type.” ("Patriarchs and Prophets," p. 539).

“In the place of the national festival which the Jewish people had observed, He (Christ) instituted a
memorial service, the ordinance of feet washing and the sacramental supper, to be observed through all
time by His followers in every country. These should ever repeat Christ’s acts, that all may see that true
service calls for unselfish ministry.” ("Signs of the Times," May 16, 1900, Quoted in Evangelism, p.
275, 276).

What did God tell them? "Bring no more futile sacrifices; incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes." Isaiah 1:13-16. Then He says, "Come now, and let us reason together. I want to forgive you, but it has to be on the right basis. I want to forgive you, and I will. Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow."

HERE IS THE FEAST WE ARE SUPPOSED TO KEEP IN THESE LAST DAYS OF EARTH'S HISTORY:

1 Corinthians 5

 1It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

 2And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

 3For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

 4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

 6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

 7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even CHRIST OUR PASSOVER is sacrificed for us:

 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

 9I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

 10Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

 11But now I have written unto you NOT TO KEEP COMPANY, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator (idolator=Trinity believers and other pagan god worshipers), or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with SUCH AN ONE no NOT to EAT.

 12For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

 13But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.


Are Christians to Observe the Feast Days ?

 

     Should Christians observe the Feast Days? Those promoting the Feast Days will not say it is required, but say it is something you can make extra special; and will be a link for you from the Old Testament to feast keeping in heaven. These people use old manuscripts and certain statements to ‘prove’ we need to continue portions of the ceremonial law that they feel are to be observed forever.

     I have been given much ‘evidence’ from feast keepers to prove we need to keep the Feast Days now. I have not been convinced of their evidence and arguments. In the last four years I have seen those advocating the need of keeping the Feast Days continue grow and amalgamate with other non-feast believing ministries. As with other similar new truths, in God’s providence and timing, He has clearly revealed the real issues here.

 

Below are inspired references I have not seen addressed by the Feast Day people.

     Christ was standing at the point of transition between two economies and their two great festivals. He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies that for four thousand years had pointed to His death. As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrificeThe national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.  DA 652:2 

     The Passover was ordained as a commemoration of the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage. God had directed that, year by year, as the children should ask the meaning of this ordinance, the history should be repeated. Thus the wonderful deliverance was to be kept fresh in the minds of all. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper was given to commemorate the great deliverance wrought out as the result of the death of Christ. Till He shall come the second time in power and glory, this ordinance [the Lord's Supper not Feast Days] is to be celebrated. It is the means by which His great work for us is to be kept fresh in our minds.  DA 652:3 

     Jesus had appointed to meet His disciples in Galilee; and soon after the Passover week was ended, they bent their steps thither. Their absence from Jerusalem during the feast would have been interpreted as disaffection and heresy, therefore they remained till its close; but this over, they gladly turned homeward to meet the Saviour as He had directed.  DA 809:1 

     In the Galatian churches, open, unmasked error was supplanting the gospel message. Christ, the true foundation of the faith, was virtually renounced for the obsolete ceremonies of Judaism. The apostle saw that if the believers in Galatia were saved from the dangerous influences which threatened them, the most decisive measures must be taken, the sharpest warnings given.  AA 385:2 

     To substitute external forms of religion for holiness of heart and life is still as pleasing to the unrenewed nature as it was in the days of these Jewish teachers. Today, as then, there are false spiritual guides, to whose doctrines many listen eagerly. It is Satan's studied effort to divert minds from the hope of salvation through faith in Christ and obedience to the law of God. In every age the archenemy adapts his temptations to the prejudices or inclinations of those whom he is seeking to deceive. In apostolic times he [Satan] led the Jews to exalt the ceremonial law and reject Christ; at the present time he induces many professing Christians, under pretense of honoring Christ, to cast contempt on the moral law and to teach that its precepts may be transgressed with impunity. It is the duty of every servant of God to withstand firmly and decidedly these perverters of the faith and by the word of truth fearlessly to expose their errors.  AA 387:1 

      The brethren hoped that Paul, by following the course suggested, might give a decisive contradiction to the false reports concerning him. They assured him that the decision of the former council concerning the Gentile converts and the ceremonial law, still held good. But the advice now given was not consistent with that decision. The Spirit of God did not prompt this instruction; it was the fruit of cowardice. The leaders of the church in Jerusalem knew that by non-conformity to the ceremonial law, Christians would bring upon themselves the hatred of the Jews and expose themselves to persecution. The Sanhedrin was doing its utmost to hinder the progress of the gospel. Men were chosen by this body to follow up the apostles, especially Paul, and in every possible way to oppose their work. Should the believers in Christ be condemned before the Sanhedrin as breakers of the law, they would suffer swift and severe punishment as apostates from the Jewish faith.  AA 404:1+ 

     Paul and Barnabas soon after returned to Antioch in Syria, where they again labored for some time; and many Gentiles there embraced the doctrine of Christ. But certain Jews from Judea raised a general consternation among the believing Gentiles by agitating the question of circumcision. They asserted with great assurance, that none could be saved without being circumcised and keeping the entire ceremonial law.   LP 63:1  [Sketches From the Life of Paul, 1883] [Doctrine of Christ, meant accepted teachings of Christianity, while the Jews advocated the need of keeping the ceremonial laws].

     This was an important question, and one which affected the church in a very great degree. Paul and Barnabas met it with promptness, and opposed introducing the subject to the Gentiles. They were opposed in this by the believing Jews [Jews that accepted teachings of Christ] of Antioch, who favored the position of those from Judea. The matter resulted in much discussion and want of harmony in the church, until finally the church of Antioch, apprehending that a division among them would occur from any further discussion of the question, decided to send Paul and Barnabas, together with some responsible men of Antioch, to Jerusalem, to lay the matter before the apostles and elders. There they were to meet delegates from the different churches, and those who had come to attend the approaching annual festivals. Meanwhile all controversy was to cease until a final decision should be made by the responsible men of the church. This decision was then to be universally accepted by the various churches throughout the country.  LP 63:2

     Upon arriving at Jerusalem, the delegates from Antioch related before the assembly of the churches the success that had attended the ministry with them, and the confusion that had resulted from the fact that certain converted Pharisees declared that the Gentile converts must be circumcised and keep the law of Moses in order to be saved.  LP 63:3  [Note; the issue here is more than just circumcision and animal sacrifices]

     The Jews were not generally prepared to move [change] as fast as the providence of God opened the way. It was evident to them from the result of the apostles' labors among the Gentiles, that the converts among the latter people would far exceed the Jewish converts; and that if the restrictions and ceremonies of the Jewish law were not made obligatory upon their accepting the faith of Christthe national peculiarities of the Jews, which kept them distinct from all other people, would finally disappear from among those who embraced the gospel truths. LP 64:1 

     The Jews had prided themselves upon their divinely appointed services; and they concluded that as God once specified the Hebrew manner of worship, it was impossible that He should ever authorize a change in any of its specificationsThey decided that Christianity must connect itself with the Jewish laws and ceremoniesThey were slow to discern to the end of that which had been abolished by the death of Christ, and to perceive that all their sacrificial offerings had but prefigured the death of the Son of God, in which type had met its antitype rendering valueless the divinely appointed ceremonies and sacrifices of the Jewish religion.  LP 64:2  [? Is Feast Day a ceremony?, how can ‘end’ and ‘abolish’ mean to continue? How can some take these plain clear statements and say Paul promoted and kept the Feast Days?]

     Paul… knew that the typical ceremonies must soon altogether ceasesince that which they had shadowed forth had come to pass, and the light of the gospel was shedding its glory upon the Jewish religion, giving a new significance to its ancient rites.  LP 65:1

     [Paul] tried to allay prejudice, and win souls to the truth. He refrained from urging upon the Jews the fact that the ceremonial laws were no longer of any force. He cautioned Timothy to remove any occasion for them to reject his labors. He complied with their rules and ordinances as far as was consistent with his mission to the Gentiles. He would not mislead the Jews nor practice deception upon them; but he waived his personal feelings, for the truth's sake.  LP 161:1  [Here we see Paul’s wisdom in working with the Jews to win them.]

     With the Gentiles his manner of labor was different. He plainly informed them that the sacrificial offerings andceremonies of the Jews were no longer to be observed, and preached to them Christ and Him crucified.  LP 161:2  [Why are we to observe the ceremonies of the Jews?] 

     In the Galatian churches, open, unmasked error was supplanting the faith of the gospel. Christ, the true foundation, was virtually renounced for the obsolete ceremonies of Judaism. The apostle saw that if these churches were saved from the dangerous influences which threatened them, the most decisive measures must be taken, the sharpest warnings given, to bring them to a sense of their true condition.  LP 190:1 

     [Paul] did not find fault with their observance of forms and ceremonies, but showed that while they maintained the ritual service with great exactness, they were rejecting Him who was the antitype of all that system. LP 276:3

 

Additional references- LP 63:1; 64:1; 66:2; 68:1,2; 69:1,2; 71:1; 103:3; 105:1; 121:1,3; 122:2,3; 161:2; 188:2; 192:2; 195:1; 208:1; 211:1,2;212:0,1; 213:2; 226:1; 236:1; 237:1; 242:1.

 

[SDA Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:23-25] In this ordinance, Christ discharged His disciples from the cares and burdens of the ancient Jewish obligations in rites and ceremoniesThese no longer possessed any virtue; for type was meeting antitype in Himself, the authority and foundation of all Jewish ordinances that pointed to Him as the great and only efficacious offering for the sins of the world. He gave this simple ordinance that it might be a special season when He Himself would always be present… 5BC 1139:5; RH 6-14-1898:15 

     This ordinance does not speak so largely to man's intellectual capacity as to his heart. His moral and spiritual nature needs it. If His disciples had not needed this, it would not have been left for them as Christ's last established ordinance in connection with, and including, the last supper. It was Christ's desire to leave to His disciples an ordinance that would do for them the very thing they needed--that would serve to disentangle them from the rites and ceremonies which they had hitherto engaged in as essential, and which the reception of the gospel made no longer of any forceTo continue these rites would be an insult to Jehovah. Eating of the body, and drinking of the blood, of Christ, not merely at the sacramental service, but daily partaking of the bread of life to satisfy the soul's hunger, would be in receiving His Word and doing His will. RH 6-14-1898:16; 5BC 1139:6 

     Those adhering to the keeping of the Feast Days, are wanting to reinstitute the ceremonies, and saying the sacrifices and circumcision were the only issues, in the New Testament, that the Apostles had to contend with. The evidence of those keeping the Feast Days reminds me of the non-Sabbatarians evidence from the scriptures that is used to justify non-Saturday worship. How much clear evidence do they have to neglect to find a few texts that could possibly support their evidence? 

 

Some Scriptural references; Jewish Feasts and Christian gatherings. Note; the comments in the [brackets] are my comments and have deleted the [brackets] for the supplied words in the KJV.

• John 5:1- there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. [No mention of Jesus participating in the festival, he healed the lame man at the pool of Bethesda]. No where does the scriptures state ‘feast of Christians’.

• John 6:4- the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

• John 7:2-  Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.  [Jesus did not mention the need of attending the festivals.]

• John 4:20- Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.  :21- Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountainnor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.  [Jerusalem, the place where all male Jews were to observe the ceremonial laws]. :22         Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.  :23- But the hour cometh, and now is [during Christ’s time], when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. [No specific place or time mentioned].

• Matt 27:50- Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  :51- And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent. [also Luke23:45][The renting of the temple veil by the Father, opened the earthly sanctuary, thus the sanctuary and its services were not longer sacred]. 

• Heb 9:8- … the first tabernacle was yet standing:  :9- Which was[past tense] a figure for the time then present [past tense when this was written], in which were offered [past tense] both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;  :10- Which stood [past tense] only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed [on them] until [limited time] the time of reformation [true Sacrifice].  [Paul never mentioned these ceremonies being obligatory after the true sacrifice]

• Acts 15:5- But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses

• Acts  15:24- Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we [the Christian council] gave no such commandment. [This is the response of the council that discussed and determined if the law of Moses was still to be observed]

• 1Cor 5:7- … Christ our passover is sacrificed [margin- slain] for us.

• Eph 2:15- Having abolished [past tense] in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace.

• Heb 9:10- Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 

• Dan 9:24- Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins [Hebrew chattah #2403, often translated ‘sin offering’], and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

• Dan  9:27- And He [Christ] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation [offering] to cease...

• Col 2:14- Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross;  :15- And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  :16- Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday [1859  observe a festival- feast], or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  :17- Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 

• Col 2:20- Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  :21- Touch not; taste not; handle not;  :22- Which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men

Why continue to observe the type when the antitype has come? Those who continue the ordinances deny the antitype [true sacrifice] of what they pointed to.

If one is not killing Passover sacrifices, they are not keeping the law as Moses gave it. If they are not observing the Passover at Jerusalem, they are not observing the Jewish law as Moses gave it.

• Gal  4:9- But now, after that ye have known God [accepted Christ], or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?  :10- Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.  :11- I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.  [Paul is concerned if they have accepted the Gospel of Christ]

• Heb 10:1- For the [Mosaic] law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image [shadow]of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. [why offer an imperfect sacrifice when the true has been offered?] :2- For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.  :3- But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.  :4- For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.  :5- Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  :6- In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  :7- Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  :8- Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;  :9- Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.  :10- By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 

• Acts 18:21- But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.  If the feast was required for all males [Deut16:16; 1Kings 14:21], why did Paul not say; we must… when we return?

• 1Cor 16:8-  But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.  [Paul wanted to attend, no counsel for the Christians to observe the day].

• Luke 22:15-  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: :16-  For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.  [This Passover was not the typical Old Testament Passover, it was the first Lord’s Supper, known as Communion. It is the Lord’s Supper, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb that Christ will lead out in heaven].

     There are other similar texts that are used to support continuance of Feast Days, but I have seen no command in inspiration where Christians are to observe these festivals. The Adventists Messianic Jews do not advocate keeping the festivals. They study and teach lessons about the festivals as did our pioneers, but they do not advocate the necessity of observing the festivals.

 

Biblical use of ‘Forever’

• Johah 2:6- [Jonah] went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.  [1:17- Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.]

Exodus 21:6- Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever.  [Is this person still serving his master?]

• 1Chron 28:4- The LORD God of Israel chose me [David] before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever… [many other examples can be cited, but forever means as long as the nature of the subject allows]

     I recently heard a Feast Day presenter giving his analysis of Col 2:14-17. He went to great lengths preserving the continuance of the new moons, feast days and feast Sabbaths. He claims the shadows pointed forward to the cross and a shadow from the cross to new moons and Sabbaths in heaven. He said to get rid of the shadow you have to cut the tree down. Is he saying you need to cut the cross? His conclusion was, the only thing that was nailed to the cross is our sins. I do not believe that was what Paul was addressing here.

     I have not seen any evidence from scriptures or the Spirit of Prophecy where we are to keep the feast days at a particular time. At the time of the year of this writing, there are two feast day gatherings being held in America. They are both held during the same time for Passover, since this is the Jewish Passover feast time. This teaching like Sunday sacredness, life after death, and the trinity were considered and rejected by the pioneers of the Adventist Church. And to use their writings to promote the Feast Days is an abomination. To use inspiration to compile certain text for a teaching is not new, Ellen White had to constantly deal with those who did this in her day and she warned against using inspiration to prove teachings that were contrary to what the authors believed. [see 3SM 81]

     The Feast Day people are promoting their findings as new light. There is no question, there is new light (understanding) that will be discovered, but it will be built upon existing light. “Through all these centuries the truth of God has remained the same. That which was truth in the beginning is truth now. Although new and important truths appropriate for succeeding generations have been opened to the understanding, the present revealings do not contradict those of the past. Every new truth understood only makes more significant the old.” RH 3-2-1886:6

     I have reviewed their information on new light, I did not see this reference or a similar one, in fact they left open any biblical interpretation you may come up with that could be considered new light. We know this has resulted in thousands of Christian denominations all claiming they are following the Bible as their authority, even though they have different and opposing teachings. 

     I have noticed the correspondence I have had with Feast Day leaders who are promoting the Feast days, have made light of the counsels of the Spirit of Prophecy, even mocking her statements. I have heard some say Ellen White was wrong about some of the counsels. We need to be very careful what we say and what influence we have upon others, because this may turn some feeble soul wholly against Christianity.

     In correspondence with one Feast Day presenter on another topic, he would not accept the counsel of the Scriptural and Spirit of Prophecy references I was giving him because of his preconceived restrictions he had on the topic that conflicted with inspiration. He was rejecting clear inspired statements and forming this beliefs within his predetermined restrictions.

     He also had problems with those who came to their meetings that were sharing things they did not believe. He said go out and get your own following. We do need to respect others and their ministries, but we need to realize we not only have a right but a duty to share, not force what we have learned with others. We know Paul and Christ Himself did this; knowing it would cause disruption. I would not advise anyone to cause a disruption among believers on the Sabbath at gatherings, but Christ our example, often healed on the Sabbath, even at the temple, knowing it would cause contention.

THE JEWISH FEAST DAYS


 
 

INTRODUCTION

The Jewish holy days involved sacrificing animals yet God never delighted in this. The sacrifices and the days were to keep in mind the evil results of sin and point forward to Christ who would take our sins upon Himself and die in our place. This study presents several lines of reasoning which show that Christ has abolished the Jewish holy days and that Christians ought not to observe them.


What purpose did the Jewish holy days have?

The holy days were commemorative of events in Israel’s past and, like the animal sacrifices and the entire earthly ministry, they were designed to point forward to Christ’s life, death, and ministry in the heavenly sanctuary (Heb 8:2-5).

The ceremonial ordinances were written in a book by the hand of Moses and were distinct from the moral ten commandments which were written on stone by the finger of God. The moral law defines sin, the ceremonial law explained how Christ was going to deal with sin.


What relevance do the Jewish feasts have for the Christian?

While being commemorative the Jewish holy days also pointed forward to Christ:


1. Passover - Christ’s death for us. 1Cor 5:7  “...Christ our PASSOVER is sacrificed for us:”


2. 7 days of Unleavened bread - Christ’s holy life.


3. Firstfruits - Christ presenting Himself before the Father following His resurrection. 1Cor 15:20 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the FIRSTFRUITS of them that slept.”

4. Pentecost - The outpouring of God’s Spirit. Acts 2:1, 4 “And when the day of PENTECOST was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place...they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.”


5. Trumpets - End-time warning message.


6. Atonement - Christ’s cleansing ministry in Heaven’s Most Holy Place.


7. Tabernacles - The saints’ time tabernacling in heaven.


The feasts were to be fulfilled on the very day. So Christ died as our Passover on the very day of the Passover (14th Nisan) Rested in the Tomb (15th Nisan) Arose as the Firstfruits and presented Himself in Heaven (16th Nisan). He also fulfilled the details. e.g. None of His bones were broken just as with the Passover lamb. (Exo 12:46; John 19:36).


The moral law existed BEFORE sin. The ceremonial law with all the ceremonial holy days was added AFTER sin and illustrated how Christ would deal with sin.


What happened to these ordinances and feast days of the Old Covenant?

When Christ, to which they had pointed, died, the holy days, along with the entire Levitical ministry, was abolished:


Ephesians 2:15

“Having ABOLISHED in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ORDINANCES; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;”

“Ordinances” refer to the rites & ceremonies of the Jewish ceremonial law. See Heb 9:10 margin; Exo 12:14-17). Christ abolished the Jewish ordinances, some which only a circumcised Jew could observe, and which had created a wall of partition (Eph 2:14) and an enmity between Jewish and Gentile believers.


By His death in the middle of the 70th week (Daniel 9) Christ caused the “sacrifice and oblation TO CEASE.” (v 27).

Christ made an end of sins (Dan 9:24). The word translated “sins” (Heb. chattah) is frequently translated “sin offerings.” Christ ended the sacrificial system when He, the One to whom all the sin offerings pointed, died. To confirm that Christ ended the sacrifices and offerings we read:

“...in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation TO CEASE,...” Dan 9:27.


Colossians 2:14-17

“BLOTTING OUT THE HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday [Gr. heorte, feast, festival], or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.”


In view of the fact that these holy days, meat offerings, drink offerings, and ceremonial sabbath days [See Lev 23, esp. v 37-38] were only “shadows” pointing to Christ, and as Christ has blotted out these ordinances, Christians are no longer to observe them. We are not to be concerned if others condemn us. Paul and the other apostles labored to show this, and resolutely withstood those Judaizing teachers who declared that Christians were to keep the ceremonial law. Though some continued to keep the Jewish holy days Christians should not. Note: The sabbaths here mentioned were the temporary ceremonial sabbaths which were “besides” the eternal moral seventh day Sabbath (Lev 23:38).


Feasts OF THE JEWS

“...a feast of the Jews” John 5:1.

“...Passover, a feast of the Jews.” John 6:4.

“...the Jews’ feast of tabernacles.” John 7:2.

The fact that the disciple John said these feasts were “OF THE JEWS,” show that the feasts were JEWISH and NOT CHRISTIAN. In contrast the Bible never says that the 7th day Sabbath is “of the Jews” because it is for ALL MEN (Mk 2:27).

The phrase, “King of the Jews,” doesn’t show Christ to be only a Jewish king because the phrase was given by a Roman ruler, not an inspired Christian disciple writing after Calvary.


Jesus foretold that the Jewish holy days were no longer going to be kept:

A woman said to Jesus, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in JERUSALEM is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall NEITHER in this mountain, nor yet AT JERUSALEM, worship the Father.” (John 4:20-21).

According to the ceremonial law Jewish males had to worship AT JERUSALEM on three of the Jewish feasts  (Deut 16:16; 1Kings 14:21). Jesus’ words, “neither...at Jerusalem” showed that the law of the Jewish feasts, which required male attendance at Jerusalem, was to be abolished. John 4:22-23 shows that this would occur in Christ’s time. Indeed the ceremonial law was blotted out when Christ died.


How did God show that the sacrifices and oblations were no longer of significance after Christ’s death?

God tore the curtain in the sanctuary when Christ died. (Matt 27:50-51; Luke 23:45). The Levitical system was then made redundant.


In Heb 9:8-10 Paul speaks of the various sacrifices, offerings & ordinances in the PAST TENSE which stood until the time of reformation

“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle WAS yet standing: Which [WAS] a figure FOR THE TIME THEN PRESENT, in which WERE offered both gifts and sacrifices, that COULD NOT make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; [Which STOOD] only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed [on them] UNTIL the time of reformation.”


Note that Paul speaks of the Jewish meat offerings & drink offerings, washings and ordinances as HISTORY and PAST, NOT PRESENT.

(a) The time THEN present, (past tense) but NOT NOW present.

(b) That WERE OFFERED, (past tense).

(c) Which COULD not, (past tense).

(d) Which STOOD, (past tense), but are no longer standing.

(e) UNTIL the time of reformation came and they are now no longer standing.


Col 2:20

“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances...”

Why continue to observe the type when the antitype has come? Those who believe that Christ fulfilled the ordinances ought not to keep them.

If one is not killing Passover lambs etc. one is not keeping the law as Moses gave it. One either does it as Moses gave it or one is not doing it at all. On what basis can anyone keep the Jewish feasts while ignoring the rest of the Jewish ceremonial law?


Is the observance of the Jewish holy days commendable or worrying?


In Galatians 4:9-11 Paul spoke to those who would continue to observe these shadows saying, “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I AM AFRAID OF [or FOR] YOU, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.”


The abolishing of the Mosaic system by Christ was foretold

Ps 40:6-8 “Sacrifice and offering thou DIDST NOT DESIRE; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.”


Paul explains this in Hebrews:

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered YEAR BY YEAR continually make the comers thereunto perfect...Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin thou WOULDEST NOT, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. HE TAKETH AWAY THE FIRST, that he may establish the second.

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE [FOR ALL]. Heb 10:1-10.


Notice that the YEAR BY YEAR offerings (e.g. The ANNUAL Passover etc.) have been TAKEN AWAY by the ONCE FOR ALL offering of Christ.


Can Christians keep the annual Passover as a memorial and claim that on that day they ‘sacrifice’ Christ as their Passover sacrifice?

The Passover required that A SHEEP be sacrificed ON THE DAY. As Christ died ONCE for all (Heb 10:10) He cannot be any repeated ANNUAL sacrifice for those who continue to keep the annual Passover. 


The Holy Spirit confirms that the Jewish holy days are ended:

Certain Jewish converts taught “That it was needful to circumcise them [Gentile converts], and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.” (Acts 15:5, 24). As a result the Apostolic Council sat and concluded that the Gentile converts did NOT need to be circumcised or keep the law of Moses which Peter described as an unbearable “yoke.” (See Acts 15, esp. v 10, 28). Take note that this was the decision of the Holy Spirit and the Apostles (Acts 15:28).

But the council spoke only of Gentiles, what about Jews? Eventually it was recognized that if the Gentiles could be saved without observing the Jewish feasts, contained in the law of Moses, then so too could Jewish Christians.

As one had to be literally circumcised in order to observe the literal Passover (Exo 12:48), and as Christians don’t have to be literally circumcised, it is clear that they don’t have to keep the literal Passover, otherwise they would have to be literally circumcised.


Type met antitype in the death of Christ and to continue with the types is a denial of Christ


The following comments summarize the Biblical evidence presented:


“After the crucifixion, it was a denial of Christ for the Jews to continue to offer the burnt offerings and sacrifices which were typical of His death. It was saying to the world that they looked for a Redeemer to come, and had no faith in Him who had given His life for the sins of the world. Hence the ceremonial law ceased to be of force at the death of Christ.” E.G. White, Signs of the Times, 29 July 1886.


“Christ was standing at the point of transition between two economies and their two great festivals. . . . As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted IN ITS PLACE the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to PASS AWAY forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.” E.G. White, The Desire of Ages, 652.


“Christ ate the Passover supper with His disciples just before His crucifixion, and the same night, instituted the ordinance of the Lord’s supper, to be observed in commemoration of His death. Up to this time the Passover had been observed to commemorate the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt. But IN ITS PLACE He now left an ordinance to commemorate the events of His crucifixion.” E.G. White, Signs of the Times, 25 March, 1880.


“When the Saviour yielded up His life on Calvary, the significance of the Passover CEASED, and the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper was instituted as a memorial of the same event of which the Passover had been A TYPE.” E.G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, 539.


“In this ordinance [The Lord’s Supper], Christ discharged His disciples from the cares and burdens of the ancient Jewish obligations in rites and ceremonies. These no longer possessed any virtue; for type was meeting antitype in Himself, the authority and foundation of all Jewish ordinances that pointed to Him as the great and only efficacious offering for the sins of the world... It was Christ’s desire to leave to His disciples an ordinance that would do for them the very thing they needed--that would serve to disentangle them from the rites and ceremonies which they had hitherto engaged in as essential, and which the reception of the gospel made no longer of any force. To continue these rites would be an insult to Jehovah.” E.G. White, 5 Bible Commentary, p1139-1140.


“Paul did not bind himself nor his converts to the ceremonies and customs of the Jews, with their varied forms, types, and sacrifices; for he recognized that the perfect and final offering had been made in the death of the Son of God...” E.G. White, Sketches From the Life of Paul p105.


Church History and Jewish holy days

Truth is determined by the Bible alone. Though some sects may have observed the Passover others did not. The post-apostolic church debated whether Christians needed to observe the Passover. The evidence presented here shows that the non-observance of the Jewish feasts by Christians through the centuries was the correct.


CONCLUSION

(a) The ceremonial holy days were “Jewish” and not Christian (John 5:1; 6:4; 7:2). Christians are not subject to Jewish holy days.

(b) Christians would not honour Christ by observing the Jewish holy days today, as the feasts were to point forward to Christ, not back, and “ceased,” were “abolished,” and “blotted out” when Christ died (Col 2:14-17; Eph 2:15).

(c) The New Testament speaks of the holy days as having a purpose in the past which was to last until Christ came. (Heb 9:8-10).

(d) The apostle Paul asks why Christians would subject themselves to the Jewish ordinances. (Col 2:20).

(e) The apostle Paul feared that he had laboured in vain for those who continued to observe the holy days (Gal 4:9-11).

(f) Jews who keep the holy days look for a Messiah to come. Christians should not appear to be doing the same.

(g) One either observes the Passover etc. as God gave it (including animal sacrifice) or one is not observing it at all. The Passover required that a sheep be sacrificed on the day. As Christ  died ONCE for all (Heb 10:10) He cannot be any part of an annual Passover.

(h) The Holy Spirit agreed that the Gentile converts were not to keep the ceremonial aspects of the Mosaic law which Peter called an unbearable yoke. (See Acts 15, esp. v 5, 10, 28).

(i) The Lord gave the new ordinance of the Lord’s supper to replace the old ordinance of the Passover. Unlike the Passover, the Lord’s supper is not an annual event but an occasional memorial of Christians’ continuous feast on the Word and Christ. It may be held as often as we choose. (1Cor 11:25-26).

In Rom 15:4 we see that some found giving up the literal feast days hard. We can only pray that they see their fulfillment in Christ and find freedom. Praise God that we no longer need to kill innocent animals or go on weary annual pilgrimages as some of the Jewish holy days required. Christ has brought in a better ministry with better ordinances - the very ministry the ceremonial system and holy days foreshadowed.


Does the following indicate that we should observe the Feast of Tabernacles?

"Shall not the people of God more frequently have holy convocations in which to thank God for His rich blessings?” E.G. White, Counsels To Parents, Teachers, and Students, page 343.


Note: Holy convocations simply means holy gatherings. There is no mention of observing Jewish feasts. Obviously the brethren were having holy convocations because the text speaks of having them “more frequently.” The brethren were not observing any Jewish holy days so that which they were to have “more frequently” were not the Jewish holy days but simply holy gatherings.


“Well would it be for us to have a feast of tabernacles, a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to us as a people.” E.G. White, Patriarchs & Prophets, p540.


Note: “A” feast, not “THE” feast. The context shows that the feast spoken of here was to commemorate the experience of OUR CHURCH just as the feast of tabernacles had commemorated the experiences of Israel. Some believe that the annual church camp meetings would fulfill this counsel.


MISUNDERSTOOD VERSES


The Jewish holy days are sometimes used in the New Testament to give the timing of events. Paul attended some of the Jewish holy days where he no doubt showed those attending that the feasts pointed to Christ. No New Testament reference to the Jewish holy days shows that the apostolic church observed them. This is consistent with all the passages showing that Christ has abolished and blotted out the ceremonial ordinances.


One passage sometimes used to argue that the Feasts have not been abolished is Exodus 12:

“...ye shall keep it [PASSOVER] a feast by an ordinance FOR EVER...And ye shall observe [the feast of] UNLEAVENED BREAD...by an ordinance FOR EVER.” Exo 12:14, 17.

The word translated “forever,” (Heb. olam) is used elsewhere in the Bible. The Bible’s use of this word shows that in Scripture it does not always mean without end.

Jonah was in the whale “for ever,” (Jonah 2:6) i.e. 3 days.

The servant served his master “for ever,” (Exo 21:6) i.e. as long as both parties lived.

Gahazi contracted leprosy “for ever,” (2Kings 5:27) i.e. as long as he lived.

David was to be Israel’s king “for ever” (1Chron 28:4). i.e. as long as he lived.

Aaron and his sons served forever (1Chron 23:13), i.e. as long as they lived

As applied to God “for ever” means as long as God shall live - i.e. eternally. We see that for ever (Heb. Olam) means as long as the nature of the subject allows.

The Passover was to last till Christ. Lambs will not be sacrificed and eaten throughout all eternity! Neither will Christ be repeatedly crucified every year for “Christ died once for all.” (Heb 9:28; 10:10).


Isaiah 66:22-23

"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me. . . And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith Lord."

Does this mean that we will be keeping the Jewish holy days the new earth?

It does not mention keeping any Jewish holy days. All that it says is that we will keep the Sabbath and that from one new moon to another (monthly) we will go up to before the Lord, probably to eat the 12 manner of fruits that the tree of life bears.


Acts 2:1  “And when the day of PENTECOST was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

This does not state that the church is to continue observing Pentecost. The mention of Pentecost is to give the timing of the events. Pentecost, of all the feast days, attracted more pilgrims from distant lands. The dangers of travel by sea and land in early spring (Acts 27:9) resulted in fewer pilgrims from foreign lands attending either the feast of Passover or Tabernacles. The large numbers of foreign pilgrims attending Pentecost made it the perfect time to share the message of Christ with representatives of many nations. Thus on the very day of Pentecost God gave His church the gift of tongues in order to reach those assembled at Jerusalem from many lands.


Acts 12:3-4 “And because he [Herod] saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of UNLEAVENED BREAD.) And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter [Gr. pascha, PASSOVER] to bring him forth to the people.”

This does not state that the church was observing the day, it merely gives us the timing of the events. The phrase “Then were the days of unleavened bread,” are in parenthesis and give no indication that Peter or any other Christians were observing the day.


Acts 18:21 “But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means KEEP this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”

(a) This verse (Acts 18:21) mentions a feast that occurred “IN JERUSALEM.” There were three feasts which required ALL Jewish men to go to Jerusalem, the place God chose (Deut 16:16; 1Kings 14:21). The fact that Paul LEFT THE BRETHREN to go to Jerusalem shows that the Christian brethren were NOT observing the feast.

(b) We know that the brethren would not be going to Jerusalem because Paul would have to “return” in order to meet them later. Paul’s return is described in Acts 19:1.

(c) As the Christian brethren were NOT KEEPING THIS JEWISH FEAST we may ask why did Paul say “I must keep it?” There is actually a question over whether Paul said this at all. Some manuscripts omit the phrase, “I must by all means keep this feast that cometh at Jerusalem. For example the R.S.V. translation reads, “But on taking leave of them he said, ‘I will return to you if God wills,’ and he set sail for Ephesus.” Acts 18:21. Several translations omit the phrase, “I must keep this feast,” such as the N.I.V.; R.S.V.; Amplified.

(d) One thing certain is that PAUL DID NOT SAY that “WE must keep it.” This is powerful. Were Christians expected to keep it surely Paul would have said, “WE.” He did not, because we are not.

(e) Even if the disputed phrase is accepted it still fails to teach that Christians observed the Jewish feasts as has been shown. One of the meanings of the word translated “keep” (Gr. poieo) is “to make a thing out of something.” Paul, as an evangelist, was saying to the brethren who were NOT attending the feast, “I Paul, must by all means make something out of this feast that cometh in Jerusalem.” Paul, as his manner was, desired to make an evangelistic opportunity of it.


Acts 20:6  “And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of UNLEAVENED BREAD, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.”

This does not state that the church was observing the day. The reason they stayed until the festival was over is not stated but it was about this time in the Spring that shipping resumed in the Mediterranean. No doubt they explained to those observing the feasts that the feast pointed to Christ. None of this proves it to be a Christian festival.


Acts 20:16 “For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of PENTECOST.”

This does not state that Paul or the church was observing the day, only that Paul wanted to be there on that day. Just why Paul wished, if possible, to be in Jerusalem is not stated. No doubt Paul would have used the feast as a wonderful evangelistic opportunity revealing that the feasts pointed to Christ. Paul determined to be there but there is no suggestion that the other Christian brethren hasted to be there in order to observe the feast.


Acts 24:14 “But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the LAW and in the prophets:”

Paul BELIEVED all the Old Testament, as do we, but this does not show that Paul was observed the ceremonial holy days when He said this.

The ceremonial law demanded circumcision yet Paul taught that literal circumcision was nothing (1Cor 7:19; Gal 5:6).


Acts 27:9 “Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the FAST was now already past, Paul admonished [them],”

This does not state that the church was observing the day. The mention of the feast is to give the timing of the events here recorded. The fast is evidently the Day of Atonement in late October when approaching winter weather made sailing dangerous in that part of the world.

All males had to appear IN JERUSALEM for the feast of Tabernacles  (Deut 16:16; 1Kings 14:21) which occurred 5 days after the Day of Atonement (Lev 23:27-34). The fact that Paul was at this time was sailing around the Mediterranean indicates that he was not an observer of the feast of Tabernacles. 


1Cor 5:8 “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our PASSOVER is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us KEEP THE FEAST, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.”

This does not state that the church was observing the literal events on the literal day. On the contrary it shows that Christ was the One to Whom all the Passover lambs had pointed. Christians keep the feast in its antitypical form, not on an annual day but continually. Not with literal unleavened bread but with lives unleavened with sin. Not with an annual sacrifice but with the once for all sacrifice of Christ. Not applying blood over literal doors yearly but applying Christ’s blood to our hearts continually. Trusting that in the closing scenes of earth the angel of death will pass over us.

“Let us keep,” or rather “Let us continue keeping,” our lives always free of the leaven of wickedness and malice.

Paul in Rom 15:5 showed that observing the literal feast days was no longer necessary.


1Cor 16:8 “But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.”

All this states is that Paul wished to tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. It contains no counsel for the brethren to tarry also. No command for Christians to observe the day.


Luke 22:15-16 “And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

Does this show that the Passover will not be fulfilled until the kingdom is set up at the Second Coming? Will Christ keep a Passover in heaven with His redeemed saints?

This Passover was the last Passover and the first Lord’s Supper. What feast will he Lord keep with His redeemed saints in heaven? It is the Lord’s supper that Christ said He will eat with His disciples at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when the Salvation will be fulfilled completely. Christ will not be serving dead lambs in heaven!


                         



 

 

 
 
 

CHAPTER 7.


THE FEASTS, NEW MOONS AND SABBATHS OF THE HEBREWS.


Enumeration of the Hebrew festivals - The passover - The pentecost - The feast of tabernacles - The new moons - The first and second annual sabbaths - The third - The fourth - The fifth - The sixth and seventh - The sabbath of the land - The jubilee - None of these festivals in force until the Hebrews entered their own land - The contrast between the Sabbath of the Lord and the sabbaths of the Hebrews - Testimony of Isaiah - Of Hosea - Of Jeremiah - Final cessation of these festivals.


We have followed the Sabbath of the Lord through the books of Moses.  A brief survey of the Jewish festivals is necessary to the complete view of the subject before us.  Of these there were three feasts:  the passover, the Pentecost, and the feast of tabernacles; each new moon, that is, the first day of each month throughout the year; then there were seven annual sabbaths, namely,

  1. 1.The first day of unleavened bread. 

  2. 2.The seventh day of that feast. 

  3. 3.The day of Pentecost. 

  4. 4.The first day of the seventh month. 

  5. 5.The tenth day of that month. 

  6. 6.The fifteenth day of that month. 

  7. 7.The twenty-second day of the same.  In addition to all these, every seventh year was to be the sabbath of the land, and every fiftieth year the year of jubilee.


The passover takes its name from the fact that the angel of the Lord passed over the houses of the Hebrews on that eventful night when the firstborn in every Egyptian family was slain.  This feast was ordained in commemoration of the deliverance of that people from Egyptian bondage.  It began with the slaying of the paschal lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month, and extended through a period of seven days, in which nothing but unleavened bread was to be eaten.  Its great antitype was reached when Christ our passover was sacrificed for us.

The Pentecost was the second of the Jewish feasts, and occupied but a single day.  It was celebrated on the fiftieth day after the first-fruits of barley harvest had been waved before the Lord.  At the time of this feast the first-fruits of wheat harvest were offered unto God.  The antitype of this festival was reached on the fiftieth day after the resurrection of Christ, when the great outpouring of the Holy Ghost took place.

The feast of tabernacles was the last of the Jewish feast.  It was celebrated in the seventh month when they had gathered in the fruit of the land, and extended from the fifteenth to the twenty-first day of that month.  It was ordained as a festival of rejoicing before the Lord; and during this period the children of Israel dwelt in booths in commemoration of their dwelling thus during their sojourn in the wilderness.  It probably typifies the great rejoicing after the final gathering of all the people of God into his kingdom.


In connection with these feast it was ordained that each new moon, that is, the first day of every month, should be observed with certain specified offerings, and with tokens of rejoicing.2  The annual sabbaths of the Hebrews have been already enumerated.  The first two of these sabbaths were the first and seventh days of the feast of unleavened bread, that is, the fifteenth and twenty-first days of the first month.  they were thus ordained by God:-

"Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses. . . .  And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you."

The third in order of the annual sabbaths was the day of Pentecost.  This festival was ordained as a rest-day in the following language:-

"And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you:  ye shall do no servile work therein; it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations."

The first day of the seventh month was the fourth annual sabbath of the Hebrews.  It was thus ordained:-

"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.  Ye shall do no servile work therein; but ye shall offer an offering made by fire  unto the Lord."

The great day of atonement was the fifth of these sabbaths.  Thus spake the Lord unto Moses:-

"Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement; it shall be an holy convocation unto you. . . .  Ye shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls:  in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath."

The sixth and seventh of these annual sabbaths were the fifteenth and twenty-second days of the seventh month, that is, the first day of the feast of tabernacles, and the day after its conclusion.  Thus were they enjoined by God:-

"Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days; on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be sabbath."

Besides all these, every seventh year was a sabbath of rest unto the land.  The people might labor as usual in other business, but they were forbidden to till the land, that the land itself might rest.4  After seven of these sabbaths, the following or fiftieth year was to be the year of jubilee, in which every man was to be restored unto his inheritance.1  There is no evidence that the jubilee was ever observed, and it is certain that the sabbatical year was almost entirely disregarded.


Such were the feasts, new moons, and sabbaths, of the Hebrews.  A few words will suffice to point out the broad distinction between them and the Sabbath of the Lord.  The first of the three feasts was ordained in memory of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage, and was to be observed when they should enter their own land.


The second feast, as we have seen, could not be observed until after the settlement of the Hebrews in Canaan; for it was to be celebrated when the first fruits of wheat harvest should be offered before the Lord.  The third feast was ordained in memory of their sojourn in the wilderness, and was to be celebrated by them each year after the ingathering of the entire harvest.  Of course this feast, like the others, could not be observed until the settlement of the people in their own land.  The new moons, as has been already seen, were not ordained until after these feasts had been instituted.  The annual sabbaths were part and parcel of these feasts, and could have no existence until after the feasts to which they belonged had been instituted.  Thus the first and second of these sabbaths were the first and seventh days of the paschal feast.  The third annual sabbath was identical with the feast of Pentecost.  The fourth of these sabbaths was the same as the new moon in the seventh month.  The fifth one was the great day of atonement.  The sixth and the seventh of these annual sabbaths were the fifteenth and twenty-second days of the seventh month, that is, the first day of the feast of tabernacles, and the next day after the close of that feast.  As these feasts were not to be observed until the Hebrews should possess their own land, the annual sabbaths could have no existence until that time.  And so of the sabbaths of the land.  These could have no existence until after the Hebrews should possess and cultivate their own land; after six years of cultivation, the land should rest the seventh year, and remain untilled.  After seven of these sabbaths of the land came the year of jubilee.


The contrast between the Sabbath of the Lord and these sabbaths of the Hebrews1 is strongly marked.  1. The Sabbath of the Lord was instituted at the close of the first week of time; while these were ordained in connection with the Jewish feasts.  2. The one was blessed and hallowed by God, because that he had rested upon it from the work of creation; the others have no such claim to our regard.  3. When the children of Israel came into the wilderness, the Sabbath of the Lord was an existing institution, obligatory upon them; but the annual sabbaths then came into existence.  It is easy to point to the very act of God, while leading that people, that gave


[ On this point Mr. Miller uses the following language:  "Only one kind of Sabbath was given to Adam, and one only remains for us.  See Hosea 2:11.  `I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.'  All the Jewish sabbaths did cease when Christ nailed them to his cross.  Col.2:14-17.  These were properly called Jewish sabbaths.  Hosea says, `her sabbaths.'  But the Sabbath of which we are speaking, God calls `my Sabbath.'  Here is a clear distinction between the creation Sabbath and the ceremonial.  The one is perpetual; the others were merely shadows of good things to come." - Life and Views, pp. 161, 162.]


existence to these sabbaths; while every reference to the Sabbath of the Lord shows that it had been ordained before God chose that people.  4. The children of Israel were excluded from the promised land for violating the Sabbath of the Lord in the wilderness; but the annual sabbaths were not to be observed until they should enter that land.  This contrast would be strange indeed were it true that the Sabbath of the Lord was not instituted until the children of Israel came into the wilderness of Sin; for it is certain that two of the annual sabbaths were instituted before they left the land of Egypt.1  5. The Sabbath of the Lord was made for man; but the annual sabbaths were designed only for residents in the land of Palestine.  6. The one was weekly, a memorial of the Creator's rest; the others were annual, connected with the memorials of the deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt.  7. The one is termed "the Sabbath of the Lord," "my Sabbaths," "my holy day," and the like; while the others are designated as "your sabbaths," "her sabbaths," and similar expressions.2  8. The one was proclaimed by God as one of the ten commandments, and was written with his finger in the midst of the moral law upon the tables of stone, and was deposited in the ark beneath the mercy-seat; the others did not pertain to the moral law, but were embodied in that hand-writing of ordinances that was a shadow of good things to come.  9. The distinction between these festivals and the Sabbaths of the Lord was carefully marked by God when he ordained the festivals and their associated sabbaths.  Thus he said:

"These are the feast of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, . . . .   BESIDE the Sabbaths of the Lord."

The annual sabbaths are presented by Isaiah in a very different light from that in which he presents the Sabbath of the Lord.  Of the one he says:-

"Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth; they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them."2

In striking contrast with this, the same prophet speaks of the Lord's Sabbath;-

"Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice:  for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.  Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.  For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.  Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people."

Hosea carefully designates the annual sabbaths in the following prediction:-

"I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast-days, her new moons, and HER sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts."1

This prediction was uttered about B.C. 785.  It was fulfilled in part about two hundred years after this, when Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.  Of this event,  Jeremiah, about B.C. 588, speaks as follows:-

"Her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her:  the adversaries saw her, and did mock at HER sabbaths. . . . .  The Lord was as an enemy; he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces; he hath destroyed his strongholds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.  And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden; he hath destroyed his places of the assembly; the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.  The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast."

The feasts of the Lord were to be holden in the place which the Lord should choose, namely, Jerusalem;3 and when that city, the place of their solemn assemblies, was destroyed and the people themselves carried into captivity, the complete cessation of their feasts, and, as a consequence, of the annual sabbaths, which were specified days in those feasts, must occur.  The adversaries mocked at her sabbaths, by making a "noise in the house of the Lord as in the day of a solemn feast."  But the observance of the Lord's Sabbath did not cease with the dispersion of the Hebrews from their own land; for it was not a local institution, like the annual sabbaths.  Its violation was one chief cause of the Babylonish captivity; and their final restoration to their own land was made conditional upon their observing it in their dispersion. 


The feasts, new moons, and annual sabbaths, were restored when the Hebrews returned from captivity, and with some interruptions, were kept up until the final destruction of their city and nation by the Romans.  But ere the providence of God thus struck out of existence these Jewish festivals, the whole typical system was abolished, having reached the commencement of its antitype, when our Lord Jesus Christ expired upon the cross.  The handwriting of ordinances being thus abolished, no one is to be judged respecting its meats, or drinks, or holy days, or new moons, or sabbaths, "which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."  But the Sabbath of the Lord did not form a part of this handwriting of ordinances; for it was instituted before sin had entered the world, and consequently before there was any shadow of redemption; it was written by the finger of God, not in the midst of types and shadows, but in the bosom of the moral law; and the day following that on which the typical sabbaths were nailed to the cross, the Sabbath commandment of the moral law is expressly recognized.  Moreover, when the Jewish festivals were utterly extinguished with the final destruction of Jerusalem, even then was the Sabbath of the Lord brought to the minds of his people.


Thus have we traced the annual sabbaths until their final cessation, as predicted by Hosea.  It remains that we trace the Sabbath of the Lord until we reach the endless ages of the new earth, when we shall find the whole multitude of the redeemed assembling before God for worship on each successive Sabbath.


END



COLOSSIANS II,14-17

BY J N ANDREWS


THE second chapter of Colossians teaches that the hand-writing of ordinances has been blotted out and nailed to the cross.  many produce this scripture as proof that the ten commandments are abolished.  We inquire, therefore, Is the hand-writing of ordinances the ten commandments?  Let the following facts answer:-


1.  The hand-writing of ordinances is here represented as having been blotted out by the shedding of Christ's blood.  If this hand-writing of ordinances is the ten commandments, it follows that the blood of Christ was shed to blot out the prohibition against other gods; the prohibition of graven images; the prohibition of blasphemy; the commandment to hallow the sanctified Rest-day of the Lord; the first commandment with promise; and the prohibitions of murder, adultery, theft, false witness and covetousness!  Would the Infinite Law-giver give his own Son to die for such a purpose?


2.  But to teach that Christ died to blot out the moral law, is to deny the plainest facts.  Because that the law of God which was holy, just and good, condemned the whole human family, and showed that all mankind were sinners, and under its just sentence, God provided a method of redemption by which he could be just, and yet could justify him that believeth in Jesus.  This did not consist in sending his Son to destroy the law of the Father; but it consisted in this, that the Son of God should take upon himself human nature, and offer up his own life a ransom for many; thus making the great propitiation through which guilty man may come to God and find pardon for the transgression of his holy law.  Rom.iii,19-31; Matt.xx,28; 1Pet.ii,24; Isa.liii,10.  Having done this he returned to his Father and became a great High Priest in the heavenly Sanctuary before the Ark containing his Father's law.  Whoever, therefore, repents of his transgression, and comes to God through this "Advocate with the Father," may find pardon for all his sins.  This view of man's redemption is based on the plainest facts of scripture, and presents the character of God in a light in which mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss each other.  Ps.lxxxv,10,11.  Well might Paul exclaim when presenting this great subject, "Do we then make void the law through faith?  God forbid; yea, we establish the law."


3.  But what is it that is abolished in consequence of the hand-writing of ordinances being nailed to the cross?  We answer, Meats, drinks, feast-days, (for this is the literal rendering of the word,) new-moons and Sabbaths, (plural.)  Thus upon the very face of this text is found the most decisive evidence that Paul was not referring to the ten commandments.  For it is absurd to believe that Paul should speak of the abolition of the ten commandments, and as the consequence of that abolition, should speak of certain unimportant things as having been done away, which, by the way, were never contained in the decalogue.  It may be objected, that the decalogue contained the Sabbaths (the word is plural) which are here abolished.  We answer, Not so.  The decalogue contained but one Sabbath of the Lord.  But besides the Sabbath of the Lord, embodied in the fourth commandment, the twenty-third chapter of Leviticus presents four annual Sabbaths, associated with the feasts and new moons of the typical system.  The Sabbath of the Lord "was made FOR man," but these Sabbaths connected with the new moons, &c., are said to be AGAINST him.  Mark ii,27; Col.ii,14.  It is not the Sabbath (singular) associated with the precepts of the moral law, that is here referred to, but the Sabbaths (plural) associated with their feasts and new moons.  Lev.xxiii,24,32,37-39.  The one was made at creation, the others in the wilderness of Sinai.


4.  But while it is plainly stated in Col.ii, that the hand-writing of ordinances, or shadow of good things to come, is abolished, it is elsewhere in the New Testament plainly stated that the royal law, embodying all the ten commandments, is yet in full force.  No one can deny this who will carefully read James ii,8-12.  And the fact is distinctly stated that the violation of one of the commandments makes the transgressor guilty of all.  It follows therefore, that the hand-writing of ordinances, and the royal law of ten commandments, are two distinct codes.


The reasons presented demonstrate the fact that the ten commandments are not referred to in Col.ii.  But those who seize this scripture to prove the abolition of the decalogue, generally point with triumph to the expression, "holy day," which occurs in verse 16.  "If the term, Sabbath-days," say they, "refers to the ceremonial Sabbaths, [Lev.xxiii,24-39,] the term, holy day, must certainly designate the Sabbath of the fourth commandment."  The fact that some, who have the means of knowing better, have applied this expression to the Sabbath, renders it proper that this perversion should be exposed.


This word is translated from hoorte, which occurs twenty-seven times in the Greek Testament.  Twenty-six times it is rendered, in our version, feast, and once, viz., Col.ii,16, it is rendered holy day.


Matt.xxvi,5.  they said, Not on the feast day.



     xxvii,15.  at that feast the governor was

   Mark xiv,2.  they said, Not on the feast day,

         xv,6.  Now at that feast he released unto

   Luke ii,41.  at the feast of the Passover.

           42.  after the custom of the feast,

       xxii,1.  the feast of unleavened bread

     xxiii,17.  release one unto them at the feast.

   John ii,23.  at the Passover in the feast day,

        iv,45.  at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

          v,1.  there was a feast of the Jews:

         vi,4.  a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

        vii,2.  the Jews' feast of tabernacles was

            8.  Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast;

           10.  went he also up unto the feast,

           11.  Jews sought him at the feast,

           14.  about the midst of the feast.

           37.  that great day of the feast,

        xi,56.  he will not come to the feast?

       xii,12.  were come to the feast,

           20.  to worship at the feast:

       xiii,1.  before the feast of the Passover,

           29.  need of against the feast;

Acts xviii,21.  by all means keep this feast

    Col.ii,16.  or in respect of an holy day,


It is thus rendered by several lexicons:


"Heorte, a feast or festival, holiday."  Liddell and Scott Robinson's Lexicon gives the same.  "A solemn feast, public festival, holy day."  Greenfield.


Col.ii,16 is thus rendered in different versions:-


"Let no man, therefore, judge you in meat, or in drink or in respect of a festival day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbaths." - Donay Bible.


"Wherefore, let no one judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a festival, or a new moon, or of Sabbaths." - Macknight.


"Let no man therefore judge you in food, or in drink, or in respect to a holy day, or the new moon, or the Sabbaths." - Whiting.


"Let none therefore judge you in meat, or drink, or in respect of a feast day, or of the new moon, or of Sabbath days." - Wesley.


"Let no one therefore call you to an account about meat and drink, or with respect to a festival, or a new moon, or Sabbaths." - Wakefield.


It is therefore manifest that the Apostle used this word to designate the Jewish feasts - the abolition of which he here teaches.  The Sabbaths and the feast days of the Jewish ritual expired with that ritual; but the Sabbath of the Lord, hallowed before the fall, abides, with the other precepts of the moral law, throughout duration.                            J.N.A.


THE END



 

 


Should we keep the Feast Days?

1 Corinthians 5:7-8, "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

Truth is, we no longer need to sacrifice a Passover lamb according to this passage. This is actually common knowledge among most Christians of today. The exact same principle therefore applies to all the Jewish feasts as they are indeed fulfilled already, just as the sacrifice of the Passover lamb was fulfilled.

As for those who feel they are convicted to keep these feasts, I am not seeking to change your minds. At the same time, I feel I stand justified in that I see no reason for you to seek to change mine. For it is also written...

  • Colossians 2:16-17, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."

By the way.. the "sabbath days" mentioned here are ceremonial feast days, and not the weekly Sabbath. See Leviticus 23:23-38 on this. Specifically verse 38 where it declares these "sabbath days" are BESIDES the Sabbath of the Lord. Another easy to see reality in this passage is. MANY like to claim that this passage is speaking of the "Ten Commandments" because the "sabbath days" is mentioned. But when looking at the ENTIRE verse, one realizes that it is impossible for these "sabbath days" to be the same as the weekly Sabbath day. Why? This passage is lumping both the "sabbath days" together along with the "meat, drink, holy days, and new moons." Where in the Ten Commandments does it speak of meat, drink, holy days, and new moons?

The Jewish feast days were a shadow of things to come. They pointed forward in a prophetic manner as to what Christ would do when He came to this Earth for us. I ask, why should we embrace or seek to keep feast days that speak of things already done? My faith alone in the "Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world" [John 1:29] already proclaims that which the feast days looked forward to as fulfilled at Calvary.

In fact, some of the feast days required the believer to offer sacrifice in the Jerusalem Temple did they not? How is that possible today? How was that possible in fact since 70ad when the Jerusalem Temple was completely destroyed by Rome?

Scriptures openly declare these feast days "nailed to the cross" in the following passage...

  • Colossians 2:14, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;"

These feast days / laws of Moses were ORDINANCES penned on paper by Moses himself. Unlike the Law of God written in STONE by His very finger. The ripping of the temple veil in Matthew 27:51 declares in mountainous tones that these feast days were indeed no longer needed. The Temple itself was no longer the residence of the Shekinah glory of the Lord's presence when that Temple veil ripped. Before the rip, no man could enter into the Most Holy Place but the High priest. Anyone else walking in there would most assuredly DIE. Now however, any man can come before the Lord, for the Temple is now YOU, the Christian!

  • 1 Corinthians 3:16, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

Want it prophetically BLUNT? Daniel the Prophet declares the Feast Days as something that was to STOP the moment Christ died on the cross...

  • Daniel 9:27, "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

Prophecy itself confirms the feast days CEASED at the time of the cross. In the "midst of the week" (3.5 yrs after Jesus was baptised) the Temple veil RIPPED completely in two. At the exact moment the "Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world" spoke from His very lips, "IT IS FINISHED"-John 19:30

 Picture this... You are looking for your friend who is said to be behind your house working on your car. You look outside and all you see is your friends shadow protruding from behind the house. You can see your friend working on the car by watching the shadow. So you wait patiently for him to finish. Suddenly your friend cry's out that, it is finished. You then walk to the back of the house, and follow the shadow to your friend that eventually leads directly to him. The feast days are no different. They illustrated to the believers a glimpse of that which Christ was to do in the future, and when He cried out, "it is finished" on Calvary, IT WAS!

Think about this as well...

There we NO Jewish feast days BEFORE the Exodus from Egyptian bondage. And according to prophecy as well as Scripture speaking of the time of fulfillment, they ended perfectly when Jesus "finished" what He came to do for you and me, as well as all those that kept those feast days in faith BEFORE Calvary.

 Could there be prophetic reasoning for such an end time movement?

Is it not being "prophesied" all over the world by false prophets that a "third temple" must be rebuilt? Has it not already been reported that the Roman Catholic church is performing "animal sacrifices" on their altars in Africa?Are we to start offering sacrifices again regardless of the fact that prophecy as well as the reality of Calvary declares it is finished?  Does not the "keeping of the feast days" denote a "possibility" that Christ has NOT yet arrived, therefore we need to look for another? Will this be used by Antichrist to gather some of the flock into his camp? That I believe is the main issue here. All I can see coming from keeping the feast days is a faith that may eventually learn to embrace the "old leaven" of the Pharisee's. All the world knows, they do indeed proclaim with boldness that Messiah has not yet come. And all of Christendom can read for themselves...

  • 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

One last thing before going further. For those that claim Christ Lord and still can't see the Feast Days abolished at His cross. Please look upon this passage with open eyes...

  • Act 6:14 "For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us."

One last thing...

We need to understand that orthodox Jews to this day still observe the feast days because they refuse to accept the sacrifice of the Messiah Jesus Christ in their behalf. When we echo their observance of these abolished ordinances today, we are doing the exact same thing as those Jews who are not moved by faith in Christ Jesus as Lord. One more thing needs to be realized here as well. At present, we living during anti-typical day of atonement as we wait on that same Messiah Jesus Christ to return. While we wait, we must understand that this waiting time is not to be considered a time of celebration. Just as the Jews of old prepared 10 days before the day of atonement, we too must use this time to afflict our souls so as to prepare to meet our God. During this time we have been given a chance to purify our souls by the putting away of sin. Soon probation will end and that eupastern sky will split and we will be called Home. Or.. if we waste this precious time we have been given to get right with our God, we will be left behind dead.

 Bottom line is this...

The Feast days pointed to His first coming. The Lord's Supper points to His second coming

FOR THE SDA..

For the SDA brethren that have been pulled into the feast day movement, what saith the prophet of your church?

In this ordinance, (The Last Supper) Christ discharged His disciples from the cares and burdens of the ancient Jewish obligations in rites and ceremonies. These no longer possessed any virtue; for type was meeting antitype in Himself, the authority and foundation of all Jewish ordinances that pointed to Him as the great and only efficacious offering for the sins of the world. He gave this simple ordinance that it might be a special season when He Himself would always be present, to lead all participating in it to feel the pulse of their own conscience, to awaken them to an understanding of the lessons symbolized, to revive their memory, to convict of sin, and to receive their penitential repentance. He would teach them that brother is not to exalt himself above brother, that the dangers of disunion and strife shall be seen and appreciated; for the health and holy activity of the soul are involved.  {5BC 1139.5}

     This ordinance does not speak so largely to man's intellectual capacity as to his heart. His moral and spiritual nature needs it. If His disciples had not needed this, it would not have been left for them as Christ's last established ordinance in connection with, and including, the last supper. It was Christ's desire to leave to His disciples an ordinance that would do for them the very thing they needed--that would serve to disentangle them from the rites and ceremonies which they had hitherto engaged in as essential, and which the reception of the gospel made no longer of any force. To continue these rites would be an insult to Jehovah. Eating of the body, and drinking of the blood, of Christ, not merely at the sacramental service, but daily partaking of the bread of life to satisfy the soul's hunger, would be in receiving His Word and doing His will (RH June 14, 1898).  {5BC 1139.6}


 ANSWERS to the Feast Day Question...

Below is an answer to a question I sent "BibleInfo.com" regarding the feast day question. As soon as I received it I felt it would be a good addition to this page as it covers all I shared here and more regarding the Feast days.


In order to understand why Christians don't keep these feast days we need to know what they represent and the reasons God had His people keep them.

I'll present below the five major festivals of the Jewish calendar year. Then I'll discuss their meanings and the reasons why Christians don't keep each one.

There were three festivals to which all Israelite men were required to go up to the tabernacle (later to the temple at Jerusalem). These are marked with a . The months are given according to the Hebrew calendar. I deal with each in the order that they came during the yearly calendar.

(1) Unleavened Bread, a week-long event (which immediately followed the Passover supper held the preceding night) in the middle of the 1st month, at the beginning of the barley harvest (Lev 23:5–14) (about the time of our Easter)

(2) The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), fifty days after the first sabbath of Unleavened Bread, celebrating the season of the wheat harvest (Lev 23:15–21; Ex 34:22)

(3) The Feast of Trumpets on the 1st day of the 7th month, the civil New Year's day.

(4) The Day of Atonement on the 10th day of the 7th month, the cleansing of the Temple.

(5) The Feast of Ingathering, or the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles, in the middle of the 7th month, at the close of the olive and fruit harvest (Lev 23:34–44; Deut 16:13) (This occured only a few days after the Day of Atonement which was celebrated on the 10th day)

What did these festivals mean and why do Christians feel that we should not keep them.?

(1) The Feast of Unleavened bread:

The night before this feast every family celebrated the Passover in their homes.

The Passover ceremony was celebrated in this way:

Each family (or if the family was a small one, several families) slew the Passover lamb and ate it along with bread that was made with no yeast (leaven). Yeast, in Bible times, represented sin because sin, like yeast when put in dough, fills the entire person.

John the Baptist spoke of Jesus as "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) and Paul points out that "Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed." (1 Cor. 5:7). Since Christ is the Lamb who was sacrificed and His sacrifice has already taken place, then there is no need to celebrate the Passover feast that pointed forward to the coming of God's Lamb who would take "away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)

In fact, the exact hour that Jesus died was the time for the slaying of the Passover lamb in the Temple. Matthew 27:51 describes how the "curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split." Tradition has it that the Passover lamb escaped from the grasp of the priest and ran away.

Jesus gave us the communion service of bread and wine to commemorate His death (Matt. 26:26-35). For Christians, the Lord's supper has taken the place of the Passover.

The day after the Passover–the very next day–was the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The prohibition of the use of yeast, as practiced the night before at the Passover celebration, continued for seven days after the Passover. The first day was a ceremonial sabbath. (When this sabbath fell on the weekly Sabbath, the Pharisees of the time of Christ called it a "high day.") Just as with the weekly Sabbath, no one was allowed to work on this day.

This sabbath (first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread) was a sabbath of rest, pointing forward to the rest that the Lamb of God experienced in the grave on the day following His crucifixion.

On the day after this ceremonial sabbath the priest waved a sheaf of barley–the first fruits–before the Lord. This symbolized the beginning of the harvest season. This action pointed forward to the resurrection of Christ after the Sabbath, and His brief ascension to His Father to receive His approval of the sacrifice of His Son. 

1 Cor 15:3, 4 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

1 Cor 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

There is no need for Christians to participate in this festival because the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ to which it points have already taken place. The feast has become obsolete.

(2) The Feast of Weeks, later called Pentecost, took place 50 days after the waving of the sheaf. This festival celebrated the beginning of wheat harvest.

The day of Pentecost, 50 days after Christ's resurrection, marked the beginning of the harvest of Christ's work. It was preceded by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:17, 18). There's no need for Christians to celebrate this feast because the reason for the feast came to pass when the disciples began the harvest of souls in earnest.

(3) The Feast of Trumpets

A feast celebrated on the 1st day of the 7th month (Ethanim, or Tishri), the beginning of the civil year. This 1st day fell on the "new moon" of September or October. This month was always numbered the 7th (see Lev 23:24), according to God’s instructions to Moses to begin the year with the Passover month of Abib (Nisan), as the 1st month (see Ex 12:2); yet the year was still reckoned as beginning with Tishri for civil matters. Tishri 1 was marked by extra sacrifices in addition to the new-moon sacrifices of the other months (Num 29:1–6). It was a ceremonial sabbath, and was celebrated by the blowing of trumpets (Lev 23:24, 25). The tradition of the Jews is that on New Year’s Day (celebrated to this day as Rosh Hashana) everyone is judged for his deeds of the past year, but that one’s doom is not settled until the 10th, on the Day of Atonement, apparently after 9 days of grace (Talmud Rosh Hashanah, 16a).1

Christians don't celebrate the Feast of Trumpets for two reasons: 1) The first day of Tishri is not our New Year's day. 2) This day's intimate attachment to the Day of Atonement.

(4) The Day of Atonement.

This day occured on the tenth day of the seventh month, the most solemn day of the year. On it all were not only to refrain from work but also to afflict their souls (make sure that all their sins were confessed) (Lev 23:27–32). This probably included fasting, since in NT times it is evidently this day that is referred to as "the fast" (Acts 27:9). On the Day of Atonement all the sins of the preceding year were finally disposed of in the ceremony of cleansing the sanctuary (Lev. 16). All who did not afflict their souls on that day were cut off from Israel (Lev 23:29). The Day of Atonement was to the Jews a day of judgment.1

On this day two goats were brought before the High Priest. He cast lots over them to chose which one would be the Lord's goat. The other goat was called the scape goat and was put aside. The Lord's Goat was killed and sacrificed on the altar. Some of it's blood was taken into the innermost room, called the Most Holy Place. The High Priest sprinkled some of the blood on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant and some on the ground in front it.

As the High Priest left the Most Holy Place he wiped some of the blood on the horns of the altar of Incense which stood before the curtain which separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. In effect, he was taking upon himself all the sins that the Israelites had confessed throughout the year by bringing their animals for sacrifice in the Temple.

Coming out of the Temple, the High Priest placed his hands upon the head of the scape goat and confessed all the sins of Israel upon him. Then the scape goat was led by a strong man out into the wilderness, where he was let go—a fitting symbol of the removal of all sin from the nation.

The Lord's goat represented Christ who died upon the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of everyone who has ever lived. The High Priest represents Christ in His role of our great Intercessor in Heaven. He brings our names before the Father and proclaims that we have accepted Him as our Savior. In effect, just like the Day of Atonement was a day of judgment, so the great Day of Atonement in Heaven is a day of judgment for the people of God (read the judgment scene as depicted in Dan. 7: 13, 14 ff). Christ will decide whom, of all who have professed to be His disciples, has really accepted Him and let Him reign in their hearts.

When the judgment is finished, then Christ will come and reward His servants for their faithfulness.

Rev 22:12 "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.

This annual "day of judgment" prefigured the cosmic judgment of all of God's people. Whoever refrains from, neglects, or refuses to repent of his/her sins at that time will be cut off from God's people.

The first part of the Day of Atonement has already taken place—the Lord's Goat (Christ) has already been sacrificed for the sins of His people. The second part—Christ, as our High Priest, entering the Most Holy Place of the Temple in heaven, presenting His blood before the Father—is taking place right now in Heaven. Christ is investigating the lives of all who have professed to be His followers. Those who have been true to Him will be marked as His people. Those who have not been faithful will be rejected.

Soon Christ will finish this work and return to reward those who were faithful to Him, by taking them to His eternal Kingom.

So Christians don't celebrate the Mosaic Day of Atonement because we are actually passing through the Great Day of Atonement right now.

(5) The Feast of Ingathering (the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles) celebrated the ingathering at the end of the harvest, particularly of the grain, olive, and grape harvests. It also reminded the Jews of the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.

This was the last feast of the religious year and usually came during our month of October, after the autumn harvest was over and the fruit had been gathered in. It was a joyous occasion for all. The Day of Atonement was past; all misunderstandings had been cleared up, all sins confessed and put aside. The Israelites were happy, and their happiness found expression in the Feast of  Ingathering (Booths, or Tabernacles)

Since the antitypical* Day of Atonement takes place before the coming of Jesus, then this joyous feast, which comes at the end of the harvest, would most likely represent the joy of God's people as they take their places in the New Jerusalem. Their wandering in the wilderness of sin is past. Eternal life in the heavenly Canaan will be the reward of God's people.

*An object casts a shadow when standing in sunlight. The shadow is the type, the object itself is the antitype. The Day of Atonement in the ceremonial year is the type; the "investigative judgment" that takes place before Jesus comes is the antitype. Another way to say the same thing is: the Day of Atonement prefigured the judgment in the last days.

1Horn, Siegfried H., Seventh-day Adventist Bible Dictionary, (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association) 1979.


Below is a sermon taken from "Let There Be Light Ministries" It is indeed a blessing to read. (You can view it here as well...http://www.lightministries.com/id321.htm

To Feast, Or Not To Feast?

     Christ was the foundation and antitype of the whole Jewish economy of sacrifices, ceremonies, feasts, etc.  All these symbols or types pointed, as a shadow, to Christ.  When He was crucified in 31 AD or "cut off" in the midst of the last week--3 1/2 years after He had begun His gospel ministry--type met antitype.  Thus Christ caused the sacrifice, oblation, feasts, and all the other types in the Jewish economy to cease to be literally kept and performed.

     These ceremonies and types were given to point forward to Christ as being the Messiah.  But since Christ has already come, and type has met antitype, these types would only possess spiritual significance, and not the command to be literally kept; they would continue pointing to Christ, but would not bear the penalty of sin if not literally kept.  And any today who advocate that God's people must literally resume keeping any of the Jewish economy's types, are actually denying that Christ is the Messiah, the antitype of all in the Jewish economy!

     Christ realized He was the antitype of the Jewish feasts, etc., and hence, during His ministry, He did not keep many of the feasts; yet Christ was not a commandment breaker--He was "without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

     "As the sons of Joseph made preparation to attend the Feast of Tabernacles, they saw that Christ made no movement signifying His intention of attending.  They watched Him with anxiety.  Since the healing at Bethesda He had not attended the national gatherings." Desire of Ages, p 450.


     "Christ was the foundation of the whole Jewish economy, which was a symbol prescribed in type for the religious faith and obedience of all people" Manuscript 130, November 27, 1901 (Manuscript Release #499, p 1).

     "We have yet to learn that the whole Jewish economy is a compacted prophecy of the gospel.  It is the gospel in figures..." Manuscript 130, November 23, 1897 (Manuscript Release #313, p 1).

     "They (Jews) did not realize that type met antitype in the death of Jesus Christ....they could not see the perfect fulfillment of the Jewish economy, instituted and established by Christ and pointing to Him as the substance." Fundamentals of Christian Education, p 398.

     "Judaizing teachers were opposing the work of the Apostle (Paul), and seeking to destroy the fruit of his labors....

     "Thus the emissaries of Judaism succeeded in alienating many of the Christian converts from their teacher in the gospel.  Having gained this point, they induced them to return to the observance of the ceremonial law as essential to salvation....Christ, the true foundation, was virtually renounced for the obsolete ceremonies of Judaism." Life of Paul, p 188-90.


     There were also differences between the feast sabbaths and the seventh day Sabbath.  On the feasts sabbaths booths of tree branches (during the feasts of tabernacles) could be built (Leviticus 23:39-42).  Or you could prepare or cook your food (Exodus 12:14-20).  But on the seventh day Sabbath not even sticks were to be gathered (Numbers 15:32-36).  Also on the seventh day Sabbath all of you food was to be prepared and cooked on the sixth day, or the preparation day, before the seventh day Sabbath (Exodus 16:33).  Also the feast sabbaths were written by the finger of Moses and placed in the side of the ark of the testimony (Deuteronomy 31:26) showing that these were temporary.  While the seventh day Sabbath was written by the finger of God and placed in the middle of the ark of the testimony underneath the mercy seat (Exodus 30:5 and Exodus 40:20) showing that these were eternal.  So clearly the feast sabbaths and the seventh day Sabbath are not the same.  The feast sabbaths were a shadow or type to be done away with at Christ's death, while the seventh day Sabbath was not a shadow but was to continue on after Christ's death.

     And yes Paul did state, "Let us keep the feast" (1 Corinthians 5:8).  But keep it, how?  Literally or spiritually?  It was not literally but spiritually because he continues, "Neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

     And yes Sister White writes that well would it be for the people of God at the present time to have a feast of tabernacles (Patriarchs and Prophets, p 540).  But was she stating that we should keep this feast today literally or spiritually?  The whole context here is the great benefit that the children of Israel received because they associated together.  So she said, "We sustain loss when we neglect the privilege of associating together to strengthen and encourage one another in the service of God and we decline in spirituality." Patriarchs and Prophets, p 540-541.

     Ellen White did not advocate keeping the feast days literally today, but advocated not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together on other days than just the Sabbath day.  She referred to the blessings received when God's people associated together anciently as an example.  That is why she states in Testimonies, vol 6, p 39-40 that the holy convocations today for God's people are not the literal convocations or feast days of ancient Israel but are the camp-meetings.  So camp-meetings for God's people today are the equivalent of the feast days, or the holy convocations, of ancient Israel.


     Now some will then state that it was only the animal sacrifices or offerings that were done away with and that is why we still keep the feast days today.  But circumcision was not an animal sacrifice, nor was it an offering.  It was a law or type to be performed just like the feast or other non-sacrificial types until the anti-type came.  And after Christ's death circumcision then took on a spiritual meaning, meaning to circumcise your hearts.  And the same with the feasts.  They are very important spiritually today, pointing to Christ as the Messiah and His ministry, but are not literally to be kept under the penalty of sin.

     So just like with the law of circumcision being advocated anciently, if any come unto you today telling you that, Ye must keep the feasts and keep the law, they are only troubling God's people with words, and are trying to subvert and Judaize souls.  And you can quote to them the same words in Galatians 5:1, 2 that you are to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free and that you are not to be entangled again in the yoke of bondage.  "And behold I say unto you that if ye keep the feasts Christ shall profit you nothing."  There is no harm in transposing the word feasts for circumcision because it's the very same principle found in Galatians 5:1, 2.

     If any one today keeps the feasts Christ shall profit you nothing, and your spiritual exercises are an affront and insult to God!

     "...Christ discharged His disciples from the cares and burdens of the ancient Jewish obligations in rites and ceremonies.  These no longer possessed any virtue; for type was meeting antitype in Himself, the authority and foundation of all Jewish ordinances...

     "It was Christ's desire to leave to His disciples an ordinance that would do for them the very thing they needed--that would serve to disentangle them from the rites and ceremonies which they had hitherto engaged in as essential, and which the reception of the gospel made no longer of any force.  To continue these rites would be an insult to Jehovah." Bible Commentary, vol 5, p 1139-1140.


     Anciently, each feast day occurred at a specific time each year, and corresponded to the work of the high priest in either the first or the second apartment of the sanctuary.  There was to be no feast day which overlapped onto another feast day (i.e. the feast of Tabernacles being celebrated during Passover), but each had their specific set period corresponding to the sanctuary service.  Since Christ, our High Priest, has entered into the second apartment, or the most holy place, in the heavenly sanctuary, signalling that we are now in the antitypical day of Atonement, then for anyone to advocate that we should keep any other feast day during this antitypical day of Atonement, are seeking to overlap feast days.  Thus they are actually denying that we are in the antitypical day of Atonement, and are declaring that Christ is no longer interceeding in the most holy place!  So today, there are to be no feast days celebrated while Christ is interceeding in the most holy place during this antitypical day of Atonement!  But after Christ's ministerial work is ended, and the antitypical day of Atonement is ended, and we are living on the new earth, there is recorded that we will resume keeping certain feast days--such as the feast of the New Moon (see Isaiah 66:23).

     Besides, we are in captivity and strangers in this world until Christ comes to free us and take us to heaven, and then give us the new earth after the wicked are forever destroyed by the cleansing fire of God.  Anciently, the Jews could not keep the feasts while under captivity, but resumed after they were freed and in their promised land.  The same today!

     "During the captivity of the Jews, they could not be observed; but when the people were restored to their own land, the observance of these memorials was once more begun." Desire of Ages, p 447.


     Do you want to be held in bondage to the types in the Jews religion and continue hindering the gospel of Christ, or do you want to be free in Jesus Christ--the Antitype--and work to spread the true gospel and hasten the coming of our Saviour?

     "Some in the church were still striving to mold Christianity after the old customs and ceremonies that were to pass away at the death of Christ....They saw that they had been held in bondage by the Jewish customs and traditions, and that the work of the gospel had been greatly hindered..."

Life of Paul, p 211


I Is there only ONE name for God?

As for the name of God. I have had numerous people approach me from all walks of life regarding this issue. Some declare "Jehovah" is the only name we should use. Others declare "Yahweh" for the Father and "Yashua" for His Son. Some have even gone so far as to declare that the name 'Jesus' comes from Zeus, and it is a sin to call our Savior by that name. Fact is, the name 'Jesus' comes from 'Joshua' meaning, "Jehovah is salvation" as you can see by the Strong's concordance reference below.


  2424 Iesous {ee-ay-sooce'}

 of Hebrew origin 03091; TDNT - 3:284,360; n pr m

 AV - Jesus 972, Jesus (Joshua) 2, Jesus (Justus) 1; 975

 Jesus = "Jehovah is salvation"
1) Joshua was the famous captain of the Israelites, Moses' successor
2) Jesus, son of Eliezer, one of the ancestors of Christ
3) Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, God incarnate 
4) Jesus Barabbas was the captive robber whom the Jews begged Pilate to release instead of Christ
5) Jesus, surnamed Justus, a Jewish Christian, an associate with Paul in the preaching of the gospel


 This fanaticism comes from a misunderstanding of a prophecy within Revlation...

  • Revelation 3:12, "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."
  • Revelation 7:3, "Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads."
  • Revelation 14:1, "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."

Those that declare a sacred name is necessary have clearly misunderstood the prophecy. Nowhere does it say "literally" that the name of our God is written in our foreheads. Just like it doesn't say anywhere that the name of the beast is literally written in the forehead. It does however speak of His CHARACTER being written in the minds and hearts of His children in numerous areas in His Word.

Many of these "sacred name" preachers also adhere heavily upon the modern day prophet Ellen White. As we can see below, she even relates this truth to all those with ears to hear...

"The only hope of any man lies through Jesus Christ. . . . The pure and holy garments are not prepared to be put on by any one after he has entered the gate of the city. All who enter will have on the robe of Christ's righteousness, and the name of God will be seen in their foreheads.This name is the symbol which the apostle saw in vision, and signifies the yielding of the mind to intelligent and loyal obedience to all of God's commandments."  {Sons and Daughters p. 370.2}

"Unless the name of God is written in your forehead,-- written there because God is the center of your thoughts,--you will not be meet for the inheritance in light." {Counsels on Stewardship p. 46.2}

Clearly she is stating it is not a "literal name." She IS saying that keeping His commandments is the main issue here. Is it not written in Ezekiel 20:12, "Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them." and Ezekiel 20:20, "And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God."

This fanaticism is trult designed to get people to once again "FORGET" what the Almighty states is important to remember for that which MAN says is important. Like the priests of old that had the name "Holiness to the Lord" written on the front (forehead) of the miter. (See Exodus 28:36-38) The same goes for the Christian today. We must have the mind fo Christ. Doing so will make our characters emulate the "holiness of the Lord."

There is absoultely nothing "sacred" at all in the literal name of the Creator. It's just a name. The character is what we need to strive for. To think that "resiting a name" is all you need to do to assure salvation is Catholicism in theology. It is NOT of "works" as the Scripture so amply proves.

My question remains the same. Why would the Almighty ever living God of creation declare we should call Him by one name and one name alone, when this very God is omnipotent and multifaceted? In fact, does not the Word of this very God speak of Him using many different names? So many in fact, that I would be hard pressed to list them all here.

Now it is true that in Exodus 6:3 it says...

  • Exodus 6:3, "And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them."

Fact is however, in this instance the Almighty Father is simply revealing a NEW name to them. Doing a study on this topic in His Word one can see this is a repetitive characteristic of our Heavenly Father. All through Scripture we see the Lord revealing new names for Himself that speak of His love for us in many different ways. In fact, never have I ever come across a verse in the Old or New Testament that declares by only ONEname we are to call on Him.

Look at this way. All these names He gives us, are actually new ways to learn of Him as well as trust in Him. Every name given in His Word describes yet another facet of His character to us His children. To call Him by only one name, is to limit His glory as well as limit His effectiveness in the lives of those calling upon Him. He has many names because He has many gifts to bestow upon us. Not to mention the fact that He does many things FOR us.

For example. Just listing a few names He has called Himself makes this point very clear.

  • I AM
  • Jehovah ( God, our Lord)
  • Jehovah Sabaoth (Lord of Hosts)
  • Jehovah Jireh (God, our Provider)
  • Jehovah Rophe (God, our Healer)
  • Jehovah Nissi (God, our Banner)
  • Jehovah M'Kaddesh (God, our Sanctifier)
  • Jehovah Shalom (God, our Peace)
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu (God, our Righteousness)
  • Jehovah Rohi (God, our Shepherd)
  • Jehovah Shammah (God, ever present)
  • El Shaddai (Almighty God)
  • El Elyon (Most High God)
  • Adoni (Lord)
  • El Olam (Everlasting God)
  • Elohim (God our creator and ruler)

Looking to His Son Jesus Christ one can see many names being used to describe Him as well.

  • The Lamb of God
  • The Firstborn
  • Lion of the Tribe of Judah
  • Root of David
  • The Amen
  • Chief Cornerstone
  • Chief Shepherd
  • "Last Adam"
  • Redeemer
  • Bright and Morning Star
  • King of kings and Lord of lords
  • The Living One
  • The Son of God
  • The Son of Man
  • Rabbi
  • Wonderful Counselor
  • Mighty God
  • Everlasting Father
  • Prince of Peace
  • Alpha and Omega
  • Faithful
  • True
  • Immanuel
  • Jesus
  • The Messiah

Looking to His many names one can see that He is a Mighty God. One can actually see His love in just reading the names of this God within the very Word of this very same God. So I ask... Where should we concentrate our efforts? On His name? Or on His Word? You tell me... what does the following passage say to YOU?

Psalms 138:2, "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy wordabove all thy name."

Without His Word, we would have never known of His name.


One more fact to consider here. Have you ever noticed how the NAMES OF MAN actually speak of the plans of God Almighty? Notice this...

THE SPIRITUAL MEANING OF THE 12 TRIBES

If you translate the meaning of the names of the twelve tribes you will find the story of the Gospel. (Read downwards from the Definition list.)

NAME

DEFINITION

Reuben 
Simeon  
Levi 
Judah 
Dan 
Naphtali
Gad
Asher
Issachar 
Zebulun
Joseph
Benjamin

Behold a son, Look on Me
Hear Him, Hear Me
(and) Be Joined, With me 
Give Him Praise, Now will I praise the Lord
Judge
(His) Strife
(and His) Fortune
Happy and Blessed
(am I for) He Brings (my) Reward
Dwelling with Us
He shall Add
(For He is) The Son of His Right Hand 

Another example is known as the "Gospel in Genesis":

If you translate the meaning of the names of the generations of Adam
you  will find the story of the Gospel.  (Read downwards from the
Definition list.)

NAME

DEFINITION

Adam
Seth
Enosh
Kenan
Mahalele
Jared
Enoch
Methusalah
Lamech
Noah

Man (is)
Appointed
Mortal
Sorrow (but)
The Blessed God
Shall come down
Teaching
His death shall bring
The desparing
Rest and comfort 

So... my question is... How is it possible that the CREATOR of mankind must have yet ONE NAME and the man He CREATED can actually have numerous names that spell out His Truth? Fact remains... to limit the Almighty to ONE NAME is to declare Him a God of limited capabilities.

"I saw that God's holy name should be used with reverence and awe. The words God Almighty are coupled together and used by some in prayer in a careless, thoughtless manner, which is displeasing to Him. Such have no realizing sense of God or the truth, or they would not speak so irreverently of the great and dreadful God, who is soon to judge them in the last day. Said the angel, "Couple them not together; for fearful is His name." Those who realize the greatness and majesty of God, will take His name on their lips with holy awe. He dwelleth in light unapproachable; no man can see Him and live. I saw that these things will have to be understood and corrected before the church can prosper." -Early Writings page. 122.1

Final note regarding the "name" issue. Upon the cross of Christ was nailed a sign above His head. This is what it said...

Yashua Hanutzrel Velemech Hayehudim 
Yashua of Nazereth King of the Jews

 Y H V H

It's no wonder the pharasees didn't like that sign. It proves He did indeed come in His Father's name! Again, am I saying this is the ONLY name we should use? No. In fact, those that claim this IS the only name border on the fringes of a CULT theology. I have a "few" facts regarding this on my "YahCult" page. Just, to view some shocking facts about this movement rippling through some Sabbath keeping churches. Their main point is that if you use any other name besides Yahweh or Yashua you are evil. They claim to do so is placing a Pagan name for the Creator God. Yet, look at the name THEY give him. They claim His name = Yahweh, yet the Word says it's YHVH, YHVH, JHVH, or JHWH. In fact in Psalm 68:4 the Hebrew name of God is written, JH or YH. There are no VOWELS in that name! Yet the Yahcultist places vowles in it/ That is NOT the "true" name at all then. Their theology is so riddled with holes, it's truly amazing how so many are falling for it. Fact is, since mankind changed the "sacred name" to a different name, is it still sacred now?

PLUS.. what of the angel that appears to sister White to say, "Do you wish to see Jesus?" in Early Writings, page 80? Did the Angel say, "Do you wish to see YAHSHUA OR YAHWEH?" No he did NOT! Fact is, if the name Jesus is good enough for an angel, then it's truly NOT a name that offends the Lord when His children use it today.

Fact remains. the WORD of God is far more important than even the NAME of God. For it IS written... Psalms 138:2, "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."


Is "YAHWEH" a Pagan inspired name?

As we know the Word of God actually used YHWH for the name of God, and as we also know, many claim Yahweh is the proper way to spell it since YHWH is un-speakable in any language. Consider the following historic facts regarding the use and origin of the name "Yahweh."

  • "Pagan leaders used the name Yahweh. The name was inscribed on the Moabite Stone in Jordan about 830 B.C. exactly as it appeared in the Old Testament. The Lachish Letters, written between 589-587 B.C. and discovered in 1935 in the ancient town of Lachish near Jerusalem, frequently used the name Yahweh. " (Source: http://www.plim.org/Sacred%20Names%20Article.html )
  • " Yw, Yawu, Yah, Iahu, IeuoYw or Yawu is given as the original name of Yam in the Myth of Ba`al from Ugarit, and is probably the same as Ieuo in Philo of Byblos' Phoenician History. He is possibly to be identified with Yahweh. Coincidentally, a likely pronunciation of Yod-Heh-Vau-Heh really is Yahuh (Yahoo!)." (Source: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/2938/mindei.html)
  • " The Protoindo European god Yayash, Yaë or Yave, a protective god whose symbol was a tree, signifying possibly '"walking", "going", "a pilgrim", has been dated back to the Indus River valley, circa 2900 B.C.E. He has been identified with the Turko Syrian YHVH, a "sacred animal or organization".
  • "Yahweh appears to have been originally a sky god - a god of thunder and lightning. He was associated with mountains and was called by the enemies of Israel 'a god of the hills'. His manifestation was often as fire, as at Mount Sinai and in the burning bush." - Great Events of Bible Times
  • "Originally, these four consonants [in YHWH] represented the four members of the Heavenly Family: 
    Y represented El the Father; 
    H was Asherah the Mother; 
    W corresponded to He the Son; and 
    H was the Daughter Anath.
    - Laurence Gardner, 
    Bloodline of the Holy Grail, p. 18 
  • "In accordance with the royal traditions of the time and region, God's mysterious bride, the Matronit, was also reckoned to be his sister. In the Jewish cult of the Cabbala God's dual male-female image was perpetuated. Meanwhile other sects perceived the Shekinah or Matronit as the female presence of God on Earth. The divine marital chamber was the sanctuary of the Jerusalem Temple, but from the moment the Temple was destroyed, the Matronit was destined to roam the Earth while the male aspect of Jehovah was left to rule the heavens alone." - Ibid (Source: Biblical Beginnings in Canaan, Op. Cit.)
  • "A letter found in a mound northwest of the modern town of Ta'annek written in the fifth century B.C. proves that 'Yah' was a deity of the Canaanites. Yah is associated with the Canaanitish Mother-goddess, Ashtart-Anat as seen by the Father-Mother titles of the deity of the Jews at Elephantine. There, the title of Anat-Yaw is seen as well as Ashim-Bethel and Afat-Bethel where the titles of Astarte are combined with the Sun-god, Bethel. At Gaza, Yah appears as a Sun-god on a coin and coins were frequently inscribed with the figure of Ashtart-Yaw, Anat-Yaw, and Anat-Bethel, which corresponds to the Phoenician Melk-Ashtart and Eshmun-Ashtart" - The Mythology Of All Races, Vol. 5, p. 44.
  • "Yah was identified with the Aramaic Thunder-god, Adad. A coin from the fourth century B.C. in southern Philisti (when the Jews were in subjection to the Persian kings) has the only known representation of the Hebrew Deity. The letters YHW were inscribed just above a bird which the god held on his arm. The most likely identification of the god Yah of Gaza is the Hebrew, Phoenician, and Aramaic Sun-god El or Elohim whom the Hebrews had long since identified with Yah." (ibid., pp. 42-43).
  • "The collection of ancient manuscripts found at the Jewish colony of Elephantine demonstrates the use of Canaanite religious terminology in conjunction with the name of Israel's God Yahu. Such compound names as Anath-Yahu, Anath-Bethel, Ishum-Bethel, and Herem-Bethel are found there. These names all represent the attempt to combine differing philosophies and religious beliefs that were prevalent in the centuries following the Israelite conquest of Canaan. For example, Anath was the ancient Canaanite goddess, the sister of Baal (Bruce, p. 53), and Baal was one of the ancient names for Nimrod." (Hislop, p. 232).
  • "It was from the divine name Yah that the Greeks took 'Ie' in the invocations of the gods, especially the god Apollo. The name 'Ie' was written from right to left and inscribed over the great door of the temple of Apollo at Delphi (Taylor, p. 183). Iao, a variant of the Tetragrammaton, was applied to the Graeco-Egyptian god Harpocrates or Horus. Horus was called Harpocrates by the Greeks. The ancient Greeks had an acclamation similar to Hallelujah (Praise you Yah). They used Hallulujee in the beginning and ending of their hymns in honor of Apollo." - Taylor, p. 183. Source:  http://www.bibleresearch.org/law/sacredname.html 
  • "Many Vedic chants of praise also contain Yah, e.g. Rama-yah, Isha-ya (Yah my Divine Husband), Jai-ya (Yah as joy); Shiva-ya (Yah is purity, holiness, truth); Krishna ya (Yah is the transcendental loving Witness); Vishnu yah (Yah is all pervasive Light); Kali ya (Yah is the creative manifesting force or energy)." etc. etc. Source: http://www.corplink.com.au/~roman/Sacred.html 

 

 



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