The Festivals -September 19 2011

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The Passover Service introduces us to the first of the annual memorials in the sacred calendar. It was first kept in ancient Egypt when, after four hundred years of slavery, the Almighty rescued His people Israel from the hand of Pharaoh. In that well known episode, Yahweh “passed over” the houses of the believers who had obeyed His command to apply the blood of a literal lamb to the lintel and doorposts of their houses. The Almighty spared the lives of Israel’s eldest sons, but authorized the Destroyer to kill all the firstborn of the Egyptians who had refused to obey.

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Exodus 12: 29: And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of the cattle.
30: And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Surprising as it may sound, that awesome experience in ancient Egypt on the night of the 14th Abib ( the first month in the sacred calendar ) was merely a “scaled-down preview”“miniature object lesson”“dramatized prophecy”“spiritual blueprint” of a far greater deliverance of Jehovah’s people scheduled to occur at the midnight of this age. For the real meaning of the Passover is this:

  • JEHOVAH ( Yahweh ), the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, plans to deliver from eternal death ALL who express their faith in Him and accept His offer of eternal life made possible by the death of His Son Yeshua ( Jesus ) the Messiah.
  • Yeshua the Messiah’s death on Calvary was prefigured by the death of the Passover Lamb ( John 1:29, 1 Cor. 5:7 ).
  • Yeshua sacrificed His life on the Passover, at the divinely appointed time, to rescue mankind from the ‘slavery of sin’ and its tragic consequences – eternal death!
  • And all those who express faith in the Almighty and His Son, the ‘Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’, will be pardoned, spared, and granted eternal life according to His promise.

“And how”, you may well ask, “is the blood of the real Passover Lamb, the Son of the Almighty God, applied to a believer in this electronic age?” The answer is: By taking part in a special memorial service called the Passover Service on the evening of the 14th Abib each year, which is the divinely appointed time. The Passover Service is a memorial of the Saviour’s death on Calvary and every believer in the Messiah is commanded to keep it. “This do in remembrance of me”,said the Messiah, the Lamb of God. Memorial services, incidentally, are not observed several times a year; neither should they be observed at any time people fancy. The time to observe the Passover Service has been divinely appointed; and that time is the evening of the 14th day of the month of Abib. Let all who read, pause and take note.

The new covenant emblems of the Saviour’s body and blood are “unleavened bread and wine” ( Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ). These emblems have replaced the need to slay a literal lamb each year, for the Messiah, the real Passover Lamb, has already been slain. But the TIME set apart for this memorial service remains the same. It is the evening of the 14th day of the first month ( Abib ) in the sacred calendar ( Exodus 13:5-11 ). The date is important and can never be altered because it is the memorial date of our Saviour’s death, when he paid with His life to rescue mankind from extinction at the hands of theDestroyer. When a believer takes part in this service, he/she is, figuratively speaking, applying the blood of the Messiah to his/her mind, which is the lintel of the soul. This act of faith is a clear sign to the Almighty that soul seeks pardon, protection, and salvation. This is how the Passover Lamb’s blood is applied to the lintel of a believer’s mind in this century.

Incredible as it may seem, the fulfilment of the Passover ( the day itself, not the Lamb ) is still future. According to Scripture, that day will be fulfilled in the Kingdom of Heaven. Even the Saviour is awaiting the approaching midnight of this age when the Destroyer will be compelled to spare or passover all those who are displaying the sign of the Lamb’s blood.

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.

Note those words, “until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God”. This points to a still future fulfilment of the Passover, an event which will take place just prior to our entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. I repeat, the Passover Lamb, ( Yeshua the Messiah ), has been slain; it now remains for believers to symbollically apply His blood to their hearts and minds before the midnight of this age when the Destroyer will once again circle the earth on his mission of death!

Believers in the Almighty who, therefore, celebrate the Passover Service on the appointed evening each year will be greatly blessed; for as they eat the unleavened bread and drink the wine ( the new covenant emblems of the Saviour’s body and blood ) they are, in truth, applying the Saviour’s life-giving blood to the lintels of their souls.

Put differently, we may say Yahweh’s main purpose in staging such a breathtaking Passover display in ancient Egypt was His way of giving the entire universe a‘prophetic preview’ of His earth-encompassing plan to ‘pass over’ and deliver His people in the closing days of this age. Yes, the LORD God of Israel is in the near future going to personally visit all the nations of the world, and as before, ‘pass-over’ ( pity, spare, and deliver ) all those who faithfully display the Sign of His Son’s blood on the lintels of their minds and the door post of their supporting actions. Thus, we can see ancient Israel’s exodus from Egypt was a “prophetic drama”, a “living blueprint”, a “meaningful model” of a far greater deliverance of Yahweh’s people, which is scheduled to take place on a world scale in our day. In view of this, believers in the Messiah should beware of failing to keep this memorial service at its appointed time.
See How to hold the Passover in your own home.

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The week of unleavened bread is often referred to as the Passover Week. The first and last days of this week ( 15th and 21st Abib ) are Sabbath days, on which all believers are commanded to rest from their labours and to assemble to worship the Almighty ( Leviticus 23:5-8 ).

Leaven ( yeast ) is a symbol of sin, hypocrisy and false doctrine; a week represents eternity and a house represents the church of God. Thus, the week of unleavened bread, ( when every trace of leaven is cleared from the houses of believers ), symbolizes the church, which is to be purged by God of sin, hypocrisy, and false doctrine for all time. Only when that work has been done will the church be a fit Temple of God; a spiritual home the Almighty will inhabit for all eternity. Yes, before Yahweh’s Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in His house ( the church ), He has scheduled Himself to purge His people of every trace of ( leaven ) sin ( Matt. 16:6-12, 1 Cor. 5:6-8, Luke 12:1 ).

I repeat, there is coming a time when the Almighty will purge hypocrisy, false doctrine, and sin ( leaven ) from the minds of His people; and only when that time arrives will the Week of Unleavened Bread have found its fulfilment, not before.

Scripture tells us that this Feast of Unleavened Bread is a Sacred Sign on the believer’s hand and mind the Almighty’s law is inscribed therein. This Feast is, in fact, the appointed sign of faithful obedience, as opposed to the Mark of the Antichrist, which is the brand mark of disobedience.

Exodus 13: 6: Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD.
7: Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
8: And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt.
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( this particular Feast ) shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.
10: Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.
Note: specific reference to this Feast being a sign on the hand and a memorial between the eyes ( the mind ).

The Feast of Pentecost, also called the Feast of First Fruits, falls on the 50th day after the Passover Sabbath. This feast is a reminder, a guarantee of Yahweh’s power to produce spiritual fruit in the field of human salvation. The literal first fruits of the soil are merely the physical types or expressions of the real first fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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The first fruits of the Holy Spirit are the true believers won to God by His Son the firstborn ( 1 Cor. 15:20 & 23, James 1:18, Rev. 14:4 ).

The ancient ceremony of presenting the Almighty with the firstfruits of the earth ( Deut. 26:1-11 ) with two oven-baked loaves, in which the leaven had been de-activated ( Lev. 23:15-17 ), was a figure, a type, a shadow of the spiritual harvest of human souls in whom the yeast of sin will one day cease to exist. There is coming a day when the power of sin will be de-activated in us believers just as the power of leaven is neutralized in an oven baked loaf.

The breathtaking experience recorded in Acts 2 was but the early harvest, a kind of “firstfruits” of an even greater out-pouring of divine power scheduled to fall upon the church in the near future when the main harvest of human beings will be gathered in.

The Feast of Pentecost, in short, prefigures, guarantees, and commemorates the early harvest, the first fruits of human souls: and those who celebrate it declare their willingness to be part of that spiritual multitude which will one day be gathered in and presented to the Almighty by His Son – the Firstborn!

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The Feast of Trumpets is celebrated on the first day of Ethanim ( Tishri ) the seventh month in the sacred calendar ( Lev. 23:24 ).

Trumpets were used by Yahweh’s command in ancient Israel to:

  • assemble the congregation and to start journeying ( Numbers 10:2 )
  • call the leaders of Israel together ( verse 4 )
  • sound the alarm for war and to signal an attack ( verse 9, Judges 3:27, Job 39:25 )
  • accompany the praises of Israel at the appointed Feasts and the days of the new moon ( Numbers 10:10 )
  • proclaim the accession of kings ( 2 Sam. 15:10, 1 Kings 1:34, 2 Kings 9:13 )
  • announce the Jubile year of freedom ( Lev. 25:9 )

The Feast of Trumpets is a memorial Sabbath, a day of special significance, designed to bring the faithful into remembrance before the Almighty. The two silver trumpets mentioned in Numbers 10 were types of the great originals in the heavens – the Trumpets of Yahweh & His Son. Those divine originals are mentioned several times in the Scriptures, and at their sounding, events of awesome importance have and still will take place. We read about the trumpet’s past and future use in:

  • The giving of the Ten Commandments ( Exodus 19:14-19 )
  • The world wide warning still scheduled for the future when Yahweh Himself will blow the trumpet ( Zech. 9:14, Isaiah 18:3, Zeph. 1:14-16 )
  • Signalling the events scheduled for the close of this age ( Revelation chapters 8 & 9 )
  • The Second Advent of Jesus Christ; at which the resurrection will take place ( Matt. 24:31, 1 Cor. 15:51-52 )

A study of the texts listed above will show how Yahweh Himself has planned to use His heavenly trumpets again. He and His Son will blow them to gather His people as in days gone by; gather them for the climatic events scheduled to take place at the Messiah’s return. Did he not say:

Isaiah 18: 3: All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when He lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when He bloweth a trumpet, HEAR YE.
Zechariah 9: 14: And the LORD shall be seen over them, and His arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with the whirlwinds of the south.

The prophecy of the Revelation tells of the sounding of heavenly trumpets – possibly starting at a Feast of Trumpets – which will probably coincide with the gathering of Yahweh’s people in the last days and the final war in heaven between the forces of good and evil ( Rev. 12 ). See Understand the Revelation, in which the Seven Trumpets are explained.

No one will doubt but the Feast of Trumpets has still to find even partial fulfilment; and it is because of this fact and the many texts which tell of the use of the Trumpets of God in the future that believers should beware of ignoring this important Feast day.

On some future Feast of Trumpets the mighty Trumpet of the LORD will sound. It will be heard throughout the world! and will reverberate with tones as awesome as the rushing sound which filled Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost some 2000 years ago ( Acts 2:2 ). All of mankind will hear the Trumpet, for the Bible says:

Zechariah 9:14 14: And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with the whirlwinds of the south.
Isaiah 18: 3: All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

Only when that event happens can we justifiably say that the Feast of Trumpets has found fulfilment. For further information see the Shofar;   herald of the coming kingdom.

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The Day of Atonement is observed on the 10th day of the seventh month of Ethanim ( Tishri ) by abstinence from daily labour, by a holy convocation, and by fasting. It is the only commanded fast in the year and is, doubtless, the most solemn day in the sacred calendar ( Lev. 16, Lev. 23:27-32 ). On this day, the high priest laid aside his official ornaments and, dressed in a white linen garment, entered the Most Holy place to make atonement for himself, the priesthood, and the congregation of Israel. The Epistle to the Hebrews ( chapter 9 ) explains this annual entry by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies foreshadowed the entrance of the Messiah the High Priest of the Melchizedek Order ( Heb. 7:15-17 ) into Yahweh’s presence to secure salvation for His people.

Our salvation, in other words, will only be complete when we are actually brought into the very presence of the Almighty.

The word “atonement” means to make amends for, to reconcile, to restore, to repair, to make at-one again. And that is exactly what the Day of Atonement prefigures. It points to a specific time in the future when the great High Priest of the Melchizedek Order ( Yeshua the Messiah ) will literally bring the redeemed host of mankind right into the very presence of His Father, in order that we may be AT-ONE with YAHWEH.

That indeed will by a reconciliation beyond compare, when the Almighty’s estranged human family – alienated from Him by sin – will actually be brought into His presence to be AT ONE with Him. Can you now begin to see the plan of salvation prefigured in the feasts?

Yahweh’s family of true believers will be:

  • Ransomed at the Passover and liberated by the blood of His Son – the Passover Lamb.
  • Purged of sin, hypocrisy and false doctrine during the Days of Unleavened Bread to become a holy Temple of God.
  • Filled with the power of the Holy Ghost in order to bear fruit for all eternity.
  • Victoriously gathered and defended at the Feast of Trumpets when the trumpets of Yahweh will sound throughout the earth.
  • Finally on the Great Day of Atonement, brought into the very presence of the Almighty by his Son the High Priest to be at-one with Him for all eternity.

Oh what a glorious day of reconciliation that will be! Catch a glimpse of it in these words from that famous parable of the Prodigal Son:

Luke 15: 22: But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

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The Feast of Tabernacles ( Booths or Shelters ) is celebrated on the 15th day of Ethanim ( Tishri ) the seventh month in the sacred calendar.

This feast begins a week during which all ‘Israelites born’ are required to live in temporary dwellings or shelters ( Lev. 23:39-43 ). It is, at its basic level, a memorial of the time when Yahweh made His people live in tents and temporary shelters in the wilderness when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.

At a higher level it is also a reminder or memorial of the fact that the Almighty came down from heaven to live in a Tabernacle ( a tent ) amidst His people Israel ( Exodus 33:7-11 & chapters 35 to 40 ).

The Westminster Dictionary of the Bible has this to say about the Tabernacle in the wilderness: “The movable sanctuary in the form of a tent which God directed Moses at Sinai to make, that God might dwell as king among His people” ( Exodus 25:8-9 ). Hence, it was called a sanctuary.

  • that I may dwell amoung them ( Exodus 25:8 ), and as the place where Jehovah met His people
  • tent of the congregation ( Exodus 40:34,35 ), and as the depository of the tables of the Law of testimony
  • the tabernacle of the testimony ( Exodus 38:21, Exodus 25:21, Numbers 9:15 )
  • It was also known by the general designation house of Jehovah ( Exodus 34:26, Josh. 6:24 )

From these and other passages we can see the literal Tabernacle, which Moses built according to the Almighty’s design, was merely a type, a shadow, a physical expression of:

  • Yahweh’s real spiritual habitation
  • His point of contact with His people
  • His law court or seat of justice, which not only housed his commandments but from where He personally dealt out Judgment

These three functions of the physical Tabernacle find fulfilment in Yeshua the Messiah, the only begotten Son of the Most High, who is, in reality, the true Tabernacle of God.

Consequently, we may say that the Feast of Tabernacles is also a memorial of the Almighty’s astonishing condescension to come down to earth to tabernacle or pitch His tent with humanity in the person of His Son. For Jesus Christ is Immanuel, GOD WITH US, God incarnate; that is the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel taking up his abode in the tabernacle of a human body, in order to redeem and enable mankind to obey His eternal law.

Romans 8: 3: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh;
4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Is it any wonder the profound reality of this fact ( that God is going to tabernacle with mankind for eternity ) drew from the lips of an angel these amazing words:

Revelation 21: 3: … Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

I repeat, Yeshua the Messiah is the Tabernacle of God!; and on the earth made new He will again dwell in the midst of His people just as surely as He occupied the tabernacle built by Moses in the days of old. This is what the Feast of Tabernacles is a reminder and foretaste of.

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The Feast, known as the Last Great Day, occurs just after the week of Tabernacles. It is celebrated on the 22nd Ethanim ( Lev. 23:36 ).

The Last Great Day prefigures the endless cycles of eternity when the life-giving power of the Almighty God will flow to and through His people on the earth made new. At the moment ( 2005 ) the reality of the Great Day of the Feast is an event to look forward to; but in the hereafter, when the saints occupy the new universe, the breathtaking bliss of the Great Day will begin to be appreciated as each anniversary – through the endless ages of eternity – brings unspeakable joy to the ransomed host. The Great Day will have begun – never to end!

A special invitation to this great spiritual banquet of an endless life of bliss is given to you by the Master Himself in:

John 7: 37: In the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39: ( But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. )

Here is an invitation that tells of how the true believer will not only live with the Almighty for all time, but will go on with the Creator to become the channel and co-producer of life everlasting to others, just as a young wife is the potential mother of many generations to come. Oh, the astonishing wonder of that declaration in John 7:37-39. Can you afford to ignore it?

These, then, are the appointed, memorial Feasts in the Almighty’s Programme of Salvation. As you can see, each and every one of them commemorates in a special way a unique accomplishment of the Holy One of Israel.

  • Passover – when Yahweh, the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel paid the price for the redemption of mankind by sacrificing His Son Yeshua, the Passover Lamb for the sin of the world.
  • The Week of Unleavened Bread – when the Almighty puts sin, hypocrisy, and false doctrine out of His church, His house, His Temple – for all time!
  • Pentecost – when the Almighty begins to produce spiritual fruit, the fruit of the Holy Spirit ( love, joy, peace, long-suffering, patience, kindness, etc. )in the lives of His true followers.
  • Trumpets – when He calls, gathers, protects, and battles in their defence.
  • Atonement – when the ransomed church is brought by the Almighty’s Son into the very presence of His Father to be made ‘at-one’ with Him.
  • Tabernacles – when Yahweh takes up His eternal abode and tabernacles with His people in the person of His Son.
  • The Last Great Day – when through the power of the Holy Ghost Yahweh’s church will become the channel of blessing to the entire universe – for thegreat day which we call Eternity!

This is the message of the Bible concerning the Feast Days of Yahweh the Holy One of Israel. And it is concerning these Sacred Feasts that He says:

Leviticus 23: 2: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are MY FEASTS.
4: These are the FEASTS OF THE LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Who are the Children of Israel?
The true children of Israel, astonishing as this may sound, are those who have put their faith in the LORD God of Israel and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3: 29: And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Romans 2: 28: For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Gentiles who believe in the Messiah of Israel are, according to the Holy Scriptures, grafted into the Olive of Israel. They become part of the commonwealth of spiritual Israel and thereafter share all the blessings of the chosen race. Paul’s letter to the Romans ( chapter 11 ) makes this fact abundantly clear.

Romans 11: 17: And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
22: Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shall be cut off.
23: And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in again.
25: For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits, that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26: And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

What do these facts mean? They mean exactly what they say: all true believers in the LORD God of Israel and His Son Yeshua are Israelites and are included in this gracious invitation to become part of the Olive of Israel. As Israelites we rejoice greatly and gladly observe the Feasts of the LORD; the eternal memorials of our salvation!

Leviticus 23: 2: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

If you are a believer in the Son of the Most High, then the invitation to keep His appointed Feasts is extended to you. Accept it without delay.

God’s Festivals in the New Testament

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Commanded in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:5

Observed by Jesus Christ, the apostles or the Church in the New Testament: Matthew 26:2, 17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 2:41-42; 22:1, 7-20; John 2:13, 23; 6:4; 13:1-30;1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Feast of Unleavened Bread

Commanded in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:6-8

Observed by Jesus Christ, the apostles or the Church in the New Testament: Matthew 26:17; Mark 14:12; Luke 2:41-42, 22:1, 7; Acts 20:6; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Feast of Pentecost

Commanded in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:15-22

Observed by Jesus Christ, the apostles or the Church in the New Testament: Acts 2:1-21; 20:16; 1 Corinthians 16:8

Feast of Trumpets*

Commanded in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:23-25

Observed by Jesus Christ, the apostles or the Church in the New Testament: Matthew 24:30-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 11:15

Day of Atonement

Commanded in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:26-32

Observed by Jesus Christ, the apostles or the Church in the New Testament: Acts 27:9

Feast of Tabernacles

Commanded in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:33-43

Observed by Jesus Christ, the apostles or the Church in the New Testament: John 7:1-2, 8, 10, 14; Acts 18:21

Last Great Day

Commanded in the Old Testament: Leviticus 23:36

Observed by Jesus Christ, the apostles or the Church in the New Testament: John chapters 7-9

*Although the Feast of Trumpets is not mentioned by name in the New Testament, the theme of the day—the sounding of trumpets announcing Jesus Christ’s return—is mentioned by several New Testament authors as noted in the references

Sabbath, New Moon, & Feast Days
A Biblical “day” begins and ends at sunset, rather than at midnight.
In Genesis 1:5 [KJV], the story of creation, it says,
“And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
From this, we conclude that a day begins with evening, that is, sunset.
Sabbath, New Moon, & Feast Days
Begin the evening before the date specified and
end at nightfall of the date specified,
that is, at the time when it becomes dark outside, about an hour after sunset.
Leviticus 23:32b [KJV]
“…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”
New Moon = Rosh Chodesh
Light the New Moon Candle
Sundown the night before:
1st of Sh’vat 5770
Jan 16, 2010
1st of Adar 5770
Feb. 15, 2010
1st of Nisan 5770
Mach 16, 2010
1st of Iyyar, 5770
April 15, 2010
1st of Sivan, 5770
May 14, 2010
1st of Tamuz, 5770
June 13, 2010
1st of Av, 5770
July 12, 2010
1st of Elul, 5770
August 11, 2010
1st of Tishrei, 5771
September 9, 2010
1st of Cheshvan, 5771
October 9, 2010
1st of Keslev, 5771
November 8, 2010
1st of Tevet, 5771
December 8, 2010
Levitical Feast Days
Feast Days begin the evening before the date specified.
Leviticus 23:32b [KJV]
“…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”
Pesach
15th – 22nd of Nisan, 5770
March 30th – April 5th , 2010
The 1st. & 7th days of Pesach are Sabbath Days Lev. 23:5-8 [KJV]
5In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.
6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD:
seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
7In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
8But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an
holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Shavu’ot
6th of Sivan, 5770
May 19th, 2010
50 days counting from the 2nd Day of Pesach Lev 23:16 [KJV]
Shavuot is a Sabbath Day Lev 23:21 [KJV]
16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a
new meat offering unto the LORD.
21And 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 for ever in all your dwellings throughout
your generations.
Rosh Hashanah
1st & 2nd of Tishrei, 5771
September 9th & 10th , 2010
The 1st of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:24 [KJV]
24Speak 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.
Yom Kippur
10th of Tishrei, 5771
September 18th, 2010
The 10th of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:27 [KJV]
27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an
holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire
unto the LORD.
Sukkot
15th – 21st of Tishrei, 5771
September 23rd – 29th, 2010
The 15th of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev 23:34,35 [KJV]
Dwell in booths seven days. Lev. 23:42 [KJV]
34Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the
feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
35On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
42Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
22nd of Tishrei, 5771
September 30th, 2010
is a Sabbath Day
The 22nd of Tishrei [8th day] is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:39 [KJV]
39Also 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 a sabbath.

Sabbath, New Moon, & Feast DaysA Biblical “day” begins and ends at sunset, rather than at midnight.In Genesis 1:5 [KJV], the story of creation, it says,”And the evening and the morning were the first day.”From this, we conclude that a day begins with evening, that is, sunset.Sabbath, New Moon, & Feast DaysBegin the evening before the date specified andend at nightfall of the date specified,that is, at the time when it becomes dark outside, about an hour after sunset.Leviticus 23:32b [KJV]“…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”New Moon = Rosh ChodeshLight the New Moon CandleSundown the night before:1st of Sh’vat 5770Jan 16, 20101st of Adar 5770Feb. 15, 20101st of Nisan 5770Mach 16, 20101st of Iyyar, 5770April 15, 20101st of Sivan, 5770May 14, 20101st of Tamuz, 5770June 13, 20101st of Av, 5770July 12, 20101st of Elul, 5770August 11, 20101st of Tishrei, 5771September 9, 20101st of Cheshvan, 5771October 9, 20101st of Keslev, 5771November 8, 20101st of Tevet, 5771December 8, 2010Levitical Feast DaysFeast Days begin the evening before the date specified.Leviticus 23:32b [KJV]“…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”Pesach15th – 22nd of Nisan, 5770March 30th – April 5th , 2010The 1st. & 7th days of Pesach are Sabbath Days Lev. 23:5-8 [KJV]5In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD:seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.7In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.8But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is anholy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.Shavu’ot6th of Sivan, 5770May 19th, 201050 days counting from the 2nd Day of Pesach Lev 23:16 [KJV]Shavuot is a Sabbath Day Lev 23:21 [KJV]16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer anew meat offering unto the LORD.21And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: yeshall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughoutyour generations.Rosh Hashanah1st & 2nd of Tishrei, 5771September 9th & 10th , 2010The 1st of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:24 [KJV]24Speak 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.Yom Kippur10th of Tishrei, 5771September 18th, 2010The 10th of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:27 [KJV]27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be anholy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fireunto the LORD.Sukkot15th – 21st of Tishrei, 5771September 23rd – 29th, 2010The 15th of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev 23:34,35 [KJV]Dwell in booths seven days. Lev. 23:42 [KJV]34Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be thefeast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.35On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.42Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:22nd of Tishrei, 5771September 30th, 2010is a Sabbath DayThe 22nd of Tishrei [8th day] is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:39 [KJV]39Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, yeshall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on theeighth day shall be a sabbath.

This is the 2010 jewish festivals to be observed in the Torah and the New Testament by our Lord Jesus.There is a blessing and curse of obeying and disobeying Sabbath ,New Moon and the Festivals.Please read some Bible passages .

Deut 11:26  Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse:

Deut 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither Jehovah thy God hath driven thee,

Deut 30:19  I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed;

Deut 30:19  I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed;

Neh 13:2  because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, to curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.

Zech 8:13  And it shall come to pass that, as ye were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.

Mal 2:2  If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith Jehovah of hosts, then will I send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

Deut 11:27  the blessing, if ye shall hearken unto the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I command you this day;

Deut 28:2  and all these blessings shall come upon thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of Jehovah thy God.

Deut 28:8  Jehovah will command the blessing upon thee in thy barns, and in all that thou puttest thy hand unto; and he will bless thee in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.

Josh 8:34  And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the book of the law.

Prov 10:6  Blessings are upon the head of the righteous; But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Isa 44:3  For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and streams upon the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Ezek 34:26  And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in its season; there shall be showers of blessing.

Ezek 44:30  And the first of all the first-fruits of every thing, and every oblation of everything, of all your oblations, shall be for the priest: ye shall also give unto the priests the first of your  dough, to cause a blessing to rest on thy house.

Joel 2:14  Who knoweth whether he will not turn and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, even a meal-offering and a drink-offering unto Jehovah your God?

Mal 3:10  Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it .

Acts 13:34  And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he hath spoken on this wise, I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.

Rom 4:6  Even as David also pronounceth blessing upon the man, unto whom God reckoneth righteousness apart from works,

Rom 4:9  Is this blessing then pronounced upon the circumcision, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say, To Abraham his faith was reckoned for righteousness.

Gal 3:14  that upon the Gentiles might come the blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be  the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:

Heb 6:7  For the land which hath drunk the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receiveth blessing from God:

Heb 6:14  saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

Jas 3:10  out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.Amen

Sabbath, New Moon, & Feast Days
A Biblical “day” begins and ends at sunset, rather than at midnight.
In Genesis 1:5 [KJV], the story of creation, it says,
“And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
From this, we conclude that a day begins with evening, that is, sunset.
Sabbath, New Moon, & Feast Days
Begin the evening before the date specified and
end at nightfall of the date specified,
that is, at the time when it becomes dark outside, about an hour after sunset.
Leviticus 23:32b [KJV]
“…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”
New Moon = Rosh Chodesh
Light the New Moon Candle
Sundown the night before:
1st of Sh’vat 5770
Jan 16, 2010
1st of Adar 5770
Feb. 15, 2010
1st of Nisan 5770
Mach 16, 2010
1st of Iyyar, 5770
April 15, 2010
1st of Sivan, 5770
May 14, 2010
1st of Tamuz, 5770
June 13, 2010
1st of Av, 5770
July 12, 2010
1st of Elul, 5770
August 11, 2010
1st of Tishrei, 5771
September 9, 2010
1st of Cheshvan, 5771
October 9, 2010
1st of Keslev, 5771
November 8, 2010
1st of Tevet, 5771
December 8, 2010
Levitical Feast Days
Feast Days begin the evening before the date specified.
Leviticus 23:32b [KJV]
“…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”
Pesach
15th – 22nd of Nisan, 5770
March 30th – April 5th , 2010
The 1st. & 7th days of Pesach are Sabbath Days Lev. 23:5-8 [KJV]
5In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.
6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD:
seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
7In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
8But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an
holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Shavu’ot
6th of Sivan, 5770
May 19th, 2010
50 days counting from the 2nd Day of Pesach Lev 23:16 [KJV]
Shavuot is a Sabbath Day Lev 23:21 [KJV]
16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a
new meat offering unto the LORD.
21And 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 for ever in all your dwellings throughout
your generations.
Rosh Hashanah
1st & 2nd of Tishrei, 5771
September 9th & 10th , 2010
The 1st of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:24 [KJV]
24Speak 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.
Yom Kippur
10th of Tishrei, 5771
September 18th, 2010
The 10th of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:27 [KJV]
27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an
holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire
unto the LORD.
Sukkot
15th – 21st of Tishrei, 5771
September 23rd – 29th, 2010
The 15th of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev 23:34,35 [KJV]
Dwell in booths seven days. Lev. 23:42 [KJV]
34Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the
feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
35On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
42Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
22nd of Tishrei, 5771
September 30th, 2010
is a Sabbath Day
The 22nd of Tishrei [8th day] is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:39 [KJV]
39Also 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 a sabbath.

Sabbath, New Moon, & Feast DaysA Biblical “day” begins and ends at sunset, rather than at midnight.In Genesis 1:5 [KJV], the story of creation, it says,”And the evening and the morning were the first day.”From this, we conclude that a day begins with evening, that is, sunset.Sabbath, New Moon, & Feast DaysBegin the evening before the date specified andend at nightfall of the date specified,that is, at the time when it becomes dark outside, about an hour after sunset.Leviticus 23:32b [KJV]“…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”New Moon = Rosh ChodeshLight the New Moon CandleSundown the night before:1st of Sh’vat 5770Jan 16, 20101st of Adar 5770Feb. 15, 20101st of Nisan 5770Mach 16, 20101st of Iyyar, 5770April 15, 20101st of Sivan, 5770May 14, 20101st of Tamuz, 5770June 13, 20101st of Av, 5770July 12, 20101st of Elul, 5770August 11, 20101st of Tishrei, 5771September 9, 20101st of Cheshvan, 5771October 9, 20101st of Keslev, 5771November 8, 20101st of Tevet, 5771December 8, 2010Levitical Feast DaysFeast Days begin the evening before the date specified.Leviticus 23:32b [KJV]“…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”Pesach15th – 22nd of Nisan, 5770March 30th – April 5th , 2010The 1st. & 7th days of Pesach are Sabbath Days Lev. 23:5-8 [KJV]5In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD:seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.7In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.8But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is anholy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.Shavu’ot6th of Sivan, 5770May 19th, 201050 days counting from the 2nd Day of Pesach Lev 23:16 [KJV]Shavuot is a Sabbath Day Lev 23:21 [KJV]16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer anew meat offering unto the LORD.21And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: yeshall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughoutyour generations.Rosh Hashanah1st & 2nd of Tishrei, 5771September 9th & 10th , 2010The 1st of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:24 [KJV]24Speak 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.Yom Kippur10th of Tishrei, 5771September 18th, 2010The 10th of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:27 [KJV]27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be anholy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fireunto the LORD.Sukkot15th – 21st of Tishrei, 5771September 23rd – 29th, 2010The 15th of Tishrei is a Sabbath Day Lev 23:34,35 [KJV]Dwell in booths seven days. Lev. 23:42 [KJV]34Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be thefeast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.35On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.42Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:22nd of Tishrei, 5771September 30th, 2010is a Sabbath DayThe 22nd of Tishrei [8th day] is a Sabbath Day Lev. 23:39 [KJV]39Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, yeshall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on theeighth day shall be a sabbath.

The Feast Days in the New Covenant

“Just a moment,” someone will say, “are not these Feasts all part of the old covenant? And as such, they have been fulfilled by Jesus and nailed to the cross at Calvary. They are, therefore, obsolete and it is no longer necessary for believers to observe them. Besides, are they not Jewish?” Doubtless, some of you may have heard these and similar statements. But are you sure they have the backing of Scripture? Have you examined the evidence to see if that is what the Bible says? Have you looked into the New Testament record to see what the early church did after the Saviour’s resurrection? Have you read the propheciesconcerning the new covenant and the Feasts of Yahweh, prophecies identifying who the new covenant is made with and what’s new about it? Prophecies which tell of the coming millennium ( the 1000 year Reign of Peace ) when all the nations of the earth will obediently keep the Feasts? Have you considered that weighty Scripture which tells of the Sabbaths of Yahweh being observed for all eternity on the New Earth?Or are you believing what you want to believe because you are secretly afraid of the truth, incorrectly supposing it will somehow ruin your life if you accept it? Always bear in mind facts do not cease to exist because people refuse to accept them. Facts are stubborn things, and the only effective way to deal with them is to examine them and then act upon them.

In view of this, I would advise before you make any lasting judgment one way or the other, before you settle your mind in a fixed position which you may well find impossible to abandon, examine what the Scriptures have to say about the new covenant and the Sabbaths of the Most High under it.

New Covenant Basics

Consider these four eye-opening facts about the new covenant mentioned in the Scriptures:

  • FIRST: The new covenant is not made with ANY Gentile church, however dedicated, large and special it may consider itself to be. Instead, it is made between the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His people ISRAEL & Judah! That is the first stunning fact the Christian church must come to terms with.
  • SECOND: The new covenant became necessary because ‘God found fault with them;’ that is, with those early Israelites, because deep within their hearts they didn’t really want to obey the Almighty, but rebelled against Him time and time again.
  • THIRD: In the new covenant the law of the Almighty still abides; however this time it is not written on stone tablets, but on the hearts and minds of His people Israel! Note it is the same law under consideration here; albeit it is written in a different place. Before it was written on stone tablets. In the new covenant it is written on the true believer’s mind.
  • FOURTH: Once the new covenant is ratified and becomes fully operational, there will no longer be a need for teachers to teach spiritual lessons about the LORD; because every Israelite who accepts the new covenant will know Him. At that time we will no more need instruction about things spiritual than we currently need instruction as to how to breath air or digest our food. This last fact proves that these vital aspects of the new covenant have still to be ratified. Now let us consider the texts, which prove the above statements.
Jeremiah 31: 31: Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of ISRAEL, and with the house of Judah:
32: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of ISRAEL; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34: And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Hebrews 8: 7: For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8: For finding fault with THEM, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of ISRAEL and with the house of Judah:
9: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of ISRAEL after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
These four facts mean if any believer wishes to be party to the new covenant, he/she must agree to be grafted into the Olive of Israel and then have Yahweh’s law written on his/her mind. Those who stumble at this prospect have absolutely no place or function in the new covenant! For more information see Sacred Covenants.

The Saviour’s Advice

Matthew 24: 20: But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:
We now ask, for the sake of all the respect and honest analysis this subject deserves, what was the point of the Master giving this kind of advice to His predominantly Jewish followers, who all kept the seventh day Sabbath ( Saturday ) if the Sabbath commandment was going to be abolished at the cross? Why advise them to keep a commandment, and even pray to God He would arrange circumstances to facilitate its keeping, if the Sabbath command would supposedly be obsolete at the time of Jerusalem’s fall?

The answers are perfectly obvious. The Master knew that the Sabbath commandment would still be valid long after his resurrection and he wanted his followers to keep it. He knew very well at the approaching fall of Jerusalem they would be in danger of breaking the Sabbath command; so he advised them to pray to the Father to make it possible for them to be obedient. And this unequivocal fact – He advised His followers to pray about Sabbath observance some 40 yearsafter the crucifixion – proves the Sabbath commandment was not abolished at the cross. Historical records tell us that the early church fled from Jerusalem in the middle of the week when the Roman armies mysteriously withdrew their forces from the besieged city. This indicates those early believers followed the Master’s advice and prayed to the Father about Sabbath observance and the Almighty in His great mercy answered their prayers and made it possible for them to keep the Sabbath amidst all the confusion that accompanied the fall of Jerusalem. Do remember these events took place in the new covenant era – some 40 years after the Messiah’s death on the cross.

Paul’s Example

According to the Scriptures, the Apostle Paul and his companions were keeping the seventh day Sabbath and the Feast days of the Almighty many years after the Saviour’s resurrection. Here is proof:

Acts 17: 2: And Paul, as his manner was, went in into them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures,
Acts 18: 20: When they desired him ( Paul ) to tarry a longer time with them, he consented not;
21. But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: …
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.
Acts 13: 14: But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down.
42: And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.
43: Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44: And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
Acts 18: 4: And he ( Paul ) reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
1 Corinthians 5: 7: 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:
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.
The above verses prove that Paul observed Yahweh’s Sabbath law and went to great lengths to dispel any doubts the early church may have had that he was abandoning God’s law given through the patriarch Moses. Spend a little time reading Acts 21:17-24 and there you will see to what extraordinary lengths Paul went so “all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and KEEPEST THE LAW!”

In Hebrews 4:9 we read:

There remaineth therefore a REST to the people of God.

According to Strong’s dictionary the Greek word translated rest is sabbatismos, #4520. Sabbatismos means:
1) keeping sabbath:
2) the blessed rest from toils and troubles looked for in the age to come by the true worshippers of God and true Christians.
In other words, here we have proof in the New Testament that not only did the weekly rest day ( the Sabbath ) remain; but the true worshippers of God and true Christians were still looking forward to the Sabbath’s fulfilment in the age to come.

Once again, we must remember these events and observations were recorded some 30 years after the Messiah’s death on the cross. They tell of the early church – including converted Gentiles – keeping the Almighty’s Sabbath days; and also of how Paul went out of his way to prove he still kept the law of God!

The Feast Days in the Millennium

When the Messiah returns to earth and begins his millennial reign over all nations, the Feasts of Yahweh will be observed by every soul on earth. Consider this astonishing passage.

Zechariah 14: 1: Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2: For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, …
3: Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4: And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5: … and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
6: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
8: And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9: And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
12: And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
16: And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
17: And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
18: And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
19: This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
Can anything be clearer than that? Does this amazing prophecy – which has obviously still to find fulfilment – give the impression the Feast of Tabernacles has been done away with? Oh no, dear friend. The presence of this prophecy alone demolishes forever the delusion Yahweh’s Feasts are obsolete or that they are only to be observed by the nation of Israel. Anyone with spiritual eyes will plainly see this prophecy teaches that in the millennium Yahweh’s Feasts will be observed by all the nations of the world!

If you have an open mind, if you are not afraid of the truth, if you have ‘eyes to see, and ears to hear’, then you will see and hear and understand this unmistakable fact that Yahweh’s Feasts have not been done away with at all; and what is more, they will be observed by all nations of the earth during the Millennium.

That is what the Scriptures teach.

Yahweh’s Sabbath on the New Earth

After the millennium, ( the 1000 year Reign of Peace ) Yahweh will re- create the universe.

Revelation 21: 1: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2: And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3: And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Will Yahweh’s Sabbath be observed on the New Earth? Yes, they will, and here is the proof.
Isaiah 66: 22: For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23: 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 the LORD.
Here we have another plain prediction about the future age when the redeemed of all mankind will come Sabbath by Sabbath to worship the Almighty God of Israel.

What of those “new moons”, are they significant? Certainly they are. Abib’s new moon is New Year’s Day in the sacred calendar ( Exodus 12:1-2 & 18, Exodus 13:4 ) and Ethanim’s ( Tishri’s ) new moon determines the Feast of Trumpets ( Leviticus 23:24 ). Indeed, in the sacred calendar, every month begins on the day of the new moon. Indeed, the Almighty’s church, the woman in Revelation 12, is seen standing on the moon; which means she takes her stand on the Sacred Calendar of the Most High and the Sabbath days and years in it.

Isaiah’s prophecy highlights several important points about the Sabbaths of the Eternal. Here are two of them:

  • Even the Gentiles who observe them will be allowed access to the Temple of the Most High and will share in the heritage of Jacob ( Isaiah 56:1-7 and chapter 58:13-14 ).
  • Yahweh’s Sabbath days will be observed on the new earth by the redeemed host of every nation ( Isaiah 66:22-23 ).

Now we can plainly see why the Almighty used those everlasting tones when He commanded His Feasts were to endure from “generation unto generation,”from “age unto age,” – “for all time”. He meant just that – FOR ALL ETERNITY. No other sensible conclusion is possible

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Months of the Jewish Year

The “first month” of the Jewish calendar is the month of Nisan, in the spring, when Passover occurs. However, the Jewish New Year is in Tishri, the seventh month, and that is when the year number is increased. This concept of different starting points for a year is not as strange as it might seem at first glance. The American “new year” starts in January, but the new “school year” starts in September, and many businesses have “fiscal years” that start at various times of the year. Similarly, the Jewish calendar has different starting points for different purposes.

The Biblical / Jewish calendar has the following months:

Month

Length

Gregorian

Equivalent

Nisan

30 days

March-April

Iyar

29 days

April-May

Sivan

30 days

May-June

Tammuz

29 days

June-July

Av

30 days

July-August

Elul

29 days

August-September

Tishri

30 days

September-October

Heshvan

29 or 30 days

October-November

Kislev

30 or 29 days

November-December

Tevet

29 days

December-January

Shevat

30 days

January-February

Adar

29 or 30 days

February-March

Adar II

29 days

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