Paganism/Occult in Christianity - Apostasy
A group solely for the teaching of Paganism in Christianity and Apostasy.
(2 Timothy 4:3-4)
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,...(2 Timothy 4:3-4)
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. Show more
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to...(Daniel 2:43)
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. Show more
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. (9) And call no man your father upon the...(Matthew 23:8-12)
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. (9) And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. (10) Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. (11) But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. (12) And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Show more
As Islam await their 12th Imam Mahdi, it's death all the way. As long as Islam wants us to be its enemy, we are, and all our protestations of...As Islam await their 12th Imam Mahdi, it's death all the way. As long as Islam wants us to be its enemy, we are, and all our protestations of friendship cannot change anything. As a proper Antichrist, Islam exists only as an enemy of all. Between us and you, there is enmity and hatred forever, until you believe in Allah alone!! (Qur’an 60.4) For the Qur’an, Christians are only impurity (Quran 9.28), the worst of Creation (Qur’an 98.6), all condemned to Hell (Qur’an 4.48), so Allah must exterminate them (Quran 9.30). We must not be deceived by the Quranic verses deemed tolerant, because they have all been repealed by the verse of the Sword (Quran 9.5). Where the Gospel proclaims the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection for the salvation of all, and the fulfilment of the Covenant initiated with the Hebrews, Allah has nothing to offer but war and murder of the “infidels” in exchange for his paradise. They fight on the way of Allah, they kill and are killed. (Quran 9:11) We do not confuse Islam with Muslims, but if for you "dialogue" means the voice of peace, for Islam it’s only another way to make war. Also, as it was in the face of Nazism and communism, naivete in the face of Islam is suicidal and very dangerous. How can you speak of peace and endorse Islam, as you seem to do? To wring from our hearts the disease that plagues our lives. Let those who are Christians do it with the Bible and those who are Muslims do it with the Quran. (Rome, January 20, 2014)? That the Pope seems to propose the Quran as a way of salvation, is that not cause for worry? Should we return to Islam?
Catholicism - They know not the God of the Bible and it's only sun worship Semiramis, Queen of Babylon the sun Goddess! The Child you see Mary (Not Mary) holding is Tammuz, Semiramis and Nimrods child. Nimrod also being her eldest son. This System has gone back the ancient Greeks of symbolic worship, idolatry. Do you know what all the idols around the Vatican represent?
but some of the idols are previous Emperors, before there were Popes, they were Emperors, all of which worshipped the sun god and Nimrod the moon
god.....The Zucchetti which is worn by Catholic priests, cardinals and the Pope, represents respect, fear and submission to Cybele, the Mother Goddess of Rome.
The Cap of Cybele is one of the oldest and most sacred pagan religious symbols of humanity, dating back to 2,000 B.C. The skull cap was worn by the sun priests of Egypt. It is a thin, slightly rounded skullcap now commonly known by various titles including the Yarmulke (Jewish) and Kufi (Muslims). The Roman Catholic Church calls it the Zucchetti. The Pope wears this on his head. And also The Mitre hat that is worn by Catholic priests, cardinals and the Pope, represents Dagon the Babylonian fish god.
Vatican Hill was the site of the largest ancient temple to Cybele. Ashtoreth the goddess of fertility, sexuality and war; was known as Cybele in Rome. The Bible warns against worshipping her, "Then the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths." Show more
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Enclosed are his own words from his Book "In Defense of Israel."
Dr. John Hagee is the founder of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas...Enclosed are his own words from his Book "In Defense of Israel."
Dr. John Hagee is the founder of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Cornerstone is a nondenominational church with several thousand members. Dr. John Hagee can be seen on more than 160 television stations and 50 radio stations across America. He is the author of at least 10 books.1
On the surface, everything looks good. On his website at jhm.org, Dr. John Hagee affirms the basics of the Christian faith including the deity of Christ, the Trinity, etc. His beliefs page is not very precise, but it appears to be within orthodoxy. The problem, however, is with his new book "In Defense of Israel" where Dr. Hagee apparently states that Jesus was not the Messiah. If you were to go to youtube.com2 you can hear where Dr. Hagee speaks regarding his book and says his book, In Defense of Israel, will prove that "Jesus did not come to Earth to be the Messiah," (20 seconds in) and that " . . . since Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?" (32 seconds in). Obviously, this is a huge problem.
Hagee defines 'Messiah' as political deliverer
So, instead of making my judgment on a one minute sound bite, I bought the book and went through it. I didn't read the whole thing. Instead, I went to the section (Chapter 10, pages 121-169) where he dealt with Jesus as the Messiah. In short, Hagee takes several pages to characterize the Jewish idea of the Messiah as being a political deliverer who was supposed to free Israel from Roman oppression. This is very significant. Hagee defines Messiah not as a spiritual deliverer, but as a political one. To substantiate his position, Hagee calls Moses the messiah of Israel and speaks of the political deliverance of Israel from Egyptian oppression. Note what Hagee says in his book:
" . . . God gave Moses four signs to convince the children of Israel that he was their messiah . . . He knew he was anointed of God to overthrow Egypt and lead the Jewish people to the promised land." p. 136.
"The next two signs God gave Moses were to convince the children of Israel that Moses was their Messiah." p. 136
"When impetuous Peter could stand it no longer, he blurted out, 'You are the Christ.' Or in other words, 'You are the anointed one! You are the Messiah who will lead the Jews in their revolt against Rome.'" p. 140
"Even after his resurrection and repeated denials that he would not be the Messiah, his disciples were still hanging on to the last thread of hope that he would now smash realm (Acts 1:6)." p. 141
For reference, Acts 1:6 says, "So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
"He refused to be their Messiah, choosing instead to be the Savior of the world." p. 143.
Notice that in quote number 1 Hagee cites Moses as the Messiah of Israel who was to overthrow Egypt. In quote 3 Hagee interprets Peter's words to again relate the term Messiah as a political deliverer. In quote 4 Hagee cites Acts 1:6 which is a reference to restoring Israel as a political power. So, we can conclude that Hagee is defining the Messiah as a political deliverer. Therefore, if we were to use this definition, Hagee is correct. Jesus did not come to be a political Messiah. But, Dr. John Hagee has still made a big mistake. He has failed to define his terms adequately and caused an uproar.
The term Messiah and John Hagee's error
Remember, in the video2 John Hagee said his book, In Defense of Israel, will prove that "Jesus did not come to Earth to be the Messiah," (20 seconds in) and that " . . . since Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?" (32 seconds in). He did not clarify what he meant by Messiah--and I think he did it on purpose. Nevertheless, let's take a look at the word as it is used in the New Testament--something Hagee should have done but didn't do in his chapter. The English word "messiah" is translated from the greek μeσσίας (messias) and is found only two times in the New Testament:
John 1:41, "He found first his own brother Simon, and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which translated means Christ)."
John 4:25-26, "The woman said to Him, 'I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.' 26 Jesus said to her, 'I who speak to you am He.'"
We see that Jesus is called the Messiah in John 1:41 and in John 4:25-26 Jesus affirms that he is the Messiah. This flatly contradicts Hagee's statement that on the video that " . . . Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah." Dr. John Hagee is just plain wrong!
There are two significant points worth mentioning here. First, the word "messiah" is translated as "Christ": "messiah" is the Old Testament Hebrew equivalent for the New Testament Greek "christ". So whenever we see the word Christ used in the New Testament, we know it is speaking of Messiah. Second, Jesus himself affirmed that he was the Christ. Here are some additional scriptures that confirm this.
Matt. 16:16-17, "And Simon Peter answered and said, 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.' 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.'"
Mark 14:61-62, "But He kept silent, and made no answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."
John 17:3, "And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."
See also Luke 24:26,46; John 10:23
So, since Jesus affirmed that he was the Messiah (John 4:25-26) and the Christ (Matt. 16:17; Mark 14:61-62; and John 17:3), we must conclude that Hagee has clearly not done his homework regarding how the word is used in the Bible. He has failed to do proper research. How can this be? Why would Dr. Hagee fail to mention these verses and the plain scriptural teaching that Jesus is the Messiah?
I can see only two possibilities to explain Hagee's blatant oversight--but I must state that these are only my opinions. First, perhaps Hagee worded his advertisement and book in such a way to cause controversy and increase sales. I don't know, but it caused me to buy the book so that I could research what he meant. Second, Dr. Hagee has such a huge agenda regarding his support for Israel that he has apparently allowed himself to do shoddy and incomplete research regarding this topic of the Messiah so as to support a particular view of Israel to the complete denouncement of what is known as Replacement Theology.
There are a lot of people complaining about John Hagee's comments and rightfully so since they are misleading. They do not represent the full scope of the term Messiah and they are incendiary. Though I do not like defending him in this issue, I must remind the reader that as far as Hagee's definition of "messiah" being a political deliverer goes, he is correct; Jesus did not come to be a political deliverer and free Israel from Roman rule. However, Dr. Hagee needs to be far more clear and define his terms. I'm convinced he knew the uproar his statements would cause.
Furthermore, he needs to reassess his comments and adopt a more biblically complete position regarding the Hebrew term Messiah (which is equivalent of the Greek term Christ). For example, Christ is Messiah (John 1:41); Christ as Son of Man coming on the clouds (Matt. 26:63-64); Christ as Savior (Luke 2:11); Christ as King of the Jews (Luke 23:2-3); Christ will reign forever (Rev. 11:15), etc. These are definitely "political" as they show Christ as someone who is King and who reigns. He also should address Jesus' very clear claim to be the Messiah in John 4:25-26. I mean, how could he not address it?3
Finally, there were other things in the book that I thought were problematic, but the intent of this article is not to focus on them. Nevertheless, I believe that Dr. Hagee writes with a very specific agenda, the ultra-support of Israel, and I think it has clouded his judgment. He needs to step back, reassess his work, and clarify his position. Show more
False Teachers & False Prophets........
As we have some New Believers being added to our team, I've been requested by a member of staff to expose...False Teachers & False Prophets........
As we have some New Believers being added to our team, I've been requested by a member of staff to expose some false teachers. I think its a must that we atleast pave the way a little for our new family to the days in which we live concerning false teachers and false prophets. As Yeshua said "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:4). And 2 Peter 2 goes into detail of the heresy which shall arise against the body of Christ. "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Remember, Satan has the world, he wants the true body of Christ. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" (1 Peter 5:8).
Be watchful Brethren of these I'm about to expose. The one I will share first is whom by great deceit and feigned words has made merchandise of the Jews and has made quite a large sum of money from them in doing so! The Jews have been deceived by "John Hagee." And I'll share a video exposing such deeds. He has quoted that Yeshua never professed to be the Messiah, and the Jews do not need Salvation in Yeshua.
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The Feast of Unleavened Bread
‘And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat...The Feast of Unleavened Bread
‘And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. Leviticus chapter 23:6
Deeply associated with the holiday of Passover is the feast of Unleavened Bread. Perhaps you have heard of unleavened bread today by its more common name - "Matzah." And although Passover and Unleavened Bread have 'merged' in the modern Jewish mindset as one holiday, biblically they are two distinct events. So let's take a look at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and its relationship to Passover. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a seven-day event. It begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nisan (usually corresponding to our calendar as late March or early April) and ends on the 21st day of Nisan. Its origins go back to that very first Passover night in Egypt. The night when the family had to place the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their home. Then, they were told to go inside, have a meal and include unleavened bread as part of that meal. Exodus 12:8 "‘Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in the fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it."
Here we have the first Passover Seder. Unleavened bread was one of the three main ingredients of that meal. (Lamb and bitter herbs being the other two.) Leaven (called 'chometz' in Hebrew) means 'sour.' Leaven is the ingredient that makes bread rise. Leaven was not allowed at the table nor anywhere in the home during Passover. As a matter of fact - the entire household had to be cleansed from any food that would contain even a trace of leaven.
Exodus 13:19 “For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land.” From the night of their redemption from Egypt and for the next seven days, no leaven was to be found anywhere in the home. As the years went by, to make sure that there was no leaven in the homes during this feast, Jewish people would prepare for days and even weeks earlier. Leavened food was physically removed from the premises and utensils were brought into the kitchen that had never been used on leavened products before. As a matter of fact, a special search is made in the home during the last remaining hours before Passover to make sure that no leaven remains. Alfred Edersheim explains: "...on the evening commenced the 14th of Nisan, when a solemn search was made with lighted candle throughout each house for any leaven that might be hidden, or have fallen aside by accident." 1 He continues to explain when the physical ingestion of all leaven stopped: "... an hour before midday was fixed after which nothing leavened might be eaten. The more strict abstained from it even an hour earlier (at 10 o'clock), lest the eleventh hour might insensibly run into the forbidden midday." 2 So we can see that Jewish people took this feast very seriously. Even Jesus made preparations for His Passover dinner by having His disciples make sure the room where they would eat the Passover would be ready in time.
Mark 14:12-16 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?” And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. “Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ’ “Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.
One must eventually ask oneself the question of "Why"? Why is the removal of leaven so important? What significance does it play in Holy Scripture? Neil and Jamie Lash give a good summary of the role of leaven in biblical thought: "Leaven, in both Jewish and Christian tradition, is symbolic of sin. The Talmud says, "leaven represents the evil impulse of the heart" (Berachot 17a). We've already seen that chometz (leaven) literally means, "sour." That's what sin does to our lives. It makes them sour rather than sweet." 3 Moishe Rosen also explains the role of leaven: “Leaven in the Bible [with the exception of Matt 13:33] is almost always a symbol of sin. The putting away of all leaven is a picture of the sanctification of the child of God. In teaching His people this truth, God did not leave them to grapple with abstractions. The Bible speaks in terms of human experience. Leaven was something that every housewife, every cook, used in everyday life. The feel, the smell, the effects of leaven had an obvious meaning. The Hebrew word for leaven is chometz, meaning "bitter" or "sour." It is the nature of sin to make people bitter or sour.
Leaven causes the dough to become puffed up so that the end product is more in volume, but not more in weight. The sin of pride causes people to be puffed up, to think of themselves as far more than they really are. The ancient Hebrews used the sourdough method of leavening their bread. Before a housewife formed the dough into loaves ready for baking, she pulled off a chunk of the raw dough and set it aside in a cool, moist place. When it was time to bake another batch of bread, she brought out the reserve lump of dough. She then mixed the old lump into the fresh batch of flour and water to leaven the next loaves, again setting aside a small lump of the newly mixed dough. Each "new generation" of bread was organically linked by the common yeast spores to the previous loaves of bread. The human race bears this same kind of link to the sin nature of our first father, Adam.” 4 Today, Judaism denies the existence of what theologians call "original sin." They would ascribe to a theology similar to radio talk show host Dr. Laura - "just do the right thing." Judaism is a ‘works’ based system. If you just try hard enough, you can be a good person. In actuality, isn't that the basis of all world religions? But the Scriptures teach that mankind has been infected with a virus called sin. And I believe it is transmitted from father to son genetically. This makes every boy and girl born to earthly parents assured to have a sin nature. A ‘nature’ that will choose wrong (selfish choices) if left to itself. If you have kids do you have a problem like, "Come on kids, you're sharing again! You've always shared. Let me teach you how to be selfish." All parents can attest that what I am saying is true at some point in child rearing. We all need to teach our children right behavior. In other words, do you teach your kids how to be bad? Or how to be good? If you answer honestly you know that you have to teach them to be good.
If left to themselves, they would gravitate towards wrong behavior. Incidentally, the reality of this ‘sin nature’ is why I also believe in the virgin birth of the Messiah. If He had two ‘normal’ earthly parents, He most certainly would have inherited a sin nature. That is why His heavenly Father arranged it so that His genetics in the womb of Miriam (Mary) would contain no sin nature. A virgin birth did that. He was fully human, but without a propensity to gravitate towards self- gratification. But I digress, back to Passover and Unleavened Bread. Notice the order? Passover comes first, and then the family had seven (the number of completion) days of unleavened bread. When I was born again He came to my hearts’ door and placed His own blood there protecting me from death - eternal death. Then He entered into my life and began to remove the leaven. (And did I have lots of leaven!) My desire to gratify self outside of God’s will began to die. The leaven began to leave. I no longer wanted to sin. I no longer wanted to live a life of that was not fully serving him. I have traveled the world several times come in contact with many nationalities. Languages are the different but the desire to know God is the same. Some listen while others are deaf to the Holy Scriptures. We must show all that they need to get rid of the leavened bread (sin) in their lives.
Rabbi Shaul (the Apostle Paul) told the congregation (the church) at Corinth to stop praising sin. His admonition to them came straight out of this feast: 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Do you not know that a little leaven, leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Let us never forget that Jesus is the only one who never sinned. He had no leaven in His life. Even the most righteous of saints has at some point failed. We all need leaven continuously removed from our lives. Some leaven we can see. It's obvious to us and to those around us. Other times, it's something that we cannot see. Either way, a good prayer by David (and one that I personally pray) is found in Psalm 139: 23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my anxieties: And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Asking God to do the housecleaning is much better than trying to use those 'self-help' books the world depends on. God does a much better job. And in closing, let me mention one more thing about bread. It's interesting to discover that Jesus was born in a town called 'Bethlehem.' That's actually two words in Hebrew, "Beth" means "House" and "Lechem" means "bread." So isn't it fascinating that the one who is called the "Bread of Life" was born in a town called "House of Bread." Jesus said, in John 6:35 “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." Have you come to eat of Him and His unleavened nature? Show more
The 7 Feasts
As one studies the New Testament there is no escaping the Jewishness of Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus, Himself, was a traditional Jew living...The 7 Feasts
As one studies the New Testament there is no escaping the Jewishness of Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus, Himself, was a traditional Jew living in the land of Israel. His earliest followers considered themselves to be Jews who had found the promised Messiah; therefore, they naturally continued the Jewish expression of their faith. It is a tragedy that the Christian community has not understood, for the most part, the rich heritage, which its faith is built on. Many are rediscovering these Jewish connections and are wondering how they can understand the Jewishness of their faith in a practical way. Gentiles of today have been taught by religion that there is no need in knowing the things of past in Biblical times because the blood took it all away. This is a lie and it is Satan deceiving the children of God.
God revealed the feasts for a reason and through them, all believers can be blessed, Jews and Christians.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Feasts of the Lord, or Biblical holy days, teach us about the nature of God and His plan for mankind. In the New Testament, there is a passage found in regards to the holy days. “Let no man, therefore, judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17)
Avoid legalism...Under the Law, The “feasts” are not the ultimate goal of faith and we are to avoid legalism. Yet, they do hold some profound lessons for God’s children. The feasts are not obsolete practices of faith but, they are in fact genuine shadows or models of God’s Truth. This is something that needs to be explored in a positive way, and not have the old "you’re putting us under the law, again" spirit nagging us!
The Hebrew word translated "Feasts" means "Appointed Times", as proven by Jesus: Fulfilling prophetic foreshadowings of the first four feasts in His: I.e. His Sacrificial death, Sinless nature, resurrection and gift of His Holy Spirit.
As a Watchman ….. (Ezek. 33:3-9)
Prepare Ye the Way Of The Lord ….. (Mark 1:3)
Repent for the Day Of the Lord and His Vengeance is near.
Know the parable of the fig tree... the Day of the Lord is near... this generation shall not pass away until all things come to pass.... but no man knows the day or hour. Mark 13:28-32, Mth. 25, Luke 21:22-32 (paraphrased). "Who has ears to hear, let him hear..." Mth. 13:9-17
These Feasts encompass complete biblical history, from the Abrahamic Covenant (Ge. 22: 8) promise of “God Himself will provide a lamb” to the “New Jerusalem where there is no temple, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple” Rev. 21:22.
The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts” (Leviticus 23:2). Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? God Almighty saying in Scripture, “ These are My Feasts .”
Yet for most of traditional Christianity, these “feasts of the LORD” are thought to have been kept only by the Jews and are deemed meaningless for Christians. New religious holidays have been substituted that supposedly center on Jesus Christ. How did all this come to be? What is the true meaning of these “feasts of the LORD”? Do they have anything to do with Jesus Christ, or is their symbolism limited only to long-ago events? If we truly want to find the answers in the manner God instructs us, then we should follow the advice He inspired: “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
The Bible gives us a good example of how to examine a belief to see if it is correct. When the apostle Paul traveled to Berea, he taught the Bereans certain things that must have been surprising to them. But they didn’t close their minds or reject them. Instead, they were willing to give them a fair hearing by carefully examining the Scriptures. What was the result? We read in Acts 17:11-12 that these men and women “were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed …”
So in examining the feasts of the Bible, will we give them a fair hearing as well? Do the Scriptures reveal whether these feasts teach us important truths about Jesus Christ?
The Passover: A Christ-centered feast? The Passover is the first of God’s annual feast days mentioned in Scripture. It commemorates the greatest event in the people of Israel’s history—their miraculous liberation from Egypt. The second book of the Bible, Exodus, is dedicated to narrating this history. Observant Jews have been celebrating this feast for more than 3,400 years.
But is this feast only to celebrate the Israelites’ departure from Egypt? Does the New Testament have anything to say about the occasion? When John the Baptist saw Jesus Christ coming to the Jordan River to be baptized, he exclaimed, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
In the Bible, the lamb is a symbol of the Passover because a lamb was slain at the beginning of the Passover and eaten that night. The Israelites knew the blood of the lamb had protected them from the death of their firstborn on that first Passover night they kept in Egypt (Exodus 12:12-13). In the New Testament, the Gospels record that Christ kept the Passover with His disciples several times. On the night before His death, Jesus knew He was fulfilling the symbolism of the Passover lamb involuntarily giving His life for the sins of the entire world.
Notice Luke 22:14-16: “When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire, I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’” Jesus then instituted the new symbols that represented not the sacrifice of a lamb, but His far greater sacrifice. The Passover symbols would now represent Christ’s complete sacrifice—the unleavened bread representing His sinless body that was beaten for us, and a sip of wine signifying the lifeblood He would shed to wash away our sins. From then on, this feast took on a much greater new meaning to the Church. Instead of being abolished, this feast now revealed its true, ultimate meaning. The disciples now realized the Passover lamb was only the physical forerunner of that perfect sacrifice which was Jesus Christ. Now they would keep this feast with far greater significance and comprehension.
Paul explains the Christian Passover
Some 25 years after Christ’s death, the apostle Paul instructed the Corinthian congregation—composed of believing Jews and gentiles alike—about the Passover: “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7, emphasis added throughout). Paul understood this ancient feast of the Passover had now revealed its true meaning with Christ’s sacrifice. It was part of God’s plan for all of man-kind that Jesus would come and sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world—and the Passover anticipated it. So, far from being obsolete, the Passover was revealed to have a vastly important meaning for Christians, with Jesus Christ being at its very center.
The apostle Paul explained this new understanding of the Passover to the Corinthian brethren when he instructed them on how to observe it: “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed [Passover night] took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ “In the same manner, He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This does, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). So in the New Testament, the Passover becomes an annual reminder and symbol of Christ’s sacrifice for all of us.
God’s feasts reveal the future
The apostle Paul clearly understood that these biblical feasts were harbingers of what was to come in God’s master plan of salvation. In a passage frequently misunderstood by many, Paul shows these feasts of the Lord were “shadows” of things to come—not of things that have already happened. He warned the brethren not to be intimidated by some who were questioning their manner of keeping God’s feasts, as well as the Sabbaths, new moons, and eating and drinking. He said, “So let no one judge [criticize or condemn] you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come … Let no one cheat you of your reward …” (Colossians 2:16-18).
Paul was combating a group of ascetics who were introducing several strange doctrines, including worshiping angels (Colossians 2:18) and abstaining from wholesome food and drink (Colossians 2:21). He told the brethren to ignore them and continue observing what he had taught (and he certainly taught keeping the Passover, as we have seen). Regrettably, the Colossian brethren had been cowed by these self-righteous intruders and were starting to shy away from observing these feasts.
So Paul mentions how important they are, as foreshadowing coming events in God’s plan for mankind. These events have not been completely accomplished so far, and many are still in the future.
Even the Passover’s symbolism was not completely fulfilled with Christ’s sacrificial death. Jesus Himself said He will again take the Passover with all the believers in God’s Kingdom (Mark 14:24-25; Luke 22:15-16)—an act that represents the ultimate triumph of His sacrifice when all believers join Him in His Kingdom.
The Days of Unleavened Bread: Is Christ at the center? What about the Days of Unleavened Bread? Are they obsolete, solely an Old Testament symbol? Or are they also glorious shadows of things to come? In the Old Testament, the Days of Unleavened Bread were understood to be a memorial of what occurred after the Passover night, when all the Egyptian firstborn died. The next morning the Israelites packed their belongings and traveled to a nearby gathering place, ready for departure. That evening, they left Egypt by night. “It is a night of solemn observance to the LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:42). Before that evening, one last thing occurred: “And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves” (Exodus 12:39).
This feast of the Lord is clearly spelled out in Leviticus 23:6: “And on the fifteenth day of the same month [as Passover] is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.”
What does this feast have to do with Christ? What does it teach us about Him?
Unleavened bread—bread made without leaven—is mentioned in the Bible as something pure and unpolluted. All the grain sacrifices to be burned were to be made without leaven. “No grain offering which you bring to the LORD shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey in any offering to the LORD made by fire” (Leviticus 2:11).
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul explains the spiritual symbolism of unleavened bread. Rebuking the Church members in Corinth for their acceptance of sin, he tells them: “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:6-7). Yes, as Paul states, it is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that removes our sins, and so we become “unleavened” in a spiritual sense. So, again, Jesus Christ is the focus of this feast of the Lord. The shadow of this feast points to what Jesus would do for all of us in cleansing us of sin and helping us to live sin-free lives.
Paul told the Corinthian brethren that they should continue to keep this feast that followed the Passover. “Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:8). We see, then, that the spiritual meaning of the Days of Unleavened Bread was revealed. Its deeper significance wasn’t ultimately found in what had occurred in the Old Testament, but in Jesus Christ, the sinless one, who purged our sins and gave us a chance to be spiritually “unleavened” before God. As the apostle Jude noted, Jesus “is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). So Jesus Christ is at the center of this second feast of the Lord, too. He makes it possible for us to be spiritually “unleavened” before God.
Pentecost: Is Christ at the center of this feast?
In the Old Testament, the Feast of Pentecost is called the Feast of Weeks (Exodus 34:22). This is because Leviticus 23:15-16 mentions counting seven weeks (or Sabbaths) or “fifty days” from the day the wave sheaf was offered during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Thus the feast acquired the name of “fiftieth,” which is what Pentecost means in the Greek language of the New Testament. In the New Testament, 50 days after Christ had been resurrected, the first Christians were celebrating Pentecost, one of the feasts of the Lord. And, as recorded in Acts 2, what a day that was! On it they received the Holy Spirit from God. Suddenly the Old Testament Feast of Weeks had taken on a new meaning for them. The shadow of this feast had now become a reality! Pentecost would become the Church’s anniversary of the receiving of God’s Spirit.
Jesus Christ revealed the significance of this feast by sending the Holy Spirit to His brethren in the faith. He had told them, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49; compare John 16:7). God’s Spirit plays a crucial role in the life of Christians today as it did then. When a person receives God’s Spirit upon repentance. That Spirit begins a process of spiritual transformation in the person’s life, a transformation the Bible calls conversion. Through this process, we shed our own way of thinking and living and allow Jesus Christ’s attitude and way of life to guide everything we do. Paul described this life-transforming change in Galatians 2:20:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (King James Version).
Thus we see that Jesus is at the center of the Feast of Pentecost as well. Yet the ultimate fulfillment will only be realized after He returns to earth to establish God’s Kingdom when all will have access to God’s Spirit. So this feast should still be kept as a memorial and a shadow until its purpose is completely accomplished. Do we find the first-century Church continuing to keep Pentecost? In the book of Acts, we read of the apostle Paul hurrying to be in Jerusalem to keep this feast with the brethren. “For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost” (Acts 20:16). Even in one of Paul’s epistles in which he writes so much about the gospel message, he refers to his plans to remain in Ephesus to observe Pentecost with the Church members there before traveling to Corinth. He writes: “I do not want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost” (1 Corinthians 16:7-8, New Revised Standard Version).
The Feast of Trumpets: Is this a Christ-centered feast?
The next biblical feast is referred to in the Bible as the Feast of Trumpets. It is “a holy convocation commemorated with trumpet blasts” (Leviticus 23:24, NRSV). God said when the trumpets were blown, “you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies” (Numbers 10:9).
Is the Feast of Trumpets also a shadow of Jesus Christ and His role in things to come?
In the New Testament, the symbolism of the trumpet is mentioned by Jesus. “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:30-31).
Often in the New Testament, the sound of trumpets is tied to Christ’s coming. Notice Paul’s description of the resurrection of the dead at the time a great trumpet announces Christ’s return: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). We find this again described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16: “For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”
So Christ will ultimately fulfill the symbolism behind the Feast of Trumpets. He is the center of this foreshadowing feast too. At His second coming, the trumpet shall sound, announcing the arrival of the King of Kings. Loud voices proclaim, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15). But until the sound of the trumpet is heard, this feast is still pointing to the future, and its meaning is still to be fulfilled—with Jesus at its center.
The Day of Atonement: Is Christ involved in its meaning?
Perhaps the most unusual of the biblical feasts is the Day of Atonement. In Old Testament times, it included an elaborate ritual described in Leviticus 16. The high priest was to present two male goats, the first of which was sacrificed for the nation’s sins (Leviticus 16:15). Then, after the sins of the nation were symbolically placed on the other goat, it was expelled into the desert to a life of wandering (Leviticus 16:21-22).
What does the Day of Atonement reveal about Jesus Christ’s roles? Is He also at the center of this feast?
The Bible is full of rich symbolism, and the New Testament Church quickly realized Christ in His first coming was at the center of the feasts of the Lord. Just as He was described as being “our Passover” and “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8), so they came to understand that He was at the center of the Day of Atonement. How? He fulfilled the role of the male goat slain for the sins of Israel and carried outside the camp (Leviticus 16:27).
We read in Hebrews 13 about the Day of Atonement, and Christ being symbolic of the male goat and other animals slain on that day as sin offerings. “For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate [of the city of Jerusalem]” (Hebrews 13:11-12).
We should consider that while Christ has already been sacrificed, the atonement His sacrifice provides has not yet been applied to all of Israel. That will happen upon Israel’s repentance at Christ’s second coming. Not only does the Day of Atonement depict Christ’s sacrifice for sin and a true spiritual reconciling of the people with God, but Christ is directly involved in the symbolism of the other male goat that was cast out into the desert by a strong man (Leviticus 16:21).
The second goat, over which the sins of the Israelites were confessed, represented the instigator of those sins—none other than Satan the devil.
At Christ’s second coming, He will instruct a powerful angel to bind Satan and cast him into a place of restraint for 1,000 years, exiling him from mankind just as the live goat was exiled from the Israelite camp on the Day of Atonement. “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:1-2). So Christ plays a dual role in the symbolism of the Day of Atonement. He is sacrificed as the first goat for the sins of the people, the atonement of which is yet to be applied to all Israel upon the nation’s repentance at His return. And He will also be involved, as King of Kings, in banishing Satan at that time to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.
The Feast of Tabernacles: How is Christ the center of this feast?
Next is the sixth biblical feast, the Feast of Tabernacles. In the Old Testament, it was kept to remind the Israelites of all of God’s miraculous interventions during the 40-year period in the wilderness. “All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 23:42-43).
What does the Feast of Tabernacles have to do with Jesus Christ? Jesus is recorded to have kept this feast in John 7:2-36. The symbol of the tabernacle in the New Testament is rich with meaning.
During Christ’s earthly ministry, the apostle John mentions that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). The Greek term for “dwelt” here actually means that He “tabernacled” among us. Just as Jesus Christ as the Creator God of the Old Testament (John 1:1-3; John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2; Colossians 1:16) “tabernacled” with the Israelites in the wilderness, He now did so with His people in His physical life many centuries later. The apostle Paul says that the Israelites in the wilderness all “drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4, New International Version).
At Christ’s second coming, He will again “tabernacle” with those who are saved. He will dwell with His people for a thousand years, and this 1,000-year rule of Jesus Christ over the earth is the ultimate fulfillment of this feast. “Blessed and holy is he who has a part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6).
So Christ is definitely at the center of this feast too—as the ruler who “tabernacles” with His people for a thousand years.
The Last Great Day
The Feast of Tabernacles lasted seven days. Then, on the eighth day, there followed another, separate feast day, the last of the biblical feasts (Leviticus 23:36). What does this day have to do with Jesus Christ? In John 7, an account of Jesus Christ’s last Feast of Tabernacles on earth, we find Jesus declaring the significance of its conclusion. “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).
He was talking about His return to earth when He will freely offer the Holy Spirit to those who will believe in Him. Jesus died for all of man-kind, but only a fraction have ever had the opportunity to know about Him and accept His offer of receiving the Holy Spirit. Yet during Christ’s 1,000-year reign, all of man-kind will be offered God’s Spirit. And beyond that, the Bible reveals there will come a future time when Christ will offer it to those who rise up in a resurrection of the dead from all past ages. In Revelation 20, we read what happens after the Millennium (pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles) is completed:
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away … And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:11-12).
This period is also called the White Throne Judgment, and it is Christ who has been appointed to judge all of man-kind (John 5:26-27; Romans 14:10). This does not mean immediate condemnation but a judgment period since the Book of Life is opened—meaning an opportunity is opened to receive God’s Spirit and have one’s name written into it. The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:3 of those “who labored with me in the gospel … and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”
So Christ will also carry out the central role of this final feast, that of lovingly and mercifully offering the multitudes of the uninformed and the deceived an opportunity for conversion and salvation and to have their names inscribed in the Book of Life. Thus, the seven feasts of the Lord are “a shadow of things to come,” and Jesus Christ is at the center of all of them. Yet He has not brought them to ultimate fulfillment; that will only occur in the coming Kingdom of God.
Yes, Christ is our Passover, He is the Unleavened Bread that purifies us, the Giver of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the coming King whose arrival is announced by the blast of the trumpets, the one who banishes Satan for a thousand years, and who tabernacles with man as King of kings. Finally, He is to judge mankind and offer the great majority an opportunity to have their names written in the Book of Life. This is why God’s Church kept these feasts as shown in the New Testament (read The Feasts of the Lord in the Book of Acts ). This is why these holy feasts are still to be kept—to remind us of the central role Jesus Christ has in carrying out in the plan of God. Isn’t it about time you started keeping them yourself?
As we go further in depth on the 7 feasts, you will learn how important it is in your walk with Christ. Show more
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For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the...The Representation Of The Christmas Tree.........
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. (4) They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. (5) They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
(Jeremiah 10:1-5). The first 16 verses of chapter 10 are parenthetical. Before continuing his discussion of the coming Exile, Jeremiah focused on the nature of the God who would bring this judgment. God addressed the entire house of Israel, which included the Northern Kingdom already in exile, and explained the foolishness of idols. Israel was not supposed to learn the ways of idolatry practiced by the nations around her, nor was she to be terrified by signs in the sky. These ”signs“ were most likely unusual occurrences such as eclipses or comets which were thought to be signs of coming events given by the gods.
Such idolatrous practices were worthless (heḇel, ”breath“; comments on heḇel in Ecclesiastes 1:2) because the ”gods“ being honored were created by their worshipers (Isaiah 40:18-20). A person would chop down a tree, give the wood to a craftsman who fashioned it to the desired shape. This ”god“ was then covered with silver and gold and fastened to a base so that it would not totter. Once the god was made by man it had to be carried to its destination. It was as lifeless as a scarecrow in a melon patch. Certainly such a ”god“ could not speak to impart knowledge to its followers. So God exhorted His people not to fear those false idols. The idols had no power to harm those who disregarded them or power to do any good for those who followed them. Show more
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth to his flesh...(Galatians 6:7-8)
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
The Chicago theater company Silk Road Rising has debuted a brand new play called “Christmas Mubarak,” a story that blends the stories of Jesus from both Christianity and Islam. Corey Pond, a member of Silk Road Rising who directed and adapted the holiday play, described the new show, which premiered last weekend, as “a love letter to the Muslims we know and who come.”
The goal, he told Religion News Service, is to make them “feel like they’re incorporated in the Christmas holiday.” The play weaves in different aspects of the two religious traditions. It chronicles the angel Gabriel telling Mary she would miraculously conceive a child, similar to the story found in the Gospel of Luke. In Islam, Jesus’ virgin birth came as the result of a prophecy given to her father. She later hides during her pregnancy and reveals it to Joseph, who is her cousin, not her fiance. Show more
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even...(Romans 1:20)
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
While science cannot definitely prove the existence of God, it can showcase indicators of a supreme being, a Vatican astronomer has argued.
David Brown, an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory who belongs to the American Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union, was recently interviewed by the Jesuit publication America magazine.
When asked by the publication how he responds to the claim that science cannot prove God, Brown responded by saying that scientific methods cannot prove everything. Show more
Good, they don't preach our Jesus anyway and these holidays are nothing to do with Yeshua.......(Romans 2:24) "For the name of God is blasphemed among...Good, they don't preach our Jesus anyway and these holidays are nothing to do with Yeshua.......(Romans 2:24) "For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written."
The principal of Manchester Elementary School in Elkhorn, Nebraska is on Santa’s naughty list. Jennifer Sinclair sent a letter to teachers announcing a ban on Christmas — for the sale of inclusiveness. “Please remember that we are not to be doing any Christmas or holiday-specific themed activities with students,” she wrote in the letter.
“Santa and Christmas items are not to be on activities or copies. We have varied religious beliefs in our school, and it is our job to be inclusive.” Principal Sinclair banned Christmas trees and Christmas carols, Santa Claus and Elf on the Shelf. Candy Canes were also off limits because the principal said “the shape is ‘J’ for Jesus. “The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection,” she wrote Show more
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And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (3) And through...(2 Peter 2:2-3)
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (3) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
A Massachusetts church that made headlines over its nativity scene last Christmas is attracting attention again this holiday season. The nativity scene at St. Susanna Parish is hoping to shine a light on the topic of immigration. The scene was set up over the weekend. It shows baby Jesus inside a black cage and the three wise men separated by a fence with a sign that reads “deportation” The unusual holiday display was created in hopes of sparking conversations about how immigrants are being treated at the United States-Mexico border, including the separation of children from their parents. Last year, the same church tackled the issue of gun control with its nativity scene. Right above Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus were the locations of the worst mass shootings along with the death count at each attack. Show more
Overview of The Seven Feasts of Israel:
God introduced the Seven Feasts to the nation of Israel during the time they were encamped at the foot of...Overview of The Seven Feasts of Israel:
God introduced the Seven Feasts to the nation of Israel during the time they were encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai. They were called the feasts of the Lord because He Himself instituted them- a fact that made these Feasts hugely important in the Israeli calendar. They were holy convocations that took place at "appointed times".
Although they are referred to in several places in the Bible, only Leviticus 23 lists all seven feasts in chronological order. Note: The feasts are celebrated on the same day of the Jewish calendar every year, but since the Jewish year is not the same length as a solar year on the Gregorian calendar used by most of the western world, the date shifts on the Gregorian calendar.
The historic and prophetic significance of the Feasts is one of the most fascinating of all Biblical studies. Although believers are not required to keep them, every Christian/Believer should be very familiar with the Feasts, as they not only celebrate a historical event in Israel's past but are also a prophecy of future events that concern us all. They were types that, in Christian theology, are actual historical events that were a rough draft or a glimpse, of one or more events yet to occur. These subsequent happenings (the antitype) were certainly much more important than the original type.
However, that the significance of the antitype was not always obvious at the original occurrence is clearly shown by the fact that the Jews did not realize that the feasts were not solely related to past historical events (For example, Passover called to mind the night the angel of death passed over the Jewish houses that had been marked with the blood of a lamb, but did not spare the houses of the Egyptians that were not).
However, at the time they were given, every single one of the feasts pointed to something incomprehensibly bigger that was yet to come. They were types - symbols of - the first and second coming of the promised Messiah. In fact, and quite fascinatingly, God's entire plan of salvation for mankind from start to finish, is outlined by these feasts, which were also related to Israel's agricultural seasons. The Spring and Summer Feasts signified the commencement of redemption, while the Fall Feasts signify its culmination.
"The first three feasts Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits occur in rapid succession in the spring of the year over a period of eight days. They came to be referred to collectively as "Passover."
The fourth feast, Harvest, occurs fifty days later, at the beginning of the summer. By New Testament times this feast had come to be known by its Greek name, Pentecost, a word meaning fifty.
The last three feasts Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles extend over a period of twenty-one days in the fall of the year. They came to be known collectively as Tabernacles."
The first four feasts have already been fulfilled. The first two by Jesus Christ on the actual feast days according to the Hebrew calendar...He was sacrificed on Passover, and resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits. The third Feast of Unleavened Bread had great significance in light of His sacrifice, while the Fourth Feast Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks was again fulfilled on the exact day of what we now call Pentecost.
While we certainly do not know exactly how the other three feasts will be fulfilled, it is reasonable to surmise that they will also be fulfilled on the actual feast day.
When people try to separate their faith away from a Jewish Messiah you have Pagan holidays put forth. Whether those in the Western world want to admit it or not Yeshua is a Jewish Messiah he followed these Feasts and kept every single one. Your salvation is connected to the Jewish people you only need to research and find the answers yourself. Show more