Paganism/Occult in Christianity - Apostasy
A group solely for the teaching of Paganism in Christianity and Apostasy.
A group solely for the teaching of Paganism in Christianity and Apostasy.
Ancient Rome’s pagan holidays have been chained upon a heedless and deceived world. These include certain annual holidays- Christmas, New...Pagan Origins
Ancient Rome’s pagan holidays have been chained upon a heedless and deceived world. These include certain annual holidays- Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, as well as many more, every one a pagan day every one used to stimulate the sale of merchandise in the commercial markets. Upon honest investigation, the earnest seeker after truth learns that these days are all of heathen origin and pagan significance. He learns that he can have no part in them. But is the Christian of today left without any annual holy days? Did God never give to His people annual holy days, as well as the weekly Sabbath? Are not ancient Rome’s annual holidays mere counterfeits of God’s true holy days, exactly as Sunday is a counterfeit of the true Sabbath?
Let us honestly open our Bibles, and prayerfully investigate. We are told to study- not argue, not to refute, but- to show ourselves approved unto God- to learn God’s will. We are commanded, as believers, to grow in knowledge as well as in grace (II Peter 3:18). All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable to correct and to reprove us, where we have, through assumption, false teaching, or prejudice, been in error.
Most people have supposed that all the annual Sabbaths and feast days of Israel were done away. And yet Church history shows that the early true Church did, for more than four hundred long years at least- perhaps much longer- after Christ’s resurrection, continue to keep and observe these annual holy days given by God! And just as the Sunday observer is inclined to look, at first, upon any argument for the weekly Sabbath with prejudice- as a heresy- and to examine every argument only in an attitude of attempting to refute it, so it will be only human- only natural for us, if we are not on our guard against it, to look upon any presentation of these annual Sabbaths in the same spirit of prejudice. But remember that "he that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him" (Prov.18:13). Let therefore, in willing submission to God, to His will, with yielded hearts free from prejudice, with open minds desiring truth more than our own way, trembling before the sacred and holy Word of God, ask God humbly for the direction of His Holy Spirit. And in this prayerful, submissive, willing, yet careful and cautious attitude, study this question- proving all things.
Study This Twice
Let us warn, too, that certain objections will be sure to come to the mind- all of which, will be dealt with and explained later on. But unless the reader is careful to guard against it, the mere presence of this objection in his mind will, to him, overthrow each point as it’s presented - and then, when the objections are later explained, the points made will not come back to the mind, unless the whole exposition of the subject is carefully studied again from the first. And in each case, the objection will be one of the very arguments used by Sunday preachers in attempting to overthrow the truth of the weekly Sabbath! For the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths stand or fall together. The arguments used against the annual Sabbaths will be the identical arguments used to overthrow the Sabbath- and if these arguments could hold, then they would abolish the weekly Sabbath! Such arguments as "the annual Sabbaths are part of the law of Moses," or "they offered sacrifices on the annual Sabbaths," or "Colossians 2:16 does away with the annual Sabbaths," are not scriptural.
For the annual Sabbaths were not part of the law of Moses, but were observed before the ritualistic ordinances contained in the law of Moses were given. Sacrifices were offered on the weekly Sabbath, but this does not do away with the Sabbath. Yeshua was sacrificed for our sins. We no longer have to offer blood to God for our sins. But the day is still to be observed. In fact, sacrifices were offered on every day of the year (Num. 28:3). Colossians 2:16 refers, not alone to the annual Sabbaths, but to the annual days, the monthly new moons, and the weekly Sabbath. Whenever the Bible uses the expression "Sabbath days" with new moons and holy days, it is referring to the weekly Sabbath days, the new moons and the annual holy days or feast days. The "Sabbath days" of Colossians 2:16 refers to the weekly Sabbath. Compare I Chron. 23:31 with 11 Chron. 2:4; 31:3; Ezra 3:5; Neh. 10:33; Ezek. 46:3. If Colossians does away with the one, it also abolishes the other.
The Yule Wheel that is presented here in this image. Together, they represent the most common celebrations in Wiccan-influenced forms of Neopaganism, especially in contemporary Witchcraft groups.
Vernal Equinox (Ostara)
Autumnal equinox (Mabon)
So, we have this Christmas carol sung this time of year in celebration of Christmas. Deck the Halls" or "Deck the Hall is a traditional Christmas, yuletide, and New Years' carol. Which in return is where millions of Christians delight in the birth of their Saviour. Some oblivious to the fact of what it means while others do know what it means but justify it to the world.
Yule also carries associations with a farm animal. The Yule Goat carried Father Christmas on his back and is a symbol of Christmas throughout Scandinavian countries. The Yule Goat may have associations tracing back to Norse mythology. The now-famous comic book god Thor rode in a chariot pulled by two goats that could also be eaten and magically regenerate into living creatures again.
If we are to learn anything at all from the Jewish people I ask. How well did it work out for them when they intertwined Paganism into their worship to God? Do Christians honestly in today believe that the cross and the blood he shed gives them permission to take false pagan religions and mix them with their worship of God? Show more
PART 1 - Astonishing Bible Truths Your Church Never Taught
Modern worship and its teachings over the centuries have gotten so far away from what is...PART 1 - Astonishing Bible Truths Your Church Never Taught
Modern worship and its teachings over the centuries have gotten so far away from what is taught and practiced in the pages of the Bible that many fundamental doctrines have been entirely skewed, and most churchgoers do not even know it. We challenge you to take a look for yourself and compare what you think the Scriptures teach with what is clearly laid out in the Word and observed by the true worshiper. Prepare to be amazed, if not shocked.
I grew up in a large church denomination. I took for granted that its teachings were the same as the Bible’s until the day I was challenged to prove what I had been taught. I was stunned. I could not support from the Scriptures much of what I had believed all my life. I found one contradiction after another. Bewilderment led to frustration. The more I investigated the more incredulous I became.
Why didn’t I look into this before? The minister’s explanations for the many inconsistencies left me only more baffled. He could not give me any sound, Bible-supported answers to my many questions. Much of his validation came from calcified tradition and that was not acceptable, as even the Bible itself demands proof for teachings. I needed to know what the Scriptures said because they were my true guide, not ancient church doctrine. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2Timothy 2:15, “Study to show yourself approved unto Elohim, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The Truths I Was Never Told
Acceptance of the facts I discovered would transform my basic understanding of the Word, opening my blind eyes and bringing me to proper worship. This quest for Bible-based knowledge was nothing less than exhilarating! The more I dug into the Word the more the Scriptures began to make sense. I was blown over by the harmony in the Word. Yahweh’s ordained worship is a continuum from Genesis through Revelation. By stripping away unsupported and erroneous doctrines and observances, I found that the more error I tossed out the more insight I was given. I would realize to my total shock that countless popular beliefs and teachings have no backing in the Scriptures!
Here is some of what I discovered:
I had searched for answers as to why I was worshiping on the first day of the week when the Fourth Commandment clearly teaches that the seventh day is the Sabbath. I was told the day of worship was changed in the New Testament with the Savior’s resurrection on the first day of the week. My minister explained that although the seventh day is really the scriptural Sabbath, I must observe Sunday as the “Lord’s day.” Yet, I found no New Testament support for such a change and nothing about a change in the Sabbath because of a resurrection day.
Instead, I read that our Savior observed the seventh day Himself and so did His followers. His apostles, including Paul and Peter, James and John, continued to observe the seventh-day Sabbath and met for worship on the seventh day of the week long after the Messiah was resurrected. If His resurrection permanently changed the day of worship, then why didn’t the apostles ever switch THEIR Sabbath worship over to Sunday? I wondered. To my surprise, I learned that the Savior’s resurrection was not on Sunday morning anyway, but had taken place just before sunset on Saturday—exactly three days and nights from the time He was laid in the tomb, just as He promised in Matthew 12:40 as the one signature proof of His Messiah-ship.
Why did my church celebrate worldly holidays that were nowhere in the Bible, while ignoring the commanded annual Feast days repeatedly taught in Old and New testaments and celebrated all through the pages of Scripture? Who authorized these changes, I wondered. I could not get a satisfactory answer. The minister said, “Just accept it on faith,” and yet 1Thessalonians 5:21 told me to “prove all things” and hold fast to what is right. I could not accept what I could not support from the Bible.
I also wanted to know why I had been taught that the Old Testament had no relevance today, even though it was the very Bible used by the Messiah, His disciples, and all the early New Testament believers. In fact, it was the only Bible they had because the New Testament had not yet been written or codified. That would not happen for decades. If the New Testament had changed the worship of the Old Testament, then my Savior and His immediate disciples all worshiped in error because they still honored Old Testament teachings. If the Old Testament was my Savior’s teaching text, why shouldn’t it be my Scriptures as well? Was I not to do exactly what the Messiah did and follow His teachings? Is He not my judge? (2Timothy 4:1)
For some mystifying reason I was never told that my Heavenly Father has a personal name, Yahweh, and that He expected me to call Him by that Name and not by common, generic titles. Once the blinders came off my eyes I found hundreds of references to His Name in both Testaments, along with many clear admonishments that I was to honor and use His Name. I found the short form of the Father’s Name Yahweh (“Yah”) in many notable Bible names like IsaYah, JeremiYah, Yahel (Joel) and even in the word common term HalleluYah (which in Hebrew means “Praise Yah”). I had found the short form of His Name (Yah) in Psalm 68:4 of the King James Version. And even more astounding, His Name exists almost 7,000 times in the Hebrew text from which the the Old Testament is translated! Yet, no one in the church ever said a thing about it. In light of these facts I was stunned by the universal silence when it came to His revealed, personal Name.
Also puzzling was the fact that the Savior was born of Hebrew parents, yet He is called by a Latinized-Greek name today. What was the Son’s original and true name, I wondered? I needed to find out and then begin calling Him by His legitimate Name, the only Name given for salvation, Acts 4:12. Once I learned the correct Name of the Savior, Yahshua, I had a new appreciation for His statement that He came in His Father’s Name (John 5:43), that the Father’s Name was in His own (Exodus 23:21), and that His Name reflected salvation. None of which had made any sense with the incorrect Greek name He is typically known by.
I spent years looking for answers to these and other basic questions. Surely somewhere people were faithful to the Word in all things and I needed to find them. The Messiah Yahshua had said that the gates of the grave would not prevail against the true Body of believers, meaning there would always be a remnant group carrying on the original faith and worship taught in the Bible, Matthew 16:18. It would not be a large, prominent denomination because the Messiah had said to His faithful, “Fear not LITTLE flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom,” Luke 12:32. He also taught that the way of truth was narrow and few would find it, Matthew 7:14. The universal blindness I saw in the world of faith now made sense. I realized that I had to walk in all the light I was being given. My newfound understanding was refreshing and exciting. Being blessed with this incredible knowledge, I soon realized that I was responsible to follow what I was learning. I was grateful that after much diligent study and effort I found the answers I had long searched for.
To Continue... Show more
(Revelation 9:20-21) "And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and...Yes Isaac Dhakir has begun mentioning one (1 Timothy 4:1-2) "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;"
(Revelation 9:20-21) "And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: (21) Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."
(Revelation 21:8) "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Sorcery, the use of spells, divination, or speaking to spirits, is clearly condemned in the Bible. The word sorcery in Scripture is always used in reference to an evil or deceptive practice.
Magic (supernatural), a category of beliefs and practices considered separate from religion and science
Witchcraft, the belief and practice of magical abilities
Maleficium (sorcery), a form of evil magic
Magic in fiction
The apostle Paul lists sorcery as one of many sinful practices that mark the lives of unbelievers: “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife . . . and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21)......Sorcery is also referred to as pharmakeía (from pharmakeuō, "administer drugs) properly, drug-related sorcery, like the practice of magical-arts, etc. Show more 2 months ago
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
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