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- God's Holy Days = The Gospel Story

Are the holy feast days given to Moses for the Israelites for us today also? The holy feast days are shown to not just be for the Israelites, but they are God's holy days for all his people for all generations. They were never meant to be done away with. We have seen that God's law was not done away with on my page Was God's Law Done Away With?. But Satan devised a plan to usurp God's holy days and cause God's people to observe days that when studied closely, have a dark past. We can learn more about these days on my page Pagan Holidays: Christmas, Easter, & More. I will show that God's holy days are very relevant and meaningful for us today. God's holy days also have important prophetic significance for the future. We miss out on revealed knowledge of God's plan for his people when we disobey God by not observing his set times. 
God's holy days reveal God's plan for the redemption and salvation of his people. Once we study and have a deeper understanding of God's holy days and their significance, it becomes clear that God would never want these days to fall into disuse. But Satan has much to gain by deceiving God's people into rejecting these days and accepting his counterfeit holidays in its place. God's holy days not only consist of the weekly Sabbath, but also the annual Sabbaths. The annual Sabbaths consist of Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, and the Eighth Day Feast. Let's learn more about God's holy days and see what we've been missing out on.

Passover 

Passover always occurs on the 14th day of the 1st month every year. It pictures Christ as the sacrificial lamb that died for the sins of the world. This day also pictures the day of ancient Israel that was held captive by the Egyptian Pharaoh. The final plague that God cast onto the land was the death of every firstborn. In order to escape the plague, the Israelites were instructed to sacrifice a lamb and spread its blood above the door post so that the death angel would "pass over" that household and spare that child. Christ made the ultimate fulfillment of this day when he died on the cross. This is the first step in God's plan to redeem his people in order to save them from their sins which leads to death. When we are covered by the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross, the death angel passes over us and we are able to live for all eternity. The vast majority of Christianity has rejected this day in favor of weekly "Lord's supper" communion. While I don't know that there is anything wrong with taking communion weekly, that is not seen in the scriptures. This was done once a year at the Passover meal. A deeper read on this subject can be read at Was The Last Supper THE Passover Meal?. Passover is the yearly time in which we should partake in the communion of the bread and wine of Christ. This is the way in which we are instructed to remember the death sacrifice that Christ accomplished for us. We should observe and remember this day yearly in spirit and in truth.





Feast of Unleavened Bread

The Feast of Unleavened Bread always occurs in the 1st month starting on the 15th day through to the 21st day of the month every year. This feast begins the day after Passover. It was on this day of the 15th that the Israelites were led out of Egypt. They were instruct not to eat any bread with leaven in it and they were to remove all leaven from their homes for these 7 days. 
This 7 day festival pictures the putting away of sin out of our lives as Christians. Leaven represents sin. Putting leaven out of our homes for 7 days pictures the putting away of sin out of our lives. This is the 2nd step in God's plan for the redemption and salvation of his people. After we accept Christ as our savior and his death sacrifice done the day before on Passover, we are then to remove sin from our lives and sin no more. What a meaningful and important step for us Christians to be reminded of on a yearly basis. God does not want us to remain in sin, but to be free from its bondage. Celebrating this 7 day festival each year in spirit and in truth is God's will for us. Do you think God's people would remember this step much better if they observed this 7 day feast instead of rejecting it? The relevance and significance of this feast in the lives of God's people today could not be any more apparent. We need to remove sin from our lives an live holy lives in obedience and out of reverence for God.





Firstfruits

This is the spring barley harvest festival that pictures the resurrection of Christ as firstborn from the dead. This day always occurs on the 16th day of the 1st month, on the 1st day of the week. Christ is the first of the firstfruits. This is the day of his resurrection.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. Lev. 23:9-14





Pentecost

Pentecost occurs in the 4th month of the summer harvest. 7 Sabbaths complete are to be counted from the day of the wave sheaf, then starts the count of 50 days. Pentecost means "count 50." To identify the day on which this feast lands, you must count 50 days. This day is also known as the Feast of Weeks because in order to identify the day on which this feast occurs you must count 7 Sabbaths complete. 

And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; Lev. 23:15-16

4th Month Pentecost - Pentecost is traditionally calculated to occur in the beginning of the 3rd month. It can be proven that this is false. The true Pentecost is toward the end of the 4th month. Click the link to find out how.

Pentecost is a feast that pictures and celebrates multiple events. First, it celebrates the giving of the law to Moses on Mount Sinai. This feast also celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit.

This feast is also called Feast of Harvest because it occurs during the summer wheat harvest. As we have learned on the page The Great Fall Harvest (Of Souls), the 3 agricultural harvests picture the resurrection of souls. This summer wheat harvest pictures the 1st resurrection of the saints. That is the future prophetic significance of this feast day.




Feast of Trumpets

The Feast of Trumpets always occurs on the 1st day of the 7th month. This day pictures the return of Christ to the earth. What a great feast to remind us of our long awaited return of our Savior. Why would God have us do away with that? 

We have learned that the 1st day of each month is the day of the new moon. The Feast of Trumpets occurs on the 7th new moon of the year. A trumpet blast is heard on the day of the new moon, and the trumpet also blasts on this 7th new moon day called the Feast of Trumpets. These 7 trumpet blasts of the first 7 new moons are paralleled by the 7 trumpets in the book of Revelation. Each of the first 6 new moons or 6 trumpets of Revelation are judgments upon the earth. These judgments are meant to awaken mankind so that they may repent and turn to God before Christ's return on the 7th trumpet blast. Now let's read what occurs on the 7th trumpet of Revelation that parallels this day of the Feast of Trumpets...

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. Rev. 11:15-19




Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement always occurs on the 10th day of the 7th month. This day pictures the day that God’s kingdom is established on earth. Satan will be bound for 1000 years and Christ will rule with the saints on earth for a 1000 years. This day represents those 1000 years, the millennial reign of Christ. Mankind will be reconciled to God during this time. It is declared a Sabbath day of rest and it is the only commanded fast day in all of scripture. We fast in an act of sorrow for our sins that are to be atoned for. Leviticus 16 breaks down what this day is all about.

And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. Lev. 16:5-10

Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness. Lev. 16:15-16

And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. Lev. 16:21-22

We see that the goat that is sacrificed represents Christ and this sacrifice atones for all the sins of God's people. The scapegoat that is kept alive is to bear all these sins of God's people. The scapegoat represents Satan who deceives the whole world and causes the whole world to sin. All of these sins of God's people are placed on his head for him to bear and he is bound out to the wilderness to a place uninhabited. This represents the binding of Satan for 1000 years spoken of in the book of Revelation. During these 1000 years that Satan is bound, Christ establishes the Kingdom of God on earth. We know that one day is as a 1000 years to the Lord. So this Day of Atonement not only represents the binding of Satan for a 1000 years, but also the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ.





Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles is also known as the Feast of Booths because the Israelites dwelled in booths, tents, or tabernacles in the wilderness when God brought them out of Egypt. This 7 day festival always occurs on the 7th month starting on the 15th and ends on the 21st of the month. Dwelling in booths represents mankind dwelling in fleshly bodies for 7000 years. This 7 day feast is also called the Feast of Ingathering because it occurs during the great fall harvest that pictures the resurrection of the rest of mankind. This final resurrection, which will be the vast majority of people that have ever lived, occurs at the end of man's 7000 years of dwelling in fleshly bodies on the earth, which is also the end of the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ. That is why the 7th and last day of the feast is considered the greatest day of the feast. This last day is when the great white throne judgment occurs spoken of in the book of Revelation. We no longer dwell in tents after this day because all mankind will have been resurrected at this point and either thrown in the lake of fire or been transformed into spirit beings. And just as the Israelites entered the promise land at the end of their time of dwelling in booths in the wilderness, mankind will enter into our eternal promise land at the end of our time dwelling in fleshly bodies.






The Eighth Day Feast

 Eighth Day Feast always occurs on the 22nd day of the 7th month. This is always the very next day after the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. It is considered a separate feast, although it is connected to the Feast of Tabernacles in the sense that it is called the Eighth Day Feast, which follows the 7th day of the Feast of Tabernacles. At the end of the Feast of Tabernacles all mankind no longer dwell in booths, therefore all of mankind no longer have fleshly bodies, but are given their eternal heavenly bodies. Therefore this day pictures the new heaven and new earth. This is when God makes everything new. It is the 1st day and beginning of all eternity. The plan of God is now complete, and this is the new beginning. So just as new born babies are circumcised on the 8th day when their foreskin is cut off, which represents sin, we too are cut off from sin on the Eighth Day Feast because we are no longer in the flesh. We are heavenly beings with heavenly bodies filled with the Holy Spirit for all eternity.



What About Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is also known as the Feast of Dedication, or Feast of Lights. In John 10:22 we see Jesus in the temple during the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah. Along with the fact that Jesus was Jewish, I believe this is sufficient evidence to show that Jesus himself celebrated Hanukkah. Hanukkah is never said to be a required celebration for God's people, but we can see that God's people, and even Christ himself, celebrated this feast. We are called to be imitators of Christ and do the things that he did. This led me personally to desire to partake in this celebration. 

Hanukkah celebrates the cleansing and re dedication of the temple back to God. God preserved the Jewish people from their pagan enemies that persecuted them and sought to destroy the Jewish culture and people. But God had plans to bring forth the Messiah through the Jewish people, and therefore preserved them and conquered their enemies. The new covenant significance of Hanukkah is revealed in the fact that God's temple is no longer a building, but is within our bodies. Satan has sought to destroy the new covenant temple as well, but Christ cleanses our bodies and frees us from sin as we re dedicate our bodies and our lives to God, or back to God. The menorah lights have a new covenant significance in that Jesus is the light of the world and our lights shine when we allow God to live within us and lead our lives. Hanukkah also displays the sovereignty of God in that he always accomplishes his purposes. The miraculous power of God is also featured in Hanukkah in that the candles were allowed to remain lit for 8 days off of 1 days worth of oil. This allowed them enough time to acquire more oil before they ran out and this is also the reason why the Hanukkah celebration lasts for 8 days. So while Hanukkah doesn't appear to carry the same weight of importance as the other feast days of God, it does have significance and biblical support. It is also a good substitute for those that are breaking away from the traditions of Christmas. Hanukkah can fill the void that many will have from separating themselves from their old traditions of Christmas.