Leviticus 23:15-17, Acts 2:1, 20:16, 1 Corinthians 16:8
Yahshua was Yahweh's first fruit as He offered Himself in John 20:14-17. Exactly 50 days later, on Pentecost, He sent His Holy Spirit (Acts 2). Well over 20 years afterward we see Paul still keeping this observance, because in Acts 20:16 Paul says he is determined to be in Jerusalem by Pentecost.
The word Pentecost actually means "count 50" and in the Old Testament it's called Feast of Weeks or Feast of Firstfruits. Yahshua became the firstfruits of the harvest and sent the Holy Spirit to help us to tell others about Yahweh's loving gift of salvation.
At Paul's trial, in which his
own life was at stake (Acts 24:11, 14), he described True Worship and confessed
he believed all things that were written in the law and the prophets. And
he taught "none other things" (Acts 28-22). The second chapter of Acts
records that the New Testament Assembly began with the power of the Holy
Spirit on the day of Pentecost. On Paul's missionary trip he mentioned
to the Corinthian brethren that he was going to spend time in Ephesus until
Pentecost, 1 Corinthians 16:8. Paul tells the gentile congregation he would
come to visit with them and remain over winter, verses 6-8, but not until
after Pentecost. Why does he inform them it will be after Pentecost if
gentiles are not to keep Pentecost?
FEAST OF TRUMPETS:
Leviticus 23:24, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 15:52
The Feast of Trumpets is about the future. This Feast pictures the return of Yahshua "at the last trump" and typifies the events surrounding His return. Revelation 7:3-4 tells us that the angels are to hold off the plagues until the 144,000 (His people) are sealed. (John wrote that the people who keep the commandments will be blessed with everlasting life, Revelation 22-14.)
Revelation 8:7 through Revelation 9:21 tells of the plagues that will come to the earth just before the Messiah's return. These plagues are similar to the plagues that came upon the Egyptians in Moses' time because they had not obeyed Yahweh. Matthew 24:31 notes that at the last trump, Yahweh's people will be separated from the worldly by the return of Yahshua. "And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
No one knows when He will return
(Matthew 24:36) as Yahshua Himself will execute the command (1 Thesselonians
4:16-17). This time is yet future and reminds us to keep our thoughts on
heavenly things, looking for Yahshua's return. We do that by observing
this prophetic Feast - Trumpets.
DAY OF ATONEMENT:
Leviticus 23:27, Acts 27:9
This solemn observance is to remind us of the covering of our sins by the blood of the Lamb. This is a special holy day during which we take in no food or drink for 24 hours and is mentioned in Acts 27:9 (see the center reference column of any Bible). The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) fast was on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is an annual holy day, Leviticus 23:27. Note that the author of Acts 27:9 mentions this day of fasting 30 years after the death of the Messiah.
Remember, Paul was the Apostle to the gentiles and Luke was a gentile. Paul observed this annual holy day in remembrance of the Messiah as the Atonement for all sins. Yahshua became our perfect sacrifice to end all sacrifices (Hebrews 10:10). He is now our High Priest in heaven, atoning and making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
Today we afflict our souls with
fasting to remind us it was our sins and the world's that He died for (Isaiah
53:7-9). Also, we are reminded that we are flesh, depending on food and
water. We look for our fleshly body to one day be changed to spirit, 1
Corinthians 15:51-53. We await His coming from the holy place (Leviticus
FEAST OF TABERNACLES:
Leviticus 23:34, John 7, Acts 18:21
Much can be said about the Feast
of Tabernacles. The 7th chapter of John is about the Feast of Tabernacles
(see verse 2). Yahshua kept the feast (verse 10), as He did all the holy
Years later, after the New Testament Assembly had been established, Paul said in Acts 18:21. "I must by all means keep this feast." This was referring to the Feast of Tabernacles that was kept in Jerusalem.
What about today and in the future 1,000 years? This festival represents the Millennium, Yahshua's thousand-year reign on earth. In Zechariah 14 not only is this feast mentioned, but also it tells that keeping of this feast is going to be enforced.
The passage in Zechariah 14:16-19 says, "And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be, that Whoever will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt goes not up and comes not, they shall have no rain; that shall be the plague wherewith Yahweh will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles."
Isaiah 66:23, tells us all Sabbaths
will be kept after the return of Yahshua. "And it shall come to pass, that
from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all
flesh come to worship before Me, says Yahweh."
LAST GREAT DAY:
Leviticus 23:39, John 7:37-39
The Last Great Day, the day immediately following the Feast of Tabernacles, represents the Great White Throne Judgement during which Yahweh will judge the world according to their works (Rev. 20:11-13, John 12:48).
In John 7:37-39 Yahshua, on the Last Great Day, offered His Spirit, which He likened to a river of living water, to quench man's thirst for truth. You know the feeling, as when you first learned His truth and you couldn't get enough!
He said, "He that believes on
me, as the Scripture has said," verse 38. Through His Spirit we may learn
His way so we may stand righteous at that Last Great Day.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
How about you? Can you now see the value of keeping Yahweh's Holy Days? Many of Yahshua's miracles, teachings, His birth, death, resurrection, sending of the Holy Spirit, and other major biblical events occurred on holy days. Paul and all the apostles kept and worshiped on the Sabbath and Holy Days.
Christmas, Easter, New Year's, Valentine's day, and Sunday mean nothing to Yahweh. Yahweh inspired Jeremiah to write. "Learn not the way of the heathen..." (Jer. 10:2). These pagan counterfeits never represented anything valuable and never will.
Yahshua condemns vain worship. He quoted Isaiah 29:13 to the Pharisees in Matthew 15:8, chastising them for their traditions. In Matthew 15:8-9 Yahshua says, "This people draws nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips: but have removed their heart far from Me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." All pagan observances are vain, empty worship made up by man. Yahweh has set aside His Holy Days witch have great meaning for us to worship Him.
No matter how sincere a person is in offering his form of worship, it is not acceptable before Yahweh unless Yahweh sanctions it in His Word. He said in Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to Me, seeing you have forgotten the law of your Elohim, I will also forget your children."
Throughout the Bible when Yahweh refers to His Holy Days He calls them "My Holy Days, My Sabbaths" (see Ezek. 36:20-27); but when He refers to man's set holy days or months (moons) (whether they are altered originals or substitutes) He says "your holy days," "your moons," etc.
In the 5th chapter of Amos, Israel went their own way (as they do today); but Yahweh says "seek Yahweh and live," (Amos 5:6). For those who worship their own way, He says in Amos 5:21-23, "I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt-offerings and meal-offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take away from Me the noise of your songs; for I will not hear the melody of your viols." Isaiah 1:11-14 tells us we must keep these days with a pure heart to be acceptable to Yahweh.
Today we have a lot of good singers who sing praises in their own way, but Yahweh doesn't hear them. Gifted preachers preach in their own way on their own days, but Yahweh does not hear them.
Those who worship Yahweh according to His way as explained in Leviticus 23, in His Name, are the people He hears.
He loves everyone, but accepts
only those seeking Him to the best of their ability. We are in training
now to learn of these special times so that we can be teachers in the Kingdom,
Revelation 5:10. How can we qualify to be a king or priest if we do not
learn what to do now in this life? The bride is to make herself ready,
Revelation 19:7. How about you? Are you following the example of Yahshua
and the example of His disciples? Are you showing your true love to Yahweh
by worshiping Him the way He desires to be worshiped, by being obedient
to His Word?
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