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I now include here a letter that I wrote in 2015 to my dear Brother in Christ Jesus, who is in prison. In this letter, I am explaining each of the Feast/Fiestas and why they are not done away with. I now include this letter here for all to read for your edification.
Dear Brother Jonathan,
Greetings! I have all faith that you are doing well and receiving the blessings and mercy of The LORD Jesus Christ. Well, I have received the beautiful artwork that you sent me! Wow! Beautiful and amazing artistic ability! You are truly talented and gifted from on High! Thank you very much for this beautiful gift of Love.
I am also very excited that you said that you want to start keeping The Feasts of our LORD! I am thankful that you have come to that decision and that you would like more information and the dates to observe them. I will take the time here to go over some issues and scriptures.
Most people believe that the Holy Days are only for the Jews and even then, only during Old Covenant times. But there are scriptures that prove all of that thinking incorrect. The most astounding scripture which proves that even gentiles in the new covenant time period are expected to keep The Feast/Festivals/Holy Days, is Zech. 14. A reading of the entire chapter is necessary to very clearly understand that the chapter deals with the end time Great Tribulation, the end time invasion of Israel (Ezek.38, Rev.11:2, Dan.11:40-45), the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ and the Millennium rule of Christ on Earth after He returns. Verses 16-19 very clearly and unmistakably declare that after Jesus Returns, that all nations, even the gentile nation of Egypt, will be expected and required to keep the Festival of Tabernacles, in worship of Jesus. Those that do not do so, will be punished. If we will be expected to observe the Festival of Tabernacles (the more accurate translation of "feast" is Festival) after Jesus returns, then how can we believe that we are not to observe it now? It was kept in old covenant times, as well as when Jesus walked on Earth in the form of "The Son of Man", He observed it Himself, He never spoke out against any of the Festival Days, The apostles continued to observe the Festivals and Sabbath for decades after the Crucifixion and Paul never spoke against doing so. Then when He Returns, all nations will still be expected to do so. So I miss where it was done away with.
People proclaim that because the old covenant is done away with and replaced by the New Covenant, that therefore the Sabbath and Festival days are also done away with. Yet most of these same people do not believe the 10 Commandments are done away with. Nor that Tithing is done away with. While I agree that the 10 Commandments and tithing is not done away with, and I agree that the old covenant is done away with,....I ask the question, why are they proclaiming that the Sabbath/Festivals days are done away with when the Apostles continued to observe them? And when we have scriptures declaring their requirement even after Christ returns? Besides Zech.14, we also have:
Isa. 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. (This is talking about during the Millennium)
I agree with the Apostle Paul that physical circumcision is down away with, and that there is no difference between Jew (& the other 11 tribes of Israel) and Greek (Gentiles). I agree with him that the sacrifices of animals are forever done away with. I agree with Mark who said in Mark 7:19 (NASB) that Jesus declared all foods clean, in other words, no more unclean meats. Paul spoke out repeatedly and very boldly against the Hebrew roots Pharisees doctrines of continuing in the old letter of the law of the old covenant law. He spoke out boldly against animal sacrifices and against circumcision. He spoke about accepting all meats as clean. (Although he certainly would not approve of buying/selling/eating halal marked foods & services). Yet he never even hinted at being against tithing, observance of the 10 Commandments & observance of the Sabbaths/Festival days. Instead, He spoke in support of all these things.
Colossians 2:14 (KJV) Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Colossians 2:14 (NASB) having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—
17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
Most people twist these HOLY verses to try to prove that Paul was speaking against the Sabbaths. Yet Paul was not speaking against the Sabbaths! He was telling the Saints at the city of Colossia to not allow people to judge them for observing the Festivals of Celebration and to not let people judge them for eating meat & drinking alcohol. The history and context of these verses is that there was a legalistic cult (very similar to a lot of religious people today) who "attempted to achieve holiness by rigorous self neglect (v.23), self denial (v.21) and even self-infliction". Quote by John MacArthur. These people thought/think that they must deny themselves of any enjoyment of the flesh, they can't relax with a glass of wine, they can't eat meats, they can't eat pork, they can't touch or taste, they can't celebrate or enjoy Festivals. Paul said that we should not let these legalistic people to judge us for doing these things. He said that these Festivals/Sabbaths are picturing things (yet) to come (not yet fulfilled) and that the substance belongs to Christ. He did not say that these are old covenant things or that they belonged to Moses or to the traditions of men. They belong to Christ! If they belong to Christ, then let me observe them whole heartedly!
Verses 14-15 do not say that the Sabbaths were nailed on the cross. Otherwise Paul would be contradicting himself in verses 16-17. And he would be condemning himself for all the times he observed the Sabbaths and when he told the people "let us keep The feast" in 1 Cor. 5:8.
Verse 14-15 speaks of Jesus blotting out our sins. It does not speak of blotting out the 10 Commandments, the weekly Sabbath, nor the annual Sabbaths. The New American Standard Bible does such a better job at translating this passage of scripture! If the Sabbaths are blotted out, why will Jesus enforce them when He returns? Is He going to undo what He did at the Cross?
Then, people point to Romans 14.
Romans 14 never says the Sabbath is done away with. It never says that you can just pick a day of your choosing. People need to stop adding into the Word of God what they think it should say.
Let's read and examine Romans 14 (I use KJV here only because it's what I have already quoted and written in the online article which I hereby copy and paste into this letter)
:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
(Right away, we must acknowledge it's talking about food.)
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. (Judging about food)
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. (Context remains about food. Judging whether someone is eating or not eating meats on certain days. Fast days. This has absolutely nothing to do with Sabbaths!)
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. (The words "day" and "eat" are in the same verse. The words eat, meat, drink, wine are throughout the entire chapter. We must realize the entire context is food. Not Sabbaths. Some people were regarding special fast days. Others were not. This has nothing to do with Sabbaths.).
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
In Romans 14, the word "eat" appears 14 times, meat 4 times, herbs 1 time, unclean 3 times, drink 2 times, wine 1 time. The words Sabbath and Feast Days never appears in Romans 14. So very clearly the context is food and days of fasting, not Sabbaths!
Verses in New Testament after the crucifixion showing observance of annual Sabbaths/Festivals:
(I will leave out the verses which point only to the weekly Sabbath since you already know all about that. And I will leave out before the Crucifixion since people will say "that's before it was done away")
1 Cor. 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
(Paul was saying that because Christ was our Passover, that these days now point to Him. Let us keep them now in a new covenant focus of focusing on Christ.)
Acts 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter (Passover, not Easter! G3957 pa´scha pascha pas'-khah the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it): - Passover.) to bring him forth to the people.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Acts 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
1 Cor. 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
So we see New Covenant scriptures for observance of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost. In Zechariah 14 we see New covenant observance of The Festival of Tabernacles in worship of Jesus after He Returns. I could also show you scriptures which point to Jesus returning on The Day of Atonement, I will explain that more in a few minutes. But some people will try to focus on the lack of proof for the Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement. Yet, if none of the other Festivals are done away with, then why would He do away with just one or two? Both of these days are extremely important in their new covenant meanings and future fulfillments.
If they had not been gathered on the Day of Pentecost, then Acts 2 would not have occurred.
If we are not observing the Day of Atonement, He will come as a thief in the night to us. But to the faithful and obedient, He will not come as unexpected thief that comes to rob and kill on an unexpected day.
New Covenant Meanings & Observance:
All dates are in the Calendar of Creation (the sun, moon and stars), created by Jesus. Not by the Jewish calendar which is usually 1-3 days off.
Correct calendars are included in this mailing.
All days are sunrise to sunrise, not sunset to sunset. The Jews learned sunset to sunset in Babylon.
Passover: 14th day of the first month of the year. (By Jesus' created calendar, not by Roman calendar & not by Jewish calendar.)
The days go from sunrise to sunrise. But when it comes sunset, we are to partake of the Holy Communion of unleavened bread and wine. If wine is not available, as is your case in prison, you can use any fruit or vegetable juice. Cranberry juice is excellent for this. You only need a sip or enough to help swallow the bread/cracker. If necessary, use water instead of juice/wine, you can only do what you can do. Jesus understands circumstances and situations such as prison.
Ideally, you only want to do communion with other baptized and true and faithful Followers of Jesus Christ, those who keep the Sabbath and Festival days and accept Jesus' Name. These must be people who do not observe Halloween, Christmas and Easter. They should be people who do not go to churches on Sunday which is a Catholic custom. However, if you do not have any true brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus to share communion with, you may and should partake by yourself. Whenever we do communion, we are representing accepting the body and blood of Jesus for our salvation. It is a requirement for Salvation. John 6:53 (NASB) "So Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves". Water baptism, holy communion and the observance of the weekly Sabbath and the annual Festivals and 10 Commandments are all requirements for eternal salvation. Yes by grace we were saved, not by works, but that grace and mercy will no longer apply for people who continue to refuse to repent and who refuse to become obedient. Hebrews 10:26 (NASB) For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.
We should do communion only on Passover. Many people believe they can do communion any day of the year and many times per year. But there is no verse to indicate that. Jesus, his disciplines and the apostles observed communion only on Passover. We do not have any verses declaring anyone doing it on any other day. (Other than 2nd Passover, one month later, to the day. It was a second chance in case they missed the first Passover. Numbers 9:1-14)
People try to point to Acts 2:46 (NASB) "Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart".
They misinterpret "breaking bread" as Holy Communion. But that term is never referred to in scripture in the context of communion or Passover. History and context shows that this was a term for a normal daily meal.
Then people try to point to 1 Cor. 11:25 (NASB) In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
But people are adding to what it says. It does not say "drink this often".
Instead, it says "as often as you", meaning "every time that you do so". That is completely different than commanding that you should do it often. Completely different.
Personally, I take communion as often as every Passover until THE LORD comes. That's how often I do it. That's in full accordance and agreement with this verse and all the other related verses on this topic. We cannot use just one verse to try to make a doctrine. So where is another verse which would validate a person to believe that this is teaching that we should do this often? Another verse doesn't exist.
The next few verses teach us to examine ourselves and to discern the LORD's Body, etc. It warns very strongly against taking it unworthily. Some people have actually died because they took it unworthily! Wow! Yet people take it so casually! They try to tell me that they take it very seriously every time, every day, every week, etc. They claim that they take it just as Holy and just as serious as someone who takes it once per year only on Passover. Yet, they don't know what they're talking about! It's impossible to take it as serious when you are not taking months to prepare! To observe Thanksgiving every week is not the same as observing Thanksgiving once per year only on that date. To observe a wedding anniversary every day is not the same as observing it only on the date of the anniversary. To observe the death of Christ everyday is wonderful and precious, but it's not the same as taking special notice and special observance in a more carefully planned and prepared and very reverent manner on the specific date of the anniversary time frame of His precious death. Passover is not every day. It's one day per year. Communion is Precious, it is not to be treated as if it's a daily occurrence. It's Holy and Special.
Concerning Jesus said in Matt.24:36 (NASB) "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone", that was a statement about what was known at that time. It doesn't state that it will always be impossible for anyone to know. I do not understand how it would always and forever be impossible when the scriptures very clearly declare that Jerusalem will be under foot of the Gentiles, Rev. 11, for exactly 1260 days and blessed is he that cometh to the 1335th day, Daniel 12. So are we incapable of counting 1-2-3-4-5- when the invasion occurs? Why does it give us exact numbers if it will always be impossible to determine the day? Will we be unable to see every point of scripture fulfilled? Verse after verse, trumpet after trumpet, we will see these things and know what's next! The Calendar of Events is written in the scripture.
We are commanded to Fast on the Day of Atonement from sunset the previous day which was the 9th day of the month, until sunset on the Day of Atonement. The Day of Atonement, like all Holy Days are sunrise to sunrise. But the fasting and rest on this specific day is sunset the previous day until sunset on this day. That's because He wants our stomach empty by the time The Day of Atonement starts at sunrise. Therefore the fast on the Day of Atonement is more effective. Traditionally, fasts are only sunrise to sunset, only around 12 hours. But that would allow a person to eat breakfast before sunrise. But on Atonement, He doesn't want us to do that, so we are to start fasting the previous day. Yet, He doesn't want us to fast all the way to the next sunrise because then we would be fasting 36 hours which isn't necessary unless you are doing an extended fast of 3-40 days.
It is a Sabbath of Rest and commanded Assembly.
Yes, these Sabbaths are foreshadowings of Things to come and the substance belongs to Christ! Praise Jesus!
The Festival of Tabernacles pictures the first 1,000 years of The Rule of Christ on Earth. It also pictures the fact of mankind temporarily dwelling in temporary booths/tabernacles of these fleshly bodies and houses/tents, etc. The first day of the feast (15th of the month) and the 7th day of the Feast are commanded Sabbaths of Rest and Assembly.
Brother, I am rejoiceful that you have decided to observe these wonderful Days of our LORD and of our Kingdom. They teach and reveal a lot about Jesus and His Plan of Salvation and of Prophecy. They are full of New Covenant meaning. Blessing to you as you continue on this wonderful and adventurous Journey!
I will be adding this letter to the ministry website for all to read, to help them to learn about the Festival days as well. Many people need to learn these things and so it would be most helpful to share this with others for their edification. I know that you will not mind, but rather that you will rejoice with us that others can be helped, blessed and edified via our communication. I am always extremely grateful for your understanding and Eternal and unending and unselfish Love. Blessings to you in Jesus Christ's Mighty and Holy Name. Amen.
End of Letter.
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For Your Research:
For the most accurate New Moon dates, I recommend this link. Don't look for what they call "new moon". But rather look for the first appearance of the crescent when the moon is no longer completely dark. It doesn't matter whether everyone on Earth can visibly see it or not, or whether it is visible in Israel, as long as the moon is in the phrase of no longer completely dark, then God's created calendar is saying that a new month has begun. Some websites will disagree on the moon phrases by a day or two. This website has proven to be very accurate on the moon phrases. When the internet is no longer available, you will just need to look up and try to view it. If it is too cloudy on a night, you will be able to tell the next night whether it is day one or two by how thick the crescent is. Full Moon is the middle of the month. However, the full moon may actually begin the day before or after the perfect middle of the month, depending on how many days the month contains.
To see why we keep the Holy Days a little different dates than most groups according to the appearance of the crescent New Moons, please click here. Also, we have now been instructed that the days do not begin at sunset but rather at daybreak. Please read our When does the day begin article.
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