There is only One lawgiver – YHVH is that Lawgiver!
Before highlighting YHVH’s feast days, we think it’s important to go ahead and address some misconceptions and misinterpretations of Scripture that lead people to say, “Feasts were done away with….. we don’t have to do that anymore…. that was under the old law….. that’s part of the Old Covenant…. Yeshua fulfilled all that…..” and so on.
Misconception # 1 – “They are Jewish feasts.”
Truth: Actually, they are YHVH’s feasts given to [all] man – not YHVH’s feasts given only to the Jews. “There are not two different and separate religious requirements: one for Jews and the other for us” (Why I Keep the Biblical Feasts, YRM). When we look at the history of how the feasts were given, we learn that Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were given before Mt. Sinai! It was then that YHVH declared, “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and you shall keep [it] a feast to Yahweh throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever“ (Ex. 12:14). And if that wasn’t enough, later in the book of Leviticus, He reiterates – “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of YHVH, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts“ (Lev. 23:2). Bottom line is this – “These are the feasts of YHVH, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons” (Lev. 23:4).
Misconception # 2 – “Aren’t these done away with because of the blood sacrifices?”
Truth: Not at all. Actually, there isn’t one Scripture that says YHVH has done away with His feasts. However, what we do have is Scripture that plainly shows what part of the feast His Son, Yeshua, did fulfill (and that is the blood sacrifice). “Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and diverse washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Messiah being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:9-12).
Misconception # 3 – “Weren’t these nailed to the cross?”
Truth: This is another one of those most common misconceptions. To understand what was nailed to the cross, we have to understand what was going on for anything to be nailed in the first place. First, let’s look at the Scripture that most turn to when speaking of feast days being done away with – “. . .having blotted out that which was written by hand against us – the dogmas – which stood against us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake” (Colossians 2:14). Many overlook the phrase “that which was written by hand against us“. Ask yourself, what [if anything] has YHVH created to be against us? His laws were definitely not created to be against us.
Let’s look at Romans 7:12-13a – “So that the Torah (law) truly is set-apart (holy), and the command set-apart (holy), and righteous, and good. Therefore, has that which is good become death to me? Let it not be!” Paul seemed to have spent a lot of his time setting the record straight of what is holy and what is not. So, in reference to the law [and feasts] being nailed to the cross, that is simply not true. Yahweh has not created anything to be against us, especially His laws. Actually, “for this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands, and His commands are not heavy“ (1 John 5:3).
Instead of looking at the word law and instantly thinking negatively – we should be encouraged that He has given us His laws because they are for our good! Without law, how do we know what is sin? And without sin, do we really need a Savior? Without the Savior, do we even have a gospel? And if there’s no gospel, then what’s all this really about?
So the question now becomes – what was nailed to the cross? Without going into much detail (that’s another Bible study), “that which was written by hand against us – the dogmas – which stood against us” spoken of in Colossians 2:14 is what was done away with. Laws, regulations, commands, etc. that were handwritten by the Pharisees and Sadducee’s are what were done away with. It’s sad [but true] that a lot of their dogmatic beliefs are still present and practiced right now today in majority of Yeshua believing, Bible preaching congregations. Many just don’t want to see it.
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Now that we have those misconceptions out of the way, let’s look at YHVH’s seven Feast Days:
Date: Nisan 14-15
Also known as: Feast of Freedom
Biblical References: Exodus 12, 13:1 – Leviticus 23:5 – Numbers 28:16 – Deuteronomy 16:1
A Sabbath, no servile work.
Passover celebrates the Exodus of the Israelites from bondage in Israel. It memorializes the night when the faithful were protected by the blood of the lamb. This painted a clear picture of the day when Yeshua Messiah would be sacrificed – the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (Seh HaElohim). Today’s spiritual meaning is one that shows our bondage to sin broken and our protection being through the blood of Yeshua Messiah.
Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot)
Date: Nisan 15-22
Biblical References: Exodus 23:15 – Leviticus 23:6 – Numbers 28:17
A Sabbath, no servile work.
Along with Passover is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days, no leaven (or leavening agents) can be consumed. Just as a little leaven leavens the entire lump in the physical – spiritual leaven can be seen as an evil impulse than can [and will] sour the soul. Getting rid of leaven is seen as putting it away from us, thus being a metaphor of our sanctification. Unleavened bread (or matzah) represents purity and there is a prophetic and symbolic lesson of ridding your life of sin – replacing it with purity and humility.
First Fruits (Yom HaBikkurim)
Date: Nisan 16-17
Also known as: The beginning of the harvest
Biblical References: Exodus 34:26, Leviticus 23:10-14
A Sabbath, no servile work.
In ancient times, a sheaf of barley (the first grain crop to ripen) of the new harvest was waved before Yahweh as a symbolic gesture of dedicating it to Him. Fast forward to Yeshua’s resurrection – this symbolized a wave offering presented before the Father as the first fruits of the harvest to come!
Date: Sivan 6-7
Also known as: Feast of Weeks
Biblical References: Exodus 34:22, Leviticus 23:15-16, Acts 2:1, Acts 20:16, 1 Corinthians 16:8
A Sabbath, no servile work.
A festival that celebrated the first fruits of the wheat harvest with the offering of two wave loaves of leavened bread (Lev 23:17, 20). This feast was also a shadow or type because fifty days after the resurrection, at the third hour morning offering at the temple (9 am – Acts 2:15), the firstfruits of the resurrection of saints on 16 Nisan were again presented by Yeshua before the Father in heaven. This was the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which resulted in three thousand souls being added to the church in one day (Acts 2:41). This outpouring of the Holy Spirit is also known as the early rain – reaching from heaven down to the Apostles gathered in the upper room on mount Zion. There will also be a latter rain, the greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit near the end of time (Joel 2:23, Zech 10:1, James 5:7) for the proclamation of the three angels messages (Rev 14).
Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)
Date: Tishri 1
Also known as: the Day of Remembrance
Biblical References: Exodus 23:24, Numbers 29:1
A Sabbath, no servile work.
This feast is in reference to the commandment to remember to blow the shofar. The shofar (ram’s horn) is the most-mentioned musical instrument in the Scriptures. It is blasted at least 100 times during a typical Rosh Hashanah service. This feast is the first of the three Fall Feasts, and has yet to be fulfilled. (To read more illustrated detail about the epic future Feast of Trumpets, click here)
Atonement (Yom Kippur)
Date: Tishri 10
Biblical References: Leviticus 23:27, Numbers 29:7
A Sabbath, no servile work.
This is a day to “afflict your soul” which involved fasting for that day (Joel 1:14-15, Acts 27:9). This was/is the holiest day of the year and signified a cleansing of sins and reconciliation with God (Judgment day). The people were to afflict their souls and fast. On this day only the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to atone for the sins of the people (Lev 16). This was the beginning of the antitype or fulfillment of the Day of Atonement, which is still underway in heaven today. This judgment begins with the righteous dead and will end with the righteous living. At the end of this period of judgment, probation for humanity will have closed, and the 7 plagues of YHVH will then fall on the wicked. Soon after will be the second coming, to gather the righteous to join the kingdom of God in heaven for 1000 years.
Date: Tishri 15-22
Also known as: the Feast of Ingathering
Biblical References: Exodus 34:22, Leviticus 23:34-36 & 39-43, Numbers 29:12
A Sabbath, no servile work.
For seven days all Israel moved out of their homes and lived in temporary shelters called “Sukkah” as a reminder of their wanderings in the desert for forty years. The branches cut from palm (Rev. 7:9), willow and other trees were to be waved in celebration to the Lord during the first seven days of the feast (Lev 23:40). This final feast of the year is a celebration of ingathering at the end of the harvest (Exo 23:16) and is a time of rejoicing and fellowship. It symbolizes the gathering or harvest of God’s people, who leave earth for the week long marriage supper of the Lamb, to be celebrated at the Father’s house in heaven after the second coming of Yeshua (Rev. 19:7-9). This begins the millennium, where the saints will dwell temporarily until the earth is made new, after the judgment of the wicked (Rev. 20).
. . . a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings . . .
In His instructions to Moses and Israel detailing the Passover and Feast that follows, YHVH made it plain as day that this was not a one-time event. Nor was it just for Israel at that time. YHVH proclaimed, “And this day shall become to you a remembrance. And you shall celebrate it as a feast to YHVH throughout your generations – celebrate it as a festival, an everlasting law” (Ex. 12:14).
No fewer than four times in Leviticus 23–after mentioning the various Feasts – YHVH declares the Feasts “a statute forever.” If these days were important only in the lives of ancient Israelites, then why do we find them prominent in prophecy of the coming Kingdom? We find in Isaiah that when His Kingdom comes to earth, everyone will come to keep YHVH’s appointed times: “And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me, declares YHVH” (Isa. 66:23).
And what happens when we refuse, as many do today? “And it shall be that all who are left from all the nations which came up against Yerushalayim, shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, YHVH of hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. And it shall be, that if anyone of the clans of the earth does not come up to Yerushalayim to bow himself to the Sovereign Yahweh of hosts, on them there is to be no rain. And if the clan of Mitsrayim does not come up and enter in, then there is no rain. On them is the plague with which YHVH plagues the nations who do not come up to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. This is the punishment of Mitsrayim and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot” (Zech. 14:16-19).
We’ve already read where Yeshua the Messiah promised to keep Passover in the Kingdom with His disciples (Matt. 26:29, Mark 14:25, Luke 22:18, 30). Does it make any sense that Yahweh would command these Feasts forever – and enforce them in the future Millennial Kingdom on pain of plague – and not have them binding today?
The Feast days hold a wealth of lessons and they unlock important truth. They also are keys to prophetic events as they explain the plan and purpose of the Savior’s coming and His role as our King. It is time for all people everywhere to be obedient to what YHVH established for the good of His people. Get in line with the annual Feasts of YHVH and your understanding will multiply many times over.
His Feasts were just as much a part of His law as the Ten Commandments. Let us be like the Apostle Paul, who said, “I must by all means keep this feast.”
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For almost 33 and 32 years of our lives, we ate whatever our hearts desired. We didn’t know any better and we were not taught any better. Until recently. Before we continue, let us say that we are not being biased or judgmental – what we are trying to do; however, is live holy and acceptable to Yahweh by doing our best at living how His Word instructs us to live. We are not pointing fingers, condemning, mocking, or telling anyone they’re going to hell for not doing what we think they should be doing. We beg you to pray before reading any further and do not keep “us” in mind as you read…..but keep our Abba Father in mind as you read. Anything beyond our personal testimony is not our personal opinion – but Yahweh’s Word. What you are about to read is straight from His Word, not taken out of context.
So what we want to provide for you are resources that you can read and/or watch at your own convenience. These are people my husband and I trust and have also read and/or studied with/under. Since they have already done the laborious part of breaking down true contextual meanings of Scripture, given biblical references, and so on- I did not feel the need to do so all over again. We hope you are blessed by it!
(Oh, you may want to grab a pen and paper for notes. Or better yet, save this in your favorites 😉 )
In the article Food Laws or Fasting? Misunderstanding Regarding Romans 14, the author does an amazing job of really helping us understand the context behind this particular passage. Reading articles like this help me to understand that I have got to get a handle on using my Western-Americanized mindset to understand God’s Word which is coming from Hebraic mindset authors (Paul, Matthew, Mark, John, even Yeshua Himself). There is a BIG difference. I also realize that there is much to be said about knowing history behind the context in which Scripture was written. You’ll see what I mean as you read. (click on the title of the article to be taken there)
Another Scripture that is often used in reference to God making everything clean is Mark 7:19. The author of Did Christ Declare all Foods Clean? Misunderstandings Regarding Mark 7:19, making valid points and shows how easily not understanding the context can really make it look like God is not the same yesterday, today, and forever. (click on the title of the article to be taken there)
Now let’s look at some scientific research of clean and unclean animals.
In his article, Unclean Animals, Dr. Veith gives the shortest, but valuable explanation of why unclean animals are unclean. (click on title of article to be taken there)
Yes, The Scientific Evidence Says that Eating Pork does cause Cancer is an article that is more specific on the types of health issues derived from eating what is unclean according to the biblical food laws. It gives resources from the World Health Organization and USA Today. (click on the title of the article to be taken there)
Last of the articles is Scientific Proof. This has another article within it that shows actual toxicity levels among clean and unclean animals.
*We would be thrilled to share our health & wellness testimony with you and share how abiding by the Levitical diet has drastically improved our lives!
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