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God's Holy Days

"When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him." (Romans 8:15-17 RSV)

"For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise." (Galatians 3:27-29 RSV)

Bible Our Glorious Potential

It may be a very good thing that mortal humans cannot fully comprehend the mind of God. If we could, we might be completely overwhelmed by the joy from knowing all that awaits those who are found worthy of eternal life. However, salvation doesn't just happen. It requires that a choice be made:

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19 RSV)

"The Lord is not slow about His promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 RSV)

Christianity has been called The Way (way means road) for a very good reason. Christianity has a "destination," and the journey requires very careful "driving." According to His own words, Jesus Christ would disagree with those who say that there are "many different roads to the same place."

"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Matthew 7:13-14 RSV)

God has given us great freedom, near complete freedom, to decide for ourselves if we will obey Him - and on the Judgment Day, God has the power to make that choice, that we have made for ourselves, happen. Our freedom to choose if we will obey Him does not however include how we will obey Him, as the Scriptures make very plain:

"Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you evildoers.' (Matthew 7:21-23 RSV)

"'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.' You leave the Commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men." And He said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the Commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition!" (Mark 7:6-9 RSV)

The Great Irony

The Christian-professing world largely ignores the Biblical Holy Days, God's Holy Days (although many thousands of Christians do observe them today, just as the early Christian church did without fail), and instead observe traditional man-made holidays that are called Christian. At the same time, most Jews do observe the Biblical Holy Days, while believing that the observances are an end in themselves. This is a tremendous irony - most Christians ignore them, even though God's Holy Days are about Christianity, while unconverted Jews observe them while rejecting the Christianity that the Holy Days portray. Both are missing the point of God's Holy Days!

God does nothing in vain. All of the Old Testament observances have Christian applications - that was their entire purpose, to preview what was to come in due time, and then, after their fulfillment, to serve as permanent annual commemorations to honor and remember the great event.

The spring Holy Days symbolize the events related to the First Coming of Jesus Christ:

  • Passover - The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ to pay for the sins of all humanity. Jesus was crucified at Passover, and rose from the dead three days after Passover (Exodus 12:13, John 1:29, Matthew 26:18) (see Passover In Egypt and The Lamb Of God)

  • The Days of Unleavened Bread - the removal of sin from the lives of converted, repentant people. (Exodus 12:15, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8) (see Unleavened Bread and What Is Sin?)

  • Pentecost - the "first fruits" harvest, the coming of God's Holy Spirit upon conversion. (Leviticus 23:16-17, Acts 2:1-4) (see Pentecost and The Elect)

The autumn Holy Days symbolize the events related to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ:

  • The Feast of Trumpets - The Return of Jesus Christ. (Leviticus 23:23-25, Matthew 24:30-31) (see The Feast Of Trumpets and The Return Of Jesus Christ)

  • The Day of Atonement - the final judgment and sentencing of Satan after his removal as "the god of this world." (Leviticus 23:26-32, Revelation 20:10) (see The Day Of Atonement and The Lame Duck)

  • The Feast of Tabernacles - the first 1,000 years after The Return of Christ in which the harvest of salvation will truly begin. (Leviticus 23:33-36, Revelation 20:2-4) (see King Of The Mountain)

  • The Last Day - the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles picturing the resurrection of all those who did not have an opportunity to hear (physically and/or spiritually) the Gospel in all the ages prior to the millennium. (Leviticus 23:39, Revelation 20:5,11-15) (see What Happens When You Die? and The Last Day)

Fact Finder: Will the "Old Testament" Holy Days be observed by everyone after The Return Of Jesus Christ? For example, will the Feast of Tabernacles be observed, and what will happen to the nations of the earth that refuse?
Zechariah 14:16-19

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