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Summoned Assemblies Of The Lord
by Wayne Blank
"Say unto them, Concerning the Feasts of The Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be Holy convocations"
The original Hebrew word that is translated as "convocation" is (pronounced) mik-raw means a called assembly. Another literal meaning of the original Hebrew word is a rehearsal - rehearsal meaning to "re-hear" what has been taught, but the modern-day accepted meaning of rehearsal, a practice session for a later event is also very appropriate because all of the so-called "Old Testament" Holy Days are prophetic in intent (they are not an end or purpose in themselves), until they are fulfilled, and are then memorials forever thereafter. The "spring" Holy Days (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost - see below) have been largely fulfilled (the Sacrifice of the "Lamb of God" and the founding of the Christian Church), while the "autumn" Holy Days (The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, The Festival of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day - see below) portray events awaiting to happen, beginning with The Return Of Jesus Christ.
The Fourth Commandment is the only God-commanded convocation that is weekly, rather than annual, however it too portrays a future event, an ultimate "day of rest" (i.e. Hebrews 4:9-11):
"Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the Feasts of The Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be Holy convocations, even these are My Feasts."
"These are the Feasts of The Lord, even Holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons." (Leviticus 23:4 KJV)
The spring Holy Days begin with Passover and Unleavened Bread. The first and seventh days of the 7 days of Unleavened Bread are Holy convocations:
"In the fourteenth day of the first month [that is, the first month of the Biblical calendar, which is March/April on the Roman calendar - see Bible Calendar and Bible Months] at even is The Lord's Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread unto The Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an Holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto The Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein." (Leviticus 23:5-8 KJV)
Next, the Feast of Firstfruits, later known as Pentecost, which is a Holy convocation:
"And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before The Lord with the two lambs: they shall be holy to The Lord for the priest. And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an Holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations." (Leviticus 23:20-21 KJV)
"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month [i.e. on the Hebrew calendar, equivalent to September/October on the Roman calendar], in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an Holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein" (Leviticus 23:24-25 KJV)
Next, the The Day Of Atonement is a Holy Convocation. Whoever did not fast ("afflicted") on that day was cut off from Israel:
"Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement: it shall be an Holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto The Lord. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a Day of Atonement, to make an atonement for you before The Lord your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath." (Leviticus 23:27-32 KJV)
"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days unto The Lord. On the first day shall be an Holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto The Lord: on the eighth day shall be an Holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto The Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein." (Leviticus 23:34-36 KJV)
For those who stubbornly persist in their rebellious-to-God thinking that God's Holy Days are "done away," or don't apply to everyone, everywhere, this prophecy makes plain that everyone, everywhere will observe God's Holy Days after Christ's return, or face God's wrath, i.e. "the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the Feast Of Tabernacles":
"And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, The Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith The Lord 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." (Zechariah 14:17-19 KJV)
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