JERUSALEM’S CRY

CryThe day is fast approaching when the Jews shall no longer be staring at their Temple Mount, praying with mournful eyes for return of what Islam has stolen. We have entered the turbulence of Jerusalem’s Cry for the presence of their Messiah, the one the Jews will no longer be able to reject, the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. As to the Christian in closest proximity to the Lord during the days of His Millennial Throne you will find those that came to live the Truth of His Mandatory Holy Days.  Listen and enjoy the video of Jerusalem’s Cry by Randy Travis.

 MANDATORY HOLY DAYS

M1The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Today this scripture is fulfilled in your ears: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”  Part of the ‘greater works’ being spoken to are covered in these writings which have concern toward seven annual Biblical festivals referred to as a ‘High Sabbath’ in English or ‘shabbaton’ in Hebrew. What many consider mandatory Sabbaths or high holy days as recorded in Exodus and Deuteronomy are: Passover (Pesach), the first and last days of Unleavened Bread; Pentecost (Shavuot); Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah); Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the first and eighth days of Tabernacles (Sukkoth). These special Sabbaths do not necessarily occur on the weekly seventh day Sabbath and it shall be determinate as to the necessity of compliance with these days and regulations surrounding them for attaining rewards garnered on the pathway of salvation. The question that must be answered is if these days are mandatory as is the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. If not they simply are (1) Jewish religious-cultural rituals that only clutter up the pathway of one’s walk with God and place unnecessary stumbling blocks before His children. Or (2) they comprise part of the scripture as already fulfilled by Jesus. Or (3) they fall into the category of statutes and ordinances that God gave which are not to be fulfilled by us.  At the core of our concern are the commandments of God that “three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose”. (Deuteronomy 16:16; Exodus 23:15-16)

M2THE MANDATORY THREE TIMES A YEAR

“Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.”   (Deuteronomy 16: 16-17)

 “Three times thou shall keep a feast unto me in the year. Thou shall keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou came out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of thy labors, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labors out of the field.” (Exodus 23:15-16)

The Three Times

The commandment given in these scriptures is clear: “Three times thou shall keep a feast unto me in the year.” When God says three it is exactly what He means. Although there are many holy days and feasts that have evolved in the Jewish religion God has only commanded that three must be kept as a ‘feast unto Him’; the rest it would appear are extraneous or the traditions of man that the Hebrews evolved. As well, there are multiple names that have been applied to these three demanded feasts, but this does not imply that somehow there are more feasts other than just these three that the Hebrews were instructed to observe on three specific occasions during the year. Many sources state that from wherever they lived the people would travel to the Temple at Jerusalem to celebrate these feasts for it was here God had chosen to place His name. These three feasts are Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles in our English vernacular. (Deut 16:16) They comprise the three pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the Jewish populace historically made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and presented themselves and their offerings in Solomon’s Temple.  We shall be looking at (1) the times of presentation of oneself, (2) the practices during the times of presentation, and (3) the location of presentation as the Temple first commanded to present oneself to is no longer in existence. We shall do this examination under sectors for each of the three designated feasts.

M3Attempts to Destroy God’s Laws

Satan has made many attempts to destroy God’s laws and certainly during the time of the divided kingdom of Judah and Israel the apostate Jeroboam I was a major tool. In Israel he replaced the Levitical priesthood with base men of his own choosing, he substituted the worship of God with the worship of golden calves in Bethel and Dan, and he established a feast in the eighth month to replace the true Feast of Tabernacles that was held in the seventh month. (1 Kings 12)  Based on fears and political expediency these ungodly actions brought the nation down with it, just as we see the nations of the USA, Britain, Canada and Australia falling through their erection of various ungodly institutions. For example, in Australia we see the legalization of prostitution further eroding the family as this immorality flies in the face of God’s command for us to be ‘holy as he is holy’. Coupled with this is the governmental move to legally ensconce the abomination of ‘same sex marriage’ in their Federal constitution. This is only following a pathway to hell already trod upon by the other three nations. Such national loss of holiness has a parallel in the loss of the knowledge of God’s holy days subsequent to Jeroboam I, but fortunately God had Judah preserve the Old Testament Scriptures and the dictated festivals of God and His time lines for mankind. Whatever, further spiritual disasters came as a result of Constantine’s actions whereby the true Passover celebration was replaced by Easter which was inherited from a Babylonian cult dedicated to the goddess Ishtar. Under Roman dictates for one to keep the Passover was declared illegal upon the pain of death and its subsequent celebration as Easter was practiced on Sunday in a similar format of the spiritual carnage we face today. Further, through the Babylonian whore of Roman Catholicism we have a great deal of non-scriptural garbage perpetuated under practices surrounding Good Friday, Ash Wednesday and Lent which only serve to further shroud the issues of legitimate Holy Days in Satanic darkness. We also find many Jewish cultural practices that are holding back the children of God from keeping His feasts as mandated because of traditions of man that have emerged in the Jewish cultural-religious heritage.  Spiritually we are at the ‘crossing of the Jordan’ in the race for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus given the proximity of his return; and respecting the honoring of his Holy Days in correct accord time is fast running out, so be warned:  “Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.” (Deut 12:8)  You must come into alignment with this Final Decree surrounding the Sabbath and Mandatory Holy Days or face loss of eternal rewards and unnecessary chastisements necessary to donning the white robes of righteousness salvation entails. “Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.”  (Acts 13:40-41)  God has declared three and only three mandatory feasts as the Biblical record attests to. These three are not to be approached or regarded as simply Old Testament Jewish ‘religious practices’. The three feasts have exacting prophetic designations for the coming Messiah, His sacrifice at the Cross and continuance in the maturing of relationships between Jesus Christ and his followers subsequent. How you understand and approach these feasts is relevant to the degree of understanding in how you approach and follow our God.

OUR APPROACH TO ‘FEASTS’

M4A Time for Rejoicing

Of the ‘mandatory three feasts’, the Feast of Tabernacles is heavily stressed to be a time of rejoicing as shown in the Book of Nehemiah and spoken through the scribe Ezra: “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.  And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.” (Nehemiah 8:10-12)  As well, we are told the Pentecost is also a time when “thou shall rejoice”. (Deut 16:11) Further, in Psalms 81:1 it states to “sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob” at such times of celebration, but we are not to simply get caught into the merriment of an event and forget the spiritual purpose and meaning for the celebrations. We are told that we must remain completely free of all idolatry and to remember that it is God that delivers us from our bondages and that true joy lies in the quality of our relationship with Him! God desires us to rejoice with purpose and is strong in his admonition given in Deuteronomy 16:15:  “Seven days shall thou keep a solemn feast unto the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord shall choose: because the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy increase, and in all the works of thy hands, therefore thou shall surely rejoice.” Given the ‘joy of the Lord is our strength’ we should approach His mandatory feasts and all our activities with true rejoicing in Him and His purposes for our lives to encompass the full spiritual strength that obedient positioning in Christ Jesus brings. No matter the degree of personal blessing we may know by worldly standards our rejoicing must be in spirit and in truth at His acceptance and choosing of us for relationship with Him and grateful for His purposes for our lives. No matter what events are underway in your life raise the standard high that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

M5The Command for Presentation and Attendance

The command that “all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose” is God’s stamp upon His designation of the spiritual leadership of the family that resides in the male. (Deut 16:16) In the public offerings that occasion in corporate gatherings to honor the feasts the males must assume all elements of leadership and offering. There can be no usurping of male authority by the female at such times as we see rampant in many elements of Christian life about both home and church today. “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1Co 11:3)  If a man is not prepared to stand in such position of correct authority then he is not fit to have a position of rule or authority in the household of God. “For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” (1Ti 3:5)

God has made access to the Passover sacrifice and other feasts accessible to all males that would do so in correct accord with His word whether they were ethnic Jew or gentile. It is stated: “And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the Passover unto the Lord; according to the ordinance of the Passover and according to the manner thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.” (Num 9:14) “And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.” (Ex 12:48-49)  Here we see that God has one rule for all, that again the public presentation is made by the males and that the spiritual head of the household must rule in correct accord as shown by the demand that he has all males under his dominion circumcised. With the coming of Jesus as the Passover lamb we know that the demand of circumcision became extant for it was not one of the things that the Jerusalem Council stated as not necessary for full participation in the Passover that the apostles and disciples were keeping subsequent to the ascension of Christ. (Acts 15) The headship of offering that is to be made is designated to ones fully compliant with the word of God, but participation in the Passover celebrations, study and worship is open to all devout followers of Christ. This is shown at the time of Passover before Jesus was crucified and at the time of first Pentecost after his resurrection. Precedent we see “there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” (Jn 12:20-21) Subsequent at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in Jerusalem when ‘the apostles and disciples were waiting in one accord’ we find in the city: “Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What means this?” (Acts 2:9-12)

M6We know women are to attend the feasts in position of true spiritual submission within their own households and thus receive reward for dutiful righteous stance in relationship to God. A good example of this is seen in the story of Elkanah and Hannah, the parents of the prophet Samuel. Hannah was barren and mocked by Elkanan’s other wife Peninnah and yet Hannah retained a righteous positioning with her husband and journeyed to the Feast of Tabernacles regularly, for “this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.  And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.” (1Sa 1:3, 9-10) We know that her travail ultimately resulted in the reward of child bearing and being the vessel for a powerful man of God. What blessings might be occasioned for the body of Christ if women today that remain spiritually barren through their stubbornness, pride and disguised attempts to rule both their husbands and in the church were to put to an end this manifestation of witchcraft in their lives?  Heed the warning as given to Saul, no matter how mighty and righteous you feel in your minds ladies. “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” (1Sa 15:22-23) What further loss and chastisements shall fall upon you and the households of the weak men you dwell with if you fail to heed this warning woman? And what shall befall you man if you do not take the leadership that God demands in home and church? The feasts are to be a time of joyous celebration through righteousness and not an emotional hype that allows you women to remain embedded in your sins through usurping the authority of the male.

M7The Location of Presentation

“Thou shall observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: And thou shall rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. Seven days shall thou keep a solemn feast unto the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord shall choose: because the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy increase, and in all the works of thy hands, therefore thou shall surely rejoice.” (Deut 16:13-15)

Just as spoken of the others the Feasts of Tabernacles is to be celebrated “in the place which the Lord shall choose”. It was God that gave the choice of location as Jerusalem and the place where He chose to place His name is spoken about as being Solomon’s Temple. “And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.” (2Ch 7:12) It is here that the sacrifices were to be offered and of particular concern was the sacrifice of the Paschal lamb. “Thou may not sacrifice the Passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God gives thee. But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shall sacrifice the Passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou came forth out of Egypt. And thou shall roast and eat it in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: and thou shall turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.” (Deut 16:5-7) “Not within thy gates” stipulates the necessity of travel for all not residing in the old city of Jerusalem. But the location of God’s choosing changed with the sacrifice of Jesus for our bodies then became the Temple of the living God. Further, no more blood sacrifice was required and thus the inability for man to fulfill the extant scripture was once and for all removed with the destruction of the final Temple by the Romans in 70 AD. God can choose to dictate to you where to go physically to celebrate the Passover feast in corporate manner with others, but the fact remains worship in spirit and in truth within your own physical being requires you travel nowhere. It has become fully a matter of the heart and obedience to the Lord in the formats of remembrance that He has stated we approach the feasts within.

All Shall Make Offering

M8 “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty.” (Deuteronomy 16:16)

“Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the Sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.” (2Ch 8:13)

Not to ‘appear empty’ stresses the importance of the Feasts and has entailed within it a command toward compliance with good stewardship if we look at the offering as a physical or monetary matter. All shall give an offering at time of presenting themselves in accordance with what the Lord has blessed them with.  But through whom is such offering made to the Lord? This offering today appears to be directly to the Lord in our present days of worshiping in ‘spirit and in truth’, for there is no more Temple at Jerusalem and no more Levitical priesthood to deal with the offerings as before formally made. Our present offering is fully a spiritual matter and we are not to appear before God at this time ‘spiritually empty’. This is dealt with at length under the Preparations for Passover writings.

M9Divine Protection and Blessing

God has commanded the keeping of the mandatory feasts and moving forward in obedience and faith ensures His divine protection and blessing so that one can participate in them fully without distractions or worry. It is thus one can know the fullness of His joy that these occasions are to bring.  This protection is evidenced in the following scripture: “Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.  For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shall go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year.” (Ex 34:23-24)  Do not think this means we do not execute wise judgment in our affairs in preparation for these times as the Lord expects our obedience to all His word to ensure such blessing. But when we function in the fullness of faith this blessing is assured for God delivers on His promises.

People are to finance their travel, food and accommodation for this feast as outlined in Deuteronomy 14:22-29. Read this: “Thou shall truly tithe all the increase of thy seed that the field brings forth year by year. And thou shall eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thy oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou may learn to fear the Lord thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee: Then shall thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thy hand, and shall go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: And thou shall bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusts after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desires: and thou shall eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shall rejoice, thou, and thy household.” (Deut 14:22-26)  This scripture also shows that it is not necessary that the Feast be consummated in Jerusalem so the destruction of the Temple has no further bearing upon the mandate to keep the feast. The tithe (collection) spoken to in this scripture can be used to finance the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles and other Holy Days mandated as well. One is free to spend the money for their own perceived needs and to fulfill their desires to rejoice before the Lord. If one walks in obedience to what is spoken in setting aside the money (tithe) for the Feast of Tabernacles they will be blessed of God. But what is the amount of the ‘tithe’ they are to set aside for such purpose as the ten per cent tithe as established through Abraham was given to the priestly order from the spoils of war. Herein lies the crux, you will have to communicate with the Lord as to what is the amount He is designating for you to store up for such utilization. This forces you into an intimate relationship with Him and this in truth is where the greatest blessing comes, the blessing is in intimate relationship with God through absolute obedience, faith and trust that surpasses the understanding of the carnal mind of man.

The Feasts God Hates

“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” (Amos 5:21-24)

Through Amos God makes it clear that He hates the feast days that Israel evolved and their solemn assemblies practiced in manners he did not command them to. He does not state hatred for His feast days but only hatred for theirs! The Israelites loved the entertainments and rituals of the feasts, but they did not honor God in accord with His word and they continued to live unrepentant lives of idolatry and Sabbath violations that were an affront to Him. All contact with God if rightly enacted causes transformation but simply hearing and knowing the way of God intellectually is not enough. The lives of the people of Israel did not match what they knew, no more than do the lives of the bulk of the people in our modern church. Our gatherings do not occasion changes in holiness or morality and the endless seminars result in momentary emotional uplifts, but in general lead us to a carry on in our lives of ‘business as usual’. With such an attitude how can we believe that we are executing the judgments that the Lord demands or living in the righteousness that is fulfillment of the scripture: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2Co 5:21)  We must pursue the righteousness of God with a fervor that will allow no tentacles of sin to embed us in mind, body or spirit. If we do not bring ourselves into alignment with God’s expectations of our actions pursuant to His Holy Days and Mandatory feasts we can expect some of the following results in our family assemblies, churches and nations.

 “The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.” (Lam 2:5-6)

“Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot, away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:18)  “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 1:13-20)

M10If ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword” should bring fear into the hearts of many people given the ‘wars and rumors of war’ that now rage about this planet. Does it matter that not all persons are in deliberate rebellion and that some are walking a stumbling path of attempted obedience concerning God’s Holy Days? For individuals walking in obedience the protection within the turbulence of circumstance that can surround the rebellious can be seen in God’s protection and use of Joseph in spite of the rebellion of his brothers and their selling him into slavery. However, in looking at the record of ancient Israel and entrance to the Holy Land we see the tabernacle that had been set up at the time of Joshua and the obedience of the people that was manifest at such time toward God’s statutes and the Feasts had fallen into a state of disarray within two to three hundred years.(Josh 18:1, 24:31; Judges 21:19,25) The end result of the ongoing spiritual disobedience of the Jewish people led to a state like unto the words of Ezekiel:  “Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.” (Ezekiel 22:26) And the result of continued and repeatedly ignoring God’s Sabbaths was Israel came to experience the reality of the contrast between the blessings and curses that were spoken to them in Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26. The long-term negligence of Israel and Judah toward the statutes and ordinances of God was their being taken into captivity, first Israel and then Judah about a century later. God turned them over to the delusion of a life saturated with their own ways, believing in their own lies and let their fears come upon them. (Isaiah 66:4)

So here we are today having entered the spiritual Holy Land of God’s presence and facing a Joshua call from God to honor His Sabbaths, His Holy Days and worship Him in spirit and in truth. This truly is a Final Decree for you to work out your salvation in fear and trembling or face chastisement and loss of eternal rewards for your disobedience.

A Penalty for Neglecting the Passover

The keeping of the Passover is clearly commanded to be ‘a feast by an ordinance forever’: “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.” (Ex 12:14) We must approach the keeping of God’s command to keep the Passover feast with the reverence that His word deserves, remembering there is a penalty for not complying:  “But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbears to keep the Passover, even the same soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of the Lord in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.” (Numbers 9:13)  Further, that his statutes surrounding the Feasts have eternal consequence is shown in the account of Zechariah surrounding the penalties imposed during the Millennial Rule for those not keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. “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, the Lord of hosts, and 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 14:16-19)

Jesus kept the Feasts and as his example shows us in John 7 he was not held back from going to keep the Feast because the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem sought to kill Him. Jesus also told us “the disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?” (Matt 10:24-25)  So where does this leave us now, for we have become a stiff necked and rebellious people that refuse even to honor the weekly Sabbath and outright scorn the keeping of His mandatory Holy Days. It is clearly a time for repentance as Jesus and the apostolic church kept the Sabbaths as mandated of God. Do you wish to be the disciple and servant of Jesus or continue as prey to the fears and misconstrued traditions of man?  You face a choice of chastisement or blessing in how you judge yourself in this matter.   Amen.

In Christ Eternal          Phinehas

 

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