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29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.
23 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
14 “Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year:
There are ten feasts
to be attended within these three designated times. The number ten stands for completion
. For us to be complete we must eat from every one of these feasts! We must eat all of the Lamb
. Let me explain that statement. The foreshadow of this was depicted when Israel left Egypt, they were told to eat all of the lamb and burn the remains.
10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.
John 1:1-4 helps us understand the Word of God.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 In Him (the Word) was life, and the life was the light of men.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you (we must eat all of the Lamb).
I Corinthians 5:7
7 Therefore purge out the old leaven (sin), that you may be a new lump (new species), since you truly are unleavened (forgiven as we repent experiencing the Feast of Unleavened Bread). For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (His blood is on the doorposts of the born again heart to cover our sin when we break the law.)
2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
9 That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun (God has done it all).
10 Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.
Everyone created to bring this plan to completion was predestined before God rested
and would be born in His timing to perform his or her part of fulfilling that plan.
II Timothy 1:9 explains,
9 who has saved us (from the world) and called us (into service) with a holy calling, not according to our works (the things we chose for our vocation), but according to His own purpose (His plan) and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus (we were called and chosen by His grace not our works) before time began (predestined),
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Hebrews 4:9-10 teaches this truth
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God (not the altered Adamic race but the seed of Abraham).
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Besides, the works that we do outside of the rest of God are just our works and useless in the grand scheme of things. The Word calls them dead works
, as they will be destroyed along with the rest of the world
. There is much more we could talk about concerning Sabbath, but we have discussed enough for us to see why we must attend this first feast and experience it in our lives! Satan understands its importance. This is why most of the world's people ignore it and gather at a time set by the church instead of God
! Sabbath is to be celebrated sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. That is not a religious preference it is again a command of God
! Remember, if we love Him we will keep His commandments.
Speaking of keeping His commandments, He said we all were to celebrate these holy convocations
with the next feast being the Feast of Passover
. It was to be celebrated when the barley ripened
. This is a very important fact as all the other feasts are to be celebrated by counting so many days from the feast before them with Passover being the starting point. Therefore man cannot set the date for the feasts
! For those familiar with the Old Testament we know the celebration was held in honor of the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt
. We spoke of it a little in the opening remarks, but let us look a little deeper. Is it not held in honor of the people, but in honor of God for all the miracles, signs and wonders He performed on their behalf? They would as the result of all He did Pass Over from slavery to freedom
, and finally from the wilderness to the Promised Land. All that was truly miraculous, but yet as nothing in comparison with what God did on the cross
! It was now possible for man to Pass over from death as Adam and resurrect to life at baptism a new creature
. As truth was further revealed they would Pass over from the altered race of Adam
to a completely new species of man
! This first fruit
of this age will even more miraculously one day Pass over from time to eternity
, from this old world to the promised Kingdom of God! They will turn from the old world's systems
to one of order and perfect harmony, refurbished according to God's plan! Don't you agree it would be wise to attend and experience the Feast of Passover
? The Feast of Unleavened Bread
are also a part of that holy convocation. Convocation
means a special time set aside for man to meet with God. It is at Unleavened Bread, for which this convocation is named, that the beautiful gift of repentance
is taught, cleaning us up, readying us for baptism, making us Firstfruits
as we resurrect to new life from baptism. Can you see how the Feasts are a kind of blueprint
for the way we must walk to mature and become a part of the new earth society and culture
. The food fed at these feasts will help us to grow
into the kind of people God is happy to call His children.
John 1:12-13, 20-21
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The Feast of Pentecost
is the next feast to be offered to man. At the first Pentecost God's people experienced Mount Sinai
where the law was given to Moses
to guide the people. Had they heard and obeyed, God would have forever made them His Bride
, married them as a nation and set them aside to be an example to the world of how life with the Almighty God could be as compared to the lifestyle of the pagan nations around them. To look a little deeper at Pentecost
, it was at this feast, after the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension back to the heavens, that His spirit returned to His followers, endowing them with the fruit of His nature, gifting them with His abilities, and awakening their spirit to speak in a language He alone would understand. He was again preparing a Bride
Much like the old queen in the story of Ester
, the early church unfortunately became haughty, full of pride and hypocrisy, harbored, even instigated sin and immorality. Truth was mixed with false doctrine
and the law of God ignored
, she became as queen Vashti
. The King's wishes were disobeyed so her status as queen was lost. She was now honored and loved by man alone. She lost her position with God! Scriptural advice concerning her is to come away from her, don't have anything to do with her!
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
I John 2:15
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Revelation 19:6-9 speaks of those who have made the correct decision.
6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of
God.” (What a glorious feast this will be!!)
Revelation 19:17-21 however shows us the end of those caught up in the devil's snare and trapped in the world.
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,
18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people free and slave, both small and great (all that are not recorded in the Lord's book of Life).”
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image (who would not leave the world and its culture). These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the rest were killed with the sword (truth will testify against them, the law will label them guilty) which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. (This is one feast I do not want to attend!)
The Spirit and the Bride say come!