Having left the feast of Passover and the feast of Pentecost behind with eight more feasts to go, let us talk a little bit of why it is imperative for man to not only celebrate God's feasts but to experience them, be thankful and rejoice in them! Not only milk or the elementary truths are served at these meals, but the meat of the Word, the deeper truths as well. Lamb, the Word of God is served and we are to eat all of it. I want to help those that have not been taught about the feasts to better understand them because in them many mysteries have been revealed, knowledge served that will lead man back to eternal life and perfection once again! It is easy to understand why the feasts have been covered from view. If you were God's enemy would you not do your level best to hide the meaning, shroud God's plan for our restoration, conceal from man the knowledge that contains information that will restore all creation? Would you not blot out their total existence if possible? Of course you would! Unfortunately he has been quite successful in his endeavors. Many of God's people do not know any more about the feasts other than the “Jews” celebrate them. Even those that do know about them do nothing more than celebrate the past experiences of their ancestors, recalling events that took place thousands of years ago. This is good, but we must go further! What about today? Is God so egotistical He commands us to remember miracles He performed years ago, things He did for His people in the past? No, they are to be remembered for our good, they are milestones to remind us He can and will do these things for His people again. He is the same God today as yesterday and not a respecter of persons, all His children are important to Him. But you see, humanity is like the prodigal son parable. We left the love of the Father, Eden, the garden home He gave us, rebelled against His law, turned our back on His wisdom and knowledge to rendezvous with the rebel of rebels, Satan himself! Man has embraced the enemy's world and helped him enlarge it to his specifications. Understand, Satan's goal is to be as God to all creation.
Isaiah 14:14shows us his decree and the basis of all his action.
14 I will ascendabove the heights of the clouds, I will belike the Most High.’ (This created angel honestly thinks he can be as great as the one that created him!)
Since God had given the planet and all on it to mankind, our rebellion granted Satan control of not only us, but all we had dominion over. He became the god of Adam's race and all life on this planet!
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Ourimage, according to Ourlikeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (It was all ours.)
Genesis 3:2-6 shows us the whole scenario.
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall noteatit, nor shall you touch it, lestyoudie.’ ”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. (He lied.)
5 For Godknows that in the day you eat of ityour eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a treedesirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Their spirit went dormant and when the life force went out of their bodies they, like a battery that's lost its charge, died.)
On top of that, to hide what the original sin really was, which was eating the wrong knowledge, Satan taught the church they just ate an apple! How absurd is that! How could an apple make you wise, give you wisdom, or kill you? God created apples to be eaten and besides they were given permission to eat from all the fruit trees.
9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also(different from other trees) in the midst of the garden, andthe tree of the knowledge of good and evil(this tree was not like the natural tree out of the ground either).
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall noteat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (This was fulfilled in the ministry of Christ and is continued in us today.)
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn(speaking of people),
3 To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they(those that receive this ministry)may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
1 In the beginning was the Word(the audible and physical knowledge of God), and the Word was with God, and the WordwasGod.
2 He wasin the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him(God spoke and things came into being through the Word), and without Himnothing was made that was made.
4 In Him(the Word of God) was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
I Corinthians 3:19
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; (even if they do things behind closed doors and in the dark, God sees)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (The Word!)
So Satan wants us to be taught things that will cause us to sin, grieve God's Spirit and even blaspheme God! How ironic, mankind turned their back on the Word in the garden yet because He loves us He came to save us anyway!
10 The thief does notcomeexcept to steal, and to kill, and to destroy(Satan altered man to his image to steal him from God and bring death). I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly(be born over again and re-taught, restored and live eternally).
6 Jesussaid to him, “I(Jesus) am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Fatherexcept through Me(He is the Tree of Life).
5 “I(Jesus) am the vine, you(the born again) are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me(the Word, the knowledge of God)youcandonothing(doing things our way is why mankind has failed so wretchedly).
6 Wisdom and knowledge(this is God's knowledge) will be the stability of your times(helps guide us in the end), and the strength of salvation; the fear of the Lord is His treasure.
Revelation 19:11-13shows us Christ is the Word of God.
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True(I am the way, the truth, life), and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (It goes on to say He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.)
Revelation 17:1-6explains how God sees the world's religious systems.
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot(Satan's Bride) who sits on many waters(she covers all the earth),
2 with whom the kings of the earth(the heads of governments)committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (People are intoxicated by her splendor and apparent godliness.)
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman (the church) sitting on a scarlet beast(the governments of man) which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns(meaning they have perfect control and complete power).
4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls(looks good on the outside, but evil on the inside), having in her handa golden cupfull of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication(this cup is offered freely to the world).
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONSOF THE EARTH(all secret societies, mystery religions etc are included)
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus(look at the bloodshed over the ages in the name of religion). And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. (She appears so holy, but is the epitome of evil!)
You know, it is taught there will be a great falling away, like the people will be so evil in the end that they will not even attend church, but I think it is the total opposite. The church is so evil the people are leaving! They are running from it disillusioned by the hypocrisy and immorality, angry, not at God, but disappointed by man!
II Thessalonians 2:3speaks of this.
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come(the Lord's Day) unless the falling away comes first(we must see the wrong, get out of Babylon and cry out to God to end it!), and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
They are leaving in answer to Revelation 18:4!
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people(out of the religious systems of the world), lest you share in her sins, and lest youreceive of her plagues.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Himglory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” (She has experienced all 10 feasts!)
8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linenis the righteous acts of the saints.
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen(she has sinned beyond repair), and has become a dwelling place of demons(unclean spirits of lust, perversion, competition, greed, addiction, control etc.), a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! (She is not fit in any way to offer a sacrifice of prayer or praise to a holy God!)
3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
I Corinthians 5:11warns,
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyonenamed a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
Also, remember in the scripture, II Thessalonians 2:3 where it prophesied of the great falling away, it also said the Day will not come until the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.
Let us read again fromII Thessalonians 2:this time8-10and12.
8 And thenthe lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth(truth) and destroy with the brightness of His coming(knowledge, the Word).
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish(they didn't come out), because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved(remained in Babylon because they didn't mind the false doctrines or lack of morals, didn't develop a taste for God's knowledge).
12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
I John 2:18
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, evennowmany antichristshavecome(all those that remain in the world's churches), bywhich we know that it is the last hour.
II Thessalonians 2:9 reprinted for your convenience.
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power,signs, and lying wonders,
So where should you go or who do you turn to?
16 ‘After this I will return(Jesus) and will rebuild the tabernacle of David(His Body), which has fallen down(the early holy church has disintegrated into denominations, no longer united, weakened by sin, it has been confiscated by the enemy)I will rebuild its ruins(to the church triumphant, the church glorious), and Iwill set it up; (a new body for Christ, a new house will be built from the new species of man)
17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentileswho are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things.’
18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works. (This was a plan of God before Adam and Eve even sinned!)
I Peter 2:5speaks of these stones.
5 youalso, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house(the house of David), a holy priesthood(leaders chosen by God not hired by man, church that is no part of the world or its systems, overcomers), to offer up spiritual sacrifices(prayer and praise)acceptable to God(not an abomination) through Jesus Christ(the direct opposite of Babylon).
7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spiritsays to the churches. To him who overcomesI will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’ (Full circle back to the garden!)
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers,sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which isthe second death.” (These will still be found in Babylon, the body of Satan, Antichrist.)
Let us read one last closing scripture.
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of Godiswith men(the tabernacle of David), and He will dwell with them(it is Christ in us the hope of glory), and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”