Passover

Pesach, also called Unleavened Bread. (These are 2 separate things. One is an observance at twilight on the 14th, while Unleavened Bread begins the next evening ~ but some will differ on this). Certainly having been fulfilled in the Messiah, our Passover Lamb slaughtered for us (1Cor. 5:7) ~ why insist that we still keep it? (While the firstborn died in Egypt on the Passover, the blood on the doorposts pre-figured the Firstborn Son of hwhy dying to cover our Torah-breaking). The Passover was instituted forever, but as (Rabbi) Yahushua fulfilled it, His Body and His Blood took the place of the Passover lamb and its blood. Therefore we still observe the Passover, but with its Messianic emblems, the unleavened bread and the cup of the vine. Suffice it to say, the apostles kept on observing Unleavened Bread (Matzah) (Acts 12:3 and 20:6), and (Rabbi) Yahushua also promised that He will again drink of the fruit of the vine when the Reign of Elohim is physically set up, here on Earth (Mt. 26:29). (The 1st and 7th days of Matsah are "rest days" from work. The 7th day is traditionally believed to be the day that Yisrael crossed the yam suph, or Sea of Reeds. The mightiest army on Earth perished that day, and Egypt has not recovered from it and the 10 plagues even to this day). The second group actually consists only of SHABUOTH ~ The Festival of Weeks (Called "Pentecost", Greek for "count-fifty", 7 weeks from a count of Shabbats from Passover). Traditionally this is thought to commemorate the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. (This is the event recorded at Acts 2, and saw the fulfullment of the promise of the New Covenant given at Yerme Yahu 31, where the Torah given at Sinai was written on the hearts of the 120 Nazarenes assembled in the upper room at the Temple. If they had not been observing this, they would not have received the Ruach ha Qodesh. Constantine redesigned its determination at the first Council of Catholicism, at Nicea in 325 CE, and involved the Vernal Equinox in setting it. He also set up the policy that if ever "Easter" and Passover occurred on the same day, "Easter" would be observed the following "Sun-day", so as not to have anything "in common with the hostile rabble of the Yahudim.") When the taught-ones were assembled on Shabuoth, as we read in Acts 2, the Set-apart Spirit was poured out on them. Nevertheless, they simply kept on keeping Shabuoth year by year, e. g. Acts 20:16 and 1Cor. 16:8.

The third group, those of the seventh Scriptural month, are most interesting, because they have never been fulfilled. The Appointed Times of the seventh month consist of Trumpets (or shofar/ ram's horn blowing, called Yom Teruah), Day of

Atonement (Yom Kippur), Festival of Booths

(Sukkot, or Tabernacles), and the Last Great Day. Interestingly, the Festival of Booths also has the name "Festival of Ingathering".

In Col. 2:16,17, we read that these festivals, new moons, and Shabbats "are a shadow of what is to come". Notice, it is not past tense "were". No, it is present tense, "are". Some years ago, the editor of Midnight Cry, a well-known prophetic magazine, said; "The Church has been robbed of its festivals." He then went on and elaborated on the great prophetic significance of the festivals of the seventh moon in particular. What do these Appointed Times of the seventh moon foreshadow? By the way, we all know that the weekly Shabbat is a shadow of the seventh millennium, yet to come. Nevertheless, we still keep the Shabbat for it is the sign of the Eternal Covenant (Exodus 31:13-17 and Ezekiel 20:12-20). TRUMPETS ~ Yom Teruah This is generally interpreted as being a shadow of the Last Trumpet-1Cor. 15:52, Mt. 24:31, 1Thess. 4:16, Rev. 11:15—heralding the Second Coming of Messiah and the establishment of the Reign of Elohim here on Earth! (This is also called Rosh Hashanah, and is the 1st day of the seventh moon). DAY OF ATONEMENT ~ Yom Kippur Yahushua has certainly atoned for us as individuals when He died in our stead. However, as a nation, Yisrael is still awaiting its national atonement. Yisrael is still to be reconciled to Elohim, through Yahushua, the Sovereign of the Yahudim, the Shepherd of Yisrael. (This is the 10th day of the 7th moon, called "the Fast" at Acts 27:9).

FESTIVAL OF BOOTHS ~ Sukkot

This is a shadow of Elohim setting up His Booth as the New Yerushaliyim comes from heaven. (Outer Space, Shamayim, or skies. Dwelling in tents ourselves for 7 days, we are reminded of the wilderness experience of Yisrael, but more importantly the spiritual teaching that we are sojourners in these bodies of flesh, and we will move into a "permanent" or immortal "house" when we put on incorruption). Let us read Rev. 21:3; "See, the Booth of Elohim is with men, and He shall dwell with them and be their Elohim." But, in spite of Him dwelling among His people, the Festival of Booths continues to be observed ~ read all of ZekarYah 14! Even those who are left from the Gentiles (goyim, v. 16), after YHWH had fought against all the Gentiles who came up to fight against Yerushaliyim (vv. 2,3), shall be compelled to worship YHWH and to observe the Festival of Booths (vv. 16-18).

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