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Why we celebrate the Biblical and Jewish Holidays

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What are the Biblical Holy Days or Appointed times.

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Appointed times or mo'edim in Hebrew are very important to Jews, Judaic and Messianic and observant Christians alike. All of the Biblical mo'edim are prophetic by design and they reveal the great truths and council of JHWH, Elohim, our JeHoWaH Tsevaoth (Lord God Almighty).

With the help of emperor Constantine and some of the early antisemitic church fathers the christian church has been made to believe that the 7 Holiday or Biblical feasts are no longer necessary to be observed after the death of Christ.
However what they forgot to mention is that;
  1. God never canceled them
  2. God and His Word is and has been the same, yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever
  3. Jesus observed the biblical Holidays
Fortunately with the revival of the church and the back to our roots movement also the so called Christian community start to celebrate the God given Holidays again.
As believers in Yeshuah Ha'Mashiach Jesus the Christ, we are not responsible or commanded to keep these feasts, but for sure the knowledge of them enhances our faith.
Secondly as we are grafted into the root of the tree of Jesse we are encouraged to learn more about the roots of our faith and enrich our lives and faith by participation in the Biblical Holy days, and for those people that are interested to know more about this all we are providing you this document.

Leviticus 23:4
אֵלֶּה מֹועֲדֵי יְהוָה מִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר־תִּקְרְאוּ אֹתָם בְּמֹועֲדָֽם׃
These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Within about 10 minutes you are able to read the whole chapter of Leviticus 23 in which we will see God's great plan and wisdom from creation to eternity.
This great plan is gloriously revealed through nature and time as within the Seven annual Feasts of the Lord our G_d.
Within this one chapter we see that all humanity exists between two of these feasts.
This document explains about the 7 Biblical Holy days and 4 secular holidays that occur throughout the year.
As said earlier and as the antisemitic influences exponentially promoted it the need to partake in the Holy days is not mandatory for Messianic and Christians alike, but why?
As the Holy Days are all moving towards atonement and sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin, we the believers in Yeshua Ha'Mashiach, Jesus the Christ have been saved by the blood of the perfect lamb, Yeshua himself.

Colossians 2 : 12-17 (TLV)

12 You were buried along with Him in immersion, through which you also were raised with Him by trusting in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with Him when He pardoned us all our transgressions.
14 He wiped out the handwritten record of debts with the decrees against us, which was hostile to us. He took it away by nailing it to the cross.
15 After disarming the principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in the cross.
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16 Therefore, do not let anyone pass judgment on you in matters of food or drink, or in respect to a festival or new moon or Shabbat.
17 These are a foreshadowing of things to come, but the reality is Messiah.

Thus indeed it is true we do not have to partake in these Holy Days for our salvation as this is only through grace and believe in the Lord Yeshua alone and nothing else.
Participation does however give us a greater knowledge of our faith and the roots of our faith as we are submerged into it not only mentally and spiritually, but also physically and emotionally.

The Early Church

 In the first century there were literally hundreds of thousands of believing Jews (Acts 2:41, 47, 4:4, 6:7, 9:31, 21:20). Scripture tells us the apostles and the early church continued to celebrate the holidays with the new realization of the symbolism of Christ.The Early ChurchVery few Gentiles converted before Peter and Paul were sent out. When God miraculously showed the believing Jews that Jesus was the Messiah for both Jew and Gentile alike, then Gentiles from every nation began to pour into this Jewish faith. The followers of Christ, whether Jewish or Gentile, were seen as one family. Both considered themselves part of Israel.
The Gentiles saw themselves as grafted into Israel (Romans 11), not replacing Israel. The word Christian was not used until a.d. 42 in Antioch (Acts 11:26). Later it was adopted to set apart Jews believing in Jesus and unbelieving Jews. Ultimately it became an identity for the entire Church.
Paul makes it clear that Gentiles who trust in Jesus become children of God, are equal partners with believing Jews in the Body of the Messiah, and are declared righteous by God without their having to adopt any further Jewish distinctive (Rom. 3:22-23, 29-30; 4:9-12; 10:12; 11:32; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 2:11-22; 3:6; Col. 3:11) (Stern, 1992).

Today, God is Doing a Marvelous Thing


Jewish Roots of our Christian FaithBut in these last days, God is doing a marvelous thing. He is breaking down the walls of misunderstanding that have divided the Jew and Gentile believers. [Just as He is tearing down the walls between black and white and other discrimination.] He is sovereignty pouring out His Spirit on thousands of Jews to prepare them for the coming of the Messiah. At the same time, God is stirring in the hearts of Christians a holy love for the Jewish people and awakening them to the Jewish roots of their Christian faith. Many Christians are realizing that the origin of our faith is Jerusalem, not Athens, Rome, Geneva, Wittenberg, Aldersgate, Azusa Street, Springfield, Nashville, Tulsa, etc. As a result, Christian Churches around the world are reaching out to the Jewish people in their communities, singing songs from the Old Testament, rediscovering their Jewish roots and celebrating the Jewish Holidays as fulfilled in Jesus. It is clearly God’s appointed time to reconcile Jew and Gentile, binding us together by His Spirit in the Messiah.
(Booker 1987).

Spring Festivals

 

Fall Festivals

The First Coming

The Second Coming

Passover

Unleaven Bread

Pentecost

Trumpets

Atonement

Tabernacles

14th Day

1st Month

(Abib/Nisan)

A Week Long Festival

15th to 21st Day

1st Month

(Abib/Nisan)

50 days from

15 Nisan

(6 Sivan)

1st day

7th Month

(Tishri)

10th Day

7th Month

(Tishri)

An Eight Day Festival

15th to 22nd Day

7th Month

(Tishri)

Erev Pesah

Pesah

1st Day

of Festival

Omer

Firstfruits

Yom Tov

7th Day

of Festival

Shavuot

Feast of Weeks

or Firstfruits

Rosh

Ha-shanah

Yom Kippur

Sukkoth

1st Day

of Festival

Shemini Atzeret

8th Day of Festival

15th Day

1st Month

(Abib/Nisan)

16th Day

1st Month

(Abib/Nisan)

21st Day

1st Month

(Abib/Nisan)

     

15th Day

7th Month

(Tishri)

22nd Day

7th Month

(Tishri)

Not a sabbath

A sabbath
No servile work

Not a sabbath

A sabbath
No servile work

A sabbath
No servile work

A sabbath
No servile work

A sabbath
No work

A sabbath
No servile work

A sabbath
No servile work

Crucifixion

Resurrection

Outpouring
Of Holy Spirit

Warning

Pre-Advent
Judgment

Second Coming
Ingathering

In Jerusalem

In Jerusalem

In Jerusalem

Barley Harvest

Wheat Harvest

Fruit Harvest

Latter Rains

Early Rains

The Fall Holidays

Most Christians don’t know about the Fall Holidays of ancient Israel; 
feasts overviewTrumpets (Rosh Hashanah), 
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur),
and Tabernacles (Sukkoth).

If the spring festivals so clearly prophesied the first coming of Messiah, it stands to reason that the fall festivals are also prophetic of His second coming. The way these holidays are celebrated reveals specific information of the way they will be prophetically fulfilled.

Preparations for the Fall Holidays begin a full month in advance. On the Jewish calendar is a forty-day season called Teshuvah (return or repentance.) It begins on Elul 1 and ends on the Day of Atonement (Tishri 10). This forty-day season is a time for one to annually examine his life and restore relationships between God and man. The first thirty days of this season are the thirty days of the month of Elul. The last ten days of this forty-day season are the Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement, or the ten High Holy Days (Days of Awe).

The Jews start the celebration of the Fall Holidays thirty days prior to the Feast of Trumpets, which falls on the first day of the seventh month. For thirty days the shofar is blown every morning in the Synagogue to remind the people that the holy days are approaching, and that they should prepare themselves. Their preparation consists of confessing their sins and seeking forgiveness, and going back to fix mistakes made during the year. The ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) are called the Days of Awe.

The long period between The Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Trumpets is symbolic of the long period between the formation of the church at the Feast of Weeks and the regathering of Israel to the trumpet blast calling all born again believers.
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