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GOD'S HOLY DAYS


 

FIRST DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.



God's holy days are Sabbaths; just as permanent as the weekly Sabbath.

 

The first holy day in God's calendar is the 15th Nisan. This is the first day of Unleavened Bread.

 

Lev 23:5  On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover.

Lev 23:6  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.

Lev 23:7  On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.

 

God wants us to remember the day that He brought the Israelites out of Egypt.

 

Exo 13:3  And Moses said to the people: "Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.

 

The Passover meal is eaten in this holy day.

 

Mar 14:1  After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death.

 

Lev 23:6  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.

 

By eating the Passover, we accept Christís sacrifice for our sins and agree to live our life as Christ lived His.

 

Joh 6:57  As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

 

The physical promise from God was: He would bring the Israelites out of Egypt, and take them to the Promised Land: a land of milk and honey.

 

Exo 3:17  and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey." '

 

The ancient Israelites ate the Passover meal; dressed ready for departure from Egypt. They were protected from death, because of the blood of the lamb on their door lintels. They left Egypt with high spirits, and headed for the Promised Land.

 

The spiritual application of the first day of unleavened bread is as follows.

 

We eat the symbols of Christís body and blood which shows that we accept Christís death for the remission of our sins.

 

Rom 3:25  whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

 

Heb 9:22  And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

 

We agree to live our lives as Christ lived His life.

 

Joh 6:57  As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

 

We are prepared for the journey to eternal life.

 

Mat 10:38  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

 

Mar 13:13  And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

 

We leave the ways of this world. God must come first in our life from this time on.

 

Mat 10:37  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

 

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

Rom 8:39  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The first day of unleavened bread is the start of our spiritual journey, out of this physical world, toward the Kingdom of God. We must make a commitment to leave the ways of this world, and we must accept the blood of Jesus Christ, which pays the penalty for our sins.

 

The Passover must be kept.

 

Num 9:13  But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and ceases to keep the Passover, that same person shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of the LORD at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin.

 

The first day of unleavened bread is also the day that Christ was resurrected.  He then went to hell or Hades and preached to the spirits there who are held for judgement. He was in Hades or hell for three days and three nights. He descended to hell Thursday morning, so He spent Thursday Friday Saturday there, and He spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights there in hell, then on Sunday morning He rose from the dead.


LAST DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD



Lev 23:8  But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.' "

 

The last day of Unleavened Bread coincides with the day the Israelites were at Marah, where the water was bitter.

 

Exo 15:23  Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.

 

At Marah, the water was made sweet by a tree, God gave them a statute and an ordinance; and God proved them.

 

Exo 15:25  So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them,

 

God proved [tested] the Israelites by promising that no diseases would come upon them if they obeyed His statutes and commandments.

 

Exo 15:26  and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."

 

Israel will eventually be smitten with the diseases. They have not kept God's Commandments, and will probably not repent until the time of Jacobís trouble.

 

Deu 28:60  Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.

 

Jer 2:13  "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns broken cisterns that can hold no water.

 

Jer 17:13  O LORD, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. "Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the LORD, The fountain of living waters."

 

The Israelites chose physical water over living water: By doing this, they rejected God. This is vastly different to the woman of Samaria who wanted living waters.

 

Let's look at the account in the New Testament of the Samaritan woman.  Notice that she chose the living waters over the physical water.  This was the same decision which the Israelites had to make, but they chose the physical water over the living water.


Joh 4:10  Jesus answered and said to her,
"If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

 

Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

Joh 4:14  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

Joh 4:15  The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."

 

The woman of Samaria lost interest in physical water; she wanted living water.

 

Joh 4:28  The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,

 

The spiritual application of the last day of unleavened bread; is to accept God the Father as the fountain of living waters; which springs up to eternal life. It is our choice to make.
God has called us out of this world, but it is up to us to make the decision to obey and believe God.
Unfortunately the Israelites rejected God, even though He had just brought them out of slavery and through the Red Sea.  Let's not be like the Israelites, let's love honour and obey our heavenly Father.

 

It is a time to decide to obey God, the fabulous new knowledge of eternal life is given by the Father and Christ, we must believe it, love it, and love God.  Let us not be like the foolish Israelites, let's really treasure our wonderful loving God.  Let us honour Him praise Him and give thanks to Him for giving us this wonderful knowledge, and for showing us the way to eternal life.

 

The days of Unleavened Bread are when we should be applying ourselves to get rid of the old leaven of sin {put off malice and wickedness} and aim toward being unleavened [sinless.] We achieve this by being sincere and honest in our lives.

 

1Co 5:7  Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


PENTECOST



Pentecost is the only holy day that is not on a set date. It is counted from the Wave Sheaf, and is always on a Sunday.

 

Lev 23:15  'And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed.

Lev 23:16  Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.

 

Christís disciples received the Holy Spirit of power on the day of Pentecost.

 

Act 1:8  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

 

Act 2:1  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Act 2:3  Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

This day is also called the Feast of Weeks.

 

Exo 34:22  "And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year's end.

 

Two loaves had to be made for the day of Pentecost; which represented the firstfruits.

 

Lev 23:16  Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.

Lev 23:17  You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the LORD.

 

Jesus Christ is called a firstfruit.

 

1Co 15:20  But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

 

Christ is the bread of life.

 

Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

 

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."

 

Salvation is only available by Christ.

 

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

 

Act 4:10  let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

Act 4:11  This is the 'STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED BY YOU BUILDERS, WHICH HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.'

Act 4:12  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

 

The Pentecost bread is baked with leaven. Leaven does not necessarily mean sin.

 

Mat 13:33  Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."

 

One of the Pentecost loaves pictures Christ. Salvation is only available through obedience to Christ.

 

Human beings with the Spirit of power are also firstfruits.

 

1Co 15:23  But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

 

Rev 14:4  These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.

 

Jas 1:18  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

 

God's elect are the firstfruits.

 

1Pe 1:2  elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

 

If not for God's elect, God would destroy all flesh.

 

Mat 24:22  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.

 

Mar 13:20  And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

 

The importance of the two Pentecost loaves becomes apparent. One loaf represents Christ the first of the firstfruits, and the other represents God's elect, who are the human firstfruits.

 

There is no way to salvation, but by Christ. 

 

The fifty days from the Wave Sheaf has tremendous spiritual meaning.

 

The Holy Spirit is promised fifty days before it is given.

 

Joh 20:22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

Luk 24:49  Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."

 

Act 1:4  And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;

 

Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

There is a good reason for the fifty days from the Wave Sheaf to Pentecost. During this time, the Spirit of truth is with us. This is the time that God teaches us the knowledge of the truth. We already have the earnest of the Spirit, and now the Spirit of truth is with us.

 

Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever

Joh 14:17  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

 

Caleb had the Spirit with him when he searched the Promised Land.

 

Num 14:24  But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.

 

There were twelve men sent into the Promised Land by Moses: one from each tribe.

 

Num 13:2  "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."

 

They spent forty days searching the Promised Land.

 

Num 13:25  And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

 

Jesus taught about the Promised Land for forty days.

 

Act 1:3  to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

 

What a beautiful truth. The men spent forty days in the Promised Land, searching it out. Christ spent forty days telling His disciples about the Kingdom of God.

 

Ten men brought an evil report of the Promised Land.

 

Num 13:27  Then they told him, and said: "We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

 

Num 13:32  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

Num 13:33  There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."

 

Only Joshua and Caleb wanted the Promised Land.

 

Num 14:6  But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;

Num 14:7  and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.

Num 14:8  If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.'

Num 14:9  Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."

 

Only Joshua and Caleb eventually went into the Promised Land. We must want eternal life, or we will not get it.

 

Num 14:30  Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.

 

The men who were fearful died by the plague.

 

Num 14:37  those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.

 

The disciples all wanted the Promised Land [eternal life] and spent ten days waiting for the Spirit to come after being taught forty days about the kingdom.

 

Act 1:3  to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Act 1:4  And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;

Act 1:5  for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

 

How beautiful is the meaning of the day of Pentecost, and the days leading up to this day.

 

When God decides to offer us eternal life; He calls us out of this world, and when we are baptised we get the earnest of the Spirit. He then puts the Spirit of truth with us, so we can learn of the Kingdom of God. God then gives us time to reflect and pray about the kingdom, and then He gives us eternal life in the form of the Holy Spirit of life.

 

Godís tremendous love and patience is shown at this time. If we refuse eternal life during the fifty days, {which may be a different time for us today but would be a parallel to the 50 days} we can go back to the world, and still have a chance for eternal life later on. By doing this we will not please God, and have thrown away our chance to be a firstfruit. We do not yet have the Spirit of truth in us till God gives it, which will be a parallel to the receiving of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, so we canít blaspheme the Spirit prior to receiving it.

 

During the time of the exodus God required the men to have physical courage to enter the Promised Land. Physical and spiritual courage is required to enter the Promised Land by God's spiritual servants. [Eternal life in the form of the spirit of truth.]

 

Jos 1:6  Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

 

Rev 21:6  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.

Rev 21:7  He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

Rev 21:8  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 is the second death."

 

Pentecost is a holy day, and no work is to be done.

 

Lev 23:21  And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

 

God's beautiful plan of salvation in short. 

 

Humanity has always rebelled against God's way of life. If God gave everyone eternal life in the form of the Spirit of life; most would blaspheme the Spirit, and die forever in the lake of fire. That is what happened in the original creation. God had a different plan when He renewed the earth, and created Adam and Eve.

 

Humanity has not been given God's Spirit of power; so they cannot blaspheme it. Most humans will be given God's Spirit when they are resurrected from death back to physical life. Godís kingdom will be under way on the earth. People will be given a hundred years to choose eternal life or eternal death. There will be some people who will obey God before His kingdom is set up. These people will be firstfruits. The day of Pentecost pictures the receiving of eternal life, in the form of the Holy Spirit of power. God's plan is as follows.

 

[1] God calls us out of this world, and we receive the earnest of God's Spirit at baptism. This enables us to begin to learn of the things of God. If we are hearers, and not doers of God's word: we can leave, and go back to the ways of the world. We will not go into the lake of fire at this stage, but we have given up the chance to be firstfruits to God, and Christ. We could have persevered, and become firstfruits otherwise God would not have called us.

 

[2] God begins to give us the knowledge of eternal life. We keep the Passover in the holy day, and begin to keep the Wave Sheaf. This could be, and usually is: many years after baptism. God will decide when this occurs. It was about three and a half years for Christís disciples. It took forty years for the Israelites to enter the Promised Land.

 

[3] God's Spirit of life is with us from the Wave Sheaf till the day of Pentecost. So we can get a glimpse of eternal life. This coincides with the time that we are learning the knowledge of the truth. The knowledge of the truth is totally new knowledge which we have not been able to understand until the time that God begins to reveal the knowledge of eternal life to us, this can only be given to us when we Love God, Believe God and Obey God. Even at this time we cannot blaspheme God's Spirit, because it is with us, not in us.  It will be in us when God gives us the Spirit of life {or power or truth.}

 

[4] Eternal life is given at Pentecost in the form of the Spirit of life. If we do not persevere to the end, and go back to the ways of the world, after receiving the Spirit of life: we will go into the lake of fire, which is eternal death. 

 

The journey to eternal life shows just how much love and patience God has for His creation. If we blaspheme God's Spirit after receiving it, we can blame no one but ourselves. 
 
 

FEAST OF TRUMPETS



Notice carefully that the Feast of Trumpets is a memorial; it has already occurred, so it is not referring to the return of Jesus Christ. Read on for the fabulous new knowledge about the true meaning of this Holy Day.

 

Lev 23:24  "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.

 

Num 29:1  'And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.

 

The feast of Trumpets is the only holy day in the new moon. The feast of Trumpets is a memorial of the giving of the old covenant on Mt. Sinai: with the writing of the Ten Commandments in stone by the finger of God.

 

Notice the following scripture.  It states plainly that on the new moon is a feast day.  The Feast of Trumpets is a memorial, the event which it pictures has already occurred, this fantastic event which was celebrated with the blowing of trumpets was the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.

 

Psa 81:3  Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, At the full moon, on our solemn feast day.

Psa 81:4  For this is a statute for Israel, A law of the God of Jacob.

Psa 81:5  This He established in Joseph as a testimony, When He went throughout the land of Egypt, Where I heard a language I did not understand.

 

Exo 19:19  And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.

 

The feast of Trumpets is a memorial of the giving of the old covenant. The Israelites agreed to the terms of the covenant, but they did not keep those terms.

 

Christ has shed His blood to ratify the new covenant, and we have accepted His sacrifice by keeping the Passover: so we are now offered the new covenant.

 

The Israelites were not capable of keeping the old covenant. In the new covenant, God will put His laws in our hearts and minds.

 

Heb 8:6  But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

Heb 8:7  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

Heb 8:8  Because finding fault with them, He says: "BEHOLD, THE DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH

Heb 8:9  NOT ACCORDING TO THE COVENANT THAT I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS IN THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; BECAUSE THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT, AND I DISREGARDED THEM, SAYS THE LORD.

Heb 8:10  FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS IN THEIR MIND AND WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

 

The old covenant promised physical blessings for physical obedience to God's laws and statutes; and physical death for disobedience.

 

The new covenant promises eternal life for obedience to God: and eternal death for disobedience. 
 
 

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT



Lev 23:27  "Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.

Lev 23:28  And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God.

 

Jesusí death reconciled us to God; but it is by His life that we are saved. The atonement is the time God the Father accepts us for our salvation.

 

Rom 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Rom 5:11  And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

 

The Day of Atonement pictures us being at one with God. This does not happen at our acceptance of Christís death: this happens when we accept Christís life. Christ ascended to the Father to be accepted for us. It is then that we have qualified to receive the Holy Spirit of life.

 

Joh 20:17  Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "

 

Joh 20:22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

We must afflict our souls on the Day of Atonement, and realise the seriousness of sin. Jesus Christ was terribly flogged; He was twice crucified and died a death so cruel, that it is impossible to comprehend what He went through. Jesus Christ loved us while we were yet sinners. The wave sheaf pictures Christ ascending to the Father, after His resurrection, and after He was raised from the dead, to be accepted on our behalf.

 

The Day of Atonement pictures God the Father accepting us for eternal life. Sin is no longer a barrier between us, and God. We are now at one with God, and have been approved to receive the Holy Spirit of life; thanks to the perfect sacrifice of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

Compare the following scriptures.

 

Wave sheaf fulfilment by Joshua upon entering the Promised Land. The Israelites stopped eating manna [the teaching we were given while we had the Spirit of promise.] They then ate the food of the Promised Land which was different to manna. The food of the Promised Land is the knowledge of the truth, which is the knowledge of eternal life.

 

Jos 5:11  And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day.

 

Wave sheaf fulfilment by Christ after He had risen. Thanks to Christ; we now have access to eternal life. Christ ascended to the Father after His resurrection and after being raised from Hades. His sacrifice is now complete, and God the Father accepts Christ on our behalf.

 

Joh 20:17  Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "

 

Atonement fulfilment upon entering the Promised Land. [We have shown from other articles that the man with the drawn sword is Christ announcing that God the Father is in the midst of the Israelites.]

 

Jos 5:13  And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, "Are You for us or for our adversaries?"

Jos 5:14  So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?"

Jos 5:15  Then the Commander of the LORD's army said to Joshua, "Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy." And Joshua did so.

 

Jesus Christ is telling the disciples that they are now approved by God the Father to receive the Holy Spirit. God the Father is now our God. Thanks to the perfect sacrifice of Christ, we now have atonement with the Father.

 

Joh 20:22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

The following verses can now be understood.

 

Rom 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Rom 5:11  And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

 

Christ was resurrected and then raised from Hell, after living a sinless life. He paid the penalty for our sins, and was accepted by the Father on our behalf. The Day of Atonement pictures God approving us for eternal life because of Christís sacrifice for us.   
 
 

FIRST DAY OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES



Lev 23:34  "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD.

Lev 23:35  On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it.

 

Lev 23:41  You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

 

The first day of the Feast of Tabernacles is a Holy Day. The next two verses give the meaning of the feast. The Feast of Tabernacles is a memorial of the time the Israelites came out of Egypt, and dwelt in temporary dwellings.

 

To live in booths means to sit in booths, so for a portion of each day of the feast we sit in our booths.  Only during the 7 days of the feast, not on the Last Great Day, as it has a different meaning and is a separate Holy Day.

 

Lev 23:42  You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,

Lev 23:43  that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.' "

 

The time that the Israelites were in the wilderness: coincides with the time that we have the down payment of God's Spirit called the earnest of the Spirit. During the Feast, we build a booth, and sit in it for a short time every day of the feast. This reminds us of how the Israelites lived during the 40 years of wandering.  We sit in our booth and consider that our sojourn is only a temporary one, we are so very temporary here on this earth.  Our life is like a vapour it passes so quickly, and so we ponder that this physical life is only temporary, the real and lasting existence is yet to come in God's kingdom.

 

Jas 4:14  whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

 

Let's be like Abraham, who was looking to a city whose builder and maker was God.

 

Heb 11:10  for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

 

We are only here for a short while, the Feast is a reminder of that very thing, and how God brought the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years to test them.  These are the things the Feast pictures.  Again fabulous new knowledge for the true meaning of the holy days.


Also at this site we have articles to be read on each day of the feast.  
 


THE LAST GREAT DAY



Lev 23:36  For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.

 

The Feast of Tabernacles lasts seven days; the eighth day is the Last Great Day.

 

Joh 6:39  This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

Joh 6:40  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."

 

Joh 6:44  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

Joh 6:54  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

Joh 11:24  Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

 

Joh 12:48  He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

 

Dan 12:2  And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Dan 12:3  Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.

 

As the above scriptures show the Last Great Day pictures the resurrection of the dead.

 

The Holy days picture God calling us out of this world. God then chooses His people, and gives them eternal life in the form of the Spirit of life. We must then be faithful to God for the rest of our physical life, and subsequently for all eternity.

 

Rev 17:14  These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."

 

In every holy day: there is a promise of eternal life for being faithful to God: But there is also a promise of eternal death for those who donít persevere to the end once the Spirit of life has been received.

 

2Pe 1:10  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

2Pe 1:11  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

The Holy Days in a nutshell.

 

[1] First day of Unleavened Bread. [We accept Christís death for the remission of sins, and begin our spiritual journey toward eternal life.  Trying to put sin out of our lives, and living our lives as Christ lived.] Also the day that Christ was resurrected.

 

[2] Last day of Unleavened Bread. [God proves us to see whether we will obey Him, and offers us living waters, which spring up to eternal life.]

 

[3] Pentecost [Receiving the Spirit of life; this is when we now have eternal life inherent.] 

 

[4] Trumpets. [A memorial of the Old Covenant. The giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai.]

 

[5] Atonement. [Accepting God the Fatherís offer of eternal life in the form of the Holy Spirit of life.]

 

[6] First day of Feast of Tabernacles. [a memorial of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness.  We realise we are only living here in a temporary state, the permanent state of a spiritual son of God is yet to come.]

 

[7] Last Great Day. [We are resurrected into the Kingdom of God.] 

 

The holy days will apply individually to every person born, regardless of which resurrection they may be in.