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THE HOLY DAYS


 

The Holy Days are Sabbaths, and must be observed as such.  They picture God's plan for mankind.  God has revealed many new meanings for the end time church for the holy days.

 

 

PASSOVER AND DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

 

Passover is on the 14th Nisan, it is prepared on the 14th but eaten on the beginning of the 15th after sunset.

 

1st Day of Unleavened bread is a Holy Day, and pictures putting sin out of our lives and leaving sin behind. It is also the day that Christ was resurrected.  He was raised from the dead or Hades or hell three days and three nights later.

 

Wavesheaf is on the 1st day of the week after the Sabbath during unleavened bread.  It pictures Christ's sacrifice being accepted for us.  God the Father becomes our God.

 

The Last Day of Unleavened Bread, is a Holy Day, and pictures the fact that God offered the Israelites living waters and they rejected Him on this day. This was at Marah, the Israelites chose the physical water to the spiritual living waters.  They in fact rejected the Father and the Spirit.

 

 

PENTECOST

 

Pictures the receiving of the Holy Spirit of power.  The Spirit is given in two stages.

 

We receive the earnest of the Spirit first, then later when we accept and believe the knowledge of the truth, we are given the Holy Spirit of truth or power.  God decides when we receive this.

 

The disciples received the Holy Spirit of Truth on the day of Pentecost.  They already had the earnest of the Spirit.

 

Eph 1:14  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

 

This scripture shows that the disciples were given the earnest of the Spirit at their baptism. 

 

Act 11:15  And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

 

 

FEAST OF TRUMPETS

 

This is a memorial of the giving of the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel at Mt. Sinai.

 

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.

 

Exo 19:16  Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.

 

Exo 19:18  Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.

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.

Exo 19:20  Then the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

 

Exodus 20 was the next event, Moses went up to the mountain and received the Ten Commandments.

 

 

DAY OF ATONEMENT

 

This Holy Day shows that Christ has died for us, and then been accepted by the Father for us. The Day of Atonement pictures us accepting eternal life. We must afflict our souls. 

 

We need to understand what it means to afflict our souls.  To go without food shows us how temporary we are and how we need God. It is a fast day.  No food or water is to be taken for 24 hours.  To afflict our souls is to be debased, to be accountable, it is far more than just going without food.  We need to understand the deeper meaning of afflict our souls. 

 

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.

 

 

FEAST OF TABERNACLES

 

Pictures the Israelites living in temporary booths during the forty years in the wilderness.  Also pictures the fact that we are sojourners, we are only temporary in the flesh.  It is the spiritual life that is permanent.  Our flesh and blood existence is only temporary.  The Israelites were only wandering for a temporary period, they were given the Promised Land forever.  We will have eternal life with God forever. We sit in temporary booths during a portion of each day during the feast.  When we do this, we contemplate the temporary state we now have, we think about the sojourn of the Israelites and remember that God brought us out of slavery. 

 

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.' "

 

Heb 11:9  By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;

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

 

During the feast it is a great time to understand why God made the Israelites wander for forty years.

 

Deu 8:2  And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

 

 

LAST GREAT DAY

 

Pictures the day when each individual is resurrected, be it in the first resurrection as a firstfruit or saint, or be it after the 1000 years.  It will still be the Last Great Day for each individual person, whenever that resurrection occurs.

 

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