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  The Feasts of Yahweh

We now know from the page on The Biblical Calender, how the times of the Feasts of YHWH (Passover="ordinance, memorial, appointed statute") are to be calculated, and we know that they are important to Him and therefore should be kept. But by whom? You may say to yourself, "They are Old Testament feasts" or, "They are Jewish feasts ...and therefore I am exempt!" If you read Leviticus 23:1-5 you will find written there, that they are not 'Jewish' or 'only Old Testament.' On the contrary, they are "The Feasts of YHWH." Also, you will read here and in many other scriptures that they are to be kept perpetually. No, not only by Jewish believers, but, perhaps, also by Gentiles who have been made a part of Israel through adoption and by being 'grafted in' so to speak. So although there is no commandment for the Gentiles to keep the Feasts, they were doing so in fellowship with their Jewish brothers in the first Century. Paul himself states when speaking to the Corinthians (Gentiles) in 1 Corinthians 5:8 "...therefore let us keep the Feast..." (Passover and Unleavened Bread) So, we can gather that this was acceptable and expected. There are many in our generation all over the world, circumcised in heart, (Col. 2:10-11) who desire to experience the Feasts of Yahweh and find great joy in doing so.
Incidentally, and this will be dealt with as a separate subject (see menu above). Who gave mankind the permission to change the Sabbath day (one of the ten commandments) from Saturday to Sunday?

THE FAITHFUL TRIBE


The faithful Tribe of Judah have kept The Feasts throughout their generations, and are an example to us all.

IN THE WILDERNESS
Israel were instructed to keep the Feasts in the wilderness, see Numbers Ch.9:3-5, they were also kept in the Promised Land when they first arrived, and throughout their generations up to the times of the exiles. See Joshua Ch.5:10 &11.

AFTER THE EXILE
The tribe of Judah kept the Feasts some time after the captivity, when, through the decree of Darius many were allowed to return to rebuild the temple. Ezra Ch. 6:19.
During the times of the Kings Israel kept the Feasts periodically, and today Jewish people all over the world still observe them.
It is interesting that not only Israelites kept the Feast days.

KEPT BY STRANGERS
No, circumcised strangers and servants, all who were part of an Israelite household i.e. slaves, servants and strangers staying with them were also expected to do so. See Exodus Ch.12:44, & amp; 48. (c.p. Colossians Ch. 2:10-11.)

YAHSHUA KEPT THEM
Yahshua Himself and His disciples kept the Feast days, See John Ch.2:13, and Matthew Ch.26:17-19 and so also did the early "Church". (Incidentally, at that time and for quite a time after the Resurrection, the early believers were identified as just being another sect of Jews who followed the Rabbi, Yahshua) There are many other incidences recorded in the Gospels, Acts and also the Letters, to support this truth.

WHO SHOULD OBSERVE THEM?
These are Feasts of YHWH, and His people are expected to observe them.
The scriptures declare they are to be kept in the land of Israel, but there are examples where Paul either for convenience or necessity observed them in other areas, such as Philippi. (Acts 20:6)
The three main Feasts are mentioned in many scriptures. One of the main ones being Leviticus 23. Other examples include Deut. 16:2, Ch.16:16, and later in Zechariah Ch.14:1-3,12,16-19 where the scriptures foretell that one day, Jew and Gentile alike will all be making our journey annually to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

WHAT ABOUT GENTILE BELIEVERS?
In Ephesians Ch.2:4-6, the scriptures state clearly that YHWH has opened the door of the Commonwealth of Israel to believing Gentiles. They were strangers, who have been brought "nigh" Read v.13.
In 1.Corinthians Ch.5:7-8 Yahshua is mentioned as our Passover Lamb.

NOTE: SOME BELIEVERS MAY INTERJECT HERE: "WHAT ABOUT GALATIANS!" Follow this link




MADE ONE WITH ISRAEL


In Ephesians Ch.2:14,16-19 it is stated that Gentiles become one with believing Israel, so much so that 'one body' is mentioned in Ch.3:1-6, and v.29 mentions ourFather, Abraham.


PASSOVER, ONE OF THE THREE MAIN FEASTS


Here are scriptures which mention the time of 'green ears' as being the time of Passover.

Exodus 12:1&2 "This month shall be the beginning of months for you. (Moses and Aaron, tribe of Levi, i.e. not only Judah) It is to be the first month of the year to you."
Deuteronomy 16:1 "Observe the month of ABIB" (AVIV)=green Abib (a'-bib) see also Tal-Abib Strongs (abib) 24.
Exodus13:4 "...day you came out in the month Abib..."
Exodus 23:15 "...time appointed of the month Abib..."
Exodus 34:18 "...in the time of the month Abib..."
Deuteronomy 16:1 "...observe the month of Abib and keep..."
Strongs concordance no. 24 Abiyb aw-beeb: from an unused root meaning 'to be tender' 'green' i.e. a young ear of grain: hence the name of the monthAbib. Abib=ear, green ears of corn or barley. Strongs no. 3 'eb' from the same root, meaning 'green plant' 'green-ness' Abib means a green tender plant or green ear.Exodus 12:1&2 We know from this statement that the children of Israel
came out from Egypt when tender green plants were coming forth from
the earth, i.e. Spring time.

On the tenth day they were to take a lamb, so if they knew when the tenth day was, they would have known when the first day was. They had a calender. Can we know today when the first month of the year starts? (Rosh Hashana) This month is the only month YHWH gave a name to, Abib or the season of spring, or green ears. This season, being in spring, should be calculated after the Vernal Equinox, i.e. the beginning of Spring time, after that moment (Equinox) when the day first begins to become longer than night.

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