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Posted by: Apostle Jacob Ballard III on Fri, Feb 5, 2010

Are you serving God or gods?


Who established Feast Days (Holy Days)

Who are to keep the Feast Days (Holy Days)

Next let us note what which Holy Days we are to keep

How often are we to observe these days and at what appointed times

Once we come to know about the Feast Days who are we to teach about them

Show were God said it and Jesus lived it we follow it.


The word “Easter” is purposely not mentioned in any reputable modern translation of the Bible. It is incorrectly mentioned one time in the King James Version in Acts 12:4. But all scholars concede that the word “Pascha” from which it is translated is correctly rendered “Passover” and has no relation to Easter whatsoever. And, virtually all scholars recognize that the word “Easter” is simply a derivation of the name of the ancient goddess Ishtar or “Isis”—goddess of sex and fertility of the ancient Middle East. That, of course, is where “Easter eggs” come from—the pagan worship of sex and fertility.

Even though we were not taught about God’s Holy Days in Sunday School, God’s commanded days are mentioned quite often in the Bible! These days were clearly commanded in the Old Testament, and their observance by Christ and the Apostles in the New Testament certainly ratifies them for the Christian Church.

Luke tells us: “And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (2:40–41). Then the account describes how “when they had finished the days… Jesus lingered behind” (v. 43). All scholars recognize that “the days” spoken of here were the Days of Unleavened Bread, which come immediately after the Passover. So even though Jesus was “strong in the spirit” and able to discuss spiritual principles at the highest level with the doctors of the Jewish law, He joined His parents in keeping the Days of Unleavened Bread.

Luke tells us: “Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. And He sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat…. ’ Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer’” (Luke 22:7–8, 15). So as an adult—setting us an example—Jesus observed the Passover.

Also, the Apostle Paul clearly commanded the Gentile Church at Corinth to observe the Days of Unleavened Bread. Speaking of these days, Paul wrote: “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. 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” (1 Corinthians 5:7–8). Paul was obviously speaking of “keeping the Feast” of Unleavened Bread.

The Apostle Paul was inspired to write: “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Romans 2:28–29). So all true Christians are spiritual “Jews”! And we are bound to keep the spiritual laws and Holy Days that God gave Israel, and that were reaffirmed by the example of Christ and the inspired New Testament Church.

As Paul wrote: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:15–16).

True Worshippers are to keep holy the days God made holy. And we are to follow the example of Jesus and the original Holy Days will open our minds to the great plan and purpose that God is working out here below.Apostles in so doing. Then, as we shall see, the understanding and observance of God’s Indeed, God does have a great plan in mind for all humanity. God reveals this to us through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him, in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:9–11


As we shall see, these occasions are memorial observances of only the first step in God’s Plan. For most professing Christians, all the other stages of God’s Plan are not observed in any way—and are therefore not understood in any way! Throughout the Bible, many of the things God does are revealed in patterns of seven.For in the beginning, God created the seven-day week (Genesis 1). The seventh day was revealed to be His Holy Sabbath (2:1–3). Later He gave exactly seven annual Holy Days to reveal His overall plan and purpose in dealing with humanity (Leviticus 23). In the New Testament, we find the seven Churches of Revelation described (Revelation 2–3). We read of the seven seals, the seven trumpets, the seven last plagues, etc. So it is not surprising that His Plan is revealed in seven steps. For seven is the biblical number of completion or perfection.

Therefore, when we understand, it should seem ridiculous to observe just one of God’s annual Festivals picturing His Plan and omit all the others! As a “preview” of what is to come, let us very briefly examine all seven of God’s annual, spiritual Festivals so we can better understand His Plan and purpose in these Festivals as we go along.


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