A Study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
Presented by: The Master's Table Web Site
As for the Seven Holy days…
The Holy days were given by God to the Hebrew Nation to teach about His plan of salvation and as I’m sure those that keep the holy days of the Old Covenant know they are also prophetic and the spring holy days are fulfilled and the fall holy days are yet future. I have looked into the question if we should be keeping them in the New Covenant as they did in the Old Covenant and found that the New Testament does not teach them to the gentiles although we do find the apostles referring to them in the book of Acts. Now I want all who reads this study paper to understand that I'm not teaching that we should not keep them however for the sake of the facts "Think about this point". If they were to be kept today, as a command and requirement for salvation how do we explain why Paul did not teach them to the gentiles? For those that have kept the Holy days for years, as my wife and I have done, know in order to explain them to people that have never kept the Holy days it would take a great deal of writing to do so. To answer this question from what is recorded in the New Testament we find that when the question came up as to what should be taught to the Gentiles the disciples called a meeting and after some discussion the answer was, “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.” as you can read in the text in Acts 15:28 with no mention of the Holy days.
The important answer in short is that salvation is ONLY given from the belief and acceptance of the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God which is Jesus the Messiah but let’s continue to check out the points that will show if keeping the holy days is a command from God for the New Covenant and if we don't do so we would be in disobedience to the command of God which would be a continued sin. Question is do you have the Spiritual courage to seek the truth regardless of what you were taught by men? If so continue to read.
First we find in the letters of the apostle Paul stating that we should not continue under the Old Covenant law because it was a tutor till the Messiah came and then there was no more need for the tutor (Or Old Covenant Law.) Many ministers don’t want to read this to their congregations because it does not go along with their teachings but it is recorded here in Gal 3:21-29; it states… “Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin that the promise by faith in Jesus the Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
The apostle Paul also stated let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths. Some say this scripture was only speaking concerning the law of circumcision of the flesh for males however we must ask the question; If circumcision of the flesh for males were a major part of the Law of Moses (Which it was.) and now it is lumped in with the other Laws of Moses we find from the book of Leviticus by the apostle Paul then how could we separate them? Let’s read it as recorded here in Col 2:13-23. “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the “handwriting of requirements” that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it."
Paul goes on to state... "So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, (The Messiah.) from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations-- "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," which all concern things which perish with the using-- according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, (Fasting) but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.”
Notice..."having wiped out the handwriting of requirements."
And very importantly..."So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ."
Are a shadow of things to come stated here as future by Paul could be referring to the Kingdom of God.
And... "why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations--"
And..."These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh."
So we find the apostle Paul teaching that the New Covenant Church should NOT be concerned with the very things that many ministers today impose on the brethren. There is a message that the Messiah brought from the Holy Father and that message MUST be what all else stands on. God has the right to make a law and He also has the right to abolish it. Such as the law to stone a person to death for braking the Sabbath and Jesus brought a sacrifice with mercy to abolish the many harsh and strict dealings with the person that failed the laws of Moses and the old priesthood that showed no mercy on many things. This is not to say at this point that God has done away with His Holy days but we must consider the scriptures above that reflect the teaching that we should not put such things above the sacrifice of the Messiah.
We must not forget that The Messiah is the judge over all things and it’s His discretion that counts as He is not bound by the law as He is all in all. As the scripture notes He can take one lump of clay and split it to make one vessel of honor and the other of dishonor. He made the ruler of Egypt disbelieve Moses and then punished him for his disbelief. That is the power and authority of the Messiah Jesus the Son of God and soon to be ruler over all this earth and its corrupt systems that make laws contrary to God’s instructions. Yes the laws first set down in writing by the finger of God and brought to the people by Moses is the ultimate Law and the other laws were added because of the people disobeying God in the matters of the covenant they agreed to.
Also I would like to propose another problem that many ministers teach but don’t explain. Question is how are those that believe they MUST by a command keep the holy days in the New Covenant explain the fact that God stated they MUST keep the feast in a place where God has placed His name? We find in Deut 12:17-18 that "God commanded" that they may not eat within their gates the tithe but must eat it in a place He would choose and place His name. Let’s read it starting in verse 17; "You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or your new wine or your oil, of the firstlings of your herd or your flock, of any of your offerings which you vow, of your freewill offerings, or of the heave offering of your hand. "But you must eat them before the LORD your God in the place which the LORD your God chooses, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all to which you put your hands.”
And recorded in Deut 14:23-26 it states…"And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always. "But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, or if the place where the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, when the LORD your God has blessed you, "then you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place which the LORD your God chooses. "And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household.”
So what these scriptures above show is that they had to go to a place that the Lord their God choose and placed His name and the question for those today is how do you know where He is placing His Name so you can be in obedience to Him?
Also there are other commands that are not being obeyed during the Feast which we find clear commands here in Lev 23:39-41 which state; 'Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the LORD for seven days; on the first day there shall be a Sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a Sabbath-rest. 'And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. '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.”
And in…Lev 24:3-8 we find recorded a statute forever which should mean even today if you believe the word “Forever” to be as conveyed. It states…"Outside the veil of the Testimony, in the tabernacle of meeting, Aaron shall be in charge of it from evening until morning before the LORD continually; it shall be a statute forever in your generations. "He shall be in charge of the lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the LORD continually. "And you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it. Two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake. "You shall set them in two rows, six in a row, on the pure gold table before the LORD and you shall put pure frankincense on each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, an offering made by fire to the LORD. "Every Sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.”
Question is do those that insist on keeping the feast of the Old Covenant do all these things that were not done away with as the sacrifices of Bull, goats, and doves were because Jesus the Messiah did away with them by His eternal blood sacrifice? So this scripture denotes a command from God to keep the lamps lit on the pure gold lampstand before the LORD continually. Do you obey this command?
Also on the point that many state the word forever means forever check out this scripture in Lev 7:36-38 which states… “The LORD commanded this to be given to them by the children of Israel, on the day that He anointed them, “by a statute forever” throughout their generations. This is the law of the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the trespass offering, the consecrations, and the sacrifice of the peace offering, which the LORD commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day when He commanded the children of Israel to offer their offerings to the LORD in the Wilderness of Sinai.”
Should they continue in these sacrifice of the peace offering, which the LORD commanded Moses on Mount Sinai today because it stated “Forever” or did the New Covenant established by the shedding of the blood of Jesus do away with these?
Now remember as I stated above the point here is to show that salvation is ONLY given from the belief and acceptance of the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God which is Jesus the Messiah so for those that believe we must keep the Holy days for salvation we find that Jesus Himself stated that ALL the Law and prophets are overshadowed in the Two Great Commandments which is to Love God with all our hearts and all your soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves and the apostle Paul taught the same as we find recorded in Gal 5:13-14 which is states…“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Many will teach that Jesus was our example so if He kept these Holy days (Which it’s recorded that He did.) then we must do so as well. What many Christians don't take into consideration when they look at what Jesus did during His time as a man on this earth is that He was obligated to keep the Old Covenant because it was still the current Law so if He had not done so He would have sinned. The New Covenant did not take effect till Jesus died and ascended to the throne in heaven to spread His sacrifice (Blood) on the Holy of holies and that is why they could not touch Him when they first saw Him but when they returned He allowed Thomas to touch His wounds because He had completed the requirements of the New Covenant.
Now the question is should we keep the feast as a command from God in the New Covenant? My answer may surprise you but it is that I don’t truly know for sure if we should keep them today but I do believe that it is not wrong to do so as long as no one is teaching that if we don’t we will lose salvation because as stated; "If salvation could have been by the keeping of these holy days then the Messiah is dead in vain." There are some things I don't have the answer to and all I can say here is that I believe some writers (Or translators) in the Old Testament added some things that were not correct because of their long standing beliefs. One example is that the prophet must have not known about Jesus becoming the eternal sacrifice as we find recorded in Zech 14:21 which states... “Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts."
The Hebrew word for sacrifice here is “Zabach” which means to slaughter an animal as an offering to God in sacrifice. The question is; Why would this prophet state that there would be the slaughter of an animal as an offering to God in sacrifice when we know from other prophecies that the wolf will lie with the lamb and the lion will eat straw like an ox because nothing will do harm in all the Holy kingdom that Jesus is bringing with Him?
The Hebrew people were taught that when the Messiah came He would take over the world at that time and was not taught that there would be a second coming and we should realize how that would cause a great deal of confusion. Remember the apostles believed that Jesus would return during their life but they were wrong non the less. When we read or study history we need to remember to place ourselves in the shoes of those in that time in order to get the picture they had. Jesus is the ETERNAL sacrifice as is stated in many scriptures and there is no reason for another. The book of Hebrews is very clear on the fact that the old Covenant is done away...No exceptions which denotes that sacrifices will not be Re-established in the Kingdom of God so why is it that we find Old Testament scriptures stating that there will be the slaughter an animal as an offering to God in sacrifice along with the Feast of Tabernacles?
Not only did the Hebrew people and the Jews during the time of Jesus not know what is called in the New Testament "The mystery of Christ” which was the fact that the Gentiles would be accepted in the Kingdom but they even hated the Gentiles and would never at that time believe the Gentiles would be given what they considered their birth right. In fact the Old Covenant priest and people did not even know about the Holy Father. They just believed in one God, or one being however Jesus introduced the Holy Father for the first time. These prophecy’s in Zech. Isa. And Ezk. reflects not only that thinking but the people that wrote it had no concept that Jesus would become our eternal sacrifice because all they knew was the Sabbath, Feast, moons, seasons, and sacrifices.
The book of Hebrews state that the Old Covenant was done away with which means ALL the law that was given to the old priesthood. Jesus has superiority over the priesthood and as I have stated in times past it seems that we humans always forget that what God establishes or what He might create He also can change or abolish. In vs. 12 of Heb. 6: we see that the priesthood was changed.) 12 "For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood."
We also read in vs. 18 that there is an annulling of the former commandment…It states: “For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness," (Notice the term "there is an annulling? To annul is to make void or abolish; cancel; invalidate; to annul or cancel a marriage so why do some continue to disbelieve the sacrifice of the Messiah and desire to be under the law?
Because of the questions I have at this point I teach the Holy days in relation to the meaning of the plan of salvation as you can find below, but not as a way to salvation. Like I tell many that I correspond with I do not uphold any religion or church but just research to find the truth. All I'm interested in are the facts and I do not take rejection personally because people must have free will as God Himself gave us. I never judge because we all are at different levels of growth and it is God that calls and opens the mind. It is God that brings us all through life for the purpose of developing the character and understanding needed to grow.
The above questions and scriptures stand on their own validity so it is up to the reader to determine the truth about this subject. The big problem that many will have is they will not want to change because they have become convinced to the point that they believe they will be disobeying God if they don’t just like many keep the error of Postponements because they were taught to do so and it will take the power of God to make all things clear to us all. The point that many have been deceived concerning Postponements is how the timing is determined for the feast and is very important because to keep the days on the wrong day is as bad as not keeping them altogether. The truth is that all those times we were keeping the feast and fasting on the “Day of Atonement” we were doing it on the wrong days! I was challenged about seven years ago to do a study on the postponements to see if that was what the priest used for thousands of years and answer the question if Jesus kept the feast according to this calculation called Postponements? I have research being Extremely attentive to accuracy into this question and if you want to check out my research go to the link at the end of this study.
The meanings of the Old Covenant Holy days as given to the Hebrew Nation by God.
God's Seven Point Plan of Salvation:
The Old Testament Scriptures teach there are seven annual feasts and holy days that were ordained by God to be observed as special convocations as we mentioned above under the title "What is a Covenant?" It is very interesting that these feasts and holy days portray God's plan of salvation for mankind. We find in the New Testament that Jesus the Messiah's entire ministry was centered around the spiritual meaning of these holy days. Although it is not a matter of salvation if we keep them they do picture the plan of salvation. Paul never explained in any known text the feast days to the gentiles and there is a great deal of information they would need to know in order to keep it the way the Hebrews did. The question is why the gentiles were not admonished to keep the feast? Most people don't realize that Abraham himself, as well as Isaac, and Jacob never kept the holy days. The New Testament reveals that keeping the feast was a sign of things to come and Jesus fulfilled them.
As the holy days are annual Sabbath days, they may fall on any day of the week (except Pentecost, which always falls on a Sunday). When a holy day falls on a weekly Sabbath, the special observance of the annual holy day takes precedence. God's feasts and holy days are to be observed from sunset to sunset in accordance with scripture. The seven annual feasts and holy days from the Old Testament are as follows:
Commanded scriptural date of observance.
1) Passover, 14th day of the first month. Ex. 12:1-14;
2) Unleavened Bread, (7 days) 15th through 21st days of the first month. (The 15th & 21st are holy days.) Ex. 12:15-20;
3) Pentecost, fifty days are counted, beginning with the first Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread, The feast is observed on the fiftieth day, which always falls on the first day of the week. Lev. 23:15-17;
4) Trumpets, 1st day of the seventh month. Lev. 23:23-25;
5) Atonement, 10th day of the seventh month. Lev. 23:26-32;
6) Tabernacles, 15th - 21st days of the 7th. month. (The 15th is a holy day.) Lev. 23:33-44;
7) Last Great Day, 22nd day of the seventh month. (A holy day) Lev. 23:36;
How the holy days picture God's plan of Salvation:
The first Passover occurred while the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. Moses was sent by God to free and present the covenant with them as was promised to Abraham. Ex. 12:1-14. The blood on the doorpost represented the sacrifice of the Lamb of God that would be in the future by Jesus' sacrifice for the sins of the world. We see here in 1 Cor 5:7 that Jesus became our Passover lamb. "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." This is very important to note because it is the first step in God's master plan for mankind.
Before God could give us the gift of repentance, (Pictured by the Days of Unleavened Bread) He first had to make atonement for us. We could not come into the presence of God the Father without Jesus' sacrifice first. God the Father is pure, and He must never come in contact with impurity. When impurity comes close to Him it is destroyed at once by God's great holiness and brightness, and this is why no man has ever seen the Father at any time. John 6: 46. Just as the Old Covenant was made at the first Passover the New Covenant began at the Passover supper right before Jesus was taken and put to death.
We can read of these New Testament symbols Jesus established in Mark 14:22-24. "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He blessed it and He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, "This is My blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many." Most Christians don't realize Jesus was put to death on that very Passover day of the old Passover, thus fulfilling the promise from God, and depicting what the Passover portrayed all the years Israel kept it. John 19:14. "Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"
Passover on the 14th, Not 15th.
Notice what is recorded in Exod 12:6. 'Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. This scripture plainly states "on the fourteenth." Remember that all the days began at sunset, so night comes first. Now notice in vs. 22. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. No one was to go out till the morning of the 14th. and the Israelites spent most all the daytime portion of the 14th. taking spoils from the Egyptians as recorded in vs. 36. They did not go out from the land of Egypt till that night which would be the beginning of the 15th of Abib.
Notice vs. 42-43 "It is a night of solemn observance to the LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the LORD, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations. And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it." This states that now it was night and this night is the night to be much observed! Notice also "No foreigner shall eat it." In the new covenant one must be a baptized member before it can be taken. We must first make a covenant with God before we can partake of the sacrifice. There's a great deal of information on this subject too detailed to go into here, however we may do a study on this subject in the future.
2) Days of Unleavened Bread:
The next event we see unfolding in Exod 13:3 is the command to keep the seven days of unleavened bread. Leaven pictures sin, and as leaven puffs up the dough, sin will puff up the person. Jesus used the term leaven to describe the teachings of false doctrine in Matt 16:6-12 "Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees."
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? "Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? "Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? "How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? -- but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
How was the days of unleavened bread pictured in Deut 16:3?
Notice the wording, "the bread of affliction" (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), that you may remember the day in which you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. So the days of unleavened bread can picture coming out of Egypt (a type of sin) therefore we see we must work to keep sin out after we accept the Passover lambs blood. This step in God's plan has to be the second step because after repentance and accepting the blood of the Passover we must put sin out of our lives. The days of unleavened bread also picture what Jesus is doing in heaven until He returns. He is right now working to keep sin out of our lives and bringing those with His Holy Spirit to a greater understanding of how harmful sin is in our lives. He is actively working to deliver us from the power of sin not only as our high priest, but also as our eternal Passover lamb. To observe the Passover without the seven days of unleavened bread would be the same thing as repenting of sin and then forgetting about working on keeping sin out of our lives.
What is the next step in God's great plan after we repent, accept the sacrifice of the Lamb, and put sin out of our lives? Notice in Acts 2:1 it was the day of Pentecost when the apostles received the power of God on them (the Holy Spirit). What is the day of Pentecost? The word Pentecost means to count fifty. As we learned early on, fifty days are counted, beginning with the next first day of the week during the days of unleavened bread. The feast is observed on the fiftieth day, which always falls on the first day of the week. Lev. 23:15-17. Notice at the bottom of vs. 17 "They are the first fruits to the LORD." So this holy day pictures us as the first fruits to God the Father. The Israelites were not allowed to harvest any of the early grain crops until this day. [Vs. 14] Then on the day following the weekly Sabbath, in a solemn ceremony of the Levitical priesthood (The rituals were substitutes and should not be practiced in the New Covenant) the first sheaf of grain was cut and brought to the priest. The priest then would wave it before the Lord to be accepted.
This pictured the resurrected Christ ascending to heaven to be accepted by the Father as the first and at this time the only one actually born of God. Jesus became the first fruit of the great future harvest of souls into the coming Kingdom of God. On the fiftieth day "wave loaves" were brought out of the congregation as the first fruits to God. This was done to keep in mind from year to year what was to come and this was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit of God came down on those at this special Pentecost service in 31 A.D. in obedience to Jesus' command recorded in Acts 1:4 as they became the first fruits to God. All who have, and all who will be converted till Jesus returns are of this same body of first fruits. Rom. 8:23 God starts His year in the spring and, notice that these feast days of Passover, Unleavened bread, and Pentecost fall at the beginning of the year, and the events they picture are the beginning of God's great plan of salvation for mankind. This is to bring us into a right standing with the Father so the rest of the plan can be given. This means there are more to come prior to and after Jesus returns. There are the Sons of God as well as the sons of the devil so there are those that will be lost, however, there's not a contest between God and Satan, trying to see how many souls they each can win before time is up. God the Father is in complete control of His plan and will see it through for His glory.
4) Feast of Trumpets:
The next step in God's plan of salvation is the feast of Trumpets. Lev 23:23-25 A very important point to understand here is that it is the feast of trumpets, (plural) not trumpet. First we find in Rev. 8:1-2 the opening of the seventh seal, and there's to be seven angels standing before God, and to them will be given seven trumpets. The blowing of these seven trumpets should start on the very day of the feast of trumpets in the future if God continues the way He has in the past concerning the spring holy days we just covered. This does not mean He will end them before the day of Atonement, a week later, because a great deal of events will take place during the opening of these seven trumpets. I'm not even going to try to guess when the seventh trumpet will sound. Jesus stated that no one, not even Himself, but the Father only knew the day or hour this would occur.
5) Day of Atonement:
Next in God's plan is the Day of Atonement, or better put (At-One-Ment). This means after we repent, receive the blood of the Passover lamb (Jesus), put sin out of our lives (unleavened bread), then being of the first fruits to receive the Spirit of God in us to help us into the Kingdom (Pentecost), next Jesus returns with the sound of a great trumpet blast taking over the Kingdoms of this world to rule forever, so we now being at "Atonement" become at-one with Him. The whole creation will become at one with Jesus at this time. We can read of this in Isa. 11: 6-9 & Isa. 65: 19-25. A great event will take place when Jesus returns as pictured in the Old Testament when the high priest cast lots on the day of Atonement for two goats as a sin offering. Lev. 16:8. The lots were cast so it would be God who chose the one He wanted - one for the Lord and one for a scapegoat. The one for the Lord was to be killed and the blood was to be brought into the Holy of Holies for atonement for the uncleanness of the children of Israel. The scapegoat had to be presented alive before the Lord. Aaron the priest had to lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a strong man.
The first goat represented Jesus our Passover and the scapegoat represented Satan as recorded in Lev. 16:10. We find the scapegoat again in Rev 20:1-3. "Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while."
The bible teaches that Satan is the cause of all the sins in the world down through time, so the scapegoat represents Satan having all the sins of the world placed upon his head by Christ (Aaron the Priest) and then the strong man (the angel) taking the scapegoat (Satan) to be released in the wilderness or as will occur in outer darkness. This day pictures the result of the sacrifice of Jesus taking on the sins of mankind to bring us into a justified standing with God the Father then by Him placing the sins of all mankind on the scapegoat [Taking them off Jesus.] is the complete deliverance from the power of Satan the devil, thus completing our Atonement to The Most Holy Father in heaven.
6) Feast of Tabernacles:
We read in Deut. 16:13-17. The Feast of Tabernacles, is kept from the 15th through 21st days of the seventh month. Lev. 23:33-45; This holy day pictures when the Kingdom of God will be here on earth. This is the millennium (The 1,000 - year rule of Jesus) we read of this time in Rev. 20: 3-6; "and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them.
Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." As we have seen, to portray His plan, God took the yearly harvest seasons, the Passover, days of Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost are in the spring season. The Feast of Trumpets, Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, and the Last Great Day are in the fall harvest season. Just as Pentecost pictures the early spring harvest of the first fruits, the festival of ingathering or Feast of Tabernacles, the fall harvest pictures the harvest of the millennium. During the millennium, Jesus will rule all Nations with those who became spirit in the first resurrection.
Those who are born flesh during this time will learn God's ways growing in grace, knowledge, and wisdom. They will only be heirs of the Kingdom at that time. They will inherit the Kingdom after they accept God's laws and Jesus' shed blood and will have received the Holy Spirit and become reborn of the Spirit, or become spirit. Many don’t realize that the scriptures reveal that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Now right after the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released for a little season to go out deceiving the nations and to gather Gog, and Magog together for the final battle. Rev. 20:7-10. This is also recorded in Ezk. Chapters 37, and 38.
7) The Last Great Day:
The number seven is God's number of completion. Just as there are seven days in the week and the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest and designed by God to be the day we can be at one with Him, there are seven holy days that picture God's great plan of salvation for mankind. The seventh or last holy day is called the Last day, or the last great day. As you have seen there are seven days of the Day's of Unleavened Bread with a holy day in the beginning (Passover) and there are seven days in the Feast of Tabernacles with a holy day at the end of it called the Last Day, or the Last "Great" Day. This day falls the day after the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles and is a holy day where no work should be done. What does this day picture, and what will happen on this day? Just as there are seven days in a week, and the eighth day is the first day of the week, (a day of beginning) so the Last Great Day is the eighth and the time of beginning eternity. This is the time when the new heavens, new earth, and New Jerusalem will come down from the Holy Father.
This is the time of the second resurrection and the great Judgment and afterward Jesus will turn all things over to the Father forever as we read in Rev 20:11-15. "Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."
This is the great white throne judgment and continuing in Chapter 21 vs. 1-7 we read of the new heavens, new earth, and Holy City. "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful. 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. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son."
See study Postponements for the true calculations of dates.
Timothy M. Youngblood
The Master's Table