BUT THE TIME OF IGNORANCE IS NEARLY OVER.
Jos 24:14 Now therefore fear Yahuah, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
IF WE WANT TO SERVE THE LORD, THEN WE MUST GET TO KNOW THE FEASTS OF THE LORD, ESPECIALLY THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
So, if we shouldn’t celebrate the Satanic feasts what should we do? We the Gentiles may easily attend and participate in the feasts of the Lord, if we want to, which the Hebrew people, “the apple of His eye”, have been doing for thousands of years. Let me explain.
If you keep in mind that they are the feasts of the Lord and not specifically Hebrew feasts then we should have no problem. We must also remember that the feasts of the Lord are rehearsals of the actual occurrence to come in the future. For example; as the Hebrew people were rehearsing the “type” of the spring feasts for thousands of years; so Yahshua fulfilled the spring feast to perfection as an anti – type some two thousand years later. He sacrificed Himself for us so that we didn’t have to. The Hebrew people should have seen this – they didn’t. He (Yahshua) will in due time fulfill the autumn feasts as well. First Yom Teruah when He arrives to claim His bride and then Yom Kippur to establish His reign on earth. So we better start rehearsing them so we know what to expect in the future. If you remember reading in Zachariah, you will realize that we will have to continue one of the feasts of our God after the New Jerusalem has come onto the earth. We better start rehearsing now.
LET’S START WITH THE SABBATH.
In the book of Genesis, we are told that our creator rested on the seventh day. He does not purposely tell us to rest too because He rested on that day, but the implication has always been there. In the book of Exodus, in chapter 16 and verse 26, we are told that the seventh day is the Sabbath (rest). In verse 29, we learn that our God gave the Israelites the Sabbath as a statute, and this also lines up with what is written in Mark 2: 27.
Mark 2: 27 And he said unto them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath
Mark 2: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.
It is only in chapter 20 and verse 10 when we hear that they are specifically told to rest on the seventh day.
If the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath, this means that the Sabbath was not only made for the Israelites (and Jews) but actually for the whole human race (man).
Why shouldn’t we keep the Sabbath? The original apostles and Paul did. It was the Roman Catholic Church who took it upon themselves to change our day of rest and worship to a Sunday, which was in fact, the day when the pagans worshipped their sun god. Our God created “man”, and the Sabbath was made for “man”. The term “man” did not at any time in the history of humanity mean Israelite or Jew. This term refers to every human being on earth, male and female. The Israelites were supposed to have taught us this – but they didn’t.
Let me introduce you to the stranger.
Ki 8:41 Moreover, concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake;
1Ki 8:42 For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm when he shall come and pray toward this house;
1Ki 8:43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for:, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
Isaiah 56: 6&7….”Also the son (generations) of the stranger who join themselves to Yahuah to serve Him, and to love the Name of Yahuah, to be His servant. All who guard (keep) the Sabbath and not profane it and are holding on to my covenant – “them” shall I bring to My set apart mountain and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their ascending offerings and their sacrifices are accepted on My altar, for My house is called a house of prayer for all the people.
How profound is that Scripture. He is talking about us too………… all the people.
They were not pertinently told to teach us, they were told to teach their children, so when the gentiles saw or heard of the wellbeing and the prosperity of the Hebrew people, it would be known far and wide. In these few lines a plea is made to the Almighty God, that He hear the prayer of the stranger/gentile as well. He is hearing our prayers today. As I said before, the stranger is none other than you and I, you and I who were not part to the promises of the covenant which our God made with the Israelite people.
“For they shall hear of thy great name; that all people of the earth may know thy name”.
Ephesians 2: from verse 11………….Therefore remember that ye, being in time past, Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Un – circumcision by that which is called the circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now, in Christ, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Gentiles and foreigners, heathens and migrant workers are all those who fall under the category of “stranger”. Genesis 17: 12 ……..A stranger is one who is not of the seed of Abraham, but even in the old days would have been welcomed into the tents of the Israelites because there was a special law for strangers. The Hebrew word used in this scripture, is “gare”, which actually means – guest. It reminds me of a song called,… A stranger’s just a friend you do not know.
There were laws that Moses taught his people concerning the strangers.
Exo 22:21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Exo 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Strangers were also allowed to glean from the crops of the Hebrew people at harvest time.
Exo 20:10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.
Ok wait a minute: Back up and pay special attention to the “stranger that is within thy gates.” Does this mean that even if a ”guest” came to an Israelite tent or village, they were not allowed to do what they wanted to do; but they had to comply with the Sabbath. That’s exactly what it says. In those days, a caravan passing by would be invited to “turn in” for a breather and some refreshment. If they arrived late during the sixth day, they would be told that as it is approaching the evening, it would be their Sabbath, that no work was to be done and that the Torah scrolls would be read. If the strangers accepted, a little bath was brought so that they might wash their feet and hands and then they would sit and eat. They would catch up on some news and then the tent dweller would make them comfortable for the night and they would keep the Sabbath. If they didn’t want to participate in the Sabbath, the host would go through the whole procedure, but at evening time he would see them on their journey again and hope to see them again on their return trip. The Hebrew hospitality laws were perfect – treat strangers with respect.
The stranger was one that is of another country, a Gentile, a heathen, visitors passing through, a foreigner and unacquainted with, and did not profess the Jewish religion, which was the religion of Yahuah the Israelite God. Most of the Gentile nations were following some sort of sun worship and they wouldn’t easily change, but if they wanted to – there was a loophole in the law for strangers – they could become proselyte (someone who watched, learned and also wanted to join with the Israelites, follow their religion and keep the Sabbaths and their feasts).
The stranger pertains to the Gentiles who were not part to the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and in the new covenant; that applies to us the Christians who have to be grafted into this fig tree to be heirs to the promises.
Another name for the Gentile or foreigner or stranger, was “those of the uncircumcision”. We who are grafted into the natural olive tree (National Israel), are the wild olive tree branches (Gentiles – strangers and foreigners), and we can, naturally therefore, also participate in the feasts of their God.
NOW LETS GO TO PASSOVER.
Exodus 12:19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
Here we see that stranger again. Even the stranger in the camp was excommunicated from the camp or even killed on the Passover, if they ate bread which had yeast set into it. I want you to take notice of the term “born in the land”.
Exo 12:43 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the Passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof.
Exo 12:44 But every man’s servant (or stranger) that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.
Exo 12:45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.
Exo 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and wanted to keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
Aaha! Here we go, it says it here very clearly. The proselyte stranger had to be circumcised before he could participate in the Passover feast, and do you notice that if that was done then the stranger would be recognized as one born in the land or in other words – an Israelite. Does this not line up with someone who is grafted into the olive tree (which is National Israel). Does that not also make us born in the land as if we are Israelites? As there was a prerequisite then – there is also a prerequisite today as well.
Exo 12:49 One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. Hey, that’s us.
Ephesians 2: 19……Now therefore, ye are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of Yahuah.
Is it becoming clearer?
I hear people say, “Just wait a minute now”. Don’t worry, I agree, I’m certainly not going to get circumcised just to participate in the feasts of the Lord. It is not necessary though. The way I see it…………………we, the strangers, who have been grafted into the olive tree, and because we are children of the new covenant, we will be allowed to participate in the Sabbaths and the feasts of the Lord our God, but we also have to become circumcised. This is not the circumcision of the private parts as it was amongst the Israelites of old; but a circumcision of the heart.
Paul gives us instruction in the circumcision of the heart.
Rom 2:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
Rom 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
Rom 2:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
Rom 2:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
Rom 2:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
Rom 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
Rom 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
Rom 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
Rom 2:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
Watch this now……….. Romans 2: 28 & 29.
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
There you have it …………………If you are circumcised in the heart, you may, if you want to, celebrate the Passover and any of the other feasts of our God.
If we want to, that means that the Israelites sign of being part to the covenant which our God made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, was the circumcision (made by hands). The sign of the renewed covenant in Yahushua is circumcision of the heart. If, the Hebrew people sin – then they might as well be of the uncircumcision or heathen (stranger). If this heathen keeps the laws of the Israelites, he is, so to say, better than the Israelites who profit from the promises.
Then Paul dropped the bomb. He said that being an Israelite by nationality and having the qualifying sign of circumcision in the physical, doesn’t really make them Israelite (or Yahuah’s special people) any more. But whoever wants to be Yahuah’s special people, they must be so inwardly which means a circumcision of the heart. It is a spiritual circumcision of course – which makes us spiritually born in the land and then Exo 12:49 becomes real. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. Hey, that’s us if we want to. But then we must follow the whole law which our God gave to Moses, excepting the ceremonial laws which were nailed to the cross when Yahushua died.
OUR GOD GIVES INSTRUCTION THAT ALL SHOULD REJOICE WHEN CELEBRATING THE FEASTS – EVEN THE STRANGER.
This is more than enough proof that the Gentiles are to celebrate the feasts of the Lord, if they wanted to.
Deuteronomy 16: 14 – And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy man servant, and thy maidservant, the Levite and the stranger, the fatherless and the widow – that are within thy gates.
There is another problem though, the matter of the sacrifice. If we dare to go against the traditions which we have inherited from pagan Babylon, what are we to do about the sacrifices? Yahshua brought an end to the system of sacrificing animals for atonement of sins (ceremonial laws)! Absolutely correct! Yahushua has done that for us already. His sacrifice of Himself was more than enough for the atonement of sins for the whole world. And we should thank Him profusely for that. We get an answer to this dilemma in the book of Hebrews.
Hebrew 13:15….. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Give a sacrifice of praise and thanks to his Name. His Name is Yahushua. Give thanks to our God for what He did for us. Offer up a sacrifice of praise to Him, and it will be a sweet scent which He will acknowledge. Another thing that we can do is to give to others who are in dire need. It is a sweet smelling sacrifice, acceptable and well pleasing to our God (Isaiah 58).
As a type, the burning of the incense, in the time of the tabernacle and the temple, which had to be raised up as a show offer to our God and was a sweet scent to Him, so our sacrifice of praise and free will giving will in the same way, be acknowledge by our God as a sweet scent in the antitype. We thank Him also for sacrificing Himself for our sake. We thank Him for being the first fruits of the resurrection and we ask Him if He would bless us in the year to come so that we may bring more souls to salvation, that we might raise them up as a wave offering at every Passover.
Ephesians 2 : 19…………Now therefore, we are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of our God Yahuah.
The choice is up to you now……………..whom will you serve.