For as long as I can remember I've been told that the Feasts of Israel were Jewish feasts. I've also been told that Jesus came to do away with such things and that, as Christians, we've no need to observe or celebrate these days. As I've grown older, and have studied the Bible on my own, I've come to find that what I was taught growing up was WRONG. The feasts mentioned in the Bible are not Jewish feasts, they aren't the feasts of Israel... the feats days and God's!
Like a lot of things taught from generation to generation, the teaching that the "Jewish Feasts" aren't for Christians and that "Jesus came to do away with all that Jewish stuff" are just plain wrong. The reason this was taught was because of the teachings of the early Roman church as well as early Christians who wrongly felt that the Jews were responsible for Christ's crucifixion. The early Roman church wanted to pull the attention from Jerusalem to Rome and to the practices of the Roman church. In order to do that, the early church fathers developed a teaching that eventually contributed greatly to the Antisemtic beliefs that many still hold today.
In the old times, not everyone had a Bible because of the cost. Most of the people were poor and they relied on what the priest, pastor or teacher said. Until the Bible came available for all to read, the people were pretty dumb as to what it really said. Now, more and more Christians are becoming enlightened to the true teaching found in God's Holy Word. Thank God for the open revelation of His precious Word to the masses.
In Leviticus Chapters 23 and 24, this old question is answered very simply. God told Moses that these were His feast and that they should be remembered throughout our generations, "for ever." God didn't call them Jewish feasts or feasts of Israel, no indeed. In Leviticus 23:2, God said "... even these are my feasts." While the debate may rage on until Christ's return to carry the Church home, I would like to offer this thought: if God said we should celebrate these feasts, which are a portrait of Christ, throughout our generations, don't you think we should? Would it not be better to celebrate them, to remember them and find out later that we didn't have to, as opposed to finding out we should have and didn't? Something to think about, isn't it?
Study your Bible so you can know what it says. Don't depend on someone else to teach you because they could be teaching you something that isn't really of God. Don't rely on some preacher, pastor, priest or teacher to always be right because none of us are perfect. Pick up that Bible of yours and read it for yourself and ask God in your prayer time what He meant and if He wants you to observe His feasts. As for me, I'm going to be observing the coming feasts. I'm going to be looking for and longing for the return of my Lord and Savior, Jesus.
Thanks for reading this little blog and thank you for your prayers. For more information on the Fall Feasts of God, visit my BTR radio page at www.blogtalkradio.com/christiannewsreview God bless and keep you is my prayer.
A servant of the King,