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BIBLE STUDY: Holy Days or Holidays? Which Ones Do You Keep, And Why?

A trip to your local Hallmark Card store will give you a pretty good idea of what holidays, times, and seasons our modern society regards as important. Now let’s look at some Scriptures to see what days The Almighty Creator God regards as important. Are there any holidays that both God and our society hold in common?

Did you know that most Christians celebrate holidays that are very different from those listed in their Bibles? We invite you to get your Bible in hand; and join us as we figure out and prove, what days, times, and seasons The Son of God, Jesus the Christ, told us to observe – and which ones the Son of the Living God told us not to!

A Biblical Truth: God destroyed the pre-flood world because of the gods the people worshipped and followed (Genesis 6:1-8)! Now there are a couple of things we can learn from Genesis 6:1-8. First, that from Creation man began to multiply on the face of the earth, and those children were BOTH sons and daughters, or blue and pink! Verse two tells us the boys liked the girls, and took wives of their own choosing (which means – the Biblical definition of marriage – they had sexual relations). The troubling aspect here is that the boys chose their own wives, when we see that a prudent wife is a gift from the Lord Himself (Proverbs 19:13-14). God’s Word tells us we are to have a mate in life; but that God makes and selects that mate for us (Genesis 2:18). If we have faith that God has made the right mate for us, and trust in Him; He will let us find that mate, and we will obtain favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22). We spoke a good bit, last week about how our physical relationships with our spouse foreshadow our spiritual relationship with both Jesus and Our Heavenly Father (Ecclesiastes 9:8-9). Going back to Genesis 6:3, we see that God then pre-determines to limit human lifespans – post flood, to 120 years. This is due in part to us profaning marriage – or fornicating at will in the flesh; and also in a larger part – to fornicating with other gods, instead of developing a Christ-like mind (Genesis 6:5-7). Now some incorrectly teach that Genesis 6:2-4 means that angel came down to earth and had sexual relations with human females – thus producing a race of giants in the earth. But those who teach such nonsense fail to recognize that humans are called “the sons of God”, NOT angels, in these verses (Hebrews 1:5, 13-14, 2:9-17)! Also, Jesus Christ taught us that angels DO NOT have the sexual plumbing that humans do, and cannot reproduce – or using the Biblical definition of marriage – sexual relations – cannot be given or taken in marriage (Matthew 22:23-34). Angels are spirit beings and CANNOT raise up seed – or have children (verse 24), they CANNOT have “an issue” – or ejaculate to make a woman pregnant (verse 25. See also Luke 8:43 to better understand the word “issue”, as it relates to human reproductive plumbing). Verse 28 of Matthew 22 reiterates the Biblical concept that marriage is a sexual union, or that “they all had her” (Matthew 22:28). Jesus Christ is clear on the fact that angels DO NOT MARRY – Nor can they produce children (Matthew 22:30)!!! The men and women of the pre-flood world were human giants – which became smaller and smaller as time passed after the flood. These wicked men and women worshipped Lucifer and his demons in the manner and customs that pleased Satan – NOT God (Joshua 24:14-28)!!!

A Biblical Test: Do you know how to prove by Scripture alone, who in our modern society worships and follows those same pre-flood gods? Satan has deceived the Whole World (Revelation 12:9) in this regard; so MOST will fail this test (Matthew 7:13-14)!!!

The Bible says that Egypt also worshiped the pre-flood gods, and that we are warned NOT to learn the way of the heathen (Jeremiah 10:1-8)! 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 warns us, in the New Testament, to learn from Ancient Israel and NOT to depart from the Holy Days given to us by Jesus Christ – the God of the Old Testament! When we truly understand how our “modern day” religions copy paganism in the Name of Christ; we too should be pricked in our hearts – and turn from our evil ways (Acts 2:37-42)! The unchanging High Priest – Jesus Christ – is calling us to come into His True Church, and learn from those whom Christ has taught before you, and made shepherds of His Flocks (Hebrews 13:8-17)! Jesus Christ beckons to us to return to an unchanging God, to return to His never changing Holy Days, and to His system of tithes and offerings – which fund the promulgation of the Gospel of His Coming Kingdom – and teach both individuals and nations, HOW to be Blessed in this lifetime and into the World Tomorrow! (Malachi 3:6-12)! Jesus is calling us to become WISE unto Salvation by following the same Holy Day System He taught and followed; which if followed by us - will make us PERFECT in God’s eyes (2 Timothy 3:13-17)! We are being called to TEACH and PREACH The Kingdom of God, and to heal ALL manner of sickness! But we can only do that through Christ’s original Holy Days, and NOT through imitation holidays that really glorify Satan instead (Matthew 4:23-25, 28:19-20 / 1 Timothy 4:1-16, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, 3:12)!

So Just How Did Satan Convince The World To Abandon The Way Jesus Taught Us To Worship The Father (John 4:23-24)?

Wouldn’t you like to know when the Church and Christianity abandoned the Biblical Feasts or Holy Days, and why? With so many holidays, sacred observances, and religious festivals floating around out there; how can a Christian really know which ones to observe? Does God care which days, times and seasons we use to Honor Him with? Let’s see what the Bible has to say!

Is Jesus YOUR Personal Example?

That is a really great question… simple, yet so profound! Is Jesus the Christ, the Word made flesh, is He someone who set a personal example for you, as His Disciple, to follow, copy, or to emulate; or do you simply believe in Him as your Savior, your hero and champion, without ever having to look like, or act like Jesus Himself did?

On August 16, 1977, Elvis Aaron Presley died at the young age of 42, in the bathroom of his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee; the real cause of death was a cocktail of ten prescription drugs, taken in doses much higher than any doctor would prescribe. Before he died, Elvis was one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century! Everybody wanted to look like Elvis, act like Elvis, and sing like Elvis! The Recording Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.), which is the governing body that certifies Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum record sales, says that Elvis is the leading artist for both solo artist and group sales - period! With over 2.5 Billion records sold worldwide (remember a Billion is 1000 Million; and Elvis did this number more than two and a half times)!!! Paul McCartney said, “I thought the Beatles had gold records, until I had a private tour of Graceland… the hall of Gold says it all… Elvis has the most Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum sales of all of us… amazing man… simply amazing!” To give you an even better perspective, The Beatles come in at number two with nearly 1.6 Billion records sold; and Michael Jackson comes in at number 16 with a total of 185 Million records sold worldwide. That’s why fans call him “The King of Rock and Roll” or just “The King”! 37 years after Elvis’ death, there are still millions upon millions of fans around the world; most still have copies of his records or now CD’s, tens of thousands still wear his image on a T-shirt, but only a handful of impersonators can actually look like him, and far fewer can act like him, and actually sing like he did! There are a few AMAZING Elvis impersonators out there – but only a few! They each, like Elvis, have been given remarkable and amazing talent!

“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery” – Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832); English cleric, writer, and collector.

Then there is Jesus Christ, the REAL KING of kings, and LORD of lords, who would most probably agree with Mr. Colton’s quote above (John 13:12-17 / Matthew 11:28-30 / 1 John 2:3-11 / Romans 8:27 / Matthew 7:21-27 / Romans 2:11-16, 8:28 / 1 Peter 2:21-25 / Matthew 16:24-27). Jesus did NOT call us to just listen to His Words without incorporating them into our lives (Matthew 15:7-9 / Isaiah 29:13 / Mark 7:6 / John 5:23-30 / Ezekiel 33:30-33). In fact, Jesus Christ is calling you and I to imitate Him, to emulate The KING, in our mortal flesh!!! If fact the day will come, when Jesus Christ will out sell Elvis! Revelation 20:11-13 tells us that The Bible (the books) will be opened (to their understanding), for EVERY person who has ever lived on earth (think over 200 Billion people) during the Second Resurrection, and God will allow them time to follow His teachings and to develop good works that are pleasing to Him (Genesis 15:5, 17:2, 22:17, 26:4 / Exodus 32:13 / Deuteronomy 1:10, 10:22 / Joshua 24:3 / 1 Kings 3:8 / 1 Chronicles 27:23 / Nehemiah 9:23 / Isaiah 51:2, 65:20-25 / Jeremiah 33:22 / Romans 4:18 / Hebrews 11:12).

The Bible says if we will imitate Jesus in the flesh; Do what He did, and Teach what He taught; that one day soon, we will actually look just like Christ looks right now in the spirit (1 John 3:1-3 / Philippians 3:20-21 / Daniel 12:2-3)!!! But that is only if we follow Jesus’ teachings in this life, not minding earthly things (Philippians 3:7-19 / Revelation 22:14 / John 3:36). If the world hated Christ, it will hate us too, but only if we look enough like Jesus, and act enough like Jesus, in order for the world to recognize us as His True Followers; and not just as lukewarm “believers” (or fans) of the One whom God sent to show us The Way (John 15:18-25 / John 14:6)!!!

If the world loves what you are currently doing; if it approves, endorses, and promotes what you are all about – look out (1 John 2:17 / Matthew 24:35 / 1 Corinthians 7:31)!!! The fashion of this world is on its way to be permanently out dated and obsolete; eternally prohibited from ever coming back again into popular style!

For those who know me, I am not an organized sports fan. I don’t wish to offend those who are; so I humbly ask your indulgence while I try to make a point using the mega billion dollar Sports Industry as an illustration. I don’t derive vicarious pleasure out of watching other people do something on a big screen T.V., or from sitting in the bleachers watching others do something I could do. I’d rather be out running, climbing, jumping, swimming, or fighting myself! I am way more kinesthetic than visual in my life’s orientation. I’d rather, as the Nike slogan says, “Just Do It”, with my own sweat and with my own body; than to just watch or listen to others do it in my stead!

I am amazed at the dynamic I see at many sports bars and on television: mostly out of shape people, watching other people in their physical prime, doing things they themselves could never do; many times cheering, vicariously living through another person, while they lounge back, eat unhealthy foods, drink alcohol, and becoming even more physically incapable of ever doing that physical activity themselves! Watching sports - is for me, like an un-sexual pornography; it is imagining you are doing something, with other people that you are not. Now sports and sex in and of themselves are not “bad” things, until you use them to replace God, to disobey God, or use them as idols by placing them above God. Let me be very clear here: being a sports fan or playing a sport is one thing – a total religious commitment to any sport, or sport’s hero, which steals or replaces worship of the True God and profanes His True Holy Days is another! Your God is whom you serve (Romans 6:16 / 2 Peter 2:9-22)!

Several years ago, I saw a newspaper ad advertising bid screen T.V.s which read, “Football is a religion, worship at a new altar!” How true indeed! The advertising firm hit that nail square on the head! Millions of people worshipping their athletic heroes, memorizing their plays, their history, their statistics, wearing their jerseys, adorning their cars, homes, and offices with images, logos, and names of their gods. For many, their lives revolve around hockey season, football season, basketball season, and baseball season. They have no clue how to worship the True God, or keep His Feasts! If they worship any god at all, it is a pagan one; demonstrated by the “mark” all pagan gods require of their followers… “holidays, and times and seasons” (Exodus 20:1-12, 14 / Deuteronomy 5:1-16, 18, 29). We are going to look closely at Scripture today, and at history, to see that these things are so! Remember, God requires us to treat His Days as Holy regardless of whether there is a Super Bowl scheduled or not, regardless if we have an important track meet or not (Isaiah 58:13-14)! We are required to work our plans and schedules around God’s Holy Days in reverence and in fear; not just fit the Good Lord in whenever we can (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10)!

A few weeks ago, we looked at Scriptures that showed us just how majestic, powerful, and awesome Lucifer was before he became the devil. If you missed that Bible Study, we invite you to go back and catch up by reading:

BIBLE STUDY: How Could A Holy God Ever Love A Sinner Like Me?

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Most people today cannot appreciate the tremendous power Satan still possesses to deceive the whole world (Revelation 12:9). They miss the point entirely, that a Holy God requires Holy Worship! You cannot worship God “your” way; you have to worship Him His Way – or your efforts are futile, ridiculous, vain, and will NOT be accepted by a Holy Creator God (John 4:23-26 / Mark 7:7-13 / Matthew 15:7-10 / Colossians 2:22 / Isaiah 29:13, 16-24). Satan knows what type of worship God will reject, and he is a master of packaging and delivering anything and everything, EXCEPT what God says, in the Bible, that He requires of His True Worshippers!

The True Holy Days of God:

Those who are keeping God’s Festivals today, and follow the teachings of Jesus, understand why we still keep the Holy Days. Each Holy Day teaches us something about the Plan of God (or the Gospel of the Coming Kingdom of God to this earth)!   

Now let’s find out the meanings of each of God’s Holy Days!

Spring time starts off God’s New Year (NOT the dead of winter like the Pagan Romans celebrated it). Spring time is when the flowers blossom and all the animals give birth to their young! Springtime was the first season when God made the whole earth (The first day of the first month)! The Spring Holy Days symbolize for us events that are related to Jesus Christ, as Our Creator; not only establishing and authoring the True times and seasons, but also redeeming us from death and washing away our sins by His Blood; then Christ teaching us how to reject sin, how to adopt and follow His Laws, and how we too can become partakers of God’s holy Spirit, and eventually eternal life:

1) The First Holy Day is PASSOVER.

It reminds us of God freeing us from slavery in Egypt, and the Sacrifice of Jesus to pay for the sins of the whole world (Exodus 12:13 / John 1:29).

2) The Second Holy Day begins The DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.

They remind us of our need to remove sin from our lives, as well as from the lives of all the converted and repentant people of God (Exodus 12:15, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8). The first day and the last day of this festival are Holy days; usually with a Sabbath Day falling in the middle of the week. It is from this Sabbath Day after Passover, that we count toward Pentecost.

3) The Third Holy Day is PENTECOST.

Pentecost means to “count fifty”, because it happens fifty days after the Sabbath day that occurs during the Days of Unleavened Bread. This Holy Day always happens on a Sunday, or the first day of the week. It reminds us that the "first fruits" harvest or SAINTS will come up in the first resurrection, if they are keeping God’s Law, and receive God's Holy Spirit upon baptism and conversion. (Leviticus 23:16-17 / Acts 2:1-4).

The autumn or fall season Holy Days symbolize events that are related to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The Fall Holy Days (in the seventh month of God’s year, counting from Springtime):

4) The Fourth Holy Day is THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS.

This day pictures the Coming of The KING! It pictures the coming of the Lamb of God (the birth of Christ), and Return of, or the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (The Lion of Judah); in its third fulfillment – it pictures the Arrival of God the Father upon this very earth (Revelation 21:1-7)! The Feast of Trumpets is also the time of the resurrection from the dead, for all of those who died in Christ (Leviticus 23:23-25 / Matthew 24:30-31 / Revelation 5:10, 20:4 & 6 / Daniel 12:1-3 / 1 John 3:1-3).

5) The Fifth Holy Day is THE DAY OF ATONEMENT.

This day reminds us of the judgment and sentencing of Satan, as well as his removal as "the god of this world" (Leviticus 23:26-32 / Revelation 20:1-3, 10). God’s people neither eat nor drink during this Holy Day.

6) The Sixth Holy Day is THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.

This 7 day festival reminds us of the first 1,000 years after The Return of Christ (Leviticus 23:33-36 / Revelation 20:2-4, 5:9-10). God will make the whole world like the Garden of Eden, and even re-create dinosaurs, also called the Dragons of God! This will be the paradise that the Thief on the Cross, and Lazarus and the Rich man will come out of their graves to live in, at the very end of the Millennial Rule of Christ!

7) The Seventh Holy Day is THE LAST GREAT DAY.

This is the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles which pictures the Second Resurrection, or the vast majority of humanity who were not resurrected as spirit beings at the Return of Jesus Christ. (Leviticus 23:39 / Revelation 20:5, 11-15). They will be given 100 years to learn to walk in God’s Ways as flesh and blood humans again, and also have an opportunity to enter into eternal life as sprit beings afterwards (Ezekiel 37:1-14 / Isaiah 65:20)! Then God the Father will come down from heaven, and live with us here on earth forever, after the earth melts with fervent heat  (2 Peter 3:7-14 / Revelation 21:1-8)!

Our bodies on earth are just like the temporary dwellings we live in during The Feast of Tabernacles. They are meant to be replaced with spirit bodies, so that we can live forever - with God the Father, and His Son Jesus the Christ!

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life" (2 Corinthians 5:1-4).

The joy we all experience during The Feast of Tabernacles pictures a soon coming time when Satan will no longer be around to cause the terrible evil and religious confusion that he does today! Just like a week has six days for us to work in the world, and a Sabbath Day to rest and enjoy God in; so shall the world be given 6,000 years from Genesis 1:2, until the 1,000 year Millennium Sabbath of rest, and the re-creation of all things!

God has a Great Plan in store for this world! It is a Plan only those who obediently keep God’s Holy Days, in the place He chooses to place His Name; will know about, or will be able to participate in (Exodus 31:12-18 / Leviticus 23:1-44 / Isaiah 58:13-14 / Deuteronomy 14:22-26 / Revelation 22:14)!

Contact One Nation Under God Ministries today for a FREE copy of God’s Holy Day Calendar, and then plan to attend and keep all the Feasts of The Lord! www.onug.us     

Plan NOW To Keep The Feast!!!

When Jesus Christ Returns to this earth, one of the first things He is going to do, is to make a disobedient world return to keeping His Annual Holy Days again; starting with the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16-19 / Isaiah 66:23-24)! Knowing this now; why not join One Nation Under God Minstires for this year's Feast of Tabernacles, in St. Peterburg, Florida U.S.A.!!!

Plan now to be there by sundown, Sunday, September 27th through sundown, Monday October 5th, 2015.

To learn more about why Jesus Christ and the New Testament Church continued to keep these Holy Days until Christ Returns; or how YOU and your family can join us for this year's Feast; just go to www.onug.us - or call us at (239) 353 - 1303. You and your children will be Blessed that you did! :o)

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Some Additional Reading For Those Who Want To Know More About The Holy Feast Days of Almighty God:

Can a Christian really be a “True Worshipper” of God, if they are following the teachings of Buddha, Adolf Hitler, Karl Marx, or any master other than Christ (Matthew 6:24 / Luke 16:13)? Suppose Lucifer changes himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14); and Satan then transforms his ministers, into ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13, 15) in order to deceive the people away from the True Path or Way of God (Ephesians 4:14 / Titus 1:10-11 / Hebrews 13:9 / 2 Peter 3:17 / Romans 16:17-18 / 1 Timothy 1:3-4 / Galatians 1:8-9 / 2 Peter 2:1 / Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 23-27); if you follow that doctrine and theology – no matter how sincere you may be – can you really be imitating Christ?

Didn’t Jesus tell us to live by His every Word (Matthew 4:4 / Luke 4:4 / Deuteronomy 8:3), and that we should follow His exact example (1 John 2:6)?

Would not this command, to follow His Word and His example, also hold true in observing sacred festivals commanded in the Holy Scriptures (Matthew 26:17 /Mark 1:21 / Luke 4:16, 31-32 / John 7:8-10, 14, 37)?

The Bible is clear, and those of us who are scripturally honest must admit; that the disciples of Christ, and the New Testament Church of God, continued to walk in Christ’s footsteps, and follow Jesus’ example with regards to the continual observance of the Biblical Feasts or Holy Days, well after the death and resurrection of our LORD (Acts 2:1, 12:2-4, 16:13, 18:4, 19 & 21, 20:6, 27:9 / 1 Corinthians 5:7-8). How many Christians today can really say they are keeping God’s Feast Days in Sincerity and Truth (John 4:24 / Colossians 2:16-23)?

Satan pollutes True Worship and his deception has even crept into the pages of your Bible!

Beware! Even our own Study Bibles and their marginal notes must be compared with other Scriptures and Biblically proven doctrines to prevent false doctrines from taking root in our hearts and minds (Isaiah 28:9-10 / 1 Thessalonians 5:21 / Galatians 1:1, 3-12 / Jeremiah 23:16, 36 / Romans 16:17-20 / 2 Corinthians 11:13-15). We must Prove ALL things!

One version of The King James Bible that I have, has a big, bold caption between Galatians 4:7 & 4:8 that reads: “Heirs of Promise Are Not to Return to Law”. Wow! Really? Is that what Paul is trying to tell a pagan congregation; one that never knew about or kept God’s True Holy Days and Sabbath - until the Disciples introduced them to the pagans? How can someone return to something they never before practiced? This is absurd, it is deviant, and it is a lie; one designed to lead ignorant people away from God’s Truth and from True Worship of a Holy God!

Dishonest Ministers, as my dishonest Bible just demonstrated, try to tell the Biblically ignorant that Paul was trying to keep new Christians from going back to keeping “the Jewish Law”, and “that they are now Free from the Law” with no need to keep the old Holy Days. This is just not even remotely so. Paul is speaking to former Gentiles, those who never previously kept God’s Law, but instead knew only the pagan holidays (Let’s look at Galatians 4:1-5). Here we see that Christ came to redeem those who “were in bondage under the elements of the world” (v:3; meaning those who were in bondage to sin, and the penalty of the Law for sin: which is death). Christ was born in the flesh  (made under the law, see v:4), accountable to the penalty of death also, had He sinned; yet was able to redeem us, because He did not sin, and was able to pay the penalty of sin for us all, so we could become adopted as Sons of God (v:5). Through baptism we could receive the Holy Spirit of God inside us, making us sons (v:6-7 /Romans 8:14 / John 14:23-24).

Now let’s look at Galatians 4:8. The Galatian Christians had formerly worshipped idols (“ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods”), before they were called by God to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. When they were called and received the Holy Spirit, they “knew God” and kept His Holy Days. But we see (v:9) that they “turned again” or went back to “the weak and beggarly elements” (of the world! Remember v:3!) or returned to the worshipping of idols again by desiring to keep pagan festivals and seasons again! Neither the Word of God, nor the Law of God, and His Holy Days, were ever “weak and beggarly” (Psalm 18:28, 30, 19:7)! They are the Sign by which God identifies His True Worshippers (Exodus 31:12-18 / Leviticus 23:1-44 / Isaiah 66:23)!!! God’s Holy Days will be enforced worldwide very soon!

Look at Galatians 4:10-12. This is Paul, formerly Saul, who had always kept God Holy Days – before and after his conversion to Christianity, and who never stopped keeping God’s Holy Days all the days of his life; this same Paul is talking to Gentile / Pagan converts to Christianity – those who grew up keep pagan holidays all their lives, who had only recently begun to keep god’s True Sabbaths. It is to these former pagans, that Paul is afraid for; as they have gone back to keeping (v:10) “days, and months, and times, and years” (or the pagan way of reconciling time and holidays in opposition of God’s Commanded Way!) You cannot go back to that which you never kept! A Chinese Communist can come to America, and become converted to embrace the principles of America’s God Fearing Republic. Now he can go back to China, and he can go back to his former way of thinking; but he cannot go back to America, and he cannot go back to embracing the concept of a Constitutional Republic – because that is where he presently is! You can only go back to a former state, you cannot go back to a present state. You cannot go back to a place where you have never previously been! The Galatian church never previously kept God’s Holy Days and Sabbaths, therefore they never previously knew the True God, nor were ever sanctified by Him (Exodus 31:13)! They could not go back to something they never knew… they went back to idolatry instead!

Paul NEVER condemned them for keeping the Sabbaths of God!

The same word we see translated in Galatians 4:3 & 9 for weak and beggarly “elements” of the world, is translated as “rudiments” of the world in Colossians 2:8. God would never condemn His Law as “of the world”!!! Jesus spoke condemningly to “the traditions of the elders”, “the tradition of men”, and “your own tradition” (Mark 7:3, 5-9); Jesus even nailed Moses’ hand written ordinances (or handwriting of requirements) to the cross (Colossians 2:14 / Ephesians 2:15). What Paul is telling us here, is that by Christ’s death on the cross; Jesus has wiped out or has done away with our debt, or the note or legal document of guilt, which we owed as a result of our sins, in our past life, before our repentance and baptism. Previously, we were governed by the standards, values, decrees, laws, and ordinances of the society in which we lived. Now that we have accepted Christ, repented, and have been baptized, we are able to embark on a new way of life, through God’s Spirit within us, and are now able to live by God’s Standards and His Values. Not only has our Father God wiped away our debt, but He has also imputed righteousness to us (Psalm 119:172-176 / 1 John 1:5-10 / John 14:15-21). Like King David, we should praise God for our redemption, and forget not His Commandments! They are what will refine us after Grace, molding us into the very image of a son of the Most High God. YES, the Law of God and the Holy Days are still very much in full effect! They are not rudiments, elements, or principles of the world! God’s Law is from Heaven and from a Holy God. Remember, the enemies of the cross of Christ mind earthly things, they will try to shift your focus from the True Worship of a Holy God (Philippians 3:18-19)!

Let’s Get Back To Looking At Some Earthly Things: Observing Days, and Months, and Times, and Years (Galatians 4:10)

In the old Testament we can see that God, Who had Commanded All the Tribes of Israel (not just the 1/12 which comprised the Tribe of Judah) to keep His Holy Days, also Commanded them NOT to “observe times” (Leviticus 19:26). Obviously, this is not referring the Keeping of God’s Sabbath and Holy Days which He gave to Israel to keep forever (See Leviticus 23:1-44). Remember too that the Annual Holy Days and Weekly Sabbath were to remain as the Sign of God’s People throughout all time (Exodus 31:12-18 / Isaiah 66:23). So the “observing of times” in Leviticus 19:26 and Galatians 4:10 CANNOT mean God’s Holy Days or Sabbaths! Yet we see a continuous trend of God’s people wanting to observe and keep “times” other than what God Commanded them to keep. It is also interesting to see these “times” are always mentioned with other things that God hates (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). It is also interesting to see that the keeping of times is connected with human sacrifice of children in fire, and the worship of other gods (Deuteronomy 12:1-4, 28-32). The modern season or month of winter celebration (Christmas and New Year’s Eve), continue on from an ancient pagan rite in which children were originally burned in fire for 12 days to the fire god (think of a modern song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and our modern fire god “Santa” (Satan?) who comes down the chimney into the fire place, and out of the fire into your home. Only now instead of Satan and his demons burning your children alive; they now make toys (the demons are now elves), and it is a splendid time to worship the god of this world in violation of Deuteronomy 12:1-4, 28-32 with Christmas trees and egg nog (Jeremiah 10:1-5, 8, 11)!

For more on The History Of Christmas, check out our YouTube video at: http://youtu.be/mpfDryeA4Js

The Greek and Roman world had an abundance of “days” that they observed on their calendars; days in which their citizenry would abstain from their normal business and labor for various pagan festivals. Today our week days still bear the names of pagan gods, in the English language (and many European languages too), reminding us to God’s displeasure of the pagan deities our forefathers worshipped on those days!

We can also use the Greeks and the Romans as examples of two cultures that observed “months”, perverting God’s calendar of spring and fall Holy Days. They would worship the god Apollo during the whole months of April and October, and the god Zeus during February and June of each year.

The Islamic nations today still observe “days” and “months” in the keeping of Ramadan, which they keep on the nineth month of the Islamic calendar. Fasting during the month is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims also believe that the Quran was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, so it could be revealed by the angel Gabriel to Muhammad. I think that it is interesting, that the Muslims still keep to a lunar calendar, with the month beginning with the first sighting of a crescent new moon (This is exactly the way God’s True churches still calculate new months and new years to this very day, in order to keep God’s Holy Days in their correct seasons). The first three “days” after the month of Ramadan is the Muslim festival of Breaking Fast. These are days kept in the celebrations of eating!

The Chinese culture, at least as early as the 14th century B.C., Also held to a lunar calendar, beginning in the Spring as God originally commanded His people (Leviticus 23:5 /Numbers 26:16 / Ezekiel 45:21). They would also clean their homes during the first 15 days of the month (Exodus 12:19-20); the cleansings were meant to appease the gods who were coming down from heaven to make inspections. They would then celebrate the Festival of Lanterns on the 15 th day of the first month. The Chinese also would celebrate each new “year” with the characteristics of one of their 12 zodiac animals: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. If you have ever been to a Chinese restaurant with a zodiac place mat, you are probably aware this Chinese cultural sensitivity: families to this day, consider what each new year, such as the year of the rat, might mean for their personal fortunes or for a child born during that year.

God never makes a whole month special or tells us to celebrate entire years. These things are the profaning of God’s sacred calendar and of God’s way of reckoning time (Daniel 7:25). God uses the reckoning of days and months for His Holy Days, the seventh day for His Sabbath, and God only counts years for agriculture (Leviticus 19:23-25, 25:2-7, 11-12, 18-22, 26:13, 42-43, 34-35 / Exodus 23:10-11 / Deuteronomy 8:7-8, 11:11-12), for tithing (Deuteronomy 12:5-6,11, 17-18, 14:22-25,28-29,  16:15, 26:12-15 / Numbers 18:21-24 / Proverbs 3:9 / Luke 18:12 / Hebrews 7:5, 9 / Amos 4:4), to determine the length of a man’s life, and for us to know the Plan of God in sequential order, in duration, and length (Genesis 41:1-7, 14-16, 25-32 /Revelation 20:2-3, 5, 7).

The Greeks also celebrated “years” in sequence. Thousands of years ago they had a ritual of hollowing every other year or every fourth year for a festival to different gods. The Olympics continue this trend even today, with many training year after year, in order to exhalt themselves before the world every fourth “year”. In our society sports heroes and Olympians are really treated like “gods”, hence the frequent use of steroids and other methods to attain this status! Their religion is sports, and they celebrate their festivals every two years (summer or winter games) and also every four years! There may be a few God-fearing people who participate in these games, but these games have nothing to do with God, His calendar, or His Holy Days! They are purely for personal and national glory apart from God, with huge prizes and billions in profits for those who play according to the “times and the years of this world”! This is what Galatians 4:10 speaks of -  NOT returning to observing these (days, and months, and times, and years [in honor of gods that are not gods])! It does not mean to stay away from God’s True and Eternal Holy Sabbath Days! They are the require path for all flesh to enter into eternal life (Matthew 19:17)!!! So says Jesus!

Even secular history records the truth in this matter. The Encyclopedia Britannica (13th Edition), under the subject of “Festivals”, states, “abundantly clear that Christ and His Disciples observed the appointed Jewish feasts.”

The Church that Jesus founded, continued to keep God’s Holy Days, just as Jesus did - for centuries, until the Roman Empire developed a “pagan form” of Christianity to compete with the Truth.

The Bait and Switch

Let us now allow Historian Stewart Easton, to give us some additional insight into “how” and “when” the Feasts of God, were replaced with the festivals of pagans, in many new Roman churches. Regarding the Emperor he writes:

"Constantine [A.D. 306-337], though not baptized a Christian until he was on his deathbed, took an active interest in the [Christian] religion, presiding over the important Council of Nicaea ... During the fourth century, under imperial protection ..., the Christian religion ... made rapid progress, even in the rural areas where the old gods had never altogether lost their appeal.

When at the end of the century (A.D. 392) [Emperor] Theodosius I decreed that henceforth Christianity was to be the only religion in the [Roman] empire, the countryside perforce had to submit and adopt at least the forms of Christianity.

But it would probably have been difficult for any observer to detect much difference ... It is clear that these folk knew little enough of the teachings or theology of Christianity, and the festivals and ceremonies of paganism for the most part were incorporated directly into the new official religion (The Heritage of the Past: From the Earliest Times to 1500, 1964, p. 402).”

Charles Guignebert, who was a professor of The History of Christianity at the University of Paris, describes the continuation of the process:

“Now at the beginning of the fifth century, the ignorant and the semi-Christians thronged into the Church in numbers ..., They had forgotten none of their pagan customs ..., The bishops of that period had to content themselves with redressing, as best they could, and in experimental fashion, the shocking malformations of the Christian faith which they perceived around them ... They had to be content with ... postponing until a later date the task of eradicating their superstitions, which they preserved intact ..., This 'later date' never arrived, and the Church adapted to herself, as well as she could, them and their customs and beliefs. On their side, they were content to dress up their paganism in a Christian cloak” (The Early History of Christianity, 1927, pp. 208-210).

It was during this time, in the first few centuries after the passing of Jesus’ original apostles; that observance of biblical practices, including the seventh-day Sabbath and God's commanded Feasts, began disappearing from the new and growing Roman Christian religion. The examples of Jesus Christ and the apostles were slowly replaced with pagan practices and a new set of religious holidays; all under the banner of Christianity (Galatians 1:1, 6-9)!

But did Jesus approve of His Church adopting the practices of pagan religious worship, being used to now worship God the Father in His Name? Doesn’t God Command us throughout time, to carefully obey and follow His commands (Deuteronomy 12:1-4, 28-32 / Revelation 22:18-19 / Deuteronomy 4:2 / Joshua 1:7 / Proverbs 30:6 / Ezekiel 44:5)? Ask yourself, “How does my daily schedule and event planner match up to God’s Plan for me?” Some of us need to make some BIG changes in our lives!

With God, Forever Means Forever (Exodus 31:12-18), and you are nothing more than a vapor (Psalm 39:5-6 / James 4:14 / Psalm 144:4)!

The Bible clearly reveals to us that God will require the whole world to observe these same biblical festivals in the future; after Jesus’ Second Coming (Zechariah 14:16). This time there will be stern penalties for those who forget what “throughout your generations” or “forever” means (see: 17-19).

Isaiah also clearly shows us that during the thousand year reign of Christ on this earth, ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH will keep God’s seventh day Sabbath (Isaiah 66:23). Forever means forever!

When Jesus taught His Disciples to pray, “Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10); HE MEANT IT! Notice exactly this happening during Christ’s rule upon this earth (Micah 4:2 / Isaiah 2:3).

God’s People, to this very day, are still keeping God’s commanded festivals, just like Jesus did; and they truly enjoy having “the sign of God” (Exodus 31:13). They love God (John 14:15), and God the Father, and Jesus Christ love them (John 14:21-23). God’s people remain in His Love because they are obedient to Him (John 15:10); God’s people know Him (1 John 2:3), and they know both LOVE and LOVE of God (1 John 5:3 / 2 John 1:6).

God’s Holy Days have been designed by God to teach His Children The Plan of God! Each year, in their proper season, God ordains us to keep days apart as Holy to Him, so that we can learn things about Him and His Plans for this world – things that other human beings will never know or understand until they too become obedient to The Father (Matthew 13:11-12, 16-17 / John 15:1-17)!

The faithful and obedient in Christ will always keep God’s True Holy Days and Sabbath; and will reject the pagan lies and substitutions of God’s truth (Revelation 22:11-15)! God’s Holy Days are meant for Christians to ENJOY! They truly are FEAST DAYS, meant to be enjoyed by God’s elect everywhere, throughout time, FOREVER!

God’s (Fall) Holy Days in 2015:

The Feast of Trumpets: Monday, September 14th

The Day of Atonement: Wednesday, September 23rd

The Feast of Tabernacles: Monday, September 28th thru Sunday, October 04th

The Last Great Day: Monday, October 05th

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