THE SHEPHERD AND THE CROSS MISSIONARY MINISTRY
Just a few thoughts that we would like to share...
~~USELESS TRADITIONS AS OPPOSED TO THE FEASTS DAYS of YHWH
So Many follow useless traditions of man while ignoring the true FEASTS/HOLY DAYS that are set up and appointed by YAH that are commanded to be observed forever. The word feast in Hebrew is mow-ed or MOED and it means appointed day, set feast, appointed season, tent of meeting, assembly and congregation. This is the appointed time we are to gather together an assembly to meet with the LORD. There are SEVEN appointed days set forth in Leviticus 23
These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. (Leviticus 23:4)
1. The Passover Feast – Leviticus 23:5 (also found in Exodus 12:14-28; Numbers 28:16-25; Deuteronomy 16:1-8)
2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread- Leviticus 23:6 this occurs on the day after Passover begins and lasts for seven days.
3. The Feast of First fruits – Leviticus 23:9-14 this occurs on the morrow after the Sabbath which is the 7th day of the week, the Saturday which occurs during the feast of unleavened bread. On the first day of the week which is Sunday is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest unto the priest. (Leviticus 23:10) In verse 14 YHWH declares…it shall be a statute FOREVER throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
4. The Feast of Pentecost- Leviticus 23:15-21 PENTA means 50 and this feast occurs 50 days after first fruits begins. From that Sunday 50 days are counted until PENTECOST. In verse 21 YHWH declares…it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. 5. The Feast of Trumpets- Rosh Hashanah Leviticus 23:25 also found in (Numbers 29:1-6) a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
6. The Day of Atonement/ YOM KIPPUR also called JUDGMENT DAY Leviticus 23:26-32 also found in (Numbers 29:7-11)
7. The Feast of TABERNACLES, SUKKOT, feast of booths or TENTS Leviticus 23:33-44 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute FOREVER in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
Now we must look at the significance of these HOLY FEAST DAYS, THE APPOINTED DAYS OF ASSEMBLY OF THE CONGREGATION WHICH ARE TO BE A STATUTE FOREVER, days that are opposed to the useless traditions of man. The word STATUTE in Hebrew is chuqqah pronounced CHOOKAH and it means AN EVERLASTING LAW OF YHWH, A RULE OF CONDUCT AND ESTABLISHED CUSTOMS FROM HEAVEN LASTING FOR ETERNITY. Many people believe that these statutes are only for JEWISH PEOPLE and do not apply to “Christians” but this is simply NOT TRUE. Allow me explain why…
First it should be noted that JESUS/YEHOWSHUA and the DISCIPLES were JEWISH. JESUS followed and FULFILLED all the customs and laws given to Moses by YHWH.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Moreover it should be noted that JESUS/YEHOWSHUA, the disciples and the early followers of MESSIAH were NOT CALLED Christians. They were called followers of the WAY or Nazarenes and they observed the JEWISH APPOINTED FEAST DAYS. The name “Christians” was a derogatory term used later on in mocking them for claiming that Jesus was the Messiah and had risen from the dead. This derogatory name originated in Antioch around 44 AD at least ten years after JESUS/YEHOWSHUA’s resurrection.
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Secondly it should also be noted that JESUS attended the APPOINTED FEASTS from the time he was a child and continued this practice into adulthood…
Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:41-43)
Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou does. Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. (John 7:2, 3 & 14)
And the Jews' Passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.
Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.
Even more importantly than the fact JESUS/YEHOWSHUA observed the HOLY FEAST DAYS he also FULFILLED the feasts during his FIRST ADVENT.
The VERY FIRST PASSOVER can be found in Exodus 12. Moses was told by YHWH that each household was to select a LAMB WITHOUT SPOT OR BLEMISH (Exodus 12:5) on the TENTH DAY of the FIRST MONTH (Exodus 12:3) and hold it until the FOURTEENTH DAY (Exodus 12:6) and on that day it shall be sacrificed and the blood is to be put on the door posts of each person’s house. (Exodus 12:7) The BLOOD of the LAMB was DELIVERANCE from DEATH to the Hebrews in Egypt. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13)
Most “Christians: follow the useless traditions of man and celebrate Easter Sunday by hiding colorful eggs and giving out chocolate Easter bunnies. However this is a pagan holiday used to replace the TRUE HOLY APPOINTED FEAST DAY of the LORD. Easter is the celebration of Astarte the pagan goddess of fertility and spring. The use of the eggs is symbolic of FERTILITY and reproduction; the use of rabbits is also for the same reason because rabbits are known to produce offspring very rapidly. Astarte was also a moon goddess, rabbits are also associated with the moon in Buddhism. However the TRUE HOLY DAY is PASSOVER.
#1 JESUS/YEHOWSHUA FULFILLED PASSOVER
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA entered into the city of JERUSALEM on the TENTH DAY day ridding a donkey the same day the LAMB is selected, which is FOUR DAYS before PASSOVER. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. (John 12:12-13)
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA is the LAMB WITHOUT SPOT OR BLEMISH…
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of A LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH AND WITHOUT SPOT:
(1 Peter 1:19)
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA was SACRIFICED as the PASSOVER LAMB on the FOURTEENTH DAY of the first Month which is PASSOVER.
Now before the FEAST OF THE PASSOVER, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God.
And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. (John 19:14)
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA’s BLOOD, the BLOOD of the LAMB delivers us from DEATH and instead gives us ETERNAL LIFE. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14)
#2 JESUS/YEHOWSHUA FULFILLED THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA was WITHOUT SIN which means HE was UNLEAVENED.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
This is why during the PASSOVER/THE LAST SUPPER JESUS told his disciples to eat the UNLEAVENED BREAD which was HIS BODY.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
#3 JESUS/YEHOWSHUA FULFILLED THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA was RESURRECTED on the MORROW AFTER the SABBATH during the FEAST of UNLEAVEND BREAD which is SUNDAY fulfilling FIRST FRUITS.
The FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA’s RESURRECTION from the DEAD on FIRST FRUITS was a sign to all that believe on MESSIAH that HE is the FIRST of MANY who will be resurrected from the grave and given ETERNAL LIFE. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
( 1 Corinthians 15:23)
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
#4 JESUS/YEHOWSHUA FULFILLED PENTECOST
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA PROMISED TO SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT AFTER HE DEPARTED…
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA was resurrected on the MORROW after the SABBATH of UNLEAVENEDBREAD which is FIRST FRUITS.
And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete.
After SEVEN SABBATHS or 7 weeks or 49 days had passed they received the HOLY SPIRIT.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
And after EIGHT DAYS again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them FORTY DAYS, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
JESUS/YEHOWSHUA appeared on the same day of his resurrection to the disciples (John 20:19) Then he appeared again after 8 days. (John 20:26) giving us a TOTAL of 48 days. The disciples were commanded not to depart from JERUSALEM until they had received the PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 1:4-5)
It is after this that JESUS ASCENDED into HEAVEN from the Mount of Olives… And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Finally on the day of PENTACOST the 50th DAY the HOLY SPIRIT was given….
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Each and every one of the first four HOLY FEAST DAYS were fulfilled by our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST/YEHOWSHUA HaMASHIACH during his FIRST ADVENT. Therefore during the SECOND COMING the second half of the HOLY FEAST DAYS will be fulfilled by our SAVIOUR as well. Even still there was a partial fulfillment of these feasts as well during JESUS’ FIRST ADVENT.
#5 JESUS/YEHOWSHUA FULFILLED ROSH HASHANAH/THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS
(There will also be a future fulfillment)
~~Unbeknownst to most so called “Christians” who celebrate December 25th the WINTER SOLSTICE and the pagan holiday of Christmas/Yule/Rebirth of Mithra the Sun God as JESUS’ birthday, MESSIAH was actually born September 11, 3BC during the FEAST of TRUMPTES.
~~And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you IS BORN THIS DAY in the city of David A SAVIOUR, which is CHRIST THE LORD.
The FEAST of TRUMPETS is known as THE CORONATION OF THE KING, JESUS WAS BORN THE NEW BORN KING. It is also known as the DAY of RAISING A SHOUT/PRAISING. Blessings for the NEW YEAR are given and this is also the first day of the DAYS OF AWE. There is no denying that even the ANGELS were PRAISING and GIVING BLESSINGS at this time. Also this was no doubt the beginning of not just a NEW YEAR but this event signaled the dividing line of time BEFORE CHIRST (BC) and ANNO DOMINI (AD) the YEAR OF OUR LORD. This time most definitely was the beginning of the DAYS of AWE because of the miracles JESUS would perform during his lifetime.
During FEAST of TRUMPETS it is believed that we are WRITTEN and INSCRIBED in the BOOK of LIFE. Remember when we accept JESUS CHRIST as our LORD and SAVIOUR we are given the VICTORY over Satan and power to tread over him because we are written in the BOOK of LIFE.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Those who were not written in the BOOK of life from the foundation of the world will wonder after the beast. But PRAISE YAH because the NAMES of GOD's CHILDREN were written in the BOOK before the foundation of the world.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
TESHUVAH or REPENTANCE is also a part or the FEAST of TRUMPETS. Repentance is linked with SALVATION and JESUS declared…
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!"
We are also told by Paul that in the future JESUS will collect his bride with the sound of TRUMPETS…
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
It should be noted that the FEAST of TRUMPETS is also known as The Day which No man knows the day or the hour. This day was determined by the first full moon which no one knew exactly when that would be. Men would literally be on “look-out” for the full moon. Depending upon what they saw, determined when the Feast was celebrated. Therefore when JESUS said…
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36)
JESUS could very well have been making a reference to ROSH HASHANAH/THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS.
#6 JESUS/YEHOWSHUA FULFILLED YOM KIPPUR/THE DAY OF ATONEMENT.
(There will also be a future fulfillment)
All who believe in JESUS CHRIST and are cleansed by his SACRIFICIAL BLOOD have received ATONEMENT for SINS. However we will receive the full effect AT HIS SECOND COMING when we are given access to the BLESSINGS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
~~And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. (Leviticus 16:9)
YEHOWSHUA/JESUS is the GOAT of the LORD who was our SIN OFFERING.
The HIGH PRIEST could only enter the HOLY of HOLIES once a year on the DAY OF ATONEMENT and not without BLOOD to offer a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the people (Hebrews 9:7) JESUS is our HIGH PRIEST.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
In doing so HE cleansed us from the iniquity of our sins…
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God?
Even still there is a FUTURE FULFILLMENT of this DAY as well because the DAY of ATONMENT is also called THE DAY of JUDGMENT and it is at this time that all will be JUDGED and receive what is due.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:46)
He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:8)
#7 JESUS/YEHOWSHUA FULFILLED THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
(There will also be a future fulfillment)
The FEAST of TABERNACLES or FEAST of BOOTHS/TENTS is symbolic of the EARTHLY TABERNACLE in which we live, our BODIES are our TEMPLES/TABERNACLES. JESUS was born during the FEAST of TRUMPETS, he was circumcised 8days later (Luke 2:21) on the DAY of ATONEMENT/YOM KIPPUR then 5 days after that is the FEAST of TABERNACLES which is the celebration of the SPIRIT OF GOD which came to DWELL IN AN EARTHLY TEMPLE.
The Tabernacle (Hebrew: מִשְׁכַּן, mishkan, means "residence" or "dwelling place"), according to the Hebrew Bible, the TABERNACLE was the portable dwelling place for the DIVINE PRESENCE. The TABERNACLE in Hebrew mishkan implies "dwell", "rest", or "to live in", referring to the "[In-dwelling] Presence of God", the shekhinah that dwelt within this divinely ordained structure.
The symbolism is made clear when we compare the temporary TABERNACLE/TENT Moses built as a meeting place with GOD and the temporary human body that the SON of GOD inhabited.
And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.
And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.
The EARTHLY SANCTUARY/TEMPLE/TABERNACLE that was built in the desert by Moses as a meeting place with the LORD and the HOLY of HOLIES which was behind the veil in the TEMPLE in JERUSALEM are symbolic of JESUS WHO WAS GOD IN THE FLESH, the EARTHLY TEMPLE which incased the indwelling of the DIVINE SPIRIT of GOD. This is also in comparison to the PASSOVER LAMB being a symbol for JESUS as well.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Yeshua said to them: “Timeless truth I speak to you: Before Abraham would exist, I AM THE LIVING GOD.”
This is why JESUS/YEHOWSHUA is called EMMANUEL which means GOD WITH US.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Behind the second curtain in the TABERNACLE was the MOST HOLY PLACE where the SPIRIT of the LIVING GOD dwells. (see Hebrews 9:3) Only the HIGH PRIEST can enter into the HOLY of HOLIES once a year on YOM KIPPUR the DAY of ATOMEMENT. Likewise there will be a SECOND FULFILMENT of this HOLY FEAST DAY and the INDWELLING of GOD in HUMAN TABERNACLES at the APPOINTED TIME as well.
We must remember we ourselves are TEMPLES/TABERNACLES of THE MOST HIGH GOD.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
(1 Corinthians 6:19)
If our bodies then are TEMPLES/TABERNACLES our HEARTS are the DOORWAY into the MOST HOLY PLACE, THE HOLY OF HOLIES our INNERMOST BEING our SOUL and SPIRIT, our most intimate thoughts, our TRUE ESSENCE, our HEART of HEARTS and who we really, truly are. Ironically our neighbor and good friend just had open heart surgery. Spiritually speaking we all need to have open heart surgery with GOD as our operating physician. Since the body is the temple of GOD and the HEART is the doorway to the HOLY OF HOLIES where GOD dwells, when we open this doorway to GOD BLESSINGS OF ABUNDANCE and GRACE will flow forth from our CREATOR to us and through us and into this world. In Rev 3:20 the scriptures declare...
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
The word sup is deipneō (dapneo) and it means supper, to share in the most intimate and blessed intercourse, connection, communication and relationship with GOD. This means when we OPEN the DOOR of our HEARTS we can have a CONNECTION and INTIMATE INTERCOURSE with GOD. This is the MARRIAGE FEAST of the BRIDE when TWO become ONE FLESH, the UNION, BLENDING, and FUSION of BRIDE and HUSBAND. CHRIST is our HUSBAND…
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
(1 Corinthians 11:2)
and we are HIS BRIDE…
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.(Ephesians 5:22-23)
We must place the BLOOD of the LAMB on the DOORWAY to our HEARTS and meet with YHWH on HIS APPOINTED FEAST DAYS which HE set up as AN EVERLASTING LAW, RULE OF CONDUCT AND ESTABLISHED CUSTOM FROM HEAVEN THAT LASTS FOR ETERNITY. In doing so we gain the opportunity to OPEN the DOORWAY of our TABERNACLE to receive all GOD has to offer us and be the future fulfilment of TABERNACLES…
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21)
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
(1 John 3:2)