Being that we are all saved by grace, why do we need to keep the Feasts?
We also believe that we are saved by grace through faith. However, grace does not give license to sin or to ignore our Father’s commandments. Paul in Romans 6:14-15 states, “…for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Certainly not.” In this case, it’s important to remember how Scripture defines sin. First John 3:4 states, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” From these passages, we learn that grace does not permit or justify sin, i.e., the breaking of the law. This would include the Feast days.
Additionally, here are a few facts on grace:
Grace is first found in the Old Testament, Genesis 6:5 and not in the New Testament
Grace is to bring us to repentance and justification (Romans 2:4; 5:15-21), while the law provides a way to live a sanctified or set-apart life, Romans 3:20.
We are not to use grace to justify lasciviousness or sin, Judge 4.
Regarding the Feast days, there are several reasons why these days remain crucial to proper worship. They were commandments by Yahweh in the Old Testament, e.g. Leviticus 23. They were observed by Yahshua and apostles in the New Testament, e.g. Mark 14:1; John 7:2, 37; Acts 2:1; 12:3; Acts 20:6, 16; and 1Corinthians 5:7-8. They will be observed in the millennial Kingdom by all peoples and nations, Isaiah 66:23, Ezekiel 44; 46; and Zechariah 14:16-19. And they foreshadow our Father’s plan of salvation.
The fact that the Feast days were observed in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, and will be in the millennial Kingdom, confirms that we should be observing them now. Also, the fact that Yahshua the Messiah, our example, observed them is critically important to recognize.
Doesn’t Ephesians 2:15 do away with the need to obey the Old Testament commandments?
While many use Ephesians 2:15 as proof that Paul abolished the Old Testament commandments, nothing could be further from the truth. The key to understanding this passage is found in the word “ordinances.” This word is from the Greek dogma and refers to man-made decrees or ceremonial law. Strong’s provides the following definition: “…a law (civil, ceremonial or ecclesiastical.” In addition to this passage, dogma occurs four times in the New Testament. Below are the passages:
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree [dogma] from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed” (Luke 2:1)
“And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees [dogma] for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem” (Acts 16:4)
“Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees [dogma] of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Yahshua” (Acts 17:7)
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances [dogma] that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his stake” (Colossians 2:14).
Based on the above, Luke 2:1 and Acts 17:7 refer to Roman civil law; Acts 16:4 refers to ecclesiastical laws from the apostles; and Colossians 2:14 and Ephesians 2:15 likely refer to rabbinical laws that served as a wedge between Jew and gentile. It’s important to note that in none of the above examples, as well as Ephesians, dogma does not refer to Old Testament law, including laws dealing with morality and worship. It is clear from the New Testament that the Messiah and apostles, including the Apostle Paul, were not opposed to the Old Testament commandments, but taught compliance to them, Matthew 5:17-20; 19:17; 22:37-40; Mark 10:19; John 14:15; Romans 3:31; 7:12; 13:8-10; 1Corinthians 7:19; 1John 2:3; 3:4; 5:3; and Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14.
When the disciples came together in Acts 2, their motivation was not to “get the Holy Spirit.” It was to observe an Old Testament Feast, which Yahweh commanded for them as well as for us today.
The Feast of Weeks or Firstfruits (commonly called Pentecost) is both a holy convocation and a pilgrimage feast.
a. According to Leviticus 23:21, the Feast of Weeks is a holy convocation (Heb. kodesh miqraa). Strong’s Concordance defines the word miqraa as “something called out, i.e. a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal.” The word miqraa does not only define a public meeting, but also a type of rehearsal. Yahweh’s holy days are rehearsals of prophetic events. In addition, the Feast of Weeks is one of the three commanded pilgrimage feasts (Deuteronomy 16:16). During these pilgrimage feasts Israel would congregate at a central location where Yahweh’s Name was placed. Most often this place was Jerusalem.
To arrive at the Feast of Weeks, we are to count weeks starting with the day of the wave sheaf offering in the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
c. Seven complete Sabbaths or weeks were counted from the wave sheaf to the Feast of Weeks. This count began the first day of the week falling within the Feast of Unleavened Bread, on the morrow after the weekly Sabbath, when the wave sheaf or omer offering was presented by the priest (Leviticus 23:15; Deuteronomy 16:9-10). Israel could not begin the barley harvest until after the priest waved an omer of barley grain as a firstfruits offering to Yahweh.
The Feast of Weeks is always observed on which day(s) of the week?
b. The Feast of Weeks always falls on a Sunday. Traditional Jews today keep the Feast of Weeks on the sixth of Sivan. Traditional Jews interpret the phrase “on the morrow after the Sabbath,” as found in Leviticus 23:11, to mean the morrow after the first High Day, i.e. the sixteenth of Abib. Fifty days from the sixteenth of Abib is the sixth of Sivan. This Jewish tradition does not agree with the Hebrew text, however. The word Sabbath in Leviticus 23:11 is from the Hebrew word “shabbath,” which refers to the weekly Sabbath. The Hebrew word shabbathown is the word used in reference to the annual Sabbaths, e.g. Leviticus 23:24. Further, non-traditional Jews, e.g. the Sadducees and the Karaites, both interpret the phrase, “on the morrow after the Sabbath” to mean the weekly Sabbath. Non-traditional Jews are those who reject the rabbinical teachings that have been added through the Talmud.
Which harvest is depicted by the Feast of Weeks?
b. The Feast of Weeks comes at the completion of the barley harvest and celebrates the wheat harvest (Ex. 23:16; 34:22; Num. 28:26). Pentecost or Feast of Weeks falls on the 50th day after the day the omer of barley is waved before Yahweh. In the New Testament, Yahshua represented the spiritual wave sheaf as He presented Himself to Yahweh after His resurrection, on the day following the weekly Sabbath, John 20:19. (see question 5)
The Feast of Weeks is also known as the Feast of Firstfruits. Firstfruits represent whom?
b After His resurrection in John 20:17, Yahshua told Mary Magadalene not to touch Him because He had not yet ascended to His Father in heaven to get approval of His sacrifice. By nightfall (v. 20) the disciples were allowed to touch Him as by then He had appeared before Yahweh just as the High Priest waved the sheaf before Yahweh to be accepted and the spring harvest could begin. This occurred after His Passover memorial and sacrifice on the day of the wave sheaf during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Paul explains in 1Corinthians 15:20: “But now is Messiah risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” Yahshua as the fulfillment of the wave sheaf was the “first of the firstfruits,” while Yahweh’s people are the general firstfruits represented by the wheat harvest of the Feast of Weeks, James 1:18.
According to Jewish tradition, what key Old Testament event occurred on the Feast of Weeks?
c. Jewish tradition teaches that Yahweh’s Law was given at Sinai on the Feast of Weeks. The Bible does not specifically state that the Law was given in the third month, nor does it give the precise day, and therefore this tradition cannot be totally substantiated. Nevertheless, Israel would have reached Sinai at about the time of the Feast of Weeks in their wilderness journey.
The two loaves that were offered during the Feast of Weeks consisted of what ingredient(s)?
d. Leviticus 23:17 tells us that the two wave loaves were two tenths of an ephah in measure, and consisted of fine flour and yeast. The prophetic significance of the two loaves may refer to those who will be resurrected at Yahshua’s Second Coming and approved of Yahweh like the wave sheaf. With this Barnes Notes agrees, “The loaves appear to be distinctively called ‘the first fruits for Yahweh,’ and to them are found in Rom. 11:16; 1Cor. 15:20, 23; James 1:18; Rev. 14:4, etc. As these loaves offered before Yahweh sanctified the harvest of the year, so has ‘[Messiah] the firstrfuits’ sanctified the [assembly], which, in its union with Him as the firstfruits, becomes also the Sanctifier of the world.”
The Feast of Weeks prohibits what activity(ies)?
d. Yahweh in the Law specifies that no work of any kind is allowed on the Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:21). The word “servile” in Leviticus 23:21 is from the Hebrew word abodah, which according to the Strong’s Concordance means, “work of any kind.” Moreover, the Old Testament also states that buying and selling should be avoided on the weekly Sabbath and on a holy day (Nehemiah 10:31).
The word “Pentecost” means
b. “Pentecost” is a Greek word meaning, “fiftieth,” referring to its observance on the 50th day from the wave sheaf offering.
What significant event occurred in the New Testament on the day of Pentecost
c. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), and as a result, it is written that they who were gathered at this Feast heard one another in their own language. This is the first instance of the gift of tongues. The word “tongue” is from the Greek word glossa, which Strong’s Concordance says is “of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication, a language (specially, one naturally unacquired).” The word tongue defines a known language that is acquired by supernatural means through the Spirit. This gift allowed the Apostles to communicate with those of other nations, and helped to expedite the Truth at that time. Paul said this gift, however, would cease (1Cor. 13:8). Yahweh’s Spirit enables us to be obedient to Him, Ezek. 36:26-27. 11
Who in the New Testament kept the Feast of weeks after Yahshua’s death and resurrection?
d. It is written that all twelve Apostles were gathered at Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1, 14). In addition, the Apostle Paul, as his custom was, continued keeping the Feast of Weeks years after Yahshua’s death (Acts 20:16). It’s noteworthy that no modern holiday is mentioned in either Old or New Testament, including Christmas, Easter, and Lent.
What does Pentecost foreshadow prophetically?
a. The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) prophetically symbolizes the resurrection of the saints, which will take place at Yahshua’s Second Coming (1Thes. 4:16-17). Yahshua was resurrected during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, thus becoming the first of the firstfruits among those who sleep and await His Second Coming (1 Cor. 15:20-23). Pentecost is the second harvest Feast of the year and symbolizes the resurrection of many brethren who are prophesied to follow Yahshua’s resurrection at His return.
There is no greater step in our spiritual walk as believers than baptism. Yahshua the Messiah was immersed by John the Baptist as an example for us. Immersion is also the one single act that confirms our discipleship to the Messiah.
Considering the magnitude of baptism, it’s crucial that we get it right. So what does the Bible say about baptism or immersion? What name or names should we be baptized into? Is anything required before we undergo this commitment? Who is qualified to baptize? And what is the consequence if we forego this step or if we are not properly immersed?
Let’s begin the inquiry with some basics.
Acts 2:38 is an early account of baptism. Before discussing what Peter reveals here, let’s first consider the events that led up to this pivotal moment. A large group of people just witnessed the outpouring of Yahweh’s Holy Spirit and heard Peter’s dynamic Pentecost message on the death and resurrection of Yahshua the Messiah. As a result, many were pricked in their hearts.
Once the people realized what they had done in putting the Messiah to death, they were in complete remorse for their transgression. They asked Peter what they should do now. Peter replied, “…repent and be baptized.” These are some of the most important words in all of Scripture.
The first step to baptism begins with repentance. Repentance comes from the Greek metanoeo and means “to think differently or afterwards, i.e. reconsider,” Strong’s.
Before entering the waters of baptism we must reconsider our past ways and commit to a new way of life. In essence, repentance is acknowledging that we cannot live as we did before and that we must change our ways and begin living according to Yahweh’s Word.
The word “baptism” comes from the Greek baptizo and means “to immerse, submerge; or to overwhelm (i.e. to be fully wet),” Strong’s. This is why baptism is a full immersion into water and not just a sprinkling. As we’ll see later, baptism also represents a burial.
Baptism first and foremost is for the remission of sins. Baptism is the only way to find forgiveness, i.e. a washing away of our past sins. To be cleansed from our previous sins and be justified we must seek water baptism into Yahshua’s Name.
We also find here that the Holy Spirit is given at baptism with the laying on of hands. Contrary to what many theologians teach, the Holy Spirit is not the third person of a “Holy Trinity.” Instead, it represents the power and influence emanating from our Heavenly Father that guides us into deeper truth.
Yahshua’s Name Alone for Immersion
Based on the biblical record, baptism was done into the singular name of Yahshua the Messiah. This is the only form of baptism used by the apostles in the New Testament. Besides Acts 2:38, there are several more accounts to consider:
“For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Master Yahshua” (Acts 8:16).
“And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Yahshua. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days” (Acts 10:48).
“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Sovereign Yahshua” (Acts 19:5).
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Yahshua Messiah were baptized into his death?” (Rom. 6:3).
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Messiah have put on Messiah” (Gal. 3:27).
From these passages we find that baptism was always done into the singular Name of Yahshua the Messiah. As Peter relates in Acts 4:12, there is only one name whereby we find salvation, i.e., Yahshua. This is why we exclusively immerse into Yahshua’s Name. This is also the reason we advocate re-baptism for those who were immersed into a different name or form. As Paul states in Ephesians 4:5, there is only “one Master, one faith, one baptism.”
This includes baptism into the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as seen in Matthew 28:19. Besides the fact that this formula was never used by the apostles, there are serious questions regarding this passage’s legitimacy.
As we note in the Restoration Study Bible, “This Trinitarian formula is highly suspect. According to the Jerusalem Bible, ‘It may be that this formula ‘Father…Son…Holy Spirit,’ so far as the fullness of its expression is concerned, is a reflection of the liturgical usage established later in the primitive community.
“It will be remembered that Acts speaks of baptizing ‘in the name of Yahshua only.’ Equally important is Eusebius’ omission of this phrase: ‘The facts are, in summary, that Eusebius quotes Matthew 28:19, 21 times, either omitting everything between “nations” and “teaching,” or in the form “make disciples of all nations in my name,” the latter form being the more frequent’” (Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics).”
Baptism and the Presbytery
Being there is only one baptism, as believers we must ensure that we follow the example of Yahweh’s Word. If not, Yahweh may not honor our baptism. For this reason it’s also important that the baptism be performed by someone who has the authority to immerse.
As we find in Scripture, the presbytery or body of elders was given the sanction to baptize and lay on hands. The only exception is that deacons too can baptize, but they must not lay on hands. As seen in the eighth chapter of Acts, while Deacon Philip was able to baptize, only Peter and John could lay on hands for the Spirit.
“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of Elohim, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Master Yahshua.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit,” Acts 8:14-17.
Peter in Acts 10:45-46 baptized Cornelius and his household (adults only). Also, Paul in Acts 19:5-6 baptized, followed by the laying on of hands. Not only were Peter and Paul apostles, but they were also elders, 1Peter 5:1.
Baptism is also a type of anointing, similar to ordination or praying for the sick. Why is this important? Because in every instance of anointing, whether for a priest or king in the Old Testament or ordaining an elder or deacon in the New Testament, it was always by a member of the priesthood or someone already appointed to the office of minister. For more, see “Authority to Baptize and Anoint” sidebar on p. 9.
Minimum Age for Immersion
A question many ask is, what is the appropriate age for baptism? Assuming the mother or father is in the faith, should we baptize infants or those in their teens or near it? Does the Bible provide any insight to this question?
It does, and that age is 20 years old. We call this the “age of accountability.” Several situations show that this is the age Yahweh determines that a person is answerable for their actions. Consider the following:
“When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto Yahweh, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them. This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of Yahweh. Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto Yahweh,” Exodus 30:12-14.
“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When a man shall make a singular vow, the persons shall be for Yahweh by thy estimation. And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary,” Leviticus 27:2-3.
“From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies,” Numbers 1:3.
“This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more,” Numbers 8:24-25.
“Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith Yahweh, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,” Numbers 14:28-29.
“And Yahweh’s anger was kindled the same time, and he sware, saying, Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me,” Numbers 32:1-11.
“For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above: Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Yahweh, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of Elohim,” 1Chronicles 23:27.
“Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of Elohim at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of Yahweh,” Ezra 3:8.
While each one of these accounts is important, perhaps the most notable are those describing Yahweh’s judgment of Israel in the wilderness. Because of their rebellion, all those 20 years and older and considered mature and accountable died in the wilderness!
Repentance is key
Peter in Acts 3:28 told the people first to “repent.” The word repent means to think differently or to reconsider. In essence, it’s recognizing our past sins and committing to live a better way according to Yahweh’s commandments. We also know from the Word that those who backslide from this covenant promise will be judged harshly.
Realizing the awesome gravity and commitment in baptism, it is essential that the person who obligates himself to this crucial step is of a responsible age and accountable for their actions going forward. Scripture unquestionably teaches this age to be 20 years old.
Some might argue that their teenager is ready. While this may be true of a very small portion of teens, most in this stage of life are not experienced enough in life, committed, and mature in heart and mind to grasp such a life-altering promise to Yahweh. They cannot appreciate the profound significance of repentance in our lives.
Once committed to the “burial” water Yahweh will hold the person to their decision for life and there is no turning back; there are no “do-overs” when we pledge our life to Yahweh. Any minister who would baptize an immature youth has no regard for the magnitude of his actions. Consider that Yahshua held off His own baptism and the beginning His ministry until 30 years of age. While we don’t believe this requires us to wait until 30 for baptism, it shows that waiting at least until 20 is minimal, even for the most advanced and mature teen.
Dying A Spiritual Death
Baptism symbolically represents a death of our old nature. Paul in Romans 6:3 states, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Yahshua Messiah were baptized into his death?”
Paul explains that baptism represents a type of burial. The death that it represents is something special; it symbolizes the death of Yahshua the Messiah. When we’re immersed into Yahshua’s Name we emblematically take part in His death.
By dying to Him through baptism we put to death our old man and essentially become part of Him. It should be remembered that a sinner cannot enter into Yahweh’s Kingdom, 1Corinthians 6:9-11, and that only those in Messiah will be resurrected at His Second Coming, 1Corinthians 15:23.
Paul goes on to say, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Messiah was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection,” verses 4-5.
Paul confirms here that baptism represents a death; the death of Yahshua the Messiah. He also explains that after baptism we are to walk in newness of life. The word “newness” comes from the Greek kainotes and refers to a “renewal.”
At baptism, we start over as a new person with a new life and aspirations, and goals that make Yahweh and His Word the center of our lives. We become dead to our old man and walk in a new and better way. This is what it means to walk in newness of life.
We find here a third reason that baptism into Yahshua’s Name is necessary for salvation. In verse 5 Paul explains that as we were buried with Yahshua at baptism, we will also be resurrected in His likeness at His coming. Therefore, to be resurrected in Messiah we must first die to Messiah through baptism. Without baptism into Yahshua’s Name we are none of His and cannot partake in His resurrection.
Starting in verse 6, Paul explains the need of removing sin: “Knowing this, that our old man is impaled with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin…. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto Elohim, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto Elohim,” verses 6-7, 12-13.
Paul stated that at baptism our old man is impaled with Yahshua the Messiah. We impale the flesh so that our carnal, sinful nature might be destroyed. After baptism we can no longer justifiably live a life of sin. This is why Scripture describes baptism as a death to our old person. If something is dead it no longer exists. For example, Scripture says that the dead cannot praise Yahweh.
Baptism works the same way regarding sin. Those immersed into Yahshua’s Name have an obligation to abstain from sin and the breaking of Yahweh’s commandments, 1John 3:4. Have those immersed into Yahshua’s Name become complacent? Do we find ourselves compromising His Word? The commitment that we made at baptism holds as true today as it did the day of our baptism.
In verse 13 Paul says that we should yield our members as instruments of righteousness unto Elohim. The word “righteousness” here comes from the Greek dikaiosune. The Thayer’s Greek Lexicon defines this word: “(1) the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of G-d and (2) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting.”
These are the characteristics and values that believers in the Messiah must exhibit in their own lives. How do we measure up? Are we fulfilling the commitment we made when we underwent immersion into Yahshua’s Name? Are we displaying integrity and righteousness in our lives?
If Yahshua returned today, would we have the confidence to stand boldly before Him knowing that we faithfully served Him? If the answer is “yes,” praise Yahweh. However, if we are uncertain or the answer is “no,” then let us better serve Him. Scripture states that we were bought with a price and that we no longer belong to ourselves, but to our Savior. This commitment occurred at baptism.
If you have not yet been immersed into Yahshua’s Name, but desire this crucial step, then we encourage you to contact the Ministry or seek out a congregation following the truths of Scripture, including calling on the Names of Yahweh and Yahshua along with observing the Sabbath and Feast days.
As long as we are committed to our Heavenly Father, Yahweh, and to our Savior, Yahshua the Messiah, then there’s no reason to wait. A person does not need to be perfect for baptism but only possess a resolute faith and a humble heart to faithfully obey the One they worship.
What 3,400-year-old book can you cite that is errorless in its prophecies, flawless scientifically, spot-on historically, up-to-the-minute both sociologically and ethically– all the while being as current as today’s newspaper?
The Bible is all of that, and much more.
There are 1,800 prophecies in the Bible and not one has ever been proven wrong. Being that the Scriptures are Yahweh’s inspired words, nothing in the original autographs could be anything but totally true, accurate, and irreproachable.
Psalm 12:6 tells us, “The words of Yahweh are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” In other words, perfect.
Everything the Scriptures give us in terms of direction in life is absolutely faultless. John 17:17 tells us, “Thy Word is Truth.”
The Word itself also claims inerrancy. Proverbs 30:5 and 6 tells us, “Every word of Elohim is pure.” It is thoroughly accurate.
The oldest texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls were produced about four centuries before Yahshua, and they validate the faithfulness of later manuscripts that were used for the translations of the Old Testament. Compare them with one Hebrew manuscript after another and you find them amazingly accurate.
The Bible Is Perfect and Complete
There has never been anything in the Bible proved false. The Bible is way ahead of its time in every category.
The Bible is also complete, with nothing more needed for the believer. From Genesis through Revelation all 66 books are comprehensive and nothing is to be added or removed from the text.
At the beginning of the book, Yahweh cautions, “You shall not add to the Word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it,” Deuteronomy 4:2. In the middle of the Scriptures, we read, “Every word of Eloah is pure…Add not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar,” Proverbs 30:5-6. At the end, in Revelation 22:18-19, we find the same prohibition against introducing any additions or deletions.
The perfection of the Scriptures also perfects us. Paul told Timothy in 2Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is inspired by Yahweh and is profitable for instruction, for correction, for reproof, for training in righteousness that the man of Elohim may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” It is sufficient. Nothing more is needed as to proper, spiritual training for salvation.
No special revelation from on high to individuals is required. Yahweh doesn’t need to buttress His Word in that way. Neither is Yahweh’s Word open to personal, private interpretation, 2Peter 1:20.
Scripture is authoritative and final for the entire universe. Isaiah 1:2 says, “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for Yahweh has spoken.” Psalm 119:89 verifies, “Forever, O Yahweh, Thy Word is settled in heaven.”
This imperious book comes to us in the form of many commands. It reveals blessings when we follow it and sufferings when we don’t.
The Word even predicts that many won’t accept it or Yahweh’s laws as His standard of behavior today. The natural mind has innate resistance to obedience. The Bible calls it enmity in Romans 8:7:
“Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward Elohim; for it does not subject itself to the law of Elohim, for it is not even able to do so,” New American Standard Bible.
Man Naturally Dislikes Limits
We live by laws that regulate our everyday existence. We can’t survive without law. We see law operating in what we eat, how we move, and how we drive; law is behind what we live in, it regulates our finances, our government, our activities. Laws keep us healthy and safe.
Natural laws also make life possible–everything is controlled and kept in order by natural law–macro life or micro life, it all responds to and is limited in well-defined, fixed ways.
When we move to the moral realm, however, in the minds of the obstinate there is no absolute law. They want the wild West where you can do whatever you want with impunity.
That’s impossible. There are built-in moral principles and restraints in life. Serious social problems result when moral laws are ignored or violated. Prisons are filled with violators of moral-ethical laws.
Break Yahweh’s spiritual laws and you will get kickbacks and consequences just as when breaking physical laws like jumping from a skyscraper or ingesting poisons.
Paul clearly taught that law is always in effect, New Testament-focused doctrine notwithstanding, Romans 7:1.
How many know that the Bible contains over 250 passages in the Old Testament as well as 55 passages in the New Testament that require obedience to everything that is commanded in Scripture? In addition, there are 1,050 New Testament passages that speak of obeying Yahweh in His commands, statutes and judgments (Dake’s).
The Bible is an incredible book that explains the way to true happiness. Get in line with it and your life will be filled with hope and deep-down joy and satisfaction. Go against it and you will be miserable and suffer consequences. The Creator who put in place natural laws is the same one Who established moral and spiritual law.
The Bible is Scientifically Accurate
The Scripture presents the only viable explanation for the universe. And it has not been proved false in anything it says. Not a single statement is in error. No human work can do that.
Why don’t some brilliant professors who believe nothing produced everything write a book detailing the universe, the nature of man, and hundreds of long-range prophecies. Then, 6,000 years from now we’ll compare and see if everything they wrote is still true and accurate as the Bible.
The Bible speaks of the nature and behavior of man that is the same today as at the dawn of man’s existence. Man’s basic nature doesn’t change and that’s why the Word is as fresh as the day it was written.
In the physical world, the Bible affirms that mass doesn’t go out of existence. It can alter form but it doesn’t disappear. Communities found that out when they burned trash at city dumps. You didn’t really get rid of the trash, you simply changed its form, going from land pollution to air-polluting smoke.
The first law of thermodynamics says that energy cannot be created or destroyed. The total amount of energy and matter in the universe remains constant,
Does the Bible know anything about that?
Note what Isaiah said thousands of years ago, “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth,” 40:26.
Here we find not only that all the stars and planets are named, but also a confirmation that their matter cannot go out of existence. Nehemiah 9:6, also reads, “Thou hast made heaven, the earth and all things therein, the seas and all things therein and Thou preservest them all.”
Ecclesiastes 1:10, “Is there anything of which it may be said…See, this is new? No, it has already been from of old.” The Bible has been proclaiming this for thousands of years.
The Bible also affirms another law which says, left to themselves things break down, become disordered. They don’t become more complex, more sophisticated, more organized. Build a sand castle and eventually wind, waves, and rain will flatten it out. Erect a skyscraper and it will in time rust away and collapse. It won’t evolve into a space shuttle.
The law of increasing disorder (also the Second Law of Thermodynamics) alone disproves evolution because it says things start from order and go to disorder, not the other way around. In other words, everything put together will eventually fall apart on its own, not become more complex and sophisticated.
Disbelievers want to believe in evolution because they don’t want a Creator; because then they’d be subject to His commands and be under His judgment. So just eliminate Him with a theory that everything happened all by itself! That’s lunacy.
Incredibly, supposedly “smart” scientists believe it! Scripture even addresses them in Romans 1:22, 25: “Professing themselves wise they became fools…They exchanged the truth of Yahweh for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is forever praised,” NIV.
Evolution focuses entirely on created things, trying to find a link between them that would support their hypothesis.
Romans 8 presents this to us in very clear terms. Listen to what the Apostle Paul wrote before any scientist had come up with it. “The creation was subjected to nothingness.” Evolution has to begin with something. It can’t run on nothing.
When the Bible talks about scientific things it is totally accurate. Even science fails to explain where the primordial soup came from. Where the spark came from that supposedly began life and all of the other impossibilities inherent in this theory.
The Book of Job in 26:8 and 36:27-28 describes a great deal about the scientific workings of the earth, including evaporation and condensation. Ecclesiastes 1:7 gives the water cycle.
Wise, Foolish Man
Man professing himself wise is but a fool. Old ideas about the earth and about the solar system were very strange. Before 500 years ago many thought that the earth was a CD, a flat disk.
When Copernicus came along in the 15th century he presented the idea that the earth was in motion. He asserted that the earth rotated on its axis once daily and traveled around the sun once yearly: it was a fantastic concept for the times. People first thought he was crazy when he said the earth was spinning at 1,000 mph because they couldn’t feel the motion.
Hippocrates – another “great” mind – said there were one thousand and twenty-two stars in the sky. Ptolemy said, “No, there are one thousand and fifty-six.” And Kepler said, “You’re both wrong, there are one thousand and fifty-five.”
Why didn’t they read Jeremiah 33:22, which says the stars can’t be counted. Give it up, fellows, they are too numerous to be counted. Estimates today reach into a hundred billion stars and planets in our galaxy alone, and there are billions of galaxies!
Job says Yahweh hangs the earth on nothing. How did he know that? One ancient Eastern book says it rests on seven layers of sugar, honey and butter. The Hindu says it rests on the backs of elephants. And when Job says He turns the earth like the clay to the seal, he’s simply saying it rotates on an axis.
How did Job know that? In fact he uses the word klug, which speaks of the circle or sphere of the earth as does Isaiah 40:22. How did he know it was a sphere? Job said Yahweh imputed weight to the wind. It wasn’t until the seventeenth century that anybody realized that a column of air had weight.
It’s said that George Washington died after doctors bled him to death trying to cure a viral infection. They used to bleed you for healing until they finally figured out what the Scriptures had been saying for thousands of years: “The life of the flesh is in the blood,” Leviticus 17:11. Blood carries life. When Yahshua shed His blood for us, He gave His life for ours. Blood for blood.
Astronomical Chances for Accuracy
The Bible has made amazing prophecies that have already been fulfilled.
No human could predict with such exactness what the Bible prophesied about Yahshua’s identity, name, birthplace, and burial all 700 years before He was born. The likelihood that 48 prophecies about someone were accurately fulfilled would be 1 in 10 followed by 157 zeros. Yahshua fulfilled more than 300 prophecies about Himself, made 150 years before He was born,
Isaiah predicted where Cyrus, king of Persia, would be born, what his name would be, and his act of releasing Israel from captivity. In addition, King Josiah was named 300 years before his birth, 1Kings 13:2.
Prophetically the Bible is without peer. No human could write such pre-history and come even close to the precision as in the Word. Nobody on earth knows what the future holds. But Scripture does.
The Bible refers to the Hittite people 36 times. Because no outside record could confirm their existence, skeptics said the Bible couldn’t be trusted. Excavations in Turkey now have shown that the Hittite empire was extensive.
The same non-existence was claimed of the biblical cities of Ur, Sodom, and Gomorrah until the Ebla tablets were found in the 1960s.
No other book of any other major world religion answers the question about the origins of the universe, the human race, why there is suffering in the world and how to eliminate it, and what man’s destiny is. Only the Bible does.
Nothing explains all of this except that Yahweh wrote it.
Nothing else explains its scientific accuracy.
Nothing else explains its prophetic accuracy.
Nothing else explains its spiritual and penetrating power and its ability to transform lives.
Nothing else explains its miracles which are from front to back in the Word – verified by many eyewitnesses. Being that the Bible is proven totally true and accurate on many levels, let alone that it is the very key to life, who would not want to learn it for the sake of their own salvation?
One of the biggest hindrances to Bible study is when we come to Scripture with presuppositions and force the Bible to conform to those beliefs.
Time for Proper Study
You can’t learn Scripture if you don’t know what it says. Begin with prayer, asking Yahweh for His guidance.
One effective way to learn the Word is to take a book like Acts and read it. Read all of the book. Then read it again. Read it 30 times in a row until you know the book. You’ll know where certain verses are by location on the page in your favorite Bible (like the RSB!).
Look at chapter headings in the RSB. Memorize what those chapters are about.
In 2 Timothy 2:15 we have a starting point biblically that gives us a mandate to study the Scriptures. It says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to Elohim as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”
So how do we handle it accurately?
Appreciate the Language
As we know, the Bible was not written in English. The Old Testament was written in a more ancient Hebrew with some passages in Aramaic, spoken during the time of Yahshua among the Jews.
Right at the start, we face a problem. Not only was the Old Testament written in Hebrew but it was also written in a kind of Hebrew that isn’t spoken today. Hebrew changed over time as languages do. And the New Testament was translated into a Greek language that is different from the Greek of today.
It’s even called koine Greek which means common Greek and it was different from the more sophisticated or literary Greek.
To know the Bible well knowing the language is very important. Somebody has to know the language. If you as a Bible student don’t know it you need to have somebody who does know it informing you about it. That’s where commentaries come in and word aids, as well as lexicons and studies, like: Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New and Old Testament Words, Gesenius, Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon, Thayers Greek Lexicon. There never was a time when we had more opportunity to be good students of Scripture because there have never been more study tools available.
Another difficulty we face is the culture gap, which deals not with the speech but with the customs. Speech is connected to custom.
Idioms – Language Landmines
Speech is idiomatic. We’re familiar with certain English idioms that make the language difficult for foreigners.
Imagine a foreigner trying to figure out what you mean when you use the following idioms:
“I smell a rat”
“Pay through the nose”
“Knock your socks off”
Imagine the problems of trying to learn English that’s filled with these strange idioms!
When you deal with ancient language you’re also dealing with idiomatic speech, and you’re dealing with expressions that are reflective of an ancient culture, and knowing the culture is crucial. You can’t re-create the setting biblically unless you know the culture.
Understanding many things about culture – Jewish culture, Greek culture, pagan culture – is key to interpreting some passages.
Another hurdle is the geographical problem. For example, Deuteronomy 16:1 discusses Abib as the first biblical month. What occurs at this time in this area of the world? Barley ears of grain are green, and “green” is where the word Abib derives.
It has been said that the best way to learn your own language is to study a foreign language.
Hebrew is not as complex as Greek. In fact, there’s no single Greek verb that is uniformly regular. Which means that in learning Greek you do a lot of memorizing of irregular verb parts and every verb has a myriad of forms. Each time you change any of the grammar in the sentence the form of the verb changes.
If you understand the mechanics of language, you can better understand its meaning.
If you want to study Hebrew or Greek be prepared to do an immense amount of memorization, and Greek more so than Hebrew. In Hebrew virtually every word is tied to a three-letter root. You can understand a variety of related words just knowing the one root word.
Another issue we confront in Bible understanding is the culture gap. How did the Hebrews think? How did the Greeks think? When Paul is writing to the Corinthians in 1Corinthians 11 he gets into long hair and head-coverings.
One of the things Greek women were doing in Paul’s day was demanding liberation. They were shaving their heads. Understanding that background, when Paul talks about a woman’s hair being her glory your understanding is enriched.
Historical context is also key, as in understanding, for example, why Pilate tried so hard to get the Jews to release Yahshua, why he washed his hands of the whole sham after finding Yahshua innocent, and yet impaled Yahshua anyway.
Realize that Pilate was already up to his neck in trouble with the Roman Empire because of at least three major mistakes that he made while he was governor. And the Roman Caesar wanted Pax Romana, Roman peace in the Empire, and all Pilate kept doing was getting hostile Jews angry with Rome.
The Jews realized this when they finally pulled their trump card and said to him, “If you don’t impale Him, we’ll tell Caesar.” Knowing the back story provides greater depth of insight.
To understand 1Corinthians 12 to 14 in regard to speaking in tongues you need to realize the meaning of two words in the Greek language, enthusiasmos and ekstasia, which is enthusiasm and ecstasy transliterated into English.
Those words defined the nature of worship in the mystery religions, which included whipping the people into ecstacy and enthusiasm, both of which were sort of altered states of consciousness in which you flipped out and did bizarre and wild things. To the pagans this was sort of mystically how you connected with the deities.
We at Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry are dedicated to returning to the faith once delivered. That includes preaching the Word without fear or compromise. We know that to do so is not popular, even among those who should know better. Yet, we can do nothing else if we are to be faithful to the Word. If you would like to join in that goal in these last days, we would be greatly blessed to have your help in any way.
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Removing leavening from our lives for a week out of the year may seem strange in our modern world, but so is living by any of the Scriptures in our Post-modern, nihilistic society. Here is what it all means.
Which of the following observance(s) are commanded in Yahweh’s Word?
d. Neither Easter nor Christmas is commanded in Yahweh’s Word. Easter is a counterfeit of the Passover, with its focus on Yahshua’s resurrection. The rites and rituals of Christmas clearly reveal its roots in the Roman Saturnalia, which honors the sun god. We are never instructed to remember His resurrection or His birth, only His death. The Feast of Unleavened Bread, on the other hand, is commanded in Exodus 12:14-34, Leviticus 23:6-14, Numbers 28:17-25, and Deuteronomy 16:3-8. In the New Testament Paul tells us, “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Messiah our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth,” 1Corinthians 5:7-8. Neither Paul nor any other apostle or disciple observed any holidays but what are commanded in the Scriptures—like this Feast.
One specific reason Yahweh took the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery was to allow them to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
a. Exodus 5:1 says, “And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharoah, Thus said Yahweh Elohim of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.” That Feast was the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which directly follows the Passover, on the 15th of the month of Abib, Leviticus 23:5-6. Israel kept the Passover in Egypt as the death angel “passed over” them, and then they left on the Feast of Unleavened Bread to go into the wilderness and sacrifice three days later, Exodus 5:3.
This Feast was first commanded for Israel at Mt. Sinai, along with the Ten Commandments.
b. Some think that as part of the “law of Moses,” the Feasts were abolished when the Law was done away. Aside from the simple fact that the Law was never abolished (Matt. 5:17; Rom. 7:1), we find evidence that the Feasts were observed before Sinai, even back to creation itself. The 12th chapter of Exodus takes place before the law was given on Sinai. In verses 18-19 we find Yahweh reviewing this Feast for Moses. We learn that Cain displeased Yahweh because of his offering, which was of produce. Abel, on the other hand, brought the firstlings of his flock, Genesis 4:3-4. Why would Yahweh be angry unless as evident by his offering Cain was keeping the wrong Feast! An offering of produce is suitable for a Feast like Tabernacles or Feast of Weeks, not for Passover and Unleavened Bread.
What occurred on the first and last day of the week-long Feast of Unleavened Bread?
a. Numbers 33:3 tells us that Israel left Egypt on the 15th, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Deuteronomy 16:1 tells us they left at night. The first day of the Feast is not the Passover, because on Passover they were commanded to remain in their homes until morning while the death angel “passed over” at midnight (Ex. 11:4-5; 12:2223). By their progress through the wilderness, we can determine that Israel had passed through the Red Sea and was on the other side by the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Free of Egypt at last, they sang songs of praise and thanksgiving, Exodus 15:1-18, 20-21.
What is to be done specifically during this Feast?
c. Abstaining from leavening for these seven days represents putting out those things that lead to sin. Eating what is unleavened shows that we willingly obey Yahweh and submit to His will. Incidentally, foods that don’t contain leavening are acceptable to eat during this Feast.
Both Yahshua and Paul kept this Feast.
a. In Luke 2:42 we read that when Yahshua was twelve He went to Jerusalem to keep the Feast with His parents. In Mark 14:12-18 we find Yahshua keeping the Passover with His disciples before He died. The Passover preceded the Feast and was kept along with the entire, week-long observance. See Mark 14:1-2. As we have seen, Paul in 1Corinthians 5:8 specifically tells us to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests were afraid to take Yahshua on the Feast day (first day of Unleavened Bread) lest the people would revolt for profaning a holy day. The Jewish masses were keeping this Feast and Yahshua was an observant Jew.
In the Scriptures, leavening represents
b. Leavening represents the following: false doctrine (Matt. 16:12); hypocrisy and formalism (Luke 12:1); malice and wickedness (1Cor. 5:8), and political religion and worldiness (Mark 8:15). Unleavening is the opposite of each of these.
Leavening agents to avoid at this Feast are:
d. In the baking process these substances cause the dough to leaven or puff up through chemical action. Like breads and rolls, wine and beer also have been leavened through the action of yeast and therefore are to be removed and avoided during the seven days of the Feast.
Which days have been set apart for special Holy Day meetings on this Feast of Unleavened Bread?
d. See Leviticus 23:7-8. These are High Days.
Yahweh revealed that through the annual Feasts we will know Him as the true Mighty One of the universe.
a. In Ezekiel 20:10-12 Yahweh says of His people, “Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that sanctify them.” The Feasts are Yahweh’s and they are for all time. Yahweh says “forever.” Two key verses here are Leviticus 23:2 and Exodus 12:14. Key to knowing Yahweh is following His laws (Ezek. 20:19-20)
Yahweh promised that His people would prosper if they kept His Sabbaths and Feasts.
a. Yahweh promised in Deuteronomy 28 that if His people would listen to Him and obey His commandments, that He would set them above all nations of the earth, verse 1. Then He lists all the blessings they would have. Does Yahweh change? Not according to Malachi 3:6: “For I am Yahweh. I change not…” The opposite is also true. When we refuse to listen to Him we will pay the consequences. Deuteronomy 28:15-68. No wonder so many people are suffering in their personal lives because they will not live by the Scriptures.
The Feasts, including Unleavened Bread, are
a. Isaiah 66:23 tells us that from month to month and Sabbath to Sabbath all people will come to worship in the Kingdom. See also Zechariah 14; Ezekiel 45:20; and 46:3.
Does 1Corinthians 11:16 negate the wearing of head coverings?
Paul states in 1Corinthians 11:16, “But if any man seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the assemblies of Yahweh.”
Many use this passage to confirm that in the event a dispute arose over the head covering that it was no longer needed. However, this would conflict with Paul’s earlier statement in verse 5 that if a woman refused to wear a covering she might as well be shorn, which was a show of disgrace in antiquity. In verse 16, Paul is simply confirming that if someone became contentious about the head covering, the assembly had no other form of worship. In other words, they were to honor this practice.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary confirms that this head covering was a common practice and a sign of decency in the early assembly: “Custom is in a great measure the rule of decency. And the common practice of the churches is what would have them govern themselves by. He does not silence the contentious by mere authority, but lets them know that they would appear to the world as very odd and singular in their humour if they would quarrel for a custom to which all the churches of Christ were at that time utter strangers, or against a custom in which they all concurred, and that upon the ground of natural decency. It was the common usage of the churches for women to appear in public assemblies, and join in public worship, veiled; and it was manifestly decent that they should do so.” The Wycliffe Bible Commentary adds, “…no custom of women worshiping without coverings. …for early church history bears witness that in Rome, Antioch, and Africa the custom became the norm.”
The wearing of a veil or covering was not only a custom in the early assembly but also in the Old Testament. Evidence for this is seen from Rebekah (Genesis 24:65) and Ruth (Ruth 3:15).
As with many other biblical norms and customs, the wearing of the head covering has been disparaged in light of today’s social reengineering of culture and family.
The Passover is the first of the annual observances in the Bible. Yahshua fulfilled the Old Testament Passover sacrifice with His own death, and by the accepting of His blood our sin penalty is removed.
On what month and day is the Passover to be observed?
d. The Passover is observed on the 14th day in the month of Abib (Ex. 12:2; Lev. 23:5; Deut 16:1). Abib is the name of the first month of the Hebrew calendar, which was later called Nisan by the Jews in Babylon. Abib literally means “young ears of grain,” referring to the green heads of barley in Egypt, Exodus 9:31. Because Abib specifically defines a stage of this crop, we must look to the green barley grain the the Mideast to determine when Abib arrives.
What was each Israelite family to do four days prior to the Passover?
a. Each Israelite family was instructed to take a lamb or goat on the 10th day of Abib for the Passover sacrifice. The lamb or goat had to be a year-old male without physical blemish. If the family was too small to eat all of the sacrifice, they were to share the lamb or goat with a neighbor.
The word Passover refers to the “passover over” of the death angel in the land of Goshen.
a. The word “Passover” literally means to pass over, and refers to the very first Passover account found in Exodus 12, when at midnight the death angel passed over those homes that had blood applied to the two side posts and upper part of the door frames (Ex. 12:29).
What was prohibited from the Passover meal?
b. Yeast was not then or now permitted with the Passover meal, Ex. 34:25. The Passover is the preparation day that Yahweh has given to prepare for the Feast that follows the Passover, a Feast that does not allow any yeast in our homes. On Passover day we are to be involved in finding and removing all leavening from our homes and property.
The word “even” in Exodus 12 of the KJV refers to what part of the day?
c. The word “even” found in Exodus 12 means dusk or twilight. There is some debate by the Jews and others that “even” can also refer to anytime after 12:00 noon or 3:00 p.m. This, however, can be proven false with a careful study of the Hebrew word ereb, which is the Hebrew word that represents “even” in chapter 12 of Exodus. Note: -”No. 6153, ereb ‘from 6150; dusk:’” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible). -”No. 6153, ereb ‘between the two evenings, i.e. prob. between sunset and dark’” (The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon).
Why is Passover a separate memorial, and not the first day of the Feast?
d. All these proofs verify that the Passover is not a High Day, or connected to the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In two different passages Moses and Aaron ask Pharaoh of Egypt to release the Israelite people so that they could go to hold a festival to Yahweh in the wilderness, away from the Egyptian people. In Exodus 8:25-26 Moses and Aaron clearly said that it wasn’t possible to keep the Feast among the Egyptians in Goshen. This demonstrates that the Passover could not be the Feast that Yahweh was speaking of in Exodus chapters 5 and 8. In addition, the Passover law does not mention any other sacrifices besides the sacrificial lamb or goat. Therefore, the Passover could not qualify as the Feast because of a lack of other sacrifices mandatory on Feast days, In the New Testament the Passover is not referred to as a day of rest, but as a day of preparation.
The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were originally two separate observances the Jews later combined into one celebration.
a. Sometime around the Babylonian exile the Jews combined the Passover with the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many modern Jews today will admit that these two appointed times were combined, but few understand that Yahweh our creator never authorized this combining. Note this statement: “The Feast of Passover consists of two parts: The Passover ceremony and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Originally, both parts existed separately; but after the exile they were combined” (Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol 13, p. 169).
What prophetic chapter in the book of Ezekiel speaks of the Passover in the Millennium?
a. Ezekiel 45:21 speaks of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Among other passages, this reveals that all of Yahweh’s appointed times will be kept in the coming 1000-year reign of Yahshua our King. The KJV version of this passage confuses many into believing that the Passover is a Feast of seven days. The confusion can be cleared away by the Jewish Tanakh: “On the fourteenth day of the first month you shall have the Passover sacrifice; and during a festival of seven days unleavened bread shall be eaten.” The text clearly separates the two into different and separate observances.
What Old Testament prophecy concerning the Passover Lamb did Yahshua fulfill?
b. “For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken” (John 19:36, KJV). This verse confirms that Yahshua is our Passover lamb. In the law, Exodus 12:46 expressly says that a bone of the Passover lamb or goat was not to be broken, thus connecting the Passover lamb or goat with Yahshua and His atonement.
Which two symbols represent Yahshua’s body and His shed blood?
a. During the last Passover supper, Yahshua and His apostles partook of the emblems, which were unleavened bread representing His body, and grape juice representing His blood. This can be proved a number of ways, but probably the easiest explanation is found in the Torah. In the Law Yahweh states unequivocally that leavening is prohibited in the Passover meal (Exodus 12:8; 23:18). Wine is leavened by yeast. Second, the Law states that no wine or strong drink is to be used when coming before Yahweh in service (Lev. 10:9). Additionally, the two Greek words in the New Testament used for wine, oinos and gleukos, are never used in connection with the Passover cup.
Immersion is necessary before one partakes of the Passover emblems.
a. The command to Israel was that no stranger or uncircumcised person was to eat of the Passover, Exodus 12:4345, 48. Circumcision was the sign that one had become a part of Israel. Baptism is equated with circumcision in Colossians 2:11-13. Through repentance and immersion we become part of Yahweh’s chosen.
Through Yahshua’s fulfillment of the Passover, which appointed time is no longer necessary to observe?
d. Yahweh says that His appointed times are forever. The necessary keeping of all of Yahweh’s Feast days can be found throughout the New Testament. There are also Old Testament proofs showing that in the 1,000-year Kingdom reign, Yahweh’s Feast days will not only be kept, but also enforced. Therefore, Yahshua’s fulfillment did in no way remove our obligations to observe Yahweh’s appointed times.
No, we do not believe in generational curses. Ezekiel 18:20 makes it clear each person will be judged individually for his or her own sins. It reads, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”
Regarding passages such as Exodus 20:5, which seems to indicate generational curses, I believe that these passages are simply accounting for human nature. Most people simply follow the same pattern as the previous generation. Often, it requires several generations to break this cycle. This is why Scripture mentions to the 3rd or 4th generation.
Why do you often spell out “God” and “Lord” in your sermon messages instead of vocalizing the words?
We often spell out “God” and “Lord” to show a distinction between the common and proper titles / names for Yahweh. In the case of God, according to some sources, including the Britannia, God may refer to a molten image. Also, according to some scholars, the proper name of the supreme deity of the ancient Teutonic people was “God.” We further explain in the Restoration Study Bible, “…Today, Elohim has been falsely replaced with the generic title ‘God,’ which is neither correct, based on the Hebrew, nor honoring to Yahweh, based on its etymological roots. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, ‘It has been also suggested that the word might mean a “molten image” from the sense of to “pour”‘ (Vol. 12, 1911). See [Oxford English Dictionary]. Additionally, according to others, the term ‘God’ was the proper name for the Teutonic Supreme Being. ‘In all Teutonic tongues the Supreme Being has always with one consent been called by the general name God.’ (Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1, Jacob Grimm, p. 13, 1882).” note on Genesis 1:1.
Regarding Lord, this comes from the Old English hlāford and refers to a bread-keeper. Also, many biblical sources state the Baal means “Lord.” While the Old English etymology certainly is demeaning, the latter, i.e., meaning of Baal, is of more concern.
“Baal means lord, in the sense of owner, possessor…” (Fausset’s Bible Dictionary, Baal).
“ba’al; Heb. ba’al, ‘lord, possessor…'” (The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Baal).
“BAY uhl (lord, master)-the name of one of more false gods, a place, and two people in the Old Testament” (Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Baal).
“(ba’-al:) (ba’al; or Baal): The Babylonian Belu or Bel, ‘Lord,’ was the title of the supreme god among the Canaanites” (International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Baal).
Interestingly, Jeremiah 23 describes a time when believers would forget Yahweh’s Name for Baal (Lord). “The anger of Yahweh shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly… Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal [Lord],” verses 20, 27.
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