Should We Keep The Feast Days?

I’m sure you have heard of this controversy about whether or not to keep the feast days. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll get into that first. This subject ties into the sanctuary message and I’ll tell you how in a little while.

First of all, what are the feast days? The feast days were given to Moses along with the Sanctuary message, they were holiday’s of a sort, they wouldn’t do any work and some of the feast days came with specific instructions. Such as the Passover, that was the first feast day that was given to the Israelites.

The Lord had just visited the Egyptians with 9 plagues, which you can read about those plagues in Exodus. This was the final plague, the angel of death was coming, this plague came with very specific instructions. The Israelites had to kill a white spotless lamb and use the blood, dipped in hyssop, to put over their doors. It was a symbol that they were the Lord’s and would follow the Lord’s instructions, it also had another symbol which I’ll get to.

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They then had to fix the lamb up and eat it, with flatbread that was made with no yeast along with bitter herbs. They also had to be dressed in their traveling clothes, ready to go on a moments notice. If there were any leftovers they were to throw them in the fire. You can read about the Passover in Exodus 12.

After the visit from the angel of death, the children of Israel were able to go away from Egypt. They were to keep the Passover every year as not only a symbol and remembrance of what the Lord had done but of what was to come.

Passover was also a sign of what the Lord was going to do for all of mankind. The lamb was a representation of Jesus the Lamb of God. The hyssop is symbolic for cleansing – Psalm 51:7 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

The blood was the cleansing blood of Jesus, the blood that He shed on the cross. There is much more to the symbols then meets the eye. It was all a symbol of what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Once Jesus died keeping the Passover was no longer necessary, it was done away with because the whole point of the Passover was to help the people to keep looking forward to when Christ would fulfill His promise and shed His blood on the cross. That is why the lamb ran away during Jesus’ crucifixion, and the veil was torn in the Most Holy Place.

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It was telling the people that the Lord no longer was residing in the tabernacle and that the sacrifice was no longer needed. Type had met antitype.

If we still keep Passover today it means that what Jesus did on the cross meant nothing! That is why Jesus gave us Communion, it took the place of Passover and is a symbol of what is to come. It represents what Christ did on the cross for us and also of the feast that we will celebrate in heaven when there will be no more death and sin is done away with once and for all.

This goes for all the other feast days, type met antitype when Christ died and rose again.

The Jews had always prided themselves upon their divinely appointed services, and many of those who had been converted to the faith of Christ still felt that since God had once clearly outlined the Hebrew manner of worship, it was improbable that He would ever authorize a change in any of its specifications. They insisted that the Jewish laws and ceremonies should be incorporated into the rites of the Christian religion. They were slow to discern that all the sacrificial offerings had but prefigured the death of the Son of God, in which type met antitype, and after which the rites and ceremonies of the Mosaic dispensation were no longer binding. {AA 189.3}

Before his conversion Paul had regarded himself as blameless “touching the righteousness which is in the law.” Philippians 3:6. But since his change of heart he had gained a clear conception of the mission of the Saviour as the Redeemer of the entire race, Gentile as well as Jew, and had learned the difference between a living faith and a dead formalism. In the light of the gospel the ancient rites and ceremonies committed to Israel had gained a new and deeper significance. That which they shadowed forth had come to pass, and those who were living under the gospel dispensation had been freed from their observance. God’s unchangeable law of Ten Commandments, however, Paul still kept in spirit as well as in letter. {AA 190.1}

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Colossians 2:14 “BLOTTING out the handwriting of ORDINANCES that was AGAINST US, which was CONTRARY TO US, and took it out of the way, NAILING IT TO HIS CROSS;”

In verse 14, Paul says the ordinances were nailed to the cross. In verse 16 Paul explains a little more what these ordinances are and gives us examples.

Colossians 2:16 – “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink offerings, or in respect of an HOLYDAY, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: ”

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Holyday meaning feast days; the new moon is talking about the months because every month you get a new moon – it goes through a full cycle. The sabbath days were talking about yearly celebrations such as Passover & Day of Atonement, etc.

Paul was telling the people not to do these feasts days anymore and to not worry about what other people may or may not think of you. Which is why he said let no man judge you because those things were done away with and nailed to the cross!

“Christ is the substance, or body, which casts its shadow back into former dispensations. When Christ died, the shadow ceased. At the death of Christ, the typical system was done away; but the law of God, whose violation had made the plan of salvation necessary, was magnified and made honourable.” — (E.G. White, BEcho, July 15, 1893)

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“But there is a law which was abolished, which Christ “took out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Paul calls it “the law of commandments contained in ordinances.” This ceremonial law, given by God through Moses, with its sacrifices and ordinances, was to be binding upon the Hebrews until type met antitype in the death of christ as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. Then all the sacrificial offerings and services were to be abolished. Paul and the other apostles labored to show this, and resolutely withstood those judaizing teachers who declared that Christians should observe the ceremonial law.” — (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, September 4, 1884)

“The Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. {DA 652.1}

“Christ was standing at the point of transition between two economies and their two great festivals. He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies that for four thousand years had pointed to His death. As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.” {DA 652.2}

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“The Passover was ordained as a commemoration of the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage. God had directed that, year by year, as the children should ask the meaning of this ordinance, the history should be repeated. Thus the wonderful deliverance was to be kept fresh in the minds of all. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper was given to commemorate the great deliverance wrought out as the result of the death of Christ. Till He shall come the second time in power and glory, this ordinance is to be celebrated. It is the means by which His great work for us is to be kept fresh in our minds.” {DA 652.3}

Galatians 4:9-11, “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.”

This is why the understanding the Sanctuary is very important, it explains how type meets anti-type and how Christ fulfilled all that He said He would. Even with all the evidence out there and even with all the explanation of why the feast days are null and void you will still find people who won’t want to listen. Just remember you did your part and that we have to keep them in prayer.

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The Devil will use any means necessary to keep us in his clutches. The Bible warns us not to be deceived, 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

It is deep and many people are confused about this truth because they truly don’t know about the sanctuary message, and they are like the Jews of old who are trying to cling to the old ways of doing things. They still keep the feasts days to this day because they don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

What does that say to those of us who know and have the truth and still want to keep the feast days? Especially when there is so much in the Bible, Spirit of Prophecy and the pioneer writings telling us that those feast days were done away with…

They were fulfilled through Christ dying on the cross, so in keeping them it would mean that we don’t accept what He did on the cross, it would be saying that what He did wasn’t enough. When the truth is far more simple, we don’t have to do those things because the promise was kept.

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That is why Jesus had Adam and Eve make the very first sacrifice, to point them to the time when He would come and make the ultimate sacrifice and that any who would come to Him would be saved. It was to help them realize what sinning would cost them and the consequence of their actions.

In reality, if these people who want to keep the feast days and don’t do the sacrifice they aren’t really keeping the feasts because the sacrifice was, I would say, the biggest part of most of those feasts. So how can you truly keep the feast days without doing the sacrifice?

Even without the sacrifices it still is not something we should be doing! If you remember the story about King Saul where the prophet Samuel got a message from the Lord. The Lord told Samuel to tell Saul to kill the Amalekites, all of them young, old and all the livestock as well.

Saul did not obey, he kept the animals alive and when Samuel came to see if Saul did what the Lord said and found that the animals were alive, Saul made the excuse that he was going to sacrifice the animals to the Lord. You can read the full story in 1 Samuel 15.

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This is what Samuel told Saul: 1 Samuel 15:22 – And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

This verse applies to this is as well, Jesus made it very clear that those sacrifices are not necessary because He fulfilled the promise that those ceremonies represented. Which is why Jesus said, “It is Finished,” on the cross. Obedience to God is better than sacrifice, and that especially goes for those things that were done away with at the Cross.

The greatest sacrifice we can do now is to give our whole heart and life to Christ. To allow Him to lead and guide us. No matter where that may lead, no matter what people might say. To follow in good times or in bad times. Even if that means friends and family laugh and mock you. Remember Noah and his family with the ark, there was room for a lot of people but in the end, only 8 heeded the warnings.

There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in the last days, let’s make sure we aren’t among those who are doing the weeping and gnashing. Let us be in the number that is with Christ in the New Earth.

Please study this out for yourself, there are more quotes about it. Make sure you study to know for yourself the truth of the matter. Ask for the Lord to lead and guide you as you study and search. Please pray for me as I pray for all of you.

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