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- The ancient ways
and should not be
- Respect is
what we owe
- Love is what
- The Biblical Holy
Days are more than just an ethnic
- They are a treasure trove of our CREATOR'S Wisdom.
- They teach the BIG picture, the really B-I-G picture,
- as a spiritual
opera of a-l-l humankind’s evolution
- as if it were one grand stage play from
chaos to eternity.
- And sometime in the
- they are Holy
- which we will a-l-l
Today in the western world it is easy to read our Bibles, watch
spiritual shows on TV, or surf the Internet for information. But it
was not always like that. During the middle ages, houses of worship
developed beautiful Biblical pictorials brought to life in the vivid
colors of stain glass windows. Because books were scarce and most
people could not read, stained glass windows along with painted wall or
ceiling murals were used by church scholars and teachers to educate the
In ancient times our
CREATOR designed a formal sacrificial system
to be used for the portable Tabernacle, and the permanent Temple in Jerusalem, to educate
and guide the faithful in HIS Kingdom lessons, and wisdom, (Books of Exodus and Leviticus). In this system HE
used everyday objects to picture a higher spiritual reality of life.
One picture is worth a thousand words (such as witnessing the sacrifice of
the Passover lamb). The scribes and the teachers of the day would be
explaining the spiritual meaning behind the symbolism of the Temple
- [ Pictures
show the portable Tabernacle of Moses time (illustration courtesy of Selah
There is no wasted motion in the activities of YAHWEH, and there is
a picture of a higher spiritual purpose designed into every movement of
all the Temple observances. When all the Holy Days are seen
throughout the year, they join together in a great Spiritual Opera of
YAHWEH’S plan of restoring HIS Kingdom to Earth. I call them a
Spiritual Opera, but these Holy Days have been given many titles
throughout the centuries such as: “GOD’S Calendar of Redemption,”
“GOD’S Calendar of Redeeming Grace,” “The Sacred Calendar of the
History of Redemption,” etc.
These Biblical Holy Days are universal "appointed times" when YAHWEH
meets with HIS people, a-l-l HIS people. They are listed in Leviticus
ch.23. Not to be confused with secular or traditional 'holidays,' or
Jewish holidays, these are "Holy Days," because they are ordained by
These are not worship days to appease some angry god. Our CREATOR
cares about us. In the Heavenly Kingdom these Holy Days took a great deal of planning to
produce their multifaceted Kingdom lessons. They are more than just an ethnic
tradition. They are a treasure trove of our CREATOR'S Wisdom. They teach the BIG picture, the really B-I-G picture, as a spiritual
opera of a-l-l humankind’s evolution as if it were one grand stage play from
chaos to eternity, complete with interlocking spiritual symbolism on many
levels, which are still current today. (Their multifaceted lessons are detailed
in our book The Mystical Rites of our CREATOR.)
These are Holy convocations, a time to put the daily drone of our
material pursuits aside, and take a day to honor and pay respect unto our
CREATOR. We show love and respect
for our Heavenly FATHER, through study, thanksgiving, songs of praise and dance,
and joyous feasting with friends and family.
This in turn will strengthen your mind, body and spirit.
not: What would Jesus do?
the traditions just as I delivered them to you." -
1 Corinthian 11:2
If you are going make a spiritual commitment,
it's a no-brainer, regarding
the spirit; you gotta get behind something that endures forever!
The "appointed times" listed in Leviticus chapter 23,
are Holy because they are the Holy Convocations ordained by our CREATOR
for a-l-l humanity. Leviticus ch.23
clearly states, four times, that the Feasts “are a statute forever”
(vs.14, 21, 31, 41). And they are an everlasting sign between YHWH and a-l-l HIS people. Furthermore,
the head of the New Covenant faith, Yahshua-Jesus, observed these Holy
Days and so did His Apostles, and so should His followers!
As a matter of fact as you will read about in the next pages Yahshua not
only observed them, but as prophecy foretold, He fulfilled them -
[ Click for more info: Holy Day background
All the spiritual lessons point to YAHWEH’S Kingdom. We
acknowledge the Holy Days out of respect to our CREATOR. And we if watch,
HE teaches us their higher spiritual lessons. Understanding the lessons
bring us peace: Peace of the mind, peace of the heart, peace for the
growth of the spirit, peace in our house, peace in our community, and peace to
YAHWEH is trying to help and guide us, and in HIS infinite wisdom HE designed the Holy Days to have many
in-depth and multilevel meanings, all with perfect symmetry leading to one place
- HIS Kingdom. They have historical lessons - which we should honor by
their remembrance. They teach current day character building lessons -
which we should learn. They are a “shadow of things to come” as they
picture a prophetic, Messianic message of hope. They are future
prophecies of events (some on a planetary scale) yet to unfold (Col.2:16-17) -
which we all should watch for.
are commanded to grow in knowledge and grace (2Pet.3:18), to be a
living sacrifice . . ., transformed by the renewing of your mind . . .
(Rom.12:1-2). The Holy Days
are a personal, spirit-training series of Heavenly lessons, with subtle
instructions which picture a greater spiritual truth.
Just as any skilled professional is required
to take additional training or annual refresher courses.
These are the annual spiritual refresher courses designed by our
CREATOR, for all of HIS Believers to practice their spiritual training
and maintain a high level of performance - lest we forget and lose our
The concern is not for mandatory ritualism, but understanding
the truth for which it stands, and this understanding greatly enhances
our faith. All the Holy
Days together picture YAHWEH’S grand majestic design of the unfolding
spiritual events, affecting all humanity - that is why it is meaningful
to pass on HIS teachings to others (Heb.9:10; Rom.7:6).
The early Christians were Believers, and therefore already saved.
The observance is not done for salvation - but of love and
respect for our CREATOR and HIS Covenant with us (1Jno.5:3).
GOD is not just for the priests!
HomeWorship can and should be performed by every Believer in our
CREATOR. Even if one does
participate in a religious revival, and promises to make changes in
their lives, they slide back into old habits once they are away from the
highly charged revival meetings, because the spiritual connection is not
properly continued at home.
Spiritual magic happens, when you begin to understand
the major spiritual steps in a great Heavenly master plan from chaos to
eternity. And the spiritual miraculous begins, when a person, a married couple,
a family, or a group of like-minded friends is drawn together as they
begin to connect, with the higher spiritual powers of
righteousness, through the “art of performing” the acknowledgment of
YAHWEH’S wonderful Holy Days. But
for the miraculous to happen, you have to be there!
There are two seasons of Holy Days, the spring, and early-fall. And when
all the Holy Days are seen throughout the year, they join together in a great
Spiritual Opera of YAHWEH’S awesome master plan of restoring HIS Kingdom to
back Earth. They are the Holy Days which we will a-l-l celebrate forever
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Remember, YAHWEH’S plan for humanity’s
destiny gives us a-l-l hope for the future. These Bible prophecies make up the
same prophetic "story of hope" told to Adam and Eve, which was passed
it on through their descendants as an oral history all the way to Noah. After
the flood, Noah taught this same oral history to his descendants which
eventually populated the whole Earth (Gen.9:19). And after the
Exodus, this same story of hope was Divinely dictated to Moses on Mt. Sinai.
All humanity should be aware and follow the CREATOR’S Holy Days,
because planetary spiritual events happen on these days that affect everyone -
Believer or not! As further proof of YAHWEH’S sovereignty, and solid
evidence of HIS faithfulness to HIS creation, HE has engineered nearly every
major spiritual event in history to occur on a Feast day. Strange
anomalies? The critics may argue, but many will believe, in the interest
of diplomacy I will call them “Coincidental dates?” and list some of them on
the appropriate days.
The SABBATH 'Rest'
ended His work which He had done,
He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it,
in it He rested from all His work which God had created and
The Sabbath 'rest' is so great a blessing that it is observed weekly.
The word Sabbath means to rest, to stop, to cease from labor - it is humankind’s
day of rest. It is a day to spend with loved ones and is wonderfully summarized in
Ecclesiastes 9:7-10. It is a day to gather with family and friends, and learn
the ways of our CREATOR. The traditional greeting is "Shabbat Shalom"
which means peaceful Sabbath.
The history of the Sabbath extends all the way back to the Creation.
After a hard 6 days of work, YAHWEH rested for a day. The 7th day was the only day that
our CREATOR personally blessed, and sanctified (Gen.2:1-3), thereby making it
the first and original Holy Day. It was so special that it was the only Holy Day
carved in stone as one of the Ten
Commandments (Exo.20:8-11). And, it is so special that it was the first Holy Day
repeated - one more time - here in Leviticus 23:3. One would think if someone
tells you something very important, three times, it would be remembered.
But Satan has been busy...
It was a hot button issue in ancient times and it still is today. First,
allow me to state: IT IS NOT THE JEWISH SABBATH! It is YAHWEH’S Sabbath
(Exo.16:23)! Our CREATOR gave us, a-l-l of us, the Sabbath to liberate us from
the slave-masters clock that never stops.
Work-work-work, 24/7, it never stops, and it’s never finished. From
the pagans point of view, there is no profit in such idleness of a Sabbath's
rest. Man’s work is no different then the ox’s, they are all regarded as
beasts of burden, drones, robots or slaves to the system - bor-r-r-ring. From
the Egyptians to the Greek and Roman cultures, every day was a workday, time and
work just simply roll on one sunrise after another - bor-r-r-ring. And today’s
blind servitude to the corporate consumer-culture is not much different, profit
is everything - and it too is getting bor-r-r-ring!
Think about it, the Biblical Sabbath divided time and altered the world
as we know it. The Sabbath rest honors’ humanities labor, by honoring the rest
from labor. Both the powerful and the powerless become irrelevant, as even the
ox is liberated and given the same days rest. It was an idea thought so abnormal
and so absurd that the Jews took a lot of heat over the centuries for stubbornly
observing it, and bringing this universal transcendent idea to the world.
The Sabbath stands for brotherly peace. But studying the history of the
observance of the day, pictures a lot of conflict. First there is the blood shed
to suppress such revolutionary thinking. Once the word about the Sabbath rest
was out, Satan slowly began to use the day as a wedge to divide people, by
promoting the idea that Sunday is a better worship day, not Saturday. It was one
of the issues that tore ancient Israel in two. Soon after the civil divide, the
Sunday keeping northern kingdom of Israel was wiped off the map, never to be
heard from again.
over it is a sucker bet! Satan
always enjoys spilling innocent blood, and then collecting the spirits
of the torturers, through the worship day controversy.
Is it Saturday? Is
it Sunday? In Satan’s religious bag of dirty tricks this is “numero
uno!” And later, as the
population grows, another group will come along and - at the point of a
sword - say, “it’s Friday!”
three main religions of the world (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) all
worship the same CREATOR, and all have their own point of view on the
Sabbath. Even amongst them there are divisions on the point of view.
The ancient Israeli Saturday vs. Sunday debate spilled over into
the Christians. It was a
major factor in tearing ancient Israel apart, and the bloody controversy
raged on through the centuries dividing the Christian faith.
it still is a dividing issue among the minority Christian
Sabbatarians and the majority Sunday keepers, but at least in modern
times there are no death penalties enforcing church doctrine.
Unless you are an Arab Jew or Arab Christian, the Muslims do not
take kindly to its members leaving the ersatz club.
Sabbath commandment is the longest commandment of all the 10
commandments given (Exodus 20:2-17).
There is no wasted motion in YAHWEH’S Universe and HE spelled
out this commandment v-e-r-y clearly.
It is almost as if HE knew that this command would be a problem.
The Judeans of the southern kingdom of Ancient Israel were united
in their observance of the Biblical Sabbath.
They did not only observe it, but because of “the gentile
problem,” they surrounded it and took it hostage!
And then they lobotomized it!
religious authorities, by adding on man designed Jewish civil
law, used the Sabbath to control the people, they smothered its original
spiritual essence. It was
already the longest most specific commandment in the Torah, now it’s
going to get even longer. They
used it to micro manage people lives.
Almost every aspect of life is governed by a set ritual, and then
they demanded ritual purity - or else we all lose GOD’S favor.
Many of these Jewish civil laws are still in effect today, some
to the point where advice is given on how much toilet paper to pre-rip
before the Sabbath to see you through the day.
Commandment is very simply worded, six days you work . . ., one day
you rest . . ., and no one does work for you - not even the ox!
Ripping toilet paper is not work, normally one does not make
their living at it. This
type of religious control over peoples lives is not what our CREATOR had
intended the Sabbath for. One
needs only to read the Gospels of the New Testament to know that this
turned the Sabbath into a burden on the people (Mat.3:7, 5:20, 23:1-36;
Luk.11:37-54, 18:9-14; Jno.8:44). The
message is: Adding onto Heavenly Laws is a no-no!
speaking: Humanity should learn the historical examples, but they do
not. The simple fact is,
it’s a no-brainer, you don’t mess with the Laws of the Heavens.
All the Prophets kept them; the head of the church, Yahshua, kept
them; the Apostles kept them; the first Christians kept them; and there
is no New Testament reference stating, “. . . the LORD hath given you
Because of "the problems with the Jews," and in the interest of
world peace, as the Christian church drifted west, it drifted into Sunday worship.
A few centuries later, the
Muslims, because of "the problems with the Christians and the Jews,"
drifted into Friday worship. This is a really thorny issue best left to the
professionals, the Bible says in Isaiah 66:23, that the Messiah will set things
Since I do not do resurrections, or walk on water, I will leave the
Sabbath 'Day' debate to another forum. For our concern, all three Sabbath-rest
worship days, with all their warts, supposedly worship the same CREATOR, and the
basic home observance rites would be similar, such as: take the day off, spend
time with family, share GOD’S Grace with a family meal and table
fellowship, prayer, singing and
weekly Sabbath observance teaches
us that at least for one 24-hour period you are free from your slavery
to the mundane self-centered material world, and spend this time with
your loved ones. It is a
simple day of family sharing. A
day to take a news break and stop any activity which is normally engaged
in for your livelihood. It
is a time to rest, reflect and refocus on our higher spiritual values,
and deepen our relationship with our CREATOR and our family.
It is a day to set some time aside
for Bible study. Today
polls show, that happiness is . . .
a frequently read Bible. In
a recent survey commissioned by Tyndale House Publisher, nearly 90% of
frequent Bible-readers said they feel at peace all or most of the time,
compared to 58% who read the Bible less then once a month.
Overall, people can find a higher degree of meaning and happiness
through regular Bible reading.
Scriptures call these Holy
convocations “the Feasts of YAHWEH.”
Feasts in our present English means food or banquet.
The Hebrew word for feast is “hag or chag,” which means to
revolve, to circle, to reel to and fro, to dance, to rejoice, to
celebrate, to be giddy or happy.
The model Sabbath day and Sacred
meal are the basis used as the center of all the Holy Day activities
- except for the day of fasting. Besides
setting some time aside for Scriptural study, most of the Holy Days have
a lively festive atmosphere, and Ps.149-150 tells us to “Praise the
LORD” by being happy - play music, sing songs, and dance.
This festive form of “praising the LORD” gives life to
prayers through Sacred songs and dance.
BENEFIT: There is no wasted motion in YAHWEH'S Universe, and these
Holy Days teach many mind, and body, health improvement lessons. Scriptures say,
"Great peace have they which love thy
Law," Ps.119:165. Today, polls show, happiness is... a frequently read
Bible. Overall, people can find a higher degree of spiritual meaning and happiness through
regular Bible reading.
"The Sabbath rest, old idea is a modern elixir." Our CREATOR knows
that much of the illness people have is caused by stress of daily life. Today’s
mental stress responds well to the spiritual exercises of a 'personal' Sabbath days rest
with loved ones.
Health lessons are revealed in all the Holy days. The Holy Days of Unleavened Bread teach us personal cleanliness. The Day
of Pentecost teaches us morality and discipline. The lessons of forgiveness and fasting for the Day of Atonement is great therapy
for the mind and body. During a fast, the bodily energy needed to digest food is redirected to heal
weak areas of the body. And the festival of Tabernacles gets everybody dancing.
The Holy Days can also include worship
in Sacred dance (Ps.150). It is prayer in motion - loaded with health benefits. Encourage
friends and the spectators to join in. It’s fun
. . .. It’s refreshing . . .. It’s good exercise . . .. And it’s
something our CREATOR likes . . ..
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