Y’shua didn’t abolish the seven feasts of YHVH, Matthew 5:17. On the contrary He said, “until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Torah until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:25; Psalm 111:8; Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8.
So when and why did they disappear from the teachings of Christianity? Y’shua even instructed His followers to, do this in remembrance of Me, Luke 22:19, the eve before Passover.
Passover is the First Feast of the Seven. It was called Passover because the angel of death passed over every home in in Egypt that obediently placed the blood of a lamb on its doorposts. That same night began the first day, of the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread. On the Third day was the Feast of First Fruits, which began the 49 day count down until The Feast of Weeks.
Most of us are not familiar with these first four Feast days, even though Y’shua fulfilled each one at YHVH’s pre-appointed time.
Can we blame translation for the reason most Christians don’t even know about YHVH’s Seven Feast days?
Translations certainly have caused more than a little confusion. Communion and the Last Supper replaced the Passover Covenant Meal and Unleavened Bread. Easter replaced the Third day of First Fruits, and now we call the Feast of Weeks, Pentecost.
As you can see, there’s a little more to blame than translation. The original names of YHVH’s Feast days were taken away and man’s were added. Beginning with pope Victor in 196 A.D. all YHVH’s appointed days, including Sabbath, were changed and declared the new law at the council of Ncacea, 325 A.D.
Exposing The False Prophets
Whatever I (YHVH) instruct you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it. Deuteronomy 12:32
True Prophets are those who speak in the Name (Who He Is) of YHVH, James 5:10. This makes False prophets easy to detect. They will be the ones enticing you away from YHVH’s Unchanging Torah instructions, Deuteronomy 13:1-5.
The Hebrew word, Torah, has a deep and beautiful meaning that can’t help but be lost in translation. It’s “The Way,” “the Light,” of “Truth,” shining in the darkness, directing us to the path that leads to Life. Like a loving Father, YHVH’s instructions are good, freeing us from our adversary, “that it may be well with you,” Jeremiah 7:23
YHVH’s Words are Truth, Life giving and Lasting, Deuteronomy 32:47; Acts 7:38. They do not grow “Old” or expire. The original Hebrew acronym, TaNaKh is a perfect description for the Torah (Teachings), Nevi’im, (Prophets) and Ketuvim, (Writings). Wasn’t the choice of translating as the “Old” Testament and referring to it as the “Law” a bit misleading?
The TaNaKh was the only Scripture every 1st Century A.D. writer was referring to in the New Testament. These New writings had not officially been compiled as Divine Scripture, (canonized), it was a process that took centuries.
The Living Torah
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; (Torah), no one comes to the Father (YHVH) but through Me.” John 14:6
If you are able to comprehend Y’shua being Torah, then you may be able to wrap your mind around the fulfillment of four of the seven feast days. When Torah became flesh, cutting covenant with His own, Life giving, blood, at the pre-appointed time the Passover lamb was slain. He was buried at the pre-appointed day of Unleavened Bread, and resurrected to New Life at the pre-appointed time of the third day of First-fruits.
He then ascending into heaven in order to baptize the faithful ones with His Living Spirit at the pre-appointed time of the Feast of Weeks, John 1:33
All this happened at YHVH’s pre-appointed times and days, set from the fourth day of creation, Genesis 1:14
Without knowing about or remembering these feast days it is difficult to see the (Spiritual) mystery of the Good News that is laid out in Torah, Luke 24:27.
What About the Other Three Appointed Feast Days?
There are three Fall Feast days that we are still awaiting. Yet the majority still remains confused by the translations that say the Law has been made void, while others clearly state the Law is not void, Romans 3:31.
If Y’shua and Every First Century Believer Remembered these Feasts, Luke 22:19, why would we be okay with the fact that some false prophets abolished them?
Even if we or an angel from heaven tries to distort the Good News, let them be accursed. Galatians 1:8
This Good News isn’t new. It wasn’t YHVH’s afterthought or a plan B. Mankind’s hope of an eventual victory over the serpent was promised in Genesis 3:15. Our Creator is all knowing. His Way back to Life or Torah existed even before it was given in writing to Moses over 3,000 years ago.
The Last Three Fall Feasts
Leviticus 23:24, The Feast of Trumpets (shofars) or Yom Teruah, a celebration, making a loud blast. The first day of the seventh month.
Leviticus 23:27, Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, the only feast that requires fasting. The tenth day of the Seventh month..
Leviticus 23:34, The Feast of Booths or Sukkot, sleeping and eating outside in a flimsy booth for seven days. The fifteenth day of the Seventh Lunar month.
As Y’shua’s followers around the world await the day of His return, Judgement Day and The day The King of kings will reign on the New earth, wouldn’t it benefit His people to know and remember His appointed Feast days?