The Lordís eight holy appointed times, or
feasts are primarily for individuals to feed on (John 6:54) to see
their need for salvation and how to be re-generated (2 Cor 5). The
New Covenant tells us that even the first covenant had regulations
of divine worship (Heb 9:1).
Jesus Christ came to save
The holy scriptures give us the true STEPS TO
CHRIST. They walk us through the spiritual attitude changes we must
have to truly see Jesus Christ as our deliverer, Savior, and
kinsman-Redeemer, and propitiation offering to appease Godís wrath
against sin - transgression of the law. Some only see the feasts as
a calendar for Jesusí return to earth.
If we are to keep the
Lordís festivals in heaven - why arenít churches teaching to
rehearse them now (Zech 14)?
Yours In Christ,
thanks for the email. Just in reply to your
question and scriptures used it is worth noting the following:
John 6:54 - This scripture is about feeding on Christ, which, it's it
context, relates to believing on Him (see John 6:31-36) . It is not
about participating in feast days. Jesus was talking to people who
religiously kept the feast days every year and this didn't help them
because they did not believe. So I don't know why you are using this
scripture to say we should keep the feasts.
2 Cor 5 - Talks
about our reconciliation with God but nothing about the feast days
playing a part in that.
Zech 14 - There is nothing in this
chapter about heaven. It is an earthly scene at the return of Jesus
and his coming rule on earth from Jerusalem.
If people today
want to keep the feasts today they can but there are warnings in the
New Testament against people that to start placing them on a level
where one sees them as essential to salvation or as making the
believer more spiritual (when they are just shadows, not the actual
reality in Christ). it is important that we focus on the reality, not
the shadows. In my study I have written the following:
Are believers in Christ told to keep the feasts today?
This is also an interesting question. The church is not under any law
to outwardly keep the feasts as the nation of Israel was told to do.
In fact there are verses of warning when believers go back under these
and other aspects of the law in an attempt to win favour and
righteousness with God. This is what the Galatian church tried to do
and note Paulís concern and disappointment with them:
Galatians 4:9-11 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to
be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and
worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all
over again? (10) You observe days and months and seasons and years.
(11) I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.
To those at Colossae Paul wrote:
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or
with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a
Sabbath day. (17) These are a shadow of the things that were to come;
the reality, however, is found in Christ.
So we are not
under any legal obligation to keep the feasts (festivals) because they
were a shadow of the reality that is in Christ. But as Ďshadowsí or
Ďtypesí we can certainly learn from them for God has hidden many
important truths within them. It should also be noted that there is a
spiritual way in which we still keep these feasts and this spiritual /
personal aspect will also be explored as we continue with our studies.
It was this spiritual (not natural / outward) aspect that Paul spoke
about when he wrote:
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 Clean out the old
leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact
unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. (8)
Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor
with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened
bread of sincerity and truth.
All the best,