GOD'S FEASTS THAT JESUS OBSERVED


The Right Balance between Paganism & Bondage

The Law of Moses was a covenant (contract) between God and Israel, which that nation willingly entered into at Mt. Sinai. It was their national legal system, and contained the conditions under which God would allow them to live in Land that He promised to eventually give to Abraham as an eternal inheritance. Gentile nations were never under the Law of Moses, and were never even given the opportunity to enter into such a contract. The New Testament is clear that Israelites (Jews) who are in Christ, who have embraced the New Covenant, are released from the Law of Moses (Rom. 3:19-26; Gal. 3:23-25; Gal. 5:18). Therefore, neither believing Jews or gentiles are obligated to keep the Law of Moses. Those who seek to place themselves under the Law of Moses are placing themselves in bondage, and are risking the curse of the Law if they do not keep it perfectly (Deut. 27:26; Gal. 3:10; Gal. 4:9,21-31; James 2:10). The Law of Moses was not abolished for Israel, and they remain under it's curse and exile (which is evidenced by the destruction of the Temple) because of their rejection of Christ and the New Covenant until the time of national repentance (Deut. 30:1-20; Rom. 11:13-32). 4Winds Fellowships do not "OBSERVE" the Feasts according to the Law of Moses, which is impossible without a physical Temple and priesthood anyway. There is no righteousness or special blessing gained by doing that. Instead we "CELEBRATE" the festivals within the local assembly, which is "the Temple of God" in this age, as a teaching tool, because they are rich with prophetic meaning and point to Christ. Their value is in gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of God's Plan for the ages. The fulfillment of the symbolism of the Feasts is what Jesus was refering to when He said that He came to "fulfill" the Law (Matt. 5:17-18). The "least of these commandments" that He referred to in the following verses (Matt. 5:19 - 7:12) are Jesus' own commandments, which forms "the Law of Christ" (Gal. 6:2). Our stance on the holidays seeks to steer clear of the pagan corruption of Christian holidays, but also steer clear of the excesses of the Hebrew Roots movement which places "a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear" (Act 15:10; cf. Gal. 5:1), and a curse if not kept perfectly (Gal. 3:10).

Sabbath Rest

Rest (Sabbath)
We do not keep the Sabbath according to the Law of Moses. We try to keep it because God gave it to Adam and all his descendants 2,500 years before the Law, for man's benefit, not as an obligation. Jesus said, "The Sabbath was made for the man, and not the man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27).
  • The Sabbath was made for Adam & His Descendants
  • There is no Biblical Basis for Weekly Sunday Worship
  • The SABBATH was made for Adam
  • Blessings of the SABBATH

  • LAMB of GOD

    Passover (Pesach)
  • Passover Controversy
  • Haggadah
  • Seder Items & Arrangement
  • The Four Questions

  • RESURRECTION DAY

    Firstfruits (Sefirah)
  • Resurrection Day
  • The True Meaning of "Easter"

  • 50th DAY - 7 WEEKS

    Pentecost (Shavuot)
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  • IN THE BEGINNING ...

    Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)
    Rosh Hashanah is New Year's Day on the original biblical calendar. It marks the aniversary of Day One of Creation week, as well as the birthday of Jesus Christ. God commanded Israel to celebrate this day with the blowing of trumpets (Lev. 23:23-25). It is the first day of the first month on the original (agricultural) calendar, and the first day of the seventh month on the Festival calendar.

    Rosh Hashanah is what 'TODAY' refers to in Psalm 2, "You are My Son, TODAY I have begotten You." Jesus was the "Firstborn of all creation" (Col. 1:15); He is "The Beginning" (Col. 1:18). He called Himself "The Beginning of the Creation of God" (Rev. 3:14). Jesus said: "for out of God I have emerged" (John 8:42 - Gk.). He was the "Son" (Prov. 30:6) of whom Solomon wrote: "From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth; While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primeval dust of the world," (Pro 8:23-26). Thus, the six days of creation begin with the begetting of the Son. At the appointed time, the Son "emptied Himself" of His divinity to become fully Man (Phil. 2:5-8), being born of the virgin on Rosh Hashanah, the aniversary of His begetting from His Father "in the beginning."

    The book of Revelation provides us with the biblical date of Jesus' birth using astronomy, which falls on Rosh Hashanah, the anniversary of the first day of creation when the Son was brought forth out of God.

    Revelation 12:1-5
    1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
    2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
    3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
    4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
    5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

    The sun is in Virgo during September to early October. The new moon (which becomes visible just after sunset, and sets only minutes later) marks Rosh Hashanah, the new year. Below is a screenshot from Redshift 7 Astronomy Program showing the positions of the sun and moon in relation to Virgo just after dawn on Rosh Hashanah, just after Jesus' birth.


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    YOM KIPPUR

    Atonement (Yom Kippur)
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  • SUKKOT

    Tabernacles (Sukkot)
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  • HANUKKAH

    Dedication (Hanukkah)
  • Christmas or Hanukkah?
  • Eight Hanukkah Prayers & Readings for Family Worship
  • Hanukkah Suggestions
  • Dreidel Game Cards
  • Hanukkah (2013, video)
  • Hanukkah (2013, audio)
  • Hanukkah has rich meaning for us in several ways:
    1. It is the 8-day celebration of the cleansing of the Temple from its defilement by Antiochus Epiphanies, acknowledging the miracle of the one-day supply of oil for the Temple menorah that lasted 8 days.
    2. It is a time of reflection, and cleansing ourselves from any "defilement" of our own "Temple of God" which is the local assembly, particularly from participation in pagan practiced (including Christmas).
    3. Antiochus' defilement of the Temple in Jerusalem, called by Daniel the "abomination of desolation," will occur again according to Jesus (Matt. 24:15), to be followed by its cleansing at Christ's return. Hanukkah is therefore a time to look forward to Christ's Kingdom.
    4. We also find symbolic meaning in the 8 oil lamps, representing 8 millennia, since "a day with the Lord is as a thousand years." Man's time under the curse is limited to six "Days," with Christ's coming Kingdom being the seventh "Day" Sabbath Rest. This is to be followed by the 8th Day, which goes on beyond measured time. Thus, each night when we light the lamp, we acknowledge the "light" (revelation knowledge) that Christ communicated to mankind during each millennia: (1) through Adam; (2) through Noah; (3) through Abraham; (4) through David; (5) through Christ & His Apostles; (6) through the holy Breath empowering the local assembly; (7) through Christ's Kingdom on earth; (8) through the Father Himself dwelling among men for eternity.
    Jesus was born on Rosh Hashanah, September 22, 4BC (Gregorian Calendar), which is the Festival of Trumpets and the anniversary of Day 1 or Creation week. Calculating back from this date, the human gestation period from conception to birth being 266 days, the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary would have been on December 30, 5BC (Gregorian, inclusive reckoning). This was Day 5 of Hanukkah in 5 BC, the day which represents Christ Himself bringing light into the world.