Bible Feast Days


About Bible Feast Days:

I am a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) who became interested in Leviticus 23 several years ago when some radical SDAs sent me some literature that derided the church leaders for not keeping the Feast Days. At that time, I didn’t have a good answer for why or why not keep the Feast Days because the subject had never caught my attention. I did not appreciate their negative comments about my church leaders, so I set out to defend my church’s traditional policies on the matter. Over the last several years, I have come upon additional insights here and there that seem to add to my understanding of what God wants for me to do and how I can draw closer to Him. Let me be clear… my reason for studying this stuff is no longer just to create an abuttal to the radicals. I am studying this to see if there is something to this “Feast Days” idea that might be of benefit for my relationship with Jesus, help clarify my mission as a Christian to support and strengthen God’s church (especially the SDA church!), and help spread the good news about righteousness by faith in Christ’s sacrifice and ability to recreate people into His image.

My study has lead me to believe that there is still relevance of the Feast Days prophetically (macroscopically) and certain concepts are still applicable to my life today literally (microscopically). Following Jesus’ and Paul’s example (post-cross and after AD34) it appears that certain aspects of the Feast Days (specifically the weekly and annual Sabbaths) were set as part of the Moral Law which did not pass away post-cross. However, things changed dramatically in how they were kept post-cross in the New Covenant Era. (The sacrifices, offerings, and ceremonies of the Ceremonial Law superimposed on those feasts were deleted at the time of the cross. However, I believe keeping the Feast Day Sabbaths as a Sabbath rest was intended by God to remain in effect.)

As such, here is a preview of some primary premises located in this website: 1. We are saved by faith alone in Jesus. 2. Because of our love relationship with Jesus we have good works to show our faith. 3. The Ceremonial Law with its sacrifices, obligatory offerings, and rituals were deleted at the cross. 4. Ceremonial Law stuff used to be superimposed on the Weekly and the Annual Sabbaths in the Old Covenant and this fell away after the cross in the New Covenant Era leaving the Weekly and Annual Sabbaths intact as rest days spent with Jesus and our fellow mankind but minus the sacrifices, obligatory offerings, and rituals. 5. The apostles (including Paul) kept the Weekly and Annual Sabbaths after the cross New Covenant style. 6. The Catholic Church claims responsibility for "abolishing not only the Sabbath (Weekly), but all the other Jewish Festivals (including the Annual Sabbaths) as well ". 7. Some ordinances/statutes were God made and some were man made... check with Strong's Concordance to see which was which. 8. God made ordinances/statutes encompass both Moral Law and Ceremonial Law so some ordinances/statutes were deleted at the cross and some were not. 9. Feast Days have both a prophetic application as well as a here-and-now application. 10. Keeping the Weekly and Annual Sabbaths does not save us (as noted by premise 1) but it is a sign/seal indicating that there is a committed, loving, and obedient relationship between us and our precious Jesus.

Knowing that Jesus is already in the Most Holy Place in Heaven doing the work of Atonement is pretty serious stuff because soon hopefully He will be done and come to reap His harvest… Macroscopic. Keeping 52 weekly Sabbaths and an additional 7 annual Sabbaths per year do not seem to be a problem for me to accept. (Actually, it works out to be just about 5 extra Sabbaths per year because 2 of them seem to invariably fall on a weekly Sabbath anyway!) Just think, most people are more than happy to take off secular holidays such as New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Yes, these secular days are party days and are fun. However, why not take off and keep the Holy Days that God thinks are important? Ideally, these Feast Day Sabbaths should not be seen as restrictive but liberating and protective since they help to draw me closer to Jesus, to my neighbor, and keep me focused on missions… Microscopic. I do not see anything bad with that idea.

I did not compile these papers with arrogance or feelings of superiority but with curiosity that gave way to excitement and lead to conviction. I have a lot more to learn and more “puzzle pieces” to find, but I think there is enough here to draw certain conclusions and make decisions from. I am not pressuring any reader to buy, sign up, or do anything.

I wholly agree with the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the SDA Church. Of note...based upon the recommendation of Titus 3: 9, I will not enter into any "disputes", "contentions", or "strivings about the law" with anyone as that would be "unprofitable and useless" to all parties involved. However, if these papers I have compiled are helpful to any reader of them, then that is the point of my sharing them.

Sincerely,

Connie

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