I TRULY believe that understanding how the Hebraic calendar operates AND learning how to operate in its times and seasons is the answer to a very common question. That question is, “How do I know I’m at the right place at the right time?” For years I had been a COMMITTED and FAITHFUL follower of Jesus, but it wasn’t until I discovered the importance of celebrating the Hebraic (Biblical) seasons that I FELT like and began to SEE THE FRUIT of operating in the Biblical feasts. Literally, this revelation changed my life forever. I discovered and have been practicing the Biblical feasts since I was 13 years old. It was a pivotal point for me, as since I turned 12, I have pretty much raised myself. I can truly say that living a life of WHOLEHEARTEDLY loving a Jesus, honoring the Sabbath, giving my tithe, and celebrating the feasts have led me to the life I always hoped to have. I never felt the need to try any drugs. I never had sex before marriage, I never smoked a cigarette, even though my dad was constantly gone working and my mother was high on drugs. Even though I was molested twice. Even though I had to raise myself. I felt fulfilled in my walk with Christ and that testimony reigns true today. If you have never practiced following the Hebraic calendar, get ready, because your life is about to drastically change for the better, if its already good! Hebrew Verses Greek Mindset Before the Roman calendar, the Biblical feasts were celebrated consistently, and we saw more power and miracles in the church. We saw the church of Acts. We saw a revival that wasn’t put out. What changed this? How do we operate in THAT kind of dunamas power again? Roman calendar was serviced from the Greek mindset. The Greek mindset says that if we study religions, we can reason to figure out questions with our own thinking and get the right answers to life’s questions ourselves. It is a prideful, intellectual origin. The Hebraic mindset says we do not have all the answers, and we cannot possibly comprehend the fullness of God while in our human bodies, but we can worship and adore the One true God. Just having said that, we can see which mindset we should follow. We should follow one of humility and submission to God. If we submit our ways to God, He will prosper all our ways! When I go to work for a new company, the management is ALWAYS shocked at how much business FLOODS in when I join the team. I have always brought Holy Spirit and His ways with me, and every company I have worked for in management doubles to triples in patients or clients within a month. For example, in a previous job I had, within a couple of months of hire, I was booked out until January when they had didn’t have enough clients to even have an employee in this location originally. I didn’t even interview to work in this location, but they saw Gods' favor and multiplication on my life and offered me the position. This is NOT to my glory at all, it is ALL to God, and simply to the fact that He revealed the truth to me: that I should seek Him first and keep all His commandments in my heart, acknowledging and FOLLOWING and OBEYING ALL His ways, not just the scriptures I wanted to pick and choose. Learning these ways to commitment and time, just like every good relationship takes. Today, God thanks you for taking time to learn, and follow, His ways. He does ask us directly in the Bible to celebrate the feasts, so why shouldn't we be obedient in this area, too?
Celebrating the Holy Days In America, Christians are a peculiar breed of people. We tend to be either extremely open to spiritual things or extremely closed to them. There’s not much of an in-between. One of those things that we do weird is celebrating holidays that are in the Bible and not in the Bible. See, in America we celebrate thanksgiving, which is not a biblical holiday, but it is very biblical in the fact that we should be thankful for what God has done in our lives. We celebrate the Fourth of July which is in remembrance of our nation’s signing of the declaration and our freedom as a nation. Many celebrate Halloween even though it’s not biblical, Godly, or honoring God. But Christians don’t typically celebrate the Biblical feasts that thrust us forward into our destiny! Given our previous lesson, it would be easy to think that it’s because of Constantine. It’s all Constantine! Blame Rome! Those filthy pagans, lol. It’s not. In fact, at this point in American history, it’s because people just aren’t informed, or we simply accept our traditions as good enough. By and large, America is not anti-Semitic like the old Roman gentiles appeared to be. I do not believe that you are sinning by not celebrating the Jewish holidays, but you are missing out on a lot. Besides, we’re Americans. If we can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in March and Cinco de Mayo (and not be Mexican) then why can’t we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, The Feast of Tabernacles, etc.? Paul said to not let anyone judge you for what holidays you observe. “Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. So, let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.” -Colossians 2:14-19 I find it interesting that he says let no one catch you taking delight in false humility and worship of angels... that’s interesting because it bears a striking resemblance to what was to come nearly 250 years later at Nicaea. Basically, Paul is saying if you’re celebrating the holidays, don’t do it because it’s a religious requirement, it do it because it’s all about Jesus! To be blunt, you’re not going to hell if you don’t celebrate the Jewish holidays, but you’re missing out on the fullness of God’s covenants to Israel and the full understanding of the gospel and God’s purpose for Jesus through whom you have been grafted into Israel. The most important thing to do is follow Jesus. If Jesus leads you to celebrate these holidays, then Amen! If you don’t feel convicted, then Amen as well! Because in Colossians Paul Continues to say, “Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.” You’re not bound by the law to do these things the way it was done in the past out of religious legal obligation, but out of love for Christ. We’re not trying to impose a burden on you and cause you to stumble. Don’t get religious in a bad way about this. Don’t put yourself back under the law by observing these holidays in a strict religious, pharasitical manner. Just love Jesus. Paul speaks of “self-imposed” religions. This shows me that he was speaking of the religions appointed by religious leaders of the time to observe, and they were trying to force the law in people yet again, but Paul isn’t speaking about the appointed seasons of God in the sense that he’s not saying don’t celebrate the season.
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