Friday, February 24, 2017

Tares - Jewish Feasts (LG22)

Exo 23:17 "Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD."

All Jews must appear before Yahweh before the temple of God for the various Feasts three times a year. The destruction of the temple of God in Jerusalem ended the Feasts and Judaism.

Jewish Feasts Fulfilled by Jesus

1. Passover - Our Lord Jesus was crucified as the Passover Lamb

Lev 23:5 'On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover.'

 2. Feast of unleavened bread -  Our Lord was the Bread of life, the pure Word of God.

Lev 23:6 'And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.'

3. Feast of first fruit (weeks) - The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was the fulfillment of this feast of first fruit.

Lev 23:15 "Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD."

Devout Jews saved at Pentecost

Act 2:5, 37, 41 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.... Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?".... Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

After the veil in the temple was torn, God departed from the temple. When the devout Jews from foreign lands came to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Pentecost, they were converted to Christianity by the power of His Holy Spirit and 3000 Jews believed Jesus and were baptized in Acts 2. These new Christians took the gospel back to their synagogues in foreign lands to convert the Jews there.

Paul evangelized at Feasts

Act 18:20-21 When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, but took leave of them, saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing." And he sailed from Ephesus.

Before the destruction of the temple of God, Paul and the other Apostles frequently returned to Jerusalem for the various feasts so that they could evangelize and convert more devout Jews from foreign lands..

Exile because of Disobedience

Dan 9:9-11, 13  "To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.... As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth."

Daniel often fast, repent and pray for the Jews to repent and understand His truth. Similarly, Jews at every feast should fast and repent instead of rejoicing. Christians should use Act 2, the anointed message spoken through Peter to evangelize the Jews.

John 5:46-47 "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"

Devout Jews will believe Jesus, but today's Jews are blind atheist, agnostic and hypocrites. So don't follow them and their Feasts.