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“My” Sabbaths and Feasts or

“Your” sabbaths and feasts

The True Sabbaths and Feasts of Yahuah or the false man-made ones

The Feasts and Sabbaths of Yahuah were given to Moshe (Moses) on Mt Sinai in Arabia around the year 1485 BCE. He gave instructions to the Yisraelites on how and when they were to be kept after He had spoken to Moshe and given him the Ten Commandments. He then continued on with various instructions and ordinances for them to obey and these included the Feasts, Sabbaths and New Moons.

Yahuah first instituted the Sabbaths in Shemoth (Exodus) 31:13 when He said My Sabbaths you are to guard by all means, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations to know that I, Yahuah am setting you apart. You shall guard the Sabbath, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall certainly be put to death and anyone who does work on it, that being shall be cut off from among his people”.

Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 20:11,12 “And I gave them My laws, and showed them My right-rulings, which if a man does he shall live by them. I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, to know that I am Yahuah who sets them apart”.

Verse 19 “I am Yahuah your Elohim. Walk in My ways and guard My right-rulings, and do them, and set-apart My Sabbaths, and they shall be a sign between Me and you, to know that I am Yahuah your Elohim”.

Chapter 23 of Wayyiqra (Leviticus) is a very important chapter as it explains the Appointed times of Yahuah for Yisraelites to follow. He outlined the keeping of the Sabbath and all of the Appointed Times which included the Passover and the 7 day Feast of Unleavened Bread with the Waving of the First Fruits Offering all in the first Hebrew month.

This is followed 50 days later by the single day Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) and four months after that in the Seventh Hebrew month all of the important days which included The Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the 7 day Feast of Tabernacles followed by The Last Great Day.

By following these instructions all Yisrael would receive a great blessing from Yahuah.

The first and last days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are Rest days, as are the first and last days of the Feast of Tabernacles, and also the Day of Atonement, the Last Great Day and the Feast of Shavuot, all very special days for Yahuah and His people. Most of the Feasts were “rehearsals” for events which were to happen in the future which would lead to the salvation of mankind. The Feast of Shavuot commemorated the giving of the Torah or instructions on Mt Sinai and much later this was the day on which the Holy Spirit was poured out on believers after the resurrection of Yahusha the Messiah.

It is wrongly believed by some people that there are scriptures indicative of Yahuah doing away with His former Feast Days and Sabbaths and showing the children of Yisrael a different way. They use these scriptures to back up their claim that the “old” laws and instructions were superseded by the “new” ones brought in by His Son, Yahusha the Messiah.

The most basic reason that this assumption has to be wrong is that we are talking about the Omnipotent Creator of all things who does not have to say “Oops, I got it wrong, folks. My Son will fix it up”. No, this could not happen. The real story is that mankind in their usual disobedient way thought they could improve on Yahuah’s plan and do it their own way - change His Sabbath to their own choice of day, worship false idols, make sacrifices to their own pagan gods and even sink to the lowest point of offering their own babies to those gods. All these aberrations were the result of the imaginings of sinful, wayward people.

In Matthew 5:17 Yahusha said

 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets,

 I came not to destroy but to complete”.

That is to verify, confirm and fulfil them.

The change from “My Sabbaths and Feasts” to “your sabbaths and feasts” finally reached a point on the downward path where the Roman Emperor Constantine melded “the faith delivered to the Saints” into the Holy Roman Empire and the leader of the resulting organisation became the Pope. Kepha (Peter) was named as the first pope, Miriam the Saviour’s mother became Queen of Heaven, Mediatrix of All Grace, and so on with man-made titles ad infinitum, placing her above the Creator. A statue of Jupiter, king of the gods, does duty as “Peter” with devout pilgrims kissing his foot as they file past.

Now we have the pagan festivals of Christmas, Easter and Halloween which have all replaced the true Feasts of Yahuah and these have become the must-haves of the christian world and those of us who reject them completely are considered to be the odd ones out. Yahuah’s instructions will prevail in the end and the abominations of the mind of man will not even be a memory.

The following scriptures are examples of Yahuah expressing his wrath to the rebellious people who so readily turned from His perfect instructions to their own polluted ways. We have had the first few of these verses quoted to us by people as examples of Yahuah “doing away with the Old Law” -

Amos 5:21-23 “I have hated, I have despised your festivals and I am not pleased with your assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I do not accept them, nor do I look on your fattened peace offerings. “Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I do not hear the sound of your stringed instruments.

Here is the cause of His wrath -

Verses 25 - 27 “You brought Me slaughterings and meal offerings in the wilderness for forty years. O house of Yisrael, but you took up Sikkuth (Moloch) and Kiyyum your idols, your astral mighty ones, which you made for yourselves! Therefore I shall send you into exile beyond Damascus”, said Yahuah Elohim of Hosts, His Name.

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 1: 2-6 Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth! For Yahuah has spoken, “I have reared and brought up children, but they have transgressed against Me. An ox knows its owner and a donkey its master’s crib - Yisrael does not know, My people have not understood. Alas, sinning nation, a people loaded with crookedness, a seed of evil-doers, sons acting corruptly! They have forsaken Yahuah, they have provoked the Set-apart One of Yisrael, they went backward. Why should you be beaten anymore? You continue in apostasy! All the head is sick, and all the heart faints. From the sole of the foot, to the head, there is no soundness in it - wounds and bruises and open sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment”.

Verses 13 - 17 “Stop bringing futile offerings, incense, it is an abomination to Me, New Moons, Sabbaths, the calling of meetings - I am unable to bear unrighteousness and assembly. My being hates your New Moons and your appointed times, they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. And when you spread out your hands, I hide My eyes from you, even though you make many prayers, I do not hear. Your hands have become filled with blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean, put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Stop doing evil! Learn to do good. Seek right-ruling, reprove the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow”.

Having castigated them for their idolatry, evil ways and disobedience to His instructions, He goes on to offer a way for them to be reconciled with Him.

Verses 18 - 20 “Come now, and let us reason together”, says Yahuah. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you submit and obey, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”, for the mouth of Yahuah has spoken.

In the scriptures the obedient children of Yisrael are depicted as the loved wife of the Father. Such a wife enjoys the honour due to her husband’s position and authority.

Also in the scriptures the unfaithful, idolatrous children of Yisrael are depicted as an adulterous wife, bringing dishonour and shame to her husband and family.

Hoshea (Hosea) 2: 10-12 “And now I, Yahuah, will uncover Yisrael’s shame before the eyes of her pagan lovers, and no one shall deliver her from My hand, and I will cause all of her rejoicing, her festivals, her new moons and her sabbaths, even all of her appointed times to cease, and lay waste her vines and her fig trees of which she has said, ‘These are my rewards that my lovers have given me’.”

All of chapters 1, 2 and 3 tell of an adulterous wife and as He does so often, the Father offers a way out of their evil to the children of Yisrael.

In Proverbs chapter 5 we have an example of the dangers of following the ways devised by mankind which lead to death. Any such belief or gathering of people, however large and seemingly important in the world, is nothing more than unfaithful and idolatrous in the eyes of Yahuah. Only His perfect ways and instructions can lead us to His wisdom and truth.

Amos 5:24 And let right-ruling roll on like water

 and righteousness like a mighty stream

Neville and June Shaw


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