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The Feasts of Yahuah in Acts of His Apostles

The followers of Yahusha the Messiah kept the Feasts of Yahuah and visited the Temple at Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) for the Feasts, for prayers at the set times and to teach.

The Feasts and observances they had always kept were continued and were an essential

 part of their lives in serving Yahuah Elohim and His Son, Yahusha the Messiah.

To set the scene - Yahusha had left to return to His Father promising His disciples that the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) would come upon them. They were to wait in Yerushalayim until the promise of the Father was revealed to them.

We take up the account in Acts which describes how they were gathered at the Temple or Set-apart place in Yerushalayim for the Feast of Shavuot or Weeks (Pentecost).

Acts 2: 1 - 4 And when the Day of the Festival of Weeks had come, they were all with one mind in one place, and suddenly there came a sound from the heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and settled on each one of them, and they were all filled with the Set-apart Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them to speak.

Acts 2: 46, 47 And day by day, continuing with one mind in the Set-apart Place, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising Elohim and having favour with all the people. And the Master added to the assembly those who were being saved, day by day.

Acts 3: 1 - 6 And Kepha and Yohanan (Peter and John) were going up to the Set-apart Place at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his birth, was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the Set-apart Place which is called Yaphah, to ask alms from those entering into the Set-apart Place, who seeing Kepha and Yohanan about to go into the Set-apart Place asked for alms.  And Kepha, with Yohanan, looking steadfastly at him said, “Look at us”. And he gave heed to them, expecting to receive whatever from them.

6 - 10 But Kepha said “I do not have silver and gold, but what I do possess, this I give you: In the Name of Yahusha Messiah of Natsareth, rise up and walk”. And taking him by the right hand he lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones were made firm and leaping up he stood and walked, and went in with them into the Set-apart Place, walking and leaping and praising Elohim.  And all the people saw him walking and praising Elohim. And they recognised him, that it was he who sat begging alms at the Lovely Gate of the Set-apart Place and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what befell him.

Acts 5: 12 - 14 And through the hands of the disciples many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one mind in Shelomoh’s Porch. But of the rest no one had the courage to join them, however the people made much of them. And more believers were added to the Master, large numbers of both men and women.

Acts 5: 19 - 21 But a messenger of Yahuah opened the prison doors at night and brought them out, and said, “Go and stand in the Set-apart Place and speak to the people all the words of this life”. Now when they heard, they went into the Set-apart Place early in the morning, and were teaching.

25 But one came and reported to them, saying, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the Set-apart Place and teaching the people!”.

42 And daily in the Set-apart Place, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and bringing the Good News: Yahusha the Messiah!

Notice the courage of these disciples - they went back to the very place where they had been arrested the day before. After the angel rescued them from the prison they returned the next day to the same spot to teach, obeying the messenger of Yahuah. Father, give us this kind of courage!

Acts 12: 1 - 4 And about that time Herodes the sovereign put forth his hands to do evil to some from the assembly. And he killed Ya’aqob the brother of Yohanan with the sword, and seeing that it was pleasing to the Yehudim, he proceeded further to arrest Kepha as well - and they were the Days of Unleavened Bread. So when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to watch over him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.

Do you see a pattern here? The disciples and all those thousands who followed the Word of Yahuah were blessed with personal salvation when the gift of the Ruach haQodesh was bestowed on them at the Temple in Yerusalayim on the Day of the Festival of Weeks, Shavuot, which the people had kept for about 1400 years since the giving of the Torah on Mt Sinai. The same fire roared into the Temple as the fire of Yahuah had burned over the top of the mountain. The same commandments that were written by the hand of the Creator in stone were written on the hearts of the believers. This is happening just the same today when we follow the Word of Yahuah and do not deviate into man-made, useless, deadly traditions.

All the different denominations of Christianity agree on one thing! They all  religiously observe the pagan feasts -

Easter named after the goddess Ishtar, Astarte or similar names. The main theme of this one is to do with egg-laying rabbits and the goddess of fertility.

Christmas honouring the sungod Sol Invictus Mithra at the time of the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice. Yes, this one worked a treat! When the sun almost disappeared below the horizon at midwinter, just sacrifice lots of babies to the pagan gods and voila! the sun returned.

Halloween, the day before so-called “All Saints Day” when adults and children imitate and dress as demons, witches and devils. What can we say? It is beyond comment!

It is time for those who wish to follow the Messiah Yahusha to cast aside the pagan celebrations and do as the disciples and early followers did - follow in the footsteps of Messiah Yahusha, the Son of Yahuah the Creator.

The people, known as Nazarene Israelites, who were present in the Temple on the momentous day of Shavuot for the outpouring of the Ruach haQodesh, kept the “faith once delivered to the saints”.

This pure faith, not tainted with paganism, is still available today for those who follow in the footsteps of the Messiah and His faithful followers.

Neville and June Shaw


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