“Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities..." (Rev 18:4-5)
We (believers) should follow Yhwh's system and not the world's system. We are in the world but not of it.Yhwh has established his feasts to follow. We should celebrate His feasts, but celebrate them in the new covenant we have in Christ (1 Corinthians 5:8). His body (unleavened bread) and His blood took care of the bill (blood offering/sacrifice). In replacement of eating unleavened bread and blood sacrifices, we instead take communion, eating the bread and wine (or whatever else you can use), in remembrance of Yahshua.
Now if Jesus was not born on December 25th, then when was He actually born? We know it's not December 25th; and some people think it was in April, but they're wrong. The feast of Tabernacles is a celebration, being thankful to God for how He provided for us, just like how He provided for the children of Israel during the time they were dwelling in tents. During the feast of Tabernacles, Jesus came to earth through the virgin birth of Mary, temporarily dwelt in His tent/Tabernacle/Body, and fulfilled His calling before leaving his tent/tabernacle/Body.
Luke 1 reveals that Zacharias was a priest who was listed in the division of Abijah. In 1 Chronicles 24, we see that King David listed Abijah as the 8th division (verse 10). In the Jewish culture, the priests were assigned to burn incense in the temple and this was done on a weekly basis. Division 1, starting in the first month, does one week, division 2 does the second week, etc... Now, other than fulfilling their week of duty, the priests also had to come in the temple three major times a year. “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles... (Deuteronomy 16:16). Knowing that Zacharias is in the 8th division, and that he also has to come in the temple for the 3 events, will help us in seeing when Yahshua was actually born. Divisions 1-3 came in the month of Nissan (see calender below). One of the weeks was the feast of unleavened bread, so all the priest had to come in (Three weeks assigned to three divisions and one week, all the priests had to come in). Divisions 4-7 came in the month of Iyar (four weeks, four divisions), and the 8th Division would start in the first week of the month of Sivan. Now after that week, Zacharias would have to stay for the feasts of weeks, and then he would go home to "get it on" with Elizabeth. After Zacharias finished his time and got home, Elizabeth conceived (Luke 1:23-24)...
This means that Elizabeth was conceived around the end of Sivan, beginning of Tammuz. Elizabeth hid herself for five months and then on the sixth month of her pregnancy, the early part of Tevet, Gabriel visited Mary. We know that Mary was immediately conceived because she quickly went to see Elizabeth right after Gabriel spoke with her, and Elizabeth knew she (Mary) was now carrying the Son of the promise. Nine months later, the month of Tishri, Yahshua was born.
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt/tabernacled among us..." (John 1:14)
|Cheshvan||8||29 or 30 days||October-November|
|Kislev||9||30 or 29 days||November-December|
|Adar I (leap years only)||12||30 days||February-March|
(called Adar Beit in leap years)
(13 in leap years)
The month of Tishri was also the last month that the shepherds would be out in the field, keeping watch over their sheep (Luke 2:8-11). After the month of Tishri, it gets colder and colder outside; So the shepherds would not be outside during the winter time.
Yhwh has established His feasts forever, so it makes sense that He would continue to do major things on the Feasts. Yahshua gave you freedom, when he died on the cross, but He didn't set you free to go follow pagan traditions. Follow the laws of the spirit in Jesus, and not the laws of sin and death.
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power... 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..." (Col 2:8-18)
The Apostle Paul confirms what was said in Jeremiah 10, and Ezekiel 8:14-18...
The message Paul is teaching, is that we should not put our trust in the signs of heaven (astrology), worshiping angels who deceive us into following these traditions that are not of God. Yahshua freed us from the requirements we once had to follow. What requirements?...Without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22). Yahshua was the ultimate sacrifice. "For the law of the spirit of life in Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2). Yahshua took away the law (following instructions) of sin and death and made us free in the law (following instructions) of the spirit of life in Jesus. Don't let anyone judge you for following these instructions of God (col 2:16). Don't let them take you out of rhythm... Cheat you from your reward...Yhwh rewards you for staying in rhythm with Him (Col 2:17).
During this time, be the light in the midst of darkness. Share the good news of the gospel. Enjoy the time with your family. If you're following traditions that's not pleasing to God, make the decision to let go of those traditions. There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Now that you know the truth, it's up to you to make better (Godly) decisions next year. In 2012, let's do a better job in pleasing the true and living God, Yhwh.