Monday, August 10, 2009

Observing Holy Days or Holi-days?

Lambs or bunnies...I choose "The LAMB."

There is a difference between Holy days and holidays.  There is also a difference between the times and days, new moons and Sabbaths...on one hand you have those determined by Abba, on the other, you have those determined by man.

This is briefly written to point out that there days determined by Yah which are to be observed and there are days determined by man which Yah does not delight we know the we care to?  
Which one should you keep?
(This post does not detail the instructions given by Abba to keep the Feasts and Sabbath.  The instructions for these days and their observances are found in Leviticus ch. 23)

Several places in the bible talk about observing times, days, new moons, and Sabbaths.  Is all observing of times, new moons and Sabbaths against Abba's instructions or is it just those "times" that man has set up...
 Let’s look at scripture to see if we can make Abba’s instructions clear:
2 Kings 21:6  (21st Century King James Version) 
6And he made his son pass through the fire, and
observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards. He wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.

II Chron. 33:3-6 3For he built again the high places (high places are places men built to worship "other" gods) which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for the Baalim, and made Asherah (Ashteroth/Dianna queen of heaven/easter) poles, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 
4Also he built altars in the house of the LORD
(he built his alters for false idol worship in the house of God), whereof the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem shall My name be for ever." 
5And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 
6And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger.

God said:
Deuteronomy 18:10 (21st Century King James Version) 
10There shall not be found among you any one who maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or who useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 
11or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 
12For all who do these things are an abomination unto the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 
13Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 

Paul reprimands the Galatians for returning back to their old ways from which they came from…Paganism:
Galatians 4:9-10
9But now after ye have known God, or rather are known by God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements unto which ye desire again to be in bondage? 
10Ye observe days and months and times and years.

The observing of “times” that is being spoken of as evil was in reference to the "times" and practices which are NOT prescribed by God. These “times” that made God angry are the ones that come from the practice of idol worship done by those who didn't know Yah and were following after false gods and seeking signs and making sacrifice to these false gods.

Jeraboam is the prime example of this because he determined to change Abba’s Feast Days and the location where the Feast was to be held according to TorahJeraboam made the change according to his desires, and did not honor the instructions given by Yah.

1 Kings 12:25-33
25Then Jeroboam built Shechem in Mount Ephraim and dwelt therein, and went out from thence and built Penuel. 
nd Jeroboam said in his heart, "Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David. 
27If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah."
28Whereupon the king took counsel and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt!" 
29And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 
30And this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. 
31And he made a house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi. 
32And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar.
So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made; and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 
33So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart, and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel; and he offered upon the altar and burned incense.
**This Feast that Jeraboam changed the date and location to, is the Feast of Sukkot.  According to Torah, it is to be kept in the seventh month on the fourteenth day in Israel.

See Hosea 2 (especially verse 11)  This chapter of scripture gives reference to the bride who is practicing adultery by following after other gods and observing false feast days. God says He will take them away from her.

Amos 5:21-22
21"I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell the scent in your solemn assemblies. 
22Though ye offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Again, you see Abba is expressing His displeasure of their idolatry practices, not displeasure in the times and feasts that are set by Him.

The days determined by God that we are to observe are set in place because of their prophetic significance to teach us what to look for and set in a time period that we are to expect to see it come to pass. They deal with the prophecy related to the Messiah and His comings. Satan desires to hide those days and replace them so that we won't see or understand who the Messiah is or what He will be coming to do or when He is to come. I believe the reason why satan puts it in men's heart to change these days is so that we will not understand what we are looking for and be blind because he hopes that we will miss Messiah. 

Remember:  The "Old Testament" is the foundation!!!  The "New Testament" or more likely, the "Re-newed Testament" MUST stand on what has already been written!!!
 Ultimately it is this:  We have 2, we choose what Abba has prescribed OR what man has determined in his own heart to do and then declare it is Abba's.  The choice is ours.

Just thinkin'

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