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The Statutes of God!

By David J. Smith
August 17, 2013

In Leviticus 23:1, it says the Lord spoke unto Moses. Also in I Corinthians 10:1-4, it says the Lord was Jesus Christ – “Moreover, brethren, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock WAS Christ.”

Jesus THE Christ gave statutes [laws] for Israel to keep. These statutes had the meaning of salvation built into them. Leviticus 23:2-4 reads: “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord [Jesus Christ], which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons.”

Notice that the Lord stressed over and over that they were His feasts, not Jewish feasts!!!

They included:

1) The Passover;
2) Seven days of Unleavened Bread;
3) Pentecost;
4) Trumpets;
5) Atonement;
6) Feast of Tabernacles; and
7) The Last Great Day of the feast – the 8th Day;
8) the Sabbath.

Leviticus 23:41: “And you shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year, It shall be a statute forever in your generations: you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. V.42 You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths.”

The Hebrew word for booths is #5521 in the Hebrews section of the Strong’s Concordance. It has multiple meanings:

1) Booth;
2) A hut;
3) A Cottage;
4) pavilion;
5) tabernacle;
6) tent;
7) den.

There has been a misunderstanding in V.41 Keeping the Feast is to be a statute forever, not sitting under sticks made into a hut. The Hebrew word for ever means time out of mind. You can never think of a time when you are not to keep the feasts. They are permanent.

When we keep the feast of tabernacles, we dwell in booths, which means cottages. Ancient Israel built huts to dwell in, but we rent cottages or temporary dwellings. Colossians 2:16-17: “Let no man [non-Christian] therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon [visible crescent], or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body of Christ.” The Church determines the timing for the Holy Days by the visible sighting of the crescent of the new moon. The moon has to be seen as a tiny sliver to start a new month.

I personally have kept the feasts since 1966. Once in a while, people start the first month in winter. This cannot be. It must ALWAYS start by the first tiny crescent after the spring equinox, usually March 17 or later. As a result, they begin the fall feast while it is still hot. But a month later, it will be fall and cooling off.

In 1983 most people kept the fall feast a month early, and it was very hot. We kept it on time, and the weather was perfect and the trees were turning colors.

Paul kept the feasts – all of them. He even said he had to be at Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost. After all, they were to be kept year-by-year as long as there was an Israelite. When someone of another nationality accepts Christ, they also become Israelites and keep the statutes – Holy Days.

When the Kingdom of God is established, notice what will happen: “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says the Lord [Jesus Christ], so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says the Lord” (Isaiah 66:22-23). “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband …” (Revelation 21:1-7). “… declare all that you see to the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 40:4, last). “And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east” (Ezekiel 43:4).

Thank God that He has shown us His Holy Days and their meaning! He will bring New Jerusalem to us!!!

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