This End Times Deception study will focus on God’s Holy Feast days, as Satan has caused Christians to not understand their significance during the last days.
Most Christians tend to believe that Yahusha/Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Testament, so they don’t think that it applies to them.
And Satan has caused Christians to focus on Christmas and Easter,
instead of God’s Holy Feast days.
Note: Yahusha was name that the Messiah would have been called, as it meant “Yahuah (the Father) Saves.” The name Jesus is Greek, so our Messiah was never called Jesus.
So let’s look at the time period when Christians switched from observing God’s Holy Feast days to Rome’s Easter and Christmas.
In 312 A.D. Roman Emperor Constantine proclaimed to become a Christian, but his actions tell a different story.
After centuries of having the Roman Empire persecute Christians, Satan realized that Christ’s Church just grew faster, so that strategy wasn’t working.
So he had Constantine feign being saved, to start the process of defeating the enemy from within. This was the beginning of the Roman Catholic Church, which proclaims to be Christian, but its actions are antichrist.
Constantine ended the persecution of Christians with the Edict of Milan in 313 A.D.
And he began mixing the pagan traditions of the Romans with Christianity.
In 325 A.D., at the First Council of Nicaea, they established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox.
Prior to this, the Romans worshiped Cybele and her lover/son Attis. Supposedly born of a virgin, Attis died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after 3 days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection.
Do you see the parallels with Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday? This appeased the pagan Romans, as they still had their holiday. And it drew in the Christians to celebrate on this pagan day.
In 350 A.D. Pope Julius I declared December 25 the official date of Christmas.
Prior to this, December 25th had been the Roman feast of Sol and Victus (open unconquered Sun), where they celebrated Sun worship.
Their belief was that the Sun died on 12/21, the winter solstice, when daylight was at its shortest. Then after 3 days of being dead, they celebrated it’s rebirth on 12/25.
To make the switch from observing God’s Holy Feast Days to pagan-based holidays, Constantine issued this creed for Christians who would partner with Rome.
Keep in mind that the Christians had endured relentless persecution from Rome, and now they are being exalted to positions of power and treated well, so they are susceptible to compromise.
“I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all the other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspirations, purifications, sanctifications, and propitiations, and fasts and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns and chants, and observances and synagogues.
Absolutely everything Jewish, every Law, rite and custom and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, or feasting with them, or secretly conversing and condemning the Christian religion instead of openly confuting them and condemning their vain faith, then let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me, as well as the legal punishments to which I acknowledge myself liable.
And may I be an anathema in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with Satan and the devils.” (Stefano Assemani, Acta Sanctorium Martyrum Orientalium at Occidentalium, Vol. 1, Rome 1748, page 105)
Furthermore, any follower of the “Jewish Messiah” (Yahusha) who wished to join this “holy community” was compelled to adopt a different set of rules and customs. Subsequently special creeds were drafted, to which the Christian would have to swear such as:
“I accept all customs, rites, legalism, and feasts of the Romans, sacrifices. Prayers, purifications with water, sanctifications by Pontificus Maxmus (high priests of Rome), propitiations, and feasts, and the New Sabbath “So! dei” (day of the Sun, ), all new chants and observances, and all the foods and drinks of the Romans. In other words, I absolutely accept everything Roman, every new law, rite and custom, of Rome, and the New Roman Religion.”
During the 4th century many Christians accepted these terms from Constantine and compromised their faith, fulfilling the “falling away” that Paul warned about in 2 Thessalonians 2.
Now let’s look at how Yahusha is still fulfilling the Holy Feast Days, so that we can see why Christians should still celebrate them, and how they foretell the end times.
Yahusha said “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” Matthew 15:17
The word “Feast” is translated from the Hebrew word “moed”, which means appointment.
Passover pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb whose blood was shed for our sins. Yahusha fulfilled this feast day, which we should still celebrate.
Unleavened Bread pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible). Yahusha fulfilled this feast day.
First Fruits pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. (1 Cor. 15:20) Yahushafulfilled this feast day when He rose again.
Pentecost represented God pouring out His Holy Spirit on Yahusha disciples. Acts 2 describes the fulfillment of this feast day.
Trumpets represents Yahusha return for His bride, where trumpets are blown and the elect are taken up.
Atonement occurs ten days after the Feast of Trumpets, when Christ will judge His Church.
Tabernacles occurs fifteen days after the Feast of Trumpets, when we celebrate the wedding feast.
The first four feast days were fulfilled by Yahusha at the exact times that God foretold. For example, on Passover:
God commanded the sacrificial lamb to be inspected for several days, to verify it was blemish-free;
Yahusha was inspected by the Jewish leaders, Pilate and Herod, and no blemish was found.
God commanded the sheep to be brought into the temple courtyard on the early morning of Passover;
In the early morning of Passover, Yahusha was brought into the temple courtyard;
God commanded the sheep to be bound at 9am, for preparation for their sacrifice;
Yahusha was bound to the cross at 9am.
God commanded the priest to sacrifice the lamb at 3pm and say “It is finished”;
Yahusha took His last breath at 3pm and said “It is finished.”
Praise Yahusha that He is fulfilling the appointed feasts in exacting detail.
Knowing that Yahushais exact in His fulfillment of prophecy, and knowing that the Feast of Trumpets represents Yahusha’s return for His bride, we know the context of Yahusha’s return.
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed”
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Can you see how the Bible is declaring that Yahusha will return on the Feast of Trumpets?
Does it make sense that Christians should celebrate the Holy Feast Days of God?
We celebrate Yahusha’s sinless life, His death on the cross as the Passover Lamb of God, and His resurrection, so we should definitely celebrate the feast that represents His return for His bride. In 2014, it’s on September 25-26.
Since the Feast of Atonement occurs 10 days after the Feast of Trumpets, we should fast and pray, so that we are pure and holy, and dressed in white.
Since the Feast of Tabernacles occurs 15 days after the Feast of Trumpets, we should celebrate the day that we will be united to Jesus forever.
You can see that the wedding feast does not occur until Yahusha second coming, so that invalidates the teaching from some Pastors that Christians will be raptured before the supposed 7 year tribulation, and will celebrate the wedding feast, while the world is under great tribulation.
The Holy Feast Days of the Father are a covenant with His redeemed people.
If you don’t observe them, you are out of covenant with Him.
The Israelites practiced them, in looking forward to their fulfillment by the Messiah.
We too should observe them and celebrate them, for in their fulfillment our redemption is secured!
Observing the Holy Feast Days does not mean that we need to fulfill the ceremonial law, and sacrifice a lamb on Passover for example.
And we should not look to Jewish traditions in celebrating the Feast Days, as they added many rules to them.
Here is a simple list of things to do on the Holy Feast Days:
The Feast of Passover pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb whose blood was shed for our sins. One can read Isaiah 53 to see how Messiah fulfilled this prophecy about Him atoning for our transgressions. One can read the Gospel passages which tell of His sacrificial death for us. And we should follow His command to observe communion in remembrance of His atoning sacrifice for our sins.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible). This is a High Sabbath, so we should not work on this day. We can praise Him for becoming flesh and living a sinless life; for being the second Adam, who was without sin, so that by His sacrifice we are declared righteous and can have a covenant relationship with the Father.
The Feast of First Fruits pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. (1 Cor. 15:20). We can read the Gospel passages about His resurrection, His showing Himself to witnesses, and His ascension; as it points to our future resurrection to be with Him forever.
The Feast of Pentecost represented God pouring out His Holy Spirit on the disciples. We can read in Acts how the Spirit was poured out on the disciples, and how the Gospel was preached, causing 3,000 Jews to believe in the Messiah on that day. We can give thanks for the Spirit of Truth, our Advocate, who guides us in prayer and in truth.
Below are the fall Feast Days which are yet to be fulfilled by our Messiah:
The Feast of Trumpets represents His return for His bride, where trumpets are blown and the elect are taken up. We should praise Him as we eagerly await His return for us.
The Feast of Atonement occurs ten days after the Feast of Trumpets, when Christ will judge His Church. This is a High Sabbath, so we should not work on this day. We should earnestly repent of our sins, the sins of our country and the sins of the church. We should be in sorrow at how the enemy has deceived men and pray for their salvation.
The Feast of Tabernacles occurs fifteen days after the Feast of Trumpets, when we celebrate the wedding feast. We should praise Him that we are His bride, and we long to be married to Him and be with Him forever.
Here is a link to an online tool which gives you a Biblical calendar, with the Sabbath Days and Feast Days, based on where you live:
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