Holy Days.

Following is a list of some of the places where God's Holy Days are mentioned in the Bible.

There are certain passages in the Bible that you just can not translate accurately, without an understanding of the Holy Days and their meaning.  For instance, the events surrounding Jesus's death, and why He had to die by bleeding to death - hence, why the spear to His side was the cause of death and not an after-event.

The Holy Days outline God's "logos", or the "Grand Design" He has for creating spirit beings with character.  Understanding the meaning of the first small harvest (Pentecost) and then the later greater harvest (Tabernacles), shows us the God is not trying to "save the world" now.  People have a choice about whether they want and try to be part of the first resurrection - the 144,000 of Rev 14 - or are prepared to take their chances in the second resurrection, which will happen about 1000 years later..

Without understanding the time of day that the Passover lamb was killed and then eaten on the following day, you can not see that the Last Supper was a separate event, celebrated with different symbols, than the Passover itself.

If we are going to study the Bible with understanding, then we need to be keeping - and hence better understanding - the Holy Days.

Some might say that the Holy Days are just for Israel, and hence have no relevance for us today.  If you put Exodus 19:6 with 1 Pet 2:9, you might begin to see that Israel was to be a special nation for the purpose of being an example for all other nations to follow.  What God was teaching Israel is what we too, need to be learning.

The Christian churches of the world today - for the most part - by rejecting the Holy Days, has caused much misunderstanding about the Bible and the plan of God.



Exo 12:2-8 NET.  "This month is to be your beginning of months; it will be your first month of the year.  (3)  Tell the whole community of Israel, 'In the tenth day of this month they each must take a lamb for themselves according to their families — a lamb for each household.  (4)  If any household is too small for a lamb, the man and his next-door neighbor are to take a lamb according to the number of people — you will make your count for the lamb according to how much each one can eat.  (5)  Your lamb must be perfect, a male, one year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.  (6)  You must care for it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then the whole community of Israel will kill it around sundown.  (7)  They will take some of the blood and put it on the two side posts and top of the doorframe of the houses where they will eat it.  (8)  They will eat the meat the same night; they will eat it roasted over the fire with bread made without yeast and with bitter herbs.
Exo 12:15-17 NET.  For seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. Surely on the first day you must put away yeast from your houses because anyone who eats bread made with yeast from the first day to the seventh day will be cut off from Israel.  (16)  On the first day there will be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there will be a holy convocation for you. You must do no work of any kind on them, only what every person will eat — that alone may be prepared for you.  (17)  So you will keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because on this very day I brought your regiments out from the land of Egypt, and so you must keep this day perpetually as a lasting ordinance.
Exo 12:18-20 NET.  In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, you will eat bread made without yeast until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening.  (19)  For seven days yeast must not be found in your houses, for whoever eats what is made with yeast — that person will be cut off from the community of Israel, whether a foreigner or one born in the land.  (20)  You will not eat anything made with yeast; in all the places where you live you must eat bread made without yeast.' "
Exo 13:6-7 NET.  For seven days you must eat bread made without yeast, and on the seventh day there is to be a festival to the LORD.  (7)  Bread made without yeast must be eaten for seven days; no bread made with yeast shall be seen among you, and you must have no yeast among you within any of your borders.
Exo 23:15-17 NET.  You are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, for at that time you came out of Egypt. No one may appear before me empty-handed.  (16)  "You are also to observe the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors that you have sown in the field, and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year when you have gathered in your harvest out of the field.  (17)  At three times in the year all your males will appear before the Lord GOD.
Exo 30:10 NET.  Aaron is to make atonement on its horns once in the year with some of the blood of the sin offering for atonement; once in the year he is to make atonement on it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the LORD."
Exo 34:18 NET.  "You must keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you; do this at the appointed time of the month Abib, for in the month Abib you came out of Egypt.
Exo 34:22-23 NET.  "You must observe the Feast of Weeks — the firstfruits of the harvest of wheat — and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year.  (23)  At three times in the year all your men must appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.
Lev 23:6-8 NET.  Then on the fifteenth day of the same month will be the festival of unleavened bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.  (7)  On the first day there will be a holy assembly for you; you must not do any regular work.  (8)  You must present a gift to the LORD for seven days, and the seventh day is a holy assembly; you must not do any regular work.' "
Lev 23:15-16 NET.  " 'You must count for yourselves seven weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day you bring the wave offering sheaf; they must be complete weeks.  (16)  You must count fifty days — until the day after the seventh Sabbath — and then you must present a new grain offering to the LORD.
Lev 23:24-25 NET.  "Tell the Israelites, 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you must have a complete rest, a memorial announced by loud horn blasts, a holy assembly.  (25)  You must not do any regular work, but you must present a gift to the LORD.' "
Lev 23:27-28 NET.  "The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It is to be a holy assembly for you, and you must humble yourselves and present a gift to the LORD.  (28)  You must not do any work on this particular day, because it is a day of atonement to make atonement for yourselves before the LORD your God.
Lev 23:34-36 NET.  "Tell the Israelites, 'On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Temporary Shelters for seven days to the LORD.  (35)  On the first day is a holy assembly; you must do no regular work.  (36)  For seven days you must present a gift to the LORD. On the eighth day there is to be a holy assembly for you, and you must present a gift to the LORD. It is a solemn assembly day; you must not do any regular work.
Lev 23:39-40 NET.  " 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the produce of the land, you must celebrate a pilgrim festival of the LORD for seven days. On the first day is a complete rest and on the eighth day is complete rest.  (40)  On the first day you must take for yourselves branches from majestic trees — palm branches, branches of leafy trees, and willows of the brook — and you must rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.
Lev 23:41-43 NET.  You must celebrate it as a pilgrim festival to the LORD for seven days in the year. This is a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you must celebrate it in the seventh month.  (42)  You must live in temporary shelters for seven days; every native citizen in Israel must live in temporary shelters,  (43)  so that your future generations may know that I made the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.' "
Lev 25:9-11 NET.  You must sound loud horn blasts — in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, on the Day of Atonement — you must sound the horn in your entire land.  (10)  So you must consecrate the fiftieth year, and you must proclaim a release in the land for all its inhabitants. That year will be your jubilee; each one of you must return to his property and each one of you must return to his clan.  (11)  That fiftieth year will be your jubilee; you must not sow the land, harvest its aftergrowth, or pick the grapes of its unpruned vines.
Num 9:11-12 NET.  They may observe it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight; they are to eat it with bread made without yeast and with bitter herbs.  (12)  They must not leave any of it until morning, nor break any of its bones; they must observe it in accordance with every statute of the Passover.
Num 28:16-18 NET.  " 'On the fourteenth day of the first month is the LORD's Passover.  (17)  And on the fifteenth day of this month is the festival. For seven days bread made without yeast must be eaten.  (18)  And on the first day there is to be a holy assembly; you must do no ordinary work on it.
Num 28:25 NET.  On the seventh day you are to have a holy assembly, you must do no regular work.
Num 28:26 NET.  " 'Also, on the day of the first fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to the LORD during your Feast of Weeks, you are to have a holy assembly. You must do no ordinary work.
Num 29:1 NET.  " 'On the first day of the seventh month, you are to hold a holy assembly. You must not do your ordinary work, for it is a day of blowing trumpets for you.
Num 29:12 NET.  " 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you are to have a holy assembly; you must do no ordinary work, and you must keep a festival to the LORD for seven days.
Num 29:35 NET.  " 'On the eighth day you are to have a holy assembly; you must do no ordinary work on it.
Deu 16:1-4 NET.  Observe the month Abib and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in that month he brought you out of Egypt by night.  (2)  You must sacrifice the Passover animal (from the flock or the herd) to the LORD your God in the place where he chooses to locate his name.  (3)  You must not eat any yeast with it; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast, symbolic of affliction, for you came out of Egypt hurriedly. You must do this so you will remember for the rest of your life the day you came out of the land of Egypt.  (4)  There must not be a scrap of yeast within your land for seven days, nor can any of the meat you sacrifice on the evening of the first day remain until the next morning.
Deu 16:8 NET.  You must eat bread made without yeast for six days. The seventh day you are to hold an assembly for the LORD your God; you must not do any work on that day.
Deu 16:9-10 NET.  You must count seven weeks; you must begin to count them from the time you begin to harvest the standing grain.  (10)  Then you are to celebrate the Festival of Weeks before the LORD your God with the voluntary offering that you will bring, in proportion to how he has blessed you.
Deu 16:13-15 NET.  You must celebrate the Festival of Temporary Shelters for seven days, at the time of the grain and grape harvest.  (14)  You are to rejoice in your festival, you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the Levites, the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows who are in your villages.  (15)  You are to celebrate the festival seven days before the LORD your God in the place he chooses, for he will bless you in all your productivity and in whatever you do; so you will indeed rejoice!
Deu 16:16-17 NET.  Three times a year all your males must appear before the LORD your God in the place he chooses for the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Temporary Shelters; and they must not appear before him empty-handed.  (17)  Every one of you must give as you are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
Deu 31:10-12 NET.  He commanded them: "At the end of seven years, at the appointed time of the cancellation of debts, at the Feast of Temporary Shelters,  (11)  when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God in the place he chooses, you must read this law before them within their hearing.  (12)  Gather the people — men, women, and children, as well as the resident foreigners in your villages — so they may hear and thus learn about and fear the LORD your God and carefully obey all the words of this law.
Jos 5:10-11 NET.  So the Israelites camped in Gilgal and celebrated the Passover in the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the plains of Jericho.  (11)  They ate some of the produce of the land the day after the Passover, including unleavened bread and roasted grain.
1Ki 8:2 NET.  All the men of Israel assembled before King Solomon during the festival in the month Ethanim (the seventh month).
2Ch 8:13 NET.  He observed the daily requirements for sacrifices that Moses had specified for Sabbaths, new moon festivals, and the three annual celebrations — the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Temporary Shelters.
2Ch 30:13 NET.  A huge crowd assembled in Jerusalem to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month.
2Ch 30:21 NET.  The Israelites who were in Jerusalem observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy. The Levites and priests were praising the LORD every day with all their might.
2Ch 35:17 NET.  So the Israelites who were present observed the Passover at that time, as well as the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days.
Ezr 3:4 NET.  They observed the Festival of Temporary Shelters as required and offered the proper number of daily burnt offerings according to the requirement for each day.
Ezr 6:22 NET.  They observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with joy, for the LORD had given them joy and had changed the opinion of the king of Assyria toward them, so that he assisted them in the work on the temple of God, the God of Israel.
Neh 8:14-18 NET.  They discovered written in the law that the LORD had commanded through Moses that the Israelites should live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month,  (15)  and that they should make a proclamation and disseminate this message in all their cities and in Jerusalem: "Go to the hill country and bring back olive branches and branches of wild olive trees, myrtle trees, date palms, and other leafy trees to construct temporary shelters, as it is written."  (16)  So the people went out and brought these things back and constructed temporary shelters for themselves, each on his roof and in his courtyard and in the courtyards of the temple of God and in the plaza of the Water Gate and the plaza of the Ephraim Gate.  (17)  So all the assembly which had returned from the exile constructed temporary shelters and lived in them. The Israelites had not done so from the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day. Everyone experienced very great joy.  (18)  Ezra read in the book of the law of God day by day, from the first day to the last. They observed the festival for seven days, and on the eighth day they held an assembly as was required.
Psa 81:3-4 NET.  Sound the ram's horn on the day of the new moon,
    and on the day of the full moon when our festival begins.  (4)  For observing the festival is a requirement for Israel;
    it is an ordinance given by the God of Jacob.
Eze 45:21 NET.  " 'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you will celebrate the Passover, and for seven days bread made without yeast will be eaten.
Zec 14:16-19 NET.  Then all who survive from all the nations that came to attack Jerusalem will go up annually to worship the King, the LORD who rules over all, and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles.  (17)  But if any of the nations anywhere on earth refuse to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD who rules over all, they will get no rain.  (18)  If the Egyptians will not do so, they will get no rain — instead there will be the kind of plague which the LORD inflicts on any nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  (19)  This will be the punishment of Egypt and of all nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
Mat 26:18 NET.  He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is near. I will observe the Passover with my disciples at your house." ' "
Mar 14:1 NET.  Two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the chief priests and the experts in the law were trying to find a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
Luk 2:41-42 NET.  Now Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem every year for the feast of the Passover.  (42)  When he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom.
Luk 22:1 NET.  Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching.
Joh 2:13 NET.  Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Joh 2:23 NET.  Now while Jesus was in Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing.
Joh 4:45 NET.  So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem at the feast (for they themselves had gone to the feast).
Joh 5:1 NET.  After this there was a Jewish feast, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Joh 7:2 NET.  Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.
Joh 7:10 NET.  But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then Jesus himself also went up, not openly but in secret.
Joh 7:37 NET.  On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and
Joh 11:55 NET.  Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually.
Joh 12:20 NET.  Now some Greeks were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast.
Joh 13:1 NET.  Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end.
Act 2:1 NET.  Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
Act 12:3-4 NET.  When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.)  (4)  When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him. Herod planned to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
Act 20:6 NET.  We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and within five days we came to the others in Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
Act 20:16 NET.  For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so as not to spend time in the province of Asia, for he was hurrying to arrive in Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
Act 27:9 NET.  Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous because the fast was already over, Paul advised them,
1Co 5:8 NET.  So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
1Co 16:8 NET.  But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,
Heb 11:28 NET.  By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the one who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.

Bob Orchard Mar 2009

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