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104 Keeping the Pilgrim Feasts

The Three Pilgrim Feasts

There are three commanded assemblies in which the people are told to appear before the Eternal in the place that God shall choose.   This article is about observing the three pilgrim Feasts in the New Covenant (Jer 31:31) dispensation.

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

People were to journey to and keep the Passover before God at the place where God was,.

Deuteronomy 16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee: 16:6 But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.

They were then to remain in that place for the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Deu 16:6).  This was a simple matter in the wilderness since God had placed his name [presence] in the Tabernacle which was with the camp of all Israel.  

Later Solomon built the Temple of God at Jerusalem and God placed his name [presence] there [through the presence of the Holy Spirit or Shekinah 2 Chr 7:1-3] and all the people of Israel were to appear before the LORD at the Temple where God had placed his names [presence] for each of the pilgrim Feasts.

2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

1 Kings 9:3 And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

2 Chronicles 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

Because Israel was now scattered throughout Palestine including east of Jordan it now became more difficult for all Israel to appear at this one place three time each year.  This is why God had commanded that only the males appear before him at these three Feasts.

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

God knew that the ladies would have particular problems like pregnancy or young children making it very hard for them to make these journey’s, but he did not forbid them to come.

Quite the opposite God encouraged the women to come to the three Pilgrim Feasts and to present themselves before God.  

See also First Corinthians 14 The Role of Women in the Ekklesia, coming July 19, 2017

God wants our ladies to attend these Festivals it is just that in his mercy he did not expressly command them because of their special situation. 

Deuteronomy 12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

There was also another reason for commanding only the males to appear before God.  God had decreed that the males were to be the heads of their households and therefore the presence of each male represented the presence of his entire household.  

The law or instruction from the books of Moses is: Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [women are to be subject to] shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Thus we have in principle the concept that representatives of households [in this case the males] were to appear before God.

It is also self evident that some people were left at home; the unclean, the very young or very aged, the seriously ill and their care givers and those needed  to care for the flocks and herds; but the intent was and is, that as many males [in particular heads of households] as possible attend the three annual pilgrim Festivals. 

The three annual Festivals were for the people to appear before the LORD to learn of Him; to worship God and to exalt Him and to rejoice with their God.

We are to rejoice; NOT because, as some wrongly think, that they will get theirs and dominate others in the Kingdom of God, but because we shall be laborers bringing in the sheaves of humanity into the family of God!  Saving humanity!

When someone is well off, they are NOT to spend their Festival tithe on tourist activities and non God centered activities, instead they are to share with their less well off brethren.

14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

These are Feasts and the word Feast is not used for nothing. However the physical feasting is not to transcend the spiritual feasting on the Word of God. This is not about having a grand personal vacation with God’s money; it started out as a physical harvest feast in the Mosaic Covenant which had no understood spiritual content. Jesus Christ came to reveal the spiritual significance and application of the physical harvest Feasts and we are called into a new and spiritual Covenant with Christ.

The New Covenant called out are called to rejoice in the spiritual, rather than to just revel in the physical. 

 

The New Covenant

Jesus knew that the physical temple would be destroyed and the people scattered,  the physical Temple had been the place of the presence of God and on Pentecost 31 A.D. the Spirit of God left that physical Temple to dwell exclusively within the persons of the spiritually called out to God.  This subject of God now dwelling within his spiritually called out is the main subject of many of the Epistles.

Knowing that God and Christ would dwell in the called out and that God would be present in the people and not in a physical Temple Jesus declared that after his resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit: 

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them

In the New Covenant dispensation  Jesus Christ and God the Father will dwell in their faithful called out ones through the agency of the Holy Spirit and they need not go to some physical Temple [which no longer exists], but may meet together in any agreed location, and God the Father and Jesus Christ – by the Holy Spirit – will be present among them just as God was present in the physical Temple through the presence of the Holy Spirit.  

Women should attend these pilgrim Feasts – which because there is no physical Temple may be held at any place convenient for today’s spiritually called out – and rejoice with their families, but there is no specific command for them to do so.  

 

The special circumstances of the end of the age of Satan

The various major corporate church groups are apostate from the Word of God, exalting the false traditions of men above the Word of God.  I am not presently setting up Feast sites because God’s faithful are widely scattered around the world.  The hour of trial is about to come upon this world and there will be no large Feast sites operating.  

During this time I advise the brethren to follow the instructions of Jesus Christ and meet together with like minded persons even if only a small handful.  

If you know of no others you can still visit and study the material at these websites and spend the days in prayer and reflection while avoiding any work on the High Days and weekly Sabbath. 

Those who are still fence sitting can go to their corporate sites and discuss the scriptures with others.  

The 42 month tribulation could easily begin at the end of 2018 or shortly after that.  During that time very many will have to learn to stand alone on the Word of God and may not have either Feast sites or even Sabbath congregations to attend. 

 

The Third Temple Period

After Jesus Christ comes he will build the third Temple and the physical sacrifices and offerings will be renewed (See Ezekiel 40-48).  The descendants of loyal Zadok will be called into the New Covenant of Jer 31:31; and as New Covenant physical priests will officiate in the physical duties of this third Temple.  At that time Jesus Christ will clarify every detail of the Temple service and every detail of the spiritual meaning of that Temple service and God’s sacrificial system.

In the millennium it will not be possible for every person of the billions on earth to go to Jerusalem three times a year [look at the problems Mecca has with a few million at the Hajj once each year and add to that the sacrifices and offerings], but our LORD will resolve that problem; perhaps by having the nations send different representatives each year to each Festival – which precedent has already been set by commanding the males to appear on behalf of their families – while most people in the nations keep the Festivals in their own countries as the Ekklesia does today.  Remember that God through his Spirit will dwell in ALL FLESH (Joel 2:29) at that time, not dwelling exclusively in the Third Physical Temple.

On these three occasions a free will  offering is to be made.  Since the three occasions are specifically named, it is NOT lawful to teach that God commands offerings on any other day.  

To take up offerings twice on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or on the Feast of Trumpets, the Fast of Atonement, or the Eighth Day, by telling the brethren the lie that God commands them to do so, is the sin of speaking falsely in the name of the LORD.  It is lawful to ask for offerings outside of the three commanded occasions, but it is NOT lawful to do so in the name of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 16:16   Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks [Pentecost; while Pentecost is a Holy Day; offerings are to be taken up only once during each of the other two seven day Festivals.], and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: 16:17  Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. 

It is a sin to lie to the people and falsely teach that seven offerings are required by God as some do.  It is ALSO a sin to give bigger offerings than we can afford while neglecting the responsibilities of properly paying our debts and properly caring for the families that God has gifted us with.  Do keep the Word of God, and do not let smooth tongued men entice you to give more that is appropriate in your own financial situation 

 

in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks [Pentecost; while Pentecost is a Holy Day; offerings are to be taken up only once during each of the two seven day Festivals.], and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. 

It is a sin to lie to the people and falsely teach that seven offerings are required by God as others do.  It is ALSO a sin to give bigger offerings than we can afford while neglecting the responsibilities of properly paying our debts and properly caring for the families that God has gifted us with.  Do keep the Word of God, and do not let smooth tongued men entice you to give more that is appropriate in your own financial situation. 

The Three Pilgrim Feasts

There are three commanded assemblies in which the people are told to appear before the Eternal in the place that God shall choose.  On these three occasions a free will  offering is to be made.  Since the three occasions are specifically named, it is NOT lawful to teach that God commands offerings on any other day.  

To take up offerings twice on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or on the Feast of Trumpets, the Fast of Atonement, or the Eighth Day, by telling the brethren the lie that God commands them to do so, is the sin of speaking falsely in the name of the LORD.  It is lawful to ask for offerings outside of the three commanded occasions, but it is NOT lawful to do so in the name of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 16:16   Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks [Pentecost; while Pentecost is a Holy Day; offerings are to be taken up only once during each of the two seven day Festivals.], and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. 

It is a sin to lie to the people and falsely teach that seven offerings are required by God as others do.  It is ALSO a sin to give bigger offerings than we can afford while neglecting the responsibilities of properly paying our debts and properly caring for the families that God has gifted us with.  Do keep the Word of God, and do not let smooth tongued men entice you to give more that is appropriate in your own financial situation. 

The Three Pilgrim Feasts

There are three commanded assemblies in which the people are told to appear before the Eternal in the place that God shall choose.  On these three occasions a free will  offering is to be made.  Since the three occasions are specifically named, it is NOT lawful to teach that God commands offerings on any other day.

The Three Pilgrim Feasts

There are three commanded assemblies in which the people are told to appear before the Eternal in the place that God shall choose.  On these three occasions a free will  offering is to be made.  Since the three occasions are specifically named, it is NOT lawful to teach that God commands offerings on any other day.  

To take up offerings twice on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or on the Feast of Trumpets, the Fast of Atonement, or the Eighth Day, by telling the brethren the lie that God commands them to do so, is the sin of speaking falsely in the name of the LORD.  It is lawful to ask for offerings outside of the three commanded occasions, but it is NOT lawful to do so in the name of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 16:16   Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks [Pentecost; while Pentecost is a Holy Day; offerings are to be taken up only once during each of the two seven day Festivals.], and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. 

It is a sin to lie to the people and falsely teach that seven offerings are required by God as others do.  It is ALSO a sin to give bigger offerings than we can afford while neglecting the responsibilities of properly paying our debts and properly caring for the families that God has gifted us with.  Do keep the Word of God, and do not let smooth tongued men entice you to give more that is appropriate in your own financial situation. 

The Three Pilgrim Feasts

There are three commanded assemblies in which the people are told to appear before the Eternal in the place that God shall choose.  On these three occasions a free will  offering is to be made.  Since the three occasions are specifically named, it is NOT lawful to teach that God commands offerings on any other day.  

To take up offerings twice on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or on the Feast of Trumpets, the Fast of Atonement, or the Eighth Day, by telling the brethren the lie that God commands them to do so, is the sin of speaking falsely in the name of the LORD.  It is lawful to ask for offerings outside of the three commanded occasions, but it is NOT lawful to do so in the name of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 16:16   Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks [Pentecost; while Pentecost is a Holy Day; offerings are to be taken up only once during each of the two seven day Festivals.], and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. 

It is a sin to lie to the people and falsely teach that seven offerings are required by God as others do.  It is ALSO a sin to give bigger offerings than we can afford while neglecting the responsibilities of properly paying our debts and properly caring for the families that God has gifted us with.  Do keep the Word of God, and do not let smooth tongued men entice you to give more that is appropriate in your own financial situation. 

The Three Pilgrim Feasts

There are three commanded assemblies in which the people are told to appear before the Eternal in the place that God shall choose.  On these three occasions a free will  offering is to be made.  Since the three occasions are specifically named, it is NOT lawful to teach that God commands offerings on any other day.  

To take up offerings twice on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or on the Feast of Trumpets, the Fast of Atonement, or the Eighth Day, by telling the brethren the lie that God commands them to do so, is the sin of speaking falsely in the name of the LORD.  It is lawful to ask for offerings outside of the three commanded occasions, but it is NOT lawful to do so in the name of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 16:16   Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks [Pentecost; while Pentecost is a Holy Day; offerings are to be taken up only once during each of the two seven day Festivals.], and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. 

It is a sin to lie to the people and falsely teach that seven offerings are required by God as others do.  It is ALSO a sin to give bigger offerings than we can afford while neglecting the responsibilities of properly paying our debts and properly caring for the families that God has gifted us with.  Do keep the Word of God, and do not let smooth tongued men entice you to give more that is appropriate in your own financial situation. 

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