and Its Significance
The seven-day week and its sabbath is the basis for all of God's yearly feasts of which there are basically also seven. Jesus was a Jew or Judean and kept these sabbaths and/or feasts throughout his life. In fact, many of the pivotal events in his life occurred during the Holy days. These Holy days were in existence BEFORE Jesus' birth and CONTINUED after his death. They are found in Leviticus in the Old Testament and evidenced in the New Testament as well. Yahweh's calendar is an ETERNAL covenant between Him and his people. It was NOT abolished with Jesus' death. True Christians are BOUND to keep this calendar, just like the Jews, otherwise they are directly transgressing one of Yawheh's basic ordinances.
Since the seventh-day sabbath is the basis of the Christian calendar, then every seventh day is holy and should be observed. The question is which day? The word sabbath means Saturn's day or Saturday or Sabbato(Saturday) in Latin. Saturn is the 7th planet counting from the Sun and including the Moon, therefore Saturday(not Sunday or Sol day) is the true sabbath. Even today's calendars place Saturday as the 7th day. The evidence is overwhelming. Of course, Christians have adopted Sunday since the time of Roman emperor Constantine, and have since been "disconnected" to God's weekly rythym. Does it really make a difference, they ask, which day is kept as the seventh day? To God(Yahweh) it does. He is not really there when you are praying on Sunday, nor is He going to change His day for any other day(ever) -and that's that! If you want to be in synch with Yawheh, you'd best keep His day.
Not keeping the true sabbath day and holy feasts is one of the big issues God has with America and Great Britain today. Yes, God prospered them anyways(thanks to Abraham's sacrifice), but they could have been much greater. The double Joseph tribe of Ephraim-Mannaseh(Great Britain-US), represented the Sun and Moon or Leo-Cancer, was selected by God to lead or be an example to the world, and they have done so for the past 300 years or so, but their time is up and now they are floundering. Why? Because they are no longer keeping or obeying His Commandments, including the sixth -Remember the Sabbath Day, to Keep it Holy. Northwestern Europe(where the other "lost" ten tribes have migrated to), and the rest of the Commonwealth, are basically in the same boat. The rest of the "heathen" or "pagan" or "Gentile" world should be learning from the modern-day House Israel(not to be confused with the modern state of Israel established in 1948), and they have for a while(British-American influence is still legendary across the world), but no longer. The tide is turning, and God's wrath will soon be upon America and its brethren tribes. Modern Israel, which includes the US, Great, Britain, northwestern Europe(northern France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Holland, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland), the Commonwealth countries, and the Jewish peoples, is prophesied to be severely punished in the coming years, and after repenting will become great again.
God's sabbath's and feast days are rich with spiritual symbolism and highly prophetic as well. They reveal God's Master Plan for humanity and the world in seven basic stages, from His great sacrifice to redeem us from the Evil One(Passover) to the New Heaven and Earth(Last Great Day). Below is a list or table of God's seven Feast Days. Note: Passover and Unleavened are SEPARATE festivals, and each date actually begins at sunset the previous day. Example: Passover for 2011 begins at sunset April 17th and ends at sunset April 18th(Jerusalem time). The true day starts at sunset(not midnight) and the true year starts at the fall solstice(not winter).
The Passover represents God's sacrifice for humanity via His Son's Death or Crucifixion. He literally bought us from Satan(previously Lucifer). Mankind fell under Satan's rule almost from day one and no one could meet up to the Serpent's challenge except the Christos. The lesson here is that humans are too weak to save themselves on their own power and NEED HELP in order to overcome their own weaknesses as well as the influences of the fallen and negative spirit forces of this universe. This help comes in the form of God's Holy Spirit or Comforter which helps you to overcome all your internal carnal weaknesses as well as the external social and satanic influences designed to bring you down. The first collective outpouring of this Holy Spirit occurred on Pentecost in the spring of 31 AD or about two months after Jesus' crucifixion. This was a minor foretaste of what is to occur during Christ's millennial reign when everyone will be imbued or overshadowed with His Spirit. The Unleavened Bread festival teaches us to put away sin(leaven) and lead pure lives -which is a prerequiste to receiving His Holy Spirit.
These first three feasts, and their prophetic significance, have already been basically fulfilled. The next four have yet to materialize. The Feast of Trumpets signifies the Return or Second Coming of Christ to set up His Kingdom here on Earth. Whatever the year, Christ's 2nd Coming MUST occur on this Holy Day which usually falls in September or October. That is why it is important to know and follow God's true Holy days -so you can be better ready. Other prophecies in Daniel, Isaiah, Revelations, and elsewhere also give indications or clues to his likely return as do a thorough study of world events and conditions. We are told to watch and be ever ready so as to be not caught off guard. Great earthquakes, wars, pestilences, and astronomical signs are all things to watch for, and if the current upheavals are any indication, then we are definitely very near His return. But first, Satan and his minions must have their way on Earth for a brief period of time known as the Great Tribulation, when many Christians and those of other sects or faiths will be put to death for not complying with Satan's New World religion. And after all the butchery and slaughter and boasting, when his armies surround Jerusalem, that's when God will use the armies of the EAST to do away with him and bind him inside the bottomless pit(inner/hollow Earth) from whence he came.
The binding or imprisonment of Satan for 1000 years is signified by the Day of Atonement festival. Satan's influence is removed(or restrained) from the planet and humanity begins to heal or become AT ONE with itself and its God. The Millennium, represented by the Feast of Tabernacles, immediately follows, and the Great Work of restoring humanity and the planet begins. Astrologically, the Return of Christ and His Restoration of Justice and Righteousnous to Earth is represented by the sign Libra, and the Great Work of the restoration itself is represented by Virgo. Rebuilding or cleaning up the ruins, and the true education of the Earth's masses, will be the first order of business during the Millenium. It will take time, but by the end of the thousand years(or sooner) we will have the ideal Utopia where the highest hopes and wishes of humanity will be realized. Earth's canopy will be restored and the climate equalized throughout, and our health, intelligence, power, longetivity, and happiness will increase ten-fold. We will also be re-connected to our inner Earth brethren as well as our extra-terrestial and galactic friends, and our planet will become a magnificent spectacle for all the universe to see.
At the end of the Millenium, Satan is loosed for a while as a final test to any remaining unbelievers or negative souls, both of which are then quickly and permanently gotten rid of never to bother us again. The Lake of Fire which destroys Satan and his followers also produces a spectacular conflagration of the elements, which literally produces a New Heaven and Earth of gold and crystal -which then shines brightly in space like a new star. All of these events are signified by the last festival in God's Master Plan -The Last Great Day. With our new immortal bodies and minds we set out to experience the infinity of brand new challenges that await us in an eternal universe.
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