The seal that God gave to the 7th Day Sabbath as a set apart for His people.
The 7th Day Sabbath was:
- Sanctified, Hallowed or Set Apart
The Sabbath Commandments is to be remembered and kept by all mankind. Jesus Christ said in the Book of Mark chapter 2; verse 27: “And He said unto them the Sabbath was made for man (i.e. man here means all mankind which includes all Christian and those who aspire to be followers of Jesus Christ to seize from them own works.)
The other part of the quotation is, and not man for the Sabbath: i.e. not to be idle but to do good works, worship services, prayer, fasting and all that we keep and do, going out healing the sick in the name of Jesus Christ, Bible fellowship, prayer meetings, evangelism. Furthermore, Jesus Christ did not abolish or condemn the Sabbath, but Jesus Christ said: “He is the Lord of the Sabbath”, (I.e. He created the Sabbath, He observed the Sabbath and He did well on the Sabbath by teaching and performing miracles.) These teach all his followers to do as He did. The Ten Commandments are not legalistic as many people see them, on the contrary, but to set us apart from this perverted world and to be a people hallowed for God and God alone. They teach us how to work with God and our neighbors in love.
Mark 3: “and He entered again into the Synagogue healing on the Sabbath day.”
That is an example of what the Lord did on a Sabbath day. The Lord of the Sabbath that Christ quoted was in the Greek writings of the New Testament which from the book of the Old Testament, Duet 5:14, quoted by Moses Lord of the Sabbath which was written in Hebrew the people that read from right to left Sabbath to the Lord.
Mark was written in Greek that reads from left to right Hebrew right to left be mass Sabbath of the Lord Jesus quotation of Mark in Greek “Lord of the Sabbath” left to right.
Judge for yourself, how can you have faith in Christ without obeying all his words.
All God’s words must be obeyed, Jesus Christ specifically commanded the disciples, “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees, He said, “are the authorized interpreters of the law that God gave Moses, so you must obey and follow
everything they tell you to do; do not, however, imitate their actions, because they do not practice what they preach, Matt 23:1-3.
Answer: The way in which Jesus fulfilled the Jewish feasts is a fascinating study. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish prophet Amos records that God declared He would do nothing without first revealing it to His servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7). From the Old Covenant to the New, Genesis to Revelation, God provides picture after picture of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Jewish feasts of Leviticus 23.
The Hebrew word for “feasts” (moadim) literally means “appointed times.” God has carefully planned and orchestrated the timing and sequence of each of these seven feasts to reveal to us a special story. The seven annual feasts of God were spread over seven months of the God’s according to the bible calendar, at set times appointed by God. They are still celebrated by observant Jews today. But for both Jews and non-Jews who have placed their faith in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, these special days demonstrate the work of redemption through God’s Son.
The first four of the seven feasts occur during the springtime (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks), and they all have already been fulfilled by Christ in the New Testament. The final three holidays (Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) occur during the fall, all within a short fifteen-day period.
Many Bible scholars and commentators believe that these fall feasts have not yet been fulfilled by Jesus. However, the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) for all believers in Jesus Christ is that they most assuredly will be fulfilled. As the four spring feasts were fulfilled literally and right on the actual feast day about Christ’s first coming, these three fall feasts, it is believed by many, will likewise be fulfilled literally in connection to the Lord’s second coming.
In a nutshell, here is the prophetic significance of each of the seven Levitical feasts of Israel: God did not change His feasts days Leviticus 23.4
1) Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of the Passover that is on the 14th day of Abib or Nisan Leviticus 12:6, for the Passover, is at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening (John 19:14).
2) Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.
3) First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in 1 Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”
4) Weeks or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16) – Occurred fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter’s great sermon and his first proclamation of the gospel.
5) Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) – The first of the fall feasts. Many believe this day points to the Rapture of the Church when the Messiah Jesus will appear in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:52).
The atonement was exactly the time of Christ’s passion when His sweat became blood. Begging God if this cup of suffering could pass over Him, except He drank the punishment of our sins Matthew 26.38-46 please read.
6) Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27) – Many believe this prophetically points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).
7) Tabernacles or Booths (Leviticus 23:34) – Many scholars believe that this feast day points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world (Micah 4:1-7).
Should Christians celebrate these Levitical feast days of Israel today? Whether or not a Christian celebrates the Jewish feast days would be a matter of conscience for the individual Christian. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or about a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Christians are not bound to observe the Jewish feasts the way an Old Testament Jew was, but we should not criticize
another believer who does or does not observe these special days and feasts (Romans 14:5).
While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Lord’s feast days, it is beneficial to study them. Certainly, it could be beneficial to celebrate these days if it leads one to a greater understanding and appreciation of Christ’s death and resurrection and the future promise of His coming. As Christians, if we choose to celebrate these special days, we should put Christ in the center of the celebration, as the One who came to fulfill the prophetic significance of each of them.
Recommended Resources: Faith of Israel, 2d ed.: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament by William Dumbbell and Logos Bible Software.
|Old Testament quotation by the Spirit of
God through Moses, Duet 5:14,
SABBATH OF THE LORD
This is the Hebrew translation of the old
Testament that reads from right to left.
SABBATH OF THE LORD
Old Testament of the Hebrew translation
Please read the above from right hand to
|The equivalent quotation of the same
sentence in the Greek translation
THE LORD OF THE SABBATH
LORD OF THE SABBATH
New Testament of the Greek
The table above is to show the readers the validity of the Sabbath that it is something to be continued forever, it is with our acceptance of Jesus Christ our “REST” in the spiritual realm, and in the physical the 7th day to separate us from the world, as we are not of this world.