The Feasts of YaHuWaH – An Introduction
The feasts of YaHuWaH paint a panorama of what we can expect in these last days, but to believe that any one of them has reached complete fulfillment and has no bearing on the future is a grave mistake.
“Whom will He teach knowledge? And whom will He make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” (Isa 28:9-10)
Can a toddler understand the message? NO! Only the mature man of the word can receive the message.
What is YaHuWaH’s message for His people? Could it be the same beautiful message that the man on the mountain will bring, or the message that John the Baptist, or Yahusha, or even Paul, brought? Their message was “the kingdom of Heaven is at hand, REPENT and believe the good news; our Elohim reigns!“
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “your Elohim (lawmaker, judge) reigns!” (Isa 52:7)
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’ ” (Mat 3:1-2)
“Now after John was put in prison, Yahusha came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of Elohim, and saying; ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of Elohim is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’ “ (Mar 1:14-15)
Understanding the message and the feasts cannot be done without understanding who True Yisra’El really is, and who they are not. There is a distinction between the STATE OF ISRAEL, those who follow the laws of a man-made government with its statutes, judgments and ordinances, those who trust in its Military Intelligence, tanks, ground to air missiles, planes, etc, and True Yisra’El, those who have repented, left the king and kingdom of their birth started learning and doing our heavenly Father’s statutes, judgments and ordinances and have no come into covenant with Him at Passover.
To understand the feasts of YaHuWaH we must also make a distinction between two different types of men who reside in His kingdom.
When a man repents and turns from his ways and the ways of the world, to YaHuWaH’s ways, he becomes a Ger. This man no longer has citizenship in any other kingdom on earth; he has joined himself (and his family) to True Yisra’El and has become a citizen of that holy nation, or commonwealth, through repentance and then a public expatriation (that is what baptism was originally). The Ger keeps all the statues, judgments and ordinances that True Yisra’El keeps.
“You shall have the same law for the stranger [Ger] and for one from your own country [Ezrach]; for I am YaHuWaH, your Elohim.” (Lev 24:22)
“One law shall be for the native-born [Ezrach] and for the stranger [Ger] who dwells among you.” (Exo 12:49)
The Ger has left the country of his first birth and joined himself and his family to the holy, but now invisible, nation of True Yisra’El. When Yahusha was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of heaven would come, his reply was,
“The kingdom of Elohim does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of Elohim is within you.” (Luk 17:20-21)
The kingdom is within us when we repent and join ourselves to True Yisra’El.
But wait, there is more! Each year the Ger has the opportunity to become ‘as one born in the land,‘ whether he has ever even seen the land or not. (This was the case with all those who ate of the Passover back in Egypt, they became as ‘one born in the land’ even though the majority of them had never even seen it and never would).
The instructions for the Ger concerning the Passover reads:
“And when a stranger [Ger] dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to YaHuWaH, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall become as a native of the land [an Ezrach]; for no uncircumcised person shall eat it.” (Exo 12:48)
Passover is the only feast where we as Gerim (those who have joined themselves to True Yisra’El by repentance and baptism) may now actually become ‘as one born in the land.’
This man (the new Ezrach) is True Yisra’El! He has eaten of the Passover lamb and placed the blood on his door. He is the one that is ‘Born from above‘ as Yahusha said we all must be. The Ezrach is the one who is born, a second time, into a “spiritual” kingdom, the land of his second birth.
The feasts of YaHuWaH are for Yisra’El, first on an individual basis and then on a corporate basis. The Spring feasts are for the individual and the Fall feast are for the corporate body of True Yisra’El. Except for one Sukkot every 7 years, only Yisra’El seed and the males who dwell with them attend the feasts of YaHuWaH.
“Three times a year all thy males [זכורך, za·kur’] shall appear before YaHuWaH, thy Elohim in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before YaHuWaH empty-handed. (Deu 16:16)
“Three times in the year all thy males [זכורך, za·kur’] shall appear before the master YaHuWaH, Elohim of Yisra’El. (Exo 34:23)
The feasts of YaHuWaH are not for everyone. They are only for True Yisra’El and those who have joined themselves to Yisra’El by coming into covenant with YaHuWaH! The feasts of YaHuWaH is not a JEWISH thing!