A few years back, my family decided to take a trip and visit my brother in the United States, who had just moved to a new location to a different city in the state of Pennsylvania. I asked for the address and used Google Maps to get the directions, printed them with exact step-by-step directions, and was ready to hit the road the next day. After 8 hours of driving we had reached our destination. We found the street, but couldn’t find the house number. Thank God we ended up in the same city we wanted to go, but somehow ended up on the wrong side of it.
My friends, technology can fail you. Nothing is perfect in this world. But let me assure you that God’s salvation map that is presented to us in His Word and in His annual Holy Days will never fail you. You will never miss the destination as long as you follow the map.
From the early beginning, Christianity has been called “The Way” (way means road) for a very good reason. Christianity has a destination, and the journey requires very careful driving. Jesus Christ will never agree with those who say that there are “many different roads to the same place.”
Why does God want us to observe the Holy Days?
Because God loves us and He wants us to know about our future. The Holy Days help us comprehend the Great Master Plan — the very purpose of God — why we are here and where we are going from here and ultimately, how we can become His children.
From the first page of your Bible, since the creation, everything is revolving in cycles of seven. Every seventh day is a Sabbath day that commemorates our God as the only Creator, and points to the future rest in God’s Kingdom at the end of time.
In Exodus 31:13 God says:
“You must observe my Sabbaths. This is my sign between me and you for the generation to come”.
But just as the weekly Sabbath is a “sign” between God and His people, so are the annual Holy Days. In Leviticus 23:2 God says “They are the “feasts of the LORD”— “my feasts,” says God.
God’s annual Holy Days start in the first month of the Hebrew calendar and end in the seventh month. Altogether there are seven Holy Days that are pronounced Holy by our God. The biblical Holy Days fall during 3 seasons of the year. The early spring harvest, the late spring harvest, and the fall harvest in the land of biblical Israel. They portray God’s spiritual harvest of humanity.
In Leviticus 23, we find a summary of these annual festivals. The first three, beginning with the Passover and Unleavened Bread and ending with the Feast of Pentecost, are memorials of the first part of God’s Master Plan. They picture the firstfruits of Christ’s labours. The last four festivals, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day look forward to the future and show how and when God will reap the great harvest of people into His Family.
There are many Christians who claim that the Annual Holy Days are done away with and the only thing we need is God’s Grace. But how can you fully comprehend God’s Grace without His annual Holy Days?
I thank God for this great knowledge, what a blessing it is to my heart. Do you feel the same about the Holy Days?