A Voice In The Wilderness
- The Feast days commanded in the Bible belong to JEHOVAH,
the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are not
Israel's or Judah's, but Yahweh's Feasts. "These are the Feasts of
the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their
seasons", says the Almighty in His Word.
- The Feasts of the LORD God of Israel are, by royal decree,
the appointed memorials of His mightiest deeds in the Programme of
Salvation; each and every one of them being a sacred anniversary of
some distinct, divine achievement in that programme. So the keeping
of them is a declaration of faith in the Almighty and His Son Yeshua,
through whom the free gift of salvation is offered to mankind.
- These selfsame Feasts figured in the mind of the Almighty at the
creation of the world, some 2000 years before the first Jew
was born. Look out for signs in the sun, moon, and stars
on the Feasts; for those heavenly bodies were created primarily to signal
to the universe the 'sacred seasons', 'days', and 'years'
in the Almighty's calendar.
- The commandments concerning the Feasts of Yahweh are worded in the
most permanent of legal terms, which plainly state they will continue
from "generation to generation", "age after age", "for ever"!
- The staggering total of clean animals ( bulls, rams, lambs, goats, etc. )
sacrificed on the Feast days give some indication of their great importance
and the manifold blessings the Messiah's sacrifice on Calvary has won for
the ransomed people of God.
- Israel's apostasy reached a climax in the sin of Jeroboam son of
Nebat when the nation of Israel forsook the appointed Feasts of the LORD and
began to celebrate days of their own choosing. Alas! Christendom, in the
main, is doing exactly the same thing on a world scale in our day. In
other words, the Church is duplicating Jeroboam's sin.
- All the great revivals recorded in Scripture began or climaxed on one
or the other of the sacred seasons and Feasts of the Most High; those ancient
revivals themselves being "prophetic previews", "living blueprints"
and "types" of much greater outpourings of spiritual power
and blessing still to be bestowed upon the obedient church in these end times.
- The new covenant is made between the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob and His people Israel and Judah. Jehovah has scheduled Himself
to inscribe His law, which includes His Sabbath and Feast day commands,
on the true believer's mind. The Almighty's weekly and annual Sabbaths:
- were observed by the Apostles and the early church
for many years after the Saviour's resurrection.
- will also be observed during the millennium by all
the nations of the world.
- finally will be celebrated on the new earth
( after the millennial age ) for all eternity!
These facts amply justify the wording of the Feast Day commandments
mentioned at point 4 and prove Yahweh's Feasts will indeed
last "from generation to generation, age to age, for
all time - for ever!"
- By way of contrast, the popular holidays of Christendom: Easter,
Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Sunday, Halloween etc., are not sanctioned by the
Almighty. In fact, they are ALL ancient heathen festivals which over
the centuries have found their way into the Christian church and
because of their popularity have temporarily pushed aside the true
Sabbaths of the Creator. They are, infact, an abomination to the LORD
God of Israel. Like the sin of Jeroboam, they have diverted
Yahweh's people from His appointed times of worship - His sacred
seasons, Feasts and Sabbaths. The time has come to jettison these pagan
celebrations and to return to the divinely appointed memorials of our
salvation - the Feasts of God Almighty.
- True believers in the LORD of Hosts who really want to please Him should,
therefore, stop celebrating the pagan religious festivals of Easter and
Christmas, etc.; for when a person joins in a pagan religious festival,
he/she becomes partner with the spirits of evil, the demon host who
daily defy the dictates of the Almighty God.
- Just before the Saviour's return to earth, the Antichrist
will make his appearance and all the world will be compelled to
choose between the Sign of Yahweh and the Mark of the Beast, between
the Sabbaths of the LORD God of Israel and the Festivals of Paganism.
The lead-up to this spiritual election has already began. Multiplied
millions, in and out of the church, have already decided what they will
believe and do concerning this issue. Now it's your turn. This publication
merely outlines the momentous issues at stake. Read it several times.
And now we will leave you to make up your mind, to decide one way or the
other - to cast your "spiritual vote" so to speak. Satan, no doubt,
will do his utmost to stifle the rising tide of conviction which this truth
about Yahweh's Feasts will produce in your mind. That is Satan's unholy
delight. You see, he does not want believers to obey the
Almighty. He does not mind them acknowledging God's
presence, singing His praises, shouting Hallelujahs, reading His Word,
or even exhausting themselves in apparently worthwhile causes: just so
long as they do not obey Yahweh's commandments. That is why Satan
constantly stirs up hostility in the hearts of men for the Almighty and
His Law: because he wants mankind to break the divine commandments, to sin
and go on sinning; to join him in his hateful rebellion against
the authority of the Most High.
But from the throne of the Almighty you may hear another call. And if you
do, it will be the voice of the Master, the call of Yeshua the Messiah,
the only begotten Son of the Most High. His voice will overwhelm
your whole being as only the voice of the Saviour and the presence of the
Holy Spirit can. And this is what He will be saying dear reader to you:
... If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
A Voice In The Wilderness
Author: Elder: David B. Loughran - Stewarton Bible School - Stewarton Scotland
Elder: Max W. Mader
A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada
Web-Site - www.avoiceinthewilderness.org
First published 1978 / Updated 1985 / Placed on the Internet 1996 / Updated / 2002