Hebrew Feasts

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Hebrew feasts or holidays are holy days decreed by Almighty Yahweh for the Israelites to observe (Leviticus 23)

Etymology of holiday:

From Old English haligdæg ‘holy day, consecrated day, religious anniversary; Sabbath’, from halig ‘holy’ (see holy) + dæg ‘day’.

There are seven Hebrew feasts:

Since we, the Gentiles, have now crossed over and worship the Living God, we are also expected to follow their ways. This means circumcising our sons at eight days old. (Eight is the number of rebirth or renewal. Being circumcised at eight days old marked one as having been reborn as Yahweh’s own. Circumcision marked one as belonging to Yahweh’s covenant people. It was a sign of Yahweh’s ownership and promises.)

What if the day of circumcision falls on the Sabbath?

The Scriptures tell us circumcision is allowed on the Sabbath, so as not to break the Law of Moses (John 7:23).

We should also celebrate their festivals:

Passover (Pesach) — Nisan 14-15
Unleaven Bread (Chag Hamotzi) — Nisan 15-22
First Fruits (Yom habikkurim) — Nisan 16-17
Feast of Weeks/Pentecost (Shavu’ot) — Sivan 6-7
Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah) — Tishri 1
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) — Tishri 10
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) — Tishri 15-22

We should observe all the feasts decreed by Yahweh, with the exception of the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, but without sacrifices. Any food prepared is only to be eaten. Also, we are no longer required to slaughter a lamb for Passover, since the Lamb of God, Yahshua, the Perfect Sacrifice without blemish, was already offered up on the cross. We can slaughter any other creature that we are allowed to eat (see Meat man is allowed to eat and Birds’ eggs are FOETUSES).

This is clearly stated in the Book of Isaiah:

“He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who cuts off a dog’s neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig’s blood, and whoever makes a memorial offering of frankincense is like one who worships an idol. They have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations.” Isaiah 66:3

Yahshua, the Messiah, was to be the final blood sacrifice (Isaiah 53). No other sacrifice would be required or accepted after Him. The animal sacrifices under the Mosaic Law were intended to be of temporary duration, a temporary measure only. Yahweh’s intent was for there to be one final blood sacrifice, and that would be the sacrifice of the Messiah Himself. This, then, was the reason Yahshua had to die: to provide the blood sacrifice for sin once and for all. No longer would the Jews be burdened with the yearly sacrifices. All a person would need to do is to accept the Messiah’s death on his behalf and his sins would be forgiven. Yahshua the Messiah had to die to provide that atonement, for blood was the means of redemption (Leviticus 17:11)… ‘He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a person’… not that killed the ox of his neighbour which, according to law, he has to pay for, or that killed one for food, which was lawful to be done, but that killed one and offered it as a sacrifice, not because it was blind or lame or had any blemish in it, and so unfit for sacrifice, or not rightly offered, under a due sense of sin and with repentance for it, but because all sacrifices of this kind are abolished in the times to which this prophecy belongs, Yahshua the great and Perfect Sacrifice having been offered up; and therefore to offer sacrifice was a great offence to Yahweh, it was as grievous to Him as offering their children to Molech, or as the murder of a man, and was indeed a trampling underfoot the Son of God, and accounting His Blood and sacrifice as nothing; ‘and whoever offers a lamb is like one who cuts off a dog’s neck’…the lamb for the daily sacrifice, morning and evening, or the Passover lamb, or any other, is no longer acceptable to Yahweh than if a dog, a very impure creature, was killed, his head cut off and offered on the altar; ‘whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig’s blood’…the grain offering, made of fine flour, on which oil was poured and frankincense put (Leviticus 2:1), however rightly composed it might be, and offered according to law, yet now of no more esteem with Yahweh than blood, which was forbidden by the same law, even the blood of swine, which creature itself, according to the ceremonial law, was unclean and might not be eaten, much less offered up, and still less its blood (Leviticus 11:7-8; 17:10-11); ‘and whoever makes a memorial offering of frankincense is like one who worships an idol’…that offers it as a memorial of mercies, and by way of thankfulness for them, as if he gave thanks to an idol, which is nothing, and vanity and vexation in the world; sacrifices of such kind, be what they will, are reckoned as idolatry; ‘they have chosen their own ways’…which were evil and opposite to the ways of Yahweh, especially to the way of salvation by Yahshua; they gave heed to the traditions of the elders, continued the service of the ceremonial law and set up their own righteousness, in opposition to the doctrines, ordinances, sacrifice and righteousness of Yahshua; ‘and their soul delights in their abominations’…things which were detestable to Yahweh, as were their traditions, which were preferred to the Word of Yahweh, and by which they made it void; and their sacrifices being offered up contrary to His will and with a wicked mind, and their righteousness being imperfect and trusted in, to the neglect and contempt of the righteousness of His Son (Isaiah 65:3).

What is Yom Kippur all about?

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is perhaps the most mysterious of all holy days given to Israel to keep.

It is widely taught by Christian leadership that this day is a foreshadowing of the Messiah’s atonement on the cross for mankind, yet the foreshadowing of this event is much more applicable to another day which Israel was to keep in remembrance, namely the Passover.

The bondage with which Israel served in Egypt is not unlike the bondage of the whole of humanity under Satan and his power.

The Angel of Death Who was sent to smite every first-born in Egypt is obviously counterpart to the fact that the wages of sin is death. The lamb’s blood which is applied to the doorposts is a direct foreshadowing of the covering of the Blood of Yahshua, which causes the Angel of Death to ‘pass over’ the Believer. Eating the lamb is mirrored in the words Yahshua spoke at the Last Supper, which itself was a Passover meal… “this is My Body…”

(Yahshua’s Body is also symbolised by the unleaven bread eaten during Passover and the Feast of Unleaven Bread, called ‘matzo’, or ‘matsoh’.)

The purpose of Yom Kippur, then, would reasonably stand for a different set of circumstances relating to atonement and cleansing.

The first action which is to be performed involves a bull. The bull is offered as a sacrifice for Aaron and for his own family personally.

“He is to cast lots for the two goats; one lot for Yahweh, and the other lot for the scapegoat.” Leviticus 16:8

The second action involves casting lots for two goat kids. Here is where, upon close examination, the ritual becomes very strange.

Lots are cast and one goat is selected randomly to be a killed sacrifice ‘for Yahweh’ to atone for the ‘uncleanness’ of the children of Israel.

The second goat is then designated as ‘for the scapegoat’ according to King James Version and most other English translations. This goat is to be let go alive into the desert after receiving upon its head all the ‘iniquities’ of Israel.

The notion that both of these goats are sacrifices for moral transgression does not make a lot of sense. One is killed, the other released, but if the killed goat is sacrificed to atone for moral transgression, what then is the point of also loading those same sins onto a live goat which will depart into the desert?

The first of these goats makes an atonement because of the uncleanness of Israel, but the atonement is for the ‘Holy Place’. (‘In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been…’ Leviticus 16:16)

As the first goat is randomly selected by lot for a personal Being, the Creator Yahweh — it follows, naturally, that the second goat is also selected for a being — rather than the way it reads in English ‘for the scapegoat’, as if the lot is selected for the goat.

If the second goat is not designated as belonging to an individual, we would expect the first to be described in like manner, such as: ‘One lot for the goat to be killed to Yahweh, and the other lot for the scapegoat’.

The incongruity of the English translation suggests that a name has been omitted here.

The word for scapegoat, given in Hebrew is ‘azazel’… the definition for which is given as ‘goat of departure, scapegoat’.
The claim of this definition is supposedly resting on the root words — ‘ez’, a word which is used for a she-goat in the singular, and ‘azal’: to disappear or depart.

There is no question that the given root of the word ‘azazel’ is flawed, and flawed in such a way that it’s almost impossible to imagine it being an honest error.

The word ‘ez’ is not itself a root definition, but goes back to the word ‘az’ which means ‘strong, powerful and fierce’. The use of the word for a goat came from the goat exhibiting these traits.

Furthermore, the word ‘azaz’, which also derives from ‘az’ and is clearly nearer the mark in reference to ‘azazel’, means ‘to harden oneself impudently’ or ‘to be strong in opposition against’.

The suffix ‘el’ is very common in Hebrew and is a word which literally means ‘Mighty One’ and can both refer to Yahweh or to an Angel.

Azazel, then, correctly translated, is ‘one who is impudently hardened against Yahweh’.

Azazel is a being… one who has his first Scriptural mention in a book outside of canon: Enoch, and so it begins to make some sense as to why pains would be taken to eliminate a canonical reference to a name which only appears elsewhere in books rejected from canon.

“Also Azazel taught men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates, the fabrication of mirrors, and the workmaship of bracelets and ornaments, the use of paint, the beautifying of the eyebrows, the use of stones of every valuable and select kind, and all sorts of dyes, so that the world became altered. Impiety increased, fornication multiplied; and they sinned and corrupted all their ways.” Book of Enoch

Back to the first goat which was to be killed. The indication of the fact that the atonement took away some uncleanness from the children of Israel, in order that they might not be an affront to Yahweh in His Holy Place, brings up the question what manner of uncleanness might this be that is different from the iniquities which are placed upon the goat to be sent away.

Uncleanness here is the word tamah which is ‘to be contaminated or defiled’.

This word appears in numerous places to describe physical characteristics of uncleanliness. A woman in her menstrual cycle for instance, or someone who has a contagious disease is defined as tamah.

When it is understood that Yom Kippur, is in part, related to a fallen angel named Azazel, who numbered among rebels that physically polluted the human gene pool, it is more clear what a physical uncleanness might be which needs some amendment, at least spiritually, before the congregation can come before the Holy Place.

The nation of Israel was meant to preserve a pure human stock which was not to be mingled with the hybrid multitudes of other nations.

It still can not be expected that the congregation of Israel was completely pure of intermingling; indeed we are told several times throughout Scripture of the offspring of Abraham taking to themselves wives from other nations.

Yom Kippur is also a commandment to foreigners who live with Israel, in other words, that uncleanness which is assumed to be in some small part contaminating some of Israel is surely to be expected in a foreigner.

The verse should read:

“He is to cast lots for the two goats; one lot for Yahweh, and the other lot for Azazel.” Leviticus 16:8

An offering ‘for Azazel’ might strike Believers as very, very unseemly business for the people of Yahweh to be commanded to do.

The implication that this goat is a sacrifice to a fallen angel has kept most Believers from coming to terms with the meaning of Yom Kippur as it is stated in the Scriptures.

This is a misunderstanding though; the released goat is not meant as a gesture of worship or a sacrifice to the fallen angel, rather, it is meant as a means to convey the penalty of the sin which is upon Israel to the fallen angel.

In fact, the word which was used in English to replace Azazel’s name — scapegoat — has, to this day, preserved the true meaning of the ritual which was ironically hidden by the same word.

‘Scapegoat’ now means ‘to impart blame on a party other than the one who actually committed the transgression’.

The very reason that such a ritual should exist goes back to a single, little known sentence which was spoken by Yahweh to Enoch:

“All the earth has been corrupted by the effects of the teaching of Azazel. To him, therefore, attribute the whole crime.” Book of Enoch

It was this curse placed upon Azazel which became the foundational reason for conveying the iniquities of Israel to him. Azazel was cursed to pay the penalty for all the sin of Yahweh’s people.

Azazel, of course, does not represent the atonement for which the Messiah came. Azazel merely became the temporary object of Yahweh’s wrath for all that was done wrong by His people so that He could, instead of cursing them, bless them, until the Messiah came and forever removed the necessity for a ‘scapegoat’.

It is further made evident that Azazel is the focus of the second selected goat on Yom Kippur in that the goat was taken out into the desert to be set free.

The goat would not survive, it would surely die. We might assume it would die of thirst or starvation, but Israel so feared that the animal would return to them and, therefore, bring back with it their iniquities, that they often threw it into a canyon to ensure its death.

It is told in Enoch that the place they released the goat is also the place where Yahweh sentenced Azazel to imprisonment beneath the earth:

“Again, Yahweh said to Raphael, ‘Bind Azazel hand and foot, cast him into darkness; and opening the desert which is in Dudael, cast him in there. Throw on him hurled and pointed stones, covering him with darkness.” Book of Enoch

The blood of bulls and goats of course could never set sinners free eternally from the bonds of their sins; neither could visiting those sins on a fallen angel.

Perfect Justice is not served in either way, as the life of animals does not equate to the life of a human being, nor can a wicked angel be forced to carry the burden to any ultimate effect — himself having been a sinner who could not pay his own price.

For sin to be eradicated, it required nothing less than Yahshua, perfect and Almighty, to be our Passover Lamb.

(see The Great Deception, Shroud of Turin, Pagan gods, Pagan feasts, Adam means ‘Red Man’ and Who is the Neanderthal man?)

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