As I’ve studied with an incorporated, 501c3 denomination in the past, coming to know their teachings and gravitating out of that as Elohim is drawing me closer to his truths I have been focused this Sabbath on a few things. One of which is the 7 annual Holy Days or in Hebrew “mo’adim” (Appointed Times).
As we head toward spring we are also heading into the appointed times, or mo’adim. The first 4 of the mo’adim are different than the last 3 fall mo’adim in that the first 4 have been fulfilled in Messiah. Whereas the fall mo’adim have yet to be fulfilled. Over the past year I have been blessed to have fellowshipped with people who keep all of these mo’adim and I myself needed to study these more closely than I had in the past given the perspective of scripture without being influenced by a denomination or other such things. I do have to say that even though the influence I have been under since Elohim has pulled me out of the denominations is not perfect either, it is closer to the truth than what I had experienced prior to this change in my circumstances.
These mo’adim are understood by some in the Jewish community as mikrah, which means “rehearsal” or “recital.” Paul tells us in Colossians 2:17 that all of these special days have been appointed by God to reveal the Messiah to the world as part of God’s great plan for His creation. “These [feast days] are a shadow of the things that were to come. The reality, however, is found in [Messiah].”
Over the past year I have been blessed to study much with my dear friend as she has been seeking also after coming out of a mainstream construct. We have been working to discover more of Elohim’s standards and truths for his people. I took significant time today and recently over this past week to understand some of these things better and to know more fully the will of Elohim in these matters. It is surprising that so many people in the faith have been misguided, just as my friend and I have and we seek diligently for the truth. We still have a long way to go and can only hope and trust in the mercy of our Heavenly Father.
I believe and am persuaded that the Lord is opening my eyes more on these matters and what we are to keep and what we are not obligated to keep and even quite possibly what things would be wrong to keep. Please bear with me as I learn and discover more because the Father is working on me daily and my desire is to bless people no matter what they think of me. As busy as I am in my life I am in constant study as time allows to discover more of the Father’s will.
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.
I know that as my friend and I had dialogued in the past concerning the importance or necessity of these mo’adim she mentioned they were not required. And I bring this to show that what I have found is she has been focused on study to at least discover this. And she has part of it right, I will show the rest of it. I already realized this but had to discern which were to be kept and which ones are not required. This is important and as followers of Messiah we do need to reason together in a loving manner and bring to one another his will. Not to be bent on our own conclusions. And even though I have taken a time out for a few days to see the Father, yes, even closing some points of contact but not all even though some of those were misunderstood, it is because I have spent considerable time in the Father’s presence seeking him this past week. One of the reasons is because I recognize the spring mo’adim is approaching fast and another reason is because I believe he has prompted me to do so. If I am to be of any value in Messiah then I must also do my part in seeking him and learning his will so that I may also bless Yisrael.
The greatest of the mo’adim I believe is Ingathering, Booths, or Feast of Tabernacles. Although this is about Messiah tabernacling with us, it extends way back to the deliverance of Yisrael from Egypt. Our salvation is the same if you can understand this. As Messiah has delivered us from this world, destroying the works of the flesh, he did so in delivering Yisrael from Egypt as he literally destroyed Egypt!
This is an amazing mo’adim or appointed time! I urge you to get a hold of this. This is the greatest event we await. To once again have Messiah literally in our presence to fellowship with and to be able to talk with him directly. To tabernacle with him! Can you imagine this? Most people who saw him and talked to him during his time on earth about 2,000 years ago didn’t know how blessed they were. Only the few that realized he is Messiah understood the power and blessing of Elohim and what he was doing. They where the ones who had faith, real faith and that in his presence all of the power of the Father was present in this world!
Granted, the spring feast days are not a requirment since they are fulfilled in Messiah, the fall mo’adim have not yet been fulfilled and continue to have great significance because these are what we await! These are what we yet seek after. The things we do not yet know because we have so many questions for Messiah. I don’t know how long the Feast of Tabernacles will last when Messiah returns, maybe for the normal amount of time. Many of us now don’t have the means to take off work every day for the duration of that time even though we take off the Sabbath’s associated with it. But when Messiah returns we will be in our new bodies and will not have to work our jobs and will be able to spend every day with him during that time! How amazing is that? We need to get a hold of this and realize how powerful it is.
I want you to be blessed, and even more than that to know what the Father has been revealing to me this week and this Sabbath. The importance of his appointed times and how Messiah is the key in all of the mo’adim!
Let us embrace one another in the love of the Father for what he has given us. Let us lay aside our own flesh, to pick up our stake and follow Messiah. It’s the Father that works in each of us. We need to simply submit to the Father, to deny ourselves and let go of the wheel. It’s his work and not ours. Our duty is to simply love one another, to build one another up and trust the Father for the rest.
May Elohim guide each of us and direct us as he brings us closer to his eternal throne !!!