I agree that apostasy is a problem during these last days, as was prophesized in the Bible. But I do not think that a difference in opinion as to the interpretation of the Feasts is an example of apostasy. Yes, it is important to test our beliefs against Scripture. But remember that while no one denomination is 100% correct, neither are the beliefs of one who is no longer affiliated with a denomination.
I hope that all of us strive to do the following: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15. Being a member of a denomination does not absolve any of us from this instruction.
It has been my experience that the people who visit Five Doves are willing to consider both traditional and non-traditional prophetic scenarios. I may not agree with every viewpoint posted, but my mind has definitely been stretched. And I have been forced to search Scripture to see if my own viewpoints can be defended in the light of opposing ones.
You and I are probably on the same page with regard to how the remaining Feasts will play out for the Jews. But I would ask you to note that prophecy can have more than one application – and that the Feasts of the Lord, which are prophetic, should not be excluded from this possibility. (Even you must agree that the Feasts have a historical application, as well as at least two prophetic applications – for Israel and for Jesus Christ.)
Let me give you another example of a multiple fulfillment of prophecy. Look at the following verse:
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” Hosea 11:1.
The obvious fulfillment of this verse is when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. But, we are later told that Jesus also fulfilled this verse:
“So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’” Matthew 2:14-15.
Abraham, too, as the progenitor of Israel, fulfilled this verse:
“So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Genesis 13:1.
And during the Tribulation, Israel will once again fulfill this verse. We are told that when the Two Witnesses die in Jerusalem:
“Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.” Revelation 11:8.
We are also told that Jesus warned the Jews to flee when they saw the abomination that causes desolation standing in the holy place. See Matthew 24:15-16.
So, if Jerusalem is a figurative Egypt, then there are at least two more applications of the verse in Hosea. First is the time that the early believers fled Jerusalem in 70 A.D. at the Roman destruction of the Temple. Second is the time that Israel will flee after the setting up of an image of the Antichrist in the Temple.
Consequently, this one verse has been or will be fulfilled at least 4 to 5 times. Same verse but multiple applications.
Clearly, there is a precedent for multiple applications of Scripture.
With regard to the theory that the Pilgrimage Festivals of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and Tabernacles constitute an additional prophetic pattern (i.e. in addition to the role they play in the pattern set by the 7 Feasts of Leviticus 23), I point to the fact that Scripture makes separate reference to them as a trio. See Exodus 23:14-17 and Deuteronomy 16:1-17. Since Scripture separates them from the other 4 feasts, I feel justified in separating them from the rest as well. I may be wrong about the interpretation of the pattern they create, but I am confident that they do create their own pattern.
Finally, while I do commend your stand on the issue of apostasy, I just don’t think that different opinions on eschatology constitute a falling away from the Truth. Nobody is going to be cast into outer darkness just because they picked the wrong day for the Rapture :)
God bless you and good luck with your studies. Maranatha.
– Lisa Taylor