(6 July 2011)
"Re: KLM on Rosh
Re: Beliefs about the Feasts of the Lord being only for Israel.
I am not trained as a minister of the Word, and do not consider
myself competent to rebut your argumentative stated beliefs
concerning the Feasts of the Lord. Hopefully, someone else will
read your comments and reply to you, but perhaps the controversy
will never end on this side of eternity.
I will make a few comments in reply, but have no hope at all
that they will make any difference to your strongly held
I agree with the statements made in the article in the above
link, i.e., that the Feasts are a shadow of things to
come. The things to come are all about Jesus and His mission on
earth, i.e., to die (Passover), be buried (Unleavened Bread),
rise again (First Fruits) and to thereby pay the price for
justification from the sin debt we all inherit from Adam.
The fall Feasts, start with Yom Teruah, or Rosh Hashanna or the
Feast of Trumpets, and the blowing of the shofar trumpets
warning of His return for His Bride from the resurrectd dead in
Christ and those who are believers and are still alive. If we
care about Jesus, and we certainly do as believers in His
salvation work performed for us, then we definitely should care
about His Feasts.
Israel on the other hand, cares about the Feasts in a different
and more legalistic way, since they think the Messiah has not
yet appeared, and do not believe Jesus is the Messiah. Their
observance of the Feasts may honor their Messiah yet to be
revealed, but at this point in time they do not honor the true
The educated Jews who studied the Torah before Christ's death
believed that the resurrection of the dead for judgment would
occur on Rosh Hashanna. Paul was an educated Pharisee and knew
about this traditional teaching and probably, though we cannot
be absolutely certain at this time, referred to this belief in 1
Cor. 15 when he speaks about the last trump, which ties together
the resurrection of the dead and the rapture of the Bride of
Christ. The first trump is the left ram's shofar, the last trump
is the right ram's shofar, referring to the substitutive death
of a ram, instead of Isaac on Mt. Moriah.
The Bride of Christ consists of believers, both Jews and
Gentiles, male and female, free and slave, without distinction
for Christ came to die for all mankind, not just Israel. Before
the crucifixion, there were distinctions between Israel and
Gentile, since the Jews were the chosen people. After the
crucifixion, these distinctions are erased and the new
distinction is between believers and unbelievers in Jesus and
His provision of salvation.
Thank you for your comments, and I pray we will someday be able
to agree on everything concerning God's Word. Until then, I wish
you the very best and thank you for letting me know your