Should we keep the biblical feasts outside the land of Israel?

According to some individuals who assert the validity of a Torah-obedient lifestyle for modern saints, the biblical feasts aren’t able to be kept except in the land of Israel and specifically in Jerusalem. Since they live outside the land of Israel, they use this as a justification for not celebrating the seven biblical holidays. They also maintain that YHVH didn’t require the Israelites to celebrate his feasts outside of the Promised Land. They reason that since they are in “exile” outside the land of Israel, it is impossible to properly keep the feasts, and they’re, therefore, exempt from having to do so.

The following is a list of scriptural truths that show the fallacy of this reasoning. Doubtless, many more scriptures could be given, and we will add more in the future.

  1. When Genesis 1:14 uses the word seasons, the Hebrew word seasons is moedim and can also mean feasts. This is a clear reference to the biblical feasts and indicates that YHVH’s feasts were from the foundation of the world.
  2. Genesis 26:5 tells us that Abraham was Torah-obedient including YHVH’s commandments, statutes and laws. This would include the biblical feasts.
  3. The children of Israel kept Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread before coming to Mount Sinai and receiving the law of Moses and before entering the Promised Land (Exodus 12 and 13). This indicates that YHVH wanted his people to keep the feasts even while still outside the Promised Land.
  4. In Leviticus 23, the Sabbath is mentioned at the head of the list as one of  YHVH’s feasts along with the other seven annual high holy day feasts (Lev 23:1–3). The implication here is that the Sabbath and biblical feasts come as an indivisible unit. If the seventh day Sabbath is to be kept, then so are the feasts.
  5. When Leviticus 23:4 states that the biblical feasts (i.e., the holy days, not the weekly Sabbath) are to be at their appointed times or “in their season” as some Bibles translate this phrases, this indicates that YHVH created the seasons around the biblical feasts. That is to say, in YHVH’s order of creation, the feasts predate the four seasons. Except at the equator and perhaps at the poles, the seasons are a global phenomenon, and therefore, it would seem, wherever seasons occur, YHVH’s feasts should be celebrated.
  6. Several times in Leviticus 23 and elsewhere in several places (Lev 23:21, 31, 41; Exod 12:14, 17, 24), YHVH’s word states that the feasts are forever. There is no indication that they are to be kept only in Jerusalem.
  7. Nowhere in the Scriptures is there a command to celebrate the feasts only in the land of Israel or in Jerusalem. Rather, in several places in Deuteronomy YHVH commands his people to celebrate the pilgrimage feasts where he has chosen to place his name (Deut 16:2, 6, 11). At that time, his name was where the tabernacle and latter the temple resided. However, both the tabernacle and temple are gone. Paul teaches us that the saints are YHVH’s temple because his presence, in the form of the Holy Spirit, now resides in them as opposed to the holy of holies in the former temple (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19). Based on this, it can reasoned that the saints can now celebrate the biblical feasts wherever YHVH leads them to do so whether in the land of Israel or not, for as Yeshua said, where two or more are gathered together in his name, he is in their midsts (Matt 18:20). Furthermore, YHVH is in the midst of his people wherever they are, for the psalmist tells us that he inhabits the praises of his people (Ps 22:3). Where YHVH is, that is where is name and anointing will be.
  8. In Ezekiel 20, we see that YHVH’s feasts (or sabbaths) are a covenantal sign between YHVH and his people (Ezek 20:12) that they were to live by (Ezek 20:11), yet which Israel, in rebellion, refused to do while in the wilderness. Instead they defiled his sabbaths by, presumably, not doing them and doing other things on those holy days (Ezek 20:13). Israel’s rebellion against YHVH with regard to their refusal to keep his sabbaths brought upon them YHVH’s judgments (Ezek 20:13). In other words, it was YHVH’s will for the Israelites to keep his sabbaths in the wilderness, but because of their idolatrous rebellion, they refused to do so.  In fact, YHVH calls refusing to observe his sabbaths idolatry and for this sin (along with other sins), the Israelites had to wander in the wilderness for forty years (Ezek 20:15–16). In profaning his sabbaths, YHVH accuses the Israelites of despising his Torah (Ezek 20:16). YHVH then goes on to urge his people to not follow the example of their rebellious forefathers, but rather to walk in all of his Torah commands (including his sabbaths, Ezek 20:18–20). Because of their profaning his sabbaths, he punished them by scattering them in exile among the heathens. Those modern saints who refuse to keep YHVH’s Sabbath and feasts are walking in the same sin as the ancient Israelites. Often people who refuse to keep YHVH’s  feast days holy do so because the feasts conflict with their secular activities (such as their jobs). YHVH calls this idolatry and being like the heathen (Ezek 20:30, 32). In the end times, YHVH is going to separate his people out from the heathen and bring them back into covenantal agreement with him including obedience to his sabbaths (Ezek 20:33–38). He will purge from his people those rebels who refuse to obey him including keeping his sabbaths (Ezek 20:38), which are a sign of his covenantal relationship with them.
  9. In Matthew 5:18, Yeshua says that not one yud or tag of the Torah would pass away until heaven and earth ceased to exist. Clearly, in Yeshua’s mind, the biblical feasts along with the rest of the Torah are still for his people today.
  10. Yeshua told his disciples to celebrate the Passover in remembrance of him (Luke 22:19; 1 Cor 11:24, 25). Nowhere does he qualify this statement by saying that the Passover can only be done in Jerusalem or the land of Israel. In fact, when Paul is giving these instructions to celebrate the Passover to the believers in Corinth he doesn’t say that it can be done only in the land of Israel, and that this feast can’t be celebrated outside the land of Israel.
  11. In the book of Acts, it is mentioned that Paul hastened to Jerusalem in order to keep Pentecost (Acts 20:16), which was one of the four pilgrimage feasts (along with Passover/Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles). Yet at the same time, he commands the believers in Corinth to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread (1 Cor 5:7), which was one of the pilgrimage feasts. He also celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread outside of Jerusalem (Acts 20:6) even though it, like Pentecost, was one of the pilgrimage feasts. Obviously, he didn’t make going to Jerusalem a condition for observing this feast.
  12. Two of the seven feasts weren’t kept in Jerusalem, but at home. These were the Day of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. There is no command in the Torah to go where YHVH has placed his name to celebrate these feasts. Therefore, those who say that we can’t celebrate the feasts except in the land of Israel and specifically in Jerusalem should at least celebrate these two feasts at home. In fact, Acts 27:9 indicates that Paul celebrated Yom Kippur on the island of Crete, not in Jerusalem. If he didn’t celebrate this holy day, why mention it?
  13. Moses in the Torah prophesied that the Israelites would forsake YHVH’s Torah covenant and serve foreign, pagan gods resulting in YHVH having to punish them with captivity in “another land” (Deut 29:25–27). Moses then goes on to prophesy that from the nations where Israel had been scattered because of its sin of Torahlessness, the Israelites would “return to YHVH your Elohim and obey his voice, according to all that I commanded you today” (Deut 30:2). As a result of their repentance and return to Torah-obedience (including keeping YHVH’s sabbaths or feasts, which they had forsaken along with the rest of the Torah), YHVH promises to bring them back (to the land of Israel) from captivity and regather them from all the nations where they have been scattered (Deut 30:3–5). This passage makes it clear that conditional to Israel’s regathering and return to their land would be a whole-hearted repentance and return to the Torah (Deut 30:2) including the biblical holidays, while still in the land of their exile.
  14. Interestingly, the religious Jews to this day have no tradition mandating that the biblical feasts can’t be kept outside the land of Israel. In synagogues all over the world, the Jews still celebrate all the biblical feasts.

The bottom line why  people don’t want to keep YHVH’s feasts is this:

Because  the carnal mind is enmity against Elohim; for it is not subject to the law of Elohim, nor indeed can be. So then those that are in the flesh cannot please Elohim. (Romans 8:7–8)

 

 

41 thoughts on “Should we keep the biblical feasts outside the land of Israel?

  1. Why in the Book of revelation does it say that the Egyptians must come to Jerusalem to the feast? Why does the Savior say that to inherit eternal life one must only keep the ten commandments in which the annual holy days are not mentioned?

    • The Book of Revelation doesn’t say this. This passage is in Zech 14:16–21. Egypt in this case is a biblical metaphor for the whole world. In the Millennium, all the world will be expected to follow the Torah including the Sabbaths and Feasts. There are many biblical prophecies that talk about this.

      Yeshua makes no mention of keeping the ten commandments when it comes being saved. The Scripture you’re referring to is Matt 19:16-22. The Jewish man asked Yeshua what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Yeshua told him to keep the commandments including the sabbaths (weekly and annual). There are 613 in the Torah. The ten commandments are just the cornerstone or beginning of it. He just lists several of them to make a point. The point is this: If truly, if one can keep all of Elohim’s laws perfectly from birth until death without sinning, then the penalty of death wouldn’t fall on a person and one could conceivable live forever. In his pride, the Jewish man figured he had kept all the comm, commandments perfectly. Yeshua revealed to him that actually he was covetous and idolized money and material possessions which is a violation of a couple of Torah commandments. Yeshua also taught the man that keeping the commandments perfectly wasn’t enough. He had to become a follower of the Messiah.

      When one really digs into this exchange between Yeshua and the Jewish man, there’s a lot more going on than you realize. It doesn’t say what most people who read it casually think it says.

      • You totally ignored the question as to why the scriptures state that in the millennium the whole world will be required to go UP TO JERUSALEM to keep the feast. They can’t stay in their own lands. You chose to not elaborate on this. And yes, Jerusalem is the city of the solemnities and God HAS placed His name there. He is not the author of confusion. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us that we can go wherever we want during the feasts and keep them however we see fit, and follow whatever calendar we think is the right one. There was a specific time, place, and method in which they were to be kept. And when Jesus returns, He will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths. Then and only then will His feasts be kepts properly.

      • So what is your main point?

        1) We shouldn’t keep the feasts except in Jerusalem or the land of Israel?

        2) We shouldn’t keep the feasts because we can’t keep them perfectly as YHVH intended, so why try?

        3) Or some other point that I missed?

        I have a few more questions for you. We’re going to let the light of truth shine on this important subject. (Should one wish, I can give chapter and verse for every point I’m about to make below!)

        What does Scripture really say about what will go on in the Millennium that you failed to mention in your comment? Zechariah 14:16–19 specifically mentions going up to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles; no mention is made of any of the other biblical feasts. Yet in your comment, you cherry-picked this fact out of the Scriptures, and then you went on to conflate this prophetic tidbit with the supposed scriptural command (which doesn’t exist) to go up to Jerusalem to keep all of the feasts. Then it appears that you leveraged this conflation and twisting of Scripture to infer that one is not really keeping the feasts in this present age unless one goes up to Jerusalem. Again this is an illogical twisting of Scripture and making it say something that it doesn’t. What is your motive for doing this? What is your agenda? Are you trying to find a reason for not taking the time off of work to keep YHVH’s commanded and eternal feasts? Or is there some other reason? I have heard other people make this argument who, for one reason or another, refuse to keep YHVH’s commanded feasts here and now. Why is this? You’ll have to answer this question for yourself before YHVH.

        More questions for you:

        What did the Israelites go up to Jerusalem to keep the feasts? What was there then that isn’t there now? What presence was in Jerusalem at that place that isn’t there now? Where its that presence now? If we’re to keep the feasts where that presence is, then where do we go to keep the feasts? These are basic and elementary questions that one with a simple understanding of Scripture should know and are extremely pertinent to the issue.

        Here are some more questions that are related to this issue:

        What does it mean to be the temple of the Holy Spirit?
        What does it mean when Yeshua said that he would be in the midst of two or three of his people who are gathered together?
        What does the Torah mean when it tells YHVH’s people to celebrate his feasts wherever he has placed his name?
        Did the Israelites always go to Jerusalem?
        Where did the Israelites go to keep the feast for the first few hundred years in the Promised Land before David conquered Jerusalem?
        Where did the Israelites keep the first Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread? Hint: Not in Jerusalem.
        Where did the saints in Corinth keep Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread when Paul told them all to celebrate it? Did they all go to Jerusalem? If so, give me chapter and verse on that.
        And if we do go to Jerusalem, where are we to keep the feasts now? With whom? In what building or place? Hint: the temple doesn’t exist anymore and the Muslims won’t let you celebrate the feasts on Mt. Moriah!
        If we can’t afford to take our families seven times a year to keep all seven feasts in Jerusalem, does that mean we ignore the feasts and disobey YHVH commands to keep them?
        Is YHVH Elohim more pleased with us if we try to keep his commandments the best we can, as imperfectly as it may be, wherever we may be and whatever our circumstances may be, or is he more pleased if we just ignore his commands all together?
        Does a loving parent appreciate and bless his or her children when they try to do what is right and obey them, or when they make no effort at all?
        Was Yeshua more pleased with the servant who buried his talent in the ground or those who took their talents and did the best they could with them?
        What blesses the Father’s heart more? Those who have a heart to serve and obey him the best they can, or those who make excuses and refuse to do so?
        What does the Scripture say about keeping the commandments of Elohim? A) That they’re impossible to do (as many in the Christian church demonically and blasphemously teach), or B) that they’re not impossible to keep (as Deut 30 asserts)?

        Finally, in your comment, you’re making some pretty strong and false accusations against me. This is not acceptable. I was kind enough to allow your comment to come through. If you want to post again, I will expect you to be more polite and respectful.

        Blessings to you in Yeshua!

    • Was wondering how one does the feast as there is no way to to offer offerings or sacrifices, or are you saying we can do that now? As some say God places His name in us and we are the temple. Or do we just gather?

  2. THANK YOU THANK YOU! I’m helping a young fellowship learn about the feasts, Torah, and the Torah lifestyle (the Jesus’ lifestyle!) I have volunteered to help them keep a passover feast this year and they are SO EXCITED! I’ve been helping people for 10 years.You are definitely someone who i will recommend for them to read, since you are also Spirit filled. I struggled for years to find someone who taught Biblical Torah and who was Spirit filled. I finally found Barbara Richmond, who was recommended by someone and went to her web site and she had denied Yeshua! :…(
    Shortly after that, I found [name edited out] who has some excellent articles on his website HMM…
    From there, God took me an an amazing journey to the tap root of Christianity, which is the Jewish roots…
    I am now taking several weeks before Passover to explain the 4 W’s and the H of Passover. I have taught “what” is passover, and also “when” is passover, and next week, “where” is passover.
    Hopefully, this week, i can teach “where” is Passover! It’s SO rich! Shalom and Toda Raba!!! (I'[m also a Hebrew addict!)

    • i had to change my website address. Right now, the fellowship is disbanded because the lady’s house we met at decided to sell her house. I still pay for this web site in order to keep it going should the Lord give me another opportunity for home fellowship.

  3. Deuteronomy 12 is a chapter that has been left out here. It clearly states that Israel was to keep the feasts in the LAND of the TRIBE where He puts His name which became Judah since Christ is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and where God put his name. It also states that if you could not be at the place to observe the feasts that your command was to eat what you have weather feast friendly or not and just be thankful for all that God has given you. The times that Israel celebrated the feasts outside of the promised land were still done as a nation together and not scattered and before he had a land designated for them. It clearly states that ALL feast technicalities must be met in order to partake of the feasts and that this command was forever. Can we as a 4 person family sacrifice 12 bullocks? They were to be all done together at the same time. This is why Paul stated that he needed to be back to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts according to Acts 18:21. This is why all nations will come to Jerusalem in Revelation and why after the exodus all feasts were only recorded as being celebrated at Jerusalem. The Sabbath was made for man not Jews, the feasts were made for Jews not man so they are not completely the same commands. That being said certain things have clearly been given exceptions, like the Passover and feast of unleavened bread which is to be observed where ever you are Numbers 9:10-13.

    • Thank you for your thoughts, but I strongly disagree with much of what you’re saying.

      The Epistle to the Hebrews clearly teaches that the sacrifices and Levitical system was fulfilled in Messiah. These things we don’t have to do. However, if you study the Word deeply and study the numerous teachings I have done on the feasts (both written and video), you will see that the feasts are the seven steps in YHVH’s plan of salvation. How can these steps not be applicable to us today? Can we not still learn about how to become a child of the Almighty by doing them? Paul says so in Col 2. Not only that, the fall feasts point to events surrounding the second coming of Yeshua. These have not been fulfilled yet.

      We’re to keep the feasts where YHVH has placed his name. At this time, his name is wherever two or more of his people are gathered together. Since there is no temple in Jerusalem now, there is no place there to celebrate the feasts as per exact biblical instructions.

      You’re also mistaken in calling them the Jewish feasts. They are the feasts of YHVH given by him to all the 12 tribes of Israel of which the Jews (from the tribe of Judah) were but one-twelfth. They were not invented by the Jews only for the Jews.

      I have discussed these issues before in many places for those who care to look more deeply into this issue. Here are several links to get you started. I could easily give a couple dozen more.

    • http://www.hoshanarabbah.org/teaching.html#feast
    • http://www.hoshanarabbah.org/pdfs/why_study_feasts.pdf
    • http://hoshanarabbah.org/blog/2016/03/26/25-reasons-to-celebrate-the-biblical-feasts/
    • http://hoshanarabbah.org/blog/2014/06/03/feasts-outside-the-land-of-israel/
      • I agree I should not have called them Jewish feasts. However you will notice in Deuteronomy 12 it states that we cannot practice the feasts but we can still remember them and still because they have their own Sabbaths that we still honor them as Sabbaths. This is how we keep it alive when we are not in a place to keep the feasts. He gives us direction to eat anything we do have and be grateful for how he has blessed us in far away lands and we can still teach about the feasts. He warns that every single feast must be kept to every single point. The sacrifices were not all abolished only sacrifices for sin were abolished. Many sacrifices were for gifts like the peace offering which Christ does not replace. And many of those offerings like during the feast of tabernacles in Numbers 29 were not for atonement and would require a city to eat and yet everything had to be done to the tee. It is also mentioned in Ezekiel that sacrifices would remain into the millennial kingdom. All nations in that time will come to Jerusalem for the feasts. Remember if we add or take away from those commands we sin. So if we do our own Feast of Tabernacles but leave a bunch of the rules, we are failing. This is why Deuteronomy tells us what to do if we are in such a scenario. His name is not where two or more are gathered together, it is in the land of the tribe where he puts his name. He says he is in the midst of us when we gather, not that he puts his name there. This is why Paul and Christ returned to Jerusalem for the feasts, because it is the land of the tribe of Judah and Christ is the Lion of that tribe. We know He is the God of the universe and of everyone in the world but He calls himself the God of Israel. So saying where two are more are gathered there i am in the midst does not mean that’s where He put his name. He told us that he puts his name in the land of the tribe that He chooses which became and has not changed to Jerusalem, hence why into the millennial reign we all go there to worship. If he was only talking in spirit and had no need of a physical representation anymore then why couldn’t everyone stay at their own countries and lands and celebrate them from there?

      • I don’t agree with you in much of what you have said, and I have addressed these issues many times in many places over the years, and my responses are in the public arena. So I won’t repeat myself here. It sounds like your mind is made up, so it’s pointless for me to say more. I refuse to argue. But you are welcome to your opinions, and hopefully we can disagree without being disagreeable.

        Those who are keeping the feasts outside the land of Israel the best they can by YHVH’s grace are receiving great blessings and divine revelation in doing so. Good fruits of righteousness are being produced as a result. Yeshua is being lifted up, the gospel is being preached and lives are being transformed. This is not sin! On the contrary, it is sin not to obey YHVH’s commandments as best we can wherever we are. The mark of true bride-of-Yeshua saints in the end times will be to keep his Torah commandments and have the testimony/faith of Yeshua (Rev 12:17; 14:12). I want to be in that group. I want to be the greatest in the kingdom, not the least as per Yeshua’s Matt 5:19 instructions. This will be determined by whether I keep all of his commandments and teach them, or vice versa. It seems pretty clear to me.

        I started celebrating the feasts in 1960. My parents and grandparents started doing them long before that. Some years ago when I walked away from the Sabbath and feasts for a season, I asked YHVH what would keep me from falling prey to the end times antichrist delusions. He clearly told me to follow his Torah including the feasts and this would keep me from falling victim to demonic delusions. Maybe YHVH is telling you to do something else, but I doubt it. At this point, I’m reminded of Rom 8:7.

        Shalom and blessings.

      • Obedience is better than sacrifice. Deuteronomy shows us how we obey when we cannot complete the feasts. Only the day of Atonement, Passover and Feast of Trumpets is outside of the land permissible. Doing your best to complete the feasts is like Saul trying to please the Lord after God gave instructions to not keep any of the enemies spoils. It’s adding to the word. I understand you have a background in celebrating the feasts and i feel this could potentially make it difficult to stop. If you keep doing what is commanded you do keep the feasts and his commands and that means outside of the land of Israel you keep only those that are doable and like Deuteronomy says in chapter 12 we do not do it outside the land if we cannot complete it. It specifically says not to do it in your own way and this gives real meaning to the words obedience is better than sacrifice. I have no intention of hurting you or getting you to fall away from God. I believe we should be ready at any time like the word says to test what we believe. I also used to celebrate the feasts to the best of my abilities but it’s like the word says our righteousness is like filthy rags. That speaks to when we try and do extra for God that he did not ask us to do. In love I only urge you to take on what Deuteronomy 12 is saying and then realize why Paul says he needed to return to Jerusalem for the feasts and why in the future it will all be in Jerusalem even though we live in Spirit.

      • Okay Aaron, you’ve made your point on my blog. I’m shutting down this discussion. Your antagonism against the feasts is too much for me. It is not helping to advance the cause of truth. You are now being a stumbling block to those who want to love YHVH with all of their hearts, souls and minds by keeping his commands as best they can. You are twisting the truth of Elohim and using it back against righteous people who want to act righteously. You are calling righteousness unrighteousness. I cannot permit this any longer. I’ve given you fair say. Enough. At this point, I will refrain from resorting to stronger biblically-mandated language in addressing this issue.

        I have been where you are at. In 1992, I too fell under the delusion that the feasts are no longer relevant for the modern believer to observe. A few years later, I came to see the feasts in a different light and I returned to the truth. I know of at least two Sabbath-keeping denominations that have also fallen under this delusion. While I respect them as brothers, I don’t agree with them.

        After having studied the Bible for many decades, I long ago came to a major conclusion. One can prove anything they want to from of the Bible one way or the other.

        You see Aaron, it all gets down to what’s in your heart. The idols in our heart determine the viewpoint with which we will filter out the truth of the Bible. The biggest idol each of us will face is our innate antagonism against simple obedience to the laws of Elohim (see Rom 8:7 and Jer 17:9). YHVH knows we can’t obey his commands perfectly. That’s why we need the righteousness of Yeshua imputed to us at the time of our initial salvation and all the way up until the time we, only by his grace, receive our glorified bodies. That’s why we can’t be saved by our own works. But does that mean we shouldn’t try to obey him the best we can out of a sincere heart of love and devotion? I would rather be a maximalist rather than being a minimalist when it comes to obeying YHVH. Period.

      • I disagree that Hebrews teaches that the sacrificial system was done away with…I take Yeshua at His word when He says not a jot or a tittle has passed from Torah…meaning, no exceptions.
        Secondly Paul was offering sacrifice. You can read in Acts 18:18 he had taken a nazarite vow and had shaved his head, then in Acts 21, which may be a year or two later, picking up in verse 18 through verse 26 shows he was concluding his vow and that he was making sacrifice and offering in the temple (vs. 26).
        Now specifically in the book of Hebrews chapter 5…Hebrews being some 30 years after the death, burial and ressurection of Yeshua, it speaks in present tense that the Levitical High Preists ARE making sacrifice and offering for sin…this is not condemned but spoken of just in accordance with Torah. In Hebrews 8:3-5…again according to Torah. Heb. 9:9 makes it even more clear “It was symbolic for the PRESENT TIME in which both gifts and sacrifices ARE offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience-concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed UNTIL THE TIME OF REFOMATION.”
        So the fact that they didn’t make us perfect, did not bring them to an end (until the destruction of the Temple).
        Yeshua plainly said not a jot or a tittle, without exception. Sacrifice and offering continued and eventhough it is not happening now, does not mean it has been done away with.

      • You are both correct and incorrect. Correct that Yeshua stated that not one yud or tag would pass from Torah.

        Incorrect in assuming that the sacrificial system as an atonement for sin was the ultimate or full expression of the Torah. It was merely a prophetic road sign that the people passed by en route to the full expression of what it pointed to——namely Yeshua’s death on the cross. The yudim and taggin of the Torah are more in force today than they ever were under the sacrificial and Levitical systems, since these were merely temporary systems to point the people to Yeshua’s work on the cross. The psalmist and prophets even allude to this in numerous places in the Tanakh. If we still needed the sacrificial system, then Yeshua’s death was pointless.

        The sacrificial system was not the ultimate expression of the full Torah. We have to wrap our brain around this and reorientate our thinking accordingly. This is what the writer of Hebrews is trying to tell us.

        Furthermore, the sacrificial and Levitical systems were added to the base of Torah at the golden calf incident and we’re designed to a permanent fixture attached to the eternal Torah. I have addressed this issue elsewhere. This is why a proper understanding of the Epistle to the Hebrews is so vital.

        Also you’re incorrect in thinking that Paul’s nazarite vow offering wasn’t a sin offering. There are five to six main types of offerings outlined in the Torah depending on how you count and quantify them. A couple of them weren’t sin offerings at all (i.e. the fellowship/peace offering and possibly the drink offering depending on how you understand it).

        Thanks for the push back. These are valid questions and issues with which many people struggle, and they need to be addressed.

        Blessings.

  4. Deut 16 doesn’t say just that. It also says right below that Passover is NOT to kept in any of your gates, but ONLY in where he chooses. In Exodus 12 it says to commemorate the Passover with the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Lev 23 says the even of the 14th is Passover, and then details Unleavened. Then in Deut 16 it specifies the Passover in the place he chooses, and not in any of thy gates. Passover doesn’t sound like it is do be acted out unless we have the tabernacle or temple, which we don’t. Unless there’s a fancy explanation for ‘any of the gates, but only…’

    • I have biblical answers for all or your questions. You’re not the first one to have asked this. This may not apply to you, but in my long experience, I find again and again that many people are always looking for an excuse to not to have to do the things YHVH has as commanded. It gets down to the point Paul made in Rom 8:7. Read it!

      Now, I have a question for you? Do you think the Father will be more pleased with people who are doing the best they can to obey him even though it is done imperfectly, or those who are looking for excuses not to obey him? As a father and employer, I would much rather have children and employees who are trying the best they can to learn, grow and follow instructions, rather than the opposite. Wouldn’t you? I’ll take baby steps any day over stubborn belligerence and refusal to do anything.

      Now to answer your question. I address this in a previous blog post at

    • https://hoshanarabbah.org/blog/2014/06/03/feasts-outside-the-land-of-israel/
    • I will close with this. In all the decades that I have been doing the biblical feasts outside the land of Israel, I have never not been blessed by YHVH in wonderful ways for it. Doing so has greatly enriched my spiritual walk, my understanding of the Scriptures and my relationship with YHVH Elohim and the fellow saints. Not only that, I can’t tell you how many times YHVH has blessed us with his manifest Presence showing up to move in supernatural, miraculous and life-changing ways. Many lives have been transformed, salvations and healings have occurred. I could write a book. In Matt 7, Yeshua told us to judge things by their fruit. Let’s be fruit inspectors, not legalistic, letter-of-the-law nitpickers. The letter killeth, but the spirit maketh alive (2 Cor 3:6). This is the river of life that I want to be in.

      Blessings!

  5. A few questions: In Zach 14:17 Is it a Representative from each family that travels to Jerusalem or the entire family? Is this during the Millennial reign or the time of new Heaven and Earth….Then there comes the question about sin – I thought sin was done away with at HIs reign…I’m confused.

    • Re Zech 14:17, I don’t know the answers to your questions without speculating, since Scripture doesn’t tell us.

      In answer to your second question, physical people will be living on the earth during the millennium. They will live physical lives and will be able to make choices to obey YHVH or not. Obviously, to disobey YHVH will be an option, or else Yeshua wouldn’t have to be ruling with a rod of iron, and those who sin by not coming up to Jerusalem wouldn’t have to be punished as per Zech 14:17. So yes, sin will still be a possibility (see also Isa 65:20). The only difference will be that Satan will be in the bottomless pit during this time, so he won’t be tempting people to sin. Moreover, the world will be under Yeshua’s rule and people will be taught the ways of YHVH, so sinning will be more difficult, but not impossible.

  6. It seems to me that Leviticus 16 outlines the service and keeping of Yom Kippur, eventhough it is not formally called that in the chapter, that certainly appears to be just exactly what it is.

  7. So help a brother out, you say we can perform the passover one question. How? How does one perform the Passover if one cannot do every aspect of it? You have to sacrifice Passover and then you are right into unleavened bread. Which means you have to offer everyday Lev 8. So while most say this is ok to perform Passover they never say how or what is acceptable before Him. What is ok to leave out? What is ok to do?

    • I have a number of videos and teachings on doing a Passover seder where I answer and explain all these questions. Some of them I have posted on this blog in the last couple of weeks.

      In brief, Yeshua did a seder at his last supper, including communion (the third of four cups of wine of the seder), plus a foot washing ceremony.

      How many Christian churches do even the basics of this? Few if any do a seder, almost none a foot washing service at the same time (even though he explicitly commanded us to follow his example and do the same——the church is so rebellious that most can’t even do the basics of what he commanded!!!), and he did communion at Passover, NOT any other time but Passover as the churches typically do. Oy vey! When are his people going to wake up and start doing what he commanded them to do when he commanded them to do it!!!???!!

  8. I have been a spirit filled Christian for nearly 30 years..only recently I discovered Torah teachings…a whole new world birthed..it is soooo exciting …never have I had a explained in such depth what I am learning now….there is so much more to glean and discover…all praise and thank you to my Lord and saviour..Jesus….Jeshua

    • Well, I have some 2600 of these teachings on this blog, and I’m posting more all the time, so stay tuned. Glad we can be a blessing…all glory to the Almighty YHVH Elohim who is the source of all wisdom, truth, inspiration and revelation!

  9. I appreciate all of your comments. I am wondering how the feasts were/are actually celebrated? Other than eating and reading scripture what did/do they actually do?

    • Obviously we can’t do all the things the Israelites did in the Bible, since the tabernacle and temple are gone, and the sacrificial and Levitical systems have been fulfilled by Yeshua. The feast days are Sabbaths, so we rest from our secular work, and they are commanded assemblies and divine appointments between YHVH and his people, so we gather together. When we come together, we do what the early NT church did: Teach and discuss Scripture, pray, fellowship, worship and praise, and eat food together. Some of the feasts have specific things you do on them that we can do today. On Passover we have a seder. On Unleavened Bread we eat unleavened bread and so on. On our Hoshana Rabbah website I have a whole series of articles on each of the feasts that spell all these things out in detail at

    • https://www.hoshanarabbah.org/teaching.html#feast
    • . Happy reading!

  10. These feasts that we keep outside the land of Israel, IF we are not there, are dress rehearsal’s for the REAL DEAL. So we are to keep them to the best of our ability, and if not in the land then keep them abroad and rehearse them, learn them and allow them to become part of our very being. Just my 10 cents. Inflation you know…

  11. What about Neh 8:;14-16 — And they found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths[a] during the feast of the seventh month, 15 and that they should announce and proclaim IN ALL THEIR CITIES and in Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.”

    16 Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim..

  12. Neh 8:14f Kept feast ON THE ROOF OF THEIR HOUSES .v.16

    14 And they found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths[a] during the feast of the seventh month, 15 and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.”

    16 Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim.

  13. Thank You for the understanding for keeping the feasts, a big help for my understanding, and on that note I gathered thoughts together to expound on this topic. Our creator works in dispensations of time. We now are in the dispensation of time concerning the church age and are still in the book of acts when the elect are raptured that will end the dispensation of time for the church age hence we enter a new age the judgment of nations and millennial reign. Concerning the keeping of feast in Jerusalem a different dispensation of time therefore a new requirement. The requirement to go up to Jerusalem during this time to keep the feast is in a new dispensation of time.

    • Where does the Bible state that Elohim divides his work among humans into dispensations of time? Chapters and verses please? Many in the church have made much ado about this concept, yet I’m hard-pressed to see it in Scripture. Yes, YHVH deals in covenantal agreements, yet the Bible reveals that one covenant is built upon the previous one, or otherwise stated, the previous covenant unfolds and expands into the next one. This, however, is a different concept than the Christian theory of dispensations. Blessings!

      • I did a search for scriptures and this is what I found: Just Knowing that the church age will not be the same is what I draw on and that the sacrifices currently are not required which give credence to before the time of the cross.
        The phrase is derived from a passage in Ephesians 1:10 (KJV), which reads: “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.”
        The Bible uses the word dispensation in several places as follows:

        1 Corinthians 9:17 (KJV) “For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.”
        Ephesians 3:2 (KJV) “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:”
        Colossians 1:25 (KJV) “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;”

      • Is it wise to make a doctrine on one or two verses based on a word or two?

        In the so-called church age, Yeshua’s last instructions to his disciples before ascending to heaven were for them to go to those lost sheep of the house of Israel starting in Jerusalem, then to Judea, then to Samaria and finally to the world. He commanded them to gather in the lost sheep of the house of Israel who had scattered themselves among the gentile nations of the world, and once gathered in, they were no longer Gentiles (Eph 2:11–19) but were now the sons of Abraham (Gal 3:29, etc., etc.) and are now the Israel of Elohim (Gal 6:16) and part of the 12 tribes of Israel, since the gates in the New Jerusalem are named after the 12 tribes and there is NO gentile gate (Rev 21:12). How do these biblical truths fit to the typical church age/dispensational view of eschatology?

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