What is your purpose in life? Where are you headed on life's road? How do you know which way to go? Your Creator offers a roadmap!
With all the twists, turns and potholes around every corner, is there a purpose to your life's journey? And how do you know which way to go?
Do you realize that God has given you the ultimate roadmap? He has mapped out an amazing path that reveals His plan.
Now once you've discovered your way along this road, you will come to see what God has in mind for your future and the future of all mankind.
But here's the reality: most Christians don't know and don't follow God's biblical roadmap! What about you?
Stay tuned to Beyond Today as we discover how the Bible reveals God's plan: “God's Roadmap.”
Have you ever gotten lost on a trip? Perhaps you've assumed you knew the way, you may have had the mistaken idea that the path was the direct route. Then you realize, it didn't take you where you thought it would. The correct destination wasn't at the end of your journey. You ended up somewhere you didn't intend.
Now in the same way, most Christians assume that the interstate on the biblical roadmap goes directly from this life straight to heaven. But you know what? Even though there is a lot of traffic on that highway, even though a lot of people take for granted that's where they're headed when they die—in reality it's a dead end.
Now, it may sound startling to you. You probably would be surprised to discover that millions of Christians have neglected to use the biblical roadmap that God has freely given. As strange as it may seem, most have misread God's map, and when you misread a map—the saying goes: a miss is as good as a mile. You're going to be way off track!
Here's an important point: God has clearly mapped out our salvation through the Holy Days that He reveals in the Bible. These days clearly show the roadmap to God's true plan.
Think about it. Would Almighty God, who has formed everything from the vast universe right down to the tiniest atomic particle, would He create human beings without planning? Without mapping out the finest future for us? We're instructed in the Proverbs, Proverbs 3:6 Proverbs 3:6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
American King James Version×, “Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow” (CEV).
Now, I hope you'll stay with me as I challenge you to discover what God has truly planned for mankind's journey, your journey, through the basic biblical roadmap to God's plan of salvation. Now I hope you won't assume that you already know the way. Remember what Jesus taught in Matthew 7:13 Matthew 7:13Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
American King James Version×? He said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (NIV).
So you see Jesus compared life to an excursion. He said that most are going the wrong way. They haven't consulted the spiritual roadmap and they don't understand the right way. Have you really studied what God's has planned in His Word? Which road, that Jesus mentioned, are you traveling?
You see, life shouldn't be just an unplanned casual trip. The Message translation puts it this way: “Don't look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don't fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention” (Matthew 7:13-14 Matthew 7:13-14 13 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.
American King James Version×The Message).
You see it's like driving. When you're driving, you can't afford to be distracted. And you can't afford to be distracted when it comes to learning what the Bible really teaches about the plan of God.
You see, when you're planning a trip, what's one of the first things you need? Directions! You need driving direction. If you're going to arrive at the right destination, you've got to know where you're going and how to get there.
Have you asked for directions? Now, most of us guys, we are known for not wanting to stop and ask for directions. But you know, all of us must ask if we're going to be successful on the spiritual journey that God has mapped. Psalms 25:4 Psalms 25:4Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
American King James Version×tells us to ask God for directions. It says, “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you” (Psalms 25:4-5 Psalms 25:4-5 4 Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. 5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me: for you are the God of my salvation; on you do I wait all the day.
American King James Version×NLT).
You see, we need to use our Bible as the ideal travel guide. That's what's going to lead us. You see, as you do that, you'll find that your path becomes clearer. God's the ultimate giver of directions and He wants to show you the way to an ideal future.
And so He maps out the road to eternal life—not to heaven, but to the Kingdom of God on earth. You probably remember the informational sign that says: “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5 Matthew 5:5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
American King James Version×). Now that's a road marker!
It's an important guidepost. God has clearly mapped out our salvation by way of the Holy Days that He reveals in the Bible. They show the roadmap to God's plan. You see these Holy Days, which well unfortunately so many Christians believe they've been done away with, and yet they're markers that God uses for our guidance.
Have you ever noticed what the Apostle Paul said in Acts 18:21 Acts 18:21But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that comes in Jerusalem: but I will return again to you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
American King James Version×? He said, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing” (NKJ).
You may have wondered about that passage. What feast is he talking about and why would the Church need to celebrate it? Especially since this was about 14 years or so after the death and resurrection of Jesus? You see, he obviously wasn't talking about Sunday or Christmas or Easter—none of those things. He was observing one of the annual Holy Days of God.
Now did you know that God has given us seven of them? Seven annual festivals—special Holy Days throughout the year that everyone should celebrate. Each one could be thought of as a yearly mile marker, commemorating a fantastic event in God's travel plans for salvation, for you and for all mankind.
Now when you start observing these days, it will add a sense of direction to your life.
Now there is a lot of territory to cover on this journey that we're making today, and we're just not going to be able to see it all. So that's why we've put the complete travel guide, you might say, into this booklet, God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind . This free booklet, it explains what the Bible really teaches about the roadmap of God's Holy Days. It will make it easier for you to unlock a proper understanding of God's plan for you.
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This booklet, God's Holy Day Plan , will take you step by step through the annual Holy Days given by God that were observed by Jesus and the early Church. Now, you may have heard that these are Jewish observances and they're not important to Christians. But you know, that is not true! These divinely ordained Holy Days reveal God's plan of salvation for all mankind.
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Now there is no doubt that God has a plan. He tells us: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
American King James Version×NIV). Now isn't that what we all want? We want peace, confidence, safe travels. Where can you realize the future hope that the Creator has planned for you?
Well God gives you spiritual roadside assistance through special Holy Days that symbolize the highway to salvation. Now by observing these special days, God gives insight into His eternal plan.
Unfortunately, many don't realize that Jesus Himself observed these festivals of God. Now if we claim that Jesus is our Savior, if He's our King, we have to follow His example. Back in 1 John 2:6 1 John 2:6He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
American King James Version×, it states: “Whoever says that he lives in God must live as Jesus lived” (NCV). Some translations say walk as Jesus walked. So if Jesus celebrated God's Holy Days, then we have to too.
We have a record, you might say we have a travel log of sorts, showing that Christ kept these days, He commanded these days of worship. You can find this in Matthew 26:17 Matthew 26:17Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, Where will you that we prepare for you to eat the passover?
American King James Version×(Passover & Days of Unleavened Bread); John 5:1 John 5:1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
American King James Version×(Trumpets), John 7:10 John 7:10But when his brothers were gone up, then went he also up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
American King James Version×(Tabernacles) just to name a few New Testament passages that show that Jesus kept these days.
Some will argue that Jesus observed these days only because He was Jewish. Now, if that were the only reason, why would His disciples, why would the New Testament Church, follow His directions and continue to observe the same festivals? It's a fact. In the book of Acts alone there is passage, after passage, after passage, that bear this out. (Acts 2:1 Acts 2:1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
American King James Version×; 12:3, 4; 16:13; 18:21; 20:6, 16; 27:9).
Did you know that faithful Christians continued for centuries after Christ's death to follow His example in keeping the festivals—and they do this to this very day?
Jesus made a powerful statement in Matthew 28:20 Matthew 28:20Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
American King James Version×, He commanded His followers to “[teach] them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Now it's interesting to note that original word for “observe” means to watch or to keep. What did Jesus command to observe and keep? Did He command us to celebrate Easter or Christmas? You won't find that on the roadmap; you won't find that in your Bible at all. So if we honestly follow His guide, we'll keep what He kept. We'll watch the calendar to anticipate and prepare for the biblical Holy Days that Jesus Christ Himself observed.
Now these aren't empty dead ends on the road of life. God's Holy Days are relevant to you and they have tremendous spiritual meaning. Remember, God gave us seven of them—seven annual festivals—special Holy Days throughout the year that everyone should celebrate. Now let's take a moment and notice one of these annual festivals that marks out and points the way that leads to eternal life in God's coming Kingdom.
There's something very interesting that is recorded for us, after traveling more than 20 years after the crucifixion. More than two decades had passed since the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is when the apostle Paul gave some vital instructions to God's Church in Corinth. Let's notice what he instructed them. He said stop the contagious spread of sin. Now, it's important to realize that most of the Church members that he's writing to there were not Jewish.
Notice how he guides them in 1 Corinthians 5:6 1 Corinthians 5:6Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
American King James Version×, “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (NKJ).
What's he talking about here? There is a great spiritual object lesson in this Feast called the Days of Unleavened Bread. Now, that may sound kind of funny. It may sound a little bit odd, but it expresses an amazing symbolism. Leaven or yeast, is like sin. And just as leaven spreads throughout the whole batch of dough, so sin, if you don't stop it, it's going to spread throughout you.
You can understand what the Bible has mapped out for you by observing this New Testament Christian feast. Back in the Old Testament, Exodus 12 reminds us that we are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread by literally removing leaven from our homes during these days. There are special Holy Day services as well. So, the New Testament builds on the foundation of the Old by emphasizing the spiritual intent of these days.
So you see, like leaven, like yeast, sin can grow and spread until it permeates our life. Putting leavening out of our homes during this time is symbolic of putting sin out of our lives. Now, we realize that we can only do this with help. It's only through Jesus Christ living in us that helps us to overcome and remove sin. So we need to examine ourselves. We need to repent. We need to strive to change and by allowing Christ to live in us, we develop His nature, His character, His attitude.
In fact, here's the way the New International Version translates that passage. 1 Corinthians 5:6 1 Corinthians 5:6Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
American King James Version×says, “Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
The Feast of Unleavened Bread points to Jesus and it reminds us that we can be delivered from sin and transformed by allowing Him to live in us.
Now remember, who was the apostle Paul instructing? Mostly non-Jewish Christians. In a sense, he pointed out a gigantic billboard to remind us. He said, let us celebrate the festival (ESV). Let us keep the festival (NIV). Let us observe the feast (CSB). Let us keep the feast (NKJ, ASV). Let us celebrate the feast (NAS).
You see this command, given more than 20 years after the crucifixion, is a powerful passage that shows that the annual Holy Days were being observed by and taught to New Testament Christians and they have deep, lasting spiritual meaning, especially for us today.
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God's days of worship are so different from traditional Christianity. If you begin to follow that roadmap, you'll begin to discover new paths of understanding that God reveals. Now we're going to head down that highway and discuss this further with fellow host of the program, Darris McNeely, and long-time church pastor, Rex Sexton.
Welcome guys. Now as we think about these Holy Days, why is it important? Why is it important to realize that God does have a roadmap as a plan?
Well, when you look at the Holy Days, the festivals in the Bible, Steve, you see a logic to them. There is a progression. You don't see that with the festivals, the holidays, especially the major holidays of Christianity such as Easter and Christmas. You have Christ dying in the spring and then you have him being born a few, months later in the winter. There is no logic even in the way they are positioned.
Look at God's Holy Days, outlined in the Scriptures; they start with Christ's sacrifice and His resurrection. You talked about the Holy Day, you talked about the Days of Unleavened Bread, which is a seven day festival there that is at the head and the beginning of the Holy Days. They outline a plan of, begins to outline a plan of salvation. It begins with the death of Christ, the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His life in us—a spiritual life that we live. And we portray that through that seven day festival.
Those Holy Days then follow a logic as you move through them, through the year, that lead to the Kingdom of God. They lead to a time of salvation. There's, each one flows to another and adds and builds, step by step, on the plan of God as to what He is doing with human life leading to salvation and the Kingdom of God on this earth, and ultimately salvation for all mankind. So you see a logic there. That's why they're so important and why, this idea of the highway you're talking about does fit to help us understand that by following these Holy Days, we get to a destination—God's destination.
Yeah, I think as our viewers listen and watch, they've got to think to themselves, okay, I can see that some of that's in the Bible. Maybe I don't know much about it but, what does it really matter? What's the real point? Does it really matter what days we observe?
Well Steve, only God can set aside time as holy. God created time. God created the heavens and the earth. So if men decide time is holy, it doesn't matter. Only God can. And God says specifically in Leviticus 23, these are My feasts, My hollowed times you shall keep in their seasons. So these are the days that God set up.
It's actually encouraging that many Christian groups around the country are coming to understand they should be observing these days and keeping them. Sometimes you'll drive around and see a banner on a church lawn in the spring that says spring harvest festival, or in the fall that says fall harvest festival. Some even use the correct term: Feast of Tabernacles.
There are also a number of books you can find in Christian book stores that are written about the Holy Days of the Bible and what they mean. I've even talked to, perhaps the most successful author of those books in our time, and my observance is that, it's my observation that these guys are beginning to understand we should keep them, but they don't really know why yet.
They try to take every Holy Day and make it mean the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to forgive our sins. Now that's a very important message. It's the central core of Passover and it does extend to all the rest of God's plan. But when you come to understand what the Holy Days really mean, their entire plan of salvation leading up to the establishment of God's Kingdom here on the earth and even the final resurrection of all those who have ever lived, it's a fabulous plan! It's something that people really do need to understand.
I do find it interesting as Rex says, Steve, that people are looking into the Bible to find and to see that these festivals have meaning and they're trying to learn what that meaning is in its fullest degree and that's to be applauded. They are not able to put the whole picture together and they don't always understand them either as Holy time. They don't understand them as God's commanded assemblies.
You quoted Leviticus 23, where it talks about these are My feasts. Really the meaning of that word there is that these are God's appointments with us. And God has set these annual festivals, Holy Days, as appointments and we don't want to miss those appointments. Those are appointments we want to be in attendance at because each one tells us something. You have to keep them. And you have to keep them as commanded assemblies, as Holy time and observe them from the scriptural perspective to understand the full picture.
And that's where so many of these authors, and I've read many of these same references and finding out that people are beginning to turn to them but they just don't get the whole picture together. They're to be applauded, but, this booklet helps people to understand exactly what God is saying through those days and to have to approach them and revere those days as God's Holy time.
So it's really fair to say that these things are important. These days are important for us today. It's not just an Old Testament thing, but it is a New Testament thing, isn't it?
Right. They're kind of like the flange on a railroad car that keeps the railroad car from going off into the ditch. It keeps it on the track. Keeping these Holy Days every year keeps us on track as to what God's plan for us, and what God's plan for salvation for all mankind really is.
I suppose that's a big part of it rather than just traditional kinds of things that, that once you complete them it's kind of empty. It's done. It's over. These are things that not only map it out for you and I personally, but everybody.
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You can leave us a comment as well or even ask us a question. In fact, we received this question from Jim in Manitoba, Canada. He wrote: “I do have a question about keeping of the feasts…it seems Paul in many of his writings is referring to not worry about them…I would appreciate your comments on the requirement to keep the feasts.”
Well thanks for your questions about God's annual Holy Days. Now those seven annual festivals are listed in order in Leviticus 23, but did you know there is New Testament proof that these annual times are also intended for all of us today?
You can find much of that evidence in the book of Acts. Here are just a few references:
Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread are mentioned in Acts 12.
Pentecost is found in Acts 2.
The Day of Atonement, Acts 27.
Now when you study these passages, it's clear from the context that these were days the apostle Paul was teaching to celebrate and that the early Church was observing them.
Isn't it time to begin looking at what you've assumed to be days that honor God? Open up God's roadmap and you'll see what He has given us as the vehicle to understand His plan and purpose for your life.
Don't forget, maps show us the way from where you are to your final destination. The Bible provides the only spiritual roadmap to the ultimate destiny of the Kingdom of God. You can know God and come to comprehend His great plan. So keep your eyes on the destination and plan your journey by learning how to read God's roadmap.
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