Some people realize that the Bible mentions specific days for religious celebration. But only a few can name any of them or explain their significance.
Indeed, the Creator of mankind does have a plan for us, and amazingly, He reveals it to us through an annual cycle of festivals described in the Scriptures. It is an astounding plan offering an incredible future to every man, woman and child who has ever lived.
Modern Day Christian Holidays With Ancient Roots
Those aware of the biblical festivals generally believe they were meant only for ancient Israel and ceased after Jesus Christ's crucifixion. They assume these days simply pointed toward Christ, and they think that, since He lived on earth 2,000 years ago, their importance has long since passed. Most people consider these biblical festivals as nothing more than relics of history with no relevance to the modern world.
Believe it or not, the Bible itself contradicts these commonly held views. An objective look at the biblical record reveals that both Christmas and Easter—the two main observances on the Christian calendar—are nowhere to be found, except where Passover is mistranslated Easter in Acts 12:4 in the King James Version.
Surprising to many, the New Testament shows Jesus Christ observing God's Holy Days, with Jesus Christ's disciples following His example many decades after His death, burial and resurrection.
The teaching of the apostles in the years of the first century after the resurrection also differs from most people's assumptions. The apostles' instructions reveal a God who intended for all Christians to observe the biblical Holy Days—for a remarkable reason.
What These Holy Days Reveal
Why does God want us to observe the Holy Days? Because God wants us to know about our future, He reveals to us His great purpose for humanity.
He explains why He puts us on earth, reveals our ultimate destiny and tells us how we can attain it! The observance of God's Holy Days provides the key to understanding the symmetrical pattern that will make sense of human existence. The observance of these days reveals God's great plan for the future of mankind.
The Bible teaches that eventually God will teach everyone to observe these days (Zechariah 14:16).
There is so much rich detail about God's plan and which Christian holidays to celebrate in the pages of the Bible. For an in-depth look into God's festival plan, read our free online bible study booklet, "God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind."