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Most countries have patriotic holidays and understand why they celebrate them. But, most people do not know why they celebrate holidays for their god.  None of them are found in the Bible. You think that one of the Apostles would have mentioned at least one of them in the Gospels. The scriptures are the standards that we go by. 2Ti 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Ti 3:15  and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Sometimes scriptures teach us through direct command or there are examples of Godly men. For the first 2500 years of human existence, God talked with them personally. Gen 5:21  Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. Gen 5:22  After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had Gen 26:2  Then the LORD appeared to him and said: "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Gen 26:3  Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. Gen 26:4  And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; Gen 26:5  because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." We don't know everything that God talked about with Abraham, but we do know that He talked about laws and statutes. Adam , Eve, Cain, Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses Jud 1:3  Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Jud 1:4  For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jud 1:12  These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; Jud 1:13  raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Jud 1:14  Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, Jud 1:15  to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." Enoch knew there were standards to live by. God told him personally. Exo 4:21  And the LORD said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. Exo 4:22  Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD: "Israel is My son, My firstborn. Exo 4:23  So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn." ' " When God chose Israel, it was about 3 million people. God starts having them write the laws and statutes down. He begins to tell them about His Feast Days.   This is before the Old covenant is implemented. Exo 5:1  Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.' " Exo 5:2  And Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go." Exo 10:7  Then Pharaoh's servants said to him, "How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed?" Exo 10:8  So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, "Go, serve the LORD your God. Who are the ones that are going?" Exo 10:9  And Moses said, "We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to the LORD."   Passover before Covenant Exo 12:3  Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. Exo 12:4  And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb. Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Exo 12:6  Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. Exo 12:12  'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. Exo 12:13  Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Exo 12:14  'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.   Unleavened Bread before Covenant Exo 12:15  Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. Exo 12:16  On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. Exo 12:17  So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.   Exo 19:4  'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. Exo 19:6  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel." Exo 19:7  So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the LORD commanded him. Exo 19:8  Then all the people answered together and said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do." So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD. Exo 23:14  "Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: Exo 23:15  You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty); Exo 23:16  and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field. Lev 23:1  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Lev 23:2  "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. Lev 23:4  'These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. Appointed time,s feasts by God. Gen 1:14  Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; Let them be for appointed times and days These are designed, planned, blue printed. God explained His statutes and them began to write them down. It can be proved that the 10 commandments were around before the Old Covenant? Gen 39:9  There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; perfect adjective adjective perfect having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. free from any flaw or defect in condition or quality; faultless. flawless mint as good as new pristineimpeccable immaculate superb superlativeoptimum prime optimal peak excellent faultlessas sound as a bell unspoiled unblemishedundamaged spotless unmarred picture-perfect tip-top A1 precisely accurate; exact. exact precise accurate faithful correctunerring inerrant right true strict on the money highly suitable for someone or something; exactly right. ideal just right right appropriate fittingfit suitable apt made to order tailor-made very denoting a way of binding books in which pages are glued to the spine rather than sewn together. ideal model without fault faultlessflawless consummate quintessential exemplarybest ultimate copybook unrivaled unequaledmatchless unparalleled beyond compare without equal second to none too good to be true utopianincomparable nonpareil peerless inimitableunexcelled unsurpassed unsurpassable thoroughly trained in or conversant with. absolute; complete (used for emphasis). absolute complete total real out-and-out thorough thoroughgoing downright utter sheer arrant unmitigated unqualified veritable in every respect unalloyed     Heb 8:10  FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS IN THEIR MIND AND WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.   Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Christ does not change, He is always the same. Are they to be observed under the new covenant? Christ's teachings are the New Covenant teachings. Luk 2:40  And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. Luk 2:41  His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. Luk 2:42  And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. Luk 2:43  When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; Luk 2:44  but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. Luk 2:45  So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Luk 2:46  Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. Luk 2:47  And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. Joh 2:23  Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, Joh 4:43  Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. Joh 4:44  For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. Joh 4:45  So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast. many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.   Joh 4:43  Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. Joh 4:44  For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. Joh 4:45  So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast. Joh 7:2  Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. Joh 7:3  His brothers therefore said to Him, "Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. Joh 7:4  For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world." Joh 7:5  For even His brothers did not believe in Him. Joh 7:6  Then Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. Joh 7:7  The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. Joh 7:8  You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come." Joh 7:9  When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee. Joh 7:10  But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Joh 7:11  Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, "Where is He?" Joh 7:12  And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, "He is good"; others said, "No, on the contrary, He deceives the people." Joh 7:13  However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews. Joh 7:14  Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. Joh 7:37  On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Joh 7:38  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." Mat 26:1  Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples,   Mat 26:17  Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?" Mat 26:18  And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples." ' "   New Testament Church Act 2:1  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Why would God start the church on a feast day. Act 12:4  And capturing him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four sets of four soldiers to keep him; intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. Act 19:8  And going into the synagogue, he spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. Act 18:21  but took leave of them, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that is coming in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you, God willing. WWGofGOD about the Act 20:16  For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not lose time in Asia; for, if it were possible for him, he hastened to be at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. Co 5:6  Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 1Co 5:7  Therefore purge out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 1Co 5:8  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. If scripture is going to  be our standard, we need to rely on the Words of God. 1Co 16:5  But I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia; for I am going through Macedonia. 1Co 16:6  And it may be that I will stay with you, and even spend the winter with you, so that you may set me forward wherever I go. 1Co 16:7  For I do not desire to see you now in passage, but I am hoping to stay some time with you, if the Lord permits. 1Co 16:8  But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost.   Millennium Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will cut a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah, Jer 31:32  not according to the covenant that I cut with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant of Mine they broke, although I was a husband to them, says Jehovah; Jer 31:33  but this shall be the covenant that I will cut with the house of Israel: After those days, says Jehovah, I will put My Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Zec 14:1  Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. Zec 14:2  For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Zec 14:3  Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. Zec 14:4  And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. Zec 14:5  Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, And all the saints with You. Zec 14:6  It shall come to pass in that day That there will be no light; The lights will diminish. Zec 14:7  It shall be one day Which is known to the LORD Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen That it will be light. Zec 14:8  And in that day it shall be— That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur. Zec 14:9  And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be "The LORD is one," And His name one. Zec 14:10  All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin's Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king's winepresses. Zec 14:11  The people shall dwell in it; And no longer shall there be utter destruction, But Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. Zec 14:12  And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths. Zec 14:13  It shall come to pass in that day That a great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, And raise his hand against his neighbor's hand; Zec 14:14  Judah also will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations Shall be gathered together: Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance. Zec 14:15  Such also shall be the plague On the horse and the mule, On the camel and the donkey, And on all the cattle that will be in those camps. So shall this plague be. Zec 14:16  And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Zec 14:17  And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain. Zec 14:18  If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Zec 14:19  This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.   God has ordained His Festivals. He has planned this from the very beginning. They were kept my Israel,  they new church, by Paul, shouldn't we keep them today?