Other objections to the Feast Days:

Besides some of the scriptural references that are commonly used against the Christian observance of the Feasts of the LORD, what are some of the other objections? Here are a few:

  • “The Feast Days were ‘nailed to the cross‘”
  • “The Apostle Paul spoke at great lengths about Christians observing ‘days’”
  • Jesus abolished the Law, in which were the Holy Days”
  • “The Feasts were only ever designed for Israel, and never celebrated or intended to be kept by Christians”
  • “Jesus fulfilled all of the Feast Days therefore we don’t have to keep them”
  • “The Holy Days were ‘shadows’ of things to come, and now that Christ has come they are no longer relevant”
  • “Keeping the Feast Days is a form of legalism, which Christ highly spoke against”
  • “The Festivals require animal sacrifice, therefore we can’t keep them today”
  • “The Feast Days can only be kept in Jerusalem
  • “The Feasts of Israel were only for Israel and never for Gentiles
  • “Trying to impose Feast Days on Christians is the same as being put back under bondage

Other Objections to the Feast Days:

Were the Feast Days terminated at the cross?

Were the Feast Days terminated at the cross?

The prevailing view among Christians today is that the annual feasts were strictly socio-ceremonial institutions given to Israel. Their function terminated at the Cross with all the sacrificial system of Biblical and Festival Typology the Old Testament. I must admit that I subscribed to this view until I became involved in this research. It came as a surprise to me to discover that the feasts were designed by God, not only to meet the socio-religious needs of the Jews, but also to foreshadow the unfolding of salvation history until its consummation. This suggests that while the sacrificial, ceremonial aspects of the feasts terminated at the Cross, their typological function continues in the Christian church, though with a new meaning and relevance.
Are Sabbath and Feast Days separate?

Are Sabbath and Feast Days separate?

The typical nature of the annual feasts is also indicated by their parallel with the Sabbath in Leviticus 23. The chapter begins by introducing the “appointed feasts” (mo‘ed) to be observed. These consisted of the weekly Sabbath and the annual feasts, both of which are ordained as mo‘ed, “appointed feasts.” The term mo‘ed stresses the time set for the Sabbath and the feasts and is thus translated as “appointed feasts,” “set times,” or “set feasts.”
Feast Days without sacrifices?

Feast Days without sacrifices?

Many Christians do struggle with the issue of keeping the Lord’s appointed times or moedim, either by wanting to act as though they were important only for a previous time, or they keep them at a spiritual arm’s length. Yet, it is undeniable that one of the significant ways that today’s Messianic movement has utterly ballooned in number, is because evangelical Believers have been drawn to the richness of keeping the appointed times in Messiah Yeshua. Others have noticed this, and have not been too positive in their assessment of it. Consider the following quote by author Tim Warner, a fundamentalist Christian, of The Last Trumpet website. He says the following in his article “Christians, and the Feasts of Israel”: “Lets [sic] get one thing straight right up front. Keeping the Feasts according to the Torah REQUIRES OFFERING ANIMAL SACRIFICES. There is no avoiding this conclusion. And, any changes to the festivals by rabbis to accommodate the fact that there is no longer a Tabernacle/Temple or Levitical priesthood, or, any changes by Messianic Christians to accommodate the fact that the New Testament says Christ’s sacrifice has ended the animal sacrifices, makes it impossible to observe these feasts according to the Torah.”
Feast Days only in Jerusalem?

Feast Days only in Jerusalem?

It is fair to say that God was not to be worshiped in a haphazard fashion. He was quite explicit in revealing to man how, when, and where He was to be worshiped. The where of that worship is a matter of particular interest. Contrary to assumptions, the law does not specify Jerusalem. The Israelites were told, “Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the Lord your God in the place which He shall choose; in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Tabernacles” (Deuteronomy 16:16). Once Israel had entered the land and the tabernacle was placed in Shiloh, the people went up to Shiloh to observe the three “pilgrimage festivals.” Later, the Ark was in the City of David, and when the Temple was built it was moved to Jerusalem, and the festivals were held there.
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