”And Yahweh spoke to Mosheh, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Yisra'el, and say to them, “The appointed times of Yahweh, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings, My appointed times, are these:'" (Leviticus 23:1)”
We believe that the commemoration of the precious sacrifice of YahShua the Messiah is observed annually on the evening (beginning) of the 14th of Abib/Nisan. as the 13th ends, according to the original Pesach in Egypt when the death angel came over midnight of the 14th, Exodus 12:13-14. In humbly partaking of the Pesach, we give witness that we accept the shed blood of our loving Savior for our sins, Numbers 28:16; Luke 22:15-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29. The symbols used are those instituted by YahShua: eating unleavened bread representative of His broken body, Exodus 23:18; 1 Corinthians 10:16, and drinkinj the fruit of the vine as the symbol of His shed blood, Deuteronomy 32:14; Isaiah 65:8-9; Matthew 26:27-29. Our love for YahShua and humility among the brethren is also acted out in a footwashing ceremony as directed by our beloved Savior and Redeemer, according to John 13:3-17.
We believe that after partaking of the Passover, we strive to live a sin-free life of obedience as we observe the following seven days of Unleavened Bread, Leviticus 23:6; Matthew 16:12; Mark 8:14-15; Luke 12:1; Romans 6:13-22; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. Symbolizing the initial step toward righteousness and coming out of sin, this first day of Unleavened Bread on the 15th of Abib/Nisan is a time we delight in observing, for this Sabbath begins the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The seventh or last day is also a Sabbath, Abib/Nisan 21, and pictures the complete coming out of the worldly way of sin and rebellion to follow the righteousness of our Savior, YahShua the Messiah, Exodus 12:15, 20; Numbers 28:17-25; Acts 20:6-7. We gladly rid our houses of all leavened products for seven days to remind us of cleansing ourselves of false doctrine which could lead to sin, for by physical acts we learn a spiritual lesson. Unleavened bread is eaten for these seven days, allowing us to symbolically take in the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.
Feast Of First Fruits
Feast Of First Fruits
The word first fruits means 'a promise to come' and Messiah is our promise of resurrection and eternal life. YahShua is the fulfillment of this festival, by raising from the dead on the First Fruits after Passover. 1 Cor 15: 20 But Messiah has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. YahShua tried to explain the agricultural correlation with His death, burial and resurrection in John 12: 23-24 YahShua replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Eph 5:1-2 Be imitators of Elohim, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Messiah loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to Yahweh. “Yahweh said to Moses, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: …bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before Yahweh so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your Elohim. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.” Lev 23: 9,14
“And from YahShua HaMoshiach, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his Elohim and Father--to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amein.” Rev 1: 5-6
We believe the day of Shavu'ot / Pentecost or Feast of Weeks is a Sabbath day and the third Annual Sabbath and is a very special convocation, Leviticus 23:15-21; Numbers 28:26, and is counted from the day after the weekly Sabbath that falls during the days of Unleavened Bread. Seven Sabbaths, seven complete weeks are counted, bringing us to the day after the weekly Sabbath known as Sunday or the first day of the week. It is observed as a memorial of the day Yahweh made the covenant with Israel at Sinai, Exodus 24:4-8. It is also the day that YahShua promised He would endue His assembly with power from on High, Luke 24:49; John 14:26, 15:26; Acts 1:4-8, which was fulfilled when Yahweh's Holy Spirit was sent on Shavu'ot to this earth, Acts 2:1-18, to abide with His people forever, John 14:16. Shavu'ot / Pentecost or Feast of Weeks points to the initial harvest of souls, a kind of firstfruits unto Yahweh, Romans 8:23; 11:16; 16:5; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 & 16:15; James 1:18; Revelation 14:4
We believe that we eagerly look for the return of YahShua the Messiah, our Savior, for when He returns at the sound of the last shofar (trumpet) and voice of the archangel we shall receive our reward, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 and 51-53; 1 Thes. 4:14-17; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:23; 22:12. Yom Teruah is the fourth Annual Sabbath and begins the seventh month and is a set-apart convocation, Leviticus 23:24-25, reminding us to keep our minds on heavenly things so that we rejoice upon the return of our Savior at the last shofar, Luke 21:27-28. A blowing of shofars remind us of this signal calling Israel to assemble, to prepare for journeying; and an alarm for war, Numbers 10:1-10.
We believe that the Yom Kippur points to YahShua's having made the Atonement for us. Having been reconciled through YahShua, Romans 5:6-11, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Colossians 1:19-22; Hebrews 2:18, we joyfully tell others of His glorious work. As the ninth day of this seventh month ends at sunset and a new day begins Lev. 23:32, we neither eat nor drink for 24 hours until sunset of the tenth, which ends the day, Leviticus 16:29-31, 23:27-32, Numbers 29:7. We are reminded how human and carnal we are and how needful we are of the Atoning Sacrifice of YahShua. We also look forward to the destruction of Satan, Hebrews 2:14, and the world's being at-one with YahShua and our Heavenly Father, Acts 27:9; Revelation 20:1-3. Atonement is the fifth Annual Sabbath and also brings in the Jubilee year. Historically it is the highest set-apart day of the year.
We believe that the Sukkoth shows the righteous one-thousand-year reign of our soon-coming King YahShua, Zechariah 14:16. A time of peace, prosperity and happiness shall prevail when YahShua rules, putting into effect the laws of His Father Yahweh, which are especially studied during the Sukkoth, showing our faith in Yahweh's eventual sovereignty over the entire earth. A commanded Assembly where Yahweh has placed His name, Sukkoth is observed seven days starting on the 15th day of the seventh month (Tishri 15 through 21), the first day is the sixth Annual Sabbath, Leviticus 23:34-36, and 43; Numbers 29:12. The Feast of Tabernacles lasts seven days, plus the Last Great Day, which YahShua the Messiah observed, John 7:37, making it an eight-day celebration.
Last Great Day / Eighth Day
We believe that the final culmination of the plan of Yahweh is completed in the great harvest of all humans who have ever lived, Revelation 20:5, and the eternal judgment of Yahweh is performed, Revelation 20:11-15; Hebrews 6:4. Known as the White Throne Judgment, Matthew 25:32, it is prefigured by the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the seventh Annual Sabbath called the Last Great Day. It is the time of Yahweh's ultimate salvation, Leviticus 23:36; Numbers 29:35; John 7:37-38. It is then that a new heaven and earth will be enjoyed, Isaiah 66:22; Revelation 21:1. The Sabbatical-Jubilee cycle is also indicative of Yahweh's plan of redemption in entering His "rest."