Sunday, September 13, 2009

Why Study the Feasts? Reasons 4-12 of 12

4. Because we will learn from what has been written

Romans 15:4 (New International Version)

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

5. Because Christ came to fulfill all that was written of Him in "the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets"

Luke 24:26-27 (New International Version)

26Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Luke 24:44-45 (New International Version)

44He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."

45Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

John 5:45-46 (New International Version)

45"But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.

Acts 3:22-23 (New International Version)

22For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.'

6. Because it leads us to Christ

Galatians 3:24 (New International Version)

24So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.

7. Because the intricate details point to some aspect of the person, work and glory of Christ.

Hebrews 10:7 (New International Version)

7Then I said, 'Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, O God.'

Psalm 40:6-8 (New International Version)

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but my ears you have pierced;
burnt offerings and sin offerings
you did not require.

7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.

8 I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."

8. Because there was knowledge and truth in the external form of the Law. We study the external form to discover the internal knowledge and truth that was hidden therein.

Romans 2:20 (New International Version)

20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—

Hebrews 1:1-2 (New International Version)

The Son Superior to Angels

1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

9. Because they set forth "patterns" of heavenly things on earth.

Hebrews 8:5 (New International Version)

5They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."

Hebrews 9:9 (New International Version)

9This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.

Hebrews 9:23-24 (New International Version)

23It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.

10. Because they set forth the total ministry of Christ relative to the plan of redemption. They set forth in their time element the present Dispensation, from the first coming of Christ (Passover), through the Church Age (Pentecost to the second coming of Christ (Tabernacles)

11. Because the truths therein are part of "present truth" which the Holy Spirit is quickening to the Church in these "last days".

2 Peter 1:12 (New International Version)

Prophecy of Scripture
12So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

Matthew 4:4 (New International Version)

4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' " (Deut 8:3)

12. Because there had never been a generation who have experienced all three feasts, but the end-time generation will experience such, even as did that generation under King Solomon's glorious reign (2 Chron 8:13). This generation will hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches (Rev 2:7)

2 Chronicles 8:13 (New International Version)

13 according to the daily requirement for offerings commanded by Moses for Sabbaths, New Moons and the three annual feasts—the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.

Revelation 2:7 (New International Version)

7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Extracted from "The Feasts of Israel" by Kevin J. Conner

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