Have you ever wondered what happened to those old feasts (festivals) mentioned in the Old Testament? There seems to be much controversy over these days. Some claim they have been done away with, nailed to that old rugged cross, along with the Messiah. Hmm…have they really been done away with? Did these feasts have any special meaning to them? If so, what were/are they?

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The heavenly Designer created the moon specifically for measuring His times appointed for worship, His mo’edim.

“He appointed the moon for seasons [#4150].” Psalm 104:19

In other words,

“He created the moon for mo’edim, His appointments for worship.”

Scripture lists nine times appointed for worship:

  • New Moon Day
  • Seventh-day Sabbath
  • Passover
  • Feast of Unleavened Bread
  • Wave Sheaf
  • Pentecost
  • Feast of Trumpets
  • Day of Atonement
  • Feast of Tabernacles

These divinely appointed times can only be found on a calendar that uses the moon for time measurement. Leviticus 23 quotes Yahuwah as saying that the seventh-day Sabbath and the yearly feasts are all His mo’edim, His times appointed for worship.

And Yahuwah spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts [appointed times] of Yahuwah, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts [appointed times].

‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of Yahuwah in all your dwellings.

‘These are the feasts [appointed times] of Yahuwah, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times [mo’edim].

‘On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is Yahuwah’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread . . . [And the priest] shall wave the sheaf before Yahuwah . . . on the day after the Sabbath . . . .

You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath that you bring the Wave-sheaf, seven Sabbaths. They must be complete. Then after the seventh Sabbath, you shall count fifty days, when you shall present a new offering to the Everliving. . . [Fenton Translation]

‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation . . . Also on the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you . . .

‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to Yahuwah.

‘These are the feasts [appointed times] of Yahuwah which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations . . . [in addition to] the Sabbaths of Yahuwah.'” (See Leviticus 23.)

Leviticus 23 establishes that the seventh-day Sabbath and the yearly feasts are all mo’edim: times appointed for worship. They are all precious gifts, calculated by the Creator’s designated luminary, the moon.

“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens . . . and let them be for signs and for seasons [appointed times].” (Genesis 1:14)

In addition to being the measurement of time, the Creator assigned the heavenly lights to function as a sign of loyalty which separates the obedient from the rebellious. Yahuwah’s calendar system is the sign that separates the Children of Light from the Children of Darkness.

Throughout all eternity, the universe will unite in pledging their loyalty to the Creator by worshipping Him on His appointed times, His mo’edim.

“And it shall come to pass
That from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says Yahuwah.
(See Isaiah 66:23.)

Do you want to pledge your allegiance to your Creator? Join with the faithful and loyal in heaven and on earth. Worship the Creator on His appointed times, calculated by His clock: the moon.

We have seen that the feasts ultimately tell us of Messiah during His first and second coming to this earth, and hence are relevant for us as believers today. So should the feasts be kept today? We believe if the Scriptures are to be taken as a whole and not one or two verses, misunderstood and then highlighted and taken out of context, then the answer has to be YES. The Scriptures confirm for us that the feasts are His feasts and given eternally. May you receive the blessings, which are bestowed upon those who keep Yahuah’s weekly Sabbath and His Seven Annual Feasts!