Scripturally Ordained Set-Apart Days

The process for celebrating a festival or atoning for one’s sin has surely evolved since ancient times. We know the ancient temples were destroyed and that the priests are no longer required to perform burnt offerings, sin offerings or animal sacrifices to atone for our sins. This comes as no surprise, because the Scriptures tell us that the ultimate Pesach lamb came and He will seek atonement for our sins instead of the priests. They also declare that the holy days must be celebrated for all generations to come. They will even be celebrated after the new heaven and earth are formed.

Chag Matzot (Festival of Unleavened Bread) along with Chag Pesach (Passover Festival) commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, but they are also a celebration of the beginning of the barley harvest. Chag Shavuot (Festival of Weeks) is a jubilee of the wheat harvest.

Yom Kippur is a day for repentance and atonement as described in great detail in Leviticus 16, and Yom Teruah is a day to sing and rejoice. Chag Sukkot (Festival of Booths) memorializes the wandering of the Israelites in the desert and Chag Asif (Festival of Ingathering) celebrates the final gathering of the years agricultural produce.

On three of the holy/set-apart days, the Hebrew men were directed to sojourn in order to congregate with their fellow believers. These Festivals recognize the four seasons of the year, four moments of history, four stages of human life and the four states of human consciousness.

The purpose of the holy days is to force you step back from the hustle of everyday life to appreciate and give thanks for what you’ve been given. To celebrate, to understand and reflect on the spiritual you. There are countless questions for you to ponder. Why did Yahweh emancipate the Hebrews from slavery? Why did he select the Hebrews as his chosen/set-apart people? How can I atone for my sins, and so on?

The holy days included in our Ancient Hebrew Calendar only encompasses those explicitly ordained in the Scriptures. It omits all secular holidays, regardless of its present-day acceptance or significance.

Relevant Scriptures

Exodus 34:23

Three times in the year all your men are to appear before the Master, Yahweh, the Elohim of Yisrael.

Deuteronomy 16:16

Three times a year all your males appear before Yahweh your Elohim in the place he chooses: at the Festival of Matzot, and at the Festival of Shavuot, and at the Festival of Sukkot. And none should appear before Yahweh empty-handed.

Holy/Set-Apart Days – Jerusalem (Israel)

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Holy/Set-Apart Days – Georgia (USA)

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