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Holy Days Reveal God’s Mind

One of the things that inspired the writing of this article was an article I read in an edition of “Time” magazine: “How the Stars Were Born” and opens with the caption, “Let There Be Light”. Sound Familiar? Of Course it should to anyone who knows anything about the Bible.

Then the article goes on to demonstrate the total ignorance of man in trying to show how the universe was formed. To true Christians, who have God’s Holy Spirit and believe the Bible, it was laughable. Of course these “renowned men of science” would laugh at us because they would never believe that we have another dimension of understanding, or the mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that we may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

I’ll give you a couple of quotes from the article to show you the false reasoning of men:“A discovery like that would give Ellis bragging rights at astronomy conferences for years to come, and it would let Stark finish his dissertation with a dramatic flourish.--their first real glimpse into a crucial and mysterious era in the evolution of the cosmos. Known as the Dark Ages of the universe, it’s the 200 million-year period (more or less) after the last flash of light from the Big Bang faded and the first blush of sun-like stars began to appear.--the Dark Ages set the stage for the cosmos we see today with it’s billions of magnificent galaxies and everything they contain--the shimmering gas clouds, the fiery stars, the tiny planets, the mammoth black holes. --during the Dark Ages that the chemical elements we know so well--carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and most of the rest--were first forged out of primordial hydrogen and helium.”

BUT WAIT A MINUTE! Where did these “elements”, these “fiery stars”, these tiny planets”and these “mammoth black holes” come from? THEY DON’T SAY!

Other captions are: “Seeing the Unseeable”, “Tantalizing Clues”. So, Some of the things to look for in articles like this are, “the accepted scenario”, “another hint”, “others suggest”, “many theorists suspect”, etc. One more quote: “Guessing how the very first stars formed is relatively easy, since the universe was so simple at the start of the Dark Ages.”

SIMPLE? God has this to say about these vain, deceived, egotistical (although educated) human beings. Romans 1:20 “For the invisible (spiritual) things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (the universe) even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21. Because that, when thy knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations (reasonings), and their foolish heart (senseless mind) was darkened. 22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. 23. and (ex)changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and creeping things. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (fit).”

Now, after this digression about man’s false reasonings, hopefully it proves a point of this sermon or subject, let’s look at the revelation of the mind of the Great God. Isaiah 40:18 “To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto Him? 22. It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in. 25. To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 26. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that brings out their host by number: He calleth them all (the stars and planets) by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth. 27.Why saith thou, O Jacob, and speaketh thou, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over (overlooked) from my God.”

SO, I WANT TO ASK A QUESTION, OF THE MODERN DAY ISRAELITES:
(Who are mainly, the English speaking people of the earth)

Do we think we are fooling God with our FALSE, RELIGIOUS PRACTICES?

I wanted to demonstrate in the above comparisons the differences in the Mind of God and the deceived minds of mortal man, in EVEN how they WORSHIP. I want to give you some quotes from the “Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course“, from Lesson 40: “God created TIME! Man abuses it!” “Since Almighty God created time, He ALONE has the authority to set aside certain days for worship--to make them HOLY!”

Further quotes:“Did you know that the great Creator God put within man the desire to observe days? The observance of days for worship is a basic drive of human nature. That is why every tribe, every nation, every religion singles out certain times of worship. But without God’s own instruction man can’t know which days God Himself MADE HOLY! God has not left His worship to human whim--dependent upon HUMAN IDEAS, HUMAN TRADITIONS! Man has no authority to establish days of worship--“HOLIDAYS” of human manufacture!”

God commands we make a choice, a decision, as to how we worship Him. I Kings 18:20 “So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. 21. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 22. Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.” Then Elijah proved his authenticity, by the fire coming down from heaven and consuming his sacrifice (vv. 38,39).

The people proclaimed “The LORD, He is the God;”, but they continued to worship idols. II Kings 17:7 “For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, 8. And walked in the statutes (which include God’s Holy Days) of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out from before the children of Israel, which they had made. 9. And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places (steeples) in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 10. And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree. 11. And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 12. For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, ye shall not do this thing.

13. Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which sent to you by my servants the prophets. 14. Notwithstanding, they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in their LORD their God.”(Ezek.33:11)

Actually, Baal worship is nothing more than Nimrod’s system of worship, or Babylon.

WE, AS MODERN ISRAEL, HAVE NOT CHANGED!

Again, quoting from Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course, Lesson 40:

“God Almighty, in His Word, CONDEMNS humanly devised worship as vain! Jesus said so!

Mark 7:9 “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition....’ How? 13. ‘...making the Word of God of NONE EFFECT through your TRADITION, which ye have delivered.” Continuing on: “Just as Satan the Devil deceived men into pagan ‘Sunday’ observance instead of keeping God’s Sabbath Day--so Satan has instituted his holidays. They are counterfeits ( and I add: ‘or lies as the Devil himself is called “the father of lies“ (John 8:44)!’) They were contrived to hide God’s Supreme Master Plan.

No one in the world, it seems, questions Satan’s days--they have become CUSTOMARY--TRADITIONAL! They are assumed to be ‘Christian‘. But YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO ASSUME!”

OUR ETERNAL LIVES DEPEND ON THE RIGHT DECISION!

Yes. God’s HOLY DAYS depict His Plan of salvation for all of mankind, eventually.

THEY DEPICT HIS VERY MIND, AS TO THE WAY OF WORSHIPING HIM--THE WAY THAT LEADS TO SALVATION! No other way will suffice! Do you think He gave these Holy Days, for naught, or in vain?! Of course not! Read the Chapter on God’s Holy Days, to see if He ever abrogated or “did away” with any of them.

Leviticus 23:2 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 4. These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.” How long were they to enforced? Verse 21 “---it shall be a statute for ever in all you dwellings throughout your generations. 31. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.”

And speaking of the soon upcoming Feast of Tabernacles:

Verse 41 “And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.”

As an example to us and all of mankind, Jesus Christ observed this Feast of Tabernacles, as well as all the other Feast days.

John 7:2 “Now the Jews feast of Tabernacles (they were the only ones keeping it at this time) was at hand. 8. Go ye up to this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet. 10. But when His brethren were gone up, then went He also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 14. Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 37. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.”

The Apostle Paul kept this Feast:

Acts 18:21 “But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”

In the Old Testament we find where all of humanity will learn to keep this Feast, after the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to this earth.

Zechariah 14:16 “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

And Christ will impose certain punishments upon those, who refuse to keep His Feasts. Verse 17, 18

Paul later explained that these Holy Days were a “shadow”, they “foreshadow” the REALITY of what they represented or SYMBOLIZED. (Example of a tree and it’s shadow.)

Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon (speaking of the Day of Trumpets on the new moon of the seventh month), or of the Sabbath (“days”, in Italics, not in original Gr.) 17. Which are a shadow of things to come (to the final reality); but (rather) the body (is) of Christ (the Church is to judge on these issues). 18. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility (being a voluntary in humility) and worshiping of angels , intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.”

No! We are not to allow these unconverted people, who have a fleshly mind, to judge us, in the keeping of God’s Holy Days, WHICH REVEAL HIS VERY MIND!!

DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Well, what about it? What about us, as true Christians? Are we to have the same Mind as The God, we worship?

Philippians 2:5 “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 13. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”

I’ll conclude with a statement made in Lesson 40, of the Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course.

“The Devil would like you to believe you can flaunt God’s commands, trample His Holy Days underfoot, and worship in whatever way you choose. Satan’s ministers object to keeping God’s Holy Days. They purr: ‘It makes no difference which days you observe; al days are holy to God. Worship on whatever days seem right to you.’ These lying ministers are the direct tools of Satan the Devil.”

Of course we are to observe God’s Holy Days, which absolutely show the Plan of God!

THEY REVEAL THE PERFECT PLAN, THE PERFECT MIND, OF THE GREAT GOD!

 
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