familiar spirits was forbidden by the ancient Mosaic
law, for why would one back then want guidance from other than the
true God? Why indeed, but that's what they wanted.
They wanted God out of their lives:.Deuteronomy
31:16-18: Jeremiah 44:16,17;
2:12 "And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought
them out of the land of Egypt and followed other gods of the gods of the
people that were round about them and bowed themselves unto them and provoked
the LORD to anger."
So, that's what God did and left them.(*).to
find their own way, but they got so bad, God had to at least warn them:.Isaiah
18:11; 1Corinthians 10:20,21.
like this back then because the ordinary mind is normally at a low
consciousness level and wants nothing to do with the things of higher consciousness
until it sees a need, such as, when one is in trouble and sees no way out:
Today it is much the same because we have the same
consciousness as any other human has or had when they were in the physical
way back when. We can't find God, though we look everywhere for what only
can come from God once He is found:.Luke
11:9. The ancients.tried
every god they could think of in their quest
for their heart's desires and to no avail:.Jeremiah
were daily, weekly, monthly and yearly festivals and great stress was laid
on the regular observance of them in every particular way. For more, please
look up the scriptures: Numbers
28:1-8; Exodus 29:38-42;Leviticus
6:8-23; Exodus 30:7-9; 27:20.
The seven festivals were:
1) The weekly
the creation of the world:.Leviticus
23:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-17,
2) The seventh
new moon or the feast of Trumpets; was held
the first of the seventh month Ethanim.(October):.Numbers
3) The Sabbatical
23:10,11; Leviticus 25:1-7.
4) The year
of jubilee; occurred every 50 years:.Leviticus
The great feasts were:
5) The Passover
celebrating the departure out
of Egypt, held on the 14th of the first month, Abib.(April),
to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt:.Exodus
6) The feast of Pentecost,
a.k.a feast of
weeks, commemorating the law, called the Mosaic
Law, given at Sinai:.Exodus
7) The feast of Tabernacles
or of ingathering; held from the 15th to the 22nd of the seventh month
a thanksgiving for the harvest. The people dwelt in booths.(temporary
dwellings, such as we today may stay in a tent or a motel).to
commemorate life in the wilderness:.Leviticus
And a one day solemn.day
On each of these occasions, way back when, every
male Israelite was commanded 'to appear before the Lord'. The attendance
of women was voluntary.
The promise that the Creator would protect their
homes while all the males were absent in Jerusalem at these feasts was
always fulfilled. 'During the whole period between Moses and Christ we
never read of an enemy invading the land at the time of the three great
The first instance on record is thirty
three years after they had withdrawn from themselves the divine protection
by turning from God. Then Cestius a Roman general at the time, slew fifty
of the people of Lydda while all the rest had gone up to the feast of Tabernacles,
These festivals, besides their religious purpose,
had an important bearing on the maintenance among the people of the feeling
of a national unity. The times fixed for their observance were arranged
so as to interfere as little as possible with the industry of the people.
The Passover was kept just before the harvest commenced, Pentecost at the
conclusion of the corn harvest and before the vintage.(Concise
was the time of rejoicing when the grapes were gathered. As there were
different elevations in the land, the grapes would not be all ripe at the
same time. In reference to the future time of blessing for Israel it is
said "Your threshing shall reach unto the vintage and the vintage shall
reach unto the sowing time.".Leviticus
26:5), the feast of Tabernacles,
after all the fruits of the ground had been gathered in.
In addition there was a special holy day called
this Day of Atonement, in the tenth day of the seventh month:.Leviticus
16:33,34; 23:26-44; Numbers
The days of Purim
was another one.
All these ancient festivals pointed to a future
time, the time of Christ, the
turning point of all history. As such there are no festivals that have
been instituted by our Savior or his apostles.
fire is a symbol of Creator's presence and
instrument of his power:.Exodus
14:19; Numbers 11:1,3, etc.
The word fire is used when God makes a decision
to destroy, such
as in the times when the phrase "day of the Lord" appears.
The Spirit of God will burn
up one's past faults
lead one into joy; the joy of a new life.Matthew
3:11 "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that
comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear.
He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." Romans
6:4 "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death, that like
as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even
so we also should walk in newness of life.".Baptism
is being immersed
by the Holy Spirit; Holy Ghost it's also called.
Baptism buries the old man:.Romans
6:6-11; Colossians 3:9,10.
Today one is 'baptized' by the presence of the Creator, that is, it surrounds
Physical baptism is no longer necessary;
after all, it was only a physical thing anyway:.Hebrews
12:9. The Creator is most concerned with the things of the
Creator's word is also likened unto fire:.Jeremiah
23:29. It is referred to as an emblem
of severe trials or misfortunes and
the time when the flesh of those unable to overcome themselves will
The influence of the Holy Ghost is likened unto
The word 'forever' like the word 'everlasting', means 'for as long as conditions
One has to read both the context
to find out if the words 'forever' and 'everlasting' are talking about
a limited period of time or an expanded one.
God made with the nation of Israel
was an everlasting agreement which expanded to all in Christ:.Genesis
17:7; Galatians 3:7-9.
4:13 "For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was
not to Abraham or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness
of faith.".And faith is an everlasting
thing, not a condition of time:.Hebrews
13:20 "Now the God of peace, that brought from the dead our Lord
Emmanuel, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting
Why is faith an everlasting thing? Hebrews
13:5 "...he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.".And,
God's word is good!
the ancient Levitical
priesthood was to stand 'forever'. It was done away as it was part
of the Mosaic Law which
20:10; Exodus 21:6; 29:28
and compare Psalms 148:6 and
with 2Peter 3:13 and Revelation
21:4,23 and so on. Punch in the words 'for ever', 'forever', 'everlasting'.(use
Search if you don't yet have your own free computer
Bible program).and check some of
the 380 listings.
Sexual intercourse between a married
man and an unmarried woman, a married man being one having already committed
himself to some woman and then going and having sex with another woman.
Basically it meant 'lewdness',
such as being of the mind to have sex with whomever one has opportunity
and for no other reason that self-gratification.
word in New Testament means 'off, away', 'separation', 'departure', 'cessation',
'completion', 'reversal'; doesn't occur in the OH but does in the Old Testament;
meaning of the word.