Religious Jews have celebrated God's festivals for thousands of years. They had been observing the biblical holy days lengthy just before the Church was brought into becoming. The Scriptures clearly prove that God entrusted the Jews with the preservation of God's Law and sacred calendar (Genesis 49:10, Romans 9:four), and states this truth right after the Church was founded (considering the fact that some wrongly teach that it really is now the Church's duty). Only the Jews out of all the tribes of Israel have faithfully kept God's Word (Hosea 11:12). The Bible says it, so we really should think it, case closed!? Regrettably not.
God made use of Herbert W. Armstrong to restore life to a dying Church (Revelation three:1). It really is intriguing that Herbert Armstrong restored 18 important truths to His persons. Why? Since the Jewish numerical worth of 18 equals life. A single of these truths restored concern the observance of God's Holy Days.
Lots of have repented and forsaken their former pagan traditions to preserve the biblical commands. But did God authorize Mr. Armstrong to decide when the holy days are to be kept? Did Jesus Christ reject the Jews and determine God's Church would now be the custodian of His sacred calendar? Immediately after all, what is the objective of the calendar except to decide when the festivals are to be observed? No! Herbert W. Armstrong was to restore the know-how of God's holy days, not adjust the days the Jews have normally kept them on. It was an additional religious organization that was prophesied to “consider to adjust the occasions and the seasons.”
The Church of God celebrates each holy day on the very same dates as the Jews except for Passover and Pentecost. If we can have the chutzpah to inform the Jews that they are celebrating these days on the incorrect days, then how can we rest assured that they are not incorrect about which day is the accurate Sabbath? The Sabbath and holy days stand or fall collectively. Either we trust God gave it to the Jews to accurately preserve the right days and dates, or we doubt God's capacity to preserve His Word. Which is it?
Herbert W. Armstrong would've completed effectively to recognize that God's government has ordained the Jews to decide these distinct matters. He should've just followed their instance as to when to observe these biblical holy days, rather than to attempt and figure it out for himself. It wasn't his duty!
I've study Herbert Armstrong initially kept Sivan six like the Jews for Shavuot/Pentecost. Later “he discarded the Jewish practice and established Monday as the correct day.” How ironic! How sad. Later he changed the day once more he counted 50 from and kept pagan Sunday, but he was nevertheless counting from the incorrect day. He unnecessarily became confused about which Sabbath was to be counted from. The Jewish religious authorities (that have prevailed) regularly agree that the Sabbath to count 50 from is the annual Sabbath, not the weekly Sabbath. The Pharisees — whom Christ stated “sit in Moses' seat” (Matthew 23:two-three) — whom GOD entrusted with authority — counted from the annual Sabbath (John 19:31 Mark 16:1).
Paul was a strict Pharisee and stated that his religious education had been according to “the great manner of the law” (Acts 23:three,six). He testified that he was “blameless in the law” (Philippians three:five-six). He did not say except for Passover and Pentecost! And does it make sense for God to be so meticulous in fulfilling prophecy that not one particular of Christ's bones could be broken (John 19:36), and then sacrifice His Son at the incorrect time? God — and the Jews — know what time on the 14th to carry out the Passover sacrifice. Then the lamb is eaten right after sundown on the 15th — the evening to be significantly observed — the way the Jews have normally completed it.
The only Jews who disagreed with the Pharisees in Jesus' time, who did not adhere to God's government (considering the fact that Christ recognized the authority of the Pharisees), had been the Sadducees. They became history when the Temple was destroyed. Jesus had condemned their religion and blasted their biblical ignorance (Matthew 22:29). Who would want to adhere to them? These who do stubbornly insist on maintaining their traditions will also come to an finish! Any who've stolen the prerogative of the accurate Jewish authorities will be exposed as liars (Revelation three:9)! God has not ordained other individuals to decide when to observe His holy days.
I think God permitted Herbert Armstrong to make this truthful error to test His persons to see whether or not we would adjust when confronted with the details or not. We demand it of other individuals, but why never we practice what we preach? Have we turn into as well comfy in our religious approaches and never want the boat rocked (Amos six:1)? This is the test of accurate conversion: the willingness to continue to adjust as truth is revealed, not get stuck in our approaches. We're to stroll in the light of our God-offered understanding (1 John 1:7). And we really should THANK GOD for bringing this to our consideration rather than leaving us in the dark!
If the Pharisees did not preserve the right holy dates, or if Jesus and His disciples did not, never you consider that they would've produced an situation of it? Do you consider Jesus would let them slide on some thing as critical as this? But there is not one particular word of disagreement among them on this holy topic!
Why really should we be afraid to adjust when established incorrect? We really should worry not to. God will hold us accountable for what we know. We really should not continue to sin by functioning on God's holy days to preserve our personal. Who will you obey? God or males? What will you adhere to: God's commandments or human traditions? (Mark 7:7).