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Since our Church Scholars say the feast keeping idea was abolished at the Cross, we have to present this theme with as few words as possible, and with "thus saith the Lord" as much as possible. Shalom

METHOD: The best and clearest SOP is shown, just to give the reader an unbiased feel for the theme.

CONCLUSION: SOP agrees with Scripture that the "meetings with Jesus at certain times" was not abolished at the Cross, but they were to be renewed as new wine is placed in a new wine skin. The feasts are "practice runs" of events still in the future. There are plenty of events still in the future for Christians, and even Jesus who is yet to come a Second Time. Paul says not to judge those who keep the feasts, because many of us will practice their spiritual significance in a variety of ways (Colossians 2:16). And like any Church activity meeting with Jesus, beware of formalism and legalism, and your home authority that means nothing to GOD (Colossians 2:20-22).

DISCUSSION: The presentation of SOP and comments are below:

A "love feast" ..

(1) God loves us even as He loves His Son, and Christ has given us the assurance, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." Let us have many, many love feasts over this assurance, knowing that Christ is ever beside us, to strengthen and to bless.--Ms 139, 1902

A "love feast" is when we come to GOD.

(2) The articles published in our papers should contain pure provender, thoroughly winnowed from chaff. We are living in a most solemn time. Let our editors call for articles giving living experience.... These experiences may be to the readers as a love feast, because the writers have been eating the bread which came down from heaven. {CW 18.1}

A "love feast" are the "words of Jesus" printed as articles for us to eat the bread of heaven.

(3) The next Sunday, at the commencement of love-feast, the presiding elder read off our names, seven in number, as discontinued from the church. {LS80 175.1}

A "love feast" is a people assembly at Church.

(4) From the beginning to the end every camp meeting may be a love feast, because God's presence is with His people. {6T 63.2}

"Camp meeting" is a symbol of a "love feast".

(5) My brethren and sisters, if you would come together for prayer-meetings, if, after confession of sin and humiliation of soul, you would have a love-feast,--every heart filled with true love for his brethren,--you would see the salvation of God. {BTS, February 1, 1910 par. 1}

"Prayer meeting" is a symbol of "love feast".

(6) The camp meeting may be a love feast, because we have the assurance of God's presence. {15MR 3.1}

Why only "may" be a "love feast", rather than "is" a love feast"?

With most of the people in the days of Christ, the observance of this feast had degenerated into formalism. But what was its significance to the Son of God! {DA 77.2}

In Paul's day most feast keeping was done with legalism and formalism.

(7) Upon the occasion of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people who were assembled from all parts of the land to keep the feast, flocked to the Mount of Olives, and as they joined the throng that were escorting Jesus, they caught the inspiration of the hour and helped to swell the shout, “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!” [Matthew 21:9.] In like manner did unbelievers who flocked to the Adventist meetings —some from curiosity, some merely to ridicule—feel the convincing power attending the message, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!” {GC88 402.1}

Notice SOP makes parallels with "love feasts" in Jesus NT time and "Adventist meetings" in our time.

Hang on a minute, SOP terms "love feast" differently to the term "feast". True the terms are different. Read through these first seven SOP again, and ask yourself, why does SOP term feast sometimes as "love feast" and sometimes as "feast"? The answer is found in her {DA 77.2} statement. Notice why SOP terms a feast as a "love feast".

So far we have learned from SOP, a "love feast" is a gathering of people at certain times to meet with GOD. How does Scripture see this theme?

Zec 8:19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.

Only recently have scientists found that fastings makes our biological cells young again, and is good for us. Fasting also controls appetite, a Satanic weapon that leads many to sinning. And these four annual fastings are meant to be cheerful ones, as we love truth and peace.

The first thing people will notice in the OT, the keeping of feasts is not a Hebrew word. There are Hebrew words for "feast", but not the "keeping of feasts". Wow !

So what English term do you suppose SOP could use ? "Appointed times" perhaps? "annual meetings" perhaps? Not really uplifting this theme? The Hebrew word for "keeping feasts" is "mow'ed" which really means "appointed times".

In Ancient Hebrew this word (Strong's 4150) in pictograph reads "The flow secure sees through the door". The "active hands see through the door" is the verb to "meet"(Strong's 3259) . So these Hebrew words are related to each other. Jeff Benner says the word means "appointment" or to "meet at certain times".

So Scripture says "we come together at certain times to meet with GOD".

Lev 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. (KJV)

And translated along Ancient Hebrew lines:-

Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the appointments of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my appointments. (Ancient Hebrew)

And translated into SOP

Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the love feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my love feasts. (SOP)

Can the reader see what SOP is trying to say?

Where in Scripture does the SOP term "love feast" come from?

2Pe 2:13 (WNT)(Weymouth's New Translation) being doomed to receive a requital for their guilt. They reckon it pleasure to feast daintily in broad daylight. They are spots and blemishes, while feeding luxuriously at their love-feasts, and banqueting with you.

  • Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

    The church were doing "love feasts", but some NT unholy members corrupted them, much as the OT Jews turned "feasts" in formalism and legalism.

    CT.371.001 Shall we not keep holy festivals unto God? Shall we not show that we have some enthusiasm in His service? With the grand, ennobling theme of salvation before us, shall we be as cold as statues of marble? If men can become so excited over a match game of cricket, or a horse race, or over foolish things that bring no good to anyone, shall we be unmoved when the plan of salvation is unfolded before us? Let the school and the church henceforth have festivals of rejoicing unto the Lord.-- Special Testimonies on Education, pages 77-82.

  • Zec 8:19 "and cheerful feasts";
  • CT.371.001 "festivals of rejoicing"

  • Lev 23:24 "ye have a sabbath, a memorial"
  • CT.371.001 "keep holy festivals"

    The Hebrew word "shabbathown" is a special resting, a Sabbath holiday, which SOP terms a "festival". Could one think of a better word in English?

    Many say the "meetings of Jesus at certain times" ended at the Cross. Is this true? It is true certain activities changed at the Cross. So lets see what changes Jesus did just before He dies, for changes to cermonial laws have to be made before one dies.

    Heb 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

  • 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

    Now let's set the scene:

    Mt 26:17 ¶ Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

  • 18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.

    Notice Jesus kept these "feasts"..

    Mt 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

  • 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

    Notice Jesus made certain changes to this "feast"..

  • changed animal blood into plant blood
  • changed animal flesh into plant flesh
  • made the feast a type pointing forward again

    So the Lord's Ordinance is a renewal of Passover, when we point back to the Cross and forward to the Wedding Feast.

    Notice the symbols change, the meanings change...but not the fundamental "meeting at certain times"

    And this "feast" was practiced by the early Christian church every Sabbath, not once a year... so the "meeting as certain times" can be as often as you desire.

    Now let's look at some difficult passages of Paul, often used as an excuse to say the feasts were abolished at the Cross.

  • Col 2:13 ¶ And you, being dead in your sins (trespasses) and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
  • 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

    Notice Paul is not talking about a "sin-offering" but the trespasses one does against the law (the Greek word is written twice, but KJV translate the same word differently). Paul is speaking about the uncircumsion of flesh...but Jews were all circumcised as Abraham was, so is this ordinance contrary to us? So read the context of Paul's verses before:-

  • Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins (sin-offering) of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

    Paul is challenging the Jews why were they circumcised in the first place, when Jesus circumcises us with His circumcision.

    Does Scripture write about this ?

  • Jer 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

    So Paul is saying circumcision was an ordinance pointing to Jesus on the Cross, and this ordinance of circumcision was nailed on the Cross. Notice circumcision itself is not abolished, just the spiritual significance is changed, so we should still practice circumcision of the heart through Jesus.

  • Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
  • 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
  • 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

    Legalism and formalism are commndments of men and traditions done in human power, rather than the true attitudes of gratitude for Jesus saving us with His rightousness, we seek to establish our own righteousness, which means nothing to GOD.

  • Col 2:16 ¶ Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

    Paul says not to judge those who keep the feasts in whatever way they understand keeping them.

    Some say Paul was anti-torah, against the ceremonial laws. No Paul was against formalism and legalism. Some people can practice certain activities in their own human powers, rather than appreciate the attitudes of love that show gratitude for Jesus saving us.

    With most of the people in the days of Christ, the observance of this feast had degenerated into formalism. {DA 77.2}

    In Paul's day most feast keeping was done with legalism and formalism This is especially true with the ordinance of circumcision that was introduced by human hands, but is actually done with Jesus hands on the foreskins of our heart.

    Notice verse shown before (Jer 4:4) suggesting human circumcision was introduced by Jesus, "because of the evil of your doings".

    2Pe 2:13 (WNT)(Weymouth's New Translation) being doomed to receive a requital for their guilt. They reckon it pleasure to feast daintily in broad daylight. They are spots and blemishes, while feeding luxuriously at their love-feasts, and banqueting with you.

    Written in Peter and Paul's time, many unholy members of the NT churches were spoiling the "love feasts" with sinful practices in broad daylight, causing a corruption of the righteous. These men were clouds without rain, wells without water. They lacked the Holy Spirit's power. This does not mean "love feasts" is a bad concept, but it does mean we should be aware of formalism and legalism.

    Now one could write more, but this is the simple stronger version.

  • Did the disciples, and Paul, keep the feasts? Yes of course, it's all there in the book of Acts.

    Some of our Church scholars point out the Jewish idea of feast keeping was kept because the "spiritual Jews" had not left their older traditions as yet. Is this true? Legalism and formalism are terrible evils in any Church. Keeping the feasts with Jewish traditions would be terrible formalism. We do not know how much of the spiritual significance the early Churches had with "meeting at certain times with Jesus".

    Perhaps the real issue is HOW do we keep the "meetings with Jesus at certain times" What was the "keeping of feasts" really for?

    The feasts are practice runs for future events.

    So have a look at this list of feasts, and see if there are not future events we need to practice.

  • (1) Weekly Sabbaths are "meetings with Jesus" where we practice sharing His fruits in us with others in redemptive service. All of us have a long way to go practicing this "redemptive fruit sharing".

  • (2) Lord's Feast are special "meetings with Jesus" where we celebrate His death till He come, and look forward to meeting Him in person around His wedding feast. All of us have a long way to go practicing this "putting on Jesus' white garment".

  • (3) Lord's first fruits is a special "meeting with Jesus" where we celebrate His being the first saved by His Father, and we look forward in hope of us as firstfruits also being saved by Jesus. All of us have a long way to go practicing being "a first fruit of Jesus, ready for heaven".

  • (4) Lord's latter rain power is a special "meeting with Jesus" where His power makes us grow in His latter rains. We are then ready for harvest, empowered to bring in other sheaves for GOD. All of us have a long way to go practicing the "revival latter rains of Jesus, ready for earth's final harvest".

  • (5) Lord's unleavened bread is a special "meeting with Jesus at certain times" to practice fasting, prayer and overcoming our propensities to sinning. All of us have a long way to go practicing the "perfection of our soul, overcoming all known sinning".

  • (6) Lord's Atonement is a "holy judgement of His people" just before the Second Coming". We are to afflict our souls for Jesus. All of us have a long way to go practicing the "affliction of our souls before Jesus comes again".

  • (7) Lord's Tabernacle is a special meeting with Jesus to help us cope in the mountains as a Jacob's trouble experience, before the real event comes. All of us have a long way to go practicing the "Jacob's experience in the bush" before we have to flee into the mountains.

  • (8) Lord's Trumpets is a special meeting with Jesus to prepare us for wars, before they come upon us. Indeed terrible tribulations are coming. Are we prepared for this? All of us have a long way to go practicing the "end time events of tribulation" before they come upon us.

    I hope all the "meetings of Jesus at special times" is covered. Did you catch the way, we must practice certain things before they come over us, or are we like a thief in the night, or sleeping, or unprepared?

    Anyone who practices these feasts along formal lines, are returning to legalism and formalism, and this is just another yoke our older Jewish believers would want to burden us with. They did not catch the significance of feast keeping. For example the Jews were keeping the feast of Tabernacles, while the Christians kept the feast as well by doing what this feast is a practice for....they fled into the mountains...!

    At the time of the siege, the Jews were assembled at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, and thus the Christians throughout the land were able to make their escape unmolested. Without delay they fled to a place of safety--the city of Pella, in the land of Perea, beyond Jordan. {GC 30.2}

    God bless your reading of Scripture and SOP. Let's be found practicing many things we need to practice before real events come upon us unawares. Let us be sober and watching. Shalom

  • Shalom

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Brother Daniel, you believe we should live the example of Jesus correct?... , we teach He observed the 7th day Sabbath and we should do the same.

EGW: "The example of Christ is authoritative for every son and daughter of Adam.He represented the law of God in His life, giving to men an example of what obedience to every precept will accomplish for human nature. He is our example, and every one who is endowed with reasoning faculties is required to follow in His footsteps; for His life is a perfect pattern to all humanity. Christ is the finished standard of the character to which every one may attain. . . ." {SD 137.3}

[Passover]-- " In the days of Christ the people had grown cold and formal in their service to God. They thought more of their own pleasure than of His goodness to them. But it was not so with Jesus. He loved to think about God. As He came to the temple, He watched the priests in their work. He bowed with the worshipers as they knelt to pray, and His voice joined in the songs of praise." {SJ 31.8}

EGW: "Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm-trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. 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. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." It was to the celebration of this feast that Jesus came. RH July 7,1896

Jesus observed the annual set Holy days of GOD, so we should do the same... The reasoning doesn't change because we are talking about the annual set Holy days instead of the weekly set Holy day. I believe you have reasoning faculties, your just not using them in regards to this subject.



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