Holy Days

THE SABBATH

We declare that the weekly Sabbath is from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown and it is to
be observed as a holy day by all worshipers (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15;
Mark 2:27-28; Hebrews 4:8-11). The Sabbath is a special sign between Yahweh and His people
(Exodus 31:12-17). The sanctity of the Sabbath is not to be violated
(Nehemiah 13:15-22; Isaiah 56:1-8 & 58:13-14). Along with the weekly Sabbath we declare that
the Sabbatical year and the Jubilee year are to be observed (Exodus 23:10-12; Leviticus 25;
Deuteronomy 15). There are also prophetic implications in the commanded observance of the
Sabbatical and Jubilee years. Yahshua will ultimately fulfill them by bringing liberty and release
to His people when He returns to this earth (Luke 4:14-21; Isaiah 61:1-3).

THE BIBLICAL CALENDAR

We declare that the visible new moons are to be observed at the beginning of each scriptural
month (Numbers 10:10; Psalm 81:3). After the lunar conjunction, the first appearance of the
new crescent of light marks the beginning of the new scriptural month. Scriptural days begin
and end at sundown (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31; Leviticus 23:32). In order to be sanctified, the
new moon must be sighted with the naked eye by at least two reputable witnesses. The visible
new moons regulate the dates of the annual holy days of the sacred calendar. The first month
begins with the sighting of the new moon when the barley is in the green ear (Abib) stage in
Israel(Exodus 9:31 & 12:2; Deuteronomy 16:1, 16). The new moons will also be observed in the
Kingdom of Yahweh (Isaiah 66:23).

THE FEASTS OF YAHWEH

We declare that the holy days of Leviticus 23 and Numbers 28 and 29 are to be observed as
holy convocations. Evidence throughout the New Testament shows that Yahshua and the
members of the Apostolic congregation observed these holy days
(Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2; Luke 22:13-15; John 7:2, 10,14, 37; Acts 2:1; Acts 20:5-7; 1 Corinthians 5:8).
These holy days are prophesied as being observed in the Kingdom of Yahweh
(Zechariah 14:16; Isaiah 66:22-24; Ezekiel 46:1). They prophetically foreshadow things that are
to come (Colossians 2:16-17).

PASSOVER

We declare that the Passover observance commemorates the death of our Savior, Yahshua the Mashiach, as the Lamb of Yahweh that takes away our sins (John 1:29, 36). As instituted by our Savior, the foot washing service occurs prior to the memorial service (John 13). The Passover Memorial communion service is held once each year in the evening of the beginning of the 14th day of the month of Abib, soon after sundown (Numbers 28:16; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 & 11:23; Deuteronomy 16:6). This is at the same time that the original Passover service was instituted by Yahweh for the Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 12:3-14). The emblem of Yahshua’s body is unleavened bread (matzah; 1Corinthians 5:7). The emblem of Yahshua’s blood is the fruit of the vine. By partaking of the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (Luke 22:18), we renew our covenant relationship with Almighty Yahweh through the commemoration of the death of His Son. The Memorial emblems are to be eaten only by those who are spiritually circumcised in heart who have made a covenant with Yahweh through baptism into Yahshua’s Name
(Exodus 12:43-48; Colossians 2:11-14). Passover day is the time of preparation for the Feast of
Unleavened Bread which begins with a high holy day
(Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:14, 31, 42). It is the day on which all leaven is to be removed
from our dwellings (Exodus 12:15; Deuteronomy 16:4). No leavened bread is to be eaten on
Passover day (Deuteronomy 16:2-3). Passover day of itself is not a high holy day. In the event
that a person is ceremonially unclean or away on a long journey on this day, Yahweh provided
a second time on the 14th day of the second month on which they may observe the Passover
(Numbers 9:1-14).

FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

We declare that the Feast of Unleavened Bread follows the Passover and is observed from
the 15th to the 21st of Abib, inclusive (Leviticus 23:5-8; Numbers 28:17-18, 25). Unleavened
bread is to be eaten throughout the feast and no leaven products or leavening agents are
to be found in our homes during the feast (Exodus 13:6-7; Leviticus 23:6; Deuteronomy 16:3-4).
Leaven represents malice and wickedness, while unleavened bread represents sincerity and
truth (1 Corinthians 5:8). Spiritually speaking, we are to remove all things that corrupt, such
as false teaching, sin and hypocrisy (1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Matthew 16:6, 12; Mark 8:15;
Luke 12:1-3). The first and seventh days of this feast are observed as high Sabbath days on
which are held holy convocations of worship (Exodus 12:15-20; Numbers 28:17-25).

WAVE SHEAF OFFERING

On the evening of the day following the weekly Sabbath (Saturday) that occurs during the
feast, we remember Yahshua as our spiritual wave sheaf offering (Leviticus 23:9-11). Yahshua
the Mashiach is our first fruits offering (1 Corinthians 15:20-22; Revelation 1:5). He was
resurrected on the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread as our spiritual
wave sheaf to Yahweh and presented Himself to the Father on the first day of the week
(Matthew 28:1-2: John 20:15-17).

FEAST OF WEEKS (PENTECOST)

We declare that the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) is to be observed fifty days after the weekly
Sabbath which occurs during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Our spiritual wave sheaf was cut
when Yahshua was resurrected from the death at the end of the weekly Sabbath
(Matthew 28:1-2). He represents our first fruits wave sheaf (omer) offering (John 20:15-17).
The wave sheaf was waved by the priest on the day after the weekly Sabbath
(Saturday sundown to Sunday sundown) which occurs during the Days of Unleavened
Bread (Leviticus 23:10-11, 15-16). The count to the Feast of Weeks is seven weekly Sabbaths
plus one day, or fifty days. Pentecost is always observed on the first day of the week
(Saturday sundown to Sunday sundown). When Passover occurs on the weekly Sabbath
the omer would be waved by the priest the day after (the first High Sabbath of the Days of
Unleavened Bread) and this would begin the count to Pentecost (Joshua 5:10-12).
Traditionally, this day is recognized as the time that Israel ratified the covenant with Almighty
Yahweh at Mt.Sinai (Exodus 24:1-8). The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) was the day when
Yahweh’s Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Apostolic believers who gathered in the upper
room according to the command of our Savior (Acts 1:1-11;Acts 2). This is the second of the
three commanded pilgrim feasts (Ex 23:14-17; Deut16:16).).

TRUMPETS

We declare that the Feast of Trumpets is to be observed on the first day of the seventh
scriptural month (Leviticus 23:23-25). This is a high Sabbath day on which there is to be a
holy convocation along with the blowing of trumpets (Leviticus 23:24: Numbers 29:1).
The blowing of trumpets is significant of signaling the people and sounding an alarm
(Numbers 10:1-10; Isaiah 58:1). Prophetically, this feast points toward the second coming of
Yahshua the Mashiach (Matthew 24:31: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17;
Revelation 11:15-18).

ATONEMENT

We declare that the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is to be observed on the tenth day of the
seventh scriptural month as a strict day of fasting
(Leviticus 23:26-32; Psalm 35:13; Isaiah 58:3-5). On this most holy day we remember the great
sacrifice of our Savior (Leviticus 16; Numbers 29:7-11). We fast on this day, now, in anticipation
of the prophetic wedding supper of the Lamb when we shall rejoice with our Savior when He
returns (Matthew 26:29; Revelation 19:6-9).

FEAST OF TABERNACLES

We declare that the Feast of Tabernacles is to be observed from the 15th to the 21st day of
the seventh scriptural month (Leviticus 23:33-34, 39-41). The first day of the feast is a high
Sabbath day on which is held a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:35; Numbers 29:12). This feast
commemorates Israel dwelling in booths (temporary dwellings) while they wandered in the
wilderness (Leviticus 23:42-43). It is a prophetic type of the soon coming Kingdom of Yahweh
(Zechariah 14:16-21), and is to be celebrated with love, joy and gladness for Yahweh and His
people.

THE LAST GREAT DAY

On the 8th day of the feast is the Last Great Day (John 7:37-39; Leviticus 23:36). This is a
high Sabbath day on which is held a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:37-38; Numbers 29:35-38).
Prophetically, this day points toward the period of the new heaven and the new earth when
Yahweh’s tabernacle will be with men and the fullness of the living water of the Holy Spirit will
be given to those who thirst (Revelation 21:1-7; Revelation 22:1-22; John 7:37-39). The Feast of
Tabernacles is the third commanded pilgrim feast (Exodus 23:14-17; Deuteronomy 16:16).