The Passover and Feast Days CAN be Kept Outside Jerusalem

Prov. 11:14   Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Shalam brothers and sisters I know many of you are wondering about a doctrine that has been circulating taught by certain Israelite Churches saying that we cannot keep the Passover and other holy feast days outside of Jerusalem.  This article will help you to understand that the holy feast days must still be kept whether we are in Israel or scattered throughout the earth. Christ gives very sound understanding to the woman of Samaria that was of the remnant of the northern kingdom of Israel that was left in the land after the Assyrians carried away captive a vast majority of the Israelites of the northern kingdom into Assyria in 722 B.C.  Christ explains to the woman :

John 4:19-21 "The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews."

Why did Christ say, ”the hour comes when you shall neither worship in this mountain (Samaria) or at Jerusalem (Judea)"?  This is important to know because it involves the history of the Israelite diaspora (Deut.28:64) and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70.AD (Dan.9:25-27).  Christ knew that the Israelites would be completely scattered throughout the earth and would go into slavery and there would be no way for the Israelites as a nation to travel to Jerusalem to keep the feasts of God at it was commanded in the law (Ex 23:17, Deut. 16:16).  This is why the mercy and purpose of Christ is so important for us.   Seeing Christ is the new high priest and mediator (1 Timothy 2:5, Heb.12:24) between us and the heavenly Father, we have the grace to perform the righteous acts of the scriptures (Judges 5:11, Ezra 9:8) anywhere the Israelites would be in captivity.

Deut. 30:1 ¶ "And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,"

Deut. 30:2 "And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;"

Deut. 30:3 "That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee."

 

The scripture said, while Israel is in bondage and call to mind and perform ALL of the commandments, the Most High will have mercy on them and deliver them from their bondage.  This means that they will perform ALL of the laws outside of Jerusalem in order too be saved and return to their land (Jerusalem).

Let’s first examine the History of the Passover when the Israelites celebrated their deliverance out of the hands of the Egyptians who oppressed them.

Exodus 12:17 "And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever."

The Passover is to be kept FOREVER.  It would always be celebrated any where the house of Israel would sojourn.   When the Israelites left Egypt, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years (Numbers Chapters 13&14).   This means that the Passover and other holy feast days were kept for 40 years consistently during the wandering in the wilderness.  Here is another account of the children of Israel keeping the Passover outside of Jerusalem with Joshua.  Joshua and the children of Israel celebrated the Passover in Gilgal.

 

Joshua 5:10-12 "And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the Passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day."

There are feastsx of the LORD that required Israel to appear before the LORD in Jerusalem: Passover,  First Fruits, and Feast of Tabernacles.

Duet. 16:16 "Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose (Jerusalem); in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:"

Many Israelites think that because we are not in the place which the Lord God chose to place his name which is Jerusalem that there is no need to keep the feast days.  It was already explained that due to the various captivities Israelites would not have been able to freely travel outside the lands of their captors, but the feasts still had to be kept.  Tobit of the tribe of Naphtali is a perfect example of righteousness in how he still kept the feast of Pentecost in the land of Assyria.

Tobit 2:1 "Now when I was come home again, and my wife Anna was restored unto me, with my son Tobias, in the feast of Pentecost, which is the holy feast of the seven weeks, there was a good dinner prepared me, in the which I sat down to eat."

Tobit still continued in righteousness even though he was no longer in the land of his fathers (Israel).  The feast of Pentecost is one of the feasts that is required to be kept in Jerusalem and Tobit still kept it in the land of Assyria.  This is why we still keep the feast days of God as the true worshippers of the Heavenly father who is looking for his elect that will keep his commandments no matter what!  Keep the feast days.

John 4:23-24 "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

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Gilgal where the Children of Israel kept the first Passover inside the Land of Canaan not Jerusalem.  Joshua 5:10-12

 

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The Children of Israel wandering the Wilderness for 40 years learning how to keep the laws and purging out the rebellious 1st generation of Israelites.  Number chapters 13-14

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The Scattering of the Children of Israel into the Americas and other regions of the earth going into captivity until the spirit of God revived us to learn of our laws and feast days again Deut. 28:64, Hosea 6:1-2

 

 

 

 

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