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The Seven Day Feast of ULB: Part Two
I had intended the earlier ULB post to be only a basic post and to add more material in a new post closer to Passover, but since four or five people have asked for more information, I should fill out that post a little more, and I am adding a Part Two to the recent ULB post.
I do not intend to post on this subject any further until we get closer to Passover, as some of the other coming information will help in further understanding the subject.
Let’s forget Edersheim and the Jewish history and go completely by the scriptures and their spiritual intent.
We are commended to observe the full seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread at the place that God chooses; Deu 16:16 and Ex 23:14.
It should be clearly obvious that God intends for his people to keep the Feast of ULB for a full seven days.
The first and last days being special High Days, in no way means that this Feast is to last only two days; this Feast to to last for a full seven days with appearances “before the Lord at the place that God has chosen”, on each of those seven days, like Tabernacles.
Obviously the first and last days are special High Holy Days upon which no work of any kind may be done; which therefore means that those interim days which are not special High Holy Days, are intermediate days, during which some work may be done, but during which we are still to appear before the Lord daily.
The intermediate days of the Feast of ULB and Tabernacles are therefore Appointed Times like the Passover, during which we are to appear “before the Lord in the place that he chooses”. They are not Holy Days on which no work of any kind may be done: They ARE Appointed Times when God requires our presence before him in worship.
On these intermediate Appointed Times, work may be done, but the clear commandment is that we are to appear at the temple, which precludes ordinary business, obviously implying that we should be doing only work related to keeping the Feast away from our homes.
Now we know that there is no longer a physical Temple and that we are the temple of God if his spirit dwells in us.
We also know that when Christ comes he will build a new physical temple, and then folks will go up to that temple for the full seven days of ULB as well as the full seven days of Tabernacles.
If we have God’s spirit, will we not be doing his will even today? which is to observe these Feasts for the full seven days?
We know that God commanded all his people to go up to the physical temple for the full seven days of ths Feasts of ULB and Tabernacles: and we know that God will require people to keep all of his commandments, in his kingdom; which will include going to his temple on these Festivals for the full seven days: why object to doing what is clearly God’s command and will?
Let me now ask you one more question: If we truly love God and hunger and thirst for his teachings and commandments as David did; Why would we not want to keep his Feasts for the full commanded seven days?
Remember the Psalms that were so recently covered and the attitude that we are to have for God and his commandments? Where is our zeal for our Great Mighty One and his will?
Now I tell you the truth! We are all in need of a great revival and a general turning away from false tradition, idolatry and the breaking of God’s commandments. It is for these things that we see many of our organizational trials today.
We MUST start obeying our God and his commandments in our personal lives and as regards keeping the Festivals of God, in the manner that God has commanded us!
It is long past time to follow the example of Hezekiah, Israel and Judah; who kept the Feast of ULB for the full seven days at Jerusalem as God had commanded.
This is a prophetic fore-type of what the Kingdom of God will be like!
At this time we are the representatives of that kingdom and should have God and all of God’s commandments, including the Spring and Fall Festivals as our chief delight.
We should have at least as much ZEAL for God and his Commandments and Festivals, as the unconverted people of Isreal did during the days of Hezekiah!
Hezekiah and the uncnverted nation of ancient Israel put us to an open shame!
Come read and see what God desires of us in regards to the Feast of Unleavened Bread!
2 Chron 30 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the Lord God of Israel.
2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.
3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.
4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.
5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written.
6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria.
7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the Lord God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see.
8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the Lord, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
9 For if ye turn again unto the Lord, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.
10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem [in the first month].
12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the Lord.
13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation.
14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.
15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the Lord.
16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.
17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the Lord.
18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good Lord pardon every one
19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.
20 And the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing [instructional psalms of David, teaching the people] with loud instruments unto the Lord.
22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the Lord: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the Lord God of their fathers.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness.
24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.
25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
David and Solomon kept the Feast in this way, before God for the full seven days as God has commanded and Hezekiah was only reviving what God had commanded!
I am trying t revive God’s people like Hezekiah, but I know that the organizational churches WILL NOT be revived. Only a few scattered pillars will take a stand for God and his commandments at this time. It is in the kingdom that a Feast of ULB like Hezekiah’s will take place! May God speed that time!!!
26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.
27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.