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Observing Days, Times and Years

May 14, 2014

Birthday CalendarsJoh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Jesus Christ was hated by the same Jews (religious institution of that day) that sought to kill Him because HE did not go along with the church’s (the world’s) traditions regarding keeping of days and times.  In the Spirit hatred is murder and the word of God that does not pass away will be lived out by all generations.  This means that the orthodox churches will always seek to kill “Christ” and persecute His Elect for the same reasons Jesus was crucified. Jesus did not keep their holidays and had the audacity to call Himself the Son of God.  Such is also the call for God’s Elect.

Disciples of Jesus Christ are called out of this world and are not to engage and participate in the traditions and customs of unbelievers.  We are to indeed come out and be separate and it is seeming little matters like keeping of days that truly separate the people of God from those still in the world.

Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Gal 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

There is a reason Paul said this and rightly rebuked the Galatians for observing times like the world does.  He was rebuking their unbelief as we shall see.  Being separate includes not participating in the traditions and customs embraced by the world.

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

Keeping of days and years is a gigantic custom and tradition of the world.  I hope you will begin to see it.  I will be as blunt as I can.  Anyone keeping days, months, times and years is either:

1) not in the true faith or else

2) they are WEAK in the faith, a babe and need time to grow and mature.

Disciples of Jesus Christ are not to keep days, months, times and years. We are given many examples and warnings to not get entangled with worldly traditions and practices.  These must go if we are to move on to maturity and actually attain to that blessed and holy first resurrection.  We have to move on past the milk and becoming dead to this world is a necessary part of moving on.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

This post is not to condemn anyone as we all are doing exactly what the Lord has us doing.   It is a narrow road with error on both sides and part of growing in Christ is learning how narrow this road is by navigating all the issues and circumstances that days, times, months, years and seasons present to anyone living in 2014.  I myself kept days and times like everyone else for my entire life so I am in no position to condemn anyone for what the Lord has them doing.  Yet once enlightened we must speak sound doctrine when given those opportunities and encourage those weak in the faith to move on to maturity.  Only a few shall attain to the first resurrection and it is my desire to be among the called, chosen and faithful.  So it is in that vein, seeking to know more of Christ and preparing myself to speak the truth on this difficult topic that I write this post.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Those weak in the faith will struggle in understanding God’s requirements of not keeping days and those outside the faith will not understand this doctrine whatsoever. The reason being is that to the natural “carnal” man the true things of God are indeed foolishness.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

If you don’t keep days and times, you will indeed be considered a fool.   Paul called our lives as being a spectacle (i.e. theater) to the world.  Yet we will know what God is doing and will count that a blessing.

1Co 4:9  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

1Co 4:10  We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

There are no examples for God’s people to be keeping days, times and years like the rest of the world or even to keep the religious holidays of modern Orthodox Christianity.  There simply is no such Scripture.   In fact we have the opposite instructions being given, to come out of the world and not be conformed to its traditions and customs.

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1Jn 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Everything to do with keeping of days and times IS OF THE WORLD!   Yet these facts don’t seem to be important to the Babylon churches that teach contrary to sound doctrine.

Without Faith and Knowledge of God’s Sovereignty

Without faith, the kind that is a gift from God, no man can please God.  Such a carnal mind will be at enmity with God.

 Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

None of this is of our own doing.  We either have been given the gift and the ability to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God or we have not.  You either have the understanding given to or you do not.

 Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

So please,  criticizing and condemning those that keep days is also not the call of a disciple.  Without the God given gift of faith, it is impossible to know the truth of God’s word about days and times.  When we cannot believe of God’s absolute sovereignty we will detest the idea or anyone not participating in keeping of the worldly traditions of days and times.   To the carnal mind this Godly position will appear as some form of extreme elitism and very cultish.  The strong delusion of free will is the support beam of carnal logic that makes is perfectly sensible to celebrate days and years.  It will even seem to be the most compassionate thing to do, it will seem like love to be going along and keeping these days.  But the sum of God’s word, which is the truth says otherwise.  A recent post went into lengthy detail on taking heed of false doctrine and how serious God is about having it all purged from His temple.  The doctrine that says we are to keep these days and times and that this is how we love our neighbor is an insidious lie. Such celebrations implicitly give honor and recognition to men and exalt flesh.  For the few dragged thru the veil of flesh by God,  they will know that God really is the Potter and we truly are clay in His hands and thus keeping of days and times no longer has any place in our lives.

 Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

The celebration of any day over another day is a denial of how firmly in charge the Lord is in both heaven and the earth.  To God will go all the glory, He will not share it with anyone.

 Isa 42:8  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

He and he alone has already declared the end from the beginning and every day of our lives and the lives of all men have already been determined.  The days of our lives have already been numbered and established by God, so celebrating days and times is done in ignorance and unbelief on who the Lord is and what He is accomplishing in this age thru His Elect.

 Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

 Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation

 Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

 Worry Not About Tomorrow

We are to not worry about tomorrow and focus on the now, the “is” part of Christ who is, was and will be.  Keeping days and times, and putting our energy and focus on them is disobeying Christ’s commands.  Think of all the plans that go into keeping of days!

 Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 Pro 27:1  Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

 Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

And here is the rub for God’s Elect who will come to know these truths and grasp the fullness that Jesus is Lord of the inner heavens and the earth.  If we continue to keep days and times we are doing evil and are in fact sinning.

 Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

When one thinks of all the “days, times, months, seasons and years”, which we will cover below, it is amazing how consuming the participation in these affairs can be and yet they are all dung.  We have to give them up to win Christ.

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ  

The spiritual man who understands this macro truth of Gods sovereignty will therefore cease celebrating them, honoring men and exalting flesh because we know it is all the Lord’s doing both the present, the past and the future.  When we go along with keeping days and times, we are showing weakness in faith and for most of us that will be sin.  Our participation in these events will only serve to sow unbelief in the hearts and minds of those we love.  It actually causes spiritual harm to our loved ones.

1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  

When we go along with the world, we are leading people astray from the truth of God’s word.  We are teaching them by example that it is okay to serve our God in the same way the world serves its god and idols.  No sir, that is not the way of godliness no matter if the carnal mind falsely calls it love.

Mal 1:7  Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.  

Partaking of all these days and times and saying we are doing it unto the Lord is trying to eat at the Lord’s table while also fellowshipping with devils.  We cannot do this.

1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.  

We create a stumbling block for others when we go along to get along and keep days and times.  When our families and friends finally hear the truth, our example of disobedience and rebellion to God’s commandments will not help them mature in the faith.  We may very we’ll extend their stay in the lake of fire as the lies our disobedience will take longer to purge from their heavens.   It is natural for our flesh to want to fit in and get along with our families and the world around us.   Who wants to stand out and be a spectacle and have the masses look down upon us?  We would never do this on our own strength or initiative, it is only thru Christ IN US that we are dragged out of Babylon and like Jesus begin to be hated and rejected of all men.

1Pe 3:14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled

1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

1Pe 3:16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

1Pe 3:17  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.  

We need to walk right before God and not give the world reason to accuse us.  Blessed are we when we are persecuted for doing good and that includes not keeping days and times anymore.  It can seem so unloving to the carnal mind. Yet once one knows the truth then it becomes clear why we do not keep days.

Keeping Days Epitomizes The World

Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Partaking of worldly days and times keeps us centered directly onto worldly dissipation’s and events.  It leads us away from the cross and knowledge of the real Jesus Christ.  We can’t serve two masters and if we serve this world and keep its days and times, we cannot serve Jesus Christ.

Babylon holy days: Christmas and Easter are both abominations introduced by an apostate church based on pagan traditions. Disciples of Jesus will be given repentance from their past participation of religious days, especially and including days like Christmas and Easter which are really pagan holidays with a flesh Christ wrapper. This is doing what king Saul did when he disobeyed The Lord and brought back the goods from the Amalekites rather than utterly destroy them all and then justified it by saying he was honoring God. We do the same when we take these pagan customs and add Jesus name to them and therefore rationalize our rebellion. Christ said it is better to obey than to sacrifice. Here is a great teaching article by Steve Crook regarding Babylonian religious days.

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/holiday-traditions/  

Jewish Holy Days: These OT stories are all shadows of much greater spiritual truths that would come to Gods elect. Christ does not wants us keeping outward rituals in the flesh, these feasts all speak to Christ’s works us. Disciples of Jesus Christ certainly will not be celebrating or mimicking Jewish behavior and traditions regarding their false understanding of the purpose and meaning of the 7 feast days and the weekly Sabbaths. Those Old Testament Holy days and outwardly fleshly rituals were just a type and shadow to what would come with Christ, who has come. Types and shadows are not the real thing and anyone trying to keep Jewish Holy days outwardly does not yet know Jesus Christ and is yet carnal.

Our secular world has waxed worse and worse, the days are getting more evil as time ticks by. We have now made so many days, times, years and seasons, to market and promote the FLESH, the lusts of the flesh and exalt man and keep the hearts and minds of Christians focused solidly on the world. Besides the “religious days” just think of all the days and times that define the modern world.

Patriotic Days: There are many of these days in each country. In the USA we have off top of my head, July 4th, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Purple Heart Month. This one will make people hate you INSTANTLY, yet an ambassador of a country does not get entangled with the affairs of the country he or she was sent to be an ambassador to. If one is a disciple of Jesus Christ our citizenship is in heaven and we are not of the world. Let’s act like it and not do what the heathen do. Giving special honor and praises to those that kill our enemies and resist evil, the very things Christ said NOT TO DO is not honoring God.

Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Special Days: Men and clever marketers have invented numerous days to honor and bring recognition to certain people, groups of people, roles and sexes. Since we all know someone in these categories of people, it gives rise for us to buy things or participate in events that focus on exalting flesh and sharing God’s glory with man. There are literally HUNDREDS of these special days and the list gets bigger every year. Here is just a sampling….

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s day, teacher week, Arbor day, Flag day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Earth Day, Ground Hog Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Civil Rights Day, Emancipation Day, National Day of Prayer, D-Day, Pearl Harbor Day, National Aviation Day, Grandparents Day, Boss’s Day, Native American Day, School nurse day, disabled persons month, breast cancer month., THE LIST IS ENDLESS and MINDLESS

Birthdays: This is a big one and one of the harder ones to give up as it is so ingrained into society. Yet the scriptures are clear and the only examples of birthdays we have resulted in death. Birthdays exalt flesh and honor men and we are to give God all the glory and all the praise. The more people you know, the more birthdays there are to keep, presents to buy, cards to send, parties to go to, cake to eat. Social media has only turbocharged the allure of birthdays in taking our minds off of Christ and putting it on the world. Here is great teaching by Victor on the spiritual significance of Birthdays and their pagan origins.

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-04/the-spiritual-significance-of-birthdays/

Anniversaries: People now celebrate and mark all kinds of anniversaries. Wedding days, end of war, days of death, graduation, job commencement, days of deliverance from alcohol, cigarettes, just Google it and you might be surprised. Again God’s people are not to partake of these things.

DID CHRIST KEEP DAYS?

Christ like us (His Christ) all did keep days up until the time His ministry began ,then He did not keep them any longer. Christ and His Body (The Elect) are reformers, and when all things are made new, it means all things are changed and that includes keeping of days, times and years.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Jesus Christ did not keep days, times, months, years, etc, and neither should we. Don’t fall for the lie of those that claim He did. He did not. In fact, the established church at the time hated Christ for two reasons: 1) He did not keep their days or feasts and 2) He had the audacity to call Himself the Son of God.

Joh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Not keeping the days, times and years is the quickest way to get those in the established church to hate you. They will call you all manner of evil for simply obeying God’s commandments. That is exactly what our Lord did and we as His Elect will do the same. Once His ministry began, Christ did not keep the Sabbath and broke it openly many times as the Scriptures declare. Despite what the Hebrew Roots proponents will want to argue, Christ did not keep the feasts either as John 7 makes clear.

Joh 7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

Joh 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

Joh 7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Going up in the middle of the feast to “teach” was not keeping the feast and under the Law of Moses required death by stoning. The point of all this being that as the BODY OF CHRIST, we will follow the Lord and like Him, will be hated and persecuted for not keeping the days and times of our generation.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

The Cares of Life = Dissipation’s of the World

Participating in all of these events is focusing on WORLDLY THINGS. These are earthly dissipation’s and involve the cares of this life. The things we are admonished NOT TO BE INVOLVED WITH. Engaging and tracking all these days and meeting the expectations of lustful and earthy beasts that all men are, will suck up your time, energy and focus and take one away from doing the real work of the Lord.

Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

To Babylonian Christians we will indeed be spoke evil of just as Scripture foretells.

1Pe 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

Not participating in these days will get people to hate you as fast as anything. One does not even have to say anything. You will be spoken evil of just for refusing to participate. Yet gods elect should expect this, this is part of the cost we should count knowing it will cost us everything.

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Getting entangled with the world goes way beyond keeping of days yet it certainly includes being bound by all these worldly traditions. Christ was always about His Father’s business and so shall the Body of Christ do the same.

Luk 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

As HIS ambassador we are not to be entangled with worldly days and times. We will suffer for doing so but that is the mark of a true disciple.

Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

That is what is supposed to happen when we are called out of this world (the church) and come out of her my people. The old man is dead and is going thru the process of being crucified daily, dying to this world. We will no longer run after the things those still in the world so highly esteem in feeding the flesh.

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

We will be hated for standing on the truth of God’s Word. So be it. We will have to learn to stand in this fire and not revile back at those that hate us. This is where I am at for the moment.

Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

I am learning to say Father forgive them because those reviling truly know not what they are doing and neither did I until the Lord had mercy.

Joh 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

People kid themselves, this stuff, the keeping of days, times, seasons and years consumes TONS of time and focus and all this does is serve the beast and makes us an enemy of the cross, unwilling to lose our life to save it, and keeping one firmly planted in worldly affairs. A disciple is not to mind these earthy things any more, we are to put them away and turn our focus on heavenly things.

Php 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Commandments and Warnings on Worldly Traditions

We are NOT to be conformed to this world and its ways. Keeping all these days is conforming to the world, which really means to the ways of the Babylon church as the church is the world.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We are commanded to clear the land, to utterly destroy it and wipe it clean of all this earthly clutter. This command of God is found clearly in the Old Testament, all ensamples unto us God’s Elect on how to live today. Here I will quicky review a few examples yet know there are so many anyone that can read Scripture can’t miss them.

Deu 7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

Deu 7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Deu 7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

Don’t get hitched to worldly days and the ways those in the world serve their gods and idols.  Engaging in keeping days, months times and years will keep one snared into the thing of the world. Our weak flesh will have no chance to not be snared by the gods and idols of the flesh and those that walk not after the spirit. Doing so will keep us luke warm for the Lord, maybe head knowledge but our growth will be stunted.  King Solomon certainly did not heed the wisdom of Moses and later we saw his many wifes lead him into idolatry.

Deu 7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

Deu 7:5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

Burning these worldly idols with fire leaves no room for tolerance and accepting them in our lives. We deceive ourselves when we call that loving our neighbor and we ignore the definition of love given in 1 John 5:3. We have a higher calling as God’s Elect. We will be distinct from the world, otherwise we can be sure we will not be in the first resurrection. I can’t speak for any of you, but that is the upward call for God’s Elect that I pray I will always strive for and endure this struggle all the way to the very end.

Deu 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

The land that is given to God’s people is our hearts and minds, the heavens. These lands must be cleared of all things that defile, that is how we are sanctified. God is quite serious about utterly cleansing the land and keeping nothing alive from the days of the flesh and ruler-ship of the old man in our life. Anything we let linger that served the beast will be a snare for us and will cause us to stumble. We must take seriously the commands to get rid of all those traditions and idols that the world (Babylonian church) relishes. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, traditions, all of them must go.

Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

EVERY DAY becomes a day the Lord has made and let us rejoice and be glad in it, knowing GOD is working every bit of it. That is faith.

Exo 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

Exo 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

Exo 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

As God’s Elect, we are separate from the Levites (Babylonians spiritually) who serve the tabernacle in the flesh but cannot eat at the table of the Lord. We are given clear commandments, not to allow these Levites (claim the name of Christ but do not know Him) to entice us to make our offerings in just any old way or place.  These things in the OT are examples given to us so we would know how to live for God once Christ has come to us.  These are not history lessons.

Deu 12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

Deu 12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:

So what this mean practically, is we don’t take a worldly tradition and put the name Jesus on it and then say it is alright and represents worship to God. The Lord calls it an abomination as there are clear rules as to how we are to bring a sacrifice (our worship) to the Lord and it is always to be undefiled. Worshiping Christ by keeping days, times and years is refusing to come out and be separate. Don’t fall for the carnal doctrine of love that says it is okay, it is not okay if one strives to be a doer of the word. Lastly here in our Deut 12 examples, we are given strong commands to not serve our God they way Babylon serves their jesus. If we do it is an abomination to the Lord which He hates.

Deu 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

The unbelieving world and carnal church keeps all these days. God’s Elect are commanded NOT TO ALSO DO IT.

Deu 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

Deu 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

AVOIDING PERSECUTION:

So I hope some of you struggling with this doctrine on days, times and years will gain clarity on the truth and understand why the more mature brethren in the faith have overcome the allure of these traditions and have placed obeying God before pleasing of men. The truth is an offense to the flesh and carnal mind. Those yet carnal will be at enmity with the true things of God’s word.

Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Making the gospel sweeter by taking away the reproach and the rejection and persecution by our families, friends and the vast majority of the people is a temptation of the flesh and carnal mind. Those disciples Christ is actually using will put God first and speak the truth in boldness and fear not the opinions of men.

1Th 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1Th 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

We have to come out of Babylon FULLY or else we will be ongoing partakers of her plagues, which is the false doctrines of compromise and tolerance that define Babylonian definitions of love.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

The heart of men is deceitful above all things as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us. It is much easier to go ahead and keep these days like the world does as it takes a lot of pressure off us and allows us to fit in with the world much easier. It avoids persecution and rejection by the crowds when we go ahead and partake of these days. It makes the cross much lighter and much easier to carry. Yet it is a deception and a snare that will keep us from going on to maturity. It will stunt our growth in Christ. The fact is God’s Elect that will be found worthy to be in the First Resurrection, will be hated and rejected of all men.

Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

TOLERATING THE WEAK

I would be remiss if I failed to end this post without admonishment that we are not to take these truths and run out and become evil judges of hearts. It takes time to mature into the faith and move on past the milk and be able to bear the persecution that comes with not keeping days and times. Romans 14 is key Scriptures that tells the mature to tolerate the weak but do not let the weak teach or lead others in the Body to abandon their strong meat of not keeping days in order to fit in with this world. These Scriptures tell the mature how to handle the weak, those that still may be keeping days, times and years in their walk, unable to give them up and suffer the rejection and persecution giving them up brings to God’s Elect.

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Rom 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

So yes we let those that keep days and times do these things in our fellowship knowing they are still babes. We do not allow them to bring the false doctrines they still cling to into the fellowship and teach those things as truth.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:5  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

So do we let the weak esteem one day above the other?  Yes.  We endure this with patience and let God do His work in bringing them on to maturity. But these Scriptures do not negate the sum of thy word, much of what I have shared in this long post regarding the keeping of days and what the mature man of God is to do.  We are to receive our weaker brothers and sisters but not to doubtful disputation.  So we will not let them teach and lead others astray in the fellowship.  And we would apply the principles of Matthew 18 in such cases which as a new babe in Christ I saw played out and the word of God demonstrated to me in action.

We have a wonderful promise for those given to obey God and come out of this world.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Sincere comments and questions can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  A brother growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord,

Pete

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