by Brad ScottMuch has been made about the feasts of YHVH over the last 20 years. These feasts are not Jewish feasts but rather belong to YHVH Himself. The commandments concerning the sanctifying of His feasts and the condemnation of the "feasts of the nations" are quite clear and irrefutable. However voluminous the reasons are, the actual meaning of the word for feast is, in my humble opinion, the basis for these feasts being tied to many of the prophecies of the two comings of the Messiah, and to the people of YHVH themselves.The Hebrew word for feast is mo'ed (מעד). This word first appears in Bere’shiyt (Genesis).
Bere’shiyt 1:14And ’Elohiym said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons [mo'ed], and for days and for years.
The point of this seminal statement is that the sun, moon, and stars are placed where they are for the scriptural determination of our days, months, years, seasonal festivals and signs, i.e., the heavens declaring the glory of ’Elohiym. This same word is also the word for assembly or gathering, to betrothe, set times and appointments. Yah's assembly, also called church, the gathering of His saints, His relationship with His bride and all the prophetic set times are inseparably tied to His feasts, or appointed times. The reason YHVH is so adamant about the keeping of His festivals is because He knows that in them are the revelations of His two great appointments (mo'ed) with mankind. By the way, in the Hebrew culture those who do not participate in these ordained festivals are said to be asleep. Hmmmm.
Shalom Alecheim! ◊