Do the Feast still have to be kept?
Ezekiel 45:17 informs us that the ordinances had “meat and drink offerings, feasts, new moons, and sabbath days” which were because of sin.
Colossians 2:16 also says that the ordinances had “meat and drink offerings, feasts, new moons, and sabbath days” which Paul says very plainly in Colossians 2:14 that these ordinances were against us, and contrary to us, and nailed to the cross and hence were also because of sin. Those that try and convince others that we still need to keep these feasts often say that the sacrificial part of the law did not include the Holy Feast days such as Passover etc. But did these ordinances which Ezekiel 45 states were for a sin offering include the feasts? Absolutely. Observe verse 21 for instance. “Passover” and the “Feast of Unleavened bread” are clearly included.
Ezekiel 45:17-21, 17 And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts [holy days], and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel. 18 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the first month, in the first day of the month, you shall take a young bullock without blemish, and cleanse the sanctuary: 19 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering, and put it upon the posts of the house, and upon the four corners of the settle of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court. … 21 In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, you shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.”
One of the most important feast days is called “Yom Kippur” or the “Day of Atonement” The Day of Atonement was the day of condemning, avenging and coverings of sin. On this day, the sins of the entire Israelite nation were covered over. Once a year on this day, the High Priest would dress in a plain linen robe. He would bathe, and sacrifices would be offered, and the people would pray and confess their sins. And then with the blood of the sacrifice in his hands, he would make his way through the Holy Place to the veil. Pushing it to one side, he would enter into the presence of God, and sprinkle the blood upon the lid of the Ark, the Mercy Seat, and pray for the people. And then he would exit, not to enter for another year.
So are these Holy feast days associated with the sanctuary and the whole sacrificial system?
It absolutely cannot be debated.
This is exactly what they were all about.
This is why they pointed forward to the work of Yahusha/Jesus on the cross and why they were spiritually fulfilled and ended at the cross.
How could and why would these things that made reconciliation for our sin continue after the cross?
Did Jesus cover our sin or not?
When Jesus proclaimed on the cross “it is finished” it was all accomplished.
It is not possible to separate the sacrificial sanctuary system from the feasts as they were and integral and primary part of the sanctuary system.
Just for a reminder and further clarity, what did Jesus end at the cross?
Having ABOLISHED in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; Ephesians 2:15.
So did these ordinances that were handwritten by Moses, which had feasts, new moons, and ceremonial sabbaths include the feast Holy days? Firstly these feasts are the Holy feast days and we just observed in Ezekiel 45 that they did, but here is yet another of many verses that could be quoted that still further demonstrate this plain truth.
This one adds the feast of weeks (Pentecost) and the feast of tabernacles.
Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. 2 Chronicles 8:13
Looking at the above verse, whose Commandments were these? God’s or Moses?
God of course gave the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19-20).
The ordinances were handwritten as Colossians 2:14 informs us, and by whose hand were these ordinances written by?
Are the ordinances separate from the whole law?
Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law AND the statutes AND the ordinances by the hand of Moses.” 2 Chronicles 33:8
Luke 1:6 shows before the cross we had the Ten Commandments and the ordinances, which are clearly different things but what else shows that the ordinances were nailed to the cross with the New Covenant?
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments AND ordinances of the Lord blameless. Luke 1:6
So the Old Covenant had these ordinances that included the feast days that were part of the sanctuary service but does the New Covenant still have them?
Hebrews 9:1 says the first Covenant “had also...” which means in addition to something else and Luke 1:6 above tells us what.
So we see below that the New Covenant no longer have the ordinances so what is left? Quite simply, just the Ten Commandments!
1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. Hebrews 9:1-2
Moving on just a few verses, again, what were these ordinances for that we saw once again are gone in the New Covenant and why did they end at the cross? And who became our high Priest and our final perfect sacrifice that ended these Holy feast days that pointed to the work of Christ on the cross?
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, [offerings] and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:10-14