Last week I was warning people about saying “The LORD said….”, and justly so, for there are many false prophets out there proclaiming stuff the LORD never told them to say.  But today I’m telling you something the LORD definitely DID say.  And though many tell me that doesn’t apply to us today, let me ask you something: What part of “for ever” does not apply to us “for ever”?  In this particular instance, I’m talking about God’s Holy Days.  Many would see this as “I’m not going back under the law, as we are in the age of grace”.  But if your very favorite person whom you’ve always wanted to meet, say a famous movie star, said, “On these days, I will meet with those who really love me.”, wouldn’t you make every effort to meet with them?  Wouldn’t you take time out of your schedule to be with them?  Well, I guess it depends on how important to you it is, right?

God’s Holy Days are the days we are invited to come into God’s presence, a SPECIAL time that HE appointed, not days that WE choose.  Those days are chosen by God as opportunities to be blessed, and we ALL want to be blessed, don’t we?  Yes, I realize we live in a New Covenant, an age of grace.  But the same God that appointed the Sabbath, the Law, and the Holy Days, is the SAME GOD as the one who gives us the grace to have our sins forgiven by the blood of Christ Jesus.
It is written in Leviticus 16:29-31,
29  And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:
30  For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.
31  It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.

The Priest that atoned for your sins is none other than Christ Jesus of Nazareth.  It happens on this year the Day of Atonement falls on today (Friday 9-29-17) beginning at sunset until sunset Saturday (Sabbath). This particular day is a day of fasting.  Now there are other appointed Holy Days, but being this one starts tonight, I thought to let you know about it in case you are interested in your appointed day to spend with the LORD in His presence.  I’m not shoving it down your throat, just telling you to consider if your time with the LORD is precious to you.  It surely is to ME, and I’m not about to miss spending the Holy Days in deep worship and adoration to my LORD.  Back to that “not going back under the law” thing that many protest with, what part of “for ever” don’t you understand?

Don’t you wish to leave this life and spend “for ever” with the LORD in His Kingdom?  Or would you rather Him say to you in the day you appear before Him in the judgment, “Well, that went out with the Old Covenant, that doesn’t apply today.  Sorry, heaven isn’t “for ever”, it went out a couple thousand years ago.” Now, if that makes sense to you, I think you’ll start keeping His Holy Days.  And if not?  Well, feel free to do your own thing.  But don’t blame anyone but yourself if you miss out on the Kingdom of God.  And in case you’re wondering, in His Kingdom, everyone WILL be observing the Sabbath, and the Holy Days FOR EVER.  So if we’re going to do it then, why not now also?

I’m certainly NOT wanting to bring anyone into “bondage”, but rather into “freedom”.  Like I said, you’re free to make your own decision about the Holy Days.  Some feel the need to keep them (like I do), some don’t.  I don’t look at it as “bondage”, but JOY to spend those days with my LORD whom I love so very much, an OPPORTUNITY that I wouldn’t pass up for all the world.  Why?  Because I love Him so, for He first loved me, and forgave ALL MY SINS, and healed ALL MY DISEASES!  Wow!  He is SO GOOD TO ME!  Have I been given “grace”?  Oh, yes!  And I’m taking full advantage of it to spend time with Him.

By grace, we have an open door to come into the Throne Room of His presence anytime 24/7, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ Jesus did for us on the cross.  But I ask you to think about something; if “for ever” truly means “for ever”, shouldn’t we be keeping His Holy Days?  As in the words of a past President, “that depends on what your definition of “is” is.  If you’re saying “for ever” isn’t “for ever”, then you may not be with the LORD as long as you think you will.

It is written in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17,
13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Ok then, study that part and consider carefully, “ever be with the LORD”, is that “for ever”, or not?  Well, if we want to claim THAT part as being “for ever”, then we’d better make sure we also do the other things God instructed us to do “for ever”.  After all, GOD HIMSELF set out these instructions to differentiate between HIS people, and those who aren’t.  I want to be one of HIS, don’t you?  Think about it, James said “faith without works is dead”.  Works cannot save us, only the blood of Jesus can.  But if you love the LORD, wouldn’t you want to please Him?  And if pleasing God is not all that important to you, well, like I said, do your own thing, I have nothing to lose by you doing so.  But maybe YOU do….
I believe the Word of the LORD, and hope you do, too.