Is salvation complicated? What does the scripture say? Look at Philippians 2:12.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
“Work out” is Strong’s #2716, to work fully, i.e., accomplish, by impl. to finish, fashion: -cause, do (deed); perform, work (out).
Is this verse saying that we as individuals work out everything about our salvation except the calendar issue? Like it or not, believe it or not, if someone else tells you when your annual appointments with God are, you are under a hierarchy. It may be as benevolent as possible, but if you can’t go to the calendar and the Bible and prove the timing of the Holy Days, then someone else controls your salvation.
This subjection to another person to interpret your annual appointments with God also makes you subject to the punishments of God when the other person is wrong. There is a simple way to count the calendar that anyone with a basic education can do. Going by the Jewish Calendar this year 2005 will cause you to miss your appointments with God by an entire month. In fact the Jewish Calendar is correct only about one year in three.
Let’s consider something about the Jewish Calendar that some of God’s people are truly overwhelmed with. This gross deception has its roots in Romans 3:1,2.
Romans 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Let’s face it. Did God give his Oracles to those Christ-hating Jews who murdered Him? To this date most of their descendants do not believe in Christ or His written word. Are you willing to hold on to the traditions of the old WCG and many of its splinter groups OR will you have an open mind to let God teach you about what is written in the heavens?
For myself, I know that my salvation depends on keeping my annual appointments with God and no group of hating, murdering, non-believing people will tell me when to keep those appointments just because of the huge misunderstanding of the meaning of Romans 3:1-2.
Romans 2:28-29 gives us the true definition of who the Jews are who actually have the Oracles of God.
Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
The Jew outwardly is the Jew by race and tradition, those who didn’t believe in Christ and murdered Him 2000 years ago.
The Jew INWARDLY is the truly converted Christ-like human. Christ himself was a Jew by birth grew up experiencing the traditions of his elders. Who do you want telling you when your appointments with God are, a truly converted person with the Holy Spirit or a Jew by birth who understands only the Pharisaic traditions? Who is going to guide you correctly, the “Jew inwardly” or the “Jew outwardly?”
Brethren, we must be realistic. God’s word says what it says. Go to Revelation 3 to get a glimpse of what the Bible says about Jews who are Jews outwardly.
Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Revelation 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
The fact is, here in late 2004, we are dealing with God on a spirit level and this has nothing to do with the Jewish race, other than that Christ was born into that race physically. He is our example spiritually. We have to be like him Spiritually. Remember what it said back in Romans 2_29, a Christian “Jew” has a heart circumcised through the Holy Spirit.
Notice what is says in Revelation 3:9. There are COUNTERFEIT Jews (Christians) who play church. They are not Jews inwardly. They belong to the church of Satan. Their hearts have never been circumcised. These people are playing church and their future is described in Matthew 13: 25, and 40-42.
Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
It is almost laughable if it weren’t so serious. Did God really give the understanding of when to keep our annual appointments with Him to anyone other than CONVERTED Christian “Jews?”
Go back to Romans 3: 1-2. What advantage has the Jew who is a Jew INWARDLY? That person has had the stony heart circumcised. That person has repented and been conquered by God. It is to these converted Christians, these “real Jews” as described in Revelation 3 that God has committed the Oracles.
The knowledge of the true calendar will come from a converted Christian “Jew,” not the Jewish race. Who do you want showing you the truth about the calendar, a converted Christian or someone who doesn’t even believe that Christ existed?
There is a paper entitled “What About a Bible Calendar?” researched and written by Ruth Fischer Bennett. To some it may be rather technical with all the supporting evidence she has presented. I’ll touch briefly on this paper and refer you to it if you have further interest in this issue.
God has put limited information in the Bible about how to establish the calendar, but what IS there is sufficient once you bring it together. There are NO postponements that shift the days for observance in the way that the Jewish calendar does. You simply mark both equinoxes on your calendar. Some calendars have them premarked. Find the full moon closest to the Fall Equinox. Exodus 34:22 and Leviticus 23:34 tell us that the Feast of Tabernacles is on the 15th day of the seventh month at the (agricultural) year’s end.
Exodus 34:22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering [Feast of Tabernacles] at the year’s end.
Leviticus 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
The full moon closest to the Fall Equinox has to allow some or all of the FOT to be INSIDE the Fall season because of what Exodus 34:22 says. There are actually six lunar months between the first day of unleavened bread and the first day of the FOT.
This method of counting and fixing the Holy Days is SO simple that almost anyone who can read can do it. Salvation is not complicated. Counting the Calendar should not be either. If determining our annual appointments with God is so complicated that someone else has to do it for you, then you are a slave to Satan and his hierarchy system, which will lead you away from salvation.
Look at Leviticus 23:2-4.
Leviticus 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
Leviticus 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
“Seasons” is Strong’s # 4150. The primary meaning is “an appointment, i.e., a fixed time or season; spec. a festival…”
I think of the Holy Day seasons as being in a lunar box of about 29.5 days. There is always a full moon at Passover as well as the Feast of Tabernacles. As the paper mentioned above points out, there are limited Bible verses on how to determine when these lunar cycles or boxes occur. Using the information in this paper, it is easy to establish when these Holy Day cycles do occur.
In this method of counting and fixing the annual Holy Days, there are absolutely NO postponements and the necessary occasional 13th month takes care of itself. We just read what God has written in the heavens. We don’t need the fixed cycle that the Jewish Calendar uses to put a 13th month in specific years whether it is actually needed or not, just as it does in 2005 making all their days fall a whole month later than required.
Salvation has to be one on one, you and God with no one in between. The article “What About a Bible Calendar?” shows how you can personally determine when the Holy Days occur each year. Then you can keep your annual appointments with God correctly. The paper called “What about a Bible Calendar” can be found at the website below.
Published June, 2005
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