The LORD's Feasts and Holy Days

New Beginning:The Eighth Day and Lessons to Learn

arise-wheatWith the meaning of the “Eighth Day” feast openly revealed in the Scriptures: Let us now review the messages the Eternal God sends through the Eighth Day Sabbath, based on the wealth of facts we have discovered--

1.    By means of Christ’s words and works, He showed that the Eighth Day pictures what it will be like in the new heavens and new earth. God Himself shall come down on this earth and His servants shall see His face and worship Him. There shall be healing of the nations and death shall be no more.

2.    As demonstrated by how the Eternal used the number eight (8) when He saved Noah and his family, the Eighth Day therefore point to a transformation and change from the old corrupt and lawless world to a totally renewed and much better environment totally acceptable to God.

3.    God’s starting all over afresh with eight people in the eighth month bespeaks of a new beginning in a new world. With the existing norm being the seven-day week, the eighth day suggests a total departure from that; signaling that a new cycle of time and life has begun.

4.    Realizing that the old world was thoroughly cleansed by the washing of water (flood) to bring about a symbolic eighth day renewal; in similar fashion. God’s called out one (ecclesia) is cleansed and transformed by the washing of water (Holy Spirit), renewing the heart and mind to recreate the new man who will live with God comes “the eighth day.”

Titus 3:5-6 (New International Version)
5He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

Acts 22:16 (New International Version)
16And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.'

2 Corinthians 4 (New International Version)
 16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

5.    Recalling that ordinances and laws governing the uncleanness of a person stipulate a symbolic seven-day cleansing, separation, purification and consecration; the eighth day thus is seen as the point in time when all that is accomplished; with the being declared whole and clean. Atonement with God is therefore made possible, and the individual can then enter God’s fold or congregation (a type of God’s Kingdom), beginning the eighth day.

6.    Commonly regarded by Jews as the “eighth day” of the Passover/Unleavened Bread season (since this season last throughout the seven weeks), the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) signify the start of an entirely new kind of life. Israel was commanded by God to offer a new meat offering on this day. Foreshadowing the reality, a unique ceremony of waving before the Lord God two loaves of leavened bread (representing the church in the old and new covenants) is performed by the priest (picturing Christ) on this day of Pentecost.

Bearing in mind that the Feast of Harvest (Pentecost) was the time God betrothed ancient Israel through the covenant at Sinai; and several decades later was the very same occasion when the Holy Spirit of God united (joined) with the spirit of the chosen, called out ones (the New Testament Church).

These two incidents reveal Pentecost as the symbolic time of entering into an engagement vow or marriage with God. In the Jewish custom, being engaged to someone legally binds one in a marriage covenant, with the exception that the parties involved in the agreement do not live together yet. Engagement can only be terminated by a certificate of divorce. In the exact same way, God looks at an engaged couple as though they are already married.

Deuteronomy 22:23-24 (New King James Version)
23 “If a young woman who is a virgin is betrothed to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her, 24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor’s wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you.

Therefore, the Feast of Weeks, being the symbolic “eighth day” in the life of the firstfruits harvest to God, picture a time of commitment and commencing a new chapter in life having a covenanted relationship with God.

Selected and called by the Father, the ecclesia is washed of uncleanness and set apart, then purified throughout the symbolic seven days of her lifetime (pictured by the seven days Feast of Unleavened Bread); so that in time, the symbolic eighth day (Pentecost), she will be clean, unblemished and fit as a chaste virgin to Christ, complete and ready to appear before the Eternal’s presence at the marriage of the Lamb.

Ephesians 5:25-27 (New King James Version) 

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Revelation 19:6-8 (New King James Version)
6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

7.    A sign of the everlasting covenant between God and His people (descendants of Abraham thru Sarah – heirs to the promise), circumcision of the male child is administered on the “eighth day” after birth.

Genesis 17:11-13 (New King James Version)
11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 13 He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

Though it is the outward sign to being a Jew, what the Eternal actually seek is a Jew by heart (a circumcised heart); one who keeps the terms of the covenant with God in sincerity and truth.

Romans 2:29 (New King James Version)
29 He is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

Opening one’s heart and mind to receive with gladness God’s words and laws is what God desires. Circumcision of the heart is coupled with change and accompanied by a complete turnaround (repentance) from the former life of carnality and worldliness towards a new life in Christ by way of righteousness thru faith. To a Christian, the change began on the symbolic “eighth day” of his/her life.

Colossians 2:11-12 (New King James Version)
11 In Him (Christ) you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Noah’s ark is akin to the covenant of circumcision in several ways. The ark is a symbol of God’s covenant to save a chosen “little flock” out of a corrupt, decadent and lawless world. Windows of heaven and the great deep were opened and waters gushed out to cleanse everything in the old degenerative world in the eighth month. In an identical way, circumcision of the child of God on the eighth day was intended to make and keep clean (hygiene), but primarily in the spiritual sense, to purify and renew the inner man.

Because Noah kept and obeyed God’s every word and command, the ark worked perfectly and was able to carry its load, withstand the heavy rains, waves and flood. With God’s guidance and protection, those within the confines of the ark (symbolic of the covenant) were able to reach the safety of the new world in the eighth month.

God’s people should realize that although the physical Ark of the Covenant may have been lost, the reality of the ark still exists in God’s temple in heaven, serving as a testimony to the Eternal’s faithfulness in keeping His promises. This attests to the fact that God value very highly the covenant; thus putting the burden on God’s people to esteem the covenant the same way God does.

Revelation 11:19  
(New King James Version)
19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightings, noises, thundering, an earthquake, and great hail.

In like manner that God revealed His plans about the old world to Noah, God’s plans for this present world are all laid out for God’s people throughout the pages of scriptures. The life story of the patriarchs served as types and examples that picture what lies ahead for God’s people. The weekly Sabbath foretells about the future life and rest in God. The prophets of old prophesy of the coming days in God’s kingdom.

The annual holy days and feasts reveal the sequence of events leading up to the eighth day, and provide the meanings of the symbols attached to them. God’s laws and ordinances handed down to ancient Israel further shed light to all these. Christ’s words, actions and miracles relates to God’s future plans.

Most of all, God left everyone with the “Torah”. The Hebrew word “Torah” simply means “instructions” in English: Instructions on what to do and how to go about it all to escape the destruction of the present world and make it to God’s kingdom.

By keeping God’s instructions out of faith as Noah, Abraham and the other men of God did back then, God’s faithfulness to His word will see everyone within the symbolic ark (covenant) thru the storms, deluge and even the intense fire that will eventually destroy and purify everything on this earth. Obedience to God’s words and instructions is therefore of paramount consideration in order for one to reach the much better world yet ahead.

2 Peter 3:10-13 (New International Version)
 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
 11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

The future was seen by Apostle John in a vision and he wrote it down in Revelation 21:1-5 (New King James Version)
All Things Made New
 1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

In the eighth month, Noah opened the doors of the ark and began a fresh new life with God on earth. In gratefulness to God for His love, goodness and mercy, Noah offered sacrifices of the clean creatures from the ark that same day.

For a circumcised child of God whose heart was opened on the symbolic eighth day, it is just proper and fitting to offer to the Eternal sacrifices of praise, thanksgiving and the living sacrifice of the new man in Christ from that day onwards.

Many more types, parallels, analogies and similarities to the Christian calling are recorded in scriptures. One can draw out from them the precious lessons to encourage, inspire and motivate one to pursue and persevere to make it to the new world. We have just barely scratched the surface of God’s revelation to mankind, but it’s a good start for others to carry on and dig deeper to find much more treasures in them still waiting to be discovered.

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