I want to wish those celebrating the Spring Holy Days (Jew, Messianic Jew and Christian alike) a joyous time and I wish those who are commemorating and celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on the traditional dates of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, I also wish those as well a joyous and memorable occasion. I got another video clip from Joe Amaral on the meaning of The Days of Unleavened Bread.
Again, the irony. When the Worldwide Church of God (now Grace Communion International) embraced the historic Christian faith (and rightly so) in the 1990’s, sadly what went along with it was a campaign from the church’s leadership to de-emphasizing and eventually eliminating any type of celebration of Levitical festivals that the denomination held for many decades. Turn the clock ahead to another decade a new one, the 2010’s—on the long-running popularly acclaimed Canadian-based Christian show, 100 Huntley Street, a scholar by the name of Joe Amaral who studies the Hebraic foundations of Christianity, is talking about how Jesus Christ is the focus and fulfillment of the Holy Days mentioned in Leviticus 23. Mr.Amaral is not without the aggressive but very ignorant “We-are-not-Jews” resistance approach from opponents and other silly paranoia but nevertheless there are others who interested in a real adult conversation and have no time for others who aggressively shut down their ability to think outside the box. Joe Amaral has a website called First Century Foundations: Exploring Our Hebraic Roots and here is some clips from 100 Huntley Street with him explaining how Christ is a part of these festivals. Not once did I hear him saying that they are required for salvation. Instead, I hear him say that learning and understanding these feast are beneficial. He may celebrate differently than other evangelical Christians when it comes to the liturgical calendar of worship but he’s no Armstrongite and he’s no Judaizer and trust me I will not tolerate an inch of slander declaring that’s not the case on this blog. Don’t test me. Otherwise, enjoy what he has to say on these clips and the let the adult conversation begin.
Again, I want to thank the blog God Discussion for finding this article from World Net Daily in which a church pastor by the name of Mark Blitz is urging fellow Christians to celebrate this coming Feast of Trumpets (which is coming this sunset Friday September 18th). Again this person is not Armstrongite but an evangelical Christian who believes that the Holy Days in Leviticus 23 revealed the plan of God in which the spring Holy Days revolved around the first coming Christ and the fall reveals the second coming of our Lord. Some former XCGers are probably in shock and horror in response to Pastor Mark Blitz. Others like John Valade, Doug Ward and myself can never be more elated with Pastor Blitz’s approach. It cannot be denied that Pastor Blitz has a desire to worship God in spirit and in truth and he feels that this is the best way to do it. It’s time that this “spiritual McCarthyism” comes to an end and stop assuming there are closet legalists or Armstrongists lurking to hurt people. That is just simple paranoid thinking and does nobody good. Read the article at http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=109447 and if you are interested in ordering his DVD called The Feasts of the Lord go here at:http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=109447.