Feast Days? Part 1

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Here's a better link to the document that I update from time to time:

http://www.narrowwaymedia.org/documents/1

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Here is a study on this topic:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bwiy9UqUiFCod2Fua1BWQ2lnUEk

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(continued from below) It's all in hermeneutics. How do we understand the meaning of a text? To understand the Bible or any inspired writer, we must compare one passage with other passages by the same writer or another inspired writer. Any difficult passage is to be understand in the context of passages that are more plainly written. While I see these quotes of Sister White often used to support the feast day doctrine, they are presented without proper context. Elsewhere Sister White makes these statements:

"The moral law was never a type or a shadow." (RH April 22, 1902)
"The Passover was to be both commemorative and typical..." (PP 277)
"The Feast of Tabernacles was not only commemorative but typical." (PP 541)
"And as the antitype of the wave-sheaf, our Lord was raised fro the dead on the third day... In like manner, the types which relate to the second advent must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service. Under the Mosaic system, the cleansing of the sanctuary, or the great day of atonement, occurred on the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month..." (GC88 399)
"[On] Pentecost the Jews were required to repair to the temple and to present the first-fruits of all the harvest... On this day of divine appointment, the Lord graciously poured out his Spirit on the little company of believers, who were the first-fruits of the Christ church." (7Red 5)

The feasts were and are typical. They are shadowy types. The moral law and those laws guarding the moral law are not shadowy types since the moral law was never a type or shadow. Therefore the statutes that Ellen White was referring to cannot include the feast days. By understanding these plain passages, we can better understand passages that may be "hard to be understood," and not wrest them to our own destruction.

I believe I can speak for Brother Brian as well as myself... we both sincerely desire to know and follow God's truth, be the price what it may. We would not knowingly turn from any doctrine of Christ if it can be presented clearly from His word or that of His messenger, but we must shun any doctrine that is not a part of the precious message of righteousness by faith - the message given to Abraham and all the prophets, exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ, and brought before His people in great prominence through Elders Jones and Waggoner. I hope and choose to believe that this, too, is your wish, my dear sister. May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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Dear In His Service,
While it is true that some of the events which the feast days typify have not been fulfilled, they still are shadows, meaning they are not substantive.They served a purpose for the Israel before the coming of Messiah and still serve a purpose in our understanding of prophecy as well as teaching spiritual lessons (e.g. purging out the leaven of malice and wickedness). However, they are no longer ceremonies that are required for the people of God today, be they Jew or Gentile.

You quoted Sister White as stating that the feasts "ARE TO BE STRICTLY obeyed, "yet the quote you gave states, "were to be strictly obeyed." We notice a tense difference here as well. Be that as it may, this quote refers to "many other statutes or judgments" in Exodus 21-23, no where does she say feast.You also quote from the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald stating that these statutes "were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of Christ." To me, this is evidence that the feast are NOT a part of the statutes that Sister White was referring to when she made this statement. Why is that?

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You miss quoted Col. 2:17, you stated that WERE shadows of things to come, it rightly says they ARE shawows of things to come. Your entire pemise (your personal interpretation and assumption) falls apart when the truth comes to light. This text is saying they ARE shadows (examples) of things [YET] to come. Mrs. White says that Exodus 23 (Statutes which included the festivals) were NOT shadowy types and ARE TO BE STRICTLY obeyed "The Lord gave many other statutes or judgments, which were to be strictly obeyed. These are recorded in the twentyfirst. twenty-second. and twenty-third chapters of Exodus. (Sermons and Talks, Volume 2, p. 187)" and they were NOT shadowy types "These statutes were explicitly given to guard the ten commandments. They were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of Christ." RH, May 6, 1875 par. 10

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