Festivals and God the Mother–In WMSCOG, we are calling ourselves as people of God’s festivals. We cherish the festivals of God and we make efforts to keep all the festivals of God. For this reason many people who do not know the meanings of festivals call us as legalists or religious fundamentalists. Today I would like to explain the reason why God gave us the festivals and why the festivals are important to the people of God.
The Purpose Of The Laws Of God
Festivals and God the Mother–Since the festivals are part of the Laws of Moses, we have to know the purpose of the laws first to know the meaning of the festivals. There are two different laws in the bible: the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ. (1Co 9:20-21) Then why did God give his people those laws? According to the bible the laws of God was not merely given to the people for the norm for their behavior or the code of conduct. There are more important things that we must know through the laws of the old and new covenant.
John 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Through these words of Christ and apostles we can know the purpose of the laws. God gave the laws so that people may come to know the Christ or the Savior.
The True Legalists
Festivals and God the Mother–Just as Christ said that the Laws of Moses was given to the Israelites so that they may know the Christ or Savior who would appear by fulfilling the words of God. In those days, even though the people of Isreal kept the Laws of Moses faithfully, they failed to recognize Jesus who came as Savior. They refused to accept the Christ and got destroyed.
They firmly held on to the laws, but they did not know the purpose God had given them the laws for. In that sense, they could be called legalists because they knew the law, kept the laws, but they could not get any benefit from the laws. They were keeping the law only for the sake of the laws. When the Christ finally arrived fulfilling all the laws, they rejected him without realizing the purpose they were keeping the laws for.
The Purpose Of The Festivals
Festivals and God the Mother–Then let us now find out more about the festivals of God. The festivals of God were the most important part of the Laws of Moses in the old covenant. And their main acts of worship were done in the Jerusalem Temple during the festivals by sacrificing animals shedding the blood. Then what was the purpose of the festivals? Just like other laws, the festivals were given to them so that they might know the Savior who the laws were leading to.
Jesus As Firstfruits
The laws were working as guardian to lead them to the Christ who would come to give them salvation. 2000 years ago, Jesus finally came to fulfill God’s purpose foretold through the festivals of God. For example, during the Day of the Firstfruits, the priests waved the sheaf of first grains on the day after Sabbath following the Feast of the Unleavened Bread. (Leviticus 23:11) And Paul testifies that this law was accomplished by Jesus by resurrecting after his death as the firstfruits among those who had fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Jesus as Passover Lamb
Festivals and God the Mother–Also, on the day of the Passover, people would sacrifice lambs according to the Laws of Moses. And Paul testifies that this also was fulfilled by Jesus by coming as the reality of the Passover Lamb and sacrificing himself for our sins.
1 Corinthians 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
John the Baptist was also teaching us that it was the Christ who came as the reality of the Passover Lamb to take away the sins of people.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Those With Knowledge And Those Without Knowledge
Festivals and God the Mother–All these testimonies reveals to us that the apostles had certain knowledge about the prophecies and its fulfillment by Jesus. And they also knew the purpose of God for the laws and they accepted Jesus as the one who was to come according to the prophecies of the bible.
However, the religious leaders of the time rejected Jesus, showing that they did not know what God purposed through the bible. Even though they were keeping all the laws of Moses, their worship was in vain because they could not receive blessings through those acts of worship. In spite of their reverence to the laws, they could not realize the Savior, the fulfillment of the laws. It was because they were trapped in the ceremonial acts of worship without realizing the hidden meanings behind them. In this sense, we can call them as legalists.
Then how about the apostles and the believers of Christ 2000 years ago? They kept the Sabbath and they kept the Passover. Then can we call them as legalists too? No, definitely not. Since they knew the meaning of the festivals, they came to realize the importance of the festivals. And they kept the festivals all the more diligently expecting the blessings they could receive by keeping the festivals.
Christ We Should Know Through The Festivals
Festivals and God the Mother–All these things were given to us as lessons so that we would learn from the past. God gave us the Laws of Moses and Jesus, and festivals of the old and new covenant. Then what should we learn from these laws and festivals? We must also know the fulfillment of the laws, the Christ who would appear in our time. If we are keeping the festivals only for the sake of the festivals, we should be called as legalists. However, if we keep the festivals with the knowledge of Christ and the salvation, we must keep the festivals more and more to thank God for the forgiveness and salvation.
Feast Of Tabernacles And God The Mother
The festivals of God are divided into three groups: the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles. As I told before, Jesus fulfilled the first two festivals by fulfilling the prophecies of the Passover Lamb and the firstfruits.
The last unfulfilled prophecy is the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles are subdivided into three minor festivals: the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacle. Then what kind of messages are hidden in these festivals to reveal to us the Christ who would come in the last days for our salvation?
The Day of Atonement
Festivals and God the Mother–The Day of Atonement was considered as the most important day among all the seven festivals because all the sins committed by people can be forgiven on this day. When people committed sins, they brought sacrifices to the priests. And the priests killed the animals and sprinkled the blood on the curtains of the inner and outer rooms of the sanctuary. In this way, the sins of people were temporarily entrusted to the sanctuary. According to the regulation of the Day of Atonement, however, the high priest could enter into the inner room or the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary one time a year on this Day of Atonement.
On this day, through the blood of a lamb, the sins taken up by the sanctuary can be purified. And the sins could be transferred to a scapegoat by laying hand on the head of the goat. And the scapegoat which took up all the sins were taken into a solitary place and died. In this way, the sins could be cleansed from the people and the temple.
The Reality Of The Most Holy Place
Festivals and God the Mother–In this ceremony, what is most important is the inner room or the Most Holy Place. This was the center of the temple worship. Except for the Day of Atonement, nobody could enter into the Most Holy Place. If they did, God destroyed them with fire. (Lev 16:2) One time a year, only on this Day of Atonement, the high priest could enter the inner room through the blood of a lamb.
Why is this room so special? It was because God was dwelling in this room, sitting enthroned on the Atonement Cover between cherubim. This was the throne of God, where people could eat from the tree of life. And in this room there was the Ark of Covenant. In the Ark of Covenant, God put the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, which God gave his people for eternal life. (Mt 19:17) There was also kept the manna, the bread from heaven that gives life to people. (Jn 6:51)
In short, God’s salvation was hidden in the Most Holy Place. Therefore, entering the Most Holy Place meant to receive complete forgiveness of sins and salvation.
God the Mother and The Most Holy Place
Festivals and God the Mother–Through these festivals, God teaches us that we must enter into the Most Holy Place for salvation. Then how can we find the Most Holy Place? And how can we enter it? As we have already seen in Jesus Christ, these festivals and laws were given to us to teach us the reality, that is, the Christ. Then what is the reality of the Most Holy Place that we must meet in our time?
In the Book of Revelation John saw the heavenly sanctuary, the reality of the Most Holy Place coming from heaven to this earth. (Rev 21:10-16) And also Paul testifies about the reality of the heavenly sanctuary like this: “But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our MOTHER.” (Gal 4:26)
Through the regulations of the Day of Atonement, God was teaching us about God the Mother who would come as Savior to us in the last days.
The Feast of Tabernacles and God the Mother
Festivals and God the Mother–We can also confirm this through the last festival of God, the Feast of Tabernacles. This is the festival through which we can receive the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that through this festival we can receive the living water or the Holy Spirit. (Jn 7:37-39) However, Jesus stated clearly the condition in receiving the Holy Spirit by saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” This means to receive the Holy Spirit we first must know the savior and accept him, believing him. And then we can receive the Holy Spirit.
2000 years ago, on the Day of Pentecost the believers of Jesus could receive the Holy Spirit. But in the Book of John Chapter 7, Jesus said that we can receive the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Tabernacles. Then how can we receive the Holy Spirit during the Feast of Tabernacles? What does the bible says about the Holy Spirit in the last day?
The Spirit And The Bride
The seven festivals of three times represents God’s salvaton work in each age. The Feast of Unleavened Bread stands for the Age of Father Jehovah and the salvation work of God Jehovah who brought the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt. And the Feast of Weeks represents the Age of Son Jesus who resurrected as the firstfruits and gave living hope of resurrect ion and spiritual transfiguration.
Finally, the last festival, the Feast of Tabernacles represent the Age of the Holy Spirit, the last age when God completes his salvation work. Therefore, through the Feast of Tabernacles we must realize the Savior who would come in the last day to give us salvation.
Revelations 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
In the last day, the bible says that we must come to the Spirit and the bride for the living water of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is God the Father according to the trinity. Then who is the Bride? It is God the Mother, Heavenly Jerusalem who comes down from heaven in the last days. (Rev 21:9-10; Gal 4:26)
Prophecies of Zechariah
Festivals and God the Mother–Prophet Zechariah also prophesies about the living water in the last days.
Zechariah 14:8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.
Zechariah 14:16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. 17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord[b] will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.
Zechariah says that the source of living water or the Holy Spirit is Jerusalem, that is, God the Mother. Also he says that we must come to Jerusalem for the rain or the Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:23, 28) Through the prophecies of Revelation and Zechariah, we can see that the Savior in the last days is God the Mother, Heavenly Jerusalem.
Festivals And God The Mother
Festivals and God the Mother–All the festivals of God lead us to the Christ or the Savior. And now through the festivals of God, we must realize the Savior who would come in the last days. The bible says the living water comes from the Spirit and the Bride, God Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother. Let us realize the Savior the laws are leading us to and let us accept them. They are the ones testified in the bible.
To fulfill the prophecies of the bible, God the Mother came down to us to give us the water of life. Now they are calling us to come. Let us come to God the Mother with a reverent and obedient mind. Let us seek the forgiveness of our sins for our salvation.