There is an amazing and important festival on the Biblical calendar which has been lost and has not been observed for centuries. The festival was enacted in the 3rd Book of the Maccabees, but since this book was removed from the canon (along with the rest of the apocrypha), this festival was effectively removed with it. As the restoration of truth continues, one of the things that we need to do is restore this lost, biblical festival to our observance.
This year is the tenth anniversary of the modern restoration of observance of the Feast of Chag Yeshua!
What is the background of this festival? After the Battle of Raphia in 217 B.C.E. Ptolemy IV sought to enter the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem, but was miraculously repulsed (3Macc. 1:1-2:24). Upon returning from Egypt he seeks to punish the Jews there for his humiliation. He lowers their political status and seeks to impose paganism on them (3Macc. 2:25-33) and tortures and kills those that refuse to renounce Judaism (3Macc. 3:1-5:51) An elder priest named Eleazar prays for the deliverance of his people (3Macc. 6:1-25), YHWH intervenes bringing about the repentance of the king and the deliverance of the Jews (6:16-7:23) The Jews declared an annual festival called “The Feast of Deliverance” (Chag Yeshua) as an annual celebration of the salvation of the Jews in Egypt at this time. The festival enacted from the 8th to the 14th of the Egyptian month of Epeiph. The Egyptian calendar was a Solar Calendar and these days correspond to 19 August 217 BCE on the Julian Calendar and this was 12th Elul 3544 on the Hebrew calendar. This festival should be observed on the 12th of Elul each year.
And there is another element in this festival for us as believers in Messiah. The Hebrew word for “deliverance” is YESHUA so we have here “The Feast of Yeshua”. The deliverance of the Jews from the hand of Ptolemy IV points us forward to the deliverance of Israel by the Messiah Yeshua. This feast gives us another important theme, Messiah and the deliverance of Israel.
What do we do on Chag Yeshua? The text of 3 Maccabees tells us that the day was celebrated with rejoicing and they “were crowned with all kinds of fragrant flowers.” The text also tells us that they:
- A celebratory meal called “The Banquet of Deliverance” or “The Banquet of Yeshua”. This should not be confused with the Passover Sader and would be more akin to a “Thanksgiving Dinner”, or this time of year, a barbeque. (3Macc. 6:31)
- Traditional songs (“Songs of their fathers”) and praising Yah as “savior”. Particularly appropriate are songs about “Salvation” or which speak of Yah’s defense as our shield. (3Macc. 6:32)
- Traditional Hebraic Dance (2Macc. 6:35)
- Obviously the festival should involve recounting the story of 3 Maccabees.
In 2020 Chag Yeshua (The Feast of Deliverance) will run seven days beginning Sunset Aug. 31st, 2020 .I want to encourage you to join Nazarenes around the world this summer as we observe this festival.
We are down to our last $61 and must raise at least $500 by the end of the day today!
This work takes hours of my time. As many of you know, my wife is very ill, and I spend most of my time at home as her caretaker. I work at a desk less than six feet from her bed. So I am in a position to dedicate many hours to this important work that I have been directed to do.
But I also realize that it is not the activity of James Trimm alone who is responsible to do this work, it is all of us together who are charged with the responsibility of accomplishing this work. I very much look on the efforts of this restoration work as a cooperative one with each one of you. We are all joint heirs with Messiah and should always be about our Father’s business. I am honored to be able to be partnered with truth seekers as this restoration of Scripture moves forward in fulfillment of prophecy.
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The work continues in the restoration of the ancient sect of Nazarene Judaism thru the NazareneSpace social network, Nazarenejudaism.com and this blog! Plus we have absorbed the old Messianic Center Social Network URL!
We are still posting key Hebrew and Aramaic documents in Hebrew/Aramaic and English interlinear, keyed to Strong’s word numbers at our Scripture Nexus website!
Most importantly, thru the Scripture Restoration Project we are doing the very important work of restoring the original Scriptures from ancient Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts, and posting the results as we go. After starting with Mark 1:1-6 and Matthew 3:4 we moved to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8) and Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:20-49) so that we could get some of Yeshua’s key teachings covered early in the project. We have already completed the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12 and Luke 6:20-26) and have posted them both in pointed Hebrew and in English at our new project website.
This project will play a very important part in prophecy, as we read in the Book of Enoch:
But when they write down truthfully all my words in their languages, and do not change or diminish ought from my words but write them all down truthfully –all that I first testified concerning them. Then, I know another mystery, that books will be given to the righteous and the wise to become a cause of joy and uprightness and much wisdom. And to them shall the books be given, and they shall believe in them and rejoice over them, and then shall all the righteous who have learnt therefore all the paths of uprightness be recompensed.’
And the words of Isaiah: “the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.” (Isaiah 29:18)
When we complete the restoration of the originals of the books of the so-called “New Testament” (better called the Ketuvim Netzarim, Writings of the Nazarenes) we intend to publish the volume in Israel, and to make it a key part of the restoration of Nazarene Judaism among the Jewish people in the Land.
Finally we have launched the new Hebraic Stoicism Institute website to reach out to the substantial Stoic Community with the message of 4th Maccabees and the Torah commentary of Philo of Alexandria. The launch has gotten a lot of “likes” and lively discussion on Stoicism Facebook Groups.
Friends, we count on your support to keep all of these projects funded. Our account is badly depleted, and donations have been low. Help keep this vision alive!