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Passover, Pentecost, Ingathering: Jesus Christ Kept Three Jewish Holy Days

      The earliest texts of the Old Testament, that is the Yahwist and Elohist together with the pre-exilic Prophets, know of only three holy feasts God commanded Moses to observe.  These three festivals are 1) Passover which is also called Unleavened Bread, 2) the feast of Weeks or First Fruits which is also called Pentecost, and 3) the feast of Ingathering or Harvest which is also called Tabernacles.  The earliest record of these comes from the Yahwist account of what God instructed Moses on the mountain, and also from an archaic source called the Covenant Code, both of which now reside in Exodus.[1]  As these are the earliest listings of holy feasts, they constitute the best information we have concerning what Moses may have actually commanded Israel to observe.  References to these three festivals also appear in the pre-exilic Prophetic writings.[2]  These early texts instruct observers to rejoice during the three festivals.  There is no mention of any particular priesthood, nor is there any mention of a temple or a central shrine such as Jerusalem. 

      Jesus Christ kept all three of these festivals.  All of the gospels explicitly testify that Jesus kept Passover.[3]  Jesus also kept Ingathering, which is also called Tabernacles.[4]  It seems from the chronology of John’s gospel that Jesus also kept Pentecost; although it is not specifically stated, John’s chronological placement of the other festivals in his gospel narrative lead us to consider Pentecost the most likely candidate for the unnamed feast of John 5:1.  In any case, Acts 2 confirms that Pentecost was very much a foundational holy day of the apostolic church.  From John, we can also deduce that Jesus kept Hanukah,[5] which was more like a national holiday such as the Fourth of July or Cinco de Mayo than a religious holiday, and does not pertain to the religious Law of the Torah.  

      The early Christian observance of Passover is especially well documented.  A large faction of the orthodox churches in Asia Minor kept Passover instead of Easter Sunday even into the third century,[6] and Polycrates testified that they inherited this tradition from none other than the Apostles John and Philip.[7]

      Therefore, we may conclude that Jesus and his earliest followers kept the three feasts of the most ancient Hebrew texts - Passover, Pentecost, and Ingathering.  Once this is understood, it becomes clear that there is no difference between the religious festivals Jesus observed and the festivals given in the earlier sources of the Torah.  They both kept the same religious holidays.

      But the Priestly text adds two holy days nowhere mentioned in the earlier texts of the Old Testament.  These two are Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) and Atonement (Yom Kippur).[8]  As these two extra days are mentioned only in the Priestly text, they appear to have been introduced into Judaism only at a very late date, and are therefore not authentic. 

      Stunningly, there is no record whatsoever that Jesus or any of his early followers kept either of these two religious holidays.  It is as if the early Christians somehow knew these two holy days were of dubious origin, and so they shunned them.

      This is yet another indication that the Priestly text was a falsification of the original Hebrew religion, which neither Moses nor the Prophets nor Jesus Christ endorsed.  And, if the Priestly text is not trustworthy, then neither is the fallacious account of creation it contains within Genesis 1. 

      Also, one may notice from the gospel that Jesus kept Tabernacles, that is Ingathering, for only a portion of the festival, not for the full seven days.[9]  The Old Testament records that when Ezra read the Law, it was found that they needed to keep the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, and that this had not been done since the time of Joshua.[10]  Now Joshua, as we have already established, was a fictitious character, since his supposed conquest of Canaan can in no way synchronize with archaeology.  Yet even if we suppose he truly existed, Joshua was at least eight centuries prior to Ezra.  What is the likelihood that the keeping of Tabernacles was lost for eight full centuries, then mysteriously rediscovered?  This does not indicate revival.  This reeks of forgery.  To be sure, the earlier parts of the Law do mention a festival of Ingathering to be kept in the autumn, but this earlier scripture does not say that it should necessarily last seven days, nor that it is necessary to dwell in tabernacles.[11]  These two regulations were inventions of the Priestly sect, and even then, there are three different versions, for the Priestly heretics could not even agree among themselves.[12]


Click to read more about how we know Genesis 1 is a forgery.

The creationist narrative in Genesis 1 is contradicted by many ancient Christian texts.  Instead of an Almighty Creator God, ancient Christian texts espouse that the universe is born from blind arrogance and stupidity.  The angels caused evolution to occur from species to species.  There are many gods, (or aliens?), and the Christian God is just one among them.  Satan the Devil writes scripture, and thus the Bible was polluted with Genesis 1.  Archaeology and modern scholarship demonstrate that Genesis is indeed corrupted.  Cavemen walk with Adam and Eve.  Esoteric prophecies reveal the coming of Christ, and also reveal the dark forces that govern the cosmos.  Such are the ancient Christian writings.

Science vindicates the truth of these ideas.  Evolution often happens too fast for Darwin’s theory.  Gaps in the fossil record indicate that some kind of unnatural force acts together with natural selection.  Astrobiology reveals that intelligent life probably evolved long before us.  The fossil record reveals strange clues that aliens abducted species and transported them across oceans, and that DNA from diverse lineages was combined to spawn hybrid species.  Evidently, aliens influence evolution, and they are the gods of the world’s religions. 

This is not fiction.  All these facts are thoroughly documented in the links above.


[1] Exodus 34:18-26 Yahwist, 23:14-19 Covenant Code

[2] Jeremiah 5:24, Isaiah 30:29, 29:1, Exodus 10:9

[3] Mark 14:12-16, Matthew 26:17-19, Luke 22:11-15, John 2:13,23

[4] John 7:2-10

[5] John 10:22-23

[6] Hippolytus.  Refutation of All Heresies 8.1

[7] Eusebius quoting Polycrates.  The History of the Church 5.23-24

[8] Leviticus 23:23-32, Numbers 29:1-11

[9] John 7:2-14

[10] Nehemiah 8:13-18

[11] Exodus 34:2

[12] Leviticus 23:33-43, Numbers 29:12-40 , Ezekiel 45:25

 

Ancient lore says the Jerusalem temple (above) was built with the help of demons.  The Genesis Creation Story was written by heretic priests of that temple.

THIS SECTION:

GENESIS CREATION STORY IS A FORGERY

Ancient Christians believed that some parts of the Bible were written by God and other parts of the Bible were written by Satan the Devil.

 

Above: Marduk, the hero of Enuma Elish, the pagan myth from which Genesis 1 is derived.

Below: Map of Israel and where different parts of the Bible came from.