SOME CRITICISMS AGAINST THE OLD TESTAMENT TRUTH PROVED OTHERWISE



So why then the numerous vain babblings against this very truth that, the holy Sabbaths of the Lord, should no more serve any importance in Christendom today: Where as there is no scriptural command for annulling any of them. Even though some people think COL. 2:16 is their reason or stance for not keeping the holy Sabbaths of the Lord, they are incorrect in this regard. This is because they do not really understand the true meaning of that very text. Please let us read that text beginning from verse number 14 through 17.
(14) " Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;(15) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.(16) Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:(17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” COL.2:14-17
The major problem in COL.2:14, that disturbs the unlearned is the statement, "Let no man therefore judge you”. Thus those who object to the keeping of God’s holy feasts understand this statement that even if one does not keep those outlined commandments at all, no one has the right to judge or condemn the one who refuses to keep such Sabbaths. Let me explain it crystal clear to you that this is not the case. On the contrary, it implies that we are to let nobody judge or condemn us who steadfastly keep God’s will or the things that please God (ISA. 56:4).
For instance verse number 17 states categorically that, the case for meat, drink, holiday, new moon or Sabbath days ‘ARE’ a shadow things to come; and not ‘WERE’ a shadow of things to come. You see, grammatically, the phrase used is in the Future Tense and not Past Tense, whereby one would think that those things are past and gone; since the body being Christ has already appeared in this world. This is because if everything should expire with the death of Christ on the cross, then it would read, ‘WHICH WERE A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME.’ But here since truth is truth, it reads "WHICH ARE A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME” (COL.2:17), in this case pointing to the future. That is to say that the word ‘ARE’ found in that statement renders the whole meaning as a typology of something being expected to fulfill in the future. I hope you will bear with me that this letter to the Colossians was written long time after the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you do not agree, just consider this text below:

"Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” COL. 2:12

You see that the text above says it is God who raised Christ from the dead, showing that this very text was written after the body of Christ was crucified on the cross. So if those precepts meant for God’s children are no more important for their observance after the cross, Colossians 2:17 would not read as "Which ARE a shadow of things to come”, but rather it should read as ‘which WERE a shadow things to come’. Meaning since Christ’s BODY that represents the whole celebrities had been crucified and resurrected, there was no need keeping such ordinances again. But over here it is not like that and everything shows that the ANTETYPE of these Feasts including other ordinances are yet to be seen in their full glory when Christ shall appear again in His second advent. That does not also mean that when He comes back to take His elect home to His Father’s kingdom, everything shall be abrogated or repealed. Please it would not be so.
Dear reader, have you forgotten what Jesus said during His last supper with the disciples concerning this matter of discussion in hand? If you have forgotten it, just read the following text below and know why I am trying to convince you to know the truth of this matter about God’s holy feasts:

(1)" Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover………..(15) And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:(16) For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” LK. 22:1,15,16

One could deduce from the above text that Jesus knew categorically that the observance of such holy feasts would continue even after His death; that is why He said ‘He desired to take the Passover with them before His death and that ‘HE ALONE’ would not take it anymore until HE takes it again with them in His Father’s kingdom. He did not say ‘ALL OF THEM’ would discontinue the partaking of the Passover. It is capital No! All that He meant was that eating together with them shall be repeated again or continued in the Kingdom of God, since He was leaving them behind on this earth. Check Matthew’s account on this same remarks by Christ and understand it properly that He meant ‘HE ALONE’ was partaking the Passover together with them for the last time; and not that the feasts should come to an end at the cross.

" But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” MATT. 26:29

To help you understand it better, I want you to know that there was a prophecy concerning the continuity of these God’s holy feasts and the weekly Sabbath in the Kingdom of God to come even after the first resurrection of the elect of God.

(22) " For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.(23) And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.(24) And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.” ISAI. 66:22-24

Again, the blotting out of the ordinances against us does not imply its entirety. That is, in the Old Testament there are a whole lot of things which were leading us to Christ until after His death that they should be blotted away to enhance our true spiritual worship of our Omnipotent God. Hence COL. 2: 14, states that some ordinances because of the cross are of no more importance. For instance if you read Hebrews 10:4 you will realize that all the animal sacrifices to take away sins came to an end at the cross ,thus Jesus Christ’s body offered as ransom for our sins replaces all sacrifices. Therefore there is no need for those ANIMAL SACRIFICES attached to the keeping of the Lord’s Sabbaths as is found in NUMB. 28:1-; 29:1-;LEV.23:5-8,33-37; and EZEK.45:13-25. It is not that everything written in the ordinances of God concerning His holy feasts have been taken out of the way to pave way for Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day or whatever. Those things which have paved way for replacement in this New Testament spiritual way of worship are the very things that should no more be in use. For instance the killing of lamb or he goat for the Passover service which Christ Himself even partook, has now been replaced with UNLEAVENED BREAD. This is because Christ Jesus openly and perfectly taught His disciples that, the Bread He introduced to them during the Last Supper was symbolic of His BODY.

" And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.” MATT. 26:26
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