Unlike the pagan derived “christian” festivals of Christmas and Easter (Ishtar, Ashtaroth, Astarte) God’s annual Holy Day seasons mean something in spelling out God’s plan of salvation for man. God’s feasts are not feats of greed and soppy sentimentality (Christmas – nowhere in the Bible are we told to celebrate Christ’s birth – and they got the wrong date anyway) or of strange traditions (traditions of men – easter bunnies, eggs and the regalia of pagan fecundity).
Rather God’s Feast days, His annual Holy Days and seasons, map out His plan to save us all – if we will be saved. Following Passover, now known as the Lord’s Supper as Christ changed the timing (to the beginning of the 14th of Nisan) and the symbols, from a sacrificed lamb (Christ is our Passover once and for all time) to bread ( unleavened) and wine (red), there follows the Days of Unleavened Bread for 7 days.
These days represent Christians coming out of sin, just as Israel came out of Egypt. We are told to remove all the leaven products from our homes and property for seven days and to eat unleavened bread seven days. We put leaven out of our house and off our our property as we are to put sin out of our lives. In this sermon , given on the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread in 2002, Mr. Armstrong thoroughly goes through all the meaning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as it depicts the first part of God’s plan of salvation through His annual Holy Days seasons.
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