The first great command Jesus Christ will issue after His return will be that all nations must keep the Feast of Tabernacles! (Zechariah 14:16-19). Today, many "Christian" churches and organizations believe God's annual holy days are "done away, " nailed to the cross! WHY, then, will Jesus Christ issue this command at the very beginning of His millennial reign? Must we keep the feast today? What does the Bible really say?
When God brought ancient Israel out of slavery in Egypt, He constituted them as a new nation, a theocracy, ruled directly by God Himself. They had grown up in a foreign land, had known nothing of the worship of the true God—but had been heavily influenced by the rank paganism of the Egyptians; men who worshipped flies, fish, birds, lions, scarabs; who believed in demoniacal, Satan-inspired religion.
It was no accident God deliberately hardened Pharaoh's heart, causing him to refuse to let God's people go, time and again! God had a purpose in doing so!
God said, "And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt" (Exodus 7:3). God had commanded Moses concerning the PASSOVER! Earlier, Moses had said to Pharaoh, "... Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness" (Exodus 5: 1).
Pharaoh's retort? He knew of no such "God." He said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord [Heb., YHVH, or "the Eternal"] neither will I let Israel go" (Exodus 5:2).
Time and time again, during the plagues of the frogs, the waters turning to blood, the boils on man and cattle, the plagues of lice, Moses was ordered to speak to Pharaoh and say, "Thus saith the Eternal God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me" (Exodus 9:1).
God told Moses the very purpose for this particular Pharaoh's life was so God's great POWER could be demonstrated throughout the earth! God purposely hardened Pharaoh's heart—BECAUSE HE KNEW ISRAEL WOULD FORGET VERY QUICKLY UNLESS THEY COULD BE CONTINUALLY REMINDED OF HIS POWER!
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