Should the church still celebrate the feast of tabernacles?

Scripture: Colossians 2:16-17
Should the church still celebrate the feast of tabernacles? There are some groups that practice the feast days. As I read the New Testament, I believe the ceremonial days pointed to Jesus and were nailed to the cross. In a spiritual sense we keep the Passover through the communion service. So, we apply these feasts spiritually now.
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Caller:  My sister wanted to know if denominations or churches still celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles?

Pastor Doug:  Some do.  There are some messianic congregations and other congregations that believe in the feast days in the Bible and they do practice the various feasts, tabernacles is one of those feasts.  My personal belief, as I read the New Testament, is that the purpose for the ceremonial annual feasts was fulfilled when Jesus came.  That’s why you read in Colossians 2 that the holidays and things that were shadows were nailed to the cross. 

Jesus was the fulfillment of all that.  Now the spiritual applications of that we keep for instance, you know how churches celebrate communion—they have the bread and the wine—that is an example of the Passover, because the first communion service Jesus had was a Passover service.  He said “I want to eat Passover with you” and that was the Last Supper.  The Last Supper was a Passover.  But it changed.  The old Passover they’d kill a lamb.  We don’t need to kill a lamb anymore because Jesus is our Lamb.  So all of the Jewish feasts went through radical change.  We apply them spiritually now.

Caller:  I see.  That answers my question.  She was thinking that people should or denominations should participate or have these.

Pastor Doug:  We have a book on that I’ll send you for free.  It’s by Joe Crews.  It’s called Feast Days and Sabbaths.  I hope that will help you.  Call 1-800-835-6747.  Feast Days and Sabbaths.

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