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The Fast

Posted By on October 16, 2013

The 27th chapter of Acts records the story of Paul sailing to Rome, after appealing to Caesar in his trial before Agrippa. The journey happened around 60AD, almost 30 years after the death and resurrection of Messiah. Scholars believe that the book of Acts was written well after the events it describes, with some estimates as late as 150AD. Written to an audience of new Gentile believers, verse 9 describes the season of Paul’s journey with the simple explanation, “the Fast was already over”. First and second century Christians knew that this referred to the Day of Atonement, the second of the Fall Feasts, between Trumpets and Tabernacles. The early church kept Yah’s Feasts, described in Leviticus 23.

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)

And Yah spoke to Moses, saying: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to Yah. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before Yah your Elohim. For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”  (Leviticus 23:26-32)


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