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  Deuteronomy 16

The "PILGRIMAGE" Sabbaths
(High Holy Days)

Verse 16 - "Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty (empty-handed):"

King James Version


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Notes:     Deuteronomy 16

According to God, these are the Hebrew's HIGH HOLY DAYS!   NOT Yom Kippur!

Verse 16 -
There are three (3) "PILGRIMAGE" Sabbaths annually.

#1 - The Feast of "Unleavened Bread" (Hag ha Motza) is the day after Passover,
always occurring very early in Spring.

#2 - The Feast of "Harvest" (Shavu'ot) is 50 days from the Sunday following Passover,
always occurring very late in Spring.

In the Bible, the Feast of "Harvest" is also known as The Feast of "Weeks";
and in the Septuagint translation of the Hebrew's Holy Scriptures (Today's Old Testament),
The Feast of "Weeks" is refered to as Pentecost (Meaning: "Count 50", in the Greek language),
the 7th Sunday (50 days) from the Sunday that follows Passover.

The feast of Shavu'ot (Pentecost) is always on a Sunday,
and is the only "PILGRIMAGE" Sabbath of the Hebrews with a fixed calendar-day of the week.
The other two Annual High Sabbaths of the Hebrews can fall on any day of the week from year to year.

#3 - The Feast of "Ingathering" (Sukk'ot) is 15 days from Rosh ha Shann'ah, and 5 days from Yom Kippur,
usually occurring very early in Fall, but is occasionally (rarely) very late in Summer.

In the Bible, the Feast of "Ingathering" is also known as The Feast of "Tabernacles" or "Booths".

During the Exodus, the place of God's choosing was the location of the moveable Tabernacle.
While during the time of King David, God chose Jerusalem as the site for the permanant Temple.

The statement "...and they shall not appear before the LORD empty...." means "empty-handed",
that all Hebrew males appearing before God at THESE feasts must bring appropriate sacrificial offerings.

Appearance at the Tabernacle was manditory for Hebrew males on all three (3) annual "Pilgrimage" Sabbaths.


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