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  Exodus 23

The "PILGRIMAGE" Sabbaths
(High Holy Days)

Verse 14 - Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

Verse 15 - Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

Verse 16 - And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

Verse 17 - Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the LORD God.

King James Version


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Notes:     Exodus 23

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

Verse 14 -
There are three (3) "Pilgrimage" Sabbaths annually.

Verse 15 - #1 - The Feast of "Unleavened Bread" (Hag ha Motza) is the day after Passover,
always occurring very early in Spring.

The statement in verse 15: "...and none shall appear before me empty...." means "empty-handed",
that all Hebrew males appearing before God at THESE feasts must bring appropriate sacrificial offerings.

Verse 16 - #2 - The Feast of "Harvest" 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"; Shavu'ot;
and in the Septuagint translation of the Hebrew's Holy Scriptures (Today's Old Testament)
it 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".

Verse 17 - Appearance at the Tabernacle was manditory for Hebrew males
on all three (3) annual "Pilgrimage" Sabbaths.


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