To paraphrase the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism - The chief end of human beings is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever!
One of the most significant ways we glorify the Lord is through worship. Worship is the reaction of the people of God uplifting God. Celebration and praise is one of the most significant demonstrative activities. According to Scripture, the people of God are to be salt and light to the people of the world. They are to draw people to God through their love and light.
The people of God have observed calendric celebrations from time immemorial. The modern Ekklesia (called body and church) developed their calendric celebrations based on two things: (1) The Death and Resurrection of Yeshua - Jesus the Messiah. And (2) based on the feasts that God called Israel to celebrate.
In Leviticus 23, the Lord calls Israel to observe times and seasons for meeting with Him. The word used is Moedim, meaning appointments. This is comparable to you and I setting a date and time to come together. As New Testament believers, we know that all meetings with God are truly meetings with the Messiah, Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ). For the first few years after the resurrection, the early followers of Yeshua, would have observed these times and seasons as the scriptures prescribed.
It is our belief that they should not have stopped being celebrated, and in fact the probable reason for cessation was reaction to social rejection and Roman persecution. Or HaOlam's vision is to restore those calendric celebrations according to biblical observance inclusive of revelation of the risen Messiah. Each feast is described in simplistically. A brief description of each feast is provided here, but if you would like more information, please contact us.
|Shabbat - The Sabbath|
|Passover - Pesach Bikkurim - Resurrection|
|Shavuot - Pentacost|
|Yom T'ruah - The Day of Blowing of Trumpets (Shofarot)|
|Sukkot - The Feasts of Tabernacles|
|Yom Kippur(im) - The Day of Atonements|
|Chanukah - The Feast of Dedication|
|Purim - Esther|