Are you at all curious? The answers to many “scientific” questions are not found in Scripture. Some Bible scholars say, “Don’t worry about it. God is all powerful; just chalk it up to another miracle,” but that seems like too much of cop out. This study attempts to find some answers, and in the process I believe it will teach us more about God’s ways, and help the Holy Word of God come alive to thinking believers.

You see, many Christians have been raised in a vacuum. The scientific world (and the rest of the world, too) looks on with a mixture of ridicule and disgust, despising us for being so narrow-minded. We need to start thinking outside the box! We need to climb out of the playpen and grow up a little. We need to come out of the Scriptural Dark Ages. Traditional interpretations of Scripture, particularly the Old Testament, do not match with science, and we need to be able to give a reason for the hope that lies within us. Scripture is actually very reasonable, and I believe that it always precisely complements good science. But we cannot afford to say, “Wherever science does not match my understanding of Scripture it must be bad science.” Consider the possibility that our understanding of the Scriptures may be at fault.

It may sound wonderfully spiritual to say “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!” but that is the very attitude that turns away a thinking person in disgust. They believe the Bible to be a bunch of fables. If we want to reach those people, we need to be able to say, “God said it, I believe it, and this is how and why He may have done it.” God did not give the Israelites the Feasts, for example, just to keep them busy. Once you understand what they portray and why God arranged them in their precise order, the gospel starts to become real, living, and even exciting. So yes, in this study I do think outside the box – way, way outside the box! Some of you will not like that, and dis-believe what I say. That is OK, as long as it gets you to thinking, praying, and searching the Scriptures for wisdom and understanding as for hidden treasure.

I have titled this work The Feasts of Israel, God‘s Plan of the Ages, since nowhere is God‘s Plan of the Ages revealed to us more clearly than in the Feasts. Our God is a personal God. He has revealed Himself in the Person of Jesus Christ, our Friend and Brother as well as our Savior and King. He has given us His inerrant Word as our sure foundation. But more than that, He has given us His Holy Spirit to reveal His truth to our hearts so we can come to know Him intimately. His greatest desire is to have a close love relationship with us, and we with Him. That is my desire as well, and I trust that this study will be another step for each of us toward that goal. He is our Father; no matter how mature we seem to us, to Him we are like little children. As with an earthly father, I believe our heavenly Father loves to have us ask questions as a little child, and wrestle with Him for the answers. Thus we draw close, and learn to think as He thinks and act as He acts. Let’s do that together.


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