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Restoring the Lost Feast of Yeshua
Chag Yeshua The Feast of Deliverance
James Scott Trimm

Chag Yeshua
(the Feast of Deliverance)
Aug. 30- Sept. 5 2012
(Elul 12-18)


Well Shavuot is over for the year, and the next big festival is... Chag Yeshua!


There is an amazing and important festival on the Biblical calendar which has been lost and has not been observed for centuries. The festival was enacted in the 3rd Book of the Maccabees, but since this book was removed from the canon (along with the rest of the apocrypha), this festival was effectively removed with it. As the restoration of truth continues, one of the things that we need to do is restore this lost, biblical festival to our observance.

What is the background of this festival? After the Battle of Raphia in 217 B.C.E. Ptolemy IV sought to enter the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem, but was miraculously repulsed (3Macc. 1:1-2:24). Upon returning from Egypt he seeks to punish the Jews there for his humiliation. He lowers their political status and seeks to impose paganism on them (3Macc. 2:25-33) and tortures and kills those that refuse to renounce Judaism (3Macc. 3:1-5:51) An elder priest named Eleazar prays for the deliverance of his people (3Macc. 6:1-25), YHWH intervenes bringing about the repentance of the king and the deliverance of the Jews (6:16-7:23) The Jews declared an annual festival called “The Feast of Deliverance” (Chag Yeshua) as an annual celebration of the salvation of the Jews in Egypt at this time. The festival enacted from the 8th to the 14th of the Egyptian month of Epeiph. The Egyptian calendar was a Solar Calendar and these days correspond to 19 August 217 BCE on the Julian Calendar and this was 12th Elul 3544 on the Hebrew calendar. This festival should be observed beginning on the 12th of Elul each year.

And there is another element in this festival for us as believers in Messiah. The Hebrew word for “deliverance” is YESHUA so we have here “The Feast of Yeshua”. The deliverance of the Jews from the hand of Ptolemy IV points us forward to the deliverance of Israel by the Messiah Yeshua. This feast gives us another important theme, Messiah and the deliverance of Israel.

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Comment by Joseph S on July 8, 2012 at 2:39pm

So..How's it done?...Is there a connection vis-a-vis the Torah and the moedim there? What symbols are used? Any wine involved....what are the particulars since this has been lost to us for centuries....what have you found?

Comment by James Trimm on July 8, 2012 at 2:57pm

What do we do on Hag Yeshua? The text of 3 Maccabees tells us that the day was celebrated with rejoicing and they “were crowned with all kinds of fragrant flowers.” The text also tells us that they:

1. A celebratory meal called “The Banquet of Deliverance” or “The Banquet of Yeshua”. This should not be confused with the Passover Sader and would be more akin to a “Thanksgiving Dinner”, or this time of year, a barbeque. (3Macc. 6:31)

2. Traditional songs (“Songs of their fathers”) and praising Yah as “savior”. Particularly appropriate are songs about “Salvation” or which speak of Yah’s defense as our shield. (3Macc. 6:32)

3. Traditional Hebraic Dance (2Macc. 6:35)

4. Obviously the festival should involve recounting the story of 3 Maccabees.

Since the festival is in the summer (at least in the northern hemisphere) this points obviously to summer festivities. Modern activities could include barbeques and pool parties.

Comment by James Trimm on July 8, 2012 at 3:10pm
Comment by James Trimm on July 8, 2012 at 9:33pm

In fact our Nazarene forefathers appear to have used 3rd Maccabees as we can see by comparing Jude 1:6-7 and 2 Peter 2:4-6 with 3 Maccabees 2:4-5:

    "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
    (Jude 1:6-7 KJV)

    "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;"
    (2 Peter 2:4-6 KJV)

This reference to the fallen angels event of Gen. 6 which brought the birth of “giants” wiped out by the flood immediately followed by a reference to the judgment of Sodom certainly alludes to:

    "It was thou who didst destroy the former workers of unrighteousness, among whom were the giants, who trusted in their strength and hardihood, by covering them with a measureless flood. It was thou who didst make the Sodomites, those workers of exceeding iniquity, men notorious for their vices, an example to after generations, when thou didst cover them with fire and brimstone."
    (3 Maccabees 2:4-5)

(Notice also the common phrase “an example to after generations/those after”)

So it stands to reason they would have kept the festival prescribed by the book, especially since it was called "The Festival of Yeshua".

Comment by James Trimm on July 8, 2012 at 11:31pm

Josephus writes:

Now this Apion was unacquainted with almost all the kings of those
Macedonians whom he pretends to have been his progenitors, who were
yet very well affected towards us; for the third of those Ptolemies, who
was called Euergetes, when he had gotten possession of all Syria by force,
did not offer his thank-offerings to the Egyptian gods for his victory, but
came to Jerusalem, and according to our own laws offered many sacrifices
to God, and dedicated to him such gifts as were suitable to such a victory:
and as for Ptolemy Philometer and his wife Cleopatra, they committed
their whole kingdom to the Jews, when Onias and Dositheus, both Jews,
whose names are laughed at by Apion, were the generals of their whole
army. But certainly, instead of reproaching them, he ought to admire their
actions, and return them thanks for saving Alexandria, whose citizen he
pretends to be; for when these Alexandrians were making war with
Cleopatra the queen, and were in danger of being utterly ruined, these Jews
brought them to terms of agreement, and freed them from the miseries of a
civil war. “But then (says Apion) Onias brought a small army afterward
upon the city at the time when Thorruns the Roman ambassador was there
present.” Yes, do I venture to say, and that he did rightly and very justly
in so doing; for that Ptolemy who was called Physco, upon the death of
his brother Philometer, came from Cyrene, and would have ejected
Cleopatra as well as her sons out of their kingdom, that he might obtain it
for himself unjustly. 5 For this cause then it was that Onias undertook a
war against him on Cleopatra’s account; nor would he desert that trust the
royal family had reposed in him in their distress. Accordingly, God gave a
remarkable attestation to his righteous procedure; for when Ptolemy
Physco 6 had the presumption to fight against Onias’s army, and had
caught all the Jews that were in the city [Alexandria], with their children
and wives, and exposed them naked and in bonds to his elephants, that
they might be trodden upon and destroyed, and when he had made those
elephants drunk for that purpose, the event proved contrary to his
preparations; for these elephants left the Jews who were exposed to them,
and fell violently upon Physco’s friends, and slew a great number of them;
nay, after this Ptolemy saw a terrible ghost, which prohibited his hurting
those men; his very concubine, whom he loved so well, (some call her
Ithaca, and others Irene,) making supplication to him, that he would not
perpetrate so great a wickedness. So he complied with her request, and
repented of what he either had already done, or was about to do; whence it
is well known that the Alexandrian Jews do with good reason celebrate
this day, on the account that they had thereon been vouchsafed such an
evident deliverance from God.
(Josephus; Against Apion 2:5)

Since the Nazarenes used 3rd Maccabees, I would conclude that it is Josephus that has some inaccurate facts. Or perhaps history repeated itself... perhaps even a providential coincidence, the
 mention of a festival may indicate that it happened on the same day, or at least during the eight days of the original Feast of Deliverance...

Comment by James Trimm on July 9, 2012 at 11:16pm

It stands to reason that if they used 3rd Maccabees (as I have shown above) that they would have kept the festival... especially since it was called "the Feast of Yeshua".

Comment by James Trimm on July 9, 2012 at 11:19pm

I think it is important to note that this is not in Josephus' historical works, but in a polemic he wrote against Apion.  Also the events were not in Judea, the history of which was within Josephus' expertise, but events in Alexandria Egypt.


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