The Jerusalem Debate – Eleven Objections and Responses

By Bob Parham

Taking notesThere are at least eleven reasons that people give as to why they don’t “want to”, “have to” or “shouldn’t” go to Jerusalem for the three Pilgrimage Feasts (Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot). These reasons might actually seem to make good sense when you first hear them.  So let’s take a quick look at this list of “reasons for not going” that I have personally heard (and if you have heard of other reasons on this topic, please share them with me).

If these reasons are legitimate, the scriptures should bear witness to them.  Let’s consider them carefully in the light of Scripture.  We don’t want to abandon Torah because we swallowed a faulty understanding.   Let’s jump in by taking them one at a time.

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ELEVEN REASONS NOT TO GO TO JERUSALEM FOR THE PILGRIMAGE FEASTS

INTRODUCTION -The Jerusalem Debate

1.  There is no Temple in Jerusalem.

2.  Israel has no peace from her enemies.

3. The land is DEFILED!

4. The Synagogue of Satan: The people and/or government of Israel aren’t/isn’t of God. They belong to Satan, so we shouldn’t want to go there.

5. Yah’s Presence is no longer in Jerusalem.

6. Jerusalem is too far to go. Observe the feasts somewhere more practical.

7.  If you keep the feasts outside Jerusalem, it shows Yah that you keep His commands, and He will bring you home.

8.  We don’t have to keep those commands because we aren’t in the land.

9.  John Chapter 4 indicates that Yeshua took away any commands concerning Jerusalem.

10. Paul didn’t go to Jerusalem for 14 years, so we don’t have to (or shouldn’t) go, either.

11. Paul sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, which means that he wasn’t in Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover.  Therefore, he shows that we don’t need to be in Jerusalem for the feasts.

REASONS WE SHOULD WANT TO GO TO JERUSALEM

CONCLUSION: But What Should We Do?

There may be  more objections, so if you know of one, please comment below – we would appreciate the opportunity to study its merits.  Thank you!


© Bob Parham, Sue Wyatt and The Lamb’s Servant Blog, 2016.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Lamb’s Servant Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Sue Wyatt  and The Lamb’s Servant Blog, as well as to the original author (in this case Bob Parham) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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