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Biblical Festivals in the New Testament

The Holy Days of God are described in the Old Testament. But they were not to be abandoned by New Testament Christians. The chart below outlines the locations in the New Testament where the Holy Days were still being observed by the New Testament Church. Jesus did not give any indication that His followers were not to observe these days.

Biblical Observance
Commanded in the Old Testament
Observed by Jesus Christ,
the apostles or the
Church in the New Testament
Passover   Leviticus 23:5   Matthew 26:2, 17-19;
Mark 14:12-16;
Luke 2:41-42; 22:1, 7-20;
John 2:13, 23; 6:4; 13:1-30;
1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Feast of Unleavened Bread   Leviticus 23:6-8   Matthew 26:17;
Mark 14:12;
Luke 2:41-42, 22:1-7;
Acts 2:3-4; 20:6;
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Feast of Pentecost   Leviticus 23:15-22   Acts 2:1-21; 20:16;
1 Corinthians 16:8
Feast of Trumpets *   Leviticus 23:23-25   Matthew 24:30-31;
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17;
Revelation 11:15
Day of Atonement   Leviticus 23:26-32   Acts 27:9
Feast of Tabernacles   Leviticus 23:33-43   John 7:1-2, 8, 10, 14;
Acts 18:21
Last Great Day   Leviticus 23:36   John 7:37-38

* Although the Feast of Trumpets is not mentioned by name in the New Testament, the theme of the day--the sounding of trumpets announcing Jesus Christ's return--is mentioned by several New Testament authors.

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