Quarterly Communion at Annual Seasons – 5th ed. 2003

Too, a quarterly ‘season’ elapsed – between the institution of the Passover in Egypt, and the festive re-promulgation of the Law on Sinai’s altar apparently at Pentecost.   Exodus 12:1-6; 19:1-2; 20:18-26; 24:1-18.   Indeed, at Exodus 23:14-17, God yet again insists: “Three times you shall keep a Feast to Me in the year” – viz., “the Feast of Unleavened Bread”; “the Feast of Harvest”; and “the Feast of Ingathering.”   Cf. at Exodus 34:23, at Leviticus 23:4-37, and at Deuteronomy 16:16.

Add to this the later Winter “Feast of the Dedication” at the Christ-time (John 10:22f  cf. Esther 9:17-19 with First Maccabees 4:52-59) – and one sees ‘Seasonal Communion’ four times annually. In fact, these ‘Seasonal Feasts’ were widely known throughout the ancient world – and implicitly upheld by the First General Assembly of the Christian Church in the middle of the first century A.D. See: Acts 14:15-18 & 15:18-21 cf. 18:21.