>> “Christ fulfilled all the shadows of things to come.” <<
Actually, no, he only completed some interim fulfillments.
The final fulfillments of Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, The Last Great Day, and Purim are yet to come.
And Yehova is definitely incensed when men celebrate on pagan feast dates. He gave us the days to celebrate, and we are to do no others.
Indeed! I recall scriptures concerning a lecture to the Israelites, "not to learn the ways of the heathens (pagans)"! I'm pretty sure those rules apply to the branch as well!
Well I suppose if one is Jewish these dates make a difference...since they were directed to the Jewish People....however in Christ we are complete in Him...the observances of all the laws was met in Him...and so He becomes our all in all.
So no...Jesus set us free from the Jewish rites, ceremonies and religious feasts once were commanded. Now we celebrate Him and what He has done for us.
To say that God is “incensed” when we celebrate His birth on a particular day...puts a person back ‘under bondage’ to these rites and celebrations once offered to the Jewish people.
Who Christ has set free is free indeed.....
Well yes he did fulfill all that HE said HE would and did. His last words were..”It's finished”....all the law was fully met in Him...all the requirements HE met through His life, death and His Resurrection. IF we're going to keep old testament laws, then we better make sure we keep all of them,... including all implied laws of adultery by thought and murder by hate.... Which of course is impossible, except in Christ.....
What christian do you know today who claims to follow the Old Testament law is going to Jerusalem three times a year? Because that is the law of God. .....What christian follows the law of splashing blood on the door posts? That also is the law of God.
But you see, there are some groups who want to pick and choose (depending upon their traditions) what Old Testament laws they want to keep, and which ones they exclude themselves from....... But the law isn't a salad bar where we take what we want, and leave the rest. If we are indebted to one law, we're indebted to all the laws.
Christ set us 'free' from those restrictions...once and for all.