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HOLY DAY: The First Day Of The Feast Of Tabernacles

It is a Holy Convocation, a Feast of The Lord, a Solemn Assembly, and a Sabbath Day!

“Also in the fifteen day of the seventh month (17 October 2016 of this year), when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath. …and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days” (Leviticus 23:33-44).

Did you know Jesus Christ kept this Feast Day (all of John 7 proves this); He kept it each and every year of His life here on earth? Not only did Jesus keep this Holy Day, and the entire Feast of Tabernacles, as an example for us to follow (John 13:15, 17), we are told specifically that we must walk in Jesus’ footsteps if we want to be His disciples (1 Peter 22-22 / Luke 6:46 / Malachi 1:6 / Matthew 7:21). Why then does most of the “Christian” world NOT observe and keep this day, as you and I are doing here today? For most, the answer is because their ancestors have been taught by religious authorities to ignore and abandon God’s Feasts, many generations ago, in favor of pagan holidays that were “Christianized” by the Catholic Church, in order to entice more pagans to join their organization! Today, modern “Christians” are so in love with Easter, and Christmas, that they would rather listen to smooth talking ministers justify these days under “Grace”, than to open up their Bibles and PROVE all things as 1 Thessalonians 5:21 instructs us to! But for those of us in attendance here today, God has opened up your eyes to see things MOST of the world simply cannot see (Matthew 13:11, 16-17)!!!

Jesus Christ was the God of the Old Testament (1 Corinthians 10:1-4), and He was the One who commanded that God’s Holy Days be kept throughout our generations forever!

If we continue reading in 1 Corinthians 10:5-11; we see that God was not well pleased when Midianite women came into the congregation of Israel and enticed the men of Israel to worship their graven idols (Exodus 20:1-6). Part of this pagan worship involved by having sex with these Midianite women as they worshiped the graven idols! Needless to say, that for a group just recently leaving pagan Egypt, her beliefs and her worship practices, a new religion like this one would seem pretty appealing to some of these men! Let’s also read Numbers 25:1-18 to make this even clearer! Phinehas, a priest of God, kills two people with a single thrust of a javelin (spear) to avert this plague coming on the whole congregation (verse 8)! That is a pretty intense way of preserving what God has ordained; yet that is what God required of them; and that is what God requires of us today (Exodus 34:12-17)!

We must jealously guard how God instructs us to worship Him!!! We must also realize that Satan is still the god of this world, and he still makes his worship services and holidays appealing to the masses (Matthew 24:24)! Almost all of the known “Christian” world bows down to worship according to Satan’s decrees with the Christ Mass and Easter / Ishtar (1 Kings 11:1-11) – not even knowing or caring about the True Holy Days of God. If there be some that may be curious; Satan diverts their attention away from finding the TRUTH of The Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day, with Halloween and goblins, fright nights and costume parties, zombies and demonic possession. From Child to Adult, almost none of the world’s population Honors the Creator God on His Appointed Holy Days! But God does call some… (Matthew 16:18-19)!

God, through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:1-4), Baptized ancient Israel, then sanctified them as Holy to Himself, by giving them Spiritual Meat and Spiritual Drink (exactly as He does for us today after Baptism, on every annual Passover Holy Day ceremony)! Our God is a jealous God, and He gives us seven annual Holy Days that we must jealously keep each year! They were not holy days for the Jews, nor were they holy days for the nation of Israel; they were and still are GOD’S HOLY DAYS – and Our Father gives them as precious Gifts to those He calls out of this evil world (Leviticus 23:1-4)! When Jesus says forever, that is simply and exactly what He means! Forever and ever, Men and women called by God, will keep His Holy Days; they will Honor God and Delight themselves in ALL the LORD’s Sabbaths (Isaiah 58:13-14)!!!

Satan has really deceived many ministers today, who in turn, teach their flocks that “forever” only meant “up until the time of Christ”, or until the cross. Nonsense!!! This is simply NOT true! Let’s let the Bible prove this for us (Exodus 31:12-18). God is not going to write something in stone, with His own finger (this is NOT the human handwritten ordinances that were against us), simply to crumple it up and throw it away! We STILL use that same expression today, “written in stone”, to denote something that does not change. We know that God does not change (Malachi 3:6), and if God does not change, Jesus Christ who does NOTHING of Himself; but only does what the Father tells Him to do (John 5:19, 30); that same Christ would NOT change God’s Laws (Hebrews 13:8)!!!

Jesus Christ is our High Priest. Read this with me: Hebrews 7:1-28. We, after Christ’s resurrection not only keep the letter of the Law, as did the Prophets and Priests of old; but now we rather keep the letter AND the spirit of the Law – which draws us close to God the Father, and in Faith, we believe that Jesus will raise us up at The Last Trumpet, to be Kings and Priests with Him, after the same order of Melchisedec (Also spelled “Melchizedek)!!! Obedience to the Written Word of God, and Faith in God’s Promises - that if we walk as Christ Walked, through the Power of the Holy Spirit in us; we shall be Glorified, even as Christ is right now Glorified by the Father (John 15:3-17).

When we Love God as He Loves us, we OBEY God (Luke 6:46)!!! When we OBEY God, we are given divine wisdom and understanding to walk even more so according to the LIGHT (1 John 2:3-6)!!! When we employ the Wisdom given to us by God, into every area of our lives, we become BLESSED and Produce FRUIT! These Blessings and the Fruit produced, cause us to receive the JOY of God in our lives! We LEARN how to worship God in SPIRIT and in TRUTH (John 4:23-24), we keep both the LETTER and the SPIRIT of the Law (Matthew 5:20)!!!

Then we have an OBLIGATION to TEACH others how to LOVE God as we Love God, to OBEY God as we obey God (Matthew 28:18-20)!!!

We lay down our lives, or give up our lives, in sacrifice to Loving, Obeying, and Serving God! We likewise also give up our lives to Loving, Serving, and Teaching others to Obey God as He showed us to do (Mark 16:15-20); so that those we teach will also gain Godly Wisdom, Godly Blessing, Godly Joy – and in turn also LOVE God and their fellow man, as we do (Psalm 111:10 / Matthew 22:35-40 / Mark 12:28-34 / Luke 10:25-28)!!!

Let’s go back to Hebrews chapter 7:11-12 / Hosea 4:6-7. Perfection does NOT come from the Law, or from the Levitical Priesthood which gave us that Law. PERFECTION comes from our High Priest Christ, after the Order of Melchisedec, who gives us not only the LAW (He was its Author), but The Holy SPIRIT as well (Jesus Christ and God the Father are its Source!); so we can keep that Law in Letter and Spirit; in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24 / Hebrews 7:21-22, 24-28)!!!

A High Priest ALWAYS directs worship to God. The High Priest ALWAYS administers HOW that worship is done. If God cannot change, nor His Son; then it is us (you and I) that must grow into the Truth of correct worship toward God. We must constantly grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of our High Priest, our Lord, our Savior, Jesus The Christ (2 Peter 3:18 / Isaiah 28:9-10). We learn and mature to fully embrace True Worship of The Father, until we are doing it EXACTLY as Jesus Christ worships The Father God! That is the ESSENCE of True Worship toward God (John 15:1-2)! For a sinful world, God will start them back on the path of True Worship of Him, by what you and I are doing right now, here, today… Keeping the Feast of Tabernacles!

In fact, the FIRST THING Jesus Christ does for the Whole World, when He Returns with His Saints; AFTER He kills 200 million soldiers who come against Him in Jerusalem, kills the Beast and False Prophet in the Lake of Fire, and banishes Satan and his demons to the bottomless pit; - is to TEACH the Whole World HOW TO KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, just like you and I are now doing (Zechariah 14:16-19)!!!

The whole world will learn to one day reject the sun god day, Christmas, Easter, and all the other pagan lies that prevent God’s People from correctly worshiping the True God; and from knowing His True Plan to Redeem ALL of mankind!!! But YOU and I must first learn to do that now; and WE ARE!!!                       

The Feast of Tabernacles:

Now let’s look at how Jesus Christ, Himself, will make the institution of The Feast of Tabernacles, one of the VERY FIRST THINGS HE DOES AT HIS SECOND COMING (Zechariah 14:1-5, 9, 16-19). All who say they “follow” and “imitate” Christ, should give serious pause when tempted to believe that they can qualify to teach all nations to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, in the world tomorrow; while ignoring God’s plain commands, and Christ’s exact examples, to keep this Feast themselves – right now!!!

When you understand that Satan has deceived the whole earth (Revelation 12:9), which includes you and I, and everyone else on this planet; it is easy to understand why most of the world does not understand How, Why, and When to keep God’s Holy days!!!

Remember God told us that Satan would change the times (and the seasons) and The Laws of God, up until Christ and His Saints returned to rule the world, and dethrone Satan (Daniel 7:21-28). This has already happened, and yet most people DO NOT realize it!

Consider, God starts His year in the spring; Satan in the dead of winter. God starts His days at sundown; Satan at the stroke of midnight. God sets the seventh day as Holy to Him; Satan (Lucifer, the Light Bringer) has men worship him on the sun-god day or Sunday – the first day of the week. In 1975, Europe changed its calendars to show Monday as the first day of the week, instead of Sunday. God says we must work six days – beginning work on the first day of the week (Sunday), and rest on His Sabbath, the seventh day. Satan has people rest on his Sabbath, the sun-god day, and begin work on the second day of the week (Monday); encouraging all people not to “Judaize” by resting on Christ’s Sabbath, but to work on that day – violating the Fourth Commandment (Revelation 13:16-18)! God’s Laws and His Sabbaths are still in full effect; His people will always obey their Father God and His Son Jesus Christ - and today, they can be found keeping all of them still (Matthew 5:17-20)!

How Do God’s People Keep The Feast?

God’s people look forward to this Special time of year: Feast Time! Each year, year after year; with Great Anticipation and Enthusiasm (Leviticus 23:40)!!! We rejoice before the LORD our God seven days, followed by an additional Feast Day, The Last Great Day, on the eighth day!!!

God’s people gather in locations where God places His Name (Deuteronomy 12:5), to rejoice and fellowship, to feast and worship, and study God’s Word! The Feast of Tabernacles pictures the coming thousand year reign of Jesus Christ, and His resurrected saints on this earth (Revelation 5:9-10, 20:4-6)!

The Feast is a time to read about, study, and celebrate what we will be doing, as the Resurrected Saints of God, administering – along with Jesus, God’s permanent world-ruling government upon this earth! It will be paradise on earth, Christ the KING here in person; no more Satan, nor will his destructive, evil influence remain – they will all be thrown into the bottomless pit for the next thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3)!!!!

Satan is a Liar, and all of his holidays steal Glory from God, instead of giving Glory to God (John 8:44-47)!

We have seen how Satan has changed the times. He has lied to men! When one generation buys into one of Satan’s lies; the next generation follows along into that lie more easily. After several generations, people simply believe the lie as the truth. And if by chance, they happen to stumble upon the Truth; they will usually reject it as a lie, because it is so unfamiliar to them!

Have you grow familiar with some of Satan’s lies? Do you know what Truth is (John 17:17)? If God’s Word is Truth, then God’s Holy Days must also be TRUTH (2 Samuel 7:28 / John 15:3 / Ephesians 5:26). Likewise “holidays” (Satan’s counterfeits) like pagan Christmas, pagan Easter, and others; which violate Deuteronomy 12:1-4, 28-32, no matter how familiar we may be with them, are also lies from Satan – and must be rejected by Christians, if we are to worship God in the way which He Commands (John 4:24 / Galatians 1:8-9)! Let us choose to follow only God, and keep only His Feasts, all the remaining days of our lives!!!

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 is great advice, no matter which Feast of God you are celebrating!!!

Did you know that the first day, of the seven day Feast of Tabernacles, is a Holy Day (Leviticus 23:35)? Under the old Levitical system (the law of Moses; small “l” as compared to the “LAW OF GOD” with a capital “L”), an offering was given on each of the seven days of the feast. Today, we present our offering to God only on the first day of the Feast as we see in Leviticus 23:36-37. The offering and convocation commanded on the eighth day (The Last Great Day), are part of a separate feast altogether – even though it follows on the heels of the first seven days. It is important to remember that God commands His people to present an offering to Him, on His Holy Days (2 Corinthians 9:7 / Exodus 25:2 / Deuteronomy 15:10 / Proverbs 11:24-25 / Romans 12:8 / 2 Corinthians 8:12 / Philemon 1:14). We should each purpose in our hearts what to give God, cheerfully, as we are led (Malachi 3:8 / Nehemiah 13:11-14). Giving an Offering, on God’s Holy Days, is actually a form of Worship; a Worship which MOST of the world rejects (Matthew 2:1-2, 10-15)!!!

Remember that the first day of the Feast and the Last Great Day are days to appear before God with an offering (Deuteronomy 16:16 -17 / Exodus 23:14-19, 34:20-26 / 1 Chronicles 16:29). We are not to appear before God empty (Malachi 3:7-8); and today we all have an opportunity to Worship and Honor God, as He directs us to – in the Beauty of His Holiness!!!

Then we are to Rejoice in the Feast (Leviticus 23:40 / Deuteronomy 16:13-15)! We rejoice at this Feast because it looks forward to one of the Most Joyous times in all of human history! God gave us a way to finance 8 full days of Feasting and Rejoicing, a time of plenty for us and our families; but it involves first knowing of this Truth, and OUR planning ahead of time, one year in advance.

God’s tithing system:

The first tithe supports God’s work of preaching the Gospel (Malachi 3:10).

The second tithe allows church members to attend the feasts (Deuteronomy 14:22-27).

The third tithe is an additional tithe God uses to support the needy (Deuteronomy 14:28-29, 15:1-11, 26:12). Every third and sixth year out of a seven year cycle, God’s people contribute an additional ten percent of their income to the poor, the widows, and the orphans. The seventh year is a year of release. Tithing (all three of them), allows you to increase, and become tremendously Blessed by God!!! It is not often that God tells us to test Him in this and see; but in Tithes and Offerings we have a great opportunity to watch God’s Blessing GROW right before our own eyes! I hope you will take God up on His Word, and watch this next year, and next year’s Feast become even more spectacularly AWESOME then this year’s Feast will be for you this year (Psalm 4:1-8)!!!

When we become Christians, receiving God’s Holy Spirit at baptism, we are then children of Abraham (spiritually, if not already physical descendants) and heirs to the Kingdom of God and ALL of its promises (Galatians 3:29, 6:16). We now begin to tithe, save our second tithe, and start to count our third tithe years, in a seven year cycle, from our “Begotten Date” or the date of our baptism. This is God’s financial plan to provide for His own (Matthew 10:29-31, 25:35-46)!!! It does NOT make sense to the world around us; but to the Spirit lead Christ Follower, it is God’s Math! And God’s computations ALWAYS put His Children FIRST - in Blessings and Abundance, IF we are Obedient to His Instructions!!! Work, Tithe, Save; and WATCH the Word of God BLESS YOU, right before your eyes!!!

The Feast of Tabernacles in Review:

Two annual Holy Days remain. The sixth festival, the Feast of Tabernacles (also lasting seven days), pictures the last 1,000 years of God’s 7,000-year Plan, when Christ and the resurrected saints will reign on the earth. This Feast is described in Leviticus 23:33-35. Like the Days of Unleavened Bread, this Feast was to last seven days because it pictured a period of time—1,000 years—instead of a single event such as Passover or Pentecost.

Leviticus 23:40-41 explains God’s intention regarding how His people should keep this Feast: “…and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days”. Verse 41 reiterates that this Feast was commanded as “a statute forever”!!!

The book of Deuteronomy gives us additional information on God’s instruction for how to keep the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles: “You shall observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that you have gathered in your corn and your wine: And you shall rejoice in your feast, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within your gates. Seven days shall you keep a solemn feast unto the LORD your God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD your God shall bless you in all your increase, and in all the works of your hands, therefore you shall surely rejoice. Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the LORD your God in the place which He shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you” (Deuteronomy 16:13-17). Notice that a special offering was taken up from all those who kept the Feast of Tabernacles—as well as on the other annual Feast Days.

This festival pictures the Millennium—Christ’s 1,000-year reign on earth with the saints. Exodus 34:22 states that this Feast was to be kept “at the year’s end,” because it begins the culmination of the last great steps within God’s Plan. Let’s read this verse: “And you shall observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.”

Recall that Pentecost was the early spring harvest of barley and wheat, with the great fall harvest to follow. Notice that the latter is also called “the feast of ingathering.” This is when God will begin to literally gather in the vast billions who have not been part of His Plan up to this time!!!

The book of Zechariah holds many clues to how the latter stages of God’s Plan will unfold. Chapters 12 and 13 describe the world coming to be at one with God after the completion of the seven trumpet plagues of Revelation 8 and 9, and the time of God’s Wrath and punishment upon a rebellious world, which follows.

Now notice in Zechariah 14:9-11: “And the LORD shall be King over ALL the earth: in That Day shall there be One LORD, and His Name One!!!  All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited!!!”

Jerusalem today is not only one of the most unsafe places in the world; Jerusalem, currently, is a mere shadow of her former glory! She is a city that had been fought over during sixteen wars as of 2016 A.D. (and more is in store, according to Scripture)! She has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times!!! But God promises to make Jerusalem, the Flag Ship Capitol of the whole world (Isaiah 54:1-17, 60:1-22); and Jerusalem will become the Home of The Saints (us) for 1,100 years!!!

What a total change this will be - and it is a type of how the whole world will one day dwell in peace and safety!!! In Zechariah 14:8 God describes literal waters, and also what must be the waters of His Spirit (John 7:38-39) going forth from Jerusalem.

During the Millennium, God changes the world into a Paradise! This is the same paradise the thief on the cross will come up into, after the Second Resurrection (Luke 23:36-43). Let’s look at just a few things God will be doing to the world during His thousand year reign:

Moving mountains: Isaiah 40:3-5, 42:16, 45:2, 49:11 / Zechariah 4:7, 14:10-11 / Luke 3:5)!

God’s Government will be the only one, and people will want to learn about God, His Truth, and His Word (Isaiah 2:1-3 / Micah 4:5 / Habakkuk 2:14)!

God’s Sign or Feast Days are again universally known (Isaiah 66:23-24 / Zechariah 14:16-21)!

God rebuilds his temple during the Millennium, foreshadowing God’s temple coming to earth after the end of this age (Ezekiel 40:1 thru 43:27 / Revelation 21:1-8)!

People will not engage in battle anymore (Isaiah 2:4 / Micah 4:3 / Isaiah 11:9)!

The world will become agriculturally based again; all men will produce their own food (Micah 4:4 / Ezekiel 36:35-36 / Isaiah 27:6, 35:1-2, 6-7 / Amos 9:13 / Zechariah 14:8)!

God will tame the wild animals (Isaiah 11:6-9, 35:9 / Ezekiel 34:25)!

God recreates the Dinosaurs or His Dragons (Isaiah 34:13,16-17 / Jeremiah 9:11, 10:22, 49:33, 51:37 / Nehemiah 2:11-13 / Ezekiel 29:3-5 / Job 40:15-24, 41:1-34).

God will restore human life spans back to what they were before the Great Flood of Noah (Isaiah 65:20-23 / Genesis 5:5-11)!

We, as the Resurrected Saints, get to restore the world to what it once was at the Garden of Eden (Matthew 19:28-30 / 2 Timothy 2:12 / Zechariah 9:10 / Micah 4:1-5, 5:4 / Jeremiah 3:14-19)!!!

Throughout this week, we will study further on God’s Plan for this thousand year rest - for the earth and all of humanity. We will also study the events God’s Word tells us will follow the Millennium:

- Satan released from the abyss

- Satan deceives the nations yet again

- Global armies besiege Jerusalem one last time

- God destroys the global armies by fire

- Satan is finally cast into the lake of fire

- The demons are judged by God and the Saints

- The Second Resurrection of the dead

- The Last Great Day and The Great White Throne Judgement

- The wicked are cast into the lake of fire

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:3-5).

God has a Great Plan in store for this world! It is a Plan only those who obediently keep God’s Holy Days will know about, or will be able to participate in!

Thank God He has chosen to share it with YOU and I today!

Let Us Rejoice and Keep This FEAST!!!!

We look forward to Fellowshipping and Feasting with you throughout the coming week, and enjoying this Feast of Tabernacles 2016, as the BEST one yet!

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!!!” (Philippians 4:4) Very Soon, you and I are going to have a permanent Crown upon our heads!!! Amen! Thank You Lord Jesus!!! :o)                                 

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