The Biblical Fall Festivals season is set to begin with the Memorial of Trumpets in just a few days. At TheShiningLight I have posted through the book of Psalms and a study through Job is now in progress. The Job study will be paused for the Trumpets presentations on Sep 24 and completed a few days later.
Many of today’s corporate assemblies teach that the resurrection to spirit of the first fruits takes place in the Holy Day of Trumpets, but they present no biblical support for that supposition other than the fact the day is named after “trumpets,” when in fact the silver trumpets and the shofar are sounded on ALL High Days!
They also teach that the Spring Festivals represent the harvest of first fruits and yet they claim that the spring harvest of first fruits is reaped on a fall Holy Day. How is that possible? It should be obvious that a harvest reaped in the fall is NOT a spring harvest at all and is actually a fall harvest!
In addition they claim that the seven day Feast of Tabernacles represents a 1,000 year millennium, but the scriptures say that: 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
This means that each one of the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles must represent one thousand years EACH; and in no case can a full seven day Festival represent only one thousand years. Why do they teach such contradictory ideas that are also contrary to the Holy Scriptures?
Do visit this year’s Festival studies as they are posted beginning a few days before Trumpets and you will see the truth about the Biblical Festivals!
Brethren, let us properly understand and keep the Festivals of God with genuine rejoicing; because these days are evil but a new world is coming which will be as full of godly righteousness as the waters fill the seas (Hab 2:14)!
Remember that in future every person who turns to God with a whole heart now, will have a part in teaching and bringing others into the family of God and eternal life in peace and prosperity forever more.
Plans for the coming year
Once this year’s Fall Festivals are completed, studies through the scriptures from Genesis to Malachi [including Revelation] are planned for the entire year up to the Fall Festivals in 2020.
Even with Job and the Psalms already completed and Deuteronomy reserved for the 2020 Feast of Tabernacles, this will be a difficult project to complete in that time frame, therefore the plan is to occasionally publish more than one post a day [watch out for this] and to publish at least two posts each Sabbath.
Once these full book studies are completed the plan is to completely update the doctrinal studies. It is too soon to plan for 2021 if world events should take longer than expected.
How are the Festivals to be kept?
Are we to keep the Festivals with many sermons on family and how great life will be in the kingdom? How does God indicate that the Feasts are to be kept?
There was a great revival before the first coming of Christ after which the people began to fall into pride and zeal for their traditions above a zeal for godliness. Nehemiah records a part of the great Ezra Nehemiah revival in Nehemiah 8.
Today, just before the return of Jesus Christ we are in desperate need of a similar revival of zeal for godliness, a true spiritual revival that will bring a zealous godliness that will last FOREVER!
Nehemiah 8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
8:2 And Ezra the priest [who had come to restore true religion and build the city by the first decree of Artaxerxes (Ahasuerus Longimanus) in c457 B.C.] brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day [the New Moon Feast of Trumpets] of the seventh month. . .
The Feast of Trumpets only comes on a New Moon by the Biblical Calendar and does not do so in today’s unscriptural Rabbinic Calendar [unless there is a postponement].
This is a history of what took place as the people began to study the scriptures and to learn the Word of God. Ezra opened and began to read the Book of Deuteronomy aloud before Judah.
8:2 . . . And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day [the New Moon Feast of Trumpets] of the seventh month.
8:3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
Ezra stood upon an elevated platform behind a pulpit and opened the Book of Deuteronomy and praise and prayer was made to God; and then a portion of the Book was read to all the people and the Levites expounded on the reading to give the people a good understanding.
8:4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit [platform or stage] of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
8:5 And Ezra [the priest] opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people on his platform;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
From this comes the concept of a teacher being elevated so that all the people could see and hear, and also the tradition of the people respectfully standing for public prayer. The book of Deuteronomy was read in the morning and the elders taught the meaning in the afternoon.
8:7 Also Jeshua [Joshua], and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
The people began to be sorrowful for their past wickedness and Ezra and Nehemiah told the people that the day was holy and that they should obey God by rejoicing before their God.
Later after the Feast of Tabernacles, a day of fasting and repentance was called (Nehemiah 9).
8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha [governor], and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. 8:11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
8:12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.
Here they turned the Feast of the seventh New Moon into a two day Feast out of eagerness to hear the scriptures.
8:13 And on the second day [of the seventh month] were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.
In their reading they found the command to keep the Feast of Booths for seven days,; and not understanding that they might dwell in any temporary structure and were to rejoice with the branches, they built the booths out of the branches. That truth being revealed by Jesus during his physical ministry. See our Branches and Booths Tabernacles study. Note: this study may be down for a few days for rescheduling for this year’s Feast.
This was a good thing and was in no wise unlawful.
8:14 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month:
8:15 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written.
8:16 So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim.
8:17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.
8:18 Also day by day, from the first day [of the Feast of Tabernacles] unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.
Brethren, the Feasts of the LORD are to be observed by teaching the people to live by every Word of God, not by shallow presentations about how wonderful family is! Today at the Fall Feast it is taught how wonderful the kingdom will be, while the way into that kingdom is mostly ignored!
Yes brethren, the Festivals are about turning to God with a whole heart and learning to live by every Word of God, but today we have reduced them to a good time emotional experience of self-satisfaction; patting ourselves on the back that we know it all (Rev 3:16-22) when we really have no understanding about the Fall Festivals at all. Do visit TheShiningLight for the true meaning of these Awesome Festivals of the Eternal.
Festival Attendance in the Kingdom
It is clear that some members of a family might not be able to travel to the annual Festivals because of illness, age, or advanced pregnancy and that some would be needed on the farm to care for livestock etc. However it is God’s intention that during the millennium when the Ezekiel Temple is built, as many people as possible will gather together for the three pilgrim Feasts at Jerusalem.
Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
In the future it will be impossible for billions of people from around the earth to gather in this one place at the Ezekiel Temple in Jerusalem three times a year; then the Festivals will have to be observed locally or regionally like we do today, with delegations representing all peoples going up to the Temple at Jerusalem.
Remember that God requires only ONE offering during the Fall Festivals. There are three pilgrim Feast’s during the year and one offering is required at each.
In addition to our Festival tithes for us to eat and rejoice with before God, and the Festival sacrifices of the priests on behalf of the whole nation; the people are commanded to bring an offering to God on each of the three pilgrim festivals.
Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks [Pentecost], and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.
Only three annual offerings are commanded, not seven offerings as some falsely teach.
Brethren, your regular generous contributions and Festival offerings make this work of warning and preparing the bride possible: they are very important and deeply appreciated. They help to restore and provide true sound doctrine in preparation for the coming of our LORD.