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22 Jun

I have a course on Basic Christian Beliefs for new Christians and as a refresher for long-time Christians, which is posted on Udemy.

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Succoth- Sept 20-27-B

30 Sep

While Succoth remembers the wandering in the wilderness, it had a deeper meaning as well. It came at the end of the string of holidays and was a feast after the final harvest of the year.  It foretells the end of the tribulation during which God will gather the final harvest before He sets up His kingdom and restores His rule over all of creation. The tribulation will end with Yom Kippur which foretells the final dividing of the “sheep” (faithful) and the “goats” (unfaithful). Succoth was a kind of celebration that they had passed the test and were acceptable to God and would enjoy Gods blessings in the future. In the same way, the marriage supper of the lamb, foretold in Revelation 19, will include all the saints in heaven as they celebrate the uniting of Christ with His  bride (the Church) and look forward to enjoying the blessings of God for eternity.  The Church has no similar celebration except Christ the King day which occurs the last Sunday before Advent and celebrates the return of Christ, however very few churches celebrate it.

 

Yom Kippur-Sept 15

16 Sep

Yom Kippur is an important Jewish holiday in which God commands every Jew to participate but is largely forgotten by Christians. After the ten days following Rosh Hashanah in which the Jews are to settle their differences and repent from sin, the Jews spend 24 hours in prayer. Formerly, the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to offer a sacrifice and intercede for Israel, however since Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, was slain for our sins, the temple sacrifice is no longer necessary. Therefore, God allowed the temple to be destroyed after Jesus death and resurrection, making further sacrifice impossible. On Yom Kippur, the books opened on Rosh Hosanna are sealed, yet Jews have no assurance that their deeds are adequate because they cannot be sure the sacrifice was without blemish. We can be sure of our salvation because Jesus died for our sins and He is without sin. We are not justified by works and cannot walk in sin and atone for it in a few days of repentance. Since the destruction of the temple, the priests have watered down the importance of the sacrifice, but the Bible says there is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood. Many churches today have watered down the Gospel and pretend going to church is adequate to save you. Many no longer ask for repentance and dedication to Christ.

 

 
 

Rosh Hosanna-C

06 Sep

Today is Rosh Hosanna. Many today ignore Rosh Hosanna as one of those traditions of the Jews that has passed away but God said it was one of the celebrations which were to be celebrated forever. As we look to the coming of Rosh Hosanna, those of us who have studied the Bible and believe it look at it coming with fear and hope. We look at it with fear because a large part of the church no longer keeps the Word of the Lord. While they proclaim the Bible as God’s Word, they ignore those parts of it that they don’t agree with. Many churches today are Christian in name only for they do not teach the Word of God or live it out in their life. Many feel they are Christians but have never been taught what it means to be Christian and are not walking with God. Many churches will meet on Sunday morning after Christ comes and wonder why they are still here. Many preachers will stand in the pulpit and try to explain to them why they were left behind but it will all be in vain. We look forward with hope because one year on that day, those who are in Christ will rise to be with him in the air. Just as the Jews prayed on Passover that Elisha would come to share the feast with them, we Christians should pray that Christ will come that we might share the marriage feast of the Lamb with Him.

 

Succoth-B

12 Oct

However, Succoth had a deeper meaning as well. It came at the end of the string of holidays and was a feast time after the time of tribulation. Symbolizing the last harvest, it also symbolized the celebration after the final judgement symbolized by Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur was the final dividing of the “sheep” (faithful) and the “goats” (unfaithful). Succoth was a kind of celebration that they had passed the test and were acceptable to God and would enjoy Gods blessings in the future. In the same way, the marriage supper of the lamb will include all the saints as they celebrate that they had made it to heaven and would enjoy the blessings of God for eternity.

 

Succoth-A

12 Oct

(Sorry, I missed this Oct 28) The Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)-A It occurs seven days after the Day of Atonement-(five days after Yom Kippur) and lasts a week. It is a time when the Jews build crude huts or booths to dwell in. It is a time of remembering when the Jews wandered in the wilderness, lived in booths, and were dependent on God. It occurred during the harvest festival when the workers lived in booths near the field and moved them as the harvest moved from field to field. God warned them that when they entered the land of Canaan and experienced the plenty of the land that they should not forget their dependence on God and dwelling in booths would remind them of His provision. Indeed, in our time of plenty, we have lost our appreciation for all God has provided us and think our hand alone has provided this. We forget we are dependent on God for all we have, including the very air we breathe.

 

Previous Posts-3/12

28 Sep

This is the Third in the series of previous posts and highlights
Pentecost, Kingdomtide, Final Harvest

Click on the links below to access those series.

 

Yom Kippur-September 28

28 Sep

The Tribulation will bring forth the final harvest. Israel had two rainy seasons and so had two growing seasons, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Yom Kippur celebrated the Final Harvest of the year but looked forward to the end of time. During the Tribulation, the earth will be tried by fire, flood, and pestilence and people will be forced to choose between God and the ruler of this world. The trials we face now are but a foretaste of what is to come. Jesus says it will be like child-birth. The pains will become more intense and closer together until the final supreme effort brings forth the birth of a new life. During that time, people will either turn to God or to man for relief. That choice will choose their destiny for eternity. During the Tribulation, those that turn to God will be the last harvest of souls. Once the tribulation ends, the fate of those who went through it will be sealed for eternity. All who believed in God will spend eternity with Him and those who rejected Him will spend eternity in Hell.

 
 

The Final Harvest-B

13 Sep

The song states “These are the Days of Elisha” declaring the Word of the Lord. Elisha was a prophet during a great struggle between the worship of God and the worship of Baal who promoted sexual license and child sacrifice (like liberalism today). He saw the coming of the Lord (way in the future) and called people to return to God and live a life pleasing to God in preparation for His coming. He performed many miracles and was highly revered by the Jews. He promised that one day God would return to deliver them from their enemies. Many Jews felt God would accept them because they worshiped in the temple and made sacrifices, but they did not obey God’s Word. The Word predicted that Elisha would return before the great and mighty day of the Lords return. However, Elisha means “God with Us” and Christ fulfilled that as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Today, we face a similar threat from liberalism that threatens God’s people and many Christians are turning to liberalism for deliverance. Today, the Word of God is being proclaimed by a few and calling people to return to the righteousness of God so He might deliver them from their enemies when He comes, but like in the days of Elisha, few listen. Many feel they are Christians because they attend church and pay their tithes, but they do not obey God’s Word.

 
 

Rosh Hosanna-Sept 18

13 Sep

Rosh Hashanah is the third celebration that God commanded every Jew to participate in and like Passover and Pentecost, it foretells coming events. It is determined by the Jewish calendar and usually occurs in our September or early October and celebrates the Jewish New Year. Though it is an important Jewish holiday, it is practically forgotten in Christian circles today. Originally the beginning of the Jewish calendar, it was replaced by Passover as the beginning of the Jewish year when the Israelites fled Egypt and God told them to count the days from the day they left Egypt. Rosh Hosanna is thought to be the day the universe was created and foretells the day that Christ will return and restore the world. It begins with the sound of the trumpet and God opens the books and rewards the good. It predicts the Final Days when the trumpet shall sound, God will open the books, and those in Christ shall rise to meet Him in the air. It will arrive this coming Friday evening at sundown.