For “Scripture Sunday” and Monday.
Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles in Today’s World
“This 7-day biblical festival gives you a preview of the coming wonderful age beyond today.
Transcript of YouTube: https://youtu.be/0JWFfikMwHE
[Steve] Did you know there’s a biblical festival that Jesus Christ celebrated in the first century and even today, thousands of Christians still look forward to it each year?
> I think the greatest benefit of the Feast of Tabernacles is spiritual energy.
» I love it! I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
> Yes! Yes! I’m going to the Feast of Tabernacles!
[Steve] From a biblical perspective, is there significance to the Feast of Tabernacles? What does this seven-day festival picture in God’s plan? What does it mean for us today?
Could this festival that Jesus observed unlock a secret for your life?
Stay tuned as we discuss why you should: “Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in Today’s World.”
[Steve] What is the Feast of Tabernacles? Could there be a spiritual significance to the Feast of Tabernacles that you may have overlooked? Why do Christians from around the world take time away from their jobs and schools to attend this seven-day celebration?
I had the opportunity to talk to Christians who celebrate this special biblical festival called the Feast of Tabernacles.
> I”m excited about the Feast because there are so many people here of like mind, you know everybody’s got the holy spirit and when you’re out in the world, I guess doing battle in a sense on a day-to-day basis, it’s just good to come somewhere and I guess, spiritually recharge.
» God’s Kingdom—it’s gonna be so awesome, we can’t imagine what it’s like.
[Steve] Well, let’s try to imagine it from another perspective for a moment.
There was a life-changing event in the New Testament that most don’t realize has everything to do with the Feast of Tabernacles — the transfiguration.
Notice the details. Jesus said, “‘I tell you, there are some here who will not die until they have seen the Kingdom of God come with power.’ Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain…a change came over Jesus, and his clothes became shining white… There the three disciples saw Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus. Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents…’ he and the others were so frightened that he did not know what to say” (Mark 9:1-6).
Now what an amazing event! Exactly what was that all about? Well in a vision, the men were suddenly whisked into the future to see Jesus Christ in His glory in His Kingdom!
Now don’t miss Peter’s reaction. What did Peter associate with this vision? Remember he said: “We will make three tents.” Peter connected tents with this event!” Continued at: https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-television-program/celebrating-the-feast-of-tabernacles-in-todays-world
The Last Great Day: The Final Harvest
“After the Millennium, pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles, comes another time of spiritual harvest pictured by the Eighth Day or Last Great Day.
The Last Great Day pictures the final stage of God’s spiritual harvest.
The seven-day-long Feast of Tabernacles is associated with the 1,000 years of Jesus Christ’s rule on the earth. So continuing in Revelation 20, we come to the Great White Throne Judgment, which corresponds with the Eighth Day or Last Great Day. Verse 5 points out that “the rest of the dead” wouldn’t be resurrected until after the thousand years, which would make this the second resurrection.
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:11-12).
Another view of the second resurrection
This same resurrection is described in other passages that help us to understand it more fully.
Ezekiel 37 describes a valley full of bones that God resurrects to physical life. In this passage God addresses the children of Israel being resurrected: “Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land” (verses 13-14).
During this time, pictured by the Last Great Day, God raises these Israelites as living, breathing human beings, and He offers them His Holy Spirit, which is the same as offering them the chance for salvation and eternal life. God is completely fair and merciful, so these are people who did not have a chance for salvation in their previous lives in this world.
That is why He opens the Book of Life to them—to give them the chance to be written in it! The other books mentioned in Revelation 20:12 would be the books of the Bible, opened to their understanding for the first time.
But will only descendants of Israel have this chance? No, Jesus Christ makes plain that gentiles from all ages will have their opportunity during this Day of Judgment as well (Matthew 10:15; 11:21-24; 12:41-42). And so God’s stated desire will be fulfilled: “Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4; see also 2 Peter 3:9).
What an amazing, merciful plan of salvation is pictured by this Last Great Day and all seven of God’s festivals! What a wonderful future God has in store for us and everyone who will respond to Him!” From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/last-great-day/?
Well, the cable, internet and phone went out a day after the repair man fixed it, when we had another storm.
Fortunately, I have a working laptop, as long as it is plugged in, so the Service Coordinator let me use his WiFi again. But I had to take my printer too, because a lot of paperwork has to be ready for my appointment with the Social Security Administration next week. The repairman didn’t come back until the end of the week, so it was another week that I had to tote my big old heavy laptop and printer down to the Community Room. But I had bought one of those shopping cats on wheels so it came in very handy for that, also for taking the laundry. I always seem to be toting something in it.
For the Sabbath church potluck I made a Butternut Squash Pie with Bisquick and cottage cheese, no milk, and no eggs. I didn’t think that it was as good as the Bisquick Crustless Canned Pumpkin Pie I had made the week before, but the congregation loved it. The Sabbath theme was “Faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible”, Luke 1:37, and the Message was about The Imminent Return of Christ. Our pastor wasn’t there, so the pastor of the Spanish congregation gave it. He has a thick accent, and I don’t do well understanding folks with accents, but I got the gist of it.
Sunday afternoon we had the usual Bible study at the apartment Community Room, and the subject was about “The Power of Words”, how they can hurt or heal. The pastor chose that because the week before one of the ladies had a tizzy about something, and stormed out. It was actually a paper that she herself had written, but she wasn’t there to hear it.
Then on Sunday, I made another pie, because I was going to celebrate “The Last Great Day”, the holy day at the end of The Feast of Tabernacles, with my old church in Willis on Monday. I used the rest of the butternut squash and made a pie with the Bisquick, eggs and milk recipe that I had used for the crustless canned pumpkin pie. It went down very well.
The Bible readings were Deut. 14:22-16,17, 1 King. 82-21, John 7:37-39. These were chosen because they are about The Last Great Day. The Teaching was also about that.
For a couple of days I had a helper. He is a caregiver for one of the residents here. We drove to Willis and brought six dining room chairs with arms and some other stuff back to Navasota. That made a lot of space there at that storage. Another day he got on my little step ladder and hung some pictures for me. We had agreed on an hourly rate and I paid him more than he worked. Then he didn’t come back, so I hired another guy and we moved some stuff around in the two storage units that I have in here in Navasota. I had to get a bigger storage unit here, temporarily, to house the things that are in the Willis one. I hope to have that unit empty by the following Thursday.