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The Feast of Tabernacles and Unleavened Bread

Both Tabernacles and Unleavened Bread keep us off balance so that we remain humble, seek stability, and trust in God's providence for our ultimate destiny.

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Feast of Tabernacles Basics

The basics of the Feast of Tabernacles consist of a harvest image, depicting a massive number of people coming to the truth. The journey depicts a time of judgment.

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What Makes for a Good Feast of Tabernacles?

God commands us to dwell in temporary booths for seven days. As the green leaves change colors, celebrants cannot help but reflect on the brevity of life.

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Ecclesiastes and the Feast of Tabernacles (Part 1)

Love for this world will inevitably bring disillusionment. Because the world is passing away, our priorities should be to fear God and keep his commandments.

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Holy Days: Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles is a type of the Millennium, when Christ will set up His government on the earth. Real peace and prosperity will be the norm.

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Fearing God at the Feast (Part One)

What we learn and experience at the Feast of Tabernacles should keep us in the proper fear of God for the rest of the year. Here's how to approach the Feast.

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Amos 5 and the Feast of Tabernacles

How can we evaluate whether our Feast is 'good' or not? God's criticism of Israel's feasts in Amos 5 teaches what God wants us to learn from His feasts.

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Ecclesiastes and the Feast of Tabernacles (Part 2)

God emphasizes Ecclesiastes during the Feast of Tabernacles to show the result of doing whatever our human heart leads us to do. The physical cannot satisfy.

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Amos 5 and the Feast of Tabernacles

If we go to the Feast with the goal of physically enjoying, we may lose out on both the spiritual and physical benefits. 'Going through the motions' defiles it.

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God's Way of Give at the Feast of Tabernacles

God commands us to present ourselves at His Feast and give as we are able. This article describes many ways we can give at the Feast—and many are free.

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Deception, Idolatry and the Feast of Tabernacles

Jeroboam, pragmatic and fearful, established a more convenient idolatrous festival to prevent his people from keeping the real Feast of Tabernacles in Judah.

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Fearing God at the Feast (Part Two)

Though no verse directly states it, a unifying factor in the instructions for the Feast is God's faithfulness, which will lead us to the proper fear of Him.

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Rejoice at the Feast

Mike Ford, anticipating the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles, focuses on the admonition to rejoice in Deuteronomy 16:13. How does this apply if things go wrong? We know that Satan intensifies his efforts toward us as we are preparing to keep an event which he loathes. Satan hates these holy days and wants us to have a miserable time keeping them. We need to keep our trials in perspective and constantly look toward the future, setting our minds on things above. Living in temporary dwellings reminds us that we are pilgrims and our problems are just temporary. We take those problems to God in prayer. The sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which will be revealed in us. There is nothing that we will go through that hasn't been experienced by others. As a result of combined intercessory prayer,in 1963, a hurricane was diverted from hitting the Feast at Jekyll Island, pummeling Cuba and Haiti instead.

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The Feast: Vacation or Holy Time?

The Feast of Tabernacles has aspects of a vacation, yet its purpose is far more serious and spiritual. We know this, but what do we practice?

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Fearing God at the Feast (Part Three)

The Feast is not a celebration just for the sake of having a good time. Our festivities should focus on God's faithfulness, rejoicing in all He did during the year.

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Feast: Command of God?

Keeping God's annual Sabbaths are just as much a mandate on God's people as keeping the Ten Commandments.

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Teachings From Tabernacles

The Festivals of God focus upon harvest seasons, including the small harvest of First Fruits at Pentecost and the Vast ingathering at the end of the age , depicted by the Feast of Booths, demonstrating the impermanence and transience of the physical, in preparation for something more permanent. The growing seasons cannot be shortened, but require a full measure of maturation, including sowing, cultivating, and rain. The successful farmer is not lazy, but has to work hard , a junior partner with God Almighty, responsible for the laws of nature. Failure to properly cultivate may lead to an inferior crop of rotten fruit. When applied to spiritual growth, God's chosen people, like the diligent farmer, has to tend water, cultivate, and pull noxious weeds out the spiritual field, growing crops of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness gentleness , goodness, faithfulness, and self- control, eradicating the carnal thistles. The Feast describes a temporary transient journey to a more permanent pasture for individuals currently as vulnerable as sheep, dwelling in sukkoth ( animal shelters- or mangers) perhaps indicating that Jesus Christ was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles and circumcised on the eighth day, confirming His role in establishing a covenantal relation as a human being, giving Him empathy to His created people. Jesus tabernacled with His brethren in a perishable tent, both Paul and Peter described as a tent ( 2 Corinthians 5:1 ; 2 Peter 1:13-14), anticipating a more permanent dwelling following the Resurrection. On the Eighth Day, Jesus alluded to the water ceremony practiced by the Jews, assuring His followers that He would give them water, from which they would never again experience thirst, alluding to God's precious Holy Spirit - the very mind of Christ ( I Corinthians 2:16), transforming God's chosen called-out ones into mirror images of Christ.

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Rejoice in God's Feast

God can take satisfaction that He is doing the right thing, and thus His rejoicing can even come from painful judgments. Sarcificing and rejoicing are linked.

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Preparing for the Feast

The Feast of Tabernacles is far more than a yearly vacation. It is a time set apart for both rejoicing before God and learning to fear Him.

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Sharing Our Lives at the Feast

The Feast of Tabernacles is a wonderful gift God has given us to spend time with each other, really sharing of ourselves. Here is how this can be done.

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How to Have a Great Feast

The Feasts of God are not vacations, but are holy convocations when God assembles His family for the purpose of enabling us to learn to fear and honor Him.

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Amos 5 and the Feast

Just because we keep God's feasts does not necessarily mean we are in sync with God's Law or intent. The Israelites kept the feasts in a carnal manner.

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Fall Feast Lessons

The world will learn that God judges—that He has the ultimate decision over everything. After Satan is bound, God will bring about seven reconcilements.

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The Feast Brings Hope

John Reid, reflecting upon the plethora of stresses in today's society, observes that the saints are being incrementally worn down by evil societal pressures. Perversions are looked upon as the norm and morality as the perversion. The Feast of Tabernacles gives us hope that all of this filthy perversion will be destroyed, making way for God's righteousness to prevail upon the earth, enabling the earth to be healed from its plagues. The Feast of Tabernacles will be incrementally enforced upon the whole earth. For those of us who have been called, the veil has been lifted and we know the mind of God. Like David, we look forward to seeing God as He is, having His composition, mind and character. When we become resurrected from the dead during the first resurrection, we will be conformed to the image and likeness of Christ, who has served as our model as well as high priest. We will serve as beacons of morality, teaching God's commandments in both principle (understanding) and practice (using God's law), serving as priests for those who will be mortal beings at that time, instructing them in the truth (having become grounded thoroughly in God's laws, commandments, and statutes) turning them from Satan's influences into beings qualifying to be members of the God family. God insists that the process of our sanctification- emerging as first fruits, we learn to love and forgive as God has loved and forgiven us, exercising patience, gentleness, and self control.

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As He Is Holy (Part Two)

Do we truly believe that what God has made holy is sacred to Him? When we ignore or trample on His holy things, how close are we to Nadab or Ananias?

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Seeking A New Home

We are seeking a permanent dwelling in God's Kingdom. In our on-going sanctification process, we are not yet home, but trudging along the way in our pilgrimage.

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Do Not Confuse the Lessons (Part One)

Valuable lessons may be learned when we observe the feasts God's way, but they would get lost if we tried to apply to them what we believe are good ideas.

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John 7:37 Examined (Part One)

The Eighth Day (or Last Great Day) is a separate festival from the Feast of Tabernacles, which can only derive its significance in the New Testament.

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Tithing: Second Tithe

God commands us to keep His feasts and holy days, and He also makes funds available for us to do so—by saving second tithe.

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How Do We Keep God's Festivals?

Here are the foundational principles to keep in mind in observing the Feasts of God throughout the year.

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Whatsoever Your Heart Desires

We must not construe the term, "whatever our heart desires," as a pass to sin, but we should use every occasion to grow in thinking and acting like God.

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Are the Blood Moons Significant? (Part Three)

It is unusual for lunar eclipses to occur on God's holy days. Understanding those days helps us to find the right significance to the blood moons.

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Whatever Your Heart Desires

The Bible tells us that at the Feast of Tabernacles, we can spend our money on whatever we desire. Do we indulge ourselves, or do we enhance the Feast for others?

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Looking Back to the Future

The dwelling in booths and the sacrifices were the context for rejoicing at the Feast of Tabernacles. The booths depict our current lives as pilgrims.

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Deuteronomy (Part 2) (1994)

Deuteronomy, which is to be reviewed every seven years, provides us with vision and instruction for living in our spiritual Promised Land.

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Rejoice and Fear God

We must fill our lives with peace, repenting, changing our attitude, and voluntarily yielding to God before we can produce the fruits of righteousness.

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Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Seven)

The prevailing view is that at the end time, God will judge between the righteous and unrighteous, consigning each to heaven or hell, an idea from paganism.

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What We Can Learn from Booths

God intends for us to learn daily lessons from living in booths during the Feast of Tabernacles, a joyous time after the harvest has been taken in.

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Why Are We Here? (2004)

Keeping the Feast of Tabernacles includes temporary dwellings, rejoicing before God, and learning to fear God and faithfully keep His law.

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The Handwriting on the Wall (2021)

When comparing the Jewish Disneyland Succoth Extravaganza with the Holy Days kept by Israel, it is obvious that the veil still bars their understanding.

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Deuteronomy (Part 5)

God's faithfulness is the foundation of our faith. We cannot live by faith unless we believe we have a God who is faithful in everything He does.

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Radiating the Glory of God

We have been allowed the privilege of knowing God now. We need to radiate the glory of God as Moses radiated the glory of God by having been in His presence.

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The Eighth Day

The Eight Day (or Last Great Day) has little written about it, but the patterns of Scripture reveal much about the abundance of this holy day.

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Learn to Fear God

Fearing God is equated with obeying or complying with God's instructions, voluntarily measuring all our thoughts and behavior against His Law.

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The Sabbath: Redemption

God has blessed us with the Sabbath, a period of holy time, when He redeems us from the clutches of our carnality and this evil world.

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The Blind See

Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging the premature death of Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, and his accomplishments, reports he had a darker side, dying as a Zen Buddhist and displaying the characteristic of a tyrant. Though he was highly successful by worldly standards, he was not called, and had no concept of God's plan. This 8th Day, symbolizing the Great White Throne Judgment, depicting the huge harvest, will be the harvest of the greater part of mankind—all the rest of the dead. What Jesus preached about in John 8-10 is the gold standard of instruction about the eighth day. Jesus comes in as the Light of the World, providing forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery and rebuke for the recalcitrant Pharisees. People in the world cannot understand without God's Spirit. Jesus Christ knew that God the Father had his back. At the conclusion of His confrontation with the Pharisees (pointing out their hopeless bondage to sin), the next part of God's plan is revealed—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Pharisees, by their behavior, proved that they had not the foggiest concept of God the Father, but instead were children of Satan, as is the bulk of the world's population. The episode contained in John 9, about the man born blind from birth, depicts the hopeless spiritual blindness of most of the earth. Only Jesus Christ, as the Light of the World, can release the world from spiritual blindness. The clay and spittle Christ uses possibly depicts or alludes to a new creation in the future. Jesus Christ's admonition for the blind man to walk and cleanse himself emphasizes the works of repentance. The pool of Siloam alludes to the paradise of creation -waters of Eden from Gihon Spring, perhaps depicting the Holy Spirit and its power to heal.

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Common Tithing Questions

The doctrine of tithing often raises specific questions regarding how many there are, who they go to and whether they are strictly on agriculture.

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One Nation Under God (Part One)

National renewal cannot take place unless there is a true turning from sin and commitment to following the Law of God.

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His Own Vine and Fig Tree

Property rights will be held sacrosanct during the Millennium. God brings His people back to their own land, and to restore it to be like the Garden of Eden.

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Our Awesome Destiny

Understanding is totally different from knowledge. Some people with ample knowledge are incredibly ignorant when discerning the plan of God.

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God's Rest and the Millennium

The Millennium or God's rest will be an exceedingly busy time, a time when all of humanity will be converted, a time everybody will be on the same trek.

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The Sabbath: Rest

The Sabbath is an antidote to the weariness we experience. It recalls God's pausing after completing His physical creation, focusing on the spiritual creation.

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Numbers (Part One): Journey in the Desert

God never says the Christian life would be easy or that life would always be fair. Difficulties and tests are given to test our hearts and promote humility.

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Going Up to the Mountain of the Lord

348 days after leaving the 2020 Feast of Tabernacles God's people have experienced good days, bad days, and horrendous days of pain and loss, prompting many to cry out, "How Long Lord until Your righteous Kingdom arrives. In three short days, the commanded assembly- the Feast of Tabernacles, depicting a joyous time when all sickness, disease, pain, misery, and evil will no longer ravish the earth as it is at this present time. Even though rejoicing from a state of quarantine or from a hospital bed can be quite problematic, God commands His chosen saints to rejoice for the Feast of Booths depicts the creation of new heavens and a new earth bringing in a glorious time when weeping will no longer be heard ( Isaiah 65: 17) We, as God's people make a journey to where He has placed His name, prefiguring a time when the entire earth will be under God's government ( Isaiah 2:1-4. Zechariah 14: 16-19, Micah 4:1-2) keeping God's holy laws will regularly summoned to the Mountain of the Lord to be taught directly by God Almighty. Even though it is difficult to rejoice in the midst of current trials and horrendous loss, God's people are instructed to look up, over the sun to a joyous time Christ returns, when there will be no more tears and suffering. In the meantime, we as the Israel of God are mandated to be anxious for nothing, seeking the blessed peace that passes understanding ( Philippians 4: 4-7) keeping the Feast of Tabernacles with rejoicing, imitating the joy God continually experiences.

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Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part Two)

We must continually upgrade our decorum and formality in our approach to God. What is practiced on the outside reinforces what is on the inside.

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The Third Day (Part One)

Biblically, the third day carries much historic and prophetic significance.

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God's Holy Days - Our Shared Vision Of Hope

From Passover to Pentecost to Trumpets to Atonement to the Feast of Tabernacles, these days should solidify our vision of he Father, Jesus, and one another.

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Our Awesome Destiny (2000)

Through a miraculous combination of knowledge plus the spirit of God, we realize that our destiny is to be a part of the divine Family.

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The Final Harvest

Are millions lost because they never heard the name of Christ? What about infants who died? Are the doors forever shut on those born into false religion?

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Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Six)

Jesus shared many happy feasts with His disciples and attended banquets and celebrations, much to the chagrin of the self-righteous Pharisees.

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Peace With God

Martin Collins observes that as long as humans have an insatiable lust for power and control, there will never be peace on earth. Sectarian violence and parochial wrangling will perpetuate violence and struggle. God has initiated the process of destroying the enmity between God and man, and between man and man (i.e. Jew and Gentile). Like the restless motions of the sea, man will always have conflict without God's intervention and without the guiding and moderating influence of God's Holy Spirit. The immediate benefit of our justification through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is peace with God.Our society at large is characterized by confusion; God's Spiritual Kingdom (run by His spiritual sons and daughters) in the Millennium will be one of peace and tranquility, a time when would-be terrorists will be compelled to beat their swords into plowshares, a time when people from all over the earth will be keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. In the meantime, we can conquer the restlessness and fears we might experience through the peace of God which passes all understanding.

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John (Part Thirteen)

The myriad opinions of the crowd concerning Jesus were all conditioned from their perspectives and traditions, but hardly ever from God's perspective.

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In Search of a Clear World View (Part Four)

Satan can fine-tune the course of this world (Zeitgeist), customizing it depending on whom he may seek to murder. We need to be thinking and vigilant.

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Are God's Holy Days To Be Kept Today?

If we do not keep God's holy days, we will deprive ourselves of the knowledge of God's purpose. Jesus and the first century church observed and upheld these days.

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Deuteronomy and Idolatry

We are admonished to internalize the book of Deuteronomy in preparation for our future leadership roles.

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Are We Ready To Enter The Promised Land?

We may not be troubled by giants or enemy nations, but we have trials of similar magnitude. We dare not behave as the timid spies, but live with boldness.

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Preparing to Be a Priest

The primary function of a priest is to assist people in accessing God so that there can be unity with God. A priest is a bridge-builder between man and God.

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Places of Safety (Part One)

God see His Holy Days (include the weekly Sabbath) as typical places of safety. Such occasions foreshadow a time when the wolf and lamb dwell together.

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God's Will

Praying according to God's will is sometimes ambiguous. Yet as we respond positively to His covenant, He reveals more and more of His secret plans.

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Handwriting on the Wall (2015)

John Ritenbaugh reminds us that we are approaching the end of a seven year cycle, the seventh year on the Hebrew calendar, a time of the year of release, when the Law was publicly and solemnly read. This event has always proved more solemn with a sense of urgency than the services of a regular Feast of Tabernacles. In the current grim background of the accelerating decadence of the western democratic democracies, we must remember that for God's called-out ones the responsibility for a life of faith is not the church, but rather on the individual. Because none of us are privy to the time of Christ's return, we must continually seek God's counsel rather than being distracted and mesmerized by the Zeitgeist around us. During the time of Noah, there was a lengthy witness from a preacher of righteousness before God's hammer of judgment (in the form of the flood) fell upon the world's populace. We must be continually aware and alert to our own spiritual condition, remembering that the times would be identical to Noah's, when people were absorbed into the spirit of the time, failing to heed God's warning. God's called-out ones must remain single-minded, fortifying their spiritual reserves with Bible study, prayer, and meditation, maintaining a vigilant, watchful eye out for the surreptitious lures of Satan's decadent socio-cultural milieu.

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Do Not Confuse the Lessons (Part Two)

The Bible records no example of keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread with services each day, unlike the Feast of Tabernacles, which has a daily convocation.

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Privileges of the Temple of God

Martin Collins, acknowledging that the Feast of Tabernacles pictures Jesus Christ's role as King of kings, points out that Jesus Christ is still under the authority of God the Father, the Father of all of us. Paul uses many metaphors to illustrate our relationship to God the Father: citizens of the Kingdom, household, and building. The common denominator of all of Paul's metaphors is unity, membership, and merger of parts. The static framework model of a building is actually a closer, more interrelated, interconnected structure than the self-moving analogues of the family or citizen. In this metaphor, Paul tried to discourage the fracturing into cliques or factions, but to bond together as living stones within the metaphorical building. The Church is a building which has been constructed from the foundation of the world, fashioned incrementally stone by stone, layer by layer, generation by generation, member-by-member. This edifice cannot be corrupted by materials promoting syncretistic merger of pagan and worldly elements, but must be crafted exclusively by God Almighty, personally selecting every piece, from the prophets, apostles, and Jesus Christ, the Corner Stone, to the lively stones, consisting of God's called-out ones. We need to carefully examine what construction materials we bring to the site, or the care we use to construct the edifice. We need to construct with care in order that it might stand up under fiery tests, enabling it to last for eternity. We must be related to the Chief Corner Stone and to one another, skillfully and painstakingly fitted together by the Master Builder or the Master Architect.

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Money Is Power

Richard Ritenbaugh insists that how we spend our money at the Feast of Tabernacles will give to God Almighty an idea of how we will use power in the Millennium. Using the analogy of Bill Gates wealth in comparison to the average person, or the national debt, we see that responsibility with currency is both relative (in terms of the amount of wealth), but absolute (in terms of responsibility for this wealth). For a responsible diligent person, money is power, but for an irresponsible lazy person, it can prove an absolute curse. Whoever is faithful in small matters will in all likelihood be responsible in major matters. Leadership demands faithfulness, productivity, and responsible stewardship of all of our resources. If we are untrustworthy with a paltry sum of money, we will be untrustworthy with the vast resources of God's creative power. At the Feast we have the opportunity to demonstrate to God that we can show outgoing charitable uses for the financial blessings God has given us.

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The Consequences of Affluence

'Affluenza' describes the bloated insensitivity caused by trying to keep up with the Joneses, the stress caused by doggedly pursuing the American Dream.

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Worship God!

What is worship? What should our attitude be in worship? How do we worship God? Our God is seeking people to worship Him in spirit and truth!

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Holy Days: God's Plan in the Holy Days

Leviticus 23 not only reveals God's holy days—it also provides, in symbol form, a detailed schematic of God's plan.

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The Sin of Self-Deception

In our relationship with God, we must emphasize principle over pragmatism. If we are led into deception, it is because our carnal nature wanted it that way.