Tabernacles and Sabbaths 15-23/7/26/120
This Feast of Tabernacles is effectively an extended feast with the Sabbath coming one day after the Last Great Day of the feast. That means there are two lots of back-to-back Sabbaths in this feast. That is why Judaism uses the postponements to combine the two days into one commencing and ending the feast on the Sabbath. In that way they minimise the inconvenience caused by keeping God’s Calendar. It is unfortunate that God did not think about this problem when he gave the Law to Christ to give to Moses at Sinai. But then again, God is omniscient is He not? If He is, then He must have known of this situation and yet He still gave the Law to Moses anyway. So logic would demand that an omniscient God knowing all true propositions must have known that this problem would arise and He ignored it. He obviously wanted Judah to do what they were told. Fancy That?
God obviously knew that Judah would give a million reasons and then fail to do what they were told. In the same way He knew Ishmael would not only refuse to do what they were told, but rather mess the entire Calendar up so that no one could make sense out of it. They have an excuse of sorts in that they allowed themselves to be undermined by captive nations not of Ishmael that were steeped in mysticism, and the same nations destroy Ishmael even today, and call themselves Islam. The tribes of Israel were also as badly behaved and disobedient. They were corrupted by the Assyrian Easter system long ago, and then came under the influence of the false system from Rome. Judah was more cunning in their disobedience. They said they would do it and then made it impossible to follow, and then blamed God for the result.
So the end result is that no one does what God says and then blames it all on God. The amazing thing is that these same people in Judah, in Islam, and in modern Christianity are puzzled why it all goes pear shaped and the world is being destroyed. What is even more amazing is that they expect God to be pleased with them for their disobedience.
A source of constant fascination to us are the results of the last few centuries where countries that are not of Israel convert to Judaism, such as the Ashkenazim ca. 742 CE, when the entire Khazar system of Southern Russia converted to Judaism and made the system even more corrupt that it was previously. They completely corrupted the Calendar whilst appearing to honour God with their lips, and then wondered why God did not intervene on their behalf when they were destroyed because of it. I have heard and seen the descendents simply say that they did what they were told and God allowed them to be destroyed. Therefore He does not exist or there is no benefit in following the Law. The obvious answer is studiously avoided. The fact is that God wants His orders followed and if they are not followed then He ignores those who disobey Him.
Now there are three systems purporting to obey Him and all are different. It follows as a matter of logic that all cannot be correct. The sad fact is that none of them are correct. The other three groups have persecuted the small group that is correct mercilessly whenever they had the opportunity.
The punishment for not keeping the Day of Atonement is to be cut off from your people. So if the day is postponed it is not kept correctly and the people that keep it on the wrong day are cut off from their people. Fairly straightforward logic one would have thought.
So does it then mean that the successful of the earth are correct and have God’s blessing and others do not? If one is poor, does that mean one sins necessarily as the Health-Wealth Gospel of the West proclaims?
No, it means no such thing. The fact of the matter is that the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) rules the world for the short period of time left that God has given him to complete that rule.
The holy days of God reflects the plan He has implemented from the beginning (see the paper God’s Feasts as they relate to the Creation (No. 227)).
The Month of Muharram or Tishri, the Seventh Month of the sacred year contains the end time sequence of the plan of God reflected in the holy days. Trumpets reflects the coming of the Messiah. The Bible says that no man knows the day or the hour of the coming of the Messiah and the Qur’an repeats that concept in Surah 33 The Clans at 33:63. Atonement is the reconciliation of the world to God and His Laws (see the series The Laws of God (L1)). The Feast of Tabernacles, from the 15 to the 21st day of the Seventh Month, represents the millennial rule of the Messiah and the elect from Jerusalem for 1000 years. This is the First Garden of Paradise mentioned in the Qur’an and the details are in Revelation, chapter 20. The various papers dealing with this period are: The Seven Seals (No 140); The Seven Trumpets (No. 141); and The Millennium and the Rapture (No. 95).
The Last Great Day of the feast, on the 22nd day of the Seventh Month, represents the Second Resurrection of the Dead and the judgment of mankind and the host (see the papers The Resurrection of the Dead (No. 143); and The Judgment of the Demons (No. 80)).
Because Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not obey God, they do not understand the Plan and the sequence of His action with mankind.
Islam does not keep the Day of Trumpets as they should (Lev. 23:24; Num 10:10,
29:1; Ps. 81:3; Surah 6:73-74). It also has prophetic implications (Sura 18:99-100;
20:102; Ezek. 33:1-7) of the return of Messiah instituting the Kingdom of God
(Surah 6:73; 27:87) and of the resurrections (Surah 36:51; 39:68; 78:18; Rev.
8:1-5; Heb. 12:19; 1Thess. 4:16; 1Cor. 15:51-52). Islam does not understand
the signification because they do not keep the day correctly. They do not keep
any New Moon conjunction as a holy day nor study Scripture. Trumpets are also
blown as a single blast for a summons (Joel 2:15; Surah 69:13; 78:18) and with
a series of short notes as an alarm (Ex. 19:13; Joel 2:1); and as an indicator
of the forthcoming consequences of sin and the breach of the Covenant (Hos.
8:1; Zeph. 1:14; Jer. 16:16-19; Surah 50:20), and as the commencement of the
Jubilee (Lev. 25:9).
The Qur’an says in regard to Trumpets:
[6.73] And He it is Who has created the heavens and the earth with truth, and on the day He says: Be, it is. His word is the truth, and His is the kingdom on the day when the trumpet shall be blown; the Knower of the unseen and the seen; and He is the Wise, the Aware.
[18.99] And on that day We will leave a part of them in conflict with another part, and the trumpet will be blown, so We will gather them all together;
[20.102] On the day when the trumpet shall be blown, and We will gather the
guilty, blue-eyed, on that day [23.101] So when the trumpet is blown, there
shall be no ties of relationship between them on that day, nor shall they ask
of each other.
[27.87] And on the day when the trumpet shall be blown, then those who are in the heavens and those who are in the earth shall be terrified except such as Allah please, and all shall come to him abased.
[36.51] And the trumpet shall be blown, when lo! from their graves they shall hasten on to their Lord.
[39.68] And the trumpet shall be blown, so all those that are in the heavens and all those that are in the earth shall swoon, except such as Allah please; then it shall be blown again, then lo! they shall stand up
We are obviously speaking of the resurrections of the dead, which are the two Gardens of Paradise of the Qur’an. There is no such thing as heaven and hell in the Bible or the Qur’an as a repository for the blasphemous immortal soul and an abode of the dead as sentient beings (see the paper The Soul (No. 92)).
The Bible speaks of Trumpets and the Shofar, as we know.
Exodus 19:13 'No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.' When the ram's horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain."
Leviticus 25:9 'You shall then sound a ram's horn abroad on the tenth day of
the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall sound a horn all through
NAS Psalm 81:3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. Now note that the term “Full moon” has been added to this text to try to take the concept away from the New Moon as the New Year’s Feast Day in Abib or the First Month of the Sacred Year.
Hosea 5:8 Blow the horn in Gibeah, The trumpet in Ramah. Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: "Behind you, Benjamin!" 9 Ephraim will become desolation in the day of rebuke; Among the tribes of Israel I declare what is sure.
Zephaniah 1:14 Near is the great day of the LORD, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the LORD! In it the warrior ccries out bitterly. 15 A day of wrath is that day, A day of trouble and distress, A day of destruction and desolation, A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of trumpet and battle cry, Against the fortified cities And the high corner towers. 17 And I will bring distress on men, So that they will walk like the blind, Because they have sinned against the LORD; And their blood will be poured out like dust, And their flesh like dung.
NAS Joel 2:1 Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; surely it is near, 2 A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, So there is a great and mighty people; There has never been anything like it, Nor will there be again after it to the years of many generations. 3 A fire consumes before them, And behind them a flame burns. The land is like the Garden of Eden before them, But a desolate wilderness behind them, And nothing at all escapes them.
Joel 2:15 Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
Here we see the concept of sanctifying the congregation with a fast. This is
the reason we fast on 7 Abib for the simple and erroneous (see the papers Sanctification
of the Temple of God (No. 241); and Sanctification
of the Simple and Erroneous (No. 291)).
NAS Hosea 8:1 Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle the enemy comes against the house of the LORD, Because they have transgressed My covenant, And rebelled against My law.
Ezekiel 33:1 And the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 "Son of man,
speak to the sons of your people, and say to them, 'If I bring a sword upon
a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him
their watchman; 3 and he sees the sword coming upon the land, and he blows on
the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then he who hears the sound of the trumpet
and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will
be on his own head. 5 'He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning;
his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered
his life. 6 'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the
trumpet, and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person
from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from
the watchman's hand.' 7 "Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you
a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth,
and give them warning from Me.
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.' 17 "And I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.' 18 "Therefore hear, O nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them. 19 "Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people, The fruit of their plans, Because they have not listened to My words, And as for My law, they have rejected it also.
The warning of the last days is as a trumpet to these people. The coming of the Messiah is at the blast of the trumpet and the shout of the archangel. The Day of Trumpets is in two phases as the coming of the Messiah and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (see the paper Trumpets (No. 136)).
It is fascinating watching people who claim to follow and obey God, yet who deny His message and kill His messengers.
It is important to understand the meaning of the terms “Day of the Lord” and the “Last Days” and the great period of time they actually cover (see the paper The Day of the Lord and the Last Days (No. 192)).
We are watching Ishmael and Judah/Edom at each other’s throats in these last days, and still they will not obey God. Who will stand ready as the time approaches?
We have much to do. The tribe of Judah and also at least two tribes of Ishmael have to be called to the priesthood of Melchisedek in the last days. The whole world has to be warned and then the world dealt with by the witnesses (see the paper The Witnesses (No. 135)) before Messiah comes. When he comes, the world will be brought into subjection and the world will be run according to the Laws of God for eleven hundred years as a physical system, and then for eternity as a spiritual system. There will be no negotiation.
What does a system that claims an immortal soul and a progression to heaven on death usually for ones friends and to hell for ones enemies as a place of eternal punishment; one that keeps Sunday and Christmas and Easter and has a three-headed God, have to do with the Bible? What does a system that keeps no Laws of God, worships on a Friday afternoon and then runs to open up their businesses on the Sabbath; and one which claims that they also go directly to heaven with 70 virgins attending on one’s every wish provided they mangle as many people who disagree with them as possible, have to do with God and the Scriptures or the Qur’an? The answer is nothing, and the same response we would give to Talmudic Judaism as a grotesque caricature of the Laws of God.
Virtually no person claiming to be a Jew, or a Christian, or a Muslim will enter the Kingdom of God at the return of the Messiah. Their priests will not enter and they themselves will not enter. God wants obedience more than sacrifice. The ones who survive will enter as physical humans and they will obey or die.
Why do people have to wait and refuse to obey until it is too late?
If we love God, we keep His commandments.
These are the elect: Those who keep the commandments of God and the testimony or faith of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:17; 14:12).
May God give everyone safe travel for the feast period and give everyone a rewarding and spiritually uplifting time. May He return us all to our abodes refreshed and encouraged to face the work ahead of us yet again.
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