- Leviticus 23:39-43
'Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the LORD for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest. And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'"
- Deuteronomy 14:22-26
"You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year. And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always. But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, or if the place where the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, when the LORD your God has blessed you, then you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place which the LORD your God chooses. And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household.
- Leviticus 23:34-37
"Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. ‘These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day—
- Zechariah 14:16-19
And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
- Deuteronomy 16:13-16
“You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice. “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.
- Nehemiah 8:1-18
When the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities. Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose; and beside him, at his right hand, stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and at his left hand Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. Then all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law; and the people stood in their place. So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.” And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them. Now on the second day the heads of the fathers’ housesof all the people, with the priests and Levites, were gathered to Ezra the scribe, in order to understand the words of the Law. And they found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month, and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it iswritten.” Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim. So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness. Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner.
- Numbers 29:12-13
‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work, and you shall keep a feast to the LORD seven days. You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the LORD: thirteen young bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year. They shall be without blemish.
- Isaiah 2:2
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
Thatthe mountain of the LORD’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.
- Amos 5:21-23
"I hate, I despise your feast days,
And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.
Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them,
Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
- Deuteronomy 12:17-18
You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or your new wine or your oil, of the firstborn of your herd or your flock, of any of your offerings which you vow, of your freewill offerings, or of the heave offering of your hand. But you must eat them before the LORD your God in the place which the LORD your God chooses, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all to which you put your hands.
- Isaiah 1:10-17
Hear the word of the LORD,
You rulers of Sodom;
Give ear to the law of our God,
You people of Gomorrah:
"To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?"
Says the LORD.
" I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
Or of lambs or goats.
"When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood.
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.
- John 7:37-39
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
- Deuteronomy 8:1
“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers.
- Deuteronomy 12:5-6
"But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go. There you shall take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, your vowed offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.
- Deuteronomy 12:11-12
then there will be the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. There you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, and all your choice offerings which you vow to the LORD. And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your sons and your daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levite who is within your gates, since he has no portion nor inheritance with you.
- Ezekiel 20:15-16
So I also raised My hand in an oath to them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, 'flowing with milk and honey,' the glory of all lands, because they despised My judgments and did not walk in My statutes, but profaned My Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols.
This is an updated version of an older story on just why America is so special (along with Great Britain and Canada). It's a story of our national identity - a great Feast study topic......
The Feast of Tabernacles is a holy day that is required by God to observe! Most do not know that when the millennium comes, BOTH the Saturday Sabbath and the Feast of Tabernacles are required for the world to follow. Most likely, all of God's holy days will be required, but we know from in:
Zechariah 14, we read, "16And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall haveno rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles."
Isaiah 56, also mentions the requirement to keep the Sabbaths during the millennium!
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Someone once asked me, "Bob how can you say in one breath that God has little to nothing to do with this world, yet then say that the USA one of the lost nations of Israel? In addition, that if we do not obey God, our nation will be destroyed by him? Which scenario is it, God involved or Satan’s world?"
I am quite sure that many have asked themselves the same question and let me assure you that there is an easy answer! God was totally involved in our world in the days of Adam and Eve. He (One of the divine Godhead that became Jesus) personally walked with them, talked with them and instructed them how to live in a godly lifestyle and have life forever. God had every intention to be involved in our lives from the start, just as any human parent has those same plans with their children.
Then sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience of God’s Laws. Remember there is only one biblical definition of sin. "Sin is the transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4) Without the law, one cannot sin! (Romans 3:20 and Romans 7:7) When Adam and Eve broke God’s laws, they sinned. The Bible also gives us another term: "The wages (or penalty) of sin is death." ( Rom 6:23) Therefore breaking the laws of God, brings death! Therefore, Adam’s sin brought death to mankind.
Notice that there was a tree of life in the garden. As long as humankind would eat of this tree, one would not die. Now God did not want for his creation to exist forever in sin, so God ejected them from the tree of life and the garden. (Gen 3:22-23) God is love and God does not want to see any of us live forever in the torment of sin, as so many churches falsely teach. The penalty of sin IS NOT tormenting in an ever burning hell, rather the penalty of sin is death ( Rom 6:23), eternal death. God doesn’t wish for his children to die forever, so God the Father and God the Word (Jesus) came up with a plan for all mankind! If the penalty of sin was death, and God (Jesus) would die for that sin, then everyone who ever lived, past, present or future, would have the chance to have their debt of death paid for by God! "The wages of sin are death" . What we earn for sinful work is death! That is why the analogy of Christ PAYING FOR OUR DEBT comes from. Our sinful "work" earns us death., that’s our wages, or what we earn for sinning. Christ’s death paid off the bill! We are debt free once and for all when we place our faith in Christ and OBEY him.
Getting back to the subject concerning whose world this is, God’s or Satan’s? God can create anything, but has chosen not to create character . God wants us to develop our own character and to choose His ways over our ways. We as parents find this out for ourselves when our children become teenagers and rebel against our authority. Mankind has also rebelled against God’s authority and literally "hid" from God! We read in Genesis that Adam hid from God in the garden, and to this day, everyone who does not know God the Father and Jesus are hiding from God!(Gen 3:8) Consequently, God now hides from us and banishes all of us from paradise, just as he banished Adam and Eve from their paradise. As a result, this world today is mostly apart from God and is under the authority of Satan.(2 Cor.4:4) So according to God, the world belongs to Satan, until the return of Christ.
God called a man, Abraham to obey Him and follow His laws, and Abraham became God’s friend! (James 2:23) God wants to be our friend too, just like He was with Abraham. Jesus said, " Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." (John 15:14-15). Truthfully, when you become the friend of God, God will intervene in this world and literally move heaven and earth to save you from your enemies. Abraham had that friendship with the God, that became Jesus Christ in the New Testament. God promised this man that his children would be blessed. That promise fell to Isaac and then to Jacob who was re-named by God. Jacob’s name was changed to ISRAEL. The children of Israel would be blessed by God ONLY Due to GOD’S PROMISE TO Abraham! God says that "I change not, therefore Israel you are not consumed." ( Mal 3:6) What that meant is that when the nation of Israel became sinners and deserved to be put to death, God would not do it because God never fails to live up to His promise! He promised Abraham his children would be blessed IF THEY DESERVED IT OR NOT! So as most of the nations of the world are under the Devil’s rule, Israelites are always ultimately under God’s rule!
Again, let’s use the parent comparison again. Our child may rebel against us and even leave us and go their own way. We, like our God should permit them to go their own way. They don’t understand that you, like God still secretly watch over them and try to protect them. Yes, we let them go, but we are always ready to come running at a moment of need. God is our heavenly Father and is doing the same thing that any good parent does. He has allowed us all to make our own choices, but there are special people that God has promised to watch over EVEN THOUGH THEY DO NOT DESERVE IT! It was God’s promise to Abraham. This promise is not only to the Jews as we are taught today. Yes, all Jews are the Israelites, but not all Israelites are Jews, just like all Protestants are Christians, doesn’t make all Christians Protestants! (E-mail us for Biblical proof on what nations today make up lost Israel.) The Bible says that ten tribes were lost to history and would not be united again with the Jews until the millennium! (Jer 3:18)
Americans just have not been told that we are one of the lost nations of Israel and this concealed knowledge has consequences! If you are a Christian, it means nothing to your personal salvation, but it does mean something in your physical life. You may be a Christian and already are "saved" for lack of a better word, but if you fall off a 20 story building you will most certainly die - A Christian! The same applies for God’s physical blessings and punishments. If this nation, which owes all of its blessings and greatness alone the promise made to Abraham, continues to follow the commandments spelled out for us in Leviticus chapter 26, then God promises a physical blessing for all of us. That’s God’s word and His personal promise to YOU- if you are from Israel. This knowledge has been kept from you, however your forefathers knew it! The Pilgrims knew it. Many of the founding fathers knew it, even Queen Elizabeth knows it and believes it. Look up her official genealogy, she traces her line back to King David! Why hasn’t that ever been taught in our schools?
Let’s look at King David. This may surprise you, but King David had the Holy Spirit before Christ died and resurrected! You can read it for yourself. David says to God, "don’t take your Holy Spirit from me,"(Ps 51:11) as he begged forgiveness from God after his adulterous sin with Bathsheba and then KILLING her husband! The Law mandated BOTH to die for the crime. Why didn’t they die? The reason is obvious, David had the Holy Spirit as much as you and I have it and his faith in Christ spared his life, just like it will do for a Christian today! David knew that God was going to die for us, after all he wrote those psalms that predicted it. David was spared spiritual punishment yes, but God forced him to endure physical punishment as well. He was forced to see two children die, he was ousted for a time from his throne, and was forced to watch his wives raped by one of his own sons! David was spared by grace, but because he broke the Law, he paid the physical consequences of breaking the Law. The same applies to America today! This is why I keep writing, "WAKE UP AMERICA." We must understand our special relationship that we have with our God. America is special. We are part of lost Israel, blessed by God because of a promise to Abraham AND we were founded as a Christian nation!
We have been lied to by our leaders. Governmental, religious and media leaders have all have hidden from us their real motives. Our leaders want to see us merged into a world government that will eventually lead to our slavery as God promised would happen to us in Leviticus chapter 26. Yes, your Bible has predicted that, in the end times, this will happen to the Peoples of the lost tribes of Israel that would be scattered in a new world (Ez 28:25 and Is 43:5) and this is why we need to know who we are and the special relationship that we have with God Almighty. God, the best friend anyone could ever have is our friend and wants us to obey Him for our own good, just ask this guy named Abraham, if you don‘t believe me! You too can have the SAME friendship that Abraham had with God. Jesus is both God and is our savior, and our only hope. What could be better news than that? Call out to God before it becomes to late, God is always listening!
Deu 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Friends, God is saying that to you and to me. May God Bless you and this nation and remember us during our times of tribulation.
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