FEAST OF TABERNACLES DECEMBER 12, 2021
ACTING PRESIDENT GKS POINTS THE WAY *TO PEACE
The Christian Feast of Tabernacles started successfully yesterday with the Acting GKS President Brother Felix Adedokun asserting that the solution to the troubles of the world was for mankind to return to God and do things in His fear so that He will bless them with His peace.
Addressing members from the four zones in Warri and environs who assembled at the GKS Grand Stand in Salem City Warri for the first day morning activities, the GKS Acting President referred to the words of God as recorded in Jeremiah 6:16 in which He directed the people to stand in the ways, “and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…”
He said that because of the lack of the fear of God in many people, “there is so much selfishness, greed, killing, injustice and oppression all over the land” adding that, in line with Bible prophecies men “are lovers of their own selves … without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…” (2 Timothy 3:1-5) According to him, the perils that stare us in the face on a daily basis confirm to us the more that we are in the last days, “when the wicked shall do wickedly” and when “perilous times shall come”. – Daniel 12:10; 2 Timothy 3:1-5..
“In this age of the in-gathering of God’s people into His Kingdom Organizations in different parts of the world, we the sheep of God, even if we are scattered abroad, (John 11:52) should always look to JEHOVAH the Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ, – the Greater and More Perfect Tabernacle”. We should “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and … run with patience the race that is set before us”, he said adding that “When we do so, then the promised rain as well as the peace of God which passes all understanding will be our lot by His grace”. – John 16:33.
According to Brother Adedokun, the Feast of Tabernacles is yet another opportunity “for all to hear the word of God and do righteousness, inspite of the odds that surround us”, warning that the interest of celebrants in the Feast of Tabernacles should not be merely the social aspect of eating and drinking, or of singing and dancing – but in acquiring the knowledge of God so as to grow in righteousness the more, citing Zephaniah 2:1-3 and Deuteronomy 31:12, 13.
Since street processions could not take place because of COVID-19 restrictions, representatives of the four zones in Warri, had to assemble in Salem City to present their gifts to the Lord’s Ministry after which they dispersed.
After the exhortation by the Acting President, members and groups in the four zones of Warri came out in their numbers to present their offerings to God, with joy. The four Sister’s Groups in Warri – Elizabeth, Phebe, Ruth and Sarah – gave substantial amounts to support the ministers’ building project, for Internet evangelism and the work of God generally.
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REPORT OF THE CHRISTIAN FEAST OF TABERNACLES 2021 – DAY ONE
OF WHAT RELEVANCE IS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES TO MANKIND IN THIS AGE?
by Brother Andrew I. Okocha.
The ordinance regarding the Feast of Tabernacles is recorded in Leviticus 23:33-43, among other places. Among the provisions of the law are that the celebrants should hold holy convocations on the first day and last days (the eight day) and observe them as Sabbaths. They should make offerings to the Lord, dwell in booths, made of the branches and leaves of goodly trees, as a memorial to the fact that their forefathers dwelt in booths while they were travelling in the wilderness, from Egypt to Canaan.
In Deuteronomy 16:13-17 God directed that those who come to the Feast should not come empty-handed in that “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee”. It is thus a festival of thanksgiving and of rejoicing. It is also made clear that there should be no exception as to those who could attend the Feast, in that strangers and servants among them are required to be present – “in the place which the LORD shall choose”.
The most important aspect of the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles is the reading of the law of God to the people “men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it”. – Deuteronomy 31:10-13.
The speaker recalled the days when the Jews were in Babylonish captivity for 70 years after which, on their return, they came across the ordinance concerning the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. (Nehemiah 8:8-12, 14-18) The zeal with which they observed it was phenomenal “for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness”. – Nehemiah 8:17.
He said in this age of the last days when men’s hearts are failing them for fear due to religious, political and economic troubles, God Almighty has ordained that the Feast of Tabernacles should be observed annually as a means through which His people will be gathered into His holy mountain where they will be saved in His Kingdom when fully established.
Our Lord Jesus Christ gave the example to all Christians by participating actively the celebration of the Feast in his days on earth. He even taught the people to the amazement of one and all. – John 13:15,16; 7:2,14-17,37, 38.
It is evident therefore that the Feast of Tabernacles is of great relevance to Christians. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, the seed of Abraham, all Christians are spiritual Jews, meaning that the laws of God should be observed by Christians to the extent that they had been amended by Jesus Christ, who has brought grace and truth to mankind. (Romans 2:28,28,29; 9:6-9; 3:23,24) He is the Tabernacle of God now among men. – Isaiah 33:20; Hebrews 8:1, 2; 9:11-14; 10:10-13; Revelation 21:1-3.
Reference was also made to the prophecy in Zechariah 14:16-19 where God Almighty made a clear-cut injunction that makes it imperative for all people, even unbelievers, to observe the Feast of Tabernacles. In view of this command by God and the fact that Jesus Christ celebrated it, no one can gainsay the assertion that the Feast is of great relevance to Christians.
However, because of the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, we longer make animal sacrifices as was the case in the time of old. – 2 Corinthians 3:5,6,17; Hebrews 10:10-13; John 1:16,17,29.
The preacher caused to be read 1 Corinthians 5:7,8 that we should put aside personal differences and observe the Feast with clean minds. “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” See also Matthew 5:23,24; Luke 11:4; Matthew 18:24,25; Psalm 51:7,10,14,15; Acts 24:15,
Feast of Tabernacles First Day, Second sermon:
The New Jerusalem
by Brother Preye Chukwudi
Literally, Jerusalem is the capital of the nation of Israel. Jerusalem was the place where the people of Israel resorted for their major Feasts – the Feast of Passover, (unleavened Bread), the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles . – Deuteronomy 16:16.
Jerusalem was originally known as Jebus, the original inhabitants being the Jebusites, until it was conquered by King David and made his capital city. (2 Samuel 5:6-10) But because of the disobedience of the Jews, the city was taken by their enemies several times. Their conquerors included King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the Egyptians, Alexander the Great, (the Greeks), and the Romans. See 2 Chronicles 36:1-7.
At the time Jesus was born the Jews were being ruled by Herod, an appointee of the Roman empire. Because they persisted in disobedience to the truth, when Jesus was on earth he cursed Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37-39 to the end that time would come when the city would be pillaged and desolated. (Matthew 23:37-39) He also said concerning Jerusalem: “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24) This prophecy was fulfilled when the Romans sacked Jerusalem in AD 70. The nation no longer existed until 1948 when the nation of Israel was reborn.
The New Jerusalem is the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus Christ is head and King, with the saints as his cabinet members. The “New Jerusalem” is the place people of goodwill will come to hear the truth and get His favour and blessings and salvation by His grace. (Isaiah 2:3, 4) In Galatians 4:22-31 Apostle Paul made us to understand that Jerusalem in Palestine, answers to Hagar, the bondwoman but that Christians are not the children of the slave woman but of the free woman, Sarah. “For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all….”
Even the fathers of the natural Jerusalem looked forward to the kingdom to come, the New Jerusalem, not to literal Jerusalem. They “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”. He added: “For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:10-16. See also Isaiah 33:20,24) Indeed, “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” – Hebrews 13:14.
The people of God seek His kingdom to come because of the precious promises He had made to His people. In Isaiah 33:24, we are told that “the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity”. The new Jerusalem will be in peace, unlike what is happening in Jerusalem in Palestine. He also made reference to Isaiah 65:17-19: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” No scientific effort can bring about concord between man and animals and universal peace on earth. But this would be possible in the New Jerusalem. In Revelation 21:1-4 the Bible says: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband …And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
We pray God to help us to run the race to the end so as to enter the New Jerusalem. “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven .from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” – Revelation 3:12. Compare Revelation 21:27