Feasts: Tabernacles by Pastor Don Moore

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Feasts: Tabernacles by Pastor Don Moore

Here is the closed captioning transcript for the Say Amen show 105 on the Feast of Tabernacles.  Praying you are blessed by this teaching.  I have kept Pastor Don’s words as he spoke them, but made it in an easier to read format. Remember, what is in brackets [ ] is what the congregation says during the service.

Feasts: Tabernacles

Alright.  Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord!  Amen!  Tell two people and then have a seat.  [Praise the Lord.]…I want to spend the next few minutes discussing with you the Jewish holidays that we’re in right now, the culmination of which is the Feast of Tabernacles.

Yesterday in our Bible Study, a question was asked that I thought should be repeated for the congregation.  Why should we pay attention to these Jewish holidays and what is the significance of them?  Why should we be concerned that we have Rosh Hashanah, and then Rosh Hashanah goes to Yom Kippur and then goes to the Feast of Tabernacles?  After all, most of us are Gentiles with some Jewish roots, but why should we pay attention to these holidays?

So, first of all, let’s go through which holiday we’re looking at right now. And let me give you a little information so we’ll see it a little bit clearer.  Turn to Leviticus, Chapter 23, this is where we find the Lord telling us that He wants these holidays kept.  In the 23rd chapter, God delineates the feasts.  In Verse 3, He tells us that we are to keep the Sabbath.  That means that we are to keep a day as a holy day.  And we’ll talk about that at a later time.  And He says, so you have six days to work, you should have a day of rest.  Alright, everybody got that?

Then in Verse 4, He begins to tell us about the Passover and the time period of Unleavened Bread.  He says that we are to commemorate, or have a holy convocation where we do no work, and we consecrate the Passover.  The Passover is the telling of the Jewish story of how God took the Children of Israel out of Egypt land. And at the last moment, in order for them to be released, He had to have a way of identifying who’s in and who’s out.  So He told all the Jews who were supposed to be in to take an unblemished lamb, to take a lamb that had no diseases, no broken legs, no nothing.  It had to be the perfect lamb. Take this perfect lamb and they were to live with it for three days.  Keep it in the house and then of course, people would fall in love with it, but you know, keep an eye on it to make sure that it is an unblemished lamb.  Then, after discovering that it is a beautiful, perfect lamb, you are to sacrifice it.  You are to take the blood of the lamb, and pour it on the trough under the door, bleed it out there.  And so, after bleeding it out, you are to take a sponge, a hyssop sponge, and dip it in the blood and put it on the doorposts and the lintel.  Did you see it?  I’ll do it again…What am I doing?  [cross]  I’m making the sign of the cross.  So this is an early picture of Christ.  We’re going to take the blood of the lamb, Jesus Christ, we’re going to take the blood of the lamb and put it over your door, the entrance to your heart and your mind.  And when the Angel of Death comes by to kill those who hate Him, in this case he’s going to destroy the firstborn.  When he sees the blood of the lamb, and the sign of a cross, he will pass over your home.  [amen, hallelujah]

Then He says, you are not to eat regular baked bread with yeast in it.  Yeast is a picture of sin.  He says, so, we’re going to make unleavened flat bread.  You’re going to pierce it, you’re going to puncture holes in it, so that it will cook quickly, and then you are to bake it very quickly in a very hot fire, which will then bruise it and you’ll have those brown spots.  And you are to take that bread and break it and eat it while you drink your series of cups of wine and say your prayers.  A picture, of course, of the Communion of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ adding to the meal, declaring that the blood, or the wine, is for the remission or the forgiving of sins.  And that the leaven, the flat bread, without yeast in it, which is sin, sin causes, everybody knows how sin multiplies?  [yeah]  The more you do, the more you want to do.  And so, we’re going to take a piece of matzo, we’re going to take unleavened bread, we’re going to bruise it, and we’re going to pierce it, representing Christ’s Body… Lord have mercy!  Amen.  And then it’s going to be broken, and Jesus said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.”  For two purposes.  Not only the remission of sin but by my stripes, by the striping of the bread and the piercing of the bread, by that you are healed.  So He gets us to enter into the Covenant of Divine Healing, through the power of the Lord.  It’s a beautiful picture.  And so then you go from Passover into this period of Unleavened Bread, where they’re to eat this bread.

So the Passover points to Christ, His sacrifice.  The deliverance that if we would trust in the Lord, He will cause the Angel of Death to pass over us, and provide us with eternal life.  In addition, that on the Earth where we’re living, the unleavened bread, it will be what?  A life without perpetual continual sin.  You’re supposed to get better at this thing, you all.  And so He says, then commemorate.  He says every time you do this.  So the Gentile and the Jew, whenever they are celebrating the Passover meal, is when they would be taking communion.  It’s a historical record that after the Gentiles are beginning to be joined to the Jews, the Gentiles liked the communion thing so much that they started doing it every Sunday.  So the Apostles got together and said, “Is that bad?  Should we just do it only at Passover?”  No, they decided it was ok, let’s do it, let’s do it whenever.  We can do it at every meal.

Here at our church we eat after the service.  Many people don’t understand it yet, but that’s ok.  It’s one of the most Biblical things that you can do, to break bread with the brethren on the Lord’s Day.  I mean, I know some of you just want Chinese food every Sunday, but occasionally you should skip the Chinese food and break bread with the brethren.  And what we should be doing when we’re breaking bread with the brethren, we should be taking communion.  All these years, I’ve been waiting and hoping that spontaneously someone would just say, “Let’s have communion.  Let’s just take this bread that we have here and whatever it is, this apple juice, and let’s have communion.”  And so, you should be doing it in your home.  You can make a ritual of it, if you want.  I grew up in the Baptist Church, and every third Sunday I think was Communion Sunday.  Don’t do that.  You can if you want to.   But don’t set a ritual.  Let the Spirit of the Lord speak to you.  Husbands, when a husband and a wife are kind of dividing and you’re fighting, that’s a great time to just have communion.  And say, let us remember the Covenant that we’re in.  [amen]  Let’s remember the Covenant.  Husbands, if your wife is struggling over some issue and having a real hard time, maybe at the end of the meal, break out some matzo and some grape juice or something and say, “Let’s have Communion to remember that your situation right now is a little tough, but guess what, you’re not in it alone.  Let’s just have some communion.”  My mother’s 91 years old.  But every now and then, I just go in there and I say, “Mom, let’s have communion.”  To do what?  To remind her of her Covenant with the Lord.  That although everything’s deteriorated, you still have a Covenant with the Lord.  And He’s going to honor that Covenant.

And so they begin then to have communion, and then over the years, they got away from it, to the point that they got so far away from it that they forgot that it was part of the Passover meal because the Gentiles stopped celebrating the Passover.  Ahhhh, you see?  And then we end up with the Jews over here and the Gentiles over here, which was never God’s intention.  It was Jew and Gentile together celebrating the Passover which points to the sacrificed Lamb.  Having communion which points to the sin and healing covenant that we have.  Free of sin and healing is available for us.  So that’s what the Passover.  Unleavened Bread, it takes us to a picture of the time of Pentecost.

We then have as part of that time of Pentecost, we have a first fruits, the harvest coming in, it’s in the spring time, it’s after Passover and there’s these first fruit harvests.  They bring the first fruit, the first wheat, the first barley.  Actually the barley came in first.  I don’t want to spend all the time here because I want to get to Tabernacles.  But the wheat and the barley, the barley represents just the general people, the wheat represents those that are disciples, or going to come closer to the Throne.  And you’d bring in those first fruits, from the harvest.

Ok, the difference, remember Cain and Abel?  [yes]  You know, somebody says, well the tithe, somebody invented the tithe.  Listen, the tithe goes all the way back to Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel.  [amen]  If you struggle with the tithe, it’s your problem.  You just can’t believe that God can do something with your 90% that’s going to be miraculously beautiful for your means, to meet your need.  So, it’s ok, just be happy and keep worshipping the Lord.  He’ll show you the wonder of trusting in Him.  So He says, bring in this 10% from the field.  Go out in the field and bring in this harvest, bring in your first fruits.

That is a picture of when the Spirit of God fell at Pentecost.  Peter, a common man, who represents barley, comes the wheat harvest, Peter gives a sermon, gives his first sermon, this fisherman, a common, everyday fisherman. Peter gives the sermon under the power of the Holy Spirit, and 3,000 get saved.  [amen]  So Jesus Christ dies, resurrects, goes to Heaven, and He gives His First Fruit offering, which were the disciples to the Father.  Peter gives his First Fruit offering, 3,000.  [amen]  What a multiplication thing here!  Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come at Pentecost.  That period in Pentecost is what Unleavened Bread leads us up to.

“Pente” means fifty.  And so, fifty days after Passover, the Holy Spirit was given in the earth to the believer.  He was always in the earth, but He wasn’t in the believer.  See, the Holy Spirit would come upon the prophet or the priest.  But now He’s going to dwell inside of all.  And so Pentecost, the “Pente”, the fiftieth.  Now what happens on this fiftieth, if we look here in scripture, here what we’re going to find is that at the fiftieth day after Passover, certain things were to be declared.  And it goes on into this period of the first, the fall feast.

And in verse 23, He talks about “…In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.”  You shall do no ordinary or customary work during that time.  So, the Jewish New Year, the actual calendar New Year begins at Passover, but He is establishing the blowing of the trumpets in declaring a Spiritual New Year.  Your Spiritual New Year begins in the Fall Harvest at Rosh Hashanah.  It makes sense when you consider you’re pulling in your harvest for the fall.  You’re getting your fall harvest ready to face winter.  You don’t know how winter is going to be, but you want to bring in.  So you’re declaring, hey God has been good to me.  Look at my harvest fields.  Look at my fall harvest.  My fall harvest is good enough to get me through the winter.  I’m trusting God.  I want, I’m going to blow the trumpet and I’m declaring a New Year.  I’m ready to start on a new year, because I’m going to have to go.

We need to realize that God uses these holidays to pull alongside you.  If you would just stop and take those days of rest.  So, at the Feast of Trumpets, you’re supposed to take a day of rest, and recognize, begin looking back over your year, so that you can project into what — the New Year.  So God can pull alongside you.  You should not be in the same spot this year that you were last year.  [amen]  You should be progressing past, past your difficulties, past your sorrows, past, your bad budgets and all.  So when we get to Rosh Hashanah, it’s a beginning of looking back.

Then in ten days, after Rosh Hashanah, we come to the next harvest, or the next holiday, called Yom Kippur.  Now, at Yom Kippur, it’s a time of atoning.  It’s a time of saying, I’m looking back over the year, I don’t like some of the things that happened, I don’t like some of the things that were done.  I repent.  I choose to repent.  I want to be forgiven by God, I don’t want to be mad at God.  Don’t you know, some of us are mad at God?  So we get mad at God.  You know, things didn’t go the way we wanted them to, so we get mad at God. Or you get mad at pastor.  Or you get mad at your wife, your uncle, cousins, kids.  So it says, when you look back, you reach this time of Yom Kippur, and you say, hold on, ok, there were some good things that happened this year, there’s some bad things.  So you begin at the sundown of the ninth day and you fast.  You afflict your soul.  You don’t eat anything.  You afflict your soul from the sundown of the ninth day to sundown of the tenth day.  You afflict your soul. You fast.  And then, at the end of the tenth day, you’re supposed to have a holy convocation and a solemn assembly, and that’s when you give gifts, you make vows, you have a free will offering, you rejoice.

So here at the church, what we did was we got together, we had prayer, we cried, we repented for America, we repented for our personal sins, we repented for, circumstances beyond our control as well as circumstances under our control.  There was some stuff that we did that we need to be sorry for and there’s some stuff that was done to us that we need to forgive for.  [amen]  Amen?  What we have is, they’re going to have an offering, it doesn’t delineate it exactly. But what’s going to happen is the generations are going to be released.

Every fifty years, on the Jubilee, anyone that is in slavery had to be set free…[amen] You need to think about that.  Anyone who is in slavery, the family that was enslaved, at the fiftieth year had to set their slaves free.  My goodness.  See, we’re not supposed to stay slaves. American slavery was a great evil, the work of the devil.  In the Biblical days, slaves had rights.  You couldn’t take their children, separate their families.  You couldn’t do that in the Bible.  A slave was just an indentured worker, he was a person who was going to work for you for seven years.  Remember the story of Jacob?  Jacob was an indentured servant to his uncle, Laban.  And he had to work for periods of seven years to get certain things, and then he was free to go.

In the Bible, as a slave you’re entitled to rights.  You couldn’t be beaten and treated evil, but when we get to slavery in America, you have a totally different type of slavery.  You are property.  You are the property of the slave owner for life.  They could separate families and children, they could do whatever.  He could kill you.  Very evil, totally different. That’s why America is still paying for that curse.  We’re still paying.  The root of it still runs deep.  Unfortunately it’s a very sad thing.  In order to treat people the way they wanted to treat people who were slaves in America, you had to debase the humanity of the person and make them less than human.  And that was it.

With slavery in the Bible, you recognized that they were human.  And a slave at the end of his indenture period, or at the Jubilee, he could say, “I like working for you…You gave me a house, you took care of my children, you got an army to fight for me, you protected me, you cared for me.”  He says, “I want to stay a slave in your house forever.  Well why?   Because he was considered part of the family.  He had rights and he was a working member of the family.  So it was very, very different. But, nonetheless, if a person was in bondage during, during this time period, when Jubilee came, you still had to release him.

How about this, all debts had to be erased.  [amen, whew!!!]  Whew!  [laughter]  Yes, sir.  So, when we look at these Jewish laws, and the way God says, “Ok, you ran up your credit cards, you did stupid, but we’ll wipe out the debt and you can get started again.”  It’s under our control.  There was some stuff that we did, that we need to be sorry for.  And there was some stuff that was done to us that we need to forgive for.  [amen]  Amen?  Jesus said in Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him…” Forgive them.  Your freedom will not come until you set others at freedom.  [amen]

OK, one thing that we hide behind is this, let’s say I’m mad at Sister Cheri.  I’m mad at Sister Cheri.  Sister Cheri doesn’t even know it.  But I’m mad at her.  I am holding her in bondage.  Because why, God knows.  God knows that I am mad at her, so I’m holding her in bondage.  I’m also, binding up my blessing.  Because why?  I’m taking my energy and using it to hold her in a negative place.  Well,  at Yom Kippur, that’s the time when I decide, “Wait a minute, I want to get right with God for the whole year.”  That’s when I go to Cheri and say, “Could I talk to you, honey?”  She says, “Yeah. What’s it about?”  And I say, “I just want you to know that for this whole last year, I’ve been holding something against you.”  And she’ll say, “Well, what was it?  What was it?”  And then I’ll tell her and she’ll say, “Oh, I didn’t even know that.” … But what is she saying when she says, “I didn’t even know that.”?  She is now releasing me.  And she says, “Well I forgive you.”  I say, “Well I just need you to forgive me because I was holding that against you and I need you to release me.”  And then she says, “No, now that you told me, I’m mad at you.”  [laughter]  Now you have the true story, right.  [laughter] But what happens is, when she does that, she’s now bound.  Her blessings are bound, but I’m free.  Because why?  I released her from the sorrow and the pain that I was holding her, and what I’ve been holding against her.  What if she goes, “Yeah, I did that to you.  I just didn’t want to say anything.  But yeah, I did it, I did it on purpose, matter of fact.” And then I’d go, “Well, I’ve forgiven you for it.”  Whether it was on purpose or you didn’t know, is not what matters.  What matters is that I get free because at Yom Kippur, here’s what the Jews believe, that greater than any other time, the Heavens are wider open, and the mercies of God are coming down.  [amen, hallelujah]

Now, what do we have here?   We have a picture of Christ.  For those of us that accept Christ, He becomes our New Year.  How many of you got born again?  When you got born again, you entered into a new year.  You entered into a new spiritual year.  You entered into a new life.  How did that happen?  It didn’t happen because of you.  It is because of the coming of Christ.  Christ came.  And so, at Rosh Hashanah, we recognize that Christ comes as a new year.  It is the time of the announcing of the coming of the King.  It is the time when Christ was born.

Christ wasn’t born December 25, He was conceived December 25, at Kislev.  That’s why we light the candles. We light candles at Hanukkah time. At Christmas time we light candles because He was announcing the Light of the World.  That He was coming as the Light of the World.  Alright?  I’m going fast through all this Jewish history, you all alright with this?  [yes]  I don’t want you saying, when somebody says, why at Living Word Chapel, do you celebrate the Jewish holidays?  The Jewish holidays have nothing to do with Christ.  We’re Gentiles.  We shouldn’t do that.  You’ll begin to understand that Christ said, that these seven feasts days, we will celebrate forever.  [amen]

You don’t want to get to Heaven, and, and the Lord has announced, “We’re going to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.”  And you’re in Heaven now, “We’re going to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.”  And you go, “Lord Jesus, what is that?”  [laughter] … He’s going to be looking at you like, you don’t know? … I went through all that from eternity, from the beginning of the dawn of time, planning these seven feast days, that would announce Me, and you didn’t know nothing about ’em.  You’re chasing the Easter Bunny around the yard and looking for Santa down the chimney, [laughter]…

There’s never supposed to be the wall between the Jew and the Gentile.  [amen]  Never.  The reason deacons were put in the church was to keep the wall between Jew and Gentile down.  That’s why they were deacons…Yeah, my goodness.  Ok, don’t get me started.  So, when we go through these ten days, we get to that tenth day, you afflict your soul, and you have a time of rest.  Well, what is that a picture of?  That when we come to Christ, who is our New Year.  He comes as the new King in our lives.  When Christ comes, then what happens to us?  We, I don’t know about you, but when I got an understanding of the glory of, the beauty of Jesus Christ, I repented.  When I saw how great and wonderful He was, I saw how crummy I was.  I fell on my knees and I cried for days.  I repented, not only of my sins.  But I repented of the fact that I didn’t come to His New Year, that He had for me.  He had a New Year for me, and I waited and rejected, so repent.  And so, that’s what the atonement is.  But you can’t atone on your own without Christ.  So the Jews had this elaborate system of how to pay for your sins.  And all of it was pointing to Jesus as the sacrifice.  Jesus is the only one who could atone for your sins.  And so, we have this elaborate picture of going through atonement, being sorry for what we’ve done.  Coming into the cleansing power of God.

Now, once God cleanses us, and we recognize that Jesus is our atoning sacrifice for sins, and I’ll do more about that later.  Then we step into the fifteenth day.  Remember, we have the tenth day, we step into the fifteenth day.  And the fifteenth day is the Feast of Tabernacles.  [glory]  Meaning, now that we’ve come into our New Year, now that we’ve atoned or accepted Jesus as the atoning of our sins, now that we have gone through seven days, that feast is the Atonement, we come to, watch this now, the eighth day…We go through seven days, we come to the eighth day.  What is that a picture of?  The seven years of tribulation, and then we’re coming to the eighth day…The beginning of a whole new life with the Father…  [yes, hallelujah] …  My goodness.

So we have, we have seven years of tribulation, which I believe we’ve entered into.  We get into the seven years of tribulation, we have the Rapture all in there, and all these wonderful things, that God is going to do, for those who have atoned for their sins.   For those who recognize that Christ is the, I love this word, pro-pip-iation, I say it the way I say it, you say it the way you say it.  Pro-pip-iation of our sins. [laughter]  I love that.  And so, it means He has paid for our sins and therefore we enter, we go through this seven day period, six days of doing it the way we wanted.  We come to the seventh day of doing it the way God wants.  We come then to the eighth day where the Father has promised to Tabernacle with us. [hallelujah]…Whewww.

Now the Feast of Tabernacles is a seven day feast where you’re supposed to rejoice in the Lord.  So, I’m announcing to you today, what does that picture look like?  It looks like for six days, you lived the way you wanted, then you realize the seventh day, and you come into rest in the Lord.  You come to trust in Him.  You come to believe and to trust in the Lord.  And you’re resting in Him in the seventh day.  And He says, as you complete that seventh day, he’s saying, “I will come and dwell with you in the eighth day.” … We don’t have to repeat the six days of sin or the six days of that.  He says, in the seventh day, you completed that in Christ.  [amen]  He says, you were complete, because you rested in Christ in the seventh day.  And that’s what the whole world is going to do.

Six thousand years of tribulation, with the devil, and in the seventh we’re going to get a millennial reign of a thousand years, where Christ is going to show us how to do it right.  [yeah]  You know, then people say, well, why?  It makes sense.  Listen, the Lord cannot judge us, listen to me carefully, He cannot judge us and condemn those to separation from Him, until He shows us that He can do it right…  If Jesus cannot rule on the earth for a thousand years, and we have a better world than we did in six thousand years, He’s not fit to judge us, or to rule and reign over us…That’s what this whole thing’s about. So he’s going to, at the end of the sixth day, he’s going to rapture out the church, who will be the leaders during the thousand year reign….

Because, at the end of this tribulation period, God has declared His wrath is not to be poured out upon His saints…He didn’t pour His wrath out on Elijah.  He took Elijah.  He took Enoch.  Jesus went up.  We have all these examples of the rapture and people struggle with the rapture now.  But at the end of the period, He’s going to take out those, he said.  Is Revelation Chapter 13 coming true?  Well, if you happen to be awake, unless you slept through it, just in the past… 14 days, starting from Rosh Hashana, starting from the blowing of the trumpets of the New Year, the world economic markets fell and have been rebuilt by the antichrist, and he’s now in control of the world markets.  [amen]  How could you possibly see that, know that it happened, and think, we ain’t going nowhere?…He said the sky’s going to open in the twinkling of an eye, we’re out of here…..

This was the end of the TV show.

Praying you are blessed by this study of the Feasts.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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