The Sacred Seven: Understanding the Feasts of the Lord

The Sacred Seven: Understanding the Feasts of the Lord

The Sacred Seven: Understanding the Feasts of the Lord

The number seven holds deep significance in the Bible. This digit repeatedly emerges, echoing through scriptures and suggesting the idea of completion and perfection. For example, the earth was created in six days, and God rested on the seventh, deeming it a day of completion. Furthermore, in the Book of Revelation, the number seven appears frequently – with seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowl judgments.

Interestingly, there are also seven feasts of the Lord. These feasts, woven intricately into the biblical narrative, serve as powerful reminders of God’s plan and purpose for humanity.

  1. Feast of Passover: This represents the death of Christ and its origins trace back to when Israelites were in Egypt. They marked their doorposts with lamb’s blood to protect their firstborns from the tenth plague. Jesus was crucified during this time, symbolizing the ultimate sacrifice.
  2. Feast of Unleavened Bread: Symbolic of the burial of Christ, this feast emphasizes the incorruptibility of Christ. Like unleavened bread, which does not contain yeast and cannot rise, Jesus’s body did not undergo corruption during his time in the tomb.
  3. Feast of First Fruits: Celebrating the resurrection of Christ, this feast is a testament to the idea that Jesus was the initial fruit of those who have been resurrected.
  4. Feast of Pentecost: Denoting the ascension of Christ, this feast is celebrated 50 days post Passover. It marks the moment when Jesus ascended to Heaven, but also the arrival of the Holy Spirit on Earth.
  5. Feast of Trumpets: This feast, replete with the sound of trumpets, may indicate the second coming of Christ and the rapturous moments that will follow.
  6. Feast of Atonement: Representing Israel’s completion and alignment with God, this feast emphasizes unity and reconciliation.
  7. Feast of Tabernacles: Symbolizing the kingdom age, it anticipates the time when Christ will set up His kingdom on Earth.

These feasts, rooted in Israel’s traditions, hint towards pivotal Christian teachings and events, painting a cohesive narrative of salvation and redemption. While some scholars and believers look to these feasts in an attempt to predict the exact timing of Christ’s return, most concur that the exact date remains a divine mystery. What’s essential, as Christ taught, is to always be watchful and ready.

The feasts serve as spiritual compasses, guiding believers on a journey of faith. They’re not just historical markers but spiritual milestones that underline God’s unwavering love and commitment to His people. So, while dates and rituals have their importance, the heart of these feasts lies in their message of hope, redemption, and the eternal bond between God and His followers.

Overcoming Adversity During Difficult Times

Overcoming Adversity During Difficult Times

Overcoming Adversity During Difficult Times – How David Conquered Goliath

In a time when life’s pressures and uncertainties seem to weigh heavier than ever, there is something we can gain from studying how David overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to defeat Goliath. Taking to heart the lesson of David’s courage bolstered by faith in God can prepare us to conquer our own modern-day giants. In this article, we’ll explore the story of David and Goliath and see how the lessons therein can be an invaluable tool in our lives today.

The story of David and Goliath is well known, but today it has more resonance than ever before. After all, we can all relate to the fear of facing daunting obstacles and times of adversity which might seem to be too much to bear. In 1 Samuel 17, we learn that Israel was in a desperate situation as the Philistine champion Goliath had come to confront the nation. With his intimidating stature, fearsome armor and pronounced challenge, the entire nation was terrified and succumbed to fear and hopelessness.

It was not until David confidently stepped forward that the nation was able to find hope. As David proclaimed, “for the battle is the Lord’s” and went out in faith, he displayed that no matter how great a giant may seem, no challenge or obstacle is too great if we are rooted and grounded in our faith in God (2 Timothy 1:7). With one small stone, he mustered strength and was rewarded with victory.

Although we may not be facing physical giants like David did, life’s many challenges can sometimes be just as daunting. However, we can take his example as a sign that even in the face of insurmountable odds, God can provide us the strength to overcome and succeed. By trusting in God and relying on him, no problem is too large. Furthermore, with His help, we can find the courage to stand up to our modern-day giants, whatever they may be.

Ultimately, if we take courage and trust in the Lord during times of adversity, we can find hope that no challenge can be too great and no obstacle impossible to overcome. Let us draw strength and courage from David’s example and experience the hope and victory that comes with relying on God. As it is written in Psalm 46:1, God is our “refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

The End Must Be Near!

The End Must Be Near!

What a time we live in!  With what I see every day, I truly believe the end must be near.  I don’t want to come across as overly pessimistic or negative.  I am very sensitive that the topic is tough for folks – especially as we continue to battle with a pandemic, record high inflation, nuclear threats, and food shortages.   People are looking for hope – and here I come and dash that hope with a claim that the End must be near.  The fact is, I think most folks have pondered that thought.

End of TimeI must state that for many years I’ve heard so many preachers and doomsday folks proclaim … “The End is Near”. That message has gotten louder with every difficulty that our world has faced over the years.  Today, it is blaring!  The Bible makes it clear that the closer to the return of the Messiah, the more turbulence, famines, and wars we would see.  No-one knows exactly when that will occur.

In my life-time I have never seen the intensity of difficulties like we’re now seeing on a global scale. Wars and rumors of wars are a daily reporting. Pandemics, famine, shootings … you name it, and we’re seeing it like no other time in history.

I personally believe we will soon be engulfed in another major war, NOT because the media says so – but because the stirring of anger and bitterness is rampant.

The toxic attitudes and callous abrasion has taken over our politics – and our churches.  As I went to the store today, I noticed so many people who’s countenance showed that they were bothered and worried.  You could hardly draw a smile out of them.  There seems to be so much anger and resentment in the hearts of people.

The Bible clearly proclaims that in the last days, this is what it will look like.  I can’t read the following scripture without seeing this very clearly and active in our world today.  You don’t have to look much farther than Social Media to see this very vividly.

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 

2 Timothy 3:1-3 (NLT)

I certainly do not claim to know “when” the end will come.  I know this … there are a lot of folks making “prophetic” claims based on signs and dreams they’ve had.  We must be extremely careful with what we are hearing and seeing.  The Bible makes it clear that in the last days there will be FALSE PROPHETS who will come and deceive many.

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Matthew 24:24 NIV

For me, I do believe the end is near.  I believe we are also about to enter the most turbulent time we have seen in our Country.  We should be preparing ourselves and strengthening our families.  Be Careful who you follow – and get Prepared!

There is Major Loss in This Victory

There is Major Loss in This Victory

Today, I have a heavy heart and I just need to share and get it off my chest. 

The Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe V. Wade is being celebrated by the Pro-Lifers, Church, and people of Faith. Groups all over the Country are gathering in public places to celebrate this ruling. No doubt, Churches will be rejoicing at the good news that the life of a fetus is being given an opportunity to survive.

While I am happy that we have laws to protect life, I’m not sure I can really rejoice in the Supreme Court decision. I don’t see a great victory for the Church in this ruling. In fact, I see it as more of a defeat. If the courts legislate moral decision, will the courts also stand before God at judgement day to advocate our individual choices? Absolutely, I believe in the protection of life of the unborn. That’s not why my heart is so burdened.

I am also certainly NOT standing on the side of anyone’s right to take a life, whether it is a fetus, adult, or elderly person. But, I believe we have so politicized the issue and placed so much energy into protecting the voiceless, we have missed so many opportunities to witness and share the Gospel with those who perhaps need someone to give them love. I fear we often have chosen to stand in our hubris self-righteousness and proclaim the goodness of God to advocate for the unborn, while we ignore the hurts of the wounded adult facing a scary life decision.

Has the Church really won with the Supreme Court decision? Have we been doing all we can to show love, grace and mercy as our Messiah showed us? Are we welcoming to others into our congregations without judgement and per-conceived opinions based on how someone looks or dresses? If I am not showing true love and concern for others that might show them a desire and reason to get to know my Messiah, how can I gloat in a victory that I’ve somehow saved a life of a child? Perhaps if I had been more loving and caring, the mother of that child would have seen hope in giving birth.

Believers need to carefully examine their hearts. Taking a victory lap now is disgusting – when we as a body have miserably failed with sharing the good news of salvation with those who need our Messiah. We want people to come “pre-cleaned” into our sanctuaries and congregations. We are uncomfortable with the flaws that we see in others, while we often ignore our own filth and refuse to believe we are flawed ourselves.

A day of reckoning is coming and we need to be prepared. There are billions of unborn people who are walking by us every day that we can actually save from eternal death – and it won’t come through legislation or Supreme Court rulings. It comes with a personal decision each of us has to surrender. There will be no Republican, or Democrat, or Supreme Court justice standing for me when our Messiah returns. It will be me standing and answering for my own actions and decisions.

Beyond the personal heart-challenge I’m wrestling with, I believe this new court decision has altered our opportunities as a body. We will see new oppression and violence. Those who are content to gather in the mega-comfort of a congregation and feel they have done their true service to God by sitting in a pew for an hour, may find the birth pangs a little more difficult going forward.

Preparing For the Worst Case Scenario

Preparing For the Worst Case Scenario

I have always been fascinated by the subject of preparedness and really have been impressed with a preparation call. I have never been one to panic, or go into a survival mode. I am not afraid to face my fears and I am certainly not afraid to die.  Of course, like most people, I am concerned for my family and friends. And I am concerned about the Country we live in.

I remember thinking how I wanted to be prepared, but I also felt like I did not know what to do. My dad had already started preparing for the worst case scenario. He had already purchased a small amount of food and supplies. But I did not feel comfortable with the idea of being forced to stay in a shelter underground. I was not comfortable with the idea of being separated from my wife and kids.

So I decided to take some classes on survival skills. I learned how to build a fire, how to find water, how to survive off the land. I even learned how to start a small farm. I felt much more prepared than I did when I was just learning the Bible.

My wife and I started to get ready for a possible emergency. We started to think about what we would need in case of an emergency. We bought a small generator so we could power up the radio. We purchased some camping gear so we could spend time together as a family. We purchased a few books on survival so we could learn how to be self sufficient.

But it was only after 9/11 that I really started to get serious about being prepared. It is funny how things happen. We were watching TV one day and saw a report on how people were being evacuated from New York City. They said that the terrorists were going to fly airplanes into buildings.

We immediately got scared. We decided that we needed to get prepared. So we went out and bought a couple of flashlights. We stocked up on food and water. We started to look for ways to be self sufficient.
And then it happened. The next day we watched the news and heard that the World Trade Center towers had collapsed.

That was the moment when we realized that this was no longer just a possibility. This was something that was happening. We were now in the middle of a war. And we were going to be involved in it.

I was not prepared for that. I did not know what to expect. But I knew that I had to be prepared. I had to be ready to defend myself. I had to be ready for anything.

Today I am very thankful that I took the time to prepare for the worst case scenario. Today I am very thankful that I was able to prepare my family and my home for whatever may come.