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“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 YaHoVeH your Elohim.” Leviticus 23:42-43
Legend has it that our forefather Abraham sat in his tent with the flaps of the tent folded up on all four sides so he could welcome weary wayfarers from every direction. This lovely image of patriarchal generosity is evoked by the holiday of Sukkoth. The Feast of Sukkoth is the most flamboyant of the seven feasts mentioned in Leviticus 23 (click on highlighted words to view content). It is the most public, and noisy and joyous. Celebrated on the fifteenth through the 22nd days of the seventh month (i.e., Tishri), it is also called the “Feast of Tabernacles,” or the “Feast of Booths.” “Booth” and “Tabernacle” are attempts to translate the Hebrew word sukkah (the plural is sukkoth) which means a makeshift shelter, or a hut. The Hebrews were instructed by YaHoVeH through Moses to commemorate this festival by “living in booths” because YaHoVeH protected them as they wandered in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. Just as Pesach (Passover) commemorates the coming out of Egypt, Sukkoth commemorates the journey itself and YaHoVeH’s watchful protection over his wandering people.
Every able-bodied person is required to “dwell” in the sukkah during the festival. In modern traditional rabbinical observance however, dwelling in the sukkah involves at a minimum the taking of one meal there. Some actually sleep in their sukkahs, if they live where weather permits it. Living in the sukkah, an imperfect dwelling, is to help the dweller to recall how the Israelites were completely vulnerable and totally dependent on YaHoVeH during their wanderings in the wilderness. The fact that the thatch of his sukkah is open enough to let in the rain also means it is open enough to allow a view of YaHoVeH’s creation. How often in our lives, when we feel secure in the world we have built for ourselves, do we lose sight of YaHoVeH? In general, there is a two-fold meaning to this celebration in Israel and throughout the world. The first being the Fall Harvest found in Leviticus 23 that teaches it is a time of bringing in the harvest and thanksgiving. Many believe that the Puritan Colonists who landed in America were great students of the Hebrew scriptures and based the first American Thanksgiving on Sukkoth. The second meaning found in the command to dwell in booths is in memory of Israel’s 40 years of wilderness wandering.
The Gospel of John, Jesus' seventh sign, part 23
Jesus did only what He saw His Father do, and so He kept His Father’s commandments, thereby abiding in His love. In other words, Jesus never violated the laws of His Father, nor did He ever authorize a believer to transgress His Father’s laws. The laws of God tell us how to love our heavenly Father as well as to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The Gospel of John, Jesus' seventh sign, part 24
Being a missionary kid, I remember as a teenager resenting the fact that I did not fit into the world. I did not do many of the things that “normal” teenagers did, nor did I think the way they did. I simply did not fit into their way of life, and it was often a lonely road. When I went to Bible College, where I found many other missionary kids and preacher’s kids, I felt much more at home.
The Gospel of John, Jesus' seventh sign, part 25
The Greek word translated “service” is latreia, the technical word for an offering. It is used five times in the Septuagint as the equivalent of the Hebrew word aboda, “service, labor, work.” Examples are found in Exodus 12:25, 26 and in Exodus 13:5, where the NASB says, “you shall observe this rite.” Hence, Jesus was telling them that the Jews would justify their murder by thinking of it as a sacred rite, an offering to God. More literally, they would say they were doing God’s work in obedience to Him.
THIS OCTOBER’S HALLOWEEN (PART 5)—Do You Believe in Dragons?
In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. (Isaiah 27:1)
Virtually every culture on Earth has some sort of belief in dragons. The dragon of the Far East flies the skies of the Earth in search of his lost wisdom. The gods of the Aztecs and Incas took the form of a flying serpent. Some scaly monsters are even said to live in the waters of our planet. They are often referred to as dragons.
PARANORMAL ENTITIES AND THIS OCTOBER’S HALLOWEEN (PART 6)—A Walk in the Park?
Thousands of years ago, during the time of the placid beauty of Earth’s early days, Adam and Eve enjoyed that peaceful time on Earth, not yet marred by sin. We do not know for how long they relaxed, worked, and played in the middle of God’s completed creative work, but we do know that at first, there was nothing to fear and nothing to run from in God’s Edenic wonder.
It was not long before another being walked into the same Garden of Eden, uninvited, with evil on his mind. Interestingly enough, this entity did not enter Eden showing himself as he was, but as he wanted to be seen, hiding his actual identity under the guise of a reptile. Perhaps his reasoning for appearing to Adam and Eve as a snake (as opposed to his true, physical form) was because of the familiarity they had with that species prior to his arrival. One can only wonder.
Paul's Epistle to Titus, Part 1: Purity Spiraling in Apostolic Christianity
Here we are going to make a presentation of Paul’s epistle to Titus, and we are nearing the completion of a commentary on the apostle Paul which we had begun with the epistle to the Romans on March 28th of 2014, nearly three years ago. We have decided to put Titus in order here before Timothy not only because this epistle was written before either of the epistles to Timothy, but also because we find it appropriate to present 2 Timothy last in our presentation of Paul’s epistles.
The term “purity spiraling” began amongst denominational Christians to describe an extreme manifestation of virtue signalling, which we associate with the wayward and hypocritical form of self-righteousness that often affects Christians of all sorts. I am better than you because I don’t do this or say that, etc. etc. But recently the alt-Right has latched onto it and used it to describe the attitudes of racial purists. This evening we are going to take it back for Christians, but we are going to apply it in the way that the alt-Right uses it, to describe a need for the promotion of racial purity amongst Whites everywhere. So to the secularist Jew-lovers of the alt-Right, the term has a negative connotation. But to us it is a positive idea, because as we all know, purity is next to Godliness.
Paths of Old – Ancient Paths
Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21
“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves….” (Jeremiah 6:16)
“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)
Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).
“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)
NOTE: Since this is the last Sabbath before Sukkot starts, there will be a double Torah reading noted below.
Bible readings for October 8, 2022. In the 10th solar month of the Hebrew 7th month of Tishrei (September/October).
- Deuteronomy 32:1-52
- There are no Haftarah readings.
- Romans 1:1-18, 10:14-21, 12:14-21;
- Hebrews 12:14-29;
- 1 Peter 1:1—2:25
And this is the blessing
- Deuteronomy 33:1—34:12
- Joshua 1:1-18
- Matthew 17:1-9;
- Mark 9:2-10;
- Luke 9:28-36, 24:1-53;
- Jude 3-4, 8-10;
- Revelation 22:1-5
If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.
Three Year Bible Reading Schedule
Genesis to Revelation
Genesis 15:1-21 | Joshua 20:1—21:45 | Psalm 12:1—13:6 | Isaiah 15:1—16:14 | Matthew 15:1—16:12
If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.
Sukkot / Tabernacles
NOTE: The celebration of Shemini-Atzeret and Simhat Torah are celebrated together in the Land of Israel on the same day. If you are not in the Land of Israel these two celebrations are two separate days. Thus, Sukkot celebration is nine days outside the Land of Israel.
Why Study the Feasts?
Yahweh gave His seven Festivals to teach us about the death, burial, and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua.
He also teaches us about empowering those that belong to Him by His Set-Apart [Holy/Dedicated] Spirit; about the resurrection of the dead; about the Coronation of the Messiah; Messiah’s Wedding; the Tribulation; the second coming of Messiah; the Millennium; and much more.
Scripture provides several powerful reasons for studying and understanding the seven Feasts of Yahweh:
- The Feasts are in the Bible, and all the Bible is inspired by Yahweh (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- The Feasts are a shadow of things to come that teach us about Messiah [Christ] (Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 10:1).
- The Feasts are prophetic types and examples foreshadowing significant events in Yahweh’s plan of redemption (1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 11).
- Yahweh gave the Feasts so we could learn and understand His Plan of Redemption for the world and our personal relationship to Him (Romans 15:4).
- The Feasts, as part of the Torah (which means “Instructions” not “Law”), are as a schoolmaster or tutor that leads us to Messiah [Christ] (Galatians 3:24).
- The Feasts will point to Messiah [Christ] and Yahweh’s plan for the world through Messiah [Christ] (Psalm 40:6-8; Hebrews 10:7).
- Yeshua [Jesus] came to fulfill all that was written in the Messianic Scriptures [Old Testament] (known as the Tanach/Hebrew Scriptures), which consists of three parts: the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings concerning Him (Luke 24:26-27, 44-45; John 5:46-47).
- The Feasts set forth the pattern of heavenly things on earth (Hebrews 8:1-2, 5, 9:8-9, 23; Exodus 25:8-9, 40, 26:30; Numbers 8:4; Ezekiel 43:1-6, 10-12).
- Yahweh gives the natural to explain the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46-47).
- By studying the natural, we can understand the spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:9-13; 2 Corinthians 4:18).
The reasons listed above are compelling and this is why we should study His Festivals. It must be noted here that Yahweh never gave the Festivals so we would obtain salvation from Him by observing His Festivals. Salvation only comes by faith in Messiah Yeshua [Christ Jesus]. Yahweh’s purpose is to teach and instruct His people concerning His Plan of Redemption and our relationship to Him through His Festivals.
- Sukkot starts at sunset on October 11th.
- October 12
- This is a High Holy Day. No work is to be done on this day.
- Genesis 48—49; Leviticus 22:26—23:44; Numbers 29:12-16
- 1 Kings 8:2-21; Psalm 105, 113, 120—121; Zechariah 14:1-21
- Matthew 6:1-34, 18:3-6, 19:4; John 1:10-14; Revelation 7:1-10, 21:1-4
- October 13
- Exodus 33:12—34:26; Numbers 29:17-19
- Psalm 114, 122—123; Ecclesiastes 1:1—2:26; Ezekiel 38:18—39:16
- Matthew 20:1-16
- October 14
- Leviticus 22:26—23:44; Numbers 29:20-22
- Psalm 115, 124—125; Ecclesiastes 3:1—4:16
- Matthew 20:17-28
- October 15
- Numbers 29:23-25
- Psalm 116, 126—127; Ecclesiastes 5:1—6:12
- Matthew 13:44-46
- October 16
- Exodus 3:12—34:26; Numbers 29:26-28
- Psalm 117, 128—129; Ecclesiastes 7:1—8:17; Ezekiel 38:18—39:16
- Matthew 11:25-30
- October 17
- Numbers 29:29-31
- Psalm 118, 130—131; Ecclesiastes 9:1—10:20
- Matthew 10:1-42
- October 18
- Numbers 29:32-34
- Psalm 132—133; Ecclesiastes 11:1—12:14
- John 7:1-50; Revelation 20:7-15
- October 19
- Shemini-Atzeret and Simhat Torah
- This is a High Holy Day. No work is to be done on this day.
- Deuteronomy 14:22—16:17; Numbers 29:35-40 (Chumash: Numbers 29:35—30:1)
- 1 Kings 8:54-66; Psalm 134—135; Jeremiah 2:13—17:13; Zechariah 14:1-21
- Matthew 6:1-34; John 7:1—8:11; Revelation 21:1—22:21
Despite Many Modern Evangelicals Continuing To Promulgate THE HANDMAIDENS CONSPIRACY, One Can Learn A Lot From Female Prophets In The Bible Including That God—In Both The Old And New Testaments—Views Women As Equal To Men
Is One Potential Side Effect Of A.I. Beast Technology Human (As We Know That Term) Extinction?
You probably have a computer or two within arm’s reach right now. In fact, it’s those computers — and the exponential advances in computing generally — that are now the subject of some of society’s most high-stakes forecasting. The conventional expectation is that ever-growing computing power will be a boon for humanity. But what if we’re wrong again? Could artificial superintelligence instead cause us great harm? Our extinction? According to a survey of experts, there’s a 50 percent chance “human-level machine intelligence” is reached sometime this decade or next.
IT’S THE SECOND COMING OF THE NEW AGE… And People Are Flocking To Mexico To Commune With Ancient Demons That Required Human Sacrifice
With restorative rituals, yoga retreats and psychedelic experiences, Mexico has become a magnet for spiritually minded tourists seeking an alternative vacation far from the troubles of the modern world. While many visitors head straight to the beach, a different type of tourist chooses the village of Tepoztlan, a haven for artists and intellectuals an hour’s drive from the capital. Some of its residents once came for a short stay and found it hard to leave.
A Temple And A Red Heifer Sacrifice
We came across three news articles this week regarding Israel that were of interest given that the bible told us that these things would happen at the time of the end. The first article makes the case that the Third Temple can be built right now. Plans are in place, the Temple instruments have been fashioned and crafted and even the Priests that would conduct sacrifices are trained and at the ready. All that is need is permission to begin. No small thing as the Palestinians and Islamic world would go to war before ever allowing such a thing to occur. However, bible prophecy tells us there will be a Third Temple during the Tribulation.
The Believer’s Role In Armageddon
Armageddon is the final battle in which God will defeat His enemies. The battle of Armageddon occurs at the end of the seven-year tribulation when Jesus returns for His Second Coming. At the Lord’s Second Coming, He does not return alone. Rather than returning alone, the Lord brings His faithful followers—all believers from all time. In this article, I will focus specifically on the believer’s role in Armageddon. Revelation 19:13-16 tells us, “He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.