Feast of Tabernacles

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    Yahweh's Feast of Tabernacles begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and ends with the Last Great Day, eight days later. It is a blessed time of year where we are commanded to leave the comforts of home and dwell in temporary dwellings for those eight days. It is like a "commanded" vacation; one we look forward to every year. There are folks who come from all over the country to gather with those of like faith. Below you will find some general information, as well as feast reports with a slideshow presentation at the end.

HalleluYah!

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About the Feast of Tabernacles

   At the end of every year, billions of people stop working. Frantically they rush to spend billions of dollars for gifts, buy millions of travel tickets, consume countless tons of food and drink and wish one another a steady stream of "merry," all in the name of Christmas. They say they do it because it is the birth of the Savior, yet there is not a single command or even one example in the Bible where Christmas is mentioned, condoned or sanctioned. There isn't even any evidence that the Savior was born on December 25 (but a lot of evidence that He wasn't). When pressed, they concede that even if the celebration is not scriptural, they will continue its observance in the spirit of tradition if nothing else. What dedication!

   Then there are numerous commands in the Bible, as well as examples of patriarchs, apostles, and the Savior Himself, to observe the seven annual holy days of Yahweh, and few pay any attention. When pressed with the facts, they make up all sorts of reasons and excuses why they cannot and will not celebrate the holy days the Creator plainly commands.

   Does any of this make sense?

The Creator's Clear Command  

   An important and prophetically-significant observance among these seven is the Feast of Tabernacles. The Heavenly Father's desires are plain and simple:

And Yahweh spake unto Moses saying, Speak to the children of Israel saying, "The fifteenth day of the seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days unto Yahweh. On the first day shall be a holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh. On the eighth day shall be a holy convocation unto you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein"'(Leviticus 23:33-36).

   On the first day is a holy gathering and no servile work is to be done. Seven days an offering is to be made by fire (clean and pure) to Yahweh. And on the eighth day is another holy gathering and no servile work is permitted. Clearly something had to be done each day. Leviticus demands sacrifice of fire. We know that today's sacrifice is not made with animals, but we sacrifice ourselves, our time, and our energy to Yahweh. Nothing is said about attending or being involved only on the high days and the Sabbath. We are to gather each day of the Feast. The Feast of Tabernacles along with the Last Great Date make up an eight-day affair. What if we don't? John answers: "And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that says, 'I know Him,' and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him," (1 John 2:3). Observing the Feast of Tabernacles the way it was intended is one of Yahweh's commands. It was one of the laws He gave Moses to give to His people, just like the Ten Commandments.

   The Feast of Tabernacles or In-gathering represents the Kingdom of Yahweh soon to brought to this earth. It is a seven-day festival, depicting the harvest of souls for Yahweh's Kingdom. The theme for the Feast of Tabernacles is "rejoice," because it depicts a way of life in the Kingdom that will cause total happiness. Mandatory joy, through the observing of the Feast of Tabernacles, will be forced on all nations of the earth in the Millennium. See Hosea 12:8-9 and Zechariah 14:16,18. The question is, if the Feast was observed in the Bible and will be compulsory in the Kingdom, why shouldn't we be keeping it now?

How Necessary is Fellowship?

   Yahshua recognized the vital obligation He had to observe the Feast of Tabernacles, as stipulated in the law.

Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand...but when His brethren were gone up, then went He also up unto the Feast...now about the middle of the Feast, Yahshua went up into the temple and taught (John 7:2, 10, 14).

   Paul had to leave Ephesus in order to make the Feast in time (Acts 18:21). Clearly, this annual observance is binding on us as we witness the New Testament examples of those who obeyed the Bible's plain command. Yahweh commands us to keep His feast of Tabernacles through a "statute forever in all your generations" (Leviticus 23:41). The query for all Yahweh's people is not if we are to keep His feasts. The command is there and has been for thousands of years. The question is, "Where will the Feast be held?" Yahweh's people will be there, a gathering of the Body of Messiah in harmony and fellowship, just as Yahshua obediently kept all His Father's commands.

   Elders in the Assemblies are the guides or steersmen who make the decision where the feasts will be held for the best benefit of the body of Messiah (1 Corinthians 12:28). But it is necessary to keep the feast where others keep it? Must we assemble together? Let's look specifically at 1 John 1:3,

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Yahshua the Messiah.

   We know the one way we fellowship with Yahshua the Messiah is through the Body of Messiah. Verse 6 says,

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not have the truth. But if we walk in light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Yahshua the Messiah the Son cleanses us from all sin.

   The Savior told Peter in Matthew 16:18,

And I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My assembly.

   This is not my assembly; it is not your assembly. The Messiah specifically say "I will build MY assembly."

   If we simply sit by ourselves and fellowship with our families, we may fall under the category spoken of in Matthew 5:46, "Do not the Publicans do the same among their own?" A family is not an assembly. These meanings are given in the Bible for fellowship: to co-participate, to be a sharer, an associate or companion, forming a partnership to participate, to socialize or communicate. None of these meanings seems to be restricted to one's immediate family. Fellowship is important. We are commanded to fellowship. We should be involved with the entire assembly and do whatever they are doing at this time.

Who Decides Where to Gather?

   Now we come to the question, "Where do we go to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, and why? On what authority must we go there?" If we look at John 20 in the One Volume Bible Commentary, we read that the Messiah fulfilled His promise to Peter by giving him and all the Apostles present, greater powers than He had even promised.

As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you. And He breathed on them and said unto them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. Whomsoever sins you remit, they are remitted unto them. And whomsoever sins you retain, they are retained.'

   No power of any kind was given to Peter that was not given equally to all the Apostles. The Apostles are the elders that were given direct authority by the Messiah Yahshua Himself. He knew He would soon be leaving. He knew work had to be done, the assembly had to be built, and it had to grow. And so He ordained the 12 to go out into the world and do His work, the same work that He had done. He was no longer going to be here. He was going back to heaven to sit at His Father's right hand. Somebody had to pick up the work on earth and carry it out.

   We believe that True Worship has been practiced since the beginning of time. The original, true religion has made its way down through the ages. At times, it scarcely existed, but has always survived. How? The Scriptures tell us that the existing elders must go to the cities and ordain other elders. And they ordained other elders so the work is continued and the assembly grows. The Messiah ordained and gave the Holy Spirit to 12 original elders. The elders of today have that same Spirit and they are to do the same work that Yahshua gave the 12 to do.

The Key to Authority

   In Matthew 16:19, the Messiah talks of the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven,

And I will give unto you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

   The keys are not the keys of heaven itself. Peter is not here compared to the porter of the house who has just one key to the gate. Rather, he possesses all the keys to the house as a household steward, exercising full authority over the house and all of its inhabitants, in the master's name, of course. The power of the keys is, first of all, the power to govern the assembly. It is also the power to exercise discipline and the power to decide who shall be admitted in and under what conditions. This is all subject, of course, to the laws of the Messiah and the laws of Yahweh. Indirectly, because the steward provides food for all the household, ministering of the Word is very important. Government and discipline, however, are the main issues.

   Binding and loosening is an idiom making little sense in Greek and English, but becomes full of meaning when traced back to the original Aramaic. Every rabbi or scribe received with his ordination--as in the true assembly by the laying on of hands--the power to bind and the power to loose. He could dedicate with authority what was lawful or unlawful to be done. He decided what was orthodox or unorthodox to believe. To bind was to prohibit; to loose was to permit. We have that same concept today. We have the laying on of hands of the elders when new elders are ordained. The Holy Spirit is thereby transferred and given to these new elders. They are the overseers of the assembly. Their job is to watch over the assembly, to feed the flock and to watch that no undesirables are admitted in.

   Do we restrict the power of the Holy Spirit that has been given to these elders? Do we tell them that they have the Holy Spirit authority when it comes to baptizing, marrying or burying, but when it comes to other duties, like deciding where to have the feast, that they don't have enough of the Spirit to make the decision? If they receive an additional portion of the Holy Spirit through ordination, then the Holy Spirit has no boundaries. They receive the Holy Spirit just as the 12 did from the Messiah. Their job is to do the best they can with the entire assembly in mind, not just a few.

Elders Lead the Body

   We read in John 21:15-17 that the Messiah asks Simon Peter three times whether he loves Him. Each time Peter answers, "Yes, you know I love you." Yahshua then stipulates His main concern, "Feed My Lambs," give food to them. Continuing in the One Volume bible Commentary, we find Yahshua saying, "Give food to them by the ministering of the Word. "Feed My sheep." Here the Greek word indicates authority. The meaning is to exercise discipline and authority over the flock.

   Probably all of us would like Yahshua or Yahweh Himself to come down and dictate to us what we must do. But that is not going to happen, yet. The Messiah will be here during the Millennium, when the Word will come out of Zion and Jerusalem will be the world capital. But the savior is not here now. This is not His time.

   He does have people here now to carry out His work, however, and until He returns, we must of necessity put our confidence in our elders. We also must watch over them to make sure that they do what is right for the entire flock..That is their main function--to look over the flock, to feed the flock, to keep it intact. When Yahshua returns, He will look at His assembly to see what these leaders have done in its charge.

The All-important Decision

   Why wouldn't we want to observe Yahweh's feasts correctly, the way He wants us to observe them? Man's total objective should be to obey his Heavenly Father. When He says to do something, we should automatically do it to the best of our ability, and do it without questioning. All year long, we live out in the world and put up with the conflicts and trials of the world. Shouldn't we look forward to the times when we can assemble with brethren in total harmony, peace and joy? The Feast has been referred to as a mini-Millennium. We are being trained to be priests in a new, future Kingdom. If we cannot carry out the duties that are prescribed for us now, how do we intend to carry them out when the Savior comes back? He gives us a little authority to see what we will do with it. If we are faithful, He will give us more authority to see what we will do with it. But if we can do no good or show no growth with what little He gives us, He's not going to trust us with any more when He returns.

Come Share the Joy!

   There is no experience on earth like the Feast of Tabernacles. All cares of the world are forgotten for eight wonderfully-fulfilling days. It is a time of intense Bible study, enlightening and stimulating messages, good food, fellowship, and fun. Children attending the Feast build bonds of friendship with others of the faith while they learn principles of moral and spiritual behavior. All this is as it should be, for Yahweh commands everyone to attend and rejoice. Plan now to be obedient to that command. Come out of the Babylon of confusion and fear and discover what true happiness and joy can be yours through submitting to the great, Eternal Father above!

HalleluYah!

GET YOUR T-SHIRT FOR THE FEAST!

This year's Feast theme is "Rejoice in Yahweh Always" with the Scripture verse from Phil. 4:4. There are many colors to choose from. T-shirts, crew-neck sweatshirts and hooded sweatshirts (hoodies--zippered and unzippered) are available.

Prices will be given at the time that you contact usTo order, either call or email us by September 15, 2017. Send your requests to Sister Janet Garner at her email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hurry and get your order in. If you have not received a color chart, contact Sister Janet and she will send/e-mail you one.  

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Please note: shirts will not be shipped before the feast.

 Hope you have a blessed Feast of Tabernacles!

 

Feast of Tabernacles - General Information

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   Yahweh has blessed us with a beautiful eighty-acre campground here in Rocheport, Missouri, where we host the Feast of Tabernacles. All week during the Feast, we have not only services and Bible studies every day, but plenty of other activities such as fellowship meals, singing, campfires, an auction, a hay ride and much more for children and adults, to help build the fellowship of the brethren. With very few exceptions, all activities are on the campground so that we may remain separate from the world for the entire eight days.

   The Feast will be here before we know it as we eagerly await the gathering of Yahweh's people. There is plenty of room for all who obey Yahweh's command to attend. The feast days are a vital part of the growth of the individual believer. It is there that the edification of the Body takes place through the gifts and fruits of our fellow believers. We are looking forward to a most joyous feast ever. We are to be one--one in attitude, one in goal, one in mind, one in compassion, one in love. Prepare your mind and attitude before you come to the Feast. Prepare yourself to think of the joys that will be yours when you come together at the Feast to share a part of your time with others of like precious faith. It is the Feast of In-gathering, and we are the first-fruits of Yahweh's spiritual harvest (James 1:18). We are to gather with others to thank Yahweh for the good things of life. We shut the world out as we prepare our hearts and minds to be more like Yahshua. We don't let things of the world crowd out the joy we now have in Him, and look forward to even greater joy helping others in the kingdom.

   At the Feast, His words clearly spring to life and action as we let our light shine. In the world, we can give out tracts and literature to unbelievers. Here we should live His words, allowing the Holy Spirit to radiate outwardly in all we do or say as an example among the brethren (Matthew 5:16).

Your Help Needed for Feast of Tabernacles

   Since we own our own campground, brethren can bring their trailers, vans, campers and tents and set them up before the Feast begins. There are spots for tents with electricity and water along with sewer hookups for campers, trailers and motor homes. We encourage everyone to stay on the campground for the Feast; however, there are a number of good motels within 15 miles:

  • Extended Stay America, Columbia - 800-398-7829
  • Holiday Inn Express, Colombia - 573-449-4422
  • Midway Budget Inn, Midway - 573-445-9565
  • Holiday Inn Express, Boonville - 660-882-6882

   For those who prefer to rent a trailer, U.S. Rents-It has fold-down tent trailers and several Class C motor homes for rent. You should contact them well in advance if you would like to rent a camper. You may write or telephone our office Monday thru Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more info and any of these items and we will do our best to assist you.

   Due to numerous problems we've had in the past, we ask that you leave your animals at home, if at all possible. Kennels are also available nearby.

    The Assembly will provide most of the meals during the Feast. That is, the Assembly will provide meals on High Days, Sabbath, the pancake breakfast and wiener roast (with the exception of desserts; we ask that you bring a dessert if able to share with the Assembly). There will be at least one “sharing meal” which is a communal pot-luck-style meal, in which everyone who is able brings a dish or dessert to share. Also, during the Feast, there will be a fundraiser dinner. For a small donation, you can get a hearty meal and the donations go towards the Assembly needs. 

   Volunteers to help clean up the dining hall are appreciated. In case you are not aware, there are a number of grocery stores in the Columbia and Boonville areas. We ask that you plan to prepare your meals at your campsite so that the kitchen can be used to prepare food for the communal meals. There is limited freezer space available, and all refrigerator space is needed for assembly meals. Please plan to keep your food at your campsite. Our ice machine should provide enough ice for everyone.

   Ladies' Day is always an enjoyable afternoon. A business meeting, a short program, fellowship and refreshments are part of the afternoon. This is an excellent opportunity to get to meet and interact with other ladies in the assembly and discuss those situations which we all have in common. Babysitting services are provided by the youth so those ladies with young children can attend. Please bring a head covering and a Bible.

   Many activities are planned for all ages. The auction at the Feast is always a fun time also. Many of the brethren look forward to bidding on a memento of the Feast, so bring along any hand-made or craft item ou wish to donate. Items you no longer use (in good condition) can also be donated. All money goes to further Yahweh's work. There will be children's classes during services (except on high days) for children ages 2 through 12. There may also be a "children's store" where everything sells for $1.00. If there is a children's store that year, you may donate toys or games in very good condition or inexpensive child-safe items can be purchased and donated. The money raised from the children's store will be used for children's class project at the following year's Feast.

   Sometimes the young people attending public schools are expected to have a written request for excused absences to attend a religious meeting. This applies to many employees as well. We have forms available explaining the absences. Should you need a form, please contact us. The document will help make an absence more acceptable by both schools and employers.

   All those attending meetings should dress appropriately. We are appearing before the King of the universe. We have a dress code here in Rocheport. Absolutely no sorts are to be worn in services by either men or women. All shorts worn at other functions must be approaching the knee. Please do not wear anything sleeveless, too tight or too short. Dresses must be knee length or longer. Dresses with slits must have a slip underneath. Please abide by our rules regarding dress. Remember that autumn nights in Missouri can be chilly, so bring enough warm clothes, a warm coat and perhaps even gloves. Rain is also probably this time of year.

   Don't forget to share your talent with the brethren. Any ladies offering a special to Yahweh during services must wear a head covering.

   Remember that we are all in training to serve others. We should think of ways we can benefit others and help them become better followers of Yahshua the Messiah. He came to serve and expects us to be a help to others with whatever talent we are given. We are to allow Yahweh's Spirit to flow from Yahweh through us to serve others, especially the household of faith. We urge you to volunteer to help with one or more duties.

   We are blessed to have this campground for Yahweh's people. Everyone is welcome. We are not requesting a camping fee; however, if anyone wishes to make a donation to help defray the costs involve din hosting a feast, it is greatly appreciated. It would be very helpful also if those planning on attending the Feast would fill out a reservation form prior to coming, or if unable to do so, at the Feast. We use these forms to plan meals and activities for that year and following years. About one month before the Feast, we will enable a reservation form that we ask you to fill out.

   We hope you will consider joining us for the feast. If you have concerns that were not addressed here, do not hesitate to contact us. We strive to help all seeking Yahweh's will.

HalleluYah!

 

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