Fall Feast 2016

Sunday, October 16 sundown, through Monday October 24th sundown. 

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Come join us in rejoicing before the Lord

Come join us in celebrating together the Feast of Tabernacles near Melrose, Florida.  The Camp offers RV sites, primitive camping and rustic motel-type rooms for your Tabernacle needs. Along with the numerous opportunities to hear from a number of gifted teachers, there will be daily Messianic praise and worship.  Enjoy dancing, and hearty fellowship - all intended to bring us closer to the true meaning of the festival. 
 Yeshua observed this festival in Jerusalem.   His teachings were within the context of the first century Jewish culture and traditions of His day.  To help illustrate one of His most important messages, we will re-enact the “Water Pouring Ceremony” that Yeshua participated in as He observed the festival in Jerusalem.  It was during this ceremony that He spoke the following:

Joh 7:37 " On the last day, that Great Day of the Feast, Yeshua stood and spoke aloud, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink"                                                 



And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.  (Leviticus 23:40)
 

The Feasts of the Lord

(Genesis 1:14)  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

This is where the calendar is started and the word ‘seasons’

means the "appointed times" (HaMoyadim). These are times when the God of the Universe, has requested we meet with Him and times that He meets with us. This is not to say we cannot enjoy communing with God at any time we approach Him in faith believing that Blood of Yeshua/Jesus has given us access.  It says that God as a planned time to meet with us and He dictated the dates and proper observation to Moses on Mount Sinai.  His instructions are recorded in Leviticus chapter 23 and given to ALL of ISRAEL (including the stranger (gentile) Ex 12:49 or "mixed multitude" Ex. 12:38 that came out of Egypt). You wouldn't neglect an important date (eg: anniversary) to meet your wife or husband…would you?  Would you neglect an appointment with The God of Heaven who has scheduled a date with you on His calendar?


The Festivals of the LORD found in Leviticus 23* were given to all of us by God, so His people could understand the first and second coming of the Messiah  and the role that Messiah would play in redeeming and restoring both man and the earth back to God following the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. To understand these Feasts is to understand how God announced in advance how His Son would pay the penalty for man’s sin and how He will eliminate sin once and for all.


 
Yeshua/Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts to the very day and hour, which God’s people had observed  for hundreds of years.  However, the Fall Feasts have not been fulfilled yet.  The Fall Feasts represent His second coming. 


The Jewish people observed these Feasts, but few recognized the Messiah when He came. Why didn't they recognize their Messiah when He suffered and died during His appointed time (HaMoyadim)? They did not recognize their Messiah because they had added so many man-made rules and traditions to God's Law/Torah that they were consumed with their religiosity.  Have we added our own religious days in place of God's days?  Will we recognize Him when He returns?  Yeshua stated in Mark 13:22:  "For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect."  If you are not aware of God's appointed times, then you could be deceived. 





(Leviticus 23:39)  Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
 

The Feast of Tabernacles

Tabernacles speaks of the day when the Son of God will tabernacle among men, wipe away every tear, and bring in the "golden age" which men have dreamed of since time immemorial.

The Feast of Tabernacles is the seventh and final Feast of the Lord. It occurs five days after the Day of Atonement on the fifteenth of Tishri . This Feast is also called the Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:16; 34:22), the Feast to the LORD (Leviticus 23:39; Judges 21:9), the Feast of Booths, or simply "the Feast" (Leviticus 23:36; Deuteronomy 16:13; I Kings 8:2; II Chronicles 5:3, 7:8; Nehemiah 8:14; Isaiah 30:29; Ezekiel 45:23,25) because it was so well-known.

After the return from Exile, Ezra read the Torah and led the Israelites in acts of penitence during the Feast of Tabernacles (Nehemiah 8:13-18).   The dedication of Solomon's' Temple also took place (I Kings 8:2) during this Feast. Later, Josephus referred to the Feast of Tabernacles as the holiest and greatest of the Hebrew Feasts.

On the first day of the Feast, each participant had to collect branches of myrtle, willow, and palm in the area of Jerusalem for construction of their booth (Nehemiah 8:13-18). These "huts" or "booths" were constructed from bulrushes as joyful reminders of the temporary housing erected by their forefathers during the Exodus wanderings (Leviticus 23:40-41; Deuteronomy 16:14). The "booth" in Scripture is a symbol of protection, preservation, and shelter from heat and storm (Psalm 27:5; 31:20; Isaiah 4:6). The rejoicing community included family, servants, orphans, widows, Levites, and sojourners (Deuteronomy 16:13-15).

Besides the construction of the booths, other festivities included the ingathering of the labor of the field (Exodus 23:16), the ingathering of the threshing floor and winepress (Deuteronomy 16:13), and the ingathering of the fruit of the earth (Leviticus 23:39), Samples of the fall crop were hung in each family's booth to acknowledge God's faithfulness in providing for His people.

On the eighth and final day of the Feast, the High Priest of Israel, in a great processional made up of priests and tens of thousands of worshipers, descended from the Temple Mount to pause briefly at the Pool of Siloam. A pitcher was filled with water, and the procession continued via a different route back to the Temple Mount.   Here, in the midst of great ceremony, the high priest poured the water out of the pitcher onto the altar.

Since in Israel the rains normally stop in March, there is no rain for almost seven months! If God does not provide the rains in October and November, there will be no spring crop, and famine is at the doorstep. This ceremony, then, was intended to invoke God's blessing on the nation by providing life-giving water.

It is in connection with the Feast of Tabernacles and this eighth day that the gospel of John records a fascinating event. John wrote: "In the last day (eighth day), that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37-38). The Son of God was saying in the clearest possible way that He alone was the source of life and blessing; that He could meet every need of the human heart. He is the Living Water!

Another ritual included the lighting of huge Menorahs at the Court of the Women. This is the probable background for Jesus' statement: "I am the light of the world." John 8:12).

The water and the "pillar of light" provided during the wilderness wandering (when people dwelt in tabernacles) was temporary and in contrast to the continuing water and light claimed by Yeshua (Jesus) during this Feast which commemorated that wandering period.

The eschatological visions which speak of the coming of all nations to worship at Jerusalem refer to the Feast of Tabernacles on the occasion of their pilgrimage (Zechariah 14:16-21). This Feast speaks eloquently of Yeshua's millennial Kingdom - of a new beginning without the ravages of the curse of sin.  In that day, the earth will give her full bounty, all animals will be docile (Isaiah 65:25), armies will no longer march, every man will sit under his own fig tree (Micah 4:4), and righteousness will become a reality in the earth.


The Feast of Tabernacles is to be kept forever (Leviticus 23:41)  And ye shall keep it a Feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.