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pt. 15 By Keeping the Feast of Tabernacles Ingathering (last message of series)

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Compiled by JS LOWTHER
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In connection to the series that I had offered “why do we keep the feasts?”, this next series is offered, to help further support and encourage the Israel of God in her return to YHWH’s ordained worship according to the Scriptures.
I’d like to add that last year around this time I had offered as series on

THE LORD’S SUPPER
Christian Pascha
Sacrament of the Faith of Jesus Christ

As well as, just a few months back, I had more so established a systematic reason for keeping the feast as Christians under the New Covenant in the series:

“Why Do we Keep the Feasts?”.


How Do We Keep the Feasts?
Part. 15

By Keeping the Feast of Tabernacles Ingathering

(final message of this series)

2Pe_1:2-8 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesu(s) our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, for they make neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesu(s) Christ.

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Lev 23:33 And YHWH spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev_23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
Lev 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

Lev_23:37 These are YHWH’s appointed-seasons, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
Lev 23:38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.
Lev 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.
Lev 23:40 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.
Lev 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.
Lev 23:42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
Lev 23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Lev 23:44 And Moses declared YHWH’s Appointed-seasons unto the children of Israel.

We are on the final Appointed season and Feast of YHWH God in our series and this series will end on this 15th part in finishing the Template Chapter 23 of the book of Leviticus.

The Feast of Tabernacles or SKUTh is also agriculturally called the feast of ingathering, this is because of the harmony which exists between the Abib Year of Agriculture and the Feasts.
We enjoin ourselves to this feast and dwell in booths seven days; because we are Israelites born , therefore we shall dwell in booths…
For this reason:
Lev_23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am YHWH your God.
And so again the proclamation of why is a proclamation of Lordship sovereignty, that why we do so as well.

The Feast of Tabernacles is straightly called a feast or cHaG which we have differentiated throughout this series between the 2, a cHaG or Feast being a festival time capped off by MUODIM or Appointed-seasons which are weekly sabbaths according to the weekly lunar system. In this case the feast of Tabernacles or booths, or tents is like Unleavened bread a cHaG, that is it is Headed up and Ended by sabbaths or MUOD, in both cases these week long Festivals begin on the 15th day, which is a natural full moon according to the New moon’s month of rebuilding, it’s cHoDeSh and both are spoken of identically:
Lev_23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same (first) month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Lev_23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
The Feast of Tabernacles / EhZeH cHaG eH-SKUTh / הזה חג הסכות שׁבעת is a yearly event happening on the week of the full moon Headed up on the 15th and lasting for 7 days, in Lev_23:39 it said, “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.”
Very clearly identifying this 15th day as a sabbath as does Lev 23:35 a day of holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. both according to Lev 23:3 which set the pattern of the feasts atop the MUODIM of the Sabbath, that is Lev_23:2-3, …Concerning the Appointed-Seasons of YHWH, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my Appointed-Seasons.
Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
And so in this feast of Tabernacles we have a feast of seven days starting on the 15th day’s sabbath of the full moon according to the renewal of the month and extending through that week terminating upon the following Sabbath, called in this feast “the eight day” of holy convocation, which would be the last quarter half shaped moon.
In the feast of Unleavened bread the last day before the 7th was the last day of eating unleavened bread and offering the appropriate sacrifices for the festival, in this feast the people as well offer the appropriate sacrifices for seven days while dwelling in booths, tents or tabernacles “SKUTh”, yet on this feast the last sabbath is included in the days of sacrifice by fire, this is why the text speak differently concerning this last sabbath of tabernacles, particularly this is spoken of this way because it is the last festival sabbath of the year wherein the people will be gathered together in holy convocation and worship, so it is a high sabbath and it is spoke of as “the last day, that great day of the feast” In Joh_7:37 .
Like in the feast of unleavened bread the people, that is the congregation who are called eat unleavened bread, in this feast of tabernacles / SKUTh the people of the congregation dwell in SKUThIM or tabernacles, booths and not just simply to do so but to do so on account of but there is an agricultural requirement of the feast which we have:
Lev 23:39 “… when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, “. That is when “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. “
And it is for this reason elsewhere in scripture we find the feast called in Exo_23:16 & Exo_34:22 “the feast of ingathering in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. “

So How do we Keep the Feast of Tabernacles?
By rejoicing!
We first align it with the Month of Abib Agriculturally, rather than observing a feast which has no intrinsic value, that is that we have the ability to truly rejoice before the Lord with the good things we have been given that year, the scripture admonishes us during all feasts, particularly in this feast of ingathering that is the final harvest celebration to YHWH: We are to… eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee. Deu 12:7 And … for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, Deu_14:26

Even when Israelites can not go to ‘the place where YHWH set his name” or when they are scattered or their land is enlarged the can… rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
and …kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
Deu 12:22 Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat of them alike.
cHagIM feasts are for rejoicing before YHWH, you and your house, those with in thy gates together as a tribal family.
And during this time on the sabbath day, …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.
Lev 23:40 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.
Lev 23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. as a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
We believe that this allows one by special exception to work on building or furnishing his Tabernacle made of boughs or branches on this sabbath, this 15th day and first head day of the feast…a special exception to the sabbath made for this festival.
So we believe in an exception of sabbath in take you on the first day the branches of fruit trees, in this time of the year we often use wild and domesticated apple tree bough which still have fruit, or cherry boughs of goodly trees (and we’d use palm if we had it too!) to construct or finish our tabernacle, along with branches of thick trees, that means construction type woods such as pine or oak or the like.
I’ve heard it said that in order to follow this law one must use all of the woods mentioned in this text to construct a lawful SKUTh, but this is one of those objections made to make people think this is impossible rather than to edify the Israelites born to dwell in booths, and upon examination it is clear that the woods listed are examples of fruit-boughs of goodly trees, such as branches of palm trees which produce harvest crops, and the boughs of thick trees such as willows of the brook, the focus is upon type of brances chosen not to restrict to that species in the least bit, this is foolish conjecture.
Do we have to use boughs of trees?
Yes, I think that like the use of the Ag year the use of a few branches from these types of trees is in order, even if you tabernacle is constructed of cloth or leather, or canvas as our fathers would have used in the wilderness when YHWH caused them to dwell that way, and most likely the available branches of places they stopped in were used in aid of construction so you too if you are making a simple covering in commemoration to sleep under or eat under let it be in using some of these types of woods…it is not hard to find a wooded lot, even if you don’t have one that you can cut a few wild apple or cherry branches or nut tree branches, or pine or oak and a mix thereof to aid in a commemorative construction. of your tabernacle.
Our family personally builds a tabernacle of various sorts for this feast… part of the fun of the feast is producing a new type of tabernacle, we’ve used nylon Coleman tents in the early years with branch like decorations, we’ve make from the ground up canvas tents like you’d see in the civil war times, with braches wreaths and door coverings, we’ve used that years harvested hay bales and put a branchen roof on it with a water repellent covering, and we’ve made a pine booth entirely from freshly cut pine boughs entirely, we’ve heated the tents with fires and stoves on cold years…and we’ve done so for nearly 16 years now. And it is a part of our culture.
People think they are ‘prepers’ and want to learn survival skills? Well a good place to start is with the feast of tabernacles when it happens at the end of gregorian october into november. You will truly understand at the end of every feast how blessed you to have a house and not a booth!
Do we have to sleep in a tent outside every year?
No, we do but I don’t think it is a biblical requirement:
Particularly because the scripture says in Nehemiah 8:14-18 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month: (15) And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written. (16) So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim. (17) And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness. (18) Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.

The feast of Tabernacle and ingathering is to be a time just like this we see in Neh 8,
A time of repentance, joy and gladness, a time to worship and read the law of God, we read Deuteronomy completely through every year during this festival week, a sectional division a day from the 15th to the 22nd, Deuteronomy is the condensed law, Deuteronomy means ‘second law’ deutero-nomos, and we believe this is why Moses ends the law in the book of Deuteronomy with this statement:
Deu_31:10 … At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,
Deu 31:11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
Deu 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:
Deu 31:13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

If we want a revival like what happened in the time Ezra and Nehemiah, we need desire to ‘keep the feasts”.


 

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I am a servant of YHWH through his perfect Son Jesu(s) Christ who's redemption power of my soul I have Faith in. Having been redeemed by the blood of Christ, I wish to no longer spend my time in the lusts of the flesh and of this world, but to promote the Gospel of the Kingdom by means of the New Covenant, a reNewal of the Covenant YHWH God has made with his people Israel in the blood of Christ (Jer 31:31 and Heb 8:8) which writes the Law of God upon the Heart and Mind beside the forgiveness of sin and transgressions. It is my mission to show the Israel of God the Salvation which is taught by the Scripture Alone and offered in all ages by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in the work of Christ Alone to the Glory of GOD Alone. I believe Christ Jesus is the reincarnate Son of God as the WORD made flesh, and the son of man born of the virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit: I believe Christ Jesus Lived a perfect life for us as a living sacrifice as well as a pattern of the Sanctified newness of life a believer has in Him, I believe Christ Jesus died a cursed death on the Cross for His people of Covenant who are sinners, and I believe in Christ Jesus who Resurrected with power from Death from the grave to Justify the offenders. This is the same Jesus who is indeed the Son of David and king of Israel, who is both LORD and Christ over all the kings and dominions of the earth! In the fullness of time YHWH will regather his people under the Head of the Church Jesu(s) Christ to effect his will according to the Lord's prayer, Psalm 2, 8 and 110 as well as Genesis 1:26. The focus of my administration of the Gospel is like unto my Lord's who said "I have come not but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.."(Mathew 15:24), and so I have come to my European Kinsman according to the flesh. As a modern day Puritan separatist it is my goal to purify the church of Christ with Faith heretofore stated. I am studying to show my self approved, if you have any questions just ask!

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