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Home Worship Hour

Dr. Walter Martin

 

Time to Fall back�������..  
 It�s time to fall back
on the 27th of October.  

We gain an extra hour of sleep or play depending on how one looks at it. Significant events occurred in Biblical history this time of year.

 8:1Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' houses of the children of Israel, to king Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh out of the city of David, which is Zion. 8:2All the men of Israel assembled themselves to king Solomon at the feast of Tabernacles, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. 8:3All the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 8:4They brought up the ark of Yahweh, and the tent of meeting�.1st Kings 1:1-4  WEB (World English Bible)

Nehemiah 8

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Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Don't be grieved; for the joy of Yahweh is your strength. 8:11So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be you grieved. 8:12All the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. 8:13On the second day were gathered together the heads of fathers' houses of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, to Ezra the scribe, even to give attention to the words of the law. 8:14They found written in the law, how that Yahweh had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month; 8:15and that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth to the mountain, and get olive branches, and branches of wild olive, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written. 8:16So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, everyone on the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the broad place of the water gate, and in the broad place of the gate of Ephraim. 8:17All the assembly of those who were come again out of the captivity made booths, and lived in the booths; for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun to that day the children of Israel had not done so. There was very great gladness. 8:18Also day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. They kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according to the ordinance.

John 17
Jesus was walking in Galilee, for He wouldn't walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.
7:2Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand. 7:3His brothers therefore said to Him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see Your works which You do. 7:4For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, reveal Yourself to the world." 7:5For even His brothers didn't believe in Him.

 
Zechariah 14
14:8
It will happen in that day, that living waters will go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in summer and in winter will it be.

14:9Yahweh will be King over all the earth. In that day Yahweh will be One, and His name One. 14:10All the land will be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she will be lifted up, and will dwell in her place, from Benjamin's gate to the place of the first gate, to the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel to the king's winepresses. 14:11Men will dwell therein, and there will be no more curse; but Jerusalem will dwell safely. 14:12This will be the plague with which Yahweh will strike all the peoples who have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh will consume away while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will consume away in their sockets, and their tongue will consume away in their mouth. 14:13It will happen in that day, that a great panic from Yahweh will be among them; and they will lay hold everyone on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand will rise up against the hand of his neighbor. 14:14Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered together: gold, and silver, and clothing, in great abundance.

14:15So will be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the donkey, and of all the animals that will be in those camps, as that plague. 14:16It will happen that everyone who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Yahweh of Armies, and to keep the feast of tents. 14:17It will be, that whoever of all the families of the earth doesn't go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Yahweh of Armies, on them there will be no rain. 14:18If the family of Egypt doesn't go up, and doesn't come, neither will it rain on them. This will be the plague with which Yahweh will strike the nations that don't go up to keep the feast of tents. 14:19This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations that don't go up to keep the feast of tents.

  Why not search your Bible and find the times when this season is mentioned and what was (or will be) occurring. Start at Leviticus 23 and trace the times and meanings of all the festivals. They all point towards Messiah. Some are yet to be fulfilled when He comes in glory .Can you name the extra Biblical holiday celebrated by our Jewish friends? This festival was inspired by the events in the Book of Esther.

Feast of Booths, Succoth, the Feast of Ingathering, or "the season of our rejoicing," the Feast of Tabernacles begins at the full moon of the seventh month. Like Passover, it is a harvest festival. Just as Passover marks the beginning of the summer dews, Tabernacles begins the season of winter rains. It is the end of the harvest year, harvest home, and the beginning of a new agricultural year.

Booths remind Israel of the time when they wandered through the wilderness on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, as well as being reminders of the Temple, as the First and Second Temples were dedicated during the Feast of Booths.  

Right around the corner comes the Feast of Dedication,

The Greek name for "Chanukah,"= a celebration of the rededication of the Temple.

John 10
10:22
It was the
Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem.
It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem. 10:23It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's porch. 10:24The Jews therefore came around Him and said to Him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." 10:25Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you don't believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, these testify about Me. 10:26But you don't believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I told you. 10:27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 10:28I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 10:29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. 10:30I and the Father are one." 10:31Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him. 10:32Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?" 10:33The Jews answered him, "We don't stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God." 10:23It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's porch. 10:24The Jews therefore came around Him and said to Him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." 10:25Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you don't believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, these testify about Me. 10:26But you don't believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I told you. 10:27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 10:28I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 10:29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. 10:30I and the Father are one." 10:31Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him. 10:32Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?" 10:33The Jews answered him, "We don't stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God."

For the Church, Christmas begins to cycle of the Church year. It is no co-incidence these holidays occur so closely to each other.

I love them all��..More soon, so stay tuned!

Shalom and agape,

Pastor Charlie