The Feasts of Israel
There was a purpose for the feasts. They had a function in the greater community of the people and only filled those needs of society when the people came together for the true purposes of those institutions of God.
- "Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:" Deuteronomy 16:16
Most people who think they are celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles today have no Living Network of Ministers who are supplying a Daily ministration; no Apostles nor Levites actually providing social services for the people and by the people, nor do they elect and support living stones to become altars of the people.
Some will dress in costumes and mumble Hebrew words or sing familiar hymns so they may imagine that they are righteous. Yet their daily practices are void of the social virtues of those ancient days and their deeds are those of the Nicolaitans and their rulers are Nimrods and Caesars.
Who will Repent and build a network practicing Pure Religion through Faith, Hope and Charity by way of Freewill offerings of the people, for the people and by the people through the Perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies like both Israel and the Early Church?
Some modern Churches think they are celebrating the feasts as "spiritual feasts" of God's word. Christ was far more practical in his ministry where real loaves and fishes were served, the hungry fed, the naked clothed, the sick healed, all without the Benefits offered by Benefactors who exercised authority.
Even the Eucharist of Christ was not just a wafer or "crumb" but an actual meal shared with the people. The early Church services we see in the Bible were actually real service provided by a servant government. But again the function within a Christian community is only fulfilled in society when the the true Kingdom of God is written on the hearts and minds of the people.
What poses as Church service today is just about making people feel saved and righteous. Actually seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness is not only ignored but rejected by the believe only philosophy of Modern Christians.
While the Feasts of old like Tabernacles were a time and place that generated lots of interaction, good times and fond memories among the people who came, both Jew and Gentile alike, to actually Celebrate the Feasts went much deeper and meant a lot more to the society as a whole.
Love Feasts of a Nation
How many people will come to support those minsters of a kingdom that keeps the people from having to turn to the Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other?
How many men, Elders in Congregations which minster to groups oftens will keep Deuteronomy 16:16 "Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:"?
Many will come empty except for the meals they will eat at the feast. I can assure you that few will follow Deuteronomy 16:17 "Every man [shall give] as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee."
And who will give so that the ministers can form a FEMA type living network in war or peace to help the people near and far? We know that if you only love those in your family and your local group there is no Grace.
Most of the people who go to feasts] like Tabernacles are not doing anything different than those who celebrate the 4th of July.
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US Citizens today are the most dependent people that ever lived on the American Continent but they are celebrating their independence day as if they are free but the truth of their bondage seems to go right over their heads.
That is not what the word Celebrate means when you see it mentioned in Leviticus:
- " 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." Leviticus 23:41
Can any one say they abide by Ezra 3:4 "They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as [it is] written, and [offered] the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;"?
The people of all nations gather for protection against natural and menacing catastrophes. How that protection is provided is dependent upon the hearts of the people. If they have the heart of Cain and Nimrod they will give according to the commands of Nimrod, or Pharaoh or Caesar. These men will call themselves Benefactors, and are the Fathers of the earth, yet they only give what they have taken from others by the power of their exercising authority.
But if the the people have the heart of Christ and John the Baptist they will share out of love and charity in hope according to the Perfect law of liberty. This is what they did in Israel because there was no king to force their contributions as there was when they rejected God and elected to have a ruler in 1 Samuel 8.
In a free nation the head of every house would freely give to the minister. To remain free as a nation they need to choose to give to their public servants to provide for the common Welfare. These two Welfare types, one of force and the other of freedom, define the nature of the nation and the destiny of the people. One is free and the other foolish and will loose its freedom.
We see in Leviticus 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. : 35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 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. 37 These are the feasts of the LORD, 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: 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."
It took lots of work and funds to train up a servant government and lots of love for one another to motivate that funding without force. Only those who have faith in the ways of God and His righteousness shall be free souls under God. Those who are slothful in these sacrifices will end up under tribute.
They determined the time of the Feasts in a uniform manner based on the lunar calendar not because there was some magical formula but for practical reasons. They needed the light of the full moon which was simply a practical solution to seeing in the dark where there were no flashlights and street lights or LED solar lights by the latrine.
Since there were no cell phones or radio or internet, using the lunar calendar was also a practical way to let all the people know when to meet because everyone could see the moon. These Peculiar people also used other calendars for planting and navigation. People like the Pharisees were constantly unmooring the purpose and the precept from the ritual and focusing on the letter to avoid the true sacrifice and love of God. The feastsserved a national purpose in organizing the people and funding a voluntary government of free people. It was not just a party.
Everything about the Festivals had a purpose which was to facilitate the bonds of society based on charity and love. If the people who think they are "celebrating" or "keeping" the Feast are not donating to a body of servant ministers providing services for the nation of God and at the same time using the feasts to firm up their voluntary connections of the tens hundred and thousands then what are they doing at the Festivals?
There was another connection purpose found in these festivals of charity and hope. Boys and girls met, fell in love and got married. This prevented the inbreeding of small village life but also bound remote areas of the Kingdom of God by natural family bonds.
The Kings and Fathers of the earth did this too with marriage alliances but in Israel, before they rejected God in 1 Samuel 8 and elected a central king to rule over them and be their Benefactors, every man was king in his own house.
That connection of the families of the Kingdom of God from generation to generation was essential to binding the people in time of disaster or catastrophes. The bonds were those of love, not Contracts, Covenants and Constitution.
If people are not going to the festivals for these purposes then they are not really keeping the feasts.
They are "just there for the party..."
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