Sunday, September 27, 2015

Add Israel to your Church’s Belief Statement, part 6

As I post this, it is 14 hours before the fourth consecutive Blood Moon appears in the sky. That’s because at sundown, Sukkoth - the Feast of Tabernacles begins and lasts for a week. ICEJ is celebrating the Feast at the Ein Gedi oasis in Israel. There is live streaming of it every day during the festival:

Genesis 1:14
“Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;

‘Signs and Seasons’ are the appointed times that the Church needs to participate in! If the Lord should tarry, let us pray that the Church will wake up to the blessings that are experienced by knowing and experiencing the Fasts, Feasts, and Festivals of the LORD!

Here is what a Church’s Statement of Belief could incorporate as long as it backs this up with the proper teaching, study, worship, visual arts and drama: 

This church recognizes the significance of the seven Biblical holidays and seeks to observe them to the extent we are able. They represent a yearly teaching cycle and in addition to including them in our Church activities, we encourage all of our members to incorporate them into their study and devotions. We also believe that God’s prophetic time table is based on the Biblical calendar. Just as we know God orchestrated the key events of his first coming with the Spring Festivals, we expect that He will perform the events of His Second Coming around the events of the Fall Festivals.

These are the Festival and Activities our Church celebrates each year:
  • Pesach (Passover) and Unleavened Bread:                              Messiah in the Passover meal 
  • Ha Bikurin (First Fruits):                        This is the real day for celebrating the resurrection 
  • Shavuot (Pentecost):                       Counting of Omer takes place 50 days after First Fruits
  • Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets):       Happy Birthday Jesus! (Instead of December 25)
  • Yom Kippur:                                       Time for contemplating, confession, and forgiveness
  • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles):        Praise the LORD through singing, dance, and teaching
  • Simchat Torah (Eighth day of the Feast):        Praise the LORD through singing and drama
  • Hanukkah:                                                             Lights in the Hanukiah, drama, and gifts!
  • Purim:                                         Celebrate God’s deliverance of His people through drama

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