Good evening and welcome to our recording from this morning’s service. Today we celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles as well as remembering the Lord’s death and resurrection by breaking bread together.
Andy’s message is below, but first a couple of video’s relevant to today, The King is Coming by the Gaither Vocal Band and Yet Not I by City Alight.
Every blessing, Andy.
We are holding our annual Feast of Tabernacles Celebration on the 29th & 30th September at the Scartho Community Library, and hope you can join with us as we celebrate in faith the future return of the Lord Jesus to reign on earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
This year we very much look forward to the ministry of Rev. John Angliss with us as our gust speaker. As well as John’s teaching, we will be celebrating as usual in praise and worship with Israeli/Hebraic dancing, and enjoying fellowship with one another with cakes and refreshments afterwards.
John Angliss: John is the chairman of Christian Ministerial Fellowship International and heads up his own ministry, Ambassador International Ministry (AIM). A pastor for 40 years at an independent fellowship in Reading from 1977 to 2016 (end) ( and which he was used to restore into a functioning New Testament Church) and preaching for 50 years, he now has an itinerant ministry, seeking to teach the whole counsel of God and specialising on Israel and the end times from a prophetic point of view .He was at one time on the board of Prayer for Israel and Derek Prince ministries (UK) and is a recommended speaker for PWMI and has made many trips to Israel and India amongst other places .He is now part of ARK Christian Fellowship at Swallowfield , just south of Reading, and is supported by his wife Mary to whom he has been married for 47 years.
We’re having our second celebration of the Biblical Feast of Tabernacles on Sunday 16th October at 6.30pm, and everyone is welcome!
Join with us in celebration as we reflect on how the Lord Jesus has already fulfilled this feast partly in His first coming, and how He will completely fulfill this feast at His second coming.
There will be praise and worship with our guest worship team of Ivan, Kristie & Emma and teaching from Andy King. There will of course be Hebraic dancing open for all to participate in, and plenty of nibbles, cakes and refreshments afterwards.
You can learn more about the Christian significance of the Feast of Tabernacles here, and about all three of the Biblical autumnal feasts (Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles) here.
God bless you.
(This is not a transcript of the message at our Tabernacles celebration, just a tidied version of my notes. It does however contain all the Scripture references and so will hopefully prove useful for study.)
The Feast of Tabernacles may not feature in or be important to the British calendar but it is one of Gods celebrations and rehearsals, set in Israels calendar, to teach us about Gods important events in history. These events are called the Feasts of the LORD. This is why it’s important for us as Christians to understand it and celebrate it. God has given us His feasts to get our attention and listen to Him.
- It’s the 7th and final feast, hence very important. Seven is an important number to God, the number of completion. Set in the 7th month of the Hebrew year. Every 7th year the Torah was to be read out aloud in the hearing of the whole nation at Tabernacles. Deut 31:9-13
- Known as the Season of our Joy, a week of rejoicing, commanded to rejoice at this feast. All the feasts were to help Israel remember her roots as well as looking forward to her future.
- Solemn yet joyful celebration, Jewish men take clusters of leaf branches of palm, myrtle and willow trees & lemony etrog fruit (in Hebrew acronym for faith (emunah) repentence (T’shuvah), healing (raphah) and redemption (goelah)) & wave them before the Lord as a sign of welcoming the coming King. It’s what happened in Jerusalem when Jesus made His triumphal entry in John 12:12-13, Ps.118:25-26
- Tabernacles is unique amongst the feasts, in that the nations also were invited in ancient times to come up to Jerusalem at this season to worship the LORD alongside the Hebrew people. When Solomon later dedicated his Temple at Sukkot (Tabernacles), he also called on the LORD to hear the prayers of all the foreigners that would come there to pray (2 Chronicles 6:32-33). Thus, Jerusalem and the Temple itself were destined from the start to be a “house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13).
- Tabernacles came to incorporate symbolic events with water and light. The water ceremony was performed by the priests and involved collecting water from the pool of Siloam and pouring it out in the Temple. There was also a light show with dancing every night.
Andy wondered if it would be possible to rent St John Fisher to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles and would Celebration Church like to be involved. My first thought was: ‘This is a bit Jewish and what will people think?’ Having spoken to Andy, prayed and looked at what the Bible says, I see no reason why we shouldn`t be involved. In fact, if it teaches us what it meant to them and its relevance to us then, it will be good for us. Here are a few thoughts that I gleaned (no pun intended) from looking at the Feast of Tabernacles.
This feast was held at harvest time, so it was a celebration, but it was far more than Harvest Festivals of today. It not only celebrated how God had provided for his people but the fact that God dwelt among them. “I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people”. (Lev 26:11-12). They were a people always going astray and yet their God had covenanted Himself to dwell with them. Amazing!