June 2018           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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What About The Feast of Tabernacles?

Dear Editor,

I recently returned from observing the Feast of Tabernacles.

Question One:
Is it sin to NOT observe God's Feasts as commanded in Lev. 23?

Question Two:
God states in scripture two or more times that the feast will be held "in the place the Lord shall choose" - so how is it that we have come to keep it in the place that WE choose? Is there Biblical authority to do this?

Question Three:
God instructs us for the Feast of Tabernacles to build "temporary shelters" to dwell in during this time. How is it that we instead dwell temporarily in "permanent shelters?"

It is plain that the feast was kept in Old Testament times, and it is plain that all the world will keep it when Christ returns to this earth. During both these periods of time, the place the Lord chooses is in Jerusalem.

I noticed this verse in Acts 18:21 (KJV)
"But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh at Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus."

I see that Paul feels he must keep the Feast, but I also see that he gave no instructions to the Church in Ephesus to keep it with him.

What I am trying to determine is if it is error to teach that such observance is absolutely required.

Thanks for 'lending an ear.'


Dear Sir,

Is NOT keeping the Feasts of God a sin? Yes, it is. They are God's Holy Commanded Assemblies.

If God commands us to DO something and we DON'T do it, it is sin. It is a missing of the mark set up for us by God.

The Ten Commandments are not all of the laws we are required to keep. There are many more. Please check out the article in the Newsletter Section titled, "The School Master" for more enlightenment on this subject of laws.

God states in scripture:
"For where two or three are gathered IN MY NAME, there I am in the midst of them." (Mat. 18:20- KJV)

Whatever the circumstances, if two or more gather in God's Name, He is there. Is that a place HE chooses? Of course it is! It was His choice to have the above scripture put into the bible, and God DOES NOT CHANGE, so He chooses to be where ever two or more are gathered in His Name.

Because of church tradition, if a person is a member of a particular church or fellowship, those church leaders make plans for observance of the Holy Days. It is decided where and how they will be held. The member then, in order to continue to fellowship with that church or group, attends the feast at the place that has been chosen.

God chooses to be there if there are two or more gathered in His Name. It is a place He chooses.

Some people, for various reasons, such as sickness and financial hardship are not able to attend. A lot of churches and fellowships make available cassette tapes and articles after the feast that those brethren can enjoy and "catch up" on what occurred at the feast.

God is NOT some HARSH, UNMERCIFUL God who WANTS to punish at the 'drop of a hat' even though many people paint Him in that particular mode. God provides for His own with MERCY and UNDERSTANDING.

God is silent about a lot of things in Scripture. He doesn't tell us a lot about how to conduct "church services", or how to setup and observe each annual Holy Day.

Remember.... the reason Joseph and Mary went to Bethleham was to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus was born there, probably on the first day of the feast to begin His "tabernacle" (living) with us as a human being.

You need to know also that King Herod had set up his tax time (no not April 15)to concide with the time when almost everyone was in one place. This way he could gather the most taxes with the least effort.

Paul wanted to be in Jerusalem for the Feast.  He was a dedicated minister and probably most of the ministers, except those in charge of other feast sites, would be there at Headquarters. He probably wanted to fellowship with fellow ministers and gain valuable wisdom from experiences which they would share.

The church at Ephesus KNEW they were to keep the Feast. It is very probable that there was a feast site in Ephesus or very near. At the time mentioned in the scripture quoted above, the Feast is not mentioned. He was preaching about other things that time. However, they had been taught to keep the feast.

Now about the shelters. I suppose one could look at motel rooms as "permanent", but they are not permanent for some one who is attending a meeting for a short time and then returning home. They are temporary shelters for them. They were built to be permanent by those who owned them but usually not for guests to live in permanently.

To those who attend the feast at a particular site, the rooms (shelters) are used temporarily.

The people mentioned in the bible even made temporary shelters to keep out of the weather. Part of the teachings we learn from the feasts is that we are only living in these physical bodies temporarily and will someday receive a spirit body that will truly be PERMANENT.

Is it error to teach that observance of God's Feast Days is absolutely required? Definitely not!! Any command of God is to be kept or it is sin.

I hope this has helped clear up the questions you asked. If there are any more, please write.

The Editor

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