By Pastor Dan Gayman
The 2014 Feast of Passover arrived on the wings of a blood moon (April 14-15, 2014). Likewise, the Feast of Tabernacles arrived amid a blood moon on October 8, 2014. This lunar tetrad will be complete after April 4, 2015 at Passover this year and again on September 28, 2015, at the time of Tabernacles. A lunar tetrad is four successive lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full months).
The Lord Jesus Christ warned His covenant family, saying, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring…” (Luke 21:25). We should not forget the warning sounded by the Prophet Joel: “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come” (Joel 2:30-31). Consider the above information combined with this rather startling nugget: there will be a total of only eight blood moons (lunar eclipses) in the entire 21st Century, 2001 to 2100. That should capture your attention. What makes these important is that they all coincide with Passover and Tabernacles in the years in which they occur.
The good news for God’s covenant children is that the seasons unfolding now indicate a time when Jehovah is mindful of the state of the inhabitants of earth. Covenant people throughout the Anglo-Saxon world should be spiritually alert, but especially so as we move into the festival seasons of each calendar year, beginning with Passover, Unleavened Bread, Resurrection Wave Sheaf, followed by Pentecost, and then the fall festivals of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. Prophetically, the spring festivals of Passover and Unleavened Bread, Wave Sheaf Resurrection, and Pentecost witnessed tremendous demonstrations of God’s power and revelation. Our celebration of these festivals will forever keep us, the covenant people, focused on Jesus Christ, our Savior, Redeemer, and King. The fall feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles await fulfillment and are to be observed in anticipation of profound events on God’s calendar.
First, please note that with the exception perhaps of the Day of Atonement, the holy days, especially the Feast of Trumpets, are supposed to be times of rejoicing. We live in a time when there is not much about which we can rejoice; but as the covenant people of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we need to remember what the Lord Jesus Christ admonished us, His children, to do: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth night” (Luke 21:28). Of course, Jesus spoke these words after informing us of the trends that would precede His arrival on earth: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26).
In the midst of all the travail of this 21st Century and the despair we sometimes feel as the world shuns Jesus Christ and old-fashioned morality wanes, we must remember that God is keeping His promise. We are witnessing the unfolding of God’s prophetic schedule for the consummation of the ages. Christians in the first century lived at the beginning of the last days, while we, in the 21st Century, are witnessing the beginning of end times. Regardless of our trials and tribulations, God commands us to rejoice at the Feast of Tabernacles. We must remember this every fall season. Consider Deuteronomy 16:13-15: “Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.”
How can we rejoice in a time when America seems to be drowning in sin and moving irreversibly toward the judgment of God? The solution lies in being willing to humbly admit that all of us, and our fathers before us for several succeeding generations, have sinned grievously against God. The wickedness of 21st Century America, the flagship of the Anglo-Saxon confederation of nations, is not unlike that of ancient Israel described in Isaiah 1:5-7: “…the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.”
From the Atlantic to the shores of the great Pacific Ocean, the unbridled sin in America reaches to the highest heaven. From the Gulf waters of the Caribbean to the border of Alaska, the birthright nation called America is afflicted with every describable problem assigned to the great nations of history. In the midst of this wickedness, we have come to observe the Feast of Tabernacles, 2014. It is altogether proper and fitting that we heed the words of God recorded in Isaiah 1:12-15: “When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with: it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.” You see, there is nothing new under the sun. Even though we are a sinful nation, we are commanded to rejoice. It’s that simple. These words from Jehovah should inspire us to know that when we gather to worship, praise, and serve our God, we are to appear with clean hands and hearts. We are to celebrate the appointed times of assembly with a right heart and humble, grateful attitude. These words call us to personal and collective repentance, contrition of heart, amendment of life, and a turning to the Living God with all of our hearts and minds. Give careful attention to the remedy that the Living God lays out for the divine favor and restoration of His people to a right covenant relationship with Him:
1) “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil” (Isaiah 1:16).
2) “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).
3) “Come now, and let us reason together saith the LORD: though sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
4) “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” (Isaiah 1:19).
5) “But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (Isaiah 1:20).
It is important that we humbly acknowledge and condemn the sins of contemporary America as well as ourselves and then seek the face of God in heartfelt repentance. Consider, if you can stomach it, the sadistic, barbaric murder of our unborn children: some fifty-five million children have been slaughtered in this land since Roe v. Wade, 1973. And, hundreds of thousands of interracially mixed couples with their mixed progeny occupy our land since Loving v. Virginia, 1967. Hundreds of thousands of sodomites, transvestites, lesbians, and assorted abnormal sexual deviates ply the streets of America in the wake of Lawrence v. Texas, 2003. Some twenty-six states endorse same-sex marriage. Considering the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld (as of October 6, 2014) the decisions of lower Federal judges to condemn as unconstitutional laws that would ban same-sex marriage, the floodgates are wide open: same-sex marriage will be forced upon the American public, regardless of their state.
God’s definition of marriage has stood for some six thousand years among the Hebrew/Israelite/Anglo/Saxon peoples. But it is being trashed today. Without a doubt, the moral decadence unfolding in America is a replica of the ancient city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Just as our righteous God rained fire and brimstone upon that ancient sinkhole of iniquity, God will rain judgment upon this nation. Just because the sins of race mixing, abortion, sodomy, same-sex marriage, adultery, and fornication are far more prevalent, endorsed, and even popularized is absolutely no justification for biblical Christians to compromise their biblical values and join the multitude to do evil. We must be prepared to wage battle against sin! Are you prepared for the war to uphold biblical moral values?
If you feel weak in this cause, please repent and find your way back to God and the righteousness of His absolute and unchanging moral standard. I have no knowledge of how complicit this or any other Israelite assembly may be in the rise of wickedness. I only know that it is high time that each of us individually and all of us collectively to search our hearts and with a contrite and humble spirit confess our personal sins and transgressions before the Living God.
The festivals can be rejoicing feasts if our hearts are right before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Israel. May He grant each of us a heart to rejoice at all, times, but especially at festival times. We can rejoice only if we have a clear conscience void of offense toward God and man. Blow the trumpet in Zion! Sanctify the congregation! Let each of us, from the fathers down, clear our consciences, seek forgiveness of all those whom we have offended, and seek the face of God in heartfelt repentance for the sin debt in our lives.
At all times, let us be inspired to bring before our King Jesus Christ our gift of living according to God’s moral standards as contained in His eternal and unchanging Word of truth. Let us lay this gift before the altar in humility.
Remember: the greatest revivals of our race occurred during commanded festivals. Passover, Pentecost, and Trumpets are revival and renewal times. In these last days especially, we can watch for signs in the heavens, such as the afore-mentioned blood moons, and anticipate Christ’s glorious return, which surely will occur in the fall festival season. For now, let us all watch and pray and repent. May each festival witness a spiritual baptism in all of us. And, may each of us pray for the Holy Spirit to re-ignite our hearts, whether it is a festival season or not.