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"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. Isa. 11:1"
T H E T H R E E H A R V E S T F E A S T S
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
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|Subject:||PENTECOST and the WAVE-LOAF ceremony|
"As the wave-sheaf and the WAVE-LOAVES are typical, then also the Feast of Tabernacles must be typical." Tract 3, p. 81:2.
"…the PENTECOST after the resurrection was for the ingathering of those who were to die, there must, correspondingly, be a PENTECOST for the ingathering of those who are to be translated. And by the same token of logic, the WAVE-SHEAF and the WAVE-LOAVES must have a DOUBLE application, each to the dead and to the LIVING, together comprising the total fruits of the antitypical harvest.
"The apostolic Pentecost in providing the power for the ingathering of second fruits up to the beginning of the judgment of those who are now dead, FORETOKENED the FINAL PENTECOST, which is YET FUTURE, and which is to bring the power for the ingathering of the second fruits of the LIVING, those who shall never die." Tract 3, p. 82-3.
"By prayer and confession of sin we MUST CLEAR the King's highway. As we DO this, the POWER of the SPIRIT will come to us. We need the PENTECOSTAL energy. THIS will come; for the Lord has promised to send HIS SPIRIT as the all-conquering power." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, p. 297-8.
Many today are clamoring for this great gift of the Spirit without meeting the conditions. One marvels at the presumption of these so-called pious ones who think God will fill their souls with His SPIRIT without their first clearing the King's Highway by crucifying self, putting away sin, and in deep humiliation accepting Christ's Righteousness (Branch message) instead of their own private theories – self-righteousness (Isaiah 4:1).
"The angel (Rev. 18:1) who unites in the proclamation of the third angel's message is to lighten the whole earth with his glory. A work of world-wide extent and unwonted power is here foretold…
"The work will be similar to that on the Day of PENTECOST." Great Controversy, p. 611.
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"A spirit of intercession was seen, even as was manifested before the great day of PENTECOST." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, p. 126.
1. The Spirit will come when the way is cleared by putting away sin.
2. The angel of Rev. 18:1 unites with the third angel's message to lighten the earth with his glory.
3. The believers have a spirit of intercession similar to the one before the Day of Apostolic Pentecost.
Notice, "Both the wave-sheaf and the WAVE-LOAVES were thank offerings for the FIRST fruits. One was dedicated at the BEGINNING of the harvest; the other at the COMPLETION of it. In contrast to the wave-sheaf of cut stalks of grain, prefiguring fruits to be gathered after the sheaf was offered, the WAVE-LOAVES, being a finished product, signified fruit previously gathered." Tract 3, p. 78:1.
"This system of worship, therefore, is truly the Righteousness by faith that brings the righteousness of Christ in the people of God." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37:24.
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments; O Jerusalem, the holy city…" Isaiah 52:1.
"When THIS GOSPEL shall be presented in its fullness to the Jews, many will accept Christ as the Messiah." Gospel Workers, p. 398.
"History, commandments, prophecy, statutes…store it in your mind, and study it at your leisure. Yes, be convinced of the TRUTH which I have tried to present to you, for IT is your LIFE, your PROSPERITY, your HEALTH and HAPPINESS, your ETERNITY." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37:25.
"The principles taught in the schools of the prophets were the same that molded David's character and shaped his life. The word of God was his instructor. 'Through Thy PRECEPTS,' he said, 'I get understanding…I have inclined mine heart to perform Thy STATUTES.' It was this that caused the Lord to pronounce David, when in his youth He called him to the throne, 'a man after Mine own heart.'" Education, p. 48.
"In the records of sacred HISTORY were traced the footsteps of Jehovah. The great truths set forth by the TYPES in the service of the sanctuary were brought to view, and faith grasped the central object of all that System, – the Lamb of God, that was to take away the sin of the world." Education, p. 47.
History, commandments, and prophecy, plus the statutes and judgments are the addition to the third message and will join it as it swells to the Loud Cry. This is the loud cry message – the Righteousness of Christ. (Early Writings, p. 277)
Therefore, "Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD." Ex. 23:17.
1. "In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover." Lev. 23:5.
2. "Ye shall bring out of your habitations two WAVE LOAVES of TWO tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the FIRSTFRUITS unto the LORD." Lev. 23:17.
3. "…The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD." Lev. 23:34.
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"Wherefore ye shall do my statues, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety." Lev. 25:18.
Besides the yearly feasts which are in reality statutes forever throughout the generations of Israel, there is a yearly fast – Atonement. The Lord says that in the Kingdom He will put His Spirit within His people and cause them to walk in His statutes and judgments and do them (Eze. 36:27). Since the statutes are so important in the Kingdom, it is likewise important that we keep them now.
Feast of Pentecost and WAVE-LOAF Ceremony
I. The Pentecost:
"And thou shalt keep the feasts of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee…in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes." Deut. 16:10-12.
"Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families, and opening before them the word of God. Hearts were convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a spirit of genuine conversion was manifest…
"Yet some refused to be converted. They were not willing to walk in God's way, and when, in order that the work of God might be advanced, calls were made for free-will offerings, some clung to their earthly possessions. These covetous ones became separated from the company of believers." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, p. 126.
"The first half of the prayer Jesus has taught us, is in regard to the NAME and KINGDOM and WILL of God, – that HIS (new) NAME may be honored, HIS KINGDOM established, His WILL performed." Mount of Blessing, p. 162.
"The people were surrounded by fierce, warlike tribes, that were eager to seize upon their lands; yet three times every year all the able-bodied men, and all the people who could make the journey, were directed to leave their homes, and repair to the place of assembly, near the center of the land. What was to hinder their enemies from sweeping down upon those unprotected households, to lay them waste with fire and sword? What was to prevent an invasion of the land, that would bring Israel into captivity to some foreign foe? – God had promised to be the protector of his people. 'The angel of Jehovah encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.' While the Israelites went up to worship, divine power would place a restraint upon their enemies. God's promise was, 'I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders; neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year.'" Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 657.
"Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety." Lev. 25:18.
"This scripture (Joel 2:23, 28, 29) shows, moreover, that the manifestations of the Spirit, in the second Pentecost, is to be much greater than the former, that in comparison the former was but a sample." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 19:10, (Great Controversy, p. 611).
SUMMARY: In the statements above Inspiration points out:
1. Israel was commanded to keep the feast of weeks (Pentecost) with a tribute of free-will offering, according as the Lord had blessed.
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2. They were to observe it in the place where God had chosen to place His name.
3. His name is to be placed – Hallowed, in the Kingdom. Matt. 6:9, 10.
4. Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families as doors were thrown open. Hearts were converted by the power of the Holy Spirit.
5. Some refused to be converted and walk in God's ways. They held only their earthly possessions and their selfishness separated them from God.
6. God's restraining power protected Israel on their feast days against aggression of the heathen nations round about them.
7. Through their keeping the feasts, God's people were promised safety. (Lev. 25:18)
8. In the second Pentecost the Spirit's power is to be much greater. The first Pentecost is only a sample.
II. The WAVE-LOAF Ceremony (Lev. 23:16, 17)
"Here we see commanded the observance of THREE harvest rites: (1) the ceremony of the WAVE-SHEAF, at the beginning of the first (fruit) harvest; (2) the ceremony of the WAVE-LOAVES, at the CLOSE of the first (fruit) harvest; and (3) the feast of tabernacles, at the close of the second harvest. Being TYPICAL, these two grain harvests (judgments, Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 42:31) with their three LITERAL sacraments, accordingly foreshadow two soul harvests (Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 44:33) with three spiritual rites; the first of which is the FIRST FRUITS with WAVE-SHEAF and WAVE-LOAVES." Tract 3, p. 76.
"In contrast to the WAVE-SHEAF of cut stalks of grain, prefiguring fruits to be gathered AFTER the SHEAF was offered, the WAVE-LOAVES, being a finished product, signified fruits previously gathered." Tract 3, p. 78.
"Here you see that the announcement of this long-expected event is to be made by SOMEONE'S publications. Moreover, he publishes peace and thus announces the RESTORATION of the KINGDOM. This is the ONLY peace that the world can have. There is to be NO other. Those who keep God's solemn 'FEASTS' and PERFORM their VOWS shall have this peace. None OTHERS shall." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 42:41.
"The CEREMONIES of the FIRST and the SECOND fruits of the grain MUST accordingly UNFOLD the TRUTH concerning the FIRST and SECOND fruits of humanity." Tract 3, p. 75:2.
"Just as Christ arose on the very day the SHEAF was to be offered, likewise the Holy Spirit fell upon the 120 disciples on the very day the WAVE-LOAVES were to be presented before the Lord. The apostolic Pentecost was accordingly the prototype of the ceremonial Pentecost (the day the WAVE-LOAVES were offered). And since the WAVE-SHEAF was a figure of Christ and those who arose with Him as the first of the first fruits of the dead, hence the WAVE-LOAVES were a figure of the 120 Spirit-filled disciples who were the full complement of first fruits of the dead and who were gathered in after the resurrection." Tract 3, p. 80.
"…as ones raised from the dead, they are the first fruits of the dead, whereas ones ever-living before the Father, they are (a type of: Tract 3, p. 79:2; 81:1; 83:0; Leviticus of D.S.D.A., p. 3:2) the living wave-sheaf of the first fruits of the living, the 144,000 servants of God, who sequentially precede The Second Fruits and the Feast of Tabernacles." Tract 3, p. 80.
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"…those who arose with Christ…became a living type…" Tract 3, p. 79:2.
"…the wave-sheaf and WAVE-LOAVES are TYPICAL…" Tract 3, p. 81.
"…the wave-sheaf and the WAVE-LOAVES must have a DOUBLE application, each to the dead and to the living…" Tract 3, p. 83.
"…it (D.S.D.A. Association) purports itself to be the FIRST of the first fruits (WAVE-SHEAF) of the living." Leviticus of D.S.D.A., p. 3:2.
"Being of cut stalks of grain, the wave-sheaf signified fruits to be harvested. And as the SHEAF was to be offered before the sickle was put to the grain and gathered into sheaves, it obviously pointed forward to a spiritual harvest of first fruits to be gathered." Tract 3, p. 76:2.
"Not until this ceremony had been performed was the harvest to be gathered." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 539:4.
"It is evident by this Scripture that this glorious church is to be established at the close of this world's history when the earthly kingdoms shall come to their end. While interpreting Zechariah's vision, the angel spoke of Zerubbabel, saying, 'The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands also shall finish it.' (Zech. 4:9). That is, the founders of the anti-type which were typified by Zerubbabel, laid the foundation in 1844. Zerubbabel being 'a signet' to the anti-type (by laying the foundation and finishing the house), denotes that the finishing of the spiritual house (the completeness of the church of God – numbering of the saints) is to be accomplished in one generation (in the life of a man, commencing in 1844)." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 280, all parentheses theirs.
SUMMARY: The plain facts are:
1. There are THREE Harvest Rites:
a. The WAVE-SHEAF at the BEGINNING of the first harvest (judgment)
b. The WAVE-LOAVES at the CLOSE of the first fruit harvest (judgment)
c. The Feast of Tabernacles, at the close of the SECOND fruit harvest (judgment)
2. Wave-sheaf, cut stalks of grain prefigure fruits to be gathered AFTER the sheaf is offered.
3. The three harvest rites of the ceremonial system with their two grain harvests unfolds the truth concerning the First (Rev. 14:1) and Second fruits of humanity. (Rev. 7:9; Isaiah 60:3, 14)
4. The Spirit fell on the 120 disciples on the very day the WAVE-LOAVES were to be offered, therefore, the Spirit-filled 120 were the full complement of the first fruits of the dead, who were gathered in after the resurrection.
5. The 144,000 are called FIRST FRUITS (Rev. 14:4), therefore, they are the antitypical WAVE-LOAVES of the living. And as the Spirit fell on the 120 first fruits on the Day of Pentecost at the end of the first harvest for the dead, the Spirit will likewise fall on the 144,000 first fruits of the living on the future Pentecost at the end of the first fruit harvest (judgment) for the living.
6. "…the founders of the anti-type which were typified by Zerubbabel, laid the foundation in 1844 [Ellen Harmon's first vision – the 144,000]. Zerubbabel being a 'signet' ...denotes...(the completeness of the church of
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God – numbering of the saints) – parentheses theirs – is to be accomplished in one generation (in the life of a man [Gen. 6:3], commencing in 1844). – parentheses theirs, brackets ours –" (Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 280)
7. The WAVE-LOAVES signifies fruits previously gathered. Clearly, then, after the resurrection of the two witnesses, (Revelation 11) there will be an anti-typical Pentecost.
III. Who will be the WAVE-LOAVES of the living in our day?
"…the WAVE-LOAVES were a figure of the 120 Spirit-filled…first fruits of the dead.
"…the spiritual condition of the 120 before the apostolic Pentecost is clearly seen to TYPIFY the spiritual condition of the 144,000 before the future Pentecost.
"The first fruits of the dead (120) being a numbers company, and the second fruits of the dead (the multitude gathered after Pentecost) being an unnumbered company, so correspondingly must it be with the first and second fruits of the LIVING. Hence the sealing of the 144,000 first fruits; and hence 'after this,' says John, 'I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number…' Rev. 7:9." Tract 3, p. 80:1; 86:0, 3, all parentheses theirs.
"The virgins were called to meet Him, and thus by faith go in with Him to appear before the Father….The seal is the PERMIT; it places their names in the Lamb's book of Life, and thus it grants to them the right to appear before the Father in the judgment; not in person, but in figure; thus having their sins blotted out." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 184:4.
"The confederacy (Isaiah 8)…commences BEFORE the Loud Cry and BEFORE the slaughter of Ezekiel 9. It is not the Image of the Beast, for this association precedes the Image of the Beast, and the confederacy is formed when the nations are girding themselves for war. Put another way, the confederacy will commence AFTER the sealing and perhaps just BEFORE the slaughter of Ezekiel 9." 13 Symbolic Code, Nos. 3 & 4:10.
"This prophecy (Isa. 8:15) declares that the confederacy will be a snare -- a trap -- and that many will fall and be taken in it. It will be a fearful trap and will separate God's people. Thus is the Lord going to test all His people and let them reveal just how much faith each of them has." 13 Symbolic Code, Nos. 3 & 4:9.
Those who escape this trap evidently will be "These 144,000 'servants of God,' being the first increment of the harvest (judgment), are called 'FIRST FRUITS'." White House Recruiter, p. 33.
"…'the remnant,' the 'escaped of Israel' (Isa. 4:2), – parentheses theirs – the first contingent of commandos for Christ…" White House Recruiter, p. 61.
SUMMARY: Important facts:
1. The 120 were the WAVE-LOAVES of the dead; they TYPIFY the 144,000 who are to be the WAVE-LOAVES of the living.
2. The seal is the permit that grants them the right to appear in the judgment.
3. When the confederacy of Isaiah 8 commences, the sealing is over. It commences before the Loud Cry and before the slaughter of Ezekiel 9. This is not the Image of the Beast. The confederacy begins when the nations are girding for war. This is a fearful trap AND WILL SEPARATE GOD'S PEOPLE. Many are taken in the trap.
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4. The escaped ones are the "first increment" of the harvest. The Branch is beautiful and glorious to the escaped of Israel in that day.
a. INCREMENT – that which is added; – Webster's Dictionary – an added amount. ADDED to what? ANSWER: They, 144,000 first fruits, are added to the Branch, wave-sheaf – first of the first fruits. (Ex. 23:19) (The Leviticus of D.S.D.A., PREFACE, and page 3:2)
"The 144,000…are the first fruits (WAVE-LOAVES), the FIRST to be GATHERED unto JUDAH." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 15, p. 10:1.
"…In that battle (Zech. 14:2) the nations will defeat the rulers of the Promised Land. Then it is that the house of Judah commences to be set up.
"…but since all are not cut off from the city, it must be that the WICKED are taken away and the righteous LEFT in to join the house of Judah.
"At the time Jerusalem, that now is, falls, the Lord's feet shall stand upon Mount of Olives and…remove the obstacles and hindrances, and thus prepare the land for the returning of His people.
"…(1) Note that the Lord's feet stand on the mount in the day of the war in which Jerusalem is taken by the wicked nations.
"…surprisingly confuses the wicked that they begin to act like mad men. At the time the Lord brings this to pass, He protects the house of Judah.
"When the Lord smites the armies of the nations (with blindness, Zech. 12:4), He also makes the rulers of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood. Thus shall they with the 'everlasting gospel' devour all the heathen round about, and thus shall Jerusalem be inhabited safely by God's faithful people." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 19, p. 3-5.
|Note Carefully:||"Here the prophet predicts that Assyria's capital city will be emptied, and her palace dissolved. Clearly, then, the KINGDOM of JUDAH is set up in TIME of WAR…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 24, p. 13.|
Those who have known this message for years and who do not have enough faith to go to Israel now in time of peace, while the way is open for them, may not be able to go in time of war, and therefore, be too late to take part in removing the obstacles and hindrances and setting up the Kingdom. Those who are called to be the vanguard, first of the first fruits – wave-sheaf (Ex. 23:19) and do not now move forward in faith while the Lord is making the call, may find the way forever closed, later. The command is to go forward in faith. COME UP TO THE ATONEMENT (Lev. 23:27) AND RECEIVE THE SEAL, PERMIT TO APPEAR BEFORE THE GREAT JUDGE! Holy Convocation – Oct. 2, at even. Oct. 11 at even, a day of fasting and affliction of soul!! (Great Controversy, p. 490)
CONCLUSION: The WAVE-LOAVES, 144,000 first fruits, are the "first increment", the first to be added to the FIRST of the first fruits – Branch, WAVE-SHEAF – Tents of Judah.
PART #3 TO FOLLOW.
Yours to clear the King's Highway,
Note: Emphasis and Parentheses in quotations our unless otherwise indicated.
|Lesson 10||PART X --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS|
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
MEMORY VERSE: "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost…" Acts 2:1, 4, first part.
STUDY HELP: The Feasts, No. 2 – Sept. 22, 1959.
STUDY AIM: To understand how the work of God is to be finished with power in the last days.
INTRODUCTION: "In visions of the night representations passed before me of a great reformatory movement among God's people. Many were praising God. The sick were healed, and other miracles were wrought. A spirit of intercession was seen, even as was manifested before the great day of Pentecost. Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families, and opening before them the work of God. Hearts were convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a spirit of genuine conversion was manifested." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, p. 126.
1. To what has the work in the last days been likened? The Great Controversy, p. 611; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 1.
NOTE -- "As the disciples, filled with the power of the Spirit, went forth to proclaim the gospel, so God's servants are to go forth to-day…A work similar to that which the Lord did through His delegated messengers after the day of Pentecost He is waiting to do to-day." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 7, p. 32, 33.
2. What took place on the day of Pentecost following Christ's death? Acts 2:1-47.
3. What did the outpouring of the Holy Spirit signify at that time? Acts of the Apostles, p. 38, 39.
NOTE -- "Christ's ascension to heaven was the signal that His followers were to receive the promised blessing. For this they were to wait before they entered upon their work. When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from all eternity. The Pentecostal outpouring was Heaven's communication that the Redeemer's inauguration was accomplished. According to His promise He had sent the Holy Spirit from heaven to His followers, as a token that He had, as priest and king, received all authority in heaven and on earth, and was the Anointed One over His people." Acts of the Apostles, p. 38, 39.
4. What do we find many people clamoring for today? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 1.
NOTE -- "From time to time many zealous individuals and group Christian Movements have launched impressive prayer-marathons in a determined, persevering effort to bring about the fulfillment of the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit…" Answerer Book 1, p. 83. "Uninformed human beings as we are, though, we determine to get the special power instead of the special knowledge, which alone will enable us to use the power aright. So we find men praying out of season, ignorantly or presumptuously, for that which they are not asked to pray for, and not praying for that which is in season, and for which they are admonished to pray!" Tract 14, p. 41:2.
5. What preparation must take place before we can receive the power? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 1.
NOTE -- "Every individual must realize his own necessity. The heart must be emptied of every defilement, and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit. It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 17:11.
"This miracle-working power, accordingly, comes not because of praying for it, but because the messengers...have met the conditions for receiving it." Tract 14, p. 1.
6. Which message prepares us to receive the power to finish the gospel work? Rev. 18:1.
NOTE -- "…I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel…This message seemed to be an addition to the third message…" Early Writings, p. 277.
|Lesson 11||PART XI --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS|
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
MEMORY GEM: "When we bring our hearts into unity with Christ, and our lives into harmony with His work, the Spirit that fell on the disciples on the day of Pentecost will fall on us." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, p. 246:2.
STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, Sept. 22, 1959.
STUDY AIM: To show what the additional message of Rev. 18:1 is, which prepares us to receive the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and thus finish the gospel work.
INTRODUCTION: "By prayer and confession of sin we must clear the King's highway. As we do this, the power of the Spirit will come to us. We need the Pentecostal energy. This will come; for the Lord has promised to send His Spirit as the all-conquering power. Perilous times are before us. Every one who has a knowledge of the truth should awake, and place himself, body, soul, and spirit, under the discipline of God…We must follow the directions given through the Spirit of Prophecy. We must love and obey the truth for this time…The warnings that have been given, line upon line, precept upon precept, should be heeded." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, p. 297, 298.
1. What standard must God's people attain today? Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 240; Education, p. 48; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 2.
NOTE -- "When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the early church, the brethren loved one another…Those primitive Christians were few in numbers, without wealth or honor, yet they exerted a mighty influence. The light of the world shone out from them. They were a terror to evil-doers wherever their character and their doctrine were known…The standard of holiness is the same to-day as in the days of the apostles. Neither the promises nor the requirements of God have lost aught of their force." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 239, 240.
2. What are some of the requirements we should observe at this time? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 2.
NOTE -- "Your obeying 'all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments' of the moral law of Moses, you see, is your evidence that you have been born again, that you have been endowed with power from above, that you are enabled to choose the good and to refuse the evil, that you are the children of God." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37:24
3. What will it show if we keep God's feast days – His statutes? Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37:24.
NOTE -- "Your obeying '…the statutes…' …is your evidence…that you are the children of God. Keeping the commandments and the statutes in the Lord, then, is the light and shield of your life. It is the outward sign that by the life of Christ you have overcome the Enemy of your soul and body." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37:24.
4. In order to receive the power of the Spirit what is one statute we must keep now? Lev. 23:15-21.
NOTE -- "The church has been waiting years for the Spiritual outpouring. Therefore, let us 'reason together', Isa. 1:18, and pray that we may come to the place that we can see eye to eye on this vital doctrine, so that God can bestow upon the church the antitypical Pentecostal power which she must have before she can finish the gospel work in the world. Those who keep the Feast-day of the Pentecost will be in God's favor and receive the Pentecostal outpouring as soon as the church, through obedience to the Truth, brings herself into harmony with the work of our High Priest on this vital point. The Truth reveals that God will give the power of His Spirit on the very day of Pentecost. In this way He will distinguish His true followers, from those who receive the false power by Satan." God's Holy Feasts, p. 6, 7.
5. What have we learned makes up the addition to the third angel's message? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 2.
|Lesson 12||PART XII --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS|
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
MEMORY GEM: "When the church is purified, her teachers will be recipients of a greater Pentecostal power than were even the 120 disciples." Answerer, Book 5, p. 59.
STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, Sept. 22, 1959.
STUDY AIM: To compare the feast of Pentecost as it is recorded in the types with the antitypical feast of Pentecost which is to take place in our time.
INTRODUCTION: "Mighty miracles were wrought, the sick were healed, and signs and wonders followed the believers. God was in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, followed the convictions of his own conscience and united with those who were keeping all the commandments of God; and with power they sounded abroad the third message. I saw that this message will close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry." Early Writings, p. 278.
1. At what time were the Israelites to observe Pentecost? Lev. 23:15, 16; Num. 23:26; Deut. 16:9-12.
NOTE -- "Fifty days from the offering of the first fruits, came the Pentecost, called also the feast of harvest and the feast of weeks. As an expression of gratitude for the grain prepared as food, two loaves baked with leaven were presented before God. The Pentecost occupied but one day, which was devoted to religious service." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540:1.
2. How long was this feast to be kept? Lev. 23:21.
3. Do we have any examples of the disciples observing this feast after Christ's death? Acts 2:1; 20:16; 1 Cor. 16:8.
4. Where was Israel commanded to keep the feasts? Deut. 16:11; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 2.
NOTE -- "There were three annual assemblies of all Israel for worship at the sanctuary. Shiloh was for a time the place of these gatherings; but Jerusalem afterward became the center of the nation's worship, and here the tribes convened for the solemn feasts." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 537:1.
5. Where is God's name to be placed today? Matt. 6:9, 10; Mount of Blessing, p. 162; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 2, 3.
6. Are we to experience a similar outpouring of the Spirit's power as did the disciples?
NOTE -- "Read Joel 2:28. "This prophecy of Joel, which speaks of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the last days, was not all fulfilled at the beginning of the gospel dispensation…the last days…reach to the day of the Lord, and to the deliverance of the remnant of God's people: 'For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.'" Early Writings, p. 142:2.
7. What effect will the Pentecostal outpouring have in the finishing of the gospel? Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, p. 126; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 3.
NOTE -- "The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost…The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening…Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers." Great Controversy, p. 611, 612; See also introduction.
"The time is coming when there will be as many converted in a day as there were on the day of Pentecost, after the disciples had received the Holy Spirit." Review & Herald, June 29, 1905.
8. What promise is made to those who keep God's feasts? Lev. 25:18; Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 537; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 3.
NOTE -- "We need have no fear that He will not fulfill His promises. He is eternal truth. Never will He change the covenant that He has made with those that love Him. His promises to His church stand fast forver." 8 Testimonies 39:0.
|Lesson 13||PART XIII --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS|
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
MEMORY VERSE: "Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD." Lev. 23:17.
STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, Sept. 22, 1959.
STUDY AIM: To understand the significance of the harvest ceremony connected with the feast of Pentecost.
INTRODUCTION: "On Pentecost, fifty days after the typical sheaf was offered, all Israel were to offer 'a new meat offering unto the Lord…(two wave-loaves "baken with leaven") the firstfruits unto the Lord.' Lev. 23:16, 17." Tract 3, p. 77, 78.
1. What two ceremonies were connected with the first harvest? Lev. 23:10, 11, 17; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p.4.
NOTE -- "…(1) the ceremony of the wave-sheaf, at the beginning of the first harvest; (2) the ceremony of the wave-loaves, at the close of the first harvest…" Tract 3, p. 76.
2. What did the wave-sheaf signify? Tract 3, p. 76:2; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 4.
3. What did the two loaves offered on Pentecost denote? Tract 3, p. 78; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 4.
NOTE -- "Both the wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves were thank offerings for the first fruits. One was dedicated at the beginning of the harvest; the other at the completion of it. In contrast to the wave-sheaf of cut stalks of grain, prefiguring fruits to be gathered after the sheaf was offered, the wave-loaves, being a finished product, signified fruits previously gathered." Tract 3, p. 78.
4. To what did these ceremonies point forward? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 4.
NOTE -- "Illustrating our salvation in completeness, the harvest rites of the ceremonial system must therefore corroborate both the testimonies of the prophets and the parables concerning the harvest, for all are inextricably bound up together. The ceremonies of the first and the second fruits of grain must accordingly unfold the truth concerning the first and second fruits of humanity." Tract 3, p. 75:2.
5. How were those types fulfilled in the time of Christ? Tract 3, p. 80; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 4.
6. Why, then, is there to be a second Pentecost? Tract 3, p. 82, 83.
NOTE -- "As the light focusing to this point clearly reveals that the Pentecost after the resurrection was for the ingathering of those who were to die, there must, correspondingly, be a Pentecost for the ingathering of those who are to be translated. And by the same token of logic, the wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves must have a double application, each to the dead and to the living, together comprising the total fruits of the antitypical harvest. The apostolic Pentecost in providing the power for the ingathering of second fruits up to the beginning of the judgment of those who are now dead, foretokened the final Pentecost, which is yet future, and which is to bring the power for the ingathering of the second fruits of the living, those who shall never die." Tract 3, p. 82, 83.
7. When can we look forward to receiving this second Pentecost? Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 19:10.
NOTE -- "…the manifestation of the Spirit, in the second Pentecost, is to be much greater than the former, that in comparison the former was but a sample. When will this be? – It will have to be just as soon as God can get a company of people to 'see eye to eye' (Isa. 52:8) that their own so-called good deeds are but filthy rags, and thus be of one accord…To achieve such a happy holy state the Church must experience a mighty revival and reformation, a shaking, a sifting, such as she has never yet experienced. Yes, if everyone were to cast away his private ideas and opinions, it would indeed bring the greatest revival and reformation since the day of Pentecost." 2 Timely Greetings 19:10,11.
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
"In the seventh month came the Feast of Tabernacles, or of ingathering. This feast acknowledged God's bounty in the products of the orchard, the olive grove, and the vineyard. It was the crowning festal gathering of the year. The land had yielded its increase, the harvests had been gathered into the granaries, the fruits, the oil, and the wine had been stored, the first-fruits had been reserved, and now the people came with their tributes of thanksgiving to God, who had thus richly blessed them.
"This feast was to be pre-eminently an occasion of rejoicing. It occurred just after the great day of atonement, when the assurance had been given that their iniquity should be remembered no more. At peace with God, they now came before him to acknowledge his goodness, and to praise him for his mercy. The labors of the harvest being ended, and the toils of the new year not yet begun, the people were free from care, and could give themselves up to the sacred, joyous influences of the hour. Though only the fathers and sons were commanded to appear at the feasts, yet, so far as possible, all the household were to attend them, and to their hospitality the servants, the Levites, the stranger, and the poor were made welcome.
"Like the Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles was commemorative. In memory of their pilgrim life in the wilderness, the people were now to leave their houses, and dwell in booths, or arbors, formed from the green branches 'of goodly trees, branches of palm-trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows and of the brook.'
"The first day was a holy convocation, and to the seven days of the feast an eighth day was added, which was observed in like manner.
"At these yearly assemblies the hearts of old and young would be encouraged in the service of God, while the association of the people from the different quarters of the land would strengthen the ties that bound them to God and to one another. Well would it be for the people of God at the present time to have a Feast of Tabernacles, – a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to them. As the children of Israel celebrated the deliverance that God had wrought for their fathers, and his miraculous preservation of them during their journeyings from Egypt, so should we gratefully call to mind the various ways he has devised for bringing us out from the world, and from the darkness of error, into the precious light of his grace and truth.
"With those who lived at a distance from the tabernacle, more than a month of every year must have been occupied in attendance upon the annual feasts. This example of devotion to God should emphasize the importance of religious worship, and the necessity of subordinating our selfish, worldly interests to those that are spiritual and eternal. We sustain a loss when we neglect the privilege of associating together to strengthen and encourage one another in the service of God. The truths of his word lose their vividness and importance in our minds. Our hearts cease to be enlightened and aroused by the sanctifying influence, and we decline in spirituality. In our intercourse as Christians we lose much by lack of sympathy with one another. He who shuts himself up to himself, is not filling the position that God designed he should. We are all children of one Father, dependent upon one another for happiness. The claims of God and of humanity are upon us. It is the proper cultivation of the social elements of our nature that brings us into sympathy with our brethren, and affords us happiness in our efforts to bless others.
"The Feast of Tabernacles was not only commemorative, but typical. It not only pointed back to the wilderness sojourn, but, as the feast of harvest, it celebrated the ingathering of the fruits of the earth, and pointed forward to the great day of final ingathering, when the Lord of the harvest shall send forth his reapers to gather the tares together in bundles for the fire, and to gather the wheat into his garner. At that time the wicked will all be
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destroyed. They will become 'as though they had not been.' And every voice in the whole universe will unite in joyful praise to God. Says the Revelator, 'Every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.'
"The people of Israel praised God at the Feast of Tabernacles, as they called to mind His mercy in their deliverance from the bondage of Egypt and his tender care for them during their pilgrim life in the wilderness. They rejoiced also in the conscientiousness of pardon and acceptance, through the service of the day of atonement, just ended. But when the ransomed of the Lord shall have been safely gathered into the heavenly Canaan, – forever delivered from the bondage of the curse, under which 'the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now,' they will rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Christ's great work of atonement for men will then have been completed, and their sins will have been forever blotted out." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540-542.
FEAST OF TRUMPETS – will be celebrated September 23, beginning at sundown on September 22.
ATONEMENT – this year will be held October 2, beginning at sundown on October 1.
FEAST OF TABERNACLES – will be observed from October 7 through October 14, inclusive. "…the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath." Lev. 23:39.