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Lesson 22PART XXII --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
January 25, 1969

MEMORY VERSE: "Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, KEEP THY SOLEMN FEASTS, perform thy vows: FOR THE WICKED SHALL NO MORE PASS THROUGH THEE; he is utterly cut off." Nahum 1:15


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 3 (attached to January Lessons); Deut. 7:11-15; 11:26-32.


STUDY AIM: To understand the full meaning of the Feast of Tabernacles


INTRODUCTION: "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." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 541


1.  What is the Divinely appointed date for the Feast of Tabernacles? Lev. 23:39


2.  Which days during the Feast are sabbaths? Lev. 23:39


3.  What does the Feast acknowledge? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, Section I, p. 4, para. 2


Note --- "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." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540


4.  What does the Feast commemorate -- call to remembrance? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, Section I, p. 4.


Note --- "The Feast of Tabernacles was commemorative of the time when Israel lived in tents in the wilderness during their 40 years of wandering (see Deut. 16:12-15)." S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 1, p. 805, 806.


5.  What does the Feast point forward to? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, Section I, p. 4, para. 5; Isa. 66:19, 20


Note --- "…IT WAS PROPHETIC of the time when the GREAT INGATHERING of God's people SHALL take place, and 'many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit DOWN with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN' (Matt. 8:11)." Ibid. p. 805.


6.  Does the literal harvest foreshadow a spiritual harvest? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 5, para. 1


7.  What does Ellen G. White say would be "well" to do at the present time? Deut. 6:17.


8.  What shall the Gentiles see? Isa. 62:2, first part; Deut 6:20-25; Why? Nahum 1:15.


Note --- "They (foolish virgins) are not willing to exchange their own righteousness (feasts of Rome, Dan. 7:25), which is unrighteousness, for the righteousness of Christ, which is pure unadulterated truth (of the feasts of the Son, Lev. 23)." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 65 (parentheses ours)


9.  What is given to those who keep the feasts? How is it revealed? Isa. 62:2, last part; Rev. 2:17; 3:12; Amos 3:7


Note --- "Israel is spelled with six letters…Had the name been of seven letters, it would denote 'close of probation', instead of 'beginning of harvest'. Israel, in the time of harvest, will receive a NEW NAME by the MOUTH of the Lord…it will be perfect…to indicate the end of all the redeemed…" Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, p. 233

"The Lord, the Bridegroom…introduced Himself to the '10 virgins' as THE BRANCH (new name) at the beginning of harvest, Sept. – Oct. 1955. 1-2-3-4-5-6 - six letter name – B-R-A-N-C-H." Lesson No. 4, The New Name, Isaiah 62:2, p. 1. See Sabbath School Lesson, Vol. 2, No. 7, p. 1



Lesson 23PART XXIII --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
February 1, 1969

MEMORY VERSE: "And it SHALL COME to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles." Zech. 14:16


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, Part II, p. 5, 6; Zech. 14:12-21.


STUDY AIM: To understand the importance of keeping the Feast of Tabernacles.


SPECIAL NOTE: "That the obligations of the Decalogue might be more fully understood and enforced, additional precepts were given, illustrating and applying the principles of the ten commandments. These laws were called judgments…they were delivered privately to Moses…Yearly feasts were appointed…THESE LAWS were to be recorded by Moses, and carefully treasured as the foundation of the national law, and, with the ten precepts which they were given to illustrate, the condition of the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 310, 311


1.  When does the Lord gather all nations to fight at Jerusalem? Zech. 14:4.


2.  What is the punishment for those who fight against Jerusalem? Zech. 14:12, 15; Deut. 7:15


Note --- "And now in this verse we are told of the means which the Lord will employ in that warfare. He is not to use man-made weapons, but a plague…The plague falls on both man and beast that are found in the tents of the unbelieving." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 20, p. 12, 13.


3.  What else will the Lord do? Zech. 14:13; 12:4-6; Judges 7; Isa. 10:20-27.


Note --- "…God 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, 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. 5

"The Lord is going to stir up a scourge according to the slaughter of Midian. One only needs to read about the type of the fall of Assyria recorded in Judges 7. Here Gideon and three hundred men broke their clay pitchers with lights inside and blew their trumpets, and the camp of the Midianites became so confused that they slew each other. So it will be with the Assyrian." The Fall of Assyria, p. 1:7.


4.  What happens to those who are left? Zech. 14:16; Hosea 3:5; The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 6, Summary 1.


Note --- "The time of God's destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have no opportunity to learn what is truth." Life Sketches, p. 412.


5.  What two-letter word shows that going to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles is still in probationary time before Christ comes in the clouds of heaven? Zech. 14:18.


6.  What does Inspiration emphatically declare? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, Section II, p. 5, para. 5.


7.  What other prophets wrote about the exodus of the Gentiles to Jerusalem? Rev. 7:9; Luke 13:29; Isa. 66:19, 20; 49:22, 23; 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-4; Dan. 2:44.


8.  For what have we been praying, yet without understanding? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 6, para. 1.


Note --- "The time has come for a thorough reformation to take place. When this reformation begins…All will pray understandingly…'Thy kingdom come…in earth, as it is in heaven.'…" Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, p. 251.

"Who is to bring this revival and reformation…The BRANCH…an organization…the Lord and Joshua." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, Revised, No. 8, p. 24,26.



Lesson 24PART XXIV --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
February 8, 1969

MEMORY VERSE: "Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek THE LORD THEIR GOD, AND DAVID THEIR KING; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness IN THE LATTER DAYS." Hosea 3:5.


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, Read Parts III and IV, pages 6-8.


STUDY AIM: To understand what destroys the wicked and saves the righteous.


INTRODUCTION: "All these many hundreds of years the children of Israel have been without a king and many of them without God; but in these last days they are going to return and seek God, His righteousness, and David their king. It must be that God's Righteousness is to be found by returning; also, their king David must already be there when they come seeking (looking) for him." The Fall of Assyria, p. 8.


1.  What is David and Christ called? Isa. 31:9


Note --- "…David the visible king and Christ the invisible King of kings shall 'in that day' -- in our time -- constitute the 'ensign', and 'to it shall the Gentiles seek…'" Tract 8, p. 47; Read p. 46-48.


2.  In what period of earth's history is the "ensign" unveiled? Hosea 3:5


3.  Who occupies Immanuel's land? Isa. 8:7, 8; Rev. 13:11-14.


Note --- "…the U.S. and allies become religio-political Assyria." The Fall of Assyria, p. 1; Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 3:14:1.

"The rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire is rich in lessons for the nations of earth today…The pride of Assyria and its fall are to serve as an object lesson to the end of time…'The pride of Assyria shall be brought down…This is true not only of the nations that arrayed themselves against God in ancient times, but also of nations today who fail of fulfilling the divine purpose." Prophets and Kings, p. 362, 366.


4.  What happens when the "Assyrian" and the "ensign" meet? Isa. 31:8, 9; 10:24-27.


Note --- "The thing that really causes the Assyrian to flee out of the Holy Land is that his princes are afraid of God's ensign…" The Fall of Assyria, p. 2.


5.  After the Assyrian's retreat, what does God do? Isa. 5:26; 11:12; 18:3; 66:19.


Note --- "'And He shall set up an ensign for the nations…assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.' The day of deliverance is at hand…Among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, He sees men and women who are praying for light and knowledge. Their souls are unsatisfied: long have they fed on ashes…Although in the depths of heathenism, with no knowledge of the written law of God nor of His Son Jesus, they have revealed in manifold ways the working of a divine power on mind and character…The 'Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world', is shining in his soul; and this Light, if heeded, will guide his feet to the kingdom of God." Prophets and Kings, p. 376, 377.


6.  What is the response to God's action? Luke 13:28, 29; Isa. 2:1-3; Zech. 14:16.


7.  What is raised up unto David? Jer. 23:5, 6; The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 7, para. 1, 2.


8.  What good thing has God promised? Jer. 33:14-16; The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 7, para. 3.


9.  What illustrates salvation and shows how many groups are saved? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 7, IV.


10.  What three feasts are to be kept "forever"? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 7, IV, "Note (1)"


11.  What evidence that we are "born again"? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 7, last paragraph


12.  What does the "Lord's Supper" mean? When is it? When is it not? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 8, top.


13.  What should we now do? Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540; Nahum 1:15; 1 Cor. 5:7, 8.


14.  What should we desire? Isa. 62:2; Rev. 3:12; Deut. 32:3; Zech. 3:8; 6:12.



Lesson 25PART XXV --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
February 15, 1969

MEMORY VERSE: "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" 1 Pet. 4:17


STUDY HELP: Read The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, "The Atonement," p. 8, 9; Lev. 23:23-32.


STUDY AIM: To understand what important event precedes the Feast of Tabernacles.


1.  What did the Day of Atonement mean to the Hebrews? To us? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 8:2; 9:2.


2.  On what date is the Day of Atonement? Lev. 23:27.


3.  What special day came ten days before the Day of Atonement? Lev. 23:24; The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 9:3


4.  On which day was no servile work done? No work? Lev. 23:24, 25, 27, 28.


5.  In what way was the Day of Atonement observed? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 8, para. 4.


6.  What was done in the sanctuary on the Day of Atonement? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 8, para. 5.


7.  (a) Of what was the earthly sanctuary services a shadow? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 8, para. 6.
(b) What is Jesus' role in the heavenly sanctuary? The Harvest Feasts, No. 8, p. 8:6, 7; Heb. 9:11, 22-24.


Note --- "…it is only necessary for those who seek the blessings of his grace to ask in the name of Jesus, pouring forth the heart's desire in penitential prayer. Such prayer will bring before the Lord of Hosts the WOUNDS OF JESUS, and then WILL FLOW FORTH AFRESH the life-giving blood…" Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 411.


8.  When did the cleansing of the sanctuary begin in our time? The Harvest Feasts, No. 8, p. 9, para. 1.


9.  What great prophecy is based on the ceremonial law, showing it still in force? Dan. 8:14.


Note --- "I am asked concerning the law in Galatians. What law is the schoolmaster to bring us to Christ? I answer BOTH THE CEREMONIAL LAW and the moral code of ten commandments." Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 233.


10.  What law was the basis of computation for the ending of the 2300 years in Daniel?


Ans. --- "Under the MOSAIC SYSTEM (Levitical Law) the cleansing of the sanctuary, or the great Day of Atonement, occurred on the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month (Lev. 16:29-34)…The tenth day of the seventh month, the great Day of Atonement, the time of the cleansing of the sanctuary, which in the year 1844 fell upon the twenty-second of October, was regarded as the time of the Lord's coming." Great Controversy, p. 400. (first parentheses ours)


11.  What did Ellen G. White and V.T. Houteff write concerning the time of the judgment of the living?


Ans. --- "The Judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For more than forty years this work has been in progress. Soon -- none know how soon -- it will pass to the cases of the living." Great Controversy, p. 490 (1888 Edition)

"…'The Shepherd's Rod' has arrived just before the Judgment for the Living commences…" Jezreel Letter, No. 4, p. 1 (First Edition)


12.  What happens when the "Judgment for the Living commences"? Amos 3:7.


Ans. --- "When the judgment opened in 1844…the investigation began with the dead, and when that part of the work is finished, then commences the judgment for the living. While the investigation for the congregation of the dead is in progress, there can be no separation among the congregation of the living. But when our High Priest shall begin the atonement for the living, THERE MUST BE A MESSAGE OF PRESENT TRUTH -- sounding of the trumpet...UNLESS THE CLOSE OF THE JUDGMENT


Lesson 25, page 2


FOR THE DEAD AND THE COMMENCEMENT FOR THE LIVING BE MADE KNOWN TO US, WE WOULD HAVE NO PRESENT TRUTH WHILE THE JUDGMENT FOR THE LIVING IS IN SESSION. NEITHER WOULD SUCH JUDGMENT BE LEGAL OR JUST." The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 164.

"If God so faithfully revealed to the living the commencement of the judgment of the dead, it cannot be possible that He would keep secret the time of the judgment of the living…therefore, a revelation of the judgment for the living is of as great importance as the revelation of the gospel itself. For the judgment (blotting out of sins) is the crowning act in the gospel of Christ." The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 220.


SPECIAL NOTE --- "In 1888, in the General Conference…the angel of Revelation 18 came down to do his work and was ridiculed, criticized, and rejected and when the MESSAGE he brings again will swell into a loud cry, it will be ridiculed…and rejected by the majority." (Ellen G. White – In Taking Up a Reproach) "The eleventh-hour…is…THE HARVEST…" White House Recruiter, p. 40. "…the judgment, is likened to a 'harvest'…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2 revised, No. 42, p. 31."…time of harvest…period in which the earth is lightened with the glory of the angel (Rev. 18:1)…It commences in the church…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2 revised, No. 44, p. 32) "The harvest…the purification…" Jezreel Letter, No. 3, p. 1.

Therefore, Rev. 18:1 message otherwise termed (1) eleventh-hour message, (2) harvest, (3) judgment, (4) purification.

"A harvest means…'the gathering of a crop'…The yield is not garnered by turning the field right into the barn…a conglomerate mass instead of a harvest…First the sickle (Eze. 9:4, mark, investigative message) is put to the grain (brethren)…bound…threshed…AFTER which it is put into the barn (Israel): AND THEREAFTER THE CHAFF AND THE TARES ARE DESTROYED (Eze. 9:5, executive judgment)." Tract 3, p. 64, 65 (parentheses ours)


13.  Who brings the judgment, the purification, the 'marking' message, to the church? Zech. 3:8.


Note --- "Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change? -- The BRANCH…Here is seen genuine revival and reformation accompanied by the purification of the church…Here is seen an ORGANIZATION having a Leader and an under leader -- the Lord and Joshua…the time of the purification…the Judgment of the Living…is at hand…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 8, p. 24-27.

"…Zechariah's vision of Joshua and the Angel applies WITH PECULIAR FORCE to the experience of God's people in the closing up OF THE GREAT DAY OF ATONEMENT." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 472.

"The work of Christ as man's intercessor is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning Him 'whose name is the Branch.'" Great Controversy, p. 415.


14.  What happens during the investigative judgment of the living in the church? Eze. 9:3, 4; Answerer Book, No. 2, p. 41; Zech. 3:8-10.


Ans. --- "…there is to be a special work…putting away of sin…" Great Controversy, p. 425.

"God's people are judged according to how they relate themselves to the Truth as it is revealed by Inspiration…This rule would apply to us as we relate ourselves to the NEWLY RESTORED FEASTS OF THE CEREMONIAL LAW." God's Holy Feasts, p. 8.


15.  What is Inspiration's decree?


Ans. --- "Therefore, the date set for the atonement of the dead, Oct. 22, 1844 (Great Controversy, p. 400), coincides with the judgment of the living for the church, Oct. 22, 1956 in fulfillment of the prophecies in the book of Ezekiel." Letter to President R.R. Figuhr, No. 2.


16.  What must YOU now QUICKLY do? Nahum 1:15; 1 Cor. 5:7, 8; James 2:10.


Note --- "Let us now with ears wide open hear the crier's bell…KEEP THY SOLEMN FEASTS…for the wicked shall no more pass through thee…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37, p. 24, 25.

(Read Galatians 1:8)



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FESTIVAL OF PURIM --- March 4 and 5, 1969Read Esther 9:20-32

"The trying experiences that came to God's people in the days of Esther were not peculiar to that age alone. The revelator, looking down the ages to the close of time, has declared, 'The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.' Some who today are living on the earth will see these words fulfilled. The same spirit that in ages past led men to persecute the true church, will in the future lead to the pursuance of a similar course toward those who maintain their loyalty to God. Even now preparations are being made for this last great conflict.


"THE DECREE THAT WILL FINALLY GO FORTH AGAINST THE REMNANT PEOPLE OF GOD WILL BE VERY SIMILAR TO THAT ISSUED BY AHASUERUS AGAINST THE JEWS. TODAY THE ENEMIES OF THE TRUE CHURCH SEE IN THE LITTLE COMPANY KEEPING THE SABBATH COMMANDMENT, A MORDECAI AT THE GATE. The reverence of God's people for His law, is a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord, and are trampling on His Sabbath.


"Satan will arouse indignation against the minority who refuse to accept popular customs and traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with the lawless and the vile to take counsel against the people of God. Wealth, genius, education, will combine to cover them with contempt. Persecuting rulers, ministers, and church-members will conspire against them. With voice and pen, by boasts, threats, and ridicule, they will seek to overthrow their faith. By false representations and angry appeals, men will stir up the passions of the people. Not having a 'Thus saith the Scriptures' to bring against the advocates of the Bible Sabbath, they will resort to oppressive enactments to supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for Sunday laws. But those who fear God, cannot accept an institution that violates a precept of the Decalogue. On this battle-field will be fought the last great conflict in the controversy between truth and error. AND WE ARE NOT LEFT IN DOUBT AS TO THE ISSUE. TODAY, AS IN THE DAYS OF ESTHER AND MORDECAI, THE LORD WILL VINDICATE HIS TRUTH AND HIS PEOPLE." – Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 605, 606.


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NEW MOON: February 19, beginning at sundown on Feb. 18, 1969.


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