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Vol. 3No. 5
Branch Ensign

"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
of
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23


The Feasts: No. 3October 5, 1959
(Revised Dec. 1968)

Subject:    The Feast of Tabernacles

Aim:
To show:        

1.  The Feast of Tabernacles is a symbol of gathering of the great multitude (Rev. 7:9) from among the Gentiles. Isa. 62:2.


2.  That they are the antitypical second fruit harvest gathered in before Christ comes in the clouds of heaven. Zech. 14:16-19.


3.  They seek unto God's ensign – The Branch. Isa. 62:2.


4.  The three feasts are to be kept today by God's true people as symbols of the Harvest, ingathering of humanity – those who are to be translated without seeing death. Tract 3, p. 81.


Gem Thought:

"As the wave-sheaf and wave-loaves are typical, then also the FEAST OF TABERNACLES must be typical." Tract 3, p. 81:2.


"Thus through patriarchs and prophets, as well as through TYPES and SYMBOLS, God spoke to the world concerning the coming of a Deliverer from sin." Prophets and Kings, p. 697.


"Like the Passover, the FEAST OF TABERNACLES was commemorative. In memory of their pilgrim life in the wilderness…Well would it be for the people of God at the PRESENT time to have a FEAST OF TABERNACLES." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540, 541.


Introduction:


By prayer, supplication, and a careful study of the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy, through the unction of His Spirit, we see that Inspiration plainly teaches that God's true people should keep His statutes and judgments and do them, as well as the commandments. Since the grain harvests are symbols of the soul harvests (Tract 3, p. 75:3; Matt. 13:38-43), then, in order to have a first fruit harvest of the living, – in harmony with the law of the grain harvest – there must first be a wave-sheaf of living souls. If we are consistent in one phase of the harvest law, it is logical that we should be consistent in all points, or else forget the whole thing. A part truth will not land us on Mt. Zion with the Lamb. (Rev. 14:1; Acts of the Apostles, p. 591; Prophets and Kings, p. 591)


If we contend that those who arose from the dead with Christ as the wave-sheaf of the dead and ascended with Him and were offered before the Father in heaven; if we contend they are the living wave-sheaf for the 144,000 first fruits, and not a Living TYPE, giving no place for an antitype; then, we must conclude that the harvest began for the 144,000 immediately after they (wave-sheaf) were offered before the Father in heaven: for, according to type, the first fruit harvest begins as soon as the first fruits are offered. Therefore, there must be a living wave-sheaf offered before the harvest of the 144,000 living first fruits begins.


"…The slumbering faculties of the Jewish people are to be aroused. The Old Testament scriptures, blending with the New, will be to them as the dawning of a new creation or as the resurrection of the soul. Memory will be awakened as Christ is seen portrayed in the pages of the Old Testament. Souls will be saved from the Jewish nation, as the DOORS of the New Testament are UNLOCKED with the KEY of the OLD TESTAMENT...The predictions of prophecy WILL be fulfilled." Evangelism, p. 578, 579.


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Consequently:


If there are no living first of the first fruits offered, there can be no harvest of the 144,000 first fruits and, likewise, no second fruit harvest. Since Inspiration teaches there is to be a first and a second fruit harvest for the living, we must, henceforth, keep the three harvest feasts in harmony with Inspiration. In this way we show our faith – by our works.


Let us think, and use our own mind a little, rather than listen to those who are trying to confuse us by saying there is no living wave-sheaf on earth. The Lord's servant says we will have to put our minds to the utmost stretch to grasp the truth. But if God's sheep – His little ones – think just a little on the subject of the living wave-sheaf, they will be able to see that if there are no first of the first fruits (wave-sheaf), then who will awaken the virgins, (Matthew 25) 144,000, first fruits? Yes, someone must give the "Cry" at midnight, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh" and that someone is not the 144,000 dozing virgins. Now you see how simple the whole subject becomes when you quit listening to man and start following the Spirit that guides into all Truth.


Now as to the little "ones": Rachael, Jacob's second wife died at the birth of Benjamin. Therefore, she is a type of the second prophetic Seventh-day Adventist movement since 1844, which, of course is the D.S.D.A. movement. But at the birth of the Branch (Eze. 24:18), Rachael died. Therefore, the Lord, after His shepherd (V.T.H.) was smitten, turned His "hand upon the little ones" Zech. 13:6, 7. Inspiration says of Benjamin: "And we said unto my Lord (Joseph), We have a father (Jacob), an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one (Benjamin); and his brother is dead (they thought), and he (Benjamin) alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him." Gen. 44:20.


Evidently, the "little ones" are the born again, "butter and honey" eating Immanuels – Branches. (Isa. 7:14, 15) But remember there are little goats also. Those who are listening to the "hireling shepherd" (John 10:12) are not God's little ones but are those who are feeding on hay and stubble and not on the green Branches (Branch Food-Truth, Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 45:3). In the stubble there is death, but in Branch-food there is life. Therefore, choose the life-giving food and live. Since we are what we eat, if those who have been following the false shepherds will now, at once, change their diet from the hay and stubble and start feeding on the leaves of the Branch tree, which are for the healing of the nations (Rev. 22:2), they will be able to survive the cutting off the names of the tares at the atonement for destruction. Why be a goat for destruction? Be a sheep for the Branch Kingdom. So you see, friends, "Lord, Lord" is not the password to the Kingdom, but rather, it is BRANCH. (Great Controversy, p. 415, 485; Prophets and Kings, p. 585, 592, 599, 695; Acts of the Apostles, p. 595; Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 475; Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 8:24:4; Tract 8, p. 45-57)


The light is crystal clear that the Branch, wave-sheaf, has the key to the first fruit harvest of the 144,000 virgins and, hence, the key to the second fruit harvest and the FEAST OF TABERNACLES.


"Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." Mal. 4:4


"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Mal. 4:5, 6.


"Assuredly, Brethren, not a one need be in uncertainty. All may for a surety know both 'the day' and the Elijah as he proclaims it, because to our surprise he will point out that all the prophets describe the day and also tell what the Lord would have us do while it is approaching and subsequently while we are going through it, and because NO one but Elijah can proclaim the DAY." General Conference Special, p. 13 (1950 Edition)


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Will God fulfill this promise to His people Israel? Elijah John, Elijah Miller, and Elijah V.T. Houteff are all in the grave.


"The sinners, we know, have always been and are still among God's people. That the fulfillment of this Scripture (Isa. 52:1), therefore, is in the very near future, is shown from the fact that the truth of this chapter is now unsealed and carried to the church, endeavoring to awaken the people of God and to impress them with the fact that soon the HARVEST will commence – first separating the first fruits, 144,000, from 'the house of God,' then to be followed by the second fruits from all nations (Rev. 7:9)…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 38:22, 23. (parentheses theirs)


"True enough, the Spirit of God causes people to become one thing, and the spirit of Satan causes them to become another thing, but the difference is discernable only as the HARVEST time approaches – when the Truth of the harvest is revealed." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 21:12, 13.


"Now, when the great work of judging the living is about to begin, shall we allow unsanctified ambition to take possession of the heart, and lead us to neglect the education required to meet the needs in this day of peril? In every case the great decision is to be made whether we shall receive the mark of the beast or his image, or the seal of the living God." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 130.


So says Inspiration:    

1.  We are admonished to remember the laws of God, the ten commandments, the yearly feasts, etc., which are statutes forever throughout the generations of His people.


2.  Someone is to call to our attention the laws of God before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Inspiration calls him Elijah. (Mal. 4:5; Testimonies to Ministers, p. 472; Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 7:11:3)


3.  God's Spirit will cause some to become one thing and Satan's another.


4.  When the great work of judging the living is about to begin, we are not to let anything keep us from getting the required education and the seal of God so that we will not receive the mark of the beast.


Conclusively, Brethren, the FEASTS are to be "STATUTES FOREVER throughout your generations." Lev. 23:14, 21. "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.


"…keeping the COMMANDMENTS and the STATUTES in the Lord, then, is the LIGHT and SHIELD of your LIFE…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


Yes, as the doors of the New Testament are unlocked with the KEY of these facts which is found in the Old Testament "the slumbering faculties of the Jewish people are to be aroused." Accepting this type of worship is the Righteousness by faith and doing them (Eze. 36:27) is the Righteousness of Christ.


This is the "addition" that joins the third angel's message in a message to be given to the world (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300). "The work of this angel (Rev. 18:1) comes in at the right time to join in the LAST great work of the third angel's message, as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel's message." Early Writings, p. 277.

Therefore:  "Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year." Ex. 23:14.


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1.  "Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season." Num. 9:2.


a.  "…the Lord's Supper was instituted as a MEMORIAL of the same event of which the Passover had been a type. The Passover was followed by the seven days' feast of unleavened bread." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 539.


2.  "And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of WHEAT harvest…" Ex. 34:22.


a.  "Fifty days from the offering of first-fruits, came the Pentecost, called also the feast of harvest and the feast of weeks." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540.


b.  "In visions of the night representations passed before me of a great REFORMATORY MOVEMENT among God's people…A spirit of intercession was seen, even as was manifested before the great day of PENTECOST." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, p. 126.


c.  The work will be similar to the Day of Pentecost. (Great Controversy, p. 611)


3.  "Thou shalt observe the FEAST OF TABERNACLES seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:" Deut. 16:13.


a.  "Well would it be for the people of God at the present time to have a FEAST OF TABERNACLES…" Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540:6


Reason for the Feasts:    

"As a means of education, an important place was filled by the feast of Israel." Education, p. 41. "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." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540


I.    The Feast of Tabernacles:


"Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath." Lev. 23:39


"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.


"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'…


"…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…


Note: "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


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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 (Matt. 13:38-43)


"Plainly, therefore, since the first and the second fruits of the literal harvest and its attendant rites FORESHADOWED a SPIRITUAL HARVEST of FIRST (144,000, Rev. 7:4-8) and SECOND (great multitude, Rev. 7:9) FRUITS, they are to be CLIMAXED by the ANTITYPICAL Feast of Tabernacles." Tract 3, p. 82:1.


"And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy GLORY: and thou shalt be called by a NEW NAME which the MOUTH (mouthpiece, instrumentality) of the Lord shall name." Isa. 62:2


"…and his GLORY shall be seen upon THEE. And the GENTILES shall come to thy LIGHT, and KINGS to the brightness of THY rising…because the ABUNDANCE of the SEA (waters – people, Rev. 17:15) shall be CONVERTED unto THEE, the FORCES (riches) of the GENTILES shall come unto THEE." Isa. 60:3, 5


SUMMARY: In the above statements we plainly see:


a.  The Feast of Tabernacles is commemorative of God's bountiful goodness and watchcare over His people.


b.  It is also typical, pointing back to the wilderness wandering, but as a feast of harvest, it points forward to the final ingathering of souls.


c.  When God's glory arises upon His kingdom church that has Jesus' new name, (Rev. 3:12; Early Writings, p. 15) the Gentiles will come to her light.


II.  The FEAST OF TABERNACLES – antitypical second fruit harvest – Zech. 14:16-19


"Verse 16 – '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.'


"This sentence of Scripture emphatically implies that all who at that decisive moment refuse to be converted to the Lord, shall perish; only those who worship the Lord at Jerusalem on the FEAST OF TABERNACLES, shall be spared.


"Verse 17 – 'And it SHALL be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.'


"The 'rain' will be withheld from all who do not then worship the King, the Lord of hosts, in order that they may fully realize their mistake. Moreover, not only those who shall fight against Jerusalem, but even all the families of the earth shall be thus sifted." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 20:13


"Again we see the necessity of forsaking our preconceptions of the final work of the gospel. No, the Lord will not drop upon the world like a bolt from the sky. He will first magnify His Word, His power, His righteousness and His church or people. He is also to have, as it were, an ark of safety into which to gather His elect and shield them. All these facts, you see, are vividly borne out in this prophecy." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 20:14:4


"And it shall come to pass IN the LAST days, that the mountain of the Lord's house SHALL be established in the top of the mountains, and SHALL be EXALTED above the


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hills; and all NATIONS SHALL flow unto it…for out of Zion SHALL go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Isa. 2:2, 3.


"…The barriers separating believer from believer will be broken down, and God's servants will speak the SAME things. The Lord will co-operate with His servants. All will pray UNDERSTANDINGLY the PRAYER Christ taught His servants: 'Thy KINGDOM come. Thy will be done on EARTH, as it is in heaven.' Matt. 6:10." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, p. 251


"…for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion." Isa. 52:8


SUMMARY: The clear facts are:


1.  After all nations fight against Jerusalem, all nations – the remaining nations – and all the families of the earth are commanded to go to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts (the King that has a kingdom) and to keep the FEAST OF TABERNACLES.


2.  The Lord will not drop upon the world like a bolt from the sky as we formerly believed, but He will first magnify His Word, power, righteousness, and people.


3.  Believers will see eye to eye when the Lord brings again his people to Zion.


4.  Then they will pray understandingly the prayer He taught His servants, "Thy Kingdom come…on EARTH…"


5.  The law will go forth from Zion and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.


III.  The Ensign:


"And he will lift up an ENSIGN to the NATIONS from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, (see) they SHALL come with speed swiftly." Isa. 5:26


"And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." Isa. 11:12


"All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, SEE ye, when he lifteth up an ENSIGN on the mountains (of Israel); and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye." Isa. 18:3


"One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ENSIGN on a hill." Isa. 30:17


"A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong NATION: I the Lord will hasten it in his time." Isa. 60:22


"…his (Assyrian) princes shall be afraid of the ENSIGN, saith the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem." Isa. 31:9


"And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the FLOCK of his PEOPLE: for THEY shall be as THE STONES (Christ – BRANCH) of a crown, lifted up as an ENSIGN upon HIS LAND." Zech. 9:16


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"Behold, (look) the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute JUDGMENT (time of judgment of living) and JUSTICE in the earth (land of two-horned beast).


"In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is HIS (new) NAME (BRANCH) whereby HE shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." Jer. 23:5, 6


"Behold, (see) the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have PROMISED unto the house of Israel (S.D.A.) and to the house of Judah (D.S.D.A.). In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to GROW up unto David; and he shall execute JUDGMENT and RIGHTEOUSNESS in the LAND (holy land). In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell SAFELY: and this is the (new) NAME (Branch) wherewith SHE (church) shall be called, The Lord our righteousness." Jer. 33:14-16


SUMMARY: Clearly, then:


1.  God is going to exalt a standard (ensign) before all the nations.


2.  The nations will seek unto the ensign when God's glory is seen upon His people.


3.  The Assyrian is afraid of the ensign. He flees from the fire that is in Zion and the furnace in Jerusalem.


4.  His people are as the stones (Branch) and they are lifted up as an ENSIGN upon His land.


5.  BRANCH is the new name for the kingdom church, and ensign for the nations, in the judgment for the living. "…for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH." Zech. 3:8


IV.  The three harvest rites are symbolical of the soul harvest of first and second fruits.


"The Wave-sheaf, Wave-loaves and the Feast of Tabernacles.


"Illustrating our salvation in completeness, the harvest rights 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


Note:  (1) "…the Lord's Supper was instituted as a memorial of the same event of which the Passover had been a type." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 539 (2) "The work will be similar to that of the Day of PENTECOST." Great Controversy, p. 611 (3) "The Feast of Tabernacles was not only commemorative, but typical…and pointed forward to the great day of final ingathering…" Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 541


Assuredly, Brethren, the THREE feasts are Statutes "forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings."


"Your obeying 'all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments' of the moral law of Moses, you see, is your evidence that you have been born again…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, p. 37:24


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Special Note:      The "Lord's Supper" being "a memorial" of the "Passover" simply means His people are to remember their deliverance from Egypt and that He died on the cross to save us from sin. Israel was not liberated from Egypt once a week but only once on the 15th day of the first Hebrew month. Jesus was not slain every Sunday or every three months. The Passover feast is not a one-hour service but a one-week feast. It means more than partaking of the emblems representing His broken body and spilt blood for us. But the Passover is also educational. It is meant to represent a week of feasting upon Him – the Word of God.


THE ATONEMENT

(Lev. 23:23-32)


After reading about the atonement you will find that in the first place the atonement is a day in which God's people were commanded to afflict their souls. This is the time when His people are ready to be "at one" with Him. The day in which the sacrificial blood was offered before the Mercy seat to atone for the sins of the people (verse 28), the cleansing of the sanctuary, removing the sins of the people (where confession had been made), which are committed during the year.


"Once a year, on the great day of atonement, the priest entered the most holy place for the cleansing of the sanctuary. The work there performed completed the yearly round of ministration.


"The whole ceremony was designed to impress the Israelites with the holiness of God and His abhorrence of sin; and, further, to show them that they could not come in contact with sin without becoming polluted. Every man was required to afflict his soul while this work of atonement was going forward. All business was to be laid aside, and the whole congregation of Israel were to spend the day in solemn humiliation before God, with prayer, fasting, and deep searching of heart.


"Important truths concerning the atonement are taught by the typical service. A substitute was accepted in the sinner's stead; but the sin was not canceled by the blood of the victim. A means was thus provided by which it was transferred to the sanctuary. By the offering of blood, the sinner acknowledged the authority of the law, confessed his guilt in transgression, and expressed his desire for pardon through faith in a Redeemer to come; but he was not yet entirely released from the condemnation of the law. On the day of atonement the high priest, having taken an offering from the congregation, went into the most holy place with the blood of this offering, and sprinkled it upon the mercy seat, directly over the law, to make satisfaction for its claims. Then, in his character of mediator, he took the sins upon himself and bore them from the sanctuary…


"Such was the service performed 'unto the example and shadow of heavenly things.' And what was done in type in the ministration of the earthly sanctuary, is done in reality in the ministration of the heavenly sanctuary. After His ascension, our Saviour began His work as our high priest…


"…So did Christ plead His blood before the Father in behalf of sinners, and present before Him also, with the precious fragrance of His own righteousness, the prayers of penitent believers…


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"…As in the typical service there was a work of atonement at the CLOSE of the YEAR, so before Christ's work for the redemption of men is completed, there is a work of atonement for the removal of sin from the sanctuary. This is the service which began when the 2300 days ended. At that time, as foretold by Daniel the prophet, our High Priest entered the most holy, to perform the LAST division of His solemn work, – to cleanse the sanctuary.


"…so in the new covenant the sins of the repentant are by faith placed upon Christ, and transferred, in fact, to the heavenly sanctuary. And as the typical cleansing of the earthly was accomplished by the removal of the sins by which it has been polluted, so the actual cleansing of the heavenly is to be accomplished by the removal, or blotting out, of the sins which are there recorded. But before this can be accomplished, there must be an examination of the books of record to determine who, through repentance of sin and faith in Christ, are entitled to the benefits of His atonement. The cleansing of the sanctuary therefore involves a work of investigation, – a work of judgment. This work must be performed prior to the coming of Christ to redeem His people; for when He comes, His reward is with Him to give to every man according to his works (Rev. 22:12)." Great Controversy, p. 419-422


The atonement is a counterpart of the Passover. On the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Passover. The first day of the first month is at the first new moon on or after the vernal equinox – March 20-21. Since the moon marks the months (according to the Hebrew calendar), and the atonement falls on the tenth day of the seventh month, the first day of the seventh month would be on the seventh new moon after the vernal equinox. This year, October 3 was the first day of the seventh month. The Bible says the first day of the seventh month is a "holy convocation," no work is to be done. It is a day of blowing the trumpet, and for ten days the people of God are to make preparation for the Atonement. This year the Atonement is October 12. "Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings." Lev. 23:31


The BRANCH (Great Controversy, p. 415) will mediate the blood of Christ in our behalf and make atonement for our sins.


Yours to be "at one" with the BRANCH lest we be cut off from among God's people,


Benjamin L. Roden


NOTE: Emphases and parentheses in quotations ours unless otherwise indicated.

The October dates mentioned in the study on this page apply to the year the study was printed (1959) and should not be confused with the current feast dates for this year announced elsewhere.


ANNOUNCEMENTS: The "DOOR" is now open to those who expect to enter the kingdom – "'They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage, and the door was shut.' THEY WERE NOT TO BE PRESENT IN PERSON AT THE MARRIAGE; FOR IT TAKES PLACE IN HEAVEN, WHILE THEY ARE UPON THE EARTH…But they are to understand His work, and to follow Him by faith as He goes in before God. It is in this sense that they are said to go in to the marriage." Great Controversy, p. 427


SOON THE DOOR WILL BE SHUT!! – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 12:28:0


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Lesson 18PART XVIII --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
12/28/68

MEMORY GEM: "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.


STUDY HELP: The Feasts, No. 3, Oct. 5, 1959 (attached); Tract 3, p. 72-88 (1953 Revision)


STUDY AIM: To understand the "law" of the harvest.


INTRODUCTION: "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…bound up together… 'Ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits…unto the priest…Ye shall bring…two wave loaves (on 50th day)…in the fifteenth day of the seventh month…ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord…' Lev. 23:10…17, 39…Being typical, these two grain harvests with their three literal sacraments…foreshadow two soul harvests with three spiritual rites…" Tract 3, p. 75, 76


1.  What is one of the most mystified Bible subjects? Why? Psalms 77:13, first part.


Ans. --- "Though it is the crowning work of our salvation and of the setting up of the kingdom of Christ upon earth, yet the 'investigative judgment' is one of the least understood and most mystified and confused Bible subjects of the age." Tract 3, p. 3.

"Though the true meaning and time of the harvest is greatly confused by some…a close study of the Word will clear it…" Tract 3, p. 64.


2.  What is the only way to understand the harvest "mystery"? Amos 3:7; The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 1:1.


Note --- "…if a message comes that you do not understand, take pains that you may hear the reasons the messenger may give…" Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work, p. 65.


3.  Where is the "law" of the harvest found? Leviticus 23.


4.  What does the "law" of the harvest illustrate?


Ans. --- "Illustrating our salvation in completeness, the harvest rites of the ceremonial system must…corroborate…the prophets and the parables concerning the harvest…" Tract 3, p. 75

"There are great laws that govern the world of nature, and spiritual things are controlled by principles equally certain." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, p. 221


5.  How many harvests are there? Harvest "rites"? Lev. 23:10, 11, 14-17, 39


Note --- "Here we see commanded the observance of three harvest rites: (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; and (3) the feast of tabernacles, at the close of the second harvest. Being typical, these two grain harvests with their three literal sacraments, accordingly foreshadow two soul harvests with three spiritual rites…" Tract 3, p. 76


6.  What is very important for us to understand if we wish to be one of the 144,000?


Ans. --- "So it must be with the spiritual harvest, which otherwise could not be illustrated by the literal. Do not regard lightly the wisdom of God: His illustrations are perfect…In these parabolic words of Christ has made the spiritual method of harvesting analogous to the natural method. Were the one not precisely like the other, He would have distinguished the difference. Be admonished, therefore, not to let vain imaginings come into the mind, but stand squarely on the Scriptures, for they are full of meaning of illimitable value – are, indeed, YOUR VERY LIFE." Tract 3, p. 65, 66


7.  What is the last harvest rite? Lev. 23:34, 39; Zech. 14:16-19.


8.  Memorize Inspiration's counsel, "Well…" See Gem Thought in The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 1 (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540)


9.  What is the first harvest rite? Lev. 23:10, 11.


10.  Explain why those who arose from the dead with Christ are a living type? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 1, 2.



Lesson 19PART XIX --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
1/4/69

MEMORY VERSE: "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matt. 16:19


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, Oct. 5, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To show who has the "keys of the kingdom" today.


INTRODUCTION: "Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change? -- The BRANCH…Here is seen an organization having a Leader and an under leader – the Lord and Joshua. Thus it is that whatever is to be bound on earth, is also to be bound in Heaven (Matt. 16:19)" Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 8, p. 24, 26


1.  What will happen in the Jewish nation, and how? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 1:3


Note --- "When this gospel shall be presented in its fullness to the Jews, many will accept Christ as the Messiah." Acts of the Apostles, p. 380, 381.


2.  What is the "full" gospel? Mal. 4:4; Ex. 20:1-17; Deut. 31:24-26


Note --- "Moses was commanded to write, as God should bid him, judgments and laws giving minute instruction as to what was required. These directions relating to the duty of the people of God, to one another, and to the stranger, were only the principles of the ten commandments amplified and given in a specific manner, that none need err. They were designed to guard the sacredness of the ten precepts engraved on the tables of stone." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 364

"Christ gave to Moses religious precepts which were to govern the everyday life. These statutes were explicitly given to guard the ten commandments. THEY WERE NOT SHADOWY TYPES TO PASS AWAY WITH THE DEATH OF CHRIST. They were to be binding upon man in every age as long as time should last." Review & Herald, May 6, 1875

"THIS is the testimony that must go throughout the length and breadth of the world. It presents the law and the gospel, binding up the two in a perfect whole." Testimonies for Ministers, p. 94


3.  Who is proclaiming the "full" gospel today, the law on the stone and in the book? See Introduction.


4.  Who, then, has the "keys of the kingdom"? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 2:5


5.  What is the message contained in the "keys"? Nahum 1:15; 1 Cor. 5:7, 8; Psalms 81:1-3; Isa. 66:23; Zech. 14:16-19


Note --- "What is she to do? -- She is to keep her solemn feasts. She is to perform her vows. From this we understand that at the close of the Assyrian period and in the time when the wicked no longer will be in the church, God's people in it are to keep their solemn feasts and perform their vows." Symbolic Code, Vol. 12, Nos. 6 & 7, p. 12


6.  Who awakens the sleeping virgins? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 2:2


7.  Who is smitten? Upon whom does the Lord then turn His hand? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 2:3


8.  Who are the "little ones"? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 2:4. What do they eat?


Ans. --- "But since the literal tree must necessarily feed on physical food, likewise the spiritual tree must necessarily feed on spiritual food, on such as the Branch Itself was fed…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 45:3


9.  What is the password to the kingdom? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 2:4


Note --- "The work of Christ as man's intercessor is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning him 'whose name is The BRANCH.'…'He shall build the temple of the Lord…and shall sit and rule upon his…throne…" Great Controversy, p. 415, 416



Lesson 20PART XX --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
1/11/69

MEMORY VERSE: "Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." Mal. 4:4


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feast, No. 3, Oct. 5, 1959


STUDY AIM: To see what we must do to have the righteousness of Christ.


INTRODUCTION: "Christ, to enforce the will of his Father, became the author of the statutes and precepts given through Moses to the people of God. Christians who extol Christ, but array themselves against the LAW GOVERNING THE JEWISH CHURCH, array Christ against Christ." Review & Herald, May 6, 1875


1.  What does Malachi command? Mal. 4:4


2.  Who restored the ten commandment law? Rev. 14:9


3.  How far-reaching will the restoration be?


Ans. --- "In the time of the end, EVERY divine institution is to be restored." Prophets and Kings, p. 678


4.  What indication does E.G. White give regarding the restoration of the ceremonial law?


Ans. --- "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." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 540, 541

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


5.  By whom is the complete work of restoration done? Mal. 4:5; Mark 9:12


Note --- "Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says: 'Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.' Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say…Let me tell you how to teach your message.'" Testimonies to Ministers, p. 475


6.  How must we relate ourselves to the Elijah of today?


Ans. --- "Finally, for what other purpose could any right thinking mind suppose the Lord would send His prophet if not for them to give ear to him, that they might thereby survive the great and dreadful day of the Lord?" General Conference Special, 1954 Reprint, p. 9


7.  Who only can proclaim "the day", and tell what to do before it and during it? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 2


8.  What does Elijah tell us to do? Mal. 4:4; 1 Cor. 5:7, 8; Nahum 1:15


9.  What does the harvest-time reveal? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 3:2


10.  What must we not neglect; not fail to receive? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 3:3


Note --- "As a means of EDUCATION, an important place was filled by the feasts of Israel." Education, p. 41


11.  How long were the feasts to be statutes? Lev. 23:14, 21


12.  What is God's promise to the observers of His whole law? Lev. 25:18


13.  How may we have the righteousness of Christ? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 3:6; (Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37:24); Deut. 6:25


Note --- "They are not willing to exchange their own righteousness (man-made commandments), which is unrighteousness, for the righteousness of Christ, which is pure unadulterated truth." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 65 (parentheses ours) "God's counsel to us is that His true people get back to the Word of God and refrain to recognize the beast power and tradition by standing on the Bible and the Bible only. All who fail to honor God the Creator and Christ the Redeemer will receive the mark of the beast rather than the seal of God 'For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.' James 2:10." God's Covenant, p. 8


14.  What key opens the New Testament doors to reveal Christ's righteousness? The Three Harvest Feasts #3, p. 3:7.



Lesson 21PART XXI --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
1/18/69

MEMORY VERSE: "Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year." Ex. 23:14


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, Oct. 5, 1959


STUDY AIM: To understand God's system of education.


INTRODUCTION: "As a means of education, an important place was filled by the feasts of Israel…three times a year seasons were appointed for social intercourse and worship…The Feast of Tabernacles, or harvest-festival, with its offerings from orchard and field, its week's encampment in the leafy booths, its social reunions, the sacred memorial service, and the generous hospitality to God's workers, the Levites of the sanctuary, and to His children, the strangers and the poor, uplifted all minds in gratitude to Him who had 'crowned the year with His goodness', and whose 'paths dropped fatness'…It was a period free from care and labor, and almost wholly devoted, in the truest sense, to purposes of education." Education, p. 41:5; 42:0; 42:3; 43:0, 1


1.  What angel joins the third angel? The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 3:8


Note --- "This message seemed to be an addition to the third message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel's message in 1844." Early Writings, p. 277

"Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from heaven…In connection with his messageuniting with the third angel's message…" Great Controversy, p. 604:1

"…in the eighteenth chapter of the Revelation, in a MESSAGE WHICH IS YET FUTURE…" Great Controversy, p. 383 (1889 Edition)


2.  What is added to the third angel's message?


Ans. --- "This message of the ceremonial law is added to the message that has restored the ten commandment law since 1844…The Ceremonial Law was added because of transgression and is the memorial of our deliverance, a mark or sign of redemption and purification." God's Covenant, p. 8:1:1


3.  How many times during the year and for what purpose are these festal gatherings commanded? See Introduction


4.  What two books help us to understand the feast laws?


Ans. --- "Next to the Bible, nature is to be our great lesson book.' Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 185

"Those who departed from God built for themselves cities...But the men who held fast God's principles of life dwelt among the fields and hills. They were tillers of the soil, and keepers of flocks and herds and in this free, independent life, with its opportunities for labor and study and meditation, they learned of God, and taught their children of His works and ways." Education, pp. 33,34.


5.  What lesson may be learned from nature's book?


Ans. --- "Consider, now, with what exact fidelity to the natural harvest the Master has stated the truths of the spiritual harvest…The seed sower, the seed, the field, the season of cultivation and growing, and the season of harvest must together be perfectly calculated to illustrate the spiritual kingdom…" Tract 3, p. 65, 54


6.  What should be the basis of our education? Compare this with current S.D.A. education.


Note --- "Study in agricultural lines should be the A, B, and C of the education given in our schools. This is the very first work that should be entered upon." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 179


7.  What is the first feast of the harvest year? Ex. 23:15; Acts 18:21; 1 Cor. 5:7, 8


8.  What is the second feast? Ex. 23:16; 34:22; Joel 2:28; see Introduction to Lesson 19


9.  What is the third feast? Deut. 16:13; read Section 3 in The Harvest Feasts, No. 3, p. 4


Special Note --- "In like manner the types which related to the second advent must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service (feasts). Under the Mosaic system…the great Day of Atonement… in the year 1844, fell upon the twenty-second of October." Great Controversy, pp. 399,400 (paren. ours).


THE MAIL BAG


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Please send me information as to what you believe concerning salvation for S.D.A.'s. I came across your paper "The Star & the Trumpet" and would like to know your personal convictions and the reasons for these convictions.


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Africa


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Dear Brother Roden:


A am making a study of the seven annual Sabbaths and would like for you to send me your Biblical reasons for keeping these days…


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Iowa


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Dear Brother Roden:


I have been receiving your literature and monthly Sabbath School Lessons for quite a few months and have been greatly impressed by your teaching with respect to the holy festivals of the Lord, which all God's people should keep…


Hoping to hear from you again real soon and to know and understand more about your work and movement and to be of whatever service I can to you and all humanity and my Creator and Saviour…


S.D.A. Professor,

Texas


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India


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California


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I am of the persuasion that the Living Prophet is very must in need today. In my very small way, and with very little education, I am persuaded to believe, that, a church that does not have a living prophet in their midst, they are a blind church, leading a blind people. The Laodicean Church lost their spiritual eyes, when Sister White died in 1915…


S.D.A.

West Virginia


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Dear Bro. Roden:


Last year when I came to my native place to see my family, I got your pamphlets entitled "Can You Count to Five?" and "Forgotten Warning". There I found the conclusion about the fourth and fifth angel's messages. I am a searcher after the truth and that's why I became a Christian from a religious Hindu priest's family. I must know all the truth and follow it by all means. I don't care even if it costs my own life. I am so hungry and thirsty after the truth – more light – I am ignorant of the Fourth and Fifth Angel's messages…I am also interested in the truth-filled literature and books if there is any; and therefore request you to send some to satisfy my soul.


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India


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Dear Brother!


Thank you very much for the magazines you sent me. I got them all right.


I am in God's truth already 38 years…then I come in literature evangelist and to the mission school…till today I work as a preacher in God's cause.


Once more accept my heartfelt thanks for the magazines.


S.D.A. Minister,

Behind the "Iron Curtain"



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