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Series: “The Holy Days of Our Lord (2012)”
with Myles and Katharine Weiss
On location in Israel, we created this presentation of the holidays our Lord celebrated. Given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, these celebrations comprise one of the most fascinating studies of Biblical types and shadows. Since knowledge of these feasts seems to repose mainly with Jewish people, whether Messianic or other, we wanted to acquaint our large audience with this information. Few churches or seminaries teach what we take up in this series. Below are descriptions of each program.
Episode: “Tabernacles”
Standing next to a sukkah (booth), Zola explains how the mood in Israel changes from a solemn occasion of judgment to one of celebration and merriment. U.S. immigrant Chuck King tells us about the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem plans for its yearly celebration at Qumran.

Caption transcript for The Holy Days of Our Lord (2012): “Tabernacles” (8/11)

  • 00:02 IT IS WRITTEN IN THE SCRIPTURES THAT WE SHOULD JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM THREE TIMES A YEAR.
  • 00:07 WE ARE GOING UP TO THE CITY OF GOD,
  • 00:10 TO JERUSALEM, TO CELEBRATE.
  • 00:17 THE LORD TOLD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO HONOR SEVEN HOLY CELEBRATIONS EACH YEAR
  • 00:22 INVOLVING THREE JOURNEYS TO JERUSALEM.
  • 00:24 EACH FESTIVAL WOULD BE UNIQUELY FULFILLED IN THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH.
  • 00:43 SHALOM AND WELCOME
  • 00:44 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:46 I'M MYLES
  • 00:47 THIS IS MY WIFE KATHARINE
  • 00:48 AND WE ARE IN THE SERIES
  • 00:50 "THE HOLY DAYS OF OUR LORD, SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME".
  • 00:53 WOW...WE ARE NOW ABOUT TO LEARN
  • 00:55 ABOUT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES...SUKKOT.
  • 00:58 AND IT'S THE LAST OF THE SEVEN FEASTS...
  • 01:00 NOT THE END OF OUR SERIES...
  • 01:02 BUT THE LAST OF THE FEASTS
  • 01:03 AND IT REALLY IS ABOUT THE CULMINATION OF ALL THINGS ISN'T IT?
  • 01:06 AND THE JEWS...THEY ACTUALLY MAKE A BOOTH
  • 01:09 AND IT'S TO REMIND THEM THAT OUR LIFE HERE IS TEMPORAL,
  • 01:13 THAT WE'RE SOJOURNERS, THAT WE'RE JUST PASSING THROUGH
  • 01:16 AND SO WE'RE TO KEEP A LIGHT TOUCH ON HOW MUCH WE FOCUS ON THIS EARTH.
  • 01:20 EXACTLY, AND IT REALLY LOOKS FORWARD
  • 01:21 TO THE TIME WHEN YESHUA WILL COME
  • 01:24 AND TABERNACLE WITH MAN AS IMMANUEL, "GOD WITH US",
  • 01:27 SO IT'S A WONDERFUL FEAST.
  • 01:29 LET'S GO RIGHT AWAY TO OUR FOUNDER ZOLA LEVITT
  • 01:32 TEACHING TEN YEARS AGO IN ISRAEL, RIGHT NOW.
  • 01:38 THE 15TH DAY OF THE 7TH MONTH SHALL BE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
  • 01:42 TAKE FOR YOURSELVES THE BEAUTIFUL TREES,
  • 01:45 BRANCHES OF PALM TREES, THE BOUGHS OF LEAFY TREES, AND WILLOWS OF THE BROOK.
  • 01:55 AND YOU SHALL REJOICE BEFORE THE LORD YOUR GOD FOR SEVEN DAYS.
  • 02:00 ALL WHO ARE NATIVE ISRAELITES SHALL DWELL IN BOOTHS
  • 02:03 THAT YOUR GENERATIONS MAY KNOW
  • 02:05 THAT I MADE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DWELL IN BOOTHS
  • 02:07 WHEN I BROUGHT THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT.
  • 02:10 I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.
  • 02:13 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 02:15 WELL WE CAME TO THE WILDERNESS OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM
  • 02:17 TO TALK ABOUT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
  • 02:20 THE ROAD IN THE PICTURE BACK THERE IS THE ROAD RIGHT UP INTO JERUSALEM.
  • 02:24 AND OTHERWISE RIGHT OUTSIDE OF THE TOWN IS REAL DESERT
  • 02:29 LIKE THE DESERT OF THE WILDERNESS THAT THE CHOSEN PEOPLE WENT THROUGH.
  • 02:33 NOW THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS THE LAST ONE, THE 7TH ONE.
  • 02:36 IN LEVITICUS 23:33 IT SAYS,
  • 03:01 WELL THIS IS AN ODD TRANSLATION.
  • 03:03 THE WORD IS SUKKOT IN HEBREW.
  • 03:04 TENTS, TABERNACLES LIKE THIS ONE...
  • 03:07 THEY FOUND MATERIALS IN THE WILDERNESS
  • 03:10 AS THEY TRAVELED THOSE FORTY YEARS THAT WERE PROVIDED BY GOD.
  • 03:15 THE IDEA THAT HE PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE IN THE WILDERNESS IS VERY IMPORTANT,
  • 03:18 BECAUSE THE WILDERNESS IN THE WHOLE FEAST STORY
  • 03:22 STANDS FOR THIS LIFE THAT WE'RE LEADING IN THIS WORLD.
  • 03:25 IT WORKS THIS WAY.
  • 03:27 THE SYMBOLS FROM PASSOVER TEACH US THAT THE BITTER HERBS AT THE TABLE
  • 03:31 REPRESENT THE BITTERNESS OF SLAVERY,
  • 03:34 THAT'S OUR LIVES BEFORE WE WERE SAVED.
  • 03:36 THEN COMES THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB,
  • 03:37 THE WAY THEY GOT OUT IN THE EXODUS.
  • 03:40 THAT IS OUR SALVATION OF COURSE.
  • 03:42 WE ARE ALSO SAVED FROM BONDAGE BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB.
  • 03:46 THEN THEY WENT INTO THE RED SEA AND CAME OUT AGAIN SAFELY,
  • 03:49 AS WE GO INTO THE WATERS OF BAPTISM AND COME OUT AGAIN SAFELY.
  • 03:53 AND THEN WHAT DO WE DO BUT TRAVEL IN THIS WILDERNESS.
  • 03:56 BUT GOD PROVIDES AS WE TRAVEL IN THIS LIFE.
  • 03:59 HE SAID HE WOULD AND WITH HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE FOR FORTY YEARS HE PROVIDED MATERIAL LIKE THIS.
  • 04:03 QUAIL FLEW OVER, THEY ATE, THEY SURVIVED, AND THEY WANDERED.
  • 04:08 THIS IS VERY SYMBOLIC FOR US.
  • 04:12 THE HISTORY OF THE THING,
  • 04:13 IT'S THE THIRD MAJOR ENCOUNTER THEY'VE HAD WITH THE LORD AS A NATION.
  • 04:17 YOU SEE BEFORE THE EXODUS,
  • 04:20 BEFORE HE TALKED THROUGH MOSES AND TO THE PEOPLE ABOUT GETTING OUT OF EGYPT,
  • 04:26 HE HAD ONLY TALKED TO ONE PERSON AT A TIME.
  • 04:29 TO ADAM, TO NOAH, TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB.
  • 04:32 BUT NOW HE'S TALKING TO A NATION.
  • 04:34 AND HE TALKED TO THE NATION AT PASSOVER WITH THIS TREMENDOUS EXODUS.
  • 04:38 THEN HE TALKED TO THEM AT PENTECOST, SO TO SAY,
  • 04:42 WHICH IS THE TRADITIONAL GIVING OF THE LAW FROM SINAI;
  • 04:47 THAT IS WHAT THE RABBI'S HOLD.
  • 04:49 AND NOW TABERNACLE IS THE THIRD MAJOR ENCOUNTER OF GOD TALKING TO THE WHOLE NATION.
  • 04:55 IT SYMBOLIZES THE END OF THE HARVEST FOR THE YEAR.
  • 04:58 EVERYTHING IS IN,
  • 04:59 EVERYTHING HAS BEEN HARVESTED.
  • 05:01 THE PEOPLE HAVE BOUNTIFUL GIFTS FROM THE PROMISED LAND THAT GOD HAS MADE FERTILE.
  • 05:08 THE THING IS USUALLY IN OCTOBER;
  • 05:11 ON THE HEBREW CALENDAR TISHREI 15-21.
  • 05:15 THAT ROUGHLY STARTS, GIVE OR TAKE, MID-SEPTEMBER OR SO, MAYBE A LITTLE LATER
  • 05:19 AND TYPICALLY TABERNACLE IS AFTER THAT IN OCTOBER.
  • 05:23 IT'S THE HAPPIEST FEAST.
  • 05:25 IT'S THE KINGDOM FEAST.
  • 05:26 IT WILL BE CELEBRATED IN THE KINGDOM TO COME.
  • 05:30 ZECHARIAH 14:16 SAYS,
  • 05:33 "...ALL THOSE NATIONS WHICH CAME UP AGAINST JERUSALEM SHALL GO UP FROM YEAR TO YEAR"
  • 05:37 "TO WORSHIP THE LORD AND TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES."
  • 05:42 THEY'LL ALL COME TO JERUSALEM FOR A THOUSAND YEARS TO CELEBRATE THIS FEAST.
  • 05:46 PROBABLY THE OTHER FEASTS WILL BE CELEBRATED TO,
  • 05:48 BUT THIS ONE IS SPECIFICALLY IS NOTED IN SCRIPTURE TO BE CELEBRATED BY NAME.
  • 05:53 OF COURSE AT PASSOVER, WHEN THE LORD SAT DOWN HIS WINE GOBLET HE SAID,
  • 05:58 "I'LL NOT DRINK OF THIS WINE TILL I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU IN MY FATHER'S KINGDOM",
  • 06:01 INDICATING WE'D DRINK PASSOVER WINE WITH HIM OR HAVE PASSOVER.
  • 06:05 BUT TABERNACLES IS GIVEN BY NAME.
  • 06:08 THESE BOOTHS WILL SURVIVE
  • 06:10 AND THE IDEA IS THE LORD'S TABERNACLE,THE HOUSE OF GOD
  • 06:14 WILL BE REBUILT IN JERUSALEM AND OCCUPIED BY THE KING.
  • 06:17 WE'LL BE WITH HIM AS THE QUEEN OF THE KINGDOM TO COME
  • 06:21 SO, THE GRAND FEAST OF TABERNACLES
  • 06:24 IS THAT THOUSAND YEARS, LIVING IN HIS TABERNACLE IN EFFECT.
  • 06:29 WELL THE ISRAELITES DWELL IN THESE SUKKOTS, THESE BOOTHS, THESE TENTS SEVEN DAYS.
  • 06:34 THEY TEACH THEIR CHILDREN THE STORY OF HOW THEY WERE SUSTAINED IN THE WILDERNESS.
  • 06:38 SOME JUST TAKE MEALS,
  • 06:39 SOME STAY OVERNIGHT,
  • 06:41 BUT GOD SAYS "...ALL THAT ARE ISRAELITES BORN WILL DWELL IN BOOTHS."
  • 06:44 AND THERE'S A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION.
  • 06:47 THERE WAS AT THE TEMPLE.
  • 06:48 THERE IS AT THE SYNAGOGUES TODAY.
  • 06:50 A POURING OF WATER FOR ONE THING.
  • 06:53 THIS IS ABOUT THE HIGH PRIEST TAKING WATER FROM THE POOL OF SILOAM,
  • 06:59 WHICH IS DOWN THE SOUTHERN END OF THE HILL BELOW THE TEMPLE,
  • 07:04 AND GATHERING WATER FROM THERE
  • 07:06 AND POURING A BASIN AT THE FOOT OF THE ALTER IN A GRAND CEREMONY.
  • 07:11 JOSEPHUS, FIRST CENTURY HISTORIAN SAID,
  • 07:13 "IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS CELEBRATION, YOU'VE NEVER SEEN A FESTIVAL CELEBRATION".
  • 07:18 IT WAS SO GRAND.
  • 07:19 THEY CIRCLED THE ALTAR SEVEN TIMES,
  • 07:23 THEY BEAT WITH WILLOW BRANCHES.
  • 07:25 THE LIGHTING OF THE TEMPLE WAS FOUR GIGANTIC CANDELABRAS,
  • 07:31 FOUR HUGE LIGHTS WITH SO MUCH FLAME COMING OUT OF THEM THAT IT SAID
  • 07:38 EVERY COURTYARD THROUGHOUT JERUSALEM WAS LIT THROUGH THE NIGHT BY THOSE CANDELABRA.
  • 07:45 THE LORD COVERS IT IN THE PSALMS AND SAYS,
  • 07:48 "IT'S ABOUT THE PILLAR OF FIRE THAT WAS OUT THERE IN THE WILDERNESS."
  • 07:53 THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE REMEMBERING.
  • 07:55 THE POURING OF WATER REMEMBERS MOSES STRIKING THE ROCK AND GOD PROVIDING WATER FOR HIS PEOPLE.
  • 08:00 AND SO A GRAND CELEBRATION TO MARK THIS HAPPIEST FEAST.
  • 08:04 WE MIGHT CALL IT KIND OF THEIR FESTIVAL OF THANKSGIVING.
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  • 09:02 ♪SHA'A'LU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 09:06 ♪SHA'A'LU, SHA'A'LU SHALOM♪
  • 09:10 ♪IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 09:16 ♪WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE♪
  • 09:20 ♪SHA'A'LU SHALOM♪
  • 09:30 THAT'S ISRAEL.
  • 09:32 WE LOVE IT, YOU WILL LOVE,
  • 09:33 WE WANT YOU TO COME WITH US,
  • 09:35 WE KNOW YOU'LL HAVE A LIFE CHANGING TIME WITH US
  • 09:37 AND WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SO MUCH THAT YOU ARE WANTING TO LOOK INTO ISRAEL
  • 09:41 SO WE WANT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.
  • 09:43 IT'S TRUE...ZOLA SAID THAT GOING TO ISRAEL IS LIKE 10 YEARS IN SUNDAY SCHOOL...
  • 09:47 IT REALLY IS.
  • 09:48 A GREAT WAY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH US
  • 09:50 IS THROUGH THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 09:51 YOU CAN RECEIVE IT BY GETTING IN TOUCH WITH US.
  • 09:53 IT'S FREE TO YOU AT LEVITT.COM
  • 09:55 AND THIS WEEK'S OFFER IS
  • 09:57 "THE HOLY DAYS OF OUR LORD",
  • 09:58 THE VERY SERIES THAT WE'RE WATCHING
  • 09:59 THAT ZOLA PRODUCED OVER 10 YEARS AGO.
  • 10:02 IT'S FULL OF INFORMATION
  • 10:03 AND FULL OF REVELATION
  • 10:05 ABOUT THE DAYS OF OUR LORD
  • 10:06 AND THE FEASTS OF THE LORD.
  • 10:08 SO NOW LET'S GET BACK TO ZOLA ON LOCATION.
  • 10:12 TRADITIONALLY THERE ARE FOUR SPECIES OF BUILDING MATERIALS
  • 10:15 THAT GOD SOMEHOW LAID AROUND THE SINAI, AROUND THE DESERT AS THEY WANDERED.
  • 10:20 THERE WAS THE ETROG, THE CITRON,
  • 10:23 AND DIFFERENT FRUITS AND BRANCHES, PALM BRANCHES AND SO ON,
  • 10:26 WHICH THEY NEEDED TO BUILD THESE SUKKOT AND TO TRIM THEM OUT TO MAKE THEM DECENT FOR HABITATION.
  • 10:33 THEY WERE ALWAYS TO BE FOUND EVEN IN AN EMPTY DESERT.
  • 10:36 I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE SEEN THE SINAI OR THE JUDEAN DESERT,
  • 10:39 OR THE WILDERNESS OF SEINE, OR ANY OF THESE PLACES WHERE THEY WENT,
  • 10:42 BUT THEY'RE NOT FRIENDLY DESERTS.
  • 10:44 THEY'RE NOT FOR BEGINNERS.
  • 10:46 YET THE WHOLE NATION, OLD PEOPLE, CHILDREN, EVERYONE SURVIVED AND GOD SAW TO IT.
  • 10:52 NOW THAT WANDERING SORT OF ANSWERS TO A LONG SUMMER.
  • 10:57 YOU KNOW THE FEASTS ARE PLANNED WITH 3 IN THE SPRING, MORE OR LESS IN APRIL.
  • 11:01 THOSE ARE OF COURSE PASSOVER, UNLEAVENED BREAD, AND FIRST FRUITS.
  • 11:05 THEN WE SKIP 50 DAYS AND WE HAVE PENTECOST.
  • 11:08 THAT'S LATE MAY, EARLY JUNE.
  • 11:10 BUT THEN THERE'S THE LONG SUMMER
  • 11:12 AND IT GOES ALL THE WAY OVER TO THE FALL FEASTS AND THE 7TH MONTH OF THE YEAR
  • 11:16 WHICH IS MORE OR LESS SEPTEMBER
  • 11:18 AND FINALLY ENDING WITH TABERNACLES, USUALLY IN OCTOBER.
  • 11:22 JEREMIAH SAYS IN JEREMIAH 8:20 A VERY TELLING VERSE.
  • 11:28 "THE SUMMER IS OVER, THE HARVEST IS PASSED, AND WE'RE NOT YET SAVED."
  • 11:34 THIS IS A CRY OUT IT SEEMS ALMOST TO MODERN ISRAEL.
  • 11:38 IT'S JUST ABOUT OVER.
  • 11:39 THE HARVEST IS ABOUT TO FINISH.
  • 11:41 THE TRUMPET IS GOING TO SOUND.
  • 11:42 THAT'S THE FIRST FALL FEAST.
  • 11:44 THAT WOULD BE THE RAPTURE.
  • 11:45 ONLY THE SAVED ARE GOING IN THAT ONE.
  • 11:48 IT WOULD BE A TRAGEDY IF ISRAEL IS UNSAVED STILL AT THAT POINT.
  • 11:53 NOW AT TABERNACLES THE LORD DID SOME OF HIS MOST BASIC TEACHINGS.
  • 11:57 IN JOHN 7 HIS BROTHERS TEMPT HIM TO GO DOWN.
  • 12:02 THEY'RE ALMOST TEASING HIM.
  • 12:03 YOU KNOW YOU DO SOME PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR YOUR MINISTRY.
  • 12:07 YOU'RE THE SAVIOR.
  • 12:08 GO DOWN THERE TO JERUSALEM AND TELL THEM.
  • 12:10 I MEAN THEY REALLY DIDN'T HOLD TO THE TEACHINGS OF THEIR OLDER BROTHER
  • 12:15 AND ALMOST LIKE JOSEPH'S BROTHERS, JUST REFUSED TO BOW TO THE ONE WHOM GOD WAS INSPIRING.
  • 12:21 BUT HE WENT DOWN TO THE TEMPLE AND HE TAUGHT,
  • 12:23 AND HE TAUGHT BEAUTIFULLY.
  • 12:25 HE TAUGHT ABOUT THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
  • 12:27 IN JOHN 9:5 HE SAYS,
  • 12:34 ALSO IN JOHN 8:12, THE SAME, THE 1,000 YEAR REIGN.
  • 12:39 HE TAUGHT OF THAT.
  • 12:41 THE KINGDOM.
  • 12:42 ITS MAGNIFICENT TEACHINGS THAT HE GAVE AT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
  • 12:47 HE REALLY DISCLOSED SOME MAGNIFICENT THINGS.
  • 12:50 JOHN 4:10 IS ABOUT SALVATION.
  • 12:53 THIS IS WHEN HE WAS WITNESSING TO THE SAMARITAN WOMAN.
  • 13:11 IT WAS TOLD TO ME BY DR. CHARLES RYRIE, AUTHOR OF THE STUDY BIBLE,
  • 13:15 THAT THE ONE VERSE HERE IS THE MOST PERFECT OF ALL WITNESSES.
  • 13:19 IT HAS FOUR ELEMENTS... WHAT HE TOLD HER.
  • 13:21 "IF THOU KNEWEST THE GIFT OF GOD..."
  • 13:23 SO, SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT OF GOD.
  • 13:26 "...AND WHO IT IS THAT SAITH TO THEE 'GIVE ME TO DRINK'..."
  • 13:29 SO, IF YOU KNOW THE SAVIOR, IF YOU KNOW THE MESSIAH,
  • 13:32 YOU MUST KNOW THE RIGHT, THE VALID MESSIAH.
  • 13:36 "...THOU WOULDEST ASKED OF HIM"
  • 13:40 YOU MUST ASK FOR THIS SALVATION.
  • 13:42 IT'S NOT AUTOMATIC.
  • 13:43 "...AND HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN THEE LIVING WATER."
  • 13:46 HE GIVES IT FREELY.
  • 13:47 THIS IS SO PERFECT.
  • 13:49 ANOTHER TEACHING OF THE LORD THAT IS SO WONDERFUL.
  • 13:52 YOU KNOW HIS NAME WAS SALVATION.
  • 13:54 YESHUA, THE NAME, JESUS' NAME IN HEBREW - YESHUA, MEANS SALVATION.
  • 14:01 THAT'S THE WORD FOR SALVATION.
  • 14:03 SO THE VERSE THAT SAYS,
  • 14:05 "MARY CALLED HIS NAME YESHUA, SALVATION, BECAUSE HE BRINGS HIS PEOPLE SALVATION", MAKES SENSE.
  • 14:11 IF WE HAVE THE NAME JESUS, WHICH IS A TRANSLITERATION FROM THE GREEK,
  • 14:15 THEN YOU DON'T GET IT.
  • 14:17 "SHE CALLED HIS NAME JESUS BECAUSE HE BROUGHT HIS PEOPLE SALVATION"
  • 14:20 DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING.
  • 14:21 BUT IF WE KNOW HIS TRUE NAME IT DOES MEAN A GREAT DEAL.
  • 14:25 WELL DURING TABERNACLES JESUS AMPLIFIED THESE THINGS MAGNIFICENTLY.
  • 14:29 HE TAUGHT OF THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
  • 14:31 HE TAUGHT OF LIVING WATER.
  • 14:32 HE TAUGHT OF THE WORD MADE FLESH...SUBTLETIES.
  • 14:38 HE ALSO DISCLOSED THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS COMING IN VERSES 37 - 39.
  • 14:44 IF YOU READ JUST JOHN 7 IT'S A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL CHAPTER.
  • 14:49 AND HE TAUGHT THAT HE WAS GOD AMONG THE PEOPLE.
  • 14:53 YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IN EXODUS 25
  • 14:59 GOD FIRST TELLS THE PEOPLE TO GATHER THE MATERIALS.
  • 15:01 THEY HAD PLENTY OF STUFF FROM EGYPT.
  • 15:03 THE EGYPTIANS BID THEM "GOODBYE" AND "GOOD RIDDANCE."
  • 15:07 THEY GAVE THEM GOLD AND SILVER AND LINENS
  • 15:11 AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT THEY TOOK WITH THEM IN THE EXODUS
  • 15:15 BECAUSE AFTER ALL, AFTER 10 PLAGUES THEY WERE JUST GLAD TO SEE THEM GO
  • 15:18 AND WHATEVER THEY NEEDED THEY GAVE THEM.
  • 15:20 GOD SAID TO BRING THOSE MATERIALS.
  • 15:23 THEY SAY THE WOMEN GAVE THE BRONZE.
  • 15:25 MIRRORS IN THOSE DAYS WERE POLISHED BRONZE
  • 15:28 AND IN A VERY WONDERFUL GIFT THE WOMEN TOOK THEIR BRONZE MIRRORS
  • 15:33 AND HANDED THEM IN TO BE MELTED DOWN
  • 15:35 TO MAKE THE BRONZE LAVER OF WATER FOR THE FRONT OF THE TABERNACLE.
  • 15:39 THAT WAS QUITE A GIFT.
  • 15:42 BUT IN EXODUS 25:8 GOD TELLS THE PURPOSE OF THE WHOLE THING,
  • 15:46 HE SAYS TO TAKE THOSE MATERIALS
  • 15:52 THAT IS MAGNIFICENT THAT GOD IS GOING TO DWELL WITH HIS PEOPLE.
  • 15:57 THERE WERE OTHER TRIBES IN THE SINAI WITH OTHER GODS.
  • 16:00 THE EGYPTIANS HAD A LOT OF GODS.
  • 16:01 THEY HAD THEIR MAGICIANS CONSULTING ALL SORTS OF FALSE GODS.
  • 16:05 BUT NOBODY CLAIMED THEIR GOD LIVED WITH THEM.
  • 16:07 THEY LOOKED TO HEAVEN.
  • 16:09 THEY LOOKED TO STATUES.
  • 16:10 THEY LOOKED TO VALLEYS.
  • 16:11 THEY LOOKED TO MOUNTAINS.
  • 16:12 BUT NOBODY SAID, "HE'S RIGHT OVER IN THE TENT."
  • 16:14 "THAT'S HIS APARTMENT ON EARTH."
  • 16:16 "HE CREATED THIS WHOLE WORLD AND HE LIVES HERE AMONG US BECAUSE WE'RE HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE."
  • 16:21 WELL, JESUS IN THAT WONDERFUL CHAPTER TEACHING AT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
  • 16:26 TEACHES THE WORD MADE FLESH - GOD DWELLING AMONG HIS PEOPLE,
  • 16:31 THE WHOLE IDEA OF THE TABERNACLE.
  • 16:34 IN PRACTICE THE EARTHLY BODY THAT WE HAVE IS THIS TABERNACLE, THE TABERNACLE OF THE SPIRIT.
  • 16:42 WE NEED TO CARE FOR IT.
  • 16:44 WE NEED TO TREAT IT WELL.
  • 16:46 2 CORINTHIANS 5:1 SAYS,
  • 16:57 WHEN WE DIE, THIS TABERNACLE IS NO GOOD ANYMORE.
  • 17:01 WE HAVE ANOTHER TABERNACLE UP THERE IN HEAVEN.
  • 17:03 "TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD," PAUL TAUGHT.
  • 17:07 WE SIMPLY AWAIT EITHER OUR DEATH, WHICH IS...
  • 17:12 I REMEMBER WATCHING AN OLD YIDDISH MOVIE, A JEWISH MOVIE, CALLED "HESTER STREET".
  • 17:18 IT WAS REALLY MADE IN AMERICA,
  • 17:20 BUT IT WAS ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OVER FROM EUROPE BEFORE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY- VERY POOR,
  • 17:25 FROM VERY RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES OF JEWS IN EUROPE.
  • 17:28 THEY STARTED OUT ON THE EAST SIDE OF NEW YORK AND THEY MADE LITTLE BUSINESSES.
  • 17:34 THEY WORKED IN SWEAT SHOPS AND SO ON.
  • 17:35 BUT THERE WAS A TOUCHING SCENE WHERE A LETTER CAME FROM THE OLD COUNTRY
  • 17:39 AND THE HERO IN THE STORY TAKES IT TO A RABBI WHO CAN READ AND ASKS HIM WHAT IT SAYS.
  • 17:45 THE RABBI LOOKS AT IT, THEN LOOKS DEEPLY AT THE MAN AND SAYS,
  • 17:49 "YOUR FATHER HAS BEEN FREED",
  • 17:52 MEANING THAT HIS EARTHLY BODY WAS GONE AND HE HAS BEEN FREED.
  • 17:57 SO, WHEN WE'RE FREED WE'RE GOING TO HEAVEN TO THE LORD,
  • 18:02 AND THEN BACK HERE TO RULE THIS EARTH WITH THE LORD.
  • 18:04 SO THE MAGNIFICENT SPIRITUAL SONG BY ISAAC WATTS,
  • 18:08 "JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD IS COME."
  • 18:11 "LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING!"
  • 18:14 AND HE RULES THE WORLD.
  • 18:16 HE MAKES THE NATIONS PROVE.
  • 18:26 TEACHING ON TABERNACLES IS SO RICH
  • 18:29 BECAUSE IT REALLY SPEAKS ABOUT GOD AND MAN COMING TOGETHER...
  • 18:32 "GOD WITH US" TABERNACLING...
  • 18:34 IT'S A WONDERFUL TEACHING ABOUT THE IMPERMANENCE OF LIFE
  • 18:37 AND OUR NEED TO MEET WITH THE ONE WHO MADE US.
  • 18:40 SOME SUPPORTERS OF ISRAEL ARE SOME OF THE GREATEST PEOPLE THAT WE'VE MET.
  • 18:44 THERE ARE CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS, PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN ISRAEL WHO STAND WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 18:48 AMONG THEM IS THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY.
  • 18:51 BACK WHEN THIS WAS RECORDED
  • 18:53 WE WERE ABLE TO GET AN INTERVIEW WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY
  • 18:56 AND THIS INTERVIEW WILL REALLY BLESS YOU.
  • 18:58 SO LET'S GO THERE ON LOCATION RIGHT NOW.
  • 19:02 CHUCK KING, THANKS FOR BEING WITH US TODAY.
  • 19:04 THANK YOU.
  • 19:05 CAN YOU GIVE US A BACKGROUND TO THE CHRISTIAN EMBASSY
  • 19:07 AND WHAT ITS PURPOSE IS HERE IN JERUSALEM?
  • 19:09 CERTAINLY.
  • 19:11 THE CHRISTIAN EMBASSY IS ACTUALLY COMING UP ON ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY.
  • 19:15 IT BEGAN OUT OF A VISION IN 1980
  • 19:19 FROM A GROUP OF BELIEVERS WHO WERE HERE THAT HAD A HEART TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
  • 19:25 THAT HAPPENED IN 1980 AT THE ANGLICAN SCHOOL HERE.
  • 19:28 THERE WERE ABOUT 1,000 CHRISTIANS THAT CAME.
  • 19:30 AND FROM THAT CELEBRATION, THAT FIRST CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES,
  • 19:34 THE MINISTRY THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY BEGAN.
  • 19:37 OUT OF A BIBLICAL MANDATE TO LOVE AND COMFORT ISRAEL, THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 19:43 AND ALSO TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH JERUSALEM AS THE UNDIVIDED CAPITAL OF THIS NATION.
  • 19:48 WELL, CHUCK, DO THINK THAT THE CHURCH TODAY
  • 19:50 HAS A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS REALLY ABOUT?
  • 19:54 I DON'T KNOW IF SPECIFICALLY THEY HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES,
  • 19:58 BUT I DO THINK THERE IS A GROWING AWARENESS IN THE CHURCH
  • 20:02 ABOUT OUR RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS ISRAEL
  • 20:04 AND THE CONNECTION THAT THE CHURCH HAS,
  • 20:06 THE PROPHETIC CONNECTION THAT THE CHURCH HAS,
  • 20:08 AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS ISRAEL AND WHY WE SHOULD BE INVOLVED.
  • 20:12 AND HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE THAT RESPONSIBILITY?
  • 20:14 WELL BECAUSE OUR FAITH HAS GROWN OUT OF THE TREE,
  • 20:19 WE ARE THE BRANCHES OF THE TREE THAT PAUL DESCRIBED.
  • 20:23 OUR MESSIAH COMES FROM THIS NATION.
  • 20:27 THE BOOK THAT WE PLACE OUR FAITH IN COMES FROM THIS NATION
  • 20:30 AND REALLY BECAUSE OF THOSE THINGS
  • 20:34 AND ALSO BECAUSE OF THE HISTORICAL EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED
  • 20:38 WHERE THE CHURCH I BELIEVE HAS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ANTI-SEMITISM THROUGHOUT THE AGES,
  • 20:43 WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACTUALLY RESTORE THE RELATIONSHIP
  • 20:49 AND SHOW WHAT OUR FAITH IS TRULY ABOUT
  • 20:53 AND THAT IS ONE PEOPLE UNDER ONE GOD.
  • 20:56 WELL, CHUCK, WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE CHRISTIAN EMBASSY DO
  • 21:00 DURING THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES?
  • 21:02 WELL, THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS AN EVENT THAT ATTRACTS APPROXIMATELY 5,000 BELIEVERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
  • 21:10 THE MAIN EMPHASIS I THINK OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS WORSHIP.
  • 21:14 YOU KNOW IT'S A BIBLICAL FEAST THAT IS A FEAST OF REMEMBRANCE
  • 21:19 TO THINK ABOUT THE WAY THAT GOD WAS WITH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
  • 21:23 AS THEY TRAVELED THROUGH THE DESERT AND TO COME AND TABERNACLE WITH THE LORD.
  • 21:28 OF COURSE WE'RE ANTICIPATING THE REIGN OF THE MESSIAH WHEN HE COMES
  • 21:33 AND WHEN ALL NATIONS WILL GATHER TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF THE LORD.
  • 21:36 BUT I'D SAY THAT THE MAIN THING ABOUT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS PRAISE AND WORSHIP.
  • 21:41 WE HAVE A CHOIR, A DANCE COMPANY, AN ORCHESTRA,
  • 21:48 AND THESE ARE MEMBERS OF THE FEAST TEAM WHO ARE RECRUITED FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
  • 21:53 MANY NATIONS ARE REPRESENTED IN THE MUSIC TEAM ITSELF.
  • 21:57 IT'S JUST A SPECTACULAR EVENT WHERE WE INCORPORATE THE ARTS.
  • 22:01 REALLY IT'S A WAY WE CAN SAY TO ISRAEL
  • 22:06 WE'RE COMING TO WORSHIP WITH YOU AND THIS IS THE WAY THAT WE WANT TO DO IT,
  • 22:11 WITH A MULTI-CULTURAL KIND OF EXPRESSION, AND DIFFERENT MUSICAL STYLES AS WELL.
  • 22:15 NOT ONLY THAT, BUT WE HAVE TEACHING SEMINARS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
  • 22:19 WE OFFER MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PILGRIMS WHO COME
  • 22:24 TO EXPERIENCE ISRAEL IN A UNIQUE KIND OF WAY.
  • 22:27 WE PARTICIPATE IN THE JERUSALEM MARCH,
  • 22:30 WHICH IS A BIG EVENT HERE IN THE CITY.
  • 22:34 ACTUALLY THE FEAST PILGRIMS OCCUPY ABOUT 50% OF THE SPACE NOW IN THE JERUSALEM MARCH
  • 22:40 WHERE THE PILGRIMS COME AND MARCH IN THEIR NATIONAL COSTUMES.
  • 22:43 ALSO THERE'S THE TREE PLANTING.
  • 22:45 WE HAVE, THE CHRISTIAN EMBASSY HAS TWO TREE FORESTS NOW WITH OVER 50,000 TREES
  • 22:51 THAT CHRISTIANS HAVE PLANTED TO HELP REBUILD ZION.
  • 22:55 THERE ARE VISITS TO YAD VASHEM AND VARIOUS OTHER SITES.
  • 22:58 ALSO WE HAVE A DESERT CELEBRATION, THE EREV SUKKOT, THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE FEAST
  • 23:03 WHERE WE TAKE THE PILGRIMS TO A SITE RIGHT NEXT TO THE DEAD SEA
  • 23:08 AND GIVE THEM A TASTE OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR THE PILGRIMS
  • 23:11 THAT WERE WANDERING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS ON THEIR WAY TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 23:16 THAT'S HOW WE BEGIN SUKKOT.
  • 23:17 IT'S GREAT.
  • 23:20 WELL, HOW DOES THE JEWISH COMMUNITY RECEIVE YOUR CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES?
  • 23:23 I THINK THEY'RE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTIVE AND FAVORABLE TOWARDS US.
  • 23:28 YOU CAN SEE THAT DEFINITELY WHEN YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE JERUSALEM MARCH
  • 23:31 BECAUSE THE ISRAELIS ARE LINING THE STREETS
  • 23:33 AND IT'S SUCH AN OVERWHELMING REALIZATION FOR THEM THAT THERE ARE CHRISTIANS IN THE WORLD
  • 23:40 THAT LOVE AND CARE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY AND WANT TO DO SOMETHING IN SUPPORT FOR THEM.
  • 23:46 SO I THINK IT'S VERY WELL RECEIVED.
  • 23:49 ACTUALLY WE HAVE ONE OF THE NIGHTS OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
  • 23:52 SPECIFICALLY DEDICATED FOR THE ISRAELI COMMUNITY TO COME AND TO CELEBRATE WITH US
  • 23:59 AND THEY DO COME.
  • 24:01 THERE ARE SOME WITHIN THE BODY OF CHRIST, THE BELIEVERS, THE CHURCH,
  • 24:06 WHO WOULD LOOK AT THE OLD TESTAMENT AND SAY THAT IT'S OLD.
  • 24:09 THEY WOULD LOOK AT LEVITICUS 23 FOR INSTANCE
  • 24:12 AND SAY THAT THE FEASTS REALLY HAVE NO SIGNIFICANCE TODAY.
  • 24:15 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE PEOPLE?
  • 24:17 WELL I THINK THAT IF WE'RE CHRISTIANS THAT MEANS THAT WE'RE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS.
  • 24:24 WE'RE FOLLOWERS OF YESHUA
  • 24:25 AND WE WANT TO DO WHAT OUR MASTER DID.
  • 24:28 THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL WERE GIVEN AS PERPETUAL FEASTS OF REMEMBRANCE.
  • 24:32 ALTHOUGH THERE ISN'T A GREAT UNDERSTANDING NOW OF WHAT THE FEASTS ARE ALL ABOUT,
  • 24:39 THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE CAN'T LEARN ABOUT THEM
  • 24:41 AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT THEIR SIGNIFICANCE IS FOR US
  • 24:44 BECAUSE THEY DO REVEAL GOD'S PLAN AND GOD'S CHARACTER AND HIS NATURE.
  • 25:33 IT'S SO WONDERFUL TO HEAR ZOLA PLAYING THE MUSIC HE LOVED IN THE LAND THAT HE LOVED.
  • 25:37 THERE'S NOTHING QUITE LIKE IT.
  • 25:38 THIS FEAST OF TABERNACLES REALLY IS THE CULMINATION OF ALL 7 FEASTS
  • 25:43 AND IT SPEAKS ABOUT GOD COMING TOGETHER WITH MAN DOESN'T IT?
  • 25:47 IT'S THE TABERNACLING OF GOD WITH MAN
  • 25:50 BUT IT'S ALSO A REMEMBRANCE THAT OUR LIFE IS TEMPORAL.
  • 25:54 AND I LOVED IT WHEN WE PUT UP A TABERNACLE IN OUR BACKYARD...
  • 25:57 A BOOTH AS THEY CALL IT...
  • 25:59 A TEMPORARY DWELLING.
  • 26:01 WE USED THE 7 SPECIES
  • 26:03 AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME INVITING PEOPLE OVER AND SHARING WHAT THE WORD SAYS ABOUT THIS HOLIDAY.
  • 26:09 JESUS KEPT EVERY ONE OF THESE MYLES AND WE SHOULD TOO.
  • 26:13 YES WE WOULD DO IT ALL WITH THE HIGH PRIEST CEREMONY POURING OUT THE WATER
  • 26:16 WHICH IS WHEN JESUS SAID THAT "ANYONE WHO THIRSTS... COME TO ME...YOU WILL NEVER THIRST AGAIN".
  • 26:21 WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME OPENING OUR HOME IN THAT WAY AND OUR HEARTS IN THAT WAY.
  • 26:27 THE HEBREW CONCEPT IS...
  • 26:30 IT'S ABOUT THE WELCOMING OR THE HOSPITALITY
  • 26:32 OF ANYONE WHO WANTS TO COME INTO THE TABERNACLE
  • 26:35 AND IT REALLY LOOKS FORWARD TO JOHN 3:16
  • 26:38 WHICH PREACHES TO US THAT WHOSOEVER WILL CAN COME AND DRINK FROM THE WATERS OF LIFE.
  • 26:43 WHOSOEVER WILL IS WELCOME TO COME DRAW FROM THE WELLS OF SALVATION
  • 26:47 AND THAT'S REALLY THE STORY OF THE FEASTS ISN'T IT?
  • 26:50 ABOUT WHO YESHUA IS
  • 26:51 AND SO UNTIL WE SEE YOU AGAIN, WE WANT TO SAY,
  • 26:55 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM...
  • 26:57 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Overview
  2. Passover
  3. Unleavened Bread
  4. First Fruits
  5. Pentecost
  6. Trumpets
  7. Day of Atonement
  8. Tabernacles
  9. Purim / Hanukkah
  10. Sabbath
  11. Music

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