The Messenger Church of God keeps the festivals God commands his people to keep. The commanded festivals and annual Sabbaths are listed in Leviticus 23. They include, in addition to the weekly Sabbath, the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Last Great Day, associated with the Feast of Tabernacles, but technically a separate feast. The 2017 festival observance planned by the Church for the commanded festivals is summarized below. Continue reading
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When God revealed his law to ancient Israel, he commanded them to keep, besides the weekly Sabbath, a series of annual festivals. All of the commanded assemblies are rehearsed in Leviticus 23.
Among them is the Feast of Tabernacles, beginning in the seventh month of the sacred calendar on the fifteenth day of the month. It was to be kept for seven days (Leviticus 23:34). At the end of the eighth day, the last great day, or high day, of the feast, the festival season ends (Leviticus 23:36). In certain respects the eighth day is a feast of its own, with its own special meaning, though closely connected with the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles coincided with the fall harvest season in Israel, and was to be a celebration of rejoicing accompanying the great harvest of the fall season (Deuteronomy 16:13-15). Continue reading
Jesus gave his Church the following commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20). As you examine the material available on this website, you will find information about God’s purpose and plan for your life, and how to fulfill your God-given destiny. You will find answers to questions about what the Bible teaches about subjects you may have wondered about.
Much of what you read or hear from this website may surprise you, or perhaps even shock you. It may, in some respects at least, be different from things you’ve believed to be true. But we invite you to accept the challenge of proving the truth of what we teach from your own Bible (Acts 17:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:21). If you have the will, and are prepared to make the effort, you can swim upstream against the lethargy and spiritual blindness that affects most of the world. Continue reading