We celebrated!! And the best part was, WE KNEW WHAT WE WERE CELEBRATING!! Arthur made sure of that! In alignment with scripture, we had a Sabbath and a Holy Convocation on the first day of the seventh month. We did not follow Judaism and celebrate the day before and call it the head of the year, Rosh Hashanah! We blew trumpets, shofars, noise makers and shouted unto YeHoVaH. We did no servile work.
There were no offerings by fire at House of Israel because according to Torah, only the Levitical Priests are allowed to perform sacrifices, and only in the place where YeHoVaH put His name, the Tabernacle/Temple. Think about it, nowhere in scripture do we see Yeshua offering sacrifices. Only the Levites and Priests were allowed to enter the Temple or the sacrificial area. All others were limited to the Temple Court areas.
A reoccurring theme of Arthur’s is that YeHoVaH wants us to see ourselves as He sees us. In order to steep us further into the presence of YeHoVaH, Arthur asked us to say several times, “I’m sacred!” “I’m Holy!” Another result of this is that when we see ourselves in the way YeHoVaH sees us, we will conduct ourselves in the way He has instructed.
Arthur elaborated on Judaism’s idea that Yeshua will come on the Day of Trumpets. This is in direct opposition to the scriptures that tell us that no man knows the day or hour of Yeshua’s return. There is a veil of deception that accompanies this belief; if Yeshua doesn’t come today, I have one more year to get ready! (That is, if your soul isn’t required within the next year!) This erroneous concept places emphasis on a specific set of days to “get things right”. Scripture clearly tells us that we are to live a lifestyle of repentance; not to save it up until the Fall Feasts and then blow up people’s phones trying to apologize!
Our Father implores us throughout scripture to learn of Him, seek His wisdom, and forsake the traditions of men. Even though men have heard this message from the beginning of creation, we still listen to the “other” voices to our own detriment. Arthur took some time to read from two Judaism texts that “boldly added” to the word of and elevated the Rabbis above the Creator Himself! Hence the title of this teaching.
Sadly, the effects of Babylon are alive and thriving in churches and synagogues near you. Arthur went on to say that not only there, but in the Messianic congregations as well. Even when we come out of the worldly religions, we bring a part of it with us that we have to be diligent to cast off. Otherwise we are like the Israelites that were delivered from the Land of Egypt but brought the Egyptian traditions, culture, and gods with them. Arthur asked, “What are you dragging with you?”
Arthur concludes this festive teaching by saying that YeHoVaH’s Commands are simple and you will always have regrets when you don’t obey His Commands.
Sharon’s Reflections on the Teaching
At one point in the teaching, Arthur spoke about separating ourselves from people that may be negatively affecting us. HOWEVER, we can’t leave our spouses! It definitely takes maturity and the ways of YeHoVaH for a couple to endure together. I used to let myself get riled-up, fed-up, and just “through” dealing with my husband!
Now before I go further, I must say that a woman who only knew me and not Floyd said, “Your husband must be a Saint to live with you.” She didn’t say it with maliciousness, just as a matter of fact. When Floyd is on my last nerve, I try to think about what she said. I wonder what he thinks about when I am dancing on his nerves!
We have been married for nearly 28 years. Over the years, I have developed a few “go to” thoughts that help sustain me during times of stress.
- I remind myself that YeHoVaH is holding me to my vow of “’til death do us part”. If I left my husband (More like “put him out”, I’m not starting over again!), I’d be in a worse pickle with YeHoVaH than living through hard times with a husband.
- I figure that if he really (I mean REALLY) knew better, he’d do better. Now this takes some practice, because I assume he knows better, but does he REALLY?
- We are actually spirit beings and just reside in these physical bodies. So I often, elevate my mind to the higher spiritual level and minimize the trivial stuff that is aggravating me in the natural realm.
- And, when all else fails, I remember the scripture that says “Revenge is Mine saith the LORD!”
May we all walk in peace with the people that surround us on a daily basis! HalleluYAH!
Buzz on the Teaching
There was such merry making amongst the Saints during Fellowship today. After service, the children were practicing their skit for the Feast of Tabernacles. I could see their attentiveness to the activities and hear their periodic outbursts with noise makers. One of the three Sister Saints, who is coordinating the Children’s Activities, told me that she instructed the children to make a joyful noise whenever she spoke certain words. That sure kept them focused and rollicking when she said those words!
There were ministering conversations taking place too. One Sister Saint, whose husband has not yet embraced the truth, was being encouraged by several Saints to stay her course because:
1 Corinthians 7:16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (KJV)
Arthur addressed this issue during the teaching.
The Feasts are our appointed times to meet with YeHoVaH. There was a lot shared and learned in His Presence! HalleluYAH!!
Until next time… Blessings to You and Yours,