Why Does Jesus Call Himself “the bright and morning star”?

Rev. 22:16 is in red letters because Jesus is speaking. He calls Himself “the bright and morning star.” The Greek word for morning star (orthrinos) is Strong’s G3720 and refers to Venus, especially brilliant in the early day.

In ancient literature and to this day, the planet Venus has been called “the morning star.” While Jupiter, Mars and other planets can appear in the morning sky, Venus is more consistent, appearing as a morning star in a sequence of nine months out of 19 (evening star nine months and not visible one month). Venus is way brighter than the others, and on some moonless nights it casts shadows. Only the sun and moon are brighter.

On a long dark night, the appearance of the morning star means daybreak is soon to occur. Jesus as the morning star gives hope and promise in this long dark night of suffering that eternal morning in God’s Kingdom is about to dawn!

In Isa. 14:12 Lucifer who became Satan is called “O morning star, son of the dawn!” (King James Version). The Hebrew word heylel occurs once in the Hebrew Bible and Strong’s says it means “shining one, light-bearer.” Tragically, Lucifer became proud and rebellious, and his names are now Satan (Adversary) and Abaddon and Apollyon (Destroyer) (1 Pet. 5:8) and his game is deception (Rev. 12:9).

That both Jesus and Satan are referred to as a morning star obviously does not equate the two. The idea of a morning star is the one that outshines the rest. Jesus is called the bright and morning star. He is the one who created Lucifer with the amount of light he had. Jesus is the “the light of the world” (John 9:5). It’s interesting that the Septuagint’s Greek word for morning star in Isa. 14:12 (heosphoros) is not the same Greek word as in Rev. 22:16 (orthrinos).

It’s fitting that the lesser morning star who is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) and the chief ruler “of the darkness of this age” (Eph. 6:12) will be replaced by Jesus Christ who is the Eternal Bright and Morning Star of the Family and Kingdom of God.

If you are reading this, and especially if you are understanding this, you have been called by God the Father to be in the first superior resurrection (Dan. 12:2). “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (verse 3). In the Millennium and Great White Judgment, we will serve with Jesus Christ in bringing salvation to all who have ever lived.

To be there as one of the firstfruits, God requires us to “become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life” (Php. 2:15-16).

We must NOW be God’s “light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16).

Let me share a fitting concluding comment from Robin Webber, United Church of God southwest regional director: “It is Jesus Christ who will appear in our lives when it is ‘darkest and coldest’ and illuminate our lives and invite us to continue to ‘follow Me’ even when there are no human answers in the moment—for after all—He said, ‘I am the path, the way, the life’ (John 14:6). Perhaps someone right now is knocking at our door (Rev. 3:20). Perhaps its time to open the door even though it is cold and dark.”

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God Has Shared His 2022 Feast With Us—What Are We Going to Do About It?

Can you believe it’s been almost a month since the 2022 Feast! Just 11 more months to the next one!

What a joy it was to keep God’s Feast for Mary and me in gorgeous Estes Park, CO. I worked hard to take good notes of all the messages and have shared them with you.

Several messages asked point blank: What are we going to do about them? Will they change us? Or we will go home and be just the same?

Below are the actions urged

in the eight days of messages at Estes Park:

I have posted these next to my desk so I can continually review them and check myself against them. Also there I have the action items from two years ago of the Montana Feast site and last year’s from Steamboat Springs that I shared with you back then. It’s interesting to see that though the world has changed, though there were different speakers, the themes were still amazingly the same. The Bible is timeless. If I didn’t change two years ago after Montana and last year after Steamboat Springs, God’s giving me the opportunity to yet change!

  • Anticipate the wonderful future God has for us. Taste it! Rejoice! Leave the world behind. Always be grateful. Share the joy!
  • Break out in songs of praise to God throughout your day.
  • This is the time! Today is the day!
  • Take every opportunity to be with God’s people.
  • Find your path in this body of Christ.
  • Revere (Hebrew yare), not fear in terror.
  • Respond to God’s invitation because there could be no better one than to marry God’s Son.
  • Look back, forward-thinking firstfruit, to remember where you came from.
  • That Jesus Christ was crucified and rose again is the foundation of your life.
  • Maintain God’s temple: you!
  • Be a finisher! Run so you may obtain.
  • Always seek God’s perspective. His thoughts are higher than yours. Think about what God the Father and Jesus Christ think about your life.
  • Don’t constantly criticize everything your kids do.
  • Seek the superior resurrection. You have a rare opportunity!
  • If not excited about the Second Coming, when will you be?
  • Capture the vision of the Kingdom of God Hone it! Own it! Can Jesus safely trust in you as part of His Bride?
  • Make your calling personal! Give God something to bless.
  • Build your relationship with your spouse—it has eternal ramifications.
  • Zeal takes daily commitment, a growing relationship with God, and desire to serve God’s Church.
  • Hate sinful deeds but not the doers.
  • God has not forgotten any person and will leave no one behind for His Family. God collects our tears in his bottle and book.
  • Go home and be different and better. God wants to give you everything.

James 1:22 “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

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Eighth Day—Last Great Day—in Estes Park, CO 2022

Eighth Day—Last Great Day—Monday

This day could hardly be a more special day. One of the first doctrines Christ will teach people after He comes back will be their need to keep His Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day. Zechariah says any nation that refuses to go up—that won’t accept Christ’s reign over them—will receive no rain! You have seen from my notes of these tremendous eight days how much God can pack into them as training of His way for us. Not only the teaching, but what value can be placed on all the fellowshipping and rubbing shoulders with God’s people for the eight days! Remember, how on day one, Rick Shabi challenged us to spend time with other brethren as much as we could.

Those observing it have the opportunity to be one of the 144,000 firstfruits who will be resurrected when the Seventh Trumpet blows at Christ’s return. You will be made a part of the Bride of Christ. You will be in on the ground floor of Christ’s millennial government ruling the earth. The Bible indicates only 1/10—a tithe—of the 12 Tribes of Israel will survive into the Millennium. Revelation indicates one-half of the earth’s population will be killed in the seals, trumpets and plagues. These who live into the Millennium will not be due to lucky chance or clever survival instincts. This is the time they will have their chance for salvation and so it’s fitting that God will bring them in “one by one” (Isaiah 27:12). They will then reproduce generations of offspring to populate the earth during the 1,000 years as God’s Holy Spirit and good peer pressure spread across the globe. All these people will have their opportunity for salvation during this time and will be guided by Christ and you His Bride. I hope one of my Curry relatives lives into the Millennium because at the end there could be a whole nation of Currys!

At the end of the Millennium, two Gods (the Father and Jesus Christ) will have reproduced lots of additional Gods into their Family and Kingdom. But nothing like what’s coming: At the Second Resurrection all humans who have ever lived and never had their opportunity for salvation will be resurrected back to physical life to have their relationship with God! Estimates peg this at 140 billion people! Since life begins at conception, apparently even all babies who have been miscarried or aborted will somehow be brought back to physical life. How will they be “housed?” One could guess that in some cases the Mom might also be resurrected back to physical life and get to finish the birth. But I’m sure we can trust God with the best solution! The majority of those resurrected will apparently be young ones!

At the end of this Great White Throne Judgment, apparently lasting 100 years, the Lake of Fire will burn up all wickedness, flesh and material so that the Father can now come down to live on earth. God will bring the heavenly Jerusalem down to His new earth and the Father will then live there. The Bride will live with the Father and Son in the New Jerusalem. As He said, Jesus went to heaven to prepare a place for His Bride, but we will live on earth, not in heaven. Two Gods will have become billions and only God Beings in the Family of God will now be in the Kingdom of God. “Eye has not seen or ear heard” (1 Cor. 2:9) what God has planned for us to do for all eternity, but Psalm 16:11 promises “pleasures forevermore!”

Here are my notes from the messages given during the two services on this final Holy Day to climax the Feast in Estes Park for 2022:

Scott Moss “Cosmic Justice, Cosmic Mercy”

Take bold dramatic action.

There are more slaves today than in the days of slavery.

God of justice and mercy—nobody gets away with anything.

1) Need for the second resurrection. Rom. 11:25-32 All Israel will be saved.

2) Mechanisms for accomplishing. Ezek. 37:1 Valley of Dry Bones

Isaiah 65:17-24 looks like 100 years for Great White Throne Judgment

3) Hate the deed but not the doer, or you’ll end up in the cosmic sewer!

Put our gifts to work.

Finished sermon with Joy & Sarah Jones singing “Wayfaring Stranger”

Scott Ashley “God Has Not Forgotten Them”

8th Day shows the lessons and nature of the God we worship.

No name, no family, just a #

Anne Frank was age 13 when she began hiding with 7 others in Amsterdam after Germany overran Holland in 1940.

“The life of man is nasty, brutish and short”—Thomas Hobbes, 17th century philosopher

In Jan. 13, 1943, “the whole world is waiting, many waiting for death”

Scott: What’s the point of war?

WW2 ended Aug. 1, 1946

Europe religious thanks to two world wars.

How could God allow such horror?

WW1 20 million deaths, WW2 70 million

Scott’s Dad made tombstones for a living. Many said “gone but never forgotten”

Ancient cultures always believe in life after death.

Eccl. 3:11 God has put eternity in their hearts.

Excl. 12:7 A person’s spirit in man will return to God who gave it to use to resurrect the person.

God doesn’t need the same physical materials.

DNA is a blueprint of every cell.

God could reconstruct a person just from His own perfect memory.

Ezk. 37:13 They shall know that I am the Lord. Receptive audience after just raised from the dead!

People physically resurrected in the second resurrection know their condition at death and now they are healed of what killed them!

People in second resurrection won’t doubt God’s existence!

Matt. 12:41-42 Nineveh and the Queen of the South will be resurrected in the second resurrection. They will respond to their opportunity for salvation unlike the ones in Jesus’ day.

They will be judged by the same standard—the Word of God (biblios).

Connie’s grandma had a son who died whom everybody assigned to Hell. Assigning him to Hell makes God some kind of sadistic monster!

Psalm 56:8 David said God puts his tears into his bottle and writes them in His book.

Those who live in the Millennium will only know this perfect world without satan.

Those in the second resurrection will have known this present evil world under satan.

At this link, you can listen to the sermons and messages that were presented in Estes Park 2022:

https://www.ucg.org/members/feast/sites/2022/estes-park-colorado/sermons


Next year plans call for having the Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day once again in Estes Park, CO.

That means it’s time to prepare now

by saving your Second Tithe so you and your family will have the money to attend the Feast, rejoice and pay for your heart’s desires and to be able to share with others so they can have a great Feast also! (Deut. 14:22-27). You wouldn’t have to tell me twice because I’ve experienced the joy of attending God’s Holy Days for 52 years! But it’s worth noting that the Second Tithe is commanded by God—so we can attend His commanded Holy Days. You will probably find that God blesses you with some excess money that you can then bless others to be able to rejoice also!

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Days 6 & 7 at the Feast in Estes Park, CO 2022

Day 6, Sabbath from Jekyll Island Feast site shared by other Feast sites including Estes Park

Ryan Hall “Divine Decree to Enter Thru the Gateway to Eternity”

God’s house of great joy during the Millennium.

Psalm 50:5—Bring my saints to Me.

God is more excited to be with us than we are to be with Him.

Eccl. 3:11—God has put eternity in man’s heart.

Those whose minds are stayed on God will be at perfect peace.

Make it personal!

Give God something to bless!

Rick Shabi “Beauty for Ashes”

1964 was Mr. Shabi’s first Feast.

Why are we here? Capture the vision of the Kingdom of God.

Where we are today (6/7 of the Feast) parallels being about 6/7 through the Millennium.

Jesus’ first words in the Bible: Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:14).

God has something better and beyond.

Ezek. 36:33-36—On the day man repents, the earth will become like the Garden of Eden.

Repentance makes such a difference!

Become more beneficial to God!

Jer. 15:16—God’s Word is our joy.

Psa. 16:11—In God’s presence will be fullness of joy forevermore.

Psa. 51:12—David prayed to be restored to the joy of God’s salvation.

The more we see who we are, the more we will praise God.

Be thankful for what God has given us.

“Their time is then, our time is NOW!”

We want to God to say about us: “Yes, I can trust this person to lead my people in the Millennium.”

Rev. 14:4—We must follow Jesus Christ wherever He goes.

We can’t just coast.

We can’t go home and be the same.

Say no to what you should and yes to what you should.

Prov. 31:11—Can Jesus Christ safely trust you to let you be part of the Bride He will marry?

Can the Father trust you to marry His Son?

Jay & Jennifer Ledbetter—Marriage Seminar

A healthy biblical marriage pictures the Kingdom of God. Eternal implications.

The marriage between husband and wife reflects Christ and His Church.

What made this seminar so special was Jennifer’s contribution to the presentation! Hearing how a wife’s submission is so powerful for a marriage was more impactful because of a wife explaining it!

Wives

Stand in full support of husband. Full respect of his role given by God.

Mystery of bride’s response to Christ’s love depicts how a called believer responds to Jesus.

Don’t assign more value to either role. Husbands and wives are not inferior or superior to each other.

In Php. 2:5-7 Jesus modeled in His relationship with God the Father what the wife’s role should be like.

Jessifer: A wife has to trust God to make any bad decisions by the husband to work out.

Husbands

Eph. 5:25-31 gives the husband’s responsibilities.

3 kinds of love:

1) sacrificial love, regardless of cost or response.

2) purposeful love. Pray each morn how to present her glorious to God that day.

3) indivisible love. You can’t live without her! Make decisions together.

1 Pet. 3:7—woman “the weaker vessel”? She has voluntarily positioned herself in a weaker vulnerable position, and the husband must honor and cherish her for that.

7th Day, Sunday

Hansel New “God’s Very Good Creation”

Does creation have value?

Why does the earth mourn?

Man’s relationship with God and with Creation was severed in the Garden.

Man and the earth were cursed by man’s sin.

What’s the cure? Repentance and reformation.

2 lessons:

1) Be thankful for God’s grand creation

2) Take time for awe of it.

Kent Foraker “Running on Empty”

How full is your spiritual tank?

Plane with only 24 gallons in tank instead of 124 was downed in the sea!

Zeal! Enthusiastic devotion to goal! Passion!

Are we complacent toward God’s manual (Bible)?

1) Takes zeal daily.

2) Zeal takes commitment. John 2:13 Jesus had zeal for God’s house.

If spending more time with smartphone than Bible, wrong priority.

Dad sold his beloved Piper Cub to be zealous for God.

3) Zeal through a growing relationship with God the Father

4) Zeal to serve God’s Church.

Life is not about things but about meaningful relationships.

John 10:35 They will know we are of God if we have love for one another.

If not excited about Second Coming, when will you be?

Php. 3:12-14 Press on!

At this link, you can listen to the sermons and messages that were presented in Estes Park 2022:

https://www.ucg.org/members/feast/sites/2022/estes-park-colorado/sermons

Day 5 at the Feast in Estes Park, CO 2022

Day 5, Friday

Barry Korthuis

What’s the hardest part of being a Christian?

Throughout the Millennium and Eighth Day, we will be helping people become sheeplike! Meek, trusting, teachable.

Isa. 25:7 Jesus will destroy the “veil that is spread over all nations.”

Ezek. 36:26-27—I will put my Spirit in you.

Ezek. 44:23—My priests shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. They shall stand as judges.

Jer. 3:15—I will give you shepherds.

Isa. 30:21-22—Your teachers will suddenly appear and point a troubling situation to God’s way.

Isa. 11:9—The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.

Matt. 25:31—Jesus will separate His sheep from the goats.

John 10:27-28—My sheep hear My voice.

Ezek. 38:14—In that day my people will dwell safely.

Sheep are teachable, leadable, herdable. Goats are independent, don’t follow.

Tom Kuver

Story of J.R., a hippie biker, a man you wouldn’t think would be called and converted. Not churchy! In time, he gave up.

Mark 9:24—”Lord, help my unbelief!”

Heb. 2:1—Let us not neglect so great a salavation.

Hold onto that gold ring!

Ray Wright—Bible Study

Most of us don’t know why God called us.

Nobody is going to have a calling better than the one we have.

How privileged we are: don’t let it get to our head—be humble.

Acts 17:22-28—Paul shows how to approach new people with the truth. Your Unknown God, him I declare to you!

Called now! Our time is TODAY!

We are called to the “superior resurrection” (Heb. 11:35).

1 John 3:1-3—Our calling is unique

Exodus 24:9—Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and 70 elders of Israel ascended Mt. Sinai and saw the God of Israel and His sea of glass. Under his feet there was a “paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.”

Rev. 4:6—Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal.”

Rev. 19:7—the marriage supper. We’re spoiled!

The Wave Sheaf: Jesus Christ became the first human to be resurrected and presented at God’s throne to God the Father. This was a unique celebration! God has waited.

Heb. 2:9-11—Jesus will present many sons to glory!

Heb. 2:13—”Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”

Jesus Christ will present God’s resurrected children to Him. We are going to know where to go and what to do.

1 Cor. 2:9—Eyes has not seen nor ear heard. God has revealed them to us through His Holy Spirit.

Eph. 3:18—that we might comprehend the breadth, width and height.

Don’t forget the superior resurrection that awaits you! Nobody else is going to have such an opportunity!

At this link, you can listen to the sermons and messages that were presented in Estes Park 2022:

https://www.ucg.org/members/feast/sites/2022/estes-park-colorado/sermons


Day 4 of the Feast in Estes Park, CO 2022

Thursday, Day 4

The theme that occurred to me before the Feast began:

What does the Father & Jesus think as They look down on the Feast? How can I think that way? That’s why the next sermon really connected with me. This was the sermon at the Feast that seemed to be talked about the most by brethren.

Chris Pritchard: “God’s Perspective”

Definitely the most passionate speaker at the Feast whether while introducing songs or giving his sermon!

Isa. 55:8 Your thoughts are not God’s.

Enough but without God can lead us away from God.

Ps. 73:25-26 God is all I need.

Reset with a perspective from God.

This is your opportunity!

Father Forgets” poem – not criticize everything our kids do!

Father Forgets is a classical poem about criticism by W. Livingston Larned that was featured in the first Chapter of Dale Carnegie’s book: How to Win Friends and Influence People. Often times we complain, criticize and condemn people without trying to understand why they do what they do.

I won’t quote it all here, to avoid copyright issues. But do yourself a favor and look it up and read it. You may want a hanky handy!

I’ll quote this much for flavor and impact:

“Well, son, it was shortly afterwards that my paper slipped from my hands and a terrible sickening fear came over me. What has habit been doing to me? The habit of finding fault, of reprimanding – this was my reward to you for being a boy. It was not that I did not love you; it was that I expected too much of youth. I was measuring you by the yardstick of my own years.

“And there was so much that was good and fine and true in your character. The little heart of you was as big as the dawn itself over the wide hills.

“This was shown by your spontaneous impulse to rush in and kiss me good night. Nothing else matters tonight, son. I have come to your bedside in the darkness, and I have knelt there, ashamed!

Matthew McDonald: A coach has 2 responsibilities: teach & inspire others.

“We are here to be inspired. The Creator of the Universe wants you in His family!

Energy & excitement to live God’s way. Go home and be different and better.

“I want to give you everything.”

Warning message: Are we just going through the motions of keeping the Sabbath & Holy Days?

Dan. 6:10 Are you ready to open the windows?

Daniel declared his allegiance to God.

Mt. 10:32-33 We must not deny Jesus before men.

Where’s my focus? Perspective?

Satan is betting he can get us back after the Feast!

Just going back to the way it was?

Mat. 13:44 sells all that he has for the pearl of great price.

Isa. 40:31 God guarantees victory!

At this link, you can listen to the sermons and messages that were presented in Estes Park 2022:

https://www.ucg.org/members/feast/sites/2022/estes-park-colorado/sermons

Days 2 & 3 at the Feast in Estes Park, CO 2022

Tuesday—Day 2

Lynn Leiby: “Observe to Remember”

Look back, forward-thinking Christians, to remember where you came from. [Jason Cooley gave us a message on this very subject before the Feast about the need to remember being a huge part of Holy Day observance—not just looking for future fulfillment.]

  • Sabbath—remember Creator who rested on 7th day during re-creation.
  • Passover—this do in remembrance of me.

Stop and do a 180! Remember! Why I’m reviewing this for you! We forget what we hear unless we review quickly after hearing and then later helps also.

Jay Ledbetter: “The Mystery of the Resurrection”

1 Cor. 15:3 Paul said it’s foremost and preeminent: Jesus Christ died and rose again. Paul said he preached Christ crucified.

7 consequences if Jesus Christ not resurrected v. 13-19:

  1. Christ not risen
  2. Preaching empty
  3. Faith empty
  4. Would make us false witnesses
  5. Still in your sins
  6. Dead in Christ perished
  7. Most pitied.

Thanks be to God! Live a life abounding! I want to glorify you!

Wednesday, Day 3

Kevin Ford: Rev. 3:12 boring to this teen! Didn’t want to be immovable & stuck in the temple!

1 Chron. 29:4—David’s personal treasure: 99 tons of gold, $5.4 billion today’s value, if visualized in a cube: 5-1/2 ft. solid gold! Best of best!

2 Chron. 3:8—splendor of Holy of Holies important to God even though only seen by one person per year! The High Priest!

Hag. 2:8—Haggai temple nothing compared to Solomon’s temple. Yet God could create more gold! Or bring from another planet!

1 P. 2:4—we are God’s spiritual temple. 1 Cor. 3:16—You are the temple!

That’s how the latter temple is greater!

Not stuck in the temple, we’ll be the temple!

The afternoon before today’s service Mary and I set out to walk around Bear Lake (about ½ mile around). But we saw a tempting sign directing us off to the left to Alberta Falls 1 mile. A chance to work on our goal of seeing as many Colorado waterfalls as we can!

Right away it was 4/10 mile steep down! You know what that means for coming back up! We were tempted to quit. We thought we must be about ¾ to the waterfall and only 4/10!

But we rejected all excuse-making and finished the two-mile roundtrip to Alberta Falls. We were ready for the next sermon!

Scott McKeon: “Be a Finisher”

Challenges greater today—yes & no.

Heb. 4:15—Jesus Christ tempted in all points though not our modern stuff.

Face our challenges in a productive way.

Vit. G = granite

2 Tim. 4:7 “I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

1 Cor. 9:24 Run so you may obtain

Heb. 11 The Finishers

Could there be any greater invitation than the Father’s to marry His Son! We’d better RSVP!

1 John 3:1-3!

Rom. 12:1-2 “reasonable” Have I done enough? Not issue if giving all a living sacrifice.

Rom. 8:14-19 led by HS into “suffering”–challenges.

1 Cor. 10:13 This generation doesn’t have it harder.

Finisher’s Banquet: Heb. 12:1-2

Rev. 19:7-12 Ultimate Finisher’s Banquet

At this link, you can listen to the sermons and messages that were presented in Estes Park 2022:

https://www.ucg.org/members/feast/sites/2022/estes-park-colorado/sermons

Day 1 at the Feast in Estes Park 2022

I worked hard at the Feast of Tabernacles in Estes Park, CO to take good notes so I can share all the fine messages with you. At the bottom you can use the link to actually listen to recordings of the messages.

Day 1—the first Holy Day

Steve Kennedy: “A Safe Place”

Steve shared how one of the ministers there at the Feast had long ago counseled him and God opened his eyes to the truth. From the clues he gave, I think I deduced who it was. But since Steve didn’t name him, I will leave it to you to listen to his message at the link below and see if you are a Sherlock.

“Find your path in this body.”—God’s Spirit puts us into His church—his body—to do the spiritual commission—each of us edifying the body by using the spiritual gift God gives us. It’s not “just you and me, Lord.”

Scott Ashley: “Why do we/you go to the Feast?”

1) God has commanded us to—Lev. 23:1-2.

2) Sacred appointment—not only a vacation. Note these three special Hebrew words in verse 2:

qodesh = “holy”–set apart, separated, sacred

miqral = “convocations”–call an assembly

moed = “feasts, appointed time or meeting

3) Rejoice–”if this is slavery and bondage, give me more!”

Dress rehearsal for millennium and Kingdom of God. KOG in training!

4) Learn to fear God = awe, respect not terrify

Fear = the Hebrew word: yare … Lev. 19:3 REVERE NOT FEAR

5) You have been invited. Could you be invited to anything greater or more glorious?

6) God chose you to be a king and priest. Two sides of coin—same assignment.

Priest job description: Mal. 2:1-7, Ezk. 44:9-31. Purpose: bring people to salvation.

7) God chose you to be a teacher. Isa. 30:20-21

By the end of the first day, I had already enjoyed pretty much all of my heart’s desires that God said to go enjoy at His Feast (Deut. 14:26). Safeway in Canon City rarely has my favorite brand of Haagen Dazs ice cream, but Safeway in Estes Park had my chocolate-chocolate chip—and at half price I was able to buy two to have one for each Holy Day! And then one of my housemates in our four-bedroom mountain chalet, Jason Cooley, known for being a great cook, offered his tasty barbecued beef ribs! Later in the Feast, I would be treated to his prime rib, the first I’ve ever eaten. His was well-done but yet juicy, and I had always been turned off from even trying prime rib because it always looked so bloody.

Thanks to Jason, and Mary serving her scrumptious spaghetti and salmon, we had guests over to our rented home four nights! The night we were invited over to somebody’s home was really special. What a key factor hospitality is for having a super-duper Feast!

At this link, you can listen to the sermons and messages that were presented in Estes Park 2022:

https://www.ucg.org/members/feast/sites/2022/estes-park-colorado/sermons


Home from the Feast in Estes Park, CO!

We had a wonderful Feast in Estes Park Oct. 9-17, 2022, dare I say “the best ever.” Worshiping and fellowshipping with 525 brethren on the first Holy Day!

I worked really hard at the Feast to take good notes on all the messages, so I can share highlights with you.

On the Sabbath in Estes Park before the Feast started Sunday night, our Colorado Pastor David Jones gave four main points about how to have a great Feast. And these would also be cornerstones of our Christian lives:

1) You shall rejoice—-anticipation like our kids—taste it—-coffee and everything is better at the Feast (Deut. 16:13-15).

2) Come Out of this world—it can always find you—satan doesn’t have to work so hard today as prince of the air (Eph. 2:2)-—what we have and learn here at the Feast will be more than enough! Our phones will not be eternal.

3) Be grateful—we get to fellowship with God’s people.

4) Share the joy—-find loners, those who need extra help—-reach out.

Jesus Christ will rejoice over us with singing! (Zeph. 3:17).

Opening nightsurely the most exciting service of the Feast each year and many commented this was the most exciting yet. The 15th Son of Ascent pictures the pilgrims arriving in Jerusalem on this opening night: “BEHOLD, bless the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD” (Psalm 134:1-2).

It opened with surely the most exciting moment of the Feast: Gary Rom, a member from Loveland, CO, blowing a shofar loud and strong! Chills! Gary also opened the 2nd Holy Day with another blast!

What excitement to come in with the full orange harvest moon like a big pizza pie! The full moon heralds the opening night of the Feast! What excitement to sing hymns with over 300 people! What excitement to see in the audience so many wonderful friends from years back to reconnect with!

David Jones: “This is the time! Today is the day!” Time to be spiritually renewed. Pray for God’s blessings on Estes Park and all sites!

Rick Shabi: This recorded message went out to all U.S. Feast sites for United Church of God. Performances of “Hallelujah Chorus, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Rivers of Living Water” were especially appreciated.

Our President set the tone for the Feast: “Hone your vision of the Kingdom of God.”

Rom. 8:19-22 Creation waits for the restoration of all things (Rom. 8:19-22). God promises He will put His Holy Spirit into those in the Millennium and Great White Throne Judgment. And in us today! (Ezk. 36:22-28).

Mr. Shabi challenged us to take the time to be with God’s people.

Mary and I weren’t sure we could afford to go to the Senior Dinner and Family Day but decided we had to. Then some anonymous donor provided money for everybody to go!

God loves Jerusalem—when we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we are praying for the return of Jesus because that’s the only way peace will come.

The opening night audience was fired up! Thirty minutes after the end of the service, most were still fellowshipping!

At this link, you can listen to the sermons and messages for yourself that were presented in Estes Park 2022:

https://www.ucg.org/members/feast/sites/2022/estes-park-colorado/sermons