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Yahweh's Feast of Tabernacles begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and ends with the Last Great Day, eight days later. It is a blessed time of year where we are commanded to leave the comforts of home and dwell in temporary dwellings for those eight days. It is like a "commanded" vacation; one we look forward to every year. There are brethren who come from all over the country to gather with those of like faith.
Below you will find the Feast report, and a slideshow (when available). Contact us with any questions, suggestions, or comments. Hope to see you here on this beautiful campground for Yahweh's appointed feast days.
“On the first day of the Feast you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches, and poplars, and rejoice before Yahweh your Elohim for seven days, Lev. 23:40-41.”
Each morning, services began by Brother Darrell Artmann reading from Leviticus 23, verses 40-41, while the congregation waved the palm branches and sang B’nei Shalom (Children of Peace). What a beautiful way to start each day of the Feast, waiving these branches before Yahweh and giving Him praise, in song. The shofars sounded each morning, throughout the camp, announcing that services were about to begin. It was like a family reunion as we welcomed brethren from 16 states. They came from as far away as Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, and of course, Missouri. We were happy to greet brethren that we hadn’t seen for a year, and it was so encouraging to see many new faces that we would have an opportunity to get to know better before the 8 days were over—some already making plans to attend the Feast again here next year.
The first High Day, Elder Mike Wardlow started out with a sermonette called, “Sing a New Song.” He said that we are all subject to pain, but it is how we endure through it that counts. He gave a quote that was so appropriate to his message. We should “Pray the hardest when it’s the hardest to pray.” He read from Psalm 34:18, “Yahweh is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” And Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We were all blessed by his message.
The sermon was given by Elder Ed Burgett. He spoke on, “Finding Peace.” It seemed to go hand-in-hand with Elder Mike’s message. Elder Ed taught that our mission is to be a part in the Great Commission, given in Matthew 28:19-20, and we should take this message to the world. He read from Deut. 29:9, “Carefully follow the terms of this covenant so that you may prosper in everything you do.” We should have Yahweh as the center of our homes and lives, and he read from Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of Elohim.” It was a wonderful message.
Day two, Elder Hank Pientka gave us a deeper look into “Angels,” and gave many examples of how, and when, they may have appeared to us throughout our lives. He read out of Genesis 18 where three angels materialized as men before Abraham, and he washed their feet and ate with them. He also used 2 Kings 6 to show how angels can be all around us and we don’t even realize they are there. Verse 17, and Elisha prayed, “O Yahweh, open his eyes so he may see.” Then Yahweh opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Elder Hank made us stop and think of how many times throughout our lives we may have entertained angels and never realized it. It was an interesting study.
Brother Dan Mertely spoke on “The Good News.” He started his message saying that the Good News, according to the Christians, comes mainly out of John 3:16, and it is much deeper than that. In Matthew 9:35, “Yahshua went through the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom and healing every disease and sickness,” and again in Matthew 4:23. A kingdom must have a king, a people, a territory, and laws by which to govern. Bro. Dan read out of Romans 8:18 of this coming Kingdom, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of Elohim to be revealed.” We should all be preparing ourselves for that coming Kingdom.
The second day of the Feast was “Family Fun Day.” Sister Pat had rented a bounce house for the kids to enjoy, and she had fun things planned for them to do throughout the day. Also included was a delicious wiener roast with all the fixings, and a hayride to follow. The trailer for the hayride had been festively decorated, and an exciting ride throughout the countryside topped off the day with everyone singing songs to Yahweh, and enjoying the evening air. It was a fun day for all.
Elder Jim Wilkins was one of our new speakers this year, and he gave a good message on “Yahshua Is the Rock.” He read from 1 Cor. 10: 1-4. Verse 3, “They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink: for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that Rock was Messiah.” This Scripture shows clearly that Yahshua our Messiah was with the Children of Israel when they were traveling in the wilderness. He then went to Psalm 18:2-36. Verse 2, “Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my Elohim is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” He closed by reading the entire chapter of Psalm 91, and couldn’t have ended with a more encouraging chapter. It was truly an inspiring message.
Elder Dennis Frisbey spoke on “A Matter of the Heart.” He made it very clear that the desires of our heart—the decisions that we make each day—will turn our lives in a positive direction or a bad direction. We make the choices that determine which way our lives will go. He read from 1 Thes. 5:21-22, “Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” He also read from Jude verse 3, “It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Those are great guidelines for us to follow if we want to have Yahweh’s blessings in our lives.
It was a beautiful, sunny day so we took advantage of it by organizing a hike on the Katy Trail. All who went enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine, but the children especially enjoyed exploring the caves and finding a snake that had captured a toad frog. Those who didn’t want to join in the hike stayed back at the campground and watched “The Way,” a very good movie showing how some Christian ministers and others have come into the faith and have seen how “false religion” is being taught in our society. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it is well worth watching. Ask Susan for the review.
Later that night, Bro. Rene' Meneses did his best to get the highest bid for the items that brethren had donated for the yearly auction. He kept us laughing with his “unusual” sense of humor, and did a great job pitting brother against brother to get the highest bid. Almost everyone walked away with something to remember the 2018 Feast of Tabernacles, and lots of fun memories. We would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s auction a big success.
The fourth day of the Feast began very early in the morning with Elder Dennis and crew providing a delicious pancake breakfast for us all. He told us that he had so many volunteers that all he had to do was supervise. We saw them all working together as a team and they did a great job. We immediately put Elder Dennis and crew on the schedule for the 2019 FOT pancake breakfast
After our breakfast, services started promptly at 10:30 with Brother Glenn Eberly, from Pennsylvania, delivering the message. He spoke on “Watching for the Messiah.” He shared Scriptures to show that certain prophecies have to take place BEFORE the return of the Messiah. He went to 2 Thes. 2 and read from verses 1 to 3. Verse 3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” He mentioned that one-world religion is getting closer; a 7-year peace agreement has to be made; the temple has to be rebuilt; and the two witnesses come on the scene. He also read Matthew 24 which is a terrific chapter telling us what has to take place before Yahshua’s return. He gave us hope as to how we can be spared from the day of Yahweh’s wrath. “Come, My People, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut the doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast,” Isaiah 26:20.
Yahshua’s second coming and His Kingdom being set up seemed to be on the minds of the teachers this Feast. Brother Roger Anderson gave the main message, and his topic was “The Kingdom of Heaven.” He read from Matthew 3:2, “...Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near.” He said that the Kingdom can be physical and spiritual. The Kingdom is within us. A kingdom must have a king. Matthew 27:42 says, “‘...He saved others,’ they said, ‘but He can’t save Himself! He’s the King of Israel!’” As it says in Ex. 12:48 & 49, there will be one Law for all people—Israel, and the alien living among them. Only then will there be peace on this earth. HalleluYah!
Deacon Brad Merz gave an interesting talk on “The Great Falling Away.” It tied in very well with previous messages on prophecies that have to be fulfilled before the coming of that Great Day. He read from Rev. 18:1, and verse 2, “With a mighty voice he shouted:'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’” We should come out of the world and be separate, so we will not partake in the sins of the earth. He read from Psalm 91:7, “A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” And Matthew 7:13, “...For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” It was a thought-provoking message.
Elder Mike Greene gave the main message and he asked the question, “Why Are We Here?” He started out by saying that the feasts of the 7th month have not been fulfilled, and explained what each feast represented. He said that the ultimate Feast of Tabernacles that is yet to come, will be so much better than anything we can imagine. He compared some Jewish marriages with the marriage of the Lamb, when He comes for His bride, and read from 1 Thes. 5:2, “...For you know very well that the day of Yahweh will come as a thief in the night.” He said that we should be making ourselves ready for the Bridegroom to come. It was a very interesting analogy.
After the messages that day, we all gathered in the dining hall for a delicious meal provided by the sisters. We took that time to fellowship with each other and just enjoy the beautiful day. Following the meal was an in-depth Scripture study giving everyone the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinion on the topic. There were many comments from the brethren saying how much they learn during the Bible studies, and it’s always enlightening to hear what others have to say. Bible studies were held each night in the evening throughout the Feast.
There was a youth outing after Sabbath for the young and young at heart. The youth leaders took them to “Skyzone” and they all came back with lots of stories to tell.
Bro. Ed Drayton took us through a lot of wonderful Scriptures explaining what “Grace” really is. It wasn’t even close to how the Christians explain away Torah, giving them the license to do what they want to do. He read from Acts 2:38-39 and said that, after we repent and are baptized for the forgiveness of sins, then we go to Romans 6:1, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!" It sounds pretty clear, doesn’t it!
Deacon Rene' Meneses spoke on “Two Seeds, One Heart.” He read from Gen. 6:5, “And Yahweh saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” He said that the spirit of flesh is in battle with our heart to do what is right. We can’t expect to be judged righteously if we have one foot in the world. Bro. Rene' read from Romans 8:13, “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” It was a very good message.
The Last Great Day, Brother Ben Burgett gave a very good message on “Our Purpose.” He started out by reading Eccl. 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” He said we can’t leave His covenant—it is a life-long walk. Our purpose is to serve Yahweh and Him alone. It may sometimes be an “easier life” to choose the world, but Yahweh's blessings come when we obey.
Elder George Garner summed up the Feast by saying that we should be striving to become first fruits so we can dwell with Yahweh in His coming Kingdom. It will be a time of rejoicing that will last forever. He said at the Feast of Trumpets the dead will rise, then the final atonement will be made to cleanse the earth. Then Yahshua will return with all His saints, to dwell with us forever. What a day that will be! He ended with Ezekiel 34:7-12 exhorting the elders to feed the sheep. Verse 11, “For thus saith Yahweh Elohim, 'Behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.'” To know that Yahweh Himself will seek for His sheep is a humbling thought.
We had two sisters make a commitment to Yahweh in baptism, and two brothers were ordained deacons: Bro. Rene' Meneses, and Bro. Roger Anderson. What a great way to end the feast.
Praise Yahweh for a spiritual, peaceful Feast of Tabernacles due to so many wonderful people who attended! We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year, if not before, and pray for blessings to be upon each and every one of our dear brothers and sisters. Until we meet again, Yahweh bless you!