The LORD's Feasts and Holy Days

Trumpets 2016: God’s Awakening Call

trumpetTrumpets 2016: God’s Awakening Call

"All you inhabitants of the world, you who dwell on the earth, when a signal is raised on the mountains - look! When a trumpet is blown - hear!" Isaiah 18:3.

Prelude Music

Opening prayer

Opening hymns

Hymn 1:  p. 2.39 –Come and See The Shining Hope

Hymn 2: p. 2.13 – Faith is The Victory


“The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts”, so says the LORD in Leviticus 23:2. Sounds very powerful and important, doesn’t it? A trumpeting sound coming from God Almighty saying emphatically, “These are My Feasts”!

From the Old Testament to the New, Genesis to Revelation, God provided symbol after symbol of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Leviticus 23.

1. First, we have the Sabbath: a Weekly cycle, symbol of feast-rest.
2. The annual Passover, followed by

3.Seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread
4. Pentecost or Feast of Weeks 
5. Feast of Trumpets
6. Day of Atonement
7. Feast of Tabernacles

8. The Eighth Day

These seven feasts reveal to us a special story. The annual feasts were spread over seven months of the Jewish calendar, at specific “set times” appointed by God.

Yet despite its meaningful symbolism, these feasts or Holy days are seldom kept today, let alone known by most people even among Bible believing Christians. Others substituted different religious holidays that supposedly center on Jesus Christ. 

Why? How did all this come to be? Should our receiving (or “acceptance”) of the Lord Jesus Christ, made all these celebration obsolete today?

What is the true meaning of the “feasts of the LORD”? Do they have anything to do with the continuing works of redemption of Jesus Christ? Or is their meaning/application limited only to long-ago “Jewish” events?


The LORD's Feast of Tabernacles 2016!

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“Keep the feast to the Lord your God for seven days, in the place marked out by the Lord: because the blessing of the Lord your God will be on all the produce of your land and all the work of your hands, and you will have nothing but joy.” Deuteronomy 16:15

New Beginning:The Eighth Day and Lessons to Learn

arise-wheatWith the meaning of the “Eighth Day” feast openly revealed in the Scriptures: Let us now review the messages the Eternal God sends through the Eighth Day Sabbath, based on the wealth of facts we have discovered--

1.    By means of Christ’s words and works, He showed that the Eighth Day pictures what it will be like in the new heavens and new earth. God Himself shall come down on this earth and His servants shall see His face and worship Him. There shall be healing of the nations and death shall be no more.

2.    As demonstrated by how the Eternal used the number eight (8) when He saved Noah and his family, the Eighth Day therefore point to a transformation and change from the old corrupt and lawless world to a totally renewed and much better environment totally acceptable to God.

3.    God’s starting all over afresh with eight people in the eighth month bespeaks of a new beginning in a new world. With the existing norm being the seven-day week, the eighth day suggests a total departure from that; signaling that a new cycle of time and life has begun.

4.    Realizing that the old world was thoroughly cleansed by the washing of water (flood) to bring about a symbolic eighth day renewal; in similar fashion. God’s called out one (ecclesia) is cleansed and transformed by the washing of water (Holy Spirit), renewing the heart and mind to recreate the new man who will live with God comes “the eighth day.”

Titus 3:5-6 (New International Version)
5He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

Acts 22:16 (New International Version)
16And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.'

2 Corinthians 4 (New International Version)
 16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

5.    Recalling that ordinances and laws governing the uncleanness of a person stipulate a symbolic seven-day cleansing, separation, purification and consecration; the eighth day thus is seen as the point in time when all that is accomplished; with the being declared whole and clean. Atonement with God is therefore made possible, and the individual can then enter God’s fold or congregation (a type of God’s Kingdom), beginning the eighth day.

6.    Commonly regarded by Jews as the “eighth day” of the Passover/Unleavened Bread season (since this season last throughout the seven weeks), the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) signify the start of an entirely new kind of life. Israel was commanded by God to offer a new meat offering on this day. Foreshadowing the reality, a unique ceremony of waving before the Lord God two loaves of leavened bread (representing the church in the old and new covenants) is performed by the priest (picturing Christ) on this day of Pentecost.

Bearing in mind that the Feast of Harvest (Pentecost) was the time God betrothed ancient Israel through the covenant at Sinai; and several decades later was the very same occasion when the Holy Spirit of God united (joined) with the spirit of the chosen, called out ones (the New Testament Church).

These two incidents reveal Pentecost as the symbolic time of entering into an engagement vow or marriage with God. In the Jewish custom, being engaged to someone legally binds one in a marriage covenant, with the exception that the parties involved in the agreement do not live together yet. Engagement can only be terminated by a certificate of divorce. In the exact same way, God looks at an engaged couple as though they are already married.


The Difference Between The Hebrew Word “Mô'êd” and “Châg”

blowing-shofarOne important factor that contributed to the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the Eternal’s Holy Days and Feast Days was the use of improper translations. This is also one reason why some people confused the Eighth Day feast with the last day, the “great day” of the feast (the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles).

Many bible scholars and translators used the English word “feast” to translate the Hebrew word Mô'êd in some Old Testament verses that they feel refer to God’s feast days.

Designating a holy day like the Day of Atonement as a feast day created the mixed-up in the minds of bible students and readers. The English word “feast” is generally understood and associated to a celebration, rejoicing, merriment and festivities. That is not what the Hebrew word Mô'êd” expressly meant.

Mô'êd, môw'êd or môw'âdâh (Strong’s #4150)  means an appointment, a fixed time or season, time appointed, set times, assemblies convened for a definite purpose, solemnity or solemn occasion or feast, festival, signal.

In about seventy-one instances that the Hebrew word Mô'êd” appeared in scriptures, it was translated to English purely as “feast” (in the KJV) only seven times.  Five (5) times, we read it as set feasts; and ten (10) times as solemn feast.  Solemn means grave, sober, serious, not smiling or cheerful, formal and dignified. So, how does one go about celebrating and enjoying a feast in a solemn environment? The more appropriate translation therefore should have been set times (for set feasts) and solemnity (for feast or solemn feast).

The Hebrew word that means “feast” in the true sense of the word is Châg (Strong’s #2282; a festival, a feast, a sacrifice) derived from Châgag(Strong’s #2287; to move in a circle, march in a procession, i.e. to observe a festival; by impl. to be giddy -  dance, celebrate, reel to and fro, [keep, hold] a feast).

God’s feast days (“Châg”) are always God’s appointed or set times (Mô'êd”). But, not all of God’s appointed or set times (Mô'êd”) are necessarily always a feast day (“Châg”).  The Eternal clearly differentiated between the two by inspiring the prophets to use the appropriate word as occasion or situation demands.

Only three feasts (“Châg”) in the real expression of the word were decreed and commanded by the Eternal for His people to keep. These are distinctly outlined in:

Exodus 23:14-16 (NKJV)

14Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: 15 You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty); 16 and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field.

Deuteronomy 16:16

16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.

Also, not all of God’s annual Sabbaths are categorized as “high day.” There are only four (4) “high days” in the year for the Jews. A “high day” occurs when a Sabbath is also a feast day.

These “high days” are: the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, last day of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and the first day of the Feast of Ingathering.


2015 Feast of Tabernacles!


Join us on the LORD’s Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day rejoicing for 2015!

Reservations have been made and preparations are now in full swing as the Church of God Sharing announces its activities and program for the Lord’s Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day Feast which will be held at Oring-ao Hall, Teachers Camp, Baguio City on September 28-October 5, 2015.

With its temperate and many scenic and historic landmarks, the highland retreat and summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City has been the ideal pilgrimage feast site of many families and brethren in this northern part of Luzon. It’s literally a city on a mountain with its cool climate, foggy hills, and picturesque views with pines, beautiful flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables!t-camp

Teachers Camp is one of the memorable feast sites among brethren in the Church of God communities for many years. Facilities include furnished 3 to 4 rooms cottages/guesthouses (these can be shared among families/brethren) with hot showers and in-house cooking; assembly and service hall is just a walk away from these “temporary dwellings”. Security is 24 hours with very courteous camp attendants.

 Make your preparations now and meet new friends and brethren, come and rejoice with us on the LORD’s feasts!

This year’s feast theme: “Establishing and keeping our hearts in the Love of God that leads to Eternal Life.” Program and activities include the following:b-park

High Day Sabbaths Services (AM and PM) with Potluck meals

Interactive Bible Studies

Back to Basics (Q&A) Bible Studies

Scripture with Songs Services

Bible Bowls of Fun

Family Day Out

Family Musical

Film night, and more!

Housing accommodations within the camp is very limited and on a “first come, first serve basis.” For more information please contact: Raul De Asis Hipe (0922.887.23.22) or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 “And rejoice before the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name--you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you…

You shall celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat; and you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your towns. ‘Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.’” Deuteronomy 16:11,12-15

“And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:4 YLT

"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.'" Revelation 21:1-3

DUB 2015: Mystery of Godliness

7-Dub-15I titled my message for you today, the “Mystery of Godliness”. I am not sure how many of you will be interested in this topic considering that the idea of godliness seems very far-fetched in everyone’s vocabulary nowadays. The word itself seems archaic, it is very much detached from our common day-to-day and tech savvy language. Yet godliness is very much a Biblical concept, a New Testament teaching that is very timely for the Passover/DUB celebrations.

But what does the Bible mean when it speaks of “godliness” or more specifically, “mystery of godliness”?

What this subject has to do with our observance of the Days of Unleavened Bread?

While I was in my grade school years, the idea of godliness was first impressed on me when I joined a poster making contest. I remember choosing the old sayings (for my poster) that says “Cleanliness is next to godliness”.  In my impressionable mind, I only understood one word, “cleanliness”, but “godliness”(? )I thought, “what is it”? I do not even know any close connection between being clean to that of being godly—how was that even possible?!

Later when I started to read the Bible, I realized that (contrary to what most people thought) the phrase is not even found in the Bible! In fact, as I began to study the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, he even made quite a mouthful of strong words against those who claim to be clean from the outside, but in the inside is full of uncleanness.

Matthew 23:25-27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.”

In Mark 7:1-7, Jesus was very direct and instructive:

“Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. 2 Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?" 6 He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'”

So what was this “uncleanness” and being “clean” all about?

While these words are quite very strong for the Pharisees and other religious leaders to take, the issue that Jesus Christ was really driving at is not about “cleanliness” per se, but rather the hypocrisy behind being clean!

We need not go back and read God’s instructions concerning cleanliness in the book of Leviticus (some people read this book like a sanitary manual), for us to realize that God is truly serious about being clean, or pure and holy (separate). For example, laws on clean and unclean food, on quarantine and other serious sickness and disease, etc. that science today considered full of wisdom and advanced.

These are biblical teachings and principles that show us that indeed, “cleanliness is next to godliness”!

The Footwashing Lesson

The physical and spiritual connection in ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ is even made more relevant and real during Passover, when Jesus himself enacted an ordinance for his followers to imitate.

John 13:1-10 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?" 7 Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this." 8 Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."

9 Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"

10 Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you."

In our footwashing, there is more to the literal or ceremonial washing or cleansing of our feet. The attitude of humility, humbleness, or meekness is very much an effective cleanser of arrogance, pride and our self-righteousness.


Feast of Tabernacles 2014: Pressing Toward the Upward Call of God

 fot-brethrenMusic Ensemble

Joyous Feast of Tabernacles, thank you church ensemble for opening prelude music as we begin our worship service…

Opening prayer

Hymn 1:  Behold The Day Will Come, p.120

Hymn 2:  How Filled with Honor is the Place, p.25

Hymn 3:  How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings, p.20

Introduction: God’s Upward Call—Our theme for this year’s feast says it all: “Pressing toward the upward call of God for a more exceeding eternal weight of glory.” Paraphrased from Paul words in his epistles to the Corinthians and in Philippians (2 Cor.4:9 and Phil3:14)

 If there was any one phrase or word that will summarize or best describe why we are doing what we are doing here today, as pilgrims, dwelling in temporary shelters (booths), is apostle Paul’s words calling everyone for an upward call.  It is not merely a coincidence that we are keeping the feast on a mountain (here in Baguio), because that was God’s original intent similar to the call he had with the children of Israel to go up yearly to Jerusalem to keep God’s feasts. The physical pattern will show us the spiritual significance.

When we think of God’s calling, it connotes many ideas.  It can mean God calling us back to His plan and purpose; our mission, our goal, the destination of our travel.  Hence, we are called to a journey and that journey starts where you begin to listen, heed God’s call, turn around and begin to follow the road that will lead you to your real purpose leading to life eternal in God’s kingdom. At the very least our physical travel yearly should remind us of this very thing that God called us to a life far beyond the physical and transitory benefits. We don’t pack up our things just because we want a good vacation, no, we move our things, and life because God called us to a more glorious purpose.

Since the beginning, when God put man in the garden, His original call and intent has been for man to multiply and share the blessedness of a fruitful life. But since that was supplanted by the Adversary, God’s call has been made for select individual and family that will respond and continue to heed the upward call. Our first set of Scriptures will show when God’s call began and what it means to individual, families and mankind as a whole.

Bible Reader 1: God’s call in the Garden, failure of Adam and Eve, Cain, Call of Noah’s family, Abraham family to be a great nation.—

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-20; 3:8-9

Genesis 4:8-12, 6: 9-14; 8:15

Genesis 12:1-9

Bible Reader  2: Calling of Moses, Israel out of Egypt, Joshua and Caleb on the Promised Land 

Exodus 3:1-10

Numbers 14:5-9;20-24

Joshua 1:1-9; 24:14-15

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, let’s please stand as we sing praises through the following hymns:

Hymn 4:  Who is On the Lord’s Side? P.164

Hymn 5:  The Battle Belongs to the Lord, p.170

Please be seated brethren.

B. Prophets Call to Upward Vision

With the vision that God set for the patriarchs—an inheritance, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey’—this set the stage for God’s people to seek that future homeland.  However, this is not an easy trek for along the journey they will encounter roadblocks, snares, confusion, weariness, temptations, lost of vision, and many other discouraging conditions.  It is God’s prophet’s call to remind everyone of this continuing vision and a warning that th-ey should be no let up in seeking the direction of righteousness and true holiness.  It is the prophet’s mission to remind God’s people of their spiritual compass and to turn when the road they are trekking leads them on the wrong paths. 

Our next set of Bible readers, will read to us prophet’s reminders for God’s people to always seek the vision of a future homeland –

Bible Reader 3—Visions of prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel

Isaiah 11:1-9

Jeremiah 23:5-8

Ezekiel 28:25-26; 36:23-28

Daniel 7:13-14

Bible Reader 4—Calls of the latter prophets—Hosea

Hosea 6:1-3

Joel 3:17-18

Amos 5:4-5;14-15; 9:11-15

Micah 4:1-3

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 6 : Isaiah The Prophet, p.151  

Hymn 7 : O God Our Help in Ages Past, p.  

FACILITATOR : Thank you brethren, please be seated.

C. Jesus Christ’s Kingdom’s Call and Mission--

The kingdom’s upward call of great prophets of old were made more meaningful and intense with the arrival of Jesus the Christ—the Messiah to come. John the Baptist, one of the latter prophets to see this real time happening immediately recognized the person and the message. He paved the way/road for Jesus Christ in fulfilling His role as Savior and deliverer, at the same time inaugurating the expansion o f the kingdom Call to include every nations and tribes on the whole earth—the invitation that everyone can become part of a great journey—a future Israel of God in His kingdom.       

Our next Bible verses will show Jesus Christ call for everyone to seek God and live according to the principles of Kingdom.


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