The May-June Restoration Times was mailed this week, thanks to the many volunteers of all ages who helped with the mailing (photo attached). We are determined to catch up on our publishing schedule. The demands of an early Abib, along with work on YRM facilities, including the guest house (see photos below), after extreme weather conditions the past six months have added to the delay . We are still in need of contributions for the kitchen remodel at the main building. We will get as much done as funding allows before the Feast of Tabernacles.
Feast Preparations in Full Swing
Included with the magazine mailing is the 2019 Feast of Tabernacles reservation form to complete and return if you have not yet done so. Now is the time to plan for this special ingathering (Sept. 14-31) as we gather at Holts Summit for a week of intense learning, unforgettable fellowship, fun activities for all ages, and a time to renew friendships while making fresh ones.
Tabernacles and the Last Great Day highlight a year of sacred appointments. But does Yahweh allow us to pick and choose which Feast days we will honor and which to ignore? If we accept one, then Scripturally we must accept them all. All of Yahweh’s Holy Days are presented as a package to us to observe, with the admonition that these are the Feasts of Yahweh (not just Feasts of Jews), Leviticus 23:4. To argue that these special days are “Mosaic Law” and therefore are done away is to be ignorant of the many statements in Scripture telling us that these are Yahweh’s observances, not mere observances of Moses.
John wrote, “Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the Word which you have heard from the beginning,” 1John 2:7. The only Word they had at that time was the Old Testament. The Old Testament is the only context from which John could speak. Verse 24 continues, “Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.”
Yahshua kept every one of the Feast days. He said He had kept His Father’s commandments and we are to follow Him, John 15:10. He did so perfectly, without fail, 1Peter 2:21-22.
TEST YOUR TUTELAGE
Yahshua often prayed to Yahweh with the honorable title “Father.” After Yahshua’s resurrection, which appellation(s) did the Apostles use?
A – Father
B – Yahweh
C – Sovereign
D – “Father” only
Interestingly, we have no example of the Apostles ever using the term “Father” in prayer, though we can be sure, by the Messianic example, that the apostles used that title in their devotional life. The two Apostolic prayers that are recorded use the title “Sovereign” and the holy name “Yahweh” based on an analysis of the Greek construct in those passages (Acts 1:24; 4:24, 29). We know from instructions in the Psalms that they had to use the holy name in worship. An overview of all the facts indicates that the Apostles used whatever Name or title was appropriate for the occasion, and did not invoke the “Father” only, as some have suggested.
Answer: A, B and C