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Gilbert House Fellowship #46: Deuteronomy 14-16

feast-of-tabernaclesOUR STUDY this morning is very timely. We cover ritual “cutting” (bloodletting) to mourn the dead, jubilee years (the shemitah), dietary laws, and the three major feasts decreed by Yahweh for Israel: Unleavened Bread, Weeks, and Tabernacles (Booths), or Sukkot.

The Feast of Tabernacles begins at sundown tonight.  Tonight also marks the fourth “blood moon” of this tetrad, which is a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses—coinciding with Jewish holidays—with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses. What does it all mean?

We look at Joel chapter 2, corresponding verses in Revelation 9, discuss the Day of the Lord, and speculate briefly on the Septuagint translation of Amos 7, which tells us the name of the king of an invading army of locusts: Gog.

By the way, during the discussion of dietary laws we had forgotten that Leviticus 11:21-22 specifically declares that locusts are clean. So John the Baptizer was OK with his diet of locusts and honey.

Here is the link to the video interview with Chuck Missler we mentioned during the program. (Link opens YouTube video.)

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Gilbert House Fellowship #31: Leviticus 9-14

nadab_abihuYAHWEH WILL not allow his holiness to be violated, especially not by those called to serve Him. That is the takeaway from today’s study, in which Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, are destroyed by God with a blast of fire.

Their offense? Offering “strange fire” or “unauthorized fire” in the holy place–possibly, according to some traditions, while they were drunk.

That seems harsh to our modern sensibilities, but it was a powerful message to the congregation of Israel: “Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.” (Lev. 10:3)


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