ONE GOD ONE PEOPLE - AN INVALUABLE COMPENDIUM OF GOD'S SECRETS
FOODS, GREETINGS AND FESTIVAL
In Greek, PLEroo (Acts 2:2) means the filling of a vessel within, as the wind filled the whole house inwardly; and PLETHO (Acts 4:8, 31; 9:17; 13:9) means the filling outwardly, as the wind surrounded the whole house outwardly. When anointing or baptizing with the HOLY SPIRIT, we speak in tongues and we are filled with the HOLY SPIRIT inwardly as well as outwardly. Everyone in CHRIST should experience both aspects of the HOLY SPIRIT. For our Christian living and Christian ministry, we should be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT inwardly as well as outwardly. Filling with the HOLY SPIRIT inwardly and outwardly means baptizing with the HOLY SPIRIT by immersion into the HOLY SPIRIT.
“...and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
Thus the day of Pentecost or the festival of Pentecost or the Pentecostal festival is celebrated as the birthday of the spiritual church of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly FATHER give the Holy Spirit to them that ask HIM?”
Everyone should be baptized by one Spirit, the Holy Spirit into one body, the body of CHRIST; and everyone should drink into one Spirit, the Holy Spirit.
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
The believers of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST should receive the Holy Spirit.
“He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) since ye believed?...”
“...Be filled with the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit).”
“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.”
Everyone should be anointed with the Holy Spirit, to be strengthened in CHRIST.
“Now HE which stablisheth us with you in CHRIST, and hath anointed us, is GOD.”
No one should grieve the Holy Spirit of GOD and everyone should be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise to the day of redemption.
“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of GOD, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
The Holy Spirit of GOD is the earnest of the Spirit to obtain all blessings of GOD.
“...Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit of GOD is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are GOD's possession.
“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of HIS glory.”
The wonderful experience of speaking in the Spirit in various other unknown languages is very essential for the people of this twenty-first century. Many people wrongly think that this spiritual experience is not for the twenty-first century people, but for the first century people. Now, everyone should know that this wonderful spiritual experience is very essential for all people of all ages. Again, everyone should clearly understand the following promise. The promise is for all people of all ages.
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our GOD shall call.” Acts 2:39
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto GOD: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
GOD speaks with unbelievers in unknown tongues and unknown lips (I Corinthians 14:21). Speaking in unknown tongues is not a sign for believers, but a sign for unbelievers.
“Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.”
No one should forbid anyone to speak with tongues.
“...Forbid not to speak with tongues.”
Speaking with tongues and all other things should be done decently and in order (I Corinthians 14:40).
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) which is given unto us.”
We receive great joy and happiness by the Holy Spirit.
“And ye became followers of us, and of the LORD, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit).”
We will abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Now the GOD of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit).”
The Holy Spirit teaches us. Spiritual truth is clearly taught by the Holy Spirit.
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
The body of the saved people is the temple of the Holy Spirit and they are not their own; but they are of GOD.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) which is in you, which ye have of GOD, and ye are not your own?”
By the Holy Spirit only anyone can say, "JESUS IS THE LORD".
“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of GOD calleth JESUS accursed: and that no man can say that JESUS is the LORD, but by the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit).”
By the Holy Spirit of GOD only anyone can say, "GOD is ABBA and GOD is FATHER". And those who are led by the Holy Spirit of GOD are the sons of GOD. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of adoption. The Holy Spirit places the believers as sons in GOD's family. Also, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of GOD, the SON (the LORD JESUS CHRIST).
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of GOD, they are the sons of GOD. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ABBA, FATHER.”
The Holy Spirit of the LORD GOD is neither a spirit of fear nor a spirit of bondage (Romans 8:15); but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
“For GOD hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
The glorious gospel of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is preached with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; even angels desire to look into these things.
“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit), and in much assurance; ...” I Thessalonians 1:5
Everyone should guard the sound words of GOD by the Holy Spirit.
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in CHRIST JESUS. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) which dwelleth in us.”
Everyone should be renewed by the renewing of the Holy Spirit. By the anointing of the Holy Spirit only, this glorious renewal is obtained.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS mercy HE saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit).”
The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST testifies HIS great salvation by gifts of the Holy Spirit.
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the LORD, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard HIM; GOD also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit), according to HIS own will?”
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given by GOD to HIS believers, the saved people.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit).”
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal (all). For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as HE will.”
“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the LORD JESUS, and by the Spirit of our GOD.”
The Holy Spirit of our GOD is the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning or the holy fire that burns away all the dirty and filthy sins and cleanses the people.
“When the LORD shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” Isaiah 4:4
“For with stammering lips and another tongue will HE speak to this people. To whom HE said, this is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. ... that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”
The Holy Spirit of GOD is the oil of gladness or the oil of joy and the fresh oil.
“Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore GOD, thy GOD, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
“...The oil of joy for (instead of) mourning, the garment of praise for (instead of) the spirit of heaviness; ...”
The Holy Spirit of our LORD GOD is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might and the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
“And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”
The Holy Spirit of our LORD GOD is the Spirit of GOD, the FATHER. The Holy Spirit of GOD is the Comforter and the Spirit of truth. GOD, the FATHER is the LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF.
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the FATHER, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the FATHER, HE shall testify of ME.”
The Holy Spirit of our LORD GOD is the Spirit of CHRIST. One having the Spirit of CHRIST is a Christian. Anyone having the Spirit of CHRIST is HIS.
“...Now if any man have not the Spirit of CHRIST, he is none of HIS.”
“Howbeit when HE, the Spirit of truth, is come, HE will guide you into all truth: ... and HE will shew you things to come.”
“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”
The Holy Spirit of GOD reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
“And when HE is come, HE will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” St. John 16:8
“Whereof the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) also is a witness to us: ...” Hebrews 10:15
The Holy Spirit of GOD helps us in our weakness and the Holy Spirit of the LORD GOD intercedes for us.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And HE that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because HE maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of GOD.”
“(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.)”
There is no condemnation for those who are in CHRIST JESUS and walk after the Holy Spirit.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in CHRIST JESUS, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
Everyone should be spiritually minded and no one should be carnally minded. We can live a spiritual life, if the Spirit of GOD or the Holy Spirit dwells in us.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against GOD: for it is not subject to the law of GOD, neither indeed can be. so then they that are in the flesh cannot please GOD. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of GOD dwell in you. ...”
If the Holy Spirit of GOD dwells in us, then GOD will resurrect our mortal bodies by HIS Spirit that dwells in us.
“But if the Spirit of HIM that raised up JESUS from the dead dwell in you, HE that raised up CHRIST from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by HIS Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
Thus, everyone should be born of the Spirit of GOD, the Holy Spirit to enter into the kingdom of GOD.
“JESUS answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of GOD.”
Further, everyone should live and walk in the Spirit of GOD, the Holy Spirit to enter into the kingdom of GOD.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Again, everyone should worship GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit and in truth to enter into the kingdom of GOD.
“...Worship GOD in the spirit, and rejoice in CHRIST JESUS, ...”
And everyone should pray to GOD in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit to enter into the kingdom of GOD.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the FATHER, the Word (the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST), and the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit): and these three are one.”
There is ONLY ONE TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE is a Triune (three-in-one) GOD-ONE GOD in three functional Persons, GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, and GOD the Holy Spirit. All are equal in power. All are equal in glory. All are equal in majesty. All are equal in every way. All are equally worthy of our praise. All are equally worthy of our worship. All are eternal, without beginning and without end. All took part in the creation of heaven and earth and all things. Again, there is ONLY ONE TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE is the GOD of Trinity-the unity of GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, and GOD the Holy Spirit in one GODHEAD. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
8. THE NEW YEAR DAY FESTIVAL BLESSINGS
New Year brings new blessings. The dawn of the New Year is a GOD-given opportunity for us to renew our new covenant (Testament) with our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. HE had already promised to make a new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31) before HIS first coming and now HE has fulfilled HIS promise. Also HE has made us worthy to receive new blessings through HIS precious blood (St. Matthew 26:28).
“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.”
Our LORD GOD, jesus christ crowns the whole year with HIS goodness; HE crowns every month with HIS goodness; HE crowns every week with HIS goodness; HE crowns every day with HIS goodness; HE crowns every hour with HIS goodness; HE crowns every minute with HIS goodness; and HE crowns every second with HIS goodness. Every good gift of GOD is from above; every perfect gift of GOD is from above; and every gift comes down from GOD, the FATHER. GOD, the FATHER is the LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF (James 1:17).
“For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.”
Spiritually the people are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3:17) and unprofitable.
“They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:12
The LORD JESUS CHRIST came into the world to save such people.
“For the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) is come to save that which was lost.”
Now, the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has created the people to do good works. GOD has prepared these good works in advance for us to do.
“For we are HIS workmanship, created in CHRIST JESUS unto good works, which GOD hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
To do good works, everyone should be in CHRIST; and everyone should be a new creature; all old things or all sins must be passed away from them; and all new things or all holy things must be possessed by them and they must be new in their works or holy in their works.
“Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
To possess such a new life or spiritual life, everyone should make a new covenant with GOD. This covenant must be true and perfect. After making this covenant with GOD, they should confess their sins and iniquities with tears and with broken-heart and with humility for the forgiveness of sins, salvation from sins, etc., to obtain a sinless life in CHRIST. One who obtains a sinless life in CHRIST is a new creature;the old things of the flesh (II Corinthians 5:16-17) have passed away through the death of CHRIST and all things have become new in CHRIST's resurrection (Romans 4:25). The holy blood of JESUS CHRIST, the new testament blood of JESUS CHRIST which was shed for many for the forgiveness of sins forgives us (St. Matthew 26:28) and cleanses us from every sin (I John 1:7) and HIS HOLY SPIRIT washes and renews us to make us a new creature (Titus 3:5).
“And that ye put on the new man, which after GOD is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24
This new man will be called by a new name. The mouth of the LORD will name his or her new name by 'MY son' or 'MY daughter'.
“And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.” Isaiah 62:2
“...We also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4
“Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”
Further, the new man will be anointed with fresh oil or new oil, the Holy Spirit of GOD.
“...I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” Psalm 92:10
Again, in the mouth of the new man, the LORD GOD will put a new song, a song of praise to the LORD GOD. The new song will be 'Praise the LORD' or 'Praise to GOD'. Many will see it and fear and put their trust in the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST.
“And HE hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our GOD: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:3
Furthermore, the LORD JESUS CHRIST will give a new commandment to this new man and he should walk according to this new commandment. 'You love one another' is the new commandment. If you love one another, all men will know that you are HIS disciples.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are MY disciples, if ye have love one to another.” St. John 13:34-35
Thus, a man having these new experiences can walk in a new and living way. This new and living way is the true Christian way. The end of this true Christian way is the kingdom of GOD or the kingdom of heaven. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“By a new and living way, which HE hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, HIS flesh.” Hebrews 10:20
One who walks in this new and living way will see the righteousness pervading the new heavens and the new earth created by the LORD JESUS CHRIST and he will enter into the holy city, the new Jerusalem. The new Jerusalem is also called the kingdom of GOD or the kingdom of heaven or the eternal Zion. Now, this new man will be in eternal joy and in eternal happiness with the eternal GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST in the eternal world, the kingdom of GOD. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in MY people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” Isaiah 65:17-19
The New Year Day festival is a festival full of new blessings of our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. The new blessings of the LORD are poured upon HIS people to live a new life and to enter into HIS kingdom of heaven.
9. BLESSINGS OF THE FESTIVAL OF DEDICATION OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD OR THE HOUSE OF PRAYER
the house of prayer is the house of the LORD or the house of GOD. The house of prayer is the palace of the LORD or the palace of GOD.
“even them will I bring to MY holy mountain, and make them joyful in MY house of prayer: ... MINE house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”
Our LORD JESUS taught the people and said,
“...Is it not written, MY house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? ...”
The house of prayer is the palace of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. The house of prayer is the house of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. The house of prayer is the holy dwelling house of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. The house of prayer is the holy mountain of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. The house of prayer is a joyful house to HIS people. The house of prayer is a holy gathering place for HIS people. The house of prayer is a holy assembling place for HIS people. The house of prayer is the holy worshipping place for HIS people. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is in HIS holy temple (house of prayer). HE will not dwell in any unholy place.
“The LORD is in HIS holy temple, ... HIS eyes behold, HIS eyelids try, the children of men.” Psalm 11:4
“Then shall ye call upon ME, and ye shall go and pray unto ME, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek ME, and find ME, when ye shall search for ME with all your heart.”
Everyone should call on the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, along with those who call on HIM out of a pure heart, in HIS house of prayer.
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the LORD out of a pure heart.”II Timothy 2:22
Our LORD GOD's eyes will be open and HIS ears attentive to the prayers made in HIS house of prayer.
“Now MINE eyes shall be open, and MINE ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.” II Chronicles 7:15
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has chosen and sanctified HIS house, and HIS most holy name will be there for ever; and HIS eyes and HIS heart will always be there.
“For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that MY name may be there for ever: and MINE eyes and MINE heart shall be there perpetually.”
When our LORD GOD shuts up the heavens so that there is no rain, or commands locusts to devour the land, or sends a plague (an epidemic disease) among HIS people because of their wickedness, HIS people, who are called by HIS name, will have to come to HIS house of prayer and humble themselves and pray and seek HIS face and turn from their wicked ways. Then HE will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among MY people; If MY people, which are called by MY name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek MY face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Ezra's prayer of confession, is a heart-melting prayer. He threw himself down before the house of GOD (the house of prayer) with men, women and children.
“And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my GOD, And said, O my GOD, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my GOD: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. And now, O our GOD, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments. O LORDGOD of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.” Ezra 9:5-6, 10, 15
Hezekiah, the king of Judah was horrified by the demand of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria. Through his messengers, he had reproached and blasphemed the name of the LORD GOD. He had raised his voice against the LORD GOD. He had lifted his eyes in pride against the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. So, Hezekiah tore his clothes (as a sign of mourning), and went into the house of the LORD (house of prayer). He sent for Isaiah the prophet and asked him to pray. Isaiah arrived and spoke with great confidence about a miraculous deliverance by the LORD. On that day of trouble, Hezekiah received a letter from Sennacherib. He read it and then he took it into the house of the LORD and spread it before the LORD as an act of his utter dependence upon GOD. In the house of the LORD, Hezekiah prayed to the LORD GOD:
“O LORD of hosts, GOD of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the GOD, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth. Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living GOD. Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries, And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O LORD our GOD, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.”
Our LORD GOD heard his prayer of faith. And on that night, the angel of the LORD went out and killed 185,000 Assyrians-they were all dead.
“And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.”
By assembling together, everyone should worship or serve GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST in HIS house of prayer that is a copy and shadow of heavenly worship or service. In HIS house of prayer, one GOD's minister is needed to conduct HIS service. But in heaven, no one is needed to conduct HIS service. In heaven, our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST will sit on HIS most glorious throne, and HIS people will serve HIM with everlasting joy. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and everlasting joy will crown their heads. Praise The LORD! Alleluia! To reveal this most important spiritual thing, the festival of dedication of the house of prayer is very essential.
By assembling together, everyone should worship GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST in the Spirit, and rejoice in HIM. In order to worship GOD in the Spirit and to rejoice in HIM, the house of prayer is very essential. To reveal this important spiritual thing, the festival of dedication of the house of prayer is very essential.
“…Worship GOD in the Spirit, and rejoice in CHRIST JESUS, …”
By assembling together, everyone should worship GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST in spirit and in truth. In order to worship GOD in spirit and in truth, the house of prayer is very essential. To reveal this important spiritual thing, the festival of dedication of the house of prayer is very essential.
“...They that worship HIM must worship HIM in spirit and in truth.”
By assembling together, everyone should worship GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST with gladness and with joyful singing. To reveal this important spiritual thing, the festival of dedication of the house of prayer is very essential.
“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before HIS presence with singing.”
In HIS house of prayer, GOD's ministers will be given an everlasting name that will not be cut off, and HE will also give them within HIS house of prayer a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters. To reveal this glorious spiritual thing, the festival of
“For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep MY sabbaths, and choose the things that please ME, and take hold of MY covenant; Even unto them will I give in MINE house and within MY walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve HIM, and to love the name of the LORD, to be HIS servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of MY covenant; Even them will I bring to MY holy mountain, and make them joyful in MY house of prayer: ... for MINE house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”
The festival of dedication of the house of the LORD or the house of prayer is one of the most essential festivals for HIS people and for others. Others or the Gentiles can also understand all these things and receive all these blessings from the LORD GOD. If this festival is not celebrated, then the Gentiles cannot know about these blessings and they cannot receive these glorious blessings of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST.
Again, everyone must become the temple or the house of the living GOD; the temple or the house of the living GOD must be holy; hence everyone must be holy and the Holy Spirit of the living GOD must dwell in him. If anyone defiles the house of GOD, GOD will destroy him; if anyone defiles himself, GOD will destroy him.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of GOD, and that the Spirit of GOD dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of GOD, him shall GOD destroy; for the temple of GOD is holy, which temple ye are.”
There is no agreement between the temple of GOD or the house of GOD and idols. Thus, idols should not be placed in the temple of GOD or the house of GOD; and idols should not be placed in any place, and idols should not be worshipped by anyone. Idolatry is a great sin against GOD.
“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”
To anyone to be the temple of GOD or the house of GOD, the house of the LORD dedication festival or the house of GOD dedication festival or the house of prayer dedication festival is very essential. The house of prayer dedication festival celebration is one of the most essential celebrations to obtain the glorious blessings of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
10. THE LORD’S SUPPER FESTIVAL BLESSINGS OR THE HOLY COMMUNION FESTIVAL BLESSINGS
The LORD's Supper festival or the Holy Communion festival is most solemnly and awesomely celebrated in remembrance of our LORD JESUS CHRIST's horrible death on the cross. HIS most holy body has been broken for us; and HIS most holy blood has been shed for us. This festival should be celebrated during night-time and it should not be celebrated during daytime.
“For I have received of the LORD that which also I delivered unto you, That the LORD JESUS the same night in which HE was betrayed took bread: And when HE had given thanks, HE brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is MY body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of ME. After the same manner also HE took the cup, when HE had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in MY blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of ME. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the LORD’s death till HE come.”
This festival should not be celebrated with malice or wickedness in the heart and it should be celebrated with sincerity and truth. Thus, unbelievers should not celebrate this festival.
“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
The LORD's Supper festival celebration gives the eternal life and the full life; and the LORD JESUS CHRIST will raise him up the last day (in the first resurrection); the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST will dwell in him and he will dwell in the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST; and he will live with the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST for ever and ever in HIS kingdom of heaven.
“Then JESUS said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST), and drink HIS blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth MY flesh, and drinketh MY blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. He that eateth MY flesh, and drinketh MY blood, dwelleth in ME, and I in him. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”
The LORD's Supper festival celebration is the most essential celebration to obtain the glorious heavenly blessings of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. This festival brings abundant blessings from the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. This festival is the most joyful festival of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. This festival should be celebrated with great solemnity by the believers of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
11. THE CHRISTIAN FESTIVALS ARE A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME
“Let no man therefore judge (accuse) you ... in respect of an holyday (Christian festival days), ... Which are a shadow of things to come; ...”
The Christian religious festivals, the Christian religious festival celebrations, the Christian religious festival decorations and adornments, the Christian religious festival services and worships, the Christian religious festival prayers, the Christian religious festival singings are a shadow of things to come.
12. WHAT IS THE OBJECT OR THE TRUE MEANING OF THE CHRISTIAN FESTIVALS ?
The Christian religious festivals are a shadow of things to come; but the body or the object is of CHRIST, i.e., the true meaning of the Christian religious festivals is of CHRIST. Hence, the true meaning of the Christian religious festivals is of the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. The true meaning of the Christian religious festival celebrations is of the LORD GOD Almighty. As the Christian religious festival celebrations are of the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, everyone should celebrate the Christian religious festivals.
13. WHAT IS THE NEED OF THE CHRISTIAN festival celebrations ?
As the Christian religious festival celebrations are a shadow of things to come and the object of these celebrations is of CHRIST, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, everyone should celebrate these festivals. These Christian festivals reveal all the worldly and heavenly blessings of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. All the spiritual blessings and worldly blessings are poured upon the people during these festivals. The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST reveals HIMself and blesses us especially, enormously and immensely during these festivals. Special joy, special happiness, special health of the body, mind and soul, special strength, special peace, special comfort, special consolation, etc., are obtained during these festivals. Special joy of the Holy Spirit will reside in the hearts of HIS people during these festivals.
14. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST OUR GOD HAS GONE to cELEBRATe HIS FESTIVALS
In the Old Testament period, our LORD GOD had commanded HIS people to celebrate the feast (festival) of the LORD's Passover, the feast of the Unleavened Bread, the feast of Harvest or the feast of Weeks, of the first-fruits of harvest or the Pentecostal festival, the feast of Ingathering or the feast of Tabernacles, the day of blowing of Trumpets on the first day of the seventh month, and the day of Atonement on the tenth day of the seventh month. The LORD GOD had also commanded that three times a year, all men-children should appear before the LORD GOD in the place which HE would choose. See Exodus 23:16; 34:22-23; Leviticus 23; and Deuteronomy 16:1-17.
“How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the CHRIST, tell us plainly.”
JESUS answered them and said,
“I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in MY FATHER’s name, they bear witness of ME. But ye believe not, because ye are not of MY sheep, as I said unto you. MY sheep hear MY voice, and I know them, and they follow ME: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of MY hand. MY FATHER, which gave them ME, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of MY FATHER’s hand. I and MY FATHER are one.”
Again, our LORD JESUS sent HIS disciples to the feast of Tabernacles. HE did not go with HIS disciples. However, after HIS disciples had left for the feast, HE also went to the feast, not openly, but in secret. Then at the feast, the Jews sought HIM, and said,
“Where is HE?”
Now about the middle of the feast JESUS went up into the temple and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying,
“How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?”
“MY doctrine is not MINE, but HIS that sent ME. If any man will do HIS will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of GOD, or whether I speak of MYSELF.”
On the last day the great day of the feast, JESUS stood and cried out, saying,
On hearing HIS words, many of the people said,
“Of a truth this is the Prophet.”
“This is the CHRIST.”
Then some of the officers, who were sent by the chief priests and Pharisees, came to arrest HIM. But no man laid hands on HIM. Then the officers went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them,
“Why have ye not brought HIM?”
The officers answered,
“Never man spake like this MAN.”
“And all that heard HIM were astonished at HIS understanding and answers.”
When the feast of the Passover was near, our LORD JESUS had fed about five thousand men, besides women and children with five loaves of barley bread and two fishes. (Including women and children, the number will certainly exceed ten thousand. Ordinarily, in such a gathering the number of women will certainly exceed the number of men.) They all ate and were filled, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were leftover. See St. John 6:4-15.
Again, when it was almost time for a feast of the Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem, to purify themselves before the Passover and they sought for JESUS, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple,
“What think ye, that HE will not come to the feast?”
The next day a great multitude came to the feast. When they heard that JESUS was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet HIM, and cried out,
“Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the LORD.”
Then JESUS, when HE had found a young ass, sat on it; as it is written:
“Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.”
And as HE went, they spread their clothes on the way. When HE was drawing near the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise GOD with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:
“Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the LORD: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”
This glorious event is traditionally known as the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. During peace times, Israel's kings used to ride on the colt of an ass to show their official entry. Thus, our LORD JESUS CHRIST arrived in the full declaration of HIS glorious kingship, the KING of kings. This most glorious kingly procession of our LORD JESUS clearly reveals the desirability of such processions to extol HIS highness. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of GOD.”
And JESUS took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said,
“Take, eat: this is MY body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of ME.”
“This cup is the new testament in MY blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the LORD's death till HE comes (I Corinthians 11:26). This glorious feast of the LORD's Supper is the most blessed feast of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. This glorious feast is celebrated in remembrance of the LORD's death. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
15. PAUL, THE APOSTLE HAS CELEBRATED THE LORD’S FESTiVALS
“Let no man therefore judge (accuse) you ... in respect of an holyday (Christian festival days), ... Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of CHRIST.”
In this verse, Paul the apostle has warned that no one should accuse anyone in respect of celebrating the Christian religious festivals. Hence it shows that Paul had celebrated all Christian religious festivals for the glory of the LORD.
Further, Paul has commanded to celebrate the New Testament feast of the Passover or the feast of the LORD's Supper or the feast of the Holy Communion without malice or wickedness in the heart, and with sincerity and truth. This also shows that Paul had celebrated the feast of the LORD's Supper for the glory of the LORD.
“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even CHRIST our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
Hence, everyone should celebrate the Christian religious festivals for the glory of our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
16. USELESS AND WORTHLESS CELEBRATIONS OF the CHRIsTIAN FESTIVALS
Many people are celebrating the glorious Christian religious festivals uselessly and worthlessly by drinking alcoholic drinks, by using narcotics, by seeing films, sports, etc., by acting dramas, by playing revellings, orgies, etc. When celebrating the festivals, knowingly or unknowingly they beat one another; intentionally or unintentionally they kill one another; and without the least compunction they indulge in all kinds of evil deeds. Such useless and worthless celebrations are abominations in the sight of our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. Such useless and worthless celebrations are sins.
“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell (savour) in your solemn (sacred) assemblies. Take thou away from ME the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.”
Such useless and worthless celebrations will bring the terrible wrath of GOD; such celebrations will bring the terrible judgment of GOD; and such celebrations will lead to the horrible hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. So no one should celebrate the glorious Christian religious festivals uselessly, worthlessly, improperly, irreverently and impiously.
17. THE TRUE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN FESTIvals
Many people are wrongly thinking that the true celebration of the Christian festivals is in drinking and in eating and in dancing and in games and in sports and in plays and in tournaments and in amusements and in merriments and in merrymakings and in cries and in gambling and in gambolling and in revellings and in decorating houses and buildings and in wearing new dresses and ornaments and in displaying fireworks and in giving large feasts.
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the LORD is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the LORD; Giving thanks always for all things unto GOD and the FATHER in the name of our LORDJESUS CHRIST; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of GOD.” Ephesians 5:17-21
The true celebration of the Christian festivals will bring everlasting blessings of the LORD GOD; it will bring spiritual and bodily blessings of the LORD GOD; it will bring heavenly and worldly blessings of the LORD GOD; and it will lead to the everlasting kingdom of GOD or the everlasting kingdom of heaven. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
18. THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IS NOT SIN, BUT THE CELEBRATION OF other religious FESTIVALS IS SIN
“Let no man therefore judge (accuse) you ... in respect of an holyday (Christian festival days), ... Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of CHRIST.”
As the Christian religious festival days are a shadow of things to come and the body or the object of the Christian religious festival days is of CHRIST, the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the celebration of the Christian religious festival days is not sin. But the other religious festival days are not a shadow of things to come and the object of other religious festival days is not of CHRIST, the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the celebration of other religious festival days is sin.
“And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect (cautious): and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.”
And no one should serve other gods, for that will be a great snare to them. This snare will make them fall into hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
“…Neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.”
But if you fail to do these things, you will be sinning against the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD; and you may be sure that your sins will find you out; and you will receive the wages of your sin, the second death, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
“But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23
So, everyone must be blameless before the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD in all things.
“Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy GOD.” Deuteronomy 18:13
Further, the Christian religious festival days should not be covered and these days should be celebrated, to reveal all things to come and to reveal CHRIST, the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the object of the Christian religious festival days.
19. CELEBRATION OF THE JUBILEE
Our LORD GOD owned the land and HIS people.
“…For the land is MINE; for ye are strangers and sojourners with ME.”
"Proclaim liberty" is an expression referring to the release of Hebrew (Israelite) slaves and of property every fifty years in the Year of Jubilee. Celebration of a Jubilee is very much Scriptural.
“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”
During the Jubilee celebrations, the trumpet must be sounded to express their joy and happiness. Further, trumpet must be sounded to notify the Jubilee celebrations in the entire land (Leviticus 25:9). Trumpet is made of ram's horn called "yobel". From yobel the term "Jubilee" has come.
“The SPIRIT of the LORD is upon ME, because HE hath anointed ME to preach the gospel to the poor; HE hath sent ME to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”
The New Testament clearly reveals the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT in CHRIST's humanity (Hebrews 10:5), birth (St. Matthew 1:18), growth (St. Luke 2:40, 52), baptism (St. Luke 3:21-22), temptation (St. Luke 4:13-14), ministry (St. Luke 4:18-19), miracles (St. Matthew 12:28), death (Hebrews 9:14), resurrection (Romans 8:11) and glorification (St. John 16:13-14).
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