Join Us for Kingdom Feast 2015
Sept 28 – Oct 5 at Wooten Woods, Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature, an hour west of Nashville
Why Feast of Tabernacles?
The Bible mentions three Feast Seasons: Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles.
We want to encourage Christians everywhere to observe this Feast of Tabernacles as to look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ. This is not about creating a new church organization, but about encouraging one Christian to work with another Christian to serve our God and our fellow man. Christ’s parable of the sheep and goats gives us an idea what the Christian's role in His return will be like:
“When the Son of Man [Christ] comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.”
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:31-40).
Needless to say, things did not go as well for the “goats”. It is vital to realize that Christ is the one who does the sorting based on what each person has done. It was not a matter of their religious group or doctrinal statement. The "sheep on the right", who have served their fellow man, do not seem to know that they were actually serving Christ in the process.
The purpose of this Feast of Tabernacles gathering is not to try to sort out “sheep” “goats”—Christ will do that. The purpose is to encourage us to be better “sheep”! There is much Christian work that can and needs to be done today. The Internet has put Bible study resources in the hands of the average Christian that far exceed those of universities throughout most of history. The wonders of God’s creation can be freely studied: from atoms to microorganisms to healing plants to animals to distant galactic phenomena. Inexpensive electronics and computers have made quality sound and video recording within reach of most church congregations or ministries. The Internet has made distribution of multi-media economical for any size of Christian group.
On the other hand, these same technologies have brought many distractions to us: immoral entertainment, video game addictions, desire for excess possessions, obsession with the trivial, sports, fantasy sports and even fear of the future. Christian groups have also used the Internet to "bash" one another—making life difficult for themselves and a poor witness to unbelievers.
The time seems right for Christians to come together to encourage one another to do good works, wherever they may be. We need to know how to best use the gifts that God has given us. We need to know how to help our neighbors in need. We need to learn to teach Gods word and reach people's hearts through music, video, speaking and writing. We need to learn to help each other. We need to become the best at it.
The signs in the heavens even seem ready for it. We are now in the midst of an astronomical tetrad—a set of four lunar eclipses within two years. A photo series taken in Illinois of the first one on April 12, 2014 is availablehere. The utterly unique thing about this tetrad is the four eclipses occurring on the first days of the biblical Spring and Fall Feasts in both 2014 and 2015. This has never happened since the time of Christ. This year’s Feast of Tabernacles will begin on the last day, when the tetrad is complete.
Some Bible teachers have referred to these eclipses as "blood moons", because the earth's atmospheric refraction covers the moon with red light, making it look blood red. Three prophetic Bible verses talk about the moon becoming blood before the return of Christ (Joel 2:31; Acts 2:20; Revelation 6:12). The mainstream news has noted this in a recent Fox News article. Neither this writer nor this Feast promotes any particular prophetic scenario in regard to these scriptures, other than to note that they occur on the biblical Feast days and to encourage Christians to gather together on these days that represent the harvests of God.
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Who, What, When & Where?
WHO: This is the second year of this annual non-denominational event sponsored by believers with diverse religious backgrounds who come together to do only this Feast. Kingdom Feast is not an organization or corporation. Ultimately, we believe that God is doing this and that He will use our various efforts to draw those who can benefit from this Feast. See our About and Contact page for more.
WHAT: This Feast of Tabernacles will be a cross between a church retreat and a professional seminar. It is eight days packed with music, bible teaching, professional technical training, hands-on experience and good food. See our schedule for specifics. There is a deliberate effort to create a family-like atmosphere and encourage everyone to take home friendships. We encourage everyone to take time off of work or school to come to all of it, but please come for as many days as you can. Each day has a relatively full schedule. All seminars and bible teachings will have an opportunity for questions and answers. Musicians are encouraged to join a praise team, play their special music or contribute in some other way. The importance of Christian music will be stressed. Three meals will be cooked on the premises and served each day.
Everyone needs to receive a name-tag and register for the days and nights they will be present. The cost is free, but we highly encourage everyone to give an offering as they are able—otherwise this Feast will not be able to continue. You may stay in the Wooten Woods cabins or campground, or stay at a nearby motel. See our Attend This Feast page for details and costs.
WHEN: Sunday, September 27th, 4:00 PM through Monday, 7:00 PM, October 5th. The Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths) is a seven day festival, followed by another separate festival called the “Eighth Day”. Notice the timing given in the Old Testament:
“Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths [Tabernacles] to the LORD.... On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD seven days. On the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest. And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days” (Leviticus 23:34, 39-40).
When is the 15th day of the 7th month for this year? The months of the biblical calendar are based on the moon cycles. Our word “month” comes from the word “moon&rdquo, but there is no longer any correspondence between the cycles of the moon and the 12 months of our present Gregorian Calendar. The calculations are more complex than we can discuss here, but the first day of the seventh biblical month this year is Monday, September 14—your calendar may have written on that day Rosh Hashanah, which in Hebrew means “Head of the Year”. So the 15th day of the month would be two weeks later or Monday, September 28th. Your calendar may say Sukkot on that day, which is Hebrew for “Tabernacles”. The seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles continues through Sunday, October 4, and is followed by a final festival called “The Eighth Day” on Monday, October 5.
Biblical days are generally reckoned from evening to evening. (“God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day—Genesis 1:5). So the first day of this Feast is actually observed from the evening (sunset) of September 27 to the evening of September 28. It is right near the beginning of that first evening when we will see the spectacular “blood moon” in the sky!
WHERE: The location is Wooten Woods, Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature. It is about an hour west of Nashville, Tennessee—a few minutes away from Exit 148 off I-40, going South on State Highway 50. See Attend This Feast for map and more details.Wooten Wood's is an ideal place to observe this Feast as it puts us in a natural environment that God made, away from the distractions and sometimes evil influences of this world that take us away from our purposes. It has a barn with a large seating area, a well equipped stage and an excellent kitchen for feeding everyone. There are several other large rooms for additional musical groups, classes etc. It is well known to many excellent musicians, some of whom will be our teachers at this Feast. It is close to Nashville, the Christian and Country music capitol of the world and home to a growing film industry.
We hope you will be stirred to share your talents and spiritual gifts at the Feast of Tabernacles with us this year at Wooten Woods. Learn about the Kingdom work for your fellow believers and prepare for the Return of Christ and the Kingdom of God. Leave refreshed and ready to fight the good fight of a soldier of Jesus Christ!
And what you have heard from me [the Apostle Paul] in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything (2 Timothy 2:2-7).
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