Season of Joy

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1 Peter 1:3-6: NKJV: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to HIS abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible (imperishable) and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, through now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.

 

As the last time and days of this evil earth rapidly draw to a close, many are grieved in various trials by sickness, disabilities, pain and suffering. All of this suffering is caused by sin caused by the devil that delights in your anguish. The Apostle Peter advises us to greatly rejoice for a little season until the devil is soon locked up for a thousand years. We must remember mankind is a sojourner (temporary resident) and this brief interlude of pain within this sinful world will fade away. The season of joy will then commence forever after.

 

James 1:2-4: My brethren, count it all joy when you all into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

 

Father God who gives the gift of salvation to those that strive to seek perfection by keeping all HIS laws of love in faith. Enduring the many trails of this wicked world become as nothing as we acknowledge the physical suffering of Christ who laid down HIS Holy life to give to HIS children life with the powerful heavenly love of agape.  As we reach out in faith with patience, we become perfect and complete as we celebrate the commanded seven joyful feast of the Lord.

 

Leviticus 23:4: These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. ** Verse 39-40: Also on the fifteen day of the seventh month (October 13-20 in 2011) , when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a Sabbath-rest, and you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord for seven days. Verse 41...It shall be a statute forever in your generations………**. This particular feast/festival of the Lord is the last harvest feast of the season and is mentioned many times in the bible as Feast of Tabernacles, meaning booths or tents. In Hebrew sukkot; celebrating the 40 years the children of Israel lived in tents/booths (Revelation 21:3 & 15:5, Hebrews 9:11 & 8:2, Nehemiah 8:14).

 

Chapter 23 proclaims the seven holy feasts of the Lord (My Feasts, Leviticus 23:2 * which will endure forever but few in this age follow HIS command). As our Eternal Father sanctified by making holy HIS eternal day of rest after creating the heavens and earth in six days (Genesis 2:2-3) so are these laws commanding days of solemnity made holy eternally by the Eternal God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Each of these days must be observed reverently in a dignified manner for we represent the presence of our Eternal Lord God. ** Luke 15 22: But the father said to his servants: Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

 

 When we humble our souls before the Eternal Father, the best robe awaits those repentant prodigal children with a ring representing the ring of the Spirit which is a constant reminder and memorial of the Eternal One.  This is the gift of agape love in kindness to remember, even forever (Esther 8:2, Genesis 41:42).  The sandals represent the study of the Eternal Word of love, the entire bible. The sandals also represent ministering to others to hear this Eternal Word of love as described in the book of Ephesians.

 

Ephesians 6: 13-16: Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (entire bible)… **. We must bind our body and minds with truth and righteousness in keeping all the commandments of love of the Eternal God. Without HIS help, mankind has no chance to overcome sin even as a proclaimed Muslim, Christian or any other faith without this gift of the Spirit of God to help complete the work of sacrifice to HIS holy will. The devil prowls and lurks about, always eager to divert and destroy your faith like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8-9).

 

Job 1:1: There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless (but not sinless) and upright and one who feared God and shunned evil (turned away from).  ** Satan persecuted Job beyond the suffering and anguish that most of mankind could endure. But by turning to the Eternal One God after suffering for 42 chapters; he finally repented in dust and ashes (Job 42:5-6). The powerful love of the Eternal One rewarded Job for HE has created mankind to bless man instead of cursing because of disobedience. Since Job suffered for the sake of God but kept the faith; his health, wealth and a long life were restored immediately.

 

 

1 Peter 5:9-11: Resist him (the devil), steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to HIS eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To HIM be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

Nehemiah 8:10: Then he (Nehemiah) said to them: Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. ** Verse 17: So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity (of Babylon) made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done. And there was very great gladness.

 

Be blessed with great gladness until we meet again!