God's Sacred Word
    Bible Study Lesson 11                                       The Last Great Day                                                              Febuary 19 / 1996

                Now we come to The Last Great day the last holy Day we celebrate for the year. This Holy Day needs no introduction . It is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles . This day is very important as you will see .

                Leviticus. 23 : 36 , 39. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. ( 39 ) Also the fifteenth day of the seventh month, 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 will be a Sabbath rest, and on the eighth day a Sabbath rest.

                Revelation . 20 : 5 - 12. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy i s he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

                Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magag, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up to breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And the fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever .

                Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great , standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the Books.

                1 Thessalonians. 4 : 16. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

                John. 7 : 37 - 39 . On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive ; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

                John. 6 : 44 . No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; And I will raise him up at the last day.

                Ezekiel, 37 : 1 - 28. Then hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.

                And he said to me, Son of Man, can these bones live ? So I answered, O Lord God, You know. Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones , and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord ! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

                So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed as I looked, The breath in them. Then He said to me, Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. O I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and these bones are the whole house of Israel.

                They indeed say, Our bones are dry , our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off ! Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it , says the Lord.

                Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, As for you, son o man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions. Then take another stick and write on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions. Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

                And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, Will you not show us what you mean by these ? say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.

                And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. Then say to them, thus says the Lord God: Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

                They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols nor, with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

                David My servant shall be king over them,  and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgements and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.

                Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall by My people. The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.

                What a promise made by God !

                1 Peter. 4 : 17. For the time has come for judgement to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first , what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God ?

                These Holy Days were ordained by God. These are His days. His word the Bible is sacred and true . When will we start to listen to what God is saying to us ? You have God's Sacred Word use it , Any attempt to nail them to the cross, or to say they are for the Jewish people only is a very grave mistake to make. Do you want to make this mistake ?

                All of the Prophets kept these Holy Days , The Apostles kept them , The New Testament Church kept them, and last but now least Jesus Christ Himself kept them . So why is it that today in this day and age when we have so much understanding of the God's word  , that we can't keep the word of God ?

                When Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour comes back to this earth, and says, to you and me, Did you Kept The Ten Commandments ? Have you been keeping the Sabbath on a regular basis ? Have you been kept all of the My Holy Days like I commanded you ? Or all of the thing's I have commanded you , through My Holy and Sacred Word the Bible ?

                What will you or I say, they we were under grace, love, and faith . We were following a man , or we were following a church . And what if you or I are Wrong ? what do you think Jesus will say ? You and I both know what He will say, because it is in the pages of our own Bible's . You and I are responsible for what we read in God's Sacred Word .

                1 Peter . 2 : 21. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.

                2 John. 6 . This is love, that we walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, ( the Old Testament ) you should walk in it.

               1 John . 5 : 3. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

                Romans . 6 : 23 . For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                I have out lined for you briefly all of God's Holy Days . There are scripture on top of scripture proving the very same thing's that I have been trying to show you . It is up to you if you are going to keep these day's or not , I can't make you keep these days . But if you believe that the Bible is true , and that it is God's Sacred Word . Then it is time that you get back to the basics , and start following God's Way and His Son's Way !

   I would like to leave you with this beautiful Scripture in Psalm.

  Psalm . 119 : 17 - 19 .

Deal bountifully with your servant,

That I may live and keep Your word.
Open my eyes, that I may see,
Wondrous things from Your Law.     

You are responsible for what you read !

May the Father and Jesus Christ be with you always


By : Edward P. Porter