Feast of Tabernacles 2011 . . .
Wednesday Evening, October 12 - Thursday, October 20
What does Genesis 38 have to do with prophecy? Why do we find it in the middle of the story of Joseph and his family problems? What does that have to do with you? The Father has placed an important teaching about the restoration of His people in the perfect place to understand the end time significance of the Sephardic people who are returning to claim their rightful place in the Kingdom. Come and hear the exciting prophecy hidden in the middle of the story of Joseph and learn first hand about the growing work of restoration going on in Latin America. Those that will inherit the Negev are awakening to their Hebrew Roots and embracing the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
What does the phrase, “Spiritual Warfare” mean for believers who walk in Torah? Did you know the TaNaK is full of pictographic instructions that prove that the battle against powers and principalities is not a “New Testament” teaching? Just as the first century believers used the TaNaK as their source of strategy, we will examine some key illustrations to strengthen our resolve in spiritual warfare. Let’s fight the good fight Yah’s way.
A power-point informational flag presentation will be followed by a demonstration. The presentation will cover banner worship in scripture, the hows and whys as well as information for making your own flags. Afterward, participants will have an opportunity to learn different flag moves and “play” with some flags.
"Taking Dance Home" - Choreographing Your Worship
This breakout session will cover taking dance home to your congregation. Often when one goes to conferences and the feast, you learn dances and want to dance them at home. What happens if you do not sing the same songs at your fellowship or you are the only one that knows the steps? How do you bring the idea of dance to a fellowship? Shannon will lead you through a simple way to teach choreography, make up choreography and lead a worship dance circle while making sure that you are acting in a respectful and Godly way toward your leadership and Yahweh. This class will cover a large number of common steps and will be slightly advanced. However, everyone is welcome.
This session will explain Yeshua as Creator, Lawgiver and Bridegroom and how this is foundational to understanding the prophetic significance of Sukkot.
This session will explain the prophetic significance of Sukkot and how this is related to the 2nd coming of Yeshua.
This session will quote from a variety of rabbinic sources showing what the rabbis teach about the Ten Tribes of Israel.
This session will give examples how the central theme of the New Testament is the role of the Messiah to gather the 12 tribes of Israel and a detailed explanation of how it is going to happen.
"Should Messianic Believers Return to Israel?" - A Lesson from the Days of Ezra
According to Josephus, Ezra sent a copy of Darius’ letter to the ten lost tribes in Media, calling them to return and rebuild the temple. They were “desirous of returning” and actually relocated to Babylon, but never made aliyah. Why did they not complete their migration and repatriation with Judah and Levi? What prophetic insight did they gain in Babylon fro Daniel and Ezekiel that caused them to change their mind? An understanding of the 483 years prophecy of Daniel 9:24-26 together with Ezekiel chapter 37 could have made them realize the Messiah’s reunification of Israel was not to take place in their day. Daniel 9:24 is the most important, yet mis-applied time prophecy pointing to the Messiah. This is a thought provoking exposition of Daniel 9 taking us from the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem in Darius’ 20th year (Neh. 1:1) to the “seed of the woman” from whom the Messiah came.
Are We Living in the Year 5769? - Jewish Anno Mundi (AM) Dating: Its Derivation and Significance
Many Messianic ministries have adopted Anno Mundi dating. This system of dating originated with Rabbi Akiva and his disciple Jose Ben Halafta during the Bar Kochba revolt in 135 AD. In this presentation we prove that the 69 week prophecy of Daniel 9 was the cause of Messianic movements and expectations in the first century. Jewish dating in the Seder Olam represented a conscious attempt to stretch Daniel 9 into the early second century to point to Bar Kochba as the Messiah, while at the same time it served to discredit the apparently successful argument by Jewish Christians that the 69 weeks of years had already expired and must have met their fulfillment in Yeshua of Nazareth.
A look at the book of Acts and the teaching of the Apostles. Looking at the events that described the spreading of the Gospel Message. Making application to show how we can learn from their experience to teach and promote the Messianic age today.
For most students of prophecy today prophecy is prediction and fulfillment. To the historical Hebrew mindset prophecy is pattern. A prophetic look at some of the patterns developed in Scripture with possible prophetic application to our future.
The twelfth petition prayed during the weekday Shemoneh Esrai (the Eighteen Petitions) is a prayer for he return of Israel. This ancient prayer is derived from various passages of the Tanach. A study of the prayer and its full meaning as well as its placement in the Amidah is quite revealing both to Israel and Judah.
We will study the ceremony as to how it is performed while discussing the prophetic implications of the Red Heifer. Relevant to this discussion is the news that an Altar is under construction for later use in the Temple. These and other events happening in Israel will be addressed.
The world calls the settlements 'the West Bank' while in Israel it is known as 'Yesha' or Judea Samaria. Today the US Government is putting pressure on Israel to totally shut down the settlements in their road map to peace. How does all of this fit into prophecy and how it might play out.
This liturgy session is designed to provide the participants with vision for making liturgy worshipful and enjoyable. There will also be a time of learning and chanting some of he most common prayers. It will be fun!
(Dr John Merritt & Jeremiah Greenberg) In this session we will examine a Torah scroll learning about its physical make-up and content. We will roll the scroll from one end to the other pointing out notable passages and features. Also demonstrated will be how to use a Torah in synagogue services. It will be a hands-on fun time!
The Creator is quoted as exhorting us; “You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 11:44, I Peter 1:16). What does it mean to “be holy”? Would our Creator ask us sincerely to do something that is impossible to do? How does one do what He asked?
Ron and Donna McKown
For some of you, this may be your very first Festival of Sukkot, while for others, this might be your first “out of the box” festival experience. My purpose is to acquaint our newer brethren with Season of Our Joy – our mission, what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you. We’ll explore many of the opportunities you have to serve others, which we’ve found to be the easiest and most effective way to meet other people and fully integrate yourself into the Joy of the festival. This audience participation session is the perfect opportunity to ask questions about the festival and your part in it.
How do I blow it? What is its purpose in the worship service? This class will answer these questions and more as we delve into the meaning and use of this ancient instrument. Learn the difference between ‘blowing’ and ‘playing’ the Shofar. Learn the different sounds that it makes. Learn how to care for it. If you want to fully understand the use of the Shofar, you will want to attend this class.
Over the course of two sessions, we will attempt to answer many of the common questions concerning salvation. By closely evaluating many scriptures out of the Tnakh that pertain to salvation, we’ll discover its scriptural definition, how it applies to each of us, and if it was available before the first coming of Messiah Yeshua. We’ll also take a walk through the salvation process, then wrap it up with a discussion on the “Renewed Covenant’s” impact on salvation.
Dr. John Merritt, MD
"The First Word"
At Sinai The Almighty thundered Ten Words directly to the newly assembled nation of Israel. These are often called the 10 Commandments. The first is, however, not a commandment, but a synecdoche describing Who God is, who we are, and what He has in store for us … and the world to come. And appropriately here as we begin to celebrate Sukkot, our Season of Joy, we will interactively explore through the scriptures the Hebrew background and meaning of “The First Word.”
Under the dark skies of the Lake of the Ozarks, we will demonstrate how to find your way thru the heavens, learning to identify the major autumn stars, constellations, planets and nebulae, using lasers, star-finders, small scopes and binoculars, and just your eyes. We may include some Hebrew stellar traditions too. Bring extra binoculars, if handy, and a warm jacket. Or just come, watch, and enjoy.
Boaz and Amber Michael
"Investing Torah Principles in the Lives our Children"
"Ba'al haBayit" - Lord of the House
Encouraging Men to Model Messiah in the Home
"Shalom Bayit" - AKA Shalom in the Home!
A connection with the Water Pouring Ceremony of Hoshana Raba
Our Connection to the Torah Legacy of our Parents
The Star of Bethlehem fascinates. But was it a “Real” star? If so, which one? And can we find it by going back in time and looking at the sky just like the “wise men” of old? For millennia, believers, scoffers, and the curious have wondered at the Biblical account of the Star. For many doubters, the account of the Star is easily dismissed as myth. For many believers, it's a mystery accepted on faith. But what happens if we combine current historical scholarship, astronomical facts, a little computer software, and an open mind? Join us for Part II of the Revelation of the Gospel of Yeshua as revealed in the Mazzaroth (the 12 Constellations, Job 38:32), and watch the unveiling of the watch-like precision in the design of the universe that teaches us about the career of our Messiah, Yeshua.
"Jurisdiction: The Sequel" - Who Has It … and Who Doesn’t?
he Messianic movement is truly a melting pot of believers. But despite the varying points of origin, the destination is the same—the practical application of Torah. In the conflicting throng of interpretations, one question emerges: Who, ultimately, has the authority to determine how we walk? This presentation will take you on a journey through the scriptures to see how—and with whom—Yahweh established rightful authority then and now. We’ll examine the directives of Yeshua, evidence from the 2nd commonwealth, the early history of the Messianic believers, writings of the Rabbis, and contemporary psychological conflicts for certain positions. Additionally, we’ll explore the ramifications of redefining words and phrases and investigate Messianic Judaism’s one law heresy teaching.
Together, let’s answer “Has there been a change and to whom is the authority given today?”
When the time comes to enter into communication with our Heavenly Father using pre-agreed upon words (and a musical melody), what do the Scriptures instruct us to know and what is the mental position concerning the reality that can only be reached by faith? Join us as we look at some of the protocols the Scriptures teach us concerning Praise & Worship Also, we’ll examine the role the restoration of the Tabernacle of David plays in helping us cross over.
"Pulling Out of the Station"
The word "Midrash" is from the Hebrew meaning "to investigate" or "to study". In tonight’s midrash, we're going to start out with a focus for those who are new to the Hebrew Roots Movement. If you have recently started this walk, maybe this is one of your first feasts, you'd like to learn more about how to study to acquire the truth, or you would like to just get some straight answers to some basic questions, this midrash is for you. We'll be taking questions from the audience as well as some starting topics that I will provide. BYOQ (Bring your own questions) Starting topics include: Sabbath observance - Some practical issues; The Holiness of Time; Literal vs. Conceptual interpretation including dual applications; Common sense laws; Feast observance; What to do when two commandments conflict; Dealing with traditions; How to play well with others
"Who's the Boss?" In tonight’s midrash, we're gona open the "can of worms" concerning authority. Believe it or not, it's rather simple once some basic guidelines are set into place. But since authority comes in so many flavors and changes over time, we want to provide a forum where people can ask freely about this subject. Hopefully, we'll leave no stone unturned. BYOQ
In 722 BCE the last remnant of the House of Israel was removed from the Promised Land by their Assyrian captors and relocated into other areas. From there, the Israelites eventually spread throughout the nations until they became known as the "Lost Tribes of Israel." Now, God is beginning to regather a remnant of their descendants in preparation for the greatest Exodus the world has ever seen.
"The River of Life"
Today is Hoshanna Rabbah, the final and greatest day of the Feast and of the Water Pouring Ceremony, which was conducted at the Temple during the time of Y'shua. Without physical water man perishes in a few days. Without spiritual water man's spirit will also perish. In this message we will examine how water is used, in Scripture, as a symbol of spiritual life and how this symbolism can help us in our daily spiritual walk.
Syncretism is the mixing of two or more religions into a single religion. The end result is not true to any of its progenitors. The United States is often thought to have been founded as a strictly Christian nation. If so, today it is drifted far from that idealistic view of its beginnings. What happened? In this breakout session, we will look at the mixed origins of the founding of this nation, the development of pluralism, and why it is essential that a nation be Torah focused if the people want God's unhindered blessings.