THE LAST GREAT FEAST [8TH DAY OF LEV.23]
HELEN STEINER RICE
HE Loves You
It's amazing and incredible, but it's as true as it can be—
God loves and understands us all, and that means you and me.
His grace is all-sufficient for
both the young and old,
For the lonely and the timid,
for the brash and for the bold.
His love knows no exceptions,
so never feel excluded,
No matter who or what you are,
your name has been included. . .
And no matter what your past has been,
trust God to understand,
And no matter what your problem is,
just place it in His hand. . .
For in all our unloveliness this
great God loves us still—
He loved us since the world began,
and what's more, He always will!
GOD HAS A SALVATION PLAN, AND AS SHOCKING AS IT MAY SOUND IT INCLUDES EVERYONE, EVEN THOSE WHO WERE WITHOUT GOD, NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE BIBLE, LIVED AND DIED WITHOUT THE BIBLE OR EVEN KNOWING CHRIST AND THAT CERTAINLY INCLUDES BABIES AND CHILDREN, AND THOSE ABORTED UNDER "FREEDOM OF CHOICE."
"WHAT THEN, ISRAEL HAS NOT OBTAIN THAT WHICH HE SEEKS FOR; BUT THE ELECTION HAVE OBTAIN IT, AND THE REST WERE BLINDED. ACCORDING AS IT IS WRITTEN, GOD HAS GIVEN THEM THE SPIRIT OF SLUMBER, EYES THAT THEY SHOULD SHOULD NOT SEE, AND EARS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT HEAR, UNTO THIS DAY...... FOR I WOULD NOT THAT YOU BE IGNORANT OF THIS MYSTERY, LEST YOU SHOULD BE WISE IN YOUR OWN COCEIT; THAT BLINDNESS IN PART IS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL, UNTIL THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES COME IN. AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED.....FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT I MAKE UNTO THEM, WHEN I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS" (ROMANS 11:25-27).
"WHEREFORE REMEMBER THAT IN TIMES PAST YOU WERE GENTILES IN THE FLESH.....THAT AT THAT TIME YOU WERE WITHOUT CHRIST....HAVING NO HOPE, AND WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD" (EPHESIANS 2 : 11-12).
BUT GOD LOVES ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE EVER LIVED [THAT INCLUDES SOME PRETTY BAD ONES] AND, "THE LORD IS NOT STACK CONCERNING HIS PROMISE, AS SOME MEN COUNT SLACKNESS. BUT IS LONGSUFFERING TO US, NOT WISHING ANY TO PERISH, BUT THAT ALL WOULD COME TO REPENTANCE" (2 PETER 3:9).
BUT WE READ: "NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN, GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED' (ACTS 4:12).
AND JESUS PLAINLY TAUGHT "NO MAN CAN COME TO ME, EXCEPT THE FATHER WHICH HAS SENT ME, DRAW HIM..." "THEREFORE I SAID UNTO YOU, THAT NO MAN COMES UNTO ME, EXCEPT IT WERE GIVEN UNTO HIM OF MY FATHER." (John 6:44, 65).
PRETTY PLAIN AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND; WHY A CHILD CAN UNDERSTAND THEM.
THE GREAT 8TH DAY FEAST OF LEVITICUS 23, THAT FOLLOWERS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, IS ALL ABOUT THIS FINAL DAY OF SALVATION FOR BILLIONS, WHO WERE LEFT IN SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS; NEVER HAD THEIR DAY OF A CHANCE OF SALVATION. COMMON SENSE AND COMMON LOGIC TELLS YOU THAT MILLIONS HAVE LIVED AND DIED NEVER READING THE BIBLE, OR KNOWING JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR.
BUT ONE DAY THEY WILL, FOR INDEED GOD WISHES, WANTS, NONE TO PERISH AS WE HAVE SEEN.
Spring Awakens What Autumn Puts to Sleep
A garden of asters in varying hues,
Crimson pinks and violet blues,
Blossoming in the hazy fall,
Wrapped in autumn's lazy pall. . .
But early frost stole in one night,
And like a chilling, killing blight
It touched each pretty aster's head.
And now the garden's still and dead,
And all the lovely flowers that bloomed
Will soon be buried and entombed
In winter's icy shroud of snow. . .
But oh, how wonderful to know
That after winter comes the spring
To breathe new life in everything,
And all the flowers that fell in death
Will be awakened by spring's breath. . .
For in God's plan both men and flowers
Can only reach bright, shining hours
By dying first to rise in glory
And prove again the Easter (Passover) story.
ALL MUST DIE [EXCEPT THOSE ALIVE AT JESUS' RETURN WHO WILL BE CHANGED FROM MORTAL TO IMMORTALITY - 1 COR.15], EVEN THOSE KNOWING NOT CHRIST OR THE BIBLE. BUT ALL WILL BE RAISED TO LIVE [JOHN 5: 25-29] BUT IN ORDER AS REVELATION 20 SHOWS - A FIRST RESURRECTION FOR THE SAINTS AND A SECOND RESURRECTION AT THE END OF THE 1,000 YEAR AGE TO COME [FOR ALL WHO WERE NOT GIVEN THE GOSPEL AND THE BOOK OF LIFE NOT OPENED TO THEM]. THROUGH THE RISEN CHRIST THEY CAN NOW HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SALVATION.
Nature Proclaims Eternal Life
Flowers sleeping beneath the snow,
Awakening when the spring winds blow,
Leafless trees so bare before
Gowned in lacy green once more,
Hard, unyielding, frozen sod
Now softly carpeted by God,
Still streams melting in the spring
Rippling over rocks that sing.
Barren, windswept, lonely hills
Turning gold with daffodils —
These miracles are all around
Within our sight and touch and sound,
As true and wonderful today
As when the stone was rolled away,
Proclaiming to all doubting men
That in God all things live again.
OH YES, THE DEAD WITHOUT CHRIST ARE NOT LOST IN A HELL-FIRE.
GOS HAS MADE A PLAN OF SALVATION. SOME CALLED NOW, SOME TOMORROW, SOME NEXT MONTH, SOME NEXT YEAR, AND SOME NOT UNTIL THEY ARE CALLED UP TO RISE IN THE SECOND RESURRECTION OF REVELATION 20.
THIS GREAT PLAN OF SALVATION IS GIVEN TO US BY GOD IN HIS YEARLY FESTIVALS. THEY ARE THE SKELETON OF BONES, TO WHICH ALL THE BODY PARTS WILL BE ADDED IN TIME, TO MAKE UP THE WHOLE; THE BEAUTIFUL WHOLE. SO WITH THE FEASTS OF THE LORD WE LIVE OUT EACH YEAR THE SALVATION PLAN OF THE MOST HIGH GOD.
PRAISE THE ETERNAL GOD WHO LOVES EVERYONE EVER MADE INTO THE FORM OF HUMAN KIND, AND WILL GIVEN THEM AN OPEN, DIRECT CALLING TO BECOME ONE OF HIS IMMORTAL CHILDREN ONE DAY....IN GOD'S TIME TABLE NOT OURS.