Volume 1, Number 2 - November 25th, 2004 - http://pillar-of-enoch.com
In This Thanksgiving Issue:
1. Pillar of Enoch Web Site News
2. Bible Teaching - “Giving Thanks With A Joyful Heart”
Pillar of Enoch Web Site News:
I have some very exciting news!
Book One of the Language of God Book Series
will soon be available!
After nearly a year of hard work, I have turned an overly long single reference book called “The Language of God - Yah’s Nature Revealed Through His Creation” into a well-organized and carefully researched four-book series.
I am really excited about the first book in the series and feel proud of the way it turned out. Over the last year, I’ve explored nearly every aspect of desktop publishing. I’ve also learned how to use my word processing and graphics programs like a pro and this will be evident to anyone flipping through the pages of my first book. I created all of the interior black and white illustrations and the cover jacket for my book on my own.
If you are curious to see my new book's cover and back, go to:
If you would like to view the full Table of Contents for “The Language of God in the Universe,” go to:
The first book in the series is now being set up for printing and will soon be available as a 440 page, 6.14” X 9.21” quality paperback with 60 original illustrations. Please tell everyone you know who might be interested in the book that anyone who orders the book now can expect its delivery in mid December 2004 - just in time for Christmas!
To see my new online bookstore where you can now place an order for Book One or pre-order all four of the books in the Language of God Book Series, go to:
Or, if you simply want to explore my whole web site from the new entrance page, go to:
The Pillar of Enoch Ministry web site is slowly being updated, so some of the links and other features don’t work yet. But much of it has been re-worked and re-organized recently. I think it is a better web site now and it is much easier to navigate. If any of you have an opportunity to explore the new web site, please let me know what you think using the new e-mail response link located in the center of the web site home page.
In the meantime, I am praying that Yahshua will bless my online ministry and my endeavor to sell the books that the Holy Spirit inspired within me and helped me to write. Please pray for my web ministry, my book publishing endeavors, and me as I prepare to become a published author and more prominent public witness and disciple of Christ.
Please feel free to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions you may have about any of the material contained in this newsletter or in the Bible teaching that follows.
I hope that everything that you read in the following Bible Study will bless and uplift you.
Yours in Yahshua,
This Month’s Bible Teaching:
“Giving Thanks With A Joyful Heart”
By: Helena Lehman
Web site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com
"Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: 'His love endures forever.' Let the house of Aaron say: 'His love endures forever.' Let those who fear Yahweh say: 'His love endures forever.' " - Psalm 118:1-4
The holiday season is already upon us, and many of us are busy planning party menus and guest lists for our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.
Most people have been told that the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag Native American friends at Plymouth first celebrated Thanksgiving in 1621. However, few people are aware that the celebration of Thanksgiving is based on the Jewish harvest festival called Sukkot, a.k.a. the Feast of Tabernacles. You see, the pilgrims were avid students of the Old Testament as well as the New. They therefore likely read the following Scripture and responded to it by holding the first Thanksgiving feast:
"You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to Yahweh your God in the place which Yahweh chooses, because Yahweh your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice."
As this Scripture tells us, Sukkot was and is a time for rejoicing in God's bountiful provisions for those He loves. Seeing that the Feast of Sukkot is such a spiritually uplifting holiday, the Pilgrims must have collectively decided that it would be efficacious to keep this God-ordained Holy observance dedicated to giving thanks to Yah for the bounty of the harvest and the other blessings in their lives.
So, though many Christians don’t actively keep Sukkot as the Jews do, they do celebrate its primary theme - which is gratitude to God for all the good things He provides for us to eat and all the things on Earth He created for us to enjoy, including our families and communities. However, there is a lot more to the celebration of Sukkot than giving thanks and many Christians don’t understand how important this festival is spiritually and prophetically.
For example, one of the main themes of the Feast of Tabernacles is the idea that our homes and our bodies are temporary houses for our spirits. As enjoyable as life can be and as thankful as we are for all of God’s blessings, nothing here will last forever. At Sukkot, Messianic Jews remember this by spending time outdoors in a gaily-decorated, open-air booth that is called a Sukkah in Hebrew. They are also asked to focus on preparing their spirits for the permanent future bodies and dwellings that all believers will obtain when they are resurrected into eternal life. Saint Paul and the Apostle John clearly taught this in their letters:
2 Cor 5:1-3
"For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked." (NKJ)
I John 2:16-17
"For all that is in the world-- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-- is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (NKJ)
2 Cor 4:7
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." (NIV)
Our fleshly bodies are temporary houses like tents or jars of clay that will wear out and then be discarded. However, while we are housed in these bodies that are like jars of clay or cloth tents, we are surrounded by desires that come from our flesh. The lusts and desires of our bodies and minds can control us and cause us to do evil. There are so many sins associated with wanting more than we already have. These include eating unhealthy foods or drinking alcoholic beverages excessively. We can also be tempted to engage in many immoral activities such as fornication, adultery, stealing, and lying to obtain what we desire in our flesh.
If, however, we have crucified our flesh with Christ and truly turned our will over to Him, Yahshua can deliver us from the temptations we all face in these areas daily. This is what Paul was talking about when He said:
Gal 2:20, 5:24-25
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." AND… "And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (NKJ)
Yahshua's Spirit within us can free us to act in a godly manner that is contrary to the ways of the flesh. This is when we find contentment with what have and the ability to give thanks to God in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. This is also when we find ourselves constantly praising God for His wonderful creation - for every star, planet, tree, and lake that brings us joy and peace:
"Give thanks to the LORD Yahweh, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.
who made the great lights-- His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever. (NIV)
When we are living in the Spirit and not in the flesh, we are also moved to thank God for our friends, families and colleagues who help us in our daily affairs. The following Scriptures make it clear that we should always give thanks to God for His goodness wherever we find it in life:
"In that hour Jesus (Yahshua) rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight." (NKJ)
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy…" NKJ)
Part of our task as Christians who love Yahweh is to thank Him for His worldly provisions to us in this life and for the loving and supportive people around us. In addition to this, we also need to remember to thank Yahshua for opening our spirits, minds, and hearts to understanding His words of life found in the Bible, the Mazzaroth, and in every part of His magnificent Creation:
"For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." (NKJ)
This Thanksgiving, remember that this Christian form of Sukkot celebration is supposed to be a time of unsurpassed joy and gratitude. So, in addition to your prayers of thanks, put on some worship music and make a joyful noise before God this holiday season. In addition, remember to thank God for every good thing in your life everyday, not just on Thanksgiving.
According to the following Scripture, this spirit of thanks that is memorialized in the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot is so important that it is going to be a central theme of Yahshua's Millennial Kingdom here on Earth:
"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain." (NKJ)
This prophetic passage from Zechariah makes it clear that, for those who refuse to thank Yah for His goodness during the Millennium, there will be no rain in their land. As a result, their crops will fail and they will starve without aid from countries that do give the proper thanks to Yah for His goodness.
Giving thanks to Yahweh and His Son is not a negotiable option that Christians can choose to ignore. On the contrary, giving thanks is a central tenant of our faith and an essential ingredient in living a joyful and triumphant life in Christ everyday of the week. So, make a special effort to thank Yah today for everything you can think of and see how much it blesses you and those around you!
MAY YAH BLESS YOU ALL ABUNDANTLY
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
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