Wow, what an amazing Feast of Tabernacles this has been — one of the most spiritually satisfying and encouraging Feasts in my memory. The Last Great Day has begun this evening, and tomorrow night it is over for another year.
I wanted to put on record somewhere that Mr. Karl Beyersdorfer’s sermon today on the Millennial Temple prophesied in Ezekiel (sometimes called “Ezekiel’s Temple”) held a special fascination for me. During the Feast last year in Branson, I had decided that wherever we were the next year, I was going to do a sermon on Ezekiel’s Temple. I find it fascinating and wanted to discuss the temple, the restoration of the Levitical priesthood (to be under Christ and His saints at that time) and associated sacrifices, et al. Over the course of the next year leading up to this Feast, that study got rather involved and I never reached a point before the Feast began where my studies congealed in such a way that I felt comfortable with doing a full sermon on that one topic that would say what I really wanted to say. Actually, I can say that I wanted to do even more “homework” before I committed to speaking on any particular aspect of Ezekiel’s vision of the Millennial Temple, at all, as it was such a beautifully large topic. I was disappointed, too, since, as I said, it had been my goal since the previous Feast and something I was looking forward to covering. I did touch on it near the end of my first sermon this year about “Restoring All Things” but it wasn’t the “Temple sermon” I had originally planned. (Hopefully the sermon I did give was still profitable!)
“Oh, well. Maybe next year,” I thought.
Then, Mr. Beyersdorfer gets up today (well, yesterday at this late hour, I suppose) and not only gives a fantastic sermon on that very topic — the Millennial Temple — but (I must be honest) he also gives it so much better than what I would have given on the same subject! Incredibly profitable and powerfully moving.
So, my joy in hearing the sermon today was doubled! I was delighted to hear the topic I wanted to speak on, myself, addressed so solidly and powerfully, but I also got to hear it expounded in a manner so much more profitable than I think I would have had I covered it. And, really, the joy was tripled: It was a reminder that the real “Coordinator” in the Living Church of God of the Feast of Tabernacles is God, Himself, with Jesus Christ at His right hand. It is, indeed, Their Feast (Lev. 23:2), and I am so thankful that it is.
Time to get some sleep! I’m looking forward to the sermon tomorrow on the meaning of the day by Mr. Phil Sena and the “Farewell” send off video message to be delivered by Mr. Meredith, which is always so stirring. Wherever some of you reading this might be keeping the Feast where God has placed His name, I pray that your Last Great Day is profitable and uplifting!