God's Festivals: Keys to Humanity's Future

Lesson 12, Part 8

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Some Final Remarks

We hope this is only your beginning of a thorough and continuing study of God's Word.

This lesson completes the 12 in the Bible Study Course. Through them you learned the fundamentals that are essential for a correct understanding of the Holy Bible. We hope this is only your beginning of a thorough and continuing study of God’s Word.

Where do you go from here? We suggest you undertake a thorough review of all 12 of these lessons. Review is a vital key to comprehending and retaining what you have studied. You will learn even more than you gleaned from your first time through the lessons. Remember, too, that growing in understanding of the Scriptures is a lifetime challenge. We hope it’s one you never tire of. We urge you to develop a daily habit of studying your Bible and to continue reading The Good News magazine and the many booklets we publish for your continued biblical education.

We also have congregations around the world where personal instruction is available for those who wish to assemble together with others of like belief. Or, should you desire a visit from a qualified minister living in your area, feel free to contact us and we will forward your request to one near you who understands, teaches and practices God’s Word.

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If you have not yet done so, we also recommend that you read each of the free booklets mentioned in each lesson of this course. Be sure to also read the following free booklets that expand on the material covered in this lesson:

Obedient Followers of God

Through these festivals God, through His written Word, regularly reminds us of His awesome and loving plan for humanity.

Members of the United Church of God, an International Association, the publisher of this Bible Study Course, are committed to living by every word of God (Matthew 4:4), including His instructions to assemble on His annual festivals. Through these festivals God, through His written Word, regularly reminds us of His awesome and loving plan for humanity.

Members of the United Church of God are committed to proclaiming the truth about God’s plan and His coming Kingdom to the world (Matthew 24:14). They are part of the family God is building—His own children—who will receive eternal life at Christ’s return (1 John 3:1-2; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53).

As children of God, members of the Church anticipate a “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). They eagerly await Jesus’ return so they can assist Him in bringing true repentance and salvation to the world (Luke 11:2; Revelation 3:21).

To fulfill their mission and maintain the closeness and unity Christ expects of them, members of His Church regularly assemble together as commanded in the Scriptures (Exodus 20:8-11). They take seriously the admonition: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

The Church assembles together on the seventh-day Sabbath, as was the custom of Jesus and the apostles (Luke 4:16, Luke 4:31-32; Acts 13:14, Acts 13:42-44). Its members strive to follow the example of Jesus and the apostles in all things (1 John 2:6; 1 Corinthians 11:1).

Members of the United Church of God are dedicated to preserving and proclaiming “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1:3, NRSV). They meet in many cities around the world. They are zealously committed to obeying God, loving one another and completing the Church’s mission of spreading the true gospel of the Kingdom of God.

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Points to Ponder

These questions are intended as a study aid, to spur further thought on the concepts discussed in this lesson and to help you apply them on a personal level.

We suggest you take the time to write out your answers to these questions and compare them to the scriptures given. Please feel free to write us with any comments or suggestions, including questions about the course or this lesson.

• Did Jesus Christ keep the biblical festivals? (Matthew 26:17; John 7:8-14, John 7:37).

• Did the apostles continue to keep the biblical festivals after Jesus’ death and resurrection? (Acts 2:1; Acts 12:2-4; Acts 16:13; Acts 18:21; Acts 20:6; Acts 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8).

• What did the Passover mean to the ancient Israelites, and what does it mean for Christians today? (Exodus 12:26-27; 1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Peter 1:18-20).

• What is the spiritual lesson of the Feast of Unleavened Bread? (1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Luke 12:1; Romans 6:17-19).

• What events do the writers of the Bible associate with the Feast of Pentecost? (Deuteronomy 5:2, 4; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:36-41).

• Which events in God’s plan does He connect with the sounding of a trumpet and thus the Feast of Trumpets? (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Matthew 24:31; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; Revelation 11:15).

• What does the Day of Atonement picture? (1 John 2:1-2; John 3:16; Leviticus 16:6-16; Revelation 20:1-3).

• After Jesus returns and God puts Satan away, what is the next step in God’s plan of salvation for mankind? (Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 20:6; Micah 4:1-3; Isaiah 11:5-9; Zechariah 14:16-19).

• After the seven-day Feast of Tabernacles, another festival follows on the eighth day. What does the Last Great Day picture? (Revelation 20:12-15; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Matthew 12:41-42; John 7:37-39; 2 Peter 3:9).

Congratulations! You have now completed the final Lesson 12.

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Final Comments

At this point you may also want to review the previous lessons to see how far you have come. 

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