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Lev 23:1  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Lev 23:2  "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. Many think that these days are Jewish Feasts. Vs. 2 and 4 says the feasts of the LORD. Lev 23:3  'Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. Lev 23:4  'These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. We have an appointment with God on His Feasts days. Lev 23:5  On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover. Lev 23:6  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. Lev 23:7  On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. Lev 23:8  But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.' " Lev 23:9  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Lev 23:10  "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. Lev 23:11  He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. Lev 23:15  'And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Lev 23:16  Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD. Lev 23:17  You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the LORD.   We know the next reality is the return of Jesus Christ. Some of the things that are ahead of us now will not be an easy time. Because of the Holy Days, we have been given an overview. Victory will finally be God's. There will be much  suffering. Lev 23:24  "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. Lev 23:25  You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.' "   Mar 13:5  And Jesus, answering them, began to say: "Take heed that no one deceives you. Mar 13:6  For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and will deceive many. Mar 13:7  But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. Mar 13:8  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. Mar 13:9  "But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. Mar 13:10  And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. Mar 13:11  But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Mar 13:12  Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. Mar 13:13  And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Mar 13:19  For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. Mar 13:20  And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days. Mar 13:21  "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, He is there!' do not believe it. Mar 13:22  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Mar 13:23  But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand. Mar 13:23  But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand. Mar 13:24  "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; Mar 13:25  the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Mar 13:26  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. Mar 13:27  And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven. Mar 13:28  "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. Mar 13:29  So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! Mar 13:30  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Mar 13:31  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Mar 13:32  "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mar 13:33  Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. We need to do this individually. We can not do this for each other.   What does God want His people to be doing at this period of time? Mar 13:33  Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. Mar 13:34  It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Mar 13:35  Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— Mar 13:36  lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. Not talking praying having that communication with God. Keep yourself close to God, lest He come and find you sleeping. Luk 21:34  "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 2Ti 4:10  for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. There are many things in this world that can take us away from God. WE may not have time to get ready, the lesson is to be ready. Luk 21:35  For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Luk 21:36  Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." Stay close to God that we may be found worthy by God.