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THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Pharisees...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 Christ’s birth in Bethlehem is the greatest...

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

This is the trailer for Robert D. Pace's Discern the Days Conference which teaches deep prophetic...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Teaching Outline The nature of Jesus Christ has been debated...

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING Malachi 3:10-12 Robert D. Pace (Illustration) Years ago, an express...

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace (This message is presented in Outline form, describing numerous...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Despite...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:13-20 The Bible discloses two groups of people that...

THE LION’S ROAR!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Lion’s...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus...

Mountaintop Worship

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 22:5-25 INTRODUCTION When you think of worship, what comes to mind?...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor and Deacon were...

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Jeremiah 33:1-3 Opening Remarks I want to examine one verse of...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 17:30-31 John the Baptist is Scripture’s premier Prophet of...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Joshua 6:1-5 This is a tremendous story of triumph that Joshua...

They Forgot the Works of the Lord!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 From whichever version of the Bible you read, Psalm...

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 15:1 2 The Bible describes Christianity as...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace An attribute of God is any quality or characteristic that is...

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime"   Robert D. Pace In recent days, it...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

DOES GOD KILL?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids murder. Does God violate...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle,...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONSRobert D. Pace What was true about Jesus 2000 years ago is still true today....

Building on the Rock

Mark E. Hardgrove Matthew 7:24-27 INTRODUCTION This particular parable is included in a series of...

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

Securing the Favor of God Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) In its simplest terms, divine...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Throughout Scripture, we see people that...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 33:3...

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks When Scripture says Man is “created in God’s...

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre Scripture Remarks John 20:21 If you could concoct a...

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Peter 4:10-11 Anointing! There’s a mystery to that word. In...

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" The Philadelphia ProclamationRobert D....

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 20:21 If peace could be packaged and marketed sales would...

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago,...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Zechariah 1:14-17 Zechariah prophesied at the end of Israel’s...

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH FAITH?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:1-6 Faith is a premier aspect of the Kingdom of...

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

This is an excerpt from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD, "The Scriptures, The Savior and...

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1 opens with these...

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God has an...

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In recent days, the Holy...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 3:21 Jesus said in Revelation 3:21, “he that...

THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:5-8 The nature of angels is intriguing. When you...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Zechariah 9:9-17 In Zechariah’s days a king’s arrival was...

“I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!”

“I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!” Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:17 Alvin Tofflier...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I. Types of Fasts Fasting can be broadly characterized in...

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS  Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:1-11 (Illustration) Some years ago, two artists...

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-17 For several weeks, I planned a different message...

THE GARDENER

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God’s work on...

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:8-9 Years ago a convicted murderer was given a life...

GOD RAISES DEAD DREAMS

Scripture uses death to identify man’s greatest enemy and there’s nothing man fears more. When a person expires, losing all vital signs, doctors, medicine, and science stand powerless in its presence. Only God can resurrect. But this sermon doesn’t deal with the physical cessation of life, it deals with death of a different nature. The death of God’s divinely inspired promises and visions. I’m persuaded that many Christians are in the gestation stage of a specific promise God has given them. Perhaps years ago He planted a dream and you’re still awaiting its fruition. Maybe even hope has begged you to admit that promise is dead. But the God that resurrected Christ from the dead can resurrect your promise.

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18-21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

People are excited about their team claiming the World Cup. While that’s great, ultimately, only...

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:12 (Illustration) It was a frigid February in...

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

Robert D. Pace The following article was taken from "The Evangel" magazine where Robert D. Pace...

THE PEACE OF GOD

Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 111:7--9 It is said that the only things certain in life...

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 18:1-11 Most people don’t recall Malchus, but he was one...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:11-13 A sermon dealing with what should be...

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace How would you like to wear a crown today? You can! And we will...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word...

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the Endtimes and the signs the people of that day would...

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

Robert D. Pace I find myself torn between labeling this post as a Point of Inspiration devotional...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 6:7-10 (Illustration) Years ago, a mother and...

Book Review: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

Mark E. Hardgrove, PhD I recently received a book entitled How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary...

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Several years ago, the Lord spoke...

I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 3 John 2 John was the apostle filled with God’s love and...

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace My message today is entitled: The Inherent Power of the...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6-7 (Illustration) We live in a unique sphere of...

Strangers and Pilgrims

"Professor" William C. Linn Guest Contributor Napoleon was exiled twice in his life. His first...

“PATHSPERITY”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 14:8‑17 “Pathsperity” is a play on words. I’ve...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

Opening Closed Doors Revelation 3:8 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Illustration) In the 1990’s I...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Nothing more is known of Jabez other than...

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Signs and wonders are divine events that display God’s glory...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

Robert D. Pace The boast of the Laodicean Church was, “I am rich!” (Revelation 3:17) Gloating over...

Biblically Woke!

Robert D Pace Biblically “Woke”! Matthew 1:24 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of...

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Genesis 1:1 (While this is a standalone message, it can also...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Near the close...

Secrets of Gog and Magog

From Robert D Pace's stunning DVD which explains that Gog and Magog are not what, or who, you...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

Robert D. Pace During the Vietnam War, a West Point graduate marshaled a group of new recruits...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

POINT OF INSPIRATION DEVOTIONAL   Robert D. Pace In 800 BC Isaiah prophesied: “Unto us a...

LOOSED!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Burdens. Constraints. Traps. When you...

The Power of Life and Death

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One of today’s...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PulpitToday Sermon Robert D. Pace Introduction The first question I want to answer about this...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

By Dennis Bratcher Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western...

AFFIRMING THE BIBLE AS GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NOTE: This Teaching provides an overview of...

YOU CAN KNOW!

How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours!1 Peter 3:15 Imagine...

The Beauty of the Righteous

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace God’s love for trees is evident in Creation. Botanists assert...

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Robert D. Pace Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? In recent years, the...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS AND OTHER BIBLE FORMULAS THAT DON’T WORK

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:7-11 Our generation has a formula for whatever need...

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 6:17-18 In Christ’s day few men demonstrated a...

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth, but...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

Robert D. Pace The ushers have distributed the sacraments, no let us prepare our hearts to engage...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The Second Coming of Jesus...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Romans 5:1-5 Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two...

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Grace of...

I Want To Be Happy, But I Don’t Know How

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 12:13-21 (Illustration) A young executive pulled his new...

America in Crisis!

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace The turmoil that America is experiencing is nothing new. It is...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks (Quote) A USA Today poll found that only...

Speak Lord, But is it Really You?

Of all experiences that exhilarate people, chief among them is when God speaks directly to the human soul. One inspired word to a thirsty, hungry traveler can refresh and sustain more than a thousand meals. It was Elijah who heard God’s instruction to “rise and eat” that received nourishment to navigate 285 miles for the following forty days

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks The name of today's message is “Always...

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace The ability to...

MEN IN BROWN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace It’s Christmas...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:31‑35 Today, I want us to focus our attention on Jesus...

A KING AMONG MEN

Robert D. Pace In ancient days, Persia was governed by a benevolent, loving king. In order to...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

AN ALTAR INVITATION

Robert D. Pace "THE BOOKS" An Altar Invitation The Bible speaks of two books being opened at the...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

THE COMING WINDS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The presence of wind...

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace It begins with...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

HOW TO PRAY AN HOUR AND MAKE IT SEEM 15 MINUTES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks In Matthew 6 Jesus disclosed the prayer of the...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 9:35-38 What is Compassion? Let’s get to the heart of...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

Robert D. Pace Colossians 2:13--15 If you’re familiar with the world’s major religions you know...

BOUNDARIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:15-16 I want to talk about “boundaries.” Maybe you’re...

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

Deliverance Over Strongholds Luke 11:14--22 Robert D. Pace (Definition) What is a stronghold? A...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One-Word...

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is the "only way” of salvation? It’s a fair question...

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

Robert D. Pace Dynamic Messengers are rare, but desperately needed! They are prophetic people that...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

Driving Out The Canaanites

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace As we discuss Driving out the Canaanites I want you to...

NONE CAST ASIDE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Isaiah 42:1-4 This message is for those that have, at some...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The study of clouds in Scripture is fascinating. Most...

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Joshua 21:42-45 INTRODUCTION Reading these lists, whether it is a genealogical...

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Leaning...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Television commercials are aimed at convincing the public...

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:15-18 Do you love God? I mean do you passionately and...

HE WHO SITS ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I want to preach to you on the subject: He Who Sits Above the...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues some everlasting truths...

TEAR IT DOWN!

Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 1:4-10 What we have to understand is this: Before converting to Christ,...

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Philippians 3:7 11 It is said that St. Augustine, of the Fifth...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace Years ago, a pastor related the story of a father, son, and friend sailing off the...

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 When the general populace describes Christmas they...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The book of...

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

Dear Faithful Viewer, Greetings, in the Name of Christ Jesus! Since 2003, God has privileged me to...

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 5:15-17 The Bible is a prophetic book that discloses...

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the shoulders...

Don’t Overlook Jesus

Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Jesus is Alive! Robert D. Pace Matthew 28:1--10 (Illustration) Perhaps you've heard this familiar...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 4:17-24 The mind is incredible.  It can instantly...

WHAT NEVER HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

Let’s journey back several thousand years to Jerusalem during Passover week. This was the holiest of the seven Hebrew festivals that attracted thousands of worshipers. Some traveled hundreds of miles to attend this celebration in the religious capital of the world—Jerusalem. What a sight it must have been! For seven days the Priests appeared in their royal apparel, led the people in worship, offered sacrifices, and blew shofars (2 Chronicles 30:21). Everything was leading to the Day of Atonement when the High Priest would present the blood of a Passover lamb for the people’s sins. Not only was Jerusalem sightly its aroma was pungent.

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Have you...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Isaiah 9,...

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Marriages,...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Teaching I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which command of Scripture,...

The Power of our Spoken Words

Mark E. Hardgrove PhD, DMin Genesis 15:22-23 INTRODUCTION: There is no denying the importance of,...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Jesus was surrounded by...

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Everybody has a destiny. So much so, that God himself has taken a personal...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Perhaps you...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Created in...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 The mandate for the Church is to spread the...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday: Day of Adoration Jesus makes his Triumphal Entry into...

Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy

By Dr. Bob Thiel, COGwriter The Palestian-dominated Gaza has been in the news a lot. Where exactly...

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 1:12 (Illustration) I was twenty-three, had...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Proverbs 2:1-8 (Illustration) William was sixteen when he left...

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1...

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

Arise and Claim the Blessings! ROBERT D PACE Matthew 7:7–11 Throughout the Bible Christians are...

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Edited by Robert D. Pace In a...

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, I...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 26:18-19 (Illustration) Andrew Carnegie was once asked...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace There is a...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus knew the...

MEN AS ANGELS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 22:30 It’s almost inconceivable that the Bible would...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

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Introduction

The first question I want to answer about this study is, how does an Old Testament festival apply to New Testament Believers of the 21st Century? Is there really something about the Festival of Tabernacles that remains significant today? Let’s investigate this:

Do you realize that, according to the Apostle John, the Lord Jesus Christ, in the New Testament, attended this festival (John 6:2—3)? That alone shows its importance!

But before showing up at this festival, Jesus momentarily delayed his trip and acted as though he would not attend it.  That’s when his own flesh brothers—James, Joseph (Joses), and Jude—urgently told him to attend it (7:3—4). They, too, knew it was important.

Then, as Jesus patiently waited for one final moment before starting his trip to Jerusalem, he sent his disciples ahead of him to make certain they would celebrate it.

Finally, of the seven Israeli festivals, Tabernacles is the one the Bible mandates to be observed perpetually, forever, even throughout the coming Millennial Reign of Christ. And this command not only applies to the Jews, the Bible makes certain to instruct Gentiles to observe this festival during this time. Here is what Zechariah 14:16—17 says about it:

Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. (17) If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain.

Zachariah puts the “fear of God” into the nations daring to ignore this festival during the Millennial Kingdom. But don’t let this frighten you, because Tabernacles is the most spectacular, pageantry-filled extravaganzas of Israel’s seven festivals. It is an honor for people to participate in it. So, suffice it to say, these few facts reveal the tremendous importance of Tabernacles.

(Transition) Now let’s consider some significant insights to the Festival of Tabernacles.

Insights to the Festival of Tabernacles

1. The most obvious aspect of the Festival of Tabernacles is how worshipers constructed temporary huts/tents to sleep in for one week.

This is the reason it’s called Tabernacles or the Festival of Sukkot/Booths. Moses instructed worshipers to construct frail, makeshift shelters as reminders of their ancestors’ forty-year journey through the wilderness. After piecing together their tents, the participants would then live in them for seven days. In so doing, it would remind them of how God kept Moses and the Israelis safe, even in a flimsy tent during their four decade journey through the desert!

It was God’s way of reminding worshipers of what he could do for his people when they were pressed into the most desolate places.

While that is an important reason for observing Tabernacles, there is another question to ask: Why does God love the tents of Israel so much that he asks Believers to live them for seven days a year? Further, why has God constructed an affinity with tents throughout the Bible? I want to give you a few passages where God identifies with tents:

God’s Affinity with Tents

“God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great. (2) His tent is in Salem [or, Jerusalem], his dwelling place in Zion” (Psalm 76:1—2).

“Look on Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken” (Isaiah 33:20). In other words, if God opened our spiritual sight we could see that Jerusalem is completely enshrouded by a resplendent tent.

God so loves the concept of tents that at Creation he meticulously fashioned our solar system like a tent. Notice what David said in Psalm 104:2. “The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent.”

And the Prophet Isaiah agreed the Psalmist when he said in Isaiah 40:22, “He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” Even astrophysicists describe the Milky Way that we live in being cast forth as a tent! But I don’t believe, for a moment, that these astrophysicists consulted the Bible from which they drew their conclusion.

But also notice the scriptures that speak of God’s eternal lovenot transitory love—but his everlasting love for tents. And you’ll notice that the Bible speaks of tents and tabernacles interchangeably:

Hebrews 8:1—2 says: “[Jesus] sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, (2) and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.” In heaven we will gather to worship under God’s eternal tabernacle.

Revelation 15:5 says: “After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple—that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law. . . .”

Revelation 21:3 says: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them” [NASB]. Thus, it is God himself that is our eternal tabernacle.

And then finally, notice Isaiah 4:5. “Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy.”

So to answer the question—Why does God love the concept of a tent?—It will be necessary to draw that conclusion from the remaining points of this message.

(Transition) Thus, let’s consider the second insight to the Festival of Tabernacles. And this will be a very brief insight:

2. This festival is also referred to as the Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:16).

This was called the Festival of Ingathering because it spoke of the Fall crop, which was the final harvest of the year. You see, Moses instructed worshipers to appear at this feast with a freewill offering from their produce. It gave them the opportunity of returning a portion of their increase to God and thank him for his blessings.

It is interesting that the Feast of Ingathering is what the American Pilgrims identified with on their first observance of Thanksgiving Day. They based it on the books of Moses.

(Transition) Let’s move on to the third insight of Tabernacles by considering an odd request that God makes of his people when celebrating it.

3. God commanded worshipers to REJOICE at this festival!

Of the seven annual festivals of Israel, this is the one that involved the act of celebration above all others. Let’s turn to Deuteronomy 16:13 and read about the merriment that God wanted at this festival:

Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress. (14) Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns. (15) For seven days celebrate the festival to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.

Those three verses emphasize celebrating and joy four times! Isn’t it strange that Moses in the Old Testament and Paul in the New Testament had to remind Believers to rejoice? Paul said in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice!”

The act of rejoicing is important in our relationship with God. That’s why I want to clarify the difference between rejoicing and praising, because while they are similar each maintains distinctive differences:

Praise is our perceptible worship that ascribes merit, worth and, dignity to God. It extols the beauty of his being and his creative acts.

But while praise exalts God, times of rejoicing are festive moments that celebrate God’s goodness toward worshipers. Rejoicing exults over God’s intervention for his people. For example: (a) Miriam and the Israeli women rejoiced after God delivered them through the Red Sea. (b) David rejoiced with dancing after he recaptured the Ark of the Covenant. (c) The lame man rejoiced with leaping after his healing at the Temple gate. And (d) you and I can rejoice over our God’s intervention for us—especially his salvation toward us.

(Transition) The fourth insight I’ll make about Tabernacles is this:

5. The Festival of Sukkot reminds worshipers of how God pitched his tent in the midst of Israel’s camp and personally tabernacled among them during their 40-year journey through the desert.

 

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With all the tribes of Israel encamped around that holy and sacred tent that Moses had constructed, God’s presence was the central aspect of their life during their journey from Egyptian Captivity to the Promised Land. You can see how this is a highly personal festival that illustrates how God dwelt with his people. This is what makes the Festival of Tabernacles so intriguing.

Always remember that Sukkot points back to the Jews’ 40-year experience as desert dwellers. It pictures them being literally shut off from the rest of the world! It was a closed camp where everything converged under that gigantic cloud by day and night. And then at the center of the camp was the Tabernacle of God, which housed his mighty presence.

And yet, despite their total isolation from the world, with God “tabernacling” among them, the Israelis were deprived of nothing! Moses even noted that “neither did their clothes wear out.”

Think for a moment of the destitution of a desert. The very word, desert, suggests deprivation: (a) There is scarcity of natural resources to sustain people in the desert, which could lead to starvation or dehydration; (b) There is intense heat from the sun that can blister the skin and cause strokes; (c) There are predators such as snakes, coyotes, spiders, and scorpions; (d) There is lack of pastureland for animals, and; (e) There is vulnerability to foreign armies.

But as worshipers have celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles each year and camped in their makeshift tents, it has demonstrated the limitless resources that “God among us” supplies for his people. There is no extenuating circumstance that can prevent our God from meeting our needs. He is our Jehovah-Jireh, and “with God all things are possible”!

It’s easy to identify the prophetic significance here: It points directly to Jesus when he would come to earth and “tabernacle” among his people. Here is how the apostle stated it in John 1:1—4, 14.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was with God in the beginning. (3) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (4) In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (14) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Now you know why God repeatedly told worshipers to rejoice at this festival. It was the festival that illustrates God living with his people! And God is present he brings joy! This is what King David said in Psalm 16:11. “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

(Transition) Let’s look closer and investigate the all-sufficiency that God’s presence brings:

The Ceremony of Water

Once the Israelites left Egypt and passed through the Red Sea they were in the desert. And I just mentioned the hazards of these dry, parched places. This meant there were three million people in need of water on a daily basis. Here is what Psalm 78:15 says:

“He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas; (16) he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers. . . (20) True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly.”

Notice what type of water this festival emphasizes. There are drops of water that fall from the sky, which we call rain, but this isn’t the type. This is water that comes from deep within. It is a well; a fountain; or a spring that bubbles forth from beneath. And again, there is wonderful prophetic significance here. And that is why the Jews attached a magnificent water ceremony to this Festival.

Once the Jews had settled in the Promise Land this festival was celebrated in Jerusalem. The Pool of Siloam was a spring fed pool that bubbled forth on the SW side of the Temple. This is where the priests would go to draw water and then walk it into the Temple for a “Pouring out Ceremony.”

Some Bible interpreters have connected this ceremony with Isaiah 12:3 that says: “With joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation. When this ceremony occurred people would gather around the priest to watch him draw water and then walk in procession to the Temple Court where he poured it out. (It was filled with fanfare!) But there is something fascinating that the Apostle John pictures happening when Jesus attended this festival. In John 7:37—39:

On the last and greatest day [Hoshana Rabba,] of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. (38) Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (39) By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

Isn’t that wonderful! Jesus showed up at the Festival of Tabernacles to proclaim that the celebration was about him! Jesus is the living water that can supply refreshment for every parched soul on Earth! And without this living water no human can survive!

“Give them Water,” Preacher!

I want to show you one more passage that deals with our vital need for water. This passage is found in Numbers 21:16—18, where once again the Israelis were in the wilderness traveling toward the Promised Land:

From there they continued on to Beer [water], the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.” (17) Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it, (18) about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank—the nobles with scepters and staffs.”

This passage is a celebration of water: spring water; water from a fountain; water from a well; but it also symbolizes spiritual water. And if you noticed the appointed time that Moses shows this water is needed, it is when the people of God are “gathered.” Look again at verse 16: “The Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.”

(Insight) This is what the Holy Spirit has shown me about this passage: When I, as a preacher of the Gospel, stand before the “gathered” people of God, in a church service like this, I must draw from the fountains of God; draw from the springs of God and provide worshipers with living water! That is my responsibility. I don’t ever want you leaving thirsty and dry from a service that I preached in.

(Transition) But there was not only an elaborate water ceremony; the Jews also implemented a magnificent ceremony of light.

The Ceremony of Light

Before the Temple was destroyed in AD 70, the Jews would erect giant 40-foot high pillars that stood like gigantic candelabras. They were actually seven stories high, and with the Temple perched on Mount Zion, people could see that light from miles around! It reminded them of the glorious blaze of that Shekinah cloud that hovered over Moses and the Jews in the wilderness.

And here again, we see something remarkable happening at the First Century Festival of Sukkot that Jesus attended. It is highly probable that this is where Jesus uttered another significant proclamation about himself. In the next chapter—John 8:12—Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Here is the underlying message of Christ’s statements when he proclaimed to be the “living water” and the “light of the world.” He was saying: “I am here! I am “tabernacling” with you! I am what your ancestors had in the wilderness and I am here for you too!

Is it becoming clearer as to why Sukkot is significant to God and his people?

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(Transition) Now for the final insight about the Festival of Booths.

5. This festival also shows the privilege that Christians have to live as strangers and outsiders to the world.

As I mentioned earlier, with the tents of Israel circumscribing the Tabernacle of God in the desert, showed that they were a community of people closed off from the outside world. They were “strangers” and “foreigners” of this domain.

But this shouldn’t strike you as something dispiriting or fateful. The fact that God wants us to live as “outsiders” to this world is wonderful! And it’s because it conveys the incomparable privilege that Believers have to “tabernacle” and abide in God’s presence. I like to state it like this:  “Outsiders” to the world are honored to be “Insiders” with God!

It’s important to understand where our eternal citizenship resides. And it’s Heaven! This world is not our home! And the Prophets and Apostles of the Bible knew this fact well!

There are several scriptures we can pray as reminders that God has separated us from the world:

“I am a stranger on earth, do not hide your commands from me” (Psalm 119:19).

“Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were” (Psalm 39:12).

Hebrews 11:13 says: “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”

1 Peter 1:17 says: “Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.”

Remember: “Outsiders” to the world are honored to be “Insiders” with God! And meeting with God in his tent puts us in into a close-knit space with him. For example:

God convened with Abraham in his tent and told him of the coming birth of Isaac.

Moses met with God face-to-face in the Tent of Meeting. (Can you imagine those conversations?)

The High Priest entered the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for the people and meet with God in his “sacred tent.”

The Thousand–year Millennial Reign of Christ involves Christ dwelling with mankind on Earth and ruling from the Tent of Jerusalem.

Theologians describe the Israelis’ 40-year wandering in the wilderness as God’s courtship with his people. This is what God loves! He loves to romance his people. And tents are places that enhance such communion between God and man.

It is the Festival of Tabernacles that points to the day of eternal romance when Believers will dwell with their Redeemer in Heaven. This is precisely how John characterized it in Revelation 21:1—3.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (2) I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Conclusion

(Question) If you could live during any epoch of the OT, which would you choose? For me, it would not be during the glorious reign of Solomon when his Temple stood magnificently on Zion’s hill. It would not be during the times of Samson, or David, or Elijah. I would gladly choose the time of Israel’s journey through the wilderness, under the wondrous cloud, and in the midst of God’s grand and glorious presence where every need of his people was met!