Six Results of Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles
“‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive” (John 7:37–39).
The Lord has been saying so much about adjusting our expectation. Not only does He want us to expect Him for new things, but to also expect Him to use us at any time. He wants us to have this expectation continually. I think this is one of the new doors for us to enter in 5778.
We are now entering the Feast of Tabernacles (Oct. 5–12). It was an amazing feast, and was the one at which Jesus, on the feast’s last day, stood on the steps of the temple and shouted for all to hear: “‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive” (John 7:37–39).
We know the Feast of Tabernacles is about celebrating and spending time in the presence of God. The people were instructed to make a booth or tabernacle (a sukkah) out of branches and spend time there throughout the week knowing that the Lord was also dwelling there with them (Lev. 23:33–44). It was to be a physical demonstration of “hanging out” with the Lord. I see six different promises or blessings, which are as follows:
• He is with us in our journey and will get us through. Living in the booths was demonstration and assurance that the Lord was with them on their trek through the wilderness. He got them through it. Similarly, He is with us on our journey. We can have full assurance that He will get us through our trials and that we will reach the destiny He has for us.
• He wants His presence to be part of our daily lives. He doesn’t want to have our focus and attention only at prescribed times and places (e.g., at church). Rather, He wants to “live” with us in our homes. The emphasis is not as a special guest, but living as a friend or family member would. I think this is what David meant when he said, “One thing have I desired … that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life (Ps. 27:4). David was longing not just to enter, but to also dwell, in the presence of the Lord. This is what the Lord wants for us, and we must have the mindset that He wants to come to me; He longs to be welcomed by me at all times. This means regularly talking to Him, thinking about Him, and talking about Him to friends and family. The Feast of Tabernacles is a good time to try this. We can ask Him to help us grow in this daily practice throughout the year.
• Receive new anointing/more filling of the Holy Spirit. This is the ultimate aim of the Feast of Tabernacles, and explains why Jesus made that incredible promise of filling and overflowing of the Holy Spirit. Disciplining or forcing ourselves to come into His presence in the midst of our daily lives (talking to Him, talking about Him, thinking about Him) will result in a growing thirst for Him. When there is thirst, He will then fill to fullness and overflow.
• Removal of obstacles and hindrances. The Lord told His people that if they were faithful to celebrate the feasts, which really meant coming and spending time with Him, then, “I will cast out nations before you” (Exod. 34:24). This needs no further explanation. Watch things that have been hindering you—and the barriers against you—be removed, not just during this week, but also throughout the year.
• Enlargement and growth. “I will … enlarge your borders” (Exod. 34:24). What an incredible promise. God will make us larger vessels and will increase our effectiveness. Not through our efforts and abilities, but because of His grace.
• Protection from schemes of the enemy. “Neither will any man covet your land” (Exod. 34:24). If you’re not quite convinced that you can or should celebrate the Lord at Tabernacles, this reason alone should be enough to convince you. You probably know how adept the devil is at attacking people through confusion, miscommunication, and jealousy. He can really stir things up. But Hallelujah! I would rather focus on celebrating the Lord and being in His presence. He will more than take care of the enemy. That is His promise.
Japan—Feels Like We Are Getting Closer to Revival!
This past Sunday, I was at Tokyo Arise 5 Church (Prophecy Café). I spoke about the Day of Atonement and how the blood of Jesus breaks condemnation. At the end, fifteen people prayed to receive Jesus. (Almost every non-believer in the room came forward.) After the prayer of salvation, I spoke a short word over each person. I was amazed at how moved they were. There was lots of weeping and tears of joy as people encountered Jesus. Hallelujah!
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Arise 5 Annual Conference
Okinawa, Japan: February 2–4, 2018
At our annual conference, which was held this past July in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the Lord spoke clearly that our next Arise 5 Annual Gathering needed to be in Okinawa. Please join us February 2–4, 2018. For registration and hotel information, please contact the Arise 5 coordinator in your nation. More details may be found here.
If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…
As you can see from my schedule, I’m headed to Sri Lanka, Armenia, Moscow, and then Taiwan. I will also be going to Cairo in November, and then again in early December. This all has to do with the great, great harvest that God will bring forth in the Middle East. If you feel led to give to help support these trips, please make use of the information for giving at the end of this newsletter.
I just finished a teaching series for use in Russia based on my book Apostles and Apostolic Anointing. This book explains the role of apostles and shows how important apostolic anointing is. I believe we will see that it is key to opening up the marketplace.
- Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
- Oct. 11–13, Armenia
- Oct. 14–15, Moscow
- Oct. 19–29, Taiwan
Giving to Arise 5
Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).
You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.
Bank Info and Online Giving
Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.
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JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377
CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名：RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号：6212 2617 0201 3013 933
KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8
MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)
SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)
TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0
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OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).