All of God’s commanded holy days or feast days are to be observed with joy. “Three times [or seasons] in a year shall your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks. and at the Feast of Tabernacles” (Deuteronomy 16:16).
God said: “And you shall rejoice in your feast, you, your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widows who are within your gates. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce, in all the work of your hands, so that you shall surely rejoice” (Verses 14-15).
The greatest joy and blessing
But for those who have never had their chance to really know God, know His laws and learn to live by them, the “Last Great Day” (John 7:37) has to hold the greatest joy and blessing.
“All” – every single individual who has ever lived – “have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And all such deserve the penalty of death because of sin (Romans 6:23), had not God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die at Calvary’s cross to pay for that penalty we all deserve, and so that we will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16; Romans 6:23).
Some – only a relatively few – among human sinners in this present age have come to such a salvation and promise of everlasting life (Matthew 7: 13-14 says, “Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life [everlasting], there are few who find it.;” see also Luke 13:24).
Thus the true followers of Christ [true Christians] are only a very few compared with the other churches, who boast of being “the faith of millions.” Christ called His church a “little flock” (Luke 14:32). [See: https://www.herbert-armstrong.org., click ENTER HERE, select “Books & Booklets,” and scroll down to the booklet titled “A True History of the True Church.”
At the return of Christ most of humanity will be destroyed (Isaiah 66:15-16;24:5-6)). Isaiah 6:12-13 indicates that only a tenth [10%] of all humanity will survive that destruction, and they will live on as mortal subjects of Christ’s coming kingdom. [See: The Ransomed of the LORD.]
The vast majority of “unsaved” mankind, however, will not be lost forever, without God giving them a fair chance to be taught of God and be saved. [See: This Is not the Only Day of Salvation.]
The promise of “the Last Great Day”
Revelation 20:5 assures: “But the rest of the dead [those who do not attain salvation at Christ’s return] did not live again until the thousand years – of Christ’s reign with the glorified saints – are finished.”
Revelation 20:12 shows the resurrection of all such unsaved dead. This will be their time to be taught God’s word, the Holy Bible. They will need to prove, within a time God gives them, that they are willing, and able, to do works worthy of salvation. As they do, they will be spared from the lake of fire and the “second death” but will instead have everlasting life (Verses 13-15). [See: Saved for Good Works and Being and Doing.]
Thank God there is a “Last Great Day!” What a great and loving God we serve!
Pedro R. Meléndez, Jr.