Christian Churches of God
21-Day Sanctification Period
(Edition 2.0 20060527-20090302)
Jesus Christ cleansed this Temple at Jerusalem prior to the Passover as a warning and a sign to us that we too have to cleanse the Temple to be worthy to take the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper.
21-Day Sanctification Period
To have children gain an understanding of some of the significant events of the 21 days of sanctification.
Joel 1:14 Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the LORD your God; and cry to the LORD. (RSV)
1Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? (RSV)
Leviticus 11:44-45; Ezekiel 45:17-20; Hebrews 5:1-2
Question and Answers; the questions are in bold.
Q1. What does Sanctification means?
A. To sanctify means, “to make holy”, so during this 21-day period we continually look at our past and present behaviour and try to put sin out of our thoughts and actions. It is a very special time for baptized members to focus on their calling, baptism and commitment to the One True God. It is referred to as the period of “cleansing the Temple”. Currently we are the Temple, if we are a baptized member.
Q2. What is the first Feast period of God’s year?
Q3. Why do we keep Passover?
A. Because God tells us to; so we can learn to fear and worship Him more correctly.
(Ex. 12:14-20; 13:6-7; 23:15; 2Kgs. 23:21)
Q4. What does Passover picture?
A. The salvation of the nation of Israel and the entire planet. God showed us that by taking Israel out of Egypt, He was taking us out of sin. In the future God will take everyone out of sin.
Q5. Who does the lamb picture or represent?
A. The lamb that was sacrificed on the night of Passover was an example of how Jesus Christ would come and be our sacrificial lamb (Jn. 1:29-30; 1Pet. 1:19). He would become the perfect sacrifice (Heb. 7:27; 9:12; 10:10-14; 1Pet. 3:18) and grant us reconciliation, or allow us to have a relationship again with God the Father. This was Christ’s first visit to earth as a man and he came to fulfil the role of our High Priest.
Q6. Did God pick out which “lamb” or spiritual being would lay down his life prior to the foundation of the world?
A. Yes, God picked out the “lamb” that would be slain.
Q7. Did God ask Israel to pick out their lambs for the Passover sacrifice prior to the 14th?
A. Yes. On the 10th day of the First month the lamb was selected and set aside to be the Passover Lamb (Ex. 12:3). Israel was instructed that the lamb should be a perfect male lamb of the first year (Ex. 12:5).
Q8. Which day were these lambs set aside from the rest of the flock?
A. On the 10th day of the First month. The same number as the total of 7 Churches, 2 Witnesses, and the Messiah (Ex. 12:3).
Q9. Is there a time that adult baptized members are to fast and pray for their families, friends, the people of the planet and even the fallen Host?
A. Yes. See Ezekiel 45:17-20.
Q10. On what day do we fast during the First month?
A. On the 7th day of the 1st month. Just as the Sabbath is a day of rest and rejuvenation with God, so too with the Fast for the Simple and Erroneous do we figuratively “lay down our lives for our brothers” in fasting and prayer to bring all into the knowledge of God so He can be all in all (Ezek. 45:17-20).
Q11. What is the Lord’s Supper?
A. It is the time when the adult baptised members of the Church take part in the yearly foot-washing service and partake of the bread and wine (symbolising or representing the body and blood of Christ).
Q12. Is it for children or un-baptized people?
A. No. It is only for baptised adults since it is the time we renew or restate our baptismal covenant, or promise with God.
Q13. What day is the Lord’s Supper?
A. It is the same answer as 7+7. The first 7th day of the First month looked at the elect praying and fasting for man and the fallen Host who do not understand God’s Plan. On the 14th day, the elect, the baptized members, focus on looking over their past behaviour of the year and renewing their baptismal covenant with God.
Q14. What is the first part of the Lord’s Supper service?
A. This includes foot-washing (Jn. 13:1-5). It is what would have happened many years ago when people walked in sandals to their friend’s house. Before they actually went into the person’s house a servant washed the traveller’s feet, so the dirt/sin was not tracked into the friend’s house. It was also a sign that you allowed someone else to help wash and clean you. Likewise at the foot-washing service it is an act of service to wash someone else’s feet. Once we are clean then we can enter the house and partake of the meal.
Q15. What is the numerical date of the first Holy Day of Unleavened Bread?
A. The 15th of Abib is an annual Holy Day and we are commanded to assemble together (Ex. 12:16). The 15th is also the beginning of the days of Unleavened Bread.
Q16. How many days of Unleavened Bread are there?
A. We are told to eat unleavened bread for seven days (Ex. 12:17-20). Therefore, we don’t eat bread, or cakes, and biscuits, because they contain leaven or yeast.
Q17. What is the numerical date of the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread?
A. Hint: 14+7. There are services on each of the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The seventh day of the Feast is also a Holy Day. This is the 21st of the First month or Abib. It is treated like a Sabbath (Ex. 12:15-18; Lev. 23:8; Deut. 16:8).
Q18. What happens on the 7th day of the First month?
A. We fast for our families, the Church, the planet and the fallen Host, so that all will understand God’s Plan.
Q19. What happens on the 14th day of the First month?
A. Baptized members renew their baptismal covenant with God at the Lord’s Supper.
Q20. What happens on the 21st day of the First month?
A. It is the last Holy Day of Unleavened Bread and it brings the 21-day sanctification process to a close for another year. We are ready to go forward and do the work of God for another year as we keep His Holy Days and learn about His Plan of Salvation as we obey Him.
21-day paper chain
Supplies: Construction paper, scissors, pen or marker.
Supplies: Clothespins and permanent markers. Possibly cards and poster board.
Ask a closing prayer.