God’s Fall Festivals – Part 4: Last Great Day

Artist: Ava Mitchell—Plainview, NY

Have you ever had a “great” day?

Maybe your parents took your family to the beach where you got to play in the sand and the waves all day long before you finished off the afternoon with a large ice cream cone. Or perhaps you had a great day when you and some of your closest friends spent the day at an amusement park riding roller coasters and eating popcorn and funnel cakes. Whatever you may consider to have been a “great” day, nothing compares to how great the Last Great Day is going to be!  When God calls something great, there can be no mistake that it is certainly GREAT!


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


Fall Holy Days Coloring Pages

Prepare for Feast by printing out some of these GREAT coloring pages! All of the coloring pictures are selected submissions from our Fall Holy Days Art Contest.

What pictures are included?

  • “Lamb” – Artist: Maleewan Foster—Charlotte, NC
  • “It Won’t Be Long Now” – Artist: Lexi, Mitchell—Plainview, NY
  • “Girl on a Bridge” – Artist: Grace White—Morgantown, WV
  • “Bear and Baby” – Artist: Brandon Fall—SeaTac, WA
  • “The Living Water Sea” – Artist: Joseph Ross—Dubuque, IA
  • “Kingdom Creatures” – Artist: Amber Leonard— Charlotte, NC
  • “Jerusalem” – Artist: Susan Winnail—Tampa, FL
  • “The Last Great Day” – Artist: Ava Mitchell—Plainview, NY

All images displayed in this post were submitted by private artists who have granted all rights and permissions of use to Living Education for the purpose of education, and/or promotional publication, in accordance with the Fall Holy Days Art Contest Rules and Guidelines. Coloring Pages may be printed for personal use ONLY. All rights reserved.

God’s Fall Festivals – Part 3: Feast of Tabernacles

Artist: Diego Villafaña – Santiago, Chile

Once Christ returns,

and Satan is put away, it will be time for the real celebration to begin! On God’s calendar, just a few days after Atonement, one of the most joyous and exciting times of the year begins: The Feast of Tabernacles!
Why do people get so excited about this Feast? Is it just a regular family vacation? Or is God giving us something much more exciting to look forward to than simply an eight-day family trip? Why did God include it in His plan to build a family? Keep reading!


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


God’s Fall Festivals – Part 2: Day of Atonement

Photo: Susan Winnail – Tampa, Florida

After the Feast of Trumpets,

the next holy day we come to is what the Bible calls the Day of Atonement. Remember, the fall holy days represent important events or periods of time that have not happened yet, but will happen very soon in the future. Just as the Feast of Trumpets represents the return of Jesus Christ, the Day of Atonement pictures another very important event which will happen after Christ comes back to Earth. What big, exciting event does this special holy day picture?

Read on! 


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


God’s Fall Festivals–Part 1: Feast of Trumpets

Artist: Diego Villafaña – Santiago, Chile

WHAT IS TRUE PEACE?

Where does it come from? This world is not peaceful, but will it ever be? God knew from the beginning that mankind would not be able to find peace without His help. He wants everyone to enjoy true peace, but He knows it will only work if people made the right choices, without Him forcing them. The people would have to want true peace. So God prepared a plan to help people make the right choice to experience the blessings of peace and harmony.

So, how do the Fall festivals fit into this plan? Let’s find out! 


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


Helpful Links:

Make a Silver Trumpet – Craft link (outside source)

Make a Shofar – Craft Directions Link (outside source)

Shofar/Trumpet Demo Video – Dylan King (LivingEd-Online Course: The Feast of Trumpets)


Announcing! Fall Holy Days Art Contest Winners – 2019

Group 1 | Ages 12 & Under

WINNER: Jude Hunter – Albany, NY

Artist’s Description: It is a free-hand rendition of a lion and a lamb. The picture was colored in colored pencil. I drew it with a 0.7 graphite pencil.

Artist Bio: I was born on August 9, 2008. I have seven siblings. I like to draw and play with Legos. I have brown hair and green-grey eyes.

Honorable Mention:

Jonathan Wilson – Indianapolis, IN

Artist’s Description: This shows the nations coming up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem as described in Zechariah 14:16. There are many people coming up the road to the city.

Artist Bio: I was born in Zionsville, IN. I like Legos, cyclocross, and animals. My favorite Feast site was Costa Rica where I saw monkeys, parrots, and coatis.


Gabriella White – Lafayette, LA

Artist’s Description: The time of the millennial Feast of Trumpets. When I close my eyes this is what I see. Its the time after Christ returns when a trumpet (mom says Shofar) is blown, signifying the start of the Feast of Trumpets in the Kingdom. (Mom helped me choose my colors right for the sunset and water.)

Artist Bio: Gabriella (Ella) is 7 years old. She attends the congregation in Lafayette, LA. She is an artist at heart! Drawing and coloring are some of her favorite past times. Ella seemly edifies MOST of the fruits of the spirit at her young age. She wants to make all things beautiful. She brings flowers from nature in the home constantly. She is a blessing in her family.


Zhania Susi – Melbourne

Artist’s Description: This is an artwork of the millennium. I took inspiration from the bible hymn “It Won’t Be Long Now” as it describes how the world will be at peace.

Artist Bio: Hi, my name is Zhania. I am eleven years old and I am in grade six. My hobbies include, calligraphy, drawing and painting.

GROUP 2 | AGES 13 – 20

WINNER: Hannah Wolford – Bristol, VA

Artist’s Description: My submission depicts what the front page of a newspaper might look like in the Kingdom. The headlines describe some of the events taking place when the world tomorrow becomes the world today!

Artist Bio: I love being creative, and graduated this past spring with an Associates degree specializing in Art. I hope to one day become a professional artist.

Honorable Mention:

Chevy Dela Cruz – Quezon City

Artist’s Description: Inspired by the hymn “It won’t be long now” portraying the wolf, lamb, leopard, kid, lion, bear, and a child dwelling peacefully together.

Artist Bio: Watercolor and graphite are my usual mediums. I am a self-taught artist who does commissioned portrait artworks to earn money for school, savings and offerings. I love art of all kinds and I wish to improve myself with what I do to serve the brethren and to deliver God’s words with it.


Lexi Mitchell – Plainview, NY

Artist’s Description: My picture shows a girl during services at the feast, listening to the song ‘It Wont Be Long Now’ being sung, and imagining the scenarios of the Kingdom mentioned in the chorus.

Artist Bio: My name is Lexi Mitchell and I’m 14 years old. If I had to choose an activity to do it probably would be reading a good book, but drawing is cool too.

GROUP 3 | AGES 21+

WINNER: Diego Villafaña – Santiago, Chile

Artist’s Description: Tiempos vendrán, en donde la maldad se apartará del mundo y el bienestar se apoderará de la tierra. Esta ilustración representa al Milenio, un período de tiempo en donde Cristo gobernará a la Tierra y la sumirá en paz, felicidad y gozo abundantes para cada ser viviente. TRANSLATION: The time will come when evil will depart from the world and justice will take over the earth. This illustration represents the Millennium, a period in which Christ will rule the earth and there will be an abundant peace, happiness, and joy for every living being.

Artist Bio: Nací en Viña del Mar, Chile, el 19 de Noviembre de 1997. Desde pequeño he disfrutado del dibujo y la pintura, y los he practicado en mis tiempos libres durante toda mi juventud hasta el día de hoy. El titularme como Técnico en Animación Digital me ha permitido aplicar estos conocimientos de una manera mucho más profesional y estilizada, principalmente desde el área digital. Hoy en día realizo ilustraciones personalizadas para los sermones locales de la congregación de Santiago, Chile, en la Iglesia del Dios Viviente. TRANSLATION: I was born on November 19, 1997 in Viña del Mar, Chile. I have enjoyed drawing and painting since I was a child, and have practiced it in my spare time throughout my youth until this day. Having a college degree on Digital Animation Technology has allowed me to apply this knowledge in a much more professional and stylized way, mainly from the digital area. I currently serve in the congregation of Santiago, Chile, making the illustrations for sermons CD and DVD covers.

Honorable Mention:

Jaclyn Stiffler – Little Rock, AR

Artist’s Description: Lion and Lamb Pen and Ink on Paper. A traditional scene of a lion sweetly nudging a little lamb, free from fear, totally at peace.

Artist Bio: As a child I always enjoyed drawing and creating art, so it only seemed natural I’d pursue this passion into adulthood. I graduated in 2001 with a degree in fine art and continue to freelance today. My family has always been a source of encouragement, support and now with the addition of two adorable nephews and a beautiful niece…inspiration! I’m so thankful to God for a world of color and beauty, and especially thankful for the gifts and abilities to take what I see and put it on paper!


Brandon Fall – SeaTac, WA

Artist’s Description: I had fun thinking of how a toddler might interact with a great big bear in the Millennium: pulling on the bears cheeks, jumping on the bears back and hanging onto his ear, and of course, snuggling. 🙂

Artist Bio: Brandon Fall serves as the pastor in the Pacific Northwest. Before coming into the ministry, he had the opportunity to work in the illustration and graphic design field. Occasionally he draws pictures for his four children.


Louis Crespo – Charlotte, NC

Artist’s Description: Pastoral setting during the Millennium. This is one in a series of 3 pastoral millennium settings that I completed digitally.

Artist Bio: I studied human anatomy and figure drawing at the Arts Student’s League in New York. I also studied Acrylic and watercolor Landscape Painting in Suffolk College, Long Island. Took a course in Graphic Design and have taken drawing courses at various levels of my life. My hobby is to create illustrations plus various other endeavors. Lately, I am drawn to do digital artwork in Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5.


Jose Zamora – Mississauga, Ontario

Artist’s Description: Related to Feast of Trumpets: “It pictures the massive intervention of God in human affairs- climaxing in the Second Coming of Christ as King of kings.”

Artist Bio: I am a Filipino, self-taught artist who enjoys oil and acrylic paintings and sculptures. I am a former Architectural designer in my hometown.

A Special Thank You

to our panel of judges and all the artists who submitted their work! The beautiful pieces you see displayed here are a testament to their God-given talents, hard work, and dedication to God’s work.


Coloring pages now available with Part 4 of our Fall Festival’s Lessons!


Stay tuned for our upcoming artwork gallery, featuring the submissions from other artists.

Artwork from this contest will be featured in our upcoming Special Edition-Fall Holy Days Children’s Lessons Packet.

Want to participate? Be looking ahead for upcoming Living Education contests for artists on our Updates blog!


All images displayed in this post were submitted by private artists who have granted all rights and permissions of use to Living Education for the purpose of education, and/or promotional publication, in accordance with the Fall Holy Days Art Contest Rules and Guidelines. All rights reserved.

Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 38 “Rehoboam Ascends to the Throne”

Featured Passage: 1 Kings 12

When King Solomon died, his son Rehoboam was made king over all of Israel. The Kingdom of Israel had prospered under Solomon. However, there were problems that needed to be resolved. Rehoboam knew it was wise to seek counsel (Proverbs 1:5), but to whom would he listen? Would he listen to the counsel of the men who had advised his father, or would he listen to his friends? The future of the Kingdom of Israel hung in the balance. 

Discussion:

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  • The people complained to Rehoboam about how much they had been taxed by his father, Solomon. Why do you think the taxes were so high during Solomon’s reign? For what purpose was Solomon using all that money? 
  • The scripture says that we should seek “wise” counsel. What does it mean to seek counsel? Where can we go for wise counsel?
  • Were Rehoboam’s friends wise counselors? What can we learn from this example?
  • Rehoboam wanted the people’s respect. He tried to show that he was ready to rule by being harsh. Does bullying others in this way earn their respect?
  • How did Solomon’s former advisers say Rehoboam could earn the respect of the people?
  • Rehoboam decided not to listen to the wise men. He decided to tax the people even more, as his friends had advised. What happened to the kingdom of Israel because of Rehoboam’s poor decision?

Memory Challenge: 

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.



Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 38 “Between the Army and the Sea”

Featured Passage: Exodus 13-15

God brought the children of Israel out of slavery with many miracles. They were finally headed for the land God promised them. God led the people across the wilderness to edge of the Red Sea where they stopped to camp. In the meantime, Pharaoh changed his mind again! He was angry that he had let his slaves go, so he sent his army after the Israelites. Israel was about to be trapped between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea. How would they escape? God had a plan to save them, but how?

Discuss:

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  • When the Israelites saw Pharaoh’s army coming, what did they say? What did Moses do? 
  • God worked many miracles to deliver Israel from Egypt. Why were they still afraid? 
  • The Israelites walked through the Red Sea between walls of water on dry ground. What do you imagine the Israelites may have seen?
  • The Egyptian army thought they could cross over the Red Sea just as Israel did. What happened next?
  • How did the Israelites react when they reached the other side of the Red Sea?

Memory Challenge: 

Exodus 14:16 “But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”



Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 38 “The Time of the Judges”

Featured Passage: Joshua 24 & Judges 1-3

Israel served God all the days of Joshua, and they continued to serve God under the elders who had been trained by Joshua. However, after Joshua and the elders he trained died, things quickly changed. They soon forgot all about God, and began to do their own thing. When they began to stop obeying God, one of the nearby nations would attack and oppress them. The Israelites would call out to God for help, and in His mercy He would soon send them a leader to save them. This happened again…and again…and again…and again…

Discuss:

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  • Joshua was a good and righteous leader. What is a leader? What does it mean to be a good leader?
  • During this time, Israel did not have a human king. Who was their king? 
  • In the book of Judges, we see that Israel was led by people called (of course!) judges!  What is a judge? 
  • God corrected the Israelites when they disobeyed him. Why did God correct them and why does He correct us? (Hebrews 12:6). 
  • Israel continued to make the same mistakes over and over – they didn’t learn from their mistakes. How can we avoid following their bad example…how can we learn from our mistakes?
  • How did God show his love and mercy for Israel during the period of the Judges?

Memory Challenge: 

Judges 2:18 “And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge…”



Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 37 “Solomon’s Legacy”

Featured Passage: 1 Kings 8-11


Solomon started his reign as king with fear and reverence for God. God blessed him, and Solomon prospered. His wisdom and accomplishments became famous. Sadly, human beings often forget about God when life goes well. Would Solomon fall into that trap? God warned Israel not to multiply wives, horses (for battle), and riches (Deuteronomy 8:11-18). As a powerful king, Solomon had the opportunity to do all these things. What would Solomon’s legacy be? Would he continue to follow God just like his father King David had done…or would he turn his back on God?

Discuss:

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  • Solomon had the opportunity to build and dedicate the temple.What kind of attitude does Solomon show toward God in his prayer for the dedication of the temple? How did God respond to his prayer?
  • God told the Israelites not to marry foreigners. Why did God give this command? (Deuteronomy 7:1-4)
  • Solomon ignored God’s command, and married hundreds of women from a variety of different countries. Why did Solomon do this? What were the results?
  • After Solomon died, God allowed the kingdom of Israel to fracture into two parts, just as it had been before the time of David. What were these two parts called and why did God allow this to happen?
  • What important lessons can we learn from Solomon’s life? 

Memory Challenge: 

1 Kings 8:61

Let your heart, therefore, be loyal to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.



Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 37 “God Gives Israel the Victory”

Featured Passage: Exodus 11-14


Even though Egypt was nearly destroyed, Pharaoh would not let Israel go. It would take one final dramatic blow to bring Egypt to its knees. This plague would strike so deeply into the heart of every Egyptian that they would demand that the Israelites leave. Every person, from servant to king, would suffer loss. Only the Israelites would be spared – if they followed God’s special instructions. If they followed these instructions to the letter, they would remain unharmed. The Egyptians, on the other hand, would suffer greatly.  

Discuss:

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  • What was the last plague that God sent on Egypt? 
  • God gave Moses instructions for the Israelites to follow in order to escape the plague. What were the Israelites commanded to do? 
  • The night that God sent the plague is called the Passover because He passed over every household that followed His special instructions. Why do we still keep Passover today? How is it similar or different to the way the Israelites kept it in Egypt?
  • What other miracles besides the plagues did God use to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?

Memory Challenge:

Exodus 14:13-14

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”