When I first began looking at the different ways God's people have come to worship him down the centuries one thing really struck me. From the moment the Israelites begged Moses to go to God on their behalf [And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die Exodus 20:19].to the present day people are reluctant to stand in the presence of God themselves, reluctant to take responsibility for their own walk. They want someone else to do the hard yards for them & then tell them what they should do. It's one reason we have priests & ministers. They've done the hard yards. The rest of us get to excuse ourselves by saying, " Well, I'm not a theologian..." I don't think God wants churches full of theologians...
For me one of the appeals of Quaker worship is that this flimsy excuse is removed. It means you have to risk much in worship: that God will be silent; that your conscience will rise up & accuse you; that you may publicly weep for you know not what; that God may get your attention & start whispering in your ear things you do not want to hear that will lead you into places you do not want to go. It means you risk being wrong. Very, very few of us are willing to risk so much. There is nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. You can't hide behind the music & pretend you've worshiped when you haven't. You can't hide behind the prayers & pretend you've prayed when you haven't. You can't nod your head wisely over the sermon & give up none of your sweet personal little sins. You are stripped bare in the searching glare of the Holy Spirit & God himself holds you accountable ~ & I will be the first to tell you that that is a very scary place indeed to be. It is an awful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! I have also learnt in is the safest place I can ever be.
So for me there is no anomaly between Quaker worship & dealing with the Jewish Festivals & prophecy. If I am listening for God, if I believe God still speaks to His people [& I do] then I should expect to hear from Him. I should expect to find Him absolutely consistent ~ & I do. As God walked with Adam & Eve in the cool of the evening chatting as intimate friends, so too does he walk with us today & if we are listening we will hear Him speak.
He is still saying the same things He was saying centuries ago: Draw near to me & I will draw near to you; Be thou holy as I am holy; Consider your ways...
How it must grieve the heart of God that so many of His people are still saying, "Speak to God for us". [Exodus 20:19] Look at how scripture puts it. We are the temple for the Holy Spirit [1Cor;6:19]~ & what has the temple ever been but the dwelling place for the glory of God?! And how can we be His glory if we do not let Him in? If we keep Him at a distance, afraid of what true intimacy with Christ will bring us. Moses said, "(I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid because of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) " [Deut;5:5]
We are afraid to go up into the mount & face the fire of God. That is understandable. What if God is not who we thought He was? What if we are consumed by the fire? What if we become a laughing stock & our fellow Christians mock & condemn us?
What if the Lord meets us there & we talk face to face? Will we not come down from the mountain so radiant with the love of God that we must needs veil our faces ? And what if the unbelieving world saw that? What then?