This Passover (which was on Good Friday this year), many shared that they experienced an overwhelming presence of God. I believe it was God’s signature to us all that His Calendar Blueprint is relevant for us to abide in. As we honor it, we can better understand the signs of the time and eventually become God’s sign. The Feast of Pentecost will be another SET TIME that the Church will celebrate by default “on God’s appointed time.”
Even though there is a “holy” calendar created by man, which doesn’t match the one God established Himself, this did not surprise God. For He did not stop this false calendar, but prophesied of it:
“He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to CHANGE TIMES AND LAW. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time, and times, and a half of time” (Dan. 7:7:25).
It’s not my intention in this blog to explain what the meaning of time equates to in this past scripture. I am merely pointing out that Satan intended to shift our understanding of God’s time and law so he could then strip our dominion and authority here on the earth. He used these two keys of TIME and LAW to cause disunity amongst the body of Christ, and as a result, produce multiple denominations with differing foundations of truth. This is one reason why the Church has had no governing influence in the earth right now. But this year, the calendars have coincided, which is a sign in itself that it’s God’s time to reveal it. So let’s talk about it…..
There are 7 Feasts in the Bible that represent God’s yearly “Holy Calendar,” that in their totality, share His love story of redemption for mankind. Individually, each Feast represents a “chapter” in God’s love story of how He is going to execute His redemption plan. However, the first four chapters (known as the Spring Feasts) focus on individual redemption, while the last three chapters (known as the Fall Feasts) are focused on fulfilling the promise of national redemption. And in between the fourth and fifth chapter is a 2,000 year intermission for the individual seeds to multiply so a national seed can form (Lev. 23; Ex. 23).
Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts during His first coming, and He will fulfill the Fall Feasts at His second coming. Understanding their significance will help the body of Christ to “be ready.” God’s SET TIME for Jesus to return is soon, so the Father’s focus is forming His national seed into ONE. God’s blueprint made way for each individual seed to fit perfectly in its identity, function, and position to MOVE in unison with ALL the individual seeds as ONE body (national seed), with the HEAD- JESUS. Where the Head goes, the body goes!
“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed’, who is Christ”(Gal. 3:16).
If we look at the state of the Church as a whole today, we have a lot of Christian “body parts” all functioning at their own speed, in their own way, without being connected into the foundation of God’s design on how they fit with rest of the body parts.
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ” (1 Cor. 12:12).
However, God didn’t leave us empty-handed on how to come together as one. His Word always gives us the solution. The blueprint of the Feasts calendar is one key in helping the “body parts” come together under the “HEAD” in timing and purpose of heart, but 3 of these Feasts are foundational. For the sake of simplicity, I am going to refer to these 3 Feasts as PASSOVER, PENTECOST, and TABERNACLES.
These 3 Feasts were “sets apart” to not only use to connect us corporately (into ONE SEED), but also to use as a tool to honor God’s blueprint of sowing and reaping.
“THREE times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Celebration of Passover proceeds it), at the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you” (Deut. 16:16,17).
“For I will cast out the nations before you and enlarge your borders; neither will any man covet your land when you go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year”(Ex. 35:24).
During Passover, the children of Israel were to bring the first of their barley harvest to the Lord. 50 days later at Pentecost, they were to bring to the Lord the first of their wheat harvest. And finally, during Tabernacles, they were to bring the first of their grape harvest. Those who gave God the “firstfruits” of their 3 seasonal harvests, He promised to bless their land, subdue their enemy, and enlarge their territory of dominion. Are you kidding? This is an amazing blueprint of provision, that if we adopted in our hearts, I believe we would not only see fruitfulness in our own lives, but also in our nation. But that’s not all. Remember, WE are the Lord’s “firstfruits.”
Why were these 3 Feasts, that required “firstfruits,” “set apart” in the blueprint of God for ALL to come together in? Let’s keep exploring the “pattern.”
It is through these 3 Feasts that God chose to establish a pattern of the 3 stages (harvests) the “firstfruits” Church would be destined to go through individually and nationally in the restoration process with our relationship with God: First, Justified. Second, Sanctified. And third, Glorified.
The blueprint of the making of the Tabernacle found in Ex.35-40 mirrors these three stages as well, as it too is broken down into three parts; the Outer Court, the Holy Place (Sanctuary), and the “Holy of holies.”
The Lord shares with us in the New Testament that He instructed Moses to establish an earthly “pattern” that would be a copy of heaven’s redemption plan through Christ:
“Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the PATTERN that he had seen” (Acts 7:44).
The outer court of the Tabernacle was “ground zero” for ALL to come and bring their offerings. It represents the heart of “Passover,” covering ALL, who by faith, covered their doorposts (hearts) with the blood of the lamb. Jesus became our Passover lamb, and it is our belief in Him as our Savior that we are JUSTIFIED BY FAITH. This is His free gift of eternal life that we cannot earn.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”(Rom. 5:1).
Being “justified by faith” also grants us access into the Tabernacle and the presence of God:
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God”(Rev. 21:3).
The second stage is Pentecost, which is tied to the wheat harvest. Jesus spends a lot of time through parables teaching us about the wheat and the tares (Matt. 13). The Lord’s purpose in teaching the disciples was to help them understand the principles of “becoming “Christ-like,” which can only happen through a process of SANCTIFICATION. In this process, we learn what it means to be a part of His family, and to become more like “Our Father.”
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”(1Thes. 5:23).
As we accept the Lord’s sanctification process, and learn obedience and truth through the journey, we are accepting His training to become “priests” unto Him. Coincidently, the second partition of the Tabernacle, which was called the “Holy Place,” was where the priests alone had access.
The difference between the Old and New Covenant “priests” is that we who have accepted Christ have become “priests;” or in other words, ones “set apart” for God’s service. We do not get “qualified” on our own credentials or merit to be “priests.” We do so because we have a High Priest, Jesus, who has gone before us and qualifies us through His eternal sacrifice.
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered fro us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 6:19,20).
Our “High Priest” has equipped us for the job of becoming like Him by giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit, who indwells in each of us to teach us God’s truth and power. This is the process the Church at large is in today: We are in training to get rid of the tares (our sinful nature that opposes God’s truth and ways), and become like wheat.
“Therefore brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil that is His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water, let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Heb. 10:19-23).
The final stage is the place we are all eagerly waiting for, which is Tabernacles, when we are completely abiding in Christ and dwelling in the FULLNESS OF HIS GLORY. It is in this third stage that we also experience resurrection from the grave and receive our glorified bodies. We then, form ONE national SEED, and become the “new wine” or the “firstfruits” remnant who are transformed as Christ was into His glorified body.
“For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed (in His glory), that mortality (death) may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee” (2 Cor. 5:4,5).
Tabernacles is the time frame of the Millennium, when we reign with Christ as priests here on the earth. This is symbolic of the third partition of the Tabernacle called “The Holy of Holies,” in which the High priest alone was able to go in once a year. Given that Jesus is our “High Priest,” and presented Himself to the Father as the “Firstfruits,”we who are abiding in Christ will then become His “firstfruits” Bride.
“But each one is in his own order; Christ the firstfruits, afterward this who are Christ’s at His coming.” (1 Cor. 15:23).
We have been learning obedience through the things we have suffered (sanctification process), as we come to rest in a place in our heart that says, “Not my will but your will be done.” We choose to “overcome,” so that at God’s SET TIME, we can enter into the “Holy of Holies” and get glorified bodies as Christ did after He presented Himself to the Father (Heb. 5:8). In this stage of our relationship, it is like becoming married, when the “two become ONE.”
The question is: How can the body of Christ become the Bride of Christ IF they are not abiding in His ways? It is by abiding in God’s blueprint of SET TIME, specifically, these 3 Feasts, which God will use in the earth to form His Bride. Christ formed the blueprint, because He is the WORD. Christ manifested Himself as the blueprint, when He came into the earth as the Son of man. And Christ will come back to govern His blueprint. It is the SAME BLUEPRINT, but in each AGE, it has gone from glory to glory until one day, the glory of God will fill the earth.
“After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened” (Rev. 15:5).