OVERVIEW OF FALL FEASTS

The last three out of seven Feasts of the Lord are celebrated in the seventh month, known as Tishrei, of the Hebrew Covenant Calendar.  Typically, these last three are collectively referred to as the Fall Feasts, but singularly they are known as the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. 

In short, the Feast of Trumpets announces the commencement of the Fall Feasts, and the trumpet is blown to awaken God’s people that the King (Jesus) is coming.  The Day of Atonement follows ten days later and is the one day of the year God chose for the nation to repent for their sins (The Lord’s “National Day of Prayer”). The Feast of Tabernacles is an eight-day grand finale of a joyful celebration of the harvest, and the promise of receiving glorified bodies and “dwelling” with the Lord.

The three Fall Feasts reveal the pattern and purpose of God’s SET TIMES when Jesus will return to finalize His Dominion (Kingdom) and to rule the nations (Matt 6:6-9).  During His 1,000-year reign, Christ will utilize His “Firstfruits” Remnant to establish His righteousness in the earth (Rev.5:9,10).  

The Fall Feasts reveal the events, purpose, and timing when Christ returns that are corporate in nature and a fulfillment of the promise given in the Bible to Abraham and his descendants.

“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you…” (Gen. 17:4-6).

Given that Abraham was promised “nations,” the Lord is not just coming back for the land of Israel.  There are nations He is returning for, particularly those who have multiplied His Kingdom on the earth.

“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it” (Matt. 21:43).

The Scriptures indicate that God will use the “Feasts of Tabernacles” as a SIGN to distinguish those nations in the Millennium that accept Him as Lord and King, and those who aren’t:

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.  And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain.  If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.  This will be the punishment of Egyptand the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zech. 14:16-19).

The nations accepting or rejecting the Kingship of Christ in the earth during the Millennium are differentiated in the Bible as those who are called “sheep” nations (with Christ), and “goat” nations (oppose Christ). (It is interesting that many Christians do not realize that the nations are judged FIRST).

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left”(Matt. 25:31-33).

In the book of Exodus, Pharaoh ruled an “anti-Christ” government that opposed the Lord and oppressed God’s people (Ex. 1).   So when the Lord delivered the Israelites out of Egypt and brought them to Mt. Sinai, He offered the nation a “proposal of marriage” that they accepted (Ex. 19).  By honoring God’s Covenant, they were “His Holy Nation,” under His governmental authority, as well as a SIGN to the world.

“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths [weekly and yearly Feasts, or “Holy Days”] you shall keep, for it is a SIGN between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I AM the Lord who sanctifies you” (Ex. 31:13).

As the nation honored the Feasts, they became God’s witness, His SIGN, that He was the One True God.  In like manner, these corporate Fall Feasts, specifically Tabernacles, will unify the nations with the Lord’s headship as it did back in the Old Testament with the Israelites, but now, perfectly through the union of Christ.  The corrupt governments of the world will be exposed through His leadership.

“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. 34:24).

Because the Israelites failed to keep their promise to God, it didn’t take much time until they did not reflect God’s SIGN in the earth.  It would take God Himself to keep His promise to the nation regardless of their shortcomings.  And so…. Christ came… fulfilled the Spring Feasts, redeemed the Covenant, and made way for His SEAL/SIGN to bear witness of the One True God.

Jesus will come again and fulfill the pattern and purpose of the Fall Feasts very soon.  He will judge the nations, with His “Firstfruits” remnant at His side, and establish righteousness in the earth. The nations who are with Him will become HIS CORPORATE SEAL/SIGN in the earth.   

For those to whom God is revealing this pattern of His Holy Days, they too have an opportunity to resurrect God’s SIGN in the earth.

ELUL FIRSTFRUITS

At sundown on August 8/9th, we will be entering into the sixth month of the Hebrew Covenant Calendar known as ELUL, which is linked to the tribe of GAD. Gad was the seventh son of Jacob and his name primarily means a “troop.” However, GAD can be translated as well as: good fortune, to attack, to overcome, to invade, and to gather together.  

This is the final month of the summer season, and one that reminds us of the “good fortune” that comes when God’s people choose to gather together in a heart of humility, repentance, and forgiveness.

ELUL translates to a month that God wants to meet us intimately right where we are, even in the midst of struggle, and “hang with us.” 

This is pictured through the ministry of Jesus here on the earth: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” John 1:14.  Today, it is pictured through the gatherings of God’s people dwelling together in unity and manifesting His power!

The word “dwelling” is actually the word for “tent” or “tabernacle.” Jesus left His throne to come and “tabernacle” among us for 33 years.  Then He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit who “dwells” within us. 

Historically, the last two months of the Hebrew calendar before ELUL are tragic in the days of Moses!  The children of Israel had built the golden calf, and when Moses returns to see them all worshipping idols, he breaks the tablets of Covenant.  Moses called out, “Whoever is on the Lord’s side-come to me!”  Ex. 32:26 Those who came were then given instruction to kill everyone else left, totaling 3,000 people.  

Afterwards, Moses instructed the remaining people to consecrate themselves while he went to ask God to pardon them for their sin.  The Lord still plagued the people, as their “stiff-necked” demeanor was being chastised and their idols thrown away. After many days of continual prayers, God answered Moses’ plea.

On the first day of ELUL, Moses went back up to Mount Sinai to get the second tablets of covenant.  It was during this month that the children of Israel gathered together and prepared their hearts in humility.  They understood it was the mercy of God that had given them a second chance. 

Today, this month is symbolic of the body of Christ getting their hearts ready individually and corporately with an atmosphere of humility and thanksgiving for God’s mercy as we await for Jesus to return as King.  

The tribe of GAD was known to be great warriors and taking the lead line in the battlefield. 1 Chronicles 12:8 says, “Some Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness, MIGHTY MEN OF VALOR, MEN TRAINED FOR BATTLE, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains.”

The Gadites were effective when they joined the king’s forces and came under their authority and purpose. The Lord today is training us to be His mighty army as we learn to come under His command and defeat the enemy.

Before Moses died, he prophesied over the tribe of Gad.  “..he (Gad) administered the justice of the Lord, and His judgments with Israel”  Deut. 33:21.

The great prophet, Elijah, was from the tribe of Gad. His life illustrates how one man can take down the enemies of the camp with the “sword/word”.  The story of Elijah confronting the false prophets of Baal really capture the essence of Gad’s strength as well as the Father’s heart of giving his people an opportunity to repent and forgive before judgment comes.

In 1 Kings18:18, King Ahab accuses Elijah of being a “troubler of Israel.” Elijah boldly answers, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed after Baals.” It was after this encounter that Elijah challenged King Ahab to bring all the false prophets to Mount Carmel. Ahab takes on the challenge, and brings the children of Israel as well.

God then uses Elijah to draw a line in the sand between righteousness and justice, giving the children of Israel the opportunity to humble themselves and escape God’s judgment. In verse 21, Elijah speaks to the people, “How long with you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” Unfortunately, God’s people did not respond to this call.

Elijah then challenges the false prophets to a sacrifice dual. “Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” 1 Kings 18:24 Elijah eventually calls on the Lord after the false prophets fail the task. The Lord consumes the sacrifice with fire, and then has all the false prophets executed.

This is the same cry of God’s heart even today: HOW LONG WILL YOU FALTER BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS? God wants to see the gift of Gad rise up in all of us and confront the enemy, but more importantly, he wants us to have ears to hear His rebuke so we can repent before judgment comes.

After Elijah’s huge victory over the enemy, we find him alone in the wilderness, fleeing in fear for his life after Queen Jezebel threatens to kill him.  This was right after he was used by God to call down the fire of judgment on the false prophets.  This hidden fear in Elijah was exposed when he SAW Jezebel and HEARD her threat.  All of the sudden, God became small compared to Jezebel’s threat to kill him.

Let’s look back at the Word that was given to Gad to understand Elijah’s weakness.  Genesis 49:19 prophecies of GAD in the latter days: “Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him, BUT he shall triumph at last.”

This latter day prophecy of Jacob over his son Gad used the word “troop” to describe Gad’s enemy. This indicates that Gad’s greatest enemy can be himself because “a troop” is what Gad’s name means!  The enemy can work on the soul of Gad to defeat himself, even though he is known as a great warrior.  This happened even to the great prophet Elijah!  How many Christians today are defeated by fears instead of the fear of the Lord?  

BUT, God came to Elijah in a still small voice, meeting him intimately in his weakness. As God spoke, Elijah gathered strength, humility, and the instruction of moving forward with God’s plan.  This is the heart of ELUL, and the heart that is ready to meet the King!

“In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.” Proverbs 16:6

This month will be beautiful for those who are seeking the LORD. He will meet them heart to heart. He will give them a glimpse of His “Holy Habitation” and give fortify the connections that are His for the season. But for those who aren’t, it will be a month that is NOT filled with peace, but rather another difficult month to war against the flesh and the ways of the world.

THE THIRD TEMPLE

Given that the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed twice in the month of AV, and we are coming to the final day of the month of AV, I wanted to take time and share about the making of the “third temple.” Most things God treasures are fashioned by Him in the secret place…like His hidden gems He calls His remnant. 

The Master Craftsman has been forming, fashioning and polishing a firstfruits of His remnant to be presented to the world FIRST of His promise of redemption.  At His appointed time, the building of God’s third temple will be complete, “The NEW JERUSALEM,” that radiates His glory to all creation, known for His “Holy Habitation”.  

There is a pattern of darkness that always precedes the next great move of God’s story of redemption.  So, if one were to ask me if I am worried about this time we live in now, and the shaking that has happened and more to come, I would say “NO!”  I know it’s all a part of the process and written in His word, and the LORD is dusting off His gems, pouring out His fire to seal them, as well as His fire to separate His treasure from anything that is unclean, so they are purified and made whole according to His design.

There is however a confusion about the making of the “third temple” that I would like to address and perhaps it will help clear up the temple issue.

When Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb and died for the iniquity in our Adamic blood lineage, ALL Adamic genealogies end that qualify as to whom God declares are His chosen.  When we go past that point and declare a blood lineage or religion that qualifies us outside of the LORDSHIP of Christ alone, we get off track and partner with an antichrist spirit that Jude 4, 2 John 7 and 1 John 2:18-23 and 4:1-3 confirm.  

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 7).

Rev. 17:14 states those who are chosen are with Jesus who accept Him as LORD:  

“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

The LORD’s blood was spilled out for ALL mankind and the sin we were all born into since Adam.  He is the second Adam that makes all things new and separates us from that sin.  

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22)

This is why even scriptures go radio silent in genealogy past the resurrection.  

“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose [a]praise is not from men but from God” (Rom. 2:28,29).

However, the covenant trail we follow after the LORD’s death and resurrection is who carries HIS DNA and bears the torch of the birthright responsibility to share the good news to the nations until the return of Christ.  The “Stone Kingdom” spoken of in Daniel 2 that has not been built by hands, but by the Spirit of God, has been growing through the Lord’s disciples fulfilling the Great Commission, even in the midst of a global “slavery system.”  

“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;

nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20,21).

Following the foot trail of the disciples scattering to the nations is then key, and why America is the number one target of the antichrist.  Our Forefathers were brought to America by the wind of the Spirit of God, carrying His torch of covenant to establish His kingdom here on the earth, and since then the Stone Kingdom has grown exponentially.  It is no coincidence that America means, “heaven’s kingdom,” and why she has been a beacon of hope to the nations over the years.  America was also the appointed place where the LORD Jesus was honored as KING for those who love Him, and not an earthly one. 

The land we know as Israel today was removed from bearing that responsibility of multiplying and bearing fruit for the kingdom by Jesus Himself when He declared,

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate;39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ” (Matt. 23:37-39).

Jerusalem was the capital during King David’s reign, yet his son, King Solomon, built the temple of God.  The temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in the month of AV in 586BC. 70 years later, it was rebuilt by Nehemiah and crew, only to be destroyed once again in 70AD.  70 years after becoming the nation of Israel in 1948, Israel is attempting to build a third temple.  But this temple will NOT host the glory of God, for it has departed (Ichabod) from a structure made of hands long ago!

“‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?” (Haggai 2:3).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” ( I Cor. 3:16).

The Jewish religious leaders rejected Jesus as the one God chose to be the head of the tribe of Judah, the Messiah, and the chosen Seed to bring redemption and truth into the world.  While the LORD redeemed and restored the Abrahamic covenant to a people who had faith in Him as their Redeemer, the rejection of the Messiah by the Jewish people cut them off from covenant according to Levitical law (Lev. 26). This can ONLY be restored through a faith in Christ alone and His sacrifice for all.

26” For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:26-29).

The LORD sent a guarantee of the inheritance promised to Abraham that through His seed all the families of the earth would be blessed; which was the Holy Spirit, who now dwells in our body, or “temple.” The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to begin the building process of the “third corporate temple” that will not be made of hands, but by His Spirit. God’s plan was to have a great number of “living stones” (which is how Peter describes the making of this corporate temple; or the NEW JERUSALEM) to build this temple by God’s design, which will be HOLY.  

“you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

We have not yet seen the manifestation of this corporate temple the Bible refers to as the NEW JERUSALEM because it hasn’t been God’s appointed time to exchange our corruptible bodies for incorruptible ones which has to proceed the UNION of a HOLY God to His people for us to see this New Jerusalem.

50 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:50-52).

However, we are getting seriously close to the arising of the Firstfruits remnant who receive their glorified bodies FIRST and are joined in union with Christ.  Therefore, there is a cleansing that is happening now in the body of Christ and in the land in preparation for the LORD’s return and His “HOLY HABITATION” dwelling here on the earth and establishing His righteous reign that will bring healing and rest to the world.  

The Firstfruits remnant is the SIGN that the enemy dreads, for he knows that when the remnant arise, his day is numbered to oppress God’s people.  The Millennium ushers in the kingdom age we are all anticipating when justice is served by the LORD judging the nations. We are in the midst of a transition between the ages that requires awakening and cleansing first for a people to “come out of Babylon,” before the set time God brings judgment (Rev. 18). 

21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.” (Daniel 7:21,22).

During the Church Age, believers were able to enjoy the experience of God’s presence through the manifestation of the gift of the Holy Spirit.  But up ahead, experience shifts to habitation. And cleansing of the temple comes prior to the great outpouring!

Jesus cleansed the temple in Matt. 21 before sharing what would transpire in the latter days upon His return.  The LORD’s temple is holy, and idolatry and sin cannot stand in the presence of the LORD as His fire will consume all flesh (sin).  But with a temple that is cleansed, His consuming fire radiates His glory immeasurably.

In the end, the temple in Jerusalem had to be destroyed in 70AD, because the people would have held onto the Old Covenant template for a corporate temple to host God’s glory.  A third temple is in the making of the Jews in the land of Israel right now, but only the NEW JERUSALEM will host His glory! 

“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands (Act. 17:24).

Christians who understand the Old Testament temple design, law, and purpose see it is as a shadow of the image of greater things to come.  The pattern joins God’s people corporately together in union with Him to become His “Holy Nation.” (Ex. 19).  The gates to the temple opened in the temple to enter into the Holy place on the Sabbath and New Moon, and each tribe had a position God designed for them to dwell around the tabernacle.  All of this gives us a glimpse of a blueprint of the building of the NEW JERUSALEM up ahead as described in Rev. 19.  When our spirit coming in alignment and agreement with the pattern established, we align to the LORD’s headship (which the Temple Mount reveals the blueprint of God’s government and presence where He alone sits).  

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” (Rev. 3:12).

The scriptures are clear that Jesus is the chief cornerstone… and we are His living stones being built upon the Apostles (His leadership) and the prophets (His Word.). This IS the building of the 3rd temple and the Old and New Testament describe His temple perfectly joined and fit together with the HEAD: Christ alone!

The temple made of hands, the one that is being attempted in Jerusalem is what is described in Galatians 4 representing Hagar who is in bondage and not free.  

“For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Gal. 4:22-26).

The third temple construction in Israel is only a sign of the impending destruction that will again transpire in Jerusalem before the Lord returns. This third temple is NOT where the glory of the LORD will dwell.  Even the rebuilding of the temple built in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah paled in comparison of Solomon’s temple because the glory of God has departed from a temple made with hands.  

“The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Mark 11:15).

Ezekiel’s vision describes God’s consuming fire burning brightly through His gems, His remnant that displays this NEW JERUSALEM. 

We are seeing massive fires in the USA in the Northwest.  But in the Holy Spirit of fire is at the same time cleansing His firstfruits remnant. Fiery trials in the end for those who love the LORD serve to cleanse our temples and purify us from everything that is of the flesh so that we can be ready for His consuming fire of His glory that this dark world needs.  So don’t be alarmed by the fiery trials that we are enduring, for we are called to rejoice in it as God is polishing His gems! (1 Peter. 1:6).

4” Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.” (Ezekiel 1:4)

17” and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

From Suffering to Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Rom. 8:17-19).

AV FIRSTFRUITS

Get ready to enter the fifth month of the Hebrew calendar at sundown on July 10th, known as “Av,” which root meaning is translated “to will or to desire.” AV is literally translated as “father.” It is linked with the tribe of Simeon, whose name means “to hear and obey.” If you put all those Hebrew clues together, this month has the significance of “hearing and obeying the will/desire of the Father.”

The summer months are tied to seeing, listening, and then obeying, which produces a unified troop armed for the Lord. Last month the focus was on sight. This month it is on hearing. If Satan can get our vision and our hearing impaired from what God has said, he has us hooked and we will probably find ourselves “out of the loop of His troop.”

Last month, the significance of the story of the twelve spies who went out was that they SAW all the giants. 40 days later, they returned to the people of Israel who HEARD two reports (Numbers 13,14). 10 spies shared all the problems and obstacles they SAW. 2 shared the promise God had given them. On the 9th of AV, the people decided to choose the negative report they HEARD and to not believe what God had shared about the Promised Land.

“So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, ‘If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!” 9Numbers 14:1,2).

In their unbelief, the children of Israel proceeded to make bad decisions that led to severe consequences because of what they chose to HEAR. First, they complained and cried. Then they had the idea to dethrone Moses as their leader, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.” Finally, when hearing Joshua speaking the truth about God’s promise, they came up with the idea of stoning Joshua. None of these actions were pleasing to God (Numbers 14:4-10).

If it was not for Moses and Aaron interceding for the children of Israel despite their plot to dethrone their leader, the children of Israel could have been wiped out because of God’s anger.Nevertheless, it did not stop God’s judgment. None of them were able to go into the Promised Land, and all those spies who brought the wrong report died of a plague.

When God speaks, it is important we listen. Our disobedience can affect a whole community! However, our obedience can bring us (and others) into the “Promised Land.”

It is recorded in history that the 9th of Av has continued to be a day of judgment. IN 587 BC, the armies of Babylon destroyed Solomon’s temple. In 70 AD, the Romans destroyed the 2nd temple. In 135 AD, the Romans defeated the Jews. In 1095 AD, the 1st crusade was launched, killing thousands of Jews. In 1290 AD, the Jews were expelled from England. In 1492 AD, the Jews were expelled from Spain. In 1942 AD, the Jews were deported from Warsaw ghetto to the death camps. In 2005, the Jews were removed from Gaza.

The 9th of AV incidences are NO coincidence. Cyclically, the window of destruction has opened up during this month and judgment has been released. This cycle started when the children of Israel said after the spies report, “The enemy is too strong of us. We will die!” Through their unbelief, they put themselves under a curse.

When the Jews rejected Jesus, they were “cut off” from Covenant and outside the covering of the Father. They chose, because of their unbelief of Jesus as the one prophesied to be their Messiah redeemer, to be under the debt of the law. According to laws written in Leviticus 17 and Deuteronomy 29, the Jews refusal to accept the New Covenant left them subject to the law which they breached. Therefore, their curse continues to open up the door of destruction. Until they repent and believe in the Son of God slain for their sins, their generational sin of unbelief and rebellion continues on. But the Bible says, “I will give You (Jesus) as a covenant to the people (Is. 42:6).

Simeon, the tribe associated with this month, was one of two tribes that Jacob cursed in his final prophetic blessing to his sons. This was because Simeon and Levi decided to murder the men of Shechem for the rape of their sister Dinah. This vengeance was evil, and Jacob called them on it:

“Simeon and Levi are brothers; instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Let not my soul enter their council; let not my honor be united to their assembly; for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self will they hamstrung an ox; cursed be their anger for it is fierce; and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.” Gen. 49:5-7

Simeon was made to be a warrior and one called as a weapon of justice in the hand of God. But when his own hand ruled Simeon, as he did so in Shechem, his passion and temper produce a work of destruction against God rather than for God.   This can be true for all of us. We can think we are going to help God out by executing justice out of a “righteous anger.” But when we do that, our character is one that kills, steals, and destroys in the name of righteousness, and we appear to be sons of the enemy of God.

Av is a month that presents to us a choice to hear God’s word and have faith and believe in the promises of God. It is also a month to remind us to keep our passions under His command by taking the time to HEAR what God has to say about the matter. We are not under the curse any longer.

Today, we are seeing and hearing a lot going on in this world. But what is God saying? Can we see all that is going on through His eyes? I encourage all of you to take time to do some listening prayer this month. God has a lot to tell us IF we stop and listen. Our history proves this month to be a month that the children of Israel heard the wrong voice because of what that they saw. So, guard your ears and declare His Word out loud so your ears hear what God is saying. And expect this month to ENTER in to the Promises and celebrate His goodness as God had intended!

RING OF FIRE SOLAR ECLIPSE

We are about to enter what I believe will be a significant summer season with the LORD that begins with the celebration of Firstfruits, June 10th, the fourth month of the Hebrew Covenant Calendar.  This Firstfruits coincides with a SIGN of a “RING OF FIRE” Solar Eclipse. The “ring of fire” solar eclipse will bring a crescent shaped sunrise for parts of Northeast America and Canada.

The Lord tells us in Genesis 1:14 that he made the sun, moon and stars for signs and seasons.  These “signs” were meant to reveal and communicate to God’s people concerning the timing of His redemptive covenant promises.

This “ring of fire” solar eclipse is of significance to us because it falls on Firstfruits:  one of God’s divine appointed times in His Hebrew covenant calendar.  What is God warning or communicating to us through this sign?

It is interesting to note that “ring of fire” is usually referred to the path along the Pacific Ocean characterized by active volcanoes and earthquakes.  The majority of the worlds volcanoes and earthquakes happen along the “ring of fire.”

The LORD says in the latter days He will shake the heavens and the earth.

“Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the Lord of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger.” (Is. 13:13).

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Matt. 24:29).

Thankfully, this sign comes with a promise for those IN COVENANT with the LORD:

“The Lord also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel” (Joel 3:16).

Our job now is to pray about this sign and seek His comfort, wisdom, and instruction so that the LORD will be our shelter and strength. With so many volcanoes and earthquakes erupting around the globe in these recent months, this could be a sign of a big one coming.

I believe this sign further confirms that the remnant needs to be obedient to PREPARE for the shaking and eruption.  This shaking and eruption could possibly be a volcano or earthquake, but for sure a shaking God speaks of when He begins dealing with the “Mystery of Babylon.”  God is a consuming fire who uses His fiery law to judge the nations (Heb. 12:29; Deut. 33:2).

As Moses was warned to prepare the children of Israel for the ten plagues so they would be safe and remain in peace through it, we must also follow suit and take heed to the warning so we remain steadfast, calm, and peaceful through the shaking.  We must remember this shaking will produce great light and glory and restoration on the other side of it.  That IS God’s promise.  We are not to retreat in fear, but have faith that God is coming for His people who have been oppressed by the enemy.  

Although the shaking must take place, God promises us refuge under His wings of protection, just like He did for Noah. (Psalm 91, Genesis 6-9).  And out of the shaking, His remnant will arise and shine (Is. 60:1) into a new landscape ahead, just as Noah and his family of eight did as well.  Noah had to PREPARE for the coming flood (judgment).  I think this summer we need to take measures to prepare if we haven’t already done so.  

 “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky [i]receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”(Rev. 6:12-17).

In the days of Joshua conquering the Promised Land, the scriptures say that the “sun stood still” long enough for Joshua and his army to defeat all the kings who had aligned to come against him.  

“So the sun stood still,
And the moon stopped,
Till the people had revenge
Upon their enemies” (Joshua 10:13).

Many scholars believe that this was a “ring of fire” solar eclipse that happened back then, so this SIGN could also be a sign of God raising up His remnant army today who are able to rise and defeat the anti-Christ agenda with the help of God’s intervention because it’s too big for them.  

We must be steadfast and immovable.  In Hebrew, “rauch ha kodesh” means divine inspiration which happens when we are not blocking out God’s truth.  If we filter out the truth with what we perceive or see, it promotes fear and dread.

Our greatest preparation is a heart that fears the LORD, not the work of the enemy.  Prepare for the shaking that is coming and then:

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” (Prov. 3:5,6).

TAMMUZ FIRSTFRUITS

On June 10th, we will be celebrating the fourth month in the Hebrew calendar known as Tammuz, otherwise known as the “hidden month of great sin.”  Tammuz is known for this because of the repetitive failure of the children of Israel throughout Old Testament history to trust the Lord at His Word, which led to idolatry.  As much as this sounds like a negative, God always turns things around for His good, and it is His heart to reveal anything hidden that separates us from our relationship with Him. 

It was during the month of Tammuz that the children of Israel became impatient waiting for Moses to come back with the written Tablets of Covenant (Ex. 32:1).  Believing Moses was delayed, the children of Israel lost faith in the Lord and Moses, and decided to create a god in the form of a golden calf.  

Aaron unfortunately did not stop this suggestion, so when Moses returned with the Ten Commandments, the children of Israel had already set up their idol worship.  If it wasn’t for Moses interceding for the people, God would have “cut them off” of Covenant.

The focus of our spiritual and natural eyes is so important as they can lead us toward or away from the promises of God. The twelve spies went into the Promised Land during the month of Tammuz.   All the spies saw the same things, but Joshua and Caleb SAW the land through God’s promise.  While their eyes led them to an action plan to advance, the others could saw retreat and hopelessness  (Numbers 13, 14).

Joshua’s ability to believe God at His Word in the midst of opposition made him a great military leader later on.  In a pivotal battle that shifted the Israelites into a position to conqueror the land of Canaan, Joshua had to face five of the greatest Canaanite kings who had teamed up to war against the children of Israel. 

In Chapter 10 of Joshua, we read the account of this battle that happened during the month of Tammuz, and how Joshua was outnumbered.  Joshua could have SEEN the situation in the natural and lost hope. But God said in verse 8, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”  

Joshua had courage, and watched the Lord send hailstones from heaven.  Then Joshua prayed to God to make the sun stand still so they could finish the battle. God intervened and helped Joshua gain the victory over the enemy.  When the wartime was over, Joshua had defeated 31 kings! Through Joshua we also see this month reflects a heart of courage and loyalty to the Lord, which brings a great reward!

The month of Tammuz is also linked to the tribe of Reuben, whose name means, “see, a son!”  Reuben was Jacob’s first born, and the one who would be the inheritor of the birthright of Israel.  Unfortunately, in a moment of “weakness,” he lusted after his father’s concubine and lost that blessing.  

Reuben had great courage, but little moral strength at times.  It was through his shortcomings though that Reuben’s character grew because he chose humility time after time, and kept his heart from becoming bitter. This quality made Reuben special.  When focused in God’s righteousness, Reuben was one who loved well and had a beautiful heart of compassion.  This is why Jacob prophesied in Gen. 48:3-4:

“Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength.  The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.  Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it-He went up to my couch.”

Reuben never held bitterness, even to his brother, Joseph, who inherited his firstborn inheritance.  Reuben even had compassion for Joseph to save his life when his other brothers wanted to put him to death (Genesis 37:21,22).  It was also Reuben who pledged his life and the life of his sons when Jacob was unwilling to let Benjamin go down into Egypt, so we see his tender conscience is a quality to be admired.

Every time Reuben disobeyed the will of God, there seemed to be severe consequences.  God does not let Reuben get away with his sin!  In Numbers 16, the men of Korah and the sons of Reuben went against Moses and rebelled against his leadership. Losing the firstborn status was huge for Reuben, but in this instance, the Lord caused the ground to split and swallow them up!  Reuben teaches us a lesson how not to accomplish God’s plan our OWN WAY!  This is nothing but pride and rebellion, which is the same as witchcraft!  (1 Sam. 15:23)

What we learn from Reuben is pivotal in our walk with the Lord.  Our weaknesses will come up before us in a moment of testing just like the examples of the children of Israel and the golden calf, Joshua, and Reuben.  If we humble ourselves and wait on the Lord, we will find strength in His Word and walk under His command.  If we try to hide our weakness by doing something to cover it up, or taking things into our own hands, we find ourselves in sin and consequences.  

Around the Tabernacle, Reuben led the brigade joined with Simeon and Gad on the southern side.  These three tribes were known as the warriors, although Reuben did not like to war at times.  This also got Reuben in trouble because God anointed his tribe for wartime.  Moses recognizes his weakness and calls it out:

“Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here?  Now why will you discourage the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the Lord has given them?” (Numbers 32:6,7)

Moses warns the Reubenites that if they don’t go to battle, they would be judged. “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).  The Reubenites knew this to be true, and they followed their leader!  In this instance, humility guides their decision, and they go to battle.  God blesses them with great riches from the battle.

When the Reubenites were under the authority of a righteous king, they rose to be noble and full of dignity.  (1 Chron. 26: 31,32). But left to themselves, they strayed from wise choices that always resulted in major consequences.

Reuben had a heart to love the Lord.  When the Reubenites got back from fighting the giants and mighty armies in the land of Canaan under Joshua’s leadership, they brought sacrifices to the Lord.  But not long afterwards, they turn around and made another bad decision.  In their moment of rejoicing, the Reubenites decide impulsively to build a great altar to the Lord (Joshua 22).  This went against God’s law, and the children of Israel rose up to fight against Reuben!  Reuben came up with a great excuse that it would be just a memorial, which it ended up only being because God did not authorize it as a place of worship.  Again, we see the unstable quality of Reuben that God wants to redeem.

Reuben, Simeon, and Gad held the high banner of man which was Reuben’s banner.  This is not a coincidence as these three tribes were tested and known for their human strength and weakness.  In God’s redemption plan, we can all be the Reuben’s that loved well and are mighty in the Lord’s strength!

The body of Christ has entered into a season of war.  But this war is one to hold onto His promises and not be moved by what we see. Our character is being tested!  We must be armed with God’s truth and have faith to trust that God has our victory in His hand.  We must take time to get strategy and then fight with courage the good fight of faith!   “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23  

This month is a great month to “WORK the WORD,” no matter what you see!  That means to read, speak, and believe God’s Word until you KNOW in your heart what God says is truth!  This is true “son ship,” which was the essence of Reuben’s name and the purpose of his destiny!  In God’s redemption plan, we can all take on the good qualities of Reuben and see great reward!

SIGNS WITH THE MOON

We have yet another penumbral lunar eclipse occurring on May 26, 2021, following by a “ring of fire” in June. On June 10, 2021, a ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse will show to the inhabitants of the northmost countries, according to Forbes.com. This “ring of fire” is a partial solar eclipse that will last 3 minutes and 33 seconds.

Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon): During a lunar eclipse, the Earth comes between the sun and moon. In doing so, the sun casts a red shadow on the moon. Hence why we call it a blood moon. The blood moon on May 26 is especially interesting because it’s a supermoon. We will have not seen a moon “this big” since 2015.

Solar Eclipse (Darkened Sun): According to Space.com, “A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth.” In other words, the sun will appear to get darker. The type of solar eclipse we’ll see in June isn’t a total eclipse (where the moon covers the sun completely). A “ring of fire” will be visible when the moon sits in front of the sun on June 10th. (www.crosswalk.com).

Genesis 1:14 declares that the sun, moon, and stars are for SIGNS and SEASONS. The Word “signs” is defined as a signal of the promise of the ONE to come. God chose to create His Hebrew Covenant Calendar in Exodus 12 founded on the cycles of the moon to witness the fulfilling of His redemption story to a people who were in covenant with Him. This is you and I who are believers today, for our faith in Christ makes us heirs of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gal. 3:29).

Those who are keyed in on the relevance of God using the moon as a SIGN to speak His timing should take notice, pray, and be ready and alert to what the Holy Spirit is prompting us through this sign.

In 2014 and 2015, a great sign came forth that captured the hearts of many at the time who SAW the sign. There were 4 blood moons, and 2 came directly on Passover, while the other 2 fell on the Feast ofTabernacles. This is NO coincidence since these Feasts of the LORD are “divine appointed times” when He will bring restore and redeem His covenant promises.

Seven years later, we have another Blood Moon that I feel is communicating to us today that the time of preparation is coming to a completion and we MUST BE IN A STATE OF READINESS.

Let’s review three scripture references that specifically talk about the Blood Moon.

“The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord” (Acts 2:20).

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord” (Joel 2:31).

The last blood moon scripture reference is speaking loudly to me today because God has been highlighting Revelation 6 in prayer, but let me preface a few Revelation 6 scriptures that proceed the blood moon reference and what God has had me praying lately:

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed” Rev. 6:9-11).

Recently, the Holy Spirit directed me to join His prayer campaign for the city I live in, the gates, the waterways, and the remnant to come forth. The LORD had impressed upon my heart to keep praying for the healing in the waters, and as I have done so, I keep seeing visions of the innocent souls crying out to the LORD, “When Lord when?” Their voices seem so close in my spirit, and not off in the distance. Then as I was praying in the spirit, I got the word “Barabbas.” If you remember, he was the guilty one who was let go as the people cried out to crucify Jesus, the innocent one, instead (Mark 15:11).

So many innocent…alive and dead…who have not seen justice served as of yet. Tears ran down my face as I saw families without dads, moms and children because of the slaughter of the innocent.

After the tears of intercession, I saw wells within the water and all of the sudden beams of light coming up from out of the water and radiating up toward heaven. We prayed for the wells to spring forth rivers of living water that would bring the healing of the nations and for God’s remnant to take the positions in the gates of the city called to turn the land and the people toward God’s purpose in the earth. The LORD even directed us to pour salt into the waters as a sign of His covenant of salt He made with King David.

“Should you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt” (2 Chron. 13:5)?

God also reminded me of the scriptures the LORD spoke Himself:

“For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another” Mark 9:49,50).

The LORD calls forth believers to be salt in the earth (Matt. 5:13). It is as if the “preserved Word” of fulfillment of God’s innocent as well as His people whom are called to be “salty” is getting loosed to come into the manifestation of God’s time to deal and heal the nations.

The healing of the waters and the trees of righteousness planted by the rivers of living waters is the picture I seem to get a lot lately when praying with these salt scriptures (Psalm 1 and Rev. 22). It feels that heaven’s plan to bring restoration to the earth is so close. And the SIGN of this restoration begins with the rising of the Firstfruits remnant:

“Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God(Rev. 14:1-5).

The SIGN also includes seeing those who have been martyred rising as well receiving their glorified bodies and assisting the LORD in the Millennium reign, which brings me back to Revelation 6 and the blood moon:

“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand” (Rev. 6:12-17).

On May 21st, I was praying with a friend for over three hours. I saw two caves. One in which was a cave that was formed out of Psalm 91 where God’s people found rest, safety and shelter underneath the shadow of the Almighty. Then I saw a second cave that was empty and desolate. Slowly, one by one there were people filling it and the cave was full of doom, fear, and trembling. Everyone was shaking and it was dark.

I then saw a picture of the saints with one foot in one cave, and another in this dark cave that kept filling with thick fear. I was praying they wouldn’t vacillate between God’s word and the lies that were drawing them into the dark cave. I literally felt through our prayers we were pulling feet out of the dark cave and into Shalom peace like Abraham did for Lot through his intercession when Sodom and Gomorrah were about to be judged (Gen. 18).

I then heard “SHAMA,” which is the word in Hebrew for complete obedience to hear and obey God’s voice. This was the word in tongues God gave us and it was powerful to see how much mercy was poured out from the LORD for His people caught in the snare of the enemies lies. Then the LORD took us to Revelation 6 and we understood the totality we were praying.

What is amazing is that this intercession came forth with no knowledge of the blood moon coming a few days later. And yet, in Revelation 6, the moon turns to blood right after the martyrs ask God how long until he takes vengeance for the wrongs done against them

I believe this “sign” is speaking to us how close judgment is at the door. The blood moon symbolizes the vengeance God coming. We have seen how much evil has harmed the innocent, and there comes a tipping point when it’s Gods time to judge.

June 10th comes another SIGN…..the solar eclipse, which is happening on TAMMUZ FIRSTFRUITS. This is the month associated with Reuben, the first born son of Jacob, who committed adultery and lost His reward of becoming the birthright inheritor of the Abrahamic Covenant promise. God has been speaking to us all to lay down our idols which cause us to be in adultery with God’s covenant of promise.

This June solar eclipse SIGN is said to be a “ring of fire” for 3 minutes and 33 seconds.
Ring of fire reminds me of Ezekiel 10 of the forming of the New Jerusalem, God’s living stones coming together in the UNITY of heart with the LORD to form “A Wheel” in His hand.

333 is a significant number in the Bible. 3 in itself is divine perfection of a matter established by the LORD. It is the number associated with the Abrahamic Covenant and the promise of possessing the promised land. Exodus 33:3 is the first time God commands the Israelites to begin their journey to their inheritance!

We whom God has chosen to be “sons of light” are getting SIGNS in the heavens that we need to be ready to enter into the time of possessing the inheritance here in the earth. I think we are approaching the days of Daniel 7 when God declares the time of the saints being oppressed by the enemy comes to an end.

The question we must dig deep in our hearts is to ask what cave do we find our feet resting in as we wait for the SIGN to be fulfilled? Noah made an ark that saved the 8. It signifies the ark of obedience and the ark of covenant. We must stand strong in the LORD’s promise that He is coming to save the nations. And we must work at keeping our hearts hidden in the “cave” of His covenant promises that bring light in a dark time. 

The plumb line has dropped on the “firstborn” church: Who are the “sons of light” who are hiding in the shadow of the Almighty, trusting His word and having faith in Him alone as we go through these shakings until the LORD returns? And who are the “firstborn sons” of the flesh who are agreeing with the lawless one and are joining his narrative to bring fear and destruction to a people? God is perfecting all! Our job is to enter into SHAMA.

We are at HIs fountain head….our obedience to trust in His Covenant of Promise will produce living waters.

LUNAR ECLIPSE 5/26/21

AWAKEN TO HIS SIGN!

God gave us the sun, moon, and the stars as SIGNS and SEASONS for those in covenant with Him to understand His time and to point to Yahshua who is our Redeemer!

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as SIGNS and SEASONS to mark sacred times, and days and years” Gen. 1:14

FEAST OF PENTECOST PART 2

Difference Between Old and New Covenant “Pentecost”

God has a royal wedding He has been preparing and planning for His Bride, and its invitation went out as soon as the disciples were baptized with “the Promise” on the Day of Pentecost.  

In Part 1 of the Feast of Pentecost, I focused primarily on the similarities between the Old and New Pentecost Blueprint. Let’s now explore some of their differences.

The first difference is easy to identify.  In the Old Covenant, the execution of God’s Covenant, and the revealing of Himself by fire had an inherent problem that kept Him separated from His “Bride” -SIN.  Therefore, the people could see and hear God, but they could not get near God.

God always knew He needed a solution to cleanse and remove the sin that separated Himself from His bride. Without that solution, God’s consuming fire would destroy His bride instead of glorify her.  This is why God instructed Moses to bring himself and Aaron only up the mountain to meet with Him, so that everyone else wouldn’t die.

“Then the Lord said to him (Moses), ‘Away!’ Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you.  But do not let the priest and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”  (Ex. 19:24).

The second difference is that the Israelites chose to reject God’s voice and go through a mediator instead, God was going to have to restore His voice through a mediator. After Moses read the “Tablets of Covenant” to the people, which was God’s marriage vows written by His finger, the Israelites responded to Him in fear:

“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled [feared], and stood afar off.  Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear, but let know God speak with us, lest we die.  And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you so that you may not sin.  So THE PEOPLE STOOD AFAR OFF, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was” (Ex. 20:18-21).

We can now understand why the voice of God was still only heard through those selected by God in the Old Testament, even after this betrothal.  

If you notice from the Scriptures above, Moses was the ONLY one who drew near to the Lord, while the others withdrew away from the Lord out of fear.  Moses walked into darkness, knowing God was in it.  The people saw darkness and ran for cover.

Through their rejection of God’s voice, it was then established that a mediator was to remain between God and themselves.  Moses would then become a symbol and pattern of how Jesus would perfect this marriage covenant as the mediator of the New Covenant and unite us with the original promise of His voice, His fire, His presence, and His desire to permanently dwell with His Covenant people.

These Scriptures also then explains why the nation of Israel had to fight with their hands and not by the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word/voice of God” to gain dominion in the Promised Land (Eph. 6:17). As believers who have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, we now have access to take dominion by His Word over the enemy and not through the blood of our own hands.

Finally, we see the difference between the Old and New through God’s mercy and grace.  In the New Day of Pentecost, the Lord kept His promise to the people instead of the people trying to keep their promise to God and failing to be able to do it:  

“For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.  (For they could not endure what was commanded:  And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.'”And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and the church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake; not only the earth, but also heaven.’

Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear.  For our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:18-29).

We are now coming into a greater understanding of the “national covenant of God.”  It is with an understanding of the purpose of the Feast’s blueprint, and a people abiding in His set times that we will be able to see the New Jerusalem taking shape on the earth.  This New Jerusalem was conceived on the Day of Pentecost, when Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit of Promise to dwell in our bodies.  This national covenant began multiplying throughout the world through His disciples.

Our role as His “living stones,” His royal priesthood, and His “holy nation,” who God called out of the dark, and drew into His marvelous light, is to abide in His ways and to be ready in our hearts for His return (1 Peter 2:9).

“Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength.  Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  

The VOICE of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters.  The VOICE of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty” (Psalm 29:1-4).

FEAST OF PENTECOST PART 1

An Overall Look at the Meaning and Blueprint

The Feast of Pentecost is also known as the Feast of Harvest, Feast of Weeks, as well as Shavuot(Ex. 23:16; 34:22; Lev. 23:16)This feast marked the beginning of the early wheat harvest, seven weeks after Passover.  Pentecost, which is the Greek translation and means “fiftieth,” commemorates the giving of the Law, otherwise known as the Torah, which is the first five books of the Bible.

After departing Egypt and surviving the wilderness through supernatural acts of God (The parting of the Red Sea, manna from heaven, bitter water made sweet, and the Lord defending the Israelites from attacks), the children of Israel finally arrived at Mount Sinai 50 days later.

“In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai” (Ex. 19:1).  

The Israelites camped at the base of Mt. Sinai while Moses went up to speak to God.

God then told Moses to remind the people of all the amazing things God had done to “court” His people to reveal His love and His ability to take care of them, as their “Groom.”  He also told Moses to ask the people (nation of Israel) if they would marry Him:  

“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My VOICE and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for the earth is Mine.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a HOLY NATION.” (Ex. 19:5,6).

This was a special invitation as a nation of people to accept the Lord as their God, King, Husband, Priest, and Provider. Upon their “Yes” response, their commitment in turn would be to honor God’s voice and obey Him.  This union would open up heaven’s gates to prosper and bless a people, and a “promised” land where God would dwell with them.

The transaction of the prophetic word that had been given to Abraham declaring, “In you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” (Gal. 3:8) was about to consummate.

In short, this was God’s SET TIME that He was going to multiply His promise to Abraham, from an individual SEED promise, to a “national” SEED promise.  This is so key to understanding the significance of the Feast of Pentecost in the New Testament, because the perfected blueprint went from fulfillment of God’s Covenant plan through an individual Seed (Christ) to a national Seed (CHRISTIAN NATION, meaning, a multitude of Christian’s).  Therefore, it was this SET TIME in the blueprint of God’s storyline that He conceived His corporate (national) promise.

In order to follow the trail of this courtship and why this is taking place at Mount Sinai, we need to go back to the “founder of our faith, Abraham” (Rom. 4:16). Abraham accepted by FAITH the things God spoke to him concerning establishing a covenant with him and his family.  Abraham did not have to do anything to meet this requirement of being chosen except to have faith in what God said:

“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make NATIONS of you, and kings shall come from you.  And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants after you: (Gen. 17:5-7).

God originally made this promise in Gen. 12 with Abram.  Years later, God changed his name from Abram (exalted father of a family), to Abraham (Father of many nations) because the covenant was going to extend past his immediate family.  Abraham’s son Isaac would be the inheritor of this promise, as the Lord said, “In Isaac your SEED shall be called” (Heb. 11:18).

Isaac then begot Jacob, and Jacob had 12 sons who became known as the “Israelites.” The Israelites inherited that name because God also changed Jacob’s name to Israel, which translated means, “one whom understands that God rules” (Gen. 28:34; 35:10).  

Years later, over 2 million Israelites were at the base of Mt. Sinai, and God was about to unite them all into ONE NATION, giving them a blueprint to be a community that functioned together as God would instruct; in one rhythm and heartbeat so that the world could see their Groom; the “God of Abraham.”

God had also prophesied to Abraham in Gen. 15 that 400 years after the people were afflicted in Egypt, He would deliver them.  This would then become the “sign” of when God would elevate His promise to Abraham to national level.

“Then He said to Abram, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them and they will afflict them four hundred years” Gen. 15:13).

400 years later, the nation was gathered at Mt. Sinai, listening to God’s proposal, and accepting it “by faith” like their Father Abraham.  God then instructed Moses to tell the people to “consecrate themselves,” for in 3 days, God would descend from Mt. Sinai so they could hear (see) His voice.

“Then it came to pass, on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings, and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the SOUND of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled” (Ex. 19:16).”

When the trumpet sounded loudly, the Israelites ran to the foot of the mountain to meet God.

“Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you: on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire” “(Deut. 4:36).

“The Lord talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire” (Deut. 5:4).

“The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire” (Psalm 29:7).

The mixed multitude that came out of Egypt saw the tongues of fire and heard God’s voice in their own language.  The translation of “seeing voices” came through as thunder and lightnings:

“Now Mt. Sinai was completely in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire.  Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace and the whole mountain quaked greatly.  And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and because louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.  Then the Lord came down upon Mt. Sinai, on the top of the mountain (Ex. 19:18-20).

Do you remember reading in the Book of Acts about the sound of the mighty rushing wind that came on the Day of Pentecost, in the upper room?  This was the SAME day in God’s Hebrew Covenant Calendar, years later from the day they were at the base of Mt. Sinai, that Christ would begin this covenantal national blueprint.

CHRIST had instructed His disciples, as Moses did, to get ready and prepare themselves, and then wait:

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which He said, you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now….But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to he end of the earth” (Acts 1:4-8).

SUDDENLY, the Holy Spirit came upon the 120, at the same SET TIME that Mt. Sinai had been filled with fire in the Old Testament. The people in Jerusalem, who had travelled from afar to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, were awakened to what was going on in the upper room and came to see.

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts. 2:1-4). 

The Jews who had gathered in the international cosmopolitan Jerusalem knew of a day when this would happen.  This is because God had established His Covenant Calendar Blueprint to gather, at His SET TIME, when the Promises made to Abraham would be perfected.  God used the Feasts schedule to prepare them, like a “dress rehearsal,” throughout the years between Mt. Sinai and the Day of Pentecost in the upper room:

“Count 50 days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.  You shall bring from your dwellings two waves loaves of two-tenths of an ephah.  They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven.  They are the first fruits to the Lord” (Lev. 23:16,17).

 God also used Jeremiah to prophesy of this Pentecost fulfillment:

“Behold, the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand and lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, thought I was a husband to them, says the Lord (Jer. 31:31-33)..  

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:  I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Heb. 10:16).

The blueprint of the Feast of Pentecost would show us, through the understanding of its firstfruits wheat offering, that this fulfillment of Pentecost would ONLY be the beginning (deposit of guarantee) of the perfecting of the national marriage covenant promise God had made at Mt. Sinai.  

If you study the Pentecost first fruits offering, it was the ONLY sacrifice that was offered and acceptable with “leaven.” This offering symbolized believers in Christ today who are holy and acceptable through Christ’s sacrifice, but our sinful or “leavened” bodies have yet to been transformed.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Phil. 3:20,21).

Therefore, we can REST knowing there is a soon coming day, during the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, that we believers will experience the FULL manifestation of this covenant of marriage.  We will be able to stand in the presence of God in our glorified bodies, as well as stand before men as “sons of light.”