The Feasts of God (7)
Table of Contents
49. Pentecost: From Confusion to Unity
50. Trumpets: Prelude to Tabernacles
51. Trumpets: A New Harvest
52. Trumpets: The Significance of Two Silver Trumpets
53. Trumpets: Calling the Assembly Together
Chapter Forty Nine
The Feasts of God
From Confusion to Unity
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors [overseers] and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:11-16 (emphasis added)
As we have studied Pentecost, you may have been thinking, “What a mess!” For most of the last two thousand years the Church has been consumed by division and heresy. However, over nineteen hundred years ago the apostle Paul wrote the above scripture in his letter to the Church at Ephesus, which I find very promising and encouraging.
Some think unity is agreeing to disagree or agreeing on the important issues and overlooking the rest. Others see it as tolerance. Still others think that coming together from time to time in spite of our disagreements is unity.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
A rhetorical question. Jesus said it this way:
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
So, while we may have experienced unity with another believer or even with a group of believers, the whole Church coming into unity must be a future event and according to Paul, it is closely tied to perfection; that perfection being measured by the stature of the fullness of Christ.
There are those who think we will never experience complete unity or perfection. They think it is something we can only attain positionally, because of the finished work of Christ at the cross.
When Jesus, on the cross said, “It is finished” (see John 19:30), He wasn’t talking about the plan of redemption. He was talking about His earthly ministry as the Son of Man in the flesh (see John 17:4-5). In order for the plan of redemption to be completed (which will bring about an experiential unity and perfection), He still had to descend into Hades, be resurrected, ascend to Heaven, and sit at the right hand of God, until all His enemies are made His footstool (see Acts 2:34-35, Psalm 110:1 and Hebrews 1:13, 10:12-13).
The plan of redemption can be seen in the feasts and we have just now entered the Feast of Trumpets, which is the first part of the Feast of Tabernacles on the timeline of history. We are being perfected and we are coming into unity but we aren’t there yet. Looking at the western church, you might think we are far from it. But we will get there and I believe we are much closer than ever before in history.
I haven’t come to that conclusion by an observation of the church world at large or even by observation of the true Body of Christ. But I am seeing great strides taking place in the Remnant Bride of Christ. However, we are still only in the beginning stages of the total transformation of the true Church and the world.
Coming into the unity of the faith and being perfected is a process that will be completed as and when God has planned. My understanding of the feasts has convinced me it will happen sometime during this third millennium of the Church, which is the seventh millennium since creation. My hope is to see it in my lifetime or perhaps to completely cross that line from time to eternity and have my mortality put on immortality, enabling me to live, reigning with Christ for the entire millennium and on into the next.
Whether or not that happens, I am compelled to fulfill my part in the process of the restoration and completion of the Apostolic Church that began in the first century, thus fulfilling my part in the restitution of all things (see Acts 3:21).
I want to be able to say with the apostle Paul:
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day [the third millennium of the Church/the seventh millennium since creation]: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
2 Timothy 5:7-8 (emphasis added)
May His appearing be a continual reality in our lives.
The Feasts of God
Prelude to Tabernacles
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
The Feast of Tabernacles, also referred to as the Feast of Ingathering, is a three part feast as is Passover (Passover/Unleavened Bread/Sheaf of Firstfruits). The Feast of Passover begins with Passover, with the Unleavened Bread and the waving of the Sheaf of Firstfruits being incorporated into the main feast. Tabernacles begins with Trumpets, sort of a prelude or introduction to Tabernacles; actually an announcing of Tabernacles, which is prophetic in nature. Trumpets is followed by Atonement and the feast ends with Tabernacles.
Pentecost stands alone as a one day feast between Passover and Tabernacles.
Since the first Passover, Israel has had two calendars. God spoke to Moses instituting the first month of the year to coincide with Passover. It is the month of Nisan and is considered to be the beginning of the religious calendar. The original calendar, known as the civil, agricultural or commercial calendar begins in the seventh month; Tishrei and coincides with the creation.
So Tishrei is the beginning of mankind who grew into many tribes and nations. Nisan is the beginning of the chosen people of God; remaining as a nation on the Earth but being separate from all other nations. This separation eventually found greater fulfillment in the Church, which the apostle Peter called a holy nation:
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people [purchased possession]; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
1 Peter 2:9 (emphasis added)
The two feasts of Passover and Pentecost give us a picture of these two facets of the chosen people of God. At the time of the first Passover in Egypt, the Israelite slaves that had been dependent on the Pharaoh for their every need became a wealthy, independent nation under God in one night. On the Day of Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, the Church was birthed with a group of about 120 Jews but soon spread to the nations (Gentiles).
In this third day (millennium) of the Church, which is the seventh day (millennium) of/since creation, we are entering into the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, when Israel and the Church will become one people under the headship of Christ.
We are now entering into the prophetic fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets, when the coming Feast of Tabernacles is being announced. Not only is the coming feast being announced, it is being experienced to a degree by a prophetic remnant that is not only announcing its coming, but is living an example of its coming; having been driven into a time of intense and severe testing, producing in them a much deeper union with Christ than anyone has known until now.
This prophetic remnant is the firstfruits of many more to come. We are a Firstfruits Company and a Trumpet People. Trumpets were used in ancient Israel when an important announcement was to be made. Trumpets called the people together for battle or when it was time for the camp to continue journeying toward the Promised Land, during their time in the wilderness.
The Feast of Trumpets occurs on the first day of the seventh month, when the new moon appears as a thin crescent. Just as the seventh day and the seventh year are holy according to Mosaic Law (see Ex. 20:8-10 and Lev. 25:4), so is the seventh month. Tishri is the Sabbath of months. In ancient Israel the new moon, which was the beginning of a new month, was announced with short blasts on silver trumpets.
The trumpet used for the Feast of Trumpets was not a silver trumpet but a shofar, made from a ram’s horn. Silver trumpets were blown to announce the beginning and ending of the Sabbath and with sacrifices. During the Feast of Trumpets, a priest blew the shofar standing in a row of priests facing the altar blowing silver trumpets. The priest blowing the shofar made long blasts while the silver trumpeters sounded short blasts over that day’s sacrifices.
Those of us that have been subjected to intense and severe tests and trials, preparing us to be that prophetic remnant are not only a Trumpet People, we are the last trump of 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16. We are a prelude to the coming Feast of Tabernacles, when Jesus will manifest Himself fully in a people (see Galatians 4:19 AMP), tabernacling with them, making them a habitation of God through the Spirit (see Ephesians 2:22). This is the so called second coming of Christ that many are looking for, not touching down on the Mount of Olives but revealing His presence in His Remnant Bride (a Prophetic Remnant/a Firstfruits Company/a Joseph Company/an Elijah Company/a Sons of Issachar Company/the Manifested Sons of God).
This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Just a prelude to the song that is to come.
Just a prelude to the love to be restored.
Can you imagine how it’s going to be?
All things made perfect when we’re all one in the Lord.
We’ve sung so many songs of love and now we’ve found the key.
We’ve sung so many songs of peace and now we’ll sing in harmony.
From Just a Prelude. music and lyrics copyright by Lanny C. Swaim
Surely we were born for such a time as this!
Chapter Fifty One
The Feasts of God
A New Harvest
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
During the Charismatic Movement of the mid-sixties there was an understanding of the former and latter rains in relation to Pentecost. The former rain was considered to be the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in the second chapter of Acts, and the latter rain was considered to be the outpourings that took place from the mid-nineteenth century on through the twentieth century.
Another analogy compared the former rain to the Pentecostal Movement that had its beginnings with the Welsh Revivals of 1859 and 1904 plus the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California in 1906, and the latter rain to the Charismatic Movement or Renewal of the mid-twentieth century.
Pentecost produced a harvest in the first century not only of individuals being born again and coming into the Kingdom, but a harvest of power, manifesting the gifts of the Spirit in and among believers (see 1 Corinthians 12:4-11). With the gifts of the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit was also realized (see Galatians 5:22-23). All this was reproduced during the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. However, the harvest of Pentecost is going to pale in comparison to the harvest of Tabernacles.
The first month mentioned in Joel 2:23 is not the first month on Israel’s religious calendar but the first month of the civil or agricultural calendar, which is the seventh month of the religious calendar. It was the time of a great and final harvest of the year, which is why Tabernacles is also called the Feast of Ingathering.
We could compare the former and latter rains to Pentecost and Tabernacles or even to Passover and Tabernacles, but I believe Tabernacles is going to be the time when the former and latter rains will occur at the same time, producing continual harvest, which was not only prophesied by Joel but also by Amos:
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
It is of great significance that Tabernacles occurred in the first month of the civil calendar, which was the seventh month of the religious calendar. The civil calendar has to do with nations and governments. During the fulfillment of Tabernacles the kingdoms (nations) of the world will become the kingdoms (Kingdom) of our Lord and His Christ (see Revelation 11:15).
The religious calendar has to do with the fulfillment of spiritual matters, which will ultimately impact and control civil matters. Seven in scripture is the number for completion or perfection. Not only does Tabernacles take place in the seventh month, the year of Jubilee began in the seventh month (see Leviticus 25:9). The year of Jubilee is another type and shadow of continual harvest.
As we enter into the beginning of the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles on God’s historic and prophetic timetable, we are experiencing the first part of Tabernacles, which is the Feast of Trumpets. There is a remnant of the Body of Christ that is becoming a Trumpet People, announcing the coming Feast of Tabernacles, not only by prophesying it but by beginning to experience it and becoming an example of it; a firstfruits company comparable to the Sheaf of Firstfruits that was a part of Passover.
Are you beginning to see that while there is a chronological order to all this on the timeline of history, there is also the reality that it all overlaps and in some ways cannot be contained on a timeline of chronological order? If you can wrap your mind around this truth, you will begin to understand the reality that those of us beginning to experience the fulfillment of Tabernacles, are also beginning to experience eternity, where time has no relevance. The occurrences of our lives, which there is a chronological order to, are more of a kairos reality, with every step of our journey being pregnant with great purpose and destiny.
Any way you slice it, if you are a part of this remnant, you are living in the most exciting time in the history of planet Earth so far. I can tell you from experience, while getting to this place has not been easy; it is also the most exciting time in my life so far.
Not only is it exciting, it is producing in us the power and fruit of the Spirit in greater measure than ever before. This reality is the proof that we are walking in truth, despite the accusations of many that are not seeing the Kingdom as we are seeing the Kingdom.
Surely we were born for such a time as this!
Chapter Fifty Two
The Feasts of God
The Significance of Two Silver Trumpets
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Silver in scripture has to do with atonement. At the time of the census in Israel each person twenty years old and above was to give a half shekel of silver to the priests for the atonement of their souls (see Exodus 30:12-16).
The trumpets were to be made of a single (whole) piece of silver (see Numbers 10:2), signifying there is only one way to salvation; a type and shadow of the cross of Christ.
There are many examples of two equaling one in scripture: Adam and Eve – the example of a man and woman being two but becoming one in marriage; Christ the Head and the Body of Christ (His Church) are two being one; Jew and Gentile becoming one in Christ; the Bride of Christ being taken out of the Body of Christ in order to complete the Body of Christ, the two becoming one just as Eve was taken out of Adam in order to complete Adam, the two then becoming one again; two Israeli calendars starting in different months with each equaling one year.
The two trumpets were made of one piece of silver, and when they were blown they made one sound.
The blowing of trumpets was of great importance in ancient Israel. There were five reasons for trumpets to be blown.
Calling the assembly together (see Numbers 10:2).
Journeying of the camps (see Numbers 10:2).
Going to war (see Numbers 10:9).
To announce the beginning of months (see Numbers 10:10).
To announce the observance of the feasts (see Numbers 10:10).
While there were several reasons for the blowing of trumpets in Israel, the blowing of the trumpets in the seventh month, announcing the Feast of Tabernacles, had special significance, hence that occasion was called the Feast of Trumpets.
The Feast of Trumpets not only had seasonal significance but also dispensational significance of greater intensity than the dispensational significance of the Feast of Passover with its three parts and the Feast of Pentecost. It is in the second prophetic fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles that the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Pentecost will be experienced in fullness.
Passover and Pentecost find their destiny in Tabernacles, just as Tabernacles is the destiny of the Body of Christ. Passover is the door into Pentecost and Pentecost is but a taste of Tabernacles. Trumpets is a larger helping of Pentecost with Tabernacles being the full meal, glory to God!
Surely we were born for such a time as this!
Chapter Fifty Three
The Feasts of God
Calling the Assembly Together
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump.
1 Corinthians 15:52
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
The Feast of Trumpets is about more than an announcement. It is about a people; an Elijah/John the Baptist company, not only prophesying but becoming a living epistle (an example of the coming Feast of Tabernacles); no less than the last trump or the trump of God.
It is about more than a proclamation. It is an invitation from the Spirit of God and the Bride of Christ to the wedding supper of the Lamb, which the Feast of Tabernacles is the fulfillment of.
The fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets is about calling the assembly (the Body of Christ/the true Church) together in the unity of the faith (see Ephesians 4:13). More specifically, it is about calling the Body of Christ/the true Church into the unity of the faith.
God has provided five major services to the Church; apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors (overseers) and teachers (see Ephesians 4:11), to usher the Church into the unity of the faith, which is the perfecting of individual believers and that corporate person we become as we assemble together (see Ephesians 4:12).
Assembling together is about much more than going to church. Actually, the concept of going to church in the traditional sense is in opposition to assembling together. The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but to exhort (give urgent advice to) one another, with increasing regularity as we see the Day (of the Lord) approaching (see Hebrews 10:25).
The Greek word for assemble in this passage of Scripture is epinsuagoge, according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words, and has to do with the gatherings (local assemblies) of believers. It is the same word used in 2 Thessalonians:
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering [assembling] together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God shewing himself that he is God.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Paul wrote this letter to first century believers. The falling away he spoke of occurred in the fourth century when the Roman Emperors Constantine and Theodosius made Christianity the state religion, marrying Church and state; an act of spiritual adultery, divorcing the Church from her Bridegroom and Husband, Jesus.
The man of sin or son of perdition (destruction) could be referring to the Roman emperors, but does it not fit the job description of the Catholic Pope?
2 Thessalonians was written in the first century, but also applies to the present time when the Day of Christ or Day of the Lord is at hand. It is time for us to rebuild in the pattern of the first century Church, assembling together in small groups and ministering to each other. The custom of meeting in larger groups, sitting in pews and being entertained or ministered to by one or a few individuals, stunts the growth of believers and makes them subject to a hierarchy that is unscriptural. It is the clergy/laity system prevalent in most churches today, which was and continues to be the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church. It is the practice of the Nicolaitans that Jesus said He hated in the letters to the churches in the Book of Revelation, and was evidently already being practiced by some church gatherings long before the fourth century.
When we assemble together in the New Testament pattern, we not only join together in covenant relationship with each other, we join ourselves as that corporate person to our Lord Jesus Christ. In essence, we are caught away with Him and begin to reign with Him from His seat (throne) of authority.
It is time to divorce ourselves from ideas and traditions of men; from the division that has plagued the Church for hundreds of years, and to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church (see Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22), and not only to the Church as a whole but to the churches (local assemblies coming together in the New Testament pattern). As we assemble in small groups, primarily in homes, we will be knitted together as one and begin to hear the Spirit of the Lord as one. When we come together as networks of house churches in larger groups, we will realize that while each house church has its own personality, the sum total of all the house churches in any given network also has a personality of its own, while hearing much of the same from the Spirit of God.
This is how we will come into the unity of the faith; hearing and seeing the same things at the same time, literally having the mind of Christ; hearing and seeing the same thing Jesus is hearing and seeing of the Father, which entails the complete purpose and plan of God for mankind and planet Earth, throughout all ages.
The trumpet is sounding, calling us to assemble together in the unity of the faith as one person; one in and with the Lord. The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”
Surely we were born for such a time as this!
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