The Feasts of God (9)

Table of Contents

67. Trumpets: Some Assembly Required (4)

68. Trumpets: Prophesying Perfection

69. Trumpets: Prophesying the Restitution/Salvation of All

70. Trumpets: Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ/Immortality

71. Trumpets: The Man-child Company

Chapter Sixty Seven

The Feasts of God

Trumpets

Some Assembly Required (4)

 

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:23-25

 

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. 

Hebrews 12:22-23

 

Just men made perfect.  Now there’s an interesting concept.

 

We were justified by the crucifixion of Jesus when He took the sins of all mankind on Himself.  Righteousness demands justice.  A righteous God demands justice.  Because of the demand for justice, the wrath of God had to be poured out on someone.  Our merciful God, who is love, decided to pour out His wrath on Himself, freeing us from the consequence of sin in our lives. 

 

The consequence or payment for sin is death (see Romans 6:23).  God the Son, Jesus, died that death for us enabling us to become the righteousness of God (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).  He justified us even though we didn’t deserve it.  But that justification didn’t make us perfect.  It was but the door into perfection; the process we must walk out as we live this life in a body of flesh.

 

If we don’t walk out the process of being perfected while in our physical bodies on earth, we will walk it out after we die physically in a place called Hades in Greek or Sheol in Hebrew.  The KJV of the Bible refers to this place as Hell but Hell is not a good translation.  Jews around the time that Jesus walked the earth as the Son of Man also called this place Paradise, which is actually an Oriental word.  Modern definitions of these words and the common understanding that Paradise and Hell are two different places, give us a distorted view of life after physical death for believers and non-believers alike.

 

At the time of the crucifixion, Paradise was in the lower parts of the earth (see Luke 23:43/Ephesians 4:9).  When Jesus first ascended to the Father after the resurrection, He took Paradise with Him, having taken captivity (Paradise) captive (see Ephesians 4:8).  This is evidenced several years later when Paul was caught up into Paradise (see 2 Corinthians 12:4), which he identifies as being in the third Heaven (see 2 Corinthians 12:2).

 

Hell is an English word, which literally means to hide and is a bad translation.  It is found nowhere in the oldest manuscripts of the Bible. 

 

So, a thorough study of scripture reveals that Hades (Greek), Sheol (Hebrew) and Paradise (Oriental) are the same place, and were once in the lower parts of the earth but are now in Heaven.

 

God has always been about perfecting His people but during the Church Age of the last two thousand years, His people as a whole have not been very cooperative.  While many have accepted His justification, most have continued in the flesh; some more than others.

 

The way church has been done for the most part has been an exercise in the flesh; a religious practice making one appear to be and perhaps feel righteous.  Even in more recent times, as the baptism with the Spirit has been restored to a remnant of the Church, we have witnessed the consequences of men and women operating in the power of the Spirit but lacking in the character of God.

 

As we enter this new day (millennium) (see 2 Peter 3:8) and transition from the Church Age into the Kingdom Age, God is calling out of the Body of Christ a remnant to be the firstfruits of many more to come.  As this remnant has been severely tested and tried, they have been reduced to nothing, emptied of self and left in a position of total dependence on and trust in the mercy, grace (empowerment) and provision of God.  They have been driven to a place of rest, retired from their own labor, enabling God to fully implement His plan for mankind and planet Earth, which will bring about the fulfillment of the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray, bringing the Kingdom of God in earth as in Heaven (see Matthew 6:10/Luke 11:2); ultimately bringing about the fulfillment of Revelation 11:15:

 

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

 

This remnant is coming to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God; the heavenly Jerusalem.  There they are finding an innumerable company of angels, experiencing much angelic activity in their individual lives and corporately as they assemble together.  They are becoming the general assembly of the firstborn.

 

General assembly is a political term, meaning the main legislative body in a state, country, organization, etc.  Jesus is the firstborn from the dead.  This remnant is becoming the primary policy makers (under their Head, Jesus) clarifying the eternal plan and purpose of God for mankind and planet Earth, which has only been understood in part until now.  As God’s plan becomes clearer, attitudes and doctrinal understanding must change.  While these changes can initially bring friction and division among believers, eventually they will bring all believers into the unity of the faith (see Ephesians 4:13).

 

This unity of the faith may look and seem to be an impossible goal but God, who is the judge of all, will bring this to pass by perfecting people already justified by the finished work of Jesus; making them a firstfruits company (general assembly); no less than trailblazers and pilgrims paving the way for many more to follow.

 

Those of us who are of this firstfruits company (general assembly) must hold fast to that which we are seeing and experiencing without wavering.  In order to do this consistently we must assemble together, not in the traditional understanding of church but coming together and ministering to each other, encouraging and building up one another.

 

We are now beyond seeing the day approaching.  We are entering that day (millennium) and beginning to experience all this new day entails.  Because we are a remnant and because we are misjudged and misunderstood by the masses, we must band (assemble) together as the general assembly of the firstborn to protect, encourage and build one another up; ultimately refuting the judgment of the masses.  The bottom line is: we need each other and probably won’t survive without each other.

 

This is more than reality.  It is by God’s design.  While our journey into truth may begin individually, we only have purpose as a corporate people.

 

We are none other than the Bride of Christ, being taken out of the Body of Christ in order to complete the Body of Christ, just as Eve was taken out of Adam in order to complete Adam.

 

We are in a process whose end will be the restitution of all things (see Acts 3:21), the salvation of all Israel (see Romans 11:26) as well as the salvation of all people (see 1 Timothy 2:1- 6).

 

Surely we were born for such a time as this!

 

All glory to God!!!

Chapter Sixty Eight

The Feasts of God

Trumpets

 

Prophesying Perfection

 

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:39-40

 

In God’s system of justice, which actually is the only system of justice (all other legitimate justice systems are based on and because of God’s justice), there has to be a people that reach perfection in order for all who have gone before to be perfected.

The verses preceding Hebrews 11:39-40 speak of many great men and women of faith that died without reaching perfection.  God saw them as perfect because of their faith but they didn’t experience perfection in their lifetimes on earth.

The writer of Hebrews realized that in order for all those who had been justified by faith to actually reach perfection, God has to produce a people that actually reach perfection in their lifetime on Earth.

 

We know the generation of believers present on Earth at the time Hebrews was written didn’t reach perfection and in fact became but another stepping stone toward perfection, so the existence of a perfect generation remained future.  However, God will have a perfect people; initially a firstfruits company of many more to come.

 

Those of us who are seeing and experiencing the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets are beginning to taste of that perfection, and prophesying the completion of the perfection process in this new day (millennium) we have now entered; which will ultimately bring about the salvation of all people (see 1 Timothy 2:4) and the restitution of all things (see Acts 3:19).

 

I was teaching this one night in a meeting I was holding in Wilmington, NC.  Three Messianic Jews (two women and a man) came to the meeting that night.  I had not seen them before nor have I seen them since.

 

As I was teaching, one of the women was staring at me with her mouth literally hanging open.  I became a little uncomfortable, stopped my teaching and asked her if I was on the right track.  She told me that they (Messianic Jews) had always believed that but didn’t teach it to Christians, because Christians wouldn’t accept it.

 

Perhaps that is still true of most Christians but there is a remnant of Trumpet People that are tasting of it and prophesying it to the larger Body of Christ, in hopes that some can and will receive it.

 

Understanding this perfecting process and the ultimate outcome of it is a great encouragement to those of us who have and perhaps are being severely tested and tried as God is killing us; causing in us a dying to self unlike anything we have experienced before.

 

This dying process is absolutely necessary because there is no hope for the flesh.  The flesh cannot be saved, fixed or rehabilitated.  The only solution is to kill the flesh (fallen man), which enables Christ to live His life in and through us. 

 

You see, being perfected is not about us.  Rather, it is about us getting out of the way and allowing Christ to live His perfected life in and through us.  However, in order for Christ to live a perfected life, He must have a perfected people.  And yet, He cannot have a perfected people until they first die to self, paving the way for Him to live His life fully in and through them.

 

Perhaps this is a little much for us to wrap our minds around, but just contemplating it causes me to realize the great extent to which we are one with Christ and He is one with us, making us one and the same.

 

Wow!  We are coming into the unity of the faith with each other because we are coming into unity with Him, being one and the same as Him.

 

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

John 4:17 (emphasis added)

 

This is the day of judgment; that day and the day of the Lord spoken of throughout the Bible.

 

It is in this day (millennium), which is the seventh day of/since creation, the ultimate Sabbath of all Sabbaths, when we will completely cease from all our labors and enter His rest, enabling His perfection to manifest experientially and fully in our lives.

 

Perhaps our generation is the one that will realize the reality of this perfection, which is the destiny of mankind.  Or, if not, we will do our part to pave the way for another generation to come into the fullness of it.

 

Regardless, we were absolutely born for such a time as this!

 

All glory to God.

Chapter Sixty Nine

The Feasts of God

Trumpets

Prophesying the Restitution/Salvation of All

 

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Acts 3:19-21 (emphasis added)

 

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved.

Romans 11:25-26 (emphasis added)

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

1 Timothy 2:1-6. (emphasis added)

 

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:39-40

 

Due time is a specific time; an appointed time when something specific is to happen or something already happening is to come to completion. 

 

The Feasts of God are types and shadows; pictures of the New Testament Church with specific or appointed times to be observed in remembrance of certain events and as rehearsals of things to come.

 

We have already experienced to some degree Passover and Pentecost in the first two millennia of the New Testament Church, and are now beginning to experience Tabernacles as we enter this third millennium of the Church.

 

Tabernacles, like Passover, is a three part feast.  I believe we are now entering the first part of Tabernacles, which is the Feast of Trumpets.

 

It is in Tabernacles that our experience of Passover and Pentecost will reach its full potential, bringing about the fullness of times.  This is the mystery of His will written about in Ephesians 1:9-10:

 

[God] having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him (emphasis added).

 

All means all.  We have greatly limited the cross of Christ by teaching that an individual must willfully accept salvation in order to receive the benefits of it.

 

If we believe that we are going to have to tear some pages out of our Bibles.  Acts 3:19 speaks of the restitution of all things.  Romans 11:26 tells us that all Israel shall be saved.  1 Timothy 2:4 informs us that God will have all men (people) to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth; not that God would like for all to be saved but that he will have all to be saved!

There is the possibility that a more correct translation would be that God desires all to be saved, but do you really think God will not get what He desires.

 

1 Timothy 2:6 makes it clear that this truth will be the testimony of someone in due time.

 

Saints of God, that due time has come and God has a chosen remnant of people who are testifying to the reality of it.  The fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles will be the restitution of all things when all people will come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved.  All people includes those who have died and no longer live in physical bodies on the Earth; those who are presently alive on planet Earth and those who are not yet born of a woman.

 

The cross of Christ is far more reaching than we have imagined.  The sacrifice Jesus made that day when God poured out His wrath on Himself is not going to see one lost.  Nor is it going to allow the destruction of the world that God so loved (see John 3:16).  Rather, all will be saved and the world will be restored to the original glory God purposed and planned for it from the beginning.

 

This is what Tabernacles is about and this is our destiny in this new day (millennium) we have now crossed the threshold of.

 

The Feast of Trumpets is about a Trumpet People beginning to experience Tabernacles; announcing (prophesying) it’s coming.  The Feast of Atonement, which is soon to follow Trumpets is about many hearing the message being proclaimed by this Trumpet People and believing their report.

 

Their report is a good report!  It is none other than the Gospel of the Kingdom.  It is good news.  It is great news!  It is about the restitution of all things and the salvation of all people. 

 

Surely we were born for such a time as this!

 

Chapter Seventy

The Feasts of God

Trumpets

Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ/Immortality

 

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we [first] believed.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Romans 13:11, 14

 

Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54

 

There is a very real sense in which the Church has been asleep for most of the last two thousand years.  By the end of the first century heresy had crept into the Church and some had departed from the faith, substituting lies for the true Gospel of the Kingdom, proclaimed and taught by Jesus and the original apostles.

 

In the fourth century the Roman Emperors Constantine and Theodosius made Christianity the state religion, divorcing the Church from her Bridegroom Jesus and marrying the Church to the state.  This was an act of spiritual adultery that actually brought about the death of the Apostolic Church of the first century, and the Dark Ages followed.

 

The apostle Paul, before the Church fell into the sleep of death, spoke of a mystery. He prophesied a time when the Church would awake out of the sleep she had fallen into.  History records there have been many stepping stones of revival moving the Church toward a time when it will appear revival occurs suddenly (in a moment/in the twinkling of an eye).  Paul informs us this awakening will take place at the time of the last trump.

 

To understand what this last trump is, we must have an understanding of the historic and prophetic significance of the Feasts of God that were observed every year; first by the entire nation of Israel and then by the Jews (a remnant of Israel preserved through the centuries until the present time).  These feasts are a type and shadow; a picture of the New Testament Church. 

 

Without a working knowledge and understanding of these feasts it is impossible to understand the New Testament.  The absence of this knowledge and understanding of the feasts in western civilization has put a western spin on the gospel that is at best an in part gospel and possibly not the gospel at all.

 

The last trump is referring to the prophetic fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets, which is the first part of the Feast of Tabernacles.  In ancient Israel, trumpets were used to get the attention of the people when an important announcement was to be made.

 

Today, as we enter into the time of the ultimate prophetic fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets, there is a Trumpet People sounding (prophesying) the coming fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of Tabernacles is about the true Church fully becoming a habitation of God through the Spirit (see Ephesians 2:22).

 

When this happens, the mortality of the Church, having manifested as death in the fourth century, will become immortal; never again to be subject to death, and death will be swallowed up by overcoming victory, glory to God!

 

I have the hope that at the time this takes place on God’s historic and prophetic timetable as the Church (the true Bride of Christ) corporately puts on immortality, our physical bodies will be changed, also putting on immortality as one would put on a garment.  While I don’t believe in the sudden disappearance (rapture) of believers, I do believe there will be a generation of believers who will not have to experience physical death.

 

Enoch is a type and shadow of the generation of believers who will simply put on immortality (see Genesis 5:24).

 

I don’t know about you, but I have the hope I will be in that number.  This I know: the longer I walk in the reality that I have already passed from death to life, the less I relate to my life on Earth as ever ending.  Somehow, I just don’t see my physical body ever dying.  Rather, I see my aging body being restored to its prime, void of the possibility of sickness and disease and absent of the aging process.  I see myself reigning with Christ for the next thousand years and beyond.

 

Surely we were born for such a time as this!

 

All glory to God!

Chapter Seventy One

The Feasts of God

Trumpets

The Man-child Company

 

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Revelation 12:13

 

Who is this Woman who brought forth the Man-child?

 

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Revelation 12:1-2

 

In order to understand who this woman is, we must look at the way she appeared to John in the vision he saw.  She was clothed with the sun.  Malachi referred to Jesus as the Sun of Righteousness.

 

For behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as claves of the stall.  And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 4:1-3 (emphasis added)

 

Not only does Malachi refer to Jesus as the Sun of Righteousness, he speaks of him arising in a certain day.  This could be applied to the time when Jesus came as the Son of Man, born of a virgin, crucified, resurrected and ascended into Heaven but I have come to understand that when a specific day is spoken of in prophetic scripture, usually if not always the day referred to is the third day (millennium) of the Church.

 

Is it any wonder that Peter gave great importance to the truth that a day is with the Lord as a thousand years and thousand years as a day?

 

But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

2 Peter 3:8 (emphasis added)

 

So this woman is clothed with Jesus, which entails all His anointing, His glory and His character.  Could she be any other than the literal, many membered virgin Bride of Christ, a remnant of the Body of Christ (the true Church)?

 

She has the moon under her feet.  The moon reflects the sun’s light, giving it the appearance of having light of its own when in fact it does not.  The moon represents the religious system, which is not the true Church (the Body of Christ).  To the carnal mind the religious system appears to be the Church but is not.  The world’s religious system is a great deception referred to in Revelation as another woman, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (see Revelation 17:1-6).

 

In this third day (millennium) of the Church, when everything is coming to completion and fullness, the true Church will expose the false church for who and what she is and as a result the false church will initially be under the feet of the Bride of Christ (the woman clothed with the Sun with the moon under her feet) and eventually under the feet of the entire Body of Christ (the true Church).

 

Twelve in Scripture is a number for completion and the number for the government of God.  This woman that John saw had a crown of twelve stars on her head, signifying and confirming that she is of the true Church, the Body of Christ. 

 

When Peter preached Jesus on the Day of Pentecost, when the true Church was born, as recorded in the second chapter of Acts, he spoke not only of power but of government.  In this third day of the Church, the Church is coming to completion, becoming the glorious Church that Jesus will present to himself a perfected Bride (see Ephesians 5:25-27).

 

Now that we have identified who this woman clothed with the Sun is, we must look at the fact that she was pregnant and in the process of giving birth to a man-child, in order to understand who the man-child is.

 

The two words, man and child put together are an oxymoron.  How can one be a man and a child at the same time?

 

However, this child the woman is pregnant with and about to be delivered of will mature so quickly that he will appear to have been born a full grown, mature man.

 

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Revelation 12:5

 

Does this sound familiar?  Jesus was caught up to God and to His throne, where He is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father.

 

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Hebrews 1:3

 

Rather than an actual throne somewhere out there, I suspect the throne of God is a position of authority, which God shares with his firstborn Son, Jesus, and will soon share with the man-child birthed by the Bride of Christ.  From this position of authority, God the Father and Son will rule the nations through the man-child, a many membered company living on Earth.  This is how the nations of this world will become the Kingdom of our Lord and his Christ (see Revelation 11:15).

 

We know from Revelation 12:4 that Satan intends to devour the man-child as soon as he is born, so the indication is that he is caught up to a position of authority immediately after birth, confirming his apparent instant maturity.

 

This man-child is none other than the manifested (revealed) Sons of God, who all creation is anxiously awaiting (see Romans 8:19).  In the Hebrew culture of the Bible, a son was a mature child, ready to receive his father’s inheritance and operate in all the authority of his father’s name.

 

While the Body of Christ has operated to a degree in the authority of the name of Jesus and experienced their inheritance to a degree, there is about to be a company of believers who will fully operate in that authority and receive all their inheritance.  When this occurs, the devil is finished.

 

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Revelation 12:7-8

 

I don’t think the term heaven here is referring to some place out there beyond the atmosphere of Earth.  I believe it is referring to the place of authority where God is and we know God is omnipresent (everywhere at once).  Here we see the devil fighting for the power he has exercised over God’s people and losing the battle, being reduced to nothing.

 

The Book of Revelation, which correctly titled is The Revelation of Jesus Christ, is not so much about a chronological order of events as it is about a spiritual order of events that takes place in the fullness of time.  The woman clothed with the Sun reveals Jesus as the many membered Bride of Christ, in the process of being perfected but not yet having reached perfection.  The man-child reveals Jesus perfected (mature) as the many membered Sons of God.

 

These are mysteries, not understood by the world or by carnal (immature) believers, which make up the majority of the Church today.  But God does have a company; a remnant of believers who are seeing and beginning to experience the reality of the woman in travail.  We are pregnant with destiny, and about to deliver a company more glorious than the Church.

 

Actually, we are a remnant within a remnant.  The Body of Christ (the true Church) is a remnant of the church world at large (seen in John’s vision as the Mother of Harlots), and the virgin Bride of Christ is a remnant being taken out of the Body of Christ in order to complete the Body of Christ, just as Eve was taken out of Adam in order to complete Adam. 

 

Just as Adam and Eve produced offspring, the Bride of Christ and the Body of Christ will produce offspring, but first the Bride of Christ must produce a man-child, not by the sexual union of a man and a woman but by the Spirit of God, just as Mary produced a man-child by the Holy Spirit.  She and Joseph went on to produce other children by their sexual union but there had been no sexual union when the first man-child (Jesus) was born. 

 

This man-child the Sun clothed woman is about to produce will not be by the will or striving of man but by the Spirit of God.  For two thousand years the Church has striven to bring forth this man-child, to no avail.  Now, in this third day of the Church, this man-child will be born of a virgin bride just as Jesus was born of a virgin bride.

 

What a glorious, glorious plan!  Surely we were born for such a time as this!  Hallelujah!!!

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