Pentecost and Tabernacles
The Feast of Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles.
At Pentecost the Tablets of the Law were given to Israel at Sinai, written in stone, and God's trumpet voice sounded loud and long. The tablets were kept in the Ark of the Covenant, in the Holiest Place of the Tabernacle in the Temple. At Pentecost, in the last days, 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ, the Tablets of the Law were given to the Church, written in the heart by the Holy Spirit indwelling, kept in the Temple in the inward man, when Christians received the Baptism of (with) the Holy Spirit. While under the Law a person was convicted by that the Law said, but was not empowered to keep it by the very Law. Under the NT conditions, by the Holy Spirit’s empowering in the inward man (Ephesians 3:16) a man now can walk by being led by the Spirit (Rom. 8:14), walking according to Him.
Moses broke the first set of tablets when the people were worshiping a golden calf. Moses went up a second time to the mountain in Elul 1 to get a second set of tablets. Moses returned to the people the second time 40 days later, on the DOA. Moses brought back the floor-plan this second time to build God's tabernacle/with men. Moses taught Jews to build sukkas to celebrate fellowship with God, 5 days later, after the day of Atonement.
At Tabernacles/feast of Ingathering, the final fall fruit was harvested, and Tabernacles is the joy of the world to come. What is the rapture but rest with the Lord, tabernacling with Him? Is it possible that the Feast of Tabernacles will also be the rest that the Church is seeking or for awaiting? Well, not really for the bride goes to the Father’s how to consummate the-marriage to the Bridegroom. Tabernacles lasts 8 to 9 days. If the church leaves, can Gog/Magog be a very fast war, being set up now in the Middle East, and before the feast is over, have the AC confirm a covenant with that nation? Are those 45 days the ones that Daniel 12:12 wrote about? Well, no for a chart will demonstrate what God said as to those days. The premise of this paragraph was to explore in writing whether it would be possible for the rapture to happen on such a feast as Tabernacles. But since the answer lies in the Feast of Pentecost, as we shall show, there is no sense in pursuing that which can not be.
The premise presently being worked on is that while God promised mankind to speak to them by the luminaries in the heavens, he promised in addition to speak to Israel by his sabbaths, and all the Feasts of the Lord are high sabbaths. We in the Church looks to Israel to see what God is conveying to them. (Isaiah 8:18). The solar/lunar eclipses (blood moons tetrad) are the signs and wonders promised to occur before the day of the Lord in Joel 2 and Acts 2.
God did not promise the Church to speak to her the same way as he does to Israel, and it would lead to error if we contend that the rapture of the Church is guided by a coming fall feast of the Lord. Personally fooled by the common belief that the next feast to be fulfilled would be the feast of Trumpets in September (13/14) 2015, I failed to see that these feasts are intended for Israel and the remnant of her house, and not the Church. These feasts will be fulfilled in the end times, at the conclusion of the great Tribulation, and are not now for the Church.But there is a caveat, to be disclosed later.
The question that arises, why then was the Feast of Pentecost chosen to pour the Holy Spirit over the Church, for Jesus Christ to baptize believers with the indwelling Holy Spirit as given to him by the Father, to put these into the body of Christ, the one new man (Ephesians 2:15)? We started this inquiry by comparing Pentecost for Israel at Sinai, the tables of the Law, the tabernacle on earth that kept the tables, with the facts of the Christian having been baptized with the Holy Spirit at the birth of the Church at Pentecost. We are the temple of God, and have the Law written in their hearts and altogether form the parts of the body of Christ. How then was this feast fulfilled for Israel as were the first three or Spring Feasts fulfilled at his first coming, Passover/Unleavened Bread/First Fruits? The answer may lie in the symbology of the celebration, when two separate loaves of leavened bread were offered, one being Jews and the other Gentiles. Understand the reasoning of the representation of the feast for as the nation fled from the Egyptians, the ones leaving were Israelites together with those who were foreigners and sojourners (aliens) that lived with them, Gentiles in the flesh.
The two loaves of leavened bread represented the two types of peoples of the world, Jew and Gentile. It can never ever be said that these represent the Church for we are told that the Church was but a mystery, a secret unknown in the OT. Some say that these two leavened loaves are the bridegroom and the bride, but again, neither of which can be leavened. But if one loaf was representative of Jews and the other loaf was representative of Gentiles, both of which enter into the visible Church leavened, but by the Holy Spirit their leaven is purged, then the beginning of the understanding will enter the straight road.
By searching the Scriptures we come to understand that as for Israel in the wilderness the giving of the Law signified the confirmation of the nation’s nuptials to God, having been betrothed to Him when they accepted his Law at the foot of Mount Sinai. And in like manner the Church was betrothed to the Lord at the feast of Pentecost, becoming his bride and awaiting for the day of redemption at the rapture to be taken to the Fathers’ house for the consummation of the marriage. But what we really need to understand from Pentecost, is that this feast was fulfilled in the spiritual aspect, but awaits being fulfilled in the physical aspect.
Am I saying being fulfilled twice? No, not exactly, but completing the fulfillment started two thousand years ago. For it is like this: by the blood of the Lamb we are redeemed, even the forgiveness of our sins, so that at present we are fully redeemed spiritually, but await the redemption of our bodies (Ephesians 1:13, 14 1 Corinthians 1:22 and Romans 8:23). Our bodies need redemption, for the body we posses carries Adam’s nature and is corruptible, a body of corruption, where sin dwells.
And we can not ignore that the Lord will return for his bride as promised (John 14:1-3), to catch up the Church to the clouds, having to come with all his church saints (1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 3:13, 2 Thessalonians 1:10) who are dead in Christ and together with those saints that are alive, with the trump of God, He shall raise the dead to life (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and change the living in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51-53) in redemption as children of God/sons of God. This is the reality, that all in Christ, all believers of the Church age will resurrect at the same time, at the rapture which is a resurrection! Church saints that have died are in heaven with their heavenly/celestial bodies, covered with the robe of the gifted righteousness of God, and will come with the Lord to receive their redeemed bodies from the graves, so that in the end they will have the same type of body of glory as our Lord has (Philippians 3:20, 21). Likewise the saints alive at the rapture too will have their bodies changed to glorious bodies.
This friends and brethren is the argument being posted: if our redemption is in two parts, one the spiritual redemption of the believer, and the other the physical redemption of the believers in Christ, is Pentecost a feast to be fulfilled when the redemption of the believers is terminated, at the rapture? Well, YES! One could say that it is a double fulfillment but that would be incorrect. Others would say that it would have been a partial fulfillment initially to be completed at a later time, which would be closer to the reality but we hold a reservation to the impression of partial fulfillments. Would it best be to say that it was fulfilled fully as intended to be, spiritually 2000 years ago, and that it will be fulfilled fully as intended physically at the coming of the Lord at the rapture? The implications are immense, for it implies that we can guesstimate the feast of the rapture of the Church, even if we do not hold solidly to the year to occur.
But what does this imply with regards to Israel? Pentecost will not imply anymore to Israel separately, for the Church is Jew and Gentile, and the nation today is yet in unbelief till the fullness of the Gentiles be come in (Romans 11:25). For Israel the fulfillment of Pentecost as the physical redemption of the Church means that now God is going to turn all the attention in achieving in her what He revealed to us in Daniel 9:24 and Daniel 12:7, that is, break the stubborn will of the Jews in their persistent rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah in order to bring the remnant to salvation. It will be for Israel a time of persuasion by fire that she needs to come to God, for as he said in Ezekiel about Israel, “AS I LIVE, SAITH THE LORD,…..WITH FURY POURED OUT, WILL I RULE OVER YOU:…AND I WILL BRING YOU OUR FROM THE PEOPLE AND GATHER YOU OUT FROM ALL THE COUNTRIES,… AND WITH FURY POURED OUT” (EZEKIEL 20:33, 34).
Then what of the feast of Tabernacles? The nation Israel tabernacled with the Lord in the wilderness, where He provided water by speaking to the Rock, food by the manna from heaven, light by the pillar of fire, covering by the cloud, health by provision from God (no dental caries!), clothes and shoes did not wear out, and animal sacrifices to fellowship with God whose glory was in the holiest place. This will again be the case for Israel during he millennial kingdom of God, or kingdom of heaven, fulfilled at the end of the great tribulation and entered into by the remnant after their regathering (fulfills the feast of Trumpets), restored (delivered and forgiven by the feast of Yom Kippur), and born again spiritually by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to place them all into the kingdom of God spiritually (Jesus Christ ruling in their inward man) so that these can enter into the millennial kingdom to tabernacle with God on earth (fulfills the feast of Tabernacles). This too will fulfill the covenant with David for Jesus Christ will reign over the house of David on earth and Israel, filling the throne of David, as the King of kings and Lord of lords! The very same provisions and more will be available from the Son of God, Jesus Christ in glory.
The biggest question for the Church was initially whether or not the rapture then is an antitype, of the reality, of the Feast of Tabernacles, as Pentecost was for Israel and the Church? The Church holds on to the promise of our Lord to come for his Bride, to take her to the Father's house, and tabernacle with God, be rewarded, resurrected as first fruits, taken out of the way of his wrath to come being physically protected, and provided all things holy, as the robe of righteousness is. So the rapture can not be the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, with promise for the kingdom of heaven here on earth. But, at the feast of Tabernacles, as it was with the feast of Pentecost, can the Church be taken up, out of the way, caught up to heaven to meet the Lord in the air? The answer to this polemic is NO!, for Tabernacles is rest and will be the time when the wedding feast celebration will take place, not just rest.
In Scripture, while we are told that the day of the Lord is as the times and the seasons, when God replaces kingdoms and kings for another kingdom and king (Daniel 2:21 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1) and that the day of the Lord will not catch up nor overtake the Church when it begins. Furthermore the Bible says that the day of Christ, or first day of the day of the Lord, will be the day when the Church be caught up, during a time of apostasy from the love of the truth (Jesus Christ), and that the man or sin/son of perdition will not be revealed till the Bride and the restraining office of the Holy Spirit be taken out of the way.
Since this is scriptural all the way ,and to believe in an scenario that is not of a pre-tribulation perspective, by mean of any and all angles, can not be biblically, we embrace the pre-tribulation position. The only clues in the bible as to the timing of the rapture are that it immediately precedes or comes before the Antichrist, that Wicked, be revealed, that the Church will be out of the way before the day of the Lord, that the day of the Lord must be preceded by God’s showing first wonders in the heavens and signs on the earth, and that a period of apostasy from the love of Christ will be the very essence of living on earth at the time (for people are turned to the occult/demons!).
And the pre-tribulation rapture position also allows that the Church be in heaven for 7 years, a later return to the earth as the wife of the bridegroom, to celebrate the wedding feast, (Revelation 19) and enter then into the millennial kingdom, tabernacling with Jesus Christ the Lord. Yes, there is not contradiction nor opposition from Scripture. That the Bride will enjoy as the first fruits onto God, tabernacling with him in heaven before she does on earth, is fittingly scriptural and does not rob Israel of the fulfillment of any of the feast days.