Infinity & Beyond
Lesson 6 – Infinity & Beyond! (confirmation noted at the bottom)
In our last lesson we talked about the role of the 144,000, & the redressing of the balance, but we haven’t talked about ‘How’ this plays out. I know this new revelation is deep, so before you start reading, please say a prayer & ask the Lord to show you His truth, & give you understanding of the things to come. I hope this blesses you as much as it blessed me when the Lord revealed it! So grab yourself a fresh cup of tea & let’s go down the rabbit hole!
We all know about the Lord’s Feast Days & what they represent, right? Would it surprise you to know that our ‘understanding’ has been very limited, & that there is so much more! You remember in our last lesson, we were talking about ‘Reversing the Curse’? Well the Lord in His wisdom uses the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, combined with the OBEDIENCE of the living sacrifice of the 144,000 to make a course correction, to reverse the last 3 Feast Days, & ultimately bring us full circle to a beautiful new creation! So where to begin…I guess at the beginning!
I have always had a niggling unease with the doctrinal explanation of the Fall Feasts & what they represent, but I could never ‘see’ past the ideas to see God’s truth. That is until last September when once again I spoke out an unthinkable question…..Lord, are the Fall Feast Days in the wrong order? What happened next, was something quite unexpected & even now makes me smile. No sooner had the words left my mouth, than the Lord appeared in front of me. He was making the ‘infinity’ sign with His hand in the air. He said, "I am the same yesterday, today & always", all the while tracing the outline of the infinity symbol. (Make the same gesture & you will follow the shape & direction His hand was moving) When He made the second curve & started to come back to the center, He then brought His hands up parallel about a foot apart & made 3 chopping movements, moving in a little with both hands on each chop, & with each chop He named a Feast...Rosh Hashanah (chop), Yom Kippur (chop), Sukkot (chop) then His hands came together & He said "I will meet you in the middle". In that instant I understood that He was going to fulfill them in reverse order, but I didn’t understand what he meant by meeting us in the middle. I naively thought that maybe He would come in the middle of Sukkot. I couldn’t have been further from the truth! This week when He showed me the 144,000 revelation, He also unveiled the truth about the Feasts & how & why they will be fulfilled in reverse. As always with Him, the truth is always so much more than our vain imaginings can conjure up!
In order for you to see this, we are going to go back for a quick visit to the Spring Feasts, as once again they are much more than we have understood, & are actually the key to the reversal! You will start to see the similarities in each feast to our walk, & our calling, the set apart nature of the 144,000.
PASSOVER (Nisan 14)-21)/ Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15-21)/ Firstfruits (Nisan 16)…While the Jewish people have celebrated Passover every year since the time of Moses, in reality, there was only one Passover. It occurred almost 3500 years ago in Egypt when the Lord brought 10 judgments down in order to free His people. To be kept safe from the last judgment, a lamb was sacrificed, and the blood was applied to each doorpost and lintel. When done in faith and in obedience to God's command, that home was ‘passed over’ by the death angel and the firstborn was spared. (Exodus 11, 12). That was the first fulfillment. The next fulfillment was of course the sacrificial Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, our blessed Redeemer, Jesus.
The Last Supper (Luke 22, Mark 14)
9“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.
10He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”
13They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
14When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” (Note: here, this must be fulfilled again!!!)
17After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” (Note: this is referring to the grape harvest….you can’t make wine without the grapes)
19And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20In the same way, after the supper he took the
cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for
Writing to the Corinthians, the apostle Peter stated for all of time, "Christ, our Passover (Lamb), is sacrificed for us" (I Corinthians 5:7). This is the second fulfilling. There is one more Passover fulfillment to come, the fulfillment of verse 16 above….when the 144,000 pass over through the ‘door’ to another realm. This is the living sacrifice, washed in the Blood of the Lamb, without spot or blemish, acceptable to the Father, the Firstfruits offering, being transformed, purified & glorified, & death shall ‘pass over’, & be defeated! (1 Cor 15:50-57) (If you are not familiar with this I did a teaching on the Palawan Blog)
So let’s have a look at the Feast of Unleavened Bread… Unleavened bread reflected the fact that the Israelites had no time to put leaven in their bread before their hasty departure from Egypt at the time of the Exodus. Unleavened Bread speaks of sanctification & holiness. Jesus was set apart, sanctified & holy, the sinless offering, & His body would not be corrupted by the grave. A common Jewish tradition in preparing for the Feast of Unleavened Bread is to sprinkle leavened bread crumbs throughout the house and then subsequently sweep them all up and collectively burn them outside. You might be asking yourself ‘Why would they do this?’ Well, in the Bible leaven symbolizes error or sin. It is the substance that causes fermentation. They do this to ‘search out’ the sin in their homes & lives. The Lord said to His disciples "Beware of the leaven (false doctrine) of the Pharisees" (Matthew 16:6; Mark 8:15) & the apostle Paul warned the Church at Corinth that "a little leaven (yeast) leaveneth (ferments) the whole lump" (I Corinthians 5:6). Paul was simply saying that if sin goes unchecked, it will permeate and infect everything and everyone around them. So when we consider Christ, we see He is the (unleavened) Bread of Life. John 6: 48I am that bread of life. 49Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
The Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross at Golgotha on the day of Passover. He was then buried in a newly hewn tomb donated by Joseph of Arimathea. However, God the Father would not "allow thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27). The Feast of Unleavened Bread proclaims that Christ's physical body would not experience the ravages of death while in the grave; for He was sanctified by God the Father. This was the first fulfillment of the Feast by a sanctified Christ free of sin…..no leaven! Here again is the reference to the 144,000. We have been sanctified….lets see what the dictionary definition is –
sanc·ti·fy (săngk′tə-fī′) tr.v. sanc·ti·fied, sanc·ti·fy·ing, sanc·ti·fies
1. To set apart for sacred use; consecrate: The preacher sanctified the ground as a cemetery.
2. To make holy; purify: They felt the spirit had descended and sanctified their hearts. They sanctified the body with holy oil.
3. To give religious sanction to, as with an oath or vow: The wedding ceremony sanctifies the marriage.
And this is made very clear in 1Peter 2: 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
We have been forgiven of our sins through the blood bought sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, & when we step through that ‘door’ we will be met by the ‘water bearers’ at our Mikvah, & made incorruptible into ‘unleavened bread’ for all time! But before we can step through that door….we need to visit the Feast of Firstfruits to understand more of who we are.
The Feast of Firstfruits occurs on the 2nd day of Unleavened Bread. Barley, which is the first crop to be planted in winter, is now ripe for harvest. The first sheaf or firstfruits of the harvest is subsequently cut, and presented to the Lord in a ‘wave’ offering. (for those not familiar with a wave offering, it is simply waved over the altar instead of being burned on it, being saved, not destroyed) The Lord's acceptance of the firstfruits is His acknowledgement to bring in the harvest. Paul had in mind the first sheaf (firstfruits) of the barley harvest, the acceptable offering (Lev. 23:10) when he said "But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept" (I Cor 15:20). Jesus was the first to be resurrected from death and the grave, never to die again. He alone is the 1st fulfillment of "Firstfruits." We already looked into firstfruits & it’s meaning in the 144,000 study, but here we understand that again we walk in His footsteps to become the 2nd fulfillment of Firstfruits, & until we are accepted by the Father the harvest of men cannot begin.
Let’s recap, just so we are clear about what He is showing us…. On Passover Christ died to fulfill the Law, & pay the price for all of our iniquity. He was placed in the tomb & rose on the 3rd day. Sanctified, & pure, He was the acceptable offering in the sight of the Father as the firstfruits fulfillment to usher in the covenant of Grace, & reconcile God & man. We also must ‘pass over’ during the 3 days of darkness, a sanctified group, purified then glorified that death shall not claim us, to be raised up, an End-time Army for the Lord’s Harvest!
So now we see the layers of ‘walking in His footsteps’ in the path that He laid out for us. But where do we go from here? Pentecost/ Shavuot (Sivan 6-7) the Feast of Weeks. It is called the Feast of Weeks because God told the sons of Jacob that they were to count seven sevens of weeks from Firstfruits (Lev. 23:15; Deut. 16:9), known as the ‘Counting of the Omer’ and then on the ‘morrow’ his fourth feast was to be observed (Luke 23:16). Seven weeks are forty-nine days. Add one additional day (on the morrow), and it brings the total number of days to fifty which is why it is named Pentecost. Shavuot is the memorial of the receiving the Torah, God’s Law by Moses on Mt Sinai (note here that Moses spent 40 days & nights on Mt Sinai). This fourth feast was to occur precisely fifty days after Passover. Then the children of Israel were not to simply bring the firstfruits of the wheat to the Temple (as they had brought the firstfruit of the barley at the Feast of Firstfruits), but rather two loaves of bread. These two loaves were specifically commanded to be made with fine flour and baked with leaven (Lev.23:17), and they were to be used as a ‘wave offering’ for the people, not placed on the altar.
The Feast of Weeks is a symbolic festival which pointed to the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church. Christ arose from the grave on Firstfruits, the acceptable offering. He then spent forty days with His disciples in His post-resurrection ministry (Acts 1:3), before He ascended to His Father in Heaven. Remember that Christ is the author & finisher of the Law? Here, He is the fulfillment of Shavuot, as the fulfillment of the Law. When He ascended to heaven, He told His disciples that they would not be left alone, but that He would then send them a ‘comforter’, His Holy Spirit who would come to help them in His absence (John 14:16-17).
The Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2)
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
John chapters 14, 15, & 16 speak of the Holy Spirit, & of Jesus as the door & also the ‘original vine’. For all the generations of the church age, we have had the Holy Spirit to guide us, comfort us, teach us, & admonish us. All these aspects of the Holy Spirit show us the great love the Lord has for us. But we know that the Holy Spirit, the ‘restrainer’ must be removed & the Lord’s remnant set apart, before the wrath of God is poured out, as He will not pour His wrath out on the righteous (2 Thess 2).
So, where does the 144,000 fit in here? If you remember all the Words & visions that different people have been given, we will come back after the 3 days of darkness for 40 days (are you seeing the layers yet?) to bring in the first harvest of souls/the Rapture. These are the lukewarm, back-slidden church…..the loaves baked with leaven, waved over the altar, just as the 144,000 were. And before you shout, hey Lu that’s 40 days, not 50, there’s still 10 days unaccounted for! This is where the reversal takes place. This is the point when the Holy Spirit is removed with the believers in the ‘rapture’, the first harvest of souls, & as you can see, the removal of the Holy Spirit takes place just before the 10 days. The 10 days that the disciples waited, is symbolic of the 2nd coming of Christ & His Millennial reign. The one difference is the reversal, which means unlike the disciples ‘waiting’ 10 days for the Lord’s spirit, He is with us from the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom & always. The world however will not know His spirit again until the end of the tribulation at His 2nd coming. But of course, we will be with Him from our stepping through the ‘door’!
Do you remember when the Lord traced the infinity sign & said He would meet us in the middle? What He meant was that He would meet us at the convergence point of the infinity symbol, when He converges all of these feasts into a singular timeframe, in between Sukkots, which is right in the Passover season. How does that happen? The Lord is going to bring the Fall feast from the other end of the year, & like a pancake, stack it on top of the Spring Feasts, because as you will come to see, that is actually where it belongs, as it too is part of our story. So, in order for us to ‘see’ we need to visit one more Feast….yep, the first feast of Fall, but in reverse order….the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot! We are going to look at the feast as it stands, then we will put it in ‘reverse’ & you will start to see what the Lord is doing.
This feast is also called the Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:16; 34:22), the Feast to the Lord (Leviticus 23:39; Judges 21:9), the Feast of Booths, or simply "the feast" (Lev. 23:36; Deut. 16:13; I Kings 8:2; II Chr 5:3, 7:8; Neh 8:14; Is 30:29; Ezk 45:23,25) & is a 7-day feast in the Fall (Tishrei 15-21). For forty years, the Israelites traversed the Sinai Desert, following the Exodus with miraculous ‘clouds of glory’ leading them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert. Ever since, they remember God's kindness and reaffirm their trust in His providence by dwelling in a Sukkah, a temporary dwelling with a roof covering of branches. For seven days and nights, they eat all their meals in the sukkah and otherwise regard it as their home. Sukkot is also called ‘The Time of Our Joy’ & includes nightly Water-Drawing Celebrations which are renditions of the rituals performed by the High Priest in the Holy Temple. On the last day of the feast, the High Priest would go to the Pool of Siloam & fetch a pitcher of water which would then be poured on the altar. Since in Israel the rains normally stop in March, there is no rain for almost seven months, & if God does not provide the ‘early’ rains in October and November, there will be no spring crop. This ceremony, then, was intended to bring God's blessing on the nation by providing life-giving water. This seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshaana Rabbah ("Great Salvation") and closes the period of Divine judgment begun on Rosh Hashanah.
Now let’s take a look in reverse….a 7-day feast that won’t herald the ‘end’ of the Divine Judgment, but will instead start it. Yes, that’s correct. How is that possible? Well we know that the first harvest is brought in at the end of the 40 days, & we can see a pancake stack, from the 40 years of wandering in the desert, to the 40 days on Mt Sinai receiving the Law to the 40 days of Christ’s post-resurrection ministry, all pointing to God’s ‘promises & promised land’. So the start of the Tribulation comes shortly after, but that timing is the Lord’s to know. Now let’s have a look at the feast itself. Seven days protected from ‘danger’, provided for by the Lord in a temporary dwelling…..this is where the Lord takes us in the 3 days of darkness, to keep us from the time of testing, for the duration of the 7 year Tribulation. And yes the place we use as a base for our work in the harvest. Just one look at a Sukkah & I know I for one see a beach hut on Palawan! So what else is there…ah yes, the Pool of Siloam that the priest draws water from for the altar on the last day…reverse it & it becomes the first act…our Mikvah before we are brought to God’s altar, in His holy mountain! The Living water of Christ that we see in John 7 - Living Water
37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.
The Lord was saying in the clearest possible way that He alone is the source of life and blessing; that He can meet every need of the human heart. So here, the 144,000 are ‘taken’ out of the way for 7 years, purified then glorified, the acceptable firstfruits living sacrifice before the altar of the Lord. And as we see this brings about the final pouring out of God’s judgments to once & for all rectify the imbalance of His scales.
So now let’s go to Yom Kippur… Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement, points to a great host of people, Jews and Gentiles, who will be saved when Jesus physically returns to earth. Yes the 2nd coming of Christ & the Millennial Reign! The focal point of this feast involved the high priest entering the holy of holies. However, before entering, he had to first bathe his entire body, going way beyond the mere washing of hands and feet which were required for other occasions. This washing symbolized the high priest's desire for purification. Rather than wearing his usual robe and colorful garments (Exodus 28 and Leviticus 8), he was commanded to wear special garments of clean linen.
Leviticus 16 The Day of Atonement
29And this shall be a statute forever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: 30For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. 31It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. 32And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: 33And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. 34And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.
And Paul, in the context of a believing remnant from among the nation of Israel at the end of the age, wrote: "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; as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob" (Romans 11:25-26)
Christ is our High Priest who makes atonement for all, forever, & again this ties us into Passover/ Unleavened Bread/Firstfruits. At His 2nd coming all those saints to come out of the Tribulation will be purified, & made holy, acceptable in the Father’s sight, & taken into the Millennial kingdom with all those who have gone before. So where are the 10 days which indicate the Millennial reign? They are called the 10 Days of Awe, & run (in reverse of course) between Yom Kippur & Rosh Hashanah. The 10 days represents the 1000 years, & yes this also corresponds to the 10 days referred to from Pentecost & the return of the Lord’s spirit among His people. So where do we fit into Yom Kippur….I’m glad to say our job of making reparation is finished at this point, our obedience, & that of the other 144,000 has been received as payment in full, & if you don’t believe it, then you will ‘see’ it in the last of the feast days, which will bring us full circle. This is the 2nd part of the atonement, Christ atoned for our sins, & we atoned for the ‘fall’ of Adam & Eve. But before we move on to that, I just wanted to bring to you one more confirmation of the 144,000, & our fulfilling of the feasts. It is found in Leviticus 23…
Three Yearly Feasts
14Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year. 15Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) 16And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. 17Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.
18Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.
19The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
So, we have one more feast day, & I have to say, this revelation brought me the most joy! Yes, it’s Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets! Now I know that traditional doctrine teaches that the Feast of Trumpets is about the Rapture of the church…really? Let’s take a look & see what the Lord is showing us. The festival of Rosh Hashanah which means ‘Head of the Year’ although it is actually the 7th month, is observed for two days beginning on 1 Tishrei. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their initial relationship with God. Each year on Rosh Hashanah, ‘all inhabitants of the world pass before God like a flock of sheep,’ and it is decreed in the heavenly court ‘who shall live, and who shall die. . . who shall be impoverished, and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.’ But this is also the day we proclaim God King of the Universe! Since the original sin, & the fall from grace have both been atoned for, God can finally bring a close to this episode in history. Yes, you see the first day of Rosh Hashanah is Judgment Day, & on that day, the book & the books are opened. What's the difference? The Book, is the Book of Life, so all those whose names are written will pass before the throne as redeemed, & already rewarded for eternity. Those whose names are NOT written in the Book of Life, will each have all the books of their life opened & each word, thought & deed will be scrutinized & judged accordingly. Each judgment is a proclamation, hence the ‘trumpets’. The 2nd day is when the Lord makes all things new & returns everything to a perfect new creation! And I’m sure many trumpets will sound on that day! Hallelujah!
Only our amazing Heavenly Father, creator of all things, could put such a meticulous, awe inspiring plan into effect. The centuries of patient planning, unconditional love, & merciful tenderness could never be anything but His Divine Plan! What an honor to be so blessed to be called to play a small part in this epic tale! The end truly is in sight, & I for one, will be looking forward to this Passover season like never before. We are indeed going back to the beginning, with our Alpha & Omega, the beginning & the end…& yes, you can now see what He truly means by that! As I said in the beginning, please ask Him to show you…after all, it really is the best tale ever!
Confirmation for this is found on Julie's recent Word, posted 24 hours after Lu's lesson was posted here.
"For soon there is coming a day when the skies will split and the ground will shake and open and all that is done will be undone, as I will make Myself known. As when I died and all became dark, the veil was torn and the earth shook, once more will this earth experience this as the darkness comes and the earth will split. The end is as the beginning as the beginning is as the end. "
A Forum member had a dream that also confirmed, see 02/11/15