It’s a Time to Be Gathered
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As we have discussed in many past blasts, there is much hidden manna, nutrients for our minds, to be found in God’s feasts. The Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:15), or Pentecost (Acts 2:1), known also as the Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23:16) and Day of First Fruits (Numbers 28:26) is certainly no exception. Considering we are at the end of a 7 thousand year cycle and in the dawning of the 8th day, the Feasts have become very, very, very significant and are our road map to entering God’s rest and becoming the benefactors of His plans for restoration. Such an exciting time! As the world falls apart in front of our eyes the Kingdom of God is even now being established and the whole earth is about to experience a great change.
Within the four different names of this Feast there is so much truth to be gleaned and an even further manifestation of the plan of God comes to light as we study them. We will begin our search for the nuggets of truth concealed within the name, Feast of Weeks. The word “weeks” 7651 in the Strongs Hebrew dictionary means literally sevened, to be complete, from 7650 to swear 7 times, adjure, change by an oath with an oath. Cardinal number. Seven as a sacred full one, a week. How does this translate into something we can understand? For one thing, much knowledge has been revealed in the last 7 thousand year cycle and many promises of God, backed by His covenants, were sworn into existence during that time. There was a treasure trove of knowledge, especially revealed at the end of the 7 year cycle. Peter explains how a thousand years is as a day to the spirit realm and so the seven thousand years was a week to God and now a new era begins. Those who reached for and willingly fed on this truth were sevened, completed, matured to move on into the 8th day, and with the completion of the sacred full 7th week, the promises of God are theirs. Seven means a sacred full one, and it is a cardinal number that classifies God’s people, barley, wheat, and gives a count of the mature seed. Look back over the definitions of seven and you will see this information unfold.
As we study the name Pentecost we find it means fifty. It’s number is 4005 in the Strongs Greek dictionary. It comes from the root number 2250 meaning tame, gentle day, the time between dawn and dark. How does this translate? It’s the twilight before the full dawning of the 8th day, a time of rest, a kind of intermission before further happenings. At the same time we are coming into the early morning of the 3rd day since Jesus sealed God’s promises of restoration in His own blood on the cross. Eight is a number standing for new beginnings and 3 is a number used for emphasis to make something stand out. On the one hand we are spiritually approaching the morning of the 8th day and soon to enter a completely new cycle, and on the other hand physically we are entering the morning of the third day when He will again raise up His temple or His body.
20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”
21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
This surely had meaning for the early church, but there is also a further fulfillment of this scripture for us today. The body of Christ is appearing!
Where does the number 50 come into play? We attend this feast fifty days after the feast of Passover. This gets more exciting, because fifty is the number of Jubilee! Jubilee is 3104 from 2986 meaning a blast of a trumpet, continuous sound, signal of the silver trumpets, on to 2986, to cause to bring forth, lead forth. Jubilee is at the end of seven cycles.
Since the earth is owned by Yahweh, Satan and his evil spirits, the present occupants plaguing man, must move out as Jubilee is a time all debts are annulled and slaves set free. It’s true Eve sold us and the earth out to Satan, but Jubilee will return the land to God’s people and set them free of the enemy. He Himself deeded the earth and all on it to humanity. He is also the rightful owner, the Creator of His people. He payed in full for our redemption, bought our freedom from Satan and paid the death penalty for our sins committed through minds held captive by the enemy and fed his corrupt knowledge. The trumpet is blowing announcing perfect tomorrows, a gentle day, a time between dawn and dark, the meaning of Pentecost and it will blow again at Rosh Hashanah announcing the beginning of a new cycle. The Trumpet will again sound at the Feast of Atonement fulfilling God’s promises of freedom. Jubilee.
The third name, Feast of Harvest, is quite interesting also. All mankind must attend the Feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, as all three are feasts of harvest. Sadly much of the church ignores completely this spiritual command of God. Many are not aware the feasts exist or if they do, think they are for the Jew alone. Yet all will attend in the end as God is Master of His Creation. There will be three harvests and we will all be harvested one way or the other!
The first to be harvested is God’s government, His priests, symbolized by the barley harvest. Through them He will lead all humanity into His Rest, into the eternal Feast of Sabbath. The final Harvest of Pentecost will be determined fifty days from the maturing of the barley at Passover. This barley crop must have matured and entered God’s Rest in order to lead others to it. The number of Rest is 2663 to 2596 then 3973 meaning settle down, colonize, give rest, rain, pertaining to touching, covering, stop, desist from exertion. The price set by God on barley is 50 pieces of silver for a homer. Fifty being the number of Jubilee makes these free ones overcomers that will lead the way to the rest of God’s Feasts and the final Jubilee. Barley is tough in nature, survives in times of drought or we could say in times when it appears God is not moving, those times He is silent. Faith you see is not tested when God is moving, but when He is quiet. It takes the barley to sustain God’s people through Armageddon. A spiritual example of this is found in John 6. Jesus fed barley loaves to the starving five thousand, the left over fragments were gathered in 12 baskets, 12 is the number of government.
9 “There is a lad here who has five (the fivefold ministers, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) barley (God’s government) loaves (these are one with the bread of Life, Jesus) and two small fish (the apostolic and prophetic offices), but what are they among so many (how can these influence the whole world)?”
10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place (rest in green pastures). So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost (saved to feed the ones to come).”
13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets (the number of government) with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
It also takes the barley company to win the battles the enemy levies on God’s people as was symbolized in Judges 7:13-14.
13 And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”
14 Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”
Barley as God’s grain will be fed to His people in place of the wild vine, the devil’s gourds, symbolic of man’s systems to save them as seen in II Kings 4:38-41. Read it at your leisure. The flour mentioned there had to be of barley, it is the only grain that would have survived the drought. So what does this tell us today? In the Jubilee year the barley, which is the government of God, or priesthood that comes through or was completed in the seventh day, feeds, leads, covers and fights for the wheat or the rest of the believers that are harvested at Pentecost symbolized by the wheat. It will take the faith of the barley crop to sustain the wheat crop, as wheat dies in drought. The barley therefore represents the head of the body of Christ and the wheat is symbolic of the body. Combined, united in one accord, one mind and purpose, they are the tabernacle or temple of God. He appears through this special combined crop to set all humanity free from the enemy if they will but hear the voice of His Spirit and feast on the hidden manna served at His table. Only then can they move on to the Feast of Trumpets and Atonement where the Jubilee actually begins to manifest so God’s people can come before Him at the Feast of Tabernacles, free and without spot or wrinkle.
As stated before, Passover, Feast of Weeks and Tabernacles are all harvest Feasts and must be attended by all mankind. So there are three harvests to attend. Are we still a part of this world and its prince or are we set aside, harvested, sanctified for the barn of God? You see the word Harvest, 7105, means severed, to 7114 – to dock off. The 8th day was a time Israel was circumcised and they could do nothing of importance for God until their circumcision. Today it is again time for circumcision, the Eighth day when Abraham’s seed must be severed off, circumcised from the world and obeying God’s voice to not touch the unclean thing.
II Corinthians 6:17-18
17 Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate (circumcised), says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (if we are not circumcised we are not His).”
What is the unclean thing? Anything Satan has constituted through humanity walking in the knowledge Eve chose in the garden. In fact, those walking in this knowledge are themselves unclean.
You see, we may be called and picked by God to be His, but it is according to our own free will if we will sever ourselves from this world and the systems of man. Please understand, as we relate to the world, its people, systems and culture, or on the other hand look to the Kingdom for life, we unknowingly determine which harvest we will be a part of, as God hears our thoughts. Only the circumcised in spirit, soul and body, the mature seed can come into the 8th day. Only the circumcised are the first fruits. First Fruits! Hey, that’s the fourth name of this feast!
The Day of First Fruits! Let’s look at the definition of firstfruits to see what nuggets may be hidden there. 7061 – firstfruits – the first fruits of the crop (ripe), 1069 to burst the womb, bear, make early fruit (of woman and Tree), to give the birthright. Make firstborn, be firstling, bring forth first child (new fruit).
So this feast is about the Day of First Fruits, when the crop is ripe or mature. They will have burst forth from Wisdom (women, Bride) and the (Tree) of Life, Christ, Understanding. These are the firstlings of the 8th day, ones that have renounced the knowledge of the Tree of Good and Evil, that are given the birthrights of the first child! These will receive the promises of God as first fruits of the Seed of Abraham, Christ, making them the blessed seeds of Abraham, and his heirs. Children of the promise, the first borns, made righteous and protected by the blood of the Lamb (Tree) and the word of their testimony (wisdom – women, Bride). The laws of God are literally written in their minds and on their hearts making possible great change.
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”
These laws supersede man’s laws as well as the physical laws pertaining to this realm. They rejoice in these laws, because faith in them can do the impossible! If God said it, it’s law to them and these laws are backed by God’s sovereignty. Therefore their own personal faith becomes law through what they believe in.
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law (of Moses)? Of works? No, but by the law of faith (our faith is backed by God’s law and sovereignty, therefore be it as we believe).
24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Their human spirit is alive and they have been set free through previous feasts of Passover. They have the nature of the Holy Spirit of God, His abilities and a new language was given to them as gifts as they feasted on previous Pentecosts. These are the mature barley, government, and wheat, all believers, standing ready for harvest when Pentecost fully comes in the final year of Jubilee.
In closing, in the final year of Jubilee all 10 courses or feasts will have been experienced and all 7 holy convocations attended. God’s people with one mind and one purpose will stand ready for the final trumpet to blow announcing the new heaven and new earth. This glorious sound will be heard around the world as all 10 courses or feasts are served in one time period known as the Lord’s wedding feast. The inferior barley and wheat are forever culled as it is also a time when God and His people unite as one, returning creation back to its original perfection in the new day.