I Peter 3:18-19
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
19 by whom also He went(Jesus) and preached to the spirits in prison,
Psalm 24:7-10prophesied of this event.
7 Lift up your heads, O you gates and be lifted up, you everlasting doors(the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church or people of God)! And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lordstrong and mighty, the Lordmighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. (He didn't go there to suffer, He went there to defeat hell!)
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts(Jesus), He is the King of glory(The Victor).
42 Then he(the thief) said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, todayyou will be with Me in Paradise.” (not heaven, but back to God's original home for man)
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 Thereforewe were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so wealsoshould walk in newness of life. (Christianity was birthed!)
John 16:33reveals this fact.
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He (Jesus) made a public spectacle of them(the wicked spirits in high places), triumphing over them in it(the enemy has no legal right to man, we let them in).
As a further part of God's plan to restore creation He placed the Lord in office as mankind's High Priest and spiritual covering. This was even more evidence of His victory over the enemy! You see, Jesus replaced the enemy, as Satan's original assignment in the garden with Adam and Eve was to cover mankind or be their protection and intercede for them.
Ezekiel 28:14opens this up to us.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; Iestablishedyou; you were on the holy mountain of God(to protect mankind and guard the government God would have later raised up); you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. (I Peter 2:5, living stones raised up to be God's government.)
Hebrews 7:1-2shows us the planting.
1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abrahamreturning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and thenalsoking of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” (Do you see the Lord in this?)
In other words, God planted a seed and made a way for a remnant to be taken from among those born again to be purified, polished, set aside to rebuild God's Kingdom on this planet. Isaiah prophesied concerning these ones.
4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.
A remnant out of a remnant so to speak, that would be restored like their patriarch Abraham that God regenerated to his youth to bring forth Isaac who would father the race that Christ would be born through. So, their restoration would come from Abraham, their immortality through the resurrected Christ to become the image of the last Adam.
I Corinthians 15:45shows us the last Adam.
45 And so it is written, “The first manAdam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit(the first brought death to man, the second life).
16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” whoisChrist.
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put onChrist.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female (there is no preference in one over another when born through God); for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you areAbraham’s seed, and heirsaccording to the promise.
I Corinthians 15:49
49 And as we haveborne the image of the man of dust(Adam), we shallalsobear the image of the heavenly Man(Christ).
This remnant or new creation, new species is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 102:18.
18 This will be written for the generation to come, that apeople yet to be created(it was in God's plan all along for them to be created for the end time so they) may praise the Lord. (These intimately see Him as their Maker, their Husband, Teacher and Friend.)
18 Of His ownwill He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures(Christianity).
I Corinthians 15:52shows us the age of the new species.
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound(Jubilee!!), and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (Made immortal – restoration!)
2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”
3 And no one in heavenoron the earthorunder the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it(there would therefore be no restoration).
5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” (So the church can move forward!)
16 ‘After this I will return(through the body of Christ) and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen downI will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up;
17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, evenall the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who doesall these things.’ (Isn't His plan wonderful?)
Now here is where we begin to see a great difference between the 7th day child of God and those created for the 8th day! These experience the Feast of Sh'mini Atzeret. In fact the Feast of Sh'mini Atzeret can only be experienced by this group! You see it is an eighth day feast. Not all of God's children will experience this feast as the majority hate change and choose to remain 7th day people of God. Side Note: A thousand years is as a day to God. The year 2000 marked the end of the 7 thousand years since man was cast out of the garden. So 7 days or in the supernatural a week has passed. We are therefore 18 years into the 8th day. The number 8 is symbolic of new beginnings so the 8th day is not for those that will not change and do not hunger for truth. Without this spiritual end time food they will never metamorphose into the new species and much like a worm that refuses to become a butterfly, dies while still in the cocoon.
This change to a new species cannot come about if one is not circumcised in heart and mind from the world, its pleasures, its people, its ruler. Remember circumcision was to be on the 8th day. It is time to separate! The new species must be unafraid to be different, because Sh'mini Atzeret is for those living stones, God's gems that will be chosen to remain after the feast of Tabernacles to become polished and perfected jewels. They will be fashioned into the 8th day Bride, stars of Abraham, the promised children of God. Babylon, the old queen, mother of the world's churches and its secret societies etc. will be replaced, rejected by the King. Atzeret means “to hold back, or that which is held back for the purpose of perfecting it”.
A symbolic picture was portrayed by old Israel as she celebrated the feast of Sh'mini Atzeret. Only one bull was sacrificed at the 8th day feast whereas 70 bulls were offered during the feast of Tabernacles, one bull for each of the 70 nations of man, but only one nation alone celebrated Sh'mini Atzeret! This was symbolic of new Israel. It represented also the new species, God's covenant children, the true seed of Abraham, the generation created for the 8th day in the plan of God!! The 8th day child will not only be willing to walk out God's plan for man, but will love the Lord enough to obey Him. They are covenant keepers that love God's commandments, His laws, overcoming the stench of the world and its degenerate society. These also experience the final feast of God, Simchat Torah.
10 For this is the covenant that I(God) will make with the house of Israelafterthosedays(after the 7 weeks), says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
22 Many will say to Me in that day(Judgment day), ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Here is the testimony of those that experience Sh'mini Atzeret however.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments (His laws are unquestionable) and His wayspast finding out!
Unless their greater Husband opens the scroll for them!!