Month 7:19, Week 3:4 (Revee/Shavu'ot), Year:Day 5939:196 AM|
SUKKOT 3/7, 2Exodus 1/40
Gregorian Calendar: Sunday 12 October 2014
Reminders and Recapitulations
Continued from Part 2
Tabernacles as Human Bodies
Sukkot (Tabernacles) consists of seven days-plus-one, like the Pesach (Passover) season. In the period between Yom haKippurim to Sukkot is supposed to be the time that sukkot or booths (tabernacles) are erected in preparation for the season, and this is indicative of our necessary labour to prepare our own bodies or tabernacles as fit vessels for an outpouring of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). We are to do so in remembrance of the original Tabernacle built in the wilderness as a habitation for Yahweh's Name and so the question remains for us is whether or not Yahweh's Name is dwelling in us as it should.
A Seven Day Recapitulation of the Feasts
We live in tabernacles or booths, as the climate permits us, to remind us of the necessary cleansing process that our forefathers had to pass through in the desert, even in the midst of celebration. Therefore this wedding festival includes a looking back or remembrance of what happened before what brought us to this place. There are many reasons why this festival (excluding Shemini Atseret or the Great Last Day) is seven days long but one of them is that it is supposed to be a recapitulation of the festivals, and what they signify, that went before.
Promises and Covenants of the Third and Fourth Days
Today is the fifth day of the feast and corresponds to Yom Teruah or the Day of Trumpets or Shouting, as we earnestly awaited the return of Messiah. As part of our celebrations we should therefore, be setting aside time in which to reflect on whether we have indeed lived up to Yahweh's expectations of us as we have journeyed through the festivals. Have we kept our Yom haBikkurim (Day of Firstfruits) promise on the third day to be faithful to our committment to follow Messiah all our days? Have we entered the covenant of Shavu'ot (Weeks) and been true to our committment to be obedient to the Torah and to to be led by the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) on the fourth day? Have we been justified in retrospect? For it is an easy thing to make a promise but a lot harder to keep it.
The Second Exodus Underway
Reflecting back on the long wandering of our Israelite forefathers ought to be all the more poignant as we remember that we are today going through the Second Exodus right now. Though I don't suppose the unfolding events in the world will allow us to easily forget this, we may grow casual, careless and presumptuous if we are not very careful indeed. In the years to come we may not be observing Sukkot (Tabernacles) with the kind of freedom that we are currently enjoying today. We may have to do it in secret and in fear of our lives. Then we will look back with gratitude and hopefully not regret not been more diligent today as we ought to have been.
I said that the seven days are a recapitulation and I am led by the Ruach (Spirit) to once again share with you an unscheduled davar (word) to remind you that tomorrow is a mini-Yom haKippurim or Day of Trumpets. For those who have not entered this season honestly or carelessly they may find that whatever anointing they assembled to receive is suddenly aborted and that they must once again wait for another cycle to get right before Yahweh but in a world where it becomes progressively more and more difficult to do so, particularly if their lives are suddenly cut short - as the lives of tens of thousands of Christians are being cut short every year in various hotspots of persecution around the world - we should take every opportunity to get things right now. We do not know the length of our days and should not be so presumptuous as to suppose that we can casually meander through life in the expectation that Yahweh will prolong our days even though we have done nothing very substantial to take His mitzvot (commandments) seriously. Just reflect back, if you will, on the four days of Sukkot (Tabernacles) that we have already observed and ask yourselves if you honestly and sincerely feel you have walked as you should and whether your own spirits are in alignment with what this festival represents. Are we fully awake, receiving the Davar Elohim (Word of God) for our own lives as we should, or are we, like those first Israelites, still thinking in terms of our leaders assuming that responsibility for us?
The Nations and Sukkot
Sukkot (Tabernacles) is also called the Feast of the Nations as all nations are collectively called to observe it too. The moedim (appointments) are not just for Israel but for all mankind and indeed the nevi'im (prophets) tell us that in Millennium all nations will comply with this mitzvah (commandment) - Egypt is specifically mentioned (Zech.14:16-19). Very obviously the nations are not complying, with the exception, perhaps, of the Republic of Israel which is doing so under wrong premises and in defiant rejection of the Messiah with whom we are supposed to be in covenant union. The failure of the nations to yet again fail to observe this moed (appointment) will not have good consequences for them. Judgment still hangs over their heads.
The First Judgments on the Nations
Where will the judgment begin? In the three Illuminati centres of evil that collectively steer the planet, and I am speaking of Washington DC, the City of London and the Vatican, followed by their subsidiaries, and the nations (USA, UK and Italy) that host and suffer them to be in their midst. And we should not forget cities like Berlin which houses the Seat of Satan which has brought so many curses upon East Manasseh. These are not, accordingly, places or lands we necessarily want to be in unless there is good reason for us to be there. We should be in earnest prayer for the righteous dwelling in them, that their lives might be spared and that they find places of safety in the days ahead. For once the sixth day of this Sukkot (Tabernacles) has arrived, expect to see some more signs of the imminent judgment that awaits them.
Finally, for this is but a brief message, may I invite you all, whilst you celebrate in the tiqveh (hope) and anticipation that great day when Messiah calls us to Himself and to His Marriage Feast, to remember that we are in a war zone. As I speak, Japan is being hit by 50 foot high waves, West African nations are under a ferocious assault by the Ebola virus, and tens of thousands are dying horrible deaths and experiencing the traumas of rape and torture in the Middle East and elsewhere where the Beast is running rampant. These are sober times and will eventually come - and are indeed starting to appear already - on our own doorsteps. Please be in much prayer for the nations and for your own souls as we resume our celebrations. Amen.
Continued in Part 4