53 DAYS OF PROMISES
I received a question last night about a perplexing part of
the teaching on the Rapture. I thought that maybe there were more who
might appreciate this clarification.
not clear about the captives, and the saints that rose from the dead on
First Fruits after Jesus. Could you clarify it for me?
Well, the captives are a little difficult to understand when it's the
first time you've heard it. But, it's just like all other scripture, it
has to be put together, as each prophet tells a little of the story.
Remember, this is all understanding that was hidden within scripture
because it was a mystery and could not be known until it was revealed by
God. God chose to reveal it in time. The time when Daniel was unsealed
and could be plainly seen on the stage of history.
We are in that time, so when you travel the trail of the
feasts cast as shadows, on First Fruits you encounter dead saints that
come out of the grave after Jesus (Matt.27:52:53), and they are seen by
many in the holy city (Jerusalem).
Now we are confronted with those risen saints because they
are part of First Fruits, and that's a Jewish feast, and we, the church
get that promised to us, as the substitutes who do accept the promises
brought by the resurrection, allowing God's word to come back fulfilled,
as it cannot come back void.
So, it's imperative that there be scripture dealing with
them, and there is. First, Paul prophesies them to the Church in I Thess.
Isaiah 61, which Jesus Himself confirms (Luke 4:18-21)
tells us that among other things, in His first coming, Christ came to set
the captives free.
Then Psalm 68:18 tells us that when He rose on high, he
took those captives to himself, confirmed by Paul to the Ephesians at 4:8.
So, now we have captives set free. The dead that rose were
the captives of original sin, set free by the death of Christ, and
released on the day that Christ rose, to be witnesses, and they went into
the holy city and were seen by many, thereby solidifying their place in
the shadow cast by First Fruits into the future of the Church.
Now, we know how Jesus spent his last 40 days on earth
before he ascended. Intuitive reasoning tells us that those many dead that
rose were doing the same thing. Witnessing to everyone they saw that
Jesus was the way and to follow him.
Offered in evidence is the fact that when Peter holds his
first alter call on Pentecost, only 10 days after the ascension, 3,000
people accept Jesus as Messiah on his very first outing. Thats a miracle
coming from the people that had insisted on his death only 53 days before.
The trail clearly shows the events of the Spring Feasts of
the Jews are fulfilled in Christ by Pentecost. He dies on Passover, He
raises from the dead on First Fruits, Ascended with His captives 40 days
later, completing His role as Savior to the substitutes, and was offered
10 days after that by Holy Spirit anointed Apostles as the new offering to
the Jews on Pentecost. From beginning to end, 53 days.
All of this together adds up to a picture of Christianity
painted in the Tabernacle in the wilderness, using the structure itself,
and its rituals as the oracle to teach the chosen people that they needed
salvation and how it would come.
The promise of the Feast of First Fruits, is the promise of
the full harvest yet to come. Jesus rises on that day, and becomes the
first fruits of resurrection.
The saints rise next, as the reward for accepting the
promise. Their covenant called for living in God's kingdom on earth, and
that is what they were doing. But, 40 days later, when Jesus ascended, in
fulfillment of the warning time set in the sign of Jonah, something
different happened. These captives that he freed are now taken captive to
Himself and ascend on high with Him.
They are the token or the promise of the full harvest yet
to come, which is the promise to the church that is bestowed on us as the
substitutes, taking the place of the Jews vicariously, in shadow form.
Now what is cast into the future by that shadow are the promises to the
Christians. Payment in full, Resurrection, and Rapture. And, the picture
is complete right down to the day scheduled for its occurrence.
On Pentecost, 10 days after the ascension, Jesus is offered
to the Jews as the Messiah by the newly anointed Apostles, and the
movement among the Jews for the acceptance of Jesus as their Messiah,
fulfilling the scripture, is underway.
The Church is only revealed because the need arose, setting
into motion the meaning of all of the hidden understandings already
written into God word in the feasts, or set times of the Jews. All but
the timing of the end was revealed only to the Apostle Paul. Its timing
had already been sealed in the words given to the prophet Daniel,
The shadow for the Pentecost after the Rapture is cast by
the Pentecost of Act 2, which included the anointing of witnesses to
preach the gospel of the Kingdom and the good news of Christ to the Jews.
The shadow cast by Pentecost of Acts 2 , which occurs on
the last day of First Fruits, is the return date of the Feasts to the Jews
after the Rapture, and the anointing day for the last two witnesses, just
as it was the day that began the spreading of the good news of the Messiah
to the Jews originally.
After the offering of Jesus the Messiah is begun again to
the Jews, by the newly anointed witnesses, the door is open for the fall
feasts of Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles to be fulfilled for them by
Jesus upon His return. The substitutes are already in heaven, rewarded
with the Rapture for fulfilling the word of God on salvation, leaving God
with only His covenant with the chosen people to bring to a conclusion.
I hope this helps you out on this question.
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