Thursday, September 4, 2014

Celebrating Tabernacles (Which Prefigures Swallowing up Death in Victory)

“For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:53-55 NIV). 

“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT).

We are entering into the full realization of the last feast (Tabernacles), naked booths atop the roofs of our house, open to heaven, with nothing left below us worth going back for (“On that day [the day of the revelation or unfolding of Christ—NOW!!!—in other words], the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out”—Luke 17:31 NASB).  Our new floor is now on top of our old ceiling; the second Adam is now in full bloom/open glory (us) out of the root (Jesus) which sprung up out of the parched ground of the first Adam nature.  We have experienced salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire (the first two feasts); now is the sanctification process ended, a time when we are truly dead to ourselves and alive to Him, a place of great rest (the third and last feast).

Herein are the three feasts in overcoming expression: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb (Passover), and by the word of their testimony (Pentecost); and they loved not their lives unto the death (Tabernacles)”—Revelation 12:11 KJV.  The rest of faith is the rest implicit in the idea that neither death nor life separates us from Christ; it is known internally before externally.  A true martyr is a spiritual martyr, whether physical martyrdom ever occurs or not.  The meaning of the feast of Tabernacles corresponds to the fullness of our inheritance, e. g., the redemption of our bodies (so that we might again live in them married to Christ).  We lost our soul/life not to lose them ultimately, but to gain them back forever in the cast of Christ.  Now the work in miniature (that which was whispered to us in the closet [our hearts]) is being seen in maximum (being shouted from the rooftops [our redeemed bodies]); finally we are ministers, finally, Christ in mortal flesh is being expressed from heaven to earth in and through us!