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God made a promise to Israel that someday
He would bring them back to their land and they would never leave that land
again (cp Dt 30:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Jer 23:3, et al). And then He told them
that He would put His Spirit within them. It hasn't happened yet. Some
people say that God is finished with Israel. Some say that God's covenant
promise in Jer 31:31, 32, 33, 34 really belongs to the Church and not to
Israel. (Ed: See related resource
Israel of God
What does God's Word really say?
Will all Israel be saved when the
Gentiles all come in?
Will a Deliverer really come
from Zion and save all Israel?
Ezekiel 36 opens with a prophecy to
Ezek 36:8 'But you, O mountains
of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My
people Israel; for they will soon come. 9 'For, behold, I am for you, and I
will turn to you, and you shall be cultivated and sown.
So here God is promising that the
mountains of Israel will again bear fruit and will be prepared for His
people to return.
we see a return of
all Israel prophesied in
Ezek 36:10 'And I will multiply
men on you, all
the house of Israel, all of it;
and the cities will be inhabited, and the waste places will be rebuilt. 11
'And I will multiply on you man and beast; and they will increase and be
fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as you were formerly and will
treat you better than at the first.
Thus you will know that I am the Lord. (one of the KEY PHRASES
all the way through Ezekiel).
So FIRST God will get the MOUNTAINS ready
for the people and NEXT the people will come and ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
will dwell on these mountains. Ezekiel is writing from captivity, having
been taken captive in the second siege of Jerusalem in 597BC along with
10,000 other Jews captured by Nebuchadnezzar. So both Ezekiel and Daniel are
prophesying from captivity. Ezekiel is prophesying a return to the land and
in fact after 70 years a remnant returned to the LAND of Israel. So is the
Prophecy in Ezekiel 36 talking about this return or is there another
yet to come? Careful observation of the text indicates that this prophecy is
yet future, even after the death of Jesus Christ. Kay believes we began to
see this prophecy fulfilled when we began to see the Jews return to
Jerusalem in 1948, so that it is a prophecy that is being fulfilled in front
of our very eyes!
THEY WILL NEVER
BE DISPERSED AGAIN
Ezek 36:12 'Yes, I will cause
men-- My people Israel-- to walk on you and possess you, so that you will
become their inheritance and
never again bereave them of children.'
(Ed comment: The time phrase
"never again" in this verse is why Kay believes this prophecy awaits a
future fulfillment and is not fulfilled in the return of the Jews after the
70 years of exile in Babylon. Kay goes on to explain her logic.) After the
return from 70 years captivity the Jews were kicked out of the land in 70AD
(they were ''bereaved of children'').
When the Jews return
certain things have to happen
Ezek 36:2 "For I will take
you from the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into
your own land. (a prophecy of Israel coming back into her
own land...if you want to understand prophecy DON'T FORGET THE JEWS & don't
write off the prophecies for the Jews as having been ''spiritually'' or
allegorically fulfilled but look at them as literal fulfillment and your
eyes will be opened to truth.) 25 "Then (When? After they are brought back.) I will sprinkle
clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your
filthiness and from all your idols. 26 "Moreover, I will give you a new
heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone
from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 "And I will put My
Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be
careful to observe My ordinances.
Doesn't this sound like what has happened
to the CHURCH? This sounds a lot like 2 Cor 3 where Paul describes the
believers there as no longer under the old covenant but under the new
covenant. But this promise is given to THE JEWS so the question is WHEN DO
THEY GET THE SPIRIT? In the context of this passage it would be after they
are brought back into the LAND.
Ezek 36:28 "And you will
live in the land that I gave to your forefathers;
so you will be My people, and I will be your God. 29 "Moreover, I
will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and
multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. 30 "And I will multiply
the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, that you may not receive
again the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 "Then you will remember
your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe
yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations.
So if you take God's Word LITERALLY, not
trying to allegorize it or spiritualize it, His Word clearly says that He is
going to prepare the MOUNTAINS, they will bring forth FRUIT and then God
will bring the Jews back to the mountains. Then God is going to CLEANSE the
Jews of all filthiness and idolatry. Then He will take away their heart of
stone and give them a heart of flesh and put His Spirit within them and they
will live in the land. Then they will be God's people and He will be their
Ezek 36:29 "Moreover, I will save
you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply
it, and I will not bring a
famine on you. (Revelation
describes coming FAMINES) 30 "And I will multiply the fruit of the tree and
the produce of the field, that you may not receive again the disgrace of
famine among the nations. 31 "Then you will remember your evil ways and your
deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight
for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 "I am not doing this for your
sake," declares the Lord God, "let it be known to you. Be ashamed and
confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!" (Most of Israel today does not
believe in Messiah.) 33 'Thus says the Lord God, "On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I
will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places will be rebuilt.
34 "And the desolate land will be cultivated instead of being a desolation
in the sight of everyone who passed by.
Yes today the cities of Israel are
inhabited...but although they will never be kicked off of their land, they
are yet to undergo a great judgment--tribulation--which we read about in Rev
12 & 13.
Zech 14:2 For I will gather all
the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the
houses plundered, the women ravished, and half of the city exiled, but the
rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3
Then the Lord will go
forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a
day of battle. 4 And in
that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in
front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its
middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the
mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the
south....eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be
in summer as well as in winter…. 9 And the Lord will be king over all the
earth; in that day the Lord will be the only One, and His name the only One.
So there is a time coming when even the
cities that have been inhabited will be destroyed and yet the Jews will not
be kicked out of the land.
ISRAEL WILL BE
LIKE THE GARDEN OF EDEN
Ezek 36:35 "And they will say,
'This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste,
desolate, and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.' 36 "Then the
nations that are left round about you will know that I, the Lord, have
rebuilt the ruined places and planted that which was desolate; I, the Lord,
have spoken and will do it." (So what God speaks He will perform!) 37 'Thus
says the Lord God, "This also I will let the house of Israel ask Me to do
for them: I will increase their men like a flock. 38 "Like the flock for
sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her
appointed feasts, so will
the waste cities be filled with flocks of men.
Then they will know that I
am the Lord."'
COMPARISON OF EZEKIEL 36,
THE END TIMES & THE APPOINTED
Jer 31:3 "Behold, days are coming,"
declares the Lord, "when I will make a
new covenant with the
house of Israel and with the house of Judah, (Ezekiel 37 described
''two sticks'' being reunited predicting the reunion of the Northern Kingdom
of Israel --taken captive in 722BC-- & the Southern Kingdom of Judah--taken
captive in 586BC-- this is what Ezekiel 36 refers to when it says all
of Israel will come back to the land, not just the Southern Kingdom of Judah
but the Northern Kingdom of Israel) 32 not like the covenant which I made
with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of
the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, (the Law or Mosaic
Covenant) although I was a husband to them, "declares the Lord. 33 "But this
is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel (here ''Israel''
is referring to the re-united Northern & Southern Kingdoms) after those
days," declares the Lord,
"I will put My law within them, and
on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be
My people. 34 "And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor
and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know
Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the Lord, "for
I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
(In Ezekiel when He brings the Jews back to the Mountains He cleanses them
from their sin and idolatry and takes away their heart of stone replacing it
with a heart of flesh and places the Spirit within them [Ezek 36:26, 27].)
Jer 31: 35 Thus says the Lord, Who gives
the sun for light by day, And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for
light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The Lord of
hosts is His name: 36 "If this fixed order (natural, cosmic order of
the sun, moon, etc) departs From before Me," declares the Lord, "Then the
offspring of Israel also shall cease From being a nation before Me forever."
May 14, 1948
they are brought back and yet the Jews
returned in UNBELIEF. So what will bring Israel to the point that
they recognize their Messiah and everyone knows Him? That's what we are
studying about in Revelation! Yes Revelation was a message to the churches
that she would know the things which would shortly come to pass but after
John is told ''Come up here'' in
Rev 4:1 at that time he is shown the things that are to come AFTER THESE
THINGS. Thus we see 2 WITNESSES in JERUSALEM calling down fire from heaven
for 3.5 years after which they are killed and lay dead in the streets of
Jerusalem until the whole world sees them caught up to heaven. Right after
that the 7th TRUMPET sounds and the kingdom of the world has become the
kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah. Then the BEAST that kills the 2
witnesses causes all who dwell on the earth to take a mark without which
they cannot buy or sell. In Revelation 12 the woman (Israel) flees into the
wilderness (Rev 12:13, 14, 15, 16, 17).
ISRAEL WILL NOT BE
Jeremiah 31:37 Thus says the
Lord, "If the heavens above can be measured, And the foundations of the
earth searched out below, Then I will also cast off all the offspring of
Israel For all that they have done," declares the Lord. 38 "Behold, days are
coming," declares the Lord, "when the city shall be rebuilt
for the Lord from the
Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 "And the measuring line shall go out
farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah. 40
"And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the
fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward
the east, shall be holy to the Lord; it shall not be plucked up, or
So there will be an end and Israel will
not be overthrown anymore. But ''when''? Let's look at the FEASTS.
The FEASTS tell us about the SALVATION OF
THE GENTILES (the coming of the Church) and THE SALVATION OF ISRAEL.
THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL
Kay believes these feasts prefigure the
coming of the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles and to Israel as well as the
salvation of Jews and Gentiles. In
Leviticus 23 God described the FEASTS
that Israel was to celebrate every year without fail. These FEASTS fell into
3 major categories and all the Jewish males were required to go up to
Jerusalem to celebrate these required feasts.
FIRST FEAST: PASSOVER
WHEN? Month of Nisan, the first
month to the Jews. On the 14th day of Nisan, the Jews would slay the
Passover lamb in remembrance of the Exodus from Egypt. God had made a
covenant of Law the day He brought them out of Egypt. Pharaoh would not let
them go so God sent plague after plague and finally one last plague. To be
protected from this plague God instructed Moses to tell the Jews to get a
lamb without spot or blemish and to keep it from the 10th of Nisan to
the 14th. Then they were to slay the lamb and put its blood over the
doorpost of the house. Every firstborn male was to be slain
unless there is
blood on the doorpost. Exodus 12:13 says '' when I see the
blood I will pass over
you'' and thus we have the word
Passover. The Jews were also to eat the
lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. In 1Cor
Paul is instructing the church to deal with a man there who has been
sleeping with his father's wife, telling them to give him over to Satan for
the destruction of his flesh. Why? Because that is sin in the church
and sin spreads.
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven (leaven here
symbolizing sin) leavens the whole lump of dough? 7 Clean out the old
leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened.
(Why?) For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. 8 Let
us therefore celebrate the feast (Of Passover), not with old leaven,
nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread
of sincerity and truth.
So Paul is saying that the
lamb was a picture of Christ our Passover. This OT Feast
then was not just for remembering the past deliverance of God but
also pointed prophetically to Jesus Christ Who has been sacrificed
for us. When God sees that the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed us from
all sins, death passes over and we pass from death to life, never to die
spiritually again. Physically we may die but not spiritually. This feast
then pointed to the One Who was to come, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The 2nd of 3 feasts included under
Passover. This feast instructed the
Jews to purge their house of unleavened bread. Why?
Leaven is a picture of sin and sin spreads. So Christ our
Passover has been sacrificed for us and we are to keep the feast with
unleavened bread. You are no longer a sinner but you have been set free by
the blood of Jesus Christ. Now we are to live righteously, putting away sin
(get rid of that sin just like Paul instructed the Corinthians lest it
spread). Remember that the feast of Unleavened Bread is part of the
Passover because one happens right after the other: 14th of Nisan: Lamb
Slain; 15th of Nisan: Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The 3rd of the feasts related to
Passover. The Jews did not celebrate
this feast until they got into the Promised Land. This feast was held the
day after the Sabbath and was the PROMISE of a harvest to come. Jesus Christ
rose from the dead on the very day the Jews celebrated the Feast of First
Fruits. He was the FIRST FRUIT and was the Promise of a harvest
to come. Because He is risen from the dead, we shall rise from the dead.
Because He lives, we shall live.
If we know Christ, we are absent from the
body and present with the Lord and some day this mortal will put on
immortality and we will be with the Lord with a body. This is the ''FIRST
RESURRECTION'' referred to in Rev 20:4, 5, 6. He died to free us from
the penalty as well as the power of sin (cp Jn 8:31, 32, 36, Ro 6:17-note,
If you are still living in sin and there is no change in your life and no
hunger and thirst for righteousness (Mt 5:6-note)
and no freedom from slavery to sin and no love for the brethren that flows
out of your supernaturally THEN there is NO SALVATION. (cf Gal
1Jn 3:7, 8, 9, 10)
2Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man is in
Christ, he is a new (kainos
- word study) creature;
the old things passed away; behold, new (kainos)
things have come.''
How do they become
new? Is it just the fact that Christ died for me? Is it just the
fact that He was raised from the dead? No. There is another feast that
What makes us different from unregenerate people who dwell on this earth?
What causes us to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to understand the
Word of God, to have a love for other Christians, to be able to forgive and
to put away bitterness and anger, to be able to live as more than a
conqueror over our flesh? It is the Spirit of God inside of us. If we walk
by the Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. When you hear
''Pentecost'' you naturally think of Acts 2 and the coming of the Holy
Spirit to indwell men.
FEAST OF PENTECOST was celebrated by taking
some grain from the ''First-fruits''
and storing it. Then they would make bread from the stored grain. When they
made the bread they would have one big lump and then they would separate it
and have TWO LOAVES. On the DAY OF PENTECOST they would take those TWO
LOAVES and the priest would stand in front of the Temple and wave those TWO
LOAVES of bread in the air. What were they saying prophetically?
Pentecost came 50 days (''pente'' = 50) after the FIRST FRUITS. The two
loaves of bread pointed to the fact that now we had Jew and Gentile in ONE
BODY, THE CHURCH. So Pentecost pointed to the end result of the death of
Jesus Christ Who saved us from our sin, Who was raised from the dead, Who
ascended into heaven and then sent the Holy Spirit (John 16:7 "But I tell
you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go
away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to
Spirit now came to dwell within and the church was born.
Paul to the Gentile Christians:
''Two loaves'' One Body
Eph 2:11 (note)
Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are
called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," (THE JEWS) which is
performed in the flesh by human hands-- 12 remember that you were at that
time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and
strangers to the
covenants of promise, (Not only were the Gentiles
strangers to the Covenant of the Law but also to the Covenant of Promise in
Jer 31:31, 32, 33, 34 when God said He would make a New Covenant in which He
also gave the promise of the Holy Spirit in Ezek 36:27) having
no hope and without God in
the world. 13 But now in Christ
Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the
blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups (Jew &
Gentile) into one, and
broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh
the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, (that
is what separates us from His Holiness) that in Himself He might make the
two (Jew & Gentile) into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might
reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put
to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far
away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for
both have our access
in one Spirit to the
Father. (What gives us access to God and to the mind of God? It is His
Spirit living inside of us.) 19 So then you are no longer strangers and
aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's
household, 20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and
prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the
whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the
Lord 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of
God in the Spirit.
So at Pentecost in Acts 2 the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:2, 3, 4) came to dwell inside of them (cp Ro 8:9-note,
1Co 12:13) and Ephesians 2 shows the two becoming one body, the Church. But
most of Israel did not come into the Church (Cp to
Ro 11:1 (note)
I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I
too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2
God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what
the Scripture says in [the passage about] Elijah, ...5 (note)
In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a
according to God's gracious choice.
So has all Israel been saved yet?
No. But does the OT say that ''all Israel will be saved''? Yes. So when and
how? The Jews have missed it. But God in His sovereignty knew what would
happen and He knew that the Jews would reject Jesus as a nation, purposely
had a third feast. The Jews REJECTION has become our SALVATION.
Ro 11:11 (note)...
But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles...Ro 11:25 (note)
For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you
be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to
fulness of the Gentiles
has come in; 26 (note)
and thus all Israel
will be saved; just as it is written, "The
Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob." 27 (note)
"AND THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS."
When will God take away
Ezekiel 36 says He will bring them back
to the land (Ezek 36:24, cp Ezek 34:13), then cleanse them (Ezek 36:25, 26),
then put His Spirit within them (Ezek 36:27). This did not happen at
Pentecost. All of these things are summarized in
Hebrews 9 & 10 where it says that the
Jer 31:31, 32, 33, 34 was given and
fulfilled in a sense when Jesus Christ died and the Holy Spirit came on the
day of Pentecost.
Hebrews 9 & 10 quotes
Jer 31:31, 32, 33, 34 but that never
happened to Israel. That COVENANT was intended for Israel but who got that
covenant? The Gentiles through the death of Jesus Christ. So is Israel cut
out forever? No. Israel will never cease from being a nation.
Ro 11:28 (note)
From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but
from the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved for the sake of the
fathers;29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Everything that God has promised about
Israel is going to come to pass. When? At the third FEAST.
THE THIRD FEAST:
There are 3 parts to the 3rd
1). FEAST OF TRUMPETS (Trumpets,
This feast was used for the RE-gathering
of the Jews at the time a TRUMPET was blown. This was also a HOLY
CONVOCATION and was celebrated in the month of Tishri, the 7th month for the
2). DAY OF ATONEMENT (Atonement,
Leviticus 16:1 Now the LORD spoke
to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they had approached
the presence of the LORD and died. 2 And the LORD said to Moses, "Tell your
brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside
the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will
appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. 3 "Aaron shall enter the holy place
with this: with a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4
"He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and the linen undergarments shall be
next to his body, and he shall be girded with the linen sash, and attired
with the linen turban (these are holy garments). Then he shall bathe his
body in water and put them on. 5 "And he shall take from the congregation of
the sons of Israel two male goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt
offering. 6 "Then Aaron shall offer the bull for the sin offering which is
for himself, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household. 7
"And he shall take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the
doorway of the tent of meeting. 8 "And Aaron shall cast lots for the two
goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 "Then
Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the LORD fell, and make it a
sin offering. 10 "But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell,
shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send
it into the wilderness as the scapegoat. 11 "Then Aaron shall offer the bull
of the sin offering which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and
for his household, and he shall slaughter the bull of the sin offering which
is for himself. 12 "And he shall take a firepan full of coals of fire from
upon the altar before the LORD, and two handfuls of finely ground sweet
incense, and bring it inside the veil. 13 "And he shall put the incense on
the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat
that is on the ark of the testimony, lest he die. 14 "Moreover, he shall
take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the
mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall
sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. 15 "Then he shall
slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring
its blood inside the veil, and do with its blood as he did with the blood of
the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.
16 "And he shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the
impurities of the sons of Israel, and because of their transgressions, in
regard to all their sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which
abides with them in the midst of their impurities. 17 "When he goes in to
make atonement in the holy place, no one shall be in the tent of meeting
until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself and for his
household and for all the assembly of Israel. 18 "Then he shall go out to
the altar that is before the LORD and make atonement for it, and shall take
some of the blood of the bull and of the blood of the goat, and put it on
the horns of the altar on all sides. 19 "And with his finger he shall
sprinkle some of the blood on it seven times, and cleanse it, and from the
impurities of the sons of Israel consecrate it. 20 "When he finishes atoning
for the holy place, and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer
the live goat.
Lev 16:21 "Then Aaron shall lay both of
his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the
iniquities of the sons of Israel, and all their transgressions in regard to
all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it
away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness. 22
"And the goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land;
and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.
Lev 16:23 "Then Aaron shall come into the
tent of meeting, and take off the linen garments which he put on when he
went into the holy place, and shall leave them there. 24 "And he shall bathe
his body with water in a holy place and put on his clothes, and come forth
and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, and make
atonement for himself and for the people. 25 "Then he shall offer up in
smoke the fat of the sin offering on the altar. 26 "And the one who released
the goat as the scapegoat shall wash his clothes and bathe his body with
water; then afterward he shall come into the camp. 27 "But the bull of the
sin offering and the goat of the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to
make atonement in the holy place, shall be taken outside the camp, and they
shall burn their hides, their flesh, and their refuse in the fire. 28 "Then
the one who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body with water,
then afterward he shall come into the camp.
Lev 16:29 "And this shall be a permanent
statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you
shall humble your souls, and not do any work, whether the native, or the
alien who sojourns among you; 30 for it is on this day that atonement shall
be made for you to cleanse you; you shall be clean from all your sins before
the LORD. 31 "It is to be a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, that you may
humble your souls; it is a permanent statute. 32 "So the priest who is
anointed and ordained to serve as priest in his father's place shall make
atonement: he shall thus put on the linen garments, the holy garments, 33
and make atonement for the holy sanctuary; and he shall make atonement for
the tent of meeting and for the altar. He shall also make atonement for the
priests and for all the people of the assembly.
Lev 16:34 "Now you shall have this as a
permanent statute, to make atonement for the sons of Israel for all their
sins once every year." And just as the LORD had commanded Moses, so he did.
3). FEAST OF BOOTHS (TABERNACLES) (Tabernacles,
So the FEAST OF TRUMPETS was to GATHER
the Jews back. The DAY OF ATONEMENT was enacted taking 2 goats and
casting lots. One goat was the SCAPEGOAT on which the sins of the people
were symbolically placed and which was then taken off into the WILDERNESS.
The other goat was taken in and sacrificed and the blood put on the MERCY
SEAT in the Holy of Holies. This was the only day of the year that the High
Priest went into the Holy of Holies taking the blood to ''cover"
(Kippur > Yom Kippur) their sins. But the blood of bulls and goats
could not take away sin so a body God prepared for Jesus Christ (Heb 10:5-note).
So the DAY OF ATONEMENT was the CLEANSING. Do we need the day of
atonement? At Passover we were saved and at Pentecost got the Holy
Spirit but Israel has not been saved. So God was showing the time of the
Church, of Jew and Gentile in one body until the fulness of the Gentiles
comes. Then God is going to bring His people back to the Land. When Jesus
Christ in Mt 24 comes back to earth as the Son of Man (Mt 24:3, 30) and
every eye sees Him, He sends His angels to gather His ELECT (Jews)
from the four corners of the earth. So while we see in 1948 a bringing back
of the children of Israel to the land and the land being prepared, there is
still even more of a fulfillment when Jesus Christ comes and He gathers His
ELECT. After He gathers His ELECT in the land of Israel what is He going to
do? There is going to be a Temple there and the Lord Jesus Christ is going
to dwell there with His people.
FEAST OF TABERNACLES
POINTS TO THE REGATHERING OF
Zech 14:9 And the Lord will be
king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His
name the only one....16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all
the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to
worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate
the feast of booths.
So prophetically the FEAST OF TABERNACLES
pointed to the REGATHERING OF ISRAEL, initiated by the calling
through the trumpet, after which He takes away their sin and puts His Spirit
within them and He dwells with them forever and ever. You and I are living
in the midst of all of these things on the horizon. What do we need to do?
We need to look up because our redemption draws nigh (cf Lk 21:28,
Jas 5:8KJV). We need to understand that we make sure today is the day of
salvation. Today the fulness of the Gentiles is coming in (Ro 11:25-note).
Then the Deliverer will come out of Zion and all of Israel will be saved (Ro
Why? Because the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable! (Ro 11:29-note).
God has laid out the picture and it is
as sure as the sun shining, as sure as the waves of the ocean, as sure as
the fixed order of day and night (Jer 31:35, 36, 37). God's Word stands and
Israel as a nation will be saved (cp Lk 1:37ASV, Josh 23:14). Believe it. It
is written in the
feasts for you and for me to see.
Mt 24:31 "And He (Mt 24:30)
will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather
together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the
The Son of Man is coming
the FEAST OF TABERNACLES is on
Listen and be prepared.
Redemption draws nigh.