Robert Belanger (7 Oct 2011)
"Rapture On Tabernacles"

Dear Doves,

The Feast of Passover when Jesus died outside Jerusalem was a one off day and did not fit any pattern, but it was, of course, an important appointment day for God. The same with Pentecost and Tabernacles.

No, I see the Feasts, and the Feast of Tabernacles in particular, i.e., the third and final feast in the three pilgrimage feasts, as special. I believe the rapture will happen on a very special day. Far from ordinary, it will be the one day that He and we are looking forward to when the dead in Christ will rise first then we who remain will be transformed, a day awaited for thousands of years.

As Ms. Lisa Taylor on Five Doves has stated so eloquently, the three Pilgrimage Feasts were a special set of the original seven feasts of the Lord on which the men were instructed to go to Jerusalem for the celebration, i.e., Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Tabernacles is the final feast in the set and is probably scheduled next on the timeline, since Passover and Pentecost have already occurred in their special roles in the personal life of Jesus and His Church.

In my opinion, the graves of the dead in Christ will not need to be opened. Christ came through the walls of the sepulchre, without needing the stone to be rolled away that blocked the entrance. The shroud of Turin was not the final burial cloth, if it is actually authentic. The Gospel of John chapter 19 speaks of Jesus being wound in linen, aloe and myrrh with the head left unwrapped but covered with a towel.

When Mary and Peter entered the tomb, He was not in the cocoon of linen and solidified myrhh, and the stone at the entrance was unmoved. The cocoon was there as a shell -- empty with no body inside at all. He simply passed through all of the matter and escaped via another dimension of spirit, like an ice cube could escape the kettle as an invisible gas when the kettle is placed on a hot stove burner.

In a like manner, I believe, when the dead in Christ are resurrected, pass through the coffins, earth and gravestones to emerge in this world, by way of the spiritual dimension that lies above our ordinary reality. If buried at sea, or cremated, the body will be restored since God knows the formula, or DNA, from which the body was created in the first place.

Yes, we need to do all the things outlined in the other messages to be ready. Above all, we need to try our very best to keep our minds "stayed" on God as the days between now and the rapture transpire, as mentioned in Isaiah 26:3. It is so very easy to be distracted in the world by the many interruptions that hang over us and do their best to take our attention from what is the most important focus we can, and should, have in this season of the imminent return of the Bridegroom.

Please slow down from the rapid pace of life in today's world with its ever-present digital jungle of threatening sound and sights, and travel the quiet road back into your mind where the Spirit awaits your attention. Your attention is the instrument, the vehicle, the means by which the mind is stayed. It requires an act of willpower that many have forgotten they even have at their disposal. But the rewards for exercising our control over the focus point of attention are great indeed.

It is by doing so that we can actually begin to walk and talk to Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit in a way that is more genuine, sincere and direct than what is possible at the merely conscious level of everyday distracted thinking. Maybe you know this control as the way of meditation, but whatever it is called, it is very important for us all.

May God richly bless you and speak the truth of His mind to you this day.

Robert B