(7 Oct 2011)
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
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