Israel’s Three Annual Feasts
When the Holy Spirit descended on the day that is now referred to as Pentecost, the waiting Church experienced an indwelling of the Spirit, or an abiding of the Spirit of Life.
In the Old Testament, this feast is known as the feast of Weeks, or Firstfruits, because it is commemorated on the first Sabbath of Sabbaths (seven Sabbaths) after the feast of Passover, which came 14 days after the first full moon of the new year (the vernal equinox).
The feast of Weeks is the second feast of Israel’s three annual feasts, which takes place in the third moon.
The third feast, the feast of Tabernacles, seems to be dealing with the same thing that Pentecost deals with—an indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Yet this indwelling is a greater experience. This feast was connected with atonement and the blowing of trumpets, which is alluded to in several other scriptures. Some of these scriptures are in the New Testament. This feast comes in the seventh moon (or after a Sabbath of months) at the end of the harvest.
Passover was a time of sacrifice, for the people were not to have leavening within their dwellings and they were required to eat all of their sacrificial lamb, including its intestines. It was to be roasted with bitter herbs. This was not the kind of cookout you would invite all your neighbors to. This was not a social fiesta, nor was it a time of rejoicing in the flesh. If one was to rejoice, it could only be a rejoicing over his deliverance from the house of bondage and over the mighty works and favor of Yahweh. There was nothing in this feast that was to edify the flesh.
The second feast, the Feast of Weeks (Firstfruits, Pentecost), lasted only one day and was not connected with merry-making. It was connected with the giving of the law when Israel came out of the house of slavery in Egypt.
In the third moon, after the Israelites came out of Egypt, they were in the Sinai Desert at the foot of Mount Sinai in Arabia. There the Lord spoke to them, but they rejected the word of the Lord and asked for a mediator (Ex. 19: 20). A mediator is one that stands between and connects; therefore, the word of Life became a dead letter law to them because they did not want to come close and receive the Spirit of the Word.
When the feast was fulfilled in the New Testament on the Day of Pentecost, there certainly was a time of rejoicing, because, at last, the people had come before Yahweh and desired to receive his Word into their hearts. They were ready to become the temple (inner sanctuary) of the Word and allow Yahweh’s spirit to dwell in them. This experience had been offered to Adam and Eve in the garden, but they rejected the word.
Later, when Yahweh approached the Israelites at the foot of Sinai, they, too, rejected him. They received his law on tables of stone—symbolic to the spiritual condition of their heart. But on the day of Pentecost (Feast of Firstfruits) the law was no longer given to them on stone, it was written in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. The created (man) and the Creator (Yahweh) became united, or made one, for the first time.
This uniting of flesh and Spirit is referred to as the wedding, or marriage, or as is often said, the Church became Yasha’s Bride. The Bride is now the feminine part of the headship in the spiritual realm. She is to bring forth fruit unto her husband and nourish the children.
Christ is the Head of the Church, or the masculine part of the headship. The bride is not his child. She is his counterpart, his womb that is to bear his seed (his fruit).
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, faith, and temperance, but this was not the only purpose for the Church. The Church was to nourish and care for the Spirit-born infants that are born into the family of Yahweh. The children cannot satisfy the spiritual hunger of other children—strength and energy of the Spirit must come from Spirit.
Spirit food must flow directly from the masculine Spirit; it does not matter what channel it travels through. The source is the vital thing—it must have Spirit substance. No matter what is said, if it does not flow from the Spirit of Love and Truth, it cannot feed the Spirit-born children of Yahweh. Many times men say things that impress us, because what they say pleases our ears, but later we become aware that our spiritual man has not been strengthened; only the flesh is.
We are edified in our spirit only when the Spirit speaks to us, that is, we are edified in our spirit if the Word ever gets past our carnal interpretation. If the Word is understood only by the carnal mind, it becomes dead letter, or death to us. This is why Israel could not arrive at the truth. They asked for and received a law, which become dead letter to those who refused the spoken Word of the Spirit. The Lord said his words are Spirit and they are Life.
The clergy has a difficult time allowing Yahweh to flow through them to the children, and the children depend on the clergy too much refusing to let the clergy back off. The children should be able to teach by this time, but instead, they are still in need of being taught (Hebrews 5:12).
It seems that some have the idea that most people were created to be ruled over by others. As new converts and babes in Christ, we should submit to those who have authority and allow ourselves to be ruled over by them until we mature enough to judge things by the Spirit of Truth. But only in our infancy and immaturity are we to allow ourselves to be ruled over by others. Once we become a disciple (taught) of Yahweh, we should be led only by the voice of his Spirit. We are not mature if we are still struggling with rebellion against Church government and ordinances.
Some ministers are fully persuaded that they are sent to rule over the mature ones. But we find that flesh, no matter what container it flows out of, is still flesh, and when flesh makes a vain attempt to nourish Spirit it becomes repulsive. Yahweh nourishes his children through the operation and manifestation of the Spirit in the Church, which is under his dominion.
The Bride of Christ will not receive the inheritance. We are not waiting for the manifestation of the Bride; we are waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of Yahweh, Romans 8:18-23. There is a difference. The Bride (Church) produces the Son.
The Son inherits the Father’s substance and rules over and nourishes the Church (or the woman) while she is in the wilderness (desert). This does not mean that a certain preordained elite group will lord it over the Church. This simply means that those who have become fruit-bearers, those that have matured into the realm of Love, will operate in a higher realm of understanding. They will not have to wait until the congregation comes together to allow the Melchisedec Priesthood to operate through them.