In any seven day cycle the eighth day is always the beginning of a new cycle of seven. The Eighth Day ALWAYS represents “A NEW BEGINNING”!
The seven days of the Feast of the Ingathering of Nations are completed when the last person is changed to spirit or destroyed for unrepentant wickedness at the end of the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
After the seven thousand years of the Feast of Tabernacles Ingathering of Nations the earth itself will be cleansed by fire, destroying the full surface of the planet and purifying it, and the surface of the earth and atmosphere will be re-created for the coming of God the Father and the New Jerusalem; coming down from heaven to dwell with mankind now in peaceful unity of spirit with God the Father and the Son.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
During the seven thousand years of the Ingathering of Nations those resurrected to flesh and given their opportunity, will live to the age of one hundred years old and will then be judged; the righteous who have learned to live by every Word of God will be rewarded with a a change to spirit and the gift of eternal life, and the incorrigibly wicked will be cast into the lake of fire.
Isaiah 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
The plan of God for physical humanity will be completed at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles and the earth itself will then be cleansed from all impurity and evil by fire as the lake of fire is allowed to grow and cover the whole earth.
The Eighth Day then begins at the close of the Feast of Tabernacles, picturing man and God going forward into eternity in peace and harmony, free from all sin and spiritual impurity.
In peace and harmony, KNOWING the way to peace and LIVING the way of peace. All pain, suffering and disease shall be vanquished by a LOVING FATHER. Even death itself, shall be destroyed!!!
Read very carefully through Revelation 21 and 22 and see the glory of and the meaning of: The Feast of the Eighth Day.
After the millennial Sabbath of rest, and then after the seven thousand year Feast of Tabernacles main harvest of humanity; the earth will be cleansed by fire.
2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
People who scoff at the prophets are scoffing at over one third of the Christ breathed Word of God and will be judged
3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Here we have a profound key to unlock much prophecy including the Feast days. A key that is rejected by most today; who try to teach that seven days is as one thousand years, when they give their false take on the Feast of Tabernacles.
One day is as ONE thousand years; and seven days are NOT equal to one thousand years; therefore seven days MUST refer to either just seven days, or to SEVEN thousand years. There is NO WAY that the Feast of Tabernacles could refer to a one thousand year millennium!
This FALSE teaching has been driven into the minds of people for generations and has prevented an understanding of the true meaning of the Festivals and much prophecy.
Many don’t realize that what is a very long period of time to man, is a very short period of time with God. And God will fulfill his Word. He will keep his promises. These things are coming and are now at the door!
All Scripture must fit together. There are many who say the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles represents a thousand year millennium. And yet what does Peter say here? One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.
How could the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles picture one thousand years? According to Scripture, it must picture 7,000 years or it must have nothing whatsoever to do with years.
According to God’s Word, the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles pictures 7,000 years. It does not picture any one thousand year millennium. The same thing is true of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the seven day week!. We know because God inspired Peter to say so.
3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Peter here speaks of the coming of Christ as being a surprise to the wicked; but the coming of Christ will not be a surprise for the godly who are watching for him and who are the children of Light of God (1 Thess 5)!
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; . . .
Then Peter writes about the end of the plan for physical humanity and the cleansing of the earth by fire; before God the Father and the New Jerusalem come down to the earth; represented by The Feast of The Eighth Day; which will be a new beginning for all humanity, going forward into all eternity as the spirit children of God.
Using the concept of duality with the coming of Christ as a precursor to the coming of God the Father, Peter uses the term “Day of the Lord” to refer to information about the final total cleansing of the earth; before eternity with God the Father for all humanity then changed to eternal spirit.
. . . .in the which the heavens [atmosphere] shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation [words and deeds] and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
This refers to that time after the plan for PHYSICAL humanity has been completed when the whole earth will be cleansed by fire to purify it from all uncleanness so that the New Jerusalem and God the Father may come to dwell with his spirit children on this earth!
Peter is revealing the great power of Almighty God and encouraging all people to remain true to God the Father and to enthusiastically live by every Word of God; and by internalizing the very nature of God through pleasing him, we can look forward to spending eternity in perfect peace and harmony with God and our spiritual brethren!
That is the true meaning of The Feast of The Eighth Day: A New Beginning, going forth into eternity in peace with God; through total unity with Jesus Christ and God the Father!
3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him [God] in peace [with God], without spot, and blameless [without even a hint of sin].
3:15 And account that the longsuffering [God’s patience with us] of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
Peter here warns the brethren to be on the lookout for those who would twist the words of Paul to lead men away from their zeal to live by every Word of God.
3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Now comes the Feast of the Eighth Day
A New Beginning with all wickedness including Satan himself with his spirits and every person who does not live by EVERY WORD of God DESTROYED; and the earth itself cleansed by fire!
Then finally God the Father himself coming down to live with his redeemed children on a newly re-created planet now cleansed by fire and re-created pure from all evil; and God and humanity going forward into eternity in the peace and prosperity that living by Every Word of God brings!
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
The wondrous meaning of the Feast of the Eighth Day!
No more suffering or tears of pain. All people at peace united with God and therefore at peace with and united with all others who are united with God!
The way to peace, is for the ultimate deceiver to be removed and the truth and the true way to peace followed by all.
The longing of humanity is for a peace that we cannot achieve without the wisdom of God. Real peace is not imaginary; IT IS COMING!
21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life [the Holy Spirit of God] freely.
21:7 He that overcometh [to learn to live by Every Word of God] shall inherit all things [the entire universe is included in the term “All Things”]; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Those who think they can sin with impunity will be destroyed for the good of the whole; so that they do not damage the peace of others. It is an ignorant and foolish person who claims to be godly and justifies his sins by claiming that God is love and will overlook his willful sins.
It is because God is love, that he will NOT overlook our sins! Because our sins hurt ourselves and they hurt others and God loves ALL people! Almighty God will not permit any self justifying willful sinner to enter his spiritual family!
21:8 But the fearful [Those too afraid of men to follow and obey God] , and unbelieving [Those who will not believe that we must stop sinning], and the abominable [The self justifying willful perpetrators of any sin are an abomination to God], and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters [as in making idols of men and corporate organizations to exalt their words above the Word of God], and all liars [including those who tell partial truths to deceive], shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Those who say that we should not expose and condemn sin: Hear the Word of the Lord:
The New Jerusalem is presented as the bride of the Lamb of God, because the resurrected bride will dwell in the New Jerusalem with her Husband and with His Father!
Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
21:13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
A furlong being 1/8 of a mile makes the city a 1,500 mile cube.
21:16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
The walls had on them the gems representing each tribe of Israel.
21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
This may be a clue as to the meaning of the “sea of glass” of the court before the throne of God. The sea [expanse] of glass – the Heavenly Temple Courtyard – is quite likely paved with translucent gold which reflects and refracts the light emanating from God into all the shimmering colors of the rainbow.
21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
“No need” does not mean that the sun and moon will no longer exist, and no night does not mean that the earth will not be turning; it means that God will be a continual light over all the earth.
After ALL MANKIND has been brought into the Family of God during the Feast of Tabernacles. The earth will be cleansed and the New Jerusalem will descend from Heaven.
The Father Himself shall dwell on the earth with His children. His children shall be spiritually healed and given the gift of eternal life.
The river of water of life coming out from the throne of God is a picture of the Holy Spirit of life eternal flowing out from God.
Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
The tree of life nourished by the water; as a type of eternal life coming from the Holy Spirit and the keeping of the whole Word of God, bears the fruits of the Spirit of God. The leaves which give life to a tree are represented as giving spiritual healing [eternal salvation] to the nations.
22:2 In the midst of the street [growing up out of the river and overspreading to both sides is the tree of eternal life] of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month [The tree bore a new kind of fruit each month]: and the leaves of the tree were for the [spiritual] healing of the nations. For a study into The Tree of Life see this article.
22:3 And there shall be no more curse [sin or the decay and death that sin brings]: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
22:4 And they [the people now changed to spirit] shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads [The nature of God will dwell in the minds of all people who were changed to spirit; absolutely no sin allowed] .
22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they [the chosen and changed] shall reign for ever and ever.
22:6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
The saying “I come quickly” is addressed to those in the later day when knowledge and understanding shall be increased, and the wise shall receive an understanding of these things (Dan 12). The blessing on those who “keep the sayings of the book” is a blessing on those who keep the instructions to “Live by EVERY WORD of God.”
22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
The Promise of our Father in heaven: CANNOT BE BROKEN. Therefore let us strive diligently to serve our Magnificent Father on high!!!
Thy Will Be Done!!!
The Eighth Day Represents Eternity
Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. This pure water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit of God, which will be given freely to all who ask; for all who keep the Commandments of God will have a right, to this gift, which will be freely available throughout eternity (Rev 22:14). Only the faithfully obedient will have a right to enter the gates of the City.
Only those who keep all of the commandments of God will be received into eternal life as spirit and have the right to enter the true eternal city.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
The Eighth Day is the first day after a cycle of seven. An eighth day ALWAYS pictures a New Beginning.
When God is finished with His plan for Physical Humanity, He will totally destroy the surface of the earth and cleanse it completely, from all uncleanness and sin.
After this He will create a New Heavens and a New Earth, [probably meaning the atmosphere and surface of the planet, rather than the starry heavens] as Peter tells us.
This New Heavens and New Earth are described in Revelation 21 and 22. All unrepentant sinners (commandment breakers 1 Joh 3:4) will be destroyed along with this old earth.
Only the righteous will be allowed entry into the gates of the City. Only the obedient will have the right to partake of the water of life (the Holy Spirit of God) freely.
That is, no wicked person will be on the new earth or will enter the New Jerusalem, because they will all have been destroyed in the fire which cleansed the earth.
No one who sins, or compromises with the commadments of God will be changed to spirit or allowed into eternity with the Father; they shall ALL be destroyed in the lake of fire!
The Eighth Day of the Feast: being the first day after a complete seven days; pictures a New Beginning for humanity.
All evil and wickedness shall be destroyed, BEFORE the Eighth Day begins! All those who break God’s commandments and the teachings of Christ will be destroyed; if they do not repent and change their behaviour.
All those who replace the love of God which is defined by all of God’s commandments with mere emotional feelings: Shall be destroyed!
God is love and his law is love. The commandments of God define his nature, and if we compromise with those commandments and teachuings, we rebel against the very nature of God and we SHALL BE DESTROYED if we replace the nature of God with the nture of sinful man.
If we do what WE THINK IS RIGHT, if we live as we decide; instead of DEFINING LOVE AS GOD DEFINES LOVE; THROUGH HIS COMMANDMENTS: We are NOT living by every word of God and we shall be destroyed for separating ourselves from God.
Those who ARE WILLING TO LISTEN TO THEIR FATHER AND THEIR HUSBAND, who are willing to submit to and obey the far greater wisdom of God, who are willing to live a life of passionate love for God and his law with love and concern for others; will be changed fully to Spirit and given Eternal Life.
They will have a right to drink of the Water of Life, to take of the Holy Spirit of God freely. They will be changed to spirit and given eternal life, entering the gates of the New Jerusalem freely.
They will dwell on a New Earth; going forward into Eternity; in perfect Peace and Harmony with Almighty God, and with each other. The Eighth Day: pictures an eternity of Peace, Happiness, Harmony, and Satisfying Productivity; as part of a truly Loving, Supportive and Caring Family: THE FAMILY OF GOD!
To the Groups making up the People of God
The Eighth Day, which is the first day AFTER the Feast of Tabernacles: Is a High Holy Day, Leviticus 23:36. It is a Holy Convocation. You shall do no servile work (work of any kind) therein.
For generations now, many People of God has made it a practice to hold services early, on the Eighth Day; to facilitate the travel plans of their members. People claiming to be converted Godly people: have paid bills, packed belongings, cleaned their temporary dwellings and traveled on this High Holy Day. And their ministers have encouraged this in word and deed.
The servants of God; serve God!
Anyone who says I can do anything I want and Jesus Christ has to back me up is either a fool or a liar. Jesus Christ is not going to back up anybody in sin. And He is not going to back up anybody who is not serving him but who is serving Satan and their own lusts and passions.
If we are the servants of Christ we will not be doing what we want. We will be doing what Jesus Christ wants. Even Moses was taught the lesson that he was not above the commandments of God, and was refused entrance into the land of promise.
Then after all mankind has been brought into the family of God during the main harvest of the Feast of Tabernacles, the earth will be cleansed by fire
- The New Jerusalem will descend with God the Father from heaven
- God the Father Himself shall dwell on the earth with His children, now changed to spirit.
- And God’s children now changed to spirit will be healed of all sin, of all wickedness, of all evildoing, of all the suffering which they have endured in this physical life and will have been changed to spirit and given eternal life.
Consider that ONLY those who are zealous to internalize the whole Word of God will be changed into spirit at the early harvest and that they are called out ahead of time to become laborers to help in bringing in the main harvest of all humanity.
A few in the main harvest resurrection might be adamantly rejecting God and face eternal destruction, but the vast majority will be brought in and changed to spirit. And the first fruits are training in this life on the earth today; not so that they can get their own way and bully and abuse and get all the best things during the millennium or during the main harvest.
This life and our calling to God in this Life; is to train us and teach us and prepare us to be laborers to help bring in the main harvest. We are not called to some self-aggrandizement. We are called to hard work, and the reason we often suffer much, is so that we will be able to empathize and understand the sufferings that people will have gone through in their previous physical life, after they are raised up back to flesh and given their opportunity.
We are learning through our experiences now, so that we will be able to understand their sufferings. We will be able to empathize with them. We will be able to say; yes, you suffered this and that, now here is a better way.
God’s plan is a way where all suffering is banished, and as we are reconciled with the Father, in future we will aid Christ in reconciling the rest of humanity to God the Father and bringing the rest of humanity into the temple and family of God.
And when the main harvest of Tabernacles is all over, then all taint of defilement, of uncleanness and wickedness will be wiped off this earth through an intense fire.
And then will come eternity, a new heavens, a new atmosphere, a new resurfaced earth with no more sea, and God the Father coming down with His magnificent New Jerusalem; and the New Jerusalem and the earth being the capital of the universe forever.
Forever more, no more death. No more cancer. No more emphysema. No more malaria or polio. No more war and horrible injuries and mutilations of war. No more suffering and pain; and we will be reconciled and fully at one with God the Father and Christ!
And because everyone existing then will be fully at one with God the Father and Christ. We will also be reconciled with each other!
Those who persecuted us, thinking they were doing God a service, those who rejected us and hated us for this way, will realize they made a mistake and they will come to us and reach out to us and say teach us of God’s ways, because we know and we remember your example and we know that you were right and we know that you know God and God knows you, so teach us of the ways of God.
Then we will be reconciled to God, and also reconciled with parents, beloved children, brothers or sisters, and dear friends, who are also reconciling to God Almighty! Everything will come together during the main harvest of Tabernacles and then the family of God reconciled and united: will go forward into eternity in peace!
There will be no more tears of sorrow or agony of pain. Any tears there will be, will be tears of joy and happiness, as we are totally one with God the Father and totally one with each other. That is unity. Unity is not glossing over our divisions, so that we can appear united because we do not have any public arguments. That is not unity, that is just glossing over and hiding and deceiving people that we have unity when we are really deeply divided.
True unity is for each person to be at one with God the Father and Jesus Christ, by diligently studying and enthusiastically internalizing and keeping the whole word of God; so that we become like God, internalizing the nature of God. When we do that we become one in total unity with God. And we become one in unity with all others who are in the same unity with God the Father and Jesus Christ.
The Eighth Day pictures a new beginning. It pictures eternity coming after the physical plan of God has been completed. It pictures no more sorrow, no more pain, no more suffering. It pictures eternal life with security of person and security of our efforts.
That is to say, when we work to do something, we do not have to worry about people stealing it. We will be totally secure with God in everything that we do, secure in our person, secure in the things that we do, secure in every way and we can then be at peace with a full peace of mind, a full peace of spirit, a full confidence in God the Father, knowing that everything is perfect and is going forward in perfection for all of eternity.
The Eighth Day, what an incredible reality!
The Tree of Life
In Genesis 3 two trees are described. The first tree was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and it was forbidden to the man and woman.
This tree was symbolic of deciding right and wrong for ourselves and the command forbidding eating from this tree was a test command to see if the man and woman would obey God or decide right and wrong for themselves. For a study into this Tree see the Genesis 3 article at this link.
Disobeying God in eating from this tree [or in anything else] represents and consists of deciding for ourselves what us right and wrong instead of living by every Word of God; and the ultimate fruits of this tree is death.
To decide for ourselves to act and live contrary to what God has commanded, is to exalt ourselves above the Word of God and the end of this decision is death. Therefore this tree could also be called the Tree of Death.
A second tree, the Tree of Life, was the exact opposite of this symbolic tree of death. The Tree of Life brought LIFE; just as rejecting obedience to God and taking of the forbidden fruit brought death.
What is this sin that brings death?
1 John 3:3 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
What is this law which brings long life then? Is it not the whole Word of God?
Who then is our father? Ultimately our Father is our Creator; first God the Father as the Executive Authority of the creation and then Jesus Christ as the Implementing Authority of the creation. The one who became Jesus Christ called God in heaven his Father and commanded us to live by every Word of that God the Father.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Deciding right and wrong for ourselves as Eve and Adam did when they failed the test in the garden, is sin and brings death. While diligently living by EVERY WORD of God is life eternal!
Therefore as the fruit or end result of partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil by rejecting God’s Word for our own ways is death. Living by EVERY WORD of GOD brings life eternal.
Satan said that man could become God, simply by deciding right and wrong for himself. And while man could be the decider for himself as God decides things; man living by his own ways could not have eternal life! Only faithful passionate obedience to the way of life that God had and that man outside of God cannot have, can bring eternal life.
Because the man would now decide what was wrong and right for himself, instead of listening to the words of eternal life; the man was rejected from eternal life and the paradise of God. The Creator denied man eternal life as long as man decided for himself what was right and wrong.
As Adam rejected the Word of God to decide for himself; today the Ekklesia reject any zeal to live by every Word of God in order to live by their own ways and false traditions. As Adam was rejected from eternal life and eternity with God; so the unrepentant who have rejected zeal to passionately live by every Word of God, shall also be kept from entering the Promised Land of eternal life.
3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know [to decide for himself] good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
The way into eternal life and the eternal paradise of God has been shut up and closed and man has been cut off from God by the command of God; except for those specifically called out by God the Father as a kind of early first fruits to God.
Man was cut off from repentance and from turning back to obey God, so that man could learn a lesson through experience, that the way of God is the way of life and that any other way brings death.
This cutting off of mankind from God was essential to prevent the man from repenting and after being changed to spirit with eternal life, sinning again in future. The whole purpose of cutting man off from God was to allow man to live by his own ways until he had thoroughly learned that there is no other way to eternal life in peace other than the way of God.
God cut man off from himself, or rather it was the sins of man that cut man off from God
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
When mankind was cut off from the Tree of Life and rejected from the presence of God God’s plan for salvation started up. That plan was for the Implementing Creator Jesus Christ to give up his God-hood and be made flesh and to live a perfect sinless life at the end of which he would give his life as the sacrificial Lamb of God for humanity, so that he could be a DOOR through which man could be reconciled to God the Father.
We are to live by EVERY WORD of GOD the Father, which is eternal life; but the door to reconciliation to God the Father is our sincere repentance after thoroughly learning that God is the ONLY way to life; a commitment to go and sin no more and to live by every Word of God from henceforth and forever more; and then the Door of Reconciliation which is the sacrifice of the Lamb of God will be applied to us and we shall be reconciled to God our Father in Heaven receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, and if we continue and overcome we shall inherit the gift of eternal life.
From Adam to the ascension of Christ on Wave Offering Sunday in 31 A.D., mankind was cut off from God except for a very few called out in faith that Christ would fulfill his mission; and from 31 A.D. to today mankind has been cut off from God except that more have also been called out to have faith in the efficacy of that sacrifice and to live by every Word of God; this is the early Spring Harvest to eternal life. The Fall Festivals picture another harvest, the main of all humanity who has lived through the past being cut off from God and from the tree of Life.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us [those faithful to live by every Word of God] eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
The bread of manna was another allegory of the true Bread of Life, Jesus Christ; who came down from heaven to give himself as our Bread of Life, for our salvation.
Salvation is not just saying “I repent” and consenting to being dunked in a pool of water, or attending some organizational meetings, while continuing in sin.
Salvation requires the internalization of the nature of God; through diligent study, and the practical application of the whole Word of God in our own minds and in all our deeds! It i s essential for us to OVERCOME and to “Go and sin no more,” and for us to live as Christ lived!
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me [and lives as Christ lives] hath everlasting life.
Jesus Christ being ONE in full unity with God the Father, was sent by the Father as the Bread of Life, for all God the Father would call.
Carefully consider these words given just before Passover and Unleavened Bread.
6:48 I am that bread of life. 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Jesus explains what the wine and unleavened bread of Passover and the Feast of ULB mean.
6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
We are to take the nature of Christ into ourselves and we are to live as Christ lived; We are to live by God the Father’s Word as Jesus did!
6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know [be one with] thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Jesus used the example of a tree, like the example of the Tree of Life [which is to live by EVERY WORD of God] to teach that HE is the way to God the Father and to eternal life.
John 15 The Vine and Branches
This is a powerful; explanation of the meaning of the command to cut branches and bring them into the temple at the Feast of Tabernacles. Bringing in the branches with great rejoicing represents bringing in of the harvest of humanity into the Family of God.
Jesus teaches that he is the vine [or trunk] of the tree of life; and that the called out to him are the branches. As a branch receives its nourishment from the vine and trunk of the tree; so we receive our spiritual nourishment from the Bread of Life, the true VINE; Jesus Christ!
To have eternal life; we MUST be in FULL UNITY with Christ; and if we turn away from any of the teachings of Christ, which teaching is that we must live by every Word of God the Father in the letter and in the spirit and intent of the law; we will be rejected by Christ and by God the Father, because we have already rejected their Word.
If we remain faithfully loyal to Jesus Christ and God the Father by diligently studying and zealously KEEPING and living by every Word of God; we will still be tried, tested and given experiences bad and good, to increase our spiritual growth and development into FULL UNITY with Christ.
John 15:1 I am the true vine [trunk of the tree, the Logos the whole Word of God], and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit [is NOT faithful and zealous to live by every Word of God as Christ does] he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit [living by EVERY WORD of GOD], he purgeth [trims and trains] it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
If we abide in the Word of God, doing those things that please Christ and God the Father; they will abide in us through the Spirit of God. If we are NOT zealous to KEEP the Word of God; WE ARE NONE OF HIS!
Remember that, when you are asked by your elder to pollute the Sabbath; take Passover and observe High Days on the wrong dates, or in the wrong ways; or are told that you need not eat Unleavened Bread every day of the Feast as God has commanded.
Remember what I wrote in “Harmonizing the Gospels Concerning the last Passover of Christ“ After washing the disciple’s feet; they were all clean except one. That one being the person who did not spiritually abide in Christ the true VINE
15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Beware of false Christ’s who tolerate sin and are not filled with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God; Because without a firm close FULL UNITY with the true Christ who lives by every Word of God; our religion is vain and meaningless, and falls to the status of a human social club.
15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
To be grafted into the true vine of Christ; we MUST be called by God the Father; we must believe, repent and be baptized for the remission of sins to be granted; And IF we remain abiding in God; with him dwelling us; IF we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead into all truth diligently living by every Word of God, then we shall bear much fruit!
15:6 If a man abide not in me [living in Christ-like zeal to live by EVERY WORD of GOD], he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Those who compromise with any part of the whole Word of God, which Christ loves because he IS the Logos then Word; and who tolerate sin, which Christ hates; will be rejected and cast into the furnace of affliction; and if they still do not repent, cast into the fire of ultimate destruction.
15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
“Continue in my love” means that Christ wants our loving relationship with HIM to continue, through our learning and keeping the Word that he preached; which is to do God the Father’s will and to live by every Word of God.
Watch Out! Many will teach to keep the commandments, but by commandments they mean their own false traditions and not every Word of God.
15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
What did Christ command us? He kept the whole Word of God fully and we are to do likewise, living as he lived and as he will live in us.
Jesus Christ lived a life of perfect obedience to his beloved Father, and he will live a life of perfect obedience to God the Father dwelling in us!
Matthew 19:17 . . . . but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
We are to be willing to lay down our lives for God the Father and Jesus Christ; as Christ laid down his life for us! Our HEAD is Jesus Christ and His Head is God the Father! How long will we squabble over who gets to lead; and over who gets what?
1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
And our spiritual mother is not some corporate entity, but is the Holy Jerusalem of God the Father from which the Word of God goes forth to the entire universe!
Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free [from bondage to sin], which is the mother of us all.
As the Word of God on this earth will go forth from Jerusalem, so the Word of God the Father goes forth to the entire universe from the heavenly Jerusalem above.
Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
How can a city be our mother? The heavenly Jerusalem is the city of God, from which the Word of God and the Holy Spirit comes forth; and is a type of the faithful called out who live by every Word of God, who set a godly example; and who TEACH and NOURISH the brethren in godliness like a mother nourishes her child.
The mother of us all is not any corporate organization, but consists of those who are truly filled with the Holy Spirit and live by EVERY WORD of God; teaching all humanity to do likewise.
This idea that some corporate church is the mother of the faithful and must be obeyed in place of the Word of God is a lie; the mother of the faithful is the faithful spiritual teacher who is living by every Word of God, while fulfilling the role of mothering by nourishing the brethren in the whole Word of God.
Is the woman who teaches her child to commit fornication, when the father has taught us not to commit fornication, a fit mother?
Absolutely NOT! and a corporate “church” which teaches us to live contrary to any part God’s Word is NOT a fit spiritual mother!
A mother nourishes and brings up her children according to the word of their father, and spiritually speaking, the mother of the faithful consists of those who nourish the brethren in EVERY WORD of GOD the Father!
How has the love of God disappeared from us? where has our zeal to live by every Word of God gone? Where is our unity with the Word of God and with God our Father?
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Our prayers are answered in direct proportion to our diligent keeping of the whole Word of God!
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
All God’s people, all the called of God the Father; are to be filled with the love of God.
Love for God our Father is to live by every Word of God, which Word is Jesus Christ. What is love? God is love; and the KEEPING of the Word of God is love.
HOW do we love? By internalizing Jesus Christ and God the Father, through following the example of Jesus Christ, and sincere repentance from acting contrary to the Word of God; and a diligent, passionate, enthusiastic Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.
It is then that we shall be united with God the Father and Jesus Christ through a zeal to live by their Word, as they are of ONE mind with each other! It is then that we shall be called “the friends of God”; like our spiritual father, Abraham!
15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
The law in its full purpose, spirit and intent; defines the love of God!
If we keep the whole Word of God in all its spirit, purpose and intent, we become like God; we become fully united with Jesus Christ and God the Father.
IF we loved God, we would DO what God’s Word says, we would do those things which are pleasing in his sight. Like little children we would want to become LIKE our Father!
Falling into the lukewarmness of Laodicea, is to become offensive and disgusting to Christ; who will spew us out of his body, like a dead branch cut off from a vine.
The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament. The essence of agape love is giving one’s self fully to God first and then acting in the best interests of others even the undeserving. Unlike our English word love, agape is not used in the New Testament to refer to romantic or sexual love. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of personal will to strive to be like and please God at any personal cost. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13.
Agape is used to describe the love that is of and from God, whose very nature is love itself: “God is love” (1 John 4:8). God does not merely love; He is love itself. Everything God does flows from His love. Agape is used to describe our love for God (Luke 10:27) and a faithful servant’s love for his master (Matthew 6:24) as a type of our love for God.
The type of love that characterizes God is not an evangelical sappy, sentimental feeling of belonging to some group. God loves not because we deserve to be loved or because of any excellence we possess, but because it is His nature to love and He must be true to His nature.
Agape love is always shown by what it does, not by how we feel. God’s demonstration of agape love led to the sacrifice of the Son of God for those He loves, and we demonstrate agape love by living by every Word of God.
We are to love others with agape love, whether they are fellow believers (John 13:34) or bitter enemies (Matthew 5:44). Agape love as modeled by Jesus Christ is not based on feelings; rather, it is a determined act of the will to live by every Word of God above our own will.
There remains one more Biblical Festival, the Feast of Purim; which is found in the book of Esther. This Feast is about the deliverance of Judah and is an allegory of the called out of spiritual Judah. No series on the Festivals would be complete without a study of Purim which is well worthy of being kept by the faithful of spiritual Judah in the twelfth month of God’s Biblical Calendar. Find our Purim study here.