The Acceptable Year

 

by John Basalyga

Haines Convention 2011

 

 

How many of the Israelites had a clear understanding of what was going on when God brought them out of Egypt? How many of us when we were born again had a clear understanding of what God was doing?

 

There is a progression of truth and a progression of work that God does in the way that He brings us that has been largely lost on the carnal interpretation you see from scripture. Even from a carnal interpretation you see from God saving a people out of the land of Egypt. If you look at it, you have to suspend all of the whole of scripture to believe that the initial salvation that you had in coming out of Egypt was enough to get you into eternal life. You must ignore three quarters or more of the Bible because it is evident after having saved the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, He later took them right into the Promised Land and gave them eternal life, right? No! No, He did not! After having saved the children out of the land of Egypt, He later destroyed those who did not believe.

 

God started supernaturally pulling you out of “Egypt”—putting His Spirit within you supernaturally—and it really had nothing to do with your intelligence or your understanding or even your natural belief. Whenever you take a position that you started on this road because of something that you did, such as, “I believed; so therefore, I am,” you have put the plan of salvation into your hands rather than in God’s, who is the Author and the Finisher of our faith!

 

One thing I can definitely agree with, He is the Author of our faith! Now, if He is the Author of our faith, then He started it! That is why the scripture in Galatians 4 says:

 

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

 

This scripture really needs to be examined from the perspective of not in order to make you sons , He put His Spirit in our hearts”, but ‘ because you are sons, He put His Spirit in our hearts’; it is an evidence of who you are! His Spirit coming into your heart is an evidence of something that was predestined for you before the foundation of the world!

 

I am starting to read a lot of the scriptures differently now from the context that I do not get anything because I believe, I believe because I have received! What does it say in 1 John 5? He who believes that Jesus is the Christ becomes born of God or is born of God?

 

1 John 5:1(a) Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:

 

He who believes Jesus is the Christ is born of God! Rather than becoming the divine mover to get everything into operation, faith becomes the evidence that you are His son and He has put His Spirit within you!

 

We believe because He is dwelling in us and that belief is the evidence of it! It is the foundation; the word, “substance” means, “foundation”. Belief becomes a foundation for the fact that God has put His Spirit within you.

 

I have said recently that I almost hate to pick up the phone or emails because it seems like every time I do, it is something more disastrous; “the Sabeans are on us!” We had three calls recently of cancer or disease that cannot be operated on. Every time that we receive a call like that, what I find rising up in me is belief! Belief! I didn’t have to muster it up; I didn’t have to look for it; what I found is I have an incorruptible seed in me that just believes! Believes! I can automatically believe for these who have been diagnosed with cancer and disease. I find that faith becomes the evidence that God is at work in this thing and then I get this recognition that God is working ( most of the things together in my life for good?) ; no, He is working all things together for good, in my life and other’s lives! God is after completing a work and He wants us to have an involvement in it where we actually understand what that work is that He is completing in us, and as He is doing that, it becomes very specific to each place. This is the grace and mercy of God to us, for He does not want to leave us in the place we presently are. Years ago Ross Bracewell gave a definition of mercy that I have never forgotten; “God’s mercy will not leave you in the place where you are; that is the mercy of God to you.” However, what it takes to get you to where He is, is only known by Him.

 

When we look back in retrospect and at all the types and shadows, our initial born again experience is more like the children of Israel coming out of Egypt. Once we are born again and until we have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, in many of our experiences, it becomes just like that arid desert in which the children of Israel found themselves. It quickly becomes a dry experience.

 

I don’t know what your experience was, but I remember when I got born again; it was a glorious experience! At “Youth for Christ”, my brother Jim and I got born again at the same time. The story of my brother and me is amazing! We got born again together, baptized in the Spirit together, we moved to the wilderness together, and we are going on together!

 

He that is born of God believes ! He has an insight into the spirit realm that those who only have an intellectual birthing do not have. This is something unusual that we have, where we can sit and discuss the word, we can throw things off of each other, and we know what we are talking about.

 

I was born again in 10 th or 11 th grade and as great as that experience was, I still looked to the Bible and I still didn’t understand it. My carnal mind was picking stuff up off the Bible that later the Spirit of God was going to turn to understanding when I received the Spirit of God.

 

There are going to be three (3) experiences that are represented in the children of Israel’s walk that are going to be the progressive experience that God takes us through.

 

1) The first one is when He births us in the Spirit and He takes us out of Egypt and brings us into that wilderness experience where we are going to learn some things from God that we didn’t previously know.

 

2) The second experience is bringing us into the land.

 

3) The third experience is possessing the land.

 

All three of these experiences are going to have a very significant place in our life.

 

The apostle, John, says that in order to see the land, you have to be born of water. He that is born of water—born again—can you see the land? Could Moses and the children of Israel see the land? Yes. What do you need to enter the land? The Spirit. You need to be born of water and the Spirit. Therefore, the second experience being born of the Spirit is where you are actually going to enter into the land—enter into what He has for us.

 

When we enter into the land, a lot of the truths that we saw when we were still in the wilderness are now going to transition into another experience in our life. I think Paul saw this when he said in Galatians, “I went down into Arabia and Damascus to check this thing out.” When he got the Spirit of God, some of these things just didn’t make any sense to him. I think there was a time in Paul’s journey, going from Jerusalem out to the wilderness to go to Sinai, it finally clicked in his understanding as he walked across that imaginary line from the Promised Land into the wilderness that Mt. Sinai was not in the Promised Land. The covenant was given outside of the Promised Land.

 

You have to enter into the Promised Land if you are going to get into the next plan that God has for you. This entering into the Promised Land is when we have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and we actually come in where we can enter into the things of God. Now we get a better understanding—a clearer understanding— as we stay connected to the thing that got us there!

 

What got us into the Land? The Spirit of God! Without the Spirit, you cannot enter; you need the water and the Spirit.

 

Somehow in our understanding, we hold these things as if they were titles to deeds among our portfolio of possessions. Someone asks, “Are you born again?” and you respond, “Yes, I’m born again!” You go into a Baptist Church and they ask, “Are you born again?” and you say, “Yes, I’m born again.” You take out your possession of deed—“I’m born again”. You go into a Pentecostal Church, “Are you baptized in the Spirit?” and you say, “Yes, I’m baptized in the Spirit.”

 

Sometimes I think we get this idea that we are holding it like a deed to some property—“It’s ours! It belongs to me!” But that’s not really the way the Baptism of the Holy Spirit works. The Baptism of the Spirit is something you have to live in every day! If you want it to be effectual in your life, the Spirit has to be in your life every day; it’s available to you every day!

 

Who is the Holy Spirit given to? Is it to those who believed at one time or to those who obey ? Let’s look in Acts 5.

 

Acts 5:31-32

 

31 Him that God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

 

When you got born again, did you get forgiveness of sins? Yes! Were you filled with the Spirit at your born again experience? No.

 

32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him .

 

You need to circle that, underline that, or do whatever you need to do with that. The continuance of the Spirit of God in our life is not predicated upon a one-time “I got baptized in the Spirit” experience back there somewhere; it is predicated upon a living relationship with Him where you are obeying Him and His word!

 

 

How does a man get cleansed from all of his way? ‘Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?’ By accepting what Jesus did for you on the cross? No! What we are doing is getting understanding! We are cleansed ‘By taking heed thereto according to thy word.’

 

I was having a discussion with someone and I got to the point where I said, “What we need to do is obey…” and he said, “Stop right there!” He said, “As soon as you say that we have to do something other than what Jesus did on the cross for you, you have just gone into heresy!” So I said, “Let me ask you a question. When you got born again, was that able to cleanse you from all sin?” This man knows me really well and said, “I know what I want to tell you, but I have a feeling you are going to give me a scripture that says something other than what I believe!” I told him that I didn’t what this to be an “I got you” thing, so I said, “Let me give you the scripture that I am thinking of.” If the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses you from all sin at the cross, then what does it mean when it says:

 

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and (then) the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 

What does that mean? He said, “Whatever it means, it has to fit in with ‘whatever Jesus did was sufficient enough to do it all’.” Something in my mind said it was the end of discussion for him because as soon as you are not willing to take a look at what scripture has to say, but are trying to fit all the scriptures into your present belief—which is what doctrine will do to you. As soon as you accept church history doctrine as being sound doctrine, anything that goes beyond that doesn’t fit into it. They call this systematic theology. Anybody that has been in seminary knows what systematic theology is.

 

In fact, he said, “You really need to agree with systematic theology.” I said, “There is no way I am going to agree with any systematic theology.” He said, “You need to agree with the church fathers.” I said, “Like Moses? We are going to agree with Moses who Paul said was just a servant in the House? As a matter of fact, everything that he did was just a parable—a type—for the time then present, not now present.”

 

In my own life, what I recognize is that when we come into the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is there every day for us if we are keeping His word! If we are not keeping His word, what is going to happen is that we will end up going back into that dry experience of just coming out of the land of Egypt, because it is not going to be living —it’s not going to be waters flowing out of us, it’s not going to be sufficient enough in our life to cleanse us from all of those things that we came out with!

 

I want to look at the three Sabbaths that are talked about in the Scripture. The second and the third Sabbaths are going to be a Sabbath when you come into the land and they are going to have far more significance than the first Sabbath that we understood.

 

1) There is the Sabbath of the Day —Saturday or Sunday—whichever you prefer.

 

2) There is the Sabbath of the Year , which is every seven years.

 

3) There is a Sabbath of Sabbaths , which is the Jubilee.

 

The Sabbath of the Year, which happens every seven years, does not take place until you actually come into the land; as well as the Year of Jubilee. The Sabbath as a day will be the only Sabbath that you are going to know in your initial experience represented in the wilderness. Let’s look in Ezekiel 20 to establish some of this from the Scripture.

 

Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.

 

So the Sabbaths are going to be for a sign and not just the one, but all three of them. The Sabbath that was in the wilderness was a Sabbath that the children of Israel had not known until they came out of the land of Egypt.

 

How many days a week do you suppose the children of Israel worked in Egypt? Seven. They didn’t know anything about a Sabbath, they never heard anything about a Sabbath; there was no Sabbath. There is really no rest in any other religion; there is no rest until you come into God. God wanted to give them a rest; He wanted to show them that there is a rest in God!

 

However, that first Sabbath rest that you come into is not the ultimate rest. Have you come into a rest? Yes. Does there still remain a rest? Yes. Are you presently living in a rest? Well, that’s what we are going to talk about now, to see if you are actually living in the rest that God wants you to be living in.

 

Once the Spirit of God comes into our life, as we’ll see, the Spirit of God not only provides a rest in the Sabbaths, He also provides a release in the Sabbaths. There is a release that comes with the Sabbath that you don’t find in the wilderness experience. In the wilderness, there is no release in the Sabbath; it is not until you come into the land.

 

Leviticus 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath unto the Lord.

 

What I want to point out here is that this Sabbath does not take place until you come into the land. What is “coming into the land”? What am I using as “coming into the land”? It is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit; you are coming into an experience where you are obeying the Spirit of God. That is “coming into the land”.

 

When you come into the land, there is going to be another Sabbath. Every seven years now, we are going to have a Sabbath—a Sabbath of Rest.

 

Now, here is another Sabbath:

 

Leviticus 25:8-10, 13

 

8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. 9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. … 13 In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession.

 

Now look over in Deuteronomy 15:

 

Deuteronomy 15:1-3

 

1 At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release. 2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbor shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his brother; because it is called the Lord’s release. 3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;

 

When we come into the land, there is going to be a release . He is going to tie the release of your brother to the release of the land. You see this all through scripture. In the book of Ruth, you find there is a kinsman redeemer that is not only going to redeem the land, but is also going to redeem the brother.

 

It was a great mystery of how God was going to do this. God was going to tie together the relationship we have with one another to the relationship we have with the land. This is why when Jesus gave the parable of the treasure in the field that the treasure in the field is speaking about two different relationships.

 

The land that He has to redeem that in type He gave to natural Israel, the promise that they would come into a land that was flowing with milk and honey; a land where there was no sin, sorrow and suffering is what He ultimately wanted to bring His people into in an eternal sense. Here the Spirit of God would come and bring you into a liberty that you didn’t have before when you first came in the desert, because this is going to be a release. He kept giving the children of Israel this promise and the land kept constantly going into bondage and stopped producing. Every time God shows up, He gets the land producing again; He gets it releasing again; He gets its life flowing again. What He is talking about is not the natural, physical land bringing forth corn and grapes, but He is talking about us, the people of God, and what He is requiring us to do with each other in this release. It’s a release and it’s a Sabbath!

 

He wants to bring us into a Sabbath where we are completely released from everything that is in us that is holding us apart from each other!

 

Deuteronomy 15:4 Save when there shall be no poor among you;

 

Aren’t you waiting until there are no more poor among you? Aren’t you waiting for that? Jesus said something interesting, ‘The poor you will have with you always.’

 

Deuteronomy 15:11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land:

 

He is talking about a release that will be when every single one that is filled with the Spirit releases his brother out of the bondage that they are in. When all this Body of Christ does this, there will be no more poor in the land. That is not going to happen until we get into the resurrection, because the poor you are going to have with you always.

 

That does not mean that we cannot release one another; Jesus is just saying this is the fact of the matter and that this is not going to happen here; this is going to happen in the eternal, and that day will come!

 

Deuteronomy 15:12-14(a)

 

12 And if thy brother an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. 13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: 14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock,

 

In other words, you are coming out with gifts! The Baptism of the Spirit—you are coming out with gifts. The keyword is that you are coming out. You are going out free!

 

Deuteronomy 15:15-18

 

15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day. 16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, beause he is well with thee; 17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise. 18 It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.

 

Let’s go now to Deuteronomy 31. This is the time that this takes place.

 

Deuteronomy 31:10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,

 

You are going to get this release in the Feast of Tabernacles.

 

We have three different Sabbaths here. The significance of the Holy Spirit, when He comes into our life, is that He gives us a revelation that when we come into the land, now having the Spirit of God, we are able to be obedient; this gives us the opportunity to come out of the bondage that held us in servitude to the Adamic nature.

 

I was in my high school years when I was born again, but I was not filled with the Spirit. There was still a bunch of the Adamic nature that I still loved!

 

A Hebrew was not allowed to bring his brother into bondage more than six years. After six years, you had to let him go. After 6,000 years, God says there is only going to be a 6,000-year period where you are forced to stay into this Adamic nature. After that, He is going to get you out of this and provide this release—unless, you have the Spirit of God, which we do! Therefore we have the ability to come out of all of the darkness, all of the bondage, all of those things that held us to this earthly man.

 

I think we recognize when we came into this world and our eyes were opened, that we were actually in bondage to this world—to the Adam nature. It was not a bondage out there in the world, it was a bondage that was inside of us.

 

When you come into the land and you have the Spirit of God and He opens that prison door—our assumption is that everybody just wants to come out—that’s the assumption. The fact of the matter is, there are very few who want to come out.

 

When you come into the land—when the Spirit of God comes in you—now He says, “I am going to provide you with a rest—a Sabbath—from that darkness and that pit and that greed and that lust and that conflict you have with your brother; I am going to provide a way in which the Spirit of God can now cleanse you from all of that sin and get a release out of you”; it’s called the Lord’s release. However, the truth of the matter is that men loved the master that they were serving more than coming out, because the master that they were serving, even with all the bondage that was there, still provided a lot of security.

 

We would never pick the security of greed and lust, etc., but I tell you, they are security! They are something that we love! They are ugly words: “Greed!” But it is a master that we serve; that we love. There has got to be a recognition that we have the Spirit of God now and this is going to be a willing thing that we do of releasing—getting out of—releasing that! Saying, “Oh God! I don’t want to live in that house anymore!”

 

But the fact is, men love darkness; I love darkness; you love darkness! Outside of an abiding relationship with the Spirit of God, you are going to stay in that house! You will put your ear up to that door! The day will come when men will be having earrings in their ears as a sign that the whole world loves darkness rather than light! What’s going on in the world? Why are men putting their ear up to the door and getting earrings? Because it is significant that men love darkness and they don’t want to come out of that house; they want to stay there! They want to be healed, they say, “Oh, I love to have the healings! I like the idea of the gifts! But I love this master that I serve.” It says if you love the master that you serve, then you can stay in there.

 

But to a people that want to go in and possess the land—not just enter it—you are going to have to go through this experience where you are willing to get a release; you are willing to release your brother; you are willing to release all of those things! Your baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a one-time experience where this only happened one time! This is an every day experience because there is continually something new popping up in us where we realize we are going to need the Spirit of God in order to release this!

 

When you get into the release with the Spirit of God, it is not just forgiveness! In the wilderness, you received forgiveness, but no release !

 

When we first were born again— (and I am hoping that the Spirit of God is going through your mind like it’s going through mine, I am getting taught; I don’t know if you are) —I recognized it was like when I was a little kid and my brother, Jim, and I were playing and Jim did something wrong to me and we got into a little fight, and of course it was always Jim’s fault. Can’t we all relate to this in our own experience when we were little children? Then your mother would come to you and break it up and say, “You need to forgive each other!” Do you remember that? Nine-year-old Johnny has to forgive Jimmy; Jimmy has to forgive Johnny. Shake hands; make friends. There was an understanding we had, that forgiveness was an activity we did in the mind where we said, “OK, I forgive you.” But do you know what there was not? There was no release! There was no setting them free; “I remembered what he did and I am going to get back at him!”

 

When we come into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you come into an understanding and now what you realize is that there is forgiveness and a release. This is what you see in the parable that Jesus gave on the two debtors. The one man owed the king a lot of money and the other one owed him a little bit of money. When the king gave him mercy, not only did the king forgive him, but he also released him. It uses two separate words there; this is New Testament—a new understanding—that Jesus is bringing to light. It is the understanding that when we come into the new covenant and into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Sabbath now has liberty in it where it is actually the releasing of each other, rather than just forgiving.

 

We know we have released our brother when we don’t remember it anymore. God said, “This new covenant has in it the provision that your sins and your iniquities, not only will I forgive, but I will remember no more!” How would you like to come into that? Well, that is what the Spirit of God has been given to you for.

 

That is an activity. ‘He that has this hope’—what is the ‘hope’ that this is talking about? Coming into the possession of the resurrection. The possession! That’s Jubilee! That’s the third Sabbath.

 

You are never going to get into your possession in eternal life if you don’t first get through this second Sabbath. You have got to have this release first! There has to be something in you that is able to release this darkness: all the greed, the lust, the hatred we have for one another.

 

There is something very interesting shown in this parable; when you are in debt—when you are not forgiving your brother, you have power! There is power being exercised there! Who do you think is being kept in bondage? This is where you clearly need to see in the Spirit! You think you are keeping your brother or sister in bondage and really my inability to release is keeping me in bondage!

 

If all you have is the born again mentality that we need to forgive one another, “I forgive you, brother!” I walk over to Brother Joe and I step on his foot and he comes to me and says, “I forgive you, Brother.” Joe walks away saying, “He keeps stepping on my toe…” If all you have is forgiveness and not a release, you are back in the wilderness, in a dry place, and there is something going on in you that is not releasing the Spirit of God to cleanse you from all sin! We have to walk in the light! We have to have fellowship one with another!

 

If we are going to do this, we are coming into a Sabbath that has a release in it that not only are we going to have to forgive, we have to release. It is just not a bunch of words that says, “I forgive you.” There is an actual working an actual working with the Spirit of God with some of these things when something is rising up in me against someone, and I say, “God bless them; God forgive them,” and I still find there is still an attachment there.

 

Do you know when there is still an attachment there? When things go over and over and over in your mind! Replay! Peter asked, “How many times should I forgive my brother?” You mean if John steps on my foot seven times a day, I have to forgive him seventy times seven? Is it possible for me to transgress against you seventy times seven a day? Impossible! But, can you forgive me seventy times seven a day? Yes! Jesus said it, so it should be able to be done!

 

Where is it that you can actually do something seventy times seven a day? In your mind; it’s the only place! Where this unreleased attachment takes place is actually in your heart and in your mind! We say, “I forgive Brother So-and-So for what he did to me” and I walk away and two seconds later it’s in my mind and I forgive them again. Five seconds later, here it comes again and I forgive them again! I have actually done this; I have been in an experience where hatred starts working—that little seed—that little root of bitterness—and I am judge, jury, and executioner and it’s playing over and over and over and over and 491 times later, I’m still in a place where all I’m doing is forgiving! “I forgive them! I forgive them! I forgive them!” Do you know what I am not doing? I am not releasing them.

 

I have no capacity in my own self to release anybody from anything! I have no capacity! But, when I enter into the land, I have the Holy Spirit so now I have the capacity, but I have to call on Him to do it ; I cannot do this by myself!

 

This is a learning experience that we are going through! A learning experience where now we are walking with the Spirit of God every day and as we walk with Him, we are walking in the light!

 

When the Baptism of the Holy Spirit comes in and we get into that Holy Place experience, all of the significance of the light shining brighter is now we have another light there! Everyone of us have testified that when we received the Holy Spirit, the Bible became a new Book because now the light of the Spirit came upon it, right? That is the light of the Spirit as we walk in that light!

 

If you try to do this in yourself, you will end up frustrated. If you go back into a wilderness experience of understanding, you will just get frustrated. You can forgive all day long, but if you haven’t released, it doesn’t do you any good.

 

This second experience that has taken place, will actually get us out of the house of bondage—it will take you out of the Adamic nature that is taking place everyday in this experience until we come in to possess the land. This is something that is happening all the time.

 

Every once in a while, something new pops up in us! Do you know what that is? That is the darkness that we loved and we did not come out of and God is saying, “OK, now, here is an opportunity for you to come out of that.” As long as that darkness is still there, you are not in rest, because this Sabbath—this rest—has a liberty in it! Where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty!

 

For those of us who have lived in corporate life as long as we have, we feel like there is nothing more that could shock us; there is nothing more that I could find inside of me! Did you ever think that ludicrous thought?

 

I almost had this actual thought last year, “I could live with anybody. ” I don’t know if anybody could live with me, but I have learned and I felt I could live with anybody! We have come through some dealings of God through the years where God would bring us into conflict with one another and then we learned to love the brother! We are realizing that whether we have the doctrinal understanding or not, we are going through an experience of coming to the point of releasing them and finding that one day we hated and now we love! What took place?

 

That is an operation of the Spirit of God in us, giving ourselves to God and saying, “God, you have to do this thing! You have got to do this thing!” The Spirit of God walking with me, “You have to do this thing!”

 

I came to the point where I thought, “I can live with anybody! There is nobody that can rub me the wrong way!” And then I ran into this Brother. All of a sudden I found myself in a place where there was something rising up in me where I didn’t like this guy! It was bizarre because it was a two-week meeting I had with this guy and everything I saw in my mind as I was looking at this guy, was his carnality. All of a sudden, I recognized that there was something going on inside me ! “What is going on here? I thought I could live with anybody ! God, what is this? So what do I do?”

 

I’ll just put it out of my mind! The Bible says, ‘take every thought into captivity’. The devil, when he finds a place, has thoughts bombarding you; this is “World War III”! You have these thoughts coming and you are not inventing the thoughts, they are coming from some spiritual realm! As they are coming, you recognize that you can’t do it! I tried it in my own flesh and it won’t work!

 

Now you have to employ the Spirit of God! Literally, employ the Spirit of God! My baptism experience back when I received it in Maine Convention in 1974 doesn’t do me a “hill of beans” worth of good for today ! I need to have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit today ! Whatever you want to call that. It’s not a one-time event; it’s living everyday where you are saying, “OK, God, You are going to have to be here! You just showed another area of darkness!”

 

I love this about this ministry. They see you doing things that they consider to be carnal and they bring it up to you. But they also recognize that until the Spirit of God really comes into your life and does this work, you can’t do this because “Brother Anybody” said it. But when God brings it your way, you better get ready to release it because if you don’t, you and I are going to stay in the darkness of that old creation life that wants to keep bringing us back into darkness.

 

Many of these things, when they come up, all of a sudden you realize, as much as I say with words, “I hate what is going on”,, I really love that. Do you know there are people who love to be miserable?

 

I looked up Sam Fife on the Internet one time. Up pops this chat line of bitter, bitter people! Bitter people! I think, “Get a life!” Why would anybody waste their time talking about an event that happened 40 years ago, literally, in some cases! “I went to breakfast one morning and they cooked the eggs too hard; and they say they loved me?” But you know, you can harbor things and harbor things and harbor things and eventually it’s going to come out; guess who it’s going to hurt? Guess who you want it to hurt?

 

When I read these things, my heart goes out to these people with compassion and I want to say, “Let the Spirit of God free you from some of this stuff!” There has got to be a working together between the Spirit and us. You are never going on to possess anything—you are not going to go into any Jubilee that is getting you into possessing your land if you can’t first get the giants out of this one! That is the significance of this—the giants that are in the land are being released as you move with the Spirit of God! So when you come into the New Testament, the Sabbath is going to take on a completely different meaning.

 

In the wilderness one day, the guys are walking around and they find a man picking up sticks on the Sabbath. (Now remember there is no release on the Sabbath in the wilderness.) That man picking up sticks on the Sabbath is going to be talking about another Man that is picking up sticks on the Sabbath, but a Man that is picking up sticks in another time frame—in another time zone—in an another experience.

 

When we look at the man picking up sticks on the Sabbath, it was necessary that the first man found picking up sticks on the Sabbath was put to death. It was necessary. It’s going to also be necessary for another Man that is picking up sticks on the Sabbath to be put to death, but He is going to come into another Sabbath where there is actually going to be a Sabbath of Release. This Man is going to be there to be releasing sticks—He is going to be gathering sticks in order to release the sticks!

 

What are sticks a type of? Look in Ezekiel 37:

 

Ezekiel 37:14-17

 

14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord. 15 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, 16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

 

Here you have a prophet that is gathering sticks and bringing them together.

 

17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

 

God is bringing sticks; the sticks He is talking about are living people—the living body of Christ! You are a stick that God is going to gather.

 

Jesus shows up on the Sabbath day and He starts bringing a release on the Sabbath day and He asks this question, “Is it alright to heal these sticks on the Sabbath day? What do you think?” They were just looking for some cause because they knew the Old Testament says that anybody who is gathering sticks on the Sabbath day can be killed.

 

Why do you think He was gathering sticks? While they were in Egypt, one of Israel’s jobs was to gather sticks to make the bricks for Pharaoh. Sticks were going into the building. This man had gotten so into the life he was living that every day he picked up sticks, and when he got into the wilderness, he didn’t understand this thing about the Sabbath and he just kept picking up sticks—picking up sticks. When he got to the Sabbath, he just kept picking up sticks because the sticks were going into the building. When Jesus Christ comes, He is looking for some lively stones and He is going to take us as sticks and put us into this house, so He, too, is going to be gathering sticks.

 

But Jesus said, “Here’s the question: now that we’ve come into the land, is there a difference in the Sabbaths? Now who is the Lord over the Sabbath? Is the Sabbath lord over me, or am I the Lord over the Sabbath?” This is really good because if you are hearing what I believe the Spirit of God wants in this, that if the Sabbath is still lord over you, you are not releasing anything! If you are lord over the Sabbath, there is a release that is going out. If there is a release that is going out, it’s going out to cleanse you from all of the sin that is still resident in you in that old creation life that you still want to hold onto! Oh, let it go! Let it go!

 

Ezekiel 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

 

Gathering sticks! Jesus—a Man—gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. Healing because now all of a sudden here is a release. Healing was being released! Where do you think the most important healing is? Is it your natural body or is it your soul? Your soul! David said, ‘Lord, I have sinned; heal my soul!’

 

The soul being healed is a release coming to you in a Sabbath where now you are going to come into a rest!

 

Have you ever been in a situation with somebody that was really, really hard and God works a miracle in your life and now you can love the brother? You know what you will find? You will come into a rest . I tell you that rest is great; that rest is sweet! It’s peace ! Because you just came into a higher understanding of the Sabbath! As we are going along, this is so important because where we are actually heading is to possess the land! We have to first continue to exercise in this release!

 

The two Sabbaths we see are in the Feast of Tabernacles. Let’s read this in Leviticus 23:

 

Leviticus 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath.

 

When the revelation of the Feast of Tabernacles comes in, it’s going to come in now with the revelation of two more Sabbaths; the first day shall be a Sabbath and the eighth day shall be a Sabbath; two more Sabbaths.

 

I think it is important to understand where is the Feast of Tabernacles in our understanding. Where does it take place? Joseph LaTour pointed this out; when the children of Israel left Rameses, where was the first place that they encamped? Succoth!

 

Exodus 12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth…

 

The first place that the children of Israel landed on was Succoth, which means, “booths”. Let’s go over to Deuteronomy 31 and read this again:

 

Deuteronomy 31:10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles ,

 

This takes place in the Feast of Tabernacles. The two Sabbaths that are being referred to here in the Feast of Tabernacles, are going to answer to that Year of Release when we come into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and it’s going to answer to Year of Jubilee that brings us into the possession.

 

The difference between the two Sabbaths, as you look at it from the scriptures that we have read, is that in the first Sabbath, there is a release and you are coming out with gifts. The gift He has given us is the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Year of Jubilee is not you coming out with gifts; it is you coming into a possession. That is the difference between the two Sabbaths; the one you come out with something and the other one is you are going in to get something.

 

Once we have released everything and we have come out and the Spirit of God is there with the gift, then we are going to be able to start coming into the possession and what He had for us. This is all going to take place as the Year of Jubilee does on the Day of Atonement in the Feast of Tabernacles.

 

Now let’s go back to Leviticus 23. The first place they came to was Succoth—“booths”:

 

Leviticus 23:42-43

 

42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

 

This is referring to the Feast of Tabernacles. According to this, is the Feast of Tabernacles at the beginning of your experience or is it at the end of your experience? Where is Succoth? It is at the beginning. Let’s read the previous verses in chapter 23:

 

Leviticus 23:39(b)-43

 

39(b) on the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath. 40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. 41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to swell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt : I am the Lord your God.

 

When I brought them out of the land of Egypt! So all of you that were born again out of Egypt, I want you to take branches. Who are the branches? The sticks! Because there is going to come a Man on another Sabbath that is gathering sticks to put them together in another house!

 

Our experience of Tabernacles is not tabernacling with God, it is tabernacling with one another. Now that you are tabernacling with Me, I want you to remember that you tabernacled with each other; that is what it says.

 

The first experience we are going to come into is the relationship through this Sabbath where we actually release one another where we can actually live with one another! How easy was it for us to live with the spouse that we thought we loved so much that we would lay down our life for and die? How easy was it to join two people together? Most of us found that there was a little bit of rubbing! Maybe a whole lot of rubbing!

 

Here we find ourselves in a situation where God is going to deliver us out of a bondage that we were into in our Adamic nature, and the evidence that we are going to come into a new experience was, ‘we know that they have passed from death (the house of bondage) into life because God brought you out with this purpose in His mind. “I brought

you together with other sticks and other branches and I made you to dwell together to know whether or not the Spirit of God is among you and you are giving yourself to the Spirit so that you can live with each other!” That is the whole reason He did it!

 

The problem is the Feast of Tabernacles is at the end of the religious year, right? Big problem we have here because when you look at it, it appears as if the Feast of Tabernacles is a future event!

 

I’m feeling a little bit of liberty to lay this out here because we have the father ministry, the traveling ministry and the assembly of the firstborn here. We are coming into a transition, not only of revelation and understanding, we are coming into a transition in our lives so that if we see things backwards—if we see things the way that they are not—we are going to be trusting in some finished works that actually did not finish the job! So it’s necessary that we come into an understanding of how this actually works.

 

How is it that you get eternal life? Is it by what Jesus did for you or by what you are going to do? This is a big question that is raging through Christianity today and has been ever since the beginning.

 

Paul says in Galatians, ‘If a man be overtaken in a fall, ye that are spiritual restore such a one, back in the Spirit.’ Who was the first man who was taken in a fall? Adam. Who is going to come along that is spiritual and is going to restore Adam? Jesus. So what that is talking about is first of all, Jesus restoring Adam and those of us who were in Adam, but then it goes on to say, ‘know this that every man is going to have to bear his own burden’. So what He did for you was a restoration work that you could not do while you were still in that fall; Jesus had to do that. But now, you are going to bear your own burden. Because then it goes on to say, ‘God is not going to be mocked.’ Whatsoever Jesus sowed, that shall you reap? No! No! No! Whatsoever Adam sowed, that shall you also reap? No! No! No! So you find yourself in this position that ‘whatsoever you sow, that shall you also reap’!

 

The problem with the religious structure in Israel is that it starts out in Passover where you are reaping where somebody else sowed! Passover starts in the barley harvest; it starts at the end of the planting season. It gives us a picture of a substitutionary offering that had to come first in order to get us into a position where we could actually start sowing.

 

Israel had two years; they had a planting year that started at the same time of the Feast of Tabernacles and they had a religious year that ended at the same time as the Feast of Tabernacles. The interesting thing about the religious year was that it was an “in part” year. You will find that in the beginning of the year, which was Passover, and the ending of the year, which was Tabernacles, it was “in part” year for it had only seven months. How many months are in the year? Twelve! That twelve-month year is an overshadowing year of the seven-month year and it is a year that has government in it. That year starts with planting and starts with what is called the ‘former rain’.

 

In the Feast of Trumpets, which is in Tabernacles, all new covenants start in the Feast of Trumpets. In Old Testament Israel and New Testament Israel, all new covenants start in the Feast of Trumpets—the former rain—planting—the Day of Atonement—the Feast of Tabernacles.

 

When Jesus came, He came to proclaim the ‘acceptable year’. We have two years: we have the planting year and we have the religious year. One of these is going to be acceptable and the other year is not. (I am presenting this for your consideration.)

 

If you go back before Jesus Christ came and you look at how time is measured, every society measured the twelve-month of months the same way. It didn’t matter if you were Egyptians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Hittites, Amorites—they all measured the same way; what do you think they measured that twelve-month time period from? How do you think they measured it? They measured it all from the planting cycles. That is why when Jesus shows up on the scene, Israel, Egypt and everybody else is celebrating the beginning of the year at the beginning of planting, which is at the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets, which is where all new covenants come in; where it all starts.

 

How do you think they measured the years? They were guessing when Jesus would show up so they said it was 444 B.C. How is it that they measured the years? Every society measured their years by their kings; second year of King Josiah, fourth year of Pharaoh, etc. This is significant because until Jesus Christ comes, no matter what civilization you went into, they were all measuring their time based upon their king. So you could actually have several different civilizations: the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Chaldeans, the “you name them”, and they all have different years! “What year is this?” “It’s the sixth year of Pharaoh.” “No it’s not! It’s the fourth year of Xerxes!” “No it’s not! It’s the seventh year of the King!”

 

But that all changed when the King of kings and the Lord of lords came into this earth, because He is going to change all the time and it is going to be measured from Him and God says, “And I dare you to stop it!” So when Jesus came into this world, it is a miracle—miracle of miracles! Now all of a sudden, the whole world—doesn’t matter what civilization you are—doesn’t matter if you are Chinese, Japanese; you still might have such a thing as “this is the year of The Fox”, but everybody knows this is what year it is because it’s all measured by the King of kings! Now everything is going to be dated from Him! Not only forward, but also backwards!

 

You go to the religious expositors and they are trying to change the B.C. and A.D. They are trying to change it; they are doing everything. C.C.E. or C.E. Wait a minute; it’s Before Christ, B.C. and After Christ, A.D. (Anno

Dimini—the Year of Our Lord).

 

So when Jesus came, all time is going to change, including all structure that Israel had in their understanding of the Feasts; all that is going to change as well! He is coming in to proclaim the ‘acceptable year’ of the Lord where you can actually get into Galatians and fulfill Galatians where you can now sow to the Spirit.

 

Therefore, the Feast of Tabernacles is actually going to end the religious year, which it actually does, and it’s going to begin you on a new and living way, because how many things does Jesus make new when He comes in our lives? He makes all things new!

 

He is going to start us on a new and living way now where we are actually going to get into this twelve-month planting cycle where we can actually start sowing to the Spirit and He is going to start working this thing where He opens this up to a new year. When He does this, He opens up Jubilee, He opens up forgiveness of sins, He opens up the other two Sabbaths because in the Feast of Tabernacles, there are two more Sabbaths. (We just read that.) There will be a Sabbath on the first day and a Sabbath on the last day.

 

The Sabbath on the last day is going to speak to the Year of Jubilee that when we come into the actual possession of it, is going to get us into our possession, which is in the resurrection! But the first Sabbath that we have to come into is the one we were talking about where we need to get everything released out of this old creation life and our relationship with one another.

 

So in Isaiah 61, He says:

 

Isaiah 61:1(a) The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

 

Do you know what binding up the brokenhearted is? That’s healing! That is ‘by His stripes you are healed’! And what is He healing? The heart! What really needed to be healed in man? The heart! When you got born again, how many of you were healed? Everybody can raise your hand! Even if you didn’t have a natural sickness, you can raise your hand because ‘by His stripes, ye were healed’! In Peter, ‘by His stripes you were healed’ is referring to a scripture in the Old Testament, ‘by His stripes you are healed’; when He actually shows up, ‘by His stripes, you were healed’!

 

He is coming to heal the brokenhearted! We had a death in Adam; when He healed us, we were saved from so great a death; He was able to heal the brokenhearted as we come to Him because the Spirit of God is on Him and He has anointed Him first to bring healing—to heal the brokenhearted!

 

Then it says:

 

Isaiah 61:1(b) to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

 

What is proclaiming liberty to the captives? Opening the prisons, where do you see that? Did we read where there is a day which trumps all other days? The Year of Jubilee!

 

When you go and study this out, the Year of Jubilee even trumps that other one where people wanted to stay in their prisons! The Year of Jubilee trumps it all! It’s one thing to open the prison, it’s another thing to come out ! There is a real possibility that He could open the prison and people would want to stay there. He came to open the prison.

 

The Year of Jubilee takes place on the Day of Atonement. When Jesus Christ came, He came to fulfill the Day of Atonement. Do we all recognize today that we have the Atonement? Do you believe that? Read it in Romans: ‘We therefore joy because we have the Atonement.’

 

If we have the Atonement now, He has opened a new and living way and He has actually opened the prison doors. So He performed the Jubilee back there!

 

When the Year of Jubilee happens, it is not necessarily the day in which you will go in to possess the possession. You have a whole year to do this—the whole year. That is why it is called the ‘acceptable year’. We start the acceptable year of the Lord when we get seed delivered to us by the Sower. That is where we started, because of the Atonement. ‘Therefore we joy because we have the Atonement.’

 

Now He gets us in a position where we can actually start sowing to the Spirit because all of you that were born in Egypt; “ I want you to remember that God brought you together with other branches (sticks)”, and the first place we come to on this journey is the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles is the beginning of our experience! What it does is, it ends the religious experience, if you have eyes to see—if you can see what He actually did. He brought you on a way in which He is actually giving you an understanding of these two Sabbaths where if you will get freed from all the things that are in you, He is now going to bring you into an understanding so that you can actually possess the land—you can actually win Christ, as Philippians puts it.

 

Paul recognized something; we have not apprehended yet! We have not yet entered into that rest, but that rest was made available to us in Jesus Christ.

 

So, do we have the Atonement that was able to get us on a way in which we could start sowing to the Spirit? Yes! When we do that, we are coming into something that is called the ‘former rain’. Did you ever see the ‘former rain’ and the ‘latter rain’ in Scripture?

 

The Latter Rain Movement was saying, “This is the day of the latter rain.” Is latter rain in Passover or is it in Tabernacles? The latter rain is in Passover. The latter rain was the rain that came to finish off the crop—finish off the fruit—finish off the firstfruits—that’s the latter rain. So if this is the latter rain, we are coming into Passover.

 

This sure makes a mess of our understanding; how does this work? Jesus Christ came and He put an end to religion. When do you think that God is going to pass over us eternally? Was it when He died on the cross or will it be in resurrection? Resurrection! So is Passover a past event or is it a future event? If you see it from a religious standpoint, it’s a past event; if you see it from a spiritual standpoint, it’s a future event! The Marriage Supper of the Lamb is a future event where we are going to eat a peace offering with Him in the Kingdom; we are all going to eat it together!

 

Do you realize something today? The Passover Lamb is not a sin offering; the Passover Lamb is a peace offering . If an offering came that could take away sins, then the offerings would cease. That offering was the Passover Lamb going from Passover into Atonement.

 

Who can eat the sin offering that can actually take away sin and reconcile the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies? Nobody. Jesus Christ had to do that Himself. When He did that, He brought in the Day of Atonement that could actually set us on a way in which we could find ourselves in a position where now you are going to reap where you sowed.

 

The former rain is the rain that comes to soften the ground so that you can receive seed. The former rain is in Tabernacles. In the Middle East, they do all their sowing and planting in the winter months because it is so hot in the summer that nothing can grow. We have this Western mentality and think that everything that happens in the world happens like it does in the West, so a lot of the scriptures don’t make any sense to us.

 

When the scriptures talk about the snow and the treasures that are in the snow, the snow is the latter rain that comes on the end of the winter on top of the mountain, then when it starts getting warm, the snow melts and comes down and finishes off the crop; that is the latter rain. We are in the days of the latter rain because it is God finishing this thing off.

 

The Passover that can actually bring you into the eternal is yet to come. That is why when John saw the Lamb, he saw Him in the end as He had been slain from the beginning. “I was up on the mountain and there He is, the Lamb!”

 

When you get this understanding in the right way and you see what Jesus came to do—to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord—He is the King of kings and Lord of lords Who came into this earth and everything is going to change; all things are become new!

 

Today, natural Israel does not celebrate the first of the year in Passover; they celebrate it in Tabernacles—they celebrate it in Trumpets; that is the beginning of the year for natural Israel today. They changed right after Jesus Christ came. The carnal people of God see it a lot faster than the spiritual people of God!

 

Isaiah 61:1(b)-2(a)

 

1(b) to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2(a) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

 

That is when Jesus stood on the top of the high hill at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles and He proclaimed, “If any man thirst let him come to Me, for out of your belly is going to start flowing rivers of living water!” It was about to come in; He was about to bring in a new beginning—a new year—He was going to put an end to the “in part” religious realm that appears to work on a substitutionary offering of Jesus Christ to get us in a position where now we can offer ourselves.

 

By which offering do you think you are going to be eternally saved, by a substitutionary offering or the offering up of yourself as a living sacrifice? This is the question that gets posed to us because the religious system appears correct because it starts off with substitutionary offerings.

 

I was listening to Brother Sam Fife just recently and it was his word on our willingness to lay our Christ life down—concerning taking Isaac up the mountain and all of that. He said that one of the things that the Baptist Church has never really understood was that when Jesus Christ came and He offered up the sacrifice that could actually take away the sins of the world, God did away with substitutionary offerings. I found this interesting that Brother Sam said this. He said, ‘No more is God going to be accepting substitutionary offerings. God is looking for the offering of yourself.’

 

Until Jesus brought a sin offering that could actually cleanse you and reconcile you back to God, you were in no position to offer yourself, so He had to keep a religious structure in place that had, as its foundation, a substitutionary offering. You can no way diminish the substitutionary offering of Jesus Christ. He did something that nobody else could do; He was the only one that could do it! He did it all by Himself!

 

That is why when Jesus is talking about the Passover, He does not mention the Lamb; He only mentions the bread and the wine. What happened to the Lamb? Paul in Hebrews said, “That Lamb was Jesus who went outside the camp, was burned in a fiery ordeal called the cross. He then took His blood in before the throne because that Passover Lamb just went into Atonement. He was the Lamb that could actually take away the sins of the world. ‘Behold the Lamb that can take away the sins of the world!’

 

Once He does that and He makes a reconciliation, He makes all things new and now He is going to start us on a new way; we are not saved anymore from substitutionary offerings!

 

If you continue to see that Passover is the beginning of our experience and Tabernacles is the end of our experience, you will be trusting in the work of another Man—substitutionary! We and the scholars of all ages like to wrestle the scriptures to our own destruction!

 

When God found us, we were reaping where Adam sowed and we didn’t like that very much and thank God that He got us out of a position where we were reaping where Adam sowed; however, they go to a substitutionary offering with Jesus Christ and say, “Now we are reaping where Jesus sowed!”

 

Well yes, we are reaping where Jesus sowed, but He didn’t do that so that we could reap eternally where He sowed. He did that so that we could reap where we sow! If you still see Passover as the beginning and Tabernacles at the end, what you will say is that there is still a Day of Atonement coming!

 

Does there remain any sacrifice for sin? No! ‘This man, by one offering, sat down forever.’ ‘Now where there is remission of these, there is no more offering for sin.’

 

Are there any more offerings that need to be offered? Yes! Yourself! Are you offering yourself dead or are you offering yourself living? Living! Who made that available to you? Jesus Christ did through a substitutionary offering!

 

Now that He did that, He did away with religion and He just started you on the Feast of Tabernacles; this is the beginning of your experience and the first place you came out of and as the children of Israel were dwelling in booths with one another—living branches come together—that Man picking up sticks to make us into a holy habitation! They killed that man that was picking up sticks on the Sabbath in the Old Testament; they killed the same Man that it was talking about, because He was picking up sticks on the Sabbath. Now He has made all things new and He has put all that away and He has given us a new and living way where we can actually offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service!

 

I know that I am giving you a lot of information here, but that is why when you go into the planting year, the third month of the planting year is a feast called the Feast of Lights that answers to the Pentecost Feast in the religious year. Pentecost opened up to us the light of the Spirit of God in the Holy Place. The Feast of Lights opens up to us the Spirit of God in the Holy Place where now He is lighting our way. That Feast of Lights that He brings us into is so that we can now continue on our journey.

 

Now we are coming to a time when—( I don’t know if you have noticed this) —God is pouring out understanding like He hasn’t poured out in a long time that I have ever seen!

 

This is because now is the time of the latter rain! It was there as snow, but now the Spirit of God is melting it and it’s coming and trickling down for all of those who have yielded themselves to that Sabbath that we came out of where everything is being released and we are finding a rest in it so that we can love one another and live with one another!

 

‘Oh that they might be one as God and I are one!’ Jesus made that available to all of us. He did it on the cross on the Day of Atonement and started us on a way in which we can do this.

 

Are we fulfilling what He came to do? You are now in the acceptable year! You are now in the acceptable year! He desires to eat of this in the Kingdom with us, so that in the end, the last sacrifice of all these sacrifices is the peace offering. The peace offering everybody gets to eat! That is why it started off with the peace offering and it ends with the peace offering. ‘The end of this man is peace.’ We will all eat of it together. God is finishing a work that He started.

 

As long as we have the principles—if you are still holding anything in your heart today, if you still have some darkness that God wants you to get rid of, this is an operation that the Spirit of God wants to work on with you! T his is not an automatic given by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit!

 

The Church thought the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was given for external miracles and signs. Those of us that have understanding realize that the Baptism of the Spirit was given that we might have power to get rid of all this stuff; that we can actually hear the Spirit so that we might cleanse ourselves.

 

It is an interesting thing when you get into the book of Ezekiel; it does not mention Pentecost. It mentions Passover and Tabernacles. Why did God eliminate Pentecost? It was because God was going to change it all. He is going to reverse it all; He was going to get us into a place where we are walking in a year that Jesus opened up for us where we can actually do this thing.

 

Now He is saying that the Holy Spirit has been given to all those who obey Him. If you obey Him, ‘Whither shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed unto His word’. Now that you have the Spirit of God, not only do you have His word, but you have the power to do it! Whose hand did He put it in to exercise that power? Ours!

 

“Oh God, let Your Spirit continue to cleanse us! See if there be any wicked way in me!” I used to think that was a dangerous prayer; it probably still is, but until that prayer rises up in you, you are not going to get there!

 

In the Year of Jubilee—at the end of this thing—we possess the land! Once the land is possessed by the Saints of God, then they are going to perform another liberty because the whole creation is still in the bondage of corruption waiting to be set free into the same liberty. He wants the rest of creation to experience the same Sabbath that we have! What a tremendous rest there is in this Sabbath! Amen!

 


   
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