Sunday, December 25, 2011

Fulfillment...The Best is Yet to Come

December 8th was C4's last Midweek Service of 2011. Tyson spoke on Old Testament concepts and how Jesus fulfilled them in the New Testament.
Acts 2:17-18 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 
If you remember, water is symbolic of God's Spirit...they are both essential for life and they sink to the deepest places. In the last days...it's going to rain down on us. The Bible speaks of 3 feasts...
Deuteronomy 16:16-17 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths. They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
Let me pause for a moment and explain the picture. It's a diagram of Moses' Tabernacle. There are 3 parts to the Tabernacle...The Outer Court which contains the Brasen Altar for sacrifices and the Brasen Laver to cleanse yourself in, The Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies which contains the Arc of the Covenant...the literal dwelling place of God on Earth.

Now, the Feast of Unleavened Bread is also called Passover...The Feast of Weeks is also called Pentecost..and the Feast of Booths is also called the Feast of Tabernacles. Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Each feast had a specific meaning and the celebrations grew bigger and better with each feast.

Passover
Exodus 12:21-25 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. And when you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service.
The Passover is celebrated so that we might never forget that he saved us. If the blood of Jesus - the Lamb...is boldly declared in our lives...death has no hold over us. Jesus is the ultimate fulfilment of the Passover. For the first time in history...we can come into the Outer Courts because of the access of the blood. Jesus laid down on the Brasen Altar so that we could be washed clean and could come into his presence. If it wasn't for the blood we would have no access to his presence.

Pentecost
Acts 2:1-6 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.
Something significant about Passover and Pentecost is the times. The exact time of the feast of Passover was when Jesus was on the cross and his blood was shed...7 weeks after the feast of Passover, the feast of Pentecost was celebrated. It is no coincidence that 7 weeks after the death of Jesus, the Holy Spirit rested on all in that house. For the first time, humans experienced the literal/tangible presence of God. The Holy Spirit is the fulfillment of Pentecost.

Jesus brought us into the Outer Courts, the Holy Spirit brought us into the Holy Place. Now Humanity stands at the thresh hold to the the Holy of Holies.

Tabernacles

The feast of Tabernacles was always the biggest and best feast out of the three.
In Moses' Tabernacle, there was a curtain that separated the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. Only certain people were allowed into the Holy of Holies at certain times of the year...and if they came unprepared with sin in their hearts they would fall immediately dead. The curtain separated us from God's presence(The Arc of the Covenant...where God dwelled). When Jesus died on the cross, there was an earthquake that split the curtain from top to bottom. It was God saying that there is no more separation...he wants to dwell with us.

The fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles will be his return for his church. He is coming again!

In between the feasts of Pentecost and Tabernacles...there was a season called Latter Rain. It is a season of incredible harvest that helped make the feast of Tabernacles so amazing. Jesus will return for us after the spirit falls on us...after Pentecost...after revival. All of creation will know. Check out 2 Peter 3...it tells of his coming. It also reminds us that the reason he hasn't come for us yet is because he wants everyone to know him and repent from their sins. He wants the whole harvest. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few...the rain is coming, are you going to let him use you?

Our generation could be a huge part of what God is doing on this Earth. I fully believe that if we allow God to use us, there will be a huge downpour of God's Spirit upon us. God is doing crazy things in and around us...we've seen him fulfill Passover and Pentecost and there is a day coming when he will pour out his Spirit on us again and he will tabernacle(dwell) with us. The best is yet to come!!!

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