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A true conqueror through the life of Christ is one who is humble, lives out the love
of God, and knows repentance in his or her own life. Repentance is often viewed
as something negative and as something that relates to the unbeliever. However, if
we truly understand what repentance is, we will see that it is something very
positive, and it is for those who believe. In fact, repentance is essential to us once
we are saved, for it leads to the salvation of our soul in this day and our entrance
into the kingdom and glory in His day.
What does repentance mean? In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word is nacham ,
which comes from another word meaning “to sigh or breathe strongly; by
implication, to be sorry, that is, in a favorable sense to pity, console or in an
unfavorable sense to avenge oneself.” The first mention of this word is in relation
to God.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and
it grieved him at his heart. (Genesis 6.6 KJV )
In other words, man had become so wicked that the Lord grieved over having
made man. The Lord surely gave out a deep sigh when He saw the condition of
fallen man. But, He found Noah, a just man, perfect in his generation (Genesis
6.9).
So in the very beginning, God laid down the principle of repentance. Sighing or
breathing deeply has the sense of regret over a particular course of action or
thought which leads to change of action or thought. On God’s part, all His actions
and thoughts are righteous, holy, and just. On our part, it is the opposite. In our
old nature, the old man, our actions and thoughts are unrighteous. When we are
called to repent, we are called to turn from our old ways, from our thoughts and
actions, which come from our fallen nature.
In the New Testament, the Greek word for repent is metanoeo , which comes from
another word meaning “to think differently or to reconsider.” The word for repen-
tance is metanoia , which means “reversal of decision.” Thus, to repent means that
we make a change, we go in an opposite direction from where we currently are.
Paul gives a clear example of repentance in his letter to the Corinthians.
Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow
led to repentance . For you were made sorry in a godly manner,
that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow
produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but
the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7.9-10 NKJ )
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Here we discover “they sighed or breathed strongly” when they were made sorry.
When we are sorry, don’t we sigh in grief? Godly sorrow produces repentance
leading to salvation. We are saved by grace through faith; however, repentance al-
ways follows once our eyes are opened to see the Lord Jesus and His finished work.
Actually, repentance does not begin until we are saved by grace and continues
throughout our walk with the Lord. There are many things in our lives about which
we must change our minds, especially if we desire or seek to reign with Christ in
His coming kingdom. This kind of repentance causes us to change our mind from
the things of the world, the flesh, and the devil and turn to the Lord and His com-
ing kingdom. True repentance leads us from the things of this world system, the
temporal things, to that which is celestial (heavenly) and eonian (life in the coming
eons). This is the purpose of repentance in the lives of believers. This is good and
essential for our spiritual growth!
Ancient Israel’s call to repentance.
John the Baptist appeared on the scene preaching in the wilderness, calling for
repentance for the kingdom of the heavens was at hand. John lived the lonely life
of a prophet as a voice crying out in the wilderness. He was sent of God to prepare
the way for the Messiah. John was said by Jesus to be Elijah according to prophecy
(Isaiah 40.3; Matthew 3.3) if the nation of Israel met one condition.
But from the days of John the Immerser until even now the king-
dom of the heavens is being invaded, and the invaders are seizing
upon it. For all the prophets and the law until John did prophesy;
and if ye are willing to accept it he is Elijah―the one destined to
come. He that hath ears let him hear! (Matthew 11.12-15 REB )
The Lord said: “If you receive it, this is Elijah.” In other words, if Israel received
the offer of the kingdom of the heavens, then John was to be the fulfillment of the
coming of Elijah. If the nation received their Messiah and thus entered into the
kingdom, then Elijah had come in fulfillment of Malachi 4.5-6. The nation of Israel
was sick (Isaiah 1.2-31) but would be healed and the kingdom of the heavens would
come with Jesus as the Anointed King, the Messiah. It is interesting that the Lord
concluded by saying, “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear.” This word is used
in other places as a warning that what had just been spoken is of great importance
and must be understood and acted upon. Israel, or more exactly, the Judahite of
that day, was being offered the kingdom, but they had to make a decision. They
had to repent or reconsider their current way of thinking.
This call of repentance was the single ministry of John the Baptist. He was calling
his people to repent.
“Be repenting, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near!”
For this is the [one] having been spoken of by Isaiah the prophet,
saying, “A voice of [one] shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the
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way of [the] LORD; be making His paths straight!’” [Isaiah 40:3]
(Matthew 3.2-3 ALT )
Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthews 15.24). He came
to offer the right to enter the kingdom of the heavens on earth, and John was the
forerunner to make this great announcement. Israel was on the brink of seeing and
entering into the kingdom as a nation if the whole nation repented of its ways. It
was a call for national repentance. They had to change their minds, to think differ-
ently, to reconsider their ways and turn from them. They had to change their
minds about their attitude toward God. They had disobeyed God’s command-
ments, broken His covenant, and had failed to come into the place that God had
planned for them. As a result, the nation found itself scattered among the nations.
If they repented, then the nation would be healed and the kingdom would come,
for the Messiah stood in their midst. This is how significant the Lord’s offer was to
the nation. Of course, the Lord knew their hearts and knew that the nation as a
whole would not repent (Isaiah 6.9-10; Matthew 13.14-15) and ultimately would
crucify Him in order to fulfill Scripture. The Son of God came to die for the sins of
the world.
John, within a six month period, found himself in jail and later beheaded. This was
the totality of John’s ministry as a prophet. Isn’t this interesting? John, who was
the greatest of prophets, had a very narrow message and a short-lived ministry. As
John left the scene, Jesus took up the same message.
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4.17 NASB )
Jesus’ ministry consisted of preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing all
manner of sickness and disease among the people (Matthew 4.12, 17, 23-25). Israel
was a sick nation that needed healing. In Isaiah chapter one, it is recorded that
Israel was a sinful nation and was sick from the sole of the foot even unto the head
(Isaiah 1.4-6). The offer of the kingdom and the healing of a sick nation were in-
timately joined together. The healing of sickness and disease was a manifestation
to Israel that if they repented as a nation, then the nation as a whole would be
healed of all its sicknesses (disobedience, unbelief), and the kingdom would come.
Thus, Jesus’ message was simply a call for national repentance with a view to
healing and the reign of the heavens coming to earth (Exodus 19.5-6). But the
nation rejected this offer in a most profane way.
On the Sabbath, Jesus healed a man with a withered hand (Matthew 12.9-13). The
Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him (Mat-
thew 12.14). Jesus withdrew from there and great multitudes followed Him, and
He healed them all (Matthew 12:15). Then a demon-possessed, blind and mute
man was brought to Him and He healed him, so the blind and mute man both saw
and spoke (Matthew 12.22). At this point, the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting
out demons by the ruler of the demons (Matthew 12.24). In other words, they took
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an act of the Holy Spirit and said it was of the devil. They had blasphemed against
the Holy Spirit, an unpardonable sin for this age and the kingdom age to come
(Matthew 12.31-32).
As if this were not enough, the Pharisees then said, “Teacher, we want to see a sign
from You” (Matthew 12.38). The only sign they were going to see from this point
on was the sign of Jonah, the death of the Son of Man, the Messiah.
The religious leaders of the Judahites had crossed the line of no return. They
refused the offer of the kingdom and thus it was to be taken from them and given
to a new nation, a new creation in Christ that was about to be born.
“For this reason I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken
from you and will be given to a nation [or, people] yielding its
fruits.” (Matthew 21.43 ALT )
The new creation, the one new man in Christ is the nation that is now called to
bring forth the fruit of the kingdom (2 Corinthians 6.17; Ephesians 2.15; 1 Peter
2.9).
The call to repentance.
Now, some believers might think that things are different today for the Pentecostal
ecclesia of God. As the thinking goes, the Passover ecclesia of the wilderness
(Israel) failed, but we have Christ, so we can’t fail. It is true that we have Christ and
in His life we have the hope of immortal and eonian life; but we also have a call to
enter the kingdom in a like manner to the call that was given to ancient Israel
(according to the flesh). Let us not forget that Israel, the ecclesia in the wilderness,
had Christ as well. They had every provision to enter in that we have.
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers
were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all
were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate
the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for
they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and
the rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10.1-4 NASB )
Ancient Israel was given two major opportunities to fully enter into God’s call upon
the nation—entering the promised land of rest and receiving the kingdom of their
Messiah.
In reference to the first offering to Israel, Paul warned the Corinthian believers to
take heed lest they fall.
Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were
written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have
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come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he
does not fall. (1 Corinthians 10.11-12 NASB )
Paul made reference to Israel being taken out of Egypt by the sovereignty of God.
Israel passed through the sea; they were baptized into Moses, ate the same spiri-
tual food, drank the same spiritual drink from the spiritual Rock which was Christ
(1 Corinthians 10.1-4). But what happened to them? Most of them displeased God
and they died in the wilderness, not entering into the land of promise. In a little
over two years after coming out of Egypt, God led Israel to the brink of the land
(Numbers 13.1-14:45). One man from each of the twelve tribes was selected to go
into the land of milk and honey and check it out. They spied out the land for forty
days. The land was truly all that God had promised. When they returned, they even
brought back some of the fruit of the land. However, ten of the men feared the gi-
ants of the land and reported to the people that they could not overcome. The gi-
ants were stronger than they were. The whole congregation listened to these ten
men. Only two men, Caleb and Joshua, gave a favorable report and exhorted the
congregation to go into the land: “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we
are well able to overcome it” (Numbers 13.30). They were rejected, which led the
nation back into the wilderness due to unbelief.
So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the
people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained
against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to
them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had
died in this wilderness! Why has the LORD brought us to this land
to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become
victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they
said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”
(Numbers 14.1-4 NKJ )
Israel did not believe God, nor trust Him, so they were disqualified from entering
the land. They began a journey in the wilderness that lasted forty years from the
time they left Egypt until they finally entered the land. The generation that did not
believe fell in the wilderness. Of the first generation, only Joshua and Caleb were
allowed to take a new generation into the land. Not even Moses was allowed to
enter the land.
We discover a similar warning given by the writer of the book of Hebrews in
reference to entering into the promise of God.
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one
having entered into His rest, also [has] rested himself from his
works, even as God [rested] from His own [works]. Therefore, let
us be eager [or, diligent] to enter into that rest, lest anyone falls in
the same example of disobedience due to unbelief. (Hebrews 4.9-11
ALT )
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Because of their unbelief, they did not enter the land. We are warned in a like
fashion. They are an example to us, so let us labor lest we fall after the same
example of unbelief.
Paul gave a very similar warning to the believers in Rome. However, this warning
was based on Israel’s latter rejection of Christ and the offer of His kingdom. Again,
Israel serves as an example for our admonition. Let us be careful lest we fall in
unbelief as they did.
You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be
grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off,
and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did
not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.
Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those
who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His
goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. (Romans 11.19-22 NKJ )
Because of Israel’s rejection of Christ and His offer of the kingdom, they were cut
off for a season (Hosea 5.13-6.2). But we are warned not to be haughty. Yes, God
did not spare the natural branches of ancient Israel because of their unbelief; but
He may not spare us either because of unbelief. Paul warned: “If you continue in
His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11.22). The word if gives
us a condition!
The Lord Jesus gave the same type of warning.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring
forth more fruit. (John 15.2 KJV )
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is
withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and
they are burned. (John 15.6 KJV )
If we do not make our home in Christ, abiding in Him, we will be cut off like a
branch and cast into the fire, that is, be excluded from entering His millennial
reign. Let us be clear that this does pertain to immortal life for all who are saved by
grace through faith. Immortality is a promise to all who believe, but entering the
coming kingdom to reign with Christ is a reward for faithfulness. Only as we abide
in Christ, the Vine, do we as the branches bear fruit. As the nation of Israel was
called to produce fruit, so is the one new man in Christ, the holy nation called to
bear fruit. As Israel was rejected because it did not produce fruit, so will we be
rejected from reigning with Him in the oncoming eon if we do not produce fruit to
the glory of God (John 15.4-5, 8, 16).
It should be abundantly clear to us that there are ample warnings to Christians
regarding unbelief. Some might wonder what unbelief means. After all, we believe
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in Jesus and the finished work of the cross, so how can we be in unbelief? The an-
swer lies with Israel which serves as a type to the ecclesia today. Israel’s unbelief
was in reference to two events: entering the land and thus entering into their rest;
and receiving Christ and being part of bringing the reign of the heavens to the
nations of the earth. In like manner, unbelief for believers in our day is in reference
to abiding in Christ (our dwelling place, our home) and entering into our rest of
receiving glorified bodies in the first or out -resurrection and reigning with Christ
as He heads up all things in the heavens and on the earth (Ephesians 1.10).
How many of the Lord’s people today are diligently pursuing entrance into the
coming kingdom? Is the true word of the kingdom being taught to the Lord’s
people and are they being conformed to the image of Christ, prepared for His
appearance? Repentance is one of the keys!
Paul and Peter at the end of their earthly lives left us with words on repentance. In
both cases, these apostles wrote of believers, not the lost as so many people
assume.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count
slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any
should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3.9
NKJ )
Why does God delay? Why has He delayed these 2,000 years to return for His
people? The answer is that He is longsuffering toward us. Who is us ? It refers to
those who believe. Peter saw the entrance into the eonian kingdom (2 Peter 1.11
CV ). Scripture reveals that we can fall in unbelief and not enter into the kingdom of
the next eon. We will be disqualified like Israel was disqualified in the wilderness.
They died in the wilderness and did not enter the land of promise. Likewise, be-
lievers could be excluded from the oncoming kingdom by not participating in the
first resurrection. They will remain in the state of death (not in heaven) awaiting
the second or general resurrection and the great white throne judgment, being
saved, yet so as through fire (1 Corinthians 3.15), at which time they will enter
immortal life. However, they will miss out on the joy of the kingdom of Christ that
will come upon the earth in the next eon and last for 1,000 years.
Why does God longsuffer? Because He desires that all His people would repent,
change their minds regarding the world, the flesh, and the devil and press on
toward the coming of the reign of the heavens to this earth.
Paul has left us with a similar warning. He wrote of those who have been taken
captive by the devil.
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all,
able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in
opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that
they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses
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and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by
him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2.24-26 NKJ )
To the many within the ecclesia that are in opposition to one another, Paul would
say, “Repent!” There is a great danger that believers be taken captive once again to
the will of the devil. This is why we are exhorted to flee and resist the devil. A true
servant of the Lord is to patiently and humbly correct those who are in opposition
that perhaps God would grant them repentance in regards to the truth. What is the
truth?
As our Lord Jesus faced the cross, Pilate asked Him, “Are You a king?” Jesus
responded: “You say rightly that I am a king. Everyone who is of the truth hears
My voice.” Pilate responded, “What is truth?” See John 18.37-38.
The answer to Pilate’s question is that Jesus is King. It is this truth that is so
challenged today. The word of the kingdom is the word for the Lord’s people. It is
this word that we can fail to understand and thus be in unbelief which will
disqualify us from being placed as sons in the coming kingdom, sitting upon the
throne of the King of kings (Revelation 3.21). For this reason, the devil will do all
that he can to entrap the Lord’s people. He knows that in the day of the Lord, he
will be dethroned. The devil and his angels will be cast out of the heavens, never to
rule over the earth again.
The call today is to repent, to think differently regarding the coming kingdom and
our entrance into the kingdom. We are called to walk worthily of this kingdom. We
are called to be diligent to enter into this kingdom. It is an offer being held out to
us who believe, but we must pursue it as a race to be won (1 Corinthians 9.24-27).
Reigning in the coming kingdom of Christ is our reward for faithfulness during this
life (Luke 19.12-27).
The Lord Himself is calling to His people to repent. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3,
we discover the Son of Man, the coming King, speaking to His ecclesia. To five of
the seven assemblies He says, “Repent.” Our Lord is calling for repentance with a
view to His coming millennial kingdom. To him who overcomes the Lord makes
promises related to being rewarded positions in the kingdom of the heavens.
“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him
I will give power over the nations—‘He shall rule them with a rod
of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as
I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the
morning star.” (Revelation 2.26-28 NKJ )
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne,
as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He
who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
(Revelation 3.21-22 NKJ )
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During the coming Kingdom Age, the King of kings will rule with a rod of iron. He
will rule in righteousness. Those who conquer will sit upon His throne, ruling with
Him.
If the Lord is offering His throne to those who conquer, then of what are we called
to repent? Remember that repentance is something positive to us who believe. We
are being called to change our minds, to reconsider our position or condition, to
think differently. It implies turning from one direction and facing another
direction.
We are to turn from the world (1 John 5.4; James 4.4), the flesh (Romans 8.13;
Colossians 3.5), and the devil (James 4.7; 1 Peter 5.8-9). In turning from these
things, we are to run with patient endurance the race that is set before us, looking
unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12.1b-2). We are in a
race into the kingdom (2 Timothy 4.7-8). It is an endurance race of faith. We are
not to look back at the world or the things of the world (Luke 9.62; Philippians
3.13) but to press on toward the goal (Philippians 3.14).
The letters to the seven churches recorded by John contain exhortations over this
matter of repentance.
The Lord said to Ephesus that they had fallen because they had left their first love
(Revelation 2.4-5). They were called to repentance and to do the first works. At the
end of the letter to the Ephesians, we discover these words:
Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in
sincerity. Amen. (Ephesians 6.24 NKJ )
These closing words contain the whole heart of the matter of conquering and
entering into the kingdom—those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. In
other words, they love the Lord not just in mere words that anyone can say but in
genuineness from the heart. True love will be expressed in acts of love, first works.
The Lord Jesus said: “ If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14.15). “He
who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 14.21).
If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We
will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14.23). “As the Father loved
Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love” (John 15.9). “ If you keep My
commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s
commandments and abide in His love” (John 15.10). Notice the conditional if .
This is what first love and first works are all about. As the ecclesia in Ephesus fell
from this love, so can we. We need to repent and turn back to the one love of our
life, the Lord Jesus, and do His works. The ecclesia at Philadelphia was not called
to repent because love was the foundation of their gathering together. They loved
the Lord and they had brotherly love for one another. They fulfilled the Lord’s
commandment.
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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as
I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will
know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
(John 13.34-35 NKJ )
The Lord told the ecclesia in Pergamos to repent for holding the doctrine or
teaching of Balaam and the Nicolaitans (Revelations 2.12-16). The truth of the
gospel was being compromised with false teachings. Satan’s throne was there, and
the devil had planted the tares of false doctrine to lead many astray. Here we find
the call to resist the devil by the truth of the word of God, not man’s word. Only the
implanted word of God is able to save our souls (James 1.21).
To the ecclesia in Thyatira, the Lord identified a false prophetess who taught the
Lord’s people, seducing them to commit sexual immorality, adultery (Revelation
2.18-23). Here we find the call to turn from the flesh, the lust of the flesh.
The Lord called for repentance in the ecclesia in Sardis from holding fast to
reputation and outward form and not holding to righteous acts which will be
commended in the day of Christ (Revelation 3.1-3). They had a name, but they
were dead. Here we find a call to turn from the world (being recognized by the
world) and from the flesh (desire to have a name).
To the ecclesia in Laodicea, the Lord declared that they had become lukewarm
towards Him (Revelation 3.14-18). They looked at themselves as rich and in need
of nothing. But to the Lord they were miserable, poor, blind, and naked. He would
vomit them out of His mouth. Lukewarm water is most detestable and must be spit
out. Here we find the world (“I am rich”); the devil (He has leavened the word of
the kingdom. They don’t even need the Lord, for He is outside the door of their
hearts. They are not longing for His return.); and the flesh (“I am in need of
nothing. My flesh is fully satisfied.”).
The Laodicean heart is prevalent as the end of the age nears. The Lord stands
outside the door of the Laodicean heart, knocking to come in and dine (Revelation
3.20). His people are no longer abiding in their Lord but are abiding in their own
strength, resources, and ability. The kingdom is being offered to them, but they are
blind and naked. They do not see, so they will not enter into the kingdom unless
they repent, change their mind and heart. They are not wearing the wedding
garment, for they are naked. They have not been conformed to His image (Romans
8.29), because they need gold (divine character, His sacrificial love) refined in the
fire of the tribulations of this life. Their works are wood, hay, and straw (1
Corinthians 3.12). They have chosen the easy way, the broad way that leads to
destruction (Matthew 7.13). They have cast their lot with the many who are called,
not with the few who are chosen (Matthew 7.14; 22.14). Oh, the heart of our loving
Lord, the coming King, the Bridegroom cries out:
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore,
and repent.” (Revelation 3.19 NASB )
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“If you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will
not know what hour I will come upon you.” (Revelation 3.3b NASB )
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no
one may take your crown.” (Revelation 3.11 NASB )
Day of Atonement.
I have one final thought and that pertains to two related questions: Will the
ecclesia of God repent before the glorification of His saints and the coming of the
Lord to this earth? Will the Lord’s people in mass respond to His call to the seven
ecclesias to repent?
It is not generally accepted amongst the Lord’s people that the fall feasts of
trumpets and tabernacles as given through Moses have anything to do with the
ecclesia of God and the coming of the Lord. It is safe to state that many, if not
most, believers have been taught that there are no events to take place before the
Lord comes for His people. In other words, the coming of the Lord is imminent
and not dependent on any prophetic events. But consider this fact; all the spring
feasts instituted through Moses were fulfilled to the letter and the exact time as
appointed by God in relation to Christ dying for the sin of the world, and these
feasts clearly relate to salvation and the ecclesia of God. Just consider the day of
Pentecost. Obviously, much could be written to prove this point, but I will leave
this to others who have already done so and done it much better than I could
explain at this point in my understanding.
But here is my point; the Feast of Trumpets will be fulfilled with the resurrection of
the saints, that is, the first resurrection, and the Feast of Tabernacles will be
fulfilled with the glorification of the saints when they receive their celestial
tabernacles in the image of the Celestial One. Now, notice in Leviticus 23.26 that
between the blowing of the trumpets and the Feast of Tabernacles is another day,
the Day of Atonement.
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “On exactly the tenth day of this
seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convoca-
tion for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an of-
fering by fire to the LORD. You shall not do any work on this same
day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your be-
half before the LORD your God. If there is any person who will not
humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his peo-
ple. As for any person who does any work on this same day, that
person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no work
at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in
all your dwelling places. It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to
you, and you shall humble your souls; on the ninth of the month at
evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your sabbath.”
Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of
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Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast
of Booths for seven days to the LORD. On the first day is a holy
convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind.’”
(Leviticus 23.26-35 NASB )
A holy convocation is to be called before the tabernacles feast in order to humble
the soul. Is this not a day of repentance, a time to humble the soul before the Lord?
Is it possible that with the first resurrection having taken place the ecclesia of God
will repent for their great lack and their erroneous understanding of God’s ways?
Perhaps!
But this leaves one more question: In His mercy, will the Lord lead His people to
true repentance even before the end of this eon, in preparation for the final feasts?
Oh, Lord, may it be so! By Your spirit may we all be brought to true, heart repen-
tance and manifest Your life throughout this earth as the nations have never ex-
perienced. To you alone will go all the glory! “Amen!”
Scripture Abbreviations:
ALT
Analytical Literal Translation
KJV
King James Version of the Bible
NASB
New American Standard Bible
NKJ
New King James Bible
By: Stuart H. Pouliot
Article #12
August, 2008
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