2018 ST Message Nine


Week 9

The Feasts (2) The Feast Of Firstfruits, The Feast

Of Pentecost, And The Feast Of Tabernacles

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep—1 Cor. 15:20

1 Cor. 12:13 For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit—1 Cor. 12:13  

Word of Appetizer

The first four festivals form a group that bears a great significance, what is the significance and fulfillment?

The first four festivals form a group that bears a great significance. This significance includes the death of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, the ascension of Christ, and the outpouring of the consummated Spirit of the processed Triune God to produce the Body of Christ. The Feast of the Passover was fulfilled on the day of Christ’s death. In the Passover we were saved, justified, and regenerated. Following this, the Feast of Unleavened Bread is for us to live a life without sin. This

means that the Feast of Unleavened Bread is being fulfilled in the church age. The Feast of Firstfruits was fulfilled on the day of Christ’s resurrection. The Feast of Pentecost was fulfilled fifty days after Christ’s resurrection, on the day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual Burden

We begin the enjoyment of Christ from the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we continue by enjoying the riches of the resurrected Christ, and eventually we come to the ultimate enjoyment of Christ as the Feast of Tabernacles.

Since Christ is eventually realized as the allinclusive life-giving Spirit, the Spirit as the realization of Christ in our experience is the good land as the source of God’s bountiful supply for us to enjoy.

Christ as the reality of the Feast of Tabernacles is such a feast for our experience and enjoyment today.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth 

The Feast of Firstfruits signifies the resurrected Christ as the firstfruits for our enjoyment as a feast in His resurrection.

The Feast of Pentecost was the feast of the fiftieth day, counting from the day after the Sabbath, the day on which the sheaf of the wave offering was brought to God, to the day after the seventh

Sabbath.

The Feast of Tabernacles, the last feast, signifies Israel’s full enjoyment of the restored old creation in the millennium; this feast will usher in the new heaven and new earth.

The Experience of Life

the resurrected Christ, after being presented to God in His freshness, is to be dispensed, with all the riches of His resurrection, into us for our enjoyment.As the resurrected One, Christ is in us to live for us a life that can be justified by God and is always acceptable to God.

what we enjoy and what is being dispensed into us is the resurrected Christ.

Practice and Application

For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit—1 Cor. 12:13

We begin the enjoyment of Christ from the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we continue by enjoying the riches of the resurrected Christ, and eventually we come to the ultimate enjoyment of Christ as the Feast of Tabernacles.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land which I am giving you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest—Lev. 23:10

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep—1 Cor. 15:20

And you shall eat no bread or parched grain or fresh ears until that same day, until you have brought the offering of your God…—Lev. 23:14

The Feast of Firstfruits signifies the resurrected Christ as thefirstfruits for our enjoyment as a feast in His resurrection

Christ was crucified at the time of the Feast of the Passover, and then on the third day, the day after the Sabbath, He was resurrected; Christ’s resurrection was the fulfillment of the Feast of Firstfruits and is the reality of that feast; Christ was the first One raised from the dead, becoming the firstfruits of resurrection.

The type in Leviticus 23:14 signifies that the resurrected Christ ascended to the heavens and was offered to God with all the fruit in His resurrection as God’s food for God’s satisfaction; then, He became man’s supply for man’s satisfaction.

The waving of the sheaf of the firstfruits before Jehovah for acceptance signifies that Christ was resurrected that we might be justified before God and accepted by God.

The firstfruits of the Feast of Firstfruits, after being offered to God for His enjoyment, were to be eaten by the people of Israel.

Key Verses (2)

For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit—Cor. 12:13

This Jesus God has raised up, of which we all are witnesses. Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He has poured out this which you both see and hear—Acts 2:32-33

The Feast of Pentecost was the feast of the fiftieth day, countingfrom the day after the Sabbath, the day on which the sheaf of the wave offering was brought to God, to the day after the seventh Sabbath

This signifies the resurrection of Christ in its sevenfold fullness reaching the realm of the complete fullness, bearing the full responsibility, signified by the number fifty.

On the day of Pentecost in the New Testament, the consummation of the Triune God—the all-inclusive, life-giving, compound Spirit of the processed Triune God, who is the totality of the Triune God—was poured out upon the one hundred twenty disciples as representatives of the Body.

The Feast of Pentecost signifies the New Testament believers’ enjoyment of the outpoured Spirit as the aggregate of the rich produce of the resurrected Christ; the rich produce of Christ’s resurrection includes the firstborn Son of God, the life-giving Spirit, the many sons of God, and the new creation of God.

Although the producing of the church began with Christ’s resurrection, the formation of the church did not take place until Pentecost.

Key Verses (3)

Speak to the children of Israel, saying,  On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the  Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to Jehovah. On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no work of labor. Seven days you shall present an offering by fire to Jehovah. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall present an offering by fire to Jehovah. It is a solemn assembly; you shall do no work of labor—Lev. 23:34-36

And you shall keep the Feast of the Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labors from what you sow in the field, and the Feast of Ingathering, at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors out of the field—Exo. 23:16

The Feast of Tabernacles, the last feast, signifies Israel’s fullenjoyment of the restored old creation in the millennium; this feast will usher in the new heaven and new earth

This feast signifies the coming millennium as a dispensational, joyful blessing for God’s redeemed people to enjoy with God for a full period of time in God’s old creation.

The seven days in Leviticus 23:34 signify that the Feast of Tabernacles is for a complete course of days, which will be a thousand years.

According to this type, in the millennium every day an offering will be presented to God to signify that Christ is God’s food in our experiences, which is offered to God for His satisfaction so that we and God may enjoy mutual rest.

Keeping the feast for seven days after gathering in the produce signifies that the millennium will come after the harvest of what God desires to obtain on earth.

The Feast of Tabernacles was the Feast of Ingathering, the feast when the full harvest was brought in; this feast signifies the rich, full, and ultimate enjoyment of all that Christ is.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week 

D1

T1 The Feast of Firstfruits signifies the resurrected Christ as the firstfruits for our enjoyment as a feast in His resurrection(Lev.23:9-14; 1 Cor. 15:20)

(illustration Christ’s resurrection was the fulfillment of the Feast of Firstfruits and is the reality of that feast)

T2 Christ is the firstfruits of resurrection(1 Cor. 15:20、23,Eph. 1:20-23.)

(illustration Christ as the firstfruits of resurrection is the Firstborn from the dead that
He might be the Head of the Body)

D2

T1 the firstfruits of the harvest were brought first to God(Lev23:14,John20:17、19)

(illustration The freshness of His resurrection must be first for the Father’s enjoyment)

T2 Christ was resurrected that we might be justified before God and accepted by God(Lev23:11,Rom4:25b)

(Illustrate the significances of the waving of the sheaf of the firstfruits before Jehovah for acceptance signifies.)

D3

T1 the resurrected Christ is to be eaten by us for our enjoyment (Lev. 23:14; John20:17)

(Illustration Christ became our portion only after His freshness in resurrection had first been offered to the Father)

T2 Only Christ in resurrection can be our life supply(John 6:53~57、63)

Why is the offering of the Feast of Firstfruits eatable among the seven feasts?

D4

T1 The Feast of Pentecost was the feast of the fiftieth day(Lev23:15~22,Act2:1~4)

Illustrate what did a great event take place on the fiftieth day after the Lord’s resurrection.

T2 The Feast of Pentecost signifies the New Testament believers’ enjoyment of the outpoured Spirit as the aggregate of the rich produce of the resurrected Christ(Gal3:14)

Illustrate as a result of such an outpouring of the economical Spirit of God, the Body of Christ.

D5

T1 The formation of the church was of two parts or two sections(Act2:1~4)

(illustration Although the producing of the church began with Christ’s resurrection, the formation of the church did not take place until Pentecost)

T2 the Feast of Tabernacles is
for a complete course of days, which will be a thousand years(Lev23:34)

(illustration The Feast of Tabernacles signifies Israel’s full enjoyment of the restored old creation in the millennium; this feast will usher in the new heaven and new earth)

D6

T1 The Feast of Tabernacles was the Feast of Ingathering, the feast when the full harvest was brought in(Lev23:33~44;Exo. 23:16)

(illustration this feast signifies the rich, full, and ultimate enjoyment of all that Christ is)

T2 The Feast of Tabernacles was a feast for God’s people to enjoy and be satisfied before God (Lev. 23:40b. Rom. 14:17b.)

(illustration Christ as the reality of the Feast of Tabernacles is such a feast for our experience and enjoyment today)

 

 

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