Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ahhh, summer! But Fall's coming!

Yesterday was June 21, the first day of summer.  Even though it's been cool and wet here, it's still summer, that wonderful time sandwiched between spring and fall.  The earth is alive; gardens are growing and maturing, getting ready for the final harvest. 

Remember, Yeshua fulfilled all the spring feasts with His first visitation to earth.  Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Shavuot are the precise fulfillments of His death, burial, resurrection, and sending of the Holy Spirit, respectively.  The fall feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles are still awaiting fulfillment.  So what is going on during the "summer" between the harvests?

In Leviticus 23, where all seven feasts are outlined, check out verse 22, sandwiched between Shavuot and Trumpets.   ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the LORD your God.’

This seemingly out of place verse, wedged between instructions for a spring and a fall feast, is actually a directive for the "summer" between the feasts.  This "summer" has been going on for nearly 2000 years.  We gentiles are the poor and stranger who have been gleaning from the harvest of Israel. 

Look at part of the conversation between Yeshua and the Samaritan woman at the well:   'Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" It is during this time of summer, between the feasts, that fulfillment of the promise to Abraham in Genesis 12 (and other places)  is taking place:  "Through you all nations will be blessed."

I strongly believe that we are nearing the end of the summer.  The signs are all around us.  The fact that Israel is back in her homeland, and in possession of Jerusalem, is by far the biggest, but there are others, too.  Knowledge has greatly increased (Daniel 12:4).  The earth is experiencing birth pangs as never before - massive tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc.

Also, look at the numbers.  There were approximately 2000 years from creation to Abraham, 2000 years from Abraham to Yeshua, and we are wrapping up about 2000 years since His resurrection, for a total of six milleniums.  The seventh millenium, spoken of as the 1000 year reign of Messiah on earth in scripture, is the Sabbath millenium.

Watch for future posts regarding the upcoming fulfillment of the Fall Feasts.  Autumn is rapidly approaching!  Are you ready?

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