THE HOLY DAYS…
THE MAP TO DRAWING ALL MEN BACK TO
The two Holy Day "seasons of harvest" picture two SEASONS OF SALVATION.
The biggest and neatest part of God’s plan is that He is going to draw all men back…but not at the same time. There is a smaller spring harvest of men and there is a gigantic fall harvest of men. Every man who has ever lived will eventually be drawn back to Christ by the Father and be given a chance to have God’s Holy Spirit and be adopted as a son into the Family of God!
The harder Spring Harvest comes under Satan’s sway and it provides “the perfect “training ground” for those who are being called for the first resurrection! It allows these first fruits to have their choice between evil and good… Satan probably never understood that between the time of Adam until the return of Christ, that only a “handful” so to speak, would be called out to become a glorious son of the God family. Satan never understood that the rest of mankind would indeed be “blinded” for their protection in the meantime. Nor did he understand that a blinded man is perfectly safe from all spiritual harm.
ONLY A FEW are called from the time of Adam to the return of Christ. This is why you shouldn’t worry if your relatives and friends do not understand the truth right now…it is for their own protection. God is not calling them at this time… Carnality and spiritual blindness are not evil----THEY ARE POWERFUL PROTECTION FOR MANKIND! All Mankind is made by God to have a nature that innately hates God and His law but it is for their own protection… Romans 8:7, “the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.
God doesn’t call someone for the first resurrection if He doesn’t think that they have a really good chance to qualify for it because, it is a harder calling…and you are not going to be real popular, if you are on God’s side in this world. We not only have to fight our own human nature which is naturally anti-God; we have to stand against a whole world that is going Satan’s way. We have to withstand our own family, our friends, and co-workers. We are swimming upstream against a hard torrent. It’s not easy to obey God and keep His laws and the Sabbath in this world; …therefore to be called in the first harvest (pictured by the Spring Holy Days) has a higher reward because it is harder. (“And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth." Revelation 5:10
If you have the
Spirit of Christ in you in this world, you will be deeply despised and
rejected just like Christ was. People won’t know why---but there will
be an enmity there. They just won’t like you, just like they innately
don’t like the real God. Christ warned his disciples of this “hate”
when He told his disciples…“If the world hates you, you know that it
hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would
love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out
of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:18 If you’ve ever
felt different---like you just didn’t fit in, that is good! Maybe God
is calling you for the first resurrection!
THE CONCEIVING HOLY SPIRIT
...IS THE KEY TO REMOVING BLINDNESS ABOUT WHO WE ARE…
The Holy Spirit is the KEY that removes blindness from our hearts. It opens our minds so we can understand the truth. It reproves us of sin and makes us realize that we should be obedient to God because we are going to be a member of the same Family. Although, we are unable to keep the law perfectly, we must try to. One sin on your part is all it takes to require your death. This is where Christ comes in.
This is where Christ had to work out one of the hardest parts of God’s plan. It was the substitution of His perfect life for ours. Christ prayed to His Father about their mutual work to bring you into the God Family! These two God beings were working hard on it! Christ said to His father,
“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work, which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” John 17:4,5
We’ll never know how much we owe Christ--because there is nothing about you and I that could ever “achieve” eternal life by ourselves. We are weak and we are sinners by our very nature, and the Bible
teaches us that the wages of our sin is death. Keeping the law in a perfect way is impossible for feeble human beings, so we are automatically doomed, except for the fact that our creator said ‘I will die in their stead for their sins.’
People gloss over this sacrifice of Christ’s----but if you want to understand how hard it must have been for Him, do this mental exercise. Imagine this scenario. Right before the terrorists get ready to saw a man’s head off with a dull knife…you step forward and say, “STOP! Take me instead of this man. Let him go back to his wife and children…and I will die in his place.” How many of us have the guts to do that! Not many, I assure you.
What was the “work” that Christ had to do to accomplish the plan of God?
1. Satan thought that by orchestrating the death of Christ that he could shut down God’s plan permanently, but it was the death of Christ that would begin the process of overthrowing Satan as ruler of this world. And Christ’s death will eventually allow Him to destroy Satan. Hebrews 2:14 says: “….That by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil.”
2. It was the death of Christ that would allow the Holy Spirit to come down to men. It was on the day of Pentecost that Jesus Christ established the Church of the Firstfruits, the “called out ones.” They would be the first harvest of men. For the time being, they would be the sole recipients of His Holy Spirit. The sole recipients of the Spirit of truth.
Christ’s sacrifice applied retroactively to Abraham, David, and all those men who were called as a first fruit in the Old Testament. This whole group will be resurrected at the return of Christ, because they have the “firstfruits of God’s spirit.” THEY WILL BE THE FIRST ONES OF ALL MEN, TO BE ADOPTED AS SONS! Romans 8:22-23 says, “…but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons…” NIV
Without Christ’s death, the Holy Spirit could not come down to men, and without the Holy Spirit, no man could be “conceived” spiritually.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send it unto you. And when it is come, it will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” John 16:7 Christ said that the “comforter” would “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” These weren’t just pretty words that Christ was using. THE HOLY SPIRIT OF THE ELOHIM FAMILY REPROVES US OF SIN. IT BRINGS THE CONCEPT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS INTO A PERSON’S MIND, IT BEHOOVES US TO KEEP GOD’S LAW---SO WE CAN BE MADE SPIRITUALLY IN THE IMAGE OF THE GOD FAMILY.
AND IT ALSO BRINGS US KNOWLEDGE OF OUR JUDGMENT!
Because once you have the Holy Spirit and it opens your mind up to the truth, you know that you are “on trial” and that you are being judged as to whether you are going to receive eternal life or eternal death. Some people think that all this smacks of “legalism.” Does God think that by keeping the law, we can achieve some sort of human perfection and save ourselves??? No, we are all going to sin, but the Holy Spirit reproves us and corrects us, which is a good thing because then you know that God loves you. (“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:”) Revelation 3:19
Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. And, yes, having the Holy Spirit makes us “holy.” In light of that, read in Hebrews2:6-8, TO SEE HOW WE ARE IN THE SAME FAMILY AS GOD.
“Both the one who makes men holy (God) and those who are made holy (men who have received the Holy Spirit) are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Hebrews is the book written to the firstfruits or firstborn sons of God. Once we receive the Holy Spirit, we become “Holy” in that we are conceived by the same Holy Spirit that Christ was conceived with, and we can become a real child of God!
Read the following passage…“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.” That’s right because, THE HOLY SPIRIT REPROVES US OF SIN. GOD REQUIRES OUR REPENTANCE. When we quit sinning, that’s how we purify ourselves. The truth is, we need Christ’s sacrifice but we also need to repent of disobedience and develop the mind and nature of God by keeping the law! We need to try to not have one molecule of evil in us, like our Father. Ephesians 2:2 says, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”
ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE
THE ELOHIM FAMILY OF GOD…
"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He, who has ears, let him hear. NIV
The bottom line is that if we cause people to sin and do evil on purpose…we are doing what Satan wants us to do. He will have accomplished His purpose of destroying us as a future son of God. We must not be “a child of disobedience”---we must strive for sinlessness, BECAUSE GOD IS SINLESS AND IF WE ARE GOING TO BE MADE A MEMBER OF THE ELOHIM, IN GOD’S IMAGE---WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO QUIT SINNING. We will have to fight our own human nature, which overpowers us sometimes, but we must have the underlying deep desire to be obedient. That desire to be obedient is a sign that the Holy Spirit is reproving us of our sins… Why is accepting God’s correction important??? IT’S BECAUSE GOD IS GOING TO SORT OUT ALL MEN BY HOW GOOD OR HOW BAD THEY ARE...
Here is where Satan and evil come in… Every man has an choice, as to which side they will choose…Good or Evil. God has to be able to sort out the good men from the bad. The good will be harvested and the bad men will be destroyed like chaff. It stands to reason that the mighty power and glory of the God Family (Elohim) cannot be given to evil people! That could be disastrous for the whole universe and creation of God!!! God can’t give any man power and immortality without knowing what kind of man he is first! So, a plan was designed where once a man received the Holy Spirit and he understood the truth, he would go through a testing phase---a judgment to see what sort of man he really is. God will keep the good men and give them eternal life.
“In the way of righteousness there is life;
Along that path is immortality.” NIV Proverbs 12:28
Remember what Christ said about the Holy Spirit? (*Comforter) He said that when it came it would reprove the world of sin, bring righteousness and judgment. God is only going to keep the good children who repent of their sins when they are reproved. He will keep the ones who love righteousness…and who overcome in their time of judgment. Those that don’t bear this good fruit will be cast in the fire!
Good fruit is what God wants to find in you when He harvests you. Good fruit is LIVING RIGHTEOUSLY, AND DEVELOPING THE CHARACTER AND LIKENESS OF THE GOD FAMILY WITHIN YOU. If your heart is kind, loving, gentle, etc…and you do not reject the Holy Spirit, (mind of God in you) God will lead you to repentance of your sins, and God will keep you. The Holy Spirit demands obedience to God and it is only through obedience that we are even given the Holy Spirit. Acts 5:32 says, “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
ONLY THOSE THAT ARE SUBMISSIVE AND OBEY GOD HAVE A GUARANTEE OF INHERITANCE IN THE GOD FAMILY…Once we do receive a calling from God and receive His Holy Spirit, God expects obedience and good fruit…and those who don’t bear the GOOD FRUIT of God’s Holy Spirit will be of no use to God, they will be weeds, chaff, and fruitless trees…and these will be burned up! “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Matthew 7:19-20 We do not already have this adoption by God nor do we already have “immortality.” We must seek immortality by patient continuance in doing well.
Romans 2:6-8 says, “(God)…will render to each one according to his deeds": eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality” NKJV Not only must you seek immortality by obedience, but also you must do good works. God instructs men to seek immortality. He tells us that we must do it by “ patient continuance in doing good.” Men do not automatically have immortality…because no one seeks what they already have. It is our mortality, which allows God to “test” our fruit and see if we have developed into the image of God…This, is necessary for God to know about us before He hands over power to anyone.
Christ’s death has already begun the process of casting Satan out…this was part of the “work” that He had to do on earth. Christ is already in the process of drawing the whole world back to Himself. Christ is calling them back in “two harvests!” It is by no mistake that the Holy Days picture the spring and fall harvest seasons of God. Those that reject the Holy Days of God and those that refuse to keep them (Leviticus 23) will never understand what God’s plan of salvation for all man is.
1. The Spring Holy Days picture the smaller spring harvest of men, which occurs at the return of Christ.
2. The Fall Holy Days picture the large fall harvest of Israel and the great harvest of the “rest of the dead” at the Great White Throne judgment.
And to think, that God worked out such an amazing plan for us. And, without the unwitting co-operation of Satan, God could not have pulled off the greatest STING ever, which might be aptly be called “OPERATION SALVATION OF THE SONS OF GOD!” Satan hasn’t really destroyed anyone except those that purposefully choose to remain the children of disobedience.