Ingathering

Three times a year the Israelites were to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts instituted by the Lord. They were the Feast of Passover, the Feast of Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Feast of Ingathering. Each of these feasts has spiritual significance. What begins in the natural always has it’s ultimate fulfillment in the Spirit.

 Jesus was the fulfillment of the Passover. He was the Passover lamb sacrificed for our sins that we might be brought into the family of God. Pentecost had the beginning of spiritual fulfillment in the upper room in which 120 disciples were gathered after Jesus’ crucifixion. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Just as Passover continues to be fulfilled in those coming to Christ, Pentecost also continues its fulfillment in those seeking a deeper walk with God.

 The feast of Tabernacles, or Ingathering, has not been understood by the majority of Christianity. This feast came at the end of the growing season, hence its name, Feast of Ingathering. Embodied in this feast is the completion of Christ’s provision which was made available through the cross. The summing up of all things in Christ is expressed through this feast.

 In the beginning of the church age, all the saints in Jerusalem were scattered because of persecution (Acts 8:1). They went throughout the regions preaching and teaching the kingdom of God. At the close of the church age just the opposite is taking place. As a new day of Christ’s kingdom dawns, He is drawing together His people. This doesn’t mean a religious world wide movement. In Revelation 11, we have this picture:

 1 ¶  Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.

 “Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.

 John was to “measure” the temple of God and those who worship in it. This depicts the true saints of God who worship Him in Spirit and in truth. The outer court was to be left out. The outer court symbolizes the realm of religion. This is the realm that professes Christ in name only, but does not have His life abiding in them.

 The Scriptures are explicit that it is a remnant that will stand at the end of the age. They are symbolized by the five wise virgins in Jesus’ parable. The book of Revelation speaks of two harvests, one gathering the saints together, the other the evil of the world. We are in the time of ingathering. In reference to the days of the Lord’s manifestation, Paul wrote in 2nd Thess. 2:1:

 1 ¶  Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,

 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

 The revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ is preceded by our gathering together to Him. This doesn’t mean we all physically gather in one place. It means we are drawn up spiritually to a common abiding place in Him. It is in this realm that we are prepared for what is to come. In Rev. 1, John gives this description of the Lord:

 14  His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.

15  His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.

 Now, in Rev. 19 we read:

 5 ¶  And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.”

 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

 In these verses we see that the voice of Christ is indistinguishable from those in whom He dwells. God is seeking those who will stand as Christ’s prophetic voice in the earth.

 This website is dedicated to finding those in whom the Lord has called for this hour. It is to be “a gathering place” for those who have been called to express themselves, seek confirmation, and share in the Word God is speaking.

2 thoughts on “Ingathering

  1. Thus far I am being blessed by what I am reading here …. it witnesses to what the Holy Spirit within has made alive in me. Through the power of the Holy Spirit within, I have been brought into the Holy of Holies to abide in Christ, whereby Christ can abide in and live through me through the Union He has brought into Being, since make me to be OF Christ.

    A few years ago while in prayer, via a God Consciousness, I was given a Vision which spoke of the Day of the Lord and the Ingathering, in the hope you will be moved to read it am posting it as a link. If you are moved to share it on your blog, I give you permission, as what I am moved to write I offer freely:

    http://www.enterrest.com/we_were_all_there.htm

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