A message by Henry DuBose.
We are in a very important time right now. One of the songs we sing, “Behold, I Will Do Something New,” is quite indicative of where we are. We are becoming something new. The last line of the song speaks of the most difficult part of our transition – “Do not remember the former things; do not remember the past.” We tend to function in the way we always have. Old habits and routines are hard to break. Our experiences in the Lord and what He has been to us in our relationship with Him influence us in the way we function now. That has to change.
The message “Leave the Ark Behind” in the book “He is Spirit” would be a good one to read right now. Our present relationship with the Lord has been like an ark of comfort and safety. It is time to get out of the ark and walk in something new – a higher relationship with God. We cannot walk in a higher level as long as we are continuing to walk in our present level. He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second (Hebrews 10:9). Paul said that he counted all things loss, even the things that were gain to him, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:7,8).
The Lord is placing before us a realm that I call a “life-realm,” and we must learn to know Him in this realm of His life. To do so it is necessary for us to forsake the old and move into the new, which is most difficult because who knows how to function in a realm beyond their experience? We have not passed this way heretofore (Joshua 3:4), so it is difficult to know what to do or how to do it. We learn as we go.
Now that we know this life-realm lies before us, the first thing we need to do is to forsake the past – cut it off completely! Determine to be a new person; refuse to think in the old way. As long as we think according to the old patterns and old ways, we will be in the ruts of those old ways. A new way of thinking is required.
The Lord spoke something to me a few weeks ago that shook me up. He said that we are dangerously close to teaching truths as doctrines void of life. When we don’t walk in what we are teaching it is void of life and that opens us up to the judgments of God. We can’t merely teach about this life-realm and being channels for His life to flow through. It has to be a reality; we have to experience it, actually functioning as channels of His life. It is not enough to see these things and prophesy them; we have to really function in them. While many Christians are prophesying what God is going to do in the future, we must be a people that say, “Here we are, Lord, do it through us!”
His life must be appropriated! It is so necessary to learn how to appropriate. You cannot impart something you don’t have. You can’t minister His life if His life is not in you. You could say, “Well, we have life.” Yes, you have the life of the old realm, but we need the life of this new realm. Old manna breeds worms (Exodus 16:19-20). Each day requires new manna. The diet of the old realm will not suffice in the life-realm ahead of us. The life-realm before us involves new revelations of the Lord and we have to partake of them. We must not just preach about them; we must eat of them and assimilate them into our being. Then we will be able to minister them to others.
Understand that we are breaking into another realm. We are not merely moving up to another level; we are breaking into another realm. A realm enhouses many levels. So after we break into this new realm of His life we will then move from level to level in that realm. It is not that we haven’t moved in His life before, for we have. This is a higher realm of His life, a realm we have not known before. I believe that an overview of the feast of Israel will help us to understand the principle of moving from one level to another and from one realm to another.
14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto Me in the year.
15 Thou shalt keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before Me empty:)
Did you notice that last statement? We should not appear before the Lord empty. When you come before the Lord come with a heart full of worship and worship Him in spirit and in truth. That is what He is looking for, a people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
16 And the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the Feast of Ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God.
Three times during the year they were to appear before the Lord. The first time consisted of three feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread, and the Sheaf of Firstfruits. They are consecutive. Passover is one day followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread, seven days, followed by the Sheaf of Firstfruits, one day. Then fifty days after Passover is the Feast of Pentecost, which is one day. Then in the seventh month are three feasts. On the first day of the seventh month is the Feast of Trumpets, on the tenth day is the Day of Atonement, and beginning on the fifteenth day is the Feast of Tabernacles. There are seven feasts altogether.
Three feasts at the first gathering, one at the second, and three at the third. Now, let’s look at these feasts in Chapter 23 of Leviticus.
4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s Passover.
6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Passover speaks of our first experience in Christ. In I Corinthians 5:7, Paul said that Christ was our Passover. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He is our Passover. So we understand what the Passover represents. Each one of us repented for our sins and began a new life in the Lord. Remember, at the first Passover of Israel the Lord said, “This month will be a beginning of months for you” (Exodus 12:2). The beginning of our life in the Lord was our Passover. Judgment passed over us because we repented and accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior.
The unleavened bread speaks of Christ, too. Unleavened means purity. When we partake of the purity of Christ’s nature we are partaking of unleavened bread. The Sheaf of the Firstfruits follows the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
9 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:
11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
The Sheaf of Firstfruits symbolically spoke of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Passover was the forgiveness of sins. The unleavened bread the partaking of His purity, and the sheaf of firstfruits waved before the Lord speaks of His resurrection and ascension in glory. We must receive a revelation of the glorified Lord – where we have known Him as Jesus the Nazarene, we must now know Him as the Lord of glory, and that is what the sheaf of firstfruits means.
I find it very interesting that in verse 10 where it says, “Ye shall bring a sheaf of firstfruits,” that the Hebrew word for “firstfruits” is the same word translated “beginning” in Genesis 1:1. In the Beginning (or, in the Firstfruits) God created the heavens and the earth. This is talking about a creation coming forth out of Christ. In fact, the Lord calls Himself “the Beginning of the creation of God” in Revelation 3:14. He is the Beginning! He is the Firstfruits!
15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord.
17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.
Let’s recap a little. First, we have a Passover experience and become Christians. Then we can partake of the Unleavened Bread-nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the way we begin our walk with the Lord. Partaking of the Unleavened Bread leads us to the revelation of the Lord of glory. Jesus the man becomes the Lord of glory to us and we become aware of His presence. We begin experiencing the omnipresence of the Lord. That is our Sheaf of the Firstfruits experience. Now we see Him as the Firstfruits, the Beginning of the Body of Christ. This stage opens the door to becoming a functioning member of the Body of Christ.
Then fifty days after Passover is the Feast of Pentecost. A Pentecost experience of receiving the Holy Spirit is very important. It isn’t that we haven’t had the Holy Spirit working in our lives, but this experience takes us beyond what we have known up to this point. Did you notice in verse 17 that the two wave loaves were made up of two tenth deals of flour and baked with leaven? The number two speaks of Christ and the tenths redemption. The leaven represents sin. Christ was represented by unleavened bread because He was without sin. The two loaves waved before the Lord representing the Church are leavened because we still have our human nature, and human nature is sin.
23 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
The trumpets represent a prophetic living Word. This blowing of trumpets is the proclaiming of the Word that opens a new realm in God. Something new is coming forth, a new relationship between the Lord and His people. The preceding feasts represent individual experiences, but now something new is on the horizon. The creative Word of the Trumpets is heralding a new realm. Notice the times that the Lord says, “You shall do no servile work, but ye shall offer an offering” (verses 7-8,21,25,35-36). “Servile work” comes out of a sense of duty. An offering, on the other hand, comes out of a relationship. Many Christians do servile work. They feel obligated, so they read their Bibles, pray, etc., out of a sense of duty. What we do must be an offering, a free-will offering that comes out of a love relationship with the Lord.
5 And he (Aaron the high priest) shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.
6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.
7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat.
9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.
10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.
11 And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself…
21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
First, Aaron offered a bull for a sin offering for himself. Then two goats were taken for the removal of sin for the people. One was offered up as a sin offering, but the second goat was not slain. Aaron laid his hands on its head and confessed the sins of the people. This goat was called the scapegoat or the goat of removal and was taken out into the wilderness. It is important to understand that Aaron confessed the sins of the people on the head of the goat of removal.
Recall that the last feast of the blowing of trumpets was symbolic of proclaiming a new day, a new relationship with the Lord. And we have come to a new day, also, a Day of Atonement, so to speak. So, Aaron confessed the sins of the people over the head of the scapegoat. It was a collective experience for the children of Israel, and so it is for us, too. Aaron did not confess the sins of each individual over the scapegoat; had he done that it would have taken the rest of the year if not longer. Individual repentance and forgiveness was done at the Passover; this is a new realm, a realm where the all the sins that have hindered oneness are confessed. Until now we have walked before God as individuals. Now we must become a many-membered man company, a functioning Body of Christ, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one Body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:3-6). This is what Jesus prayed for in John 17:21, That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. The oneness created by the Day of Atonement is a prerequisite for experiencing the seventh feast, the Feast of Tabernacles.
33 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of the seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.
The Feast of Tabernacles is experienced out of oneness; it is a collective experience of the Body of Christ. The Day of Atonement is the entering in of the “life-realm.” The Feast of Tabernacles is our “gathering together unto the Lord” (II Thessalonians 2:1). The seventh feast, the Feast of Tabernacles is the same as the sabbath rest of the seventh day. It is when we, as a many-membered Body, become a channel through which the Lord ministers. It is time for us to enter the “life-realm,” but it can’t be done by those who have only experienced the Feast of Passover. We must experience the Passover, partake of the Unleavened Bread, experience the revelation of the Sheaf of Firstfruits, and then progress through Pentecost and the Feast of Trumpets to the Day of Atonement. Have you heard the blowing of Trumpets? Have you heard them heralding in the new day of oneness with our Lord? “But I’m still in the Feast of Passover. It will take me forever to pass through all the feast to the Day of Atonement and Tabernacles.” Well, you can’t leapfrog over them, but it doesn’t have to take you a long time, either. It’s amazing how fast you can appropriate these experiences if you really believe. Psalm 144:12 says “that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth.” Jesus turned the water into wine in the second chapter of John, and Paul said in Romans 9:28 that God “will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.” Start moving! Start appropriating the life of the Lord! Believe for a quick work! Start entering the “life-realm” today and see how fast you will move through each level preceding it. If you listen with your heart, you will hear the trumpets heralding the “life-realm.”