SEVEN STEPS FROM SALVATION TO GLORY
We are in a very special season right now. Over the next two weeks would be a great time to increase your soul winning to your Jewish friends, neighbors, or co-workers. There is a tremendous way to witness to a Jewish person and that is to recognize his holiday. Yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, their New Year.
They have seven feasts of the Lord that Moses talks about. Those feasts are really seven steps from salvation to glory. Each one of the feasts talks about Jesus.
The first feast was the feast of Passover. We know that was when the lamb was killed. Last week we talked about the first exodus, when Israel came out of Egypt. It also talks about the death and crucifixion of Jesus in this feast. The second feast was the feast of unleavened bread, which is getting the sin out of their lives. It is about the waiting time, the burial of Jesus Christ. The third feast was the feast of first fruits, when they all gave honor to God because of the great harvest they would have. 1 Corinthians 15, says that Jesus is our first-fruits. The fourth feast was the feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was released and power came to the church. The fifth feast was the feast of trumpets. The first four feasts were the first coming of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we can know where we are today because we can refer to the feasts of the Lord and they reveal exactly where we are in time. Now we have three more feasts that are left. These second three feasts talk about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The fifth feast was the feast of trumpets, which makes people aware that something is coming. The millenium is coming. Jesus is coming back. That is the feast of trumpets. It is telling you that something good is about to happen. The sixth the feast of the Day of Atonement. That Day of Atonement is when the people of Israelís sins are forgiven. It is a very special day. It's about what will take place in the millenium. God's going to clear this whole world of sin during this millenium period. That's the time when you and I are going to come back from heaven to be on this earth. The seventh (last) feast is the feast of Tabernacles, which is when we are going to rest for one thousand years without Satan on this earth. And, of course, that's during the millenium. The seven feasts really are the seven steps from salvation to glory.
Yesterday was the Jewish New Year. There is not a great deal said about this holiday, but there is tremendous meaning behind it. Leviticus 23:23, "And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying." Verse 24, "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month (October), in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial (something you must remember) of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation (assembly)." Now with the Jewish people, in the beginning of the month they came out and they would blow the trumpets to let the people know throughout the land that it was the beginning of the month. But there was something very special about the feast of trumpets. On this day, they blew the trumpet all day long without stopping. The people had no doubt that something was about to happen in Israel. You see, the trumpet is being blown today in the spirit realm. But the whole purpose for the feast of trumpets was to prepare the people for the Day of Atonement. It's a tremendous day, the males were required to come to the three feast season (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles). Nobody could mistake that this was their New Year. Numbers 29:1, "And in the seventh month (October), on the first day of the month (Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah), ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work; it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you." It only happens once a year. Here's what they have to do during this time. Verse 2, "And ye shall offer a burnet offering for a sweet savour unto the Lord; (burnet offering always talks about self-dedication) one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year without blemish." Verse 3, "And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals for a bullock, and two ten deals for a ram." During these ten days the Jewish people will have to present something to God (meat offering or meal offering) to show thanksgiving for everything that they have received. You know yourself that the Jewish people are probably some of the richest people in the world. They know the principles of giving. What you sow is what you reap. Jewish people sow a great deal into Godís work. They are big givers. And this week, these ten days, they are giving thanks to God for what He has done for them. Verse 4, "And one tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs." Verse 5, "And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; to make an atonement for you." Verse 6, "Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the daily burnt offering, and his meat offering, and their drink offerings, according unto their manner, for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord." They would present these to the Lord and all of a sudden, fire would come down from heaven and consume them to let them know he was going to answer their prayers. Verse 7, "And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls; ye shall not do any work therein." Now notice in the tenth day another feast of the Lord comes up. That is called the Day of Atonement. So not only should you tell the Jewish people this week, happy Rosh Hashanah but in ten days, next week, tell them happy Day of Atonement. That is the Jewish holiest day of the year. It's like our Christmas.
Back in Leviticus we will go over the Day of Atonement. Leviticus 23:27, "Also on the tenth day of the seventh month there shall be a day of atonement; it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls (time to repent), and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord." Verse 28, "And ye shall do not work in that same day; for it is a Day of Atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God." This is amazing. With the Jewish people, it is so important to them that they will not work on that holiday. Do you know that the majority of Jewish people do not work on this day? It is so important to God that he said, "You will be cast out of the congregation if you work." That's how powerful this is. Now ask yourself this.... How many of you would work on New Year's or Christmas, if you were asked to work? I would say the majority of Christians would work because of the fear of losing their jobs. How many of you would say to your boss, I can't come in it's Christmas. What I'm trying to say, is why the Jewish people are blessed. They had a heritage that was very strong. I'm not saying that's the way it is now. But the rock was built. The anchor is in place. The lighthouse is there. You have to ask yourself, Why have they been blessed as a people not born-again? Show me one other nation that has what Israel has. Or what the Jewish people have. Name me one other nation. America has it. Because our foundation was built basically the same way the Jewish foundation was built. But it is not true now. America is now on the grace of our forefathers. We must begin to turn America around and get back to the things of God. And it's going to happen. We are going to get back there. But the point I am trying to bring out here is the foundation that the Jewish people started successfully has been carried over to today. We, in America, are prosperous. The last ten years have been the most prosperous years America has ever known. We do not deserve it. We have killed more babies in the last ten or fifteen years. We have taken prayer out of school. We have taken the Ten Commandments out of public places. We have done everything that is so wrong to God. This country deserves judgment right now if it deserves anything else. But we are not getting it. Why is that? Because the rock was built with our forefathers, with the pilgrims and what they stood for. It is by the grace of God that because of the manner in which this country was built that it is carrying you and I right now. We should be judged for the things that we are doing, and not standing up for what Godís word says. We as Americans should be registering to vote. This is a privilege to have the freedom to vote and we, as Christians should praise our God for it and the fathers of this great country. It's the grace of God of what our father's have built that's carrying you and I right now. And it's the foundation that the Jewish people had back then that's carrying them this day. Even though they are not born-again. Leviticus 23:28, "And ye shall do no work in that same day; for it is a Day of Atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God." Verse 29, "For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people." He will get rid of you if you don't repent on that day. God's not that strict with us today. There are many things we should repent for. "...he shall be cut off from among his people." That's how serious God was. Verse 30, "And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in the same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people." Is there any wonder that the Jewish people are in fear? How many of us would be sitting here today. Verse 32, "It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your soul; in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath."
Now during this Day of Atonement the high Priest of that day went into the Holy of Holies. But before he entered in he atoned for his sins. This is what Jesus did when he was on the cross. Then the Priest went in to the Holy of Holies for all of the sins that Israel had committed during that year. The Priest would then take the blood of one of the goats and sprinkle it on the Mercy Seat and make an offering. And when he did that, every sin that was ever committed was atoned for. "Atone" means it was covered for. When he came out of the Holy of Holies there was still one goat left. He would lay hands on the goat and pronounce all the sins over this goat. They called it the "scapegoat". This only happened on the Day of Atonement. And he would speak the sins of the land over this goat and then the scapegoat would go out into the wilderness and you would never see him again. In other words, when you become born-again, when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, your sins were totally remitted (forgiven). This is the pattern of the scapegoat. When you and I receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, every sin that you ever committed Jesus forgave you of, never to remember again. The bible says your sins are as far as the east is from the west. And that was the purpose. All this took place on the nine days coming up. This is what happened on the Day of Atonement. The reason I am ministering this today is because if you should meet a Jewish person, I believe they will listen if you begin to tell them about these things that I have just preached about. They are not very interested in the New Testament, but they will listen to you talk about the Old Testament. If you can minister this to a Jewish person, you may be able to lead them to the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior because you are remembering their most precious days. It's so wonderful. You will make an impression on a Jewish person by knowing something about their history. When someone starts to tell me about the history of our land, and especially someone coming from another country, I'm amazed. So what the Priest did, was to place all the sins on that goat and the goat went out in the wilderness never to be found again. If we sin, you have and I have 1 John 1:9, which states that He, will forgive us our sins. God will forgive you. Just don't do the same thing over and over. We have to start breaking our bad habits. Now on this Day of Atonement, something else happened here. The year of jubilee came every fifty years. Leviticus 25:9, "Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land." Verse 10, "And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his family." All your money that you had that the devil stole from you, it's coming back. How would you like that? All those blunders that you made, poor investments, it would all be coming back to you. If you were a slave for somebody for all those years, now you are no longer going to be a slave. What happened to you before you came to Jesus, you were a slave to the devil. You lived just the way the devil wanted you to live. But when you come to Jesus you are no longer a slave. You become a Son of God, not a servant but an actual Son of God. Verse 11, "A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you; ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed." Verse 12, "For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you; ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field." Verse 13, "In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every may unto his possession." Everything that was taken from you, all the houses and lands that you owned, you're going to get it back. Verse 14, "And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another." What is happening here, the people did not work for two whole years. And if they did any work, they would be cut off. Why? Because God wanted them to see that He could make provisions for them for those two years. How many here would stop work today and not work for two years and believe that God is going to bring the money in to keep your house, car, and all your other bills paid? I don't think anybody here would mind that. Anybody have that kind of faith? But this is what happened in that year of jubilee. Why? Because God wants to show the people that He could make all the provisions for you. Look what happens when you come to Jesus. He forgives you of all your sins. You're no longer a slave to the drugs, alcohol, sexual perversion. You're no longer in bondage to any of these things. If you are, God's working you out of it. You're free of that. Many people couldn't even hold a job before they came to the Lord. All of a sudden, God has you working. And the majority of the people in our country have it pretty good, especially those that have committed their lives to the Lord. And maybe there are things wrong but the majority of Christians across our land are very fortunate today. Luke 4:18. When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, he became your jubilee. He is everything you need today. Luke 4:18, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." Verse 19, "To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." That's what Jesus is to you. Whatever you need, you being to trust him and put your faith in him and he will do it.
I'm going to finish here with the feast of Tabernacles. Remember the first four feasts, Jesus already fulfilled. But this is the Second Coming. What you can expect. Leviticus 23:34, "Speak unto the children of Israel saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord." You can see this takes up most of the month. This is the last feast. After this there are no more. So this is a time of rest representing the millenium. You and I are going to rest for one thousand years. This is what the feast of tabernacles is. You can say to a Jewish person on the 15th day of October, I see you're going into a day of rest. And they will say, yes. You can bless them. Here's what happened during that time. Verse 36, "Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord; on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord; it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein." Verse 37, "These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, everything upon his day." Verse 38, "Beside the Sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the Lord." Verse 39, "Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days; on the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath." This will be the last harvest. Notice there was tremendous wisdom in how God set this up. Their harvest was their provisions for the future months, just as a bear makes his provisions for the winter months. What God is showing us here today is that He would like us to have a storehouse so when the rainy days come, you will be able to get through it and help others. Verse 40, "And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days." In the next three-four verses, God wants the Jewish people to remember where they came from. They wandered in the wilderness for forty years. And they would have to live under tents and homemade shelters. How many of you would like to go back and live in your first house? Or would you rather live in the house you have now? I think everybody wants to hold onto what we have. We don't want to go back. So this is the feast of Tabernacles.
So we looked at three feasts today. If you could just remember a key point from each of the feasts, when you minister to a Jewish person, that would bless them tremendously. On the feast of Trumpets, remember trumpets. On the Day of Atonement, their sins are covered over. On the feast of Tabernacles, they lived in tents.
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