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Robert B. Scott

Return to the Father’s Heart

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CELEBRATIONS: Feast of Tabernacles

 

Hiding in Eternal Love

 

 

Welcome to the Feast of Tabernacles, the feast that celebrates the rule of the Gods of Love on the Earth. We as Sons of God are preparing by this feast to rule with Jesus for 1000 years, in what we call the Millennium, which will extend forever, a time when the world will not be limited by time but will inhabit eternity as does our God who is Love.

Someone once asked me, as they considered today’s bad news and the search of survivalists to find safe places in the last days, “Where is the safest place on Earth to be in these last days?” I immediately responded, “Under the shadow of the Most High.”

While the world, even the Christian world, is hiding in tradition and religiosity, at this feast we are hiding in Love, protected under the shadow of the wings of the Most High. Whereas the physical Israelites, who did not have the God of eternal love living in them, needed to live in physical booths or tabernacles to grasp the meaning of this feast, eternity dwells within us, in our physical tabernacles or bodies. As we put our spirit man first, realizing that we dwell in the tabernacle of our Father Love in heaven, we are preparing ourselves to rule with our Brother Jesus on this Earth. It is communion, not booths, which reminds us that we need Jesus and the eternal life He gives. It is taking His body and blood that remind us that His eternal love overpowers the temporary nature of our physical lives.

The Hebrew word for “celebrate” in regards to the Feast (the first “celebrate” in Lev. 23:41 or “keep” in KJV) is chagag (Strong’s Concordance No. 2287). The root is “the Eternal has risen” and can mean “the eternal ones (saints) have risen (Jesus has resurrected all those that are His).”  This also means that we are risen with Jesus into the heavenly places. In fact, it could also imply that because we are risen with Him and seated in the heavenlies with Him, seeking those things of the spirit that are above, we will be raptured up to be with Him and then come down and rule with Him as the meaning of this feast shows.

After all, God does tell us that because we have indeed been “raised up with Christ,” we should set our minds on the things above (Col. 3:1-2). What follows is quite important relative to our subject: “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).

Where are we hiding? Are we hiding in fear in Satan, or are we hiding in Love, Father Love? Where are we dwelling? Are we dwelling in the tents of wickedness, looking to the world for our protection? Or are we dwelling in the tabernacle of El Shaddai?

We should be dwelling where David, a man after God’s own heart, chose to dwell. In Psalm 27:4-6 he writes: “One thing I have asked from the [Eternal], that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the [Eternal] all the days of my life, To behold the beauty [delightfulness] of [Jesus] And to meditate in His temple.”  The word meditate is translated in the margin as inquire. Even as early as age 12, Jesus was inquiring in the temple, asking good questions of the rabbis. He was in close contact with His Father, and He entered daily into His Father’s spiritual tabernacle. He also entered into the temple or synagogue on the Sabbath day and kept the feast days as well.

David continues, “For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle, In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy…” (Ps. 27:5-6).

Emphasis on Our Tabernacle – or God’s?

At this Feast of Tabernacles, we are coming into God’s tabernacle to show Him that’s where we want to dwell. We celebrate the time when Jesus will come down to tabernacle or dwell with men permanently, not temporarily as He did 2000 years ago. By extension, we celebrate the time when our Father will receive the Kingdom from Jesus and come to dwell on His throne on the Earth.

We can only dwell eternally under the shadow of eternal love with our Father if we learn here and now not to put the emphasis on our earthly tabernacle, the things of the flesh.

Paul understood the meaning of our earthly tabernacle. Here is what he said in II Corinthians 5: “ For we know that if the earthly tent [or tabernacle] which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life” (II Cor. 5:1-4).

The Bible tells us that we will be exactly like Jesus when He appears (I John 3:2). He had a glorified physical body that could walk through walls, a body of flesh and bone with supernatural qualities. It is in that body that He ascended to heaven. We will be clothed in the resurrection with the same kind of body, a body that is heavenly yet at the same time is physical, an Earth suit that is required for us to rule on the Earth.

We will not, however, have that kind of body to rule with Jesus and be raised in the first resurrection unless we seek to dwell in the protective shadow of our God, dwelling daily with Him in the heavenlies, and dwelling in His tabernacle at the Feast of Tabernacles.

Remember that word chagag, whose conceptual meaning includes rejoicing that we are risen with Jesus Christ and seated in the heavens. When David dwelt in God’s tabernacle at the feast, he rejoiced. He said, “I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to [Jesus]” (Ps. 27:6). The word sing includes the concept of strolling around while singing. The word chag for feast implies dancing in a circle and claiming the world for Jesus at this Feast of Tabernacles.

Religiosity classifies dancing in church as undignified. David’s wife thought the same thing of David when he danced for joy. On the contrary, dancing is not out of place in church, and should definitely be in place at this feast. It may take some time for some to get used to this expression of joy, but its results are powerful.

What Paul said in Colossians 3 is what we’re trying to get across today as this feast begins: “Therefore if you have been raised up [chagag] with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 1:1-3).

Hidden under His Wings

As we celebrate being raised with Jesus at this feast in order to rule with Him on the Earth, we are hidden, protected, and concealed from the attacks of Satan and safe under the shelter of the wings of the Most High. We are safe now, and we will be safe in the time of the Great Tribulation.

Notice Psalm 61:3-4: “For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. [Make me to] dwell in Your tent [tabernacle] forever; [I shall] take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.” We often sing a song in church echoing the words of Psalm 63:7: “…in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.”

These wings are the same Hebrew word, kanaf, designating the wings or corners of Jesus’ prayer shawl, the same word used in Numbers 15:37-41 where Jesus gave the command to wear what evolved into the prayer shawl. Some of us in Freedom Church of God are blessed to have these prayer shawls. The Holy Spirit has instructed us as to how to use the shawls most effectively.

Many of you have probably seen pictures of Jews at the Wailing Wall covering their heads with the shawls as they pray. For those present here at the time of this sermon, we will demonstrate the use of the shawls. The white in the shawl signifies that we been made clean and forgiven by Jesus. Blue is the color of royalty and of the heavens, showing that we are connected to the spirit world and that our spirit has been made alive, and this color also symbolizes unlimited increase. The shawl is like a tent over our heads as we pray, showing that we are not putting the emphasis on our earthly tabernacle but are dwelling and hiding in the protective tabernacle of the Most High.

God has shown us that as we begin prayer, we take the shawl, kiss the center top part, and declare, “I wrap myself in the Word. Healing rise in the wings of the Sun of righteousness.” Then we wrap the shawl around our shoulders, or if we need more privacy, we cover our heads with it. We can also add if we so desire these words: “I thank You, Father, for this time to be with You in my prayer closet.” If we’re having difficulty forgiving ourselves or others, we need the mercy of God, so we can call for God’s mercy as we take the shawl.

Malachi 4:2, “…the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings,” was certainly not unknown to the woman who reached out to touch the tassels on the wings or kanaf of Jesus’ prayer shawl or talit. The knots on the tassel or tzitziyot represent the 613 laws of love in the First Testament embodied in the Word Himself, Jesus. She reached out for the wings of healing in the Word of Love, Jesus.

As I took the prayer shawl in preparing this sermon, I noticed Hebrews 9:11-12 marked on this particular one. It reminded me that it was the blood of Jesus that brought me before the throne of my Father, not the shawl. His blood had caused the veil of the temple to tear from top to bottom and allowed me to come into the holiest place of my Father’s tabernacle in heaven. Being under the shawl was a symbol of being under God’s tabernacle of intimacy and protection.

When we meet with our Father daily in our prayer closet or under our shawl, we are hiding in eternal love. Isaiah 33:20 says that God’s tabernacle will never be folded. His love will last forever, and when we hide in that love, we will also last forever. Our tabernacle will pass away and will be replaced by a glorious body made in the heavens.

As we hide in God’s tabernacle of love during this feast of love, we are guaranteeing that we will have the place that Jesus said He is preparing for us. We will rest and hide in His intimate love forever.

Shutting out the World

Isaiah 26:20-21 is not only, in the original Hebrew, one of the most complete explanations of the rapture, but it is also a call to shut out the world as we enter our time of prayer daily and our time of rest and celebration in God’s feast days. Following this written message is an addendum explaining the Hebrew words in these verses that powerfully illustrate what we’re saying today.

Our Father Love beckons us in these verses, “Come, my people, enter into your rooms [God’s tabernacle, which is now ours because of Jesus] And close your doors behind you [shut out the world and all distractions as you keep My feast]; Hide for a little while Until indignation runs its course.”

Eddy Arnold sang the song years ago that went like this: “Make the world go away. Get it off my shoulders.” That’s what we’re supposed to do in our prayer time and at this feast that celebrates a new world coming. When we pray, we “hide for a little while” in Jesus, away from the world, and we do the same at this feast. As we hide in Him, He says He will hide us in the time of trouble. Because we have loved Him by keeping His feasts of love, He will set us securely on high in His tabernacle (Psalm 91:14). Because we have kept His Word, including His feasts of love, and persevered in His love, He promised to keep us from the hour of testing about to come upon the whole world (Rev. 3:8-10).

The word “come” in the above passage, yalak, means: to carry back to the original home [we were in the genes of our Father before time began, so our home is with Him wherever He is]; to carry away to safety; to bear away in a moment’s notice or to bear away without notice; to bring out of troubles or tribulation.

“Enter” is bow, meaning to come into or enter into sanctuary [as we do in our quiet time of prayer and as we do in coming into God’s sanctuary on Earth at this feast]; to depart what is corrupt, troubled or self-destroying; to enter a place of peace, rest and/or celebration [as at this feast]; to be lifted up to heaven [that’s rapture!]; to put away the cares of the world; to set the markers or boundaries of the kingdom [and prepare to teach those Kingdom boundaries to others]; to go in for a time of refreshing [which this feast is].

God wants to bring us into His tabernacle of protection and intimacy, even in the time of trouble ahead, and He will if we agree to come under that protection, if we agree to leave the world behind, to leave everything that is not of heaven behind, and if we agree to celebrate with Him and allow Him to celebrate over us. He doesn’t imply here that we have to be perfect or have overcome every weakness. We must simply be willing and growing.

“And close your doors behind you” (close = cagar), meaning: to shut up the voice of Satan and his demons (which is not always easy when Satan brings pre-feast attacks, with days in which everything seems to go wrong, almost like a Mr. Bean movie); to be shut in together with those who walk with Jesus; to stop all influence with the world, flesh or Satan; to shut all ties to what is happening on earth. That’ why He gives us this feast – to be hidden with those who love Jesus and to shut out the world so we can prepare to rule the world.

He wants us to “hide for a little while” at this feast, hide in Him. Hide = chabah, which means: to hide the flesh from disaster, death, or defeat (We cannot be raptured if we hold on to the flesh, this earthly tabernacle); to cherish what God has given you, not treat it a mist or dust on the mantle (This is a feast of thanksgving); to reside under the wings of God; to hide; to bind oneself to everything that love is; to be held away from evil’s touch; to be held in secret or in a secret place that neither Satan nor the world can access.

Summary: “My beloved brothers, allow Me to bring you out of troubles and tribulation so that you vanish from the eyes of the world and from Satan. Answer My call to be lifted up to heaven, to the assembly of the believers in the rooms made especially for you, to shut off the calls of Satan and the pressures of the world for a little while so that I may hide you body, soul and spirit from all evil, disaster, death, or defeat. Allow all indignation and the evil one their last vain efforts so that I will see you answer Me when I send for you to come into safety that is beyond time, beyond space, and beyond evil’s ability to touch you ever again and beyond the effects of my punishment that will come upon the Earth.”

We were hidden with Jesus in God at Passover, cleansed by Jesus’ blood. We hid in Him to be free from false ways during Unleavend Bread. As His first fruits we hid in Him at Pentecost. We are hiding in Him at these fall feasts, hiding this week in His tabernacle, under His protective wings.

Because we are hiding in Him, we are the hope of the world, the light that shines in the darkness. And because we will be faithful to hide in His eternal love, hiding in Love Himself for seven days, we will be His witnesses to teach the world on the eighth day, the Last Great Day when many thousands will come to us to hear and see a witness of His eternal love. We are here this week to hide in our Father Love, to hide away from the world and its ways so that we can prepare for a new world order, to rule with Jesus in His soon-coming government of love on Earth. That’s why we’re here. We must take advantage of this glorious opportunity to hide in God’s eternal love, expressing love for our brethren and those outside in preparation for ruling in and with Love forever! 

             

Addendum to FOT 2010 “Hiding in Eternal Love” Sermon

Isaiah 26:20-21: “Come, my people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little while Until indignation runs its course. For behold, [Jesus] is about to come out from His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; And the earth will reveal her bloodshed And will no longer cover her slain.” The conceptual Hebrew in these verses is rich in meaning.

The word “come” or “to walk into,” yalak means: to carry back to the original home; to carry away to safety; to bear away in a moment’s notice or to bear away without notice; to bring out of troubles or tribulation; to go out of the world or to go out of a special time; to lead or be led to safety; to drop one’s hold on physical things: to cause to run quickly to a place of safety.

“Enter” is bow, interesting amplifier rooted in the words “go into” or “come into.” It means: to abide in a room, area, or city that is named for you; to apply what you have learned; to attain safety, security and/or peace; to be elsewhere when evil rises up; to call an assembly of true believers [Jesus is calling the assembly, on a Day of Trumpets, the day of kings, sometime in the future]; to carry or to be carried into a safe, secure place; to come into or enter into sanctuary; to depart what is corrupt, troubled or self-destroying; to enter a place of peace, rest and/or celebration; to be lifted up to heaven; to put away the cares of the world; to set the markers or boundaries of the kingdom; to go in for a time of refreshing. [God wants to bring you to a home that He has specially built for you to protect you from troubles, tribulation, and distress. Just agree to leave the world behind, to leave everything that is not of heaven behind, and everything that is of the fleshly world behind. Agree with Him to celebrate over you. Agree that you want to be in that celebration, for Him to celebrate with you and in you in a special home that is full of joy, life, and peace. So when these two words come together, they are telling you that you have to make a statement of agreement that you want to enter in. It does not mean that you have to be perfect, that you must have overcome everything in your life, but that you come into agreement with Jesus so He can bring you into this place of protection.

“And close your doors behind you” (close = cagar), meaning: to shut up Satan and his voice and all the demons that speaks his word; to be shut in together with those who walk with Jesus; to stop all influence with the world, flesh or Satan; to shut all ties to what is happening on earth.

“Hide for a little while” (hide = chabah), which means: to hide the flesh from disaster, death, or defeat (We cannot be raptured if we hold on to the flesh, this earthly tabernacle); to cherish what God has given you, not treat it a mist or dust on the mantle (This is a feast of thanksgving); to reside under the wings of God; to hide; to bind oneself to everything that love is; to be held away from evil’s touch; to be held in secret or in a secret place that neither Satan nor the world can access.

Summary: “My beloved brothers, allow Me to bring you out of troubles and tribulation so that you vanish from the eyes of the world and from Satan. Answer My call to be lifted up to heaven, to the assembly of the believers in the rooms made especially for you, to shut off the calls of Satan and the pressures of the world for a little while so that I may hide you body, soul and spirit from all evil, disaster, death, or defeat. Allow all indignation and the evil one their last vain efforts so that I will see you answer Me when I send for you to come into safety that is beyond time, beyond space, and beyond evil’s ability to touch you ever again and beyond the effects of my punishment that will come upon the Earth.”