Deuteronomy – Deu 16:13-17 Our Fleshly Bodies are Temporary Dwellings

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Deu 16:13-17 Our Fleshly Bodies are Temporary Dwellings

[Study Aired June 19, 2020]

Deu 16:13  Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:
Deu 16:14  And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.
Deu 16:15  Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.
Deu 16:16  Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:
Deu 16:17  Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

What does it mean in verse 13 when God tells us we will observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, “AFTER THAT THOU HAST GATHERED IN THY CORN AND WINE”?

First, we must understand that the “tabernacle”, “tent”, or “booth” is speaking of our individual bodies. In this feast the literal Israelites, which are a type and shadow of us, would make tents, where they would stay for the duration of the “feast of taberancles”. This was a way God had them of reminding them how they had lived in tents in the wilderness journey. It was a time of reflection for them to remember how God had brought them out of Egypt, and they lived in tents in the wilderness. Today we are living in tents in the wilderness called the world, waiting to cross the Jordan, spy out the land, defeat the giants in the land and then take the land. Each of us is a tent, a land, and each of us has giants living within the land, and we are told to go out and destroy them. We are told NOT TO MAKE PEACE with them, not to mix with them, and not to worship their gods. All of this is inward for the building up of His nation, to rule outwardly in the thousand-year reign which is coming upon us.

Lev 23:42  Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: [Joh 17:15]
Lev 23:43  That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Although we are still in flesh, we do not dwell in the flesh.

Joh 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Joh 17:6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
Joh 17:7  Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
Joh 17:8  For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
Joh 17:9  I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. [Us living in booths, tents, or tabernacles in this world called the wilderness]
Joh 17:10  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
Joh 17:11  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Joh 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Joh 17:13  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. [“and thou shall rejoice in thy feast” (vs 2)]
Joh 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Joh 17:18  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Rev 12:12  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

We dwell in the spirit if the spirit lives in us. This means that the flesh does not have dominion over us, that we walk by the spirit, not by the flesh. When we fall, we get back up, we denounce the flesh and then fall, but we do not let it keep us down. We fight all the way through whatever the world throws at us.

Rom 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Rom 8:12  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

What does it mean to live after the flesh? To live after the flesh is to put your trust in the flesh and to give honor to the flesh for all things that happen, in short, to believe that you have freewill. To live after the flesh is to believe that you are responsible for all that you do or don’t do and that you are the captain of your salvation and not Christ.

Heb 2:10  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Religion teaches us the way to God is based on our good deeds. Religion teaches us that we have the power to be good or to be evil. Relgion has come up with millions if not billions of ways to make the Creator satisfied with them. This is why scripture calls religion Babylon, the great whore. All that comes from her are called “harlots”.

Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

So, we dwell in these fleshly bodies and they are called tents. The feast of tabernacles was a literal celebration and a time of honouring God for delivering the literal Israelites from Egypt, where they were slaves to Pharaoh, which typified our old man of sin, who exalts himself above all that is called God and that is worshipped as God.

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The feast of booths is very important for us to understand because it keeps us focused on the spiritual and not the natural. The feast of booths is to have us focus on how we were in bondage to the flesh, but now we are being delivered from it. We are daily being delivered from the corruption of the fleshly mind into the spiritual mind of Christ. What does it mean in verse 13 when He tells us that we will observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, “AFTER THAT THOU HAST GATHERED IN THY CORN AND WINE?

Because the corn represents the death of the flesh by the wine of the indignation of God upon our flesh. The corn represents all that we think we are and the wine represents the wrath of God upon that very work of the flesh. The corn is what we think we have planted and not Christ and it is by this very corn do we make the bread of sorrow.

Gen 3:17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Gen 3:18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

The feast of weeks is a type and shadow of what we are going through in these fleshly bodies. It is a time of great introspection where we are brought to the knowledge of our weakness in the flesh and the strength of God in the spirit. It is a time where we come to know how to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. It is a time when we are growing in grace, through the multitude of trials and temptations that are sent on us to mold us into the image of Christ. It is a time of pain and sorrow but a time that the greatness of what we have received overrides the pain and sorrow. Daily we are formed a little more into the image of Christ. Daily does the hand of God squeeze us more into the image that He desires. We are the clay in His hands, and when the trials get tough, we can know that it is the hands of our Creator, molding us into His image as He applies the pressure of His hands on us (Job 1:12, Job 1:12, showing that Satan is God’s hand and the hand He uses to shape us and mold us through trials).

Those literal Israelites are not the focus. They were created for us. Their very lives were created for us by which to be molded (1Co 10:6). They did not live unto themselves, but unto us, for all is ours (1Co 3:22). Everything that has ever been or ever will be was created for us, by Christ. Everything in nature, everything in nations, in people, in groups, in sorrows in the land, in rejoicing in the land. All things were created by Christ, and they were created for OUR BENEFIT, if you are given the eyes and ears to believe it.

2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The feast of tabernacles is where we break down the helplessness of the flesh and the power of God. We see that the flesh is powerless over the man of sin, but God is all powerful over all things He has created. We were taught in the teachings of the harlots of Babylon that God created us free moral agents, that we were created in the first Adam perfect. This was a lie. We were taught that we are born unstained, and we made ourselves perfect or evil by the deeds of the flesh. This was another lie. All of humanity is dead in trespasses and sin, all are rotting, stinking flesh, and the more we try to be good before our Creator, based on our good works of the flesh, the worse we stink. The most adorable baby born every day is a beast from birth and will continue to feed itself with whatsoever it can feed the flesh with.

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom 3:13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15  Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16  Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17  And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Now compare the verses above with the truth of these verses.

Rev 13:16  And it is causing all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they may be giving them an emblem on their right hand, or on their forehead, [all of these outlined above is the all and the none of Romans 3]
Rev 13:17  and that no one may be able to buy or sell except the one having the emblem of the wild beast, or its name, or the number of its name.”
Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him who has a mind calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is the number of mankind, and its number is six hundred sixty-six.” (CLV)

The feast of weeks is not a literal feast, but a daily feast of introspection into seeing the power of God and what He is doing in our lives and what He is using to put the pressure on us that will mold us into the image He has desired. We are being sown a natural body but we are raised, DAILY, a spiritual body, and so it is WRITTEN about us, the second Adam;

1Co 15:45  AndG2532 soG3779 it is writtenG1125 [G5769], The firstG4413 manG444 AdamG76 was madeG1096 [G5633] G1519 a livingG2198 [G5723] soulG5590; the lastG2078 AdamG76 was madeG1519 a quickeningG2227 [G5723] spiritG4151.

Our first man Adam is BEING MADE a living soul and at the same time he is being made a living soul, we ARE BEING MADE a life giving spirit. Life of the second man comes from the death of the first man. As the first man is being made a alive by his death, so our second man, Christ in us, is being quicked by that death of the first man. From death comes life.

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

These two men are us. The great whore and her daughters would have us put this outward to others and to the literal first Adam and the literal second Adam, Christ. But Who is Christ?

Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Who is the last Adam?

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

The thing that comes from the death of the one, is the end results that God had intended, The LAST ADAM, us. We are the last Adam that God is creating by The Spirit of Christ in us. We are being formed as the bride of Christ, who is one with her husband and being one she is equal to Him, only in title, not in the throne as the Head.

Gen 41:40  Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruledonly in the throne will I be greater than thou.

This is the feast of passover, the feast of weeks and the feast of tabernacles all together, showing us the plan of God in Christ Jesus our LORD, Who is making us kings and priests. Through the many trials of the flesh Christ puts to death the flesh and to bring to life the spirit. There is no better example to me than literal seeds. I planted my garden early this year, but not one seed came up. The ground was still too cold, and the seeds rotted in the ground; they never died in the sprouting process. So, too, it is with us. Our first seed is our first Adam and when that seed dies, it brings forth the life of the Seed, the plant, the second Adam, Christ resurrecting in us. Each individual seed is like a tent or a tabernacle. It has to be atoned for by the death of the seed itself. When the Sun of righteousness has risen and has heated our flesh, the seed in us begins to die (Mal 4:2). When that seed dies, it brings forth a plant, then it brings forth fruit, but not of itself. The life-giving force is from God. He makes the conditions for a good death, good germination, good growth and then good fruit. The seed does not have life in itself. It is given life by its death, and that death is conditioned on the weather of the Creator.

Joh 15:1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Joh 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Joh 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

So, too, with the feast of tabernacles. The corn that is gathered (and corn means any grain seed, not necessarily what we know nowadays as literal corn – see H1637) is the seed that has come from the death of another SEED, that seed is Christ, who has life in Himself.

Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Because He was the original SEED that has died for us, from His death we are growing into individual plants. In the feast of tabernacles we are told not to do any servile work during this seven days of the feast. Why? Because what comes from the the Seed is not from the works of our hands, but from God. What has come from the death of Christ, the first Seed was planned and orchestrated by God the Father. So, from the life of Christ, He has produced fruit. That fruit has died, and in the death of that fruit comes a seed. We are those seeds or tabernacles. In each tabernacle lives the Spirit of The Original Seed, Christ. From the death of that Seed we live. We do no servile work in the bringing forth of the Seed in us. It is a work of God predestined and ordained before the world was ever created. When we read the following verses, I ask God to keep our spirit focused on the parable of the garden seed and all that takes place which we have just said. Think of the rising Sun, the heat of the day, the rain, the wind and anything that God creates to make the perfect condition for the death of our tent covering, or seed shell.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Eph 1:8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Eph 1:9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Eph 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. [walk in them or grow in them]

Now let’s read about the feast of tabernacles again, and with the understanding we have now, may God apply it inwardly and allow us to see what He really meant by booths and tabernacles, about corn and wine, and about sacrificing.

Lev 23:33  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 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.
Lev 23:35  On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:36  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.
Lev 23:37  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, every thing upon his day:
Lev 23:38  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.
Lev 23:39  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.
Lev 23:40  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.
Lev 23:41  And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
Lev 23:42  Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
Lev 23:43  That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Lev 23:44  And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

One last note on wine. Grapes are harvested in the last harvest, and grapes derive their juice color from water. The grape vines suck up the water from the ground, and that water is then turned into the grape juice, which represents the wrath of God, which we covered earlier. This should tell us, inwardly, that the more we learn of God through the water of His word, the more we will see why the wrath of God is on our flesh. Then outwardly we should see that the things going on in the world today, as it is falling apart and every man’s hand is against his neighbors, is the truth of scripture that the grapes are starting to grow. The wrath of God is approaching because the pruning time is at hand. The iniquity of all mankind, the self righteousness of all mankind, the total disregard of all of mankind has almost reached harvest time.

The end draws near, and we are being prepared to dress the vines, to prune the vines for a thousand years, at the end of those thousand years the grapes will be at their plumpest and fully ripe. Then we will be sent to harvest those grapes with a great sickle, and the whole of mankind will be crushed in the lake of fire where they will be converted and made children of their Creator. We are harvested first in the feast of weeks, and the rest of mankind is harvested last in the feast of tabernacles. We represent those in verses 14-17, and the rest of the word represents those in verses 18-20.

Rev 14:14  And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:15  And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
Rev 14:16  And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
Rev 14:17  And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:18  And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
Rev 14:19  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Rev 14:20  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

These verses above are confirmed by a witness in these verses;

Zec 14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17  And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth (Jer 22:29) unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
Zec 14:18  And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:19  This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:20  In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
Zec 14:21  Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

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