Gleaning

Posted Jan 09, 2011 by Bobbie Beck in Praise Fellowship Feedback and Sharing Hits: 5,505

Many Christians nowadays are advocating keeping the feast days, my usual answer to this is, "We are in the day of Atonement, how can we keep any other feast while we are keeping this one?" Recently I have come across something " new" about the feasts that I find very interesting, I haven't fully "tweeked" it, but here is a glimpse of what I've discovered...

In Lev 23 there is a time period between the spring and fall feasts (May/ June- Sept/ Oct) of which it is said.....

"And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God." Lev 23;22

After the stoning of Stephen the Gospel went to the Gentiles (strangers), this is that time period between the spring and fall feasts.
Jesus spoke of this time period in John 4, after speaking with the Samaritan woman, when the disciples came to him with food he said, "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." Jn 4;35
He was speaking of the Samaritans (gentiles). And he stayed with them for 2 days ( v. 43), now we know that a day to the Lord is as a thousand years to us, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 pet 3;8-9
Christ has been with us ( the gentiles) for about 2000 years, we have been gleaning His Word and He has been bringing us to repentance, and to the fulfillment of the fall feasts. Remember what he said to the woman "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. .....But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." Jn 4: 21,23

In Hosea we read...."I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hos 5:15- 6:3

In an article titled " THE SANCTUARY, thirty-seventh paper- The tenth Day of the Seventh Month" Uriah Smith wrote these words....."Another point should be borne in mind relative to typical fulfillment; namely, that the antitype commences upon the day of the type, but may extend forward a great distance. We are still partaking of Christ our passover, as the church has been for the past eighteen centuries. We are still keeping the feast of unleavened bread. And the Holy Spirit which came down on the day of Pentecost, as the antitype of the feast of that day, still abides with the church of Christ, read carefully 1 Cor 5; 7,8; John 14;16. So with the work in the holiest- on the day of atonement, the tenth day of the seventh month. It's antitype must commence at that time, and of course must occupy a space of time corresponding to it's magnitude and importance." Review and Herald, Oct 26, 1876

Thus we are daily partaking of the passover, we are daily partaking of unleavened bread, we are daily recieving the Holy Spirit which is Christ and at the end of the 2 days we will receive the latter rain which will fully ripen the fall harvest, the Day of Atonement will be completed and then we will keep the Feast of Tabernacles, forever....