Harvest

Now what about harvest? What do Moses actions prophesy in the way of harvest?

Moses commanded the people to collect the materials for construction of the tabernacle. The work was finished and tabernacle was raised up on the first day of Nisan or Aviv. It was done in time for the Passover!

Ex 40:17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.

And here we find our answer. Gathering the materials for the tabernacle represents the harvest. The Passover is the [physical] Second Coming of Jesus Christ! This means that Moses actions here are an allegory of God's entire end time plan.

Everything we have said about the feast of tabernacles relates to that end time plan. God's Dwelling Place

So how does the gathering of the materials for the tabernacle tell us anything about harvest?

The tabernacle was to be God's dwelling place. Later a temple was built for God's dwelling place. David spoke of building him a house to dwell in. These three terms for God's dwelling all speak of the church, this is to be a spiritual dwelling, the house or family of God. [Note that the bible speaks of someone's family as being their house in many cases, as in house of Jacob, or house of Joseph.] There is also a connection between the idea of the house of God and the Body of Christ. They are ways of saying the same thing for a spirit can dwell in a body in the same manner as a man can live in a house.

Ac 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

So ultimately, God is not going to dwell in a physical structure at all.

Re 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

The materials of the tabernacle or temple speak of men, the souls of men, which are to be harvested in these end times. Peter uses this analogy to speak of us as lively stones.

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Being a lively stone means being a part of the spiritual temple. It is also to be a member of the family or part of the body. In Ephesians 2, these ideas are tied together.

Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

We see here in this passage a mention of being fellow citizens, which would mean citizens of the Kingdom of God. Next mentioned is the household of God, so we are part of the family of God. Also, we are built into a habitation of God, a dwelling, through the Spirit, that is the second covenant, his spirit in us. We are built on the foundation where Jesus is the chief cornerstone. In him, the building is fitly framed. That is the building or body if you please is properly assembled. And the building or body, once properly assembled, grows into a holy temple. So, we are to be built into God's dwelling place.

There are two very important points to notice here. One, the building or body is properly assembled in Christ; the phrase fitly framed is also sometimes translated as rightly joined. Two, the building or body then grows.

The same idea is seen later in Ephesians 4.

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Here it speaks of maturity as growing up, that is growing up into Him, Christ, the Head of the Body. So that maturity is to be in Christ. Next, we see mentioned that the whole body is fitly joined to the head. And that this causes the body to increase or be built up.

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