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             I was reading in Revelation 20 where all of the Dead and all of the Living will come before GOD in judgment . Some of us will spend Eternity with HIM in Heaven while some of us will spend an Eternity in Hell , separated from HIS Grace. I know without a doubt that my Eternity is with GOD!!! Thank you JESUS!!!

      The Feast of Atonement is the Holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a time for complete fasting and a time in which mankind can draw closer to GOD. In Jewish terms the  Day of Atonement  is called  YOM  KIPPUR . Kippur means Kafar and derives from the word Kofer which means to be “ransomed” or” redeemed”. Thank GOD for JESUS !!! We have been redeemed !!! We no longer need a goat in our place ,we have the Lamb!!! GOD is Good!!!

   After Trumpets we need to be ready for a time on Earth ruled by JESUS. Atonement prepares us for just that!!!  Should we be “asleep ” Atonement prepares us for an Eternity with GOD in Heaven. We need to afflict our souls in this preparation. We need HIS Covering!!! In HIS Grace we find that Covering!!! I so Love GOD!!!

   Headed for the Feast !!! We can not come empty-handed. Thank GOD again for JESUS!!!

   I Love you!!! Mark

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   I was reading in 1 Corinthians15  51-53 where the church will be Raptured to be with GOD . The field workers  will enter HIS Temple. GOD is indeed Good!!!

     Seems as though everybody knows when the Rapture will take place but me. I cannot go on-line without being inundated with false predictions from all around the globe.  In the book of Matthew 24 36-41  JESUS states that no man knows the hour HE will return . Verse 42 states ” Watch  therefore: for you  know not what hour your Lord doth come. ” Thank you JESUS!!!

      I know in my heart that it really is irrelevant when the “end” will be. I humbly believe that our “end” is near the moment we are born. I myself can’t wait to transition to my next life  , however , I will wait untill that time without much ado about nothing!!! Amen!!!

   When GOD spared Abraham with a ram for sacrifice instead of his son  we get a real glimpse of GOD’S grace!!! I see a need to always be prepared for the sounding of Trumpets. At that time GOD will “call out” HIS Church again. We are all going to be rejoicing. Hallelujah!!!

      Should I spot me a ram caught by his horns in a thicket I too shall have a shofar!!!

 ” In a twinkling of an eye”; Love it!!!-

  I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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   I was reading in Acts 2 2-4 where , during the Feast of Pentecost ,those who accepted CHRIST JESUS were filled with the Holy Spirit by what appeared to be tongues of fire. They began to speak in a Heavenly language ; each to their own. Thank you JESUS!!!

    This Feast was established to commemorate the time which Moses received the Ten Commandments and the whole law .  This year the Feast of  Pentecost is on Sunday , June 12 .  What I find interesting is the fact that on that day  ,with Moses angry ,Three Thousand Israelites died in their sin , and , when the Holy Spirit came upon the whole church ; Three Thousand  souls were saved. GOD is indeed Good!!!

    The Fulfillment of Pentecost came with the giving , by JESUS , of the Holy Spirit to  the church. Prophetically the two loaves baked with leaven represented the entire church of  CHRIST , sin and all!!!  Both Jews and Gentiles alike are brought into HIS Kingdom. Glory to GOD!!!

    This is the last of the  Four Feast which have been fulfilled to date.  The remaining  Three Feast represent times in our lives which are yet to come. Living today in this dispensation of time known as the  “Church Age”  we believers are so Blessed and  Highly favored with the Power which comes from having more than just the Eternal Security  of the “Church Age” believer , we have Gifts from the Holy Spirit which enable us to imitate CHRIST. YES!!!

  The Church is not a building which people gather to worship , the church is the people . Church defined literally means ” those called out ”  As GOD’S people were called out of Egypt we too have been called out of our sin and should be thankful that we belong to the Body of CHRIST.Amen!!!

  Going to the fields to see what has been left for me!!!

  I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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         I was reading in 1 Corinthians 15   20-23 how CHRIST JESUS  is the firstfruits of those who slept. What an awesome sacrifice by an awesome GOD!!! Not only did JESUS come out of the grave , HE overcame death and others followed after HIM!!!  Matthew 27   52-53 states   ” The tombs were also opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised , and coming out of the tombs after HIS resurrection they went into the Holy city and appeared to many.”  Talk about fertility!!!   Our Lord offered to the FATHER  the ” early crops ” of what will be an awesome Harvest!!! Thank you JESUS!!!

   In my humble opinion the resurrection of JESUS should be celebrated everyday!!! What our JESUS did was fulfill all three of the Spring Feasts ; sacrifice on Passover , in the grave on Unleavened Bread , resurrection on Firstfruits, then HE gave us the authority to countdown the Fifty days untill Pentecost with a new expectation!!! GOD is Good!!!

      Before HE ascended to HIS Father JESUS met with HIS people and fellowships with them. HE ministered to them and then disappeared with a Promise. The Holy Spirit was on HIS way to be with us.  Pentecost has new meaning!!! Glory to GOD!!!

       Oftentimes the winters are pretty harsh here in Kissimmee ,yet , every Spring I witness new growth in both the natural and spiritual realms. GOD deserves the Firstfruits of that growth!!!!!!!

 Giving GOD a wave offering !!!

 I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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                                I was reading in  1 Corinthians 5 1- 8 where Paul is writing to the Church in Corinth about getting rid of a sin which was  retarding their spiritual growth. Verses 7 and 8 state ” Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump , as you really are unleavened. For CHRIST , our Passover lamb ,  has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival , not with the old leaven , the leaven of malice and evil , but the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Thank you JESUS!!!

           What GOD is asking us to understand and celebrate is that we are cleansed of the sour and rotting influences of our past lives . The LAMB was sacrificed and we are a new creation made ” unleavened ” by the Power of the Holy Spirit!!! Glory to GOD!!!

    Leaven is a metaphor for sin. The leaven in our lives represents the sin in which we live . Getting rid of all of the leaven in our homes and our lives for one week  merely underscores a willingness on our part to walk sin-free ; Holy. Thank GOD for JESUS!!! We are indeed new creations , cleansed by the sacrifice of a living GOD!!! GOD is Good!!!

    Headed to the well!!!  I am prepared and have ample time for my bread to rise!!!

    I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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             I was reading in Exodus 12 where GOD gave instructions to Moses on how to avoid the plague of the firstborn in Egypt. HIS people were to sacrifice an unblemished lamb and place some of  it’s Blood on the sides and top of their doorpost. The Angle of Death  would pass over every house which was covered by the Blood , and thus save the firstborn from Death.  Moses and the Israelites did as they were instructed and thus earned their freedom from Egypt ,from sin. Thank you JESUS!!!

       We are born into sin , born into the “old sin nature “. We are all slaves to our nature up untill that  moment in our lives where in which we decide to be covered by the Blood of the Lamb ,JESUS!!! GOD is Good!!!

     I can not imagine how the people of Egypt felt losing their firstborn in the night. Scripture records that there was a great wailing of pain and remorse for those lost. I myself ,after the previous six plagues , would have been imitating the Israelites!!!  A lost world is just that ; a lost world. Amen!!!

      JESUS is our passover Lamb!!!  The prophet Jeremiah spoke of the New Covenant 600 years before the cross [ Jer. 31:31 ]. This knowledge leads us to believe that our salvation comes by Grace through Faith in the shed Blood of Israel’s Sacrifice Lamb!!!  HIS Blood is the one and only Atonement which is acceptable for our sins!!! We owe JESUS our lives!!!Thank you Lord!!!

       Headed for a walk in the Light!!!

     I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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   I was reading in Leviticus 23 how GOD establishes covenant with HIS people through a series of  Feast which include celebration and sacrifice.  Leviticus 23 :4 states ” These are the set times of the Lord , the sacred occasions , which you shall celebrate each at it’s appointed time.”  GOD’S eternal plan for mankind , from beginning to end , is summed up in the nature and timing of these feast. Glory to GOD!!!

     The feasts are , in order , Passover , Unleavened Bread , First Fruits , Pentecost , Trumpets  , Atonement ,and  Tabernacles. The first Four are Spring Feast and the last Three are Fall Feast.

       1. Passover . This Feast represents a Feast of Salvation. In both Testaments we are delivered from slavery by the Blood of the Lamb.

   2. Unleavened Bread.  Leaven represents sin and to repent from sin is to walk a Holy walk. Born in Bethlehem JESUS represents the Bread of Life ,  and , in our acceptance of CHRIST we take on a new way in which we walk in our daily walk.

   3. First Fruits. This feast represents the fertility of the land which GOD has given Israel. A wave of a sheaf from the crops before the Lord was the offering which HE required of HIS people. Today this feast represents the resurrection of the Lord on First Fruits , and , eventually the resurrection of the entire Church.

    4.Pentecost .  In late May or early June , depending upon the moon’s cycles , this Feast represents the celebration of the summer harvest. As part of the sacrifice there are two loaves of bread baked with leaven. These loaves symbolize the Church being composed of both Jew and Gentile. Our Lord and Savior knew in Eternity Past that the Church would be established in this manner. Thank you JESUS!!! I Love how GOD commanded that the fields be left  with some harvest for the stranger and the poor. GOD is Good ; all the time!!!

     5. Trumpets.  This feast represents the Rapture of the Church . Ever since Isaac was spared by the ram the trumpet sound has come to symbolize freedom. I am so ready to hear  Trumpets!!!  Amen!!!

     6. Atonement. The Feast of Atonement represents a Holy day of confession before GOD. Thank GOD for JESUS. HE is our Atonement!!!

     7.Tabernacles.   This is a Seven day celebration which recognizes how GOD provided shelter for HIS people after bringing them out of Egypt , out of sin. Having spent most of my life outdoors I know that GOD always provides and never leaves us in need or want!!! I will never forget how HE has sheltered me through all of my storms!!!

         The Feast of Pentecost [Weeks ] draws close. Holy Spirit fill this world!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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