In the January 1, 2009, Remnant Bride Radio program titled, “Double-Portion Pentecost,” I related the difficulty I went through when there was no Gihon, no “bursting forth,” at the Tabernacles Pentecost on December 26, 2008. In this written report, we will not readdress that process wherein I saw that I had to use the one gift I have—endurance—and pursue the hope that still lies before us. That hope is that this much needed Tabernacles Pentecost could well be counted on the Leviticus 23:15-16 accounting, rather than on the Deuteronomy 16:9-10 accounting. More will be said about this, but first we will examine some related matters that give us hope and understanding.
By way of review, Deuteronomy 16:9-10 sets forth one accounting of Pentecost whereby a Tabernacles Pentecost would have been on December 26, 2008. This is a count of forty-nine days, culminating with Pentecost on the fiftieth. Here we read:
“You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to Yahweh your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as Yahweh your God blesses you.”
Yet on the other hand, Leviticus 23:15-16 clearly sets forth another accounting to the “fiftieth” day. Here we see a double portion wait of forty-nine plus forty-nine, and then the fiftieth.
“You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to Yahweh.”
These two are in clear contradiction, propounding a most important riddle.
Obviously, we now know that the Deuteronomy accounting was not the fulfillment during this time. Nothing happened on December 26. But it is important to note that if the Leviticus accounting is to be fulfilled, certainly nothing could have happened. You might recall that, as demonstrated when counting Jubilees, or Jubilee waiting periods, the first day of the next count stacks on the fiftieth, thereby annulling it. (For further explanation, read The Waltz of Life, page 2.) Therefore, in the case of Leviticus 23:15-16, a Pentecost following the first forty-nine days would be annulled, and nothing could happen. This would thereby set up a fulfillment following the next prescribed count of forty-nine days, taking us to a Pentecost on February 13, 2009.
In the January 1 program, we noted several affirming testimonies regarding a Leviticus 23 fulfillment. Briefly, Obadiah told Elijah that he “hid a hundred prophets of Yahweh by fifties in a cave” (1 Kings 18:13). These two fifties relative to Elijah could well prophesy concerning these two fifties in the Leviticus count to the Tabernacles Pentecost that brings forth the Elijah. Quite significantly, Obadiah cited this for this very purpose—to insure that Elijah would indeed reveal himself, lest he die (1 Kings 18:7-16).
And remember, this is a count whereby the Pentecost per the first count is nullified by stacking the first on the fiftieth. If standing alone, as in Deuteronomy, the first count would have been a Pentecost, with a fiftieth. But adding another count of forty-nine nullifies the presumed fiftieth. Therefore, one could say that legally these are two overlapping fifties—the one hundred prophets hidden by fifties in a cave.
Most notably, there is no question that, like these prophets, this Tabernacles Pentecost is in fact hidden. No one has ever before perceived that a Pentecost must be added to Tabernacles. And, even as Jezebel killed the prophets of Yahweh, necessitating hiding the two fifties, so Jezebel killed the first Remnant, necessitating hiding the second Remnant. Thus, it is quite fitting that these two fifties, like Lazarus, are in a cave. The Bride must come out of the dead body of Christ.
Additionally, we noted yet another revealing testimony regarding Elijah. In 2 Kings 1, three times he was called upon to come down from a mountain. In each case, these summons were from a captain of fifty with his fifty—once again, Pentecost. The first two were consumed by fire from heaven, but the third was finally successful, as with Obadiah, in bringing forth Elijah. This is the highly relevant testimony of both of these accounts—bringing forth the Elijah.
We know that the former rain Pentecost came on a single forty-nine Deuteronomy 16 accounting (Tabernacles Pentecost, 2008, page 8). But despite its dramatic nature and power, it failed to bring forth the Elijah. Today, we have just walked out another forty-nine-count Pentecost, and it too failed to bring forth the Elijah. These would thereby be the two captains of fifty with their fifty that have been consumed by fire. It is now our hope that this third captain-of-fifty-with-his-fifty Pentecost will finally bring forth Elijah.
Also, one brother wrote me and pointed out that these three captains of fifty with their fifty would total 153, the number of fish that were caught by the disciples after fishing all night and catching nothing. Thus, adding this third Pentecost count brings the sum to the prophetic 153.
Finally, even as the first Remnant received a single portion of the Spirit, the second Remnant receives a double portion. This would certainly be evidenced in these required waiting periods—an attesting Deuteronomy single forty-nine, single portion, for the first Remnant; and an attesting Leviticus double forty-nine, double portion, for the second Remnant.
Let us now consider yet another revealing and extraordinarily interesting testimony. In the December 23, 2008, posting on the weblog titled “Two Hopes For the Days To Come,” the 7 – 7 – 1 pattern is addressed. The specific source of this pattern is the dedication of Solomon’s temple, with Tabernacles. As stated in 2 Chronicles 7:9, “for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days, and the feast [of Tabernacles] seven days.” Then, “on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly.” This eighth day was the great eighth day holy convocation of Tabernacles where Yahshua declared that from one’s innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). Thus, the events were seven days and seven days, with the great eighth-day holy convocation completing them—a 7 – 7 – 1.
As we know and have addressed before, Tabernacles is the feast associated with creation. The heavens and the earth were created under a Tabernacles-first calendar; thereby, the new heavens and new earth must equally be created under a Tabernacles-first calendar. And we might add here, as addressed in that writing, it is indeed by this Solomonic pattern that the Bride receives their incorruptible bodies—a definite new creation! Therefore, it is quite revealing that this dedication event associated with Solomon, who is a type and foreshadowing of Yahshua, is the same pattern that we see in creation, just with different numbers. In the original creation pattern, it was three days, repeated by another three days, followed by the sabbath, or 3 – 3 – 1. In like regard, this Solomon testimony is a 7 – 7 – 1. Thus we see that 7 – 7 – 1 and 3 – 3 – 1 are both like creation testimonies. Now, let us take this one step further.
We find in the Leviticus 23 count to Pentecost an equally like pattern of 49 – 49 – 1. Furthermore, each forty-nine days of waiting are in fact the square of 7, or 7 2. Thus we see that forty-nine is representatively equivalent to the number 7. So, 49 – 49 – 1, or 7 2 – 7 2 – 1, is the same testimony as 7 – 7 – 1.
Therefore we see three patterns that are essentially one and the same, sharing the same marvelous testimony and power of creation. These are the three like creation patterns:
3 – 3 – 1
7 – 7 – 1
49 – 49 – 1
Now, having seen this wonderful truth, here is our hope. First, very importantly, our hope is that this 49 – 49 – 1 Pentecost pattern we are in right now is in fact a vital part towards the creation of the new heavens and new earth. The Bride work is not possible without the latter rain, and the bringing forth and establishment of the Elijah. Nor was this work possible under the former rain, for it was a short-fall Deuteronomy 49 – 1 pattern, which is not a creation pattern. We have hope that this Leviticus 49 – 49 – 1 creation pattern will now be effectual.
Second, there is hope for the remaining days leading up to the February 13 Pentecost. You will recall that the 3 – 3 – 1 creation pattern was a repeated 1, 2, 3 and 1, 2, 3. The first 1, 2, 3 effected the creation of trees on the third day, while the second 1, 2, 3 effected the creation of man on its third day. Like the man whom Yahshua touched twice—seeing men as trees walking, then seeing all things clearly—the first sequence is less than what needs to take place, and the second is the fulfillment.
This is the same pattern we see in Jacob, Leah, and Rachel. He too experienced a 7 – 7 pattern when he labored for seven years for Rachel, only to receive Leah, then labored for another seven years in order to receive his desired bride. And, even as the blind man saw men as trees walking after the first touch, in like testimony Leah had weak eyes. This is the shortfall of the first 7. As with the Deuteronomy 7 2 – 1 pattern, the first is insufficient. What would have happened if Jacob had said after laboring the seven years to which he committed, “I paid my seven and will not labor the second seven”? Then he would have had only one wife—the undesired wife—and he would have come up short on the twelve tribes.
From a personal standpoint, Yahweh has already taken me through this identical 7 – 7 – 1 pattern, with precisely the same distinctions in the two sevens. This is quite confirming and encouraging. My first seven Bride years were from 1994 to 2001. During that entire time I was like Jacob, laboring without a Bride. Until 2000, no one really believed, and I was not on the web until 1999. Other than my family, I was all alone. It was not until Passover, 2001, that we held our first Bride gathering. Then from 2001 to 2008 I labored for seven years with Bride believers. Thus, once again we see evidenced the same testimony. My first seven years were a period of lack, and the second seven years were effectual to a far greater degree. Now I wait for the fulfillment of the 1 where there is the promise that out of our innermost being will flow rivers of living water.
Let us also note that we see the same thing when Solomon carried out his 7 – 7 – 1 pattern as well. The first seven days were for the dedication of the altar; but, it was the latter seven that were, once again, far more fulfilling—the creation feast of Tabernacles, followed by the great eighth day.
So, whether it is the second touch, the second period of three days of creation, the second seven years of Jacob’s labors, the second seven years of my own labors, the second period of seven days at Solomon’s temple, or even the second mile that Yahshua said we must travel (Matthew 5:41), it is the addition of the second part that is fulfilling in its purpose.
Here now is my hope for the days before us. We walked out the first forty-nine days leading up to December 26 with little of great significance. It was a Leah. We did indeed wait upon Yahweh, and I had a very rewarding visit from a man who, up to then, had not been able to see these truths. I hope that this second set of forty-nine days leading up to February 13 will be as different and fulfilling as we see testified in these like patterns. They need to be.
The first forty-nine count to fifty in Leviticus 23 is, in a sense, a repeat of the first Remnant’s wait, the Leah. Today, we continue where they left off. That first count is like an intercessoral link, a touch point, taking up their step. They fell short, and we pick up and go forward, go the distance, completing the task, bringing forth the Elijah, going to the nations (which was first given to Peter and not Paul, addressed in Trumpets, 2005, and preparing the way for Yahshua’s return. But we first had to walk through their period leading up to December 26, and we have done so. Now we walk out the next period, taking us to February 13. May His Spirit ever increase.