“THE MYSTERY OF THE EIGHTH DAY
HE TOOK ME back into the Chamber of Scrolls, approached the ark, removed the scroll, rolled it out on the table to the passage he was looking for, then began translating it aloud: “‘You will celebrate the feast of the Lord for seven days, with a complete rest on the first day and a complete rest on the eighth day.’ It’s speaking of the Feast of Tabernacles,” he said. “But there’s something strange about it. It says you will celebrate the feast for seven days, with a rest on the Eighth Day. How do you get an Eighth Day from a seven-day feast? Seven is the number of the days in the feast and the days of creation. Every week has seven days. So then what is the Eighth Day?”
“There is no Eighth Day.”
“No,” said the teacher. “And yet there is. If the seventh day speaks of the end, then of what does the Eighth Day speak?”
“The day . . . after the end?”
“Yes,” said the teacher. “Eight speaks of that which comes after the end.”
“But nothing can come after the end . . . or it wouldn’t be the end.”
“Exactly,” he replied. “That’s the point. It contradicts everything else. Seven is the number of the days of the creation. But eight is the number that transcends the creation, that breaks out of time . . . the number beyond numbers, of time beyond time.”
“And so what exactly happens on the Eighth Day of the feast?”
“It’s a mystery,” he said. “It’s called Shemini Atzeret. It means the Gathering of the Eighth Day. The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the holy days appointed by God, the final feast. So it speaks of what happens after the end of the end . . . after the end of days . . . the end of time.
It’s the very last of God’s appointed days . . . the mystery day. And we who belong to God, we are of that day. And when the creation ends, we will enter it. We will enter the day beyond days, when the finite yields to the infinite . . . the age beyond ages . . . eternity.”
He paused for a moment before continuing, “And one more secret.”
“Those who live in the Spirit can partake of the Eighth Day . . . even now.”
“How can you do that . . . before the end?”
“Go beyond the end . . . even now . . . beyond the end of your own self . . . and you’ll find out.”
The Mission: Seek today to live beyond your circumstances, beyond the world, beyond the finite, in the day beyond days, in the Eighth Day…
Leviticus 23:39; Romans 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:1–6; Revelation 20:11”
“THE SECRET ISRAEL
WE WERE WATCHING a shepherd leading his flock through a long canyon when we noticed a second flock and shepherd descending the bordering hills to join them. The two flocks then converged as one.
“Two peoples of God,” said the teacher, “have shared this world for the last two thousand years: the children of Israel, the Jewish people, and the followers of Messiah, the Christians, the church. For most of that time they have been at enmity with each other, each seeing the other as an alien presence. But the two are joined together in a mystery. Messiah is the Shepherd of Israel. But He is also the Shepherd of those who follow Him from all nations, the church. So He told His Jewish disciples: ‘I have other sheep that are not of this pen . . .’”
“So the church and Israel are two flocks . . . yet with the same Shepherd . . . Messiah.”
“But the mystery goes even deeper,” said the teacher. “In the Book of Ephesians it is written that the one who follows Messiah, the true Christian, has become a fellow citizen in the commonwealth of Israel. Thus the two are joined together. The church is, in reality. . . a Jewish entity. It doesn’t replace Israel, but complements it. The church is, in spirit, Jewish. It is the Israel of Spirit. What the Jewish people are in flesh and blood and in the realm of the physical, the church is . . . in the realm of the spirit. To the one people belongs a Promised Land of earth; to the other a Promised Land of heaven. To the one belongs a Jerusalem of mountains and stone; to the other, the Jerusalem above. The one is a people physically gathered out from the nations; the other, a people spiritually gathered. The one is born of the promise through flesh and blood; the other, born by the Spirit. The one constitutes the family of Messiah of flesh and blood; the other, His family by spirit. The one reaps a harvest of fruit and grain; the other a harvest of eternal life. And as the spirit is joined to the body, so the two are by nature intrinsically bound.”
“But the two have been separated,” I said.
“Yes,” said the teacher, “to the detriment of each. But the consummation of the one will not come without the other, nor the fulfillment of the other without the one. For when the spirit and the body are separated, it is death. But when the spirit and the body are again united, what is it?”
“Life,” I said. “It is life from death.”
The Mission: Today, seek to find the riches of the Jewish roots of your faith and your secret identity as a spiritual Hebrew, an Israelite of God.
Genesis 12:3; John 10:16; Ephesians 2:11–22
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l