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Ready To Be Born Again

God’s Holy Days picture God’s Great Plan of salvation. And for every human, salvation means being literally born again, into God’s Family!

For all human beings that have ever lived and those of us who are alive today, there was time when we were conceived, and then there was a growth process for about nine months, and then we were ready to be born.

The same is true of spiritual conception, there was a time that I was spiritually conceived (July, 1976) and it is during the days of unleavened bread that we are to grow up spiritually and emotionally until we are born again, not to a physical family but to the Family of God, the Kingdom of God.

So, my question to you, are you ready to be born again?

The apostle John writes in John 3:3, 6 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (the margin says from above, which literally means anew). Verse 6: That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

Here Christ is explaining to Nicodemus the process through which every human being must go to fulfill the very purpose of life on this earth. And just like Nicodemus who didn’t understand what Christ was talking about, so do millions of professing Christians today: which think that they are already born again.

Jesus was comparing the ultimate spiritual birth into God’s Kingdom or Family to the physical birth of an infant. Just like a physical embryo must develop and mature before birth can take place, so too, the spiritually begotten sons and daughters of God must mature before spiritual birth can take place in God’s Family.

The human reproductive process pictures the process of spiritual salvation, which is (and this is something the world doesn’t know) God the Father reproducing Himself.

The Holy Days show God’s plan for saving mankind. But instead of observing God’s feast days, modern Christianity says we know longer need to keep them,that Christ did away with them upon His death.

In this article we will examine the comparison between physical and spiritual birth.

Ovulation usually occurs about the 14th day before the beginning of the next monthly cycle in a woman’s body. And according to many experts the egg must be fertilized during a critical 24 hour period.

The egg, which is the size of a period at the end of a sentence, begins a journey from the fallopian tube to the uterus, where it will implant itself. This is accomplished within 7 days after fertilization by the male sperm.

Now only 50 days after fertilization, a living human has a discernable heartbeat, arms, legs and a liver that is producing blood. The face of the embryo begins to round out, and a tiny neck becomes visible. For the first time this minute replica of mom and dad is recognizable as a human being.

No longer called an embryo, but a fetus (fetus is Latin for off-spring), what is now left is the perfecting of details.

By the first day of the 7th month the hearing mechanism of the fetus is fully developed, loud noises from outside the womb can be heard and responded to. Before the 10th day of the 7th month, oxygen is supplied to the fetus through the mother’s bloodstream. After this, the blood of the fetus changes to allow the circulation of oxygen to occur independently of the mother.

By the 15th day of the 7th month, the lungs of the fetus are completely developed, and if birth should occur, the child could survive.

Now the physical creation of man is only a part of God’s master plan. God has determined that humans will one day become part of His spiritual Family, to be literally born again as immortal spirit-composed God beings in God’s universal ruling Family.

The cycle of God’s Holy Days picture a future child of God, the physical is a type of the spiritual. Just as physical life is begotten on or about the 14th day before the next cycle, God’s first festival occurs on the 14th day of the first month of God’s sacred calendar: we know this as the Passover.

The Apostle Paul tells us in I Corth. 5:7 “Purge out therefore the old leaven that ye may be a new lump, as we are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.” What this verse is telling us, is that without the shedding of blood of Jesus Christ, to pay the death penalty for our sins in our stead; you and I could never begin our spiritual development.

After fertilization, the egg (as I said before) travels from the fallopian tube to the uterus; this journey usually begins on the 15th day of the first month, and takes up to seven days to complete. When a person is begotten, and our minds were impregnated by God’s Holy Spirit, we cannot become stagnated after our spiritual conception.

Paul tells us in Rom. 12:2 “Be not conformed to this world.” The word conform means to fashion alike, or to conform to the same pattern. What is this world like? I John 2:15-16: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

The Apostle John tells in Rev. 18:4: “Come out of her, my people.” In other words, don’t be like the image that this world projects; what is that image: Verse 5 “For her sins have reached unto heaven and God hath remembered her iniquities.”

Paul states in Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Conform means to be fashioned like Jesus Christ who had no SIN.

Beginning of the 15th day of the first month and lasting seven days, the Days of Unleavened Bread pictures overcoming our sinful nature and this world and Satan the Devil. If we don’t make this journey a successful journey, a spiritual miscarriage will result.

The next Holy Day is Pentecost, the word Pentecost means 50th. After 50 days, a new physical life is no longer called an embryo, but a fetus or off-spring. It becomes for the first time, recognizable as a human being. What remains in its development is a perfecting of details.

On the day of Pentecost the New Testament Church of God began, those who received the Holy Spirit became for the first time, recognizable sons and daughters of God. From that day on, Christians are to display the spiritual characteristics of their Heavenly Father; Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

When we are begotten of God, we are a child of God, and we must begin to develop the Father’s nature. Just like the growth of the embryo, it does not happen overnight, it takes time. And the same is true for spiritual development, it takes time. That is why we have 7 days of Unleavened Bread and not just one.

Once we have the germ of eternal life present in our minds, time is needed for the perfecting of details. Now in order to help that growth process, Christ established the ministry.

“And he gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelist, and some pastors and teachers. For the perfecting (or equipping) the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (mature) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight (trickery) of men. And cunning craftiness, whereby, they lie in wait to deceive But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head even Christ” (Eph. 4:11-15).

During the final months of pregnancy, the fetus will grow from about 12 inches to about 20 inches, and will increase in weight from a little more than a pound to about 7 or 8 pounds. By the 7th month the ears of the fetus have completed development, and as I said can discern sounds outside the womb and respond to them.

What happens in the 7th month for a child of God? Lev. 23:24 “In the 7th month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, and holy convocation.” So this next holy day is called The Feast of Trumpets, in ancient Israel the blowing of trumpets were blown to warn of impending battle. Those who heard the warning were prepared to defend themselves. While those who ignored it, perished.

Members of the Body of Christ, who are maturing spiritually, must be able to discern truth from error or perish. It is not enough just hear the truth, we must respond. Paul tells us in Romans 2:13 “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”

The Feast of Trumpets pictures the return of Jesus Christ to this earth, as a conquering King to put down all opposition of His Authority and to establish the Kingdom of God. To make this world conform to His “image.”

On the 10th day of the 7th month, the blood of the fetus changes to allow the circulation of oxygen independently of the mother. This is an absolute necessity if the newborn child is to survive after birth.

The spiritual begotten fetus is protected from spiritual death by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. His death paid the penalty of eternal death in our stead. The death of Jesus was necessary if man was ever going to have the opportunity to be truly born again.

It was on the 10th day of the 7th month called the Day of Atonement, that the high priest in ancient Israel sacrificed a goat. This sacrifice was done once a year on the Day of Atonement. This pictured a future event, the risen Christ figuratively taking His blood to the mercy seat at the very throne of God. This day also pictures the binding of Satan the Devil, the ultimate cause of every evil in the world.

“And I saw an angel, come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceived the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled. And after that he must be loosed a little season” (Rev. 20: 1-3).

In Acts 1:11 Christ promises to return to this earth, but why? Because the world, and especially the professing Christian world, is impacted by the meaning of the next Holy Day.

On the 15th day of the 7th month begins a seven-day feast called the Feast of Tabernacles. The feast pictures the millennial reign of Jesus Christ on this earth, not in heaven.

Now this is where truly begotten Christians come in! We no longer will live in temporal physical bodies, or tabernacles, but will be born again with bodies composed of spirit. “As is the earthly (man of dust), such are they also that are earthly; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. (Verse 53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (I Cor. 15: 48, 53).

By the 15th day of the 7th month remember the lungs of the fetus have developed sufficiently to permit it to live, if birth took place at that time. Being born again into God’s spirit-composed Family will occur for true members of the Church of God at the return of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, very few really understand what it really means to be “born again.”

But it does not end with our being born again upon Christ’s return. There are billions of people who have never had an opportunity to understand God’s truth. There remains one more Holy Day in God’s plan for all of mankind. It is called the Last Great Day. And this takes place after the Feast of Tabernacles. For approximately 100 years the vast majority of people will, for the first time, have an opportunity to obey God and develop His perfect character. They will no longer live the ways of their former world, but will humbly live in accordance with God’s ways. Their hearts will be changed.

“After those days said the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God and they shall be my people” (Jer. 31:33). These billions of people will have their first opportunity for salvation, their first chance to be born again.

“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened (the Bible). And another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books (the Bible)” (Rev. 20:12). God wants all of these people in His Family, just as he wants you and me. The Last Great Day pictures the time when they will have their chance.

God has a great purpose for our lives. And that purpose is being revealed through God’s Holy Days. The process of physical birth pictures the process of spiritual birth into God’s Family. We will be born again as immortal spirit beings with the very character of God Himself.

Can we, members of God’s true Church, say as David did: “For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb, I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:13-14). Are you really ready to be born again?

 
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