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The Most Holy Place: The Eighth-Day Solemn Assembly, Shemini Atzereth

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The Most Holy Place:

The Eighth-Day Solemn Assembly, Shemini Atzereth

Leviticus 23:34 …“The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. … 36 …On the eighth day you shall have a holy miqraw/convocation… It is an atzereth/solemn assembly… 39 …a shabbathōn/special sabbath.

This seventh and final sacred assembly day concludes the religious festival cycle. This seventh and final sacred assembly day concludes the religious festival cycle. The Law of Moses provides no information about it other than the phrase “the eighth day.”

Early Church leaders such as Barnabus, Irenaeus, and Hippolytus, undoubtedly influenced by an earlier Hebraic tradition, taught that this world will exist for 7000 years. The last 1000 years – “the Millennium” of Revelation 20 – will constitute this worldʼs sabbath-rest: the Messianic Kingdom Age of peace. Cf. Heb. 4:4-9; 2 Pet. 3:8; Ps. 90:4.

At the end of the Millennium, John saw

Revelation 20:11 …a great white throne and the One sitting on it, from whose countenance the earth and the heaven fled away. … 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth… 2 and the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…

In a seven-day weekly cycle, the eighth day is also the first day of a new week. Such is the case here. Just as “God created the heavens and the earth…the first day” (Gen. 1:1, 5), so on the coming ʻsecond first dayʼ will He create

2 Peter 3:13 …new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Isaiah 65:17 …And the former [heavens and earth] shall not be remembered [or, commemorated], and not ascend upon/over the heart.

When God originally “laid the foundations of the earth…the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Job 38:4, 7 When God “create…a new earth… Jerusalem [shall be] a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” Is. 65:17-18 That latter celebration is represented by the Feast of the Eighth Day.

The Veiled and Unveiled Face

In the body of man, the seventh and final sacred assembly day is represented by the brainʼs unveiled heavenly vision itself. By that eighth-millennium Day, the righteous among men will have become so purified and sanctified that for the very first time recorded in Scripture, the following is said of them –

Revelation 22:4 They shall gaze upon His [Godʼs/the Fatherʼs] Face…

whereas formerly, menʼs visions of God have been limited to

Ezekiel 1:28 …the appearance of the likeness of the Glory of the LORD. Numbers 12:8 …the form/similitude of the LORD. Exodus 33:20 [Because] He said, “You shall not be able to see My Face; for no man [Heb. adam: earthly man] shall see Me and live.”

However, because of the sanctified state of the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem, all such representations and similitudes, even including the Tabernacle and Court, will no longer be required; therefore

Revelation 21:22 …[there will be] no naos/sanctuary in it [the New Jerusalem], for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its sanctuary.

Thus there is no need for any Scriptural information about the Eighth Day Feast other than its date.

Conclusion

This series of articles was able to provide merely a glimpse of the unitary nature of Creation in all of its levels and forms; all of which developed “in the beginning” out of the One Divine Word/One Divine Man.

In each of these levels/worlds – light, spirit, soul, and flesh – the Divine Man has His Presence, taking form as Man according to the type of garment of that world. As also do the angelic sons of God in the garments of their worlds. And as will do the redeemed and made-righteous Adamic sons of God, after they have completed their discipleship in the Way of Salvation.

God commanded that Way to be represented in type by the Tabernacle and Court, and by His appointed Holy Days associated with them.

THE STRIKE THROUGHS ARE A GLITCH OF THIS SYSTEM, WHICH I AM UNABLE TO REMOVE.

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