Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tabernacles and the birth of the Messiah



As we saw in the previous article, the Hebrew word for Messiah, Mashiaj, can be read "there is Understanding". 

And Understanding is the consort of Wisdom because it reveals what remains hidden. In the Universal Teaching we´re concerned with, Wisdom and Understanding are the implicit and the explicit, the seed and the tree, the union of the intuitive right hemisphere with the logical left hemisphere of the brain, union without which there can´t be spiritual evolution.

Therefore, let´s make an exercise of understanding that may feed our divine soul.

Seven are the festive reminders that have always been celebrated within Judeochristianity, and these play an essential symbolic role, both in the Old and New Testaments, since these convey a message concerning spiritual evolution and the Messianic Era.

Displayed in order, these are: Passover (Peshaj), Unleavened Bread (Matzot), First Fruits (Bikurim), Pentecost or Weeks (Shavuot), New Year (Rosh Hashana) or Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teura), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), which has special significance since, according to the Gospels, it´s linked both to the birth of Yeshua and to his transfiguration, which would serve as model for the future, the Messianic Era which anticipates its first rays.

Owing to the adoption of the Roman traditions which are alien to the Apostolic line of transmission, the Feast of Tabernacles has remained forgotten for centuries within the "Christian" world in general; although now it begins to be remembered with all its meaning, possibly because the energy of understanding known as Messiah begins to be manifested in those who thirst for truth, despite more than a hundred years are still left for the official entry of the Messianic Age.

The true significance of the Feast of Tabernacles has also remained hidden for many who celebrate it since centuries ago.

Now, according to Zacariah 14:16, there would come a day in which all nations would celebrate this feast. Of course, this does not mean all nations will come to adopt the Judeochristian religion, but rather that a critical mass of people will start to discover the inner divinity, incarnating the Messiah at different levels. As Yeshua himself manifested, many would be able to do the things he did, and even greater deeds (John 14:12). He was, of course, referring to the second coming, which is the collective arrival of the Messiah, foretold in different religions.

The first complete arrival materialized in the prophet Yeshua, and it seems this was already marked since the moment of his birth, which according to the Gospel of Luke took place during the Feast of Tabernacles, on Tishrei 15th, which is presently celebrated between September and October due to astronomic reasons. Particularly, this year 2016 it begins today, 15th of October.

The feast commemorates the eighth symbolic days during which the Hebrews –who were crossing the wilderness after their captivity in Egypt– dwelt in tents (sukkot) made with branches, where they celebrated with rejoicement the protection they received from the Divine (Leviticus 23:33). This rejoicement was celebrated with food and the study of the Torah/Instruction. The first day they only ate fruits from the trees, in clear allusion to the Tree of Life.

Over time, this feast began to take place in Jerusalem, where the Israelites had to go in pilgrimage in order to celebrate it, reason why the houses and inns were full.

Undoubtedly, the author of Luke´s Gospel had this in mind when he wrote:

And she gave birth to her first born and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:7).

It does´t seen a coincidence either that the word used is "manger", which in Hebrew corresponds to sukkot, being a rustic dwelling. Precisely, the manger that our friend Jacob built for the cattle gave name to the place Sukot( Genesis 33:17), all of which is symbolic, of course.

Now, additional data leave no place for doubt to think Yeshua was born during Sukkot. 

First of all, Luke 1:26 specifies that the angel Gabriel was sent to deliver the good news for Mary during the sixth month, that is, in August, since September is the seventh month. 

Later on, we´re told that her cousin Elizabeth, who would give birth to John the Baptist, was pregnant since sixth months ago. And the author of the gospel was descriptive enough suggesting the month in which Elizabeth became pregnant, and he does it by giving specific details about the father, Zachariah; he indicates that while Zachariah performed his priestly duties belonging to the division of Abijah, he was told his wife would give birth (Luke 1:5-13).

In order to understand this, we must know the Biblical tradition, which states that the service on the temple corresponding to each one of the twenty four groups of priests was from Shabat to Shabat, namely, a week of service (2nd Chronicles 23:4-8).

On the other hand, the division of Abjah worked during the eighth week of feasts, that is, during the Feast of Pentecost (1st Chronicles 24:7-10), in June according to our calendar.

Moreover, we must take into account that one of the three extra weeks assigned for the priests during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and Tabernacles respectively (Deuteronomy 16:16).

From here we can deduce that Zachariah went back home around the end of June.

Curiously, the Feast of Saint John is usually celebrated on 21 of June since centuries ago. 

And all seems to indicate that John the Baptist was born close to Easter, around March.

Therefore, if Yeshua was born sixth months later, it must have been towards September, time in which three feasts were celebrated: New Year, Feast of Redemption and Tabernacles.

It´s not surprising that in some villages of Spain the birth of Yeshua is celebrated between August and September. Very possibly this is an old remnant of ancient Judeochristianity that survived the cultural clean up that the Catholic kings, Elizabeth and Fernando, allowed to take place, moved by the Church of Rome and its thirst for power.

And if all this still seems not enough, there are astronomical data that fix the issue once and for all. 

It is not possible to understand the gospels without knowing ancient cosmology, which uses the twelve zodiacal signs as a cosmic clock. And as it has been transmitted, in those first centuries, the sixth month corresponded to when the sun raised before the sixth constellation, Virgo, the Virgin, mathematical fact that in those days took place between August and September.

This explains the famous prophetic message:

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us) (Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14).

The fact someone important would be born at that time was even known by the Eastern magicians, since the information was transmitted throughout different cultures.

Those who knew how to interpret sacred texts and astronomic signs, also understood that there exist assigned cycles for the birth of divine energies, and this is expressed symbolically.

Actually, the author of the Gospel suggest that the mother of Yeshua, Mariam, came from a priestly family, since he makes her recite a psalm (Luke 1:46-48), and this was not done by ordinary women in the Judaic culture. And those psalmic words, in the mouth of Mariam, come to express that the virgin is the divine soul or pristine consciousness where the Light of the Messiah/Christ must be engendered, bringing an intense delight, something for which one must prepare the temple of the body (John 2:21), which Paul called "temporal tent", since we must become living tabernacles (2 Cor 5:1-2; 1 Cor 6:19).

And let them make a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst (Exodus 25:8).

And the word became flesh and "tabernacled" among us (Juan 1:14).

Thus, the Feast of Sukkot expresses the moment in which Divinity manifests in the purified body, protecting it, since it serves as a "tabernacle" or temporal vehicle.

Only by means of a purification of mind, heart and body can one become aware of what is the inner Messiah/Christ. Until then, the divine watches us, unsuspected by anyone, as it happens in that enigmatic passage where Yeshua goes unnoticed, during the Feast of Tabernacles, to be precise, until he reveals himself, taking everyone by surprise:

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out "If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, "Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water". 


The seven sacred feasts take place in Winter and Autum, the two Equinoxes where the opposites are balanced, as Ancient Cosmology shows.

And if we pay attention, we will see that the life of Yeshua is painstakingly structured following these feasts, revealing their internal meaning: 

He celebrates the Passover following the Essene calendar, where he shares unleavened bread and wine, which symbolize his spiritual body and blood, as well as the literal and mystical side of the Teaching.

He dies during the pharisaic Passover, as replacement of the Paschal Lamb, which is an allusion to the constellation Aries, before which the sun passed during the crucifixion.

He resurrects on the first fruits, announcing the first fruits of a future Messianic Era.

He sends the Holy Spirit in Pentecost.

As for the Feasts of Trumpets and Atonement, what do they represent? 

And considering that the Feast of Tabernacles, the last, corresponds to his birth and transfiguration, what do these two moments represent in our life?

Let´s each one do the homework and ponder that.

For now we will proceed with the theme of sacred nutrition, during any of the following days of the ongoing Feast. 


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