All of us believe that fulfillments of our desires bring us joy
and that it is an occasion for celebration. We celebrate marriage and
honeymoon on the fulfillment of our desire for a spouse.We celebrate christening on the fulfillment of our desire for a
child. We also celebrate fulfillment of our desires for an educational
qualification, jobs, success in business, houses and so on. But, very
often these fulfillments do not bring us true joy, which eludes us like
a mirage. We also desire peace of mind, a rest for our soul. True joy and true celebration is possible only on
the fulfillment of our deepest desire. This is the desire
the human spirit for union with its Loved One-
Spouse. Those who love or desire anything other than God
render the spirit incapable of union with and transformation in God.
Desires for anything other than God ᴩgue, torment,
darken, defile and weaken the soul㡹s St. John of the Cross.
All things in heaven and earth are nothing in comparison with God.
Once the desire
for union with God is fulfilled, every other fulfillment becomes meaningful and
joyful. True rest is achieved when we rest
in the bosom of our LovedOne.
God created us in His image and likeness to live
this life in joyful Celebrations, experiencing a foretaste of
Heaven, until we reach the fullness of joy with Him, in the fullness of
His Kingdom in Heaven. In this life, God blesses us in every way, meeting쬠[our] needs according to His glorious riches in Christ
Jesus奄 (Philippians 4:19), in consonance with His incomparable and
incomprehensible plan and in His perfect time. We need only to yield to
His plan. The fullness of plan of God for our life will be
revealed only when we meet Him at the end of space or may be at the
fullness of time.
According to Exodus 23:14-17
and Deuteronomy 16 the Israelites were to come together before the Lord
to Celebrate three annual festivals: 1.The Feast of Passover or Feast
of Unleavened Bread 2. The Feast of Harvest or Weeks 3. The Feast of
Ingathering or Tabernacles. The Old Testament regulations are types
or symbolic of spiritual experiences of individuals who seek God.
The prerequisite of all these Celebrations is that we love God
the Father, become a 嬩ever鮠Christ
the Son and are empowered by God the Holy
Spirit. They are therefore in
The Experience of the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread
Passover Experience, which
is the Salvation Experience,
consists in us realizing that weare sinners and that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins,
repenting of our sins and inviting Jesus into our life, as our
personal Savior and Lord. We are thus born-again or saved.
The Salvation Experience is granted by the love of God the
Father, for unless the Father draws no one can come to the
Son (John 6:44). Wesleyan Theology says the Holy Spirit
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Before the Passover (Born-again) Experience the Holy Spirit is with
us (John 14:17a). After the Born-again Experience the Holy
Spirit is in us (John 14:17b). Evangelist Benny Hinn calls
this the ⾬eperointingᠳtyle="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2" title>
(ref. Leviticus14), which comes by accepting Jesus. This
occurs in the Courtyard of the Tabernacle within us, which is a
realm of the Holy Spirit, within us.
The Unleavened Bread
is made without yeast and is primarily the unadulterated Word of God.
If we are born-again, the communication of Word of God to us, whether
hearing the Word of God being read or preached or reading or meditating
upon it becomes an invigorating experience. The Unleavened Bread
is also the Bread partaken of during the Celebration of Lord튠 Supper (Eucharist or Communion Service). If received in faith and with a
cleansed and prepared heart the Bread so taken empowers and heals
the body, soul and spirit.
The Experience of the Feast of Weeks
Feast of Weeks was also called the Pentecost. When we
invite the Holy Spirit into our life and are baptized in the Holy
Spirit, we have the Pentecostal Experience. With the Pentecostal
Experience, the Holy Spirit comes into us, that is, we
are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4). In most cases the Pentecostal
Experience is accompanied by gifts of the Holy Spirit,
especially the gift of tongues (Acts 2:4). Benny Hinn calls this
the ⾰riestly anointingᠳtyle="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1" title> which comes by fellowship
with Jesus. This occurs in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle
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Experience is the ultimate spiritual experience that, we can have on
earth. The Tabernacle within us is the realm of the Holy Spirit,
that extent into the First Heaven.
we obey Jesus totally and wait on the Holy Spirit in
prayer, 襠Holy Spirit will come upon [us], and the
power of the Most High will overshadow奄 (Luke 1:35)us, as
it happened to Mary, mother of Jesus. In the case of Mary,
the event was
so powerful and mystical that she not only conceived, but also delivered
the Child, without loosing her virginity (rupturing the hymen). The
disciples had the experience of the Holy Spirit coming upon
them to empower them to face persecution (Acts 4:31). Benny Hinn calls
this the ⾫ingly anointingᠳtyle="mso-footnote-id:
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which comes by obeying Jesus. This occurs in the Most
Holy Place of the Tabernacle within us.
We shall consider how we may
obtain this mystical experience by prayer and contemplation, progressing
step by step from the Outer Court (Courtyard) to the Holy of Holies
(Most Holy Place) of our inner Tabernacle. This entire experience
is a gratuitous gift of God and we cannot merit it or work for it. If
God wills it we may even go beyond, into the heavenliest, finally
attaining a Beatific Vision of God.
In our mystical pilgrimage,
we enter the Gate of the Courtyard of the Tabernacle
within us with thanksgiving and the Courtyard itself with praise
(ref. Psalm 100:4). We thank God for what He has given,
positive and negative. We praise God for what He has done.
We contemplate upon the Altar
of Burnt Offering 䨥 Calvary Cross, where we are saved
and redeemed from every sin and curse, from every hurt and disease, from
every want and bondage. We meditate on the Bronze Basin where we
are convicted and cleansed by the Word of God(ref. Ephesians 5:26).
We repent of every sin and
every failure of love towards God and our neighbor. We repent of every
lack of forgiveness, understanding, tolerance and compassion. We repent
of every lack of humility and every desire for recognition. We repent of
every occasion of sin and of every thought of occasion of sin. We repent
not only of every temptation, but also of every desire for temptation.
We repent of every desire, other than the desire for God.
样e confess all our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness豊ohn 1: 9). Divine
Sanctification occurs at the Altar of Burnt Offering and at
the Bronze Basin. We are forgiven anew of our sins in the Courtyard
of the Tabernacle. We are cleansed by the Blood of Jesus
the Lamb without blemish and thus we are made totally righteous
In the Holy Place of
the Tabernacle we meditate upon the seven-branched Lamp stand,
that is, the sevenfold Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit comes
into us with power and we are empowered by the fruits and gifts of the
Holy Spirit. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to surrender every
desire, other than the desire for God. As we pray in the Spirit, the
Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Pastor Oral Roberts says that, on certain
occasions God reveals to us, what the Holy Spirit is praying, if we ask
1Thessalonians 5:17 advises to pray continually. Pastor Yonggi Cho of Korea
says that the Holy Spirit within us is praying without ceasing and that
if we listen, we can hear the Holy Spirit praying within us.
At the Table of Consecrated Bread one is empowered by the
ever-fresh Bread 䨥 Word of God.
 Oral Roberts: Unleashing
the Power of Praying in the Spirit! ṹ3 Oral Roberts.
 David Yonggi Cho: Key to
Church Growth Revival (Talk) 鹴 David Yonggi Cho
Bible says that, we are to
cast all our anxiety on Jesus, for He cares for us (1Peter 5:7). Jesus
bids to come to Him, all of us, who are weary and burdened, because He
will give us rest(Matthew 11:28). Book of Hebrews says, that there is a Sabbath Rest for us, when we will rest from our works (Hebrews 4:1-10). If we surrender all our anxiety, burdens
and cares to Jesus, He will give us that resthere on earth. Jesus who
Himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:14) gives us His peace (John 14:27),
which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Jesus says to each
of us: his world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have
overcome the world芯hn 16:33).
we behold Jesus⡤iant countenance radiating love, the beauty that
is ᤩant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand蓯ng of
Songs 5:10) enthralls us. We respond in ⾢ridal love衳 M.
Basilea Schlink says) to Jesus. We express our
fond love to Jesus, repeating ⾊esus, Jesus, Jesus䮠We
perceive that we are 鮔 before the holiness of Jesus. Yet, we say
to our Bridegroom Jesus: 졣e me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty
flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If
one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be
utterly scorned蓯ng of Songs 8:6-7).
 Basilea Schlink: My All
For Him ṷ1Basilea Schlink
We approach the Bridal
Chamber, the Most Holy Place, with Jesus. He, the
Bridegroom, who loves us so much, has shed His own blood on the Calvary
Cross and purchased, the right to enter the Bridal Chamber.
Even as we approach the
Bridal Chamber, we experience waves of love emanating from the Father and engulfing us. While we are a long way off, the Father sees us and is filled with compassion and runs to us, throws His arms
around us and kisses us (Luke 15:20).
The heavenly wedding music
of the Holy Spirit singing within us, accompanies our entry to the
Bridal Chamber. We behold God the Fatherbetween the cherubim.Eternal
Indescribable Love. We experience the Fatherhood of God, who is Love, who loves us
with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), God who has engraved us on the
palms of His hand (Isaiah 49:16) and who never forsakes us though our
father or mother may forsake us(Psalm
27:10). God is so intimately close to us. We express our worshipful love to God the Father.We worship Him
in the splendor of His Holiness. We worship the Jesus the Son and the
Holy Spirit - the Triune God, the Holy Trinity. We worship God for what
We are transported beyond
the Most Holy Place into the First Heaven, the heavenly realm of
the Holy Spirit, the Third Person in the Holy Trinity.
It is the ⾃ourtyard裂Heaven. This is the silverish
realm of pearls, diamonds and precious stones (Revelation 21:18-21).
Beams of diamond spread out over us into silver mist filled infinity.
We enter the Second
Heaven, the heavenlyrealm of the Son, the Second
Person in the Holy Trinity. It is the ⾈oly Placeꠠ of Heaven. This is the golden realm of 襠city of pure gold,
as pure as glass蒥velation 21:18). 襠glory of God gives it light, and the
Lamb is its lamp蒥velation 21:23).
Finally we enter the Third
Heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2), the heavenly realm of the Father,
the FirstPerson in the Holy Trinity. It is the ⾍ost
Holy Place裂Heaven. This is the Presence of the Heavenly
Throne (Revelation 4:2-11). This is the realm of unapproachable
light. We come to the Throne ofﳰan>God,
the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who
alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has
seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever. Amen豠Timothy
God who is I AM WHO I AM (Exodus 3:14). GOD IS. Yet we know
that we are. We contemplate on Godthat He is.
Even as we contemplate that GOD IS, we realize that He is greater
than His Creation 䨥 Universe, the World and greater than all the
problems in the Universe, in the World, in the Church, in our
circumstances, in our family and in our life. This gives us true rest.
God in His mercy and grace has elevated us to a
supernatural state. He has granted a direct vision of Himself, the Beatific
Vision. This is the ultimate mystical experience. In this
experience, we are not annihilated or absorbed into God. GOD IS and we
are. But, God becomes intimately present to us. Enlightened by
special illuminations that God grants, we are enabled to
contemplate with ineffable joy the Divine Essence. Even as we
contemplate, we can hear the Holy Spirit within, raising His voice in
singing and worshiping God.
Biblical Quotations: Holy Bible, New International Version 鷳
International Bible Society. 
St. John of the Cross: The Ascent of Mount Carmel: Wisdom of Catholicism