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 Desire causes desire for truth;  
Truth causes desire for God;  
God causes desire for the Truth;  
The Truth causes desire for Salvation;  
Salvation causes desire for Sanctification;  
Sanctification causes desire for Intimacy;  
Intimacy causes desire for Vision and Eternity;  
The end of all desires.  

 鲥ct your question towards grace, not towards instruction,  
towards desire, not towards understanding,  
towards the groaning of prayer, not the enquiry of reading,  

towards the Spouse, not the teacher,  
towards God, not man, towards darkness, not brightness;  
not towards light, but towards that fire that completely inflames  

and leads to God by transporting devotions and most burning desires쯺p>

                                                                                                          St. Bonaventure 1259 A.D.


One loving blind desire for God alone is more valuable in itself,  
more pleasing to God, more beneficial to your own growth,  
and more helpful to your friends, both living and dead,  
than anything else you do.

                                                                                         The Cloud of Unknowing 

The Tabernacle Experience*

Resting in Jesus

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 of the human spirit for union with its Loved One- the Creator 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[1]. 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 Loved One.   

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, meeting  쬠[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 reality Mystical and Trinitarian experiences.   

The Experience of the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread

The Passover Experience, which is the Salvation Experience, consists in us realizing that we are 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 ﮶icts and woos the lost, gives new birth to the penitent졠style="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1" title>[1] 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eper࡮ointingᠳtyle="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2" title>[2] (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. 


[2] Benny Hinn: The Anointing ṹ2 Benny Hinn

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

The 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>[1] which comes by fellowship with Jesus. This occurs in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle within us.


[1] Benny Hinn: The Anointing ṹ2 Benny Hinn

The Experience of the Feast of Tabernacles

The Tabernacle 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.

If 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: ftn1" href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1" title>[1] which comes by obeying Jesus. This occurs in the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle within us.


[1] Benny Hinn: The Anointing ṹ2 Benny Hinn

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 OfferingCalvary 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 and holy.   
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 Him[1]. 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[2]. At the Table of Consecrated Bread one is empowered by the ever-fresh Bread 䨥 Word of God.

[1] Oral Roberts: Unleashing the Power of Praying in the Spirit! ṹ3 Oral Roberts.

[2] 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 rest here 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).

As 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)[1] 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).

[1] 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 Father between the cherubim.  Eternal Life.  Incredible Light. 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 He is.
 
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 heavenly realm 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 First Person 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 of  ﳰan>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 6:15-16).  
We experience God who is I AM WHO I AM (Exodus 3:14). GOD IS. Yet we know that we are. We contemplate on God that 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.
 [1] St. John of the Cross: The Ascent of Mount Carmel: Wisdom of Catholicism 鶲Four Square            
           

 

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