Dear Readers, Beloved of God,
We have come to the last bridge of our journey. When we reach the end of this trail, our study of The Seven Feasts of Israel will come to a close. This is fitting of course, as the last feast represents our arrival into the millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ our King! We will have reached our true and precious Sabbath rest into the majestic land of promise!
I pray that this study has been a true blessing to you and drawn you into closer fellowship with your Savior. He never ceases to amaze and arrest me with His wondrous revelations. I could study His Word throughout all eternity and never dig up all of the nuggets of His Wisdom.
As we have seen in this study, God has revealed a prophetic system in His command to celebrate these feasts and has revealed the entire plan and purpose for all humanity. He desires that we all live life in peace, sin and pain free, without suffering of any kind, and spend our days in thankful worship to our King.
Let us never forget the trials and struggles of God’s “chosen people”, Israel. God has used them mightily to pave the way for Gentile salvation, and we are all promised that one day we will all visit Jerusalem. Even as I write, Israel remains a “threatened” nation. They receive rocket fire daily and the brunt of the world’s hatred. The fact that Israel has remained a people all throughout history, against all odds, is a testimony of God and His love. He promised that there would always be a remnant of the “chosen people.” Do I love Israel and the Hebrew people? Absolutely! The very roots of my Christianity are found in the obedience of father Abraham, those mountains of rock, and that hill called Golgotha.
Father I ask for your Wisdom to expound on this last feast and the eyes and ears of those that read opened. I thank You for leading us thus far in our journey. Forgive us our sins and help us forgive those who have sinned against us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Feast of Tabernacles:
“Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord.
‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a Sabbath- rest, and on the eighth day a Sabbath- rest.
You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
(Leviticus 23:34, 39; 42-43) NKJV
The Feast of Tabernacles is also called “The Feast of Ingathering” (Exodus 23:16). The name signified the completion of Israel’s annual harvest. It was a time for celebrating the plentiful fall crop harvest God had given, as well as, the fact that He had provided the Israelites with shelter in the wilderness.
It derives its name from God’s command to ancient Israel to build temporary “tabernacles”, sometimes called “booths”, to live in during the celebration. The Israelites would leave their homes and construct these temporary dwellings out of woven boughs to live in while rejoicing before God. In Hebrew they were called “succah”, meaning “hut of woven boughs.” During the celebration, rest, peace, and prosperity were emphasized, as it meets the needs of all people, including strangers, widows, and the poor. Consider some of the Old Testament prophecies that prophesied the Feast of Tabernacles and the millennium to come:
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles”
(Zechariah 14:16) NKJV
“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
And dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”
Says the Lord.”
(Isaiah 65:25) NKJV
“But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
And no one shall make them afraid;
For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
For all people walk each in the name of his god,
But we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
Forever and ever.”
(Micah 4:4) NKJV
The prophet Zechariah not only predicts the millennial rein of Jesus, but also the fact that we will worshipfully observe the Feast of Tabernacles each year. Isaiah predicts the harmonious balance that will be brought back into nature. And the prophet Micah predicts that no longer will armies march, righteousness will become a reality upon the earth, and peace will rule the day.
Through the eyes of the New Testament, The Feast of Tabernacles pictures times of refreshing and restoration. God’s plan for mankind involves restoration! The feast symbolizes the restoration process, which will start with the return of Jesus Christ, pictured by the Feast of Trumpets, and the banishment of Satan, depicted by the Feast (day) of Atonement. Peter in his first Holy Spirit inspired sermon on the day of Pentecost spoke of this time of refreshing and restoration:
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”
(Acts 3:19-21) NKJV
Peter is referring to the thousand year (1000) rein of Jesus Christ over the earth at His second coming. This period is referred to as the “millennium”, which simply means “1000 years.” The prophet Isaiah prophesized the return of Jesus in power and glory:
“For behold, the Lord will come with fire
And with His chariots, like a whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
For by fire and by His sword
The Lord will judge all flesh;
And the slain of the Lord shall be many.”
(Isaiah 66:15-16) NKJV
“These things, says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass…”
(Revelation 2:18) NKJV
Because the world will finally be at peace, countries will “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up the sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3). The weapons of war and mass destruction will no longer be needed!
After Christ’s return, He will bring the entire creation into harmony with God, and peace will no longer be the exception, “Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.” (Psalm 119:165). Imagine what the world will be like when all people know God’s law and lives by it!
More than mere knowledge is needed to bring about this transformation. A spiritual change is needed and God already has the plan!
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”
(Ezekiel 36:26-28) NKJV
The Spirit of God will influence people to willingly and enthusiastically obey God from their hearts! We are but strangers and pilgrims on the earth. The Feast of Tabernacles is a reminder that our earthly “booths” are not our final dwelling place but are temporal as we seek our homeland. A heavenly home awaits us in the shelter, or the “booth” of our loving God, Therefore, this feast is representative of our assurance of shelter in the world to come!
Beloved, we have journeyed far and plowed our fallow ground. I have enjoyed dearly our time together. A study of this depth cannot be digested in one feeding. I encourage you to study it several times, properly chewing every morsel of spiritual truth. Chew slowly and savor the taste of the divine. In the corners of our world today, everyone is so busy and rushed. There is never enough time to slow down and enjoy the tastes of heaven. Somehow, even the idea of a “drive-thru” Jesus has been birthed. Beloved slow down and spend time with your Savior. When you someday bow before Him, let not the anxiety of meeting a “stranger” consume you. Come to know and love Him deeply now. Until we meet again, I pray the blessings of God overcome you…