Sunday, October 13, 2019
Happy Succot! Feast of Tabernacles!
The Feast of Tabernacles begins at sunset tonight and ends on October 20th. This is a very important feast and one of 7 prophectic feasts or appointment times God ordained for His chosen people to celebrate. Below is an excerpt from Amir Tsarfati's newsletter. I highly recommend following him both in his newsletter and Youtube channel! Here's his website
Of all the feasts that the Lord had prescribed for Israel to celebrate in commemoration of His relationship with them, this is the only one we know that will be celebrated in the future regularly by ALL nations that are left after the tribulation is the Feast of Tabernacles.
“….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. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:16-19)
None of the other 6 feasts were meant for gentiles, only this one. However this festival originally was meant only as a chapter of the love story between God and his chosen people – Israel. Yet under the New Testament (New Covenant) this festival will be fulfilled and celebrated by ALL nations every year in Jerusalem.
The two elements that are interesting in Zechariah’s prophecy are:
“…Everyone that is left from ALL nations…”- speaking of a remnant from a great global catastrophe
“…Come up to Jerusalem to worship the King…” – The nations will come up to Jerusalem to worship the Messiah who will sit on the throne of David and restore his fallen tabernacle.
This is the only time we hear the name Feast of Tabernacles in conjunction with some global events that will cause many to perish, and then gentiles from outside of Israel together with the Jews in the land itself will be coming to Jerusalem to be part of the Lord’s kingdom on earth.
The Tribulation followed by the return of the Messiah back to earth together with His redeemed ones, whom he took to be with Him to escape God’s judgment, are the major events that would usher the period of the fulfillment of this great festival.
No doubt that although Tabernacles is about the exodus from Egypt and the dwelling in booths during the long journey of Israel into their promised land, the bigger picture is the Kingdom of God on earth known as the Millennial Kingdom. The shift is made from our Tabernacles in the past to His Tabernacle among people in the future.
This is why we read in the Book of Revelation the following:
“… And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God…”(Revelation 21:3)