The Feast of Tabernacles reminds Israel of the past. Jews in the present time call the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot. It is also revealed in the Scriptures to the Jews that the Feast of Tabernacles will be held in the future.
Jews Lived In Booths/Tents
When God brought the Jews out of Egypt, they set up temporary booths to live in. In the past, tents may have been another word for booths. Today, tents are generally made from canvas or cloth stretched over poles. The children of Israel were told to gather manna according to the number of people in each tent, Exodus 16:15, 16. Tree parts were to be used to build booths when observing the Feast of Tabernacles:
The Feast of Tabernacles
Leviticus 23:33-43 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD. Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”
The Feast of Tabernacles Pictures Completion
The Feast of Tabernacles was to be observed in the seventh month for seven days. It was the seventh and final feast that God told the Jews to observe. The number seven in the Bible often means complete. God completes everything that He starts.
The Feast of Tabernacles a Joyful Time
During the Feast of Tabernacles, offerings are to be brought to God to show thanks for the harvest. Harvest time is to be a time of thankfulness and rejoicing. Even though the Feast of Tabernacles is to be a joyous time, it is also supposed to be a serious time. When the Jews and strangers gather together to observe the Feast of Tabernacles, holiness is to be displayed in the character of the people. The best and proper offerings are required by God, Deuteronomy 16:12-17.
Booths/Tents Built for the Feast of Tabernacles
Various parts of good trees are to be used when building a booth for the Feast of Tabernacles. Just because the booths are temporary housing, that is no excuse for using rotten and deformed trees. Branches of palm trees can be used in building these temporary dwelling places. Many years ago we built a temporary house using palm tree leaves for shingles and siding. Willow tree branches could also provide a good covering for the booths. As the Jews lived for seven days in these booths, they remembered how they were slaves in Egypt.
It is better to be a free man in a tent than to be a slave in a castle. Moses chose to live in a tent instead of Pharaoh’s castle. All of the Jews, rich or poor, lived in temporary housing as they traveled through the wilderness. God promised and prepared the beautiful land of Israel for His chosen people, the Jews. Since the Jews came to the Promised Land, many of them built beautiful, permanent homes. The Feast of Tabernacles is a joyful, yearly reminder to the Jews of how God blessed them when He freed them from slavery in Egypt.
God Dwelt in a Tabernacle/Tent Among the Jews
Exodus 25:8-9 “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.”
The Feast of Tabernacles also reminds the Jews that God was always with them as they traveled away from slavery in Egypt. God designed a temporary tabernacle/tent for Him to dwell in. The Tabernacle in the wilderness was a holy sanctuary where God displayed His presence with the Jews. The Tabernacle in the wilderness pictured God’s salvation plan for Israel. Even though many Jews miss the theme of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, Jesus is the theme of the Tabernacle. Only Jesus can bring salvation to each individual Jew and Gentile.
The Feast of Tabernacles is Prophetic
It is also revealed to the Jews that the Feast of Tabernacles will be held in the future. During the thousand year reign of King Jesus, the whole world will be expected to observe the Feast of Tabernacles once a year:
Zechariah 14:16-18 “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even 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 whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.”
The Feast of Tabernacles for Jews and Gentiles
All of the people from every nation will be expected to come to Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles every year. Every person will be required to worship King Jesus and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles.
Punishment for Those Who Do Not Attend the Feast of Tabernacles
Those who fail to attend the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem will not have any rain. Rain is necessary for our supply of drinking water. Crops planted by those who rebel against the Feast of Tabernacles will wither away from lack of rain. Those who refuse to receive the blessings from King Jesus will receive a curse.
Individuals who continue to refuse to come to the Feast of Tabernacles will be consumed by a plague sent by God. It may be similar to the horrifying plague that consumes those who attack Israel in the Battle of Armageddon, Zechariah 14:12.
King Jesus Will Dwell in Jerusalem
After the Battle of Armageddon, King Jesus will dwell in Jerusalem. He will destroy the enemies of the Jews. The world will see the protection of Israel provided by Jesus.
Isaiah 4:2-6 “In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”
Jesus Will Shelter Israel
Just like the booths for the Feast of Tabernacles is built from tree branches, Jesus is the Branch that gives protection and shelter to the Jews. Unlike the temporary booths, Jesus is a permanent protection and shelter for the Jews.
Isaiah 11:1 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch [Jesus] shall grow out of his roots:”
Jesus Washes Away All Sins
The Jews in Israel will be holy. Their names will be written in God’s book. In the past the filth of sin has polluted Israel. But, in the future, Jesus will wash away all of their sins. Only Jesus can make a sinner pure and clean. Those who reject Jesus as Saviour will be judged with wrath.
God Will Tabernacle with Israel
Every dwelling place and assembly of mount Zion will be covered by a cloud and smoke during the day. In the night, a flaming fire created by God will defend Israel. The Tabernacle of God will be a shadow in the daytime to protect the Jews from the heat. It will be a refuge from danger. No storm or rain will harm those in the Tabernacle of God.
God Will Put His Spirit in the Saved, Jewish Remnant
During the thousand year reign of Jesus, every saved Jew will have the indwelling Holy Spirit in his body/tabernacle. All the Jews that were saved in the Old Testament will receive the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This will happen near the beginning of the thousand year reign of King Jesus.
Ezekiel 37:13-14 “And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.”
Resurrection of Old Testament Saints
When the Old Testament saints are resurrected, they will receive the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will indwell the body/tabernacle of each believer. The saved, Jewish remnant will enjoy the Promise Land of Israel on this Earth for one thousand years.
Repent and Believe on Jesus to Be Saved
The only way to be with Jesus for the one thousand years, during His Millennial reign, is by being saved. Each individual must repent of their sins. They must be sorry for all of their sins because sin displeases God. Each individual must want God to change their life. Besides repenting, each individual must believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to pay for all of their sins. Ask Jesus to save you from the penalty of all of your sins before it is too late.
HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * The Feast of Tabernacles! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2017 hopeofisrael.net
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