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Feast of Tabernacles (Phase 11 of 12)
Introduction to the Feast of Tabernacles
The Feast of Tabernacles (also called "Booths"- Lev.23:42 or "ingathering"- Exod.23:16; 34:22) was the last of three set times that Israel celebrated Feasts every year. (Exod.23:22-23; Deut.16:16) There was the Feast of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits, all in the 1st. month. Then there was Pentecost in the 3rd. month, followed by Tabernacles in the 7th. month. (Deut.16:17, Lev.23:1-44) Israel's calendar was centered around these Feast days. (Holy days, Festival days - Col.2:16-17) Passover (Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits) and Pentecost have been fulfilled. Tabernacles is yet ahead of the Church. What is the Feast of Tabernacles?
1. On the 1st. day of the 7th. month Trumpets were blown.
"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the
seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing
of trumpets, an holy convocation. (assembly) Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall
offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord." (Lev.23:23-25)
2. On the 10th. day of the the month wasthe day of Atonement. This was when the Sanctuary was cleansedbecause of the uncleanness of the Nation,
the entire "Church in the wilderness." (Lev.16:1-34; 23:26-38, Acts.7:37-38) "The Lord spake
unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement:
it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made
by fire unto the Lord. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to
make an atonement for you before the Lord your God."
3. On the 15th. day of the month was Tabernacles. (also called "Booths") This was when the entire Nation ("Church in the wilderness) took "the boughs of goodly trees,
branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and" made
booths to sit in. Then they rejoiced before the Lord seven days," and remembered the day
God "brought them out of the land of Egypt..." (Lev.23:39-44)
. A "warning" concerning the Feast of Tabernacles
There are lessons to be learned from the Feast of Passover and Pentecost that should applied to interpreting the Feast of Tabernacles. Israel, "the children of the flesh of Abraham," (Rom.9:1-8) "Who are Israelites" were given this samepattern, but were unfaithful with this truth (Matt.13:10-17; 25:29) and allowed the mixture of "philosophy...vain deceit...the tradition of men, (and) the rudiments of the world," to enter into the doctrine of the Feast days. (Col 2:8-9) By the time that "Jesus came unto His own," (John.1:11) they had made "the word of God of none effect" through their traditions. (Mark 7:13-14)
1. Israelites failed to see Christ as the reality of the Passover Lamb. They failed to see Christ giving Himself as the Bridegroom for His Church. (Eph.5:23-33,
Note: 25) They had built a doctrine centered on the "sign" and refused the reality. "In them is
fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;
and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart waxed gross, and their
ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be
converted, and I should heal them." (Matt 13:14-16) Review: Matt.13:10-17; 25:29)
a. Paul wrote,"But I say, Did not Israel know?
First Moses saith, "I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, (Hosea.2:23,
Matt.21:43) and by a foolish nation I will anger you. (Deut.32:21) But Esaias is very bold,
and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that
asked not after me. (Isa,65:1) But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my
hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people." (Rom 10:19-11:1)
b. Israel knew about the "lamb" Isaiah says, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is
brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he
openeth not his mouth." (Isa 53:7)
c. Israel knew about a "Virgin" "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear
a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isa 7:14-15, Matt.1:18-25)
d. Israel knew about the "seed of the woman" "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it
shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Gen 3:15-16)
e. Israel knew about the "Blood atonement" "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an
atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
(Lev 17:11-12) They had the Law of Moses and the history of their deliverance from Egypt
by the blood of the Passover. (Exod.12:1-51)
f. Israel knew about that "Messiah would come" "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh
(i.e. Jesus the Messiah. John.1:35-42; 4:25, Dan.9:24-27) come; and unto him shall the
gathering of the people be." (Gen 49:10-11)
g. The Roman Centurion knew that Jesus was the Son of God, (Matt.27:54) but the Jews
(Israelites Rom.9:1-4 / "children of the flesh of Abraham" Rom.9:1-8) did not.
Note: Thesame thing can happen to the Church today as we look ahead to
Tabernacles. We can allow the mixture of "philosophy...vain deceit...the tradition of men, (and)
the rudiments of the world," to enter into the doctrine of the Feast days. (Col 2:8-9) This will
make"the word of God of none effect" (Mark 7:13-14) when God fulfills the Feast of
Tabernacles in the Church, as He did with Passover (1Cor.5:7-8) and Pentecost. (Acts.2:1)
2. The Israelites failed to see Christ in Pentecost. They knew about the moving of the Spirit of God. This was not a strange thing to them. They
understood that "the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the
deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." (Gen.1:2-3)
a. Israel knew about Joel
Abraham told the rich man, "they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them."
(Luke.17:29) Joel was one of those Prophets who used the language of the feast of Pentecostto explain God pouring out His Spirit. (Joel.2:18-32)
(1) Israel knew about God's Spirit moving upon Samson. (Judges.13-16)
(2) Israel knew about the Spirit of God upon king David and departing from Saul.
b. How did the apostles recognized it and not the Jews?
It was because they had spent time with Jesus, and not let "the mixture of "philosophy...vain
deceit...the tradition of men, (and) the rudiments of the world," (Col 2:8-9) blind their eyes and
dull their hearing. (Matt.13:10-17; 25:29)
3. The 1st. century Church or the Jews NEVER saw the fulfillment of Tabernacles!
Therefore we need to "take heed lest we" become centered on the sign of the Tabernacles,
and failed to see it's the reality. (i.e. fulfillment) (Review: Phases 2, 4, 8, 9 for full explanation of
chart below) .
What is the reality of the Feast of Tabernacles?
The reality (i.e. The fulfillment, Completion) of the Feast of Tabernacles is the final preparation and presenting of the "glorious church, (The Bride of Christ, the last Eve to the last Adam - 1Cor.15:45, 2Cor.11:1-3, Eph.5:21-33) not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Eph 5:27-28)
1. At this present timethe Church is full of "spots" and "wrinkles."
She is certainly not "holy and without blemish!" She is full of "leaven." Therefore there is
coming a visitation of God to the Church, foreshadowed by "the day" (Heb.10:25) of
atonement, when "the sanctuary (The Church)be cleansed." (1Peter.4:17) (Review: The Ram and He Goat Vision - Dan.8:14, 26-27)
2. Why?Because Christ cannot be "unequally yoked" a. Christ cannot yoked together with unbelievers: (or with Sin in His Church) for what fellowship
hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and
b. What communion hath light with darkness?
c. What concord hath Christ with Belial? or
d. What part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And
e. What agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall
be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." (2 Cor 6:14-18, James.4:1-4,
1John.2:16 Key word "world")
3. Some say"this will all be taken care of in the twinkling of an eye"
(1Cor.15:51-52, 1Thes.4:13-18) at the Pre-Tribulation Rapture." They are mistaken!
The "twinkling of an eye" only takes care of our mortal bodies. It has does not present us as
a "glorious church, (The Bride of Christ, the last Eve to the last Adam - 1Cor.15:45, 2Cor.11:1-3,
Eph.5:21-33) not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing...holy and without blemish." (Eph 5:27- 28) Review: "What about the Rapture?"
These are "things not as seen yet" (Heb.11:7, Matt.24:37)
Noah was preparing for "things not as seen yet," just as the Church is today. "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord" and gave him a pattern to build by and be preserved. (Gen.6:8-22) We have found grace in the eyes of the Lord, through Jesus Christ, (Eph.2:2:4-9) and God has given us a pattern to build by. Therefore "let every man take heed" how he builds (1Cor.3:10)because what you build is what will preserve you (like Noah) in these last days! (1Cor.3:11-15)
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