The Coming Celebration of Tabernacles

The instructions for the Feast of Tabernacles are found in Leviticus 23:33-44, and I encourage you to read them. We will start, however, in John 1:14 TLV “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

I used the TLV to draw attention to the word tabernacled because that is what is meant by our English translations saying dwell. Jesus tabernacled among us. The Son of God, who preexisted with the Father (John 1:1; Proverbs 8) left heaven to be a sacrifice on our behalf.

The Fall Feasts are a reminder of God’s nearness to Israel in the wilderness. To that end, let’s look at an interesting passage of Scripture,

Deuteronomy 23:13-14 NKJV “and you shall have an implement among your equipment, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and turn and cover your refuse. 14 For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you.”

The walking in the camp was not figurative but literal, just as God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. God instructed Israel to bury their poop so He wouldn’t step in it. Leaven is a picture of sin during Passover; let this passage represent your sin during Tabernacles.

God’s purpose from the beginning was to have a relationship with us and through Jesus, we are brought into that relationship, and tabernacles celebrates that closeness.

Look at the words of Zechariah’s prophecy about 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. 17 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. 18 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. 19 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. 20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.1” 

There is coming a day when everyone will celebrate Tabernacles in Jerusalem! The Fall Feasts begin with the sounding of the trumpet (catching away of the Church), Atonement (the second coming), Tabernacles (the millennium), and the eighth day (eternity). The Fall Feasts are still yet to be fulfilled. May this time remind us to look up because our redemption draws near.

  1. Zechariah 14:16-21

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