There are three Fall Feasts that are celebrated in the seventh month of the Hebrew Covenant Calendar known as Tishrei, which begin this year on the eve of September 29th. They are: Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts when he became our “sacrificial lamb,” died and rose 3 days later, and presented Himself as the “firstfruits” offering to God. Fifty days later, He sent the Holy Spirit so that His redemption for mankind would multiply. Today, we continue to honor these Feasts days to remember what Jesus did on the cross.
The Fall Feasts are to be celebrated not as remembrances to honor what Christ did, but as “dress rehearsals” until Jesus returns because they have yet to be fulfilled. Since these Feasts are a prophetic blueprint of God’s redemption plan, God instructs us to honor these divine appointments and to understand their meaning so our hearts are ready for His return.
Simply defined, the Feast of Trumpets sounds the alarm that the harvest season has begun, and an awakening blast reminds us to prepare for the coming King. Ten days later, the Day of Atonement is celebrated, anticipating the day of decision when the body of Christ is judged or rewarded to enter into the promises of Jubilee. Lastly, the Feast of Tabernacles is a joyful corporate gathering to celebrate the desired union with our Lord eternally in our glorified bodies.
We look forward to the time when these Fall Feasts go live as it will mark the beginning of the Millennium. Jesus will then return to establish His Dominion (Kingdom) here on the earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:6-9). During His 1,000-year reign, Christ will utilize His “Firstfruits” remnant to establish His righteousness in the earth (Rev.5:9,10).
Many people believe the Feasts were established as a commandment for the Israelites in the Old Testament, prior to Christ’s death and resurrection. But the scriptures indicate that God will use the “Feasts of Tabernacles” as a SIGN to distinguish those nations in the Millennium that are with him and those who aren’t:
“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 theFeast 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 will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles”(Zech. 14:16-19).
In the above scripture reference, Egypt is symbolic of the world, or “anti-Christ” government and idolatry that opposes the Lord and His ways (Heb. 11:26). When the Lord delivered the Israelites out of Egypt and brought them to Mt. Sinai, God offered the nation a “proposal of marriage” that they accepted (Ex. 19). By honoring God’s Covenant, they were supposed to be a SIGN to the other nations of the one true God, and to show them His ways.
“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths (weekly and yearly Feasts “holy days”) you shall keep, for it is a SIGN between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you” (Ex. 31:13).
Honoring the Feasts was God’s witness, His SIGN, that He was the one true God. In like manner, these corporate Fall Feasts, specifically Tabernacles, will unify the nations with the Lord’s headship.
“For I will cast out the nations before you and enlarge your borders; neither will any man covet your land when you go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year” (Ex. 34:24).
Because the Israelites failed to keep their promise to God, it didn’t take much time until they did not reflect God’s SIGN at all. It would take God Himself to keep His promise to the nation regardless of their shortcomings. And so….Christ came… fulfilled the Spring Feasts, redeemed the Abrahamic Covenant, and made way for the SEAL/SIGN once again. We who receive Christ enter into this Covenant promise.
“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ” (Gal. 3:16).
The Gospels also describe the nations accepting or rejecting the Kingship of Christ in the earth during the Millennium are differentiated between the “sheep and the goats.”
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left”(Matt. 25:31-33).
Christ will comes again and fulfill the pattern and purpose of the Fall Feasts very soon. He will judge the nations with His “Firstfruits” remnant at His side and establish righteousness in the earth. The nations who are with Him will become HIS CORPORATE SEAL/SIGN in the earth.
Tabernacles is one of three Feasts that God desires for His people to gather corporately. For those to whom God is revealing this pattern of His Holy Days to, they too have an opportunity to participate in being a witness to God’s SIGN in the earth by taking time to gather and honor this Feast. As hearts unite to honor the Redeemer in unity of worship and prayer on HIS appointed time, God’s glory will be revealed in the earth.