The last three out of seven Feasts of the Lord are celebrated in the seventh month, known as Tishrei, of the Hebrew Covenant Calendar. Typically, these last three are collectively referred to as the Fall Feasts, but singularly they are known as the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
In short, the Feast of Trumpets announces the commencement of the Fall Feasts, and the trumpet is blown to awaken God’s people that the King (Jesus) is coming. The Day of Atonement follows ten days later and is the one day of the year God chose for the nation to repent for their sins (The Lord’s “National Day of Prayer”). The Feast of Tabernacles is an eight-day grand finale of a joyful celebration of the harvest, and the promise of receiving glorified bodies and “dwelling” with the Lord.
The three Fall Feasts reveal the pattern and purpose of God’s SET TIMES when Jesus will return to finalize His Dominion (Kingdom) and to rule the nations (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).
The Fall Feasts reveal the events, purpose, and timing when Christ returns that are corporate in nature and a fulfillment of the promise given in the Bible to Abraham and his descendants.
“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you…” (Gen. 17:4-6).
Given that Abraham was promised “nations,” the Lord is not just coming back for the land of Israel. There are nations He is returning for, particularly those who have multiplied His Kingdom on the earth.
“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it” (Matt. 21:43).
The Scriptures indicate that God will use the “Feasts of Tabernacles” as a SIGN to distinguish those nations in the Millennium that accept Him as Lord and King, 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 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 will be the punishment of Egyptand the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zech. 14:16-19).
The nations accepting or rejecting the Kingship of Christ in the earth during the Millennium are differentiated in the Bible as those who are called “sheep” nations (with Christ), and “goat” nations (oppose Christ). (It is interesting that many Christians do not realize that the nations are judged FIRST).
“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).
In the book of Exodus, Pharaoh ruled an “anti-Christ” government that opposed the Lord and oppressed God’s people (Ex. 1). So when the Lord delivered the Israelites out of Egypt and brought them to Mt. Sinai, He offered the nation a “proposal of marriage” that they accepted (Ex. 19). By honoring God’s Covenant, they were “His Holy Nation,” under His governmental authority, as well as a SIGN to the world.
“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths [weekly and yearly Feasts, or “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).
As the nation honored the Feasts, they became 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 as it did back in the Old Testament with the Israelites, but now, perfectly through the union of Christ. The corrupt governments of the world will be exposed through His leadership.
“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 in the earth. 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 Covenant, and made way for His SEAL/SIGN to bear witness of the One True God.
Jesus will come 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.
For those to whom God is revealing this pattern of His Holy Days, they too have an opportunity to resurrect God’s SIGN in the earth.