“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a NIV)

Don’t recall who said it, but I do remember when I read it. It was right after the “9-11 Attack.” I’m not even sure of the exact quote—yet I subscribe to the author’s point: Hatred for Christians and Jews throughout the world (and in particular the Middle East) is a direct consequence of Christian unwillingness to go and make disciples of all nations.

When the Risen Christ spoke his words in Matthew (above), he was instructing his followers as a commander would his most trusted officers. Our Savior and King commissioned those he ransomed with his blood: From that time forward, they were to continually mount the offensive, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20b). Therefore, any disciple naming Jesus as their Lord, was to be a fearless soldier (2 Timothy 2:3).

For some time there have been unconfirmed accounts of trained Muslim terrorists moving into Europe posing as Syrian refugees. Add this to the Jihadists who are already in Munich, Paris and London. What of the terrorists that have been entering the U.S.? In general, radical Islamists have their commission: Spread out, have children to non-Muslim women and form sleeper cells.

When a report “The Biggest Sham” broke this week, it featured a since-deleted photo of a long line of men dressed in orange prison jump-suits. They were walking (presumably from prison) on a street of an unidentified American city. It was pictorial evidence of a federal release of six thousand plus drug-dealers and drug-traffickers. Over thirty thousand, many with long criminal histories, may soon be freed. The reason: These inmates qualify under the changes in federal drug-law sentencing guidelines. Since the changes are retroactive, those who served a certain minimum number of years are turned loose.

I know better than to portray all felons in a negative light, but the picture was menacing. It had the look of uniformed soldiers, refreshed, strengthened and eager to return to the battle. From this “Biggest Sham” story I visualized thousands of drug kingpins, dealers and traffickers roaming the country bent on revenge, acquiring territory/power and ill-gotten gain as well.

New recruits ready to cover the globe should be emerging from our churches. Refreshed troops should be continually added to the soldiers evangelizing the lost, but where in America is this happening? There are wonderful Christian inmates who served their time, and now serve Christ. Sadly, the majority of the reinforcements are going to the other side. Those bent on destruction are joining the terrorists. They are filling the positions of the martyrs within the devil’s ranks. What about the ransomed? What strategic positions are we occupying?

Our commitment to Jesus as obedient and fearless soldiers is now more vital than ever. We know who wins the final victory. So let us “soldier-up”!

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“Each tree is recognized by its own fruit.” (Luke 6:44 NIV)

Released from his Communist prison in 1965, and urged to leave his beloved country, Richard Wurmbrand did so reluctantly. He and his wife Sabina eventually emigrated to the U.S. In May of 1966, the Romanian pastor was invited to testify before a joint Congressional committee.

Before the TV cameras, Richard Wurmbrand spoke of his experience as a prisoner under Communism’s rule. He concluded his testimony by removing his shirt to reveal the deep scars covering his back. More eloquent than words were Wurmbrand’s wounds.

I conclude that it is unlikely that Dr. John Walvoord, then President of Dallas Seminary (DTS), viewed his Christian brother’s testimony. If he and his fellow theologians had watched and listened, they would have surely realized their error and altered their “escape the tribulation” position. How could anyone maintain Christians will avoid great distress when scars from fourteen years of torture and pain revealed otherwise?

What if Richard Wurmbrand was invited to sit among Dr. Walvoord’s DTS students as he lectured on his Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine? Would the Doctor’s presentation convince Rev. Wurmbrand that the horrors of Communist prison were not tribulation or persecution? What about Watchman Nee’s response to Dr. Walvoord’s lecture–that is had the great Christian mind survived Chairman Mao’s Communist persecution and then been invited?

Throughout the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, Dr. Walvoord continued writing and lecturing. He spoke to theologically-friendly congregations on the Church’s imminent escape from tribulation. Meanwhile, as “the voice of the underground church”, Richard Wurmbrand was authoring and speaking to a range of believers as well.

The two men’s audience represents disparate parts of Christianity. Walvoord’s segment of Protestantism repeats the mantra that they will avoid tribulation in the rapture, that the Antichrist will be revealed after they leave this earth. Wurmbrand’s listeners are under no such illusion.

The Wurmbrand’s made a promise to fellow-believers at home: They would come to the West in order to tell of the sacrifices for the Gospel being made behind the Iron Curtain. Their newsletter, now known as “The Voice of the Martyrs”, was a result of that promise. Richard Wurmbrand’s ministry has had great impact on awakening the Church to support those willing to serve the Lord in difficult and dangerous places. The martyrs say, “Give us the Bibles and Christian materials; we will take the risks.” As a result of Rev. Wurmbrand’s legacy, many are receiving Jesus in areas hostile to Christian evangelism.

Dr. Walvoord’s message has had much influence on Christian radio, books, magazines and movies, as well as Christian TV. For Walvoord’s and his disciple’s efforts, American denominations and churches of all sizes have adopted a Dispensational “any moment rapture” statement of faith.

If only those who make up this segment of popular Christianity would honor this Sunday, November 1’s “National Persecuted Christian Day.” Maybe the voice of one brave, scarred martyr would change their opinion. Perhaps then the Church in America would unite then prepare to join our persecuted brothers and sisters.

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“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” -Jesus (Matthew 24:45-47 NIV)

John Walvoord and Richard Wurmbrand, two men whose ninety-plus-year lifespans closely paralleled each other. Wisconsin-born (U.S.) Walvoord (1910-2002), and Romanian-born Wurmbrand (1909-2001), two men who individually made and continue to make a tremendous impact on their Christian spheres.

For thirty-four years (1952-1986), Dr. John Walvoord was the distinguished president of Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). He authored numerous books on prophecy and was perhaps the foremost Dispensational theologian of his day.

Among Dr. Walvoord’s best-known works was “The Rapture Question” (1979). In it he laid out his arguments for a sudden, “any-moment” taking up of the Church (rapture) immediately prior to “the Tribulation”—the term he used for the last seven years of this age. So, according to this renowned Bible scholar, the “taking up” was an escape from intense suffering for all Christians. With authority, Walvoord wrote that the Church will be transported far from the great distress that marks the time of the end. In effect, Dr. Walvoord’s life exemplified his teaching. He escaped the persecution that was simultaneously happening outside his Western world.

While Walvoord was acquiring his Doctorate of Theology (Th.D., 1936), a half world away the Jewish Richard Wurmbrand and wife Sabina were becoming followers of Christ. Their native land was being overrun by Nazism. Anti-Semitism was running rampant. Aryanism, or a master race philosophy, dominated the political scene. Before World War II ended nine years later, John had moved up the ladder of academia in Dallas. Richard, on the other hand, had endured harsh imprisonment for resisting Hitler’s threat to the Church.

Rev. Wurmbrand’s beliefs would cost him his freedom again in 1948. After the Communist take-over of Romania, he would return to a jail cell. His crime was stating “Communism and Christianity were incompatible”. For his strong stand for Christ, this pastor would spend fourteen years in the most inhumane conditions imaginable, a Communist prison.

While Dr. Walvoord was donning his doctor’s gown in 1952 as Dallas Seminary’s president, both Wurmbrand and Sabina were suffering under dreadful conditions in notorious Romanian prisons. Their whereabouts and well-being were hidden from each other as well as their friends.

While Dr. Walvoord was stepping into his new leadership responsibilities at DTS, Pastor Wurmbrand had already endured three years of solitary confinement and countless tortures. Cold, wet and dark cell conditions had given this once-renowned Romanian Protestant leader an advanced case of tuberculosis. In 1952, Pastor Wurmbrand was coughing blood among a ward full of terminally-ill, starving and severely mistreated inmates. “Tortured for Christ” and “In God’s Underground” detail this period in Wurmbrand’s life and ministry when he boldly shared the Gospel with jailer and dying alike.

In Part 2, we will compare the last thirty-five years of Walvoord and Wurmbrand’s ministries as they shared the same North American continent.

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“Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” (Revelation 6:11 NKJV).

The entire history of this age will soon be written. While many attempt to pacify the fearful, the wise are taking note of God’s signs. Modern pastors reassure their unsettled flocks with the promise Jesus will return “prior to” Antichrist’s appearance. “Peace and safety” are implicit. Their sheep repeat: “Great Tribulation is coming, but thank God I won’t be around to see it!”

Satan has deceived many so-called “Bible-believing” Christians into declaring “any moment Jesus will come and we’ll escape.” Can Christ come on any given day or will he arrive on a set day with accompanying signs in the sky? Does resurrection occur, as they say, while we are taken up in the rapture? And what of all the unfulfilled signs?

There are definite signs for which we need to look. In 2nd Thessalonians, we have lots of signs. Paul reminded his former students what he had taught. As a fellowship they had swallowed the false teaching the Day of the Lord had come and gone. The Apostle was clear: This day cannot come until the apostasy (the falling away or rebellion) occurs (cf. Matthew 24:10) and the man of sin is revealed (2:3). The man of sin or son of perdition will take his seat in the temple of the LORD claiming to be God (2:4) (In Part 1, we discussed this sign’s fulfillment at the 70th week’s midpoint.)

We learn in Revelation 13 that at the 42-month mark, the Antichrist will be revealed by demanding universal worship. Those who resist him will be forced to take the beast’s mark. This sets the stage for our sign of the end.

God’s people will stand firm in their resistance. Those remaining true despite the beast’s power are spoken of in Revelation 12:11“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (NIV).

God’s resisters are a major sign of the end. Saints always oppose the beast, even to the death. For some, their refusal to take the beast’s mark will cost their head (Rev. 20:4). These martyrs are the souls heard under the altar when the 5th seal is opened (Rev. 6:9). Together they appeal for vengeance (i.e. the Day of the Lord’s Judgment). They are comforted with a promise that God will bring the wicked to justice, but only after the full number of their brothers are likewise slain (Rev. 6:10-11).

This will be a sign of Christ’s coming. Once the last martyr sheds his blood, then the beast’s power will be broken. The beast’s last publicly guillotined saint will set off a series of prophesied signs that directly precede Jesus’ coming in the clouds.

In 2015 a live video feed picked up radical black-clothed Muslims beheading faithful Christians. This is a “can’t miss sign”. It presents evidence of how close we are to the end. Those serving Antichrist will make an example of elect martyrs. Those who hold to the testimony of Jesus and obey God’s commands are already being decapitated.

Prepare now. When the full number of the faithful lose their heads, then look to the east. Redemption will be drawing nigh. EJ.

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” Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place” (whoever reads let him understand)….” For then there will be great tribulation, such has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:15, 21, NKJV).

A dear friend tuned in to a radio program. On it the pastor taught on the sign before the return of Jesus. After intently listening then comparing Scripture with Scripture, she agreed with his conclusion: The Anti-christ will, indeed, desecrate the rebuilt Jewish temple and then claim to be God. This will initiate the foretold events that usher in Messiah’s return.

What is amazing is that this daughter of Zion knew little about prophecy until earlier this year. She has taken to it like a fish to water. She digs in and does not stop until the Holy Spirit reveals truth.

The signs are a topic that should take precedence over most other studies. The signs are key to knowing when Jesus will rescue His people. The prophet Daniel was shown that at the midpoint (day 1260) of the final 7-year period (“the 70th week of Daniel”), the prince to come (Satan’s spawn) will cause the temple sacrifices to cease. Under the prince’s direction, an abomination will be set up that causes desolation (Daniel 9:27, 11:31). For example, a desecrating sacrifice would be a pig on the altar of God in the most holy place.

The Anti-christ, beast or man of lawlessness will exalt himself over God. He will speak blasphemies against the Lord of Hosts (Daniel 11:36-37, Revelation 13:5). The Apostle Paul taught the Thessalonians this doctrine. The Day of Jesus’ return (and our being gathered to Him via the Rapture) will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of sin, the son of perdition, is revealed. Paul then specifies what comes next: This man sits as God in the Lord’s temple and will claim to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

“Let the reader understand.” The Book of Daniel sheds more light. In Chapter 12 it states Michael, Israel’s great prince, will arise. The Hebrew word for “arise or stand up” is amad (aw-mad’). It also means “to be at a stand still”. This infers that the defender of God’s people will be removed from protecting Israel during the Great Tribulation (2 Thessalonians 2:7). An unparalleled time of trouble will descend upon earth’s saints (Daniel 12:1). This is what Jesus told his disciples to look for as he described a future “great distress” (Matthew 24:21, Luke 21:23).

Jesus warns those who witness this sign to flee to the mountains. He promises these days must be cut short or no flesh would survive. At that time there will be false messiahs and false prophets performing signs and wonders (Matthew 24:22-23, Revelation 13:11-18). The delusion will be so strong that, if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived. This is Scripture’s urgent warning.

The sign believers must prepare for will be “the Abomination that causes Desolation”. It is foolish to suggest–as Pre-tribulation or any-moment rapture teachers do–that the Lord offers his people a sign they won’t be around to see. The beast is himself a sign. He will appear to do his evil work before we witness our Lord and King’s return (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).

Those, such as my friend, who know these things are the magi for our time. They are mining the gold of Scripture, searching for the signs. They will bless God’s people with their knowledge of the Word.

In the next post, we will explore the last sign, the one appearing before the heavens signal Jesus’ glory. EJ

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” Whosover eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:54, KJV).

A couple of months ago, we presented posts that biblically showed that the rapture event was not a resurrection. Scripture shows that those who were alive at the last trump would be changed into glorified bodies. The timing of this glorification was after the current heavens and earth passed away. Revelation 20:11-13 shows us that at the Great White Throne Judgment, those who did not accept Jesus as Savior will be resurrected and judged.

We also learned that believers who are changed in the twinkling of an eye are glorified before death and hades are cast into the Lake of Fire. (Rev. 20:13 and 1Corninthians 15:51-56). One last question remains. When is the timing of the Resurrection of the Righteous? Revelation 20:5 answers that question: “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” The next verse tells us that these individuals are blessed and holy, so we know that this is referring to believers who died and are in heaven.

Now that we know this general resurrection is after the Millennium, is there a specific day we can focus in on? Jesus tells us that He will raise those who believe in Him on the Last Day. Martha (Lazarus’ sister) understood this when she said that her brother would rise again in the resurrection at the Last Day. (John 11:24). John the apostle identifies the Last Day, calling it that great day of the feast. (John 7:37). This was at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Last Great Day (8th day.)

This feast is the conclusion of the High Holy Days of Israel and the last of the major Feast Days for Israel. Eight also represents the number of new beginnings. So this resurrection would be the final transition into eternity. This day would be the 22nd day of the month of Tishri (7th month of the Hebrew Religious Calendar.) On the Gregorian Calendar, it occurs at the end of September/beginning of October.

One final clue that helps solve the puzzle is that the 23rd of Tishri is a celebration of the joy of the giving of the Torah. These first five books of the Bible represent the giving of the Law. In eternity, there is no more law. So wouldn’t it make sense that eternity is ushered in right before the customary day that Israel celebrated the giving of the Law? Finally, Moses commanded the children of Israel that at the end of every 7 year cycle (Shemitah), in the solemnity of the year of release, the law would be read each day during the Feast of Tabernacles. (Deuteronomy 31:-13, Nehemiah 8:14-18). So we can conclude this: The Resurrection of the Just will happen on the 22nd of Tishri after the 7 year Shemitah cycle. The Lord has given us these treasures in His Word so that the wise would discover them and share with others. EJ

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” In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying: ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto ME and drink. He that believeth on ME, as the scripture hath said. out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:37-38, KJV).

Last night at sunset concluded the High Holy Days of the Fall for Israel. Today (Simchat Torah)  is a day of celebration as Israel recognizes the joy of receiving the Torah. (first 5 books of the Old Testament). The Feast of Tabernacles has great future significance as it is a look at the time when Jesus will rule on earth. (The Millennium). It is a time of hope, joy and peace. So, is there even more significance to the Last Great Day?

The Gospel of John showed that Jesus taught in the midst of the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles. On the Last Great Day (8th Day), He cried out and offered eternal life for whomever thirsts for eternal life. He promised the Holy Spirit as a seal. (John 7:37-39). This Scripture is a major clue as to the exact day the 2nd outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be; on Shemini Atzeret or the Last Great Day.

From Acts chapter 2, we learned that the 1st outpouring of the Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost. Pentecost is the spring harvest. It was a near fulfillment of what the prophet Joel proclaimed. (Joel 2:28-32). God foretold of 2 outpouring, the former rain and the latter rain, which represents the spring and fall harvests. So, if we know that the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit (about 3000 souls) occurred during Pentecost, we then can say that Tabernacles (Fall Harvest/Feast of Ingathering) is when the 2nd outpouring will happen. Thanks to Jesus teaching in the Temple and promising this gift on the Last Great Day, 22nd of Tishri, we know the exact day this incredible worldwide event will take place.

So can the year be prediced? While we cannot say, Joel prophesied it happens at the end of the age. Right after God pours out His Spirit, signs and wonders will be shown in the Heavens. By comparing Joel’s description of the Heavenly wonders to  what Jesus said in Matthew 24:29-31 and John in Revelation 6:12-17 it is clear that the outpouring happens before the Rapture and the Day of the Lord. Look for this gift from God right before the final 7 year period or early within Daniel’s 70th week.

This outpouring of the Spirit really does prove that the Holy Spirit is not removed before the end of the age but is poured upon all flesh. in the next post we will see how the General Resurrection also fulfills Shemini Atzeret . EJ

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.”  And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.” (Genesis 33:17 KJV).

Today is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles and tonight will usher in the final feast of the month of Tishri (7th month of the Hebrew Religious calendar). The Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret) is essentially an 8th day of celebration. Jesus’ birth on Tabernacles is a bridge connecting Israel’s history to future events.

The first recorded variation of the word Sukkot (tabernacle, tent, shelter) is in the 33rd chapter of Genesis where Jacob (Israel) left his brother Esau and journeyed to a town. There, he built a cottage and shelters for his cattle. The name of this town in Hebrew, Succoth, is translated “booths.” Booths or temporary shelters were built for Jacob’s livestock. It is providential that Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger for livestock. It would be like God to have Israel’s and the world’s savior born on the feast day (Sukkot) bearing the same name as the city (Succoth) where Israel (Jacob) settled.

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5 KJV).  

On the 8th day from His birth, our Messiah was circumcised and given the name Jesus (Luke 2:21). Circumcision was the covenant Yahweh made with Abraham (Genesis 17:9-13). The circumstances of Jesus’ birth was in accordance with the Law. Our king was born on the first day of Tabernacles as Emmanuel, God with us. He was circumcised, or set apart for God, on the 8th day (Hebrew Shemini Atzeret, the Last Great Day). Through Moses, the Lord commanded the reading of his Law to the children of Israel during the Feast of Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 31:9-13). Jesus’ birth during this feast further affirmed that it was a time of joy and hope. Jesus or Yeshua (God saves) signified that the newborn Son of God brought glory to the Father’s plan of Salvation.

In our final installment on Sukkot, we will examine the 2nd outpouring of the Holy Spirit and its connection to the Last Great Day. We will also see if this Holy Day is the day of the general resurrection of the saints. As we patiently wait for the Moadim (God’s appointed times), true believers must go into the fields and plant gospel seeds in anticipation of the last great harvest. EJ

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” And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen HIS glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NRSV).

As we enter into the first full day of the Feast of Tabernacles, it is important for Christians to reflect on what these days of celebration should mean. Sukkot was ordained by God as a remembrance for His people. He did not want them to forget that His presence dwelt with them for 40 years in the wilderness.

God’s presence has never left the true believer since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19).  The Greek word Naos (Na- hos’) translates “temple or shrine”, “a place for God’s presence to dwell”. So the celebration of Sukkot is a perfect time to make sure that our bodily temples are pure so that we are ONE with the Holy Spirit. The birth of Jesus brought God physically and visibly to earth. Jesus’ coming in human form sets up the next stage in God’s plan of Salvation.

So what does Jesus’ birth have to with Tabernacles? Everything! We have shown on this website a major fundamental TRUTH: GOD uses the Feast Days of Israel to move His plan of salvation forward. Most bible scholars will tell you that Jesus’ birth was either in the spring or fall. So one of the spring or fall feast days would make sense for the birth of the Messiah. We have 2 witnesses from Scripture that reveals another name for Jesus  (Immanuel: Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23) which means: “God is with us.”

When we consider John 1:14 which said” the Word became flesh and lived among us”, the clues start falling into place. Living among us literally means: Pitched his Tent. This is the exact idea Yahweh was revealing when he ordained the Feast of Shelters (Tents) as a continual holy observance. Jesus came to earth in the temporary shelter of human flesh. He was wrapped in bands of cloth and laid in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 1:7). From Jesus’ name, Emmanuel to the way He was born, to the profession of Jesus’ closest disciple, John, it is clear that out of all the Holy Days of Israel, Tabernacles matches God’s plan to bring His SON to earth to save mankind from sin.

Our bodies are also temporary shelters until we enter into the eternal glory of a Resurrected body. Before that happens, this age has to come to an end and a major clue for that to happen is this: There WILL BE a 2nd outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT on all nations. In part 3 we will look at the prophecies of Joel and see how part of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled in the book of Acts at Pentecost. We will also see why the 2nd outpouring has to be during the Feast of Tabernacles. EJ

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Sukkot (Part 1)

You shall dwell in booths (Tabernacles) for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths., that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I AM the LORD your GOD.” (Leviticus 23:42-43 NKJV).

This Sunday (September 27th) at sundown, marks the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles. This is a 7 day celebration for all of Israel. This festive time is also known as the Feast of Ingathering (Fall Harvest). God ordained this time because it would be an everlasting reminder that God’s presence (in the Ark of the Covenant) dwelt for 40 years in the wilderness with His people. The children of Israel would build temporary shelters made from the branches of palm trees, leafy trees and willows of the brook. (Leviticus 23:40). This was one of the 3 Feast Days (Passover and Pentecost)  that all men of Israel were required to attend in Jerusalem. (Deuteronomy 16:16). The importance of this Holy Day was to remind all generations that God’s presence dwells among His people.

From the time of the Exodus, until the end of the Millennium, we will learn the role that the Feast of Tabernacles has in God’s plan of salvation. King Solomon built the first Temple and during Solomon’s dedication, fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices. The Shekinah Glory filled the Temple. (A near fulfillment to what will happen at the end of the age.) Solomon held a celebration for 7 days and 2nd Chronicles 7:10 tells us that it was on the 23rd day of the 7th month that the children of Israel were sent home. Solomon dedicated the Temple and God graced it with HIS presence during the Feast of Tabernacles. (Days 15-22 of the 7th month of Tishri.)

As long as Israel obeyed the Lord, God’s presence would remain in the temple. Unfortunately, that did not happen and the temple would become desolate in 586 BC as the majority of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) went into exile in Babylon. The Lord would have mercy and sent a remnant back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. (Fulfilling 2nd Chronicles 36:20-21).  Before the foundation of the 2nd temple was built, the exiles celebrated the Fall Holy Days and the Feast of Tabernacles was observed again. (Ezra 3:4). The importance of Sukkot was felt even during the years between the Old and New Testament. In Part 2 we will see how Sukkot influenced a new Holy Day and show why Tabernacles will be forever linked to the birth of our Savior. EJ

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