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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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” Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you- The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” (Joel 2:23, NKJV)

In my last post, “Pentecost and Prophecy”: I ended with a teaser that I would look at the potential timing of the next outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The first outpouring of the Holy Spirit was realized in Acts 2 when what appeared as tongues of fire came down on the apostles and other disciples. Peter quoted from the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-32) and on this day some 3000 repented and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the Remission of Sin. This monumental event was fulfilled on the Spring Harvest Day of Pentecost (Shavuot). This was the former rains that Joel spoke about, the rains needed before the spring harvest. What about the latter rains?

The latter rains represent the Fall Harvest and the NKJV mentions that this is in the first month of Hebrew (Civil) Calendar. This month is called Tishri and the 15th-21st days of this month is known as Sukkot (Fall Harvest). Since there was a literal outpouring of the Holy Spirit during Pentecost, we must know that there will be a future fulfillment of the coming of the Holy Spirit that coincides with the latter rains. We can know this because God keeps His Word always! Many prophecies are fulfilled within a reasonably short time of the original prophecy. Yet, there is also an end of the age fulfillment. This is called the Near/Far Prophetic.

By understanding the meaning of the spring and fall rains, we know that there will be a greater harvest of souls during the celebration of Sukkot. Jesus also tells us to learn the lesson of the fig tree as a sign of a season before His return.(Matthew 24:32-35). The fall rains lead to the harvest of figs. The fig harvest is on Sukkot (Late September/early October). Expect an End of the Age pouring out of the Holy Spirit.

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” And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel saying, the fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days.’ ” (Leviticus 23:33-34, KJV).

“Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine.” (Deuteronomy 26:13, KJV).

Imagine camping in your backyard for a week out of a house made of palm branches and other material. Sharing a meal, under the stars and just enjoying time with family, appreciating the majesty of God’s creation. That is exactly what the Feast of Tabernacles represents. The children of Israel would build temporary structures (succoths) to commemorate that God was with Israel for 40 years in the wilderness.

This feast which begins at sundown on Wed., October 8, is a time of Thanksgiving to God for the provisions of the fall harvest. Just as Pentecost celebrated the spring harvest and was fulfilled with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), there will be a future outpouring of the Holy Spirit during this fall harvest.  (Joel 2:23, 28-32). It precedes the Day of the Lord and God will use this gift to bring many to Jesus. Expect to see miracles, signs and wonders which will infuriate the antichrist and cause him to display demonically inspired feats which will deceive the ungodly.

The importance of this holy celebration is shown around God’s throne room, where a great multitude from every tribe, nation and language, is worshipping Yahweh as one. (Revelation 7:9-17).  This is the redeeming power of the Holy Spirit as everyone will understand one pure language. Our Lord reverses the scattering caused by the disobedience at the tower of Babel. (Genesis 11:1-9).

Finally, the Feast of Tabernacles, will be observed during the Millennium. The prophet Zechariah tells us that everyone that is left from the nations (which came against Jerusalem) shall go to the Holy City year after year to worship the King (JESUS).  This is MANDATORY and if the families of a nation do not attend, then there will be no rain for their crops. (Zechariah 14: 16-21).  God loves us so much that he wants us to rejoice with Him and enjoy the fruits of His creation together. EJ.

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