CLICK HERE TO WATCH FREE LIVE STREAMING OF FEAST OF THE TABERNACLES, DIRECT FROM JERUSALEM, OCT 16-20, 2016Zechariah 14:16-17 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.
As the Fall Festival of Tabernacles gets into high gear over the next few days, it is time to look at this important event through the Eyes of Christ and what it means to the Christian. Original given as a command to the Hebrews to commemorate their 40 years in the Wilderness when God provided food, manna from heaven, no sickness and clothes/shoes which never wore out. It also celebrates the time when His Presence was with them for those forty years- a huge cloud by Day and a pillar of fire by Night.
Tabernacles or Sukkot (Booths) happens each year around the end of the Fall Harvest in Jerusalem and each Hebrew was required to build a booth in their back yard or on their roofs and many in Israel or in practicing Judaism still do. It is the most joyful of all the major Jewish Feasts found in the Bible and is the only one which will survive throughout the 1000 Year Rule of Christ. Jesus celebrated this major Feast as it is almost certain that as a man, Jesus was born in Bethlehem on September 30 in our Julian calendar at the time of this Feast! That is a point for another day.
John 7:2-3 in the New Testament records the following: “Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. His brothers therefore said to Him, "Depart from here and go into Judea that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing”. (NOTE: the brothers mentioned here are Jesus’ actual half-brothers: James, Jude and others!)…..then jumping down to John 7:8-10 “You go up to the Feast (Tabernacles), I am not going up to this Feast for my time has not yet come”. When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee. But when His brothers had gone up (to the Feast of Tabernacles), then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret”.
Now, what is coming in the 1000 Year Reign of Christ WILL NOT BE IN SECRET! First of all we have to know just WHO will be present during that time which draweth nigh daily. The most important Person present during the 1000 Year or Millennial Reign is the Living Breathing Person of the Savior Jesus Himself, sitting on the Throne in Jerusalem! With Him will be all who were born again and saved from creation to the Rapture and the Tribulations saints. There will be King David, Abraham, Adam, Abel, Noah, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Samson, Samuel, Peter, Paul, Mary, Martha, Tyndale, Joan of Arc, Luther, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, CS Lewis, DL Moody, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham and you and I among the millions.
it is interesting who will also be there – a bunch of unsaved people, living right alongside the Saints of God and the Armies of the Living Christ! Just briefly, after the Rapture of the Church, and then the Seven Year Tribulation which leads to the Return of Christ and the 1000 Year Reign of the King in Jerusalem, unsaved people will still be born in hospitals in St. Louis, Mo; London England; Rome; Cairo etc. The, the nations, will be living side by side with the glorified saints who have returned to the earth with Jesus Christ until the final sifting at the end of time.
In that time, even THEY - the Nations, even though they know just WHO sits on the Throne in an untouchable Jerusalem - GOD HIMSELF - in the form of Yeshua, King Jesus, will refuse to bow to Him! They will be required to go to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Tabernacles at the End of Every September - and they will refuse. The prophesy from Zechariah 14:17 will then be fulfilled and Christ will cut off their rain....proving once again He is STILL the Real Climate Changer! This is serious business, as is disobedience to Holy God.