The Feast of Tabernacles and its fullfilment (7)
The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the autumn feasts, as well as the final feast of the seven annual feasts. It’s celebrated from the 15th to the 22nd of the seventh month, by sacred year according to Lev. 23:34-36. The Feast of Tabernacles was not only celebrated in the Old Testament times, but it was also commemorated in the New Testament times by Jesus Christ and His disciples. In the last age, too, the Church of God celebrates this feast, following the teachings of Second Coming Christ Ahnsahnghong. Christ Ahnsahnghong came to this earth according to the prophecies of the Bible. And he rebuilt the once-ruined Zion, restoring all of the Feasts of God.
Origin of the Feast of Tebernacles
After Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments that God had allowed for a second time, he explained to the Israelites the words of the covenant, as well as the work of building the tabernacle (Ex 34:27-35). Then those who were willing presented various kinds of materials to the LORD, including gold, silver, linen and wood. God’s people brought all of these materials for the building of the tabernacle in seven days – beginning on the fifteenth day of the seventh month (Ex 35:4-29; 36:5-7). God appointed the Feast of Tabernacles and commanded the Israelites to celebrate it for generations to come, so that they could remember the seven days that they had brought the building materials for constructing the tabernacle. The Feast of Tabernacles is also referred to as the Feast of Booths.
The Israelites kept the Feast of Tabernacles by making tents. They used palm fronds and myrtle trees, or willows, to build booths, which were then spread onto the courts of the house of God and onto their own rooftops. They lived within these booths for seven days with great joy. Helping their neighbours in need, they kept the feast holy (Neh 8:9-18; Lev 23:39-43; Deut 16:11-15; Zech 14:15-18).
Prophecy and Fulfilment
In the Bible, “wood” represents people (Jer 5:14). And the “materials for the temple” represent the holy saints (Rev 3:12). In the desert, the Israelites abundantly gathered materials for the holy tabernacle for a week. And They completed it. Afterward, during the Feast of Tabernacles, they constructed booths – houses of woven grass and trees – and joyfully dwelt within them for seven days. This history is a prophesy, the fulfilment of which is seen through the gospel work, accomplished by the gathering of the 144,000 saints represented by the “wood” and by the “materials for the temple.” We should work for the movement announcing Jesus’ coming, laying its foundation by gathering the saints, the materials for the temple. The saints can be gathered through preaching the gospel. Just as the Israelites had gathered the physical materials for making the tabernacle.
The Promise of the Feast of Tabernacles
The Feast of Tabernacles is the blessed day when God gives us the power of the Holy Spirit. And Through the Holy Spirit we can gather the 144,000 saints, the materials of the Heavenly Jerusalem temple. As the prophet Zechariah prophesied (Zechariah 14:16-19).
The above prophecy reveals that those who do not celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles will have no rain. It means that they will not be given the Holy Spirit and that plagues will be brought upon them. God promised to give the Holy Spirit only to those keeping the Feast of Tabernacles.
John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the festival [of Tabernacles], Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scriptures has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.
The prophet Zechariah explained that the people who do not celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles will have no rain. and Jesus declared that God’s people could receive the Holy Spirit by celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. Considering the above words, we can conclude that the Holy Spirit is only given under God’s grace. And It can only come upon those who keep the Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. As God has promised, no one can receive the Holy Spirit unless he keeps the Feast of Tabernacles.