What is the prophetic significance of the Feast of Tabernacles ?
Many Christians don’t understand the prophetic significance of the Feast of Tabernacles. They think it’s just a Jewish feast or holidays. But it’s not the Jewish feast, it’s the Lord’s Feast . Lev 23:2 These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the Lord.
The Lord here says it clearly that it’s His Feasts. It doesn’t say that it’s the Feasts of the Jews…. nor the Christians. It’s our Lord’s feasts. So, if you have made Jesus your Lord, then it’s the feasts of your boss! That means most of the Christians in the world, who outnumbers the Jews by far. So, shouldn’t we be interested in the feasts of our boss ?
Col 2:17 says that the feasts are shadows of the things to come. They are prophetic to what is to come. The Lord’s spring feasts; Pessach (Passover), Unleavened bread, First fruits and Pentecost were all accomplished in the first coming of Jesus.
So, during the Pessach, the people of God slaughtered a lamb without blemish as a prophetic sign of Jesus for almost 1,500 years, before Jesus came, who was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. All the spring feasts of the Lord were prophetic signs for Jesus’ first coming and they were accomplished during the 33 years He dwelt among us.
But the Fall Feast of the Lord ; Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur and the Feast of Tabernacles are prophetic signs of what will happen for the Second coming of Jesus. So, we better look into the Feasts and get some more understanding about the Second and last coming of Jesus. Actually to understand the end-times, we better understand the prophetic significance of the Fall Feasts.
So, what is the Feast of Tabernacles all about?
If we had understood tow of the ceremonies in the FOT, we would have read Jn 7:37 and Jn 8:12 very differently. During the FOT, there was a “drawing of the water” ceremony every day. ( See Neh 8:1) This was to thank God for the water and praying for enough water for next year.
They read: Es 12:3, Es 55:1
But it’s more than that ; it was also pouring out water on thirsty souls, the offspring and on the house of Israel and they read:
Is 44:3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your seed, and my blessing on your offspring.
Is 58:11 and Yahweh will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters don’t fail.
And this ceremony pointed to Messiah, so when Jesus said in Jn 7:37 Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! Jn 7:38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water. … He basically said: I’m the Messiah
And then there was Ceremony of the lights:
On the first day of Sukkot, 3 candlesticks, 75 feet high were lit for the first 7 days. On day 8, these were blown out for a solemn assembly (Chemini Astéret). The Lord will be this light in the future; and they read
Is 60:19 The sun will be no more your light by day; nor will the brightness of the moon give light to you, but Yahweh will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will not go down any more, nor will your moon withdraw itself; for Yahweh will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will end.
Later John wrote this: Rev 21:23 The city has no need for the sun or moon to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
We will need no more lights of candles, the sun nor the moon or other luminaries, because the Lord will the everlasting light.
This ceremony also pointed to Messiah, so when Jesus said in Jn 8:12 that he was the light of the world, He basically said: I’m the Messiah !
That’s why we have so strong a reaction just after he said that.
More to come……..
Previous years celebrations of The Feast of Tabernacles:
- 2015 : Sept 27 – Oct 5 in Brussels, Belgium
- 2016 : Oct 16 – 24 in Medias,Romania
- 2017 : Oct 4 – 12, Gibraltar
- 2018 : Sept 24 – Oct 1 in Riga, Latvia
- 2019 : Oct 13-21 in Vezenobres, France