The Feast of Tabernacles
Many Christians do not fully understand the prophetic significance of the Feast of Tabernacles. They think it’s just a Jewish feast or holiday. But it is not a Jewish feast, it is the Lord’s feast. These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the Lord. Leviticus 23:2
In this passage, the Lord clearly says that they are His feasts. It does not say here that they are the Feasts of the Jews, or of the Christians. They are the feasts of our Lord. So, if you have made Jesus your Lord, these are the feasts of your boss! So, as Christians, shouldn’t we be interested in His feasts?
Colossians 2:17 says that the feasts are shadows of the things to come. They are prophetic of what is to come. The Lord’s spring feasts, Pesach (Passover), Unleavened bread, First Fruits and Pentecost were all fulfilled in the first coming of Jesus.
For almost 1,500 years before Jesus came to earth, the people of God slaughtered a lamb without blemish during Pesach as a prophetic sign pointing to Jesus, as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. All the spring feasts of the Lord were prophetic signs of Jesus’ first coming and they were fulfilled during the 33 years He dwelt among us.
But the Fall Feasts of the Lord, Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) are prophetic signs of what will happen during the Second Coming of Jesus. As Christians, we need a better understanding about the Second and final coming of Jesus. In fact, to understand the end-times, we need to understand the prophetic significance of the Fall Feasts.
The Feast of Tabernacles
Once we understand two of the ceremonies performed during the Feast of Tabernacles (FOT), it gives us a different perspective on John 7:37 and John 8:12. Every day during the FOT there was a “drawing of the water ceremony” (see Nehemiah 8.1). This was to thank God for the water and to pray for enough water for the following year. They would read Esdras 12:2 and 55:1.
However, the significance goes beyond that. It was also about pouring out water on thirsty souls, on their offspring and on the house of Israel:
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. 44:3
…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. Is 58:11
This ceremony pointed to Messiah. John 7:37-38 reads:
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! He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water.
In these passages, Jesus is basically saying:
“I am the Messiah”
The ceremony of lights
On the first day of Sukkot, three candlesticks, 75 feet high, were lit for the first seven days. On day eight, these were blown out for a solemn assembly (Shemini Atzeret). The Lord will be this light in the future; and they read from Isaiah 60:19-20:
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. 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: 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. Revelation 21:23
We will no longer need the light from candles or even from the sun or the moon or other luminaries, because the Lord will our everlasting light.
This ceremony also pointed to Messiah, so when Jesus said in John 8:12 that he was the light of the world, again, He was basically saying:
“I am the Messiah!”
Previous years' celebrations
- 2015: Brussels, Belgium, 27 September – 5 October
- 2016: Medias, Romania, 16-24 October
- 2017: Gibraltar, 4-12 October
- 2018: Riga, Latvia, 24 September – 1 October
- 2019: Vezenobres, France, 13-21 October