The Ultimate Feast Of Tabernacles…Rev 4-7 pt 21

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.( Revelation 7:9-12)

John’s vision progresses from the 144,000, to an innumerable company standing before the throne of God and of the Lamb. Someone once asked Jesus if there would be only a few saved. His answer at that time to the one who asked was, to “agonize to make sure that You yourself enter into the Kingdom”.

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.(Luke 13:23-24)

But in this vision there is a much more satisfying answer to the question. A vast multitude from every walk of life, every class or station, every tribe or tongue, from all times and epochs, stand before the throne of the Lamb in bliss.

* They wear white robes- In the ancient world, most people possessed very few articles of clothing;they had work clothes and a special festal garment, kept clean and neat for special occasions. The word here is ‘stola’, festival clothing.

The work is over for the ones standing before the lamb in this vision. It is time to celebrate the last and ultimate great feast, the feast of tabernacles. All of the anxious toil is over, the crops are in, it is time to relax and celebrate the blessing of the Lord.

White is the color of victory, these have overcome the world, the Devil and themselves. They did not worship the beast, they remained faithful and true to the Lamb of God!

* They bear Palm branches- The holy feasts of Israel serve as an eschatological calendar. The spring feasts of Passover, unleavened bread and first fruits, have already been fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus and His conquest over sin and the grave. So also has the summer feast been fulfilled, Pentecost.

The fall feasts remain.Israel has an appointment to keep with God. The feasts of Trumpets, day of atonement and Tabernacles foretell the soon future. Trumpets sound to call Israel back to the Land that God gave Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The modern Exodus is underway, so that the dark night of repentance and soul-searching can commence, “The time of Jacob’s trouble”, a modern-day of atonement for a people who mostly rejected the true atonement of the Divinely appointed scapegoat, Jesus.

After the dark night, when all Israel is saved, and the redeemed are gathered before the Lamb, comes the greatest feast, the feast of tabernacles. God dwelt with Israel in the wilderness, thus tabernacles are built of Palm, citron and other greenery. God tabernacled with man in Jesus, when the “Word became flesh and tabernacled among us”.

And in the end, God shall dwell with men! So they stand holding palm branches of victory and celebration.They sing a revised tabernacle hymn. Through the long centuries the worshippers would sing Psalm 118 on the feast day, part of which is a heartfelt plea for salvation from God.

Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.(Psalm 118:25)

But in heaven the salvation is a completed fact, so the redeemed sing a new song, celebrating the sheer wisdom, love, mercy , kindness and sovereign power of the One who sent His Son to redeem them,

“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever!”

The Angels are utterly awestruck. The holy Angels have witnessed the ruin of sin and the degradation of God’s creation, man, and must have wondered how anything good could come of ruined, idolatrous, stained and degraded race.

But here they stand in the millions, their vain wondering is over. Once blind and hopelessly lost, but now worshipping and praising the Creator/Redeemer God, and adoring the Lamb, he who stooped so low to redeem them.

Even for Angels and Holy elders and Cherubim, it is too much to comprehend!

So they all fall on their faces together, before the Lamb and His Father, and utter forth praises and exaltation, laud, honor and glory.

This is the near future of all who love Him and have recieved His love.

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2 Responses to The Ultimate Feast Of Tabernacles…Rev 4-7 pt 21

  1. Armand says:

    Rev 21-3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Also, is the feast of in-gathering just before the feast of tabernacles? Does it signify the rapture for the church or the gathering of Israel to the homeland or both? Really enjoy your sermons, they have a certain anointing that is rarely seen or heard of nowadays. Praying for you daily, thanks for feeding God’s sheep. Bless you.

  2. Jeanne T. says:

    “The holy feasts of Israel serve as an eschatological calendar…..The fall feasts remain. Israel has an appointment to keep with God. The feasts of Trumpets, day of atonement and Tabernacles foretell the soon future. ”

    Yet we do not hear this preached. The feasts of God were “rehearsals.” For example, Israel observed, or rehearsed, the Passover and the spring feasts every year, and Jesus fulfilled those feasts in His first coming and his death and resurrection. He is the Passover Lamb. Why would the Fall Feasts not also be fulfilled by His return?

    I came across the below background on the fall feasts and their relation to the return of Jesus, and would appreciate Pastor Randles’ thoughts on it. According to this, the Feast of Trumpets was also known as the “hidden day”, very interesting. How would Jesus’ Jewish audience have understood what He was talking about here, or how would they have understood when He said “No one knows the day or hour” (explained below)?

    “Knowing that God is the same “yesterday, today, and forever, we can rest assured that He will likewise fulfill the three remaining “fall” feasts. Keeping in mind that the fall feasts foreshadow events surrounding the Second Coming of Messiah, let’s take a look at the feast next in line for fulfillment:

    The first fall feast: THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS

    As ordained by God, the Feast of Trumpets was to be observed each year on Tishrei 1. Because this feast falls on the first day of the Jewish civil calendar, it is seen as a type of “New Years Day” for Israel. The biblical record for observance of this feast is very simple: It was to be memorialized by the blowing of trumpets — both in the Temple and throughout the land.

    FEAST OF TRUMPETS: FUTURE FULFILLMENT

    Because the Feast of Trumpets has not yet been fulfilled, we look to its various themes and rituals to understand what it foreshadows. The primary theme of the Feast of Trumpets is the blowing of the trumpet, or shofar. According to tradition, the trumpet would be blown one hundred times at this feast. The hundredth, or last, trumpet blast was known as “the last trump.” In the Bible “the last trump” is associated with the resurrection or “rapture” of believers at the end of the age: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump….the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:52)

    The Torah calls the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah, or “the day of the awakening blast.” In the Bible, this “awakening blast” also refers to the resurrection or rapture event: “Your dead will live…..You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy….”

    Other themes associated with the Feast of Trumpets include:

    “The Wedding of the Messiah”
    “The Day the Gates of Heaven are Opened”
    And “The Day of Judgment”

    These themes make it clear. The event commonly referred to as the “Rapture” is going to take place on the Feast of Trumpets. But how, you ask, is it possible to know the day of the Rapture when Jesus said, “no one knows the day or the hour?” Significantly, the Feast of Trumpets was known as “the hidden day”: in part because its commencement was uniquely dependent on the first sighting of the New Moon. Due to the uncertainty inherent to sighting a tiny sliver of the crescent moon, as well as the secondary issue of notifying everyone that the feast had begun in time, the Feast of Trumpets became the only two-day holiday practiced in Israel. And so, when speaking of the timing of the Feast of Trumpets, the Jews would typically say…..”Of that day or hour no one knows.” It is no coincidence that Jesus used this same verbiage when speaking of the time of His return: “But of that day or hour no one knows…” (Matt. 24:36) The Rapture is going to take place in the fall of some year, during the two-day Feast of Trumpets.

    The next point of focus on God’s prophetic calendar is not a “feast” per se, but the seven-day span following the Feast of Trumpets. This seven day period, running from Tishrei 3 through Tishrei 9, comprises the better part of what is known as the “Days of Awe” — the most solemn and holy time of year for the Jews. Tradition holds that these seven days correspond to a period of seven years of distress and calamity for Israel, otherwise known as “the birth pangs of Messiah.” This is the time of “Jacob’s trouble.” “Israel’s dark day.” The time of “God’s Wrath.” According to tradition, this period represents Israel’s last chance at repentance before God’s judgment becomes final with the arrival of the next feast. Tragically, the Bible tells us that unrepentant Israel, along with the unbelieving Gentiles, will suffer the fury of God’s Wrath before coming to repentance.

    This brings us to the second fall feast — the most solemn and important day in all of Judaism:

    THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

    As ordained by God, the Day of Atonement was to be observed ten days after the Feast of Trumpets, on Tishrei 10. The central themes of this feast are “atonement” and “repentance. In ancient times, it was on this singular day that the high priest was allowed behind the veil of the Temple into the “Holy of Holies,” where he would plead forgiveness for Israel in the presence of God’s Glory. Thus, the Day of Atonement is known as “the day of face to face” with God. The Day of Atonement is also known as “the day the Gates of Heaven are closed.” Accordingly, the last ceremony to take place on this feast is called “neilah,” or “the closing of the gates.” It is said that at this time it is too late to accept the Messiah into your life, as all opportunity has passed.

    DAY OF ATONEMENT FUTURE FULFILLMENT:

    As intimated by the theme “face to face” with God, the Day of Atonement foreshadows the future physical return of Jesus Christ to reign as King. On this day in some future year, Christ will literally set foot upon the Mount of Olives as prophesied in Zechariah and begin to rule over all the nations. At this time Israel will be brought into full repentance, as they come “face to face” with “Him whom they have pierced.” (Zech. 12:10) At last, Israel will come to know Jesus, or “Yeshua,” as her Messiah.

    This brings us to the seventh and final feast on God’s prophetic calendar — the most joyous of all the feasts:

    THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES

    As ordained by God, the Feast of Tabernacles was to be observed over a period of seven days, from Tishrei 15 through Tishrei 21. During this feast, the Israelites were commanded to build a “tabernacle,” or sukkah (a temporary “hut,” or “covering”), and to inhabit it. To them, the tabernacle was a reminder of their flight from Egypt and the temporary dwellings they lived in. The tabernacle is also seen as being symbolic of man himself — a spiritually eternal being who dwells in a temporary “covering,” or body, in this present world. Significantly, in the Book of Exodus, God instructed the Israelites to construct a “tabernacle” (a forerunner to the Temple in Jerusalem), so He could dwell amidst them.

    FEAST OF TABERNACLES FUTURE FULFILLMENT:

    Both the original Tabernacle built by Moses, as well as the later Holy Temple built by King Solomon, served, for a time, as the singular dwelling place of “God’s presence” on earth. Yet these were only a temporary arrangement — a shadow of things to come. That which was foreshadowed by these temporary structures will be fully realized when Jesus Christ establishes His Millennial Kingdom — forever thereafter “tabernacling” with man on earth.

    “In a time when the majority of believers have not studied the feasts, some will insist they are not relevant to Christians; that they are part of the Old Testament “Law,” or merely “Jewish holidays.” The Apostle Paul, however, acknowledges the continuing relevance of the feasts in the New Testament, calling them “shadows of things [yet] to come.” (Col. 2:17) Jesus likewise affirms the prophetic significance of the feasts, promising that all of the “Law” — which includes the feasts — will be fulfilled: “…not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matt. 5:18)”

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