Feast of Tabernacles 2020, End Times

Feast of Tabernacles 2020, End Times

Feast of Tabernacles 2020, End Times  

September 05, 2020

Why are we here today, preparing to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  This is what this feast, Feast of Tabernacles is all about, the 1000 year rule of Jesus as King and High Priest on the earth and we will be changed and will serve the people under Jesus as kings, Priests and instructors.

How many people really believe Jesus will literally return and rule the Earth for a 1000 years.  Even among Christians belief, there is a major debate, the return of Jesus to the earth, is it symbolic or a literal return to set up His Kingdom. Do we really believe what the Bible say and do we believe the Scriptures is the Word of God.

I should say, I do not take the Bible literality,

but I do take the Bible Seriously

{there are over 200 types or figures of Speech in the Bible – puns, simile, allegory, Metaphor, analogy, type, parables, etc.}

If we look at the great tribulation {Matt 24:21-24}, what is your Hermeneutics {just means what do you believe about the Scriptures} when Jesus will return.  Is it Pre-trib, Mid-trib, Post-trib when we are change to spirit being and Jesus returns at the Millennium.

Your Hermeneutics will tell me if you believe the Scriptures are more Allegorical to Literal understanding.  Your Eschatology is the study of Last things.  We all have this understanding. 

A millennial – teaches there will be no millennial reign of the righteous on the earth.  They view the millennium as symbolic and see the kingdom of Jesus as already present in the church started with Pentecost.

Post-Millennial – an interpretation of {Rev 20} which sees Christ’s second coming as occurring after the “Millennium” is over.

Pre millennial – belief that Jesus will physically return to the Earth before the Millennium starts, a literal thousand-year of peace and based upon a literal interpretation of {Rev 20:1-6}.

Why do we observe the Jesus Feast today.

We take for granted we are commanded to observe the Feasts as a Christian.  What proof do we have.

We look towards or point to the tradition or requirement that Jesus’ parents kept God’s holy days and went to Jerusalem 3 times a year {Luke 2:41}

We look towards or point to Jesus Himself kept God’s Holy Days during his ministry on the earth as our example to follow {Matt 26:17}

Remember, Paul said follow me as I follow Jesus {1 Cor 11:1} and the Apostles observed the same feasts after they were called “Christians”. {Acts 18:21, 20:16, 27:9}

The start of the New Testament Church started on Pentecost {Acts 2:1}

We believe the purpose of the Holy Days is The Fathers plan of Salvation for all of mankind and each Feast Day represents one of the parts of His plan.  Jesus Himself made it crystal clear that we cannot know the date of His return. 

Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

This is what this feast, Feast of Tabernacles is all about, the 1000 year rule of Jesus as King and High Priest on the earth.

We know the Second Coming is a Christian concept regarding a future return of Jesus the Messiah to the Earth after his “first coming” and ascension to heaven about two thousand years ago.

The Bible warns there will be conflicting messages about when and where Jesus will return.

Why does Jesus return, is because of you and me, the Elect or as we are call, Saints.

Matthew 24:22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the Elect’s sake those days will be shortened. 

1 Thessalonians 3:13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His Saints.

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be Saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 

Jude 1:14-15 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His Saints, (15)  to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  

How long is the millennium – 1000 years 

Revelation 20:2-5  He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.  (3)  He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.  (4)  I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (5)  (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.    

Church Fathers writings, there are more not covered

  • Around 200 AD, Eusebius writes “there will be a period of some thousand years after the (first) resurrection of the dead, and that the Kingdom of Christ will be set up in material form on this very earth!” ( Ecclesiastical History, B3, C 39)
  • Justin Martyr taught the same thing, saying that after the 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth a general resurrection and judgment of all people would take place. (Dialogue with Trypho, Chapters 80 and 81)
  • Irenaeus,130–202, wrote: “For in as many days as this world was made, in so many thousand years shall it be concluded” “”(Gen. 2: 1, 2) of the things formerly created, as also it is a prophecy of what is to come” (Against Heresies, B5, C 28, 33) 

Jesus will return to the earth through the clouds as He left. 

Matthew 24:30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 

Matthew 24:31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 

Jesus will now set up His Kingdom, prepare it for the Father when the New Jerusalem comes down to the earth.

What about the Feast of Tabernacles.  Do we ever stop and ask ourselves why do we go to the Feast.

Does it means a vacation, travel, food for whatever our heart desires, the adventure of new experiences, seeing old friends and making new ones or being tied to home because of virus.

The travel, the fun, the living in temporary homes {hotel rooms} are meant to teach us lessons.  Remember, God always has a purpose for the things He tells us to do.

Tabernacle only means a temporary shelter or tent.  Our physical body is only temporary shelter for the Holy Spirit.

This life is our training ground to learn skills, developing righteous character and proper personality.  Living out of a suitcase reminds us that life is only temporary.  

2 Corinthians 5:1-2 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.  (2)  Meanwhile we groan {or sigh}, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling,

2 Corinthians 5:5 God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit as a guarantee.

2 Peter 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

The Feast is a time to rejoice; because it pictures the When Jesus returns to the earth and starts ruling over the earth and we are changed to Spirit Beings, same as Jesus is.

Is it because we are command to by our Lord, Jesus.

1 John 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. (3) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

John 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Where does it cover the Feast of Tabernacles

Leviticus 23:34-37 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. (35) On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. (36) For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. (37) ‘These are the Feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day–

Leviticus 23:44 This is what Moses spoke about to the Israelis regarding the LORD’s appointed feasts.

Leviticus 23:2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.

Who is the Lord that said these are my Feasts, the one we know as Jesus, the Creator said this. 

We know that the one who was the Spokesman or Lord of the Old Testament was the one who we know as Jesus the Messiah in the New Testament.  Jesus is the creator of all things.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (2)  He was in the beginning with God.  (3)  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 7:2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.

Why did John call it the Jews Feast, one of the reasons was the book of John was written the Church, which was basically made up of Gentiles.

John 7:10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

As Jesus was growing up, He went to the festivals in Jerusalem with His family. He continued to obey the command to observed God’s Feast every year as a youth to an adult. 

Luke 2:41-42 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. (42) And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.

What about the Millennium, the 1000 years rule of Jesus as King and Priest. 

The Scriptures says that when our Lord Jesus returns to the earth at the start of the Millennium, everyone will go up to Jerusalem year after year to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. What does that mean.  Jesus is going to keep His feast and require for everyone to keep or observed it.

Zechariah 14:16-19 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. (Yes, everyone will, including us, now Spirit)

What happens if the nations do not 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 (Punishment).  (18)  If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 

(19)  This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. (Strong hand, Isa 40:10)

Ezekiel and Isaiah cover the various Feast Days during the Millennium 

The Feast of Tabernacles will celebrate Israel’s new position in God’s Millennial Kingdom

Isaiah 66:23  And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD. 

Ezekiel 44:24 In controversy they shall stand as judges, and judge it according to My judgments. They shall keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed meetings (feast days), and they shall hallow My Sabbaths (Holy Days).  (Notice, My) 

The Millennial Temple, will celebrate the Feast: Ezekiel 40 – 48

Ezekiel 45:25 “In the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month, at the feast, he shall do likewise for seven days, according to the sin offering, the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the oil.” 

Ezekiel 46:1  “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The gate of the inner court facing east is to be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day and on the day of the New Moon it is to be opened.

Are we not to follow Jesus example in life, Paul said to {1 Cor 11:1}.

1 Peter 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

1 John 2:3-6 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  (4)  He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  (5)  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.  (6)  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 

If we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, we are promise 3 things: 

Deuteronomy 16:15 For seven days you are to celebrate {the festival} in the presence of the LORD your God at the place where the LORD will choose; for the LORD your {1} God will bless you in all your harvest and in {2} everything you do {in all the work of your hands}, and your {3} joy will be complete.

The Feast is a time to rejoice because it pictures the World Tomorrow, 1000 year, the Millennium, which all things will be restored. 

We will have a 1,000 years of peace and prosperity for those humans that will be alive at Jesus return to the earth.

But what about you and me.  We will be the firstfruits of God’s spiritual born into God’s Family.  We will have the opportunity of bringing Word of God to every human then alive and to those born during the Millennium

We know Jesus will rule from Jerusalem and we will rule under Jesus, as kings and priest. We will be changed to Spirit born Saints when Jesus returns to the earth.  

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Let me tell you a secret {or mystery}. Not all of us will die, but all of us will be changed— (52) in a moment, faster than an eye can blink, at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will be raised never to decay, and we will be changed.  To Spirit Being just as our Elder Brother was, Jesus and we will be like him.

1 John 3:2 Dear friends, we are now God’s children, but what we will be like has not been revealed yet. We know that when the Messiah is revealed, we will be like him, because we will see him as he is.

Daniel 7:14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed. 

Daniel 7:18 But the Saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’ 

Daniel 7:27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the Saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”  {we will be there}

Revelation 2:26-27 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations  (27)  ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels— as I also have received from My Father;

1 Corinthians 6:2-3 You know that the Saints will rule the world, don’t you? And if the world is going to be ruled by you, can’t you handle insignificant cases? (3) You know that we will rule angels, not to mention things in this life, don’t you? 

Will we be serving the people by teaching the Law of God and directing them to take the right action?  We will be teachers.

Isaiah 30:20-21 And though the Lord gives you The bread of adversity and the water of affliction, Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, But your eyes shall see your teachers.  (21)  Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.   {we will be doing this?}

Will we be successful in teaching the people during the Millennium?

Jeremiah 31:34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Then at this time, another prophecy will be fulfilled:

Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. 

We will be there

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