Greetings to all:
I thought that you might like to hear what the Lord has been telling me about His plans for the immediate future, so I am attaching a copy of my latest brief article entitled “The Coming Feast of Tabernacles,” together with its “Foreword.” I believe that these articles are self-explanatory and that you will find them interesting.
In 1972 God called me supernaturally to be an interpreter of the prophetic scriptures of the Bible, and since that time I have written more than 20 short articles on controversial prophetic topics under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Twelve of these documents are included in my new book entitled “Understanding Bible Prophecy,” and the introduction to this book contains a detailed account of my supernatural call from God. In case you might have an interest in this book, it can be viewed at the following Amazon URL:
I pray that God will continue to bless each of you richly during the traumatic days that lie ahead.
Your brother in Christ
I have a severe case of macular degeneration that affects my eyes and keeps me from reading very much. Therefore I use a Bible DVD to read several chapters of the Bible each day. After my reading for the day is finished, I store the end point so that I can begin reading the next day automatically at the same point in the scriptures. However, the Lord recently interrupted this procedure in a rather peculiar way.
I had been reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, but when I turned the DVD on and directed it to find the chapter following the last chapter that I had read, the instrument began to read a chapter near the end of 1st Chronicles. Somehow I recognized this problem as an act of God, so I proceeded to read from 1st Chronicles instead of from Deuteronomy.
A few days later I came to the seventh chapter of 2nd Chronicles, and as I read it I began to see why God had directed me to this passage of scripture. After I had read it I was led to write this article entitled “The Coming Feast of Tabernacles.”
If the events described in this new article take place in the way that they are described, this may well be the last article of this type that I will ever write. But since I have tried my best to write the document in full accordance with the directions of the Holy Spirit, the predictions that it contains should be essentially correct. It is my prayer that all Christiand will make themselves ready to witness and understand these miraculous events when they occur.
E. “Berk” Hammond
The Coming Feast of Tabernacles
In one of my previous articles entitled “Terminal Dates for Eschatological Events” it was shown that the first major event of the coming tribulation period, the partial rapture, is very likely to occur around the time of the coming Hebrew Feast of Tabernacles—on Oct. 13-19, 2011. Furthermore, Bible scriptures seem to indicate that the seven days of this feast will be days in which the full glory of God will be shown to all of the citizens of earth. There is a passage in 2nd Chronicles that describes a series of events that might be duplicated during the days of this next feast.
God’s commandment to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles is given in Lev. 23:33-36 as follows:
(33) Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
(34) "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.
The purpose of this celebration is to remind the Israelites of the forty years that they spent in the wilderness after being released from Egyptian bondage. That was a time in which they lived in small booths or tents and were totally dependent upon God for their welfare and protection.
From this Leviticus passage it is significant to note that this feast was to begin on the fifteenth day of the seventh Israeli month. Since the total length of the feast was to be seven days, plus one day of convovation, the final day would then come on the twenty-third day of the seventh month. Also note that the Jews were forbidden to do any work during the days of this feast. These facts will be useful in reaching the conclusions to be presented in the following text.
The sixth chapter of 2nd Chronicles discloses the priestly prayer that Solomon prayed, dedicating the new temple that he had just completed. Then the first few verses of Chapter 7 show how God entered the new temple and made His presence known to His people. Verses 1-3 and 8-10 of Chapter 7 read as follows:
(1) When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
(2) And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house.
(3) When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: "For He is good, For His mercy endures forever."
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(8) At that time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt.
(9) And on the eighth day they held a sacred assembly, for they observed the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
(10) On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the good that the Lord had done for David, for Solomon, and for His people Israel.
From these verses it is apparent that God’s entry into His temple at that time was a very magnificent and glorious event. He came in the form of a “consuming fire” (se Heb. 12:29) that consumed the bodies of the animals that had been offered as sacrifices. Then the Israelites feasted for seven days before being sent back to their tents on the eighth day. Note that their feasting ended on the twenty-third day of the seventh month, which is the same day that the annual Feast of Tabernacles comes to its end. Therefore we may conclude that Solomon’s feast that followed the temple dedication ceremony was actually a Feast of Tabernacles celebration.
In another of my articles entitled “God’s Three Special Levitical Feasts” it was shown that the partial rapture of the “chosen” Christians is expected to take place around the time of a future Feast of Tabernacles. Then as I mentioned earlier, my article entitled “Terminal Dates for Eschatological Events” shows that the year 2011 is likely to be the year of its occurrence. In the year 2011 the dates for the Feast of Tabernacles are Oct. 13-19.
This coming pre-tribulational event is described very briefly in Rev. 8:5, which reads as follows: “Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.” The events described in this verse indicate that God will be present on the earth at that time—a time just before the sounding of the first tribulational trumpet in Rev.8:7. These events are likely to last for eight days, the length of the Feast of Tabernacles celebration and the following day of convocation.
Now that the comparison between the events described in 2nd Chron. 7:1-10 and Rev. 8:5 has been made, it seems reasonable to conclude that these two occurrences will be quite similar in nature. Therefore it is quite likely that when the time for the next Feast of Tabernacles arrives (on Oct. 13-19, 2011) we will see a repetition of many of the miraculous events that Solomon witnessed when he dedicated his new temple.
As for the partial rapture, the scripture passages given in Matt. 24:40-41 and Luke 17:34-36 all indicate that this rapture event will occur during a normal work day. Therefore it could not possibly take place during the week of the Feast of Tabernacles, for everyone has been forbidden to work at that time.
It seems reasonable to conclude that the partial rapture will occur at some time shortly before the start of the next Feast of Tabernacles, in a day or a night that can not be known by anyone, and that those Christians who are to be taken in this rapture will be baptized with divine fire when the Feast of Tabernacles begins. I pray that all Christians will be ready for this miraculous event when it takes place!!!
E. “Berk” Hammond