Dear Doves,The following is a brief excerpt (text is published free) from the sitein which the case is made in Chapter 7 that the Feast of Tabernacles is the feast of immortality.We should consider watching closely for the rapture on Oct. 12-21, the dates for the Feast of Tabernacles this year."But getting back to the Feast of Tabernacles itself, it is the feast of immortality. Paul makes this clear in his commentary on Tabernacles in 2 Cor. 5:1-4, where he shows that the "booths" made of living branches actually prophesy of being clothed with immortality. We no longer need to go camping in booths. Those were teaching tools that spoke of better things.
1 For we know that if the earthly tent which our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
"In other words, we know if our present, mortal body "house" is torn down (i.e., if we die), we have another house not made with hands awaiting us.
2 For indeed in this [mortal] house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven. 3 inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked, 4 For indeed, while we are in this [mortal] tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed [die], but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
"Paul refers to the body as a house, a tent (tabernacle), and clothing. We have two of them, one mortal and other immortal. The one we live in today is mortal; the immortal body is reserved for us in heaven, even as the priestly garments were stored in the side chambers of the temple.
"The Feast of Tabernacles is the appointed time when men receive those immortal bodies. These are not given when a person dies. When one's spirit returns to God, it does not have an immortal body. It is spirit, not body. It needs clothing. And furthermore, the spirit has no need for immortality, for it is never said to die in the Bible. We are in need of an immortal BODY. The "Promised Land" is not heaven per se, but a glorified body as Jesus had after His resurrection. "