Greetings to all:
You must all know that we are now in the middle of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles period for the year 2010. This feast began last Thursday, Sept. 23rd, and according to Lev. 23:34-35 it will end seven days later on next Wednesday, Sept. 29th. However, according to Lev. 23:36 the celebration must be extended for one more special day for a “holy convocation,” making it an eight-day celebration period. This verse, taken from Leviticus reads as follows:
Lev. 23:36 – “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.” (NKJV)
This verse speaks of a “holy convocation,” and the word “convocation” has a special meaning. The Latin word for convocation means “calling together,” and the Greek word means “a group of people formally assembled for a special purpose.” Both of these defini-tions seem to point to the partial rapture of the “chosen” Christians – this could be the time!
You may also remember that in my last paper entitled “God’s Three Special Levitical Feasts” I indicated that the partial rapture of the “chosen” Christians is likely to occur at some time during this feast period. I recently found a very interesting article on the Internet relating to the Feast of Tabernacles, and I am attaching a copy to this letter for your consideration. I have no way of determining the authenticity of the facts presented in this article, but the writer does seem to know a great deal about Hebrew religious practices and customs.
The fifth paragraph of this article initiates a description of the events prescribed for the eighth day of the feast. It is significant to note that all of the prescribed procedures are to be initiated and controlled by the Jewish high priest, but according to Heb. 5:9-10 Christ Jesus is the “high priest” for all Christians. Therefore this could be the proper time for Him to visit the earth and conduct the peartial rapture, calling together His “chosen” Christians.
My previous paper entitled “Recognizing the Presence of Our Father God” showd that the supernatural signs listed in Rev. 8:5 indicate the Presence of either God the Father or Jesus on earth at that time, a time prior to the tribulation. The verse does not indicate whether these supernatural events will be local in nature as they were when God visited Moses on
, or worldwide as they will be at the time of Christ’s Second Coming. But in either case I believe that we can expect to witness these events on or around next Thursday, Sept. 30th. Mt. Sinai
In case you think that I am too bold in predicting a date for this event, remember that Elijah was told the day of his rapture prior to its occurrence. I believe that as we approach the time of the rapture its date will become more and more obvious to us all.
Blessings to all.
The Feast of Tabernacles
The seventh and final Feast of the Lord is the Feast of Tabernacles. It occurs five days after the Day of Atonement on the fifteenth of Tishri (October). This feast is also called the Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:16; 34:22), the Feast to the Lord (Leviticus 23:39; Judges 21:9), the Feast of Booths, or simply "the feast" (Leviticus 23:36; Deuteronomy 16:13; I Kings 8:2; II Chronicles 5:3, 7:8; Nehemiah 8:14; Isaiah 30:29; Ezekiel 45:23,25) because it was so well-known.
After the return from Exile, Ezra read the law and led the Israelites in acts of penitence during the Feast of Tabernacles (Nehemiah 8:13-18). The dedication of Solomon's'
also took place (I Kings 8:2) during this feast. Later, Josephus referred to the Feast of Tabernacles as the holiest and greatest of the Hebrew feasts. Temple
On the first day of the feast, each participant had to collect twigs of myrtle, willow, and palm in the area of
for construction of their booth (Nehemiah 8:13-18). These "huts" or "booths" were constructed from bulrushes as joyful reminders of the temporary housing erected by their forefathers during the Exodus wanderings (Leviticus 23:40-41; Deuteronomy 16:14). The "booth" in Scripture is a symbol of protection, preservation, and shelter from heat and storm (Psalm 27:5; 31:20; Isaiah 4:6). The rejoicing community included family, servants, orphans, widows, Levites, and sojourners (Deuteronomy 16:13-15). Jerusalem
Besides the construction of the booths, other festivities included the ingathering of the labor of the field (Exodus 23:16), the ingathering of the threshing floor and winepress (Deuteronomy 16:13), and the ingathering of the fruit of the earth (Leviticus 23:39), Samples of the fall crop were hung in each family's booth to acknowledge God's faithfulness in providing for His people.
The Eighth Day
On the eighth and final day of the feast, the high priest of
Israel, in a great processional made up of priests and tens of thousands of worshipers, descended from the to pause briefly at the Pool of Siloam. A pitcher was filled with water, and the procession continued via a different route back to the Temple Mount . Here, in the midst of great ceremony, the high priest poured the water out of the pitcher onto the altar. Temple Mount
the rains normally stop in March, there is no rain for almost seven months! If God does not provide the "early" rains in October and November, there will be no spring crop, and famine is at the doorstep. This ceremony, then, was intended to invoke God's blessing on the nation by providing life-giving water. Israel
It is in connection with the Feast of Tabernacles and this eighth day that the gospel of John records a fascinating event. John wrote: "In the last day (eighth day), that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37-38). The Son of God was saying in the clearest possible way that He alone was the source of life and blessing; that He could meet every need of the human heart.
Another ritual included the lighting of huge Menorahs at the Court of the Women. This is the probable background for Jesus' statement: "I am the light of the world." John 8:12).
The water and the "pillar of light" provided during the wilderness wandering (when people dwelt in tabernacles) was temporary and in contrast to the continuing water and light claimed by Jesus during this feast which commemorated that wandering period.
The eschatological visions which speak of the coming of all nations to worship at
refer to the Feast of Tabernacles on the occasion of their pilgrimage (Zechariah 14:16-21). This feast speaks eloquently of Christ's millennial Kingdom - of a new beginning without the ravages of the curse of sin. In that day, the earth will give her full bounty, all animals will be docile (Isaiah 65:25), armies will no longer march, every man will sit under his own fig tree (Micah 4:4), and righteousness will become a reality in the earth. Jerusalem