The Temple of God - The Feast of tabernacles Has Changed
T he Feast of Tabernacles Has Changed
[Two of the Three Feasts Have Already Been Fulfilled]
Passover, the Lord Jesus, the Passover Lamb, dying on the cross of Calvary.
Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, on the day of Pentecost.
These two feasts in the individual Christian application portray Salvation (through the Blood of Christ) and the mighty Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The great Alfred Edersheim in his masterful book, “The Temple: Its Ministry and Services as They Were in the Time of Christ,” makes this profound statement: ‘ ….. and we still look for the accomplishment of the one yet unfulfilled type – the Feast of Tabernacles, as the grand harvest festival of the Church.’ ‘Whether or not our suggestions be adopted as to the typical meaning of the two great ceremonies of the ‘pouring out of the water’ and the temple illumination, the fact remains, that the Feast of Tabernacles is the one only type in the Old Testament which has not yet been fulfilled.’
John 7:2 shows that the Feast of Tabernacles (this is the only time that this feast is referred to in the New Testament) connected to the outpouring of waters – not the Feast of Pentecost, as is quoted in so much Charismatic literature.
John 7:37-39 And in the last day of the great feast [Tabernacles] Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. The [one] believing into Me, as the Scripture said, “Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water. But He said this concerning the Spirit, whom the ones believing into Him were about to receive, for [the] Holy Spirit was not yet [given], because Jesus was not yet glorified.
What remains for the Church is not a trickle, neither a stream, nor even a river, but RIVERS!
Only one change is marked for these last days. Tabernacles must have a spiritual fulfillment and application prior to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The much accepted concept of the seven trumpets being the second Coming of Christ, (we know the seventh is, but what about the preceding six?), the Day of Atonement is the Revelation of Jesus and Tabernacles is projected way out into the Millennium need only be paid little attention.
Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all your males appear before Jehovah your God in the place which he shall choose: In theFeast of Unleavened [Bread], and in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Tabernacles. And they shall not appear before the Lord empty;
Did you notice that? Three times in one year, that is, in its application, three times in one dispensation. Tabernacles must be fulfilled within the two thousand year period of the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, commencing with Jesus dying on the cross of Calvary and the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit! We are fast approaching that time.
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that having done the will of God you may obtain the promise.
Joshua 3:3, 4 And [they] commanded the people, saying, When you see the ark of the covenant of Jehovah your God, and the priests, and the Levites bearing it, then you shall move from your place and shall go after it. Only, keep a distance between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. You shall not come near it, so that you may know the way in which you are to go. For you have not crossed over [this] way yesterday and the day before.
There it is again, two thousand years.
Observe also the change of leadership: from Moses to Joshua; from an intercessor to a fighter, indicative of the coming change of leadership in the Christian Church.
The Christian Church Has never been this way before. This is a completely new day and an exciting new hour.
As God took the people out of Egypt, through the wilderness and in to the Promised Land, so it is and will be, in Church history.
Out, Through and In. It is in this day every promise of God is to be realised in the church.