How I got the revelation about the link between the Feast of Tabernacles and the  Garden of Eden

On Monday 28th September, 2015, Archangel Michael taught me about the Principle of Rest which I will write about later. It was Day 1 of the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot 1. As I meditated on the Rest of God, I began to think about how God, in His loving-kindness, gave many days and years of rest or sabbaths to the Earth.  I believe that God instituted His Feasts in order to give the human race periods of rejuvenating rest and fellowship.

The Feast of Tabernacles is God’s way of calling us back to Eden where our fore parents loved God and enjoyed the reward of eternal life before they rebelled.

Since the Feast of Tabernacles is not celebrated in the West, I am not able to observe its rest fully. However, I wondered where I would find branches to make a booth and where I would erect this booth. As I wondered, I got a flashback of my sister Karen saying that she had to recommence her walks in the Botanical Gardens. I immediately saw the tall, canopy like trees in the spirit and heard the words ‘Garden of Eden.”

The revelation is that the Feast of Tabernacles is a memorial of the Garden of Eden where the trees were tall and arranged into canopies or booths and where humans lived in joy and peace

Features of the trees of the Garden of Eden transposed to the Feast of Tabernacles

I’ve written extensively about the The Garden of Eden on this blog. The Hebrew word gan shows the following descriptions of Eden:

  • the  trees were beautiful and edible (Genesis 2: 9)
  • the tree of life also in the midst of the garden
  • It was well watered (Genesis 2: 10; Isaiah 58: 11).
  • the trees had a “multitude of branches” (Ezekiel 31: 9).
  • Its trees were glorious and great (Ezekiel 31: 18).
  • herbs and spices grew there (Deuteronomy 11: 10; 1 Kings 21: 2)
  • It was the King’s Garden and referred to in scripture as the Garden of the Lord, as is Israel (Genesis 2: 8; Ezekiel 28: 13).
  • three types of  trees are cited in relation to Eden – cedars … fir trees … chestnut trees (Ezekiel 31: 8).
  • Ezekiel 31 reveals by comparison that the trees of Eden were tall, with thick boughs, a haven for birds

The variety of the trees of Eden are illustrated in the booths in which the Jews dwell during the feast. Archangel Michael told me that the nation of Israel figuratively resembled a Garden during the celebration of Tabernacles. With the Tree of Life located in the center of the Garden of Eden, there is a Tree of Life called Jesus available to all who would feast on His Words during the Feast.

The poor booths of Sukkot cannot compare:

 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth (Genesis 33: 17).

Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths

That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God (Leviticus 23: 42 & 43).

And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month (Nehemiah 8: 14).

Structure of the booths

The booths were made of trees whose deeper symbolism that could be derived from examination of the Hebrew word:

And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days (Leviticus 23: 40).

And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying,Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written (Nehemiah 8: 15).

For example, the palm tree flourishes and is associated with the blessings of righteousness (Exodus 15: 27; Psalm 92: 12).   Cities of palm trees were mentioned four times in scripture and speak of righteous nations which are exalted rather than cursed by the Lord who loves righteousness (Psalm 11: 7).

Willows grow next to water and represent the tree planted by the rivers of water, fruitfulness, evergreen and prosperity (Psalm 1: 3). They speak also of the individual who is well watered by the Word of God and who is in dwelt by the Living Water of The Spirit  of God.

The houses of Eden were nestled among the trees and show us how cities should be built.

Parallels between the joy of Eden and that of Sukkot

The Creator loves joy and gladness. According to Isaiah 51: 3, the Garden was a place of joy, gladness, thanksgiving, and singing. This is the reason for the joy and feasting that are key features of the Feast of Tabernacles:

For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody

And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days (Leviticus 23: 40).

 

The rest of God in the Garden of Eden revisited in Sukkot

a. The timing of the Feast of Tabernacle parallels the 7th Day of Rest

Archangel Michael told me, “with tongue in cheek, God matched the timing of the Feast of Tabernacles with the 7th Day of Rest.”  It is celebrated during month 7 and not month 1 or 3.  In fact, rest is so important to God that He emphasized it FOUR times in Genesis:

 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made (Genesis 2: 2 & 3).

Six days thou shalt work, H5647 but on the seventh day thou shalt rest (Exodus 34: 21)

The  Creator reveals that He ends work and sets aside time to rest. He also gave us the same blessing and we will prosper if we obey. Archangel Michael also told me that rest from labor also applies to people working in full and part-time ministry.  Under the law, the priests ministered in the temple for one month of the year. Overworked and addicted ministers need to make that consideration, since “…the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!” (2 Corinthians 3: 11).

b. Rest from Labor is embedded into the Feast of Tabernacles and all of God’s Feasts

God enjoys and prefers rest and amplifies it during all of the feasts. In the day of Moses, Israel enjoyed 10 official days of rest during the Feast of Tabernacles in addition to the regular sabbaths that were celebrated on Saturdays.  Apostle Paul declared that there is a rest for the people of God and that we enter in by believing the Word (Hebrews 4).

c. Tabernacles point us back to the stress free lifestyle of Eden

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Lebanon Cedar

It seems to me that God uses the Feast of Sukkot to point a way back to a renewal of the agricultural system of Eden, when there were no weeds and pesticides. The Creator also takes the opportunity to remind humans about the basic requirement and principles for stress-free living.

In Eden, Adam and Eve were expected to dress (`abad) or till (`abad) the ground.  They were horticulturists and did not sweat, spending part of their days manicuring trees and keeping them in shape.

They lived stress free because there were no weeds, thorns and thistles. Additionally,  earth was irrigated by a mist that arose from its surface, so that the soil was extremely malleable. This system existed up to 1654 when rain fell from the sky for the first time, after which clouds needed vapor from the earth:

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till H5647 the ground (Genesis 2: 5).

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress H5647 it and to keep it (Genesis 2: 15).

Humans began to labor after they rebelled against God and were banished from Eden

Severely aggravated by Adam and Eve’s disobedience to His instructions and submission to satan, God pronounced a sentence in which they would till (`abad) by the sweat of their brow. They would also contend with thorns and thistles which would aggravate them:

… cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread… (Genesis 3: 17 – 19).

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till H5647 the ground from whence he was taken (Genesis 3: 23)

In spite of this sentence, the earth was still extremely productive. In 2668, thereabouts, two men were forced to carry one bunch of grapes on their shoulders due to the extreme size and weight:

Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole … (Numbers 13: 23)

However, as time passed, tilling or dressing the ground became more severe and the earth itself became resistant in places where rain refused to fall. After the expulsion from Eden, tilling or dressing the ground was associated with:

  • painful,  hard labor due to thorns and thistles and the effects of the sun – Genesis  3: 17 – 19
  • resistance of the earth to humans, as in the case of Cain  – Genesis 4: 12
  • bondage to work for or serve another – Genesis 4: 12; 14: 4

Can we escape from the bondage of labour? Yes. God has information that He will reveal to those who seek His knowledge. Contrarily, armed with demonic knowledge, humans:

  • place each other in bondage of all kinds
  • add pesticides, harmful toxins and genes to food
  • war and fight with each other
  • pollute the environment with resulting climate changes
  • to name a few

There will be rest for those who believe the Word of God and seek His way of doing things. Who will believe and respond? The Feast of Tabernacles points us to God’s plan for:

  • green spaces on the planet
  • stress – free living
  • joy and gladness
  • rest
  • celebrations
  • Jesus the Tabernacle of God who dwelt with us
  • Eternal life

Angelic blessings and happy Sukkot from Father God.

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