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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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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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Further Explanations Of The Feast Of Tabernacles For Non – Jews

1. Comparison Between The Worship In The Feast Of Tabernacles And The  Heavenly Tabernacle

The previous post was titled, The Feast Of Tabernacles Illustrates The Mystery Of The Heavenly Tabernacle.   We learnt that this heavenly tabernacle is greater and more perfect than the earthly and received a description throughout the scriptures.https://i1.wp.com/heartofwisdom.com/images/sukkah3.jpg

I am led by the Father to write today about the Comparison Between The Worship In The Feast Of Tabernacles And The  Heavenly Tabernacle. This is important because God revealed the heavenly by giving us patterns in the earthly.

When we examine the Feast of Tabernacles, we see patterns of the heavenly worship that God wants us to bring into the earth – Heaven on Earth.

THE CHIEF REVELATION is that God established the Feast of Tabernacles as the time for the Earthly Church to pray and bring the judgments of God to the Earth.

I shared about the heavenly tabernacle or temple from the writings of Apostles Paul and Peter, but would like to  share more:

The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men – Psalm 11: 4.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears – Psalm 18: 6.

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple – Isaiah 6: 1.

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God –  Revelation 3: 12.

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them – Revelation 7: 15.

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest – Revelation 15: 4.

And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened – Revelation 15: 5.

After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple—that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law—and it was opened (NIV).

2. Events in the Feast of Tabernacles that reveal the worship in the Heavenly tabernacle

a. Blowing of the Trumpets – Leviticus 23: 24

The purpose was to call gather the people to a “solemn assembly”. It was celebrated on Day 1 of month 7. This was a day of rest and a holy convocation (Leviticus 23: 24 & 25; Joel 2: 15).  The first recording of the heavenly trumpet is found in Exodus 19: 16 which documented the fear that entered the hearts of Israel when they heard the sound.  That was the first call to order in the earth that we know about.

However, Apostle Paul told us that we need not fear the sound of the heavenly trumpet, because as members of the Church of the Firstborn, we have a spiritual connection and place in the heavenly Mount Zion. This is the rest or Sabbath that Apostle Paul spoke about in Hebrews 4.

When the believer becomes a Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven by faith in Jesus Christ, he or she is given access to the Heavenly Temple. It is here that we fellowship with the Saints and Angels of Heaven and receive revelation about the deep things of God:

18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;

19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,

20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.

21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”[d]

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,

23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12: 18 – 22).

When I looked further, I saw that in heaven, seven trumpets were given to seven Angels. Meantime, one Angel stood before the Throne with a golden censer and incense. As saints prayed, this Angel offered their Prayers upon the Altar as a sacrifice to God and this sweet odor ascended to God (Revelation 8).

The Angel then took this censer, filled it with fire from the Altar, then cast it into the earth.  The mystery of the Blowing of the Trumpets is then revealed in heaven. When the prayers of the praying Saints are cast into the earth, the seven Angels respond by blowing the seven Trumpets. Archangel Michael told me that this is the reason why the Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated  in Month 7.

The mystery is that the sweet prayers of the saints become the CHANNEL OF JUDGMENT on the wicked in the earth:

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk – Revelation 9: 20.

b. Day of Atonement on Day 10 – Leviticus 23: 27

I referred in the previous post to the one time Atonement that Christ made in the Heavenly Tabernacle. The revelation is that the believer must confess sins and receive forgiveness by the blood of Jesus.  Nations must make reparation for national sins by seeking forgiveness and cleansing by the blood of Christ. This is necessary to prevent demonic attachment and curses.

c. 7 days of sacrifices, offerings and dwelling in booths from day 15 – 21 – Leviticus 23: 34 – 36

The sacrifices of the believer are spiritual (1 Peter 2: 5) and include righteousness (Deuteronomy 33: 19, Psalm 4: 5); a broken and contrite spirit (Psalm  51: 17); thanksgiving or the “fruit of our lips” (Psalms 107: 22, Hosea 14: 2); continual praise (Hebrews 13: 15); prayer (Isaiah 56: 7); good deeds (Hebrews 13: 16); clean lives to be offered to God as a sweet savour (2 Corinthians 2: 15).

The heavenly sacrifices and offering include verbal declarations of worship by all inhabitants (Revelation 4 & 5); visible homage by the Elders and Angels such as casting down crowns and falling down before the Throne (Revelation 4: 19 & Revelation 5: 8 & 14); prayers of the saints (Revelation 8: 4 – 13). Archangel Gabriel said that we are to humble ourselves and follow their example.  I thank God that I have been humbled to participate in this fellowship.

Believe it or not, the martyred saints in heaven intercede constantly for vengeance (Revelation 6: 9 -11).

The booths in which Israel dwelt were made from “boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees…boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook” (Leviticus 23: 40). I wrote previously about the symbolism of dwelling in booths and also refer us to heaven where the saints wave palm branches in worship to God (Revelation 7: 9).

d. Four convocations (h4744/miqra’ ) – Day 1, 10, 15 and 22 – Leviticus 23

The Father asked me about the meaning of a convocation. According to the scriptures, God commanded the following during a holy convocation:

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  • only eating was allowed
  • affliction of the soul – repentance and prayer
  • giving of offerings
  • assembling to worship God
  • reading and interpreting of the scriptures

Conclusion

God in His Wisdom knew that His people need a special time for connecting with Heaven, spiritual refreshing, a concentrated time of international warfare and  physical rest.

I wonder what would happen if Israel and the Saints add the deeper components of this feast to our lives. I personally can’t wait for the 2015 Celebration in the Will of the Lord. Angelic blessings, peace and prosperity.

The Tabernacle of the believer’s body

I began writing about the Feast of Tabernacles in December 2014 and believe that it is an illustration of the Church.  Let us remember that God commanded the Jews to build temporary tabernacles or booths in which they would dwell during the Feast. With this in mind, therefore, we see that the imagery of the tabernacle is continued in a mystery revealed by Apostles Peter and Paul in the New Testament.

In this imagery or picture, the body of the believer is compared to a/an earthly tabernacle, building, house and/or tent, which will be taken down one day.  The Apostles did not fear death, but described it as moving from one house into another. When the believer moves out of the earthly house, he or she will put on a HEAVENLY BODY in the eternal land.

In eternal life, the believer will not be a disembodied spirit that floats around like the ghosts in Scooby Doo, but will put on a HEAVENLY BODY like the one that Jesus put on when He arose from the dead:

For we know that if our earthly house of this  tabernacle G4636 were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven

If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked

For we that are in this  tabernacle G4636 do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life – 2 Corinthians 5: 1 – 4.

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.

We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.

For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.

While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life (NLT).

Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle (skēnōma/G4638), to stir you up by putting you in remembrance

Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle (skēnōma/G4638), even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me – 2 Peter 1: 13 & 14.

The contrast between the usage of the word tabernacle by Apostles Peter and Paul

When Apostle Peter used tabernacle, he referred to skēnōma/G4638, which means tent. Skēnōma  comes from the root word skēnoō (G4637) which is used to reveal the threefold truth:

1. That God in the flesh dwelt with Israel in the earth

2. God dwells among His People in heaven and

3. God dwells with the believer in His Eternal Kingdom:

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt G4637 among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth – John 1: 14.

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell G4637 among them –  Revelation 7: 15.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell G4637 with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God – Revelation 21: 3

In contrast, Apostle Paul used the noun skēnē G4636 when writing about the tabernacle of the body, and in so doing, pointed us to the TRUE TABERNACLE of God in heaven:

a. There is a TRUE TABERNACLE in heaven, a greater and more perfect tabernacle which was built by God for true worship (Hebrews 9: 11).

Scriptures teach us that Moses’ tabernacle was a model of the heavenly, just as the earthly body models the heavenly. Jesus is the High Priest in that True Tabernacle because He shed His blood then entered its Holy of Holies  ONCE in order to mediate for our sins.

The veil in the Temple in Jerusalem tore in two from top to bottom when Lord Jesus entered that Heavenly Tabernacle in order to signify that the old covenant of animal sacrifices for sins was now abolished.  Apostle Paul tells us that Jesus sat down on the right hand of God after completing His offering for our sins in the Holy of Holies where He laid His blood on the Heavenly Altar. In other words, He resumed His heavenly seat:

Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven.

There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands…

 They (the priests) serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain (Hebrews 8: 1, 2 & 5).

So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.] He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world

12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever

13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.

14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[f] so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant (Hebrews 9: 11 – 15)

12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand (Hebrews 10: 12).

Then I looked and saw that the Temple in heaven, God’s Tabernacle, was thrown wide open.

The seven angels who were holding the seven plagues came out of the Temple. They were clothed in spotless white linen[b] with gold sashes across their chests (Revelation 15: 5 & 6).

I will continue to speak more about the mystery of the Feast of  Tabernacles

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The Holy Spirit teaches us that the Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows the Church, by comparison of spiritual with spiritual in the Law of Moses and the Covenant of Christ

Apostle Paul taught us that the Holy Ghost teaches us by comparing spiritual with spiritual (2 Corinthians 2: 19). Following the principle of the Word and the example of the Apostle, the Father taught me that the Feast of Tabernacles is a foreshadow of the Church or Body of Christ.   The Father/Holy Spirit makes a comparison in the revelation of scripture between the Tabernacles translated as  (12 times), booth (11 times), pavilion (5 times), cottage (1 time), covert (1 time) and  (1 time).

This video shows how modern day Jews celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles and what it means to them

 

2. The Feast of the Tabernacles in the life of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

We have seen from the scriptures that the booths or tabernacles of the Feast were temporary. Furthermore, Apostle Paul, by revelation, continued the imagery of the Feast of Tabernacles as well as its transience in the following parallels or comparisons:

a. Apostle Paul said that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob dwelt in tabernacles or tents while living in the Land of Promise as if they were strangers there. They had to live as strangers in the land which God had given to them, because that land was inherited by the heathen and polluted by blood. Our patriarchs lived in these temporary dwellings (tabernacles according to the King James Version) with the belief that God would fulfill His promise to give them the inheritance fully one day.

Abraham and his sons had to be steadfast in belief and pass on the Word of God’s promise to the each generation even when fulfillment seemed to be distant.  Furthermore, Abraham understood that the Promise was not Temporal, but Eternal. Through the revelation of the Apostle Paul, we learn that that God told Abraham about the Eternal city that he would enter one day:

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God – Hebrews 11.

We must pay attention to this parallel because the descendants who escaped from Egypt also dwelt in tents in the wilderness. However, God commanded them to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles on entry of the Land of Promise because He had to twin the nation with faithful Abraham. Abraham by faith had left his home and traveled to this distant, unfamiliar land of Israel with the belief that he and his descendants would inherit it and would multiply as the sand of the sea and as the stars of heaven.   Did God keep His Promise? Oh yes, He did. Halelujah.

God would not allow the enemies of  the seed of Abraham to overturn His Promise to His faithful friend

During every celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, God honors Abraham for his faith in making the move to the Land of Promise. Each time the feast is celebrated, heaven’s inhabitants, especially the Jews, review the journey of the nation from those first tabernacles in which the patriarchs dwelt, to the modern day condition of Israel.
If  Abraham had not believed, the sons of Jacob would have been homeless in the earth. They would not have been able to call any place their own. More importantly, God would not have had a nation in the earth who would infiltrate the earth with the teachings of His Kingdom. This is why Jesus later commanded the disciples to go into all the earth and preach the gospel to every creature.

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation – Exodus 19: 6.

Therefore, the Feast of Tabernacles should be celebrated as a memorial:

a. of the life and faith of Abraham and his sons in living in a land in anticipation of the fulfillment of a Promise made by this God who revealed Himself.

b. of the faithfulness of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in keeping His Promises eternally.

c. the faith and leadership of the Apostle Moses and the Jews who left Egypt in faith, believing that God would lead them into the Land of their inheritance.

d. of the faithful promise of God in giving an eternal inheritance to those who believe. God told Moses at the burning bush that Abraham, Jacob and Isaac were alive and well. He did so by referring to them when He said (in the present tense) – I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Lord Jesus later confirmed that He had appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (John 8: 56).

3. How did the Feast of Tabernacles foreshadow the Church?

I hear you asking how did the Feast of Tabernacles foreshadow the Church? There is more to come on this revelation, but Evangelist Stephen, speaking to the Clergy of Israel shortly before his martyrdom, revealed that Israel was the Church in the Wilderness.

Later, Apostle Paul, a key witness in that death, spoke to the Gentiles and said that our fathers were baptized in the Red Sea and were led by Jesus Himself. It was Jesus who appeared in the Pillars of Cloud and Fire as they escaped from Egypt, in the Cloud that hovered over them in the wilderness and in the mount Sinai:

This is he, that was wilderness, with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us – Acts 7: 38.

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea

And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea

And did all eat the same spiritual meat

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ – 1 Corinthians 10: 1 – 4.

Angelic blessings and more to come on the revelation that the Feast of Tabernacles is about the Church.

 

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1. Why am I writing about the Feast of Tabernacles?

The intent to write about the Feast of Tabernacles was first impressed upon me during the 2014 celebrations. I heard quite a few preachers saying that the Feast of Tabernacles prophetically refers to the Rapture because the Lord will blow His Trumpet when He returns for His Saints. While this could be true, I was shown, by revelation, that the Feast of Tabernacles refers to a more practical and immediate meaning that has not yet been applied by the Body of Christ.

2. What is the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles?

The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles (cukkah/H5521) was one of three yearly feasts that God commanded the Jews to celebrate. It was celebrated after the gathering in of the final harvest of the year and was a period of rest after four months of reaping, production and storage of food.  As in the other two feasts, God commanded the Jews to set time aside to worship and to rest.

During the celebration of these three feasts, Israel enjoyed at least 21 or more national holidays associated with spiritual renewal. This points us to the goodness of God, who desires His people to enjoy rest periods and not to slave at work. God therefore reveals that rest and not hard, relentless labor, is the ideal for the citizens of His Kingdom:

 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11: 28.

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God

For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his – Hebrews 4: 9 & 10.

Cukkah, the Jewish word for Tabernacles, first occured in Genesis 33: 17 and is translated as tabernacle (12 times), booth (11 times), pavilion (5 times), cottage (1 time), covert (1 time) and tents (1 time). In the natural, Cukkah means a rude or temporary shelter and is not a place for longevity.

It was in Succoth (Cukkowth/H5523), that Jacob built a house for himself and booths for his cattle, finding a place of rest after twenty years of hard labor with his Uncle Laban:

And Jacob journeyed to Succoth (Cukkowth/H5523), and built him an house, and made booths (cukkah/H5521) for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth (Cukkowth/H5523) – Genesis 33: 17. 

Jacob should have stayed in Succoth (booths) rather than relocating close to Shechem, a Caananite city where he encountered personal disaster in an unsavory situation related to his daughter Diana.

We will avert personal and national disaster when we take time to dwell in the booths or tabernacles or Presence of God. 

3. When was the Feast of Tabernacles celebrated?

During Jewish month 7 = October

The Feast of Tabernacles was celebrated during the 7th Jewish month, with 7 pointing to the the Law of Sevens  as well as rest at the end of a period of Creation. Like the other feasts, where the dates match exactly, this play on the number 7 tells us that God used this opportunity to recreate or renew His People in His Image and Likeness:

Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine – Deuteronomy 16: 13.

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty – Deuteronomy 16: 16.

Examples of offerings given to the Lord during The Feast of Tabernacles

King Solomon kept the Feast of Tabernacles

Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch

Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles – 2 Chronicles 8: 12 & 13.

And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem

They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required – Ezra 3: 1 & 3.

The Jews were commanded to dwell in booths  made with the branches of thick trees, during the seven days of the feast. I am reminded of the Palm Branches that the saints wave to God in heaven (Revelation 7: 9) and of those Palm branches that the Jews waved to King Jesus on His way into Jerusalem (John 12: 3):

Ye shall dwell in booths H5521 seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: H5521

That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, H5521 when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God- Leviticus 23: 42.

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, H5521 as it is written – Nehemiah 8: 15.

Since booths represent the Presence and Protection of the Lord, the Feast of Tabernacles is a time to pray for personal and national protection

Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion H5521 from the strife of tongues – Psalm 31: 20.

Since Tabernacle also refers to the Tabernacle of David, where the Priests were appointed to prophesy and sing, the Feast of Tabernacles is a time of prophetic utterance and revelation from heaven

In that day will I raise up the tabernacle H5521 of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old – Amos 9: 11.

The Feast of Tabernacles was a time to offer advanced praises to God for the blessings of the upcoming year

Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice – Deuteronomy 16: 15.

Since the Feast of Tabernacles was designed as a time of perpetual worship and resulting blessings for all nations, Kingdom Citizens should set time aside for the celebration and worship of the True and Living God in order for rain to fall on our lands

And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one

And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited…

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles

And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain

And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles  – Zechariah 14: 9, 11, 16, 17 & 18.

At the end of every 7 years, God commanded Israel to set aside time during The Feast of Tabernacles for rehearsing and teaching of the scriptures to the nation

And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles

When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing

Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law

And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it – Deuteronomy 31: 10 – 13.

Example of the Awesome Presence and visitation of God during the seventh month

King Solomon dedicated the Temple that he built during the Feast of Tabernacles (2 Chronicles 5: 3) the seventh Jewish month and the Presence of the Lord filled the building with such a thick cloud that the Priests could not stand to minister (1 Kings 8 & 2 Chronicles 7: 2). He set an example for us in his prayer of repentance, pleasing God to such a degree that fire came down from heaven, burning the sacrifices without human intervention (2 Chronicles 7: 1). God was pleased and appeared to the King, promising to establish him if he would keep His ways (1 Kings 9). This is a truly impressive account of the impact of the Feast of Tabernacles.

4. The Agenda of the Feast of Tabernacles and meaning for the Body of Christ

Day 1 of the seventh month – Blowing of the Trumpets, a day of rest and a convocation

= An announcement on the first day of the month that God was about to release the nation from the oppression of the enemy. How do I know this?

The meaning of the Blowing of the Trumpets was revealed in the Flood of Noah’s era. After the flood, the waters decreased continually and the tops of the mountains were seen on the 1st day of  month 10th (Genesis 8: 5). This is a replay of Creation Day 3 in which God removed the waters from the face of the earth, thus releasing the earth from the oppression and heaviness that had covered it (Genesis 1:  and Psalm 104: 5 – 10). This symbolically refers to the removal of satanic oppression from the nations. I believe that God used the Feast of Tabernacles to remind Israel that the earth would not remain covered under the ice of the upcoming winter.

The Blowing of the Trumpets refer to the decrees that the Body of Christ is to make against the hosts of hell in relation to any issues concerning the nations:

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation

Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD – Leviticus 23: 24 & 25.

The Blowing of Trumpets was associated with worship and war. This is a time of warfare against hell and Trumpets are blown to remind God to come forth to help and deliver His people:

And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies – Numbers 10: 9.

Day 10 – Day of atonement = Time to intercede for the nations in a 24 Hour Prayer Vigil

The atonement began in the evening of the ninth day of the seventh month until the evening of the tenth 10 day. This was  a sabbath of rest:

Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD

And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God

It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath – Leviticus 23: 27 & 28

Day 15 – 22nd = seven days of rest, celebration, offerings, worship, praise and rejoicing to the Almighty God, with two convocations or services on the 15th and 22nd:

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD

On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein

Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein  – Leviticus 23: 24.

And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gate – Deuteronomy 16: 14

 

Conclusion

The Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes the gathering of the Church or Body of Christ to worship, war, repent, intercede and to give offerings to the Lord on behalf of the nations. It is a special time in which the Body of Christ should anticipate special Visitation from God and visible manifestations of signs and wonders from heaven.

I believe, according to the scriptures,  that there are many blessings to be gained if  the Church would set this time aside to adhere to this perpetual feast. Can you imagine what Earth would be like if the Church International joins forces during the seventh month of the year?

Angelic blessings and prosperity to you and blessings of the Christmas season.

The Feast of Tabernacles in the bible

Earth’s Earliest Historical Calendar – Revealed In The Book Of Genesis

What is the Feast of Tabernacles?

The Feast of Tabernacles is a  Feast of the Lord. He commanded the Jews to celebrate it as follows:

  • in the seventh month
  • it was celebrated for 7 days
  • began on Day 15
  • Ended on Day 22
  • The Jews were to dwell in booths as a memorial of their deliverance from Egypt
  • Males were to appear before the Lord with an offering
  • At the end of every 7 year period, there was a release of debts DURING the Feast of Tabernacles

And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field (Exodus 23: 16)

And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end (Exodus 34: 22)

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD (Leviticus 23: 34)

Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath (Leviticus 23: 39)

Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine (Deuteronomy 16: 13)

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty (Deuteronomy 16: 16).

The  Feast of Tabernacles is for ALL nations and not just the Jews

The prophecies of scriptures show that God revealed His feasts to the earth through the Jewish nation. These feasts were celebrated by Adam and early ancestors of the human race, but were forgotten as nations rebelled against God and served satan.

God intended all of His feasts to be times of rest, restoration, forgiveness, peace and joy. All nations are required to celebrate them and will experience distress when they refuse. Drought is one outcome of failing to keep the  Feast of the Tabernacles:

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles H5521

And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain

And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles

This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles (Zechariah 14: 16 – 19).

2015 Calendar of the Feast of Tabernacles

This year two of my siblings and a sister in the faith decided to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles as people of faith in Christ. We believe that the Feast has prophetic meaning and that we are to look to Christ the Great High Priest.

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Feast of Tabernacles Calendar

Glossary for easy understanding of the Feast of Tabernacles

Tishri – September/October

  • This is the 7th month on the religious calendar
  • and 1st month of the civil new year.
  • From my understanding of Scripture, Nisan or April should be the first month of the New Year, whether religious or civil. When Nisan is kept as the New Year, the Jews will be able to clearly see Messiah in all of the feasts.

The Jews of Bible times celebrated April as month 1

This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you (Exodus 12: 2)

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles H5521 for seven days unto the LORD (Leviticus 23: 24)

And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles H5521 (Deuteronomy 31: 10)

And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths H5521 in the feast of the seventh month (Nehemiah 8: 14)

Debt forgiveness or Release was celebrated during the Feast of Tabernacles
  • The Shemitah was a sabbatical year during which no agricultural work  was to be done. The nation focused on rest and spiritual renewal.
  • All outstanding debts between Jewish lenders and borrowers were to be remitted or released at the end of the Year during the Feast of Tabernacles.
  • It was a year of blessing, rest, restoration and jubilation.
  • Debt forgiveness or remittance was a foreshadow of the forgiveness of the sins of the nation on Day 10 and a foreshadow of Christ who forgives our sins.
  • Modern day Jews celebrate debt forgiveness at the end of the sixth month (August-September)
  • This was Elul 29th 2015 or September 13th 2015 
  • The Year began September  25, 2014 and ran through Sept. 13, 2015.
  • The purpose of debt forgiveness is to model the forgiveness of God which we gain when we forgive others (Matthew 6: 12)
  • One ancient Jewish writing says that Adam sinned in Tishri, hence the reason for the Atonement at this time.

Rosh Hashanah

  • Jewish New Year (civil new year)
  • 1st day of the 7th month
  • September 14 & 15, 2015
  • Blowing of the Trumpets
  • A Convocation was held
  • According to chabad.org, Ten Days of Repentance or Shabbat Shuvah, are entered into between  Rosh Hashanah  (New Year) and ending on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
  • On September 14th, 2015, I met with two of my siblings and a sister in the faith to study the prophetic meaning of the Trumpets in the scriptures (I will add the notes later).

Yom Kippur – Day 10

  • Day of Atonement –
  • A  convocation was held in Moses’ era
  • It will be celebrated on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015
  • The Jewish High Priest went into the Holiest of Holies to make atonement for the sins of the nation
  • Modern Jews observe 10 days of Repentance from Tishri 1 to 10 (chabad.org)
  • Jesus is the Great High Priest:
    • Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus (Hebrews 3: 1)
    • Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (Hebrews 4: 14)
    • But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building (Hebrews 9: 11).

The Year of Jubile was also intertwined with the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 25)

  • It was celebrated every 50th Year and was a year in which there was rest and a return of all possessions that had been lost to creditors.
  • It was a Year of Liberty
  • The Jubile was announced on the Day of Atonement of the preceding or 49th Year
  • Trumpets were blown in anticipation (Leviticus 25: 9)
  • Chabad.org claims that the Jubile was to be only celebrated when all tribes are living in Israel
  • However. I recommend that the Jubile should be celebrated based on Zechariah’s reelation that the Feasts of the Lord and His Rests are for all nations.
  • Therefore, counting from 50Ad, I saw that a Jubilee should have been celebrated in the Year 2000.
  • A Shemitah was celebrated in 2001.
  • Failing the observances of debt forgiveness and return of inheritances, is this the reason why the new millenium 2000 has been marked with such distresses in the earth?

Jesus is the Jubile or Liberator of His People the Jews and all nations

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

To preach the acceptable Year of the Lord (Luke 4: 16 – 19)

Sukkot – Sukkot or Succot 

  • Feast of Booths or Feast of Ingathering
  • Days 15 – 22
  • September 23rd to October 4th 
  • Celebrated 7 days
  • Seven days of feasting and rejoicing to the Lord
  • sacrifices, offerings and dwelling in booths
  • a memorial
  • Sabbath or Convocation on Tishri 16 or September 28th – a sabbath
  • Sabbath on Tishri 22 or October 4th
  • The nation of Israel were commanded to publicly read the scriptures at the end of every 7 years. You see why nations that remove the scriptures from public places become lawless as there is no conviction for sins:

And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles

When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing

Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law

And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it (Deuteronomy 31: 10 – 13)

The Sabbaths or days of rest during the Feast of Sukkot

The Jews were commanded to rest on the first day of the Feast of Sukkot (Tishri 15 or September 28th, 2015) and on the eight day (or Tishri 22 or October 5th 2015).:

Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the LORD for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.

“Remember that this seven-day festival to the LORD—the Festival of Shelters—begins on the fifteenth day of the appointed month,fn after you have harvested all the produce of the land. The first day and the eighth day of the festival will be days of complete rest  (Leviticus 23: 39).

The Convocations

  • Four convocations were held in Moses’ era
  • Days 1, 10, 15 and 22
  • rest from labor
  • giving of offerings
  • reading and interpretation of the scriptures

…The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD

On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein

Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein

Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

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

And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month

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The Feast of Tabernacles in the scriptures

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Year of Jubile in scriptures

Shĕmittah

This feast was celebrated at the end of the harvest. The initial details are found in Lev 23:

  • Was celebrated in the seventh month of the  year to mark the end of the harvest
  • The celebration lasted for seven days, meaning that the end of the harvest was totally complete.
  • Days one and eight were celebrated as Sabbaths or holy convocations (Saturday and a Sunday)
  • The Jews were asked to live in booths for the seven days of the feast
  • They rejoiced by waving branches
  • Sacrificial offerings were made to God for the duration of the harvest

Significance

  • The feast points to the end of times when the saints will be gathered into our eternal reward with great rejoicing
  • The waving of branches is anticipatory of  the rejoicing and waving of palm branches which is currently taking place in heaven
  • The booths may represent the heavenly mansions in which we will dwell
  • The days of celebration are important because the sabbath day celebration indicated the end of a season, while the day 8 (Sunday) celebration told the Jews that they had entered a new season. The new season was also a new period of rest.
  • Jesus lay in the  tomb on a Sabbath, but was he resting or defeating the works of the devil? He must have been doing the latter, because  He rose very early on the new day Sunday, the day of new beginnings.

 Nehemiah 8 documents one of the actual celebrations of the Feast of Tabernacles. Blessings.

 

 

Archangel Gabriel revealed the 2014 Earth’s position in God’s 70 Year Calendar or Countdown

I ended the previous post with a 70 year countdown from the Year AD 70 which was the time of the Jewish exile from the land of Israel. AD 70 was also the 70th year after the Birth of Christ the Messiah. Archangel Gabriel gave a prophecy to us through beloved Prophet Daniel which revealed that there would be 70 year countdowns from the declaration of the rebuilding of Jerusalem and release from the Babylonian captivity to the birth of Messiah:

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and (plus) threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the prince of the people that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined (Dan 9: 25 & 26).

King Cyrus gave this declaration in 539 BC. In a previous article titled, Countdown To The Messiah – Time of His Birth, Ezra the scribe confirmed this in Ezra 1: 1 – 3:

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah
Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem

I showed that from 539BC, time of the fulillment of the prophecy, the countdown took place as follows:

    • 7 seventy years (490 years) from 539 BC to 119 BC then7 seven year periods (49 years) from 49 BC.
    • The birth of Messiah was in the 50th year of that countdown.
    • 7 seven year periods (49 years) from 119 BC to the time of the birth of Christ.
    • Therefore we know that Christ was born in the Year of Jubilee.
    • Microscopically, these countdowns parallel the celebration of the Feast of Weeks, which is from Passover to Pentecost.We see that Jubilee is parallel to Pentecost, the time of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit..

 

A new 70 year countdown begin at the Year of the Lord’s advent

We can safely begin a new 70 year countdown from the birth of Christ based on Archangel Gabriel’s prophecy and the timing of the exile from the land in AD 70. This is God’s way of confirming the Archangel Gabriel – Daniel prophecy as well as Jeremiah’s prophecy regarding the 70 year exile. AD 70 was a significant clue to remind the Jews about Jeremiah’s prophecy and to remind His people to call on God.

However, when counting earth’s position in God’s calendar, we need to refer to the calendar given to Moses and the Jews. The birth of Christ took place on this calendar, in which April or Abib is the first Jewish month and September is the 6th Jewish month given on the Jewish calendar.

The timing of this calendar was confirmed because Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary in the 6th Jewish month, parallel to the day of Adam’s creation and to announce the creation of the last Adam:

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adamwas made a quickening spirit (1 Corinthians 15: 45).

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit (1 Corinthians 15: 45).

Key patterns revealed in the 70 year countdown which give a clue to the interpretation of time

Let us review key events in earth history since then, beginning with the Jews then other nations.

As I reviewed Countdown To The Messiah – Time of His Birth, I saw key patterns during the 70 year countdown which took place from the fulfillment of Archangel Gabriel’s prophecies. We need to pay attention to the repition of these patterns in Arab, Jewish and World history and events:

This is seen in 539 BC – 1st year of the 1st 70 year of the 490 year countdown.

a. Appearance of new World Empires/Superpowers (Middle East, ??others) with

b. key interconnections occur between the Empire of the Medes and Persians and the Jewish diaspora/nation in the beginning of a 70 year countdown with

c a stirring up in the Jews to return to God

  • King Cyrus conquers the Babylonian Empire from Belshazzar the Babylonian.
  • His Empire of the Medes and Persians represents the ram with two horns (Daniel 8: 20).
  • King Cyrus passes a law regarding the release of the Jews for the rebuilding of the Temple and circulates this throughout the Empire
  • God stirred up the spirit of the “chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites… . to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem” (Ezra 1: 5).
  • Ezra wrote that the people who went up from the captivity repossessed their cities by the 7th Jewish month = October. This is prophetically significant since it aligned perfectly with the Blowing of the Trumpets (day 1), Day of Atonement (Day 10) and Feast of Tabernacles.
  • Parallels AD 70 with the exile from Israel by the hand of the Romans, 4th beast of Daniel 8..

330 BC – 2nd year of the 4 th 70 year countdown

a. New World Power arises/takes over previous.

b. New era in the earth

c. forcible conquest of earth peoples with their forcible conversion to the belief system of the new world order

  • Alexander the Great conquers the Empire of the Medes and Persians in fulfillment of prophecy (Daniel
  • Alexander’s kingdom/SuperPower, represents the rough goat of Daniel 8: 21
  • Alexander attempted to convert the world religion, politics, culture to Greek.
  • this 4th 70 year represents a new era/season of time in the earth.

BC 63 – Romans conquered Jerusalem

a. Emergence of a new World Power

b. social, political, religious, moral implications for the planet, Jews and Christians.

c. humans are worshipped as god

d. rigorous persecution of Christians

e. birth of the Messiah 63 years later.

e. Murder of the Messiah 95 years later in a joint collaboration between Jewish religious and Roman political system

f. Represents the 4th beast of Daniel 8

  • occurred during the final 70 year countdown of the 490 years .
  • this final 70 of 490 years occurred between 119 BC – 70 BC.
  • BC 63 represents the 63rd year of this final 70 year countdown
  • and the 482 nd year of the 490 countdown
  • Romans conquered Jerusalem (last 7 years of this period63rd

BC 7 – Archangel Gabriel appears to Mary in the 6th Jewish month

  • announcement of Messiah’s birth
  • end of 400 years of silence from heaven.
  • renewal and restoration of the Jewish race.
  • salvation of all nations from sins

Conclusion

The key is to match these periods of time with the 70 year countdown in the post “Times” In The Earth – Countdown In Sevens – Eras Of Time .

I believe that we will also be elicit patterns in history and to possibly chart future patterns in order to redeem the times since the days are evil.

Examples:

1960

  • the 1st year of a new 70 year period
  • 4th 70 year period since 20 AD
  • this is a twin – 1st and 4th – a new era
  • 6 is the creation of man
  • 1960s represented the creation of a new, rebellious world order of new age, hippie movement and drug culture, removal of prayer and bible from schools, Civil Rights Movement.
  • Instead of light, the earth entered a period of darkness which still has deleterious effects on the nations, particularly America which led this movement.

2014

  • first of a new 7
  • 8th of the 70th which started in 1960
  • emergence of a new Islamic state in Iraq, with implications for Christians, Jews and other infidels.

 READINGS

Archangel Gabriel on the seventy year countdown to the birth of the Messiah

Archangel Gabriel on the seventy year countdown to the birth of the Messiah

Cyrus  King Of Persia aka King Darius The Mede, Son of Ahasuerus

Review of the previous post

In the previous post I answered the question  What Is The Dividing (pĕlag/H6387) Of Times In The Holy Scriptures?  Based on my current understanding of the scriptures, I believe that the fourth beast will reign until God overturns its rule by overtaking the kingdom with the Kingdom of Christ.This will be timed by the appearance of the eleventh horn.

As I wrote last week’s post, I wondered how God counts times and eras – then the answer came clearly. I was reminded about the prophecy that Archangel Gabriel gave to Prophet Daniel about the TIMING of the Messiah’s birth. The Archangel said that Messiah’s arrival would be timed in 70 year Countdowns.

God counts time in 7s and we need to understand the prophetic significance of the Law of 7s in order to

  • correctly interpret the timing of events prophesied in the scriptures
  • understand the season of time in earth history and current affairs
  • understand our plan and purpose in the earth

God taught the Law of 7s  to the human race

Scriptures re veal that God set out the Law of 7s  to symbolize creation, full completion of an event and the onset of a new era.  Our Father God set the pattern for counting time in 7s and we see that early members of the human race understood and applied the  Principle or Law of 7s.

I see too, from the examples in scripture, that God revealed the Law of 7s to the entire human race and not just to the Jews who were selected as a nation of worshipers from the human rebels of earth.

The Law of 7s was therefore practiced by the Creator and therefore by our early ancestors:

  • 7 days of creation freed the earth from nothingness.
  • God rested on the 7th day, showing by example that the human body and spirit need to recuperate.
  • God commanded Noah to take the animals into the Ark by 7s before the flood.
  • God sent the flood 7 days after Noah and his family were safe in the Ark.
  • The ark rested in the 7th month, on the 17th day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat –  Genesis 8: 4.
  • Noah sent forth a dove to see if the water had abated from the earth, but it returned to the Ark. He waited for  7 days before sending it out again.
  • Noah waited another 7 days before sending out the dove, but it did not return. Seven + seven = 14. It took a double seven of time before the earth lost the waters and was recreated as in the beginning.
  • The earth dried on the 7 and 20th day of the second month.

Do you know that God sent the Flood because the people were too busy to include Him in their lives? The Father just told me that they never rested  much less  worshipped. They lived carefree lives of fun, parties, pleasure and drunkenness. Jesus told us that they were consumed with eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.

Jesus reveals too, that the earliest members of the human race  believed in and practiced male – female marriage and walked on two legs rather than on all fours – Luke 17: 27.

  • Lamech lived 777 years while everyone in his time lived to over 800 +.
  • Jacob, poor soul, served 7 years for Rachel.
  • Jacob bowed  7 times to the ground when he met his brother Esau after years of bitter separation.
  • King Pharaoh’s dream about 7 years of famine featured animals and ears of corn in  groups of  7s.

I asked the Father (an aside) why He didn’t reveal the imminent famine to Jacob. The response that Jacob did not have the resources to prepare and would have panicked.

God applied the  ceremonial laws of 7s in the Jewish Tabernacle:

  • 7 lamps in the Tabernacle.
  • the High Priest wore his garments for 7 days of ministry.
  • 7 days of consecration for the priests and the items pertaining to the Altar.
  • the priest dipped his finger in the sacrificial blood and sprinkled it 7 times before the vail of the sanctuary.

Laws of 7s related to health

  • a woman who delivered a male child was to remain unclean for 7 days.
  • 7 days of isolation for skin infections.

Laws of 7s applies to major feasts of the earth, as revealed to the Jews

  • In the fourteenth day (7+ 7) of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover – a double rest – Leviticus 23: 5.
  • The Feast of Unleavened bread began on on the fifteenth day of the first month – Leviticus 23: 6.
  • 7 days for the Feast of Unleavened bread, a rest and fast from leaven and lengthy work of bread making & giving of offerings to the Lord – Exodus 12: 15, 19, Leviticus 23: .
  • Count 7 sabbaths from the day after the Passover, then celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on the 50th day with firstfruit offerings to be waved to the Lord – Leviticus 23: 15.  Now we celebrate the Death & Resurrection of the Lord.
  • A memorial of blowing of trumpets is to be celebrated on the first day of the 7th Jewish month. It was a sabbath, , and a holy convocation unto the Lord – Leviticus 23: 34 – 40.
  • The tenth day of this 7th month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you. This is the time for the church to intercede for the nations
  • The fifteenth day of this 7th month shall be the Feast of tabernacles for 7 days unto the LORD – Leviticus 23: 34.
  • There was a 7 day celebration with waving of branches and dwelling in booths.  The booths symbolized the Blood washed Body/Tabernacle/House/Temple of Christ gathering in His House to worship and praise Him.

Law of 7s applies to Civil Law

  • Celebrate a Sabbath of Rest every 7th year – Leviticus 25: 4.
  • There was a Release of debts at the end of every 7 seven years – Deuteronomy 15.
  • The Jews were commanded to number 7 sabbaths of Years then to celebrate the Jubilee every 50th year – Leviticus 25: 8.
  • The Year of Jubilee was ushered with the trumpet of the Jubilee on the tenth day/day of atonement of the 7th month. This Divine parallel of the Day of Atonement with the ushering of the Year of Jubilee symbolized our freedom in Christ, a shadow of THINGS TO COME.
  • 70 years for the land to rest until the return from the captivity – divine punishment for rebellion and failure to enter the natural and spiritual rest of God.

The Law of 7s applied to the entrance of  Messiah

Other application of the Law of 7s

  • enemies would flee 7 ways if they attacked the obedient – Deuteronomy 28: 7
  • To conquer Jericho, God instructed that the army was to march around the city once a day for six days and 7 times on the 7th day. Seven priests carrying trumpets were to go before the ark and were to blow the trumpets on the 7th day. The army was commanded to shout when the priests made a long blast with the ram’s horn in order to topple the walls – Joshua 6: 4 (man/new season).
  • Samson had 7 miraculous locks of hair which were never cut – until Delilah.
  • Elijah told Naaman to wash 7 times in the Jordan in order to be healed of leprosy – 2 Kings 5: 10.
  • Jesus fed 4000 plus people with 7 loaves and got 7 baskets of bread at the end of the meal – Mark 8: 6 – 8.
  • The Book of Revelation is full of 7s.

Next time I will attempt  to show how God divides time into eras using the Law of 7s. However, I wrote previously about the Countdown to the Messiah, which is a classical example of how the Father measures time.We will not be lost and will actually become prophetic people when we understand and apply this Law of 7s. Halelujah.

Blessings, peace and angelic protection.  Here is my preliminary work:

Countdown to the Messiah

Birth of Christ

1st –     70 CE

2nd –    140

3rd –     210

4th –     280

5th –     350

6th –    420

7th –    490

8th –    560

9th –    630

10th –  700

11th –  770

12th –  840

13th –  910

14th –  980

15th – 1050

16th – 1120

17th – 1190

18th – 1260

19th –  1330

20th –  1400

21st –  1470

22nd – 1540

23rd –  1610

24th –  1680

25th –  1750

26th  – 1820

27th –  1890

28th – 1960 – 1967 + 1974 + 1981 + 1988 + 1995 + 2002 + 2007 (SEVEN 7s) + 2014 (first of a new seven) + 2021+ 2128 + 2135 + 2142+ 2149 +

29th – 2030

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Seven in the scriptures

The answer to the puzzle of the 144,000 in the Book of Revelation

This is a brief divergence from the question of the leopard and one that I can answer today. Apostle John wrote In Revelation 7 and 14 about 144, 000 Jews who he saw in heaven. It is commonly assumed that only 144, 000 Jews will be saved, but this cannot be true since the number of Messianic believers in the earth certainly exceeds that number. Furthermore, God’s intention was to save the Jews who were lost (the Olive Branch), then to graft in the Gentiles into the church (Romans 11):

 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7: 1 – 4).

Revelation teaches us that the 144, 000 Jews are the firstfruits to enter the Church of Jesus Christ

Revelation 14: 4 teaches that the 144. 000  “… were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”   We need to review the Old Testament scriptures in order to understand the doctrine of the firstfruits.  God commanded the Jews to give firstfruits of the harvest as offerings to the Lord. The firstfruits were:

  • gathered in at the end of the harvest
  • the first of the harvest (not the most abundant of the harvest)
  • Jews had two firstfruit celebrations:

feast of weeks – the firstfruits of the wheat harvest = feast of Pentecost – celebrated on the 50th day after the Passover.

feast of ingathering at the year end – at the end of the Harvest season = feast of Tabernacles

  • the firstfruit offerings were offered to the Lord in different ways

sacrificed

given as a wave offering = praise and worship with hands lifted to the Lord. – Lev 23: 10 – 12.

The firstfruit represented the:

  • best – Numbers 18: 12.
  • a sample of the harvest.
  • first

What is the sealing?

Sphragizō (G4972) is the Greek word used for sealed in Revelation 7: 3:

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The usage of the word in reference to people shows that it refers to those:

  • who have everlasting life – John 6: 27.
  • those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the recognition symbol – 2 Corinthians 1: 22; Ephesians 4: 30.

Only those who were sealed entered heaven’s eternal rest. In other words, they believed on the Lord Jesus and were indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The sealing with the Holy Spirit and not works or religion was their certification for entry into eternal life.

Why were they sealed in their foreheads? This will be answered at another time, but meantime cross reference with Ezekiel 9.

A great multitude of believers from every nation appeared in heaven AFTER The firstfruits were sealed in their foreheads

Apostle John then saw another scene of  a great, innumerable multitude in heaven AFTER the firstfruits were sealed.  This great multitude represents those who were subsequently harvested and brought into the Kingdom of God and His Christ by the work and ministry of the first Jewish believers, who God refers to as firstfruits or forerunners.

The principle of the firstfruits as forerunners is therefore taught in these  scriptures. Just as the nation of  Israel represents the firstfruits or forerunners of the nations to serve God, even so, the 144, 000 were the forerunners of the saints to be saved.  This principle is revealed in :

Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase… (Jeremiah 2: 3).

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body – Romans 8: 23.

Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ – Romans 16: 15.

Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. – 1 Corinthians 15: 23.

The great multitude was dressed in white robes and an Elder told Apostle John that the white robes meant that the saints had come out of great tribulation. Note that the Elder did not say THE TRIBULATION, as in a specific time period::

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God,

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7: 9 – 14).

Tribulation in Revelation 7: 14 is NOT preceded by the word THE

First of all, we need to note that the Elder told Apostle John that the innumerable company had come out of “Great Tribulation.” The Elder did not say that the saints had come out of THE “Great Tribulation:”

If the Elder had told John that the saints had come out of THE GREAT TRIBULATION, he would have been speaking about a specific tribulation or tribulations that had come upon the earth.

This is confirmed by the literary usage of the word THE. According to Collins English Dictionary, THE is a word that is

– used with a qualifying word or phrase to indicate a particular person, object, etc, as distinct from others.

– used preceding a unit of time in phrases or titles indicating an outstanding person, event, etc. For example, match of the day, player of the year

Therefore, we need to reread the context in order to fully understand the meaning of the Elder’s reply to Apostle John. First of all, we note that the Elder spoke about an innumerable number of people from all nations, kindreds, people and languages who stood in front of the Throne of God in worship:

  1. First, the Elder did not identify a specific tribulation with the qualifying word THE. He spoke only about tribulation in a general sense.
  2. Secondly, the Elder asked John about the identity of the nations, kindreds, people or languages that worshiped in front of the Throne of God. He answered his own question by telling Apostle John that this innumerable crowd of worshipers had come out of  “GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
  3. Therefore we know at this time that the Elder spoke about saints who were saved by the blood of Jesus, and not people whose righteousness took them into heaven.
  4. it is commonly taught that this company in front of the Throne will come out of the Great Tribulation that will come on earth after the Rapture. I beg to differ. We see that these saints appeared in heaven AFTER the firstfruits were sealed, meaning that they had entered the Kingdom in the harvest of saints.
  5. Jews were the first members and reapers in the Kingdom of Christ = the 144, 000.

The meaning of tribulation in scripture – did this innumerable crowd of saints come of of “THE” GREAT TRIBULATION?

I believe that this innumerable company of worshipers represent converted Jews and Gentiles of all time who would enter into great tribulation for their faith in Christ from the inception of  His Church. I support this belief by the preceding arguments and also by the meaning of “tribulation” in scripture.  Let us therefore explore the meaning of the Elder’s words these are they which came out of GREAT TRIBULATION/Thlipsis/G2347, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Thlipsis is the Greek word used for tribulation in the text of Revelation. Cross reference in the scriptures show that Thlipsis refers to tribulation or persecution that come upon believers because of the Word of God. Lord Jesus Himself prophesied that believers would be hated by nations for His name and would be delivered up to be afflicted and killed as a result.

History tells us that believers in the Lord Jesus suffered great tribulation for His name’s sake, with the first martyr being Stephen. The Scribes, Pharisees and Saducees were the first persecutors of the saints, and were actively supported by Apostle Paul who persecuted the saints from city to city, hauling them into prison. Later, the Anti – Christ government of Rome joined the persecution.

When we examine cross references on tribulation/Thlipsis/G2347 as used in Revelation 7: 14, we see that it refers to Synonyms for tribulation (thlipsis/G2347) include  trouble, persecution,  affliction, death, hardship and imprisonment because of the gospel:

when tribulation G2347 or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended – Matthew 13: 21.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, G2347 and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sakeMatthew 24: 9.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: G2347 but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world – John 16: 33.

Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution G2347 that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only- Acts 11: 19.

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation G2347 enter into the kingdom of God – Acts 14: 22.

Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions G2347 abide me – Acts 20: 23.

I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, G2347 and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ – Revelation 1: 9

Scriptures show that tribulation or  “great affliction,” in the following context, can be accompanied by famine, as in the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:

Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: G2347 and our fathers found no sustenance – Acts 7: 11.

We are therefore obligated to conclude that all the saints who underwent any kind of hardship, persecution etc in the earth from the time of the early church experienced  GREAT TRIBULATION. History and modern day events speak to the tribulation of the saints in many nations.

I could not find a reference to THE GREAT TRIBULATION in scripture

It would shock you to know that the scriptures never spoke of THE GREAT TRIBULATION. I could not find that pesky word THE in reference to tribulation. The scriptures rather refer to seasons and times of tribulation.

Not even Jesus spoke of THE GREAT TRIBULATION, but He rather prophesied about a great tribulation or specific period of tribulation which would come on the Jewish nation, this being fulfilled in AD 66 with the siege under General Titus and ending in the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple in AD 70:

  • When thou art in tribulation – Deuteronomy 4: 32.
  • The time of your tribulation – Judges 10: 14.
  • let him deliver me out of all tribulation – 1 Samuel 26: 24.
  • for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word – Matthew 13: 21.
  • then shall be great tribulation – Matthew 24: 21.
  • Immediately after the tribulation of those days – Matthew 24: 28.
  • But in those days, after that tribulation – Matthew 13: 24.
  • In the world ye shall have tribulation – John 16: 33.
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Tribulation is a past, present and future result of the curse

When Jesus prophesied about the destruction of Jerusalem, He referred to it as a period of GREAT TRIBULATION:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be – Matthew 24: 21.

THe Lord instructed us in His words that tribulation is past, present and future:

  1. past – has occurred “since the beginning of the world.”
  2. present – occurred In His era – “to this time.”
  3. And will take place in the future – “nor ever shall be.“

We see that tribulation in a generic sense, while not the tribulation of  Revelation 7: 14, can result from catastrophic events, wars, invasions etc.

Conclusion

Scriptures do not teach about THE GREAT TRIBULATION.  According to Revelation 7: 14, there is an innumerable company  of  saints who will enter heaven because they were martyred for the sake of Christ. They will undergo persecution, affliction and suffering for the gospel. Millions of Saints in communist, Islamic and other nations have this experience.  According to Revelation 7: 16, they experienced hunger, thirst and physical exposure for the sake of the gospel. Their special reward is that they will serve Christ in His temple and He will dwell with them.

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