Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

Israel’s 7 Apocalyptic Days

The Feast of Tabernacles

Back Next Chapter 1, Part 5 Preview: The envoys (apostles) never said that the seven Biblical Feast Days were dusty archives of events long forgotten! Rather, they are prophetic signs of “things to come”! The modern Israelite nations have almost entirely lost the knowledge of not only their Biblical heritage but also the truth that we were to have an “everlasting covenant” with our Yehovah. This chapter explains, via the Biblical Feast Days (both moed & chag), why it is that only the Israelite nations will suffer the prophesied “Great Tribulation”. The penalty for not keeping our covenant will be inflicted on Modern Israel by the hands “of the peoples” who we were supposed to set an example for (Deuteronomy 4:5-10)! The other nations suffer afterward:

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The next amazing event during this end time saga will occur toward the end of the Great Tribulation. Yehovah (God) will offer the Israelite captives literal physical deliverance (salvation) from what would have been genocide, had those days not been shortened by supernatural intervention on the Jubilee year.

The Feast of Tabernacles is the twenty-first century equivalent of Israel approaching “Utopia”. This year they will choose to enter it! The lessons begin in earnest at the very first Feast of Tabernacles after yet another crossing of the Jordan River. I expect that the Second Exodus will occur on the seventh, seven year cycle of the Jubilee cycle, year 49. Yehovah has not lost track of when these years occur:

Deuteronomy 31:10-13 Then Moses commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time of the year of release, at the Feast of Tabernacles, 11 when all of Israel has come to appear before Yehovah your Elohim, in the place that He’ll choose, you’ll read this Torah aloud before all Israel. 12 Gather the people, the men, women and children, and the aliens within your ‘cities’, so that they can hear, and so they can learn, and fear Yehovah your Elohim and carefully obey everything written in this Torah. 13 Their children, who have not known, will hear and learn to fear Yehovah your Elohim, as long as you live in the land that you are about to cross the Jordan to possess. —The Gabriel Bible

According to Easton’s Revised Bible Dictionary a Tabernacle is:

“A hut made of the branches of a tree. In such tabernacles Jacob sojourned for a season at a place named from this circumstance Succoth #Ge 33:17. Booths were erected also at the feast of Tabernacles (q.v.), #Le 23:42,43, which commemorated the abode of the Israelites in the wilderness.

This very Feast, by virtue of the name Yehovah gave it, pictures residing in a very temporary abode. Hebrew synonyms for Tabernacle are: “booth”, “cottage” and “crude temporary shelter”. In other words, this does not portray our real home, or our destination! However, the Feast of Tabernacles does picture the seven year countdown toward that destination, as I’ll explain soon.

The Feast of Tabernacles was originally only given to the Nation of Israel. While only the first day is a mandatory kadosh [holy] convocation”, the entire time is to be a celebration. This is not to imply that the other six days are for typical vacationing.

Leviticus 23:34-35 “Tell the Israelites: “The fifteenth day of this seventh month begins the Feast of Tabernacles lasting for seven days to Yehovah. 35 On the first day there is a kadosh public assembly, don’t do any ordinary [employment] work.

Deuteronomy 16:13-15 You must celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days, after you’ve gathered the produce from your threshing floor and your winepress. 14 Enjoy yourselves at the Feast with your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, as well as the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows living in your towns. 15 You must celebrate Yehovah your Elohim’s Feast for seven days in the place that Yehovah chooses, because Yehovah your Elohim will bless you, and you’ll prosper in all of the efforts that you ‘undertake’. There will be great joy for everyone.

To ancient Israel, the Feast of Tabernacles clearly commemorated only one thing—deliverance from Egypt. The significance of this particular Feast was explicitly spelled out when Yehovah first revealed His Feast Day plan to Israel, before they arrived in the Promised Land. Israel was to reflect back on the lessons learned during the Exodus! Note this Scriptural passage, because it tells you what the Feast of Tabernacles represents!

Leviticus 23:39-43 So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you’ve gathered in the crops of the land, celebrate the Feast of Yehovah for seven days. On the first day there will be a Sabbath assembly, and on the eighth day there will be a Sabbath assembly. 40 On the first day you will take fruit from the best trees, branches from palm trees, boughs from leafy trees and willows from the brooks; and celebrate before Yehovah your Elohim for seven days. 41 You must celebrate the Feast of Yehovah for seven days every year. It’s a statute forever from generation to generation.. 42 You must live in booths for seven days. Every native born Israelite must live in booths 43 so that coming generations will know that I had the people of Israel live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I’m Yehovah your Elohim.”

Note that the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles/Sukkot represented the period in history immediately after the Exodus and just before entering the Promised Land. This is very important to us because in the latter day fulfillment, this will happen again—national captivity, followed by reoccupation of the New Promised Land!

Notice in the second great description of this Feast, this time a prophecy, that Israel is again fleeing. And the context again ends with peace in the Promised Land, only this time the Feast is offered to the entire earth:

Zechariah 14:4-5,16-19 Then everyone who is left behind [survives] from all the nations that ‘attacked’ Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Yehovah the Commander, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 When that time comes, if any of the clans of the earth won’t come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Yehovah the Commander, there will be no rain for them. 18 If the people of Egypt don’t show up, they won’t get any rain. This is the plague that Yehovah will strike the nations with that don’t go up and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of any other nation that doesn’t go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

Stated plainly:

Hosea 12:9 “I am Yehovah your Elohim, I have been since the land of Egypt. I will cause you live in tents again, as in the days of the solemn Feast.

In the near future, the modern nations of Israel will look back on another Exodus! The conversations during the Feast of Tabernacles will no longer center on the First Exodus from Egypt. It will look back on the Second Exodus from the North Country!

Jeremiah 23:7-8 That’s why the time will come,” says Yehovah, “When people will no longer say ‘As Yehovah lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.’” 8 Instead, they’ll say, ‘As surely as Yehovah lives, who brought about the ‘’ of the descendants of the nation of Israel from the North Country, and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ Then they’ll live in their own land.

Jeremiah 16:14-15 uses almost the exact same words in reference to Israel returning “from the land of the north”. But the next verse describes the zealous effort that Yehovah will go on to retrieve His redeemed ones:

Jeremiah 16:16 I’ll send out many fishermen, says Yehovah and they will catch them, and afterward I’ll send out many hunters, and they’ll hunt for them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of fissures in the rocks!

Some teach that the Feast of Tabernacles represents the Millennial Sabbath—the seventh one thousand year period of time, but the thousand years is only mentioned in Revelation 20, and there is no mention of the Feast of Tabernacles within hundreds of pages! Nothing is actually stated to occur during this time except that the kadishea (saints) have become “priests” who “reign”. Only one other thing is specifically emphasized in the Bible in reference to the Millennial Sabbath. It is the period of time sandwiched between two Satanic rebellions!

Revelation 20:4-8 I saw thrones, and those who were seated on them, and judicial authority was given to them, and I saw the bodies of those who were beheaded for THE TESTIMONY OF YESHUA [the ‘NT’] [3] and for THE WORD OF ALOHA [the ‘OT’]. These are the ones who hadn’t worshiped the predatory beast or his icon, nor had they accepted his mark on their forehead or on their hand. They lived and reigned with their Messiah during those thousand years. 5 [4] This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and kadosh is anyone who has part in this first [or best] resurrection, over them the second death has no influence, but they’ll be priests of YHVH and of His Messiah, and they’ll reign with Them during the thousand years. 7 When the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and go out to seduce the nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, and gather them for battle. Their number is like grains of sand in the sea.

[3] In the Greek, this reads the same as all of the other references: “the testimony of [Yeshua]”, despite attempts beginning with the KJV to make it read something like “their testimony about Jesus”. Tyndale and Wycliffe were consistent (witnes of Iesu). [4] The words: “the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished”, aren’t in the earliest Syriac and Aramaic manuscripts, or the earliest Greek manuscripts, such as the Codex Sinaitic and Codex Alexandrine. While these latter two have their share of omissions, they do predate this addition. The timing is elaborated on more in Daniel 12:1-7.

So while the end of the coming millennium will close out the first millennial week—the only Scriptural peculiarity about the “thousand years” has to do with Satan being gone! Yet the Kingdom will last at least a thousand generations.

Deuteronomy 7:9-10 So remember that Yehovah your Elohim is the only Elohim, the faithful Elohim. He keeps His covenant with enduring love for a thousand generations, with those who love Him and obey His Commandments. 10 But He repays those who hate Him in person, destroying them. He won’t be slack with anyone who hates Him. He’ll personally repay them. (Also see 1 Chronicles 16:15 & Psalms 105:8.)

The Feast of Tabernacles of the next Jubilee year will be a profound learning experience for the surviving Israelite people of all 12 tribes. They will learn the significance of the seventh day Sabbath—about why they lost their national sovereignty due to breaking Sabbaths, as did their ancestors (Jeremiah 17:21-25). They will also come to understand that the entire seven year journey that they just endured was mentioned in Daniel 9:27, and described in countless Bible prophecies. Israel will also begin to understand that there is a seventh millennial “day” left in the first millennial week. It has been a trail of tears, yet this rocky trail leads to the Promised Land!

Humanity is about to enter into what Yeshua referred to as the “world to come”. However that momentous event will not be realized until there is a New Heaven and a New Earth.

Luke 18:29-30 Yeshua replied, “I tell you with absolute certainty that there is no one who has given up a house, or parents, or brothers, or a wife, or children because of the Kingdom of YHVH, 30 who won’t receive many times more in the present time, and in the coming world, eternal Life.”

A small but informative offsite article tells this about an interesting Jewish ceremony concerning the Feast of Tabernacles, here is an excerpt:

This ceremony was connected to a very joyous evening celebration, the “Festival of Lights”. This evening festival was so joyful that it was said that According to Jewish historical records, those who kept the festival in first century Jerusalem observed a special ceremony on each day of the festival in addition to the various sacrifices and libation offerings commanded in the Torah (Num. 29:12-40). Sometime prior to the first century this special ceremony, the water libation offering was added to the festival offerings in order to give thanks for the previous year’s rain, to petition God for more rain, and to picture the great outpouring of Yehovah’s Spirit that was to come during the 1000 year reign of the Messiah. “He who has not witnessed the rejoicing at the water-drawing huts has, throughout the whole of his life, witnessed no real rejoicing” (Sukkah 53b) ....

These ceremonies and celebrations continued thruout the festival. On the last (7th) day, a change was made to the ceremony. On this day the priests, instead of circling the altar one time, would circle it seven times, this time singing with a loud voice a song of redemption and deliverance:

Psalm 118:25-26 Save us now, we pray, Yehovah! Yehovah, please send prosperity now. 26 Blessed is the person who comes in the name of Yehovah! We have blessed you from Yehovah’s Temple.

The Feast of Tabernacles pictures the birth of a new nation:

Micah 4:10-12 Writhe and groan, Daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor, because you must leave the city and live in the open country. You’ll be exiled to Babylon. But you’ll be rescued from there. That is where Yehovah will redeem you from the grasp of your enemies. 11 Now many nations have banded against you. They say, “Let’ defile her, we want to see Zion destroyed.” 12 But they don’t know what Yehovah has in mind. They don’t understand His plan to gather them like sheaves to be thrashed on the threshing floor.

The rebirth of Israel will take place very quickly! As an aside, the following Scripture is proof that the Third Temple will still be standing in Jerusalem, and still be dedicated to Yehovah just prior to Israel’s rebirth! The Beast will not destroy the Temple that John will have measured (Revelation 11:1), nor will anyone else!

Isaiah 66:6-9 The sound of an uproar from the city, and noise from the Temple. It’s the sound of Yehovah paying back His enemies.

7 Before she had any labor pains, yes, before any pain she gave birth to a son. 8 Who has heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such a thing? Can a country be born in one day? Can a nation be born instantly? Yet as soon as Zion had labor pains, she gave birth to her children! 9 Would I bring to the moment of birth, and not bring about the delivery?” Asks Yehovah, “Would I, the One who brings about births shut the womb?” Asks your Elohim.

Below is a specific association between “seven years” and the Feast of Tabernacles. Furthermore, the “year of release” associates it with the seven distinct years within the Jubilee cycle. The end time year of release will be year 49 of the Jubilee cycle. I expect that the year 2027 AD will be the final year of the Great Tribulation—that will immediately precede the Day of Yehovah: 2028 AD—Jubilee—Judgment Day.

Deuteronomy 31:10-11 Then Moses commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time of the year of release, at the Feast of Tabernacles, 11 when all of Israel has come to appear before Yehovah your Elohim, in the place that He’ll choose, you’ll read this Torah aloud before all Israel.

All of Yehovah’s people live in temporary shelters—tabernacles. We await our permanent home in New Jerusalem. The Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes the ultimate showdown between good and evil prior to the Kingdom of Elohim being established—to the amazement of a bewildered and conquered world. During this Feast we should reflect strongly on the “Babylonian” mindset that precedes the Everlasting Kingdom. This will be a far more significant event than the original exodus from Egypt. In fact, the very nations that “caused” the Second Exodus will ultimately be forced to commemorate it!

A Seven Year Plan

Look again at Deuteronomy 31:10, just quoted, and notice: “At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the Feast of Tabernacles”. Israel is commanded to read “all the words of the Torah” (Genesis thru Deuteronomy) on the “year of release” (Sabbatical Years) “at the appointed time” “at the Feast of Tabernacles” (as in 2006, 2013, 2020, 2027 etc— based on Jubilee 2028 AD.). It would seem quite logical that toward the end of the notorious seven year long period, that also ends the 3½ year long Great Tribulation, that as soon as modern Israel is released from captivity, they will be quite receptive of any proposal from Yehovah concerning obedience to the Torah. Isaiah 51 perfectly illustrates the fact that the coming Exodus will have similarities to the first one. It unquestionably compares the coming Exodus to the “ancient times”, to the “days of old”! The greatest point that modern Christianity has conveniently overlooked is the value of Yehovah’s Torah (Law) —the very Torah that will go out from Zion!

Isaiah 51:3-16 Yehovah will comfort Zion. He’ll have compassion on all her ruin, and make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like Yehovah’s garden. Joy and happiness will be found there, thanksgiving, and the sound of music. 4 Pay attention to Me, My people. Hear Me, My nation, because My Torah will go out from Me, and I’ll establish My justice as a light to the nations. 5 My righteousness is near, My deliverance is coming, and My arms will judge the nations, the coastlands will wait for Me, and wait in hope for My Arm. 6 ‘Look’ up to the skies, and look at the earth below, because the skies will vanish like smoke, and the earth will wear out like clothing, and those who live there will die like a swarm of gnats, but My deliverance will be forever, and My righteousness will never be shattered. 7 Listen to Me, you who understand righteousness, you people who have ‘internalized’ My Torah. Don’t be afraid of people's scorn, or fear their insults. 8 Moths will eat them up like clothing, and worms will eat them like they do wool, but My righteousness will last forever, and My deliverance [from sin] thru all generations. 9 Wake up! Wake up! Clothe yourself with strength arm of Yehovah, awake, as in the days of old, as in generations of long ago. Didn’t you cut Rahab in pieces. Who pierced the dragon? 10 Didn’t you dry up the sea, the water of the great depths, making the depths of the sea a pathway for the redeemed to cross over? 11 Those ransomed by Yehovah will return, and come singing into Zion. Everlasting joy will ‘crown’ their heads; they’ll be overwhelmed with gladness and joy, as sorrow and sighing flee away. 12 I, yes I am the One who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mortals, humans made like grass. 13 You’ve forgotten Yehovah your Creator, who stretched out the skies, and laid the foundations of the earth. You live in constant fear all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, as he prepares for your destruction. But where is the fury of the oppressor? 14 The captive exiles will soon be set free. They won’t die in dungeons or go without food. 15 I am Yehovah your Elohim, who stirs up the sea, so that its waves roar, Yehovah the Warrior King is My name. 16 I’ve put My words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of My hand, so that I can establish the skies, and lay the foundations of the earth, and tell Zion, “You are My people.”

Simply looking into a complete concordance and reading every prophetic Scripture that mentions “law”, “covenant” and “Sabbath”, from Isaiah thru Malachi can be an excellent Bible study. Virtually every mention of these words—dozens of them—are in the context of Israel not obeying Yehovah’s Torah, breaking the everlasting covenant with Him—especially in regard to the Sabbath. The Feast of Tabernacles pictures the seven year long event in the future when Yehovah will intervene in world affairs in favor of His captive people. Yehovah will re-establish a marriage like relationship with His people after this! We can be part of the Bridegroom, the one new man (Ephesians 2:15)! The Torah of Elohim—the Torah that “everyone” says is of no value—will again be taught and enforced from Yehovah’s throne in Jerusalem. The entire reason for Bible prophecy—the Good News of the re-institution of the twelve tribes of Israel into their ancestral lands and the painful circumstances that precede this time is being entirely overlooked. The watchmen are asleep!

“On the First Day there will be a Kadosh Convocation”

I believe that the Feast of Tabernacles parallels the seventieth year of Daniels Seventy Weeks Prophecy. To this I would apply the commonly understood day-for-a-year principle.

Why is it that only the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles is specified as a mandatory Assembly? Daniel 9:24-27 is one of the most controversial passages in the Bible. Many people teach that it refers to a seven year Tribulation, yet the Great Tribulation only lasts for the latter half of this period. Many of these same people also assume that the Third Temple will be the Beast’s Temple. Actually the Two Witnesses will be involved with it (assuming that Zechariah 4:9 is a type of that) and administration for the first three and a half years of its existence. During the first half of the final seven years Yehovah’s TEMPLE will be fully operational. I’d love to know how long it will take to get up and running.

Revelation 11:1-4 Then I, John, was given a measuring reed like a staff, and the messenger stood and said, “Get up and measure the Temple [1] of YHVH and the altar and those who worship there. 2 But don’t measure the courtyard outside of the Temple. Leave it out, because it has been given to the heathens, and they’ll trample the kadosh city underfoot for forty-two months. 3 Then I’ll commission My Two Witnesses. They’ll prophesy for 1,260 days, wearing sackcloth. 4 They are the two olive trees and the two menorahs standing in the presence of the Aloha of the earth.

[1] Here John is actually told to measure the end time third Temple just prior to the Two Witnesses commission (v.3). The terms “measure”, “measured” and “measuring” combined are found dozens of times in reference to the temple in Ezekiel 40-42. This would explain the previous verse (10:11): “[John], you must prophesy AGAIN before many nations and peoples and princes and kings.” Is he one of the two witnesses or one of their companions? Same goes for Elijah (Malachi 4:5-6). Does Father Travel in Time?

The Temple is an integral part of Yehovah’s future plans. The nine chapters of Ezekiel (40-48) that deal with it are quite detailed. The restoration of temple services on the first day of this seven year long period, after having ceased to exist for so many centuries is quite significant in Yehovah’s eyes. If for no other reason, we should anxiously anticipate this event because we will be able to determine without any doubt when Yehovah’s Kingdom will arrive by the dates He gave us in the book of Daniel.

On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Yeshua elaborated on a Jewish tradition to illustrate a point about “living waters”. That tradition is known as:

Simchat Beit HaShoeivah (Pouring of the waters)—Wikipedia (link 1)

In the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, a unique service was performed every morning throughout the Sukkot holiday: the Nisuch HaMayim... “pouring of the water”) or Water Libation Ceremony. According to the Talmud, Sukkot is the time of year when Yehovah judges the world for rainfall; so this ceremony, like the taking of the Four Species (for making booths), invokes Yehovah’s blessing for rain in its proper time. The water for the libation ceremony was drawn from the pool of Shiloah in the City of David, and the joy that accompanied this procedure was palpable. (This is the source for the verse in Isaiah: “And you shall draw waters with joy from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).

Afterwords, every night in the outer Temple courtyard, tens of thousands of spectators would gather to watch the Simchat Beit HaShoeivah (Rejoicing at the Place of the Water-Drawing), as the most pious members of the community danced and sang songs of praise to God. The dancers would carry lit torches, and were accompanied by the harps, lyres, cymbals and trumpets of the Levites. According to the Mishnah, (Tractate Sukkah), "He who has not seen the rejoicing at the Place of the Water-Drawing has never seen rejoicing in his life." Throughout Sukkot, the city of Jerusalem teemed with Jewish families who came on the holiday pilgrimage and joined together for feasting and Torah study. A partition separating men and women was erected for this occasion.—Wikipedia link 2

There is yet another likely impetus for celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles: Yeshua was born then.

The water pouring custom lasted into the Seventh Day of the Feast of Tabernacles. That is where Part 6 picks up.

Now for Part 6

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