” And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel saying, the fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days.’ ” (Leviticus 23:33-34, KJV).

“Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine.” (Deuteronomy 26:13, KJV).

Imagine camping in your backyard for a week out of a house made of palm branches and other material. Sharing a meal, under the stars and just enjoying time with family, appreciating the majesty of God’s creation. That is exactly what the Feast of Tabernacles represents. The children of Israel would build temporary structures (succoths) to commemorate that God was with Israel for 40 years in the wilderness.

This feast which begins at sundown on Wed., October 8, is a time of Thanksgiving to God for the provisions of the fall harvest. Just as Pentecost celebrated the spring harvest and was fulfilled with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), there will be a future outpouring of the Holy Spirit during this fall harvest.  (Joel 2:23, 28-32). It precedes the Day of the Lord and God will use this gift to bring many to Jesus. Expect to see miracles, signs and wonders which will infuriate the antichrist and cause him to display demonically inspired feats which will deceive the ungodly.

The importance of this holy celebration is shown around God’s throne room, where a great multitude from every tribe, nation and language, is worshipping Yahweh as one. (Revelation 7:9-17).  This is the redeeming power of the Holy Spirit as everyone will understand one pure language. Our Lord reverses the scattering caused by the disobedience at the tower of Babel. (Genesis 11:1-9).

Finally, the Feast of Tabernacles, will be observed during the Millennium. The prophet Zechariah tells us that everyone that is left from the nations (which came against Jerusalem) shall go to the Holy City year after year to worship the King (JESUS).  This is MANDATORY and if the families of a nation do not attend, then there will be no rain for their crops. (Zechariah 14: 16-21).  God loves us so much that he wants us to rejoice with Him and enjoy the fruits of His creation together. EJ.