The Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles = the first 1,000 years after The Return of Christ.

The Feast of Tabernacles was also known as the Feast of Ingathering because it occurs at the time of the major harvest of crops (the spring harvest of the crops was smaller than the autumn harvest, just as the "spring" harvest of salvation will be smaller than the "autumn" harvest - as mentioned above, see Pope Gregory's Calendar, An abundant harvest and living in temporary shelters are the two profoundly symbolic themes of the festival.

As with all of the Holy Days of The Bible, the Feast of Tabernacles has great and joyous significance to Christianity (see also Christian Living). It symbolizes the first 1,000-year period, often called the "Millennium," that will follow immediately after the Return Of Jesus Christ.

 

Leviticus 23:33-36,

33. And the LORD spake unto Moses saying

34. “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.

35. On the first day shall be an Holy convocation: (Sabbath) ye shall do no servile work therein.

36. 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.

 

Revelation 20:2-4

2. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.

3. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

4. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

 

The Last Day - the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles picturing the later physical resurrection of the vast majority of humanity who were not resurrected to spirit at the Return of Jesus Christ.

 

Leviticus 23:39 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.

 

Revelation 20:5,11-15

05. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

11. And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was no place found for them.

12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

The temporary shelters that are built and occupied during the Feast of Tabernacles symbolise human physical bodies, which are “constructed”, (By God) and "lived in" during our mortal lifetimes. The apostle Paul referred directly to the reality of the symbolism:

 

2 Corinthians 5:1-4

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

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

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

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

 

The joy of the time of the festival portrays a time when Satan will no longer be around to cause the terrible evil and religious confusion that he does now. Unlike the first 6 "days" (i.e. the 6,000 years of recorded earth history from Genesis 1:2) of humanity's laborious bondage to sin, the 1,000 years will be a Sabbath of rest and re-creation.

 

What Happens When You Die?

Everyone has had family or friends who have passed away, and it's quite natural to wonder what happened to them when death occurred. Where are they now? Are they somehow still conscious? Are they alive and dead at the same time?

The example of Jesus Christ clearly answers the question. The Son of God was born as a normal physical human

 

Hebrews 2:14-18

14. Forasmuch then as the children (us) are partakers of flesh and blood, He also (Christ) Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.

17. Wherefore (Why then) in all things it behoved (was it necessary, or fitting for) Him to be made like unto His brethren, (us) (It was because) that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

18. For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour (a person that provides help to) them that are tempted.

 

After He was brutally killed. His body was placed in the tomb where He remained dead until He was resurrected to life. His resurrection would not have been necessary if He had been alive while He was dead.

What does The Bible actually say about what happens when humans die, and more importantly, what does The Word of God say about how and when they cease being dead?

 

A Peaceful Sleep, No Sense Of The Passage Of Time

 

Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

 

Ecclesiastes 9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they anymore a portion for ever in anything that is done under the sun.

 

Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which He hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

 

The dead know not anything, (see Ecc 9:10) a reward means it is no advantage [to them]. Memory means the faculty of remembering. “Them” must be taken as the subject in all the four nouns alike.

As in verse 9:6 the possessive pronoun “their” is, and must be, taken alike in each case is forgotten and means ceases to exist, as in Psalm 77:9, where it is parallel with  “clean gone forever” and “evermore”, and in the next verse here (v6), where it stands parallel with “perished” and “forever”.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:19-21

19. For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so does the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence (Superiority) above a beast: for all is vanity.

20. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

21. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth.

 

Ecclesiastes 9 talks mainly upon the body in which we now inhabit, but when we are dead we know nothing about anything. We cease to exist as a person in that body ever again. So why do most of us drudgingly drag ourselves through life in the flesh without acknowledging;

 

·        Where we come from,

·        What we are doing here,

·        Or where we are going?

 

Have any academicals,

 

·        Such as scientists,

·        Darwin, origin of species,

·        Teachers,

·        Politicians,

·        Medical Doctors,

·        But most importantly Head of the Church of England,

·        Or The Pope.

 

Ever given you an answer to these questions, or instructions how to find the answers? the truth is none of these know, or if they do they are not telling, so it is time you found out before it is too late.

People ask all too often at a funeral, or when they experience death of a loved one, or even mass deaths of strangers caused by earthquakes and tsunami’s, or deaths of women and children due to famines, and men due to wars, is this all there is to life?

If the answer were YES life would be futile, and meaningless?

Would you continuously pass selfishly through life without a care in the world, surviving, and existing, knowing full well that you are going to die, well doesn’t everyone you may ask?  These verses in Ecclesiastes speak mainly of the death of the body, and its eventual return to dust, but not of the spirit until we reach verse 21.

Have you ever given any thought to the spirit? Where it is? Where it goes, or What its purpose is?

Or do you know only the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

 

Ecclesiastes 3:22 Wherefore (why do) I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him.

 

Which leaves the question to be answered at the end of Ecclesiastes (12:7)

 

Ecclesiastes 12 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God Who gave it.

 

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear (Reverence) God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

14. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

The world, Heb `ōlām = the ages; or the world (in relation to time). Here put by (of subject) for that which is inscrutable: (not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood) by man, viz. obscurity as to the past and future ages, resulting in man’s incapacity for learning, or comprehending the whole of what God doeth. This has resulted from the Fall.

Man sees only his own times; but what God doeth is from time past to time future so that man cannot find that out to the end from the beginning, unless the Word of God written in the Holy Bible is scrutinised for many years. A start can be made here. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/keys.htm

 

Acts 2:29, 34

29. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre = (tomb) is with us until this day.

34. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on My right hand.

Patriarch: Applied to Abraham and the sons of Jacob, as founders of the nation, and to David, as founder of the monarchy

 

John 3:13 And no man ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man Which is in heaven.

Christ ascended up to heaven (of Himself) He was not taken, or lifted up.

 

A Later Resurrection

 

1 Corinthians 15:20-23

20. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

21. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s, at His coming

 

 

Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

 

Cast out: or, cast away. Not yield up in resurrection. Whom will the earth thus cast away? See the answer in the word, which follows.

The Dead = The Rephaim, these will not rise. This is a proper name and should not be translated. Where it is translated it is always rendered “giants” or “dead”, but why not so here? Or transliterated, as it is in 17:5 they shall not rise? Because they were the progeny of the fallen angels: These latter were kept in prison (1Peter 3:19) in chains, “reserved” unto judgement: but their progeny (a descendant or offspring) will “not rise” or be judged, for they have been “visited”, “destroyed”, and perished. Rephaim Though the Bible never directly mentions these people in the same breath as the Nephilim; they are connected to the Anakim, whom are clearly connected to the Nephilim.

The irruption of  “the fallen angels” (“sons of God”) was only the first attempt; and was directed at the whole human race.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

13. And to esteem them very highly in love for their works sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient to all men.

15. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16. Rejoice evermore;

17. Pray without ceasing.

 

John 5:28-29

28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice,

29. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

 

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

 

Revelation 20:5,11-15

05. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

11. And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was no place found for them.

12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.