Unfortunately, pictures do not come through to my website on my posts. I am not certain if they come through to your inbox (for those of you who get my posts via e-mail). The reason I mention this is because of the picture that should be displayed at the top of this post. It is a picture from Cornerstone Church at last year’s Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles) celebration. They really have a big time!
If you keep up with the news on Christian television, then you know that churches all over the country are celebrating the Feasts of the Lord now. Why now? I explained that a few days ago when I described that “it is time”. People’s eyes are being opened in these last days to worship in Spirit and in truth, as opposed to just going through the church rituals.
As you know, the Feast of the Tabernacles is a two-fold celebration. One: it is a celebration of God’s goodness and blessing in the time of bountiful harvest. Two: it is in remembrance of our ancestors who dwelt in “booths”, or temporary dwellings, in the wilderness before entering into the Promised Land.
Leviticus 23:33-44, 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 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. These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD. 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. 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. And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.
To you and me it is still a celebration of God’s goodness and the bountiful harvest this time of year. It is also a time to reflect on the real harvest that is right before our eyes every day of the year. The Lord Jesus said in John 4:35, Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
Of course He was talking about the lost just waiting for you and me to go tell them the Gospel, that they might be saved. It is also a time of remembering that, just as our ancestors dwelt temporarily in the desert, so are we temporarily in the sin-fallen desert of this world. That, my friends, is an encouraging thought. This life of toil will not last forever, praise God, but will one day end when we enter into THE Promised Land…the Promised Land of Heaven.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?