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Keeping the Feast of Tabernacles

Keeping the Feast of Tabernacles
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Lev 23:34 Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD".

The Feast of Tabernacles is as old as yesterday and as modern as tomorrow...

The words Feast and Tabernacles conjure up a picture of something impossibly remote and archaic. Yet the Feast of Tabernacles looks towards the future and pictures a time for which mankind has yearned down through the ages.

The celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles pictures a future millennium (1000 year period) which begins with the soon-coming return of Jesus Christ, and His institution of God's government on this weary, war-torn planet. This millennium will be a time of peace, abundance and joy, as the earth's inhabitants learn the way of give as opposed to society's current philosophy of get.

We read in the Bible that Jesus observed the Feast of Tabernacles during His earthly ministry (John 7:1-14) nearly two thousand years ago. And God also inspired the prophet Zechariah to write of a time yet future, when all nations of the earth will "worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and...keep the Feast of Tabernacles" (Zechariah 14:16-19).

In obedience to God’s command to observe the feasts of the Eternal, listed in Leviticus 23, members of the United Church of God assemble in many locations around the world to observe the Feast of Tabernacles and experience a foretaste of 'the Millennium' or 'the world tomorrow'.

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The Feast of Tabernacles: Jesus Christ Reigns Over All the Earth

God's plan for mankind involves restoration. The Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes the restoration process.

In his first inspired sermon after receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the apostle Peter summed up God's instruction for mankind: "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:19-21).

But what are these "times of refreshing" and "times of restoration" of which Peter spoke?

God's plan for mankind involves restoration. The Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes the restoration process, which will start with the return of Jesus Christ, pictured by the Feast of Trumpets, and the banishment of Satan, depicted by the Day of Atonement. Once these events have taken place, as represented by the previous Holy Days, the foundation is in place for the restoration of the creation to peace and harmony with God.

The seven-day Feast of Tabernacles, which begins with an annual Holy Day (Leviticus 23:34-35), pictures the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ over the earth after His second coming (see Revelation 20:4). This period is often called the Millennium, which simply means "1,000 years."

This feast also reflects the "rest" symbolized by the weekly Sabbath (Hebrews 4:1-11) that celebrates the great harvest of humanity when all people then alive will learn God's ways. Humanity will at last be restored to a right relationship with Him (Isaiah 11:9-10).

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