Why should Christians celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles?

Jesus Christ celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles, even at great risk to His life. What does this festival mean for Christians today?


Answer:

After the Day of Atonement, the next festival is the Feast of Tabernacles, which lasts for seven days. Immediately following this festival is the final, one-day festival we call the eighth day . These two festivals combined last for eight consecutive days (Leviticus:23:33-39) and picture the final steps in God's master plan to bring all of humanity into His eternal family.

The Feast of Tabernacles is also known as the Feast of Ingathering (Leviticus:23:34; Exodus:23:16) and is called Sukkoth by the Jews today. This festival pictures the 1,000-year rule of Jesus Christ on this earth, known as the Millennium (Revelation:20:4-6). This follows after the binding of Satan pictured by the Holy Day of Atonement (Revelation:20:1-3).

Christ will set up the Kingdom of God following His return to the earth. Isaiah describes this future period as a time of peace when God's law will go forth to all nations from Jerusalem (Isaiah:2:2-4). The fierce nature of some animals will change (Isaiah:11:6; 65:25), the earth will become highly productive (Isaiah:35:1), and, most important, "the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah:11:9). With Satan's evil influence removed, all of humanity will at last learn God's ways.

This perfect environment will be designed to offer all people the opportunity to repent of their sins and come to God the Father through Jesus Christ. The Bible shows that Jesus attended this important festival even when His life was threatened (John:7:2-14, 25).

This seven-day festival is followed by another, final festival called the eighth day .

For more information, please read our booklet God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind.


rosenberg

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The most important reason Christians should celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles is found in Zechariah 14: 16-20

Read it and pass it on!!!




Godrules06

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Thank you MR. Rosenberg that is a wonderful answer! I am a messianic beleiver and forgot about this scripture.




Godrules06

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Thank you what a great answer.




smcewan

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I am studying the Feasts of Tabernacles and how it applies to all Gods children. Being raised in a different religion we did not keep the Feasts because we are under "Grace"? Can someone please comment on the statement "we are living under grace" and give me some scripture to study? Thanks




United Church of God

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Paul said that Christians are under grace, but he also wrote, “shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not” (Romans:6:15)! Scripture tells us that “sin is lawlessness” (1 John:3:4). So Christians still need to obey God’s laws, even though we are saved by grace. It would be sinful and hypocritical for someone who professes to be a Christian to murder, commit adultery, steal, or lie. The law that forbids these sinful acts is good. Paul said “the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans:7:12).

God’s annual feast days are also good laws, and Jesus, His disciples, and Paul kept them. The Feast of Tabernacles pictures a time in the future when Christ will be ruling this earth and there will be peace, happiness, and plenty for all mankind. The annual feasts are God’s way of revealing to us His plan of salvation for all mankind, and they give us great hope.

Christians are no longer under the penalty of the law, which is death, “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel:18:20). We have all sinned and deserve that penalty, but Jesus Christ paid the penalty for us. We cannot earn our salvation; it is a gift from God. However, He expects those who profess to follow Jesus Christ to live as He lived. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (1 John:2:6). That includes keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus believed that observing this feast was so important that he kept it, although He knew that some of the Jews who sought to kill Him might search for Him there (John:7:1-10).




linda effenberger

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Why should we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles?

First of all, God commanded his people to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, among other feasts, as “sacred assemblies at their appointed times”. The feasts of the Lord are found in Leviticus 23. Notice every feast includes the command to hold a sacred assembly. The seventh-day Sabbath is also a feast of the Lord.

A sacred assembly is especially important for the people of God to come together to worship the Almighty God and to have the opportunity to assemble together in fellowship. How else should the people of God show brothers and sisters in Christ the love of God? How else can the children of God get to know one another?

The Feast of Tabernacles is the highlight of God’s feasts as the people of God look to the culmination of God’s plan through Jesus Christ who will return to set up the Kingdom of God on earth. It is also a time where all of God’s people will be working together in harmony to fulfill the duties of service to God. But, the working together does not start in the future in the Kingdom of God. It starts now and here on earth under the people of God as the gospel will be preached to the entire world through the witness of every child of God!

Every feast of God is an opportunity to show love to God’s people. Assembling together is a way of bonding together in love. It is a way of getting to know one another and developing relationships with one another, of learning to help one another. The weekly Sabbath day is a weekly feast where the "Firstfruits of God" come together in worship and fellowship. Every 7th day of the week is a remembrance of God's creation and of his plan for all mankind. It is like a runner up to the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Feast of Tabernacles is a time of joy and rejoicing before the Lord. It is also a time of reflection that we live in temporary dwellings as God’s chosen people in this world. It is to realize that God lives in each of his children. God lives in his holy temple (Psalm:11:4). Each one of God’s children is a temple or tabernacle of God (1 Cor:3:16). "For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: 'I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people'" (2 Cor:6:16). Therefore, all of the Firstfruits of God, that is, "the Tabernacles of God", come together to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles!



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