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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 Leviticus 23:33-39 33 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 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. 35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. 36 Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation to you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein. 37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing on his day: 38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which you give to the LORD. 39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep a feast to the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
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) 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 Leviticus 23:34Speak 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.
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; Exodus 23:16 Exodus 23:16And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you have sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when you have gathered in your labors out of the field.
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) 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 Revelation 20:4-6 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to 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 on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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). This follows after the binding of Satan pictured by the Holy Day of Atonement (Revelation 20:1-3 Revelation 20:1-3 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 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 on 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.
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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 Isaiah 2:2-4 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
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). The fierce nature of some animals will change (Isaiah 11:6 Isaiah 11:6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatted calf together; and a little child shall lead them.
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; 65:25), the earth will become highly productive (Isaiah 35:1 Isaiah 35:1The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
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), and, most important, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9 Isaiah 11:9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
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). 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 John 7:2-14 2 Now the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brothers therefore said to him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that your disciples also may see the works that you do. 4 For there is no man that does any thing in secret, and he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world. 5 For neither did his brothers believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said to them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 8 Go you up to this feast: I go not up yet to this feast: for my time is not yet full come. 9 When he had said these words to them, he stayed still in Galilee. 10 But when his brothers were gone up, then went he also up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, No; but he deceives the people. 13 However, no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews. 14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
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, 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.

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    Comments

  • rosenberg
    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
    Thank you MR. Rosenberg that is a wonderful answer! I am a messianic beleiver and forgot about this scripture.
  • Godrules06
    Thank you what a great answer.
  • smcewan
    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
  • polly
    Is there any church branch in Niagara Falls, Ontario please? i am learning a lot from these articles on prophesy. God Bless.
  • United Church of God
    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 Romans 6:15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
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    )! Scripture tells us that “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4 1 John 3:4Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
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    ). 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 Romans 7:12Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
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    ). 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 Ezekiel 18:20The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him.
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    ). 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 1 John 2:6He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
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    ). 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 John 7:1-10 1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brothers therefore said to him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that your disciples also may see the works that you do. 4 For there is no man that does any thing in secret, and he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world. 5 For neither did his brothers believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said to them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 8 Go you up to this feast: I go not up yet to this feast: for my time is not yet full come. 9 When he had said these words to them, he stayed still in Galilee. 10 But when his brothers were gone up, then went he also up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
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  • linda effenberger
    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 (Psalms 11:4 Psalms 11:4The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
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    ). Each one of God’s children is a temple or tabernacle of God (1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 3:16Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
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    ). “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 Corinthians 6:16 2 Corinthians 6:16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
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    ). 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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