Why Should Christians Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles?

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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) 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.



  • 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)! 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).
  • polly
    Is there any church branch in Niagara Falls, Ontario please? i am learning a lot from these articles on prophesy. God Bless.
  • 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
  • Godrules06
    Thank you what a great answer.
  • Godrules06
    Thank you MR. Rosenberg that is a wonderful answer! I am a messianic beleiver and forgot about this scripture.
  • 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!!!
  • KingdomCitizen

    This very passage in the bible, IS the whole reason as to why I now celebrate the "Feast of Tabernacles". Have been now for over several years, all by myself, here in Pocahontas, Ar. I love this for we receive our Yearly Blessings, Praise, Power and Glory to our Lord Christ Jesus and our Father in Heaven. In the chosen people's language (Hebrew) "Hag Samaah" not spelt correctly, but close to actual sounding of, translation- Happy Holidays.

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