The Feast of Tabernacles is the most important Feast in God’s calendar. It is mentioned as one of the three Feasts that all men are required to participate in each year (Ex 23:14-17, 34:23-24; Deut 16:16; 1 Ki 9:25; 2 Chr 8:13). Additionally, Zechariah singles out the Feast of Tabernacles as the one that all survivors of the tribulation will participate in during Jesus’ Millennial reign (Zech 14:16-19). If this feast is so important to God, it should probably be important to us, His followers. The Feast has many implications for us today, especially as part of the end-times generation.
The Feast was initiated by God when the Israelites were in the desert. The primary theme reflects God’s desire to dwell with His people. In the beginning, He created a garden in which He and His creation would live, work and play. When Adam and Eve sinned, they had to be sent out of the garden and out of God’s presence. The plan of redemption is a plan to bring us back into union with God so that once again He can literally dwell with His people. He never intended to pull us off the earth and take us to heaven. He wanted to come and dwell amongst His people in the world He created. Throughout the Bible, we see God continually establishing His Presence and inviting the people to repent, return and remain with Him.
Once the Israelites left Egypt, they met God at Mt. Sinai where he gave them instructions on how they were to live once they came into the Promised Land. He gave them all the details for constructing a tabernacle, the place where His presence would dwell. Then He told them how the tribes were to be situated around the tabernacle. God is always in the center of His people.
John 1:14 tells us that Jesus came in the flesh so that He could dwell among us. When he returned to heaven, He gave us the gift of His Spirit to dwell inside of us (Eph 2:22).
Once Jesus comes again and conquers all that hinders His Love, reigns on earth for a thousand years and puts an end to Satan, then He will establish the New Jerusalem, the place where God the Father and Jesus the Son will dwell among their people. (Revelation 21:3a). This is our destiny. Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles on earth is a dress rehearsal for the eternity we will spend in God’s presence. God is pouring out more and more of His Spirit to move us deeper into His Presence during these appointed times.
We built a tabernacle to host the Presence of God during this joyful season. We are learning, eating, and fellowshipping as we enjoy God and He enjoys us!