We conclude our Feast of Tabernacles celebration with a discussion of the various tabernacles described in Scripture. It is important to see that they all foreshadow JESUS!
Tabernacle of Moses
God showed Moses the pattern for building a Tabernacle while they were on Mt. Sinai together. God was revealing to him (in earthly terms) what the Heavenly Tabernacle would look like. The tabernacle, the place of His Presence, was in the center of the camp. Within the Tabernacle, God’s Presence rested on the Ark of the Covenant which was located in the Most Holy Place. Only the High Priest could enter this place once a year. Ex 40:34-35
Tabernacle of David
When David became King, the Tabernacle had been in Shiloh. David moved it to Jerusalem. God revealed to David that the all the people were to have access to God’s Presence. Therefore the Most Holy Place and the Ark were no longer hidden but everyone was invited to worship before the Lord. Ps 27:4-5
Jesus, the Tabernacle
When Jesus came to earth in the flesh, He came as God’s Presence in the earth. He came to tabernacle with His people, to dwell among them. John 1:14 The Temple was a physical place where people would gather, but the Presence of God was wherever Jesus went.
Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to indwell us so that we could become the dwelling place of God. Just as with Jesus, wherever we go, the Presence of God goes with us. We are to release His Presence to those around us. 1 Cor 6:19, Eph 2:22
Like the tents used in the wilderness and in David’s Tabernacle, our bodies are a temporary dwelling place for God’s spirit. When Jesus returns, we will be given an eternal glorified body that will carry the Holy Spirit forever. 2 Cor 5:1-4
During Jesus’ millennial reign on the earth, there will be a tabernacle that will shelter God’s people. Isaiah 4:5-6 describe a place of refuge from storms, rain and heat. He uses both the words “succah” for shelter, and “chuppah” for canopy. Interestingly, the chuppah is the place where Jewish weddings were held. I believe this language is used because as Jesus’ Bride we will be covered by Him. This verse also reminds us of Moses’ Tabernacle because of the pillar of fire and the cloud of smoke. We must use our divine imagination to visual the supernatural covering the Lord is going to place over Jerusalem during this time. It will be the very Glory of God that covers His people.
Zechariah 14:16-17 makes it clear that all nations will go up to worship God at the Feast. It’s exciting to think that in our glorified bodies we will literally “go” to Jerusalem, maybe in a twinkling of an eye. This scripture warns that those who do not go up to celebrate will not receive rain. Remember the water-drawing ceremony?
This Tabernacle will be the place of international worship of the King of Kings. The lulav that we discussed several days ago was waved before the Lord in all four directions. That is symbolic of the all people from the North, South, East and West being called to worship and the Glory of the Lord covering the whole earth.
Revelation 7:9-10, 13-17 describes Jesus as the Heavenly Tabernacle. It describes people in white robes waving palm branches (lulavs), crying out “Salvation belongs to our God…” (water-drawing ceremony), where “He spreads His tent over them” (tabernacle), Jesus at the center…leading them to springs of living water.” Most certainly this is the Feast of Tabernacles motif. Jesus is going to fulfill the Feast of Tabernacles and we will celebrate Him in our midst permanently, with the Father, for all of eternity. We will back in the Garden of our God and Jesus will be our Light. Rev 21:3-4 Forever we will celebrate Him!
Robert Heidler, The Cycles of God (Denton, TX: Glory of Zion International Ministries, Inc., 2006)
Jill Shannon, A Prophetic Calendar, The Feasts of Israel (Shippenberg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., 2009)