Have I not written to thee three times with counsels and knowledge? (Pro 22:20 YLT)
I believe that God a lot of times communicates to us in groups of three things with one thing in common: growth. It’s interesting that the word Young translates “three times” in other translations is rendered “excellent things”. A few examples:
- The good, acceptable, perfect (Rom 12:2)
- Nepios (toddler), Teknon (technically a son), Huios (a mature son) (Gal 4)
- Child, Youngster, Father (1Jo 2:12-14)
- Outer Court, Holy Place, Holy of Holies
- Water Baptism, Baptism in the Spirit, Baptism by Fire
- Passover, Pentecost, Feast of Tabernacles (Lev 23)
There are many more. Let’s have a closer look at the last one in the list.
Most people know Passover or Easter, when Christ died without sin and rose again and therefore brought salvation. It has been perfectly foreshadowed in the three feasts Passover, unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, in the Old Testament (Lev 23:5-14).
We are also well knowledgeable about Pentecost (Lev 23:15-22). Fifty days after Passover, it was when the fruit came in. And in Acts 2, it is when the Spirit of God ushered in.
But what about the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev 23:34-42)?
We know that it was for remembrance of the days Israel was in tents in the wilderness. And it foreshadowed God tabernacling in our midst as he did in Jesus. Do the math and you will find out that Jesus was born during the Feast of Tabernacles.
The three feasts are special, as seen here:
Then hath Solomon caused to ascend burnt-offerings to Jehovah on the altar of Jehovah that he built before the porch, even by the matter of a day in its day, to cause to ascend according to the command of Moses, on sabbaths, and on new moons, and on appointed seasons, three times in a year–in the feast of unleavened things, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of booths. (2Ch 8:12-13 YLT)
For I am going to expel nations ahead of you and expand your territory, and no one will even covet your land when you go up to appear before Adonai your God three times a year. (Ex 34:24 CJB)
Celebrate three festivals each year in my honor. Celebrate the Festival of Thin Bread by eating bread made without yeast, just as I have commanded. Do this at the proper time during the month of Abib, because it is the month when you left Egypt. And make certain that everyone brings the proper offerings. Celebrate the Harvest Festival each spring when you start harvesting your wheat, and celebrate the Festival of Shelters each autumn when you pick your fruit. (Ex 23:14-16 CEV)
I strongly believe that we have not seen the total prophetic fulfilment of the Feast of Tabernacles yet. Let me take you on a journey:
Joel prophesied that there will be a time when God sends the early and the latter rain in the same prophecy he declared that God would pour out His Spirit. Let’s have a look:
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. … And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:23-28 KJV)
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.(Acts 2:17 KJV)
We know that – as Peter declared – this happened in Acts 2 at Pentecost. But Peter declared that God had poured out of His Spirit, which clearly is not the same as pouring out His Spirit. A bucket of sea water is not the sea, it is of the sea. This is what Joel said: He has given you the former rain moderately. But he does not stop there. He goes on to say: and he will cause to come down for you the former rain and the latter rain in the first month.
As the three feasts are agricultural feasts, we can safely assume that the first month in question here is the first month of the agricultural year, which is the seventh month in the religious year – the month of the Feast of Tabernacles. Both rains, all the promises of all these feasts, all the fruits of these three feasts will be given by God together. It will come to pass.
The LORD your God commands you to love him and to serve him with all your heart and soul. If you obey him, he will send rain at the right seasons, so you will have more than enough food, wine, and olive oil, and there will be plenty of grass for your cattle. (Deu 11:13-14 CEV)
What are those promises: corn, wine, and oil.
Corn is used to make bread. Jesus, the bread of Heaven, the Word, was broken for us at Passover. This has been and is a finished work, and it takes place in the life of the individual believer when he accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
Wine stands for the Holy Spirit. He has been poured out at Pentecost. Every believer can and should receive the Holy Spirit in the baptism of the Spirit.
Oil stands for the anointing. Christ, the anointed and His anointing. Christ dwells in us with His anointing. This happens in the Feast of Tabernacles.
Don’t get me wrong. All this has happened. When Jesus was baptized, the Spirit descended upon Him like a dove and the Father said: “This is my son, in whom I am well pleased”. Anointed, authorized by the Father.
Even the apostles where saved, spirit filled, and anointed. Yet we lost all this during the dark ages.
In 1517, Martin Luther in the first reformation restored the first feast and truth to us: personal salvation through forgiveness, death to sin, and resurrection in water baptism as an outward sign through the works of Jesus on the cross.
1906 in Azusa Street God restored the infilling with His Spirit with the outward sign of speaking in tongues and therefore Pentecost.
1948 God restored some further truths in Saskatoon/North Battleford that were not accepted by the body of Christ and the revival stopped. Several prophecies point to a time 50 years later (just about the day we are living in) when God will come back and restore these truths – the manifested Sons of God, 5fold ministry, the laying on of hands.
Yes, you are right – there always has been a thin red line, a remnant that held fast to these truths. But God wants to restore them to His Church, His Body, His Sons.
These are truths connected with the Feast of Tabernacle – the anointing and indwelling of the Lord Jesus Christ. And it will bring the truths of the other feasts to completion – the former and the latter rain together in the first month, yet the seventh month, the month of completion and rest.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (Hebr 6:1-2 KJV)
Passover in the Feast of Tabernacles:
- Repentance from dead works – we will no longer only think of ourselves, but invest in others. As Jesus left everything to serve us, we will leave everything and serve. Maturity.
- Faith towards God – no longer we only believe for God to provide for the individual, but corporately as a body.
Pentecost in the Feast of Tabernacles:
- Doctrines of baptisms – not only two, but three: the baptism in fire. Let’s join in His sufferings to help others.
- Laying on of hands – no longer just for healing, but with authority for the anointing
Feast of Tabernacles
- Being prepared for the resurrection from the dead and eternal judgment – the 2nd coming of the Lord and eternal life. For Him to abode in us and we in Him and He in the Father. These are the many mansions he talked about.
Two other views – oh there is so much in there:
Passover – God gave: For God so loved the world that he gave His Son.
Pentecost – the Spirit gave: Gifts of the Spirit
Tabernacle – Jesus gave: And he gave to the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers
Or how about this – if this does not make you shout, nothing will:
There are three seasons of feasts. The first three were connectively fulfilled in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. The second one in the infilling with the Holy Spirit. And the third one? It again consists of three feasts:
- Feast of Trumpets: at the sound of the last trumpet
- Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement: Judgment at the Mercy Seat, rewards, eternal judgment
- Tabernacle: God will come to live with us (Rev 21:3)
The day is at hand.
And he answering said to them, Elias indeed comes first and will restore all things. (Mat 17:11 Darby)
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