The Feast of Tabernacles
and The Last Great Day

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The fall festival of Tabernacles is also known as the Festival of Booths. It is the happiest period of the year. In Israel many made a pilgrimage to keep the feast in Jerusalem. While they walked Psalms 120 to 134 were often sung.

Jesus will set up God's Kingdom at his second coming.

"Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains . . . Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law . . . " (Isaiah 2:2-3)

After the return of Jesus Christ to earth people will keep God's annual Feast days, especially the Feast of Tabernacles.

"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles." (Zechariah 14:16)

The Feast of Tabernacles is one of three festival times during the year.

14 Celebrate three festivals a year to honor me . . . Celebrate the Festival of Shelters (Feast of Tabernacles) in the autumn, when you gather the fruit from your vineyards and orchards. (Exodus 23:14, 16)

The Feast is designed so that the whole family may rejoice together.

'You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow' (Deuteronomy 16:13-14)

 
 
 
 
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Special Sacrifices were offered on each day of the Feast.

Burnt Offerings Young Bullocks Rams Yearling Lambs
1st Day 13 2 14
2nd Day 12 2 14
3rd Day 11 2 14
4th Day 10 2 14
5th Day 9 2 14
6th Day 8 2 14
7th Day 7 2 14
Total 70 + 14 + 98 = 182
8th Day 1 1 7

Special Psalms were sung during the Feast. These were Psalms 120 to 134, known as the fifteen "songs of degrees," or "songs of ascent." They were sung by pilgrims on the way up to Jerusalem to keep the Feast. Psalms 113 to 118, known as the Hallel (Praise God) Psalms, were also sung.

Jesus kept the Feast of Tabernacles while he was on the earth.

"After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand . . . Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught." (John 7:1-2, 14)

Paul kept the Feast of Tabernacles.

"And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, but took leave of them, saying, 'I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.' And he sailed from Ephesus. " (Acts 18:19-21).

The Feast will be kept in the future.

"Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before the Lord on the Sabbaths and the New Moons . . . But when the people of the land come before the Lord on the appointed feast days . . ." (Ezekiel 46:3, 9)

According to Alfred Edersheim's book on The Temple, the Feast of Tabernacles is the most joyful of all God's feasts. The harvest in the fall was a reminder of Israel's dwelling in booths after the Exodus and the final harvest when its mission is complete and all people come to God.

The Last Great Day

The Last Great Day of the feast is also known as the eighth day. It is an independent festival from Tabernacles.

The Festival of Shelters begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and continues for seven days. 35 On the first of these days come together for worship and do none of your daily work. 36 Each day for seven days you shall present a food offering. On the eighth day come together again for worship and present a food offering. It is a day for worship, and you shall do no work. (Leviticus 23:33-36)

Jesus kept the Last Great Day.

37. Now in the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and called out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink." (John 7)

The Last Great Day represents the time when God will make salvation available to all those who never had a previous chance to choose it.

4. And I saw thrones . . . judgment was given to them; and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the Word of God . . . and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5. (But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were completed.) (Revelation 20:4-5)

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