First Century

             Church of God

WHAT IS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES?
A Brief Explanation by Beverlie E. Ramocan-Woodland


Pertinent Scriptures:  
LEV. 23: 33-43; REV. 20: 4-6.   LGD:LEV. 23: 36-39;  ZACH. 14: 16-19; MATT.12:41-42; REV:20: 5, 11-12.

 THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS THE SIXTH OF SEVEN FESTIVALS OF GOD. IT IS A FESTIVAL THAT LASTS FOR SEVEN
DAYS. THIS PERIOD OF SEVEN DAYS PICTURES THE 1000-YEARS - THE MILLENNIUM WHEN JESUS CHRIST AND THE FIRST RESURRECTION SAINTS WILL RULE THE EARTH. AT THE END OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS THE SEVENTH FEAST WHICH IS ON THE 8TH DAY; IT IS CALLED β€œTHE LAST GREAT DAY.”  THE LAST GREAT DAY REPRESENTS THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT, WHEN THE SECOND RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD WILL TAKE PLACE AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SALVATION WILL BE GIVEN.


 WHY IS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES AN IMPORTANT CELEBRATION?
A SIMPLE ANSWER WOULD BE, BECAUSE GOD COMMANDS THAT WE SHOULD CELEBRATE IT. BUT TO ELABORATE, IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT FORESHADOWS THE ULTIMATE GOAL THAT GOD HAS FOR MANKIND INITIALLY, AND THAT IS TO BECOME THE GOD-KIND. HE WANTS US TO BE IN HIS IMAGE, TO BE OF HIS KIND.   HE CALLS US IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS PLAN FOR OUR LIVES. SOME HE CALLS NOW SOME HE CALLS LATER; BUT ALL WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SALVATION.


THOSE OF US THAT HE CALLS AND ARE BAPTIZED BECOME RECIPIENTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND  ARE IN A BEGOTTEN OR CONVERTED STATE OF SALVATION, WITH A COMMITMENT TO REMAIN FAITHFUL TO THE WAY OF LIFE THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR US, SO THAT WHEN JESUS RETURNS TO EARTH WE MAY BE BORN-AGAIN FROM MORTAL TO IMMORTALITY IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION; AT WHICH TIME WE WILL FULLY TAKE ON THE VERY IMAGE AND ESSENCE OF GOD AND WILL TRULY BE HIS CHILDREN BECAUSE WE WILL BE LIKE HIM – IMMORTAL BEINGS.  WE WILL REIGN WITH HIM AS HIS MINISTERING KINGS AND PRIESTS TO RULE WITH HIM IN THE EARTH – TEACHING THE REST OF MANKIND THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD SO THEY TOO MAY CHOOSE TO SERVE HIM AND FOLLOW IN HIS WAY. THEY WILL STILL HAVE THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE AND MAY OR MAY NOT CHOOSE TO FOLLOW IN HIS WAY. HE WILL RESPECT THEIR DECISION.