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Monday, October 17, 2011

Feast of Tabernacles

Dear beloved: We are now midway through the Feast of Tabernacles, or Feast of Booths as it is called in Leviticus 23:42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: v43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. The Lord instituted the Feast of Booths to remind the Israelites that He provided for them supernaturally as they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. He provided manna for them to eat, a food that they had never seen before (Deut. 8:3), and their clothing and shoes did not wear out over those years (Deut. 8:4), and He gave them water to drink from the rock (Exodus 17:6), that they and their livestock would not perish from thirst.

As we think about how God provided for the children of Israel, this is also the time for us to reflect on how God provides for us just as He did for His chosen people. Often we grumble and complain about our status or our provision, or the things that we want but don't have; how easy it is to fall into the attitude of ingratitude. And yet God continues to give us grace and provide for our every need, above and beyond all that we could ever think or imagine.

Prophetically we also see that the Feast of Tabernacles is the fulfillment of all of God's kingdom promises, and that the final outcome of all the prophecies of His word will be literally fulfilled in the second coming of Jesus Christ, when He comes to tabernacle with us here on the earth. John 1:14 tells us that Jesus came to tabernacle, or dwell among us. v14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. His first coming He came to dwell for only a few short years, and He came as the sacrificial lamb, the sinless one who shed His blood that through His blood we could all be cleansed and come to know the righteous
ness of God. The second time He comes will be as the Righteous Judge who will judge the wicked and the dead and put an end to rebellion once and for all. He will at that time set up His millennial kingdom reign and prepare the earth for the coming of the eternal, perfect state, the new heaven and new earth, Revelation 21:2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. v3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Give thanks to the Lord for all that He has given you today, for He is good. Jesus is coming back! God bless you, in Christ, Jim

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