October 14, 2011

Christians and Jews in Jerusalem gather to celebrate a Jewish holy day and also take a look into the future

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Once a year on the Jewish feast day of Tabernacles, Jews and Christians from around the world come together in Jerusalem to celebrate the 7 day Feast of Tabernacles with large gatherings for concerts and the parade of the nations in Jerusalem.  The Jews, during the 7 days of the feast, live at least a portion of each day in their succas - that's the Hebrew word for a tabernacle or a thatched hut like the ones that the Jewish people used during their 40 years of wondering in the wilderness some 3500 years ago. 

This Feast of Tabernacles is also a reminder of what all the world will do yearly in a kingdom to come when they will celebrate the feast as required by the Lord foretold in the Biblical book of Zechariah.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

Each year as the Jews celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles it is a reminder of the kingdom to come, a time when Jesus Christ will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords that is according to Bible prophecy.

For 7 days during the Feast of Tabernacles each Fall, Jews build their succas, their thatched huts, and will live a portion of each day in the succa as a reminder of how their forefathers lived as they traveled for 40 years on their way to the promised land.  This Jewish celebration of Tabernacles has an interesting connection to an event in the life of Jesus Christ.  In Matthew 17 we have the record of the Transfiguration of Jesus which took place on Mt. Hermon near Caeserea Philippi in northern Israel.  Peter, James, and John, all disciples of Jesus, joined the Lord as did the glorified bodies of Elijah and Moses at the Transfiguration of Jesus when He also was in His resurrected glorified body.  Peter wanted to build 3 tabernacles or succas for the Lord, Elijah, and Moses (Matthew 7:4).  Peter thought that the Lord Jesus had set up His kingdom which is what the Feast of Tabernacles foretells prophetically. 

Jesus did not set up His kingdom at that time and its not in operation even today.  Jesus Christ will be given the kingdom by God the Father when the Lord Jesus returns to the earth (Daniel 7:13-14).  At that time, Jesus will be known at the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16).  The kingdom will indeed be set up after the 7 years of judgment on the earth at the Second Coming of Jesus.  Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.