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3 Reasons Why YOU Need to Attend the Feast Of Tabernacles

Reason 1 - YOUR bible says that the Lord commands the keeping of this Feast

Most people and mainstream denominations of today’s “Christianity” will tell you that the Feasts of the old testament are the ‘old Jewish Feasts’ and they no longer are to be kept because the very same Christ who kept all of these Feasts “did away with the law” - But YOUR Bible says something COMPLETELY different then their doctrinal teachings, and it says so in HUNDREDS of places!

Let’s look at Leviticus 23, and start with verse 1:

Lev 23:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

I know what you’re thinking, so let’s look at verse 2 in detail:

These feasts are for the Jews!

“Speak unto the children of Israel” - to most of today’s Christian world who have trusted others to tell them about their truths they think that Israel = Jew. This is ABSOLUTELY wrong! If you read your Bible, it clearly tells you that Jacob’s name was changed to Israel (Gen 32:38), and that Jacob had 12 sons (Gen 35:22), who are the beginning of the “Twelve Tribes Of Israel”. (1Ki 18:31)

Today’s nation of Israel, while a mix of peoples, is primarily made up of members of the tribe of Judah - one of the sons of Israel (Jacob), so this scripture is NOT for JUST the Jews (Judah), but for all the children of Israel.

So the scriptures which follow these describe and state the feasts of the LORD, and not the feasts of the Jews. While each of these Feasts is a subject in and of itself, lets now look at Leviticus 23 verses 33-44:

Lev 23:33 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
Lev 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
Lev 23:38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.
Lev 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
Lev 23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
Lev 23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
Lev 23:42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
Lev 23:43 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.
Lev 23:44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

WOW! God devoted a LOT of scripture to this Feast! Let’s look at a couple of things that were probably going through your head as you read these scriptures:

A Burnt Offering, Forever, and In Booths...

  1. “an offering made by fire” (or animal sacrifice in the old testamenet) is no longer necessary because Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb who gave His life so that sins may be forgiven. To sacrifice now would be declaring that Christ’s sacrifice was insignificant and incomplete, and would be blasphemy against what He suffered for us, and the very plan of the Almighty.
  2. Verse 41 says “it shall be a statute for ever in your generations” - it DOES NOT say just until the savior comes and does away with it - forever means forever.
  3. “That you shall dwell in booths for seven days” - a booth is a temporary dwelling. In the times before and after Christ, this could be a tent, today we stay in hotels.

So the Lord commands this feast, and it is still in effect today!

What’s the second reason why YOU should keep the Feast of Tabernacles? Click Why keep the FOT - Reason 2 to find out.

 
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