“Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord. 11 “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. 12 The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.” Zechariah 2
This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.” Zechariah 8:3
Thank you for walking with Beloved and coming alongside Israel during this time of prayer and fasting, even if you just checked in when you could. It is no small thing to give your time to learning more about God’s continued love for Israel and God’s plan for the nations and praying in the same direction as His will and heart. The goal of this fast was to ask for God’s mercy to be poured out over Israel, that they may turn to Yeshua, their own Messiah, for forgiveness of sins and restored relationship and place of blessing the nations. We did it because God loves Israel. He love the nations. And we love Adonai. Our heart begins to love what He loves. What’s in it for us? Unity in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah. We are brought into covenant with God together, Jew and Gentile, to bless and warn the nations before the wrath of God is poured out on the earth and He establishes His Kingdom here.
The Feast of Sukkot: God Pitches His Tent Among Us and Tabernacles with Man
The book of John saw this when he wrote: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling (sukkot: tent/tabernacle) among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1
Well guess what. It’s happening all over again. Follow the Fall feasts: Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles. After a great amount of tribulation and persecution and falling away, with many of us put to death, we will be rescued as one body of Messiah, Jewish and Gentile, by the grace of God in Yeshua, spared from the wrath coming upon the unrepentant nations and kings. We will hear rumors of Yeshua being on earth, “here he is” or “there He is,” but it won’t be Him. Do not be deceived. (Luke 17:23) You will know He is here when He arrives. First the skies will be completely darkened and the sea will toss (no sun, no moon, no stars). Chaos. Then the Son of Man will appear like lightening that is flashes in the east and is seen from the west (Luke 17:24). Trumpets will sound, the dead and Christ will rise first and those who are left will be caught up with Him together in the air and brought into His dwelling He has prepared for us (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, we will be snatched up and brought to Him, just as Yeshua said. In a field, one will be taken and the other left. In a bed, one will be taken and the other left. And God’s wrath will be poured out on the earth on those who remain outside of Him (Luke 17:27-37). There will come a judgment during which the blood of the lamb will be presented before God as atonement for sins for those who have received it. Then He will tabernacle with us. Then we will be with Him forever. He will reign here and He will make all things new. Everything in the law and feasts will be fulfilled, perfect, complete.
Look at what John saw in his revelation.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)
This is the fulfillment of the final Fall festival, Sukkot. God tabernacles with man. Just like in the wilderness when God show Moses was told to build the tabernacle according to the pattern shown Him on Sinai. That’s because the layout of the tabernacle is a shadow of the heavenly temple.
The Unification of the Temple and the Throne Room
When Yeshua died on the cross, the curtain ripped in the human built shadow-temple. I believe this reflected a change in the heavenly temple. Slowly and in His time, He is removing every barrier between us. He doesn’t want them there. He is restoring us back to His presence, even closer than at the beginning. The “tabernacling,” or the way God dwells with people, changes on earth as it is in heaven. In the image below you can see how God is able to be with us when our sin issue is taken care of. Apparently God enjoys renovating! He will be as close to us as He can as soon as He can. Any separation was established for our protection and for His zealousness that we would be restored to truly desiring Him as our King and only God. Look how the tabernacle changes throughout scripture, reflecting Heaven, and our levels access to God.
The Re-Unification of God with Man
In Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread, He was slain and took our death for us, restoring our freedom from slavery. He removed our guilt for our sin and tore/removed the veil in the temple of heaven separating us from God’s presence, restoring communion.
In the Feast of Firstfruits, He removed death and was the firstborn of the resurrection, restoring eternal life.
On Pentecost/Shavuot, He poured out His Spirit to believers and removed the barrier between Jew and Gentile, restoring Israel’s calling to be a blessing to the nations as a nation of priests and restoring the nations to Himself, for those who will enter into covenant with Him and Israel, and making us one new man in Yeshua.
On the Feast of Trumpets, He will remove the veil between Heaven and earth, and restore His Bride to Himself.
On the Feast of Atonement, God will remove/silence the accuser as Yeshua will present His blood as High Priest and High King, His justice and judgment restored on the earth.
On the Feast of Sukkot, He will remove the lamps because their role has been complete. They were a foreshadowing of Messiah all along. And now He is restored to His rightful place as the Light of the World. He IS the light from the Lampstand. He is the one who we have been keeping watch for all along. He is the High Priest who gives us the oil and weeps over Jerusalem with so much love and mercy. He is the one who give Israel (including Gentile believers) a preisthood of mediation to the nations. Keep watch, watchmen on the walls. And give the Lord no rest until He makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth!
What will it be like there?
No sun needed. No light needed. The Lamb will be the lamp! (Revelation 21:23)
The dwelling of God is with man. Forever. Messiah is King, just as the prophets foretold. Israel is at home with her King. And we see a true miracle: A great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:11-17
Hallelujah. Bo Yeshua. Come, Lord Jesus. The Spirit and the Bride say “come,” and the one who hears says “Come.”
Bo Yeshua! Come quickly Lord. We love you and we thank you for your love and wisdom. You alone are good. We yield to your Kingship and your authority. Your plans and purposes for Israel and the nations are so astounding that we can release all our worries about our own lives and move into repentance, rest with you, quietness of heart, trust (Isaiah 30:15). You are worthy, Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. Holy. Holy. Holy.
Help us endure. We do not even know the depth of that prayer right now, but I pray it over the generations, over our children, over our leaders. Keep our hearts and eyes set on you. We want to walk in your freedom, to love you, to work for you, to give our lives for you, because you have set us free. Keep us free.