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Weekly Update: Feast of Tabernacles

13 October 2022

We are witnessing today a massive shaking of the nations, that is also connected to the ingathering of the Jewish people out of the nations back to the land of their forefathers. It points also the the speedy coming of Messiah.

This week, the war in Ukraine entered a new phase. Russia has been bombing and targeting civilians throughout Ukraine. We have seen shocking scenes of carnage and terror. Amongst the many victims, Jews have been fleeing cities and towns throughout the country, and some are making their way – in fear and trembling – to Israel. It is our privilege – and duty – as gentile Christians for Israel to help them.

Putin has threatened to use nuclear force.

Iran in the meantime is moving ahead to produce nuclear weapons, and remains committed to the destruction of Israel.

Yet the regime in Tehran is being challenged, as the protests continue throughout the land.

Israel is close to closing a deal, via the USA, with Lebanon to settle the dispute about the maritime boundary. But Lebanon is extremely unstable – politically and economically. It is likely Hezbollah, which is Iran’s main proxy in the region, will also benefit from the deal.

Further, this week, tensions increased in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”), as Israel has been trying to root out terror cells in cities like Jenin and Nablus.

There can be no doubt we are living in prophetic times.

In contrast to these worldly affairs, God’s purposes remain certain. He is bringing His people home. This week, the Jewish people celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This is one of the three feasts of the Lord that Israel has been commanded to keep.

The festival of Sukkot commemorates the exodus of the Jewish people out of the slavery of Egypt, when they had to travel through the desert protected only by God.

It also marks the harvest season, when the full harvest is brought in. Sukkot, or the feast of “Tabernacles”, speaks thus prophetically of the final restoration (harvest) of the Jewish people to the land. It also points to the harvest of the church, which will be gathered by the Lord.

Those ingatherings, in turn, are deeply connected with Jerusalem, which becomes the focal point at this stage of history. As the prophet Zechariah indicated, the shaking will lead to the nations attacking Jerusalem. He calls Jerusalem a “cup of trembling” for the nations. This explains the concerns expressed by some Christian leaders at British PM Liz Truss’s recent suggestion to move the British embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a stumbling block that the nations fall over. They desperately want to keep possession of this city. It is totally irrational, because churches in Jerusalem are far safer and have more freedoms under Jewish sovereignty than they ever have had in the past, and than they will ever will have if either the UN or a Palestinian state governs the city.

But Messiah will reign from Jerusalem, and one day, the nations that align themselves with God’s purposes will go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. In Zechariah 15 we read

“Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.”

Let us work and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the ingathering of Jews and Gentiles into God’s kingdom, and the speedy coming of the Prince of Peace to wipe away tears from all eyes.

The Editorial Team – Israel & Christians Today


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SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK:

Jeremiah 23:2-8

Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.

“So then, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”