Ezra 3:1 –  And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.

At the beginning of the 7th month is the start of the feast of Tabernacles.  It was a three-week special event.  The first week is the week of trumpets, the second week, on the 10th day; we call the Day of Atonement.  The third week we call the week of tabernacles or booths.  How this feast ends is important.  It ends with the solemn assembly–a day of perfect unity.  It is symbolic of the culmination of God’s plan for His church–It is the day of the appearing of Jesus to gather us together unto Him.  Our walls shall be fully built individually and corporately.  Our temple shall be built, and our maturity shall be complete in all things.  We have run the race faithfully and made it to the finishing line, we have made it to point “B,” and we have walked a life that Jesus prayed.

The church has experienced the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Pentecost in their daily lives and to some degree, the feast we speak of here – the Feast of Tabernacles.  A book that is written by Kevin J. Conner, “The Feasts of Israel,” is probably the best-detailed teaching on the subject, and therefore we will not try to duplicate his effort.  What we wish to point out is that the month of Tabernacles starts with a gathering together and ends with a gathering together.  It starts with Ezra’s gathering together at the start of the temple building project and ends with Nehemiah’s gathering together at the end of the “wall completion.”  Ezra assembled on the first day of the month called “trumpets” and Nehemiah ended with the Solemn Assembly.  In the church, we assemble together, to build the temple and the walls, and we end with an assembly together to rest.

John Robert Lucas

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