We are in one of the holiest seasons of the year for God's people - the season of Tabernacles. The season includes three feasts - Rosh Hashanah, celebrated this year from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1; Yom Kippur, celebrated Oct. 9; and the Feast of Tabernacles, celebrated from Oct. 13-20.
This season is important because the spring feasts, during the seasons of Passover and Pentecost, have been fulfilled by the resurrection of Jesus on the first Resurrection Sunday and the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. The season of Tabernacles will be fulfilled when Jesus returns, and all conditions for that occasion have been met! If Jesus returns, it will be during this season! The Church must be ready for Him.
“Lift up a great shout of joy to the Lord!
Go ahead and do it—everyone, everywhere!
As you serve him, be glad and worship him.
Sing your way into his presence with joy!
And realize what this really means—
we have the privilege of worshiping the Lord our God.
For he is our Creator and we belong to him.
We are the people of his pleasure.[a]
You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise.
Come right into his presence with thanksgiving.
Come bring your thank offering to him
and affectionately bless his beautiful name!
For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you.
He’s so loving that it will amaze you—
so kind that it will astound you!
And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all.
Everyone knows our God can be trusted,
for he keeps his promises to every generation!” (TPT).
"And children of Zion, exult
and rejoice in the Lord your God,
because He has given to you
the early rain for vindication.
He showers down rains for you,
the early rain and the latter rain, as before.
Then the threshing floors will be filled with grain,
and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
And I will compensate you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the larval locust, the hopper locust,
and the fledging locust—
My great army which I sent against you.
You will eat abundantly and be satisfied,
and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
and My people will never again be shamed.
Then you will know that I am in the midst of Israel,
that I am the Lord your God,
and that there is no other.
And My people will never again be shamed.
And it will be that, afterwards,
I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
then your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
and your young men will see visions.
Even on the menservants and maidservants
in those days I will pour out My Spirit.
Then I will work wonders in the heavens
and the earth—
blood and fire and columns of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness,
and the moon to blood,
before the great and awe-inspiring day of the Lord comes.
And it will be that everyone
who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
and among the survivors
whom the Lord calls" (MEV).
We are in the midst of the fall festivals, which occur during the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar. The spring feasts of Passover and Pentecost were about redemption, deliverance, God's abundant provision and the revelation of God given to the Jews but meant for all nations on Earth.
The Fall Feasts are heavier in tone. They are about awakening, repentance, God's judgment and ultimately God making all things new.
The spring festivals are entirely fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ and in the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. But the fall festivals are unfulfilled; they are prophetic statements awaiting the second coming of our Lord.
It's during this fall feast season that the adversary wages warfare and unleashes chaos into every arena imaginable. More natural disasters occur and more wars begin during this season of the year than at any other time.
Perhaps it's because our enemy knows that the Feasts of Passover and Pentecost have been fulfilled, but not the Feast of Tabernacles, and this could very well be the time that the Lord returns for His church.
And if He doesn't, Joel 2 bears out that we will receive a double portion! That's why the adversary bombards us with such vicious onslaughts during this season.
The feasts are part of the way we acknowledge God. They are conduits of His blessing. They are necessary not just for us as individuals or a local church but for the nations of the world. Ultimately, all nations will observe the feasts of God in Jerusalem, or they will be excluded, at least partially, from the blessing and protection of God.
This means the feasts are not merely matters of historical memory and religious duty; they get to the heart of what it means to submit to God's authority and rule.
Thank You for Your divine plan for Your people! I am excited about celebrating the festivals You have established for this season of the year, because they herald the soon coming of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am mindful that the chaos that so often comes to our world at this time of the year is a sign that the adversary of my soul will always try to distract me from Your purposes - and with Your guidance I will not let the adversary deter me from being ready for You!
Order my steps to prepare for Your return for Your people. Show me who I need to lovingly influence into Your Kingdom, that Heaven may be full and Hell may be empty. Make me an instrument of Your love and peace.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ – Jehovah Joshua Messiah – I pray. Amen!