Why are the three High Holy Days so important?
Three times a year Israelites had to go to Jerusalem. This was a commandment, not just a suggestion.
The three High Holy Days also paints a picture of God’s salvation plan.
The three High Holy Days are
1. Passover: happens during the Barley harvest
2. Pentecost: happens during the Wheat harvest
3. Tabernacles: Tents or Booths happens during the Grape harvest
God instructed Moses to teach Isreal Gods plan of redemption through feast and tabernacle services, and it also shows insights to future prophecy.
Passover 1st High Holy Day it is also the barley harvest that happens in early spring
Moses instructed Israel to kill a lamb and to take the blood to cover the doorway of each home. This protected and saved Israel from death.
Prophecy = Jesus is the lamb. He died on the cross and his blood saves us from the second death.
Passover is the first harvest of the year. Jesus was the first one resurrected from the dead then ascended to heaven making him the first fruits to be presented to God
Pentecost 2nd High Holy day. This is the wheat harvest
The purpose of this feast was to commemorate the completion of the harvest.
Exodus 34; 22″You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year.
Prophecy= Mark 4: 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle because the harvest has come.
The wheat harvest represents the dead in Christ rising from their graves.
Booths the 3rd High Holy Day. This is the grape harvest.
Booths, Tentsrefers to the temporary dwellings that we are commanded to live in during this holiday in memory of the period of Israel wandering in the desert and It is a time to reflect on one’s sins and a need to repent. This feast is also a future prophecy. God’s salvation plan for the whole house of Israel.
Romans 11:25-26 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove godlessness from Jacob
So, how does God save the unbelievers of Israel? And what about the people born before Jesus, and all the people born who had never heard of Jesus? Do they get a chance at salvation?
Feast of Booths is Gods salvation plan for these people.
When Jesus returns he will open the graves of the saints and take them to heaven for a thousand years to reign and rule with him preparing for the Feast of Booths to come.
At the same time, Satan will be locked up during the 1000 years. When the 1000 years are over, Satan will be set free to roam the earth again in order to tempt and deceive the people raised in the second resurrection.
Revelation 20;3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that, he must be loosed a little while
Jesus is going to raise the sinners from the dead after the 1000 years are over and they will go live in Booths, tents, meaning temporary homes all over the earth. They will build their own homes and plant their own gardens. The Saints will come back to earth to rule, teach, watch over, and assist. During this time the sinners will learn the truth and every knee will bow and confess Jesus is Lord. These people will live by strict guidelines. It will be very difficult for many.
Ezekiel 37;11-14 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
Zechariah14;16-21 And it shall come to pass, that everyone that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that comes not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
Isaiah 2:2-4And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among thenationsand shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Ezekiel44:23-24 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
Ezekiel36;31-33 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
Just as the grapes must be trodden under foot and pressed severely in order to obtain the wine. These unbelievers must be trodden under foot.
Jesus talked about these people in Luke 12;47-48
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
The first group knew about Jesus.The second group of people didn’t know about Jesus however they will be held accountable for what they did in their life.
The Bible does not mention how long Booths will last but the Bible makes it clear Satan will be allowed to deceive these people for a short time and many will follow Satan.
Finally, the time will come when Satans last attempt to attack and try to take over Gods kingdom.
Revelation 20:9,10 And they went up on the breadth of the earth and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever
God will allow the world to witness Satan and his follower’s last attempt to attack the saints.
The sinners were raised from death and were taught the truth about Jesus, yet in their hearts, they chose to follow Satan.
Obviously, many saints will witness the second death of their loved ones. Understandably why God will wipe away many tears.
Question: So everyone who has ever been born will have a chance at salvation?
Answer: Yes, everyone who has ever been born will have a chance at salvation. This seems to really upset some people today because they have been indoctrinated to believe only people who know or have known Jesus for the last 2000 years gets a chance to be saved.
Question: I thought the only people who get a chance are the Jews after Tribulation. Don’t life continue with people living for 1000 years on earth?
Answer: When Jesus returns, he will pour out his wrath on this planet and it will burn as an oven and all sinners will be destroyed with a few survivors left. (meaning the few survivors are the saved ones who go to heaven)
There are many scriptures that describe what happens to the earth when Jesus returns. The prophets call this day ‘THE DAY OF THE LORD’ here are just a few scriptures.
2 Peter: 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Isaiah 13: 9-11Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
Question: Who are the saints camped outside the beloved city?
Deuteronomy 16;18-20 “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.
Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Answer: They are the people who made it to heaven when Jesus returned after the Tribulation. They went to live with Jesus in heaven for 1000 years. When the 1000 years are over they will come back to earth and reign with Jesus and each will have their jurisdiction to help rule the people who are living in Booths.
Question: Is this what Ezekiel’s temple is all about?
Answer: Yes, and the temple will be built by the ‘BRANCH’ meaning Jesus.
This temple has everything to do with God’s salvation plan for the time of Booths, Sukkot, tents.
Question: Will there be any people alive on earth after Jesus returns?
Answer: No, all the wicked died and all saints went to heaven. Satan will be locked up in a pit and this earth will go through 1000 years of rest.
Question: What kind of bodies will the sinners have when God raises them from the dead?
Answer: The sinners will get a new body, however, the body will ONLY be flesh and blood and can die a second death.
1 Corinthians 15:40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.
After Booths is over, then will come the time for the Great White Throne judgment. If the sinners are forgiven then they will be given new bodies like the saints have.
Then comes time for the feast of Jubilee
Every 50 years was to be a year of Jubilee throughout all the land.
Leviticus 25:10 “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you, and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.