"....when I will send a famine through the land-- not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD." Amos 8:11
Office in Jerusalem prison - British Mandate period.
These three months are the hot, dry summer months in Israel.
The newly redeemed nation of Israel experienced Passover, through to Pentecost - from leaving Egypt, their place of bondage, up to receiving the covenant from God at Sinai. However, through unbelief and stubbornness (except for Joshua and Caleb) they wandered in the wilderness for forty years and it was a different generation that entered the Promised Land and celebrated Sukkot (Tabernacles - Ingathering). Thus this three month gap can be seen to be a reminder of this forty years.
Having seen Passover to Pentecost fulfilled in Yeshua, the nation of Israel (Judah) went into exile and persecution and their walk with their God went into pause mode. As some say, "the clock stopped - a particular reference to the seventy weeks revealed to Daniel. (This is excluding the Jews who did, and still do, receive Yeshua as their messiah - they are counted in with the Church, which was originally entirely Jewish)
However, The prophecy of Tabernacles is just as certain to be fulfilled as any other. We are already seeing the exiles being gathered from the lands to which they were scattered and the rest of prophecy will be brought to completion and "All Israel will be saved."
The Church experienced the fulfilment of the feasts, from Passover through to Pentecost but has yet to experience Tabernacles. A critical comparison of Church History and New Testament faith is most discouraging. The Church has experienced forty jubilees (40 * 50 = 2000 ) hot dry years of wandering rather than moving on into the Ingathering. Some churches (some believers) have progressed further than others - some reaching Pentecost while others have not.
Am I being harsh? Consider the way the church has spent this time developing and refining its own calendar, independently of the Biblical calendar ( Christian Calendar ) with its layers of tradition and celebrations. The early messianic Jewish followers of Yeshua evangelized the known world (70 nations) in the first seventy years of church history. The Gentile Church of Rome took/usurped authority from Jerusalem and proceeded to go just as wrong as Israel ever did.
Consider the decline and rise of faith in the Church; what was lost and what is being regained.
The prophecies in Tabernacles will be fulfilled in the Church. Will we enter in willingly and joyfully or get left outside to die in the wilderness?
How far have you and I got? Are we ready to move into the fulfilment of another feast?
The work of Kevin J Connor, "The Feasts of Israel" was most helpful in explaining the whole cycle of feasts, including the gap years. ( Books )
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