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One day soon an event is going to take place that will effect everyone who is reading this.
Jesus is coming back very soon for His Bride, the Church, in what we all know as the Rapture.
This event will throw the world into instant chaos and confusion. Rising up from all of this confusion will be a man of “peace”, whom we know as the Antichrist. He will rally the world around him and promise peace and safety, which will actually be experienced for 3 1/2 years. But the next 3 1/2 years his true colors and motives will be revealed and literally all hell will break lose, as God pours out His wrath of righteous judgement on sinful and rebellious mankind in what we know as the 7 year Great Tribulation.
At the end of this most devastating time the world will ever know, Jesus will return to the earth and set up His earthly kingdom, what the Bible describes as the Millennial (1000 year) Reign.
As we learned in church this past Sunday, the Millennial Reign has many parallels with the Feast of Tabernacles, the last of the 7 yearly feasts the Jewish people celebrated as designed by God.
Let me quickly list the 6 parallels that we looked at that point not only to God’s faithfulness in the past, but prophetically to what will soon occur in the world.
First, there will be a Harvest and a Crushing. Before the Feast of Tabernacles could begin, there was a harvest of wheat and a harvest of grapes. Only then could the festival begin.
Revelation 14 describes the same thing happening. An angel will come down and harvest souls of the obedient for rescue (The Rapture), and another angel will harvest souls of the rebellious for crushing in the vat of God’s wrath (The Tribulation).
Second, the place of the Feast was of God’s choosing. This place was Jerusalem, where God chose to build His Temple. In the Millennium Jesus will set up His earthly reign in Jerusalem.
Third, everyone was required to attend. The men were required every year, but every seventh year everyone was required. In the Millennium everyone will also be required. Zechariah 14 says those that don’t come celebrate the Feast will be punished with no rain and experience plagues as punishment for their rebellion (keep in mind there will be those who survivor the Tribulation who will still have the sin nature and will rebel against Jesus reign during the Millenium).
Fourth, there are Bookend Sabbaths. Leviticus 23:39 says the first day of the Feast is a Sabbath rest as well as the eighth day. The Millennium will be the same way. At the beginning satan will be bound for a thousand years. The world will experience a rest from the Tribulation that they had just gone through. For most of the next thousand years we will work in the Lord’s administration. Satan will then be released for a short time at the end of the thousand years before he’s permanently disposed of, which will bring another rest. Bookend Sabbaths.
Fifth, there was a solemn assembly. Nehemiah 8:18 describes it. At the end of the Feast there was a gathering for people to repent and recalibrate their lives back to God, to worship Him and renew their covenant with Him.
At the end of the Millennium there will be the most solemn of assemblies the world has ever known, called the Great White Throne Judgement, where everyone will be judged according to their works.
Revelation 20:15 says, “Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
And sixth, there will be an end and a new beginning. Exodus 34:22 describes the Feast as being celebrated at the “turn” of the year. So it was not only the end of the year, but simultaneously the beginning of the new year.
The same with the Millennium. 2 Peter 3 describes a new Heaven and a new Earth being created at the end of the Millennium, after the Great White Throne Judgement, where righteousness will dwell, satan will be permanently disposed of, sin will be no more, and Jesus will reign supreme!
The question God will ask of each of us on that solemn day is, “What did you do with My Son?”
The answer to that question will determine your eternal destiny.
So, what have you done with Jesus?
The only answer God will accept that will usher you in to Heaven will be, “I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior and have served Him all of my days.”
Are you ready? These things I’ve listed will take place.
Make sure you’ve made your life right today with God. There are a million ways to run away from God, but only one way to run to Him, through Jesus Christ.
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