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The Most Holy Place:
The Feast of Tabernacles, a.k.a. Feast of Ingathering
Leviticus 23:34 …“The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. Exodus 23:16 … the Feast of Ingathering in the going out/forth of the year, when you have gathered in the produce of your labors from the field. Deuteronomy 16:13 …from your threshing floor and from your winepress.”
The seven-day Feast of Tabernacles of Tishri 15-21 parallels and complements the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread of Nisan 15-21. The principal word that best describes both celebrations is deliverance. The Spring feast represents Godʼs deliverance of His people from physical bondage and physical (the first) death. The Autumn feast represents Christʼs deliverance of His people from soul bondage and soul (the second) death:
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one having part in the prōtos/foremost/best resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. 7 Now when the thousand years are expired… 11 …I saw a great white throne and the One sitting on it… 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before the throne, and books were opened. … And the dead were judged… 15 And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the lake of fire. 14 …This is the second death.
Soul-Garments, Death, and Resurrection
When the physical body dies, its soul becomes separated from its dwelling. The carnal soul soon descends to its kind in Hades/Hell. The righteous soul ascends to its kind in heaven, where it is “given a white robe” (Rev. 6:11) derived from that soulʼs “righteous acts” while on earth:
Revelation 3:5 “The one overcoming shall be clothed in white garments… 18 I counsel you to buy from Me…white garments, that you may be clothed, and the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed…” 19:8 …the fine linen [garment] is the righteous acts of the saints. 1 Peter 5:5 …be clothed with humility…
2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if the earthly house [= physical body] of our tabernacle [= soul] is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this* [soul-tabernacle] we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed having been clothed we shall not be found naked… 4 …but…that mortality may be swallowed up by life. * “This”/toutō is neuter, agreeing with verse 1ʼs tabernacle, not house.
Up until the End of the Age, the garments of the souls of the dead are comprised solely of either a heavenly or a hellish substance. These souls are therefore restricted to their respective heavenly and hellish realms. At the resurrection of the dead, however, the material (this earthly realmʼs) body will be raised and be restored to the souls of the dead, just as Jesusʼ body was to Him:
Luke 24:39 [After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and said,] “Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
Job 19:25 …I know that my Redeemer lives, and afterward He shall arise above the dust; 26 and after my skin they have stricken off of this body, yet from my flesh I shall behold God.
1 John 3:2 …we know that when He shines forth/is manifested, we shall be like Him…
When the great resurrection of the dead takes place, they will become physically re-embodied souls of all types of people:
Daniel 12:2 “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall be caused to awaken, some to everlasting life, and some to shame, to everlasting contempt.” (For the latter, see Isaiah 66:24 and Micah 7:8-10.)
John 5:28 “…an hour comes in which all the ones in the graves will hear His [the Sonʼs] voice 29 and come forth: the ones having done good things to the resurrection of life, and the ones having done evil things to the resurrection of condemnation.”
Because many different kinds of souls will be restored to their bodies, they will appear in all kinds of bodily garments, for each soulʼs bodily form will henceforward conform to its thoughts and deeds. Ones having had a sexually lustful nature will therefore appear exposed and naked, and be shamed. Similarly, others will appear bestial in various ways; and so on.
1 Corinthians 15:35 But some will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” … 38 God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
Daniel 12:3 “But the ones having been intelligent/prudent [המשכלים] shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and the ones having turned many to righteousness shall shine like the stars, forever and ever.”
The Tabernacles name for this seven-day feast represents the bodily garments provided to the souls at the time of the resurrection of the dead – both for the dead and for “we [of Christ] who are alive, the ones remaining to the Coming/Presence of the Lord…” 1 Thes. 4:15
1 Corinthians 15:51 …We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 52 …at the Last Trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we [the living] shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal put on immortality.
The other name for this feast, the Ingathering, in its spiritual sense represents the gathering together of souls to assemblies of their respective kinds:
Matthew 13:30 “…at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers [“who are the angels,” :39], ʽFirst gather together the tares [“the sons of the Wicked One,” :38] and bind them in bundles for the intent/time to burn them, but gather the wheat [“the sons of the Kingdom,” :38] into my barn.ʼ … 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Cf. Dan. 12:3, above.
Hebrews 12:22 But you [will] come unto Mount Zion and to a city of the Living God, heavenly Jerusalem… 23 to a general assembly [Gr. panēguris: whole gathering] and Church of the Firstborn having been registered in heaven…
Hebrews 12ʼs great heavenly gathering, which follows the mass resurrection of the dead upon Christʼs appearance in the clouds, will be the joyful privilege for “those [saints] who were ready…[when] the bridegroom came…” Matt. 25:10 However, such a heavenly gathering will not preclude some of these souls from the capacity to re-garment in flesh upon earth from time to time, just as Jesus is able to do. That capacity for earthly appearance will depend on some combination of each soulʼs calling and choice.
In its earthly sense, the Ingathering name for this feast represents the Latter Day gathering out of Israel from the nations, following the Sixth Sealʼs revelation of the Father and Son:
Revelation 1:7 Behold, He [Jesus] is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplications; then they will intently look unto Me whom they pierced… Revelation 6:16 …the Face of Him who sits on the throne and…the Lamb.
Ezekiel 20:33 “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “surely with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you[, O house of Israel. :31, :39] 34 And I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries wherein you are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, says the Lord GOD. 37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; 38 and I will purge out from among you the rebels, and those who transgress against Me…” 34:12 “As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day that he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out my sheep and deliver them out of all places where they were scattered in a cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land…” (See also Ezekiel 36:24-36.)
Because “every eye will see” the heavenly vision of the revelation/unveiling of the Father and Son, seemingly the only way for this to happen will be through a massive inpouring of Divine Light into “the eye single” of every soul, most likely through the pineal gland. See the “Yom Kippur” section of the previous article.
The Revelation 20 Resurrection
After the lengthy period of Godʼs Wrath is concluded, there will be a later and smaller resurrection of the dead, for
Revelation 20:4 …the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their witness of Jesus, and because of the word of God, who had not worshiped the Beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Likely the two Latter Day resurrections, pre-Wrath and post-Wrath, will commence on Tishri 15, but in different calendars.
Back at the time of the Exodus, the Israelites came out of Egypt on Nisan 15, and were fully delivered from the Egyptians on Nisan 21, when they passed through the partition of the Red Sea. Presumably the dead will come out of their sleep on Tishri 15, but not be fully delivered from this corrupted world until Tishri 21, when those of the pre-Wrath resurrection will pass through the partition of the clouds of heaven.
Tabernacles and Ingathering are represented by the two facing cherubim who spread their wings to meet together over the Ark, forming a canopy/tabernacle over it. In the body of man, the corresponding parts are the encompassing left and right cerebral cortices of the brain.
Next: the seventh and concluding holy convocation, the Eighth-Day Solemn Assembly.