Wednesday 8 October 2014

Zachariah 14:16 « And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Jehovah of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. » (ASV)

One of the most amazing prophecies yet to be fulfilled is this one found in chapter fourteen of the book of Zachariah.  The prophet speaks of a time when nations will come against Israel in an effort to destroy her.  But God will come to her aid and she will be victorious.  The result of her victory is that all of those nations who had formerly come against her will now come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the God of Israel.  God promised that those who come up to worship will be blessed; those who do not come up will be cursed.

The feast of Tabernacles is perhaps the one feast of the Bible that carries a specific promise to the non-Jewish people of the world.  If the non-Jewish people go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord and to keep the feast, then they shall be blessed.  And yet, this is the one feast that Christians know the least about.  Could it be that if Christians around the world would begin to seek God about how to keep the feast of Tabernacles, we would see a greater heavenly blessing on everything we are doing to further the kingdom of heaven?

In yesterday’s reading we saw Jesus standing in the temple during the feast of Tabernacles saying, « Come to me and drink. »  The feast of Tabernacles is all about coming into the presence of the Lord, and drinking from His presence.  Christians should live in the feast of Tabernacles all year long.  For this is what the New Testament meant by saying, Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16, WEB)

Now you may not be able to go up to Jerusalem physically on this day.  But you should mark this day as a special day to come to God and to worship Him as the God of Israel.  Pray for the peace of modern Jerusalem.  Pray that the eyes of all of those who do go up to Jerusalem today would be opened to see their Messiah, and to know the One who still cries out to them, « Come to Me and drink. »

There is a special grace on the nations of the world today.  In our generation God is opening the eyes of Christians around the world in regards to the work of God in Israel and among the Jewish diaspora.  We have an opportunity the church has not had in perhaps as much as 1700 years.  And we must not miss it.

Just as more and more Jews around the world are awakening to their attachement to Israel, so too, Christians are awakening to the same reality.  We are realizing that our Savior is Jewish, the apostles were Jewish, our Bible is Jewish.  By Jewish I do NOT mean in the image of orthodox Judaism as we see it lived out today.  I do mean, however, that the plan set in motion with Abraham is coming to fruition in our generation.  Jews and Gentiles together, coming to Messiah Jesus, to worship the king of heaven.  This was the promise to Abraham; this is why Jesus went to the cross; and this is the fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles.

So, today, let us all go up to the mountain of the Lord, to worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  Let us bow before the God of Israel, the Lord of nations. Let us sing to Him who died for all.  Let us rejoice that God has grafted us in to the promises of Abraham and has made us heirs of the promises, co-heirs with Messiah Jesus.  This is a day of days; a day of worship.

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