Feasts in the Millennial Kingdom

We see clear evidence in Scripture that the feasts of the Lord will be celebrated in the coming Millennium. First of all, there is the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot, when Jews live in booths (tabernacles) for eight days in remembrance of the fact that we lived in booths for 40 years. There is a lot of symbolism in this holiday, regardless of whether we are Jewish or non-Jewish. Sukkot shows us the temporary nature of our life on this earth. This is why we live in the sukkah for eight days, to remind ourselves of this.

The book of Zechariah chapter 14 says:

“And it shall come to pass, that every one 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.” (Zechariah 14:16).

This will be after the end of the Great Tribulation. Different nations will try to destroy Israel, leaving not many people alive. Yeshua himself said in Matthew 24 that if this battle was not stopped, few people would be left alive (see Matthew 24:22). All nations that rise up against Jerusalem will be defeated by the Lord Himself. Therefore it is said: “every one that is left of all the nations ,” that is, the remnant of all nations, will come from year to year to worship King Yeshua. And at the end of the verse it clearly says: “to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.”

Worshiping God on His Terms

This verse cannot be interpreted in any other way. There will be no choice. Moreover, God will demand this from different nations. This will probably offend a lot of people. But God is such that He always does what He wants. And He has the right to do this because He is God. So God will insist on two things. First, He will insist that people worship Him. The choice is this: either worship the one true God, or fall under condemnation. Secondly, worship Him in Jerusalem. So people will have to admit two things. The first is that Yeshua is King and Lord. The second thing is that they will not be able to worship Him only in their own country, but they will need to go specifically to Jerusalem to worship Him.

You ask: Why Jerusalem? Most likely because they hate Jerusalem. Because it is the capital of the world and the capital of Israel. But God has the final say. And He chose Zion, that is, Jerusalem. And for those nations who refuse to worship God in Jerusalem at that time, there will be a dangerous punishment:

“If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.” (Zechariah 14:17).

Even during the Millennial Kingdom, if the nations do not worship Yeshua in Jerusalem and do not celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, they will not have rain, which means there will be no harvest.

The question is to worship the King of kings, Yeshua, and worship Him on His terms, not ours. And this is a serious question. If He is truly Lord, can we make it a condition that we worship Him, but not in Jerusalem? “I will worship You in Egypt, in South Africa or in America.” But He says, “No, if you live in this time, you must worship Me in Jerusalem.”

What about traditional Christian holidays?

What about traditional Christian holidays, such as Christmas? Of course, those who want to rejoice by celebrating the Nativity of our Lord are doing the right thing. But when we talk about Christmas, we must remember that we celebrate His birth as if it were His beginning. But the New Testament clearly states: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh…” (John 1:1,14). We celebrate Christmas as if Yeshua did not exist, and then He suddenly appeared out of nowhere. But we see that He appears many times in the Old Testament. His birth is our beginning, not His, but if He had not come and become incarnate, none of us would have had hope.

The only interesting thing is this. On what date will His Nativity be celebrated when the Lord returns? Will He really confirm the faithfulness of replacing the pagan holiday of Christmas with the state church? Is it possible that Yeshua, if He wants the celebration of Christmas to continue in the Millennial Kingdom, will not clarify the issue with the date and explain how it should be celebrated? But nowhere, in any prophecies, is there a hint that the Nativity of the Messiah will be celebrated when He returns.

What holidays will there be?

But we read in Scripture that when He returns, all nations will have to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This is the ending of the book of Zechariah. And at the end of the book of Isaiah, in chapter 66, where similar events are described and the birth of modern Israel on one day is said, it also says:

“For the Lord will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to pay back his anger in fury, and his rebuke in flames of fire. 16 For by fire will the Lord execute judgment, and by his sword, on all flesh; and those slain by the Lord shall be many.” (Isaiah 66:15-16).

And further, when the Lord’s war against those who will rebel against Him and against the Jewish people ends, this is what is written about the period that will follow the return of the Messiah in glory:

“ For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:22-23).

By saying “your seed and your name,” He is addressing the Jewish people. And here the prophecy about the new covenant is confirmed, which is given by Jeremiah in chapter 31 (see Jeremiah 31:31-37), which speaks of the eternity of the Jewish people. And it turns out that not only will representatives of all nations need to come to Jerusalem once a year to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, but these representatives from all nations will have to one way or another celebrate the new moon – such a special Jewish holiday that even Orthodox Jews themselves do not celebrate now , and Saturday. They will have to celebrate Shabbat!

It is clear that you can cleverly reinterpret some passages in the Old Testament, but this is very difficult to reinterpret. Even for those who inherited the experience of anti-Semitic interpretation of previous centuries and believe that everything Jewish refers only to the past.

Jeffrey Cohen, Messianic teacher and evangelist, and Boris Grisenko, KEMO rabbi / t.me/messianicrabbi

Source: https://ieshua.org/prazdniki-v-tysyacheletnem-tsarstve.htm

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