The word "tabernacles" is the big clue to the meaning of the holy day fiesta week of Tabernacles.
A tabernacle is dwelling place.
And how they celebrated the fiesta in the bible is also a clue.
They built temporary booths/tabernacles/shelters.
Therefore, the Fiesta of Tabernacles is about temporary dwelling, which could also be considered as transitional dwelling places.
Other uses of the word "tabernacle" in the bible can give us more clues to the meaning of the fiesta.
John 1:1-14 Jesus came to tabernacle among us.
That means that Jesus came in the flesh, with his flesh being a temporary shelter for his soul, and in a temporary situation, not planning on staying.
The birth of Jesus was either during or near the Fiesta of Tabernacles, or Trumpets. We know this be calculating the birth of John the baptizer, and John's dad's time working in the temple.
Jesus was conceived 6 months after John the Baptist (Luke 1:36).
John’s dad Zechariah was a Levite. The Levites served in the Temple at specific times of the year, each term lasting one week. Zechariah was in the order of Abijah, so his first term of service for the year most likely took place in the 3rd month, with John’s conception taking place shortly thereafter.
The 9th biblical month of the year (December) would then mark Jesus’ conception, perhaps during Hanukkah.
John could have been born around Passover.
Six months later, we can expect to see the birth of Jesus in the 7th month.
Rev. 21:1-6 Jesus will return and He will be our temple. We will no longer need the temporary shelters of our bodies, homes, current cities, etc.
Heb. 11:8-10 Abraham was seeking to eventually enter Paradise, New Jerusalem.
Abraham, Isaac & Jacob lived in tents.
All verses and facts considered, the fiesta teaches us that everything is temporary until we reach Paradise. Then everything will be permanent.
Yet, there is still yet more meaning and symbolism:
Let's think about the holy day prophetic timeline at
-Purim, Passover 5th seal
-Pentecost 6th seal
-Trumpets 7th seal
-Atonement 7th trumpet, saints caught up into Heaven only temporarily for the Marriage Supper.
Next would be the Fiesta of Tabernacles, which will occur while the saints are temporarily in Heaven.
Therefore, Heaven will be a temporary tabernacle for the church, the bride, therefore a honeymoon.
Jewish tradition is for the honeymoon to be 7 days!
But then there is yet another meaning!
Tabernacles is a harvest festival. And it's the last harvest of the year before cold weather comes.
Therefore Tabernacles also represents the 1,100 years after the 1st Resurrection. The 1,100 years includes the 2nd Resurrection, which is the last harvest.
The final 100 years after the 2nd Resurrection is a very temporary time era. And will be the largest harvest of souls ever.
And then the 8th day of the feast, the Last Great Day, represents Paradise and endless eternity.
The number 8 is a continuous loop.
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