FEAST OF GLORY - TABERNACLES (2021)
FEAST OF GLORY – TABERNACLES
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Pastor Carolyn Sissom
This is a day of the ‘fullness of times.” The “ENDS OF THE AGES” have come upon us. NOT THE END OF THE AGE, NOT THE END OF THE AGES, BUT “THE ENDS OF THE AGES” (1Cor.10:11 NKJV). There was judgment and there was GLORY with every age and every dispensation that God ever gave; but now we have come to the “ENDS OF THE AGES” when all judgment as well as all the glory of bygone ages are to find their focus in this great hour.
There shall be great glory such as was never known from the foundation of the world. To the one class of people, it shall be a day of ‘darkness’ and of ‘gloominess.’
But to the other, as the morning spread upon the mountains (Joel2:2). To the one, the “Great Tribulation (Mt. 24:21);” but to the other, “The Manifestation of the Sons of God” (Ro. 8:19).
This is the focal hour of history. The glory of Moses’ day is for us; the glory of David’s kingdom is for us; the glory of Solomon’s kingdom is for us; the glory of the restored temple of Ezra’s day is for us; the glory of Enoch’s day, and the glory of Elijah’s day and the glory of Paul’s day, -all this glory and much more is available to us, if we can hear His voice and be led by the Holy Spirit.
We have been in two years of intense spiritual warfare. Through decrees and intercession, we are pressing into “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Our last conference in 2019 was “Those Who Inherit Heaven and Earth.” We are still pressing into that vision. Conferences are a spiritual action of giving birth to what we carry as we press into Heaven. Since 2019, we have been in continual warfare against the spirit of fear behind COVID and the corruption in our government. We have been carrying this “man-child” for almost three years. There will be a birthing and it will be a great feast of GLORY. We must be very sensitive to the LORD’s timing and his season in these days of tribulation and judgment.
I believe the Biden administration is under judgment and all those who have aligned with them will also come into judgment. Everything they touch turns to destruction. However, I believe for those of us who are pressing into the Spirit and walking with the LORD, we will come into a Greater Weight of Glory.
George H. Warnock in his book, The Feast of Tabernacles wrote in the introduction: “The book lay almost dormant for years, for great revivals were sweeping the country, and the spiritual drought of many decades had given way to times of refreshing. People were not interested in anything more. Then there came a famine in the land, and once again God was able to speak to the hearts of His people. In spite of all the wonderful things that were taking place in the Church, God’s people were beginning to realize that something very vital was lacking; and many began to lose interest in the spectacular…. There had developed a new hunger to know God’s ways and a new thirsting after God and righteousness.”
FOR GOD HAS SET ETERNITY IN OUR HEARTS, AND WE WILL NOT REST NOR WILL WE GIVE HIM REST, UNTIL HE ESTABLISHES, AND UNTIL HE MAKES JERUSALEM PRAISE IN THE EARTH. The church must yet bring forth a man-child that shall RULE ALL NATIONS WITH A ROD OF IRON’. (Rev.12:5) FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE OVER-COMER TO ‘RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON;’ AS THE VESSELS OF A POTTERS, SHALL THEY BE BROKEN TO SHIVERS’; (Rev. 2:27)
“As the day of glory and of triumph begins to dawn upon the eastern horizon, we may expect to receive a foretaste of that GLORY as the first rays break forth upon the Church. But we dare not, we must not, settle for anything that God has yet given to any people in any age or dispensation.
We must go forward to explore the infinite realms of the Spirit of God…We must pass out of the realm of the natural, and into the realm of the spiritual. We must progress from the length and breadth.…and begin to comprehend somewhat of the height and depth of spiritual things…. The ‘to and fro’ experience must give way to an ‘ascending and descending’ experience on Jacob’s ladder…. We must pass from a knowledge of the understandable......to a knowledge of the inconceivable…...We must hear the inaudible…. grasp the intangible…...explore the unsearchable…and declare the unspeakable….
We can expect that with the travail of the saints to bring forth this son, there shall also be the travail of a dying priesthood and a dying civil government to bring forth something to perpetuate and sustain the old order. But it shall not prosper. The Aaronic priesthood---glorious as it was in its day had to give way to a new priesthood, the priesthood after the ‘order of Melchizedek” (Heb.6:20).
Where is the Glory? Where is the real vital presence of the Holy Spirit in the congregation of the saints to work the very works of God Himself, and produce the fruit of the Spirit? Yes, the dying and corrupt order will bring forth a man-child, but Ichabod is his name. God has ordained another priesthood, a priesthood of Glory.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people (1Pet.2:9). A priesthood of kings and priests! A company of over-comers, who have power with God and with men! As priests they have “access by faith into this grace” of our holy standing; and as kings they have the power of God to rule and reign in all circumstances and over all opposing forces. As priests they can intercede with God on behalf of men; and as kings they can impart life and power and deliverance to the captive, and set the oppressed free.
Go ye in to the whole world and preach the gospel.
Jeroboam will have a substitute feast. There will be those who will and have tried to counterfeit God’s glory with hype. The apostate religious world will be trying to reproduce the same thing in the power of the flesh. Saints will find it increasingly difficult to discern the real from the counterfeit. The time will come with Aaron’s rod will swallow up the rods of the magicians, and their power shall be broken. Jeroboam will do all in his power to reproduce these manifestations in his kingdom. Unless the people have spiritual discernment, they will be deceived.
There is going to be a restoration of the Wisdom of God to the church. “The church and the world will be literally dumbfounded and amazed when the Wisdom of God is restored to the Church in great power. Nothing shall be able to withstand the Wisdom of the Almighty. That is exactly how Solomon’s Kingdom became so prosperous and mighty, because of the wisdom which he received from God. If this be so concerning the natural kingdom of Solomon, how much more shall it be so concerning the spiritual Kingdom of Christ?
Jesus said, A Greater than Solomon is here. This ‘greater than Solomon’ is about to reveal himself in His people so that the display of wisdom in God’s people shall far exceed anything we have ever imagined to be possible. That now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God (Eph 3:10). The House of God will be built and established, by Wisdom, even the manifold Wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10). A greater than Solomon dwells in the midst of God’s people. Shall not His Glory exceed the fame of anything we have heard or read, even from the Scriptures and shall not His Kingdom be established, even unto the uttermost parts of the earth?
We are told in the Book of Revelation what happens when the powers of heaven are shaken: And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. The great dragon was cast out. That old (ancient) serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”
The powers of heaven shaken! Yes, and that means Great Tribulation for the earth-dwellers, but glory and honor and salvation for the saints! I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God, day and night… Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibitors of the earth and the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time. (Rev. 12:7)
Then when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child (vs13). By this time this man child company of over-comers brought forth by the travail of the Church, is in a place of power and authority in the ‘heavenlies;’ and the Church that brought forth the man-child through much pain and spiritual travail is left in the earth. For a time, she is persecuted by the Dragon who lost his heavenly throne, but soon a place is prepared for the woman in the wilderness, where she is nourished and protected.
Michael the Archangel himself is going to enter the fray on behalf of God’s people in this great Day of the Lord, and he is going to take up their cause in this heavenly warfare.
Feast of Tabernacles is a seven-day feast.
- Feast of Unity
- Feast of Joy
- Feat of In-gathering
- Feast of Rest
- Feast of Glory
- Feast of Restoration
- Feast of His Appearing.
The feasts prefigure and typify the whole Church age beginning with the Cross and consummating in the manifestation of the sons of God and the glorious display of God power and glory.
FEAST OF HIS APPEARING – THE 7th Day of Tabernacles:
John – Chapter 7:
Verse 2: Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.
Verse 10: When his brethren were gone up, and then went He also up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
Verse 37: IN THE LAST DAY, THAT GREAT DAY OF THE FEAST, JESUS STOOD AND CRIED, SAYING, ‘IF ANY MAN THIRST, LET HIM COME TO ME AND DRINK. HE THAT BELIEVES ON ME, AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID, OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.
All of us in Christendom are in full agreement that Jesus Christ fulfilled all of the Old Testament. All things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms concerning me (Lk. 24:44).
In the plan of God, Israel’s Passover was the occasion that God chose for Christ Himself to die as the true Passover Lamb.
On That Great Day of Pentecost, when devout Jews were assembled from all part of the Roman Empire to keep the Feast – then it was that God poured out the Holy Spirit on his disciples, thus fulfilling the old and establishing the new Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is the Feast of Pentecost.
It is therefore with great significance that we read these words: Now the Jews feast of tabernacles was at hand.
The Lord remained where He was until His brethren had gone to the Feast and afterward went up as it were in secret. No doubt the Lord intentionally visited the Feast of the Jews in secret by way of illustrating:
A GREAT TRUTH TO THE CHURCH, THE TRUTH OF HIS APPEARING.
When the Feast was observed at the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, we have a type and a pattern of the Glory of the Church. When the Feast was observed in the days of Zerubbabel’s temple, we have a type of the restoration of the Church to her first Glory (Pentecost). Now in John 7, we come to the occasion on which the Feast was observed in the time of Christ, the Feast of His Appearing on the 7th Day of Tabernacles.
How much Greater was that Feast at the Time of His Appearing?
The Feasts began with the blowing of trumpets, followed by the Day of Atonement, and then culminated with the Feast of Tabernacles. It was a time of great joy, hilarity and gladness, for it was really a great Thanksgiving Festival for all Israel when the fruit of the land had been gathered in. Hence it was called the Feast of In-gathering.
They assembled in the streets of Jerusalem to observe the ordinances of the Lord, praising and thanking Him for his goodness, singing the Psalms of David, and keeping all the rituals concerning the Feast.
In the days of Christ, other ceremonies were observed in addition to those commanded by the Law. We are told that he people at the time of the morning sacrifice, would take palm branches, myrtle branches and willows, with a citron or some other fruit in their hands would make their way to the temple and march around the altar of burnt offering after the manner of the children of Israel when they encompassed Jericho. They would do this once daily, and then seven times on the seventh day of the Feast.
Then there was a ceremony known as the “Pouring Out of Water” which in all probability was in vogue in the time of Christ. In the fulfillment of this ordinance, the priest would take a golden vessel to the pool of Siloam at the time of sacrifice, fill it with water and carry it back to the temple amidst the blowing of trumpets and shouts of joy. Then the water would be mixed with the wine of the sacrifices and poured out beside the altar, and from there conducted by a sewer into the valley of Kidron. At this place there would be a quotation from Isa. 12:3:
With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
If there was disappointment, hunger, thirst – it was to be forgotten on the occasion of this great Feast – the Feast of joy, unity, rest, prosperity and gladness.
Jesus was there, beholding all their celebrations. He knew that soon they would pass away, and would find their fulfillment in a new, and living Feast which He himself had come to earth in order to bring in to being.
The time has now come when we draw water from a fountain of living water arising in the soul, and then flows forth unto humanity in mighty rivers of blessing and life. It is the healing, life-giving stream that we read about in Ezekiel:
These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that everything that lives, which moves wherever the rivers shall come shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither for, they shall be healed; and everything shall live where the rivers come. (Ez. 47:8-9)
The coming glory shall utterly eclipse anything we have ever read about in the Bible or in church history! This River of Life has been flowing ever since Pentecost: Soon it shall empty into the mighty oceans of humanity bringing life and blessing to a dry and parched wilderness.
The Priest would have read the whole chapter Twelve in Isaiah. What irony when he would have read, CRY OUT AND SHOUT, YOU INHABITANT OF ZION; FOR GREAT IS THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL IN THE MIDST OF YOU.
THERE JESUS STOOD, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, THE VERY FOUNTAIN OF LIFE AND THE SUBSTANCE OF ALL OF THEIR CEREMONIES AND FESTIVITIES. HE DOES THE SAME TODAY!!!!!!!!!
HE STANDS IN SECRET IN OUR VERY MIDST, WAITING FOR ADMITTANCE. Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Rev. 3:20)
So, it was the Lord visited the people at the Feast of Tabernacles as it were in secret. Little by little He manifested Himself to the multitudes. He began teaching at the temple and caused them to marvel at His wisdom and knowledge. The officers sent to arrest Him, said never a man spoke like this man. When the power and glory of the Feast of Tabernacles begins to dawn upon the Church, God’s people are going to be clothed upon with such power and authority that the very nations themselves will have to bow in submission. Never did any king or dictator or president speak as the sons of God shall speak. For they shall be literally clothed upon with Divine majesty to the Church as well as to the nations. Then shall they do God’s will as God Himself shall direct, and no earthly power will have any power against them.
When the Lord’s hour of crucifixion drew nigh, then were they able to arrest Him, for his hour had come. But it was not because He was powerless to do anything about it. There was a great work of Redemption which he performed and a great baptism of death which he accomplished.
The secret place shall be for those who fear Him. It is a place in which we are shut away from the world, even though dwelling right in the midst of its turmoil and its dangers. A place where we can see the countenance of the Bridegroom and hear His voice. O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs.
Carolyn Sissom, Pastor
Eastgate Ministries, Inc.
I entered into the labors of Feast of Tabernacles by George H. Warnock (1917-2016); The Feast of Glory, Pastor Carolyn Sissom 3/12/2006; The Feast of His Appearing 3/18/2006.