Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. (Zechariah 14:16-17)
There is a prophecy found in the book of Zechariah that speaks of a time when no rain shall fall upon those who fail to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King at the Feast of Tabernacles. This prophecy has a very profound application for us today, for it does not refer to an earthly feast in an earthly Jerusalem, but to a heavenly feast in the Jerusalem that is from above.
Invitations are even now being sent forth from the Spirit to God’s people for them to come to worship the King now in a more intimate way than they have known before (in the Feast of Tabernacles), but the majority of the people (especially the heavily churched people of today) are refusing to come to this feast because they believe the invitation (the word) that is coming forth is irrelevant or is even evil.
Unfortunately, this rejection of God’s invitation is going to bring much barrenness to these people, even bring a famine to their land of which bible prophecy has a whole lot to say.
I feel led to elaborate on this topic just a little here, and this as an exhortation to the brethren to take heed to the word that is now coming forth by the Spirit, for God is now calling His people to come out from the traditions and religious orders of the past that they might come into a much more intimate place of worship and communion with Him. Those who refuse to hearken unto this call may soon fail to even experience the blessings that they once experienced, for the Word of the Lord declares a drought and a famine to come to those who will not continue on with God into the next order of the Kingdom.
In 1 Kings chapter 17 there is a prophecy which also speaks of this famine. This is where the Word of the Lord came to Ahab (a type of Christendom’s apostate leaders) through the prophet Elijah …
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand; surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”
In those days, a word like this from a prophet of God would mean there was going to be a famine in the land, for lack of rain for an extended period of time would surely cause such a famine. The writers of Luke and James tell us that there was no rain at this time for a period of 3 1/2 years. While this was a literal time of no rain in Elijah’s day, this set a very serious prophetic pattern for our own consideration today. Amos 8:11-14 prophesies …
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea and from the north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, but they will not find it. In that day the beautiful virgins and the young men will faint from thirst. As for those who swear by the guilt of Samaria, who say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’ and, ‘As the way of Beersheba lives,’ they will fall and not rise again.”
In other words, the famine in the story of Elijah was A PATTERN for a much greater famine that was yet to come, but this famine was not to be a literal famine from the lack of literal rain, but a famine of HEARING THE WORD OF GOD caused by a lack of the outpouring of the Spirit of Truth upon a people. Men and women would search everywhere for the Word of God but they would only find significant spiritual food by the mouth of an Elijah company; a prophetic people; a remnant of grace that would not be blind to certain spiritual truths because they did not hold to the religious doctrines, dogmas, and creeds of the day.
What this means to us in that because the majority of the church today has largely rejected God’s Word (not the letter of the word, but the SPIRIT OF THE WORD from which comes forth LIFE!) and has instead embraced mere traditions handed down by men, they have received very little revelation of the spiritual laws and principles pertaining to the Kingdom of God, of the Feast Days, and of God’s Plan of the Ages, but because a time has come for many of these to wake from the sleep that has kept them from understanding these things, a SHAKING is coming to the church in the form of A FAMINE of the Word of God. This famine is to MOVE SOME SAINTS ON from the watering hole that they have camped out by for many years to a place by a RIVER that will never run dry. But this means that even as the people of Israel faced a great day of decision on Mount Carmel in Elijah’s day, so also has a great day of decision come for the people of our day.
A time is at hand, beloved, for God’s people to choose just whom it is that they will serve, and just who it is that they will follow. Will it be men and their religious institutions and orders, or will it be the Lamb of God? There will be no in-between in this. For those who choose to drive their tent stakes in even deeper and stay where they are at, well, they will be allowed to do just that, but that watering hole that has seemed so refreshing to them in the past … well, that is going to dry up completely when the rains cease to fall.
Yes, a time is at hand, beloved ones, when you will have to make a decision to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles or not, to hang on to the old order and ways of man or not, to live your life wholeheartedly for the Kingdom of God or not, to live as a SACRIFICE unto God and to others … or not.
And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem (to live as a sacrifice unto the Lord – to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles) to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, there will be no rain on them. (Zechariah 14:7)
Are we willing to lay down our lives now (even our religious lives) to the extent that we can GO UP TO JERUSALEM to worship the King at the Feast of Tabernacles? Our answer to this question could very well mean the difference between rain on us or no rain on us, feast or famine for us, possibly even spiritual LIFE for us … or spiritual death.
Think on these things …