Thanks here to Elaine Cook for her shared insights …
Beloved, when we read the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, it can plainly be seen that it was only a remnant of the “church” of that day that was called OUT FROM “the captivity” to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. It can also be plainly seen in those books that this very same remnant actually celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles, something that had been lost to the sons of Israel from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to the very day of the rebuilding.
Of course, these things from the OT are allegorical, and are written for our admonition – the saints upon whom the end of the age has come. In these things, we can see allegorically that God is building something very awesome in our day — a dwelling place for Himself, and He gives vision for this building project through understanding and celebration of the true Feast of Tabernacles.
I say here, “true Feast of Tabernacles,” because there is another Old Testament allegory which reveals there to be a false feast; a phony one. That allegory can be found in the story of king Jeroboam; a type of the spirit of antichrist working through church leaders today. Let me share with you just a little bit about this…
King Solomon was greatly blessed of the Lord, but he did not follow fully after the Lord as did his father David. No, Solomon’s wives turned away his heart after other gods and he built high places to worship those dreadful things, so the Lord said that He would tear the kingdom from Solomon and give it to one of his servants. The Lord promised to leave Solomon one tribe for David’s sake, though. So after Solomon died, Jeroboam, Solomon’s former servant, was raised up to be the king over ten tribes in Israel, while Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, was given reign in Jerusalem over the house of Judah and Benjamin.
Now, king Jeroboam was afraid that if the Israelites went up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem to keep the feasts, their hearts would turn again unto Rehoboam. Jeroboam feared that the end result of this would be that he could be dethroned or even killed. So, Jeroboam took counsel with men who didn’t want to lose their jobs (or their heads) and they all came up with a plan; something that would trouble Israel for many generations.
This plan was for Jeroboam to make two calves of gold, something that the people could worship “in Bethel and Dan,” and something that would prevent them from going to Jerusalem to celebrate the true Feast of Tabernacles (representative of the sacrificed life).
Jeroboam set up the idols and said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (I Kings 12:28).
Jeroboam then chose priests of the lowest of the people who were not of the sons of Levi. These were not sanctified, cleansed vessels, ordained by God for ministry to the Lord and to the people. Then, as if all of this wasn’t already enough, Jeroboam devised in his own heart “a feast in the eighth month.” This, beloved ones, was a PHONY FEAST intended to take the place of the true Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem!
Now, you’re probably wondering, where is all of this going, and what is the application for us today? I’m getting there.
Jeroboam’s people, like dumb sheep, followed their leader right into grievous idolatry when they celebrated the feast of Jeroboam. They had believed Jeroboam’s lie that they did not need to go all the way up to Jerusalem to “sacrifice.” The people believed the idolatrous leadership that told them that they need not go all the way with the Lord into the sacrificed life of a true Christian, but rather, just by bowing down to the golden calves of religion they would qualify for “heaven” someday. These then would choose to “save self” over entering into the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, so they would miss out on all that the Lord had for them in the true celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (by the way … most all of the passages in the gospels which describe “weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth,” are describing BELIEVERS who miss out on their Kingdom inheritance, not unbelievers being tormented in hellfire.)
Beloved, are you able to discern the difference between the true reality of the Lord and the feast that Jeroboam is celebrating even today? The spirit of antichrist has established programs in the church system that might seem well and good and of God, but these things are, in reality, deception – something devised by the spirit of antichrist and being worked though religious men to keep the children of God from making the journey to Jerusalem for the true Feast of Tabernacles (which is the sacrificed life).
Dear ones, Satan, just as Jeroboam, has devised a counterfeit feast to keep God’s people from entering into the fullness of their inheritance in Christ. This is revealed in many places in the scriptures, even as “Vashti’s Banquet,” which I have shared on just recently.
Are you hearing what the Spirit is saying through this, beloved? I surely hope so. Are you able to recognize yet the golden calves of religion which are keeping many Christians in a perpetual state of spiritual infancy? I surely hope so. Are you ready to leave those things yet so that you can go on with the Lord into the fullness of the Feast of Tabernacles? I surely hope so.
And what about the golden calves of your own choosing? Are you ready to leave those too?
I surely hope so.