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Lesson 20 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course 5

YEHOVAH’s Harvest -- the Feast of standing, and YEHOVAH God’s Shekinah
Ingathering Glory was present among the people, it has NOT
been true since the destruction of the Second
1. Immediately after bringing His people Temple in 70 A.D. Just before the Roman armies
out of Egypt, did YEHOVAH God inaugurate a took Jerusalem YEHOVAH’s Shekinah Glory
fall HARVEST festival? Exodus 23:16. was withdrawn from the Temple to hover over
COMMENT: All seven of YEHO- the Mount of Olives for a time. Then it returned
VAH’s Holy Days picturing His plan were given to heaven. Since that time, with NO Temple and
to His congregation at the very time the NO Shekinah Glory, these commands in Exodus
congregation (church) of Israel was first formed. regarding WHERE to keep the Feast of
Tabernacles are no longer in force.
However, at the appearing of
Yeshua the Messiah and the return
of YEHOVAH’s Shekinah Glory
to a newly-built Temple in
Jerusalem, “all the nations which
came against Jerusalem shall go up
[to Jerusalem] from year to year to
worship the King [YEHOVAH
God], the LORD of hosts, AND TO
NACLES” (Zechariah 14:16).
How we are to keep the Feast in
the meantime will be discussed
later in this lesson.
Storm clouds over Haifa Bay. YEHOVAH god uses the harvest
4. What is the divinely set theme
rains in Palestine to picture the out-pouring of His holy spirit.
for this Feast of Tabernacles?
First to a small group now called out of the world. Then, during
Deuteronomy 16:14 and 15.
the 1,000 years and after, to all mankind.
Notice the words “surely rejoice."
Other translations render this “be
The fall harvest festival was to be a time of great altogether joyful.”
rejoicing and thankfulness for YEHOVAH’s COMMENT: This, too, is a command.
abundant blessings. It was to also picture the For it pictures a phase of YEHOVAH’s dealing
future gathering in of a great harvest of human with man when man will be forced to be happy --
beings into YEHOVAH’s Kingdom for a practice the way of life that brings happiness --
thousand years. whether man wants to or not. Compulsory joy!
2. What other name does the Bible use
5. Does this annual feast last more than
for this feast? Deuteronomy 16:13. one day? Verse 15. Why?
3. Is it a commanded assembly --
COMMENT: To portray His plan,
whether one wishes to assemble or not? Verse YEHOVAH God took the material harvest
16. (Also Exodus 34:22-23 and 23:17.) seasons around Jerusalem as the picture of the
COMMENT: Some people take these
verses to mean that the Feast of Tabernacles spiritual harvest of souls (lives). There are two
annual harvests in Palestine.
must be held only at a certain location appointed The spring grain harvest which pictures
by YEHOVAH God. Is this true? While it was the firstfruits is small compared to the great fall
true when the Tabernacle and Temples were
harvest. The firstfruits harvest is pictured by a

Feast of Tabernacles -- THE WORLD TOMORROW
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