Jewish Festivals in the Millennial Kingdom?

         FESTIVALS IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM?

Ahasuerus and Haman at the Feast of Esther, Rembrandt (1660)

Ahasuerus and Haman at the Feast of Esther, Rembrandt (1660)

 

The Gentile nations along with the Jews will be coming up to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles (aka Booths), (Zechariah 14:16) because the spiritual completion of this festival, which is, yet unfulfilled, will finally be completed in the Millennium. In other words at no other time in the past was this Feast’s spiritual completion fulfilled. It will take place in the Millennial Kingdom.

Tabernacles had characteristics, which other feasts did not have. For example it was the harvest festival of joy and thanksgiving. It was a celebration not only of the full ingathering of the harvest work of the Israelis in the field, but also of the fruit and of the vintage. It is interestingly therefore the only one characterized as “the Feast of Ingatherings” (Exodus 23:16; 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:13).

It does appear that from Ezekiel Chapters 44-46 there is some confusion of exactly which Festivals of the original seven will be carried out in the Millennium. In fact this obscurity has caused some exegetes to completely avoid it including Rashi. Some think that since Passover and Booths are specifically cited in Ezekiel and Zechariah that they are the only ones to be performed during the Millennial Kingdom. Others believe that the command to use unleavened bread which is mentioned in Ezekiel 45:21 will be held as a Millennial Feast.  Still others hold that the mere mention of any feasts in the Millennium passages assures that all seven will be held.

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