The Feast of Tabernacles Sacrifices Represent Bringing all Nations into the Family of God
On the Feast of Tabernacles, that was a sin offering every day for each of the seven days of one kid of the goats. And a burnt offering each day consisting of bullocks, rams and lambs with their appropriate unleavened bread and drink offerings. But the number of bullocks decreased every day. The first day thirteen bullocks were offered, on the second day twelve, and so on.
If you add up all of the bullocks offered over the seven days, they total seventy. And if we go to the table of nations in Genesis, after the dispersion of the Tower of Babel, we find that humanity was divided into seventy basic families or nations. In modern times there may be more subdivisions like different tribes of the same people, but there are seventy fundamental nations, and during the Feast of Tabernacles one bullock was offered as a burnt offering for each nation.
A burnt offering is wholly burned on the altar and represents wholehearted service to God. Seventy burnt offerings represent every one of the seventy nations of mankind wholeheartedly serving God
This is a very interesting thing, and it points very strongly to the work of Christ, as the sacrificial animals represented Christ in His work and His service and atonement for sin, and in the burnt offering; for bringing all people to God the Father and reconciling them.
These seventy bullocks, one for each of the nations of humanity, picture Christ working hard and reconciling them with God the Father and bringing each of them into wholehearted service to God.
An interesting point is that the number of the burnt sacrifices, whether we are taking the bulls or the lambs or rams or any of the animals that were sacrificed is always divisible by the number seven. And a total of all those sacrificed together is divisible by the number seven.
Seventy bullocks, fourteen rams, ninety-eight lambs were sacrificed at the Feast of Tabernacles, all together 182 sacrifices during the Feast of Tabernacles, which is twenty-six times seven, to which must be added the 336 tenths of ephahs of flour for the unleavened bread offering. And that is forty-eight times seven.
The offerings are divided by the seven days of the feast, offering thirteen bullocks the first day, twelve bullocks the second, eleven the third, right through to a total of seventy.
Numbers 29:12 And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, [which is work of any kind] and you shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: 29:13 You shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the Lord; thirteen young bullocks, two rams and fourteen lambs of the first year; they shall be without blemish.
These are the sacrifices for the first day of Feast of Tabernacles. They are not the sacrifices offered on every day, or the total, they are only what is offered on the first day.
In the burnt offering made by fire, the smoke ascends up to heaven and picturing the efforts and the faithful service of Christ and of Christ-like people rising up to God the Father, being accepted by God the Father as something very sweet and acceptable to Him.
Numbers 29:17 And on the second day ye shall offer twelve young bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without spot. And in verse 20, And on the third day eleven bullocks.
Thirteen bulls killed on the first day, twelve on the second, eleven on the third, and so forth through the seven days, totaling seventy bullocks.
At Babel God divided humanity into seventy families with seventy different basic languages and races; therefore one bullock is burned as a burnt offering for each family of man, and the bullock in the burnt offering pictures patiently wholeheartedly serving God with strength and commitment.
This then represents all the families of man being brought into reconciliation with God the Father and then serving Him over the course of the Feast of Tabernacles. In their courses with so many being resurrected to flesh and converted on the first day, so many on the second day, so many on the third day etc throughout the seven days [representing seven thousand years] of teh Ingathering of Nations.
We know that this is a FALL seven day festival, therefore it has to refer to the fall, or the main harvest, which comes AFTER the millennium and the number of bullocks picture the seventy families of man being brought into the family of God in the main harvest of lives.
The Feast of Tabernacles is definitely a picture of the fall main harvest of humanity.
The branches represent the nations being brought into the family [temple] of God, and the seventy bullocks represent the patient service of Christ in bringing the seventy nations of humanity into the family of God; and the marching around the altar until the evil of this world is brought crashing down, somewhat like the people marched around Jericho, and the Light of the World ceremony, and the water pouring ceremony of pouring out the Holy Spirit on all people during the main fall harvest; all of these things point inescapably to a meaning of the Feast of Tabernacles which is greater than simply “we are going to get ours in the Millennium.”
This is about the saving of humanity. It is about those who have been spiritually changed and chosen as first fruits becoming teachers and leaders, providing the Light of God and the light of the Word of God to all humanity, and reconciling humanity into a proper relationship with God the Father, and reconciling all people to the Father through the teaching of the truth, sincere repentance and the sacrifice of Christ.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He spoke to the woman in Samaria at the well, talking to her about living water and about how He would give her living water and she would nevermore thirst. He was talking about God’s Spirit which gives the understanding of the whole Word of God and leads us into all truth. And that is what the water, the living water is. It is the Word and Holy Spirit of God.
This is a really wonderful thing when you understand it. For years, people went to the Feast and they heard sermon after selfish sermon about how great it is going to be for us and how we are going to dominate and get all the good things and be above everybody.
No, that is totally false! We were not called to rule as the Gentiles rule. As Jesus said to the disciples, the Gentile rulers rule with authority and you shall not do so. You shall not bully the people and seek your own advantage. When God’s people rule, they are going to be teaching, guiding, leading, helping.
And when people stumble the teachers are going to reach down and help them up and say; this is the way, walk ye in it. And they are going to lead people to the light of God and through the sacrifice of Christ, the repentant people will begin to realize how much better this way is than the way they had lived in the past. And they will be eager, starving for the bread of life.
They will be thirsting for the water of life, and they will be willing to seek it out. If someone who died of a terrible cancer or was hacked up in a battle, in their next instant when they are raised up, with their injuries healed, the blind eyes are opened and they are shown a better way. You don’t have to hurt one another and kill one another and there is a way of peace.
Today look around you. The whole world longs for peace. And the Pope is making a big case for himself by presenting himself as a champion of peace. And there are millions, billions of people who really want peace. They want an end to the suffering.
The end of suffering is coming, but first there is going to be a final chapter, so that everybody gets their belly so full of their own ways that no one will ever want any part of this wicked way again.
Then after the Millennium the main harvest will be brought in, during the Feast of the Ingathering of Nations [Tabernacles]; all those people who died not having had an opportunity for salvation will be raised up. The long dead of physical Israel will be raised up and with them the long dead of the Gentiles will be raised up and grafted into a new, inclusive of all humanity, spiritual Israel.
The Feast of Tabernacles is about that better way of the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31); being offered to all humanity in the main harvest, after Satan and his wicked angels are removed forever on the Day of Atonement.