Updated 29 Sep, 2015
We begin the Feast of Tabernacles as the previous day ends and a new day begins at sunset.
God The Light of Truth; and the Living Waters of the Spirit
Throughout the scriptures darkness is used as an allegory of the darkness of spiritual blindness; while light is a reference to the light of spiritual understanding. We see that at the creation of this present world, the earth was in darkness and God brought light to the earth.
Gen 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
As light casts out darkness, the spiritual light of Jesus Christ and an understanding of the Word of God given by Christ through his reconciling sacrifice, casts out the darkness of spiritual ignorance.
This analogy of light is found in the Menorah or lampstand in the Temple, which pictures the oil of the holy spirit burning in the lamps to provide light in the darkness of the temple; as the Ekklesia are to be a holy spirit led light of godly example to humanity, through their godly zeal to keep the whole Word of God, powered by the holy spirit.
In reference to the ceremony of light in the Temple as begun by Ezra and Nehemiah inspired by God’s spirit, on the beginning of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus said that the Ekklesia were to be like the brilliant light of the physical temple on the holy hill.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid 15 Neither do men light a candle, [lamp] and put it under a bushel [basket], but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
In the second temple era Ezra and Nehemiah established the temple service, and from that time at sunset on the beginning of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles the worshippers descended to the Court of the Women where great preparations had been made before the Feast.
Before the Feast four golden Menorah lamp-stands of seven branches each, were set up and against them rested four ladders, four youths of the priesthood, each with a pitcher of oil capable of holding one hundred twenty log. (one log is about 1/2 liter; about 4 liters to a gallon; so that is 120 divided by 8 =15 gallons approx)
At sunset as the Feast of Tabernacles began ,the Menorahs were lighted and there was a great light shining all through the temple courtyard, the temple area; and shining so brightly on the temple hill, that you could see it from far outside the city!
That blazing light on the temple is what Christ was referring to in his instructions to his disciples; that they should be a brilliant light on a hill, in their example of zeal for the whole Word of God!
This was all prepared before the holy day and as the flaming torches were lighting these olive oil burning lamps, the Levites sang songs of praise, playing harps and lutes and cymbals and trumpets and instruments of music of all types and they stood upon the fifteen steps [15 psalms of degrees (Psalms 120-134) were written by David for the Feast of Tabernacles to be sung on these steps.] which led down from the Court of Israel to the Court of Women.
And according to the number of the fifteen Songs of Degrees in the Book of Psalms, they were singing on these fifteen steps. And they stood with their instruments of music and sang hymns while two priests with trumpets or shofars in their hands were at the Upper Gate which led from the Court of Israel to the Court of Women.
As the sun set they blew three blasts of the trumpet, and as they reached the tenth step they blew another three-fold blast. And as they entered the court itself they drew another three-fold blast on the shofar. So they blew as they advanced each step of the fifteen steps until they reached the gate which opens to the east, which is the Beautiful Gate, it is the eastern gate.
And as they came to the eastern gate they turned around towards the west to face the Holy Place, so they would no longer face the east. They turned to face the west which is the Most Holy Place and they prayed, “Our fathers who are in this place, they turned their backs upon the sanctuary of God and their faces were turned toward the east which is the rising of the sun [the ancients engaged in sun worship. They worshipped toward the rising sun, they were pagan sun worshippers.] But as for us, we have turned our eyes towards the Eternal” to the West. Let the reader understand. This is further explained in our Ezekiel study.
The Illumination of the Temple was regarded as a part of ,and having a symbolic meaning in the Feast of Tabernacles, as was the pouring out of water. And the light shining out of the temple into the surrounding darkness and the lighting up of every court, and in Jerusalem and the temple the light was so bright that it lit up the whole city from on top of that hill, and it was seen from a great distance.
Isaiah 9:2, The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
That prophecy was about Christ and we read in the Book of John, beginning at chapter one, that Christ came and He was the light of the world, but the people rejected Him.
And this fulfillment of Isaiah through that ceremony in the temple was to symbolize that great light that was to shine upon Israel that was coming. And the priests knew, the scribes, Ezra, these people knew, Isaiah and they knew that this great light was going to shine out of darkness. So they set up this ceremony, looking forward to that light.
Isaiah 60:1 Arise and shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:
That is, people are in spiritual darkness due to an ignorance of spiritual things, ignorance of God, and enslavement and bondage to Satan.
. . . but the Lord shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light and the kings to the brightness of thy rising.
This is talking about the soon coming of Messiah to be the light of the world, and His light is to be shed on the whole world and the Gentiles. Israel will turn back to Him and the Gentiles will be drawn to that great light and they shall seek Him and be turned to Him.
We can look at John 8:12. Jesus said, I am the light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus Christ is the whole Word of God as inspired by Him in the scriptures, Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and the whole word of God is God’s light in print; while spiritual blindness and darkness.is rebellion against, or anything contrary to the whole Word of God.
This physical light and physical darkness, is an analogy of spiritual light and spiritual darkness. And the spiritual light is Jesus Christ and the whole word of God which is Christ in print.
This light came when Jesus began his ministry on the earth, and it is coming again in a much greater way and in a greater fullness when He comes again and establishes the kingdom of God over all the earth.
This ceremony was to represent the light of God being made available to ALL nations and all people during the millennium and in the latter harvest of humanity!
After the millennium, at the time of the main harvest of humanity when all those who have lived and died not knowing God, and not keeping his commandments, will be resurrected in their order, during their courses for the full seven days or seven thousand years of the Feast of Tabernacles and brought into the family of God.
During the millennium and the main harvest, men will see the light of Christ and the ways of God and the commandments of God shining forth from Jerusalem. As it is written, the law shall go forth from Jerusalem and the word of God from the temple—paraphrasing here.
And after that, when the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven; the LIGHT of God shall fill the whole earth FOREVER!!!
John 9:1 [On the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles] And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
That is, through the healing of this man, the works of God could be made known to everyone.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, [that is, the works of the Father] while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, [said Jesus] I am the light of the world.
The Father and the Son are the Light of the World, casting out the darkness of ignorance, wickedness and evil. Those who reject the truth are also rejecting the light of godliness.
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 And said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Siloam is the pool which iwa the source of the water for the water pouring ceremony.
This is about the light of TRUTH saving humanity from the darkness of ignorance, slavery to sin and death!
The Ceremony of Light is about the Light of the whole Word of God; which is opened to men by repentance and the reconciling sacrifice of Christ; about those who repent and sin no more, being zealous for the Word of God and shine in an example of passionate godliness for all to see!
The Light Ceremony is about those who persevere and overcome, who will be changed; becoming teachers and leaders, helping provide the Light of God and the Light of the Word of God to all humanity during the millennium and then in the main harvest of humanity, bringing humanity into a relationship with God the Father, and reconciling all people to the Father through the teaching of the truth, sincere repentance and the reconciling sacrifice of Christ.
The holy days of the seventh month represent the reaping of the main harvest of humanity and the bringing out of the main harvest into the temple and family of God.
Isaiah speaks of Messiah in this way:
Isaiah 42:6, I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and will give thee for a covenant of the people for a light of the Gentiles;
Now who did the Father give to establish the covenant with the people? His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins so that we could be reconciled with God the Father. This is a prophecy of Christ.
And what else is Christ to do?
7 To open the blind eyes, which was illustrated at the Feast by Christ healing the blind eyes. That was a symbolic act. This man was blind from birth, not because of any sin, but so that Christ could heal him and demonstrate to the world that He would at the appropriate time when He returns, open the eyes of humanity to the light of God. To call people to God, to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, to bring them to repentance, to teach them the ways of God, to apply himself as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity and to reconcile a repentant humanity to the Father.
He came to open the blind eyes as an allegory that he would open the eyes of those blinded by spiritual darkness and ignorance; spiritually blinded and enslaved by Satan ,and
. . . To bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house,
That is, to liberate humanity from the darkness of spiritual ignorance and from the bondage of spiritual Egypt, from the bondage of Satan.
Christ was to deliver all people who were imprisoned and in bondage to Satan in this world. He is going to bring them out, put away Satan, deliver all people from bondage to sin and be a light of righteousness, a light of truth, a light of deliverance that the people can come to, for their deliverance.
And the light of Christ is also the whole word of God, because the whole word of God is Jesus Christ in print. It was all, every word of it, inspired by Jesus Christ. I am talking about as originally written. Obviously there are a few details in translation that we have to figure out, but if we put all scriptures on the same subject together, with the holy spirit we can pretty much figure out just about everything, given enough time and by God’s spirit..
Jesus Christ is the light of the world! and if we do not accept that light and instead choose our own false traditions, we have rejected the Light of the knowledge of God and the Light of Truth; for spiritual darkness, spiritual ignorance and spiritual blindness!
Let us all be zealous for the whole Word of God and be quick to repent of any departure from the Truth and Light of the Word of God; that we may be a shining light of example to others, that they might do the same thing and exalt the Eternal above all else!
From the days of Ezra / Nehemiah water and willows were brought to the temple before the High Day began, and far from criticizing these things; Jesus used these things to instruct in the truth of God.
With the willows—and I think we all know what a willow is, with the long-hanging supple branches, and we have all heard at some point the sound of a stick or a branch whipping through the air. It gives a whooshing sound. It makes a definite sound.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
This whooshing sound was to represent the sound of the wind or the Holy Spirit, the Ruach.
When the spirit came down there was a sound of a mighty rushing wind, as well as the appearance of fire. This whoosh-whoosh sound was to represent the pouring out of the spirit of God in the temple ceremony; inspired by Christ to Ezra and Nehemiah.
While the priests gathered the willows, the other priest would proceed to come back from the Pool of Siloam from which the high priest would gather a flask-full of living water as they termed it.
Now the high priest physically, is a type of our spiritual High Priest, Jesus Christ. And the physical high priest physically poured out this water during the ceremony, as a type that Jesus Christ our spiritual High Priest, would pour out the water of salvation upon humanity.
On the first holy day and the regular Sabbath, water and willows were obtained the previous day and brought into the temple and kept there.
And then the water was poured out on the High Hay and the regular Sabbath, as well as during each day of the week. During the intermediate festival days they would go to get the water and fresh willows on the morning of that day and pour it out the same day.
On the Sabbath and the High Day they would go out the day before and gather the water and willows, so as not to do even that much work on the Sabbath or High Day, and the water was then kept in the temple and poured out when the High Day or Sabbath came.
When both groups returned to the temple, the one with their willows would circle the altar, waving their willows to make a whoosh-whoosh sound; the sound of the rushing of wind or the rushing of the Holy Spirit.
Then the high priest with his flask of water and his assistant with a flask of wine; and wine in the sacrificial system, pictures the pouring out of the blood of Christ.
They would both go to the altar as the whooshing was taking place, and pour out their pitchers on the southeast corner of the altar, the whishing picturing the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the living water of salvation coming from Christ, and the sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God, of reconciliation These things indicate a very deep spiritual inspiration by God was given to Ezra and those people who came from Babylon and began to rebuild the temple and set up these ceremonies.
The seventh day of the festival is the Great Day of Salvation, because Tabernacles or Sukkot was a festival celebrating the final harvest of the year.
As such, it pictures the main harvest of humanity, and Ii was customary to thank God for the harvest of the year.
This daily ceremony was a thanking of God for the main physical harvest and allegorical instruction about the final harvest of humanity, which is in the Feast of Tabernacles.
Before the festival there were weeks of Sabbath lessons, going through every passage of the scripture dealing with water. During the water drawing ceremony at the pool, the high priest would recite
Isaiah 12:1-3 “And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though you were angry with me, your anger is turned away, and you have comforted me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD is my strength and my psalm; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Those who are sharp right now can recognize in part of this quote from Isaiah, the song of Moses, that Moses sang, when Israel came up out of the Red Sea and on the sixth day of Unleavened Bread Moses sang this song about the glory of God and deliverance.
The word salvation in the Hebrew is “Yeshua”. And the name of Messiah the Christ, His personal name that His parents called Him by; was Yeshua. Yeshua means salvation. That means God with us, the salvation of God. And a variation of that is Joshua, and a variation of that coming from the Hebrew Yeshua through the Greek Iesous, into the English is Jesus. Jesus is the same as Yeshua. It means salvation.
And here Isaiah is saying “with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation [Draw salvation from Yeshua]”. We get our salvation from Jesus Christ. We draw the water of salvation [The Holy Spirit] from Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus Christ that we receive the water of salvation, which is the word of God and the Holy Spirit and all the ways of God. That is the water of salvation which washes us clean from sin and makes us purer and purer as we overcome, and closer and closer to full unity and spiritual unity and purity with the Father, to become like the Father.
The ceremony itself was quite a sight to see. If you can imagine just a little bit about what this was like. There was this tremendously beautiful temple and you had all these priests dressed in their priestly robes looking so impressive, and you had all the people there with their bunches of branches and dressed in their best, as we do today. And they are gathered in the courtyard of the temple, and this great temple with thousands and thousands of people there, and with all the priesthood.
The whole ceremony, with the parade and the musicians and the singing and people dancing, joyfully to the Lord, was a tremendously joyful occasion.
The gates of the temple were thrown open soon after midnight and this began in the early morning.
The time till the beginning of the early morning daily sacrifice was spent in examining the sacrifices and offerings that were to be brought for this special day.
When the morning sacrifice had been PREPARED, a priest accompanied by a joyous procession with music went down to the Pool of Siloam to draw the water. That is when they drew it and they brought it back, close to three logs, which is about three liters or quarts. On the Sabbath they fetched this in a golden vessel to the temple itself on the previous day.
The priesthood served in stages by law and courses through the year. But at the feast they were all present, and of course that was the whole body of descendents of Aaron, so that was many thousands of people at various times in history.
In one court of the temple stood the altar, with all these thousands of priests, and fifteen steps below that, in the court of Israel; you had many tens of thousands of people gathered there, just a tremendous impressive thing.
Last year I covered the fifteen psalms of Degrees and I will link to them during this Feast.
The group of worshippers were led by flutists representing the “Rushing Wind” of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
The Levites were playing music on wind instruments and they along with many people followed the high priest as he went down to the pool to get the water. And he returns with a pitcher of water and his associate has the wine, each in golden pitchers.
As the priestly procession left the temple for Siloam, another procession left the temple for a place in the Kidron Valley close by, from whence they brought willow branches.
There were two groups, one going to Kidron to get the willows and the other going to Siloam to get the water.
One group brought back a pitcher of wine which represents the blood representing the atoning sacrifice of Christ; and another pitcher filled with water from the pool, which represents the living waters of salvation, the whole Word of God; flowing out from Jesus Christ!
The other group brought back willow branches, which were whipped about, making a whooshing sound of the wind of the holy spirit; the willow also being specifically commanded to be cut and rejoiced with at this Feast.
And as the two groups were coming back, there were continual blasts of the priests’ trumpets, the singing of Psalm 136; and the whooshing-swooshing of the willows, to represent the sound of the rushing wind of the Holy Spirit.
And amid the blasts of the trumpets, when the morning daily was about to be offered; the priests arrived with the water and the wine, and as the water and wine arrived those who had the willows stuck them in the ground and bent them over so they formed a canopy over the altar.
The ordinary daily sacrifice proceeded, while the priest who had gone to Siloam to get the water, arrived; timing it so that he returned just as his brethren carried up the pieces of the daily sacrifice to lay them on the altar.
The morning and evening burnt offerings represented the work and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and intercession, to bring salvation to humanity!
The wine representing his shed blood was poured out, with the water of the Word of God, as the Daily was being burned; with its smoke rising up to the Father representing a sweet odor of faithful zealous service!
As the regular daily is being burned on the altar, the two groups of priests arrive, to the accompaniment of the flutes and the whooshing of the willows symbolizing the presence of the holy spirit, and a choir of thousands of Levites singing the Great Hallel.
These thousands of Levites are singing Psalm 136. And as the whole procession heads into the Temple through the Water Gate this Psalm is being sung.
Then as they reach the temple, the shofars and silver trumpets blast loudly and the high priest approaches the altar, where there are two silver basins waiting.
And as he entered by the Water Gate, [that is why that particular gate was called the Water Gate,] because the water from the pool was brought through that gate, which got its name from the ceremony; the priests with the water and the wine were received with a threefold blast from the silver trumpets.
Then the priests went up the rise, up to the level to where the altar was, and turned to the left where there were two silver basins which had narrow holes in them. And they poured the water in one, and poured the wine in the other, and filled the basins, that the liquids would dribble in a small stream through the holes down to the bottom of the basin. The eastern had a hole a little wider for the wine and the western basin a somewhat narrower hole for the water, so that when the same amount is poured in, because of the different densities, they would all flow out completely at the same time.
The physical high priest, representative of the spiritual High Priest Jesus Christ, then pours wine into one of the basins as a drink offering, a wine offering, to God. The wine again represents the shed blood of Christ, and the water from the Pool of Siloam represents the salvation of the whole word of God through the holy spirit from Jesus Christ.
The drink offering or the wine was poured out, and at the same time the water from Siloam was poured into the other basin; at the same time as the daily began to burn!
Now, as soon as the wine and the water were poured out, the temple musicians began again and the “Hallel”, [which is Psalm 113 to Psalm 118] was sung to the accompaniment of wind instruments and flutes. This again was to represent the whooshing of the wind of the Holy Spirit. They were trying to represent the Holy Spirit by the instruments while singing Psalm 113 to 118.
On the Sabbath and on the first day of the Feast of the Ingathering of nations [Tabernacles] they did not play the flute instruments because they considered that work and offending the sanctity of the Sabbath and the holy day.
When the choir and the singers came to the words of Psalm 118:1, “O give thanks to the Lord”, and again when they sang Psalm 118:25, “O work then now salvation, Yeshua” and once again at the close [this is three times in Psalm 118:29,] “O give thanks unto the Lord”. All the worshippers shook their branches toward the altar, the emphasis here in the three verses was: To give thanks, to give thanks before God and to rejoice; and they shook their branches toward the altar.
Lev 23:49 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.
This is alluded to when Jesus entered Jerusalem on six days before his crucifixion. He entered Jerusalem and the people cut down branches from the trees and strewed them in the way and cried, saying “O then work now salvation to the Son of David”. That is in Matthew 21:8-9 and John 12:12-13.
As Christ entered Jerusalem for that last week, they threw down the palms which were representative of the palms they used in the temple to rejoice before God and to give thanks to God. And they strewed those down in the way as Christ entered the city. And they said “work now salvation”, the same as what they said during the Feast of Tabernacles, “give salvation”. And their name of the seventh day is the day of salvation, or Hoshana Rabbah.
They did these things before Passover, in direct reference to Messiah, because of the ministry of Christ and the teaching of the disciples and so on. Very many people thought that He was the Messiah and that He was going to set up the kingdom right then, and they were equating this to the Feast of Tabernacles and the coming of salvation to that nation and to the world.
We all know that salvation was not for all people in that particular day. But these people were praying that God would now from ‘the highest’ heaven manifest and send salvation in connection with the Son of David, which was symbolized by the pouring out of water and Jesus Christ.
The priests asked, Why is it called, The drawing out of water? And they answer, because of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, according to what is said: “With joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation”. And that is what we just read in Isaiah.
Hence, also, the Feast of Tabernacles and the peculiar joyousness of it are designated as ‘the drawing out of the water of Salvation’; the pouring out of the water of salvation on all the people, as represented by the pouring out of water at the altar, being done on behalf of all the people and for all the people.
And these ceremonies and celebrations and the singing and blasting of trumpets continued throughout the entire seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles!
This a time of great rejoicing, of singing Psalms and the pouring out of the water, of marching around the altar and rejoicing, celebrating salvation and victory over sin and the salvation of and the gathering into the Family of God the main harvest of humanity.!
The Feast of Tabernacles really was an incredible seven day ceremony, if you can imagine all these vast numbers of people doing this during the days of Christ.
Jericho as a type of victory over sin; through Messiah our Salvation
On the seventh day; instead of circling Jericho once, they circled it seven times and turned and shouted, and the city of Jericho fell. This is why Ezra began the ceremony of circling the altar once each day and on the seventh day circling the altar seven times, turning and rejoicing at the fall of sin and the granting of salvation, and the destruction of the enemy and the evil and sin, which Jericho represented.
When they circled the altar seven times on the seventh day, this time singing with a loud voice a song of redemption and salvation—Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. . .(Psalm 118:25-26).
Of course this ceremony is nowhere commanded in the scripture, yet its principles are fully scriptural and Jesus Christ had no problem with it. And He from His childhood, would have been very familiar with these things as He went up to Jerusalem with His parents for the Feast, and would have seen this year by year, and growing up would have learned all about this. And then in His ministry He used this. He used the figure of blindness and the light of the world, the water of salvation the Bread of Life to teach those who could understand about the plan of salvation and Christ’s central role in the salvation of humanity..
The Water of Salvation
John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water [from a well in Samaria]:, and Jesus said to her, Give me a drink. 8 (For His disciples had gone away [and He was just sitting there alone]. 9 Then said the woman of Samaria to Him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, asks water of me which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered her and said, If you knew the gift of God, and who is it that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of Him [that He give drink to you], that He would give to you living water. 11 The woman said unto Him, Sir, thou has nothing to draw up water with, and the well is very deep: from whence, then, hast thou this living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I give him shall never thirst [again],
Whoever drinks the physical water of this well is going to get thirsty again. Drink of physical water and after a while we get thirsty again; and we drink again, and we get thirsty again and so on.
14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; for the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.
The water that Jesus Christ gives is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, which leads us into eternal life. And that water of the Spirit is in us and growing in us and flowing in us and was poured out on us, because we were called by the Father and sincerely repented, committing to go and sin no more; to keep all of the ways of God and follow God’s Spirit. We took God’s Holy Spirit represented by the living water into ourselves when we sincerely repented and committed to follow and be cleanses by the Water of the Word of God..
He who has imbibed the living water, has taken into himself the whole Word of God and with it the Holy Spirit. The person who is zealous for the Word of God and thirsts after the living water of Salvation; has eternal life dwelling in him, unless he later rejects God’s spirit and quenches it, but as long as he is faithful, he has eternal life living in him.
The occasion of the seventh or last day of the Feast of Tabernacles and of the last Feast of Jesus Christ, the last Feast of Tabernacles that He observed before He was crucified the next spring; was used by Christ to teach that He was the Son of David, the Messiah, the source of salvation, the source of the Living Waters of salvation for all Israel and all mankind.
We can understand this from the event in John 7:37.
The Feast of Tabernacles was drawing to a close and this was the sixth day and toward the seventh day of the feast, and the seventh day of Tabernacles was the last great day of the feast not because it was a holy convocation, but because it was the ‘Day of the Great Hosanna,’ the day of the offering of salvation to all humanity.
It was on this day that the priest had come from Siloam with this golden pitcher, and for the last time in the feast, poured its contents to the base of the altar, that is, pouring it through the basin and it would run down onto the base of the altar, and after the songs have been sung to the sound of the flute, the people responding and worshipping and rejoicing as the priest three times sounded three full blasts upon the two silver trumpets.
And when the excitement of the people had been raised to its highest pitch, all these thousands of people, all this ceremony going on, all these priests dressed in their priestly vestments, all of the singing, rejoicing, praising God, the pouring out of the water and of the wine, typifying the pouring out of the life of Christ for the salvation of the people as a sacrifice for their sins and the water being poured out representing the gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit. With the willows whooshing, giving the sound of the rushing of the Holy Spirit, and then bent-over as a canopy over the altar, showing that the Holy Spirit was over these events.
As all of this was happening, suddenly, from the midst of the congregation came a loud, strong, clear voice; from a man, just as Psalm 118 had been completed. They were chanting the last words of Psalm 118.
Psalm 118:14, The LORD is my strength and my song, and is become my salvation. 15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly [for His people]. 16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD has done valiantly.
17, I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. 18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but He hath not given me over to death. 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness [which is commandment-keeping]: I will go into them [through the gates of righteousness, through the gates into and unto God], and I will praise God: 20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
When we are called, we repent of sin and we enter into the gates of righteousness, and righteousness is the keeping of the commandments and the whole word of God, and we enter into the gates of righteousness which is the salvation of God.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and become my salvation.
Now a prophecy of Christ, 22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner [the headstone of the corner]. 23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, I beseech you, O LORD; O LORD, I beseech you, send now prosperity. 26 Blessed be He that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. 27 God is the Eternal, which has showed us His light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. [Make His sacrifice and His salvation sure through repentance and following Him.] 28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. 29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endures forever.
This is speaking of Christ leading physical Israel through the Red Sea, defeating Pharaoh in Egypt and delivering physical Israel from bondage to sin; in type representing a future spiritual salvation for all of humanity from bondage of sin.
And as the final pouring of water began to trickle out, picturing the gift of the Word of salvation, and the final pouring of wine, picturing the sacrifice of Christ, to give us salvation and atone for sin; a powerful voice cried out amongst the tens of thousands, a strong voice which resounded through the temple:
Christ cries out John 7:37…‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.’ With those words, He was clearly telling all the people: I am your salvation, I am Messiah, I am the Christ. It is through Me that you receive salvation! and that impressed the people and it shocked the leaders.
Now when Jesus said this, He said if any MAN thirst. He did not say if any Jew thirst or any Israelite, He said ANY MAN, thereby revealing that salvation was being opened up to ALL humanity, and that the Feast of Tabernacles refers to the main harvest of humanity.
And He cried out in the midst of the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles, not on the Eighth Day as some wrongly suppose, because they misunderstand the term Great Day of the Feast.
John 7:37, In the last day, that Great Day of the Feast [of Tabernacles], Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. 38 He that believeth on Me, as the scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
That is, God pours His spirit out on the sincerely repentant who are His, who zealously follow the whole word of God; and they are filled with His spirit to the point that the spirit flows through them, and out of them to others.
Now I do not mean that the spirit flows into others in terms of a gift of the spirit and salvation from us; I mean that the example of zealously living God’s way, the example of keeping the commandments and being faithful to God, is a light of example of godliness to others.
And if the faithful are filled up with God’s way they become a shining light, and an example to all those around them, who see that example and begin to inquire, what is the reason for your actions and your attitude and your hope and your love and your peace of mind.
And as the spirit of God fills us, we are able then to follow God and keep His commandments and to be a light for all those around us.
39 (But of this spake ye of the Spirit [This is a direct quote; this Living Water represented the Holy Spirit], 39 But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet poured out or not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
He had not yet been sacrificed and raised up. 40 Many of the people [many of them], when they heard this saying, [they] said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
And the term ‘that prophet’ is a reference to Moses, who said ‘behold the day will come when a prophet will arise like unto myself, him you shall follow, him you shall obey.’
And they remembered the words of Moses and they said, ‘of a truth, this is that prophet that Moses spake of. And that prophet was Jesus Christ.’ It was not Gerald Flurry or any other man, but Jesus the Christ ONLY! ‘This spake He of the spirit which they that believe on Him should receive.’ This is clearly explaining the water as representing the Holy Spirit; and revealing Jesus the Christ as “That Prophet” .
We can go back to the first verse again, ‘In the last day, that Great Day of the Feast [The seventh day of Tabernacles], Jesus stood and cried and said if any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink, and he that believes on Me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’
He cried out in the middle of all these thousands of people, in the middle of this incredibly impressive ceremony. And a lot of people were deeply impressed and they said: “of a truth, this is that prophet spoken by Moses.”
The effect was probably instantaneous in that huge assembly. Jesus Christ was saying that He was the fulfillment of the various types and prophecies of scripture. And many people, were impressed and they wanted to follow Him.
But the high priests and the Pharisees and the top people immediately were struck with jealousy and envy, and they said, no way are we going to give up our high offices to this guy. So they became very angry.
Now the effect was almost instantaneous and suddenly aroused by this event and by coming face to face with Christ and the expression of Christ that He was the type of fulfillment of all the prophecies of salvation, many who heard the saying said of a truth this is that prophet, and others would have said this is the Christ.
Even the temple guard, whose duty it was to maintain order and arrest someone who interrupted the services like that, the security people, they accepted the authority of His word to the point that they dared not grab Him and drag Him off and arrest Him and put Him in the jail. They dared not lay hands on Him.
And when the chief priests and the Pharisees ordered the security people to go and arrest Him, they just said, ‘Never did a man speak like this man’; how can we do this when all the people are influenced by him and thinking Him as a prophet. And that is all that they could answer to their masters. They did not want to believe, but they said how can we arrest this guy when all the people are counting Him a prophet? If we arrest Him, it will make a greater disturbance than if we leave Him alone.
Nicodemus who was one of the people in the Sanhedrin which was a follower also of Christ, and when the Sanhedrin immediately met to condemn Christ for creating a disturbance during the ceremonies and for calling himself the Messiah and “That Prophet”, and Nicodemus stood up and defended Christ with a declaration, ‘Doth our law, judge a man before it hears him,’ and knows what he does?
Nicodemus would have said, how can you sit here as a court and condemn this guy unless he is brought before you and testifies before you and you hear the whole case? It is not lawful for you to condemn him without hearing the whole case.
And so the Sanhedrin, made some comments, and condemned Christ, but they did not do anything of a legal nature since they could not arrest Him because they were not about to drag Him before them and have a riot.
Yet from this time they began to earnestly seek ways to stop and kill him.
The main harvest of humanity will have the Living Waters of Salvation; God’s Holy Spirit poured out on them, when they have their opportunity.
And right now those who are called of God to the Son, called to zealously keep the commandments and do His will and please Him; all through history, right from righteous Abel until now; have had God’s Spirit poured out on them in direct proportion to how we use that spirit, how we follow it, how we study to learn and keep the word of God.
The more zealously we study and learn and keep the whole Word of God, the more of God’s spirit and the more understanding we will be given.
And the less we study and the less we zealously keep the word of God, and the more we compromise, the more the spirit will be held back from us, and we will be quenching that spirit and over time will have less and less.
But on the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles, when the wine was poured out representing the shed blood of Christ, and the water was poured out representing salvation. The wooshing of the branches representing the sound of a wind of the Holy Spirit coming—all these things, represent the main harvest of humanity; the ingathering of the nations into the family of God.
All of this ceremony was condoned by Jesus Christ, and all of it was used by Jesus Christ to present himself as the fulfillment of all of these things on that seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
And all of this symbolism is clear and it is correct and it is godly and it is right, and although it may not be directly commanded in scripture, it is certainly backed up by scripture and it is not in any way contrary to scripture.
On this seventh and Last Great Day of the Feast of The Ingathering of Nations, the seventh day of Tabernacles, they sang Psalm 118, and I thought I would just read it here.
Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: because His mercy endures for ever. 2 Let Israel now say, that His mercy endures for ever. 3 Let the house of Aaron [the priesthood], now say, that His mercy endures for ever. 4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that His mercy endures for ever. 5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the Eternal answered me, and set me in a large place. 6 The Eternal is on my side; I will not fear: what man can do to me? [because whatever man does to me; the Eternal will deliver me. Maybe not right away, but ultimately in the resurrection of the just.]
7 The LORD takes my part [that He stands on my side because I am standing on His side by following Him.] The LORD takes my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
In other words, by our being faithful to Christ we are acceptable to Christ; and ultimately, maybe not right away but sooner or later: He will give us victory and will exalt us over all those who oppress us and seek to tempt us and lead us astray, or seek to oppress us and do us harm. We are to put our trust in God, and not in men.
And this was being read just before Christ cried out in the temple.
8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in men. 9 It is better to trust in the Eternal than to put your confidence in princes [rulers].
The wicked shall ultimately be destroyed for their rebellions and destroyed by the authority of God in the name of God, but the righteous and the faithful shall be delivered.
10, All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them [or gain a victory over them]. 11 My enemies compassed me about: yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
And this is speaking of destroying wickedness, and hopefully most of the wicked repent and they will not have to be destroyed. But anyone who is adamant and will not repent from his wickedness and rebellion against God and his persecution of the righteous will be destroyed.
12 They [the wicked] compassed me like [a swarm of] bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns;
I suppose not a lot of you have seen a dry sagebrush set alight, but it just goes poof and it is gone. That is what this is talking about, the wicked are like dried out brambles and they are lit up and poof, in a great ball of fire they are just gone. And that will happen, as it says there is a lake of fire prepared for those who are adamant and unrepentant and rebellious.
13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Eternal helpeth me. 14 The LORD is my strength and my song, and is become my salvation. 15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:
And who are the righteous? None of us is righteous. God is righteous. But if we follow God’s ways and follow Him and seek to please Him, we slowly become like Him. And since He is righteous, if we become like Him, we also become righteous.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:
Do you notice the term ‘tabernacles’? This is applying to the season of the Feast of Tabernacles. So in the tabernacles or the tents of the righteous, in the tents of those who follow God and put Him first: is the Salvation of God.
There will be rejoicing in the salvation of God, for
15 the right hand of the Eternal doeth valiantly. 16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
As He delivered Israel out of Egypt, Jesus Christ shall deliver us out of all of our troubles, in due time, in His due time, when we learn what we need to learn in this life.
17 I shall not die, but live, It is not talking that you will never die physically, but talking about once the gift of eternal life is given, then you shall live and we and never die. We shall live and we shall declare the mighty deeds, the works of the Eternal. 18 For the LORD hath chastened me sore [each of us for our departure from His ways and our slipping and falling]: but He has not given us over to death. He has chastened us and corrected us to bring us back to Him, so that He might give us the gift of the salvation and eternal life.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness [which is commandment keeping and faithfulness to Christ]: I will go into them, and I will praise the Eternal: 20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter, 21 I will praise thee: for thou has heard me, and are become my salvation.
22 [Jesus Christ is] The stone which the builders refused and has become the headstone of the corner. 23 And this is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the LORD hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save us now, 26 Blessed be He that cometh in the name of the LORD:
27 God is the Eternal, which has showed us light [the light of God’s law, the light of salvation]: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar [that is, make sure our salvation, by binding ourselves to Jesus Christ and to His sacrifice and to His teachings and His ways].
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. 29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.
And as that Psalm was concluded, Jesus stood there and cried out with a loud voice so that tens of thousands of people in the temple heard Him.
Now this is the Feast of Tabernacles. It pictures the fall harvest and rejoices over the fall harvest, and it pictures the fall harvest, as the main harvest of souls, salvation being extended, the sacrifice of Christ being extended; to all of humanity.
Salvation not just for the few called out for the early harvest; but now Salvation extended to all of humanity; and whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
As Christ said, ‘whosoever who believeth in me’, anyone, everyone that believes in Christ, not just believes but acts on that belief having the works of faith, because faith without works is dead. Anyone who believes on Christ and starts to keep His commandments, seeks to learn His ways, diligently works to zealously obey Him, to become like Him, to try and please Him; is going to have the living waters of salvation poured out upon them.
Many called out of the Church of God, who claim to be called and converted, very many have thought lightly of these things, and when they were first converted they were probably filled with extreme enthusiasm and joy and zeal; but over time they began to become complacent and began to take things for granted and began to take things lightly.
And I think it would be great if we had a temple and we could really do this in order to wake people up and shake them up and reveal a taste of the might and power and glory of God, and how much we need Him and how much we need to be faithful to God and the great salvation that He has promised. And He is promising salvation to all humanity if they are willing to accept it.
So that is what the seven days of Tabernacles is about, with the thirteen bullocks the first day and the twelve on the second day, and so on, making seventy sacrificial bulls, picturing all of mankind, all the families of mankind serving God. And the holy spirit being given to repentant humanity, with the water of salvation poured out.
If you can just imagine that temple and these thousands of priests and tens of thousands of worshippers all singing the Psalm 118 here, I will praise you, I will give thanks to God for He is good. His mercy endures forever. The Eternal is God. That His mercy endure forever. It just must have been awesome and people would have gone home on a very positive note, thinking very positively about God and the greatness of God and how poor we are spiritually and how much we need God.
I have noticed that many will come and anoint you and they take a tiny little bit of olive oil, only the tiniest drop, a barely discernible drop on their finger and they put it on the head. That oil is representative of God’s spirit. It is like saying we are going to give you the tiniest little amount we can get away with. I always thought that that was rather inappropriate. I thought, at least a couple of spoonfuls. Pour it on there and pray and ask God to really pour out his spirit!
We just need to realize how much we need God, because we cannot save ourselves. It is impossible. And no other man can save us, either.
Salvation is a direct personal responsibility. We as individuals have to respond to the call and go directly to Christ and to the Father and to the word of God. Focus on that. Do not focus on anyone just because he says he is somebody. Maybe he has a few words which can help, great, but take those words and test them by the word of God and always the word of God comes first.
Jesus Christ is the Fountain of the Living Waters of Salvation:
Jer 17:13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters