It is well known that Christians love the Jewish people and pray for Israel, for the peace of Jerusalem, and for Jews worldwide. But I never quite grasped, until this morning, that Jews have been praying for Christians for more than 3500 years, during the Feast of Tabernacles!
This week Jews worldwide celebrate the Feast of Booths, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles. Why a booth? The people all came to Jerusalem and built little booths out of woven branches for walls and roofs. At night, the stars twinkled down above Jerusalem and each family could see the stars and perhaps the moon through the slats and openings created in the makeshift branches above them. The Feast of Tabernacles is one of three celebrations each year when God commanded the people of Israel to gather together in Jerusalem and bring their offerings and sacrifices to the Lord. (See Leviticus 23:39-43).
During this particular gathering in Jerusalem, the Jews traditionally brought branches tied together with a golden thread (called the lulav) and a citrus fruit, the two symbols of the Feast of Tabernacles. They came with money, too.
God told them specifically, “They shall not appear before the Lord empty, (Deuteronomy 16:16).” The people were to come with offerings to give to the Lord. But it was so much more than that! In character, the Feast of Booths (going on right now) is a time of thanksgiving for harvest, and faith for rain in the year to come.
There is much to say about the significance of the Feast of Tabernacles, but today I want to point out the PROPHETIC MESSAGE OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
PROPHETIC MESSAGE OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
A total of 70 bullocks were offered in the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles. I was blessed to inherit a number of books from my father’s library. One book titled The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel, by Victor Buksbazen, has given me a wealth of information.
Buksbazen writes, “The Rabbis explain that this number of 70 bullocks was a sacrifice on behalf of the 70 nations of the world, looking forward to their conversion to the God of Israel and their gathering under the Shekinah glory.”
Jews have been praying for CHRISTIANS for centuries! Wow, that means that you and I can still lay hold of those prayers prayed for us, prayers set up by God Almighty. So the prophetic message of the Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths)? Here it is:
“The prophetic message of the Feast of Tabernacles is that there is shelter in the Tabernacle of God under the wings of the Shekinah glory, for the Jew first, and also for the Gentile nations.”
GLORY TO GOD!!!
Shekinah Glory Prayer for Christian Missionary Encountering ISIS
I believe, my brother and sister, that in 2014 and 2015 we can lay hold of all the prayers prayed for centuries, especially in these last days. And right now we can activate these prayers for our Christian family in Iraq and Syria. Today let’s remember specifically those who live in Kobani, a northern border city in Syria. Here is a report from a Christian man inside one area (I cannot confirm that this man is from Kobani, but it is definitely an area suffering ISIS invasion) who requests our prayers:
He is part of a mission and ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families – even if it means their own deaths. He is very afraid, has no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called him for some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, he is begging prayers for his courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children accept martyrdom if he is called to do so. She asked me to ask everyone we know to please pray for them. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.
(This man’s sister said) he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten — no matter what.
Hope’s prayer today:
Father in heaven, I ask you to help this precious Christian missionary leader so that he can shut out the terror and find the quietness within his soul to hear your voice. Oh, Father, he requests that you will tell him what to do and give him the faith to do it. I ask in the name of Jesus that you will answer this request, and during this week of the Feast of Tabernacles, create a booth around your Christian people and hide them underneath the Shekinah glory of God Almighty. YOU ARE GOD. I ask you today to remember the prayers of your Jewish people who for centuries prayed for the seventy Gentile nations to be saved and kept under the wings of the Shekinah glory. I ask also that you will reciprocate this prayer and grant Israel a safe place under the stars and hide them under your wings. May they hear your voice, experience your presence, and increase in the faith that you are their God. May they all believe that you call them by name and they belong to you. In Jesus’ name, as a Christian who has received prayers of the Jewish people, I pray for them. Amen.