The Feast of Tabernacles carries much significance. It is prophetic of all that we have yet to enter into concerning the Kingdom of God. The following verses should be very dear to us right now.
24 “But it will come about, if you listen attentively to Me,” declares the LORD, “to bring no load in through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but to keep the sabbath day holy by doing no work on it,
25 then there will come in through the gates of this city kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.
26 “They will come in from the cities of Judah and from the environs of Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the lowland, from the hill country and from the Negev, bringing burnt offerings, sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing sacrifices of thanksgiving to the house of the LORD.
The Great Sabbath of the Kingdom is not keeping a literal day, but is a realm of God we enter. It is akin to the holy of holies where all the energies of the soul life cease. To enter the Kingdom Sabbath is to enter His rest. It is abiding in the presence of the Lord in a way beyond what we have known. As the book of Hebrews teaches, entering His rest is a faith endeavor. It’s learning to cease striving and know that He is God (Ps.46:10). This is not a spiritual state that is natural to the soul life of Adam, so God deals with us until the soul life is quiet. “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength (Isa. 30:15).” Quietness is indicative of the energies of the soul life being crushed.
Verse 24 speaks of bringing no load in through the gates of the city on the Sabbath day, and by keeping the Sabbath holy by doing no work on it. The city being referred to here is not the natural Jerusalem, but the heavenly one. It is spiritual Zion. The gates of the city carry much significance. The gates of the city represent our access into the presence of the Lord.
We are to bring no load into the presence of the Lord. The “loads” represent the labors of the religious soul-life. The condemnation of Adam inherent within us must be left outside the gates. This is why God deals so drastically with His sons. We can only enter the Holy City through His grace enabling us. For this to happen all the religious strivings in us must cease. The loads also represent the various oppressions of the enemy we carry at times. We are to throw off these oppressions just as Paul flung the viper into the fire in the book of Acts. Freeing ourselves from the oppressions of the enemy is always a faith endeavor. It’s believing God’s word to us and rejecting the Lie.
Keeping the Sabbath holy by doing no work on it is very important. I have sensed the holiness of the Lord in a deeper way as the Feast of Tabernacles opens to us. His holiness is manifested in our realization of His goodness towards us. We are always unworthy of this goodness apart from Christ. The presence of the Lord will overshadow us as we stand as a humble people honoring Him.
Verse 25 is precious. Kings and princes will come in through the gates of the city sitting on the throne of David. We know that the throne of David is the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ alone sits on the throne of David. The kings and princes in Christ sitting on David’s throne are those spoken of in Rev. 5:
9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
We are entering into Christ’s royalty. It is a spiritual process happening now. All the sons of God carry His royalty. This is why Peter calls them a ROYAL priesthood in 1st Pet. 2:9. Let our hearts begin to perceive His holiness and royalty within us!
This verse tells us that the kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, along with their princes, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, will inhabit spiritual Zion forever. Their princes, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, are those who are drawn up into Zion through the ministry of those sitting on the throne of David with Christ. It is the ministry of sons that enable others to enter God’s holy presence in Zion.
Verse 26 reveals to us this ministry of sons.
“They will come in from the cities of Judah and from the environs of Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the lowland, from the hill country and from the Negev, bringing burnt offerings, sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing sacrifices of thanksgiving to the house of the LORD.”
Zion is to be filled with the worshippers of the Lord. The burnt offerings, sacrifices, grain offerings and incense all symbolize a pure worship unto God. Sacrifices of thanksgiving indicate a people who have learned the grace of God and carry no loads anymore. Their soulish strivings have ceased. The Kingdom Sabbath is the realm of Zion. Blessed are the ones entering in, and blessed are the ones who are enabling their brothers and sisters to enter in as well.
Let us celebrate this current Feast of Tabernacles with an eye upon this message. Let the divine hope that burns in our hearts come to fruition in this time. Let’s meet God in ways beyond what we have known.