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“Many of you just don’t get it!”
~ Herbert W Armstrong
Israel was commanded to keep the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days.
34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.
However, there is an unnamed eighth day which is a holy day.
36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
I’m sure you will hear more about this eighth day tomorrow. Right now, I want to reflect upon this last day of the seven day Feast of Tabernacles.
At the end of the Millennium, Satan is released just long enough to once again stir up mankind into fighting Jesus Christ! It’s hard to believe, but that is what your Bible says!
7 When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, in order to gather them for battle; they are as numerous as the sands of the sea. 9 They marched up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The Beast and False Prophet were thrown into the Lake of Fire at the beginning of the Millennium, but Satan isn’t until the end of the Millennium. Comparing against the KJV, one can clearly see that the word “are” is in italics, and the KJV also doesn’t supply the second pronoun “they”. These were added to “clarify” the verse, or at least according the translators’ biases. The truth is that the False Prophet and Beast are long dead, and it is Satan (and his demons) who are tormented day and night forever, for they are spirit beings and cannot die.
Therefore, the proper rendering of verse 10 is: “And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the Lake of Fire, in which the Beast and False Prophet [had been cast], and [he] will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
And, if you don’t want to believe your own Bibles and be deceived, so be it. However, I will believe what my Bible says, and I’ll just delete unbiblical arguments saying Satan will die. This passage makes it clear that Satan will not die, and many of Jesus’ own words support it.
When we think of the Millennium, we don’t often think of rude awakenings, do we? We don’t think about how physical it is very often, either, I suspect.
Lev 23:40 instructs to gather boughs of trees, branches of palm trees and other plant material, and then God instructs Israel to keep the Feast seven days. What will those boughs, branches, etc., look like after seven days?
While the solid branches were reserved for the construction of the booths, the lighter branches were carried by men, who marched in triumphal procession, singing psalms and crying “Hosanna!” which signifies, “Save, we beseech thee!” ( Psa 118:15, 25, 26 ).
~ Jamieson, Fausset & Brown, “Commentary on Leviticus 23“
After seven days, the branches and especially the leaves will become less supple, brown and droop.
There are seven days for the Days of Unleavened Bread. The spring holy days show God’s plan in that what individual Christians must do, accept and/or believe in order to be saved. The fall holy days show God’s plan for the rest of humanity, though. Seven days represents the time for individuals to put away sin, but the Day of Atonement is only one day! Ever consider that?
However, the celebration of the spring harvest, Pentecost, is only one day. The celebration for the larger fall harvest, representing all nations, is seven days.
The green in the boughs and branches fade after seven days. This physical world will still, in spite of the plenty and bounty, will fade away. Why? Because the Feast of Tabernacles and the eighth day afterwards represents the end of the physical portion of God’s plan.
All of this will require a miracle. It will require supernatural force. Still, people at the end of the Millennium will still be deceived! The nations will once again be stirred up to attack Jerusalem!
How can this be?
You know, it is easy to underestimate the enemy. Now, in this current age, he is mostly restrained. He is still in charge, but his power is limited. Part of the Book of Revelation, however, points to a time when there will be another war in Heaven, and once again Satan will be thrown to the earth. Afterwards, there will be 3-1/2 years of all out anarchy!
Remember what I wrote about yesterday? We need to be called, convicted, committed, converted and filled with courage. Today, there was a message about running the race, even when the odds are against us. We must run as though our life depends upon it, because it does!
Seven is the number of spiritual perfection. The seven day week represented the time God recreated the earth. It is a finishing of one phase of the plan. The seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles draws to a close the age of man, wherein mankind was commanded to “be fruitful and multiply”. People who come up in the second resurrection will not have that command. That part of God’s creative plan will be finished.
Seven also has the connotation of “full” or “satisfied”.
In the Hebrew, 7 is shevah. It is from the root savah, to be full or satisfied, have enough of. Hence the meaning of the word “seven” is dominated by this root, for on the seventh day God rested from the work of Creation. It was full and complete, and good and perfect. Nothing could be added to it or taken from it without marring it. Hence the word Shavath, to cease, desist, rest, and Shabbath, Sabbath, or day of rest.
~ BibleStudy.org, “The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 7“
However, if 7 is “satisfied”, then the number 8 takes it much, much further:
In Hebrew the number eight is (Sh’moneh), from the root (Shah’meyn), “to make fat,” “cover with fat,” “to super-abound.” As a participle it means “one who abounds in strength,” etc. As a noun it is “superabundant fertility,” “oil,” etc. So that as a numeral it is the superabundant number. As seven was so called because the seventh day was the day of completion and rest, so eight, as the eighth day, was over and above this perfect completion, and was indeed the first of a new series, as well as being the eighth.
~ BibleStudy.org, “The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 8“
So, the eighth day is a day to “super-abound”, for it is the time when all will have a chance at salvation! Everyone and anyone who up to this point has not had his or her opportunity will be resurrected, have their eyes opened, and they will finally understand.
Is it a new beginning? Sure! It is a turning point. Like I already pointed out, no children will be born during this last period of physical humanity. Satan will have been put away forever. The last act that will take place on this physical earth will be to engulf it all in purifying flames.
Why isn’t it an ending then? Well, a beginning picks up where the previous ended. It will be a beginning of spiritual super-abundance and super fertility (in that there will suddenly be many, many children of God. All humanity will be made spirit and then …