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Bible Study The Last Day Of The Festival

Feb 1, 2013
Sunday 10-20-19 Tishri 21, 1st. day of the weekly cycle, 5780 Seventh Month 21st. day, this day is the seventh day of Tabernacles out of seven days unto the Lord. Leviticus 23:33-39,

John 7:37 37On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.

In John, chapter 7, we find that Yeshua went down to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. In verse 37 we read, “On the last day of the festival, the GREAT DAY, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink.

As the Scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37-39, NRSV).
What is the “last day” of the Feast? Why is it called, “the Great Day”?

What is the special significance of this day? What does Jewish history tell us?

The Last Day of the Feast -- Hoshana Rabbah
The seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles is not an annual Sabbath day -- yet it has special meaning and significance of its own. In ancient times it was known as the “great day of the feast.” The entire Feast of Tabernacles pictured, in a spectacular way, the great fall harvest, and it was called “The Festival of the Harvest.” But the seventh and last day of the Feast -- and the culmination of the Feast – had a special meaning of itself. It represented in a unique way the FINAL DAY OF HARVEST! Therefore, it also pictured the FINAL DAY of JUDGMENT! It pictured the celebration of the gathering in of the final great harvest of souls in God’s plan.

We read in the book Celebrate! --by Lesli Koppelman Ross:
“Therefore, the final day of the festival, when the last sacrifices were offered on behalf of the other nations, was identified as the occasion when the earth is JUDGED regarding replenishment of water, and consequently, when mankind’s FATE, collectively and individually, IS SEALED. (Rabbinic literature identifies this Yom Darvata, Day of the Willow, as Yom Hakhitum, Day of Sealing, an extension of Yom Kippur.)

Striking the willows then had the added connotation of casting away of sin or symbolizing the thrashings one would receive in punishment for sin” (p.214).

The seventh day of the Feast is called “Hoshanah Rabbah,” meaning “the many hoshanahs.” This is a contraction of hoshiah na -- or “The Great Salvation.” During the Middle Ages, customs associated with Yom Kippur -- such as dressing the Torah in white vestments, and the cantor’s wearing of a kittel -- were adopted for Hoshanah Rabbah, looked upon as “the final day of judgment.”

Chosen By The Father:

Ephesians 1:3 3Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Ephesians 1
King James Bible Par ▾
Galatians 1:1-5)

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:28-34)

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

15Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Love always, Walter and Debbie
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Aug 16, 2015
On the last day of the Festival of Booths/Tabernacle it culminated by going to a spring (same one the blind man was to wash the mud from his eyes at) and take a drink of the water after squeezing pomegranate juice from pomegranates on a branch you carried with you to the spring into the water. It was a huge procession and ceremony. The blind man kinda upsetting the whole thing.

But Jesus, being confrontational, said, "If anyone is thirsty come to Me"

IOW... don't go to the ceremonies, come to me for true Spiritual Gifts.

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