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Tabernacles and the Triumphal Entry

written by Asher Intrater
September 20, 2013

The Biblical Holy Days are appointed times that have symbolic and prophetic meaning. They are a type of parable that can be understood on several levels. In addition to the agricultural and historical meanings in the Torah, there are also New Covenant fulfillments of the Holy Days.

The major events of the Gospels and Acts took place during the spring Holy Days; the major events of the End Times seem to be connected to the autumn ones. They could be summarized thus:

Spring:
Pesach (Passover) – Crucifixion
Omer (First Sheaf) – Resurrection
Shavuot (Weeks) – Holy Spirit

Autumn:
Teruah (Trumpets) – Tribulation
Kippur (Atonement) – Second Coming
Sukkot (Tabernacles) – Millennium

This week we celebrate Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-43). The 70 bulls of Sukkot represent a priestly, intercessory prayer for the nations of the world (Numbers 29; Deuteronomy 32:8). The agricultural symbol is to bring fruit and branches to wave before the Lord in thanksgiving (Nehemiah 8:9-18). At Sukkot the nations will come to Jerusalem to worship during the millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14:16).

In John 12:12-15, right before the crucifixion, Yeshua rides into Jerusalem on a donkey with the people waving palm branches, welcoming Him with shouts of “Baruch Haba” and “Hoshanna,” calling Him the “King of Israel.” This is often referred to as the “Triumphal Entry.” However, there are a few problems with that title. Perhaps it should be called the “Humble Entry,” or the “Rehearsal for the Triumphal Entry.” There are also problems with the timing:

Those familiar with the Torah would immediately recognize that palm branches are to be waved at Sukkot, not Pesach. (Lev 23:40)

Yeshua came into Jerusalem the first time riding a donkey, in order to suffer and thus offer salvation (Zechariah 9:9); but He will come the next time on a white horse to rule in triumph (Revelation 19:11).

While the people correctly cried “Hoshanna” and “Baruch Haba” to welcome Him, that same prophecy requires that He first be rejected by the religious leaders (Psalm 118:22-26).

While He is truly the King of Israel, in order to set up the kingdom, Yeshua must come not only as King of Israel, but also as “Head of the Church” (Ephesians 1:21).

[For other mysteries concerning the timing, see Matthew 16:3; 24:3 Mark 11:13; Luke 19:42-44; John 6:15; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; Romans 11:25, etc.]

So there must be another time for the greater fulfillment. It will be connected to the autumn Holy Days, not the spring ones; it will be in the last century, not the first century; and it will include the remnant of all nations, not just Israel. Then we will see the real “Triumphal Entry,” for King Messiah Yeshua to enter Jerusalem in all His glory to rule over all the earth in righteousness, peace, and joy.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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