The Second Coming

Waving Palm Branches

Remember the law of the wave-sheaf offering in Leviticus 23:11? This was done after Passover. There is a similar law for the Feast of Tabernacles:

Leviticus 23:40-41 – and ye have taken to yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palms, and broughs of thick trees, and willows of a brook, and have rejoiced before Jehovah your God seven days. ‘And ye have kept it a feast to Jehovah, seven days in a year – a statute age-during to your generations; in the seventh month ye keep it a feast. (YLT)

This verse states that waving palm branches to praise God is apart of the Feast of Tabernacles. This was associated with singing hymns of praise as seen in Psalms:

Psalm 118:27 – God [is] Jehovah, and He giveth to us light, Direct ye the festal-sacrifice with cords, Unto the horns of the altar. (YLT)

This verse says to bind a sacrifice. Symbolically, Jesus is the ultimate sacrificial Lamb that would pay for the sin of the world. (John 1:29) These verses give us even more clues:

John 12:12-13 – On the morrow, a great multitude that came to the feast, having heard that Jesus doth come to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palms, and went forth to meet him, and were crying, ‘Hosanna, blessed [is] he who coming in the name of the Lord – the king of Israel; (YLT)

Revelation 7:9-10 – After these things I saw, and lo, a great multitude, which to number no one was able, out of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands, and crying with a great voice, saying, ‘The salvation [is] to Him who is sitting upon the throne – to our God, and to the Lamb! (YLT)

Revelation 20:6 – Happy and hold [is] he who is having part in the first rising again; over these the second death hath not authority, but they shall be priest of God and of the Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (YLT)

The passage in John is where we get the holiday Palm Sunday. The people unknowingly were prophesying the second coming of Jesus. This is confirmed in Revelation 7, where it says the Lamb (Jesus) was praised with palm branches. From Revelation 20, we know that the barley overcomers will rise in the first resurrection, and reign with Christ for a thousand years. Also, we mentioned earlier that the Age of Tabernacles was a thousand years. Therefore, we can finally conclude that the second coming will occur at the beginning of the Age of Tabernacles.

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