Previously we’ve seen that the year 1994 came into view as the starting point for the feast of tabernacles in two different ways:
1. Israel’s great deliverance from Egypt ties in with the Jubilee year of 1994 and the time God proclaimed liberty to set the captives free. Following Israel’s deliverance (Jubilee) they wandered 40 years in the wilderness and all that time dwelt in booths.
2. Jonah (the dove/Holy Spirit) the second time went to Nineveh (world) picturing the second outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This ties in with the Jubilee year of 1994 which was the second time God extended His hand to recover the remnant of His people. We also find that Jonah proclaimed a time line of 40 days (using a day for a year = 40 years) and waited in a booth (tabernacles) for the 40 day/year period to pass.
There’s now a third tie in with the year 1994. It’s found in the book of Zechariah:
Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the
nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
In this passage we find the feast of tabernacles mentioned three times (the #3 indicating God’s purpose) and we also find that if any go not up to keep the feast “...upon them shall be no rain”.
The year 1994 stands out as a Jubilee year in which the captives were to be set free, but also as the beginning point for the latter rain:
Deuteronomy 11:14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
17 And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit;
We see in the passage above that God speaks of sending rain in due season, and also warns that disobedience will result in “no rain.”
Since the feast of tabernacles is the third and final feast in God’s program for times and seasons; and since it’s spiritual fulfillment involves events at the time of the world’s end, we can be sure that it (feast of tabernacles) is the feast that most closely identifies with the latter rain. And therefore when God says any not going up to keep the feast will not experience rain, He means the latter rain that began to fall in the year 1994.
Once again, through the language of Zechariah 14 we find Biblical evidence linking the feast of tabernacles with the Jubilee year of 1994.