Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles

This joyous feast is celebrated for 7 days.

Every feast introduce a specific season. With Pesach, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits, we celebrate the season of our freedom from the bondage of sin.

On Pentecost we commemorate the giving of the Torah, or Word of YHWH and the Set Apart (Holy) Spirit.

The period from the Feast of Trumpets up to the Day of Atonement is called Teshuvah, or the season of repentance or turning back to YHWH.

And then finally the season of our joy!

Lev 23:34-42  “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month (month of Tishri) is the Festival of Tabernacles (Sûkkâh) for seven days to יהוה (YHWH).

‘On the first day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.

‘On the eighth day there shall be a set-apart gathering for you. It is a closing festival, you do no servile work.

‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the fruit of the land, observe the festival of יהוה for seven days. On the first day is a rest, and on the eighth day a rest.

‘And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of good trees, branches of palm trees, twigs of leafy trees, and willows of the stream, and shall rejoice before יהוה your Elohim for seven days.

‘And you shall observe it as a festival to יהוה for seven days in the year – a law forever in your generations. Observe it in the seventh month.

‘Dwell in booths for seven days

The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the appointed times (feasts) of YHWH. It is the 7th feast in the 7th month and it lasts 7 days and all of that speaks of completeness and fullness – the perfect completion for a whole cycle of festivals. All that remains is to be joyful before YHWH.

THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES

The Hebrew word for tabernacle is Sukkah. It means “a booth, hut, covering, pavilion, or tent.” It is a very flimsy structure, built in 5 days and which only needs to stand for 7 days.

After Yom Kippur there are 5 days to construct a sukkah. It is a wonderful activity for the whole family to bond again as they join forces in the building process. You may want to give your children the opportunity to decorate your sukkah with FRUIT because in agricultural terms this is the season of the fruit harvest or the final in-gathering.

Traditionally the roof is made with leafy branches so that one can still see the stars or feel the rain and wind and be reminded of YHWH’s (God’s) presence, protection, provision and faithfulness it was for Israel in the wilderness: how He looked after them and how they survived without all the comforts that we need (or want) each day.

The Feast of Tabernacles also teaches us how YHWH’s heart is to dwell with His people. When Israel roamed around in the wilderness, they had to pitch the Tabernacles right in the middle of the camp. And that is where YHWH wants to be: in the centre – the most important Person in our lives. He also sent Yeshua to walk with us for a while – the ultimate Tabernacle. He did not leave us as orphans but gave us the Set Apart (Ruach / Holy) Spirit to tabernacle in us, and at the end of this age Yeshua is coming to tabernacle / dwell with us for a 1000 years in His glory.

What is done during this Feast?

NO WORK! Only rejoicing!!

How beautifully YHWH reveals His Father heart in:

Deu 16:13-15  “Perform the Festival of Booths for seven days after the in-gathering from your threshing-floor and from your winepress, and you shall rejoice in your festival, you and your son and your daughter, and your male servant and your female servant, and the Lĕwite, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates. “For seven days you shall observe a festival to יהוה (YHWH) your Elohyim in the place which יהוה (YHWH) chooses, because יהוה (YHWH) your Elohyim does bless you in all your increase and in all the work of your hands, and you shall be only rejoicing!

HOW DO WE CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES?

The idea is to sleep, or AT LEAST have all your meals in the sukkah and praise YHWH every time for His provision and protection. It is supposed to be a time of rest for the farmer who has worked so hard to bring in the final harvest and to rejoice in YHWH’s bounty.

It is a wonderful opportunity to reach out into the community and to invie the above mentioned people that we do not normally entertain. What an ideal situation to sit under the sukkah and answer their questions for this “strange” behavior, to bless them and talk about the faithfulness of our Elohyim who loves them so much even though they have been led to believe differently.

We do not bring all the prescribed animal sacrifices anymore, but the principle still stands. So we bring a sacrifice of praise under the Sukkah.

Deu 16:16
Three times a year all your males appear before יהוה your Elohyim in the place which He chooses:
1. at the Festival of Unleavened Bread,
2. and at the Festival of Weeks,
3. and at the Festival of Tabernacles.

The place YHWH chose for His people to meet with Him was first the Tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness and later the Temple. Yeshua observed also this command, of course, as it is mentioned a few times that He was in the Temple for some feast. As it is not possible to come together at the place YHWH chose, because the temple was destroyed, we come together under the sukkah, in One Spirit.

Prophetically, the Sukkah points toward the future, to the Messianic age or the Millennium when Yeshua will tabernacle or dwell with us for 1000 years.

Presently, A sukkah is supposed to remind us that we are but strangers and pilgrims on the earth, this being is a temporary dwelling place. (Heb 11:8-10)

Historically, Sukkot commemorates the days in the wilderness of Sinai after coming out of Egypt. According to all natural laws, the Israelites should have perished, but were instead divinely protected by YHWH.

For the believer in Yeshua (Jesus), our earhly physical body is only a temporary tabernacle. At the coming of Messiah, we will receive a new and heavenly house, a glorified body. (1 Cor 15:39-44)

However let us remember that our present bodies are the temple or tabernacle of the honoured Ruach HaKodesh (Set Apart / Holy Spirit) and let us look after His abode with diligence as YHWH gave us only this one body and we need it to function in full capacity to finish the work of the Kingdom put before us.

Mat 6:31-33  “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For all these the gentiles seek for. And your heavenly Father knows that you need all these. “But seek first the reign of Elohim, and His righteousness, and all these matters shall be added to you.

THE SEASON OF OUR JOY

Sukkot is called the “Season of our Joy”. One reason therefore was that Sukkot was a time was that after the season of repentance and the redemption of Yom Kippur, came the joy of knowing your sins were forgiven and the joy of walking with YHWH.

THE FESTIVAL OF INGATHERING

Like the other pilgrimage festivals, Sukkot / Tabernacles has an agricultural element. It marks the time of the harvest, the final ingathering of produce.

Exo 23:16  and the Festival of the Harvest, the first-fruits of your labours which you have sown in the field; and the Festival of the Ingathering at the outgoing of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field.

As stated earlier, Sukkot is also called the Feast of Ingathering. Yeshua told us that the harvest represents the end of the age. (Matt 13:39)

The harvest refers more specifically to people who choose to accept the Messiah Yeshua into their hearts and lives. (Matt 9:35-38)

YHWH is gathering both Jews and non-Jews who accept the Messiah into their lives. Most of the people on earth have not accepted Yeshua into their lives and are in the valley of decision (Joel 3:13-14)

What is your decision? Have you accepted Yeshua into your life? Will you?

Jeremiah sorrowed for a people who were not a part of the harvest –  Jer 8:20  “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we have not been saved!”

Those who do accept the Messiah, will experience the real Sukkot during the Messianic age, the Millennium.

THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF THE MESSIAH

This is the time when Yeshua will come and rule and reign on the recreated earch for a 1000 years. (Ps 96 and Rev 5:10)

It will be a time of great happiness and prosperity for everyone because the earth will experience a righteous government at last.

For 6000 years man tried to govern, but at best made a mess. Now Yeshua, the KING of kings wil be over all government and the foundation of His throne will be righteousness and justice.

Although Sha’ul (Paul) encourages us to set our hearts and minds on things above (Col 3:1), not much is said and written on this wonderful time that awaits us. There is so much misery on earth that we can hardly imagine and a world with it: no sickness, hospitals and all that goes with that, no crime and all that accompanies it and no influence of the devil that always wants to slow us down in our quest to finish the work the Father gave us.

Here are but a few facts to make us interested and start digging in the Word for more!

Yeshua will have absolute authority over all nations through the Word.

Rev 19:11-15  And I saw the heaven opened, and there was a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Trustworthy and True, and in righteousness He judges and fights. And His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns, having a Name that had been written, which no one had perceived except Himself and having been dressed in a robe dipped in blood – and His Name is called: The Word of יהוה (YHWH). And the armies in the heaven, dressed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations. And He shall shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Ěl Shaddai (Almighty God).

The Torah or the Word will be taught to all the earth:

Mic 4:1-3  And in the latter days it shall be that the mountain of the House of יהוה is established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills. And peoples shall flow to it. And many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of יהוה, to the House of the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths. For out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the word of יהוה from Yerushalayim.”  And He shall judge among many peoples, and reprove strong nations afar off. They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks – nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither teach battle any more.

Isa 51:4-5  “Listen to Me, My people, and give ear to Me, O My nation, for the Torah goes forth from Me, and My right-ruling I set as a light to peoples. “My righteousness is near, My deliverance shall go forth, and My arms judge peoples. Coastlands wait upon Me, and for My arm they wait expectantly.”

Who will reign with the Messiah?

Rev 20:4-6  And I saw thrones – and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them – and the lives of those who had been beheaded because of the witness they bore to יהושע and because of the Word of Elohim, and who did not worship the beast, nor his image, and did not receive his mark upon their foreheads or upon their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years   (and the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended) – this is the first resurrection. Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in the first resurrection. The second death possesses no authority over these, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Rev 5:9-10  And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.” (See Dan. 7:18-27)

What will be the authority of individuals?

Rev 3:21  “To him who overcomes (Yisra’el) I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

Rev 2:26  “And he who overcomes, and guards My works until the end, to him I shall give authority over the nations”

Luk 19:17  “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant. Because you were trustworthy in a small matter, have authority over ten cities.”

The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot will be celebrated by ALL nations:

Zec 14:16  “And it shall be that all who are left from all the gentiles which came up against Yerushalayim, shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, יהוה of hosts, and to observe the Festival of Tabernacles.”

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