Feast of Tabernacles
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
33 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. 36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
12 ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work, and you shall keep a feast to the Lord seven days.
13 “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. 14 And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates. 15 Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice. 16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.
Jesus Observed the Feast of Tabernacles
How did the Jews celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles
40 You shall take on the first day the branches of majestic trees—branches of palm trees, branches of leafy trees, and willows from a brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native children of Israel shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. 44 Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.
Different Names: Chag Ha’asif - Festival of Ingathering of crops
Chag Hasukkot - Feast of Tabernacles
Chag - The Festival - Rabbis- Festival par excellence
Zeman Simchatenu - The season of our rejoicing
Day 1 is a Solemn assembly - Shabbat
During the temple period at the end of the first day huge golden lamps were lighted in the courtyard of the temple, illuminating the whole of Jersualem
Drawing of water- Levites would lead and priests and people follow - Shiloah Pool and
Last day of the feast - The priest pray for rain and blessings - Deuteronomy 11:13-14
The sukkah represents the human’s fragile state and the need for God’s divine protection and provision in wilderness - God is our only source
All of the four species grow near water sources; the majority of them are able to recover after a fire (lulav-palm branch; etrog-citron; hadasim -three myrtle twigs and the aravot - two willo branches)
Observant Jews believe in the importance of being rooted in the Word and getting water from the source
Priestly blessing every day by the priests
Jesus and the Feast of Tabernacles
The most important revelations about Him - unveiling of Him. (John 7-9)
2 Now the annual Feast of Tabernacles was approaching. 3 So Jesus’ brothers came to advise him, saying, “Why don’t you leave the countryside villages and go to Judea where the crowds are, so that your followers can see your miracles? 4 No one can see what you’re doing here in the backwoods of Galilee. How do you expect to be successful and famous if you do all these things in secret? Now is your time—go to Jerusalem, come out of hiding, and show the world who you are!” 5 His brothers were pushing him, even though they didn’t yet believe in him as the Savior. 6 Jesus responded, “My time of being unveiled hasn’t yet come, but any time is a suitable opportunity for you to gain man’s approval. 7 The world can’t hate you, but it does me, for I am exposing their evil deeds. 8 You can go ahead and celebrate the feast without me—my appointed time has not yet come.”
9 Jesus lingered in Galilee until his brothers had left for the feast in Jerusalem. Then later, Jesus took a back road and went into Jerusalem in secret.
14 Not until the feast was half over did Jesus finally appear in the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jewish leaders were astonished by what he taught and said, “How did this man acquire such knowledge? He wasn’t trained in our schools—who taught him?”
He revealed Himself as the Great I AM
28 Knowing all of this, Jesus one day preached boldly in the temple courts, “So, you think you know me and where I come from? But you don’t know the One who sent me—the Father who is always faithful. I have not come simply on my own initiative. 29 The Father has sent me here, and I know all about him, for I have come from his presence.”
I am from next to Him - The Aramaic is ‘from his presence I Am’
33 Then Jesus said, “My days to be with you are numbered. Then I will return to the One who sent me. 34 And you will search for me and not be able to find me. For where I am, you cannot come.”
Jesus was speaking of his approaching death on the cross, which he knew was near, and his ascension back to the Father, the realm of the I Am
21 Jesus replied, “I only had to do one miracle, and all of you marvel!
24 That’s why I’ve told you that you will all die in your sins if you fail to believe that I AM who I AM.”
58 Jesus said to them, “I give you this eternal truth: I have existed long before Abraham was born, for I AM!”
I am the light to the world
12 Then Jesus said, “I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.”
never no never — walk in the darkness
Life giving Water and baptizer of the Holy Spirit
37 Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds—“All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! 38 Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!” 39 Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them, because Jesus had not yet been unveiled in his full splendor.
only Lord Jesus can quench our spiritual thirst and empower us with the Holy Spirit
The Truth will set you free
31 Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers. 32 For if you embrace the truth, it will release more freedom into your lives.”
Who the Son sets free is free indeed
34 “I speak eternal truth,” Jesus said. “When you sin you are not free. You’ve become a slave in bondage to your sin.
6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
36 So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free!
51 I speak to you this eternal truth: whoever cherishes my words and keeps them will never experience death.”
God’s grace and mercy exceeds all requirements - New Covenant - Story of the woman caught in adultery
4 Then they said to Jesus, “Teacher, we caught this woman in the very act of adultery.
6 They were only testing Jesus because they hoped to trap him with his own words and accuse him of breaking the laws of Moses. But Jesus didn’t answer them. Instead he simply bent down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 Angry, they kept insisting that he answer their question, so Jesus stood up and looked at them and said, “Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire throw the first stone at her.” 8 And then he bent over again and wrote some more words in the dust. 9 Upon hearing that, her accusers slowly left the crowd one at a time, beginning with the oldest to the youngest, with a convicted conscience.
10 Until finally, Jesus was left alone with the woman still standing there in front of him. So he stood back up and said to her, “Dear woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?” 11 Looking around, she replied, “I see no one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Then I certainly don’t condemn you either. Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.”
16 For I discern the truth. And I am not alone in my judgments, for my Father and I have the same understanding in all things, and he has sent me to you.
18 Then what I say about who I am is true, for I am not alone in my testimony—my Father is the other witness, and we testify together of the truth.”
Feast of Tabernacles - Millennial rule of Messiah - Christ Jesus
Yom Teruah - Rapture
Yom Kippur - Tribulation
Sukkot - Millennial rule of Jesus Christ
15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
One day is like 1000 years
Day 1-2 (Sunday - Monday) two days - Creation to the floods
Day 3-4 (Tuesday - Wednesday) two days - Creation to the floods sacrifice of Christ
Day 5-6 (Thursday - Friday) two days - Church age and about to enter into Shabbat
Day 7 (Saturday) Day of Shabbat - Millennial rule of Christ
4 Then I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given the authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God. They had refused to worship the wild beast or its image and did not have their foreheads or hands marked by the wild beast. They lived and reigned with the Christ for one thousand years.
Total and true peace
4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. 24 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, 25 whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
4 He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.
20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
Nations will go to Jersualem to worship King Jesus and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles
16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall 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 whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
Even now come Lord Jesus- Maranatha