Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sukkot - The Festival of Booths - The Festival of Tabernacles

This evening my family will begin the celebration of Sukkot.  It is often called the Festival of Booths or Tabernacles.  It is a wonderful, joyous celebration.  This festival, like all the bible Holy Days, is full of prophesy about our relationship with YHWH and Yahshua, our Messiah.


Here are many of the bible verses that refer to this beautiful celebration....

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto YHVH. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YHVH: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YHVH: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
These are the feasts of YHVH, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto YHVH, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: Beside the sabbaths of YHVH, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto YHVH.
Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto YHVH seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before YHVH your ELOHIYM seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto YHVH seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am YHVH your ELOHIYM.
Leviticus 23:34-43

"On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of Adonai your God for seven days. You are to observe it as a feast to Adonai seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month."
Leviticus 23:40-41


Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto YHVH thy ELOHIYM in the place which YHVH shall choose: because YHVH thy ELOHIYM shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.
Deuteronomy 16:13-15

And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, When all Israel is come to appear before YHVH thy ELOHIYM in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear YHVH your ELOHIYM, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear YHVH your ELOHIYM, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
Deuteronomy 31:10-13

How lovely are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
Numbers 24:5

How lovely are thy tabernacles, O YHVH of hosts!
Psalm 84:1

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, YHVH of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, YHVH of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith YHVH will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zechariah 14:16-18


It is a simple and joyous observance.  Build yourself a temporary structure, eat and hang out in it, and sleep in it if you can.  Even a tent would qualify.  Many people I know take this period of time off and go camping with other believers.  What a great time they have!!!

There are SOOOOO many possibilities!!!

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The children and I made one for ourselves this year.  I don't think it would make a great emergency shelter by any means..... but it was FUN and I think it is pretty cute.  Might make a great bean trellis afterwards also.

During this time we will be able to explore the prophetic characteristics of the feast.  It recalls that the Hebrew people lived in tents in the desert before coming into their promised land.  It expresses YHWH's heart for us to rejoice greatly, even with humility.  It is believed that this is the actual feast during which Yahshua was born to Mary, as they had to travel and seek temporary shelter, lowly, but still so beautiful and full of 'exceedingly great joy'.  It also foretells of the great marriage feast and celebration after Yahshua's return.


In Revelation 19:7-9a we catch a glimpse of that glorious day, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb."

Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.  Indeed they are.

To learn more about the Festival of Booths and how it points us to Yahshua - http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html


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