In Vayikrah / Leviticus 23:2 it is written, "the feasts of HaShem, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations …." The Hebrew term translated as convocation in Vayikra 23:2,4 is mikra, which means "a rehearsal." From this we can see that God gave the festivals to be yearly "rehearsals" of the future events in the redemption. Because God gave the "rehearsals" to teach us about the major events in the redemption, if we want to understand the major events in the redemption, then we need to understand what God was teaching us by these rehearsals.
We have already passed the spring festivals, which represent the work of redemption (remember that redemption did start back in Pesach / Passover) and the equipping the people with the necessities of their lives (Torah) next we have the fall festivals which bring and end to the picture that God is presenting to us.
There are four important aspects to remember when dealing with each of the eight great festivals of HaShem: All of the festivals are, at the same time, both historical and prophetic. All of the festivals teach about the Mashiach whom is the ONLY hope for Israel. All of the festivals are agricultural in context. All of the festivals teach about your personal relationship with God and how you are to walk (halacha) with Him as you grow in the knowledge of Him, from being a baby believer to a mature believer.
It is important to remember that as an entire unit, the festivals teach and reveal the complete plan of God; however, each festival centers on a particular theme in the plan of God.
The Festival of Sukkot begins on the 15 day of the seven month, fifth day after Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous. The Feast of Sukkot completes the sacred festivals of the seventh month. In contrast to the somber tone of Yom Teruah (Rosh HaShana) and Yom Kippur, the third feast of the seven month was a time of joy. Israel had passed through the season of repentance and redemption. This festival is sometimes referred to as Zeman Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing. Sukkot lasts for seven days. The day following festival is a separate holiday, Shemini Atzeret (Eighth day of Assembly), but is commonly thought of as part of Sukkot. Sukkot does shadow the Messianic Kingdom where King Messiah will bring peace world wide.
Believers in the Bible around the world eat and sometimes sleep in these succot (succah – singular) for seven days. The temporary nature of these structures signifies both the time the Children of Israel spent wandering in the desert (after their exodus from Mitzrayim / Egypt) as well as a reminder that security is not found in dwellings or material items but in HaShem.
At the end of time (which are now) King Messiah will build the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) once more, and from there teach the whole world the ways of the God of Israel via the Torah given to Moshe 4000 years earlier. And this is what eventually Sukkot represents, God dwelling with His people, and we having Him as our God. Then the whole world will have peace.
The biblical Feasts of Israel are shadows cast by the true Light that enlightens every man in whom Life dwells.
PS: A sukkah is not a menger! We shouldn’t try to bring a pagan replacement to a Biblical celebration. This is not the birth of Maran Yeshua. Mirian got pregnant on the six month of the year, then visits Elisheva. Add nine months to the six month of the year, …and you end up in Shavuot. The Torah was given, the holy Spirit, and the Jewish Messiah who helps us to understand the holy writs. Read the text: Luke 1:26-27 – Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Yosef, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Miriam.
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