The seventh and final feast given to Israel is Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles and is celebrated in the fall. It is a seven-day festival of rejoicing.
“In Sukkot (tabernacles of booths), you shall dwell seven days, every citizen in Israel they shall dwell in Sukkot, in order that your generations shall know, that in Sukkot did I cause the children of Israel to dwell, when I brought them forth from the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 23)
Sukkot commemorates how protective clouds of glory, surrounded the Jewish people after leaving Egypt during the 40 years of wandering in the desert. The holiday is so filled with symbolism to express our relationship to God and to point to Yeshua, the Living Water and the Light of the World. Yeshua revealed this during this festival at the water libation ceremony and the Temple light show, John 7. To understand the feasts is to get the fuller picture as to the deeper meaning of His words.
It also commemorates how the Jews lived in temporary dwellings during that same time. So, too, we leave the safety and security of our houses and put ourselves under the direct protection of God Almighty.
Celebrating Sukkot is an annual reminder of our temporary state and that we also “seek a homeland.” (Hebrews 11:14) This festival reminds us that, in spite of our material possessions, we are still mortals in need of a literal transformation, so we may possess eternal life (I Corinthians 15:50-54) the Bible emphasizes that, as with booths or temporary dwellings, our physical life is transitory. The Rabbi Sh’aul’s (Apostle Paul’s) writings reflect his theme:
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.” (II Corinthians 5:1-2, KJV).
We will be celebrating this Feast, and all of the others in the millennium, (Zechariah 14:16). Other prophets described the millennium time as an era of God’s law covering the earth “as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14). The annual feasts are rehearsals of God’s appointed times. Let’s rehearse now while there is time before the final performance.