Hope To The End .... ...Holidays ... .ELUL
OF TABERNACLES, SUKKOT
"SEASON OF OUR JOY" --- Biblical Thanksgiving
including Hoshanna Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
This year's dates http://www.aish.com/h /
ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE
"under the shadow of the Almighty" Psalm 91:1,2
The Feast of Tabernacles is also called "Sukkot" or "Succcoth".
The gemetria (numerical sum of the letters) for "succah" is 91...just like Psalm 91.
The gematria of the Name of G-d which we say as "Adon-ai" is 65. That Name, which we do not pronounce the way it is written, consists of the letters "yud" and "heh" and "vav" and "heh," which add up to 26. Adding this Name the way it is spoken to the way it is written, comes to 91."
Sukkot is the Hebrew word for "booths" or temporary shelters. These booths, or tents,
were first erected in the wilderness of the Sinai desert during the 40 year Exodus.
It was also in a tent that God first Tabernacled with man during that Exodus.
This tent-Tabernacle was the meeting place with God-Emmanuel,
("which being interpreted is "God with us' ", Matthew 1:23 and Isaiah 7:14).
We were meant to "come away" with our Beloved (Canticle of Canticles 2:10)
"ABIDE in Me and I in you." John 15:4
Psalm 27:4 (which is recited daily till the end of this season) says it so well:
"that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life".
We are to delight ourselves, even now, in the Presence of the Lord.
(Canticle of Canticles 2:3..."I sat down under His shadow with great delight")
EMMANUEL "God is with us" (dwelling, tabernacling)
BIRTH OF YESHUA- JESUS ......TISHRI 15
Later on, in one of these very booths made for Sukkot, the birth of Yeshua-Jesus took place on the first day of
Tabernacles. He came at this "Season of Joy", just as the angels said, "We bring you tidings of great joy".
Greg Killian has done an excellent research paper on the birth of Yeshua on the
first day of Sukkot.. It has many interesting details.
We recommend downloading his Festivals at "The Watchman":
Here are the exact Biblical Scriptures for dates of Messiah's conception and birth:
Song : Come Thou Long Expected Jesus http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/c/o/m/comtlong.htm
Song : O Come O Come Emmanuel http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/c/ocomocom.htm
This is the REAL "Christmas" season. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!
More hyperlinks on the Sukkot-birthday of Jesus added at the end of this article
THE SEASON IS THE REASON
"Away in a Sukkot, in swaddling clothes...
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay;
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the lulavim"
Sukkot teaches us that the circumstances of life can easily put us into temporary, frail conditions whereupon we are much more dependent upon God and the elements, than when dwelling in permanent homes.
Sukkot teaches us too that our bodies are frail tents and that someday we will live in glorified bodies that will never wear out.
2 Corinthians Chapter 5:1-9.
That time will be when we Tabernacle, or dwell , with the Lord forever in heaven.
When we keep life simple, and remain pilgrims on this earth--- looking for that city
whose Maker and foundation is God (Hebrews 11:9,10,13) --- then we have the meaning of Sukkot in our hearts.
Sukkot Central: http://www.ou.org/chagim/sukkot/default.htm
"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God......
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country....
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city." Hebrews 11:8-10; 13-16.
THANK YOU, GOD..........THANKSGIVING..............INGATHERING
The feast of Sukkot is also known as "Ingathering"... a time of completed harvest, a time of bringing in the sheaves. "Ingathering" acknowledges the abundance and blessings of God during the agricultural year. It is the Thanksgiving-celebration that our forefathers emulated at the dawn of American History in gratitude for all of
In American culture, we celebrate Thanksgiving (in November ) for our harvest-ingathering BEFORE we honor the Birth of Christ ( in December ) . However, according to correct Biblical liturgy ( Leviticus 23:35 ), Yeshua's birth is to be celebrated at the same time of giving thanks for harvest-Ingathering .
Sukkot is a required- feast, whereupon all males are to appear before the Lord in Jerusalem at this time. During the Millennium, ALL Gentile nations are required to send representatives to Jerusalem to "worship the King", lest rains be witheld, and their lands do not prosper. Zechariah 14:16-21.
There is also a far greater consequence for not giving our annual thank-you to our Creator-God for the provision He has supplied us with. ( Deuteronomy 8. ) Truly, God is our Jehovah-Jireh, and we are to come into His gates with thanksgiving and praise. Psalm 100:4.
70 BULLS FOR 70 NATIONS
A GLOBAL CELEBRATION...Theocracy
In Genesis Chapter 10, we are given the Table of Nations. 70 nations are listed with their names.
And in Acts 17:26 it says:
(God) "hath made of ONE BLOOD all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed (" mo'ed ".......appointed days/ feasts/ times/ seasons),
"and the bounds of their habitations."
And as mentioned earlier by Zechariah 14:16-21, the nations--- all 70 of them--- will send representatives
up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles each year .
"And it shall come to pass that everyone that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the KING, the LORD of hosts (Sabaoth) and To Keep The Feast of TABERNACLES. (also Zechariah 14: 18,19)
The Book of Numbers Chapter 29 is read during this feast of Tabernacles, and tells of the Offerings involved at this time. In a very symbolic manner, 70 bulls are offered over the 7 days in a descending order each day, starting with 13 bulls, ...then 12...11...10 and so on. It is fascinating to learn that 7 Bulls are offered on the 7th Day (Hosanna Rabba). Seven is the number associated with Messsiah.
That is when Jesus cried out that He was the Living Water for those who thirsted. It is in the 7th chapter of John. John 7:37--39.
"Out of his inner most being will flow rivers of Living Water." ( referring to the Holy Spirit ).
"Jerusalem Jewish Voice"gives a good explanation of this ceremony. We found "Sukkot's Subliminal Sublimity" to be highly insightful, in regards to these Offerings.
(RH=Rosh HaShana and YK=Yom Kippur)
Another good description of the Feast of Tabernacles is found in 2 Chronicles 5-7, wherein Solomon dedicates the First Temple during this Feast.
GOD'S TEMPLE...sanctuary...dwelling place
Hear these profound words from King Solomon:
"The LORD hath said..."I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name might be there."
And Solomon prayed:"O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in the heaven,
nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and showest mercy unto thy servants
that walk before Thee with all their hearts (zeal).
"BUT WILL GOD IN VERY DEED DWELL WITH MEN ON THE EARTH?
behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee;
how much less this house which I have built!" 2 Chronicles 6: 1,6,14,18.
This sentiment is also echoed by Paul in Acts 17:24-28
"God that made the world and all things therein,
seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth
dwelleth not in temples made with hands"....
"that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him,
and FIND Him, though He be not far from everyone of us:
For in Him we live, and move, and have our being."
Solomon then goes on to ask the LORD that whenever people turn toward this place, that God would graciously then answer their prayers. Today, our Lord is seated at the Right hand of the Father in heaven. When we pray and LOOK UP skyward, we are facing the very real heavenly temple Hebrews 9:11,12 ; 23-25...Revelation 15:5
WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST
Solomon is very wise to say that God does not dwell in a single solitary place....a church, a synagogue or a temple. God's Spirit dwells within us, and WE are the temple of the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 6:19
ARK IN HEAVEN
The manifested presence of God is in Heaven. There, we are told, is where the Ark of the Covenant resides TODAY Revelation 11:19
and also the Mercy Seat.....Hebrews Chapter 9:
"The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the Holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience...until the time of the reformation."(Hebrews 9:8)
"But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle,
not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, BUT BY HIS OWN BLOOD
He entered in ONCE into the Holy Place, having obtained ETERNAL REDEMPTION for us (Hebrews 9:11)
(those who trust in the Blood-covering of Jesus for our sins.... Yeshua Blood-bought Believers)
"How much more (than ritual sacrifice) shall THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, who through
the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works
to serve the Living God (interactive God) Hebrews 9:14
MERCY SEAT IN HEAVEN (His Throne of Grace.... Hebrews 4:16)
"For Christ is not entered into the Holy Places made with hands, which are figures of the
true; BUT INTO HEAVEN ITSELF, now to appear in the presence of God for us."(Hebrews 9:24)
But now ONCE in the end of the age hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of HIMSELF (Hebrews 9:26)
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the Second Time without sin unto salvation.(Hebrews 9:28)
Today, the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat-- His Throne of Grace-- are actually up in the highest heaven. They are not here on earth. Any fabrication on that fact is exactly that, a fabrication.
LOOK UP, LIFT UP
According to Solomon's prayer, whenever we LOOK UP TOWARD HEAVEN AND PRAY, God will be especially attentive to our prayers. That is our point of focus today.
See Luke 21:28; Psalm 123:1; Ps 5:7; Ps. 28:2; Ps. 138:2;
Isaiah 40:26; Dan. 4:34 ; Jn 11:41; Jn 17:1; Acts 1:10 ; Acts 7:55.
While it is not traditional to pray Looking UP, it is very Biblical.
"Tonight [ third day Hol ha Moed...Tishrei 19 ] is the last night of the Simchat Beit HaShoevah celebrations of Sukkot, in which the joyful water-drawing ceremonies of the Holy Temple are remembered amidst song and dance. The neighborhood of Meah She'arim in Jerusalem is particularly known for its many Simchat Beit HaShoevah celebrations in various yeshivot on each of the first few nights of the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday. Several thousand people take part each night. Tomorrow night will be the night of Hoshana Rabba, when all-night Torah study takes the place of the singing and dancing." Arutz 7 October 15-2003
THREE SPECIAL DAYS
As was said earlier, Tabernacles, is a seven day festival (Leviticus 23:34) and 2 extra-special days have been added on afterwards (total 9 day season). The three last days of these nine days have special meaning. They are called
' Hoshanna Rabbah', 'Shemini Atzeret', and 'Simchat Torah'.
"Hoshanna Rabbah"..."Great Salvation" Date: http://www.aish.com/h/
personal salvation....Romans 10:9
National salvation....Romans 11: 26
Simchat Beit HaSho'evah (Water-Drawing Celebrations)
The Last, or 7th day of the Feast.
This is the day when Our Lord's own voice became as it were a final Shofar, calling the thirsty (seekers) unto Him. At the time of the final libation ceremony--- the pouring out of water from the pool of Siloam---
John 7:37 records......
"In the last day, that great day of the feast (Hoshanna Rabbah), Jesus stood and cried
'If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.
He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly (innermost being)
shall flow rivers of Living Water.
But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive:
for the Holy Ghost (Ruach HaChodesh) was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified". John 7:37- 39
Graphic by Bill Lane
The symbolism of water is used
throughout Sukkot representing Salvation through the Word
Isaiah 12:2, 3....
"Behold, God is my Salvation (Yeshua); I will trust, and not be afraid:
for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song;
He also is become my Salvation (Jesus)
Therefore with JOY shall ye draw water out of the wells of Salvation."
Isaiah 11: 9b "the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD,
as the waters cover the sea." see also Habakkuk 2:14
"Ho everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the Waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat"
In John 7:37, the feast of Hoshanna Rabbah, Christ is calling all those who seek after meaning, purpose and fulfillment, truth, goodness and righteousness to drink of Him. He has the wells of Salvation. He will save now!
Revelation 21: 6,7.... "I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son."
Revelation 22:17...."And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
The nation of Israel has longed , with great longing, for national salvation.
From the time that they waved Palm Branches at Our Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives (Palm Sunday "Hosanna! Save Now!!) to the question of "Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? (Church Age...Acts 1:6) and down through the centuries to where we are right now, this longing has increased.
The cry from the depths of their hearts is for the Great Salvation, the Hoshanna Rabbah....the restoration of Israel by their Deliverer and Messiah.
It is during this feast that the Jewish people pray: "May the all Merciful One raise up for us the fallen tabernacle (sukkot) of David" (Amos 9:11)
See Canadian Friends (ICEJ) 4 part presentation:
(All 4 parts are excellent!)
In this scene depicted for us in John 7:37, Jesus is plainly and boldly telling the people that He is indeed their Messiah. Many believed Him, for the people heard Him gladly.
That is why 6 months later they laid their shawls down for His donkey to walk upon as Jesus fulfilled
Zechariah 9:9. Yes, there was a remnant of believers on Palm Sunday.
But the hierarchy, the religious establishment, rejected Him and, along with the political rulers, turned the majority of the mob against Him. They knew not their hour of visitation, and they were jealous .Matthew 27:18.
They did not want to hand over their control to a loving Shepherd.
They, the religious "shepherds" had rejected their one and only Shepherd who could have restored Israel even at that time. (see Matthew 23)
Because of that rejection, National Salvation would have to be postponed.
It would be held off until all of us, and all of Israel, understand that salvation is of the heart first , and the nation second. Henceforth they would not see Him again until they would say,
" Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." Matthew 23:39
Jesus had spoken these words on the last day of the last required feast, in the fall of the year.
By the following spring--- 6 months later--- Jesus would be crucified on the first required feast of the year, Passover, as the sacrificial Lamb. In other words, these words of salvation that Jesus spoke in the midst of the assembly during Sukkot so threatened the prestige and control of the governing religious authorities, that by the time the next required assembly came , they executed their problem.
Truth is the most confrontational thing there is. Truth will eventually lead to life and death choices.
To answer Pilate, truth is life. But some must die in the telling of it.
(The Crucifixion took place within the same week as the "Great Hosannas" were cried aloud by Messiah's followers on the previous Sunday, Palm Sunday). "Save now", they cried.
LIVING WATER...HOLY GHOST
The Holy Spirit is greatly symbolized in Hoshanna Rabbah for after Our Lord called all those who were thirsting to come to Him, He continued,
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly
(innermost being) shall flow rivers of living water."
But this spake He of the Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh)
which they that believe on Him should receive
for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified."
John 7: 38,39.
May we all hear His call to drink deeper of the Holy Ghost. Ezekiel 47:1-5
1. Salvation is two-fold ...the calling of God, and our receiving of His Word unto the confession of our sins.
As we confess and forsake our sins, we are redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus Christ
( crossing through His "Red sea" of blood")
3. Atonement is the actual blood-covering (kippur) of our sins upon the mercy-seat in Heaven.
It involved a death-sacrifice-- once and for all-- at Calvary, and is available to all.
Being transformed by grace, we become dead to our sins.
4. Justification is God's total forgiveness of our confessed sins. (evidencing a contrite attitude)
Our sins are removed as far as the East from the West, as we forsake them.
Justification is God's act of total mercy, and we cannot merit justification by any works of our own.
The bottom line of all Redemption is the Blood of Jesus Christ and His absolute mercy upon us.
5. Purification / Sanctification) is the daily work of the Holy Ghost within us , as we submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, dying to self daily.
ATZERET..."the assembly of the 8th day"....
1. The CIRCUMCISION of Jesus Christ
We already saw that the first day of Tabernacles is the birthday of Jesus Christ (Tishri 15). And in the readings linked to that section, we find that 8 days after Yeshua's birth , He would be circumcised Luke 2:21
God is so precise, in setting aside an extra 8th day at the end of this feast, to prepare for the commemoration of His circumcision (which is a testimony of His covenant with His people. Genesis 17 )
Isn't God marvelous in His calculations?
Here are some medical reasons why circumcision is to be performed on the eighth day :
"The reason based on the newborn's health is supported by medical research done in our generation. According to this study it was shown that during the first few days after birth a newborn has difficulty with blood-clotting, but by the eighth day the blood-clotting mechanism reaches its maximal function. The entry "Circumcision" in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics, Part 3 (edited by Dr. Abraham Steinberg, Jerusalem 1993) reads:
2. Praying to our Rainmaker
Jeremiah 5:24 ......1 Kings 17:14 ..... Acts 14:17 ...... Deuteronomy 32:2 ....
Zecariah 10:1 ...... James 5:18 .... Leviticus 26:4 .... Deuteronomy 28:12 ....
1Kings 18:1 ...... 1 Kings 18: 41.... Job 5:10 .... Job 29:23 .... Job 38:26 ..... Psalm 68:9 ........ Psalm 147:8.
In humble dependency, this is the day that we pray to our Rainmaker for silver-glistening manna--our rain for next year's crops. Job 38:26-28 and Psalm 68:19
Right now America, the Mid-East, Africa and other parts of the world are suffering from drought.
Have we observed Shemini Atzeret? Do we trust in God for our crops, or do we trust in agri-business and technology and genetic modification and engineering? Do we pray for rain ? When was the last time one heard a sermon on praying for rain?
Since this is also the day that we honor God's covenant (circumcision) with His people, do we regard His basic covenant with us? That basic covenant is this:
"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh unto you."James 4:8
If God were to pour out water in proportion to our daily Scripture reading, how much liquid would we drink each day? Would we go thirsty some days? Many days?
Maybe that's what drought is all about. God is giving back liquid rain in proportion to our devotion...our
washing ourselves in His word each day. It's something to think about.
"My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew,
as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.
We are commanded in Deuteronomy 11:13, 14 to " love the LORD your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in the corn ( grains...Spring and early summer ),
and thy wine ( fruit harvest ..mid and late summer ),
and thine oil. ( olives, nuts....late fall, autumn )
How grateful we are that God has set aside a special day to remind us of His blessings in response to our devotion. "Righteousness (Godliness) exults a nation. Proverbs 14:34
Ungodliness is a reproach and a drought...a bitter harvest of famine.
What is rain without the true Gift from heaven?
"Drop down dew ye heavens from above and rain down the Just One"
[see also Deuteronomy 32:2; Psalm72:6; Ezekiel 34:26; Hosea 6:3 and 10:12)
Likewise, disobedience causes a witholding of the rain : "And it shall be that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even unto them shall be no rain."
No worship ..... no rain.
When is the "early" rain and the "latter " rain in Israel ?
The early rain is in the autumn of the year and the latter rain is in the spring.
"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and the latter rain.
Be ye also patient." James 5: 7, 8
SIMCHAT TORAH ....rejoicing
in God's Holy Word
In Israel, Shemini Atzerat and Simchat Torah are celebrated on the same day.
Now if reading the Word ( Bible, Scriptures ) daily is difficult for you, God has given us an impetus in starting.
Simchat Torah is the day that everyone starts reading Genesis in the Bible and continues through the Word, ending with Revelations/Apocalypse by the Fall of the Year. If that is too large of an order, why not try starting at "Matthew" and continue on. The more you read, the more you will thirst for more.
Here's a section in the Bible where the people stood till noon, listening to God's Holy Word....
Nehemiah Chapter 8 and 9 . Do we have that kind of a desire? Why not ask the Holy Spirit to create that kind of thirst and zeal for the Word? He will. " Well begun is half done" ( quoting Barbara Fernandez )
As one reads the Holy Word, one comes under conviction that the many blessings of God we have taken for granted (Nehemiah 9). We grow prosperous, self-reliant and then we lose the fear of God and backslide. The only cure for backsliding and apostasy is a return to the Word....not just the reading of it, but the heeding of it. God continually chastens those that He loves (Rev. 3:19.) He helps us not to wander.
Psalm 119:67 states:
"Before I was afflicted, I went astray: but now have I kept Thy Word...It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes."
It is then that the stagnant pools-within us are purified and quickened by the Living Waters, the reading of the Word. Proverbs 13:14
A reading of the entire Psalm 119 gives us a greater understanding and appreciation for God's Word (called the "law" (Torah)...His way of keeping us out of harm's way.
Thy Law (the Word, the Bible) is my delight" Psalm 119:77
We need to prayerfully consider the blessing God's Word brings to an individual , a family, a community and a nation. If God's Holy Word is not kept, He will remove his blessings Deuteronomy 28:15-68.
If persons and nations do not return to the authority of the Word, only Judgement remains. May God help us.
The final echo remains... "Come to Me, all ye who thirst." John 7:37
Simchat Torah marks the beginning of the Scripture-readings for the year, which will
conclude with next year's festival. This is an excellent opportunity to start one's personal
Bible-Reading Plan as put forth in "It's Never too Late"
But wait a moment, is the WHOLE Old Testament read by the Jewish people ? No. They have purposely left out
Isaiah 53 from their services.
"The omission is striking because of what Montefiore does not quite say. It is not simply because of the Christian interpretation that the Isaiah passage is omitted. After all, the services from which it is omitted are not for Christian ears. They are for Jews. What does that imply? The problem is not what Christians think of the passage.
The problem is what might be revealed: that Jesus IS our Messiah . "http://www.cbn.com/SpiritualLife/perspectives/PassionMovie_Isaiah53.asp?option=print ( no longer available )
Song sung at Simchat Torah:
http://modzitz.org/story001.htm ( click on ' Niggun ' )
" I believe with perfect faith in the coming of Messiah " -- Maimenides (the Rambam )
notice the referrences to three different conflicts- -
First the Arab-Israeli war, where Israel is victorious;
and secondly the Magog war where again Israel is victorious.
Thirdly, the takeover of Jerusalem beginning with the Abomination of Desolation
and ending with Armageddon
On the first day of Sukkot Zechariah 14 is read. There are several themes in this one
chapter of Zechariah:
The Invasion of Jerusalem ...verses 1, 2
Return of Our Lord for His earthly reign ....verses 3-11...........end-trib
Living Waters from Jerusalem verse 8.......millennium
Plague....verses 12-15..... Is this referring to the neutron bomb used in the Isaiah 17 war ??
Gentile nations to worship the King yearly in Jerusalem; verses 17-19...millennium
There shall be HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD...verses 20, 21...forever
On the Saturday-Sabbath within Sukkot Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 are read.
These Chapters deal with the Invasion of Israel (Northern area), rather than with an invasion of
Jerusalem (Southern area) as stated in the previously read Zechariah 14:1, 2.
These are both prophetic chapters. When Gog and Magog comes against Israel, Israel will be the victor, by the intervention of God.
"Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself; and I will be known in the eyes of
many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD." Ezekiel 38:23
When Jerusalem is invaded by foreign forces at the Temple Mount, the city will be taken.
But 3 1/2 years later, those that meddled with Jerusalem will be finally judged.
The Book of Ecclesiastes is also read during this feast of Ingathering. The Wisdom that is embedded in this book is of great advantage to those who pursue its' pages.
The more famous gems are these:
*There's nothing new under the sun [history repeats itself] Ecclesiastes 1:9
*There's a time and purpose for everything [seasons of closeness
....and seasons of separation] Ecclesiastes Chapter 3
*Necessity of being tactful Ecclesiastes 8: 5,6 [timing is of the essence]
*"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,
......therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil" Ecclesiastes 8:11
*And our favorite is Chapter 12, which prepares us all
......for the diminishment of the body as the years fly by.
.....The end of Wisdom therefore is to fear and obey God,
......"for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement,
......with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13,14
So there are a lot of insights we can learn from the feast of Sukkot. Even though it is a seven day feast, as stated in Leviticus 23, it is expanded somewhat into 9 days, by praying for rain for next year's harvest (also by observing circumcision); and by rejoicing in the Word.
The only actual 8 day feast is Hanukkah, which is fast approaching, and we will take up the "Feast of Lights" later.
The realization that is the season of Yeshua's birth is beginning to take precedence over
the traditional celebration of this feast. As we come closer and closer to His millennial
reign, it will finally be given the prominence it so richly deserves. Yeshua Jesus is our
King of Kings residing in the city of the Great King. Happy Birthday, Jesus!
Links on the Birth of Yeshua-Jesus on the Feast of Tabernacles
Luke 1:5-25...Luke 1:26-55...Luke 1:56-80....Birth: Luke Chapter 2.
Mike Gascoigne: Birth of Yeshua http://www.annomundi.com/bible/birth_of_yeshua.htm
The true meaning of Yeahua's Birth http://www.annomundi.com/bible/christmas.htm
ANNIE'S Feast of Tabernacles http://www.annieshomepage.com/tabernacles.html
Yeshua of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies
MORE ON THE FEAST OF SUKKOT
Sukkah of Light
"For the first time in Israel "Sukkah of light" - the biggest, most lit sukkah in the world will be built in Jerusalem
480 squared meters, 4 kilometers of electrical wiring, 144,000 mini light bulbs
A joint project of The Jerusalem Municipality and Israel Electric Company
The sukkah will occupy Safra Square and be the center of Sukkot events. A million visitors are expected to visit Jerusalem over the holiday
"Sukkah of Light", the biggest and most lit sukkah in the world, made of 144,000 miniature light bulbs
http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=22144 ( From Alan and Julie Trombetta)
Here's more reading on Sukkot and its rich meaning. Each one adds greater depth and
insight into this holiday.
Shemini Atzeret http://www.betemunah.org/shemini.html
From Arutz Sheva
"At least three of the Four Species of Sukkot have medicinal properties. Margalit Shilo of the Leumit Sick Fund, quoted in HaTzofeh, counts the species' blessings:
"The Etrog (citron) balances the liver's actions and increases appetite... Citron juice balances blood pressure... The Hadas (myrtle) is a cleansing agent, helping with intestine infections, stomach pains and constipation... and is an anti-dandruff agent...
Water boiled with the Aravah (willow) can serve as a painkiller, and is good for the throat and gums..." It should be noted, however, that the Four Species used on Sukkot may not Halakhically be used
for anything other than their ritual purpose until after the holiday."
The Month of Cheshvan--a time for RAIN
Olive Oil : Very Healthy
5 year Calendar --- to 5779 http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday0.htm ... Scroll to bottom of page
Dates for the Jewish Holidays http://www.aish.com/h/
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