“Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) for seven days to the LORD. You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year…It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 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.’ ”(Leviticus 23:34, 41-43)
Sukkot (or Feast of Tabernacles) is celebrated on the 15th of Tishri until 22nd of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, which corresponds to mid-September to mid-October on the Gregorian calendar. The Hebrew word sukkot means hut, tent, or tabernacle.
Today, Jews and Messianic believers construct temporary huts or tents in which meals are eaten throughout the Feast. Some still dwell in them for the full Feast in observance to Leviticus 23:42.
The Feast of Tabernacles is also known as the Feast of Ingathering. From an agricultural standpoint, the Feast represented the end of the crop year with the harvest of grapes and other fruits. It is now time to rejoice.
No whiners during this feast. REJOICE! God loves to party, even more than we do. (Mark Biltz)
Interesting enough, many believe that Jesus was born on the Feast of Tabernacles.
If He was born on the Feast of Tabernacles, why do you think there was no room in the Inn? Thousands of pilgrims. If He was born in December, there would have been all kinds of room. (Mark Biltz)
From a prophetic viewpoint, the Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows the sheltering presence of God over Israel during the Millennial Kingdom. It is also a feast that every nation must keep during this thousand year period or there will be drastic consequences for them.
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. 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. (Zechariah 14:16-17)
This is just a brief overlay of the Feast of Tabernacles. So, if you want to learn more, take the time to watch Mark Biltz’s great video here. You will be blessed for watching it.
(Continued in Part 7…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)