Updated: Oct 15, 2019
This weekend on the Hebrew calendar (Oct 20) begins the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot. This is the time of harvest or ingathering in Israel that follows the Feast of Trumpets. The trumpets serve as a dramatic symbol of the Jews regathering and return to their homeland of which the final trumpet heralds the New Year or Rosh HaShanah. Next, are the days of “awe” and “repentance” that culminate with the High Holy Day of Atonement of Yom Kippur. It is truly a blessed time of great joy and rejoicing in Israel - not only for the harvest - but for the forgiveness of sins and of being “sealed” in the Book of Life.
But there are many other spiritual allegories embedded within the feast of Sukkot. Watch and listen to my good friend Gedaliah as he takes us on a personal journey from his Sukkah in Samaria, then to Jerusalem and on to Judea.
As you will hear, the main message that the Feast of Sukkot conveys is that of faith or Emunah and restoration. It begins with the worshipper completely abandoning the security of home as they entrust themselves into the hands of their Creator and Protector as they reside for 7 days in a Sukkah or “tent”.
This makeshift, temporary dwelling serves as a vivid reminder of one’s eternal destiny - of how brief one’s life on earth really is. Living in a Sukkah also hearkens back to the original “tent” or Tabernacle in the desert that Moses built for the God of glory to dwell among His chosen people. For that reason, living in the Sukkah speaks of the intimacy of restored fellowship with God. This is a reality made even more powerful for millions of Jews who have made Aliyah, the first generation of the returned exiles in nearly 2 millennia who are able to fulfill this command in the promised land.
Sukkot also projects a powerful prophetic message of future fulfillment. In Zechariah 14:16 we read of the Jewish restoration in Israel – complete with the third Temple - to which the nations of the world must come to Jerusalem during Sukkot in respect of God’s people and honor and worship Him in His sanctuary in Jerusalem.
As Christians, we too can share and rejoice in the Feast of Sukkot as a tribute in expectation of Israel’s full and complete restoration in Sovereignty. Though we are part of the generation that has witnessed the incredible prophecies fulfilled after nearly 2,000 years, the sad truth is that many Jews in Israel willfully deny these truths and worse – resist the prophetic fulfillment of their restoration.
For that reason you are invited to join us, Return O’ Israel, not only as we celebrate the fulfillment of these truths but also to do our part to help the faithful in Israel to realize their prophetic future and the global redemption that is sure to follow.
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