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“Feast of the Booths” – Sukkot

Sukkot is a weeklong celebration that comes five days after Yom Kippur and it began September 20th and goes to the 27th.

The origins of Sukkot are found in an ancient autumnal harvest festival. Indeed it is often referred to as hag ha-asif, “The Harvest Festival.” Much of the imagery and ritual of the holiday revolves around rejoicing and thanking God for the completed harvest. The represent the huts that farmers would live in during the last hectic period of harvest before the coming of the winter rains. As is the case with other festivals whose origins may not have been Jewish, the Bible reinterpreted the festival to imbue it with a specific Jewish meaning. In this manner, Sukkot came to commemorate the wanderings of the Israelites in the desert after the revelation at Mount Sinai, with the huts representing the temporary shelters that the Israelites lived in during those 40 years.

 The observation of this festival can also demonstrate a hope in the future event of the “Day of the Lord” which is prophesied in Zechariah.  We find, “Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. Zechariah 14:16

The fulfillment of this passage occurs after a few of events yet to take place.  First the rapture (1Thess.4:16), then the Seven years of tribulation here on earth, Christ’s second coming where the Satan is defeated, then lastly Christ setting up his throne in Jerusalem for his 1,000-year reign.

 May we be encouraged that our heavenly Father has patterned a number of historical events, festival commemorations, and the like which coincide with fulfilled and unfulfilled prophecy! 

 Rejoicing in our omniscient Creator, Pastor Larry

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