What is Sukkot? by Dee Ann Stover on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:12pm

What is Sukkot?Lev 23:34 `Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, In the fifteenth day of this seventh month [is] a feast of booths seven days to Jehovah; on the first day [is] a holy convocation, ye do no servile work, seven days ye bring near a fire-offering to Jehovah, on the eighth day ye have a holy convocation, and ye have brought near a fire-offering to Jehovah; it [is] a restraint, ye do no servile work.`These [are] appointed seasons of Jehovah, which ye proclaim holy convocations, to bring near a fire-offering to Jehovah, a burnt-offering, and a present, a sacrifice, and libations, a thing of a day in its day, apart from the sabbaths of Jehovah, and apart from your gifts, and apart from all your vows, and apart from all your willing-offerings, which ye give to Jehovah. ‘Only — in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, in your gathering the increase of the land, ye do keep the feast of Jehovah seven days; on the first day [is] a sabbath, and on the eighth day a sabbath; and ye have taken to yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palms, and boughs of thick trees, and willows of a brook, and have rejoiced before Jehovah your God seven days. `And ye have kept it a feast to Jehovah, seven days in a year — a statute age-during to your generations; in the seventh month ye keep it a feast. `In booths ye dwell seven days; all who are natives in Israel dwell in booths, so that your generations do know that in booths I caused the sons of Israel to dwell; in my bringing them out of the land of Egypt; I, Jehovah, [am] your God.’ Deu 16:13 `The feast of booths (Sukkot) thou dost make for thee seven days, in thine in-gathering of thy threshing-floor, and of thy wine-vat; and thou hast rejoiced in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy man-servant, and thy handmaid, and the Levite, and the sojourner, and the fatherless, and the widow, who [are] within thy gates. Seven days thou dost feast before Jehovah thy God, in the place which Jehovah doth choose, for Jehovah thy God doth bless thee in all thine increase, and in every work of thy hands, and thou hast been only rejoicing.How?The people build huts of various sizes and designs, decorate them (with lemons (Etrogs), myrtle, palm and willow branches according to scripture and in modern times often adding strings of lights) and live in them weather and health permitting…at least for meals and gather together for rejoicing, dancing, food, etc. Themes of Sukkot are rejoicing with the Bridegroom, all (70) nations from the north, south, east and west being gathered in for the wedding feast, the throne, rain, palm, myrtle, willow branches and citrus fruit, rest from cares of this world, in the day of tribulation being sheltered, end of days, eating and drinking the offerings together with the Levites, widows, orphans, poor, etc…


 Names for Sukkot….The FeastThe Great FeastFeast of Booths – Hag’ha SukkotFeast of Ingathering – Hag’Ha AsifTime of Our Joy – Z’man Simchateinu The Feast of Full Glory The Feast of the Watergate The Festival of the Final HarvestThe actual festival of Sukkot lasts for 7 days. The 7th day is called the Hoshana Rabba The 8th day is called Shemini Atzeret This is when prayers for rain would be offered. The 9th day is called Simchat Torah or Rejoicing in the Torah/Living Torah, Y’shua. There is singing and dancing in the synagogues and even in the streets.Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are separate holidays, but are both related to Sukkot.Hebrew4Christians is always a good resource.www.hebrew4christians.com


Sukkot for those returning from Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem…1 Kings 8 describes how Solomon dedicated the 1st Temple during Sukkot plus added an extra 7 days of rejoicing for the special occasion. Nehemiah 8:14-16 — And they (Ezra & the scribes) found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths (sukkot) in the Feast of the seventh month: And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written. So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim.Sukkot in future prophecy during the millennial reign…Zechariah 14:16-17 — And it shall come to pass that every one 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, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.


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