Leviticus 23:33-36 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of the seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
The final Feast or Appointed Time of the LORD, Succot or the Feast of Tabernacles began on Sunday at sunset. This festival or Moed lasts for 7 nights / days and is followed by a special Sabbath on the 8th night / day. (more about that next week) The Hebrew word Succah (plural Succot) refers to a tent or a temporary flimsy dwelling. The original purpose of the appointed time of Succot is to remind us of the time that YHVH dwelt among the Israelites during their time in the desert. He gave Moses the design details for the Tent of Meeting and the Holy of Holies, and when it was ready the LORD came down in the form of His Holy Spirit and ‘tabernacled’ with His people. I am always impacted by the famous painting of the Pillar of Fire above the Tabernacle in the desert, and all of the tents of the 12 Tribes of Israel are set up all around it. GOD was literally dwelling in the midst of His people and His fire was visible for all to see.
Every one of the seven Moedim or Appointed Times of YHVH also has a prophetic purpose – to show us the future, and where we are in GOD’s plan to re-establish His Kingdom on the Earth – in Jerusalem. We believe that Succot is a prophetic picture of the Millenium, the seventh thousand year period when Yeshua will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, dwelling in Israel in a rebuilt Temple on the Temple Mount in the heart of Jerusalem, on the very spot where the Al Aksa mosque has occupied since 690 AD. From current events we are seeing taking place all around the world, the Russian war against Ukraine, the uprising in Iran, the political turmoil in Israel, the USA and other places, the deteriorating state of morality as the Western world returns to its ancient paganism, and the exreme weather, are all indicators that the end of this increasingly evil age is coming to an end, and the ultimate fullfilment of Succot is very near. Maranatha Yeshua!
As I have shared above and many times in the past, the Moedim of YHVH portray His plan for world redemption, and the restoration of His Kingdom on the Earth. Even though Simcha Torah is not a Biblical Feast of YHVH, it does have an amazing prophetic relevance for the future. More about that next week.
Just as the scrolls are rolled back to the beginning and the reading cycle starts again, at the end of the Millenium GOD will roll up the present Heavens and Earth, (finish it) and He will start again with a new and incorruptible Heavens and Earth. The Redemption plan of the LORD will be complete – Hallelu YAH.
Now that we understand the relevance of these last Moedim, let us commemorate and rejoice over Succot with the Jewish people. Make yourself a Succah and spend time dwelling in the presence of the LORD and let us pray that multitudes will have a revelation of what these wonderful Appointed Times of the YHVH, the God of Israel really represent.
Hag Succot Mevurach (Blessed Succot) …