Diving into the Biblical Meaning of the Feast of Sukkot in Israel – Part 1

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The Feast of Tabernacles is called Sukkot in Hebrew, and like all the other biblical feasts its celebrations start in the evening because in Israel every feast and every new day starts at sunset and ends at sunset. God designed it that way in the Book of Genesis.

This is the feast when the people of Israel build tabernacles, and they take it very seriously. For 3200 years, since God gave us all these commandments and instructions, we have kept the Sukkot feast just as God gave it to us.

It’s a beautiful custom for each family to build their own tabernacle at their home, whether someone has space in their yard, or often in Israel, where the majority of the population lives in apartment buildings, some are able to build one on their sun terrace or small balconies. When that option doesn’t exist, people simply build tabernacles right on the street, which conveys a powerful message of community and togetherness. Bringing neighbors and sometimes even complete strangers together to celebrate what Sukkot represents to our nation.

This is the time and place when the entire house of Israel comes together to celebrate Sukkot as it is commanded in the Bible. The festive week of Sukkot is especially beautiful because everywhere you go you see tabernacles all around, meaning the people of Israel have not forgotten who was their Tabernacle, and they take this biblical feast very seriously while conserving this tradition as whole families.

Did you know Yeshua and His disciples celebrated the Feast of Sukkot? It is a biblical, but also a prophetic feast. There are countless messages and teachings about this feast in the Bible, but it’s important to see what God is saying to us even today through this prophetic Feast of Tabernacles. It is a prophetic feast because it is one of the feasts that is still to be fulfilled in the last days.

Deuteronomy 16 and Leviticus 23 both speak extensively about Sukkot, what it means and how it is to be celebrated. One of the commands is that Sukkot is to be celebrated for 7 whole days. On the first and the last day of the feast God commands no customary work is to be done, it is a day of rest and celebration.

Nothing that God says is random, and everything carries a deep meaning. The minute we start diving into it and studying about it, it fills you up with tremendous joy, while taking you deeper in your walk with God.

The main thing is that in every scripture about Sukkot, God emphasizes one thing: to rejoice! Rejoice alone, with family, teaching our children to rejoice. We’re told to rejoice with our neighbors, with our friends, help the widows and the orphans, enabling them to also rejoice even in their need.

One of Sukkot’s main themes is JOY.

As we will walk throughout the land of Israel during this festive Sukkot week, read teachings and messages from the Bible, the Lord will release heavenly blessings over our lives, because Bible is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit that touches us even today as we dive into God’s eternal words and continue exploring the powerful meaning of the Sukkot feast in this week’s teaching series.