| The Spiritual Significance of Sukkot
Feast: Feast of Tabernacles
Biblically Accurate or Hebrew Name: Sukkot (Pronounced sue-COAT)
Biblical Significance: ADONAI commanded the children of Israel to live in booths for seven days
and to worship Him in a sacred assembly on the first and eighth days. The booths are symbolic
temporary shelters, commemorating the Israelites’ trek through the wilderness after God delivered
them from slavery in Egypt and began preparing them to enter the Promised Land. On the first and
eighth days, God’s people are commanded to do no regular work and have a sacred assembly.
Hence, these days are Sabbath days, whether they fall on the 7th day of the week or not. Each day,
offerings made by fire are to be presented to God. These are in addition to all regular gifts given.
Spiritual Relevance: The Feast of Tabernacles will find its fulfillment when the New Jerusalem
comes down out of the sky and the dwelling of God is with men forever, as described in Revelation 21:
1-22:6. “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and
God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be
no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” This day
must come after the fulfillment of Yom Kippur. Otherwise, the murderers, witches, thieves and Satan
worshippers would all be present while God’s people dwell with Him. All tears would not be wiped
away from our eyes, because those who oppose God and are in covenant with demons would still live
among us. Additionally, the presence of God, in His fullness, cannot dwell together with sin. God has
given each one a choice. Humans that choose not to have their sins atoned by the Blood of the Lamb
of God will still be in sin, even after their bodies have died. This sin cannot stay in the presence of
God. Once He arrives, in Revelation 20:11, all sin must be purged from His presence.
Observance Suggestion: As believers, we often feel as though we do not have to keep the Feasts
of ADONAI, and we dread having to learn new traditions and rites. Sukkot can be a particularly
challenging feast to keep because it requires building a temporary shelter and living in it for a week.
However, as a person who has kept this feast, I can tell you that it is a delight for the whole family! God
will truly meet you in your sukkah (temporary shelter), and it will be like having an open-air tabernacle
right in your yard. One year, just prior to Sukkot, I had a dream that Yeshua was walking through a
camp full of temporary shelters in a row. As He spoke, His people came out of the tents and stood
before them. He then said, “These are my faithful ones.” Whether we want to admit it or not, keeping
the feasts of ADONAI is important to Yeshua! He wants to meet with us, and He is disappointed when
we don’t show up! Prayerfully consider building a sukkah this year, or spending time in someone
else's sukkah during Sukkot. It will change your life. The offerings He requires now are prayers, praise
and gifts to our congregations and ministries. Come into the King’s chamber during Sukkot, and bring
a gift, for the sukkah is likened unto the wedding chamber with our Messiah, the Bridegroom!
Notes: Sukkot are traditionally constructed with four posts and three enclosed sides, with one side
remaining open. The roof is not enclosed by any man-made material. Instead, it is covered with
branches positioned so that the sky can be seen clearly through them. This aids in communion with
God during this time. At this time of year, it does not rain in Israel. It DOES rain in the US and other
parts of the world, however. For this reason, some people use clear plastic on the roofs of their
sukkot. Then they place the branches over the plastic. Still others use camping tents instead of the
open-air sukkot (which is what I saw in my vision). Both of these options fulfill the scriptural
requirements. Seek God for practical ways you, your family and/or congregation can observe this
feast to draw near to God and prepare for dwelling with Him forever. Additionally, this is one of the
feasts at which God requires a special offering called the “Shelamim” that demonstrates how much He
has blessed us throughout the year (Deut. 16:16). Hence, this special offering should be prepared for
prior to and collected on Sukkot.
|After inviting the Presence of the King on Yom Teruah, allowing Him
to cleanse us during the 10 Days of Awe, and crying out to God in
national repentance on Yom Kippur, we must unite in dwelling with
our God in the Land that He has given us. Join us for Sukkot!