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XI.B.3.c. Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles [1]

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Reference Relevant Comments
Lev 16:29 [Jews and Gentiles are to rejoice]
Lev 23:33-44

Isa 2:2-4

Micah 4:1-7 [the atonement is foundational for God's eternal kingdom of peace, righteousness and justice with Jerusalem as its capital]
Zech 14:16 (2)
XYZ [His glory came to live with man (Incarnation)] (3)
John 7:2,37-39 [Jesus / Yeshua offers the water of His life giving Spirit on the last day of the Feast]
John 8:12

John 14:1-3

Rev 21:1-3

[1 ] The Feast of "Booths " or "Ingathering." It falls on the fifth day after Yom Kippur, on the 15th day and lasts for seven days in the seventh month. A Feast of thanksgiving for the last harvest of the year, a celebration for God's faithfulness during the 40 years in the wilderness, a feast of rejoicing and of final rest. Regarding the prophetic fulfillment of this Feast at the end of time with the return of the Messiah as King when His body, 'the Bride', Jews and Gentiles together, will join Him to be forever with him, Dr. David Reagan (see XI.B.) writes: "Because Jesus literally fulfilled the four feasts and did so on the actual feast days, I think it is safe to assume that the last three (feasts) will also be fulfilled and that this fulfillment will occur on the actual feast days." With regard to what Dr. Reagan calls "the rhythm of God" (the seven annual Feast days) he argues that this rhythm is based on the creation week and even extends to the millennium "for a period of 7000 years." The Millennium of Rev 20 is thus based on the creation week and the seven feasts correspond to the six days of labor with the Shabbath day as a day of rest. According to Dr Reagan's view we are standing at the threshold of prophetic fulfillment as forshadowed in these feasts.

(2) Barney Kasdan (1993) writes about his book 'God's Appointed Times,' "A major point of this book is to show God's plan of salvation illustrated through the holy days he revealed to Israel. Critical events regarding God's plan are consistently fulfilled on these special days. Not surprisingly, we find Messiah dying on the cross as our Passover lamb on the very day of Pesach. The pouring out of the firstfruits of God's Holy Spirit likewise takes place on the appropriate holy day of Shavuot. Would such an important event as the birth of the Messiah go unheralded by one of these biblical feasts? Of all the feasts of the Lord, Sukkot best illustrates the fact that God would dwell in the midst of his people through the presence of the Messiah. He may have literall fulfilled his promise the very day of Tabernacles. ... All the feasts of the Lord have their own particular lessons to teach. Yet because of this latter day fulfillment, Sukkot seems to be the apex of all the other appointed times of God. The goal of God's plan is ultimately the establishment of His Kingdom on the earth. This best explains why, of all the biblical holy days, Sukkot is said to be the premier celebration of the Millennium. ("Zech 14:16-17). "It is worthy to note that the judgment for not celebrating Sukkot in the Messianic Kingdom will be the withholding of rain. Since Sukkot celebrates the fall harvest, it is traditional in the Jewish community to begin the prayers for the winter rains essential for the upcoming year at this time. When Yeshua returns to establish the long-awaited Kingdom, all people who have been redeemed by his sacrifice will gladly celebrate Sukkot in all its fullness. ...What a celebration there will be as his people, both Jews and Gentiles, wave the lulav (palm branch) and chant, Ana Adonai Hoshiana! (Lord, do save us!) Amen. Come, Lord Yeshua.!" (pp 96, 100-101)

(3) The apostle John in his Greek text uses a play on words: 'to dwell' or 'to live with' is literally 'to tabernacle.' The Messiah, so to speak, "set up His Tabernacle" among His people. The Greek text clearly hints to the remarkable fulfillment of God's central desire throughout Scripture to see the original fellowship restored that existed between God and man in the Garden of Eden. This desire is reflected in God's continuous emphasis on His covenant relationship with His people as for instance in Exodus 29:46, Lev 26:11-12, Num 15:41, Deut 29:12-14 and the final restoration in Rev 21:3.

David Stern in his JNT translates Rev 21:3: "See! God's Sh'kinah is with mankind, and he will live with them..." In his JNTC he points out that the Greek words 'skn ' "tent, tabernacle, lodging" and 'sknsei' "he will dwell" are both related to Hebrew "shakan" (to dwell) "from which is derived 'Sh'kinah,' referring to the glorious manifesting presence of God who can dwell among men. (Compare Rev 7:15; Ezek 37:27)." "Thus God will dwell with them, be the Sh'kinah and the Tabernacle with them" (Zech 2:9) . "But will God indeed dwell with man on earth?" (2. Chron 6:18). Yes, he will." JNTC p. 852

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