Five days after the Day of Atonements (Ha Yom Kippurium or Yom Kippur) comes Sukkot, the Feast of Ingathering or the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths (Leviticus 23:33-43).Sukkot is also called the "Season of our Rejoicing" or “The Festival of Lights” or "The Feast of Ingathering". "Booths" refers to the temporary dwellings that Yah's people are commanded to inhabit during this holiday.
Sukkot, like many of Yah’s feasts, has different levels of meaning. One is agricultural, as the tabernacles remind us of how the farm laborers in ancient days lived as they worked to bring in the harvest. Another level of meaning is historical, as the holiday commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Yet another meaning, however, is fulfilled in Messiah, for there is a wonderful connection between Y’shua the Messiah and the Feast of Tabernacles. It is the Kingdom promise associated with Sukkot.
The prophet Zechariah proclaims, "And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, YHWH of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles" (Zechariah 14:16). Understanding the Messianic connection of Y’shua to the Feast of Tabernacles even helps us grasp something of the mystery of His Incarnation: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). The word "dwelt" here in the Greek means "tabernacled." When He became flesh, Y’shua inhabited the temporary shelter of an earthly body, knowing He soon would be required to leave it.
Why Remember and Do the Feast of Sukkot? It is an expression of love and obediance to set this time apart to dwell with Him humbly during the very special Appointed Time. We are embracing our home (place) with YHWH - not clinging to the comfort of temporary shelter in the wilderness/world/religion, but an eternal and intimate home in a Kingdom Family that abides forever.
When does it occur? It is the 7th Feast (Moed or Appointed Time) of YHWH’s Feasts. It occurs 15 days after Yom Teruah and 5 days after Yom Kippur or on the 15th day of the 7th Biblical Month.
Sukkot in the Bible:
• Leviticus 23:33-36, 39-43
• Numbers 29:12-34
• Deuteronomy 16:13-15
• Ezra 3:1-4
• Nehemiah 8:14-15
• John 7 and 8 take place on Sukkot.
Does it still apply? We read in Zechariah 14:16-19 that is most certainly does – even in the future. And we see the same theme repeated in Revelation 21:3: "...Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them..." Those who LOVE YHWH lament over those who have turned from His ways and do not keep His feasts. (Lamentations 1) As it states in Leviticus 23:41 "It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month."
A short (6 minute) visual overview of the Feast of Sukkot.
The following is a half hour overview teaching by Mark Biltz.
Next is a half hour audio teaching (shared via video) that offers a future perspective of Y’shua’s return and Sukkot in the Millennial Reign of Messiah