Your Divine, Appointed Time
Three times a year—during Passover, Pentecost, and now during the fall holidays,
God promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out a special blessing upon you.
These are the windows of opportunity that pass every year—at the appointed time. The final holiday we celebrate on God’s divine calendar is Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles.
This festival is also called the Festival of the Ingathering, the Season of our Happiness, and even simply, “The Festival.” Sukkot is also called the Festival of Booths or Sukkah’s – which are the temporary shelters Jews still build this very day in honor of God’s faithfulness while in the desert. God did not want Israel to forget these Feasts so He commanded them to be memorialized and to be passed down to every generation, which has been faithfully done.
The Master Plan
As followers of Christ, we are grafted into Israel and this history, therefore we should honor and educate ourselves about these appointed times. One major reason is they reveal the redeeming work of the Messiah. The Spring Feasts reveal His first coming and the Fall Feasts reveal His second coming.
Beginning at Passover we see Jesus revealed as the Lamb of God. The next day is the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is the shadow of His sinless life. 3 days later is the Feast of First Fruits and a shadow of His Resurrection.
50 days after Passover is Shavuot when God gave the Ten Commandments and then the Holy Spirit. The fall feasts begin with the Feast of Trumpets, a shadow of the rapture. 7 days later is Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement, a shadow of the Lord’s second coming when we enter into the Sabbath Millennium – which is the Feast of Tabernacles – when we rule, reign and tabernacle with the Lord forever. Because this is the seventh and final of the Feasts of the Lord as given in Leviticus 23, this is considered the greatest of the festivals. It is the culmination of God’s redemptive plan for all of His people—number 7 meaning completion and fulfillment. It is the time when God comes and “tabernacles” with us.
Season Of Joy
One of the reasons Sukkot is called a “season of great joy” is that for the past forty days, we have been sounding the shofar and returning to God through teshuvah. We have received the apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah in anticipation of a blessed and prosperous New Year. We come with a spirit of praise and thanksgiving before the Lord with our First Fruits offering.
We have so much to be thankful for. On Yom Kippur, we fast, pray, and completely immerse ourselves in God’s holy presence, so that every sin is forgiven, every curse binding is broken, and we are sealed in God’s covenant blessings and promises. And now God gives us the crowning event—Tabernacles! So instead of closing our eyes to God’s Feasts, we’re realizing they are all part of a Master Plan.
It’s Harvest Time
Sukkot is also known as the Festival of Harvest—when God promises to release a fresh wave of spiritual and financial blessings to those who respond.
It is when the miracle promises of Malachi 3:10 are released. It is when the windows of heaven are opened with God’s unlimited blessing and when He rebukes the devourer.
And as such, it creates a flow of praise and thanksgiving for all that God has done—and is
doing! The gratitude we feel is reflected in the sowing of our First Fruits offering.
Time of Replenishing
This will activate what the prophet Joel calls the early and latter rain:
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you—The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.” Joel 2:23–27
The Seven Promises of Sukkot
God is now revealing for us what awaits us as we enter into this amazing revelation. He is painting you a picture of the overflowing abundance to look forward to. He promises to restore the blessing that should have been yours but was stolen by the adversary. There are 7 life-changing spiritual and financial promises God reveals to those who sow their Sukkot First Fruits Offering.
1) Overflowing Rain: In Joel 2:23 when God promises rain, it represents the giving of
abundant life. During this season of Fall Holidays and especially the Feast of Tabernacles,
Sukkot, the Lord promises both an early rain and the latter rain. This symbolizes His
desire to bring you a great spiritual and financial harvest.
2) Overflowing Restoration: God’s promise in Joel 2:25 to bless you includes restoring
what has been lost or stolen. During this appointed time, you need to begin to reclaim
what the enemy may have taken from you, from your parents, and from your grandparents.
Begin to praise the Lord for divine restitution and a divine refreshing coming
into your life right now.
3) Overflowing Joy: The Lord promises in Deuteronomy 16:15 that as you honor Him by
celebrating Sukkot He will bless you with an abundant harvest and give you success in all
your work. As a result, you will experience an outpouring of great joy. As Proverbs 10:22
says; The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich and He adds no sorrow to it.
4) Overflowing Financial Blessing: Your Sukkot First Fruits offering is one of the
most important offerings of the year. It’s how you activate the miracle promise God
gave in Proverbs 3:9; “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits
of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty.” This promise speaks
to the physical blessing of financial abundance increasing in your life.
5) Overflowing Spiritual Blessing: In addition to the financial blessing promised in
Proverbs 3, your Sukkot First Fruits offering will also produce an overflow of spiritual
blessing. “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your
increase . . . and your vats will overflow with new wine.” This promise speaks to the
spiritual blessing of God’s wisdom, power, and anointing being increased in your life.
6) Opening Windows of Heaven: God promises in Malachi 3 that as we give this
First Fruits “offering of old,” the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour out
upon us an overflowing abundance of blessing. In exchange for trusting in the Lord
with our First Fruits, the Lord of the Harvest, who is also Jehovah Jireh our Provider
and El Shaddai our All-Sufficient One, will manifest overflowing blessing in your life.
7) Rebuking the Devourer: God’s Word in Malachi 3 goes beyond an outpouring of
blessing. It includes the promise to rebuke the devourer. It also says in 1 Peter 5:8;
“Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour.” As you sow your Sukkot offering, God will cause
the devil to pass over your life, your health, your finances, and your family.
To enter into what God has, your part is simply to respond in faith, with expectation, with praise, thanksgiving, and your First Fruits offering.
The Key To God’s Financial Plan
Deuteronomy 26 teaches us that we are to bring our First Fruits at the appointed time, to the appointed place, and to the appointed priest. Your First Fruits offering three times a year is a key part of God’s financial plan for your life.
One of our favorite scriptures from the Lord describes the blessing that comes from
your faithful giving: “Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.” Luke 6:38 ERV
This outpouring of blessing is never truer than when it comes to your First Fruits offering. Ancient wisdom teaches this is the “offering with no limits.” The Lord will use your special seed to bring a blessing to the most vulnerable in Israel. As a result of your generosity, God promises to open the windows of heaven and bring a miracle harvest- an abundance of blessings you can’t contain. Amen!!
God Bless You
Larry Huch Ministries