Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles
Celebrate in Joy and Receive Your Harvest
The crowning event on God’s divine calendar is the 7th and final Feast of the Lord – Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. It’s an appointed time for a great outpouring of signs, wonders and miracles. It’s a celebration of the goodness and the joy of the Lord. We not only thank God for last year’s blessings, we look forward to an even greater harvest blessing of joy, finances, health, family, and ministry.
One reason Sukkot is called a “season of great joy” is because over the past forty days we’ve been blowing the shofar, returning to God through teshuvah, receiving the apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah for a blessed and prosperous New Year; we’ve fasted, prayed and been immersed completely in God’s priorities on Yom Kippur so that every sin is forgiven, every curse is broken and we are sealed in the covenant blessings and promises of God. We’ve experienced an outpouring of repentance, forgiveness and atonement and this gives us great joy.
Now at the Feast of Tabernacles the Lord promises to release a fresh outpouring of spiritual and financial blessing. It’s when the miracle promises of Malachi are released; the open windows of heaven, the unlimited blessing and the devourer is rebuked. This is activated as we bring our Sukkot First Fruits offering before the Lord. We’re showing our gratitude and sowing toward the miracle harvest God has planned for us. The prophet Joel describes this as 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. 24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. 25 “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. 26 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. Joel 2:23-26
This paints the picture of overflowing abundance and the restoring of the blessing of God that should have been yours but was stolen by the adversary. This is why many Jewish prayers during this 7 days are centered on physical needs and our quality of life. God wants us to experience a flow of abundance and prosperity so that we have great joy in our lives.
One of the ancient prayers which is still prayed to this very day is from Psalm 118; “This is the day Yahweh has made. Let’s rejoice and be glad today! 25 We beg you, O Yahweh, save us! We beg you, O Yahweh, give us success! Save us and send prosperity!” God designed Sukkot and inserted it in His divine calendar so each year we could remember to pray for His promises of success and prosperity – which of course leads us into great joy.
It’s not a coincidence that Sukkot is the backdrop for when God gave us those immortal words: ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength in Nehemiah 8:10. All of chapter 8 describes how during this exact time Ezra reconnected the people with the Torah and God’s promises. It occurred as Israel had just come out of exile and returned to Israel to rebuild Jerusalem. Then on the first day of the seventh month, Tishrei, the month of Tabernacles – they rediscover the covenant promises in the Bible. As they read and heard the Torah again for the first time, their hearts were moved with great joy and they celebrated this feast of the Lord.
The Invitations Are Out and Everyone is Welcome
The tradition God established in the earliest Feast of Tabernacles included prayer and sacrifice for the salvation of the Gentiles. According to Numbers 29:12-34, over the course of the 7 days 70 bulls and 98 lambs were sacrificed. The significance of 70 bulls is seen as Israel fulfilling its role as a priestly nation by offering sacrifices on behalf of the Gentiles, who were then thought to consist of 70 nations as described in Genesis chapter 10. (see also Deut. 32:8)
The 98 lambs also played a huge role in creating a flow of unspeakable joy. The Chumash (page 895) says these 98 lambs were offered to break the 98 curses listed in Deuteronomy 28. Right now as we enter into this 7th and final feast of the Lord we need to claim that any curse that’s blocking our blessing and keeping us from experiencing true spiritual freedom and absolute victory is being removed from our lives!!! God wants you and I to tabernacle with Him filled with joy and blessing!!! So get your praise on and celebrate by thanking the Lord that every sin is forgiven, every curse is broken and every blessing is released!
One of the divine principles we always teach is that just before God brings you a blessing He gives you an opportunity to be a blessing.
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