Sukkot: The Joy on Steroids
The time has come to prepare our hearts for the fall Feasts of the Lord, beginning with Rosh HaShanah on September 24, the Jewish New Year, and culminating with the week-long celebration of Sukkoth that begins on October 8. The observance of Succoth, “Tabernacles” or “booths” in English, was originally an agricultural celebration of the harvest in Bible times, the season of the fruit harvest: the grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and honey that was derived from the date palm tree. These luscious, healthy fruits are five of the seven super-foods God promised to give His people when they entered the land of Israel (Deut 8:7-8). The first-fruits were offered unto the Lord in thanksgiving for the harvest. This was a time for pouring forth the new wine unto God in worship, as well as sharing it with one another in sweet fellowship.
The Hebrew term for “feast” is mo’ed, meaning a set time, an appointed time, an unalterable time, a time established in the heavens (by the moon). Interestingly, mo’ed also pertains to the migration of birds.
“Even the stork in the sky
Knows her seasons;
And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush
Observe the time of their migration;
But My people do not know
The ordinance of the Lord. Jer 8:7
Season: mo’ed. Observe: shamar = to guard (like a soldier), preserve, keep, protect
Festal worship should be as instinctive to the children of God as migration is to birds! According to the prophet Jeremiah, the Jews neglected the sacred ordinances of God at various seasons of their history. The Church is in the same apathetic position today. Many believers are unaware of the historical and prophetic significance of the Feasts of the Lord. The time has come to address this deficiency, so that all believers can participate in festal praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto the Lord.
The sages claimed that Succoth was the most joyful of all the feasts, and if one had not celebrated it, they had never experienced joy in their lives. I had the privilege of celebrating Succoth in Jerusalem last year with 600 like-minded believers, all in one accord, all seeking an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The unforgettable experience was joy beyond belief, just as the sages had proclaimed long ago. Succoth is, indeed, the most joyful of all the feasts.
The spiritual fulfillment of the Feast of Succoth is on the horizon. The day of days is coming soon when the harvest of the redeemed will be gathered unto the Lord, and Succoth will be celebrated during the millennial reign of Yeshua. Hallelujah!
Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. Zech 14:16