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Chag Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles

Chag Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles

This study is on the Feast of Tabernacles, or what is called in Hebrew, Sukkot. It is part 3 in the video series Feasts of the Seventh Month. We will talk about why Chag Sukkot is so important and why every person who believes upon the Jewish Messiah needs to be keeping this (and every) feast of Yahweh.

In earlier portions of this study series how the three main phases of the Ancient-Hebrew Wedding correspond to the three main pilgrimage feasts. First, we will reveiw these three phases of the Ancient Hebrew Wedding found in Yahweh’s feasts. Then we will talk about:

  1. The symbolism in Chag Sukkot for Yeshua’s bride.
  2. How to celebrate Chag Sukkot according to Scripture
  3. What this feast is preparing Yeshua’s bride for, and what it means to be a pleasing bride to Yeshua our Husband.

Ancient Hebrew Wedding: Shiddukhin

  1. First phase of Ancient Hebrew Wedding, symbolized in the Pesach (Passover).
  2. A private covenant meal is shared and the ‘deal is sealed’, so to speak.
  3. The marriage is not announced publically at this phase, and is not yet official.
  4. Example: When Avraham sent his servant Eliezer to find a bride for his son Yitzhak (Isaac). There were gifts given, there was an agreement made, and then there was a covenantal meal.

Shiddukhin in the feasts

  1. The very first Passover when Israel was taken out of Egypt. The Pashcal lamb was a covenantal meal between Yahweh and His people Israel.
  2. In the first century, when Yeshua took His disciples as His bride. Not just every believer, but the disciples were the bride.

Ancient Hebrew Wedding: Eursin

  1. Second phase of Ancient Hebrew Wedding, symbolized in Shavuot (Pentecost).
  2. The wedding is announced publically, making the agreement binding. The marriage becomes legally and lawfully binding.
  3. There would be either a written witness or a public witness. (A ketubah, or marriage contract).
  4. Eursin would usually takes place before the growing season. Consummation would not take place until the end of the growing season. The months inbetween is a preparation time. The bridegroom would prepare his father’s house to take his bride home to. And the bride would learn how to be a pleasing bride for her husband.
  5. The bridegroom offers certain things and then the bride promisees to do certain things. Both the bridegroom and the bride contribute their part to the marriage.

Eursin in the feasts

  1. We see the witnesses at the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. The Torah is a written witness of the marriage agreement (the ketubah) between Yahweh and His people. Yahweh said, “You will be my bride, but I want you to do these things.” And Israel answered, “I do”.
  2. The outpouring of the Spirit in Ma’asei (Acts) chapter 2. Yeshua said, “I want you to live by My Spirit 24-7, and not quench it.” As His bride, we need to do this.
  3. In the first century, Yeshua went to “prepare a place” for His bride, and promised to return again.

Ancient Hebrew Wedding: Nissuin

  1. Third phase of Ancient Hebrew Wedding. “Carried aloft”. The groom returns to take (carry) is bride aloft, from her father’s house to his father’s house.
  2. The groom went away to prepare room in his father’s house. And now, at the end of the growing season (when the harvest is ready), the groom returns to take (carry) is bride aloft, from her father’s house to his father’s house.
  3. The consummation takes place (honeymoon), and they would have a week-long celebratory feasts.
  4. The bridegroom would send a herald to announce his arrival with seven shofar blasts (Yom Teruah, the Day of Trumpet blasts).

Nissuin in the feasts

  1. The seven shofar blasts correspond to the seven trumpets of the tribulation. These blasts alert the bride that the Groom (Yeshua) is coming. We see this in Yom Teruah (The day of Trumpets).
  2. The bride and her maids light their lamps, and prepare to meet the Groom and His wedding party. But they must have enough oil in their lamps (enough of His Spirit).
  3. Traditionally, the Bridegroom arrives around midnight on Yom Kippur.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 25:6-7
6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.”

Chag Sukkot: The consummation week

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