Feast of Tabernacles / Booths / Festival of Ingathering - Sukkot
“I have gathered you as My People”
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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the LORD.
On the first day shall be a holy convocation [a High Sabbath]; you shall not do any ordinary work. For seven days you shall present food offerings to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation [a High Sabbath] and present a food offering to the LORD. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work
“On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD seven days. On the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest. And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. You shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”
Leviticus 23:33-36, 39-43
Appointed Time: Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of Booths, Feast of Ingathering (Sukkot)
Significance: To remember God’s provision and protection over Israel while they lived in temporary dwellings in the wilderness after being brought out of Egypt on their way to Canaan. The Fall harvest festival
Observance: The first and eighth days are High Sabbaths. Building and “dwelling” in a booth while offering food offerings in celebration and rejoicing while waving branches and fruit for seven days
Length: Seven days plus one
The Feast of Tabernacles – the Feast of Booths, this Feast of Ingathering, Sukkot – is the culmination and the designed desired end result of the exodus from Egypt.
We’ve been gathered by Him, for Him and in Him. We remember this by dwelling in a temporary physical place that speaks of and calls us to an eternal dwelling place, in and with Him (Rev. 21:1-3).
Sukkot signifies our wandering in the desert wilderness, His provision on our behalf and our dependence on His care all along the way (Deut. 29:5). We’ve been taken from deliverance and repentance to redemption!
The physical, prophetic and ultimately spiritual significance of Sukkot is this ingathering of His people unto Himself – the “dwelling among” – the “being in His Rest” as we’ve seen represented throughout all of the Feasts. Sukkot, this appointed time of “ingathering,” is the reaping of the harvest in and of our lives of His sowing.
We’ve seen prophetically how observing or not observing Sukkot will be a determining factor for the Gentiles during Messiah’s reign. It would behoove us to be well-versed in this appointed expression of celebratory worship and rejoicing unto our God as we continue ever forward in our earthly sukkah to the spiritual sukkah that awaits us.
Allan R. Aguirre, "Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot),” from The Feasts Unlocked