Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Booths)
This is the last commanded Feast of the year. It is a pilgrimage feast of which there are three – the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Shavuot and Sukkot. It occurs on the 15th day of the 7th month. It is also called Feast of Tabernacles or Booths. It was also known as the Feast of the Ingathering. It was during this time that YAHUSHA was born and tabernacled among us (John 1:14). This is a joyous celebration as the fall harvest is now over and it is time to enjoy the fruits of ones labors. It is a season of joy following the heaviness of Yom Kippur now realizing that our sins have been forgiven. It is a picture of the YAHUAH’S Kingdom during the millennium.
Lev 23:34 Speak unto the children of Yashar’el (Israel), saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto YAHUAH.
Lev 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YAHUAH: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YAHUAH: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
During this 7 day festival, we are commanded to build and live in a Sukkah (booth). Sukkot is a time that commemorates the time of Yashar’el (Israel) in the wilderness when they lived in temporary shelters. We may have to once again live in temporary shelters before returning to the Promised Land.
Lev 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto YAHUAH seven days: on the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath.
Lev 23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before YAHUAH your ELOHIYM seven days.
Lev 23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto YAHUAH seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
Lev 23:42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Yasha’e’iym (Israelites) born shall dwell in booths:
Lev 23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Yashar’el (Israel) to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am YAHUAH your ELOHIYM.
The first day of Sukkot is a high Sabbath in which no servile work is to be done. The 7th and last day of Sukkot is called Hoshanah Rabbah, the great salvation. There is an additional minor festival following Hoshanah Rabbah on the 8th day which is called Shemini Atzeret or the “last great day” and is also a Sabbath in which no servile work is to be done. The Rabbis interpret from the word Atzaret, the meaning to tarry one more day. From this, the Rabbis added an additional festival after Shemini Atzaret and called it Simchat Torah (rejoicing in the Torah). They deem this also to be a Sabbath, but Simchat Torah is not an observance found in scripture. It is only from the imagination of the Rabbis. Therefore, we can ignore it.
Using the Zadokite-Enochian Based Priestly Calendar As Found in the Dead Sea Scrolls SUKKOTH/ TABERNACLES is the 15th DAY of the 7th MONTH which lands on the Gregorian dates of October 2nd though October 8th 2019 and SHEMINI ATZERET/LAST GREAT DAY: 22nd DAY of 7th MONTH lands on the Gregorian date of October 9th 2019.
They are Seven Annual Sabbaths
If you thought that The Eternal only had weekly Sabbath Days then you would be mistaken.
There are SEVEN Annual Holy Sabbaths that occur once every year.
SUKKOTH/ TABERNACLES and SHEMINI ATZERET/LAST GREAT DAY both are one of those SEVEN Annual or (High Sabbath’s) Also.
The next Feast day established by YAHUAH to be observed is Passover, beginning the cycle all over again. Hanukkah is not a festival we are required to celebrate.
This has been a very simplified overview of the Feasts of YAHUAH to help those who are just beginning to explore the Hebraic roots of their faith. These Feasts are to be understood as rehearsals in YAHUAH’s plan of salvation for mankind. They are types and shadows of things to come for the body of Messiah (Col 2:17).