As we look forward to Sukkot (the Feast of the Tabernacles) we are reminded that, just as our ancestors lived in temporary dwellings in the wilderness until entering into the Promised Land, we are just here temporarily. We are IN the world but we are not OF the world.
We used to have a big time at Middlefork on Sukkot (pronounced “Sue-Coat). We had games, food, teaching, music, and even hay rides sometimes. People had a great time. I remember the very first time we celebrated. People had such a good time, they didn’t want to leave. In fact, I think we turned the lights out on some folks. Why did we have such a good time? I believe it was because God blessed our efforts to be obedient and do something that was all about Him and not just another Baptist program (I’ll get letters over that one, HA!)
I wish we could go to San Antonio. Cornerstone Church is having their annual Sukkot celebration. October 8th-10th. It is really a big deal. Go to their website to check it out when you have time.
We are going to have a great time too. We are meeting at some friends house and we are going to have a big time in the Lord together as we look forward to leaving this sin-fallen world and enter into the Promise Land of Heaven.
I found this on a website that explains several different aspects of Sukkot. Each of them would be interesting to discuss but for the sake of your reading time, I will only go over this one. In explaining different aspects of Sukkot, one writer added this bit of history…The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshanah Rabbah (“Great Salvation”). According to tradition, the verdict for the new year – which is written on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur – is not handed down by the Heavenly Court until Hoshanah Rabbah.
Many believe, as do I, that the rapture will occur following the Feast of the Tabernacles celebration, one year soon. Think about the above: the 7th day is called “Great Salvation”! According to Lev. 23, Sukkot has an 8th day. Wait a minute! There are only 7 days in the week. Thats right, but the Bible mentions the 8th day from time to time and every time it is a picture of what follows “the end of time”….in other words, the 8th day always refers to Eternity. Lev. 23 also tells us that the 8th day is a Sabbath, not necessarily a Saturday, but a Sabbath none theless. A day of no servile work, a day of rest. So the 7th day of Sukkot is known as the day of “Great Salvation” and the 8th day represents eternity.
Zechariah, in speaking of the millennial reign of Christ on earth, tells of a time when we will ALL go up to Jerusalem and celebrate Sukkot: Zechariah 14:16, And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Praise the Lord and worship Him in every aspect of His feasts.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?