SUKKOT SAMEACH! (Happy Sukkot!)
As of sundown last night we entered the beginning of Sukkot, which will last until sundown next Sunday, Oct 16th. This is known as the “Feast of Tabernacles(booths)”, or the "Feast of Ingathering (harvest)", and also the "Season of Our Joy" (Rejoicing). It is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice.
This is the last of all the Jewish feasts, and is very important for us to remember for many reasons. It comes in the Autumn of every year, just after the High Holy days of the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. These Holy days, also known as the “Days of Awe”, are a time of retrospect, repentance, and fasting.
However, the Feast of Tabernacles is a time of thankfulness, rejoicing, and celebrating...and since they were also celebrated the last of the "ingathering" of harvest, it is almost as if it were the first Thanksgiving! It is a time of thanking the Lord and rejoicing in all He has done in the past season, as well as preparing ourselves, with much anticipation and joy, for the season He is taking us into! 🙏🏻🍂🍁
The chief joy that Sukkot brings is the reminder that He, the God of the Universe, dwells among His people. He "tabernacles" among those called by His Name, just as He did in the wilderness for 40 years.
Many scholars also believe that Yeshua (Jesus) was actually born during this time...when the word became flesh, and "tabernacled" among us. So essentially, this is the beginning of the season where we celebrate Christ coming to earth, to provide healing and salvation for all, and to bring the ultimate "ingathering"! Yes, I believe it is okay to celebrate from now until Christmas, which is most likely when His miraculous conception took place. #Emmanuel #GodWithUs #CelebrateHisComing
"My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest," (Exod. 33:14). God is with His people!
This will be extremely important to remember in the days and weeks to come. Remember where your joy comes from. Remember that, no matter what wilderness you walk through, He is with us, and will guide us through!
Amanda Shiflett ~ Prophetic Reformer