This year Sukkot begins at sunset on Sunday, September 23rd and ends at nightfall on Sunday, September 30th. On the Jewish calendar, it begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei.
Sukkot is also known as:
- Feast of Tabernacles
- Feast or Festival of Booths
- Feast of the Ingathering
What Does Sukkot Mean and Why So Many Names?
The word Sukkot means booths in Hebrew. The term refers to the temporary dwellings the Israelites lived in as a memorial of their desert wandering following the exodus out of Egypt.
Because Sukkot means booths, the festival is sometimes referred to as the “Festival of Booths.” Tabernacles are also referred to as dwelling places. Thus the name, “Feast of Tabernacles” is used because the Israelites dwelt in these booths.
It is also referred to as the “Feast of the Ingathering” because of the agricultural significance of the feast.
- “And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end.”—Exodus 34:22
Sukkot was one of the three pilgrimage festivals that, in ancient Israel, required all Jewish men to journey to Jerusalem with an offering to the Lord after gathering in their harvest.
The reference of the “ingathering” of fruit is also found in Leviticus 23:39.
- “Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall bea sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.”—Leviticus 23:39
The Ingathering of God’s People
We commemorate God’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt and ultimate deliverance from our sin-nature through Yeshua. We also remember His continued protection and provision over His people past, present, and future.
Just as we are to ingather and offer our firstfruits to the Lord during Sukkot, God is ingathering His chosen people back to their ancestral homeland.
Since the late 1800s until Israel’s statehood in 1948, there has been a great shift and alignment of God’s will for His people. Waves of Israeli immigrants began moving back into their homeland. The numerous waves of immigration are called Aliyah.
During these years many nations opposed their move, and it led to horrific persecution of the Jewish people. But we can’t deny, that despite the ongoing hurdles set before them, God’s promises prevail.
The fulfillment of prophecy, Israel’s established statehood, should awaken our spiritual and physical senses.
We are in the third-day. We can step into the blessings of fully claiming our Jewish heritage by learning the Hebraic roots of our Christian faith, or we can choose to remain separated and without the rich understanding of who we are truly called to be in God’s glory. God allows us to choose, but He also promises us great blessing when we align with His appointed times.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.”—Psalm 37:4-6
God’s Promise During Sukkot
Each feast offering comes with a promise from God. The promise for Sukkot is the gift of rain, which is symbolic of provision.
- “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain.”—Zechariah 14:16-17
During this weeklong celebration, families commemorate this time by building and dwelling in temporary shelters as their ancestors would have done in the wilderness. These shelters, or sukkahs, remind us of God’s protection and provision.
Let us not forget Sukkot’s great cultural, historical, and spiritual significance.
“Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.”—Job 22:22
Sukkot 5779, a Time of Unreserved Joy!
We were awakened by the shofar blast at Rosh Hashanah, the new year, 5779. We entered a time of godly sorrow and repentance at Yom Kippur. And now, at Sukkot, we transition from somber reflection to a period of boundless joy and celebration!
Ask the Lord to prepare you for a release and an increase in every area of your life—both spiritually and physically! As we have just entered this year of protection in His glory, we believe and pray that it is a time when you enjoy God’s anointing and walk in His ways.
Remember and rejoice in God’s ultimate protection and provision through Yeshua. Through the celebration of the feasts, we outwardly act on our inward faith. Observing the feasts is not about legalism, but about the glorious grace that we have in our Lord.
It’s a time of honor to God by reconnecting with Him through covenant relationship. Remember the Jewish roots of your Christian faith. We desire that God’s people unite together as One New Man, just as God intended.
- “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”—Ephesians 2:14-16
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Join us for Sukkot—the Feast of Tabernacles—a Pilgrim Feast
- Sunday, September 23rd at 6:00 PM CT
- Doors open at 5:30 PM CT
If you are making plans to join us in-person for the celebration of Sukkot, please be sure to check out our event’s page for registration!
***Registration is FREE, but required due to limited seating***
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