The Feast of Tabernacles / Sukkot
Leviticus 23 v 33 - 36
'And YaHuWaH spoke to Moses saying,'Speak to the chidren of Israel, saying,'On the fifteenth day of this seventh new moon (month) at evening, is the Festival of Sukkot for seven days to YaHuWaH. On the first day is a set-apart gathering, you do no ser ile work. For seven days you bring an offering made by fire to YaHuWaH. On
the eighth day there shall be a set apart gathering for you, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to YaHuWaH. It is a closing festival, you do no servile work."
Leviticus 23 v 39 - 43
'On the fifteenth day of the seventh new moon (month), when you gather in the fruit of the land, celebrate the Festival of YaHuWaH for seven days. On the first day is a rest, and on the eight day a rest. And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of good trees, branches of palm trees, twigs of leafy trees, and willows of the stream, and shall rejoice before YaHuWaH your Elohim for seven days. And you shall celebrate it as a festival to YaHuWaH for seven days in the year - a law forever in your generations. Celebrate it in the seventh new moon (month). Dwell in booths for seven days; all who are native born in Yisrael dwell in booths, so that your generations know that I made the childrne of Yisrael dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt). I am YaHuWaH your Elohim.'
The Feast of Tabernacles is also known by the name of Sukkot.
This is the most joyous of all the Appointed times and is a time of
celebration. Sukkot is the crecendo of the appointed times and occurs
at the end of the harvest season when all of the harvest has been gathered in. Sukkot is to be celebrated for seven days with thankfulness and rejoicing. The first day is a set-apart gathering and no work is to be done.
The most visible symbol of Sukkot is the small booth the Israelites are
commanded to dwell in for the eight days of the Feast (Leviticus
23:33-43). These booths are a reminder to Israel that
they once dwelled in temporary shelters during the forty years in the
Wilderness, totally dependent on YaHuWaH and His provision. YaHuWaH is faithful and He
continues to provide all we need to walk upright before Him still today.
Zechariah foretold of a time in the Millenial KIngdom when all nations will ascend to Jerusalem
each year to worship the King, YaHuWaH of hosts, and to keep the Feast
of Tabernacles / Sukkot (Zechariah14:16). So we also keep Sukkot now as a reminder of this
future prophetic purpose. Throughout the Messianic Age, the entire world
will celebrate this feast because it will mark the return of Yahushua to
The Eighth Day - Shemini Atzeret
In the midst of describing a seven-day festival, YaHuWaH mentions an 'eighth
day.' This "extra" day is called Shemini Atzeret
(the eighth conclusion). It is celebrated on the eighth day of the
feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). The eighth day is a set-apart day and no work is to be done.
The number eight is closely associated with new beginnings.The eighth day is known as Simcha
Torah, meaning "rejoicing in the Torah". Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are celebrated as one day. It is considered the
eighth day of the celebration of Sukkot and represents 'Olam Haba', the
time that comes after the Millennium. The eighth day is therefore, a picture of
eternity -- and rejoicing in eternity is associated with the Torah.