"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein." (Lev 23:34-35)
The feast of Tabernacles was the 7th Feast that Father Yahweh established, it firstly refers to where Abba Father reminds His people that He led them out of Egypt and that He provided booths for them to live in for a while in the desert, so they could also gather around His presence at the Tabernacle of GOD.
The First fulfillment:
The significance of this feast is the fulfillment of it. Firstly, it is the day when Yeshua came to earth as the living Tabernacle of GOD, to be in the presence of humanity to provide himself as a living sacrifice to bring salvation to us.
The Feasts of Father Yahweh displays the pattern, design, and order of the Gospel of Yeshua haMasaich to us. The whole Gospel is demonstrated through the feasts for us to see and understand His plan; Without these feasts, we would not recognize the fulfillment of the past, the current, and the future of events.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men; And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten from the Father, full of grace and of truth." (Joh 1:1-4;14)
Yeshua is the living Word, who was from the beginning and became flesh to dwell among us. Yeshua identifies himself as the Tabernacle of Abba Father, and so we can expect that He would have also entered this world at the Feast of Tabernacles.
"And I will set my Tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright." (Lev 26:11-13)
This scripture is so amazing and awesome because it does not only refer to the Tabernacle, which Moses was commanded to build but it also refers to when Abba Father will set His Tabernacle (himself in human flesh, as Yeshua) among us, and He will walk among us to be in our presence. God reminds us that He is our God and that he brought us out of Egypt that we should not be bound to Egypt anymore.
This whole event was a pattern that God designed so that we can see and understand what Yeshua came to do for us. For God to physically deliver Israel from Egypt did not put His people in right standing, and just before Him, they continued in their wickedness, but they still needed a spiritual deliverance that will change and circumcise their hearts completely.
This event was an illustration of the coming of His Son Yeshua that will deliver His people from sin (Egypt) to justify them through the blood of the Lamb. Egypt, in our lives, refers to the sin in the lives that bound us under the bondage and yoke of death. Yeshua came to break the yoke of bondage through His blood.
The incredible thing about the Tabernacle was, that God's presence was only at the Tabernacle; there was a separation between the people and God's presence. The separation was the veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, where God's presence was. The High-Priest was the only person allowed to come into the presence of God only twice a year on one day, which was on the day of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
After the fulfillment of Atonement that Yeshua did for us through His blood, the veil was ripped from top to bottom, and the barrier caused by sin was justified through the blood of the Lamb. Because of Yeshua's atonement, we can be in right standing with God and have an intimate relationship with Him. We have free access to our Abba Father and His presence now. In fact, scripture says that our bodies became the Tabernacle of the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit now lives inside of us.
"And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them." (Eze 36:27)
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1Co 3:16)
"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2Co 6:16-18)
The second fulfillment:
With Yeshua's second coming, the festival also refers to the period when we will be living with Him at His Tabernacle during the 1000 years of peace.
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (Joh 14:2-3)
The Feast of Tabernacles is a feast of joy and excitement when we will be joined with our bridegroom Yeshua forever.
· Pasach identifies the Lamb of GOD(Yeshua), who is the bridegroom.
· Shavuot represents the outpouring of His Spirit on humankind, who also identifies as the bride.
· Sukkot means that we will live with Him forever in a home that represents the affirmation of marriage. This is what we are looking forward to.
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." (Rev 19:7-9)
"Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice. Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee." (Deu 16:13-17)
The significance of the seven(7) days:
· Number 7 means completion and perfection.
· Father God finished His creation in 7 days and rested.
· It also refers to the same amount of days that a Hebrew covenant marriage took to established.
Let us rejoice and praise Abba Father on His Feast days in excitement for the marriage supper with our bridegroom Yeshua. He deserves all the Praise and Glory forever.