Feast of Tabernacle

The feast of Taberncle is one of the three great festivals instituted by the Lord God YAHWEH to be celebrated by his children for all the years to come. The other two are PASSOVER AND PENTECOST. Not forgetting the fact that the feast of tabernacle is the last, but the greates among the three to be celebrated in the calendar year. The feast of Tabernacle is the feast of gathering where the participants are to praise God with Gifts to God(first fruits), Gifts to families particularly their parent, friends and the poor. This ritual is to prepare one for the possessions and the material wealth. It is also to remind all participants of the Holiness of God and the need for mankind to maintain the image of God before birth-increased life expectancy, childbearing, wealth and riches. The Lord said anyone who does not bear fruit must be cut-off. Celebrated from the 15th Day to the 21st Day of the 7th month. This is the Harvest feast that marks the end of the agricultural year. The 22nd day of the 7th month is the last Great Day, a High Sabbath that signifies a transition from the completion of the old agricultural year to the beginning of a new one. The Messiah in John 7:37-39 talks about those who believe in him, out of their belly shall flow rivers of living water. Ezekeil 47:1-12 we are told that living water shall flow from the sanctuary into the dead sea and the dead sea shall be healed.

  • Lev. 23.33-43; Num 29:13-38; Deut. 16 13-17
  • Feast of Tabernacle or Feast of Booths or Sukkot (Tabernacle in the scriptures is also used to describe Yahweh’s Holy Tent where He meets His people; His chosen Nation to lead them to His kingdom.
  • The Tabernacle of Testimony- Ex38;21; Num 1:50-53; 10:11
  • The Tent of the Testimony-Num 9:3
  • The Tabernacle of Witness- Num 17:7-8
  • The Tent of the congregation –Ex 40:12; Lev 1:1; Num.1:1
  • The Sanctuary- Ex.25:8

The Taberncale was the Ark of God that God commanded Moses to build which contains the two tablets-Ex 38:21, and simply called the Testimony or the Tabernacle of the Testimony. That was the first Tabernacle “the dwelling place”, the movable tent-Temple which Moses erected for the service of God, according to the “pattern” which god himself showed to him. Ex 25:9. It was called the Tabernacle of the Congregation or the Tabernacle of the Testimony. The Tabernacle was so constructed that it could easily be taken down and conveyed from place to place during the wandering of the wilderness. The first encampment of the Israelites after crossing the Jordan was at Gilgal, and there the Tabernacle remain for seven years-Joshua 4:19.

A particular account of the materials which the people provided for the erection of the building itself is recorded in Exodus 25-40. The execution of the plan mysteriously given to Moses was entrusted to Bezaleel and Aholiab who were specially endowed with wisdom and artistic skill-Ex 30:35-36. The people provided materials for the Tabernacle so abundantly that Moses was under the necessity of restraining them-Ex 36:6. Moses later inspected the Tabernacle and blessed the workers-Ex 39:42-43.

In the Book of Leviticus, God told Moses to command the people:

“On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook”
(Lev. 23:40), and
“You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt”(Lev.23:42-43)

Sukkot is an eight-day holiday, with the first day celebrated as a full festival with special prayer services and holiday meals. The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah (“Great Hoshana”, referring to the tradition that worshipers in the Temple walk around the perimeter of the sanctuary during morning services) and has a special observance of its own. Outside Israel, the first and last two days are celebrated as full festivals. The intermediate days are known as chol HaMoed(festivals weekdays). According to Halakha, some types of work are forbidden during Chol HaMoed. In Israel many businesses are closed during this time. Observance of Sukkot is detailed in the Book of Nehemiah and Leviticus 23:34-44. The last Great Day- when though the power of the Holy Spirit Yahweh’s church will become the channel of the entire universe-for that great day which we call Eternity. Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacle is a week-long fall festival commemorating the 40-year journey of the Israelites in the wilderness. It is one of the three great pilgrimage recorded in the Bible when all Jewish males were required to appear before the Lord in the Temple in Jerusalem. The word Sukkot means “booths”. Throughout the holiday, Jews Hebrew people did while wandering in the desert. This joyous celebration is a reminder of God’s protection, provision, and faithfulness.

The observance of the feat of Tabernacle is also recorded in Exodus 23:16, 34:22; Leviticus 23:34-43; Numbers 29:12-40; Deuteronomy 16:13-15; Ezra 3:4 and Nehemiah 8:13-18 The Bible dual significance of the feat of Tabrnacles. Agriculturally, Sukkot is Israel’s “thanksgiving”, a joyous harvest festival to celebrate the ingathering of grain and wine. As a historical feast, its main characteristic is the requirement to dwell in temporary shelters or Booths in remembrance of God’s protection, provision and care during their 40 years in the wilderness. There are many interesting customs associated with the celebration of Sukkot. During Sukkot, two important ceremonies took place. The Hebrew people carried torches around the temple, illuminating bright candelabrum along the walls of the Temple to demonstrate that the Messiah would be the light to both the Jews and the Gentiles. Also, the priest would draw water from the pool of Siloam and carry it to the temple where it was poured into a silver basin beside the alter. The priest would call upon the Lord to provide heavenly water in the form of rain for their supply. During this ceremony the people looked forward to the pouring out of the Holy spirit. Some records reference the day spoken of by the prophet Joel.

In the New Testament, Yeshua(Jesus) attended the Feast of Tabernacle and spoke these amazing words on the last and greatest day of the feast: “if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water burning Jesus said,

“I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life,”(John 8:12)