A message about Sukkoth from our MJAA General Secretary, Joel Chernoff
As we continue to celebrate the Biblical Feast of Succoth (Booths or Tabernacles in English), I am reminded of the below passage in Zechariah 14 which predicts that in the latter days, all the nations that will come against Israel and Jerusalem to destroy it, will themselves be destroyed by the returning King Messiah. The prophet then reveals that those nations who survive God’s judgment will be required to come up to Jerusalem annually to worship the King Messiah and if they don’t, drought and pestilence will afflict those nations until presumably they are either destroyed or turn at His reproof.
In the Torah (Pentateuch), there were three great pilgrimage Feasts that all Israel was required to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate before the Lord; Passover, Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost) and Succoth (Feast of Tabernacles or Booths). Both Passover and Shavuot had clear Messianic and prophetic fulfillments associated with the Messiah’s first coming.
Passover was when the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) died and was resurrected to redeem mankind from the eternal penalty of their sins. Shavuot (Pentecost) was when the Holy Spirit or Ruach Hakodesh was given in a new, powerful and personal way to all those who accepted the Messiah’s atonement for their sins. Clearly, Zechariah 14 reveals that Succoth or the Feast of Tabernacles will be the Feast of the Second Coming of the King Messiah, Yeshua that not only Israel but indeed the whole earth will be required to celebrate in His new world capital in Jerusalem Israel. Perhaps that day is closer than we think!
Chag Sameach Everyone! (Happy Holiday)
Zechariah 14: 9-21 (ESV)
9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.
10 The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. 11 And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction.[f] Jerusalem shall dwell in security.
12 And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
13 And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. 14 Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem.[g] And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15 And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps.
16 Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. 17 And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. 18 And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain;[h] there shall be the plague with which the Lord afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. 19 This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.
20 And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.” And the pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the bowls before the altar. 21 And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader[i] in the house of the Lord of hosts on that day.