JD: Steve Herzig our broadcast partner tells us of the Feast of Tabernacles and how Jews will be living for 7 days in Thatched Huts, a Succa. That takes them back in history to the times when they were wondering in the wilderness. Steve how does this all come about?
SH: Well Jimmy coming off of one of the most solemn days, that being the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, many of them already begin to build their Tabernacle, their succa in order to celebrate that just five days later. And ending that with a conclusion of the 7th feast ,which of course is Sukkot.
JD: Lets go back, the succa was simply a thatched hut, you referred to it as a Tabernacle, that’s another name for it.
SH: Yeah it was a prefab building just like the Tabernacle itself was a prefab worship center for the Jewish people. It was how they were sustained by God through His provision of food; how they stayed alive during that time.
JD: And they, as you said, start constructing their succa and once they have built that succa for those 7 days of the Feast of Tabernacles they usually have their meals there, businessmen get together there, the children play. It’s just a time of fellowship and fun, isn’t it?
SH: It absolutely is. It’s an identification and Judaism both biblical as well as Rabbinic Judaism does a great job Jimmy of taking the Jewish community and having them remember events with their senses, their taste, their eyes, their ears. Sukkot is one of those events you’re looking out of a building, a temporary dwelling with holes in the ceiling so you can see the stars; a great reminder of the fact that God is the one that sustained them.
There is all kinds of fruits hanging from the succa which is a reminder of the harvest season, again God sustains us, you’ll eat many of those fruits. It’s great fellowship time that God called us as a people. That’s also very important and is really imprinted on the psyche of Jewish people.
JD: Steve Herzig our broadcast partner on the Feast of Tabernacles. We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
The Jews celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles has a prophetic significance.
Jews will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles the last of the seven Jewish Feast as they pause to remember how they lived during those 40 years of wonderings in the wilderness. But also, this Feast of Tabernacles looks to the future for fulfillment.
Bible prophecy says that during the kingdom period Jewish people, Gentiles, and Christians around the world will come to Jerusalem, once a year, to celebrate Feast of Tabernacles that’s found in Zechariah 14. Until that time the Jews will continue to remember the past as they look to the future.