Psalm 122:6  /    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

                            SUCCOT, the feast of Tabernacles

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The subject of this message is: Succot, the Feast of Tabernacles. Your speaker is Mike Perl (P-e-r-l). Succot will begin in the evening of Sunday, September 23

and ends in the evening of Sunday, September 30.

some Jewish people will

observe the holy days of Succot, the Feast of Tabernacles or Succot, also called the Feast of Booths. It is a period of gladness for the people, and of thankfulness to God by the people for

His providence and provision, and for their redemption out of Egypt. The commands to conduct

these holy days are found in the Jewish Law, in the book of Leviticus, Chapter 23, beginning

with verse 33. It reads as follows in Hebrew and in English: “…and the eternal spoke to Moses,

speak to the sons of Israel, on the fifteenth day of this seventh month, shall be the Feast of

Tabernacles, for seven days to Yehovah, on the first day shall be a holy convocation, no servile

work shall you do, seven days shall you offer an offering made by fire to the Eternal One, you

shall take to yourselves, the fruit of the tree hadar, branches of palm trees, the boughs of myrtle

tree, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Eternal One, Your God, seven

days. It shall be a statute throughout your generations. In booths shall you dwell seven days: all

that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths; in order that your generations may know, that I

caused the sons of Israel to dwell in booths when I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt. I

am the Eternal One, your God.” End of quote.

For the proper observance of this holy festival and perfect compliance with the

commands God requires that all adult Jewish males must be in Jerusalem. No servile work – no

business – is to be done on the first day. Each day of seven days there is to be a sacrifice made

by fire to God, the Eternal One. For the entire seven days, the people are to dwell in booths

known as “Succot.” The fruit of the hadar tree, branches of palm trees, the boughs of the myrtle

tree, and willows of the brook are to be carried in the hands of the worshippers. The rabbis ruled

that “the fruit of the tree, hadar,” meant the “etrog” or the citron. Every worshipper carries the

citron in his left hand, and in his right the lulav, or palm with myrtle and willow branch on either

side of it, tied together on the outside with its own kind, though in the inside it might be fastened

even with gold thread.

As represented by different vegetation = the palm branches recalling the valleys and

plains, the booths depicting the bushes on the mountain height, and the willows those brooks

from which God had given His people drink. The citron is to remind them of the fruits of the

good land which God had given them.

Jewish history informs us that during the days when the holy temple stood in Jerusalem,

while the morning sacrifice was being prepared, a priest, accompanied by a joyous procession

with music went down to the Pool of Siloam from which he drew water in a golden pitcher. The

priest returned just as his brethren carried up the pieces of the sacrifice to lay them on the altar.

He then went up the rise of the altar and turned to the left where there were two silver basins

with narrow holes – the Eastern a little wider for wine, and the Western somewhat narrower for

water. Into these the wine of the drink offering and the water from the pool were poured, later to

be poured into the basin which led to the base of the altar. As soon as the wine and water were

being poured out, the temple music began and the “hallel” Psalms one hundred thirteen through

one hundred eighteen, was sung. When the choir came to the words, “O give thanks to the Lord,

O work then now salvation, Yehovah, give thanks unto the Lord, all the worshippers shook their

lulavs toward the altar. In addition, on every one of the seven days of the Feast of Booths, the

priests formed in procession and made the circuit of the altar singing, “ O then now work

salvation Yehovah! Yehovah give prosperity!” On the 7th day, they made the circuit of the altar

seven times, repeating the words. The pouring out of the water was considered by the rabbis as

bearing a subordinate reference to the dispensation of rain, but its main and real application was

to the future out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, as predicted by the prophet Isaiah:

thus the Talmud says distinctly, “why is the name of it called ‘the drawing out of water?”

Because of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, according to what is said, “with joy shall you draw

water out of the wells of salvation.”

Today, no Jewish person anywhere, out of Israel or in Israel, keeps this holy season as

Yehovah, the Eternal God of Israel, commanded that it should be kept!! Since the destruction of

the second holy temple, more than nineteen hundred years ago, our Jewish people have not been

able to perform the animal sacrifices, required for only at the temple in Jerusalem, may these

sacrifices be performed. Failure to refrain from any kind of work, failure to offer the sacrifices,

failure to dwell in booths cannot be sanctioned on the argument that times have changed, that

there is no temple, that the weather is not favorable, or that liberal Judaism has set aside some of

the ritual connected with Holy Days!! The fact remains that any variance from the God-given

way of observing these holy days constitutes sin! Continue, please, to listen to this radiocast that

you might learn, dear Jewish friends, how such sins may be forgiven!

In the Jewish Bible, in the Book of Jeremiah, God promises to make a new covenant,

with the twelve tribes of Israel. The new Testament reports that it was on the great day of the

Feast of Tabernacles, over nineteen centuries ago, that in the holy temple in Jerusalem, that Jesus

the Nazarene stood up and called out, “If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who

believes on me, as the Scripture says, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living

water.” End of quote.

The apostle John, a Jewish believer in and follower of Jesus as Messiah, as Savior, as

Lord, commented on these words of Jesus by saying that Jesus spoke thusly of the Holy Spirit,

whom those believing in Jesus would receive. It was later that this same Jesus to fulfill the

prophecy found in the Jewish Bible, book of Zechariah, chapter nine, verse nine, rode into

Jerusalem on a donkey. Then Jewish people strewed the path with branches cut from trees as

well as with their own garments as they hailed him, Jesus, as King of the Jews!! Thus they cried

out, “Hosannah, King of the Jews! O work then now salvation, son of David!” They applied to

Jesus what was regarded as one of the chief ceremonies of the Feast of Tabernacles, pleading

that He would now work salvation!

Jesus was rejected as “King of the Jews” that our holy Jewish Scriptures which predict

His rejection might be literally fulfilled! It is recorded in the Holy New Testament that Herod,

Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles, and the Jews gathered together to do what Yehovah had

predestinated to be done to His Holy Servant, Jesus! Some Jews accused Him of blasphemy.

Some Gentiles crucified Him on a cross on which He voluntarily died for the sins of all Jews,

Jewtiles, and Gentiles, the sacred Scriptures say! But, even as the Holy Word of God, the Bible

prophesies, and even as He Himself said that He would, Jesus rose from the tomb in which He

was buried on the third day, as He said that He would! Before His death, Jesus also said that He

would send the Holy Spirit, after His departure. So it was on the Feast of Pentecost, that one

hundred and twenty Jewish people were gathered in one place in Jerusalem, the Holy Word of

God states, when suddenly there came a roaring from Heaven like the driving of a mighty

wind…and all were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in foreign languages as the

Holy Spirit granted them expression. Then arose Peter, another Jewish believer in and follower

of Jesus as Messiah, as Savior, and as Lord, said, “This is what was spoken through the prophet

Joel: ‘It shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.’ Jesus, lifted

high by the right hand of God and receiving from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, has

poured out what you both hear and see. Without a shadow of a doubt, then, let the whole House

of Israel, acknowledge that God made Jesus both Lord and Messiah.”

It is in Jesus that every type and prophecy of the Bible is fulfilled! The Feast of

Tabernacles, was a picture of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been poured

out – even as the Eternal Yehovah will once more pour out His Holy Spirit upon the nation,

Israel! But today, the individual Jewish person, because the Holy Spirit was poured out more

than nineteen hundred years ago, may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit, will

come into your heart and life if you will accept Jesus as your sacrifice, for sin! Our Jewish Bible

declares that it is the blood upon the altar that makes atonement for the soul. Without a sacrifice,

there is no forgiveness of sin! The ritual of sacrifices were shadows of which the sacrifice of

Jesus, was the substance! His was a sacrifice once for all! By believing in Him and in His

sacrifice, there is forgiveness of sins – there is salvation of one’s Eternal soul! The Holy Spirit

has been poured out that you might receive Him as the personal guarantee that you have been

redeemed! He will fill your life to overflowing with joy, faith, love, power! Jesus the Savior

lives today seated at the right hand of God, His Father, in heaven awaiting your asking Him for

the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the gift of salvation, for the gift of Eternal Life! The Holy Spirit

will cleanse you of your sins! The Holy Spirit will purify your conscience! The Holy Spirit will

remove your guilt, and only the Holy Spirit of God can do so!

You can enter the Spiritual Booth of Salvation, through welcoming Jesus into your heart.

Both the Jewish Bible and the New Testament say, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the

Lord shall be saved.”

Through prayer call upon the Lord Jesus, to be your Savior now!