The Feast of Tabernacles (aka Sukkot) The rehearsal for the Second Coming of Christ… “He tabernacled (dwelt) among us through his life, He tabernacles within us through the Holy Spirit, He will tabernacle among us again during His thousand year reign”
…On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Sukkot, seven days for the LORD. -Leviticus 23:34
You will dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel shall dwell in booths. -Leviticus 23:42
Sukkot, also known as Feast of Tabernacles, is a time of remembering the wandering in the desert. Also a harvest festival. We observe this time by building and dwelling in a temporary shelter or Sukkah. This time of Sukkot is so much fun that it is often refered to as “the season of our rejoicing.”
The command to dwell in a Sukkah can be easily fulfilled by eating our meals there. However, we should spend as much time as possible there, including sleeping in it!
It is fun to decorate the Sukkah with harvest items. We are decorating with pumpkins and squash. We will also cut out leaves from construction paper and write our “thank you’s” and our “how to thank yous” on them and tape them to the walls.
At the end of the 7 days, on the 8th day, there is a special day called Simchat Torah which means “Rejoicing in the Torah.” For our Simchat Torah we read the last chapter of Revelation, and the first chapter or 3 chapters of Genesis. The yearly Bible reading begins again. Candy can be handed out to children to symbolize God’s word is “sweeter than honey.” We will be making candy apples for Simchat Torah.
Reference Material: chabad.org