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Everyone left from all the nations that came to attack Yerushalayim will go up every year to worship the king, ADONAI-Tzva'ot, and to keep the festival of Sukkot. (Zechariah 14:16).
We know that all of God's appointed times have a prophetic significance for believers in Yeshua. Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), the last feast mentioned in Leviticus 23, receives special emphasis in the Scriptures. All the other feasts will have already been fulfilled when Tabernacles takes its rightful place in God's timetable.
Distinctive to Sukkot is the fact that seventy oxen were sacrificed in Temple days (Numbers 29:13-34). According to the rabbis, these were to be offered for the proverbial seventy Gentile nations of the world. Hence, in contrast to the other holy days, Sukkot is the one feast that is international in nature.
Why the extended boundaries for this particular festival? As the last celebration on the Jewish calendar, Sukkot is seen as representative of the Kingdom of God coming to earth. God will finally complete his plan of dwelling in the midst of his people through the person of Messiah Yeshua.
Because of the prophetic meaning of Sukkot, it seems logical that this would be the preeminent celebration of the Kingdom for both Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua HaMashiach (the Messiah). Messiah is coming soon to dwell with us. Are we ready for the celebration?
...give thanks for fellow believers in Yeshua who are from every tribe and nation.
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