BY RICHARD SISON | 2014
The Feast of Sukkot is also known as "The time of our Joy". Indeed, a special joy envelopes this festival. During the time of the second Temple, Jerusalem is well lit making the celebration extends even during the evenings. There was a nightly Water-Drawing Celebrations from evening to dawn held in the Holy Temple in preparation for the drawing of water for use in the festival service, fill the synagogues and streets with song, music and dance until the wee hours of the morning.
This is the most joyous celebration of all the Appointed Feasts and in contrast of the most solemn observance of Yom Kippur five days earlier. This Feast is the most joyful; in fact it was the only one in which the Israelites were commanded by G-D to rejoice (Deut 16:14).
The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah, which means "Great Salvation" and according to the sages, it closes the period of Divine Judgement tht begun on Rosh Hashanah also known as Yom Teruah.
In New Testament times, Sukkot was a major celebration, often referred to simply as "The Feast". It incorporated great ceremonies using light and water. Yeshua made a great proclamation in the Temple during Sukkot (John 7:37-38).
The ultimate fulfillment of this Feast will come after the return of the L-RD, when G-D will once again dwell or tabernacle with His people Israel and those who trust in His name. In this Feast, all believers are commanded to be joyful for this is the shadow of our future, our Blessed Hope and this will be the Time of Our Joy! Maranatha Yeshua HaMashiach, our Adonai.
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