Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Celebrate ... Sukkot?

Let me just warn you before you read this post by reminding you that, as the bride of Christ, we are not supposed to celebrate the Jewish feasts. All the law, the prophets and the other books, including the feasts are fulfilled in by Messiah Yah'shua ...
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, Luk 24:44-45
You should be quite aware that the western tradition of Christmas (25 December) has a pure pagan origin. Google it if you'd like. The date of Yah'shua's birth can be very accurately determined. Even Yah'shua, Jesus Himself never instructed us to celebrate His birthday. And so, neither did his disciples or the apostles during the first-century church.

It remains interesting, though, that even the dates of fulfillment corresponds in the finest detail to the Jewish feasts.

The feast of Sukkot (feast of Tabernacles) commences today at sunset. It lasts for eight days whence the Jewish people celebrate their deliverance from bondage out of Egypt. They erect temporary shelters symbolizing the tent-dwellings they occupied during their 40 year tenure in the wilderness after the exodus. 

Interestingly this year, Sukkot begins with the second full blood (red) moon or full lunar eclipse of the moon, the second of four consecutive lunar blood eclipses that coincide with Passover and Sukkot in 2014 and 2015.

Also Sukkot follows Yom Kippur (day of atonement celebrated on 4 October this year) which was the one day of the year that the high priest traditionally entered the holy of hollies to bring an atonement offer for the whole of the Jewish nation. 
Aren't you soooo happy that you have a perfect High Priest sitting at the right Hand of the Father making intersession for you daily and even as you are reading this post?!!

But, what does this have to do with the birthday of Jesus?

Interesting that you should ask!

If by now, you googled the relevant site, of which there are many, you would have discovered that Jesus was born on the first day of Tabernacles (sukkot this year on 8 October) and it was for this very reason that the Gospel of John very accurately recorded: Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 

The word translated dwelt here in the Greek is: skēnoō or to: fix one’s tabernacle, have one’s tabernacle, abide (or live) in a tabernacle (or tent), tabernacle

So, if you should decide to throw out the pagan traditions and stop celebrating Christmas on 25 December and you wish to still celebrate the birth of Christ ... then tonight would be the appropriate and more accurate choice in terms of dates.

However, let's not confuse the journey with the purpose. That's what the enemy wants to do. To focus your attention on Christ as the baby in the crib instead of the Christ, the all-victorious, glorious, Christ raised on High upon a cross to redeem all the world ... and an open grave and abiding Spirit of Christ shed abroad to testify that He LIVES forever more! Amen and HalleluYAH!

Look!  God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell [tabernacle] with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.” Rev 21:3
So that we may sing with every creature: saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Rev 5:13

One feast Yah'shua said we should celebrate as often as we can, though. This is the feast of His victory - His Body and His Blood!

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