I am so glad you are here! Thank you for following along with us as we study Why Israel Matters: Rightly Relating to Our Jewish Roots. I have received so many encouraging comments, emails, personal words and texts. Thank you to those who have shared your thoughts with me.
We’re currently studying God’s 3-fold call upon Israel, and while I am very excited to share more with you, I am putting it on the back burner until tomorrow so that I can share about an important Jewish celebration and give you some insight into what is going on in Israel beginning tonight at sundown in Israel. (They are 10 hours ahead of us here in Phoenix, 7 hours ahead of US Eastern time.)
Tonight, Jews around the world will begin the celebration of Sukkot, or what English translations of the Bible call the Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths). It is the last of the 7 major Jewish feasts, and is the most festive of all. Leviticus 23:33-43 outlines the details of this feast. It is my personal favorite for many reasons, not the least of which is it is the only feast in which Gentiles are invited to celebrate in the future!
The Jewish people look back to the exodus from Egypt as the key point in their history. Apparently, God didn’t want them to forget it either, as in the Jewish mind, each feast harkens back to God’s redemption of them from Egypt. However, in the Christian mind, the Feast of Tabernacles will be fulfilled in the New Covenant! It is an “in-gathering” feast. Zechariah 14:16-19 tells us that everyone from all the nations will come up to Jerusalem to worship the King! That is Millennial Kingdom talk! (After the rapture and the tribulation.) I can hardly wait…what about you!
Fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles is a future event, but many Christians converge on Jerusalem each year to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles…a precursor to the “real thing” to come. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem hosts a Feast of Tabernacles celebration attended by thousands of Christians from around the world. It is an unbelievably festive event and, best of all, you can join in the festivities live or tape-delayed! It begins at 10:30 am (Phoenix time), 1:30 pm (Eastern time).
So, we’ll get back to the study tomorrow, but for now enjoy the festivities!