Greetings fellow sojourners! Will you join me and continue praying for the identified people needing Salvation from the Lord? Yeshua (Jesus Christ) means Salvation. Come Yeshua come!
Christy, Carly, Emilie, Caleb, Lee, Terry, Lauren, Evan, Ben, Brandy, Jess, Chris, Ross, Michelle, Chip, Tina, K.C, Bella, Cameron, Jared, Lauren, Beija, Amber, Shane, Megan, Wally, Ashton, Yvon, Lindell, Angela, Dustin, Durkae, Jessica, Neil, April, Nathan, Pame, Emma, Amy, Charlie, Steve, Teresa, Christel, Alexis, Candis, Sara Grace, Kelly, Gary, Lisa, Jim, Joel, Robert, Robbie, Mitchell, Christina, Omer, Thelma, Maria, John, Stephen, Brandon, Meghan, Tim, Rob, Rebecca, Ziaineb & family, Billy, Will, Mionell, Kelly, Teresa, Brandy, Eric, Kelly, Britney, Christy, Bill, Tabitha, Tisha, Tonya, Ralph, Dana, Joe, Molly, Will, Keith, Shelby, Brittany, Bill, Chris, Eddie, Junior, Addison, Judy, David, Kay, Matt, Jeff, Clay, Chari, Jeff, Stef, Michael, Jannen, Gary, Candis, Yonnie, Burt, Charlie, Les, Dwayna, Dinah, Jamie, Autumn, Dusty, Richard, Kelly, Ashley, Steven, Mitzi, Gary, Devin, Kim…
Hallalujah! – Emilie has received the fear of the Lord!
This week marks the beginning of the Lord’s feast called Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). Spiritually, Sukkot is a time of thanksgiving and joy. Joy, in that our sins have been forgiven (Yom Kippur) and thanksgiving (Sukkot) for the mercies of God. God’s mercies were evident when he miraculously provided and cared for His people after the deliverance from bondage in Egypt. The more I speak with people the more aware I become of the needs of things only God provide. When the Israelites were in the wilderness and exposed to the elements, they became acutely aware that God was their only covering. While living out this life under the sun, what have you allowed to be your covering, usurping God? Come Yeshua, come!
According to Zechariah 14:16, Sukkot prophetically speaks of the nations coming to Jerusalem to worship the King and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Hallalujah! During this week the Lord calls His people to rejoice before Him (Deut. 16:13-14, Lev. 23:40)! Do you see this as a command to put aside your troubles and provide the Lord a sacrifice of praise? I challenge you this week to view your momentary and light afflictions through the eyes of Joy and choose rejoicing!
The following are fascinating verses regarding the time when Yeshua was born.
1. Tabernacles is known as the “Season of our Joy”. When the angels announced to the shepherds the birth of our Messiah, they said,”Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people Luke 2:10.
2. According to Jewish tradition, a prayer was recited on the first day of the feast that says,”Glory to God in the Heavens and on the earth peace and good will towards the earth.” This sounds very similar to the passage in Luke that describes the angels proclaiming,”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased” Luke 2:14.
3. During the Feast, Jews from the nations would gather. The Inns were filled and the overflow extended to Bethlehem, since it was close to Jerusalem. The Scripture says, “and she wrapped Him in clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the Inn.
4. The Gospel accounts for shepherds being in the field tending their flocks. It couldn’t have been winter, because the flocks would not be in the fields, but sheltered in caves.
5. Jewish Tradition states that the sheep to be sacrificed at Tabernacles were kept in the fields for 7 days and sacrificed on the 8th. They were out all night. So, the shepherds would be too. Normally, the sheep would be brought in at night.
Shall we prayerfully consider this timeline? Luke records a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah, ministering in the temple, whose wife was Elizabeth. He was performing his priestly service as outlined in 1 Chronicles 24:10 That would be approximately June 1 to June 8. (Luke 1:5-25) An angel named Gabriel, told Zechariah they would have a son. After his priestly duty Elizabeth became pregnant. It can be calculated from this information that their son, John the Baptist, was born at Passover. In Elizabeth’s 6th month of pregnancy, Gabriel told Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah when the Holy Spirit came upon her (this would have been in December). Nine months later, in September, she gave birth to a precious boy named Yeshua. This would be during the time of Tabernacles. Special events seem to always fall on Yahweh’s Divine Appointments.
Sukkot is all about the Holy One dwelling or tabernacling with his people. The Word became flesh and took up residence (tabernacled) among us John 1:14. Come Yeshua, come!
In His grace,
Diana and Amanda