The FALL FESTIVALS of the Lord - The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah) - Atonement (Yom Kippur) and Tabernacles (Sukkot)
The Coming KINGDOM of HEAVEN with the LORD
As we continue to progress through the "Church Age", the Lord God is rallying His people, the Church of the New Covenant and "Body of Christ". We can see more Christians gaining a better understanding of Old Testament origins and reconnecting with their Hebrew roots, as well as more people of the Jewish faith identifying with a Christ-based "messianic" belief and doctrine. Of course, all of these factors are occurring in accordance with the Lord's design as we draw nearer to the end of this age. We are now in a time of preparation for the coming Kingdom of our Lord here on Earth.
All these things being held as evident, it is likewise important to reflect on the various elements we can learn from scripture in reference to the Lord's historical relationship with His people. By understanding these things better, we can more better serve our Lord God and perform His will in sharing this enlightenment with others so that we may all prepare for His return.
The SEVEN FESTIVALS of the LORD in Prophecy
To better understand the overall significance of the "Seven Festivals of the Lord", we must first look at all of them in relation to one another in a prophetic sense. The Spring festivals have a direct bearing on those that occur in the Fall, in that these four earlier series of dates in the Hebrew calendar prophetically reflect events that have already occurred in Biblical history. Namely the coming of the Messiah, Yeshua, or Jesus Christ (as many of us know him), His sacrificial death on the cross, His subsequent resurrection and ascension to Heaven, the sending of His Holy Spirit into the world, and sealing of the "New Covenant" which would establish the "Church Age" that we are currently living in at this point in history and God's plan for mankind.
The Spring Festivals
- PASSOVER - UNLEAVENED BREAD and FIRSTFRUITS
The first three Festivals of the Lord in the spring hold a special prophetic significance with the arrival and divine destiny of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
- Shavuot - PENTECOST - "The Feast of Weeks"
Pentecost reflects when the Holy Spirit was sent to us after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ; where He embodied himself within the the 'New Covenant', as represented by both the Jews and Gentiles coming together as one church in God.
The AGE of the CHURCH - The "Body of Christ"
The Church of the New Covenant as established by Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, is referred to as the "Body of Christ", as the members of the church are the ongoing working components of Christ's continued ministry here on Earth, with Him at it's 'head'. This 'Body' is also collectively referred to as the "Bride of Christ", which will eventually be 'married' to Him at the "Wedding Supper of the Lamb" (Revelation 19:7-9), as being joined together at His return, thus establishing the authority and rulership for the Lord's "Kingdom of Heaven" here on Earth in the near future.
Therefore, in the prophetic sense of the Spring and Fall Festivals of the Lord, the period of time in between these two groups of festivals represents the "Age of the Church". This being the two thousand or so years between the first and second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, in which we are now approaching the end of that age.
Thus the Fall Festivals of the Lord (Trumpets - Atonement - Tabernacles) each represent a specific prophesied event that will occur at the end of the 'Church Age'. This would be in the 'gathering' ("Rapture") of the 'Bride' (TRUMPETS), then the 'washing clean' of those who finally accept Christ during the years of the "Tribulation period" (ATONEMENT), and finally the establishment of the Lord's Kingdom and "Wedding Supper of the Lamb", whereas those who make it to this momentous occasion will live with the Lord ("Immanuel") during His coming millennial reign here on the Earth (TABERNACLES).
The FEAST of TRUMPETS (Rosh HaShanah)
The first festival of the fall season occurs in the Hebrew month of Tishri. This festival is the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah, which literally means "Head of the Year," and it is observed as the start of the civil year on the Jewish calendar (in contrast with the religious year which starts with Passover. The Feast of Trumpets is so important in Jewish thinking that it stands alongside Yom Kippur ("Day of Atonement") to comprise what Judaism calls "the high holy days" on the Jewish religious calendar.
The specific type of trumpet referred to in the Feast of Trumpets, is the "Shofar", a ram’s horn. It was distinctive from the silver trumpets blown on the other new moons and the Shofar is specifically blown at the beginning of the month Tishri.
Modern Rosh Hashanah is traced back to the Feast of Trumpets which is the sounding of the trumpets on the first day of the seventh month (Tishri) in the Jewish religious calendar.
"And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you." (Numbers 29:1)
It is the Jewish custom for silver trumpets to be sounded at the daily burnt offerings during a festival or sabbath as well as at the beginning of each new month.
"Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God." (Numbers 10:10)
On the occasion of the Feast of Trumpets however, the Shofar is primarily used and is blown with a long sustained trumpet blast.
The blowing of the Shofar also reflects the event when Moses went to meet with the Lord God on Mount Sinai. The sound produced by a Shofar horn is synonymous with the actual sound made by the physical act of God being manifest atop the mountain.
"And the LORD said to Moses, 'Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever'... When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain... Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled... And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice."
Therefore, the blowing of a Shofar horn represents a manifestation of the physical pressence of the Lord God, or an invocation and calling for Him.
The Feast of Trumpets begins the "ten days of awe" before the Day of Atonement. The celebration consisted of a time of rest, "an offering made by fire," and the blowing of the trumpets.
"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD." (Leviticus 23:23-27)
The Feast of Trumpets occurs on the first day of the Hebrew month, Tishri and is noted by the occurrence of the new moon. With a new moon, only the slightest crescent would be visible and clouds could also potentially obscure the moon, so therefore witnesses were required to watch for that night (or beginning of the new 'Hebrew' day). This is also because a day in the Hebrew calendar starts in the evening and goes until sunset on the following day, instead of starting at sunrise in the morning as we are more accustomed to in western thinking. The reason is in the Hebrew faith they follow, that since the Lord created everything out of the void of darkness first and then created the light of the sun, that the observance of a day's hours should reflect the same sequence of timing. 'Watchfulness' then became a critical ingredient of this feast. The rabbis later added a second day to the Feast of Trumpets to make sure they did not miss this timing and the festival extended from the eve of one day to the sunset of the second.
There are also two main elements that comprise the "high holy days" or the "the days of awe" which lead up to the end of this significant festival with the Day of Atonement.
According to Jewish custom, three books are opened on the Feast of Trumpets: the 'Book of Life for the righteous', the 'Book of Life for the unrighteous', and the 'Book of Life those in-between'. If a man is deemed righteous, his name is written in the Book of Life for the righteous at the Feast of Trumpets. If a man is unrighteous, his name is written in the Book of Life for the unrighteous, and he will not survive the year. If a man is deemed in-between, judgment is delayed for ten days from the Feast of Trumpets to the Day of Atonement. It is during that period of time that a man is given opportunity to repent before the book is closed and his destiny sealed.
Thus the Festival of Trumpets is prophetic in that it represents the time when the Church (or 'Body of Christ') will be raptured. It is followed by the Lord’s wrath and judgment that will occur on the Earth occupying a relatively brief period of time ('Tribulation period'), which then allows for a final atonement before the 'Book of Life' is forever sealed after the "second coming" of the Lord Jesus the Messiah.
Spiritual and Prophetic Significance
The need for watchfulness as mentioned in the practice of this festival also heralds the need for preparedness in connection with the second coming of Christ. This message is echoed over and over throughout the New Testament in connection with the Lord’s second coming.
"Watch, therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." (Matthew 24:42)
"Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober-minded." (2 Timothy 2:13)
"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:28)
The interval of time between the last of the spring festivals (Pentecost) and the first of the fall festivals (Trumpets) corresponds to the present Church Age. In prophetic terms, we are presently living between Israel’s fourth and fifth feasts. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost inaugurated the beginning of the new 'Church Age' and the Festival of Trumpets which will signal Christ’s second coming to "rapture" the Church and then pass judgment over the wicked. This will then end the 'Age of the Church' which we now live in and begin the 'New Millennium Age' of Christ’s Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (1 Corinthians 15:52)
"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
"Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, in which the heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless, we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, in which dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless". (2 Peter 3:12-14)
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6)
Importance of the Festival - Points to be emphasized concerning the Festival of Trumpets
- The trumpet marks the calling of the Lord’s people at the "rapture" of the New Covenant Church.
- The trumpets also foreshadow the second coming and return of Jesus Christ the Messiah to this world, along with the promise of the resurrection of saints and glorification of the Church.
This Year (2011) - Rosh HaShanah is observed September 28th-29th
Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, and the Jewish New Year, falls on the Hebrew calendar dates of 1 and 2 Tishrei. Here are the coinciding secular dates for the upcoming years:
2011: September 28 (eve at sundown) - September 30 (sunset).
2012: September 16 (eve at sundown) - September 18 (sunset).
Are YOU Watchful? - Are YOU Ready?
The Day of ATONEMENT (Yom Kippur)
Whereas the Festival of Trumpets occurs on the first day of the Hebrew month Tishri, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) then occurs ten days after the new moon. The ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement are known as “the days of awe” or “high holy days” which included practicing penitence, prayer, fasting and extensive offerings, in preparation for the most solemn day of the Jewish religious calendar – the Feast of Tabernacles.
The final part of the “high holy days” and Festival of Trumpets concludes with the Day of Atonement. The two main aspects of the Day of Atonement are observing the “sabbath” practices on that day while the high priest performs offerings on behalf of all the people.
The Day of Atonement also reflects when Moses first brought "the law" down from Mount Sinai, when he found the people engaged in sinful activities and broke the tablets written with the law. The children of Israel at that point had to atone for their actions as the Lord was ready to smite them all. The camp was divided but many repented of their sins and the Lord then offered them grace instead, but not for the ones who were unrepentant.
"Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, 'You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin'... And the LORD said to Moses, 'Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.'” (Exodus 32:30,33)
Prohibition from Labor – The Day of Atonement is a sabbath or a “day of rest” and the Israelites were forbidden to do any work during this period.
“Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” (Leviticus 23:31-32)
Offerings – Offerings are likewise essential to the Day of Atonement. The word devotes an entire chapter in the Bible to this practice (Leviticus 16). In addition, when the Day of Atonement fell on the actual sabbath, then the regular sabbath offerings were added and likewise offered as well.
The focal point of this festival involves the high priest entering the holy of holies. However, before entering, the rabbi or high priest would have to first bathe his entire body, thus going beyond the mere washing of hands and feet which are typically what was required for other occasions. This washing symbolized the high priest’s desire for full purification. Also, rather than wearing the usual robes and garments, the priest was commanded to wear linen garments of special color and design (Leviticus 8:6-7; Exodus 28:2-8). The high priest then sacrificed a bullock as a sin offering for himself and for his house (Leviticus 16:6).
After filling the censer with live coals from the altar, the priest entered the holy of holies where he placed incense on the coals. Next, he took some of the blood which was taken from the slain bullock and sprinkled it on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant and also on the ground in front of the mercy seat, providing atonement for the priesthood. The high priest then sacrificed a male goat as a sin offering for the people. Some of this blood was then also taken into the holy of holies and sprinkled there on behalf of the people (Leviticus 16:13-15).
Next, the high priest took another goat (called the “scapegoat”), laid his hands on its head, confessed over it for all the sins of Israel, and then released it into the desert where it symbolically carried away the sins of the people (Leviticus 16:8,10).
The remains of the sacrificial bullock and male goat were then taken outside of the city and subsequently burned, the day finally concluding with other additional offerings (Numbers 29:8-11).
Unlike what was practiced during biblical times, the modern Jewish practices for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) do not include animal sacrifices, but still hold and maintain many of the other original elements and worship.
Spiritual and Prophetic Significance
The writings in the book of Hebrews refers to this festival as a symbol of the atoning work of Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest, who did not need to make any sacrifice for Himself but rather shed His own blood for our sins. As the high priest of the Old Testament entered the holy of holies with the blood of sacrificial animals, Jesus entered heaven itself to appear on our behalf in front of God the Father.
“But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:11-12)
Each year the high priest repeated his sin offerings for his own sin as well as for the sins of the people. This ritual was an annual reminder that perfect and permanent atonement had not yet been made; but Jesus, through His very own blood, accomplished eternal redemption for His people. Just as the sacrifice of the Day of Atonement was burned outside Israel’s camp, Jesus suffered outside the gate of Jerusalem so that He might redeem His people from sin.
“For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:11-15)
At Christ’s physical return to the Earth at the second coming, many Jews (and Gentiles) who survived the Lord’s purging (wrath) during the "Tribulation Period", will be saved. The prophet Zechariah wrote of that event this way:
“In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:9-10)
The Apostle Paul also wrote in the context of one coming from amongst the nation of Israel at the "end of the age" (Romans 11:22-26).
This will also not only be Israel’s Day of Atonement, as many of those from among the nations of the world (the 'Gentiles') will not voluntarily receive the "Mark of the Beast" (accepting the "Antichrist system"). Also, when the Lord Jesus the Messiah returns to the Earth, many more will still repent of their sins before the "Book of Life" is closed forever. The Lord has these people in mind when He stated:
“And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” (Matthew 25:31-34)
It is the newly saved multitude that comes from all of the nations along with those from the "house of Jacob", that are all still in their mortal bodies, as distinguished from the glorified raptured Church and the resurrected believers, who will then all together enter into the New Millennial Kingdom and later inhabit the "New Jerusalem" with Jesus Christ the Lord.
Importance of the Festival - Points to be emphasized concerning the Day of Atonement.
- The Day of Atonement points to a great host of people, both Jews and Gentiles, who will be saved when they see Jesus physically return to Earth in His "second coming".
“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:” (Revelation 10:1)
- It also represents the judgment of all the nations and people of the Earth, wherein all those who have sinned against God and turned away from His will, shall be separated from the host of people who will inherit the coming Kingdom of the Lord.
“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:2)
- The triumphant return of Jesus marks the end of the "Church Age" and ushers in the beginning of the New Millennium with Christ and His Kingdom ruling over all of the Earth.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, falls on the Hebrew calendar date of 10 Tishrei. Here are the coinciding secular dates for upcoming years:
2011: October 7-8
2012: September 25-26
The FEAST of TABERNACLES (Sukkot)
The seventh and final Festival of the Lord is called the Feast of Tabernacles. It starts five days after the Day of Atonement on the fifteenth of Tishri (October).
This festival is also called the "Feast of Ingathering" (Exodus 23:16) and is considered a Holy sabbath day.
And, the "Feast of Booths", or simply “the feast”; (Leviticus 23:36; Deuteronomy 16:13; I Kings 8:2; II Chronicles 5:3, 7:8; Nehemiah 8:14; Isaiah 30:29; Ezekiel 45:23,25) because it was so well-known.
After the Israelites returned from exile, Ezra read the law and led them in acts of penitence during the Feast of Tabernacles (Nehemiah 8:13-18).
The dedication of Solomon’s’ Temple also took place during this feast (I Kings 8:2).
Later, Josephus referred to the Feast of Tabernacles as the holiest and greatest of all the Hebrew festivals. Also, in Israel, the rains normally stop in March. There is no rain for almost seven months following. If God does not provide the “early” rains of October and November there would be no spring crop because famine would devastate the land and its people. This festival then, was intended to invoke God’s blessing on the nation by providing life-giving water.
On the first day of the feast, each participant had to collect twigs of myrtle, willow, and palm in the area of Jerusalem for construction of their booth (Nehemiah 8:13-18). These “huts” or “booths” were constructed from bulrushes as joyful reminders of the temporary housing erected by their forefathers during the Exodus wanderings (Leviticus 23:40-41; Deuteronomy 16:14). The “booth” in Scripture is a symbol of protection, preservation, and shelter from heat and storm. That is also why this festival was commonly known as the "Feast of Booths".
“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)
“Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” (Psalm 31:20)
“And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.” (Isaiah 4:6)
The festival and rejoicing was to include the entire community, your family, servants, orphans, widows, and even strangers, anyone within the gates of the city (Deuteronomy 16:13-15).
Besides the construction of the booths and ingathering of the labors of the field as noted above, other festivities included the ingathering of the mills and winepress, and the ingathering of the fruit of the earth. Samples of the fall crop were hung in each family’s booth to acknowledge God’s faithfulness in providing for His people (Deuteronomy 16:13).
“Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.” (Leviticus 23:39)
On the eighth and final day of the feast, the high priest of Israel, in a great processional made up of priests and tens of thousands of worshipers, descended from the Temple Mount to pause briefly at the Pool of Siloam. A pitcher was filled with water, and the procession continued via a different route back to the Temple Mount. Here, in the midst of great ceremony, the high priest poured the water out of the pitcher onto the altar.
Another ritual included the lighting of huge Menorahs (candelabras) at the Court of the Women. This is believed to be the probable background for the symbolic statement made by Jesus:
“I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)
Spiritual and Prophetic Significance
It is in connection with the Feast of Tabernacles and this eighth day that the gospel of John records a fascinating event. John wrote:
“In the last day (eighth day), that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38)
The Son of God was saying in the clearest possible way that He alone was the source of life and blessing; that He could meet every need of the human heart.
The water and the “pillar of light” provided during the wilderness wandering (when people dwelt in tabernacles) was temporary and in contrast to the continuing water and light claimed by Jesus during this feast which commemorated that wandering period.
The various prophetic revelations, which speak about the coming of all nations to worship at Jerusalem, refer to the Feast of Tabernacles on the occasion of their pilgrimage (Zechariah 14:16-21).
This feast speaks eloquently of Christ’s Millennium Age and Kingdom where there will be a new beginning without the ravages of the curse of sin. In that day, the earth will give her full bounty and all animals will be docile;
“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 65:25)
Nations will no longer war with one another and every man will sit under his own fig tree;
“But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.” (Micah 4:4)
And at that time, righteousness will have become a full reality for all the Earth.
Importance of the Festival - Points to be emphasized concerning the Feast of Tabernacles.
- The return of Jesus and His establishment as ruler over all the Earth marks the end of the Church Age and ushers in the beginning of the New Millennium of Christ’s Kingdom.
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10)
- Christ ("Immanuel") will then live and “tabernacle” with His people here on Earth for one thousand years and provide for all of their needs.
“Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:15-17)
- The New Millennium Age is the fulfillment of the last part of the seven thousand years of God’s plan for His people on Earth since our original placement in Eden with Adam and Eve.
The holiday of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, falls on the Hebrew calendar dates of 15-21 Tishrei. Here are the coinciding secular dates for the upcoming years:
2011: October 12 (eve at sundown) - October 19 (sunset).
2012: September 30 (eve at sundown) - October 7 (sunset).
Rejoice and celebrate the "Blessed Hope" together in the Body of Christ...
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works." (Titus 2:11-14 NKJ).
May we all be part of the Bridal procession - MARANATHA!