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Yeshua (Jesus) fulfilled Bible Mysteries & Hebrew Prophecies during Sukkot
Please read along with us and learn how Sukkot represents the sheltering presence of God. We know you will be blessed, especially in light of current events!
Russia now a major player in the Middle East, one of the world’s most strategic regions, President Putin now holds all the cards in his hand, starting to fulfill Biblical end time prophesies.
Tabernacles and the Protective Covering of God is the Chol HaMoed of Sukkot brings the Moadim L’Simcha (Appointed Times for Joy)
During the weeklong festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles), the regular Parasha (Torah portion) for Shabbat is suspended, and a special Parasha pertaining to the holiday is read in synagogues around the world.
“Behold, I make a covenant: before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord: for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.” (Exodus 34:10)
In this special Sukkot reading, Moses asks that God’s presence would go with Israel, and God agrees.
Encouraged by this positive response, Moses also asks to see God’s glory. Once again, God graciously complies with his request and invites Moses to ascend Mount Sinai with two newly hewn stone tablets so that He can re-carve the Ten Commandments.
On the mountain, God reveals His glory to Moses in such a fearsome spectacle of power that God must protect Moses from being destroyed by it.
“There is a place near Me where you can stand on a rock. When My glory passes by, I will put you in an opening in the rock. I will cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove My hand. You will see My back. But My face must not be seen.” (Exodus 33:21–23)
It’s clear that Moses, having experienced the power of the presence of God, understands that His presence is more than sufficient against any threat Israel might encounter inside or outside of the Promised Land.
“This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, My hot anger will be aroused.” (Ezekiel 38:18)
In the Haftarah (prophetic portion) for this Shabbat Chol Hamoed (intermediate day of the festival) of Sukkot, the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel describes an end-time scenario in which formidable armies from the north, under the leadership of Gog, will challenge the restoration of Israel.
Gomer was the eldest son of Japheth (and of the Japhetic line), and father of Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.
Josephus placed Gomer and the “Gomerites” in Anatolian Galatia: “For Gomer founded those whom the Greeks now call Galatians, but were then called Gomerites.” Galatia in fact takes its name from the ancient Gauls and Celts.
Ezekiel 38–39 foretells a massive future invasion of Israel by the armed forces of six nations. Five of those nations are identified in 38:5–6 with the names they bore in Ezekiel’s time.
Several lands in the coalition army are easily identifiable: Iran (Persia), Northern Sudan (ancient Ethiopia or Cush), Libya (Put), and Turkey (Togarmah).
Today, Russia has a “permanent” airbase in Syria at Khmeimim and leases the naval base in Tartus.
Iran not only has military bases in Iraq and Lebanon, but its radical regime has also invested more than $100 billion in infrastructure and military operations in Syria, even building missile manufacturing plants there.
The nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 will unite and come upon Israel “like a cloud that covers the land” for the purpose of looting the wealth that she has amassed in what was a desolate land only seventy-one years ago.
Yet, God will not abandon His People. He will utterly destroy the coalition forces of Gog so that all nations will come to know the holiness of the Lord (Ezekiel 38:18–23).
The forces that come against Israel will be so large in their day of defeat that Gog’s weaponry will provide fuel for Israel for seven years (Ezekiel 39:9).
“They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign LORD.” (Ezekiel 39:10)
Moreover, so many soldiers will die in this battle that it will take seven months for Israel to bury them all and cleanse their land (Ezekiel 39:12).
Sukkot and the Protective Covering of God
Why do we read about this end-time battle during Sukkot?
According to Rabbinic tradition, this war will be waged during the month of Tishri, the month in which the holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) falls.
Interestingly enough, the war that is described in Ezekiel is similar to the war described in the 14th chapter of Zechariah, the Haftarah reading on the first day of Sukkot. And in Zechariah, we learn that the Gentiles who survive the war against Israel will be required to keep Sukkot annually by coming up to the Holy City of Jerusalem to worship the Lord.
“Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles [Sukkot]. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.” (Zechariah 14:16–17)
Psalm 27 presents a clear connection between Sukkot and God’s protection of Israel and those who trust in Him:
“For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle [sukkah]; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)
The word translated here as tabernacle is the Hebrew word sukkah (סכה). When evil threatens God’s people, He will hide them in His sukkah, inaccessible from the enemy on the rock of His presence. We now know that rock has and is Jesus.
Now that is a promise we can trust in during these last days!
The Battle of Armageddon
“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison, and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth — Gog and Magog — to gather them for battle.” (Revelation 20:7–8)
Gog and Magog are also mentioned in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) in connection with Armageddon and the final battle between the forces of good and evil.
This war with Gog and Magog is not the same war described in Ezekiel 38 but a final end-time battle after the thousand-year reign of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
The Son of David, Yeshua, will come again — this time as our conquering Messiah to defeat the invading forces forever. All who have believed in their Savior, Yeshua, will inherit eternity in the New Jerusalem — a revived Garden of Eden complete with trees of life and pure living water that will be good to eat and drink forever.
Armageddon is mentioned only once in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) in chapter 16 of the Book of Revelation.
“They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty… Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:14, 16)
The word Armageddon is derived from Har Magedon (meaning mountain of Megiddo) and is mentioned many times in the Tanakh (Old Testament).
Megiddo is derived from the Hebrew word gadad, meaning to penetrate, muster troops together, perhaps even invade.
In this end-time invasion, we once again see Israel’s enemies mounting a war against Jerusalem. This time, however, we see the spiritual forces behind the rebellion against God:
“They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.” (Revelation 9:11)
The words Abaddon and Apollyon mean Destroyer.
And this time, God pours out on the Destroyer and all rebels the full extent of His judgment, including everlasting torment for Satan, the beast and the false prophet.
“They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city He loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And Satan, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:9–10)
With an Outstretched Arm
As we read how God will hurl His fury against Gog with pestilence and with blood, floods, giant hailstones, fire, and brimstone, it’s easy to see from this Haftarah portion that God is furious with those who come against the Land of Israel (Ezekiel 38:22).
In fact, there are several parallels between God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt long ago and His future deliverance of Israel from Gog in the end times. In both, we see that God saves and rescues Israel with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm.
The phrase with a strong hand and an outstretched arm (בְּיָ֣ד חֲ֭זָקָה וּבִזְר֣וֹעַ נְטוּיָ֑ה) has special meaning in Jewish tradition. It represents God using His power on behalf of His people. The “arm of the Lord” also represents His salvation, which in Hebrew is Yeshua.
“You brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror.” (Jeremiah 32:21, see also Deuteronomy 4:34; 26:8; Exodus 6:6)
As Russia continues its influence in the region and as neighboring nations plot to annihilate Israel, there is certainly evidence that Ezekiel 38 is on the horizon. Yet, this Sukkot Parasha reveals that God’s Divine Sheltering Presence over Israel has not ended but will continue past the end of this age.
God is not finished with the Jewish People and Israel He is only waiting for the time of the Gentiles to be over. This is plainly evident when we consider how Bible Prophecy concerning Israel is being fulfilled during these end times before our very eyes.
The Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) also tells us that God’s plan to reach out to the nations through Israel did not end with the death and resurrection of Messiah, but continues to this day and will in the world to come:
“For if their casting Yeshua [Jesus] aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting Him mean? It will be life from the dead!” (Romans 11:15)
The Book of Romans promises that when the Jewish People come to know Yeshua, it will be like life from the dead for the world.
Before this can happen, however, they must first hear the Good News of Yeshua!
“How can they call on Him unless they believe in Him? How can they believe in Him unless they hear about Him? How can they hear about Him unless someone preaches to them?” (Romans 10:14)
Yeshua celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and it is a wonderful time to share the Good News with the world and the Jewish people!
During the holiday of Sukkot, the priests in the Jerusalem Temple sacrificed 70 bulls as sin offerings to the Lord; so that He would forgive the sins of the other 70 nations in the world. This holiday is not just for the Jewish people; it is for all people!
The Messianic prophecy of Zechariah 14:3 speaks about Sukkot and Yeshua. Zechariah foretells that on one day the Lord will fight against the nations that come against Jerusalem. And on that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives and the mountain will split in two. We know that this is Yeshua who returns to earth, to the same place from where He ascended—the Mount of Olives.
The prophet Zechariah goes on to say in verses 16–19 that all the people of the earth who survive the battle will be required to visit Jerusalem each year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles; otherwise, they will have no water (no rain).
Can you imagine not having any water to drink?
On average a person can last without food for 30 days, though you can only go without water for seven days.
Do you know the feeling when you haven’t spent time with the Lord for a day, a few days, or even a week? Your soul feels empty and it thirsts for God.
And that’s why in John 7:37–38, Yeshua says:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
Jewish people know that the holiday of Sukkot commemorates when God delivered our ancestors from Egypt and performed miracles during the 40 years when they lived in the desert (Leviticus 23:33-43). He provided manna, and their sandals and clothes never wore out!
During Sukkot, very religious Orthodox Jewish men will go to the Mikvah (water immersion) to purify themselves before the festival like in the days of John the Baptist. Then during the seven days of Sukkot, which is a very joyous festival of thanksgiving, most Jewish people will eat their meals and sometimes sleep in sukkot (booths). They will build their sukkot in their backyards or on their balconies if they live in an apartment. This is to remember the flimsy booths that our ancestors lived in during the 40 years in the desert.
Jewish people also know that Sukkot is God’s provision of the fall harvest (Exodus 23:16) and one of three Biblical holidays in which the Jewish people are required to go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.
That’s why in John 7:2–3, it says: “When the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Yeshua’s brothers said to Him, ‘You ought to leave here and go to Judea….’”
Yeshua then went up to the Temple in Jerusalem with His disciples to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Yeshua ate His meals and, perhaps, slept in a sukkah (booth).
BUT this is what the Jewish people do not know. . .
Yeshua fulfilled the Prophetic Water Pouring Ceremony of Sukkot!
Imagine each morning as Yeshua woke up during the festival of Sukkot; He was in the midst of tens of thousands of people who came to worship the Lord at the Temple. The place was filled with a sense of awe. It was a holy place during a special time!
Halfway through the festival, Yeshua went into the Temple Courts and began to teach. Some of the people asked if He was the Messiah. Others said, “We know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” Still, many in the crowd put their faith in Him.
They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?” Some believed and others did not.
Each morning a procession of priests would go down to the Pool of Siloam accompanied by men and women dancing to the Lord with music and much rejoicing.
When they arrived at the Pool, a priest drew water using a golden pitcher.
While the priest drew the water, all of the other priests recited the following verse from Isaiah 12:3, “You shall draw forth water in joy from the wellsprings of salvation (Ushavtem mayim b’sason mimayney haYeshuah).” These words have been popularized by a Jewish circle dance called Mayim, Mayim (Water, Water).
The Pool of Siloam symbolized the “wells of salvation,” and the Hebrew word for Salvation is very close to the name of our Messiah Yeshua.
Back at the Temple, thousands were waiting for the procession to return from the Pool of Siloam.
Announced by a three-fold trumpet blast, the priest with the golden pitcher approached the altar and poured out his water offering. The musicians played on their holy instruments, and everyone began singing the Hallel (Psalms 113–118).
Psalm 118:22 is actually a Messianic Prophecy that says:
“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”
John 7:37 says that Yeshua was right there with everyone else during the Water Pouring Ceremony, and He declared in a loud voice:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37–38)
Each day during Sukkot, the Hallel is still sung in synagogues here in Israel and around the world. Unfortunately, as the Jewish people sing Psalm 118:22 this year, they have no clue that this Scripture is a Messianic Prophecy referring to Yeshua!
THE DAY AFTER, Yeshua proclaimed that He was the fulfillment of Psalm 118:22, He healed a man blind from birth. And guess where the man was healed?
Yeshua spits on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. Then Yeshua said to him, “Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.”
This is the pool of water where the priest drew the holy water, and where the priests recited: “With joy, you shall draw water from the wells of salvation.”
So the man went and washed, and came home seeing! Yeshua healed him physically, and then his eyes were spiritually opened when he believed Yeshua was the Messiah of Israel.
Isn’t it a great joy for us to celebrate these holidays knowing that Yeshua is the fulfillment of the Jewish and Biblical Scriptures?
However, here at the ministry, all of our hearts cry out for our brethren, the Lost Sheep of Israel and the world. During this Biblical holiday of Sukkot when we are rejoicing, about 99% of Jewish people still do not know Yeshua. They and many others are separated from God for eternity.
Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday/ Festival) from all of us at the House of the Nazarene staff!
During this Festival the first Believers in Yeshua 2,000 years ago, went up to Jerusalem to give the best of their gifts unto the Lord (Adonai).
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There is a philosophy which rightly exercises our reasonable faculties; a study of the works of God, which leads us to the knowledge of God, and confirms our faith in him. But there is a philosophy which is vain and deceitful; and while it pleases men's fancies, hinders their faith: such are curious speculations about things above us, or no concern to us. Those who walk in the way of the world, are turned from following Christ. We have in Him the substance of all the shadows of the ceremonial law. All the defects of it are made up in the gospel of Christ, by his complete sacrifice for sin, and by the revelation of the will of God.
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