The Feast of Tabernacles, which began at sundown yesterday, is also known as Sukkot or Feast of Booths. It is the last of the Fall Feasts. It follows Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement or Day of Purging), which follows Yom Teruah, Feast of Trumpets. Nowhere in the Old Testament are these holy days described as Jewish Feasts. Instead, they are called God’s Appointed Times (see Leviticus 23).
Years ago, the verse that peaked my interest in God’s Appointed Times was Zechariah 14: 16 (KJV). “And it shall come to pass, that everyone that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”
The Feast of Tabernacles is an eight day event. It ends October 5 at sundown this year. The first and the eighth days are “no work days,” special Sabbaths.
Can (and should) Gentiles who believe in the Jewish Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew), study and participate in these special days? The Bible says that Gentile believers are “grafted in” (Romans 11: 13-25). Paul referred to Jewish and Gentile believers as the “One New Man” in Messiah.
God’s Appointed Times are prophetic. Many believe that the Feast of Tabernacles is a reference to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb and the Millennium. Since God’s Appointed Times are divine appointments (moedim) and convocations (dress rehearsals), it makes sense to learn about them and show up at the rehearsals.
Of special note is the “Transfiguration,” during which Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus on the mountain in front of Peter, James, and John. This probably occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles because Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias” (Mark 9: 6).