Sukkot - Aveinu

• The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15,
the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a
drastic transition, from the most solemn
holiday in our year to one of the most
• Sukkot is commonly referred to in Jewish
prayer and literature as Z'man Simchateinu,
the Festival of our Joy.
• In fact we say things like “May you have
good tidings of great Joy”
• Go ahead and say that to your neighbor
• It is also called The Festival of the Nations.
• Why is it called the Festival of the Nations.
Because it’s for everyone even the Goyim
to come and celebrate.
• “Aren’t all the Feasts for everyone?” No
they’re not.
• Passover for example is only open to those
who are Torah Observant. EX 12 43And the
LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is
the ordinance of the passover: There shall
no stranger eat thereof:
every man's servant that is bought for
money, when thou hast circumcised him,
then shall he eat thereof.
• 45A foreigner and an hired servant shall not
eat thereof.
• Then why do we invite any and everyone to
our Passover celebrations here at Beit
• We don’t… we invite them to a Passover
demonstration. We do the real Passover at
our homes.
• What about other Messianics who say
they’re doing the real Passover with anyone.
They’re in the wrong. Scripture is clear.
• If it’s on the correct day, then it’s Passover.
If it’s not, I’m doing a demonstration. I only
do a real Passover with my family and
friends who I know are Torah Observant.
• Otherwise, it’s a demonstration and isn’t
real and may not even count as keeping the
• Now, the first few years at a new
Synagogue we do everything together. It
does count for you then.
• But after a few years, yeah, you gotta do
some of these things. You’ll have to make
your own Passover meal (unless you do it at
a friend’s who is Torah Observant), build
your own Sukkah (if possible or go to a
Torah Observant friends house)
• We try to make it as easy as possible
because we realize a lot of people come
from a Church background and I’ve actually
had people say to me (not here) but they’ve
said, “I went to Church why should I have
to do anything else?”. So we try to ease
people into it without putting so much on
them that it would be a burden even our
forefathers wouldn’t be able to bear.
• Why are we so careful to do that because it
says in Acts 15:21 10Now therefore why
tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of
the disciples, which neither our fathers nor
we were able to bear?
• So we’re careful NOT to do that.
• Back to Sukkot.
• Sukkot is the last of the Shalosh R'galim
(three pilgrimage festivals) Passover
Exodus 23:17
"Three times in the year all your males
shall appear before the Lord GOD.”
• Sukkot commemorates the fortyyear period during which we were
wandering in the desert, living in
temporary shelters.
• Sukkot is a harvest festival and is
sometimes referred to as Chag HaAsif, the Festival of Ingathering
• The word "Sukkot" means "booths," and
refers to the temporary dwellings that we
are commanded to live in during this
holiday in memory of the period of
wandering. The Hebrew pronunciation of
Sukkot is "Sue COAT," but is often
pronounced as it is in Yiddish, “Sukkus”
• The name of the holiday is frequently
translated in the Bible as "Feast of
Tabernacles," which, like many translations
of Jewish terms, isn't very useful. This
translation is particularly misleading,
because the word "tabernacle" in the Bible
refers to the portable Sanctuary in the
desert, the…
• precursor to the Temple, called in
Hebrew "mishkan." The Hebrew word
"sukkah" (plural: "sukkot") refers to
the temporary booths that people lived
in, not to the Tabernacle (Tent of
• Sukkot lasts for seven days. The two days
following the festival, Shemini Atzeret and
Simchat Torah, are separate holidays but are
related to Sukkot and are commonly
thought of as part of Sukkot.
• The festival of Sukkot is instituted in
Leviticus 23
• (SLIDE) No work is permitted on the first
and second days of the holiday. Work is
permitted on the remaining days. These
intermediate days on which work is
permitted are referred to as Chol Ha-Mo'ed
(weekdays of the festival)
• In honor of the holiday's historical
significance, we are commanded in Lev 23
to dwell in temporary shelters, as those who
followed G-d did this in the wilderness.
• It’s important to understand that this is
about dwelling with G-d.
• At Yom Kippur we stand before Him in our
sins and ask for forgivness of any sin we
may have in our lives…
• He then forgives us and we dwell with Him.
If you’ve ever noticed, a sukkah can be
thought of as His hands sheltering us. It’s
got 3 sides that way, it’s a sukkah.
• We dwell with Him and He dwells with us.
• (SLIDE) The Sukkah is great for
the children. Building the Sukkah
each year satisfies the common
childhood fantasy of building a
fort, and dwelling in the Sukkah
satisfies a child's desire to camp
out in the backyard.
• The commandment to "dwell" in a
Sukkah can be fulfilled by simply
eating all of one's meals there;
however, that may not be possible
depending on your living situation, if
the weather, climate, and one's health
permit, one should spend as much time
in the Sukkah as possible, including
sleeping in it.
• In ancient days, we didn’t have refrigerators, so
we kept all our food in a stone box to keep it cool.
It was called a “food crib”. That’s where the food
was put in the Sukkah so we could eat there
• A Sukkah must have at least two
and a half walls covered with a
material that will not blow away in
the wind.
• The "walls" of the Sukkah do not
have to be solid; canvas tied or
nailed down is acceptable and quite
• A Sukkah may be any size, so long as
it is large enough for you to fulfill the
commandment of dwelling in it. The
roof of the Sukkah must be made of
material referred to as sechach
(literally, covering).
• To fulfill the commandment, sechach
must be something that grew from the
ground and was cut off, such as tree
branches, corn stalks, bamboo reeds,
sticks, or two-by-fours.
• It’s imperative that you don’t put too
much on the roof, you have to be able
to see the stars through the ceiling.
• This is a Jewish tradition that goes way
back, even before the time of Yeshua.
• (SLIDE) Every Sukkah… even the
Orthodox do it the same way every
year, you have to be able to see the
stars through the roof of the Sukkah.
• (SLIDE) This is a nice sukkah.
• (SLIDE) This fruit is too big!
• (SLIDE) Just right!
(SLIDE) Nehemiah 8:15
“And that they should announce and
proclaim in all their cities and in
Jerusalem, saying, ‘Go out to the
mountain, and bring olive branches,
myrtle branches, palm branches,
and branches of leafy willow
trees, to make booths, as it is written.’”
(SLIDE) A lulov is made of a palm branch
with small willow and myrtle branches
tied to it
The lulov branches (held in the right hand)
and an etrog (citrus) fruit held in the left
hand, are waved before the LORD
during the celebration. The closest
relative we have here in the lemon.
• On Shabbat we will wave the lulav and the
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• Sukkot is also about being thankful for what you
• It is the original Thanksgiving.
• Being in the wilderness having nothing, reminds
us to not covet what our neighbor has.
• (SLIDE) We do lots of different activities in Israel
during Sukkoth, we do a lot of hiking like near
Hebron or Ein Gedi, the Dead Sea anywhere in the
desert regions to remind us of our time in
• Sukkot is the harvest festival, we celebrate with a
lot of different foods. In fact this tradition goes
back even before the time of Yeshua.
• In the wilderness we only had mannah. Same food
every day.
• (SLIDE) When some of us complained about the
food, G-d killed some of us… Numbers 111And
when the people complained, it displeased the
LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was
kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among
them, and consumed them that were in the
uttermost parts of the camp.
(SLIDE) So, ladies, next time your husband or
kids complain about what’s on the menu
remind them about Numbers 11.
Sukkoth is also when Yeshua was born.
• (SLIDE) In order to make our calculations
we first have to look at John the Baptist and
his father Zechariah. in Luke 1:5 it tells us
that Zechariah was a priest of the order of
• Abijah can also be transliterated as Abia
same name.
While Zechariah was performing his duties an
angel appeared and told him his wife
Elizabeth would have a son, Yochanan (John).
• (SLIDE) 1 Chronicles 24:7-18. tells us
about the order in which the priests
performed these duties. The family of
Abijah was eighth in line so he would've
been performing his duties during the Feast
of Succoth. Since a normal pregnancy is 9
months, that means John the Immerser
(Baptist) was born during Pasach
• It makes perfect sense that John would’ve
been born during Pasach because he was the
one who came in the spirit of Elijah.
• Some of you may remember when we
celebrated Passover. There was a cup that
was poured for Elijah and then we had
someone go and open the door to see if
Elijah the prophet had come to announce
the coming of the Messiah.
• Jews do this every year because the Bible
says that Elijah will come and announce
that day.
• And that’s exactly what Yochanon the
Immerser (John the Baptist) did.
• He announced the coming of Yeshua at the
Jordan River.
• (SLIDE) So now that we know when John
the Immerser was born we have to look at
Luke 1:36. There we see that John was 6
months older then Yeshua. So that would
have put Yeshua’s conception at Chanuka
and 9 months later the birth of Yeshua at the
time of Succoth!
• It’s not rocket science, it’s simple math.
• And this in itself is enough evidence to
discredit a December birth.
• There’s no way that Mary carried Yeshua
for an extra 3 months (+) to make it to
• But I have much more evidence… let’s take
a look at that now.
• You remember earlier we looked at each
other and said “May you have good tidings
of great Joy”? That’s a typical greeting that
is said among Jews for Sukkot.
• And we also talked about how it was for all
Nations, all the Goyim.
• We read in Luke 2:10 at the birth of Yeshua
that an angel gives typical Succoth wording
• ((SLIDE) Luke 2:10) "Behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which shall be to
all Nations. These are words used during
Succoth. Matter of fact Succoth is the
"Festival of Joy", and it is also known as the
"Festival of the Nations". How appropriate.
• There are other indications. The Hebrew
word for "stable" is "Sukkah" and as we
saw, a Sukkah is a booth that we make
every year during the Feast of Succoth. So
Yeshua was not only born ON Succoth, He
was even born IN a Sukkah!
• You also might remember we talked about a
food crib inside of the Sukkahs in ancient
days. In English that’s called a manger.
That’s what Yeshua was born in.
• This manger wasn’t something that animals
got food from, it was something that we got
food from.
• This was obviously all during the featival of
• As I mentioned before Sukote is one of the
shalosh regalim. It’s when all the males
have to appear at the temple.
• It’s the 3 busiest times in Jerusalem.
• Bethlehem and Jerusalem are right next to
each other. Both cities would’ve been
packed top the gills.
• (SLIDE) Of course all the inns were full.
But the inns also had Sukkahs.
• The Sukkahs back then, weren’t much
worse then the actual buildings. So it’s not
like they were put out in a tent or something
when she was pregnant. It wasn’t first class
but it wasn’t out in a cave either.
• She then had the baby and the Sheppards at
that moment had an angel appear to them
and it says they then “made haste” to
Bethlehem, which is right next door to Beit
Sahour, AKA the Sheppards Fields and then
it says this…
• (SLIDE) In Luke 2:16 And they came with
haste , and found Mary, and Joseph, and the
babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they
had seen it, they made known abroad the
saying which was told them concerning this
• So now people began to realize who this
woman was, she was princess Miriam and
then no doubt they were given better
• This also tells you something about the deep
humility of this young lady (12 years old by
most counts). She obviously didn’t come in
to the inn spouting off who she was and tell
the inn keeper “You better find me the best
room in the place!” Amazing humility and
the act of a gentle princess.
• I also want to remind you that the Sukkah’s
roof was not solid, you had to be able to see
through it and see the stars. The wise men
were Jewish, when do you think they saw
the sign of the son of man? Probably at
night when they were laying down in their
Sukkah the year before.
• We also have another good clue that Yeshua
was born on Sukkot, The Brit Hadasha tells
us that when Yeshua was born there was a
tax and a census going on. Sukkot would’ve
been the best time for Herod to impose both
of those.
• It was then (the shalosh regalim) when all
the males had to come to Jerusalem. He’d
have done it on either Passover, Sukkote or
Shavuote. Chanuka or December 25th
wasn’t a tax time or a census time.
• (SLIDE) I also mentioned that Sukkoth is a
time when G-d dwells with us. In Hebrew
that is Imawnuel (Immanuel). It isn’t G-d
with us, it’s G-d dwells with us and we see
the angel say in Matt 1 to Joseph “He shall
be called Immanuel”. This is a quotation
from Isaiah 7:14 talking about the Messiah.
• (SLIDE) What does the 1rst chapter of John
say in verse 14?
• John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh
(He was born), and dwelt among us.
• He tabernacle with us… he made Sukkot
with us. In fact Hebrews tells us He’s the
perfect Sukkah… (SLIDE) Hebrews 9:11
But Christ being come an high priest of
good things to come, by a greater and more
perfect tabernacle (Sukkah), not made with
hands, that is to say , not of this building;
• It’s all there if you open your eyes folks.
• If one continues to hold on to their Pagan
December Christmas, G-d will allow them
to hold to that deception… and
eventually… He will turn them over to their
own deception.
• One can’t continually hear the truth and
reject it, without consequence. Consequence
is inevitable for those who refuse to listen to
G-d’s Word.
• Another interesting point is that Yeshua was
conceived on Chanuka. This is actually
when Yeshua, The Light came into the
world. He is even called The Light of the
• Chanuka is all about light. It’s even called
the Feast of Lights.
• Even though Chanuka isn’t a feast
mentioned in the Old Testament, that
doesn’t mean that G-d didn’t ordain it.
• Chanuka was the time Yeshua saw fit to
come to us and I can only imagine what He
was thinking when He came to the Temple
on Chanuka in John 10. That very same day
when he came to earth, there were people
years later there in John 10 who tried to kill
Him. (SLIDE) John 10:31 Then the Jews
took up stones again to stone him.
• On the same day that He came to earth,
people tried to send him away… on
Chanuka. It’s ironic!
• Chanuka is a blessed day and I think there’s
much more to Chanuka that we don’t even
know yet.
• You know how I always say that if you
don’t understand Judaism, you can’t
understand the New Testament.
• Today I’ll go a bit deeper and tell you… If
you don’t understand the Feasts of the L-rd
you’re not going to understand the New
• You may think you can, but you can’t.
• Everything in Scripture is tied to G-d’s
appointed times and Feasts.
• Solomon was very well aware of that he
wrote…(SLIDE) To every thing there is a
season, and a time to every purpose under
the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to
die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up
that which is planted – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.
• He nails it there. He wasn’t called the wisest
man to ever live for nothing.
• As we go deeper and deeper into G-d’s truth
you’ll find, and many of you already see
this I know, but you’ll find that everything
is tied to G-d’s appointed times. The past,
the present and the future.
• The feast of Sukkot is fulfilled prophetically
in the Millennium, this is when Yeshua
comes and makes Sukkot with the world for
a thousand years.
(SLIDE) Fulfillment
Revelation 20:4
I saw thrones on which were seated those who
had been given authority to judge. And I saw
the souls of those who had been beheaded
because of their testimony for Jesus and
because of the word of God. They had not
worshiped the beast or his image and had not
received his mark on their foreheads or their
hands. They came to life and reigned
with Christ a thousand years.
• This is the fulfillment of Sukkot in the Last Days
• Chag Sameach (KHAHG
Happy Holidays
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