The Feast of Tabernacles (a week-long festival) represents the Messianic Age in which Jesus has returned and is ruling and reigning on this earth for a thousand years. In the time of Jesus’ return, the nations are told to attend the Feast of Tabernacles and in doing so, they will receive rain upon their land. Interesting right? No attendance, no rain. Attendance = rain. This is Bible language for the blessing and abundance of God and dependance on Him.
Throughout this week long festival, people from all around the world will be building temporary structures, called “Sukkahs” or tabernacles which are to remind us of how God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt and preserved them. He was their source and He is our source. We currently live in temporary dwellings of skin and cloth, preserved only by God’s wonder and grace and without Him we would simply cease. Praise God for our dependance on Him!!!! This event usually includes bringing palm fronds (the lulav) that get waived during praise and our celebration. The words Hosannah are used regularly!!
We are going to be celebrating this year on Sunday the 9th of October at 6:00pm with food, praise, worship and a teaching from Ps Greg Cumming.
What To Bring + How to dress
There are a few things that are customary to bring to a Feast of Tabernacles celebration, and we are going to list them so that you can have THE BEST time at ASCEND should you decide to bring these also. The Feast of Tabernacles is called Zman Simchatenu (“the Time of our Joy.”) The reasons for this deep, spiritual joy are many, but the most significant is that we have just come through a long season of introspection, topped by the Ten Days of Repentance, culminating in the Day of Atonement. In addition to this, The Feast of Tabernacles, will continue in the Messianic Age (when Jesus returns). Both Jew and Gentile will go up to the mountain of the Lord (Zion), with great joy to celebrate. This is the great FEAST. This is the GREAT celebration.
1. What to wear – Smart casual clothing – but we also welcome bright and lively!!!
2. Food – This is a FEAST. A time for you to check out some or many of the recipe options below and bring with you on the night food to share. Show us your cooking skills but please make sure to bring your meals in disposable trays. Bring one or some of the following (as much as you are happy to make/bake and bring) – Click here for a comprehensive list of recipe ideas or scroll the image slider below to choose what you would like to bring.
3. Items to bring – Bring a palm frond. This will be useful for praise and worship. They did this as they welcomed Jesus into the city, saying, “Hosannah” or “Save now”.
4. Free will offering – At each festival, the people in attendance would bring a joyful, free will offering. This free-will offering will go towards three areas. The production of Kingdom original songs, the poor/those in need in our community and next year’s festivals.