Today we observe the 8th Day of the Moed, or the Feast of Sukkot, or commonly called “tabernacles.” It is also known as the “Feast of Ingathering,”a time that the harvest is brought into the barn. I know this is not according to the traditional or orthodox reckoning of the calendar, but our fellowship is using a calendar based on the Book of Hanoch/Enoch, as discovered in the Qumran (Dead Sea) Scrolls.
(Moed is Hebrew for appointed time. Moedim is plural of Moed, meaning appointed times. יהוה are the Hebrew letters for YWHW/Yahweh. יהושע are the Hebrew letters for Yahshua)
We recognize that the Spring Feasts of Yahweh Elohim have been fulfilled, in the first coming of Yahshua Messiah. The Fall Feasts of Yom Teruah, Yom Kippurim, and Sukkot are yet to be fulfilled, but will be in Messiah’s second and final coming for His Bride. We who have believed and are born again from above, have entered into the covenant in the blood of Yahshua Messiah, by His fulfillment of the Pesah/Passover. He rose again, by the power of Yahweh Elohim, into newness of life, that we too might walk in newness of life. Because of His finished work on the stake we experience The Feast of Unleavened Bread, with the revelation of sin, and the removal of that sin from us, day by day. The Feast of Shavuot, originating in type with the giving of Torah at Sinai, is realized in us as we experience Torah written on our hearts, put in our minds – with the power/favor to walk in His Commandments. As we yield to His workmanship we are being clothed in Messiah, a betrothed bride being made ready for the wedding supper to come.
While this is being accomplished the Fall Feasts are coming!
The first Fall Feast is Yom Teruah, the proclamation, He is coming! It’s a day we proclaim Truth and proclaim the Name in which we put our trust. It is a day of warning, and sounding an alarm because of what is to come. We see Yahshua speak of these times, prophetically, in Matthew 24. Daniel also prophesies of these times, and the Book of Revelation gives us the final picture of the final revelation of Yahshua Messiah, and His Bride.
Yom Kippurim is the Day of Atonement(s). He has made atonement for us, by His death on the stake. Because He died for us, we die to ourselves, afflicting ourselves by choosing to die to the flesh, and the world, and living our lives in Him. We afflict ourselves in seeing the affliction of others, willing to sacrifice our own comfort and desires for their sake. Following Yahshua Messiah is a selfless walk, that as He laid down His life for us, His brethren, so we should lay our lives down for Him, and for our brethren. We can do this because he rose from the dead, that we might live in Him. In Him we are One. The Bride and The Bridegroom. It is what is Yahshua was telling us about in Matthew 22.
Mat 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?”
Mat 22:37 And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’ Deu 6:5.
Mat 22:38 “This is the first and great command.
Mat 22:39 “And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ Lev 19:18.
Mat 22:40 “On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.” -TS2009
What Messiah said, in Matthew Chapter 22, is what He and His Father, who are in complete unity, said in Deuteronomy 6, and Leviticus 19. This certainly appears to fit the Scriptural concept of Yom Kippurim. A study of Yeshayahu (Isaiah) Chapter 58 sheds more light on this Feast and its application for those who are born again, from above.
Finally the Feast of Sukkot. Leviticus Chapter 23 says it is a “closing festival.”
Lev 23:26 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Lev 23:27 “On the tenth day of this seventh new moon is Yom haKippurim.d It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. Foonote: Day of Atonement or Day of the Coverings.
Lev 23:28 “And you do no work on that same day, for it is Yom Kippurim, to make atonement for you before יהוה your Elohim.
Lev 23:29 “For any being who is not afflicted on that same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
Lev 23:30 “And any being who does any work on that same day, that being I shall destroy from the midst of his people.
Lev 23:31 “You do no work – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
Lev 23:32 ‘It is a Sabbath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings. On the ninth day of the new moon at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Sabbath.” -TS2009
The original word, translated to “closing,” is rendered a “solemn assembly,” in the KJV. In Hebrew, the word is “atsarah.”
From H6113; an assembly, especially on a festival or holiday: – (solemn) assembly (meeting).
Strong’s says that atsarah, H6116, is from H6113, “atsar.”
A primitive root; to inclose; by analogy to hold back; also to maintain, rule, assemble: – X be able, close up, detain, fast, keep (self close, still), prevail, recover, refrain, X reign, restrain, retain, shut (up), slack, stay, stop, withhold (self).
The meaning of the Hebrew word gives us a better understanding of what this Moed of Yahweh portends for those of us who desire to walk in the Truth of His Torah Commandments. The word “atsar” that “atsarah” comes from speaks of being “enclosed” and something being “held back,” while there is a “rule,” and an “assembly,” or a gathering. There is the idea of being closed up (as in the door of the bridal chamber being closed when the wise maidens enter, and the foolish ones are locked out). There is a “recover(y)” of what is the property of Yahweh Elohim. That’s us!
Exodus 23:16 calls this Moed the Feast of “Ingathering.” It is the Fall harvest being gathered into the barns. It is when the sickle of the Messengers reap the harvest of the earth. The tares being thrown into the fire, and the wheat gathered into the barns. It is the separation of the sheep and the goats, as we are told will happen, in Scripture. It is being effected now, as we choose who we will serve.
Today is the rehearsal of the 8th Day of the Moed of Sukkot. It is a rehearsal, not the event itself. The event is coming. The rehearsal is the annual reminder that it is coming, and a time for Yahshua, our Great High Priest, to continue to set us in order, being prepared for the day. It is a reminder that every day we are to remember that we’ve been bought with the price of the blood of Messiah, our Great High Priest, and the Lamb of Yahweh Elohim. And that He arose into newness of life that we might be empowered by the Spirit to also walk as He walked, in the same newness of life (Romans 6, 1 John 6). We are experiencing, as we yield to His workmanship (Ephesians 2:8-10), the Moed of Unleavened Bread, continual change, putting off the old man and his lawlessness, and putting on Messiah, the Lawgiver. We have experienced the giving of the Spirit at Shavuot (Pentecost) who has written Torah on our hearts, and brings it to our mind, that we might yield, die our desires, to do the desire of our Father Yahweh – which is to do the Commandments of Torah, by favor (grace), through belief (faith). This all happens to us, IF we are born again, from above, by the power of the Set Apart Spirit.
Then the Fall Feasts will come, in reality. The Truth that the type speaks of, that we’ve been rehearsing, will arrive. If we are rehearsing the Moed of Yahweh, by the leading of the Set Apart Spirit, according to the Truth of His Word (Spirit and Truth), then we will be ready when the Bridegroom comes. We will be shut up in the bridal chamber, safe with our Bridegroom, as the marriage is consummated. Locked outside will be those who were not ready, not clothed in the wedding garment, without oil in their lamps. They know the words of Scripture but the Spirit is absent from them. They are not born again, but are led to believe they are ready, by the traditions of professing, lawless “church fathers.”
Revelation 22 sums it all up. Those who do the commandments have the right to the tree of life. Conversely, those who on the outside, who do not have the right to the tree of life, are those who “whore,” who are “idolaters,” and those who “love and practice falsehood (lies).” Idolaters and whores, according to Scripture, are those who follow after false mighty ones, and practice their pagan/lawless practices. Falsehood is in the context of the Truth of Torah – those who are “doing His Commands,” versus those who do something/anything else. He commands that we are to observe His Moedim (plural of Moed.) Man has replaced His Moedim with false celebrations (Christmas, Easter, Sunday Sabbath, Halloween, and much more). It is whoredom/adultery, and idolatry, and it is a lie. Revelation is all about Him coming back to bring judgement on a whore, and adulterous, lawless, self-proclaiming bride, who don’t have a love for the Truth, but practice the lie (2 Thessalonians 2).
Rev 22:11 “He who does wrong, let him do more wrong; he who is filthy, let him be more filthy; he who is righteous, let him be more righteous; he who is set-apart, let him be more set-apart.
Rev 22:12 “And see, I am coming speedily, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work.a Footnote: See Mat 16:27, Joh 5:29.
Rev 22:13 “I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
Rev 22:14 “Blessed are those doing His commands,c so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city. Footnotes: See Mat 19:17.
Rev 22:15 “But outside are the dogs and those who enchant with drugs, and those who whore, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood. Footnote: See Rev 21:27 and also 2Th 2:11. -TS2009
If you haven’t done so, ever, or aren’t daily considering His Torah, I would suggest a reboot is in order. Go back to the beginning, Bereshith (Genesis) and begin afresh. Ask the Father to help you lay down, and see past your pre-conceived notions, and lies inherited from our fathers, according to Jeremiah 16:19-21.
O יהוה, my strength and my stronghold and my refuge, in the day of distress the gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.” Would a man make mighty ones for himself, which are not mighty ones?“Therefore see, I am causing them to know, this time I cause them to know My hand and My might. And they shall know that My Name is יהוה!” -ISR
The lies we’ve inherited are from lawless fathers, who are seen as infallible, yet they are fallible, as are we. We must hear the Voice of Yahweh Elohim, instead of those who are causing us to forget His Name, and His Torah/Instruction. The prophet Jeremiah spoke of them in Jeremiah 23.
“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsehood in My Name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ Till when shall it be in the heart of the prophets? – the prophets of falsehood and prophets of the deceit of their own heart, who try to make My people forget My Name by their dreams which everyone relates to his neighbour, as their fathers forgot My Name for Ba‛al. The prophet who has a dream, let him relate the dream, and he who has My Word, let him speak My Word in truth. What is the chaff to the wheat?” declares יהוה. “Is not My Word like a fire?” declares יהוה, “and like a hammer that shatters a rock? Therefore see, I am against the prophets,” declares יהוה, “who steal My Words every one from his neighbour. See, I am against the prophets,” declares יהוה, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He declares.’ See, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares יהוה, “and relate them, and lead My people astray by their falsehoods and by their reckless boasting. But I Myself did not send them nor have I commanded them. And they do not profit this people at all,” declares יהוה. -ISR
Today, the eighth day of the Moed of Sukkot, will end the annual Moedim cycle. It will begin, anew, in the Spring. Selah (meditate on, consider this)