Yeshua celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and it is a wonderful time to share the Good News with Jewish people! This has ample evidence in the Holy Word or Bible in a complete form. I do want to encourage us to see the wholesomeness of the Word of God and the "Power behind His Word.” The Holy Bible is the word of God and it is whole as our God is. It's full and enough, it has been designed to give the fullness and presence of God to His children. It's God in action and talking and dealing with His Children.
Sukkot! its significance was a total wash from our corruption from God with our sins. Though the water was not washing the outside of my body, it was washing the inside! It was like a rushing river of water which totally cleansed me. I didn't imagine this, I physically experienced it, and it left me feeling totally pure!
So, as you will soon read, the meaning of water during Sukkot is very special to me, and it must be trustworthy and useful to everyone born of God. The Holy Bible, the Word is embodied with the fullness of God, His Body, Power, and Authority. He is autonomous yet embedded and embraced through Jesus Christ and His Spirit.
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.” Yeshua said this when He fulfilled the Water Pouring Ceremony at Sukkot! 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. 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 “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.
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 spit 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.
Dear Reader, isn’t it a great joy for us to celebrate these holidays knowing that Yeshua is the fulfillment of the Jewish Scriptures? However, here at the ministry, all of our hearts cry out for our brethren, the Lost Sheep of Israel. During this Biblical holiday of Sukkot when we are rejoicing, about 99% of Jewish people still do not know Yeshua. They are separated from God for eternity. Right now, you can make a difference. Please help us as we tell them about Yeshua! With many Blessings from Jerusalem, Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday/ Festival) from all the Bibles for Israel 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). And it is never too late to join us wherever you may be witness to a Jew especially and a Gentile near you for both deserve salvation from the dead world. Shalom!!!!