Proclaiming Yeshua To The Most Senior Rabbis In Israel This Sukkot

Happy Sukkot! - From Jerusalem

Kotel

Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles, is coming to a close. Ancient Israel was commanded by the Lord to dwell in temporary houses called sukkas (dwellings) during their desert sojourn. In Leviticus 23:42-43, the Lord instructs Israel to memorialize that time in the desert by celebrating Sukkot every year.

It is described as a pilgrimage Feast because all Israel was required to journey to Jerusalem and bring a portion of their autumn harvest as an offering. When the Temple was standing, the nation also offered a total of seventy bulls as a sacrifice to the Lord. Many believe this offering of bulls was made to intercede for all the nations of the earth in order for Israel to fulfill their role as a nation of Priests.

Our Heavenly Father, in His amazing prophetic nature, designed this Feast to help us realize our need for Him to Tabernacle (dwell) with us. It also shows how much He loves his people and desires to literally live among us.

The greatest occurrence of Him dwelling with us is when he descended in human flesh to accomplish the most important miracle the world has ever known. It is a safe assumption to say Yeshua was born during this Feast as the Gospel of John tells us that, "the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 YLT)

Not only does this incredible time look back in history, it also sheds light on what will be taking place in the Millennium. The prophet Zachariah show us that all nations will come to celebrate this feast and worship King Yeshua when He is sitting on the throne in Jerusalem. In fact, if any nation decides to neglect this Feast, the Lord will withhold the blessing of rain on that nation!

"Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain." (Zechariah 14:16-17 NIV)

As we entered Jerusalem, we didn't know exactly what to expect but knew it could get pretty dicey down at the Wailing Wall (The Kotel). We had orders from above to tell people the prophetic significance of the Feast!
 
As we headed down to share Yeshua, we stopped to pray with a group of believers visiting Israel from First Baptist Church in Wylie, Texas. After praying, we felt empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish the task.
 

 

Jews from all over Israel and the world were gathered together at the Wall to celebrate Sukkot. We felt grieved because they did not have the full picture, meaning, and importance of the Feast. We yearned for them to know!

As we were walking though the enormous crowd, we approached a rather tall and intimidating looking rabbi. We asked him why he was there today. The rabbi told him he was there to say the Berkat Kohanim (The Priestly Blessing) of the Feast.

 

We said, "Sukkot is a time to release the blessing of the Messiah into your life! It is a challenge God places before His people at this time." The rabbi asked where this was in the Bible. We pointed to Malachi 3:3-4 where it says, "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years." (NIV)

The rabbi asked how this applies to him today because there is not a Temple. We explained that the Lord tells us to return and bring offerings of righteousness and the only way to do this is through the Messiah; the final, perfect, and complete offering.

The rabbi then introduced himself as Rabbi Steig and asked us if he knew who he was. We replied, in a loving way, that we are sure the rabbi has a respectable job and a lot of people look up to him. The truth is we are all small people but serve a big God. If we don't turn to him and understand the importance of these holidays and what they truly mean, then instead of receiving the blessings of God we will receive the wrath of God. We continued and said there is only one Priest that can bless us. His is the Son of God, Yeshua Ha Mashiach. We are all priests when we accept Him as Savior!

The rabbi gnashed his teeth at us and left. PLEASE PRAY FOR HIS SALVATION!

Again, the Holy Spirit told us to move and directed us to walk right into the main Sukka. We heard the Spirit say to us, "Tabernacle with me. Don't be afraid. Tell the people in here how much I love them. Tell them I am crying for them and calling them." See Photo.
 

Sukka (booth)

We walked up to a man named David and explained to him that the Sukka is a sign that God wants a relationship with us. He said it is a special time of repentance. At this point, at least 100 people were listening to the conversation in silence. The Holy Spirit told us to leave and as he did he could hear the crowd discussing what we had said. We sensed the same Shekinah Glory that led the people out of Egypt was present and working in the Sukka to draw people to Himself. Praise God! 

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