Since we saw the new moon on the evening of Sun Sep 20, and celebrated the Feast of Trumpets beginning that evening, that means the Feast of Tabernacles begins the evening of Sun Oct 4, for seven days of feasting and celebration! It is the foreshadow of the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-10)!
Some of what the Scriptures command for the Feast of Tabernacles:
1) the Feast begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month at sundown, for seven days (Lev 23:34);
2) the first day of the Feast is a sabbath of rest and an assembly of the ekklesia (Lev 23:35);
3) on the first day of the Feast, the foliage of beautiful trees is to be cut to make tabernacles to dwell in for seven days, so that we remember that when the Lord brought us out of Egypt, we dwelt in tabernacles in the wilderness (Lev 23:40, 42-43);
4) every day of the Feast is to begin with an offering made by fire, or the living olah dedication (Lev 23:36);
5) this Feast is to be kept with much feasting and much rejoicing! (Lev 23:40).
To understand the prophetic significance of the Feast of Tabernacles, and how it ties in to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, be sure to read day of atonement part one, part two, and part three, the explanation of the parable of the ten virgins. Jesus told this parable about His return and the fall feast days!
Now I wrote this in 2007, the first year I celebrated Tabernacles:
As you know, this is my first year celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days. I am only in the second day of the Feast, and I have already learned some things to do differently for next year:
1) Start cooking and baking six weeks in advance;
2) Do not forget to begin cooking and baking six weeks in advance;
3) DO NOT procrastinate on cooking and baking in advance, LOL.
I used to begin baking for Christmas immediately after Thanksgiving, and this holiday, Tabernacles, is even bigger in God’s appointment book than Christmas. So it just makes sense that I would put as much effort into food preparation and decorating the house for Tabernacles as I used to for Christmas. But why didn’t I see that before? It is frustrating, sometimes, because in this area of holidays I am so indoctrinated into Gentile ways that these thoughts don’t even occur to me until after the fact. ::: sigh ::: Well, I am not going to let my ignorance and shortcomings mar my joy in celebrating the rest of this holiday. It is the foreshadowing of the marriage supper of the Lamb, and that is cause for rejoicing!