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Celebrate the TRUE Birth of Yeshua {The One They Call Jesus}


Just after sunset on September 12, 3 BCE, while the sky was clothed with the last rays of the setting sun, the first sliver of the new moon appeared, beneath the feet of the constellation of the woman Beulah {Hebrew}, which means “virgin,” “Virgo” {is its Latin name}.  At that moment, in the constellation of Ariyeh {The Lion} above her head, the planet Tzedek {the Righteous} came into conjuction with the star Melek {the King} that is astronomically positioned between the front feet of the Lion.  The sighting of the new moon that evening announced the start of Yom Teruah, and the astronomical display in the constellation above the head of the woman heralded the coming birth of the Righteous King – The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The “Great Sign” in heaven occurred as Mirriam {the one they call Mary – the mother of Yeshuah} herself was about to give birth.  Just fifteen days later, at the beginning of Sukkot, Miriam would deliver Yeshuah {the one they call Jesus}, the one who came to deliver us from our sin and rule over all the nations as the King of Kings.

Scripture tells us in Genesis 1:14 That Yahuah gave us the sun, moon, and stars to know the appointed times:

“Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days “

Remember, that word “seasons,” is the Hebrew word Mo’ed, which means APPOINTED TIMES.

On this appointed time, Yom Teruah, the Day of the Awakening Blast, a Feast of the Lord, when we are called to blow the shofar, the sky did its job that our Creator designed it to do.

This amazing sign in the sky is referenced in Revelation 12:1 too:

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and crying out in the pain and agony of giving birth.”


In the twenty-fifth year of the reign of Caesar Augustus {3-2 BCE} by the command of Rome, all subjects of the empire were required to register their support in naming the “divine emperor” Octavius Augustus the “Father of the Roman Empire” which was approved by the Roman Senate on February 5, 2 BCE.

This is also recorded in Luke 2:1 which says,

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all subjects of the empire must be registered. This enrollment was conducted when Cyrenius was serving as an administrative official in Syria. To fulfill this obligation, every one was required to register at the ancestral village.”

Far more significant, was the commandment of Yahauh, all Yisra’elite males were required to go to Jerusalem – as established by Deuteronomy 16:16 as we discussed in the last post, three times per year: at the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of shavu’ot, and the feast of sukkot.  Yoceph registers with Rome in Bethlehem at his convenience when he takes his pregnant wife up to the Feast of Sukkot as the two cities were only 5 miles apart.


Luke 2:4-20 says,

“Because Yoceph was of the house and lineage of David, he left the village of Natzeret in Galilee and went up to Beyt Lechem {Bethlehem}, the village of David in Yahudea, to register for the census, and took his spoused wife Miriam, who was great with child. It came to pass that while they were there, the time was fulfilled for her child to be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a sukkah; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Yah came upon them, and the glory of Yahuah shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Yahuah the Mashiach.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a sukkah.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising Yah, and saying, Glory to Yahuah in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Beyt Lechem {Bethlehem}, and see this thing which is come to pass, which Yahaah has made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Miriam, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a sukkah.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Miriam kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising Yah for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

Now depending on which Bible you are reading from, your bible likely does not say “sukkah” in verse 7, 12 and 16. It likely says something like, “He was lying in a MANGER.”

Primarily because the specific details of the Feast of Sukkot are foreign to Western culture the word “manger” has been interpreted as everything from an animal stall to a pig feeding trough.  However, during Sukkot all males from their thirteenth year and upward are required to build and live in a temporary shelter called a tabernacle or a manger, or a sukkah, for seven days.

This mistranslation of sukkot to “manger” to mean something to do with animals may come from a misunderstanding of the scripture Genesis 33:17 that says,

“Jacob, however, went to Sukkot, where he built a house for himself and made sukkot for his cattle. That is why the place is called Sukkot.”

The Sukkot in this scripture STILL means temporary shelters/huts – not pig troughs or barns or the like.

The birth of Yeshuah took place on the first day of Sukkot.  Miriam being pregnant, was not required to live in a sukkah during the Feast, but since the Bethlehem inn was filled {likely due to the census}, she brought forth her firstborn son in a sukkah. Just like John 1:14 says,

“On the first day of Sukkot, “the Word was made flesh and tabernacled {sukkah’d} among us.”

This was an immediate fulfillment of the Feast of Sukkot!


After his birth, Yeshuah, the child of the King and potential heir to the throne was salted and swaddled as part of the initial dedication of the child in recognition of the parents’ responsibilty to raise the child according to the straight path. You can see this custom mentioned in Ezekiel 16:4 where Yahuah is having Ezekiel rebuke Yisra’el for their sins and he said,

“And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.”

Soon after his birth, the child was washed with salted water and bound in the swaddling cloths with all of his limbs made straight.  The parents prayed over the child in a short ceremony of thanksgiving and dedication,vowing to raise the child in a straightforward and upright manner. Swaddling cloths were made from the priests’ garments that were no longer serviceable. This cloth ws used for the wicks in the Temple menorah and for swaddling sons of kings.  There is little doubt that Elisheva {Elizabeth – John the Baptist’s mother} the wife of the cohen {priest} Zechariyah, would have coveted the opportunity to provide the swaddling cloths {Zechariyah’s old priests’  garments} for this momentous event!

The shepherd found the newborn babe at the very time he was wrapped in these swaddling cloths and lying in a sukkah neat Beyt Lechem {Bethlehem} – which literally means “house of bread.”

In John 6:35 Yeshuah declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Isn’t interesting that Yeshuah calls himself the Bread of Life – and he was born in the “house of bread?”

Yahuah planned the birth of his only son down to the minute details. Signs, wonders, even names of cities, were taken into account. I cannot WAIT for the return of my Savior and I have no doubt it will be just as a momentous occasion.

Credit to Michael Rood and the Chronological Gospels for much of this research. You can purchase this book and have your eyes opened to more truth here: http://bookstore.aroodawakening.tv/products/the-chronological-gospels-bible

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A Look at Sukkot Observance in the Old Testament


The directions on how to observe Sukkot is mentioned in the old testament in four different locations:

The first is Exodus 23:14-19 

This is part of the book of the covenant.  This is just after the people had heard the voice of Yahuah speak the ten commandments at the foot of the mount and they asked that He not speak to them anymore but instead He speak to Mosheh and he would tell them what Yahuah said, and they would obey all that he spoke.  Then the people withdrew and Mosheh drew near unto the darkness where Elohiym was. Yahuah continued to speak direction to Mosheh for the believers including this information about the feasts as it states in Exodus 23:14-19 –

“Three times you shall keep a feast unto me in the year.  You shall guard the Feast of Matstsah: {you shall eat matstsah seven days, as I commanded you, in the time appointed of the month Aviv; for in it you came out of Mitsrayim; and none shall appear before me empty;}  And the Feast of Shavuot, the first fruits of your labour, which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Sukkot, which is in the end of the year, when you have gathered in your labour, out of the field.  Three times in the year all your males shall appear before Adonai Yahuah.”

While so much of how Israel lived and operated was quite similar to how their neighbors did, the act of making a pilgrimage for a religious festival to a god was not known. These 3 pilgrimages marked the Hebrews as a different people who worshipped a different God in a different way from all other peoples and nations.

In this scripture we can see that only the MALES, the heads of the households, MUST make a pilgrimage three times per year to appear before Adonai Yahuah – during three of the feasts: The Feast of Matstsah, also known as the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of Shavu’ot, also known as Pentecost, and the feast of Sukkot.

Where were they to appear for these feasts? BEFORE ADONAI YAHUAH. During this period of time this meant to go to the location of the central sanctuary. Since the Lord’s presence was seen as residing above the Ark of the Covenant, if you were going to present yourself to the Lord you would need to go where ever the Ark of the Covenant was – which of course was the Tabernacle during this time when they were in the wilderness and later, the Temple.

Without doubt the people of Israel during this time period had no idea of the prophetic nature of each of these Biblical festivals.  We Believers of today can see it but they did it simply out of obedience to the Law.

This agricultural based holy day celebrates the end of the threshing of the grains. It marked the time when the separation of the wheat from the chaff is coming to a close. It also marks the time when the vineyard harvest is complete and the winemaking is ending and the new wine is ready.

Each of the pilgrimage feasts has its own tone.  The Feast of Firstfruits reflects a certain anxiety and anticipation {because they might be anxious about how the current year’s harvest might turn out}, and the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot, reflects a tone of rest and relief {because the Barley and Wheat harvests are over and the results, which were hopefully good, are known}, but Sukkot, is the feast of intense joy! In fact yet another name for this festival is “the time of our rejoicing”.

On the surface this festival was and is about giving thanks to the Lord for sustaining them for the previous year; but underneath it all this is about the final ingathering not of grain, but of all those who have given their hearts to Yeshua and their trust to God Almighty.

How does this pilgrimage to go before Adonai Yahuah apply to us today?

Let’s take a look at another scripture that discusses Sukkot.

Deuteronomy 16:13-17 says: 

“You shall observe the feast of Sukkot seven days, after you have gathered in your threshing floor and your wine:   And you shall rejoice in your feast, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that [are] within your gates.  Seven days shall you keep a solemn feast unto Yahuah Elohayka in the place which Yahuah shall choose: because the Yahuah Elohayka shall bless you in all your increase, and in all the works of your hands, therefore you shall surely rejoice.

Three times in a year shall all your males appear before Yahuah Elohayka in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of matstsah, and in the feast of  Shavuot and in the feast of Sukkot and they shall not appear before Yahuah empty:  Every man [shall give] as he is able, according to the blessing of Yahuah Elohayka which he hath given you.

Here we see that EVERYONE is commanded to celebrate for seven days – man, woman, child, free man and slave, widows, and even strangers – literally no one is left out. But it still also says that the MEN should make a pilgrimage to appear before Yahuah Elohayka. But this time it says “In the place where Yahuah shall choose.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about that line. What did He mean?  If you go just a few verses up where it talks about the Feast of Shavu’ot, I believe we get the answer:

Deuteronomy 16:11 says, “And you shall rejoice before Yahuah Elohayka, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your man servant, and your maidservant, and Levite that is within your gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which Yahuah Elohayka has chosen to place his name there.”

Where has God put his name?

There are two answers to this question. First, if we look at the context of this scripture we know that the audience that Mosheh was speaking to was the Israelites just as they were entering the promise land and he was going to die.  For this group of people at this time the answer to the question, where has God put his name lies in the scripture 2 Chronicles 6:5-6 that says,

“Since the day that I brought My people from the land of Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man for a leader over My people Israel; but I have chosen Jerusalem that My name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.”

But what about us? Does that mean in order to be obedient to Yahuah’s law we must go to Jerusalem? 

I can’t say for certain but my belief is that we don’t have to. The point of coming in Bible times was to make one’s sacrifice on the Temple Altar. But since there is no altar or Temple there is no way to follow this law. Further since the point of the pilgrimage was to make a sacrifice, and Yeshua is the once and for all sacrifice, there is really no sacrificial element that can be fulfilled today.

Furthermore, the pilgrimage was to come before Adonai Yahuah and we know that he now lives in our hearts. We ARE his tabernacle.  So all one has to do in order to go before Yahuah is stop, humble oneself, and pray.

One last note on this subject: 

When Yahuah returns for us it says those of us whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will go to the New Jerusalem. And here is what that will look like according to Revelation 22:1-4 : it will a river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the main street of the city. On either side of the river will stand a tree of life, producing twelve kinds of fruit and yielding a fresh crop for each month. And the leaves of the tree will be for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be within the city, and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

So where will his name be? ON OUR FOREHEADS.

Let’s look at the last two places Sukkot can be found in scripture.

Leviticus 23:33-43 says,

And Yahuah spoke unto Mosheh, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be] the feast of tabernacles [for] seven days unto Yahuah.  On the first day [shall be] an holy assembly, ye shall do no servile work [therein]. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahuah: on the eighth day shall be an holy assembly unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahuah: it [is] a solemn assembly; [and] ye shall do no servile work [therein].

These [are] the feasts of Yahuah, which ye shall proclaim [to be] holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto Yahuah, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: Beside the Shabbathot of Yahuah, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto YAHUAH.

Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day [shall be] a Shabbat, and on the eighth day [shall be] a shabbat.  And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before Yahuah Elohaykem {The Lord Your God} seven days.  And ye shall keep it a feast unto Yahuah seven days in the year. [It shall be] a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.  Ye shall dwell in sukkahs seven days; all that are Yisra’el born shall dwell in sukkahs: That your generations may know that I made the children of Yisra’el to dwell in sukkahs when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim {Egypt}.  I am Yahuah Elohaykem.

This is the place in scripture that gives us the most direction in what is to be done at Sukkot. First, it tells us that Sukkot should be for seven days. But the first day and the eighth day we should do no servile work. They are Shabbat days and should be days for a holy assembly.

It also tells us that a burnt offering, meat offerings, drink offerings, and a sacrifice should be made. These are in addition to keeping the shabbats {which we also have at least one 7th day rest besides the two “bookend” Sabbaths}. And also in addition to your vows, and you freewill offerings.

This scripture also tells us that on the FIRST Day we should take boughs of goodly trees, boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook and we should rejoice before Yahuah Elohyakem for seven days.

And finally, it tells us that we should dwell in sukkahs for seven days  to remind us of how Yahuah brought them out of Egypt and made them to dwell in sukkahs.

The last of the scriptures in the old testament that gives us direction in how to celebrate sukkot is Numbers 29:12-40

This is the list of items that needed to be offered during the feast.

Sukkot has a very unique schedule of ritual sacrifice: it begins on the first day by offering 13 bulls (the most expensive of all the animals) and then over a period of 7 days the sacrifice is reduced by one bull each day. So on the 1st day of Sukkot 13 bulls are sacrificed, on the 2nd day 12 bulls are sacrificed and by the 7th day of Sukkot 7 bulls are sacrificed. All the quantities of other sacrificial animals and grains and wine remain the same throughout the days though.

I thought it was interesting that when you add up the number of bulls sacrificed over the entire 7 day period, it comes to 70: seven times ten. There’s that number 7 again. It is repeated over and over during this feast. The Rabbis say that the 70 represent all the nations of the world.  This idea comes from the book of Jasher when Yoceph is made king over all the land.  When he interprets the pharaohs dream he seeks to appoint him and takes counsel from his officers to see if they agree with this idea. They remind him that it is written in the laws of Mitsrayim that no man shall reign over Mitsrayim, nor be second to the king unless he has knowledge of all the languages of the sons of men.

Of course, Yoceph doesn’t know all the languages but that night Yahuah sent one of his ministering angel, and he came into the land of Mitsrayim unto Yoceph and stood over him as he lay in bed in the dungeon. The angel woke him up and he stood facing the angel and the angel spoke with Yoceph and taught him all the languages of man in that night, and he called his name Yahuceph.   The pharaoh sent for him the next morning to test him. As the king ascended the steps of the throne Yoceph spoke to the king in all languages and went up to him and spoke unto the king until he arrived before the king in the SEVENTIETH step and there he sat before the pharoah.  The Pharaoh and all his officers rejoiced when they heard Yoceph and it seemed good to the pharaoh and his officers to appoint Yoceph to be second to the king in Egypt.  Isn’t that fascinating?

So sukkot, the grandest of all feasts according to The Rabbinical Tradition, the final of all the feasts, has a significant element in that it involves the WORLD in general and not just one nation or one people group.

So again, with an eye toward the future and from a prophetic standpoint, the Feast of Tabernacles represents that time of final ingathering of Believers at the end of days. It is that time when the Lord gathers all who are His, and destroys the remainder, and it is the entry into the 1000-year reign of Messiah that we typically call the Millennial Kingdom.

Who is ready? 

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