SHMINI ATSERET- THE Mysterious 8th Day
Again YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. 36 For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to YHVH. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to YHVH; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work. Leviticus 23:33-36
Celebrate this year From sunset Sunday the 7th to sunset Monday the 8th of October
The Torah tells us that Sukkot is celebrated for 7 days and then there is a mysterious Holy Convocation on the 8th Day that stands on its own and is not officially part of Sukkot. During the 8th Day we do not sit in booths anymore! It is now tradition among the Jewish People to celebrate the Feast of Simcha Torah (rejoicing over the Torah) on the evening after the 8th Day. Originally Simcha Torah was celebrated at the same time of Shmini Atseret. It is the time of restarting the Annual Torah reading Cycle from Bereshi (genesis). This celebration is marked with great joy and dancing around the Torah. It reminds us of the celebrations during Brit Mila (Covenant of Circumcision) and Bar Mitsvah. We believe that the reason that we rejoice over the Torah on the 8th Day is because the Living Torah Yeshua HaMashiach was circumcised on that day. Born in Sukkot and circumcised 8 days later entering into the Eternal Abrahamic Covenant!
This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. Genesis 17:10
It behove us to remember that Messiah Himself was circumcised on the 8th day as every Jew is till this day. Especially during these times of rising anti -Jewishness and the defaming of the Covenant of Circumcision in various nations lately! Yeshua rose from the dead and we could still see the marks of the crucifixion! In the same way the marks of the Covenant of Circumcision were not erased! He remains Jewish to this day and is called “The Lion from the Tribe of Judah”
Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5, 6
It is a sobering thought that a Circumcised Jew is the only one that can open the Book of Judgment!
SUKKOT- Excerpts from “Grafted In” by Bishop Dominiquae Bierman
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This feast marks the real time of birth of Messiah and is also a prophetic representation of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! It is the most joyous of feasts and all nations are commanded to celebrate it in the millennium lest a curse would befall them!
Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. Zechariah 14:16,17
It is also the feast of ingathering of the LAST HARVEST and it is portrayed in Revelation
22:17- “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come, and let the one who hears say “come. And let the one who is thirsty come, let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
It will be a pure and holy bride restored to the position of royalty as Queen of Messiah, a royal priesthood and a holy nation that will be filled with His Glory! It will be this glorious Ecclesia (Church) that will bring in the LAST HARVEST OF THE NATIONS. And this bride will be completely FREE from Replacement Theology and will be completely GRAFTED INTO the Olive Tree of Israel. She will be like Ruth to the Jews and like Queen Esther on behalf of Israel! She will walk in the Glory followed by astounding signs, wonders and miracles. She will preach an uncompromising Gospel of Repentance and multitudes will turn from unrighteousness to holiness in a short time! This awesome Bride will present her King with many nations as SHEEP NATIONS! Her mark will be the Torah written in her heart and mind, and she will walk in burning love and holiness! Her very presence will cause principalities to shake and Babylon to fall! The marks of the Fall Feasts are;
REPENTANCE, FREEDOM AND RESTORATION!
“Arise and shine; for your light has come, and the glory of Yahveh has risen upon you. For behold darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but Yahveh will rise upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3
This Scripture pertains to both the Bride of Messiah and to Israel when she turns back to Y’shua as a nation!
Y’shua is inviting His entire Body to come into the Fall Feasts. To turn from, compromise, lukewarm ness, pride and ungodliness and to become Pure and Holy! The shofars are already blowing to call the Bride to come home, to the original Apostolic, Jewish Foundations of the Faith!
A joyous Sukkot and Simcha Torah celebrations to all those who love Messiah and Israel. We invite you to celebrate Sukkot 2013 with us in Israel next year!
Leshana Habaa BYerushalayim. Next year in Jerusalem!
Yeshua is the Living Torah and we invite you to celebrate Him this Feast!
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Please pray for ALL Israel to get to know the Living Torah- Yeshua HaMashiach!