- Lighting the four great outdoor Lampstands
- Dancing with fullness of joy before Adonai
- Freedom from darkness
- The Golden Pitcher of Water
Lighting the four great outdoor Lampstands:
In the first century time of Ha-Mashiach Yeshua’s first appearance on earth, two other customs were observed that added to the excitement and fervor of the celebration of Sukkot (Booths, Temporary Shelters).
Four Golden Lampstands #1. The first of these was the lighting of four huge seventy-five foot lampstands, which stood upon the Temple Mount in the Court of the Women. At the close of the first day of the feast the worshipers descended to the Court of the Women where the Four Golden Lampstands were erected.
Four Golden Bowls #2. The four huge seventy-five foot lampstands possessed four Golden Bowls.
Four Ladders #3. The four huge seventy-five foot lampstands possessed four ladders.
Four Youths #4. Four youths of priestly descent each held a pitcher of oil.
Four Pitchers of Olive Oil #5. Each of the pitchers of oil that the youths of priestly descent held was capable of holding one hundred and twenty log (over ten gallons) from which they filled each bowl. The old, worn-out priestly garments of the priests served as wicks to light the four lamps.There was not a court in Jerusalem that was not lit up by this light. The light in the Court of the Women illuminated the entire Temple Mount and part of the surrounding area so brightly that the worshipers on their way up to Jerusalem could see the light of their flames from miles around in every direction.
Dancing with fullness of joy before Adonai:
The pious worshipers danced before the people with flaming torches in their hands while singing hymns and songs of praise. The Levites provided musical accompaniment to the festive lighting ceremony with harps, lutes, cymbals, trumpets, and other instruments of music, as they stood upon the fifteen steps that (by a full measure of grace) led down from the Court of Israel to that of the Women, according to the number of the fifteen Songs of Degrees in the Book of Psalms.
Freedom from darkness:
Light of the Presence #1. The light shining out of the Temple that conquered the darkness all-around and lit up every court in Jerusalem was a symbol of the Shekinah, the Glory Cloud of the Holy One’s Presence that historically had led the People of israel out of the bondage of slavery in Egypt into the blessing and freedom of the Promised Land.
I am the light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.
Light of the Presence #2. The great light of the Shekinah had at various times also dwelt in the Temple. The light of the Presence symbolized in Sukkot testifies to the Anointed One, in whom all of the Presence of the Holy One dwells bodily. Therefore, the Messiah is that “Great Light” that “the people who walk in darkness” were blessed to see. He is the One who shines “upon them that dwell in the land of the shadow of death” (Isaiah 9:2). Therefore, the Messiah Yeshua declares to all humanity (Yochanan 8:12): “I am the light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.”
The Golden Pitcher of Water:
The House of Outpouring #1. The second added custom was the rite of water libation. The ceremony of the outpouring of water is considered of such vital importance that the whole festival of Sukkot has been given the name “House of Outpouring,” symbolizing the “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” (cf. document “Messiah in Shavuot”).
The House of Outpouring #2. The “Golden Pitcher” represents the Divine character (gold is the metal signifying Divinity) of the precious water that is in view; therefore, the Word of Adonai (D’var HaShem) and the life of the Spirit (i.e. Living Water). To collect the water for the Simchas Beis ha-Sho’evah the priests used the Golden Pitcher which could hold three logs of water (about a quart). Ancient Jewish writers refer to this aspect as the “pouring out of the Holy Spirit,” referring back to Isaiah 12:3:
וּשְׁאַבְתֶּם־מַיִם בְּשָׂשֹׂון מִמַּעַיְנֵי הַיְשׁוּעָֽה׃
Therefore with Joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation.
The House of Outpouring #3. The rite of water libation was performed for all seven days, however, on the Sabbath they fetched the water from a golden vessel in the Temple itself, into which it had been carried from Siloam (Breikhat HaShiloahon) the preceding day.
The House of Outpouring #4. (First) The processional began from the Temple and began with the sound of music. The procession followed a priest who would take a golden pitcher down past the “Fountain-Gate” to the Pool of Siloam and fill it with water.
The House of Outpouring #5. It is interesting that Messiah tethered the work of the Spirit on Sukkot with the work of the Spirit on Pesach. He made this connection when He directed two of His disciples to look for the man with a Pitcher of Water and follow him: then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. And Yeshua sent Peter and Yochanan, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.” They said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare it?” And He said to them, “When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow Him into the house that he enters, and you shall say to the owner of the house [the owner of Upper Room in The Inn], The Teacher says to you: “Where is the guest room [cf. The Mystery of Redemption and Blessing that resides in the Upper Room] in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” And he will show you a large, furnished Upper Room; prepare it there.”
House of Outpouring #6. We believe these pre-Seder instructions by the Messiah for two of His disciples to follow the mysterious man with a Pitcher of Water are meant as a deliberate metaphorical connection to the water libation ceremonies of Sukkot.
House of Outpouring #7. We absolutely believe that the Rabban (Rabbi of rabbis) was using the Hebrew priestly symbolism of The Pitcher of Water during Sukkot to get us to associate and follow the work of the Spirit from the spiritual preparation, participation and meanings of the Seder of Pesach (in the guest room of the House of the Seder) to the spiritual preparation, participation and meanings of the water libation ceremonies of Sukkot (at “the House of Water-Pouring;” i.e. at the pool of Siloam to the Altar of the Temple).
House of Outpouring #8. This means if we will carefully trace (follow) all the “steps” of the priest (the man) who carries the Golden Pitcher of Water during the water libation ceremonies of Sukkot we will better understand the sodim (deep spiritual meanings) of our (Hebrew) observances of Pesach and the Seder of Pesach. So read on and follow carefully everything that the mysterious man with the Pitcher of Water is doing.
House of Outpouring #9. (Second) In a procession heralded by trumpets and joyful songs of praise to Adonai the priest with the Golden Pitcher would meet up with another priest with a wine (drink) offering in his hand.
House of Outpouring #10. (Third) The two priests would next go up the ramp together to the altar of the Temple.
House of Outpouring #11. (Fourth) The two priests would pour both the water and the wine into two special silver funnels which would cause these liquids to come out at the bottom of the Altar of the Temple in the form of raindrops.
House of Outpouring #12. (Fifth) After the outpouring of the water and the wine, the Hallel was sung as the priests completed a circle around the Altar of the Temple. (A series of six psalms were sung. The number six is a symbol for the creation of “man.” We suggest you sing these six psalms; and when you meditate on them especially focus on their messianic meanings. Sing and meditate on Psalms 113-118). The chanting especially should include Psalm 118:25:
אָנָּא ה’ הֹושִׁיעָה נָּא אָֽנָּא ה’ הַצְלִיחָה נָּֽא׃
Save now, I beseech you O Adonai: O Adonai, I beseech you, send now prosperity!
In Temple times: While the chanting took place, the worshipers around the Temple would be waving their Lulavs and singing and chanting the Hallel. This joyful worship music would fill the air continually building the excitement that culminated in a fever pitch on the seventh day of the feast.