Messiah in Sukkot Chapter 3

  1. Living in a privileged time
  2. Ten Days of Awe
  3. Second Coming of the Messiah
  4. Messiah is the Bridegroom of Israel

Living in a privileged time:

We are presently living in a privileged time in human history. The Hebrew Besorah (“Message,” Glad Tidings, Good News) of the Messiah Yeshua is being proclaimed around the world. Since Yochanan Ben Zechariah (Ben Aaron) appeared in the wilderness almost 2000 years ago the Spirit of Holiness has been bearing witness that Yeshua is the Messiah, Savior and Lord of the whole earth.

Like the Prophet Yochanan today’s Jewish followers of the Messiah must bear witness to Yeshua’s Besorah and His Oral Torah of the Spirit that fulfills (not replaces) the Law of Moses (Hebrews 1:2).

The ecclesiastical holy days of the sabbatical month of Tishri (also spelled Tishrei) are a mixed bag because they involve both a time of welcoming in the New Year (at present the New Year is in the fall; in the future messianic kingdom it is moved to the spring) and a time of somber, solemn reflection about one’s relationship with the Holy One leading up to Yom Kippur. So sacred are the first ten days of the sabbatical month (Tishri 1-10) that they have been called the “Ten Great Days of Awe.” During this time Adonai’s people must give an account of whether we have been faithful to Him during the past year, sincerely repent of our sins and recommit ourselves anew to loving the heavenly Father with “all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength.”

Ten Days of Awe:

The Ten Great Days of Awe are a time when the Mighty One of Israel convenes a formal court in heaven to examine, test and judge the faithfulness of His people. This ten day observance will receive its full prophetic fulfillment in the seven years of Great Tribulation referred to in the Books of Daniel and “Unveiling” (Higallut, Revelation). Yeshua our Messiah says in the Book of Unveiling (cf. 2:10):

אַל־תִּירָא מִפְּנֵי־אֲשֶׁר עָלֶיךָ לִסְבֹּל הִנֵּה עָתִיד הַמַּלְשִׁין לָתֵת מִכֶּם בַּמִּשְׁמָר לְמַעַן תְּנֻסּוּ וִהְיִיתֶם בַּצָּרָה עֲשֶׂרֶת יָמִים הֱיֵה נֶאֱמָן עַד־הַמָּוֶת וְנָתַתִּי לְךָ עֲטֶרֶת הַחַיִּים׃

“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold the Devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days.”

This likely near future time of testing, will be a period of time like the world has never experienced before. It will occur shortly after the Son of the Almighty miraculously resurrects and translates the Assembly of Messiah into heaven.  At this time every believer physically dead or alive (Jew and Gentile), will receive a new, immortal, glorified body. We will become like the Lord, our glorified Messiah, the Beloved Son of Adonai.

No person who has already believed in Rabban Yeshua, our Messiah, as their Lord and Savior before this time will ever experience the seven year period of Great Tribulation (Jacob’s Trouble). The Messiah’s followers will be safely transported into heaven, a very safe distance away from the horror that will occur on earth. If you have not believed on the Messiah Yeshua before the time of resurrection and translation—and it may occur on any future day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Teruah—you will receive a ‘second chance’ to believe on the Eternal One’s Besorah (Message, Gospel) of Messiah when you go through the seven year time of the Intermediate days of Yamim Noraim. [The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the Great Tribulation is foreshadowed in the prophetic template of the Intermediate days of Yamim Noraim.]

Second Coming of the Messiah:

Feast of Booths #1. The Feast of Booths marks the change of seasons, the close of the sabbatical year and the anticipation of rain and the winter equinox (Deuteronomy 31:10).

Feast of Booths #2.  The 15th of the seventh month occurs at full moon. This was when the sacred month had attained its full strength.

Feast of Booths #3.  The Feast of Booths follows five days after the Day of Atonement, after the sin of Israel has been removed and its covenant relation to El Yisrael is restored. In the near future, at the end of the seven year Great Tribulation period, on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), all Israel will acknowledge Yeshua to be Israel’s True Messiah. At that time all of our people will look on Yeshua: “Whom they have pierced and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born” (Zechariah 12:10).

At this time Messiah Yeshua will come out of the heavenly temple with His glorified saints and holy angels to save the remaining Jewish populace from complete annihilation by an anti-Semitic global leader who will rule the whole world (a foreshadowing of this event is found in the Scroll of Esther). After overthrowing the government of the False Messiah, the True Messiah will set up His Kingdom rule on earth from His world capital city which will be located in Jerusalem.

Messiah is the Bridegroom of Israel:

As the Bridegroom of Israel (Eternal High Priest; cf. Psalm 110) the Messiah will declare the sins of Israel atoned for, announce Jubilee, order the safe return of all Jews to Israel, allot lands to the returning Jews (according to their tribal ancestry) and arrange for the immediate celebration of the Feast of Booths. This time of unprecedented celebration will mark the beginning of the 1,000 year (millennial) reign of Messiah Yeshua and the commencement of all His people rejoicing in the Holy Land in His fulfillment of all the Promises of the Torah (referred to as the restoration of Israel). To expedite this time of out poured grace on His people, Yeshua will order the Gentile nations to arrange the speedy return of all the Jewish people to the liberated land of Israel. With these near future events in mind let’s study Malachi 4:5-6:

הִנֵּה אָֽנֹכִי שֹׁלֵחַ לָכֶם אֵת אֵלִיָּה הַנָּבִיא לִפְנֵי בֹּוא יֹום יְהוָה הַגָּדֹול וְהַנֹּורָֽא׃ וְהֵשִׁיב לֵב־אָבֹות עַל־בָּנִים וְלֵב בָּנִים עַל־אֲבֹותָם פֶּן־אָבֹוא וְהִכֵּיתִי אֶת־הָאָרֶץ חֵֽרֶם׃

“Behold I am going to send you Elijah, the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord, And He will restore the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

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