ONE OF THE BEST SECRETS OF LIFE IS REVEALED AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, DURING SUKKOT!
The FEAST OF TABERNACLES / BOOTHS / SUKKOT / SUCCOT is THE FEAST OF ALL FEASTS; OUR TIME OF JOY or JOYOUS CELEBRATION. It is a HARVEST FESTIVAL!
It is PROPHETICALLY when the WEDDING / MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB will take place in future. The FEAST is about BUILDING TEMPORARY SHELTERS outside our houses as commanded by YAH as seen in Leviticus 23:33-44; in commemoration of the Children of Israel travelling through the WILDERNESS from EGYPT to THE PROMISED LAND now known as THE HOLY LAND, ISRAEL with Moses and Joshua as their Leaders . The FEAST has so many PROPHETIC IMPLICATIONS.
Intermingled with SUKKOT is a rather SOBER LESSON IN LIFE. During the FEAST, various HOLY BIBLICAL SCRIPTURES are read, one of them being The Book of Ecclesiastes which in Hebrew is known as “KOHELET”.
The BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES starts off as follows:
Ecclesiastes 1 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Vanity of Life
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 “Vanity[a] of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”
Ecclesiastes 1 Names of God Bible (NOG)
Introducing the Spokesman
1 The words of the spokesman, the son of David and the king in Jerusalem.
2 “Absolutely pointless!” says the spokesman. “Absolutely pointless! Everything is pointless.”
Life Is an Endless Circle
3 What do people gain from all their hard work under the sun?
4 Generations come, and generations go,
but the earth lasts forever.
5 The sun rises, and the sun sets,
and then it rushes back to the place where it will rise again.
6 The wind blows toward the south and shifts toward the north.
Round and round it blows. It blows in a full circle.
7 All streams flow into the sea, but the sea is never full.
The water goes back to the place where the streams began
in order to start flowing again.
8 All of these sayings are worn-out phrases. They are more than anyone can express, comprehend, or understand.
9 Whatever has happened before will happen again. Whatever has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun. 10 Can you say that anything is new? It has already been here long before us. 11 Nothing from the past is remembered. Even in the future, nothing will be remembered by those who come after us.
The Spokesman Begins to Study Everything under Heaven
12 I, the spokesman, have been king of Israel in Jerusalem. 13 With all my heart I used wisdom to study and explore everything done under heaven.
The Spokesman’s General Conclusion
Mortals are weighed down with a terrible burden that Elohim has placed on them. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun. Look at it! It’s all pointless. It’s like trying to catch the wind.
15 No one can straighten what is bent.
No one can count what is not there.
The Spokesman Begins to Study Life
16 I thought to myself, “I have grown wiser than anyone who has ruled Jerusalem before me. I’ve had a lot of experience with wisdom and knowledge.” 17 I’ve used my mind to understand wisdom and knowledge as well as madness and stupidity. Now I know that this is like trying to catch the wind.
18 With a lot of wisdom comes a lot of heartache.
The greater your knowledge, the greater your pain.
The Book of Ecclesiastes starts off with the words “HAVEL HAVALIM / VANITY OF VANITIES” which is a serious reminder of the REALITIES OF LIFE. Solomon, the son of David, shares some of his vast experience with us every SUKKOT.
It is noted that Solomon penned his three famous works at crucial stages of his own life. SONG OF SONGS was penned as the YOUNG MAN IN COURTSHIP. PROVERBS contains REFLECTIONS OF MID-LIFE. ECCLESIASTES / KOHELET contains his WISDOM AT THE END OF HIS DAYS (UMJC). Having reflected upon his life, Solomon summarises that is essentially empty! WHAT PROFIT IS A PERSONS’ WORK? GENERATIONS COME AND GO. THE SUN RISES AND THE WIND BLOWS BUT WHAT REALLY CHANGES? Solomon is simply say that there are so many things beyond our control. Additionally, he is saying to us that the earthly things we become engrossed with are of no value as they will stay here and we will move on. They are only valued when younger but as one grows older, they begin to appear as nothing, not worth chasing after because we will move on to eternal life somewhere else where things are done totally different and the new generations will start to chase after the same exact things we just finished chasing after. So what is the whole point?
The TEMPORARY SHELTERS called SUCCAH (Singular) and SUKKOT (Plural) are a PHYSICAL REPRESENTATION OF VARIOUS SPIRITUAL IMPLICATIONS, For example:
- Our FLESHLY BODIES are TEMPORARY – only for this earth – one day, they will be done away with.
- YAH’S TABERNACLE built by Moses as seen in the Book of Exodus was a TEMPORARY DWELLING PLACE FOR THE YAH AMONG HIS PEOPLE, ISRAEL. Later on the TEMPLES were built as a PERMANENT DWELLING PLACE FOR YAH AMONG HIS PEOPLE, ISRAEL however, to YAH it was still a TEMPORARY SHELTER. The PERMANENT SHELTER is the SPIRIT OF A MAN or WOMAN. This was fulfilled during YAH’S FEAST OF SHAVUOT / WEEKS / PENTECOST (Acts 2; Joel 2:28-30). The pouring out of RUACH HA KODESH (HOLY SPIRIT / SHKINYINYAH GLORY) was YAH coming to dwell in MAN on earth thereby making MAN A DWELLING PLACE on earth. Eventually, YAH will physically TABERNACLE with HIS People, Israel during and after the Wedding / Marriage Supper of the LAMB OF YAH just like it was with Adam and Eve in the GARDEN OF EDEN.
- This EARTH is a WILDERNESS , A TEMPORARY WILDERNESS (just like the one the Children of Israel travelled through with Moses and Joshua as their Leaders) that we are just going through to get to THE PROMISED LAND called HEAVEN for those who have accepted YAH’S SALVATION (YAHUSHUA) and daily walk faithfully with YAHUSHUA.
AMIGHTYWIND MINISTRY Prophecy 75 gives more information about this, if you please.
Solomon saying that life is empty could be very depressing or it could lead us to an entirely different direction. Now it becomes clearer why we read The Book of Ecclesiastes / Kohelet every SUKKOT.
In the midst of the JOY OF THE HARVEST AND MATERIAL BLESSINGS, we are reminded of the FRAILTY / FUTILITY OF LIFE. Who controls life? Spending time in the SUKKAH reminds us of the fact that there is a much bigger picture than even our current situation.
In addition, The Book of Ecclesiastes / Kohelet reminds us that anything mankind invents is of little importance. There is no full satisfaction in this early life except one has accepted YAH’S SALVATION (YAHUSHUA). Ultimately, “THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN.”
Our society is constantly looking for new gadgets to improve existence. The incredible advance of technology impresses many. Yer, when a hurricane or Las Vegas tragedy hits, the world is suddenly shocked back into reality. For all our advances, we are still so far from PARADISE. How appropriate that we meditate on the lessons of the Book of Ecclesiastes / Kohelet while we dwell in our SIMPLE SUKKAH. Whatever our blessings and technologically advanced society, we are called to reflect on the SIMPLE REALITIES OF LIFE. This time of the year, we are to get back to the WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE OF OUR ANCESTORS. Although they had none of the modern conveniences we enjoy, were they less advanced than us today?
Perhaps there are FORGOTTEN TRUTHS that our generation NEEDS TO RE-DISCOVER AT THIS SEASON OS SUKKOT.
Solomon goes on for Chapters about the VANITY OF MUCH OF LIFE. It is easy to get DEPRESSED while reading the words here. Yet, at the very end of the scroll, Solomon summarises his SECRET TO LIVING A FULFILLED AND PURPOSEFUL LIFE.
“THE END OF THE MATTER, ALL HAVING BEEN HEARD: FEAR YAH (GOD) and KEEPT HIS COMMANDMENTS.”
Even though life is FRAGILE and UNPREDICTABLE, there is a PURPOSE. Despite the fact that all the busy activity of mankind is so meager, WE ARE ALL HERE FOR A REASON.
ULTIMATELY, ALL IS VANITY UNLESS YAH IS IN THE PICTURE!
It is interesting and fitting that it was on HOSHANAH RABBAH [meaning The seventh day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, 21st day of Tishrei, is known as Hoshana Rabbah (Aramaic: הוֹשַׁעְנָא רַבָּא, “Great Hoshana/Supplication”)], as the FESTIVAL neared its climax, and the people neared its climax, and the people gathered in the TEMPLE cried out for SALVATION, that our MESSIYAH / MESSIAH spoke out:
“NOW ON THE LAST DAY, THE GREAT DAY OF THE FEAST, YAHUSHUA (JESUS / YESHUA) stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to ME and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scriptures said, from his innermost being shall flow RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.” (John / Yahuchanan 7:37-38).
MESSIYAH / MESSIAH YAHUSHUA came to give us that PERSONAL CONNECTION to the HEAVENLY FATHER and to a LIFE OF MEANING.
The SUKKAH, while reminding us of the VANITY OF THIS LIFE, also holds forth the MEANING OF REAL LIFE.
May we all have a blessed celebration as we continue to dwell in the SUKKAH.
Some of the information on this page has been obtained from: http://www.umjc.org/commentary/2017/10/10/why-read-ecclesiastes-during-sukkot