"The Feast of Tabernacles" - Hag HaSukkot

Both Jewish and Christian scholars agree that Jesus (Yeshua) was an observant Jew who celebrated the Festivals of Israel.

Lecturer: Rev. Edward Daniel Brotsky, D.D.


(3) Messiah's Presence at the "Water Pouring" Ritual

The Messianic hope promised in the Hebrew Scriptures reached its brightest moment in the year 29 of the Common Era or A.D. It happened in the Jerusalem Temple, "on the last day, that great day of the Feast of Sukkot," called "Hoshanna Rabbah" which means "The Great Salvation" or "Great Deliverance." We read about that historic moment in the Fourth Book of the New Covenant by John - Yochanan - chapter seven.

Picture with me, in the present tense, the Temple scene:

The Temple courts are illuminated by extra lamp-stands, as at Hanukkah. The impressive Levitical choirs are robed in white. Soon they will burst into songs of the Hallel Psalms and of the Prophets.
The white-robed priest bearing the golden pitcher of water is on his way from the Pool of Siloam to perform the high-light of the Festival, the "Water-Pouring" ritual at the great "brazen altar of burnt offering."
JESUS - YESHUA - IS STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE GREAT PILLARS, WATCHING. He is the eternal Ben-Elohim, Son of God - HaDavar - the Logos; the Living Word that became flesh, Who spoke the Torah at Mount Sinai for the observance of the Festival. Now, He stands in Person to view His own ordained Feast of Tabernacles!
Immediately following the Levitical Choirs singing the Hallel Psalms, accompanied by wind, string and percussion instruments - on the last echo of the crescendo - His Voice burst forth in a compassionate cry:
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. - John (Yochanan) 7:37-39
The International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem, celebration during the Feast of Tabernacles

Since 1948, the State of Israel has protected the Holy Places of all religions, and encouraged tourists. Something very significant happened in 1980 when the Knesset declared officially Jerusalem as the "undivided, eternal capital of the State of Israel."

As a result of that proclamation, 13 foreign embassies closed their doors and withdrew from the Holy City. A number of Christians living in Israel had already made plans for an international Christian celebration during the Feast of Tabernacles - Sukkot.

On September 30, 1980, one thousand Christians from 23 nations formed themselves into "THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY. JERUSALEM." As Mayor Teddy Kollek unveiled the Embassy plaque outside the Embassy, he said that this was "a great day for Jerusalem." The International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem defines what it is:

The Embassy does not represent any government, denomination, church organization, Christian businessmen, group or political party. It does represent the concern of millions of Bible-believing Christians who love and honour the Jewish people and who wish to obey the will of God concerning them.
Since 1980, Christians in affiliation with the Embassy have defended the Jewish people on every front: the plight of Jews in Russia has been spoken to; anti-Semites have heard their answers; anti-Zionist charges in the United Nations have an answer; nations are encouraged to buy Israeli products and plant trees in Israel, and so forth. The Christian Embassy has earned great credibility with the Government and the people of Israel. Every year they join with Israel in their celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.

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