The temporary dwelling places (sukkot) built during the Feast of Tabernacles remind God’s people of the clouds of glory that surrounded Is-real during their wanderings through the desert on their way to the Promised Land: “And the Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night” (Exodus 13:21 NAS).
It was a miraculous life. As His people journeyed through the wilderness, their clothes never ever wore out. Image that for a moment. Forty years of walking in a hot and dry land, and your shoes look and feel perfect. It sounds like a heavenly foreshadow of “who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning on her Beloved?” (SS 8:5).
Everyone who desires to be part of His Pure and Spotless Bride has wilderness experiences. Everyone. Notice how there is a fairly quick transition from the High Holy Days – Days of Awe – with their somber mood of repentance and judgment to one of rejoicing and celebration. Tabernacles with its command to build a sukkah (plural sukkot) and make it their home is not called “The Season of Our Joy” for nothing. Rejoicing and joy is intimately connected to the Bride of Christ: “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10 NKJV).
It is not a coincidence that the period between the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is the same period that marks the beginning of the construction of God’s Tabernacle – the Mishkan – sanctuary in the desert (Exodus 25:8-9). According to Hebraic Tradition, Moses ascended Mount Sinai the second time for 40 days and nights to receive the second set of tablets. He carried them down the mountain as a sign of God’s forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf on Yom Kippur. These Ten Commandments were in actuality a marriage contract with Is-real. The following day Moses told the people about God’s instructions for building a Dwelling Place (Exodus 35-36:1-7).
Therefore, the various iterations of God’s Dwelling Place are connected to His marriage contract. What was promised at Sinai is being realized in our day. In this Kingdom Day, we as His Living Stones, are being built into the greatest Dwelling Place of all – the New Jerusalem where: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be their God… Come here, I will show you the Bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Revelation 21:3,9b).
~ Robin Main
Copyright October 2, 2015 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main
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