Sometimes you will hear that the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is an eight day feast. Technically, the last day of Sukkot is Hosanna Rabbah, which is the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Please refer to https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/tabernacles-the-great-salvation/. However, there is an eighth day of assembly called Shemini Atzeret.
“On the eighth day you shall hold a solemn gathering (atzeret); you shall not work at your occupation” (Numbers 29:35). The rabbis interpret this verse to mean that God asks all who make a pilgrimage for the Feast of Tabernacles (go up to Jerusalem either physically or spiritually) to tarry (atzeret) with Him one additional day. That’s how much the Lord our God loves to spend time with His people.
Therefore, Shemini Atzeret is the day after seven or the eighth day. Seven measures a complete unit of time; thus, the eighth day is the day after time. It represents both the promise of redemption and the actual moment of it.
Can you hear Him? Is He telling us: Come away My Beloved. Remain with Me (atzeret) an extra day – a time beyond time.
~ Robin Main
Copyright October 5, 2015 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main
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