Posted on Oct 2, 2020 | 0 comments

Today is the first day of SUKKOT ~ the Feast of Tabernacles ~ A Feast of Joy.

Our family loves Sukkot – and has embraced the Festivals of the LORD as commanded in the Bible. If you’re asking what this is all about and why we (non-Jews) celebrate it, let me please share a bit of the why.

About 30 years ago, I started on a quest to find the ‘truth’. Back then, didn’t even know what I was searching for … just needed some answers because I was turning 30 and wanted to know ‘is this all there is’? Searching for answers and asking questions can get you in  a lot of trouble, especially if you buck the status quo.

Anyway, one thing led to another (and someday I’ll have to write a full report on it for the grandkids – maybe they’ll be interested), and here I am today, still searching, but with a whole lot more answers. One BIG answer was finding out that God (whom I now call by His Hebrew name, Yahovah) really did mean what He said. Why, He even said it was ‘forever‘ and had given us instructions on how He wanted to be worshiped! My question was, when did forever end?

After 1800 years of doing our own thing, all one had to do was actually read the bible and what do you know – from Genesis to Revelation – He was all about a restored Kingdom, a united Israel. So, how do we figure into that plan, you ask? Well, we figure into that plan quite a bit!

First of all, scripture tells us that there are two houses – remember reading that somewhere? The Northern Kingdom, and the Southern Kingdom.

In a nutshell, the Northern Kingdom was known as Ephraim (or Israel, or even sometimes Samaria) and the  Southern Kingdom was known as Judah. Assyria captured the Northern Kingdom and carried them off to Samaria. Judah and part of Benjamin, the Southern Kingdom, was later conquered by Babylon and carted off there. Judah finally returned to Jerusalem, but Ephraim/Israel never did…and were then considered the lost ten tribes. After Judah returned, the word ‘Jew’ came into existence. However, not all of Israel is from the tribe of Judah. There are eleven other tribes out there. Now, that is NOT to say that EVERYONE is descended from one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Absolutely NOT. Check this out:

KJV Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being IN TIME PAST Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world

Did you catch that?? Read that last part again.

“Aliens from the commonwealth of ISRAEL”!!

What do you understand when you read that? Well, it can only be that NOW we are NOT Aliens and we ARE part of ISRAEL! It’s not about GENEALOGY – it’s about being part of the House! HalleluYAH!

Here’s a few more thought-provoking scriptures:

KJV Exodus 12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

KJV Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that WHOSOEVER shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the REMNANT whom the LORD shall call.

KJV Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

KJV Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Now, after learning that little tidbit, it surely seemed that, well, if we’re part of Israel (grafted in, or of the bloodline), then the House must have rules! That is when I embraced all that Yahovah had written down in His word, perfected in His Son, Messiah Yeshua and perfectly walked out with all the disciples and early believers. Who was I to say they were all wrong and it needed to be changed in the 3rd century to what we have now?

So here I am, many years later, celebrating this first day of Sukkot. Each year is a bit different and this year is not an exception. This year, amid the Covid Crisis plandemic, amid the uncertainty of the upcoming election, amid the total unrest in our country and the divisions among her people, we will all take the next 8 days to immerse ourselves into a time realm not of this world.

This year, two members of our family will not celebrate with us. Our fearless leader, Jim Staley, my husband and father to my sons Jim and Jason will be missing in action for almost two years now. And my son Jason will be celebrating in another time realm as well. Both will be missed but we will continue to rejoice in the NOW and what we have regained. And that is my firstborn son, Jim. Jim was taken from us five years ago this very day … the first day of Sukkot and my grand daughter Sierra’s birthday.We are rejoicing at his return.

Today we come almost full circle, but totally full of JOY that THIS first day of Sukkot has arrived! Our entire family has come to love all the Feast Days of the LORD, but this Feast Day has come to carve out a special place in our hearts. It is an 8 day period with lots of festivities, food and fellowship. This particular Feast Day was the rehearsal for the wedding supper of the Lamb when He returns to marry His bride. And that last day, the 8th day? That would be the Last Great Day, the Rejoicing in the Torah (Simchat Torah) day. All nations, all people will be rejoicing as the Law will go out from Zion and everyone on earth will go for the Feast!

Our times together as a complete and whole family were amazing, but even when we weren’t together each of us separately were blessed. It seems we will have to wait a little bit longer until ALL time is reconciled and becomes ONE TIME ~ and then we will all sit together under one tent again. But I know the wait will be worth it!

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