What is the Feast of Tabernacles?

The Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishri (late September to late October on the Western calendar). It is one of the three Biblical celebrations when Jews made pilgrimages to the temple in Jerusalem.

The holiday lasts seven days, immediately followed by an eighth day of holy convocation, referred to in John 7:37 as “the last day, the great day of the feast,” when Jesus cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” Leviticus 22:33-44 records God’s instructions to Moses about the Feast of Tabernacles, or booths.

The boot, or sukkah, is intended as a reminiscence of how the Israelites lived during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. Throughout the holiday, the sukkah becomes the living quarters, and all meals are eaten in it.

According to Zechariah 14:16-19, there will come a time when all the nations will be required to go up to Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles to worship the Lord. Many Christians believe this will be during the millennial time of Christ’s visible reign on the earth (Revelation 20:4-6).