Speak to the children of Israel, saying: “The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD.”
The Feast of Tabernacles is the sixth of God’s seven annual festivals. It is observed on the 15th day of the seventh month (according to the Hebrew calendar). Since the Hebrew calendar is a lunar-based calendar, the 15th day (middle day) of the month is a full moon in September or October on the calendar most use today.
This festival begins at sunset and lasts for seven days. This first day is a holy day. The Bible then commands a separate festival on the eighth day (the Last Great Day). The Last Great Day, the final festival of God’s annual holy day season, is on the 22nd day of the seventh month.
The Feast of Tabernacles is a positive festival. Deuteronomy 16:15 provides God’s instruction for how this festival is to be observed: “Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.” This festival is to be held where God chooses (meaning we usually travel to it) and is a time of rejoicing.
This festival points forward to the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
To learn more about this great festival and what it means, read “The Feast of Tabernacles: A Bountiful Harvest.”