This issue of TJCII for You will feature an article written by Rabbi Dr. Seth Klayman whose doctoral dissertation focused on Sukkot during the second Temple period with an emphasis on Zechariah 14. This brilliant article will not only bring light to your understanding of TJCII but will encourage you to continue walking the walk of faith in Yeshua our Messiah.
The stepping-stones of salvific history are both personal and universal. According to the Biblically appointed times, we can understand that personal redemption (salvation) begins with Passover – the deliverance from Egypt when every individual of the family of Israel made the choice to apply lamb’s blood to their dwellings in order to realize their deliverance. If individuals outside of Israel’s descendants (aliens, mixed multitude, foreigner) desired the deliverance from G0D’s judgment over Egypt they could join Israel by faith…many did (see Exod.12).
The story of Passover contains a striking resemblance to the description of individual salvation in the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) found especially in Ephesians 2:11-16. Those individuals estranged from the Messiah who apply the blood of Yeshua (the Lamb of G0D) will enter the “commonwealth” of Israel and become “one new man” with Israel’s faithful remnant in Yeshua!
The second of the shalosh regalim (Israel’s three pilgrimage festivals, Exod.23:14) is the festival of Shavuot – Christians call this holiday “Pentecost.” Holding to the theme above, the Jewish community associates this festival with the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Christians associate Pentecost with the giving of the Holy Spirit. Both the Torah and the Spirit are prominent essentials mentioned in the Bible.
The third and final of Israel’s festivals is the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles), which marks the time when Israel wandered through the wilderness while living in tents. During that time the presence of G0D was in the midst of Israel.
According to the Prophet Zechariah all the Nations of the earth will come up to Jerusalem during the Feast of Sukkot. The final stage of salvific history is the realization of G0D’s presence among us in our Messiah Yeshua.
The healing and restoration of Jews and Gentiles in the Body of Messiah may be a key to our hope in Yeshua’s return as the King of kings.
By Rabbi Marty Waldman