The Feast of Tabernacles is an eight-day celebration every fall. This year it is from Oct. 4 (at sunset) through Oct. 12 (at sunset). It is also called Sukkot, which is a Hebrew word referring to the temporary dwellings the Israelites lived in on their way to the Promised Land (sukkah is the singular form). During this time of the year, the Jewish people build a sukkah and rejoice.
The Feast of Tabernacles has past and future meanings for believers in Christ. First of all, Jesus came down to earth and lived in a tabernacle! “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The Greek word translated as “taberna” is skenoo, and it can also refer to the sukkah. Christ came down and dwelt in a human body so that humanity could have fellowship with God. Jesus actually celebrated this festival while He was on earth (see John 7).