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2020/9/30 The Feast of Tabernacles

Ron Sawka Ministries

Sept. 30, 2020; Tishrei 12, 5781

“You are to celebrate the festival seven days before the Lord your God in the place he chooses, for he will bless you in all your productivity and in whatever you do; so you will indeed rejoice!” (Deut. 16:15).

The Feast of Tabernacles

Practicing His Presence—Living in His Glory—Becoming His Church

The Feast of Tabernacles is almost here (Oct. 3–10). I feel there is something very special that God wants to do this year.

During the seven days of this feast, the people were to fashion a temporary booth—a tabernacle (sukkot)—using leafy branches. This could be in their garden or on their rooftop, and they were to sort of live in it for the whole week. This would help them remember that it was the Lord who brought them out of Egypt and that He was their source. It would also remind them that He wanted to live with them—to dwell with them.

Because the Lord has so strongly emphasized each of the three major feasts this year, I feel it behooves us to pay close attention to—and to celebrate—the Feast of Tabernacles as much as possible. Here are five points to consider:

1. Have expectation of something very special—Again, each of the three feasts (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles) was very important, but even a cursory glance at their scriptural descriptions should tell us there is something special about the Feast of Tabernacles. For example, Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread required a sacrifice of two bulls daily. Tabernacles, however, required thirteen on the first day, twelve on the second day, and so on, down to seven on the seventh day (see Numbers 29). That is a huge difference. So you can readily see there is something unique or extra special about Tabernacles. Now, if we couple that with the fact that the Lord spoke so powerfully to His body worldwide at Passover (April 2020) and Pentecost (late May 2020), we should expect something very special during this year’s Tabernacles. Let’s stay alert spiritually!

2. Living in the glory of God—It’s interesting that the word used for Moses’s tabernacle is also used to describe those temporary booths/shelters that the people were to erect for one week each year. We know that Moses’s tabernacle was filled with the glory of God. We read, “Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle” (Exod. 40:34). If God’s glory filled Moses’s tabernacle, then surely He wants His glory to fill the other tabernacles as well. We can take this to mean that the Lord wants to put His glory on us and in our homes.

Hopefully you will be able to rig up something to represent a “tabernacle” in your home. If you do, don’t just look at it, but actually try to spend some time in it in each of the seven days. We know that Moses’s face would shine because of his time in the presence of God (2 Cor. 3:7–13). What might happen to you and me? And of course God’s intent is not that this be limited to seven days a year. He wants us to always live in His glory.

3. God’s glory scatters the enemy—We know the cloud of God’s presence was with His people and when it moved then they could move. As they prepared to move, Moses would declare: “Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You.” (Num. 10:35). If the glory of God’s presence comes to our homes (and surely it does and will), then we can expect much breakthrough and many miracles because of it, and not just during the week but also during the whole year.

4. Move only when He moves; rest when He rests—We know that Moses and the camp would only move when the cloud of God’s glory moved. We can expect that as we go through this prophetic act of living in the tabernacle of His glory that we too will increasingly learn to move only when He does. Likewise, just as the cloud rested, we will learn to wait and rest in Him. God is in charge. He wants to do great things through His people. The more we live in His glory, the more we will see those things happen.

5. The next move of God will be highlighted by Him using our homes! “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God’” (Rev. 21:3). We all know God’s intense desire to live with us and to fellowship with us. Most of us have a good understanding of this in our personal relationship with Him. However, something is now coming to the forefront of our understanding that we didn’t quite see before. He wants our homes to be His ecclesia, the place of His ruling and authority. He wants us to invite Him into our homes and expect Him to be there. He wants us to minister in His name. He wants to touch and heal people that come and visit us and to draw them to Himself.

Satan sent the corona virus to derail things. But God is using it to show us the importance of our homes and how much He wants to fill them and use them. We will hear more and more people teaching on this. In the coming move of God, much evangelism will happen from our homes.

Thanks so much for praying!

Ron and Teddy


  • International School of Leadership Ministry (ILSOM)—Last week’s four-day Catch the Fire event held in Sano (with speakers joining in remotely from around the world) was amazing. It was interesting how it coincided with the Hebrew New Year and the Feast of Trumpets. Two main reasons for blowing the shofar are to wake us up to the goodness of God, and to help us notice weaknesses and wrong areas in our lives so that He can deal with them. There was so much healing and advancement during ILSOM. Thank you, Lord.

  • Yarn Alive—We are still in the year of COVID. A slight outbreak in our town led Teddy and the women to halt Yarn Alive activities for the last half of September. The plan is to begin again in October. Thanks for praying and please continue to do so.




















1)ILSOM(インターナショナル・リーダーズ・スクール・オブ・ミニストリー):先週の4日間、佐野で素晴らしいCatch The Fireのイベントがありました。世界中からリモートでスピーカーが繋がりました。へブル暦の新年とラッパの祭りの期間中に開催されたことは興味深いことです。ショファールを吹く2つの理由は:1)私たちを神の良さに目覚めさせるため、2)私たちの弱さや間違ったところを表し、神が対処するためです。ILSOMの期間中、多くの癒しと前進がありました。主よ、感謝します。