The Wedding Supper of the Lamb is the main focus of the Feast of Sukkot. It is called “Hillula” or a Feast of Joyful Song and it plays a prominent part in prophecy. In Deut 14.22-29 the Lord describes a meal that will take place in the place he chooses, which would be Jerusalem, at the Feast of Sukkot. The purpose was that God was showing he was going to bring all things he has given to a fullness.
There was a custom at this time called “ushpuzin” which means exalted guests. You were to dwell in a sukkah for 7 days and biblical characters came and ate with you. You would set a plate for Moses, David, Aaron, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was a rehearsal for the wedding supper when we will eat with many biblical characters. Yeshua referred to this in Matt 8.11 where he said that many would come from the east and west and sit and eat with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
There were 2 requirements in the sukkah. The people were to dwell in them. This is seen in 1 Kings 8 where Solomon said that the Lord will dwell with his people, and also in John 1 where it says Yeshua dwelt among us. The other said that you were to eat in it.This is just one of the evidences that Yeshua was born during the feast of Sukkot. There is a Jewish proverb that refers to prophecy as “here now, but not yet” and this is seen through out the scriptures. Num 24.17, Ecc 1.9 and 3.15 convey the same message. For instance, as we have seen in our article on the Shekinah, Ruach and Kivod, Yeshua breathed into the disciples the “shekinah” (presence of God). At Pentecost we see the power coming on the people (Ruach) and at the resurrection we will experience the Kivod (glory).
Heb 6 says that we “taste” of the power of the Olam Haba (world to come) but someday we will have the fullness (or “here now, but not yet”). The concept of the “clouds of heaven” can be found in the scriptures. Heb 11 gives us a list of those who had “emunah” (faith) and this means confidence. Heb 12.1 talks about the “cloud of witnesses” and that is referring back to the Heb 11 list. That is not an exhaustive list, but it carries the idea of who the cloud of witnesses are.
Isa 60.8 asks the question “who are these who fly like a cloud” and we see that Yeshua was received by “a cloud” and this is linked with Heb 12.1. So, there is much more to this concept but believers are the clouds of heaven who return with Yeshua (Dan 7.13; Rev 1.7-8).
This also ties in with the concept of ushpuzin at the feast of Sukkot, and this ties into the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. There will be two types of people in the Kingdom, those with glorified bodies and those who have survived the Tribulation in their natural bodies. Now, the meals in the sukkah are consecrated to God, just like the Sabbath and any other festival. These are called the Lord’s Supper (see article “Lord’s Supper” this site). There will be songs, prayers, themes, teachings, ceremonies, a meal, scriptures and grace after the meal (Deut 8.10). These meals have been called a meal consecrated to God since before Yeshua.
There is a belief by some Christians that the Lord’s Supper was “instituted” by Yeshua at the Last Supper, but that is not true. Every one of these meals point to Sukkot and the Wedding Supper. Yeshua will return in the “second coming” at Yom Kippur. There will be five days till Sukkot. What happens during those five days? Angels will be gathering the unsaved and the saved to Jerusalem. They will be judged, separating the goats from the sheep (Matt 25).
The Bride has returned with him (Rev 1.7-8) and the survivors of the Tribulation (“sheep” in their natural bodies) are seen as the “guests” who are gathered to the wedding feast. Luke 12.35-37 speaks of this wedding feast and that Yeshua will gird himself (like at Passover) and serve. The wedding will take place in Heaven and is one of the themes of Yom Teruah (Rosh ha Shanah). But, the wedding supper will take place at the home of the Bride, which is the Earth.
We see in Matt 22.11-14 that there will be those who will try to enter into the feast, but are not dressed correctly and are thrown out. The believer is gathered to the Wedding Feast after his return. Yeshua taught this at the Last Supper when he said he will drink of the fruit of the vine again in the Kingdom. The unbeliever is gathered to another feast called in Hebrew “Seudah shell Lev’yitan” or the Feast of Leviathan (Ezek 29.1-5; 32.1-6; Rev 19.17-18). Leviathan is a picture of the False Messiah.
Luke 17. 34-37 says that people will be gathered to where the “vulture” is (Feast of Leviathan). This is also a veiled reference to the Roman army, whose symbol was an eagle, who will gather against Jerusalem and the people of Israel soon. In Job 41.1-4, Leviathan is the beast of Rev 13 making a covenant (Dan 9.27). Those who followed the False Messiah will be destroyed when the Lord returns and their bodies will be for the birds of the air and the beasts of the field, using the biblical imagery provided by the above verses in Ezekiel and Revelation.
The truth is, everyone is invited to a banquet. The Wedding Supper will take place on earth for the believer (Isa 25.6) because it is the residence of the Bride. The “guests” will be those who survived the Birth-pains and waited for their master. The Groom will be Yeshua and Moses and Elijah are the friends of the Bridegroom. Those not “dressed” will not be allowed to enter and the Feast of Leviathan awaits them, where they are not served food, but are served as food. All these concepts are associated with the Feast of Sukkot and the Marriage supper of the Lamb.