The Feast of Tabernacles is an eight-day Biblical pilgrimage festival, also known as the Feast of Booths, the Festival of Tabernacles, or Tabernacles. it is celebrated by a small number of Christians who have revived some Old Testament festivals. Among followers, it is one of the most important holy days as it lasts the longest and normally requires a great deal of preparation and travel to be able to attend. It is celebrated on the 15th of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar (October), the same date of the Jewish festival Sukkot, with which it shares its origin. The Feast of Tabernacles is a great Holy Day.
The issue of how non Israeli Christians related to Israeli Christians was a very serious issue in the early church. Jesus and all his first followers were Israeli. However, from the Biblical evidence, only a short time elapsed before non-Israeli people became convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. For Gentiles (races) coming to Adamic Messiah, the issue of what was essential for them to adopt and what was [legitimate but] optional Israeli custom amongst the Israeli followers of Jesus Christ came to the fore. It is significant that the Israeli Apostle Paul himself kept the Feast of Tabernacles. As it is noted in Acts 18:21:
The seven day Feast of Tabernacles is immediately followed by a separate festival, on the eighth day, called the Last Great Day based on these verses in John 7:37-38:
The Living Church of God states this about the eighth day of the feast:
Most of the groups that observe the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day that follows it are in basic agreement with the statements quoted from the Living Church of God. Most who do not observe it (the vast majority of the Christian world) have varying opinions on the possible meanings, but do not consider that this festival is highly relevant for Christians.
Nothing transcends the Sabbath except for Christ.
Most ministers do not limit their observance to Jerusalem, but observe it in several hundred places around the world.
The vast majority of the Christians celebrate this event every Sunday and it is the very essence of the faith.
There was a feast on the eighth day after Tabernacles began. It was the end date – the leave-taking of the Feast of Tabernacles. It completed the feasts of the seventh month as well (A memorial of Trumpets (seventh month): New Year (Lv 23:23); The Day of Atonement [the seventh month] (Lv 23:26); & the Feast of Tabernacles [seventh month] (Lv 23:33).
This final day was the consummation, or great high point, of the feast. It was the eighth day – the first day of the season of rest. The day itself was to be a complete rest; no work whatever was to be done. The planting, the cultivating, and the harvesting had all been accomplished. Now it was time to rest.
That eighth day was a type of the new creation – the day that never ends – the day “when all our labors and trials are over.” It is the day of the establishment of the eternal kingdom of God in its fullness. All is completed. All is renewed. All is at rest. The true New World has begun. It is the fulfillment of the work of Christ for us.
Definition of Tabernacle/Sanctuary: The Holy of Holies or Most Holy Place - The place in the Old Testament Tabernacle or Temple, containing the Ark of the Covenant, the dwelling place of God. Only the high priest could enter the Most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement, but now our high priest Jesus Christ has entered the Most Holy Place on the Day of His Ascension, 40 days after His Resurrection (Acts 1:9-11).