The Eighth Day (called Shemini Atzeret in Hebrew, literally meaning "eight assembly") is first mentioned in connection to the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) in Leviticus 23:36-44
“For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
Beside the sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the Lord.
Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.
And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.
The Eighth Day is also mentioned in Numbers 29:35; 2 Chronicles 7:9; and Nehemiah 8:18.
JESUS CELEBRATED THIS DAY
Jesus was in Jerusalem celebrating the 8th great day after Sukkot when He told us that the Holy Spirit would live in those who believe in Him!
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-39
SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The first seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles represents the first 6000 years of humanity on earth, and the 7th day is Millenial Sabbath where Jesus reigns. The 8th Great Day is the culmination of EVERYTHING. The final judgement, where each of our eternities is determined! It is a CELEBRATION for those who live in Messiah! Not so much for those who don't. Scripture says it's a celebration forever throughout our generations. We celebrate because we know and serve Him. The whole feast is a celebration of our marriage covenant with Him, and our coming wedding, and the 8th day is us looking forward to our happily ever after....
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:11-12). Did you celebrate our wedding rehearsal with the Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Great Day? If you'd be interested in more blogs about celebrating the biblical feast days, just leave a comment so I know to write more about them! YWHW bless you and yours in Jesus!