The Fallen Sukkah of David

Sukkot 5782

“In that day I will raise up David’s fallen sukkah.”

  • Amos 9:11, Tree of Life Version

“‘Have you heard when Bar Nafle [the son who is fallen] will come?’ ‘Who is Bar Nafle?’ he asked. ‘Messiah,’ he answered, ‘Do you call Messiah Bar Nafle?’ ‘Even so,’ he rejoined, ‘as it is written, in that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David ha-nofeleth [that is fallen].’”

  • Talmud, Sanhedrin 96b-97a

The Talmud associates Messiah with the “fallen sukkah of David,” that will be restored at the beginning of the Messianic Era. Yet, why is the Messiah referred to as Bar Nafle, the son who is fallen? How can he be fallen, unless he was already standing? The following verse may shed light on these questions:  “Messiah will be cut off and have nothing. Then the people of a prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary” (Daniel 9:26, TLV). This verse shows that he lived amongst his brethren; yet, he died shortly before the destruction of the second Temple. His plight is connected to the Temple; he will return to reign in Jerusalem after the Third Temple is built.

The fallen Sukkah of David also represents the actual current time of exile, when no Temple exists. Yet, the Sukkah of David will be restored, when the Temple is rebuilt, and Moshiach is anointed. The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will be poured out upon the people at that time. Yet, even now, those who will receive Yeshua HaMoshiach, and abide in his words, will also receive guidance and consolation through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).

“The words of the Prophets agree, as it is written: ‘After this I will return and rebuild the fallen tabernacle of David. I will rebuild its ruins and I will restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the L’rd— namely all the Gentiles who are called by My name— says AD’NAI, who makes these things known from of old.’”  

– Acts 15:15-18, Tree of Life Version

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