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Post  Admin on Wed 16 Dec 2009, 3:17 pm

The lights of Chanukkah was not an ancient celebration pointing to the
LORD MESSIAH JESUS; they were added after HIS death to point back to the
ONE WHO alone is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. HIS light lasts forever,
whereas the lights of Chanukkah only shine for a few days each year.

In John 10:22-23, the ANOINTED ONE, YESHUA was at the Temple where the
Feast of Dedication (Chanukkah) was being observed. The LORD JESUS had
said of HIMSELF, "I AM the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, he that follows ME shall
not walk in darkness, but shall have the LIGHT OF LIFE." [John 8. 12]
"As long as I AM in the world, I AM the LIGHT OF THE WORLD." [John 9. 5]
"Are there not 12 hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he
stumbles not, because he sees the Light." [John 11. 9] "Yet a little
while is the LIGHT with you, walk while you have the LIGHT, lest
darkness come upon you." [John 12. 35]

The GLORY OF GOD shone out of the Temple -- the GLORY OF GOD shone out
"EVERLASTING LIGHT." HIS light defeats darkness. So, even when we go to
the grave, we will experience an even greater light because we will be
with GOD. As it is written, "GOD is LIGHT, and in HIM is no darkness at
all." [1 John 1. 5] We should not worship before the candles of the
Chanukkah Menorah, but only before ALMIGHTY GOD HIMSELF, the ONE WHO was
the LIGHT, then performed the miracle of the lights. "YAH is my LIGHT
and my SALVATION" [Psalms/Tehillym) 27. 1], and "I will also make you
(Israel) for a light, an agent of good fortune, to the nations, that MY
salvation may reach unto the ends of the earth." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 49.
6 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The Jewish Festival of Chanukkah is celebrated on the eve of Kislev 24.
The month of Kislev is the same as the month of December. The
significance that YESHUA ha'MASHIACH gave to Chanukkah, is perhaps the
reason the church chose December 25 for CHRISTmas Day. It is the Day to
testify of the fact that in the birth of CHRIST JESUS, DEITY was
dwelling in a HUMAN TEMPLE and shining out to give LIGHT in the midst of
darkness. The birth of our BLESSED REDEEMER, is the dedication of the
TRUE TEMPLE which is the body of JESUS. MESSIAH YESHUA told us that we
are the light of the world and the salt of the earth; which is true as
the HOLY SPIRIT reveals MESSIAH as the ALMIGHTY LORD GOD through our

Chanukkah tells us that, as believers, we are to be in the world, but
not part of it. We can live as more than conquerors. We can be
separated in holiness and dedication. We are to be lights to the world
as a testimony to our MIRACLE-WORKING HOLY GOD. Amen

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
The 4th Light is the Light of Mercy. Cruelty hardens the heart and
destroys friendship. "Do justice, and love mercy, and walk humbly after
your GOD." Truly, the LORD is exceptionally good, HIS mercy is eternal,
HIS faithfulness and truth is for all generations.
Happy Chanukkah Everyone! Walk boldly in the light and warmth of GOD'S
compelling love. And, may the HOLY ONE fill you with HIS perfect peace,
wonderful joy and indescribable happiness.

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is praying for the return of Messiah
Jesus and His Kingdom.

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Antiochus enacted a series of harsh decrees against the Jews. Jewish worship was forbidden; the SCROLLS OF THE LAW were confiscated and burned. Sabbath rest, circumcision and the dietary laws were prohibited under penalty of death. Even one of the respected elders of that generation, Rabbi Eliezer, a man of 90, was ordered by the servants of Antiochus to eat pork so that others would do the same. When he refused they suggested to him that he pick up the meat to his lips to appear to be eating. But Rabbi Eliezer refused to do even that and was put to death.

There were thousands of others who likewise sacrificed their lives. The following is a famous story told of Hannah and her seven son's courage happened at that time. They were arrested and compelled to eat swine's flesh and thereby assent to the pagan sacrifice. One by one, when they refused to yield, they were tortured.

The first son had his extremities cut off, was scalped, had his tongue cut out, and still refused to eat pig. Finally he was boiled alive.

The second son had the skin stripped from his head, and still refused to eat pig. He exclaimed to Antiochus, "In-human fiend, you may discharge us from this present life, but the KING OF THE WORLD will raise us up, since it is for HIS Laws that we die, to live again forever."

Then, third son held out his arms for dismemberment saying, "It was the GOD OF HEAVEN that gave me these limbs; for the sake of HIS Laws I disdain them; from HIM I hope to receive them again."

When the third son died, the fourth son was tortured. He cried, "Ours is the better choice, to meet death at men's hands, yet relying on ELOHIYM'S promise that we shall be raised up by HIM; whereas for you there can be no resurrection, no new life."

As they tortured the fifth son, he said, "Do not think that our race has been deserted by YEHOWAH. Only wait, and you shall see in your turn how HIS mighty power will torment you and your race."

The sixth son died with the words, "We are suffering like this through our own fault, having sinned against ELOHEY, but do not think you yourself will go unpunished for attempting to make war on YEHOWAH."

Finally the seventh son died with the following words: "Our brothers already, after enduring their brief pain, now drink of ever-flowing life, by virtue of YEHOWAH'S covenant, while you, by the ALMIGHTY'S judgment, will have to pay the just penalty for your arrogance. I too, like my brothers, surrender my body and life for the Laws of my ancestors, calling upon ELOHEY to show HIS kindness to our nation, and that soon."

Ultimately, Hannah, their Mother was also put to death. All steadfastly refused deliverance in hope of the resurrection.

THE MACCABEES: In a little village 15 miles NW of Jerusalem, a priest named Mattathias and his five sons rebelled. Before his death, Mattityahu called his sons together and urged them to continue to fight in defense of GOD'S TORAH. He asked them to follow the counsel of their brother Shimon-the-Wise. In waging warfare, he said, their leader should be Yehuda-the-Strong. Yehuda was called "Maccabee (means: hammer)" - a word composed of the initial letters of the four Hebrew words "Mi Komocho bo'Eilim ha'Shem -- Who is like unto YOU, O GOD."

Under the leadership of the oldest son, Judah Maccabee, they launched a guerrilla-style war against Antiochus Epiphanies and his army. Its purpose was to force the Syrians out of Israel and restore worship to YEHOWAH. Mattathias killed all the traitors and then killed the Syrian commissioners. After a 3-year struggle, the Jews drove the Syrian army out of the Promised Land. Their rallying cry from Matthias was "Let everyone who has a fervor for the Law take his stand on the Covenant and come out and follow me. Let us fight unto death in defense of our souls and our Temple!" [1 Maccabees 2. 27 – 28] In other words, "return and obey the VOICE OF THE LORD your GOD, and do all HIS commandments. For the LORD your GOD is a COMPASSIONATE GOD; HE will not fail you nor will HE let you perish; HE will not forget the covenant which HE made on oath with your fathers." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 4. 29 - 31 Tanakh, Torah]

Exactly 3 years to the very date after the Temple was desecrated, the 24th of Kislev, the triumphant Jews made their entrance into the TEMPLE OF GOD and re-dedicated it to the service of YEHOWAH ELOHEY.

In the LORD'S TEMPLE, the priests were to leave a light burning in obedience to the command of GOD MOST HIGH, "Command the children of Israel to bring you pure beaten olive oil for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. In the Tabernacle of Meeting, outside the veil, which is before the Ark OF THE Covenant, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before YEHOWAH. It shall be a decree forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel throughout the ages." [Exodus (Shemot) 27. 20 - 21 Tanakh, Torah] When the Maccabees prepared to rekindle the Menorah to re-dedicate the Temple of ELOHEY which had been spoiled by the enemy, they discovered only one single jar of olive oil buried beneath the ruins with the seal of the High Priest still intact on its lid. This was tragic because the Jewish people could not carry out YEHOWAH'S command as there was only enough oil to burn one day.

For olive oil to be dedicated for use in the Lamp, it was to be made by the High Priest and sealed with his seal after being sanctified (set apart) for 7-days; then on the 8th day it was "Holy to the LORD." [Exodus/Shemot 29. 37; Leviticus/Vayikra 12. 3; Ezekiel/Yehezke-El 43. 26 – 27; 2 Chronicles/Dibre Hayamin Bet 29. 17] According to the Jewish tradition, "nes gadol haya shem (a Great Miracle happened there)" . . . the small flask of oil lasted for a full EIGHT DAYS! {In Jerusalem, they say: "Nes Gadol Haya Po -- a Great Miracle happened here (Jerusalem)."}

. . . to be continued

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Be blessed as we bid farewell to Shabbat! May the ALMIGHTY ONE, WHO separates the holy from the secular, forgive our sins and grant us a good week as we continue in HIS service!!
The 2nd Light of Chanukah is the LIGHT of TORAH. Israel's BOOK OF LAW: The Commandment is a Lamp and the Law is a Light.
May mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. And, may you share wonderful holy-days together with friends and family.
Our prayer, also, is that the flame of the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH burn brightly in your hear as you share HIS light with others. Happy Chanukkah!


The 24th of Kislev was important to Israel years before the Maccabees
memorialized it with Chanukkah. It was the day that "The FOUNDATION was
laid for the LORD'S Temple." [Haggai/Chagai 2. 18 - 19] It was also a
day when victory was promised to the Children of Israel, the ETERNAL ONE
said, "Speak to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah: I am going to shake
the heavens and the earth. And I will overturn the thrones of kingdoms
and destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathens. I will
overturn chariots and their drivers. Horses and their riders shall fall,
each by the sword of his brother -- for I have chosen you and will bring
you close to ME, says the LORD OF HOSTS." [Haggai (Chagai) 2. 21 - 23
Tanakh, Nevi'im] {Special Note: Zerubbabel is the center of the
MESSIANIC Line and like a signet, seals both branches together. . .
obedience: present blessing; promise: future blessing.}

This Day now celebrated as Chanukkah was "A Day of Faith." It was in
the dead of winter, food was scarce [Haggai/Chagai 2. 16-17] it seemed
as if the ALMIGHTY had forsaken HIS people. Yet, the LORD said, "from
this Day, I will send you blessings." Haggai looked forward to the
harvest (Succoth - Feast of Ingathering/Booths) which was nine months
away. [Haggai/Chagai 2. 19]

Was MESSIAH YESHUA, therefore, conceived on Chanukkah; born on Yom
Kippur, and circumcised the 8th day in the middle of the Feast of
Tabernacles? "The WORD was made flesh and tabernacled among us." [John
1. 14] JESUS announced Jubilee at the beginning of HIS ministry. [Luke
4. 16 - 21] HE died as the Passover LAMB. [1 Corinthians 5. 7] On
Chanukkah, HE plainly said that HE was the MESSIAH. [John 10. 22 - 25]
On Pentecost, JESUS sent HIS SPIRIT "to guide you into all TRUTH." [John
16. 13] Maybe soon, on some Feast of Trumpets, the LORD YESHUA will
come for all who believe in HIM. [1 Thessalonians 4. 13 - 18] On the
following Day of Atonement, "HE will turn ungodliness from Jacob and
take away their sins, and so all Israel will be saved." [Romans 11. 26 -
27] "Then the Kingdom will be set up, Israel will be re-gathered, and
ALL the nations shall go up from year to year to bow low and worship the
KING, the LORD OF HOSTS, and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles
(Booths)." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 14. 16 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The MIGHTY LORD GOD delivered Israel to fulfill the promise through
Haggai, HE delivered Israel in the days of the Maccabees, and HE is able
to deliver Israel in this day. When things look the worst, when you see
these things, know that the LORD JESUS is near, even at the door.
[Matthew 24. 33]

Josephus, the Jewish historian, was the first person to make lighting
one candle for each of the 8 Days. . . calling it the Feast of LIGHT.
The custom of lighting the candles originated sometime shortly after the
earthly life of MESSIAH YESHUA, and continues to this very day.

. . . to be continued

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
The 3rd Light is the Light of Justice. No nation can endure who is
unjust to the weakÂ…"Justice, always justice shall you pursue!"
Happy Chanukkah! Our prayer for each of you is to have firsthand
knowledge of our living salvation through our GREAT MESSIAH, KING JESUS
WHO'S birth we celebrate this season.

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It is easier for one to raise a myriad of olive trees in Galilee than to
bring up one child in the Land of Israel. [MIDRASH Raba]

Chanukkah means dedication. It is the Jewish Festival celebrating the
Maccabees' victory over the Syrian army in 165 BCE (Before Common Era/BC
-- Before CHRIST).

The Feast of Dedication, Chanukah, celebrates two miracles: First, the
victory of a small greatly-outnumbered army of Jews (the Maccabees) over
the strong and forceful Greek army. The Jews had taken their stand for
their faith, their GOD, and their way of life. . . and won! The
Maccabees drove the Greeks from the Promised Land, reclaimed the Holy
Temple in Jerusalem (which had been desecrated by the Seleucids) and
rededicated it to the service of YEHOWAH ELOHEY.

The second miracle was that of the Menorah and the light that burned for
eight days (which should have lasted only one day), allowing a ritually
pure oil to be made as prescribed by those assigned to do so. Having
the Menorah lit continually in the Temple was extremely important to
worship the GREAT GOD OF HEAVEN as HE instructed.

Alexander the Great once conquered all the countries around the
Mediterranean Sea, creating a vast Greek Empire. At the age of 33, he
died broken-hearted, feeling that he had conquered all that was worth
conquering. Wherever the Greek army went, Greek culture, language and
religion were forced upon the population known as "Hellenism."

After Alexander died, the Greek Empire was divided among his generals:
Antigonus received Asia; Ptolemy, Egypt; Seleucus obtain Babylon;
Lysimachus acquired Hellespont; and Cassander took over Macedonia.
There were wars back and forth continually for years.

At the time of the Maccabees, Antiochus Epiphanies (means: the deified
god) ruled Syria and Ptolemy ruled Egypt. These two warred over the
holy land. Antiochus launched a military campaign against Egypt in
order to bring all of Israel under Syrian dominion. They imposed
Hellenistic culture and religion on all they conquered with a vengeance.
The Syrians were incredibly barbaric, even the Greek language was
imposed upon the people they conquered. It was forbidden to study
TORAH, observe Shabbat, use the Hebrew language or perform circumcision.
Circumcised baby boys were killed and the mothers were forced to carry
the dead infants hanging from their necks. Jews were given the choice
to give up Judaism or die, often by torture; pagan temples were built
throughout Israel. Then they plundered and desecrated the Temple of
ELOHEY on the 24th of Kislev 168 BCE.

The soldiers even sacrificed a swine on the Temple Altar, the HOLY TORAH
was spattered with pig blood and cut into pieces, then burned. Then
Antiochus committed the ultimate offense -- on the birthday of Zeus,
which is the month of Kislev (December) 24. Antiochus had his soldiers
erect an idol of Zeus Olympus, the Greek's supreme deity, in the
Holy of Holies of the Temple of GOD. Not surprisingly, the idol bore
the face of Antiochus himself. He demanded that the people bow down to
worship his idol god. {As described in Daniel/Danyel 9. 27; 11. 30-31;
Matthew 24. 15–17} Many Jews would not give allegiance to a heathen
deity, and as many as 80,000 people chose to die rather than commit

. . . to be continued

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Welcoming Sabbath the Bride of the Week and the First Light of
Chanukkah. Let us celebrate the Bride-of-the-Week by removing ourselves
from the ordinary and enter the holiness of Shabbat.
The 8-Nights of Chanukkah start tonight at sundown, December 11th this
year. Prepare to enjoy the Festival of Lights!!!
The 1st Light tells us of HIM WHOSE first command was, "Let there be
light." The darkness of idol worship and immorality was scattered when
Israel brought radiant knowledge of one GOD. May you grow daily in the
richness and blessings of knowing HIM, WHO is CREATOR GOD, the LIGHT of
the world.
The ETERNAL ONE is the revealed SOURCE of Israel's Light: "YEHOWAH went
before them in a Pillar of Cloud by day, to guide them along the way,
and in a Pillar of Fire by night, to give them LIGHT, that they might
travel day and night. The Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire
by night did not depart from before the people." [Exodus/Shemot
13:21-22] "The LIGHT OF ISRAEL will be for a fire and HIS HOLY ONE a
flame." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 10:17]

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is praying for the return of Messiah
Jesus and His Kingdom.
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