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The Otherworldly Fire of Hanukkah PDF Print E-mail
Written by Victoria Radin   

The twenty-fifth day of Kislev is the Festival of Hanukkah, a/k/a the Festival of Lights. This Festival lasts for eight days. The Hanukkah Menorah is different than the Menorah that was in the Temple. It has nine branches instead of seven; it is called the Hanukkiyah, which loosely translated means ‘to begin again with G-d’. One of the branches sits higher than the others and is called the Shammash or Servant Candle. The Shammash lights all others. The oil lamps or candles are lit at twilight. The Hebrew sages say this points to the twilight of history.

The G-d-given traditions of Hanukkah are filled with prophetic insight and Messianic symbolism. The Rabbis say that Hanukkah is meant to serve as an introduction and preparation for the future redemption of Israel when the Messiah will come to transform the DARKNESS of the world into the LIGHT of the Messiah’s Reign on earth. Hanukkah is meant to draw the participants into the Bible’s final prophetic unfolding of the final deliverance from the final galut. (exile from G-d).

Hanukkah was established as a Festival after the defeat of the Greek/Syrian Antiochus Epiphanes who sought to erase Judaism in the land of Israel. Antiochus forbade the celebration of the Sabbath (the sign between man and G-d). He forbade circumcision (the sign of G-d’s covenant with the Jewish people). He forbade the New Moon Celebration (the way the Feasts of the L-rd were determined). He also stopped all sacrifices and worship at the Temple of G-d. On the 15th of Kislev, 168 BCE, Antiochus sacrificed a pig on the bronze altar of sacrifice, desecrating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, sparking a rebellion among the Jews.

Israel formed a small ‘army’ to fight against Antiochus’ soldiers. Under the leadership of Mattathias the Maccabee, Israel defeated the Syrian forces exactly three years after the Temple of G-d was polluted. The Israelites began to repurify the Temple but could find only one small cruse of unprofaned oil, which would have been sufficient to keep the Temple Menorah lit for one day. It was lit on the 25th of Kislev and miraculously remained lit for eight days. It is believed that the light that emanated from the Menorah was Otherworldly Fire, or Primordial Light.

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The Night That Light Came Into The World PDF Print E-mail
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Every momentous event in the history of G-d’s redemption is and will be marked by a Feast Day (moed). The initial celebration of The Festival of Lights (Hanukkah) occurred when the lights of the Menorah in the Temple stayed lit for eight days even though there was not enough of the natural oil to keep them burning. The supernatural oil that kept them burning was the Holy Spirit of G-d. This event was pointing to a crucial step in the redemption of mankind that would take place on the same day, the 25th of Kislev, the day that Miriam (Mary) was approached by the angel Gabriel to announce that she was chosen to be the one to carry the Seed of G-d (Genesis 3:15) and give birth to the Messiah.

Hanukkah is a celebration of courage, dedication to G-d and the supernatural acts of the Holy Spirit. In the events leading to the first celebration, the Maccabees were led by the zeal of G-d to take back the Temple from enemy invaders. Although they were few in number and strength, G-d filled them with a supernatural courage to overcome a powerful army. This led to the cleansing of the Temple on the 25th of Kislev, its rededication to G-d, and the 'miracle of the oil' mentioned above.

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of the 18th of December, which begins the 25th day of the ninth month in the year 5783 of the Hebrew calendar.  This is the night during which our Savior was conceived, the night that the "Seed of Light", Yeshua, was placed in Miriam's womb by the Holy Spirit of G-d. The placement of this Seed was the foundation of the L-rd's earthly Temple, Yeshua, that would grow in Mary's womb and be manifested as the Light of the World.

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The Journey PDF Print E-mail
Written by Victoria Radin   

The Journey

What Does it Mean to be a Follower of Yeshua

 

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

 

From the beginning of His ministry on earth, Yeshua warned that following Him and remaining with Him would be difficult.

 

“Enter at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who are going through it, because small is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”Matthew 7:13-14

 

 “Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels. –Luke 9:23-26

 

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