I listened to Pastor Mark Biltz last evening (Live Streaming) sharing on Hanukkah or Dedication and how it is connected to end time events. I understand that this is not a Jewish creation but rather a demonstration of Jewish people honoring the dedication of the Temples. Moses, along with his elder brother officiated the dedication of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Solomon officiated perhaps the most spectacular dedication of the Temple that King David designed after having received the plans from Yahweh:
1 Chronicles 28:19 "All this," said David, "I have been made to understand in writing from the hand of Yahweh, even all the works of this pattern."
Jesus or Yeshua stood near Solomon's Porch during the "Feast of Dedication/Hanukkah meaning, He was in the Temple as a participant in this Festival. I have heard various arguments stating that he was separated from the festivities in protest. Well, if this was the case why go to the Temple of the Lord at all? [Readily dismissed by me personally]
John 10:22-23 It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's porch.
[Notice how he was not celebrating his birth!]
Furthermore, we see Jesus or Yeshua attending the Festivals on a regular basis during his entire lifetime [In the Flesh]. I find it extremely sad when researching much of the Christian writings concerning the festivals because virtually all contend that these Festivals were Jewish. The fact of the matter is that none of seven commanded Festivals were Jewish. However, in obedience to the commandments the Jews honored the "Festivals of the Lord"
Leviticus 23:1-2 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, 'The set feasts of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts.
The church, whether Catholic or Christian ended the practices of Yahweh's Festivals killing Jews who participated in honoring God. Before the Greek influence dominated most of the known world others murdered the Jews for practicing what Yahweh commanded as well. The history is replete of an adversarial system allowed to be raised up against God. These are the patterns that help us see what God is doing consistently. [I have written about this for 7 years]
Which brings me to my point today. When a wedding or the concept of a wedding was introduced to mankind via the God of creation so too, was the idea of an invitation. Those who were to actually be involved with the wedding are typically asked to be at the dress rehearsals.
Similarly, during the wedding the groom lifts the veil so that the Bride can see him face to face. Vows are exchanged or in the case of how God wanted weddings to be conducted a Ketubah or legal document was drafted that both Bride and Groom entered into or a covenant agreement.
The home was dedicated insofar as the Groom would pick the Bride up and carry her over the threshold into the home that the Father would prepare for the son. These are not Jewish but rather representative of how they understood God's ways. Much of the Catholic and Christian churches adopted these practices found within Jewish culture but lack the insight as to why they are in Jewish culture.
I find it remarkable that many Christians today have absolutely no idea that a great deal of what we have misinterpreted is a direct affront to God. Possibly one of the biggest is not keeping the dress rehearsals and or HIS commanded Sabbath. We rail against them tenaciously having a very skewed understanding of why they exist in the first place. It has become convenient to say, "Jesus fulfilled the law or we are no longer under the law or the curse of the law" This is done with a horrible misunderstanding due largely to the fact, a taught repulsion to anything JEWISH is cultural among antisemitic theology today. This is practiced openly by believers who have no idea...really, zero idea that this is what they are in deed, espousing! Children are taught to hate racially but to a Christian, many do not realize that we were taught to hate Judaism as well which in turn invalidated an entire people group.
The Church was responsible for maligning the Jewish people, isolating the Jewish people from one place to the next, expelling the Jewish people from one country or another and finally murdering them in a mass execution via Hitler....To the Jews, these were the policies of the CHURCH. Albeit, the Catholic church but Germany was largely Protestant.
So, when we look at Hanukkah or Dedication verses Christmas. Dedication is found throughout the scriptures whereas Christmas is not found anywhere within the word of God. We look at the Jewish people with disdain in disbelief because, THEY DON'T GET IT?"
How do you "Get something" that is not written anywhere by those who wrote the entire Bible?want to know any of this because to them these things are not how they understand them. The fact that this is possibly true does not erase the fact that these very practices are how the God of Creation COMMANDED his beloved Israel to understand them. How can we ignore the dress rehearsals ordained by the Creator concerning the wedding of the Messiah in the coming Temple, to be built by the hand of the Messiah, dedicated by His hand to the Father, and expect to be in the audience?
Many Christians seem to ignore the fact that DECEPTION is just as prevalent within Christendom as it is in Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and ....yes even within the Messianic movement which includes Hebrew Roots.
Daniel 8:25 And through his cunning he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in time of security shall he destroy many; he shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
I would suggest to you that the four beasts that Daniel was eluding to are both those who came after the fall of Alexander the Great and the following http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartet_on_the_Middle_East
QUESTION: How does an anti King rise up within your government when most of the citizenry does not believe in HIM?
The following people represent the pattern of what God is presenting to the world when Israel is not walking in HIS ways. He always raised up an adversary, always!
- Antiocus Epiphanes IV
May God continue to open our understanding and RETURN us to Him
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