Jhn 10:22    And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
Jhn 10:23    And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
In the average Bible this is the only mention of the winter Feast of Dedication (a.k.a Hanukkah). For better understanding one should see this feast/HOLY Day and see how it pointed to The CHRIST, to the miracle of HIS coming to be the Shammus candle or the "servant" candle to light the rest.
 
The first thing that one should really notice about Hanukkah is the timing of events. The event took place during the time we refer to as "The Inter-Testamental Period", that time between the writing of the New and the Old Testaments. During this time is when G_D chose to clean house, so-to-speak! HE uses outsiders to cause the Jews to need to make all things new and to start the Temple over. HE causes them to rededicate The Temple and thus their own spiritual lives to HIM and to the pursuit of worshiping HIM. HE causes them to make all things new! This in turn helps to prepare the way for the coming of The CHRIST, the ANOINTED ONE. Sadly they miss it! They still miss it today!
 
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of re-dedication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, on the Jewish calendar. The months of the Jewish calendar change each year because they are tied to or relate to the cycles of the moon.
 
Hanukkah is probably one of the best-known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. Many non-Jews (and even many assimilated Jews) think of this holiday as the "Jewish Christmas", adopting many of the Christmas customs, such as elaborate gift giving and decoration. It is bitterly ironic that this holiday, which has its roots in a revolution against assimilation and suppression of Jewish religion, has become the most assimilated, secular holiday on our calendar.
 
The story of Hanukkah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Palestine, but allowed the lands under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. Under this relatively benevolent rule, many Jews assimilated much of Hellenistic (better known as Greek) culture, adopting the language, the customs, the dress, etc., in much the same way that Jews in America today blend into the secular American society.
 
More than a century later, a successor of Alexander, Antiochus IV was in control of the region. He began to oppress the Jews severely, placing a Hellenistic priest in the Temple, massacring Jews, prohibiting the practice of the Jewish religion, and desecrating the Temple by requiring the sacrifice of pigs (a non-kosher animal, an animal that could not be touched by a Jew let alone be in the HOLY Temple) on the altar. Two groups opposed Antiochus: a basically nationalistic group led by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son Judah Maccabee, and a religious traditionalist group known as the Chasidim, the forerunners of the Pharisees. They joined forces in a revolt against both the assimilation of the Hellenistic Jews and oppression by the Selucid Greek government of Antiochus IV. The revolution succeeded and the Temple was rededicated.
 
According to tradition, at the time of the re-dedication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah (candelabrum) in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night and provide the necessary light within the Temple. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days. An eight-day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle. Note that the holiday commemorates the miracle of the oil, not the military victory: Jews do not glorify war.
 
The only religious observance related to the holiday is the lighting of candles. The candles are arranged in a candelabrum called a menorah that holds nine candles: one for each night, plus a Shammus (servant) at a different height. On the first night, one candle is placed at the far right. The first candle is then lit using the Shammus candle, and the Shammus candle is placed in its holder. The candles are allowed to burn out after a minimum of 1/2 hour. Each night, another candle is added from the right to the left. Candles are lit from left to right (because you pay honor to the newer thing first).
 
Why the Shammus candle? The Hanukkah candles are for pleasure only; we are not allowed to use them for any productive purpose. We keep an extra one around (the Shammus), so that if we need to do something useful with a candle, we don't accidentally use the Hanukkah candles. The Shammus candle is at a different height (just like Y’shua [JESUS] was “UP” on the cross) so that it is easily identified as the Shammus, as the servant.
 
Y'shua came as the Shammus candle from G_D to serve. HE came to light each day. HE came to take us through the eight days of dedication to G_D and to start the eighth day, the day of new beginnings or the day of new life as is represented in the eighth day.
It was in the eighth day that all things started new on the earth for on the seventh G_D rested from all HIS work.
It is on the eighth day that a male baby is circumcised and dedicated to G_D.
It was on the eighth day that the oil and The Temple were dedicated newly or completely for use only to serve G_D.
 
For the most part we do not consider that Y'shua was actually born during the last couple of days of our current calendar year but nonetheless this is the time for us to celebrate the miracle of HIS birth. This is the time we dedicate as the time of New Beginnings on the earth. This is the time we see as when G_D sent HIS Shammus, HIS Servant to light the way for us to dedicate ourselves to HIM and HIS use. This is the time when G_D is calling us to be conformed into the image of HIS Son (Rom 8:29) and for us to become the servants (1 John 3:2), the Shammus to the rest of the world (Matt 5:15) that through us they would see HIS miracle working hand and clean their houses, their temples, their beings. That they would dedicate anew themselves unto HIM and HIS use!
 
This is the time of The Feast of Dedication!
This is the time of The Shammus, The Servant!
This is the time to light the world and to call them to clean their temples and dedicate their lives to G_D through the life of The CHRIST.
This is the time or the season of miracles!
Isa 66:17      "Those who sanctify and purify themselves {to go} to the gardens, Following one in the center, Who eat swine's flesh, detestable things and mice, Will come to an end altogether," declares the LORD.
Isa 66:18      "For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.
Isa 66:19      "I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coast lands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory among the nations.
Isa 66:20      "Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem," says the LORD, "just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD.
Isa 66:21      "I will also take some of them for priests {and} for Levites," says the LORD.
Isa 66:22      "For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD, "So your offspring and your name will endure.
Isa 66:23      "And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me," says the LORD.
Isa 66:24      "Then they will go forth and look On the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind."
 
As Hanukkah and CHRISTmas approach (see Miracles) we need to be aware that G_D had said that the Gentiles would be called. That they would be chosen to be grafted into the HOLY Olive Tree...
Rom 11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,
 
We need to understand that among all people G_D has called some to take the message of HIS Love for the entire world, to the world! That HE has called those famous Evangelist and Pastors and you to go to the "nations" (gowy {go'-ee} meaning nations or people). To all the people! Your family is made up of "people" (nations, gowy). Where you work there are "people" (nations, gowy). In every apartment, flat, brownstone, condo or house near you there are "people" (nations, gowy). Where you go to school there are "people" (nations, gowy).
Est 4:14 "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?"
Why have you been called or gaffed into the royal family of G_D?
Was it for such a time as this?
Are you the messenger that G_D has placed before your neighbor, the king of his/her own life?
 
Isa 66:20      "Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem," says the LORD, "just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD.
As in the posting about Miracles G_D has set in order HIS HOLY Days to show us the way that we are to come to HIM. That first we must clean the house and then we rededicate it for HIS use so that HE might indwell it as HE fills it with the SPIRIT of HIS Son Y'shua via the indwelling of the HOLY SPIRIT. All of this is done to make of you a Son of G_D...
1Jo 3:2      Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. KJV
Then to make you part of a "Royal Priesthood"...
1 Pet 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR {God's} OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (Caps provided by the NASB other highlighting mine)
HE called you to become a minister of the Gospel not to pay tithes! Not to fill a pew!
 
Eph 4:11       And He gave some {as} apostles, and some {as} prophets, and some {as} evangelists, and some {as} pastors and teachers,
Eph 4:12      for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
HE gave some to fulfill the position of the formal, full time, professional ministry positions but they are there to equip you to do the "work of service".
They, the "full timers", are there to prepare the way!
They are there to prepare you!
You are there to reach out to the "nations"!
You are there to do the work!
What are you doing?
 
Isa 66:22      "For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD, "So your offspring and your name will endure.
Isa 66:23      "And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me," says the LORD.
These that you bring to the LORD will endure before HIM forever. From "New Moon to New Moon" or from month to month and "Sabbath to Sabbath" or week to week all of mankind will bow before HIS throne and worship HIM, forever!
Will you be a part of this?
Will you be bringing a grain offering of the nations before HIM?
HE has declared that HE has prepared some to be priest of all the nations and that they will be there to do their part but will you do your part?
They, the "Full timers" are there to prepare you!
You are there to reach out to the "nations"!
You are there to do the work!
What are you doing?

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