FEAST OF ILLUMINATION [HANUKAH]

BY:  JOHN LEWIS

NOVEMBER 26, 2000

HISTORY

WHAT MEANETH THIS?

MORE HISTORY

MIRACLE OF LIGHT

INTERESTING NUMBERS

THE 8TH FEAST

MENORAH

THE 8TH CHURCH?

PHOTOPHOBIA

DEDICATION AND ILLUMINATION

THE VICTORIOUS HORSEMAN

BEHIND THE SCENES

COUNT AND RECOUNT

GIVING IS GOOD

As darkness and confusion seem to hover over the world system and those that are a part of it, we move toward the Feast of Illumination (Lights). The 8 days of this Feast will be celebrated from Dec.22-29, 2000. This is not a Torah Feast/Holiday commanded by God in Leviticus. Rather, this is a Rabbinical Feast later instituted.

HISTORY

This is one of the best known and least known of the Jewish holidays. Chanukah celebrates the deliverance from spiritual destruction.

Prior to 168 BC the Jews had maintained a good relationship with Alexander the Great. During the Ptolemaic Empire, King Ptolemy ordered the Bible (Torah-Tanach) to be translated into Greek (Septuagint) to better under the Jewish religion. In 168 BC things began to change. Antiochus Epiphanes of the Greek Empire destroyed Jerusalem, the treasury was taken, and 10,000 women and children were sold into slavery.

Antiochus was different, he was called a madman because of his strange behavior. At times he’d run through the streets giving away money. Other times he’d pour oil on the bathhouse floors to take pleasure in watching people fall and injury themselves.

On Kislev 25 he entered into the Temple and erected a stature of Zeus on the Altar, sacrificed swine flesh in the Holy of Holies, and scatter pigs blood and urine. {Kislev is equivalent to our month December, but not the same dates since the Hebrew month starts with the new moon}. Antiochus forbade the teaching of the Torah (Bible), and speaking of Hebrew. He also forbade them to observe 3 Laws given by God.

1) Observance of the Sabbath

2) Circumcision

3) Rosh Chodesh (New Moon)

WHAT MEANETH THIS??

The observance of the Sabbath; which was before the Law of Moses, testified of God as the Creator of the world. It also foreshadowed Tabernacles Experience, the age we are moving into now, and the Kingdom manifested. {The true Sabbath cannot be any day of the week, just as Tabernacles cannot be experienced before Passover. The 7th day principle must be understood in the natural before it can be realized in the Spirit.}

Circumcision testified of God’s covenant in our flesh. It was the identification mark of God, you could not discern a Jew by outward appearances. (However, since the Greeks worshipped the body they forbade circumcision). So it is today, you cannot discern the elect of God by appearances, it is the circumcision of the heart. You have been marked as God’s Property, and brought into a covenant relationship with him.

Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) testified of God’s commitment to his people. The observance of the new moon for establishing the months was the first law that God gave to the Israelites before the exodus. The Hebrew Calendar is based on the lunar (moon) cycles, so are all the Feasts of the Lord. {The practice of Judaism, from which Christianity grew is based in Astrology}. God’s prophetic clock of future events can be understood through the cycles of the moon in relation to the Feasts of the Lord.

The moon also represents various phases of our experience, new life (new moon), level of maturity (full moon), testing (waning moon), renewal (new moon). Gen.1:14-16 Exodus 12 Matt.24:29-31

MORE HISTORY

In spite of Antiochus decree, and the many Jews becoming Hellenist (Conforming to the world); there was a woman that chose to disobey. Her name was Chana, which means, dedicated. This is where the name Chanukah (Hanukah) is derived from.

Chana and her 7 sons disobeyed, publicly denouncing Antiochus policies, and refusing to eat swine flesh (pork). For this righteous act they were tortured to death.

Mattathias, a high priest killed a Hellenist for offering a pig on the Altar. He then said, “Whoever is on the LORD side, follow me”. Judah Macabees, one of his 5 sons became their leader. Along with a small group of people they were called Macabees, which means, Hammerer. God gave this small group of warrior’s victory over the Greek army.

Once the war was won the Temple had to be restored. Exactly 3 years later to the date Kislev 25, 165 BC the Temple was Re-Dedicated.

MIRACLE OF LIGHT

According to Exodus 27:20, the candle was to burn continually in the Temple, but there was only enough oil for one day. It would take at least 8 days to get the olive oil and process it according to the law.

A miracle happened, the oil burned for 8 days, providing light in the Temple of God. Thus, Chanukah celebrates 2 miracles, victory over the Greek army, and the miracle of the oil.

INTERESTING NUMBERS

Chanukah is made up of 2 words. Chanu = they rested, and Kah – from 2 Hebrew letters (Kof, Hey) which have the numeric value of 25. They rested from battle on Kislev 25.

The 25th word in the Bible is “Owr” meaning Light, illumination. Genesis 1:5 The word candle in Hebrew is Ner, which has the numeric value of 250. How many candles are used for Chanukah? The answer is 8. 8 x 250 = 2000 What year are we in now? 2000 ! This is indeed the time of Illumination. Light is coming forth at 186,000 miles per second. Jesus is the Light of the world, and as He is so are we.

THE 8TH FEAST

We know that the Feast of Tabernacles is the 7th of the Torah Feast, symbolizing experiencing the Day of the Lord within and His fullness. It also speaks of a universal Sabbath, where all creation will be delivered and enter a state rest. However, I find this 8th Feast of Dedication or Illumination to be very important also.

Did Jesus observe this feast? Yes! And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of the Dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly”. John 10:22-24

This Feast commemorates the complete restoration and reconciliation of all things. 8 is the number of New Beginnings, Resurrection Life, Immortality, and Infinity.

It is a time when the world and religious system will relinquish their doubts and know for sure who the Christ is. They will realize that he is not just in Jesus, but in All, as All. This Feast speaks of the time after about 1000 years from now that the True light, Jesus will have lit every man’s heart. Every knee will have bowed in worship, and every tongue confessed that Jesus is Lord.

MENORAH

In the Tabernacle of Moses and Temple of Solomon, the lampstand had 7 candle sticks. On the Menorah you will notice 9 with the one in the middle. The middle candle is called Shammas, which means Servant. It is the candle used to light a candle each night of the Feast of Dedication or Illumination.

The Shammas represents Jesus, the Servant. “The true Light which lights every person that comes into the world.” John 1:9 The 8 Candles also speaks of the 8 Cycles of Time in which God will be All and in All. The Shammas has been sent forth to Illuminate a people the will last through the 8th day as the miracle of oil lasted. This speaks of immortality. For it is in this 8th day that the Universal Temple is completely restored. This Universal Temple that I speak of is not limited to man, rather the planet and everything on it will be an expression of worship.

“The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts. Proverbs 20:27 “You will light my candle, the LORD, my God, will lighten my darkness. Psalms 18:28

THE 8TH CHURCH ??

In the Book of Revelation we are introduced to the 7 Churches of Asia in the form of 7 Candlesticks. And there in the midst of the Candlesticks is the Shammas, Jesus. However, we know that there are really 8 Churches. The hidden Church is the Overcomers mentioned at the end of the 7 Churches. “To him that Overcomes” the resounding prophetic clue points to the 8th Church.

We see this same type in 1 Samuel 16. Samuel the Shammas (Servant-Seer) is sent to the house of Jesse to light a fire, he is carrying the oil with him. He passes before Jesse’s 7 sons (7-Churches Ages) and the oil does not flow, finally the 8th son David comes in and the oil flows.

The 1st Church of Ephesus did not remember from where they were fallen. This speaks of the fall of Adam, therefore, their candle was removed. Rev. 2:1-7 The 8th Church is the Virtuous Women of Proverbs 31. She is without spot and blameless. “Her candle does not go out. Prov.31:18 And at that time I will search Jerusalem with Candles…” Zephaniah 1:12

PHOTOPHOBIA

This is the time of Illumination. God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all. However, as God arises in His people it will create great frustration, anxiety, and fear within many.

Many have become accustomed to the natural light (wisdom-knowledge) of the Court Realm. This light can only last 12 hours of the day, then darkness sets in. Furthermore, too much of this light will destroy the body.

Then there is the artificial light (wisdom-knowledge) of the Holy Place. This light last a long time, but the smoke can make it hard to see clearly at times. It can be like looking through a glass darkly.

Thank God for the supernatural light behind the veil. This is the miracle of Light that pulsates from the 3rd dimension, showing the way to the 4th, 5th, and beyond. This is the All seeing eye between the Cherubim. On a metaphysical (beyond physical) level, it is the Pineal Gland between the two hemispheres of the brain. “If your eye be single, your whole body will be filled with Light.” What is the single eye? Is it not what many of the ancients called the Third Eye, or the Eye of God? That gland that has laid virtually dormant for 6000 years.

By the time we get to the 8th day this gland will be functioning in all humanity as it did before Adam’s fall. This is the gland that orchestrates the whole body. This is the gland that allows us to age because it become virtually dormain at the age of 30. Remember from where you fell, turn back. When the eye becomes single, you become a body of light.

This is where many will close their eyes in fear, or put on sunglasses. We seem to limit the Light of the world to a flashlight. When coming out of a room of darkness into the light, the first natural reaction is to shut our eyes. The light hurts at first, but as our eyes adjust to the light everything becomes normally. Those that are afraid to open their eyes, and will not give themselves a chance to adjust will continue to walk and stumble in darkness. Watch and pray.

DEDICATION AND ILLUMINATION

Over 2100 years ago a few people decided that they would not conform to the world system, or be limited. They chose to obey God rather than man, they dedicated themselves to God. For some it caused them their life, other counted themselves as dead to the world. Because of their dedication God brought forth illumination.

Today many believers want illumination (revelation knowledge-wisdom) without the dedication. You can read books, listen to tapes, and learn to quote all your favorite teachers. But if your temple is not being purged of the abomination of desolation brought on by Antiochus, the mad man (carnal nature), you only have natural light and too much will destroy you.

Arise and shine for your illumination has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Is. 60:1 During this season, be a light to someone. Let your light so shine that others will see your Good Works and glorify your Father. Re-Dedicate your temple to God. Allow Him to deal with the abominations of the lower self, let go of all that would defile you. Now experience the miracle of Light in your being and in your home. This Light consumes all darkness till there is nothing left but the Light that you are.

THE VICTORIOUS HORSEMAN

The sun has now moved into the Zodiac Sign House of Sagittarius, the Archer, as of Nov. 22. This speaks of Triumph and Victory through an arduous process. The ruling planet is Jupiter, which speaks of Nobility, High Morality- the Righteous Father of the heavens. {This constellation also speaks of Jesus overcoming death and ascending on high}.

Maybe before you get this publication a permanent victor will be declared in this unprecedented election process, or hopefully as least by Dec. 21. Otherwise, we will move into a new celestial cycle that speaks of great Transformation which will affect this country and the world in a more negative sense. If so, the fighting will intensify in the legal arena, physical clashes between those loyal to respected party leaders as the ruling planet Saturn of the next Sign exerts negative influences upon those controlled by the earth realm. Glory to God in All things.

BEHIND THE SCENES

In our 9/10/2000 publication, “Day of Reversals”, The Spirit spoke very clearly that the election process would be changed, the way the system has operated would be brought to an end, and there would be total Confusion in the government. The prophetic word has been released, in the Spirit God has Reversed and Overthrown the kingdoms of this world. However, the complete manifestation will come later. We are in a time of Great Transition.

{The headlines of a Seattle area newspaper, November 22, 2000 reads, “A Day Of Reversals.“} God spoke this, and 72 days later the newspaper confirmed it.

“But I see another false government trying to rise up to usurp the Kingdom of God. Behind the scenes plans are being made for what is called the New World Order. While the world is focused on the Confusion that’s been created, they are getting ready to launch their agenda. I see such a surprise look on faces. I feel strong impressions of the word “SURPRISE-D” that will capture some headlines. At least for the next 6-9 months the effects of this drama will be played out”.

For those walking in step with the Spirit these are very exciting times for success on every level. However, those who are yet fighting the death to the lower self—Tri-bu-late till all of you die!

The President finally elected will definitely be placed there by God to fulfill His purpose and plan, in spite of his present political views. {The 42nd king of Israel/Judah remained in office as a puppet to the king of Babylon, til he was finally removed}. Make your calling and Election sure. 2 Peter 1:10 Mmmm

Shortly after the election process is really over, or just before-we can expect some changes in Rome. I see some changes in the Vatican coming soon. I don’t know how long is soon (maybe within the next 6-9 months)- I cannot tell yet), but I see a pattern being passed on to someone else.

COUNT AND RE-COUNT

Babylonian captivity lasted 70 years. A day for a year in Reverse in Prophetic Language equals 7 years. Let those who have wisdom and understanding count and Re-count. Rev.13:18

The next 7 years will be a time of great Transition in the world. A new consciousness is being birth, birth is now always easy on the flesh, but there is always joy at the end.

 

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