Today, in this last of the daily Arise and Shine devotionals, I felt the Lord saying: “connect the dots, point out what I have been doing so my people have a vision they can run with”. As I was editing this amazing collection, I felt the Lord confirming how essential it is for us, as the Body to honor the feasts of the Lord and as we do He, our Abba Father, is drawing us by His Spirit up the mountain.
When Jesus told His disciples that out of their inner most being would come rivers of living water, He was indicating that we are made to touch and release the realities of eternity. One of the great things about comprehending and releasing eternal truth is that it speaks in the earth long after our days here have ended. The following revelations were given to a dear friend and intercessor Carol Wright. Carol is part of the great cloud of witnesses now, but her words are still ringing out here on earth.
Since the beginning in Genesis, in the Garden of Eden, the Father’s good pleasure and original intention was a Corporate Divine Unity with the Trinity, to have no barriers between God and humanity, but the fall of Adam broke that Divine Unity through sin. God resolved this separation by sending Yeshua incarnate into human form, living to redeem His original plan of Corporate Divine Unity with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Through Yeshua’s obedience we were again ‘MADE IN OUR IMAGE”, and once again given “DOMINION”.
The Sword cut confidently across my eye with painless precision as the Rabbi spoke, slicing as a Surgeon’s scalpel ever so delicately through the unseen veil. Earlier the Lord counseled our team to apply eye salve to our eyes as He called us to advance forward by His command. Now He was removing veils and scales from our eyes so the blinding glory of His presence could penetrate our vision.
Purim and Hanukkah are not commanded feasts of the Lord, but are both celebrated historical events in Hebraic culture. Current events have many similarities with ancient Babylon and Greek culture. Corruption in government opened doors to rebellion, lawlessness and idolatry, and loosing spirits of evil throughout the land. In both the historical account of the Maccabees and the story of Esther, desperate times called for desperate measures and led to a day of deliverance for the Jewish people.
There are so many lessons we can learn from this season when Christmas and Hanukkah are aligned together. One, we serve a God of miracles who cares enough for us to send His son, who gives us the hope and inspires the courage to stand up against the enemy and restores that which was stolen. And also that restoration requires a purification, where we get rid of the things that pollute us and prevent us from being who God created us to be as one, as the Church.
Messianic Jews hold Scripture in the highest regard, and since Scripture strongly affirms Hanukkah and its message, Messianic Jews celebrate this feast wholeheartedly both at home and in their Synagogues. John 8:12 records that Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, was widely acknowledged in the first century, and shortly after this Festival of Lights, Yeshua would proclaim himself the Light of the World (John 10:22). Since Messiah is the fulfillment of our Jewish heritage, Messianic Jews celebrate Hanukkah and its customs with the crowning insights Messiah brings. A visitor to a Messianic Synagogue at Hanukkah will see the lighting the Menorah and hear the retelling the story of Hanukkah and the Maccabees. With a little explanation, he or she will also be inspired by the songs, games and foods that characterize this Feast of Dedication.