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Hanukkah Study

 

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Now about Hanukkah…

During Hanukkah, Jews celebrate two miracles. The first miracle is the military victory 2,100 years ago of a small group of Jews, the Maccabees, against a powerful Greek/Syrian army that had invaded and occupied Israel, defiled the Temple, and tried to impose paganism upon the Jewish people. Despite overwhelming odds, the Jews fought fiercely and, through God’s favor, prevailed. This pivotal victory was the key to the survival of the Jews as a people and Judaism as a faith.

The second miracle involves a flask of oil. After overcoming the invaders, the Jews set about to purify the Temple during the eight-day Feast of Dedication. Upon entering, they found only one flask of purified oil for the eternal flame — enough to keep it burning for just one day. But, miraculously, the oil lasted eight days and nights until more pure oil could be brought.

This is why Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days, and why it is called the “Festival of Lights.” While Hanukkah is a special celebration for Jewish people, it is not a holy day. Hanukkah is not a biblical celebration, either. Hanukkah is not mentioned in the Hebrew Bible — what Christians call the Old Testament — because the events surrounding it took place after the closing of the Hebrew Bible. But it is mentioned in the New Testament: John 10:22 states that the people were gathered at the “feast of dedication” — or Hanukkah — in Jerusalem. Jesus celebrated Hanukkah!

The story of the Maccabees and their courageous stand against foes who wanted to separate them from their faith contains a lesson for Christians and Jews alike. All of us must at one time or another be willing to take a stand against that which we believe is contrary to God’s will, even if taking that stand means we have to struggle against great odds.

We may not immediately see the fruit of our faithfulness — in the Maccabees’ case, their struggle for victory against their oppressors took years! But in doing so, we know that we are doing what is right and acting as partners with God to fulfill His purposes.

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Let us remember during this season of the festival of lights…that or Saviour and Redeemer, the true Light of the World has come! 

John 1:14

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

 

Palestine a State?

 

November 29, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution upgrading “Palestine” to the status of a non-member state by a vote of 138-9 with 41 abstentions. Palestine now becomes the only recognized U.N. state with no defined borders and two different governing authorities.  I was surprised, but thankful that the United States voted against this measure.  This one action by the UN (even though there are many other)  should be a catalyst for our with-drawl from the UN.  Incidentally, this year alone, the U.N. General Assembly considered 21 resolutions singling out Israel for criticism in one form or another and only 4…FOUR!…for the rest of the world combined.  It’s time we do something people, before we have lost all our rights and we are under total UN control!

Below is the breakdown of the Palestinian statehood vote.

No: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama, and United States of America.

Abstain: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, DR Congo, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, South Korea, Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, fYR Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, United Kingdom, Vanuatu.

Yes: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, North Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Abstent: Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Ukraine.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Support Israel’s Solidarity…sign the petition and donate if you can!

Do not vacation or buy goods from the countries who refuse to stand by Israel.

To receive the most important updates about Israel on your phone as they happen text ALERT to 877877

Equip yourself with facts to be an advocate for Israel IFCJ Resource Page.

Pray for Israel.

Joshua 23:3-11

And ye have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the Lord your God is he that hath fought for you.Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward. And the Lord your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the Lord your God hath promised unto you. Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:But cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day.For the Lord hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God.

 

Stand With Israel

You don’t have to look far into our leadership aka President Obama, to see that he does not stand with Israel.  The Democratic Party even changed language in its platform at the recent Convention to deny Israel the Support and Solidarity she deserves.  Obama can say all day long that he stands with Israel, but his words are empty.  You can look into his record and see where he stands.  He stands with the tyrant nations who seek to destroy the nation that God himself founded.  Pray for Israel and be pro-active! Tell Washington that Israel shall not stand alone!

The Following Is From THE INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS….

Your support is powerful in the fight to protect Israel from the tyrannical,
violent, radical regimes who seek to destroy her.

Tell our leaders in Washington that they need to send a strong
message of support for Israel’s ongoing struggle for peace and
security and to provide a better future for her people.

I encourage you to go to their page and sign the Petition of Solidarity. Stand with Israel in these last days!

 

Verse of the Day
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” — 1 John 5:14-15 Listen to chapter Public Domain. Powered by BibleGateway.com.
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