22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. John 10:22-23
Over 2000 years ago, before Christ, (the 3600s by Hebrew calendar), Israel was controlled by Syria (who was basically controlled by Rome). Long story shorter: the Syrian king Antiochus IV decreed an end to the Jewish religion. All Jewish practices were forbidden, punishable by death. A group of brave and faithful Jews called the Maccabees revolted against Antiochus and fought to reclaim Jerusalem and the temple. Although vastly outnumbered, the Maccabees prevailed. That is Miracle One. The Maccabee army’s leader, Judah, found the temple vandalized and cluttered with Syrian idols. He and his men cleaned out the temple and built a new altar. They rededicated the temple on the 25th of Kislev and lit the Menorah. Miracle Two is they found only ONE DAY’S worth of pure, undefiled, oil with which to light the Menorah. It takes several days to purify the oil and once lit, the candlestick is not to go out! Still, they lit it anyway and that one day’s supply of oil continued to burn for EIGHT DAYS, until new oil was available. The event is commemorated as the Festival of Dedication, or the Festival of Lights, aka Hanukkah.
It’s an amazing story and one I had never heard until last year! Below are three videos in a series by Jacob Prasch concerning Hanukkah. He not only tells the history of the holiday, but he does a wonderful job relating it to Bible prophecy of the last days. He challenges all of us to be a Maccabee and stand up for the Truth no matter what. The special “prayers” recited during Hanukkah has to do with ” “delivering the strong into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few… the wicked into the hands of the righteous.” (linked below)
I recommend taking the time to listen to these videos. Not only are they informative, but also encouraging. To read a more complete history of Hanukkah and how it is celebrated today, click this link: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102978/jewish/The-Story-of-Chanukah.htm
Also, just FYI: Hanukkah this year begins on December 24th and ends January 1st.
TOPICS: Israeli Supreme Court; Mormonism; Jehovah’s Witnesses; The Emerging Church and the Conclusion: God Wins!
We are blessed to have revival at our church this week. Our guest speaker is Steve Pater. I’ve provided below the video/audio of his Sunday morning and evening messages. I am not much of a video editor, and I apologize for the multiple videos and interruptions.
However, it is worth your time to listen to them. Brother Steve delivers some powerful messages that just aren’t preached in many churches today. I have been very blessed by them and think you will be too.
First, a little bio. Brother Steve was raised Anglican but was never very faithful. His wife was raised Catholic. Long story short, some time after they married his wife received a Bible from a coworker. She read it faithfully every night. One night he asked her if she could get him one too. She did and he started reading it. FAITH COMES BY THE WORD OF GOD. Fast forward to today and he is the minister at a small country church (the best kind if you ask me) in KY and they have three beautiful little girls whom they are raising in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I think it is wonderful that he is untainted by modern seminaries and is taught solely by God’s Word. I encourage you to check out his website where you can listen to more of his messages as well as find a link to his Youtube page for more sermons. He does a much better job at that than I do. 😉
Revival Theme: What in the World is Going On?
Message One: The Fall
Message Two: God’s Judgement
I need to Google this man, Justin Peters. The following is the second video I’ve seen of him and it is good, solid, sound teaching.
In this video, topics covered are: the Gospel, moralism, seeker sensitive churches, the “religious right”/politics and church discipline.
May you be as blessed by this as I am.
In the following videos: God’s Master Plan; The Plagues; The Desert Years; Plan A and PlanB; Ahab and Jezebel..
As promised, here are the first 5 videos in the Know Your Enemy video series put out by The Fuel Project. This series is incredible and really puts things into perspective, with a
Christian worldview-which is the only true worldview.
The following videos include the Introduction, Lucifer, Adam to Nimrod, Babylon and Semiramus. I really hope you take the time to view all videos in this series. It is well worth your time.
I want to thank the reader that brought these to my attention. PLEASE FORGIVE ME, I cannot remember which of you it was! If it was YOU, please comment. I’m so sorry I’ve forgotten and cannot find it in my notifications/comments. Anyway, THANK YOU dear sister, for I know it was a she. 🙂