Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hanukkah: History, Observance and Prophetic Implications – Part 4
(This is the final part of this series. You can watch a video presentation of this study linked from the Moed Ministries web site or the direct link is www.vimeo.com/33984968)
Yeshua’s second coming will not be hidden.
In His first coming, Yeshua’s identity as Messiah was not revealed to all, only to those whom God gave Him to know.
John 17:6-8 MKJV 6 I have revealed Your name to the men whom You gave to Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things, whatever You have given Me, are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You gave Me, and they have received them and have known surely that I came out from You. And they have believed that You sent Me.
When Yeshua came to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles recorded in John 7 and 8, He came in secret, not revealing His presence until the middle of the Feast. It was during this second part of this Feast that He astonished all the people with His teaching until on the final Great day of the Feast He announced that He was the fountain of life.
As we saw when Yeshua celebrated Hanukkah, the Jewish people were still questioning whether He was the Messiah or not. They were searching for Messiah son of David the conquering king, not Messiah son of Joseph the suffering servant. In His teaching in the book of Matthew just four months later, He says His coming will be after the abomination of desolation is set up in the holy place, after a repeat of a Hanukkah like situation. He would not at this time come in secret so we are not to be fooled by reports of Him coming like He had the first time.
Matthew 24:23-26 MKJV 23 Then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ! Or, There! Do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders; so much so that, if it were possible, they would deceive even the elect. 25 Behold, I have told you beforehand. 26 Therefore if they shall say to you, Behold, He is in the desert! Do not go out. Behold, He is in the secret rooms! Do not believe it.
This time His coming would be like Judah Maccabeus. Just like the lighted hanukkiah is to be displayed for all the world to see, Yeshua’s coming will be displayed across the sky for all the world to see.
Matthew 24:27-31 MKJV 27 For as the lightning comes out of the east and shines even to the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of man. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered. 29 And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from the heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of man shall appear in the heavens. And then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of the heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Light is coming into the darkness! Many Jewish scholars see the lights of the hanukkiah as representing the hope of Messiah that must be kept burning in the hearts of the Jewish people. We, too, need to keep the hope of Messiah burning in our hearts. Hanukkah is a time to anticipate the coming of Messiah when He will bring light into darkness and establish His rule on the throne of David.
Shalom and be blessed
Dan & Brenda Cathcart
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