Hanukkah (Hebrew meaning "dedication"), also known as the Feast of Dedication or the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by Antiochus Epiphanes in the second century BC. Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of a one-day supply of consecrated oil to light the Temple Menorah lasting eight days, the time required to prepare a fresh supply of oil.
Although not a mo'ed, a Biblically commanded religious festival or Appointed Time of the Lord (Leviticus 23), Hanukkah celebrates the powerful supernatural deliverance of the Jewish people by God. The overriding themes of this holiday are the victory of light over darkness, the faithfulness of God to those who refuse to compromise Biblical truth, and dedication to faithful service and obedience to God.
Hanukkah is referred to in the books of First and Second Maccabees in the Apocrypha, the books written in the 400-year "silence" between the Tanach (Old Testament) and B'rit Hadashah (New Testament). But God was not silent during these years. He was still at work fulfilling His promises and preserving His people. The preservation of the Jewish people and the cleansing and rededication of the Temple were essential for the coming of Messiah Yeshua, the Light of the World, and His sin-atonement sacrifice for salvation.
Yeshua observed the Feast of Dedication and declared: "I am the Light of the world".
John 10:22-23 -
Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus [Yeshua] was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade.
John 8:12 -
When Jesus [Yeshua] spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
King David proclaimed that the Lord is our Light and our Salvation.
Psalm 27:1 -
The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?
Messiah Yeshua is the Lord, the Light and Salvation. His name, "Yeshua" or "Yehoshua", means "The Lord is Salvation".
Bnei Brak outreach: The Light of the world
We, Messiah of Israel Ministries, went to share the true Hanukkah message of Yeshua, the Light of the world, in the Jewish Orthodox city of Bnei Brak.
Zev meets Rabbi Fraint outside the synagogue
As a team of believers were praying, Zev began to share the true Hanukkah meaning with Orthodox Jews. After sharing with many, the Holy Spirit directed Zev to wait near the synagogue. As Orthodox Jews came out, Zev approached one of them and said: "Shalom, Happy Hanukkah." The Orthodox Jew greeted Zev back and introduced himself as Rabbi Fraint, one of the synagogue's main rabbis. Rabbi Fraint said: "Our Hanukkah noonprayer has ended. Would you like to join us in the evening?" Zev: "Thank you but I'm not here for that." Rabbi Fraint asked: "So what are you here for?" Zev: "I'm here to talk about Hanukkah." Rabbi Fraint was very happy and said: "What would you like to ask?" Zev opened the Bible to Psalm 27:1 and read with Rabbi Fraint - "The Lord is my light and my salvation."
Zev asked Rabbi Fraint: "Who is the Light? And how is it my Salvation?" Rabbi Fraint avoided the question by asking: "What does that have to do with Hanukkah?" Zev explained that Hanukkah commemorates a great supernatural miracle of God but there is also a much deeper meaning. It's a picture of the Light of the world and the only way of salvation. Rabbi Fraint asked Zev: "Who may this light be?"
Zev answered that God is asking us that question in His Word, and opened the Bible toProverbs 30:4 -
Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of His son? Tell me if you know!
Rabbi Fraint reading Psalm 27:1
After reading this, Rabbi Fraint was at loss for words. Zev said: "The Light of the world is the Messiah. Surely you know what God is asking?"
It was amazing. The Holy Spirit was in full control, hovering over the spiritual darkness in the Orthodox city. Finally, Rabbi Fraint said that what Zev said cannot be Jewish. Zev asked about Rabbi Kaduri, was he Jewish? Fraint said that not only was he Jewish but he was also a great rabbi, and that many of Rabbi Fraint's studies were from Rabbi Kaduri's teachings. Zev knew it was time to open the book, The Rabbi Who Found Messiah.
Zev asked Fraint to read what Rabbi Kaduri said about the Messiah, the Light of the world. Zev read many pages in the book together with Rabbi Fraint. Then when Rabbi Fraint read Rabbi Kaduri's note in Hebrew that revealed Yeshua is the Messiah, he was in total shock. He could not deny what he read in the book. He could not deny the Bible passages about the Lord God and His Son, the Light and Salvation. It was time to share the full Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah.
Zev told Rabbi Fraint that Hanukkah lasts for eight days, but salvation is forever. Rabbi Kaduri received revelation that Yeshua is the Messiah. "God loves you so much. He is calling you to the true Light of Hanukkah, Yeshua. If we repent and turn to Him, we have full redemption of sins. This is the most Jewish message ever. A completed Jew believes in Yeshua", said Zev.
When Rabbi Fraint read Kaduri's note: Yeshua is the Messiah, he was in total shock
Rabbi Fraint wanted to leave but could not. The Shekaniah glory was right there.
Zev read many verses with Rabbi Fraint, including Micah 5:2, Isaiah 53, and Psalm 22, and gave him contact information. Zev encouraged him to seek the true Light of the world. Once again, Kaduri's revelation that Yeshua is the Messiah shakes the city of Bnei Brak.
The Kaduri revival continues.
The Kaduri revival continues.
|Menachem fascinated by the book|
|Zev and Rabbi Glutz reading Jeremiah 2|
Rabbi Glutz amazed by Kaduri's note:
Yeshua is the Messiah
David reading the Word
|The book, The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,|
|Menachem reading Isaiah 53|