Did you know that in the Book of Revelation alone we find references to over six hundred verses from the Old Testament, which is also known as the Tanakh? How in the world can you understand the Book of Revelation if you don’t connect the verses to the original Scriptures that were used as a reference? The Book of Revelation relies extensively on imagery and allusions from the Tanakh, so the Christian view of the coming Messiah is most properly understood by looking through the Jewish lens.
For example, John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John used the very first words from the Book of Genesis, “In the beginning,” implying Yeshua is the Word that was there at creation.
Then, in the first chapter of Revelation, the apostle John sees a menorah (“seven golden candlesticks”), and Yeshua is standing in the middle with eyes like flames of fire (vv. 12-14). The Greek rendering states John is seeing the Alpha and Omega. But in Hebrew it is correctly rendered as the Aleph and Tav, the first and the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
The most exciting revelation I ever had concerning end-time understanding was when my eyes were opened to how the feasts of the Lord were directly tied to the Book of Revelation and the unfolding of end-time events. By the feasts of the Lord I am referring to Leviticus 23, where God lays out His divine appointments according to His calendar for the timing of His feasts such as Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, Yom Kippur, Tabernacles, and others. I say this because too many Christians portray the feasts of the Lord as the feasts of the Jews and throw them into the trash bin of history because of the Anti-Semitic philosophy of the early church fathers.
I studies the feasts back in the ’70s when I went to Bible college, but they were taught from a replacement-theology perspective. To properly understand who the Messiah is, you must look at His second coming and the Book of Revelation through the eyes of the feasts. God said He declared the end from the beginning, so let’s go to the beginning of the Bible and see what God says concerning the end of times!
In Genesis 1:14 God said He created the sun and the moon for signs, seasons, days, and years. All too often we think this refers to our calendar, made up of winter, spring, summer, and fall, as well as our days of the week and the year 2017, 2018, 2019 …
There are many calendars in the world. The current pagan calendar most of the world uses today is only two thousand years old, so it can’t be an original. As you probably know, our calendar is very scientific and accurate, as it is based totally on the cycle of the sun. The muslim calendar is also very scientifically accurate, as it is based solely on the cycle of the moon.
But guess what? In Genesis, God told us the calendar He uses is based on both the sun and the moon. When He talked about how they were to determine the days and years, He was referring to His holy days such as Passover and Yom Kippur. The years referred to the seven-year cycle in which Israel was to let the land rest and settle all financial debts. It was known as the Shemitah year. There was also the Jubilee year, which was ever fiftieth year, when the land returned to its original owner. Nowhere are any od these recognized on our regular calendar or the Muslim calendar, so our calendars are definitely not God’s calendar.
It doesn’t help that the English word seasons is also translated inaccurately! The Hebrew word is moed. Did you know the English translators decided to translate this same Hebrew word in Leviticus 23:2 as the word feast? What in the world? Does the Hebrew word mean fall or food? When I think of a feast, I’m thinking of a big turkey dinner!
Believe it or not, both translations are inaccurate! The word moed actually means a divine appointment. Think of it this way: God set the sun and the moon on His time clock. The sun can be the our hand, and the moon the minute hand. The Bible says a day with the Lord is as a thousand years. (See 2 Peter 3:8). God placed specific times (moed) in His daily planner when He wanted to meet with His people.
This is why God specifically showed Moses how to determine when the months were to begin by showing him how the moon would look at the beginning of each month. He also told him that Passover had to be kept in the spring, which is why the biblical calendar adds a thirteenth month seven times over a nineteen-year cycle to keep Passover in the spring.
I used to live in Garden City, Kansas, on the border between two time zones: mountain time and central time. If you’ve never lived near the border between two time zones, let me tell you, it’s helpful to have two clocks — especially if you live in one zone and work a couple of miles away in the other. It can take “an hour” to drive a couple of miles without any traffic!
It is the same for believers. We must realize that we need to operate on two different calendars: the one God created (if we care about His schedule) and the one man created (because we still live in this world), The time is coming when our pagan calendar will be trashed and all believers will be following God’s calendar, as it says we will be doing at the end of Isaiah 66 when He creates the new heavens and new earth (vv. 22-23).
If your boss told you he wanted to meet with you at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, and you told him that didn’t work in your schedule, so he’d better meet with you at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, do you think you would have a job on Monday? The Creator of the universe ordained a calendar at creation that He would reveal to mankind at the appointed time. In other words, He scheduled divine appointments to meet with His kids.
The problem is that many believers don’t show up because they are either unaware or don’t care. One of the big things the evil one wants to do is get you to miss divine appointments. Daniel 7:23-25 mentions how the fourth beast wants to change the times and the laws. This refers to God’s appointed times, not the calendar the world uses!
In one sense the antichrist spirit has partially succeeded by moving Passover from the biblical calendar to the pagan calendar. In 2016 Christians celebrated Easter a month before Passover! How in the world do you celebrate Christ’s resurrection a month before His death unless you’re on the wrong calendar?
Why is Christmas always December 25, but Easter bounces all over the place? It is because the early church wanted to separate from anything to do with the Jewish people! So in AD 325 the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. God’s calendar is based on both the sun and the moon, so Passover doesn’t fall in the winter or Hanukkah in the summer.
During the time of the Messiah, there was no set calendar, as the Sanhedrin would determine it based on several factors. The primary factor was the spring equinox, and if it look as if it would fall later than the first half of the month of Nisan, they would declare a leap year and add an extra month. Yet that was not the only factor, as God wanted them to participate in the decision, so if the weather was not spring-like and the barley would not be harvested, then another month would be added.
The Greeks were big on nature and astronomy. They did not like that the Jewish authority felt they could decide when the new moon was sighted to determine the new month for the Jewish people, even when it didn’t coincide with their own observations. During the times of Hanukkah the Greeks determined that the Jews would die if they used the authority of the Sanhedrin in determining the biblical calendar. In AD 359, because Rome was in power, the Sanhedrin was no longer able to determine all the factors that were necessary to set the calendar. So Rabbi Hillel of the great Sanhedrin set a perpetual calendar, adding an extra month seven times over nineteen years to keep the calendar accurate until either the temple is rebuilt or the Messiah comes.
The Catholic Church members felt they had the authority rather than the Jewish people to determine when Easter should be celebrated. Protestants today follow the authority of the Catholic Church in this and other matters.
DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THINGS TO COME
The next incredible finding I discovered was that the feasts were actually dress rehearsals, or shadows, of what was to come! Leviticus 23 tells us that on the fourteenth day of the first month before the evening is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread unto the Lord. Notice it says the Lord’s Passover, not the Jewish Passover. This is also not referring to January 14 or 15!
Why do you think the Lord died on Passover, He was buried on Unleavened Bread, He rose on the Feast of Firstfruits, and the Spirit was poured out on Shavuot, which we know as Pentecost? Do you believe the LORD is the same yesterday, today, and forever? Do you really? Then if He fulfilled the spring feasts to the day of His first coming, He will also fulfill the fall feasts to the day of His second coming!
I am not setting dates but revealing established patterns in the Word of God. So let’s review the instructions for the feasts and see how they correlate to the Book of Revelation.
We have the Feast of Trumpets in Leviticus 23, which takes place on the first day of the month of Tishri, which is around September/Oktober. I believe this is the appointed time for the dress rehearsal of the coronation of the Messiah some year on that day. Do we hear anything about trumpets in the Book of Revelation? Of course we do! So we must understand this feast to fully comprehend what the Book of Revelation is talking about.
The Feast of Trumpets is known as the opening of the doors and is the day when God sits on His throne to judge all of mankind. What do we find in Revelation 4:1-2? We find John beholding a door being “opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the trone.” This is the Feast of Trumpets terminology! All through Revelation we are hearing of trumpets.
What about Yom Kippur? It is found in the Book of Revelation? You bet it is!
In Leviticus 16 we read about the instruction for the Yom Kippur service. We find in verses 12-15 the priest “shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: and he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may come over the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not: and he shall take the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat.”
Psalm 141:2 likens our prayers to incense. Compare this to Revelation 8:3-5, were we see an angel standing at the heavenly altar with a golden censer being given “much incense” to be offered “with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth.” This is Yom Kippur being fulfilled!
Look at this next comparison as well. Let’s go back to the Yom Kippur ceremony in Leviticus 16:16-17, where we find that there was to be no man in the tabernacle when the priest went in to make atonement until he has made atonement for himself, and for his house and the congregation of Israel as well. Then we find in Revelation 15:8 that the temple in heaven was filled with smoke from the glory of God and again, “no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” Every year on Yom Kippur the high priest would have to take off his regular garments and put on white linen garments, as mentioned in Leviticus 16. This is why religious Jews wear all-white garments every year on Yom Kippur, they realize white is symbolic of righteousness. Can you imagine having on all-white linen garments and being around the slaughtering of animals and then splashing their blood all over the altar?
Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Judgment, when the books and doors are closed and judgment is meted out. Well, what do we find in Revelation 19 but that God has “judged the great whore,” He has “avenged the blood of his servants,” and He is “clothed with a vesture dipped in blood” (vv. 2,13)? Then we find the armies that were in heaven following Him on white horses; they are all clothed in fine linen, white and clean, and all the nations of the world are smitten by God’s Word (vv. 14-15). These are all images of Yom Kippur! This is confirming that these events will happen according to the pattern at the appointed time in the future on Yom Kippur.
What about the Feast of Tabernacles? Of course it is in the Book of Revelation! This is the grand finale where the Creator of the universe once again tabernacles with His creation. In Revelation 21:3 we find John hearing “a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. “How exciting! Imagine, as God said in Ecclesiastes 3:1, there is a time and a season for everything done under the sun, and He has appointed specific times when He will intersect human history!
Based on this understanding I believe the prophetic events of the Feast of Trumpets will be fulfilled during the appointed calendar time for the Feast of Trumpets in some year.The same will happen for Yom Kippur and the Feast of Tabernacles!
People tell me that the feasts are all done away with, and they base it on two Scriptures that have been totally misinterpreted.
- Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. — GALATIANS 4:8-11, EMPHASIS ADDED
- Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. — COLOSSIANS 2:16-17, EMPHASIS ADDED
Do you notice the change in the description of months compared to new moons and days to holy days? Paul is talking about two different calendars here! In Galatians he is referring to our pagan calendar, and in Colossians he obviously refers to the biblical calendar! We need to look at this in context to understand. In the first scripture Paul is talking to the Galatians. Who were they? Well, let’s go to the Book of Acts. In Acts 14:8-11 we learn of a man at Lystra who was “impotent in his feet,” meaning he had never walked. When he heard Paul tell him with a loud voice to stand up on his feet, he leaped and walked. And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying, “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.”
In verses 12-15 we learn “they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,” saying that they “should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein” (emphasis added).
So before the Galatians knew God, they were worshippers of the solar system and followed those gods. This is why Paul is asking why in the world, now that they know God and are aware of His calendar, they would go back to the weak and beggarly elements of worshipping the planets and following a pagan calendar.
In the next verses from Colossians 2:16, Paul is referring to the biblical calendar. He is basically congratulating them for staying on it and encouraging them not to let the Galatians judge them for keeping the feasts and the biblical calendar! The Colossians were the Galatians’ next-door neighbors. So he was telling them not to be deceived in the neglecting of God’s calendar.
I believe Paul was asking the “foolish Galatians” why in the world they would go back to a pagan calendar system when they had the biblical calendar. They could not have been returning to a biblical calendar they were never on. And he was telling the Colossians not to let anyone judge them because they were living according to the biblical calendar.
The festivals are shadows of things to come — not just a shadow of what has happened but a shadow of future events that are yet to come! Just as Moses’ tabernacle in the wilderness was a shadow of the heavenly tabernacle, just as the earthly Jerusalem is a shadow of the heavenly Jerusalem, over and over we see things on earth are shadows of what is to come. Even our earthly bodies are shadows of our heavenly bodies to come.
My goodness, if there were no shadow, how would anyone know there is a reality out there casting it! If you throw out the shadow, you have just blocked the little information we do have coming from heaven that is trying to help us! Not only that, but when the Bible declares we were “created in God’s image,” it is the same word that is used for God’s shadow! A shadow is not insignificant. Even you are God’s shadow; are you insignificant?
By Mark Biltz / http://www.elshaddaiministries.us
New Book: DECODING THE ANTICHRIST AND THE END TIMES (what the Bible says and what the furture holds)
The Autumn feasts of the LORD
The Calendar of Gods Appointed Times is His way of making sure we do not forget His benefits. We are a forgetful people but the Jewish calendar of cyclic festivals is God’s way of helping us remember history. So, what is the significance of the Autumn Biblical Feasts? Where do they come from and what is the message to us as believers?
For Israel the Autumn Feasts are not a one-day wonder. The Feasts of Trumpets is followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement or Covering which culminates in Sukkot – the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles. It all starts on 1st Tishri (Beginnings). Tishri is the first month of the new civil year. The Jews certainly know how to celebrate. They have so much to be thankful for and have so much practice through the year. The key to the Jewish feasts was ‘regularly, generosity, purity.
God is a God of order and works to a timetable
Psalm 102:13 says “You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favour her, yes the set time has come.” Israel is restored physically but what about spiritually? God is working to a timetable and Romans 5:6 says, “In due time Christ died for the ungodly …“; 2 Corinthians 6:2 “Now is the time for salvation” and so Galatians 4:4 “ … in the fullness of time God sent His son.”
All the Feasts of the Lord are important
Leviticus 23 talks of the Feasts of the Lord. They are not Jewish Feasts or Feasts of Israel – but appointed times of the Lord. Time out to spend with Him. All seven form a timeline which tell the redemptive story of God’s dealings with Israel, Romans 11:17-25. We all need reminding because we so quickly forget.
First of the Autumn feasts celebrated as the Jewish new year. A common custom is to say “L’shanah tovah”, which means, “May it be a good year.” Another custom is to eat apples dipped in honey. The apples and honey represent God’s provision and sweetness that He will manifest to us in the coming year. We read about this feast (Yom T’rooah) in Leviticus 23:24 — “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, in the seventh month, on the first of the month (Tishri), you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of (shofars) trumpets.” The sounds of the shofar represent crying, and are intended to bring each individual toward deep introspection and repentance.
Second of the Autumn feasts is the holiest day of the year. We can read about this feast in Leviticus 16, 17 and 23:27. The High Priest would carry the blood of the bull and goat through the veil and into the Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle – the Holy of Holies. The High Priest of the Israelites would then poor the blood onto the altar over the Ark of the Covenant and, in doing so, make atonement for the children of Israel (Lev. 17:11).
Third of the Autumn feasts. This feast is a joyous and happy time of giving thanks to God for his provision. We read about this feast in Leviticus 23:34-42 “On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD … You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the LORD … It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations … You shall live in booths for seven days.“
How was thankfulness & fruitfulness to be expressed?
- Throughout the Bible in a life offered up to God. Ephesians 5:18-21.
- A life filled with the spirit of God instead of this world.
- One whose sacrificial offerings were meant to cost something – whose whole life was given as a living sacrifice to God, Romans 12:1.
- Offerings were to be perfect, the best, without blemish. Not our castoffs or things we do not need anymore but the very best.
- Living sacrifices were not dead – obviously!
Burnt offerings were required by the Law and 205/210 references to offerings and 535/547 refs to offering are Old Testament. But this repeated offering of animals was never going to take away sin Hebrew 10:11, but there would be someone who in his own blood offered himself for sin once and for all, Hebrew 9:28; 10:14. Hebrews contains much information about offerings and the limitation of offering for sin yet we are to be perpetual living sacrifices. What does that mean for earthly ambitions?
Features of the end times
Remembering God’s Promises and thankfulness will be a rare commodity in Last Days. Linked with ungratefulness and a people more concerned with rights than responsibilities. “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy“, 2 Tim. 3:2.
The Autumn Feasts are about fruitfulness & thankfulness
A farmer who sows without expecting a large return isn’t much a farmer. Similarly, if he sows with few seed, he will quite naturally get a poor return. God wants us ” … to be fruitful in very good work.” Colossians 1:10, Hebrews 13:21. But what does this mean? “Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do,” Deuteronomy 29:9; 23:6; 28:29. It is a declaration that God wants us to do be a truly ‘blessed’ people who have enough for our lives and enough left over to bless others. But we also need to sow carefully in accordance with the Word.
Vereniging van Jesjoea Hammasjiach Belijdende Joden
Day of Atonement / Yom Kippur / Peter Tsukahira
MATTHEW 24, HANUKKAH, AND THE MESSIAH
WHEN IT COMES to Matthew 24, every end-times enthusiast is all over it! It really does set the stage for coming events. Let’s look at Matthew 24 through the lens of what the disciples might have thinking based on their own history. We’ll see what it tells us about the coming of the Messiah. When we read this chapter, we need to keep in mind what the listeners of that day were thinking rather than superimposing our own present-day thoughts as we read it.
When we realize that history is always repeating itself, we will have a better understanding of what can be unpacked in this chapter. Don’t think of biblical prophecy as some kind of a checklist, where if it happened once, it won’t happen again. See it as a recurring theme happening over and over again but from different perspectives. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 1, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (v. 9).
Matthew 24 is actually about many of the events surrounding Hanukkah happening again! Did you know the New Testament even talks about Yeshua keeping Hanukkah? It’s another excellent example of a perceived bias in the translation. John 10 speaks of Yeshua being in the temple at the Feast of Dedication, and it was winter. The Hebrew word for dedication is Hanukkah! As a first century Jew, Yeshua kept all of the biblical feast every year, celebrating Hanukkah and Purim as well. Because of the very fact that He was Jewish and part of that culture, I don’t think it’s a leap at all to assume that John 10 is simply recording one of those times.
To understand the connection between Hanukkah and the end times in Matthew 24, we need to better understand the facts surrounding Hanukkah. It is a very biblical event — Daniel even prophesied that it would happen — and as the Scriptures state, “That which has been is that which shall be!” (See Ecclesiastes 1:9). I must first lay a foundation as to what happened during the original Hanukkah, around 168 BC, for those unfamiliar.
Imagine that you were one of Yeshua’s disciples. Put yourself right there with the rest of them. He is now talking to you two thousand years ago in Matthew 24. Hanukkah would be ringing in your ears as He spoke, and you would be wondering how it could ever happen again. To the disciples the events of Hanukkah were similar to our War of Independence; it even occurred about two hundred years earlier; which is roughly the same length of time from the signing of our own nation’s Declaration of Independence until today.
According to Josephus, in his work Antiquities of the Jews Book 18.104.22.1687, we find that the site of the temple was found to be deserted, the gates were burnt down, plants were growing in the temple of their own accord, and they built a new altar and had to make new vessels. Josephus then goes on to say that the desolation of the temple came to pass according to the prophecy of Daniel!
Let’s consider what Daniel saw in his vision: a ram with two horns (8:3). Then he “saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward” and nobody “could deliver out of his hand” (v. 4). As he was considering it, a he-goat with a great horn between his eyes came from the west and struck the ram and broke its two horns.
We know from history that after the Babylonian Empire, the Medes and Persians, represented by the ram with two horns, took over (vv. 5-7). The he-goat represented de Greek Empire. Do you realize who the leader (the great horn) of the Greek Empire was? None other than Alexander the Great!
It says that the he-goat became “very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken.” And in its place “came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven” (v. 8). Students of history know that after Alexander the Great died, his kingdom was divided up among his four military leaders.
The Bible goes on to say that “out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land…. He magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down” (vv. 9,11, emphasis added). This little horn that became great was none other than Antiochus Epiphanes, the very leader that the Hanukkah story revolves around!
We are now going to compare what happened historically at Hanukkah with Matthew 24. You can see the connection when you read from the historical book of the Maccabees. Remember, these events occurred over 150 years before Yeshua was born! From 1 Maccabees 1:10-15 you will find there were many Jews who transgressed the Torah and were seducing others to do the same. They even suggested making a covenant with Gentiles, thinking all the evils that had come upon them were caused by their separation from the Gentiles. Therefore, upon agreement they went to Antiochus Epiphanes and introduced the idea of the Gentiles building a gymnasium in Jerusalem.
This gymnasium was the location where athletes would practice for the Olympics going on in their day, and all the events were done without clothes on! The only problem was, now everyone knew who the Jewish ones among them were.
Matthew 24:5-7 talks of many being seduced and says there will be wars and rumors of wars, and nation will rise against nation. Hanukkah was the last major war Israel had fought. Matthew 24:10-12 speaks of people betraying each other and lawlessness increasing.
The book of Maccabees goes on to say how after defeating Egypt, Antiochus goes up against Jerusalem, enters the holy temple, and takes away the golden altar, the lampstand, the offering table, the censers, and even the curtain. It mentions how he shed much blood and spoke with great arrogance. The destruction of the temple had begun.
The book of Daniel tells of one coming who would speak with great arrogance. Matthew 24:9 speaks of many being put to death. Then came the turning point.
Here is what happened next: Similar to a one-world government, the king ordered that all people in his kingdom should abandon their own particular customs and be one people. The king prohibited all the Jews customs on penalty of death, forcing them to build pagan altars, sacrifice unclean animals, stop circumcising their children, and not keep the Sabbath in order to forget all the laws of God. Many Jews thought this lawlessness was great, and they joyfully sacrificed to idols. A royal decree put to death anyone who was found with a scroll of the covenant or followed the Torah!
In 1 Maccabees it goes on to explain that many Jews decided not to go along with this plan and to defy the orders even in the face of death. One story in particular is an example.
When officers in charge of enforcing the king’s orders came to a city known as Modein, they found many in the city were compliant with the king’s order. The officers asked a leading family of the city to set the example and be the first to sacrifice on the pagan altar. He told them they would be counted as friends of the king and would be showered with gifts. Mattathias and his sons came together and declared that even though everyone else was doing it, they would not forsake the Torah in the slightest degree or keep the king’s commands. Just as he finished speaking, a certain Jew announced that he would do the sacrifice, and Mattathias pounced on him and killed him as well as the king’s officer. He tore down the pagan altar and yelled out that those who wanted to continue obeying the Torah should flee with him. They stood up for God’s Word, then fled to the mountains, leaving all their possessions behind. This corresponds with Matthew 24:16-17.
The time of the Maccabees was also a very critical juncture in history for the Jewish people, as something unheard of took place that would never be forgotten. For the very first time in their history the Jewish people decided it as OK to defend their lives on the Sabbath. Look at how this unbelievable event took place.
- Many hurried out after them, and having caught up with them, camped opposite and prepared to attack them on the sabbath. The pursuers said to them, “Enough of this! Come out and obey the king’s command, and you will live.” But they replied, “We will not come out. nor will we obey the king’s command to profane the sabbath.” Then the enemy attacked them at once. But they did not retaliate; they neither threw stones, nor blocked up their secret refuges. They said, “Let us all die in innocence; heaven and earth are our witnesses that you destroy us unjustly.” So the officers and soldiers attacked them on the sabbath, and they died with their wives, their children and their animals, to the number of a thousand persons. When Mattathias and his friends heard of it, they mourned deeply for them. They said to one another, “If we all do as our kindred have done, and do not fight against the Gentiles for our lives and our laws, they will soon destroy us from the earth.” So on that day they came to this decision: “Let us fight against anyone who attacks us on the sabbath, so that we may not all die as our kindred died in their secret refuges.” — 1 MACCABEES 2:32-41, NABRE, EMPHASIS ADDED
We read in Matthew 24:20, “Pray ye that your flight not be in the winter, neither on the Sabbath.” Hanukkah is in the winter, and look what happened on the Sabbath! Wow! Now we see how very biblical Hanukkah is; Hanukkah was actually a fulfillment of prophecy.
- And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. — DANIEL 11:31-33, EMPHASIS ADDED
In Matthew 24:15-16 Yeshua tells them, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains” (emphasis added).
This is the verse that Josephus was referring to when he wrote the following:
- Now it so fell out, that these things were done on the very same day on which their divine worship had fallen off, and was reduced to a profane and common use, after three years’ time; for so it was, that the temple was made desolate by Antiochus, and so continued for three years…. This desolation came to pass according to the prophecy of Daniel, which was given four hundred and eight years before. — JOSEPHUS, ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BOOK 12, CHAPTER 7, EMPHASIS ADDED. [Flavius Josephus, The Works of Flavius Josephus, trans. William Whiston (n.p: The British Library, 1849), 268. Quote verified at http://books.google.com]
Matthew 24:15-16 speaks of this abomination of desolation. When the disciples heard this, they got it! Hanukkah will happen again!! This is what happened historically and was recorded by Josephus as being fulfilled, so they understood that not only did what Daniel prophesied happen several hundred years before them, but also many of the events would be repeated again!! This goes back to the biblical mind-set as well as the Jewish mind-set that what happens to the fathers will happen to the children.
Many Christians put this verse into their end-times theology. If you follow the normal Greek mind-set — “It happened once, and it can’t happen again” — then you have real trouble with the fact that it has already happened. But if you have a Hebraic mind-set — “If it happened once, it is sure to happen again from another perspective” — then you will have no problem with what seems to be conflicting theology.
Hebrews 11, which we all know as the faith chapter, speaks of all those Jews who were filled with faith before Messiah ever came. The writer of Hebrews tells us of all those Jews “who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouth lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens” (vv. 33-34). It talks about others who “were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection” and how “they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth” (vv. 35-38, emphasis added).
This last part is precisely what happened at Hanukkah, as they hid in the caves and were slaughtered on the Sabbath. In reality, Hanukkah is very much a part of the fabric of the Bible. To understand how Hanukkah will happen again, we need to understand its dynamics.
Now let’s look at another very biblical holiday we find in the Book of Esther. We will see what we can glean from it concerning the end times and the soon coming of the Messiah in our time.
By Mark Biltz / http://www.elshaddaiministries.us
HONDERD/100- jaar na Weizmann-Feisal overeenkomst (1919)!
Na vierhonderd jaar Turkse overheersing (1517-1917), waarbij de provincie ‘Palestina’ als onderdeel van het Ottomaanse rijk min of meer aan haar lot was overgelaten en er amper bomen stonden, kwam er sinds 1917 een nieuwe bestuurder: Engeland. Aanvankelijk leek dat heel goed te gaan en het land toonde sympathie voor de zionisten die eind 19e eeuw mondjesmaat het land probeerde te herstellen door moerassen te dempen en bomen te planten.
In 1903 al, bood Engeland de Joden aan om hun nieuwe staat te stichten in Brits Oost Afrika (Oeganda). Theodor Herzl, die het eerste Zionistische congres had georganiseerd in 1897, had wel oren naar dit plan maar de meeste leden van de Zionistische beweging wilden dat ‘Palestina’ afgescheiden zou worden van Turkije en dat er een Joodse staat zou verrijzen in het aloude, aan de voorvaderen beloofde, land. Besprekingen tussen Chaim Weizmann (toen de voorzitter van de Zionistische wereldorganisatie) met dhr. Balfour en Lloyd George leidde uiteindelijk tot de Balfour-declaration waarin werd bevestigd dat er een nationaal tehuis voor het Joodse volk zou komen in ‘Palestina’. Tegelijkertijd kregen de Arabieren ook steun van Engeland om hun eigen onafhankelijkheid uit te breiden. Weizmann had in 1919 een historische ontmoeting met emir Feisal, een zoon van de Hasjemitische sharif van Mekka. Feisal zei zich te verheugen op de samenwerking tussen Joden en Arabieren en noemde de voorstellen van de Zionistische organisatie over de grenzen zelfs bescheiden en juist. Bij besluit van de opperste raad der geallieerden werd ‘Palestina’ in 1920 officieel als mandaatgebied aan Engeland toegewezen en werd dit land met de uitvoering van de verklaring belast.
Israëls recht op het land ligt vast in een aantal bindende documenten. Eerst is daar de resolutie die is aangenomen tijdens de San Remo conferentie die is gehouden van 19 tot 26 april 1920 door de eerste-ministers van Frankrijk (Mitterand), Groot Brittannië (Lloyd George) en Italië (Nitti) en Japanse, Griekse en Belgische afgevaardigden. In deze resolutie is de bewoording uit de Balfour-declaration overgenomen. Ook de 52 regeringen van de landen van de toenmalige Volkenbond (waarvan 25 Europese landen) erkenden tijdens een bijeenkomst op 24 juli 1922, op hun beurt het Britse Mandaat en de rechtmatigheid van de in de Balfour-declaration uitgedrukte beginselen waaronder de grenzen van het aan het Joodse volk toebedeelde gebied.
Met de Anglo-American Convention van 3 december 1924 respecteerden de Verenigde Staten, die geen deel uitmaakten van de Volkenbond, het Palestina-mandaat. ‘De San Remoresolutie, is bindend internationaal recht en is als deel van de boedel van de Volkenbond overgegaan naar zijn opvolger, de Verenigde Naties. De volle soevereiniteit over het land van Israël is daarbij aan het Joodse volk overgedragen. Na afloop van het mandaat blijven volgens volkenrechtelijke principes alle aan genoemde regelingen inherente rechten van het Joodse volk overeind.’
Evenzo geldt dat sinds de Anglo-American Convention, hoewel verlopen, de rechten van het Joodse volk ook door de VS moeten worden gerespecteerd. Tevens werd de Britten opgedragen “om zich alle moeite te getroosten om Joodse immigratie te stimuleren, om het land te bevolken en om het Joodse Nationale Thuis te garanderen.” Maar vanaf het begin hebben de Britten onder druk van het Arabische nationalisme, de bindende afspraken genegeerd en de immigratie van Arabieren naar het deel wat aan het Joodse volk was toegewezen, gestimuleerd. Reeds in 1922 werd het zgn. witboek van Churchill de draagwijdte van de Balfourdeclaratie beperkt; daarin wordt ontkend dat het de bedoeling was een uitsluitend Joods ‘Palestina’ op te richten. De Balfourdeclaratie werd uiteindelijk tot het in ‘t westen van de Jordaan gelegen gedeelte van ‘Palestina’ beperkt waardoor 80 procent van het aan Israël toegezegde land, volkomen illegaal, aan de Arabieren werd overgedragen.
Joodse immigratie kwam weliswaar gestaag op gang maar een opstand, georganiseerd door de Palestijn-Arabische Haj Amin al-Hoeeseini, leidde ertoe dat er een enorme breuk ontstond tussen de twee ‘nevenvolkeren.’ Haj Amin liet Joden aanvallen die bij de Westelijke Muur in Jeruzalem wilden bidden. Toen kwam ook de dubbelrol die Engeland speelde aan het licht. In plaats van deze man in het gevang te gooien, kreeg hij van de Engelsen o.a. de machtige positie van Moefti over Jeruzalem. Hij zorgde ervoor dat alle afspraken tussen Arabieren en Joden teniet gedaan werden.
Het niet eerbiedigen door de Britten van de bindende resoluties, heeft de Arabische moslims alle gelegenheid gegeven om Israëls legale recht op het land te bestrijden. Met hulp van historische leugens en met hulp van buitenaf, waaronder Europa, dat zo plechtig de resolutie van de Volkenbond had aanvaard, probeerden/proberen ze het bestaan van Israël uit te wissen.
Er bestaat geen enkele juridische grond, ook niet in het internationale (humanitaire) recht, waardoor Israël verplicht is de, eenmaal aan het Joodse volk toegekende, politieke en nationale rechten op te geven. Stichting van een ‘Palestijnse staat,’ gebaseerd op VN-resoluties is volledig in strijd met vroegere bindende documenten. Het is volkomen absurd en illegaal dat men van Israël eist dat het nogmaals een deel van de overgebleven 20 procent dient af te staan aan een door de wereld gecreëerd volk, dat geen enkel historisch recht op het land heeft en dat zelfs haar vernietiging nastreeft! ‘EuroBabel‘ draagt verantwoordelijkheid voor eerder gemaakte afspraken, die in het verleden in Volkenbondverband verricht hebben: bekrachtiging van het Palestina-mandaat. Ook de rest van de wereld negeert de bindende afspraken, en doet net of ze niet meer bestaan. Zij noemen de Bijbelse gebieden Samaria en Judea ‘de Westoever’ of ‘de Palestijnse gebieden’ en verkondigen massaal de leugen dat Israël deze gebieden bezet houdt.
In 1909 stichtte men de stad Tel-Aviv. Tussen de Eerste en de Tweede Wereldoorlog trokken arme Arabieren uit de omringende landen het toenmalige ‘Palestina’ binnen, aangetrokken door de welvaart die de komst van de Joden naar het Beloofde Land in die streken had gebracht. In Jaffa hebben zich in die tijd Arabieren uit niet minder dan vijftien Arabische landen gevestigd. Sinds de Oslo-Akkoorden in 1991 hebben zich tienduizenden Arabieren uit Jordanië, Egypte, Irak en andere Arabische landen in de Bijbelse gebieden Samaria en Judea gevestigd en daar vele nederzettingen gebouwd.
Honderd jaar na de Weizmann-Feisal ontmoeting zien we maar deels verbeteringen in de relatie tussen de twee ‘nevenvolkeren.’ Als Israël maar iets aankondigt wat de Arabieren niet zint, zoals de opmerking van de Premier Netanyahu dat hij eraan zou willen werken om allereerst de Jordaanvallei te annexeren, dan schreeuwt heel de Arabische wereld moord en brand, het lijken wel de uitlopers van de haatzaaierij van Haj Amin. Deze Moefti heeft overigens in de jaren ’40 ook een ontmoeting met Hitler gehad om te spreken over de vernietiging van het Joodse volk in voormalig ‘Palestina.’
Gelukkig werden de Duitsers ook verslagen in het Midden-Oosten en kwamen zij ‘Palestina’ niet binnen: Het volk Israël leeft, Am Yisrael Chai en het Land is nu voor een aanzienlijk deel terug in handen van hen aan wie het door de God van Israël beloofd is. Hoe dan ook … op een dag … zal de Messiaanse Koning van Israël, Jehoshua, regeren vanuit Jeruzalem over heel de aarde en zullen er nergens op aarde andere goden gediend worden, dus zeker niet in het aloude Harteland van het huidige Israël, Samaria en Judea.
Uit: TijdStip / Sukkoth 5780/Oktober 2019, 10e jaargang, nr. 1 / Uitgave van Studiehuis Reshiet, Israël / http://www.studiehuisreshiet.nl
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“Het Bloed Schreeuwt Uit De Aarde” — De hartverscheurende geschiedenis van eeuwenlange Jodenvervolging in christelijk Europa en Gods antwoord hierop. / Bestel op: http://www.weguitbabylon.nl
Gerard J.C. Plas