Chanukkah is celebrated on the 25th of Kislev. Why is this significant?
Well, for starters the 25th word of Torah is ‘OR’ meaning ‘light’.
Notice that in Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23 YHWH’s Moedim, His Feast Days which are Holy Convocations or dress rehearsals, are written for us and then in Wayyiqra 24:1,2 we are told “bring clear oil from hand-crushed olives for the menorah to burn continually.”
Noah saw the rainbow Bereshit (Genesis) 9 and also, on the 25th of Kislev, the Tabernacle in the desert was completed. These are a few references in Torah preparing us for recognizing the 25th of Kislev for celebrating the dedication of the Temple when it was made ready upon victorious recapture and the Menorah miraculously stayed lit for 8 days.
This day is called Chanukah, The Feast of Dedication, The Festival of Lights.
Messiah is ‘the light of the world. -Yochanan (John) 9:5.
The Chanukkiah Menorah has nine branches. The SHAMMASH, servant candle representing Messiah the suffering servant, lights all the other candles. The other eight branches represent the eight days that the one undefiled jar of oil with the seal of the high priest miraculously lasted in the Temple Menorah when the Maccabee brothers (Hasmoneans) led by Judah Maccabee victoriously overthrew those who had desecrated the altar with swine sacrifice.
-Zekaryah (Zechariah) 4:6 “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says YHWH of hosts.”
Judea was no longer under Seleucids-Syrian rulership and the Temple no longer profaned by Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Maccabee is either from the word ‘makevet’ meaning hammer or from the acronym ‘Mi kamocha be’elim YHWH’ meaning ‘Who is like You among the gods YHWH?’ -Shemoth (Exodus) 15:11. -Daniyel (Daniel) 8:1-12 tells of a goat from the west, Alexander the Great, with a horn between the eyes which broke into four pieces from which arose a little horn, Antiochus, who greatly magnified itself and cast down some of the stars, the righteous, took away the sacrifices and defiled the sanctuary in Jerusalem.
Chanukkah is very significant and important for us as believers to celebrate as we look back upon the events that led to it and realize that in the future is the coming of the Anti-Messiah who plans to set up one world government appearing to be a savior, but ends up betraying YHWH’s people as happened when Alexander helped YHWH’s people but then later Antiochus also of the Greek empire and looked upon as a savior yet then wickedly betrayed them.
It is important that we understand biblical history and prophecy and world events, so that we can understand the times and seasons we are in. With this in mind, let’s recall the four blood moons happening on two consecutive Pesach (Passovers) and Succoth (Tabernacles) and the solar eclipses on the 9th of Av.
Our heavenly Father will do nothing unless He lets us know first and He is letting us know that we need to watch and be ready for the upcoming season. Whenever these similar occurrences happened on His Feast Days historically then major events happened concerning the nation, not necessarily the state, of Israel each time.
May we commit to studying His Word that endures for all generations.
As this season of Chanukkah is so named Feast of Dedication. May we dedicate ourselves to the study of His instruction, His Torah of Truth which is for our well-being and the well-being of all mankind.
(In this study the ancient biblical Hebrew pronounciations are used.)
First Blessing - Lehadlik ner shel Chanukkah
Blessed are You, YHWH Eloheynu, Sovereign of the universe, Who sanctifies us with Your Mitzvot and commanded us to kindle the light of Chanukkah.
Barukh atah, YHWH Eloheynu, Melek haolam, asher quiddeshanu b’mitzwotaw witziwanu lahidlikq ner shel Chanukkah.
Second Blessing- she-asah nissim- The One Who Works Miracles
Blessed are You, YHWH Eloheynu, Sovereign of the universe, Who performed miracles for our forefathers on this day at that time. Barukh atah YHWH Eloheynu, Melek haolam, she-asah nissim la’avoteinu bayamim hahem ba’zeman hazzeh.
First night only- recite Shehecheyanu:
Blessed are You, YHWH Eloheynu, Sovereign of the universe, Who has kept us alive and sustained us and brought us to this special time. Barukh atah, YHWH Eloheynu, Melekh haolam, shehecheyanu weyikemanu wehigianu lazeman hazzeh. Amein.
After the candles are lit Haneirot Ha-llalu:
We kindle these lights to commemorate the miracles, and wonders and saving acts that you have performed for our forefathers, in those days at this time by Your Holy Priests. And all throughout the eight days of Chanukkah, these lights are holy and we are not permitted to make use of them but only to behold them in order to offer thanks and praise to Your Great Name for Your miracles and your wonders and Your salvation.
Haneirot Ha-llalu anachnu madliqin al hanissim we’al hanifla’ot , we’al hateshu’ot, we’al hamilchamot, she’asita la’avoteinu bayamim hahem bazemen hazeh al yedei kohanekha haqedoshim. Wekhol sh’monat yemei Chanukkah haneirot hallalu kodesh hem. We’ein lanu reshut lihishtamesh bahem ela lir’otam bilvad kedei lehodot ulhallel lishmikha hagodla al nisekha we’al nifle’otecha we’al yeshuatekha
(The candles are lit right after sundown, before darkness. On Shabbat, the Chanukkah candles are lit before the Shabbat candles. At the end of Shabbat they are lit during Havdalah. The Chanukkiah is placed near a window so that they are visible to the outside. The candles are lit so that the viewer from the outside sees them lit from right to left. Light the Shammash candle first, recite the blessings, use the Shammash candle to light the rightmost candle/s.)
The Torah, Haftarah and Brit Chadashah readings during Channukah:
Kislev 25 -
Chanukkah 1 Bemidbar (Numbers) 7:1-7 & 17
(if Shabbat also Zecharyah (Zechariah) 2:14-4:7)
2 Bemidbar 7:18-29
3 Bemidbar 7:24-35
4 Bemidbar 7:30-41
5 Bemidbar 7:36-47
6 Rosh Chodesh Bemidbar 28:1-17 & 7:54-59 and Rosh Chodesh Tevet reading
7 Bemidbar 7:48-59
8 Bemidbar 7:54-8:4
On all nights Yochanan (John) 9:1-7 & 10:22-29
Tehillim (Psalm) 115-118 The complete HALLEL, a song of praise, is recited each morning. The Al Hanisim, a prayer of thanks, is recited in the Shmone Esrei, Amidah, and in the Birkat Hamazon, after-meal prayer each day.
Readings for each night while lighting the candle. (Think upon and discuss meaning of readings.)
Night One: The 1st light described. Bereshit (Genesis) 1:3-4 “Elohim (Mighty God) said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light and Elohim saw that the light was good and separated the light from the darkness.” Qorin’tiym 2 (2 Corinthians) 6:16-17 “For you are the temple of the living Elohim; as YHWH has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people. Wherefore…be separate, says YHWH and do not touch what is unclean: and I will receive you.”
Night Two: YHWH is the source of light. Shemoth (Exodus) 13:31-32 “YHWH was going before them…as a pillar of fire by night to give them light.” Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 60:19 “YHWH will be unto you an everlasting light, and your Elohim your glory.”
Night Three: YHWH is our Light. Tehillim (Psalm) 27:1 “YHWH is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? YHWH is the strength, defence of my life; whom shall I be afraid?” Tehillim (Psalm) 18:28 “For YHWH lights my lamp, YHWH my Elohim illumines my darkness.”
Night Four: YHWH’s WORD is a Light. Tehillim (Psalm) 119:105, 130 “YHWH’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path…The unfolding of YHWH’s word gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple.” Mishley (Proverbs) 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.”
Night Five: Yahshua HaMashiach is the Light of the World. Yochanan (John) 1:4-5 & 8:12 & 12:35-36 “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men, And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not…Then spake Yahshua again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me will not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life…be children of the light.” Luqas (Luke) 2:30-32 “My (Simeon) eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.” Qorin’tiyim 2 (2 Corinthians) 4:6 “For Elohim who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Elohim in the face of Messiah.”
Night Six: Believers are to be a light. Mattithyahu (Matthew) 5:14-16 Messiah says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill that cannot be hidden… Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Luqas (Luke) 11:33 “No man when he has lit a candle puts it in a secret place neither under a bushel but on a candlestick that they which come in may see the light.” Pilippiyim (Phillippians) 2:15 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That you may be blameless and harmless, the songs of Elohim, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you must shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life”
Night Seven: Walk in the light. Eph’siyim (Ephesians) 5:8 “Now are you light in YHWH, walk as children of light: for the Fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.” Tas’loniqim 1 (1 Thessalonians) 5:4-6 “But you brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day…let us watch and be sober.” Luqas (Luke) 11:34 “The light of the body is the eye; therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil,thy body also is full of darkness.” Kepha 1 (1 Peter) 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holyh nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness int o His marvelous light.” Eph’siyim (Ephesians) 5:11-15 “ Whatsoever does make manifest is light, wherefore He says, Awake you that sleepest and arise from the dead and Messiah shall give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” Ma’aseh (Acts) 26:12-18 “I (Sha’ul, Paul) saw a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun shining round about me…I heard a voice speaking unto me…I am Yahshua…turn them from darkness to light.”
Night Eight: Future light. Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 60:1-3 “Arise and shine, for your light has come and the glory of YHWH has risen upon you…and nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Hazon (Revelation) 21:22-27 “And I saw no temple in it, for YHWH Elohim, the Almighty, and the Lamb are it’s Temple. And the city has no need of the sun or the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of YHWH has illumined it and the Lamp is the Lamb. And the nations shall walk by it’s light and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it. And in the daytime (For there shall be no night there) it’s gates shall never be closed and they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it and nothing unclean and no one who practices abominations and lying shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
The Lamb of YHWH
A couple of years ago I saw some beautiful olive trees for sale at the Farmer's Market. I had bought some citrus trees and blueberry bushes from the same stand and planned to eventuallly buy some olive trees. The couple selling the plants gave me their card. When I went home I placed it on top of my Mahogany jewelry box next to the base of my silver Chanukkiah Menorah. Months had gone by and I didn't see the couple any longer at the Market. I called them and they said they had waited for my call all these months. They reserved two olive trees for me. They said that just that week a man had asked for them. I drove out to their beautiful place near Mt. Dora and bought the olive trees and had beautiful fellowship with them.
At home I thought about the vision Zecharyah (Zechariah) had about the two olive trees on either side of the menorah.
"Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke me up, like someone awakened from sleep. He asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps. Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” He answered, “Do you not know what these are?” “No, my lord,” I replied." -Zecharyah 4:1-4
Zecharyah didn't know what they were either.
This verse caused some of the first scales to come off from my eyes regarding what we have been used to calling as Jewish is rather actually the Father's.
I was led to this verse years earlier, around 1999, when my beautiful daughter Sarah May at seven years old woke up from a dream and said she went to heaven in it. In heaven she saw a beautiful candlestick that had many lights on it. She said it was huge and that the middle light was suspended in the air on nothing, but that it had a bell cup under it. She said the Father pushed the bell cup and everyone bowed to pray. When she finished telling me the dream I asked her to draw the candleabra. I looked to see if what my little seven year old daughter saw in heaven was talked about in the Bible. Here is a picture she drew.
Sure enough it is and in Zecharyah he had a vision of it between two olive trees. This is the point when I realized that what we had been told was Jewish is actually the Father's and that it is even in heaven.
It is His symbol and it is in His Temple. How interesting that she saw the middle candle suspended in the air! The middle candle is called the Shammash candle, the Servant candle that lights all the other candles -that is Messiah! He is the light of life!
Number One: The Menorah is the Father's.
“You are to make a lampstand out of pure, hammered gold. It is to be made of one piece: its base and shaft, its ornamental cups, and its calyxes and petals. Six branches are to extend from its sides, three branches of the lampstand from one side and three branches of the lampstand from the other side. There are to be three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a calyx and petals, on the first branch, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a calyx and petals, on the next branch. It is to be this way for the six branches that extend from the lampstand. There are to be four cups shaped like almond blossoms on the lampstand shaft along with its calyxes and petals. For the six branches that extend from the lampstand, a calyx must be under the first pair of branches from it, a calyx under the second pair of branches from it, and a calyx under the third pair of branches from it. Their calyxes and branches are to be of one piece. All of it is to be a single hammered piece of pure gold. “Make seven lamps on it. Its lamps are to be set up so they illuminate the area in front of it." -Shemoth (Exodus) 25:31-37
“Command the Israelites to bring you pure oil from crushed olives for the light, in order to keep the lamp burning continually." -Wayyriqra (Leviticus) 24:2
Number Two: Yahshua Messiah is the Shammash candle.
"I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says YHWH EL SHADDAI, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day." -Zecharyah 3:8,9
"since the seven eyes of YHWH that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone" -Zecharyah 4:10
"the lamp is the Lamb" -Hazon (Revelation) 21:23
Number Three: The Menorah is represented by us also!
The revelation of number three came to me while I was bowing in prayer with my hands lifted up to the Father. The vision that Zecharyah saw of the two olive trees on either side of the Menorah represents us both physically and spiritually.
When we are bowed in prayer with our hands lifted up on either side of our head, our arms represent the two olive trees and our fingers the leaves that are for the healing of the nations! Our hands are meant to serve others! Our ten fingers are how we serve Him with our two hands and one another through following the Ten commandments which brings healing to the nations. Havon (Revelation) 11:4 states that the two olive trees on either side of the 7 branched Temple Menorah are also candlesticks making the Chanukkia 9 branched Menorah -symbolic of Temple Rededication! THE MENORAH REPRESENTS REDEDICATION & REVIVAL TO YHWH's WAYS! LET US BE HIS BODY, HIS TEMPLE BURNING WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS SON BY HIS SPIRIT THEREBY BEING ABLE TO WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!
In a Chavarah Fellowship group I shared this revelation. During the break, a young woman gave me a paper on which she had drawn a beautiful picture of what I shared. Here it is.
This revelation is to show us how the Menorah represents the Father, the Son and us. We are experiencing the LATTER RAIN OF YHWH ELOHEYNU!
"Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?” Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?” He replied, “Do you not know what these are?” "No, my lord,” I said. So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve YHWH of all the earth.” Zecharyah 4:11-14
Our head has seven orifices just as the Temple Menorah has seven holders. We have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils and one mouth. Each is a gate to allow the King of Glory to come in! We are to see, taste, hear and smell that YHWH is good and HIS WORD good.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. -Tehillim (Psalm) 24:7
Oh Taste and See that YHWH is good, blessed is the man who trusts in HIM. -Tehillim 34:8
Who have tasted the goodness of the WORD of YHWH -Hebrew 6:5
Now that you have tasted that YHWH is good-Kepha 1 (1 Peter 2:3)
How sweet are YOUR WORDS to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. -Tehillim 119:103
So the card that had the number for the olive trees that I had set next to the Menorah set me on a journey to Mt. Dora that led me eventually to see Zecharyah's vision as it relates to us! There is more!
Mountain represents 'a head - looking up'.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. -Tehillim (Psalm) 24:7
This verse gives the Salvation message as represented through the Menorah. On the mountain, representing the head, through the gates, representing the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, that Messiah may come in and shinethe light of life.
Notice that many givings of the Word in the Bible occured on mountains. Two are when the law was given to Moses and whenYahshua gave the beattitudes. [Shemoth (Exodus) 3, Mattithyahu (Matthew) 5-7, 17]
Dora means 'gift' and it sounds like 'door'. Yahshua is the lamp- the Menorah and He is also a gift from the Father - He is the door for the sheep to the Father [Yochanan (John) 10:7]. The Holy Spirit led me to a Mt. Dora to give me a revelation- a gift. HalleluYHWH!
As Yahshua encouraged us, "Let your light so shine, that men may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." -Mattithyahu (Matthew) 5:16
Therefore tell the people: This is what YHWH EL SHADDAI says: ‘Return to me,’ declares YHWH EL SHADDAI, ‘and I will return to you,’ says YHWH EL SHADDAI...“These are the horns that scattered Judah so that no one could raise their head..(They couldn't raise their head- they couldn't let their 'light shine' under the oppressor who illegalized study of Torah through the gates of the head-the eyes, ears,nostrils and mouth!) -Zecharyah 1:3, 21
"Aaron is to tend it continually from evening until morning before YHWH outside the veil of the testimony in the tent of meeting. This is a permanent statute throughout your generations." -Wayyiqra 24:3
THIS IS A PERMANENT STATUTE.
In Antiochus time, study of Torah was ‘illegal’ so a ‘gambling’ game which was ‘legal’ was made to hide study. Driedel: A dreidel has four Hebrew letters: Nun, Gimel, Hey and Shin which stand for the Hebrew phrase: "Nes Gadol Hayah Sham", a great miracle happened there or in Yiddish: nit (nothing), gantz (all), halb (half) and shtell (put).
Spin the dreidel. On -Nun, nothing happens, -Gimel (or, "gimme!"), you get all, -Hey, you get half, -Shin, you put one in. When the pot is empty, everybody puts one in. Keep playing until one person has everything. Then redivide it, because nobody likes a poor winner.
Mashiach, Messiah, in Hebrew some sages says can be an acronym for: ‘Madlikin Shemona Yimei Chanukkah’ –‘We light throughout the eight days of Chanukkah’
Al Hanissim –For the Miracles [We thank You] For the miracles and the deliverance and the victories and the salvation and the battles that you did for our ancestors, in those days at this time. Al hanissim, w'al hapurkan, w'al hag'vurot w'al hat'tshuot w'al hamilchamot sh'asita lavoteinu bayamim hahem baz'man hazeh.
Birkat Hamazon –Bless the food after meals (Two of theFour blessings) Blessed are You, YHWH, Eloheynu, King of the universe, who sustains the entire universe with Your goodness, grace, and mercy. You provide for all, and prepare the food for each of Your creations that You have created. Blessed are You YHWH, who sustains all. Barukh Atah Adonai Eloheynu Melekh HaOlam, Hazan Et HaOlam Kulo B'Tuvo, B'Hen, B'Hesed, U'b'rahamim, U'm'parnes Lakol U'm'khin Mazon L'kol B'riyotaw Asher Bara. Barukh Atah Adonai Hazan Et HaKol. We give thanks to You, YHWH, Eloheynu, that You prepared for our fathers a vast, abundant and good land, and that You have brought us forth out of Egypt, and gave to us the covenant, Torah, and all the food one could want. For all this, we give thanks to You. Blessed are You, YHWH, for the land, and for the food. Nodeh L'kha Adonai Eloheynu Al Shehinhalta La'avoteynu Eretz Hemda Tova U'r'hava, W'al Shehotzeyanu Me'eretz Mitzraim, W'natata Lanu Brit W'torah, W'lehem Lisvoah, Al Hakol Anahnu Modim Lakh. Barukh Atah Adonai Al Ha'aretz W'al HaMazon.
Shmone Esrei, The Amidah –The Eighteen (Blessings) ***(Yahshua’s prayer modeled The Amidah)*** YHWH is the Shield of Abraham; The One who revives the dead; The Holy Elohim; The Gracious Giver of knowledge; The One Who delights in repentance; The One Who is merciful & always ready to forgive; The Redeemer of Israel; The Healer of Israel's sick; The One Who blesses the years; The One Who gathers Israel's dispersed; The King Who loves righteousness & justice; The One Who smashes enemies & humbles the arrogant; The Support & Stay of the righteous; The One Who rebuilds Jerusalem; The One Who causes salvation to flourish; The One Who hears prayer; The One Who restores the divine presence to Zion; The One Whose Name is the Beneficent One & to Whom it is fitting to give thanks; & The One Who blesses Israel with peace.
In Great Conclusion:
The FEAST OF DEDICATION or LIGHTS, Chanakkuh is to celebrate the Menorah staying lit miraculously on one days worth of oil for eight days in the Temple.
Behold a great light has come into the world. (Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 4:16) Y'shua is the light of the world! He is YHWH's Salvation!
The Magi from the east gave three gifts to him- Gold, Myrrh and Frankincense which correlate with how Baby Yahshua, the newborn King, would fulfill each of the coming feast days! Gold for Yom Teruah which is a day for Crowning a King, Myrrh for Yom Kippur wherein is the day He provides Atonement for all who believe in Him and whose names are written in the Book of Life, and Frankincense for Sukkot in which His anointing as High Priest abides with us in great joy.
Y'shua was crucified on Passover as the true Passover Lamb of YHWH!
AND He will return on the Feast of Trumpets and open the BOOK OF LIFE on the Feast of Atonement!
When you study and begin to understand the Scriptures in light of the Messianic significance of the Father's Feast Days, His Holy Convocations, then when you read again the 'New Testament' you stand in awe at it all and realize how much we have misapplied doctrines through our western thought!
And for the Grand Finale:
The word picture formed by the Hebrew letters Chanukkah show the Salvation Message.
Notice how the middle letter (Waw) stands higher than the rest of the letters in the Hebrew spelling of Chanukkah. So does the Shammash candle, the Servant candle, on the Menorah stand higher than the other branches.
The Letter Waw represents Messiah as so does the Shammash candle.
Begin with the last letter (Hey) which is a picture of a man Beholding and means To Behold, To Reveal. The next letter (Kaf) is a picture of the Open Palm and means to allow. Next is the middle letter (Waw). The Waw is the picture of a nail and means add to,secure. The next letter (Nun) is the picture of man’s seed and means life, activity, son or heir. The first letter (Chet) is the picture of a fence or wall and means to divide or separate.
The Word Chanukkah is formed by these letters and the letters proclaim the meaning and give us a word picture:
Hey Kaf Waw Nun Chet
"BEHOLD THE OPEN PALM
OF THE PIERCED ONE
THE SEED WHO SEPARATES."
Word picture by Leslie Ann.
May you think upon these things and have a blessed Chanukkah Season!
"OH HOUSE OF JACOB! COME LET US WALK IN THE LIGHT OF YHWH! Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 2:5
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